I've been looking for a good f/f romance to sink my teeth into, but you know what? Most f/f romances by recced authors are out of my budget range! I can't spent $13 on a 250 page romance novel. I don't spend that for ANY novel if I'm honest.
Anyway, Cathy Pegau is a recommended author whose books don't cost an arm and a leg, so I've picked up a handful. Deep Deception is the first one I've read. It's a science fiction, suspense, romance and a good read. It didn't satisfy my want for a good juicy romance, it's leaning more towards suspense/romance than romance/suspense if that makes any sense. I should mention that Cathy's other 2 books in this setting of Nevarro appear to be loosely linked to this one - which is the 3rd one written - but every place I've checked confirms that the books can be read separately.
The main characters, Natalia and Gennie are interesting enough if a little sparsely drawn. The story is told more from Natalia's POV, so she gets the lion share of introspection and backstory, but I found myself wanting to know more of Gennie's history. Her childhood before she hooked up with the Reyes family for instance.
Somewhat formulaic but nonetheless enjoyable, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Cathy's books in my TBR pile.
The Talented Mr. Rivers gives me everything I expect when I pick up a HelenKay book. There is an intense, hot, steamy connection between the main characters, dangerous action that threatens the MCs, a few twists and turns and a fun and clever supporting cast. Oh, and some fun banter too.
I had one problem with this book and I know it's probably just me and I can't figure out why, but I had SUCH a problem with the names of the main characters. Hunter, the bodyguard/agent/tough guy and Will, the younger of the two, the college grad, the almost studious one, the youngest, supposedly oblivious sibling of a vicious crime family. I kept getting their names mixed up. I'd read Will and be surprised that it was Hunter and vice versa. It was very annoying and lasted through the whole book. I've never come across this specific problem before. *LOL*
Sexy, steamy suspense is what HelenKay does and it's so much fun to read. Her characters are always wonderfully larger than life and always flawed in some way or another. :) Except for Seth, I've not seen a single flaw in him yet. Maybe in the next book, his story, Guarding Mr. Fine.
Off the Rails is the second book in the Border Patrol Series by Jill Sorenson, and in my opinion you really should read the first book Caught in the Act that way you have the backstory of how Ian and Maria met and what happened while they were together before the beginning of this book....which I unfortunately hadn't. That being said I was able to follow along without a problem but I think having the back story would have given me more as far as the characters relationship and the chemistry between them.
Most of this book took place while riding on "La Bestia" which is a freight train that travels along the coast of Mexico from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States boarder. It was risky and things don't go as easy as either one had hoped it would.