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text 2017-10-06 08:03
Cover Reveal - Wicked Choice

 

Wicked Choice (Wicked Horse Vegas, Book #4) Sawyer Bennett Release Date: January 2, 2018

 

Synopsis: Life as a mercenary is a solitary one, but the team at The Jameson Group is content with letting loose at their favorite sex club, The Wicked Horse. For two of its members, dirty days lead to wicked nights, and the team morale is better for it.

 

Sawyer Bennett’s Wicked Horse Vegas series can be read together or separately. A full synopsis for this title will be available prior to release.

 

 

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36353140-wicked-choice

 

 

About the Author:

 

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both. Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

 

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review 2017-10-04 04:54
Red Planet Blues - Robert J. Sawyer

A private investigator on Mars gets hired by a beautiful 'transfer' (a human mind in an artificial body) to find her missing husband and gets himself into a whole lot of trouble. Written in the style of an old-fashioned detective story from the 1950s, the story was fun as a one-off but it feels like a kind of if-you've-read-one-you've-read-them-all and I wouldn't want to read another, it's not really my kind of thing. His speculative fiction is more up my street. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-01 02:28
sweet but...
The Love Song of Sawyer Bell - Avon Gale

A Tour Dates Novel Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary. Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry. But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart. Word count: 62,000; page count: 232.

 

Review:

Dear Avon Gale, I loved your solo hockey books, but passed on two of your recent books with coauthors because those did not sound like my cup of tea. So when DA commenter Cleo recommended your solo f/f romance with Riptide publishing I was very excited to buy it and started reading.

In many ways this book had what I came to associate with your writing style. Two charming likeable heroines, low angst story, a lot of funny banter between the characters – this story had all that and I really enjoyed it up to the point.

The blurb describes the set up perfectly. Victoria aka Vix Vincent and her band are looking for the substitute fiddle player for their summer tour and almost ready to give up till Sawyer who will start her senior year in Juliard shows up and wins them over very fast.

Sawyer felt incredibly stressed at Juliard for couple of years, but did not quit it for many reasons. She hoped to rediscover her love of music by trying something different than auditioning for the spot in the classical orchestra for the summer.

Audition shows that she was a perfect fit for the band and Sawyer feels that she may rediscover her love of music without much of extra stress on top of it. She and the band members hit it off right away and off to start the tour they go.

As blurb also told you Sawyer was in high school with Vix who was three years older and spent a year they were in the same school having a major crush on Vix even though they met and spoke only one time (which for this story and these characters made perfect sense to me). Crash went nowhere but now when Sawyer realized that the leader of the band is the same Vix she is even happier. Vix of course did not remember her.

I really liked the beginning of the story – I felt as if I was with them in the small van they were driving between the tour cities, I felt their love of music and appreciated some glimpses in the process of song writing. I liked how Vix and Sawyer seemed to have such a sweet chemistry together before they ever started having sex and how natural the first kiss felt to me.

Sawyer is aware (or should I say almost aware) that she is a lesbian but she did not have any experience with the women, she had one relationship with the guy in Juilliard which did not go anywhere. Vix is bisexual.

Both women find out pretty fast that they really enjoy each other’s company and even though initially Sawyer is nervous, they end up having sex together and start a relationship. Sawyer embraces the confirmation of the fact that she indeed prefers to be with women with little or no angst and good humor.

"Well, that was a ringing endorsement right there, wasn’t it? Sawyer picked up one of the packages and eyed Vix thoughtfully. “I should get this. It’s like an investment, right?” “Um.” Vix raised both eyebrows at her. “Are you going to collect dildos?” “Well, everyone needs a hobby,” Sawyer said, which made Vix want to kiss her. “But I mean, an investment in my lesbian lifestyle.” She smiled at the woman helping them. “I’m new to all of this, can you tell?” The shopkeeper giggled. “That’s amazing. In fact, I’ll give you a twenty percent discount on all your purchases today, how’s that?” “Thank you,” Sawyer enthused."

"After a few more songs, Vix nudged Sawyer with her elbow. “So, we’re driving straight on tonight to Portland. And we’ll have one last chance to rock out to Racer tomorrow.” “Thank you for the reminder, Google Calendar,” said Sawyer. Vix stuck her tongue out.. “I was thinking we could go find that alcove for a bit while no one’s missing us.” Sawyer slipped her hand in Vix’s and squeezed. “Mark me as attending that event,” she joked, and let Vix pull her away."

 

For quite a while both Vix and Sawyer seem to worry about one thing – where would their relationship go after summer ends. Sawyer would have to come back to Juilliard and Vix is not going to abandon her band and will be once again on tour much more often than not. That worry seemed reasonable and understandable to me.

 

However what comes after the solution was presented came out of left field to me. I understand of course that human beings do not always act consistently to put it mildly but I keep coming back to this quote about the difference between fiction and reality being that fiction has to make sense. Vix’s reaction made no sense to me. All summer she was freaking out about one thing and now she was freaking out about a completely opposite one.

Without going into spoiler territory I also would like to say that of course fictional character can act inconsistently as well, I just need to be convinced that she had reasons to *act inconsistently* and to me Vix’s freak-out was not sufficiently supported by the text (it is as if the editor looked at the book and said to the writer – oh wait, not enough angst for the separation plot point. Must have one no matter how contrived it sounds).

 

And to be honest in the second part of the story I also wanted more plot. Note I am not trying to rewrite the story which was presented, I am just saying that I was a little bored by what was presented in the second half. They tour, they have sex, and they write songs. It became a bit repetitive for me.

 

Grade C+/B-

 

 

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review 2017-09-30 03:52
The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale - My Thoughts
The Love Song of Sawyer Bell - Avon Gale

Sadly, I'm disappointed again.  I saw a couple of good comments about this book and in reading the blurb it seemed to have some of the things I love.  Rock bands, musicians, song writers, a pair of heroines who didn't sound like angsty belly-button watchers. Maybe I had found that very rare things for me, a good f/f romance.  I should have known it was too good to be true.  Seriously, these books are not meant for me and I will learn to spot them at some point.

The first 3rd of the book was fine.  Yes, the girls were younger than I'd been hoping - 21 and 25 years of age - but they seemed to have a good grasp of things - like life.  *LOL*   They weren't vapid, they made sense, they had dreams and they had flaws and quirks.  They were real, fully formed people and I was hopeful. 

Then they got together.  And I was in the dreaded NA territory.  See, there's a difference between a book/romance with young protagonists and one that's New Adult.  The girls began to feel for each other and at the same time they began to focus on their own 'perceived' flaws which made them begin to hide things from each other and avoid talking about things that might edge too close to those feelings of less-than-worthiness. And there was so much over and over accusing of one wanting 'dick' because she was bisexual and the other gal didn't do guys... I don't know, it just seemed that if they'd stop being so sensitive and prickly and actually talked to each other a lot of these hurts could have been avoided.  And this basically went on until just about the end when they finally got their shit together - mostly because of come-to-Jesus talks with one of the other members of the band - a man.  An older man (maybe 30-ish?).  It all felt less than empowering to me. 

I had other, smaller problems too.  Yay for diversity!  I'm all for that.  But really, do we need to have the labels of almost every character in the book proclaimed? Does it matter to the story of Sawyer and Vix if this one is gay, that one a lesbian, those 3 bisexuals, and that one over there straight... and so on?  I don't think so.  The diversity felt forced, not natural and I think that's because it was being pointed out over and over again. 

Another problem I had was the 'ew, boys' stuff.  Boys aren't always disgusting, unfeeling, shallow sots... well not all the time anyway.  *LOL*  That felt kind of juvenile to me.  But what do I know, maybe young lesbians all talk this way?  (And then the author totally dissed Nickleback, which did not endear her to me because I really like Nickleback!)  Another small thing... is it a new young girl uniform to wear tank tops... all the time tank tops.  Day in and day out? 

So once again, caveat being given... I'm not the best person for NA romances.  They annoy me and I have no patience for these angsty kids.  The book was well written and would probably be loved by someone who gets NA.  I'm not her. So the hunt continues for some enjoyable (for me) f/f romances.

 

Oh, but .. the cover absolutely ROCKS!

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review 2017-09-26 03:32
Lucas by Sawyer Benett
Lucas: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) - Sawyer Bennett

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book a lot. So far, I have enjoyed every book in this series so I went into this book with pretty high expectations and I am happy to say that they were met. Each book in this series has featured a member of the Cold Fury Hockey team but that is really where the similarities end. I am kind of amazed by how different each of these stories really are and I think that is why I still get excited when I learn about a new book being released. Lucas is the eighth book in the series but it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. 

The book focuses on Lucas and Stephanie. Their story has an unusual start since the book opens with them sharing a rather hot one-night stand. That one night stand leads to a more lasting situation. Lucas and Stephanie must figure out how they make things work out. It was really very interesting to see this pair get to know each other. 

Lucas was really the star of this book for me. He was so patient with Stephanie and seemed to instinctively know the right thing to say and do. He does have a couple of bonehead moments and there was a couple of times that I caught myself cringing because of him but these things made him seem a little more real. I am still trying to completely forgive him for one scene.

Stephanie was a bit more frustrating. She really seems to have her act together but she is terribly afraid of getting close to anyone. She had a terrible childhood and it made sense that she would approach relationships with caution. I wanted so much for her to give Lucas a real chance and I couldn't help but get a bit frustrated, kind of like Lucas, when she resisted.

I would recommend this book and series to others. Fans of the series will be happy to see quite a bit of the characters featured in Max since Lucas and Max are brothers. I can't wait to read the next book in this wonderful series! 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I loved Lucas. Stephanie was okay but Lucas was the star of the story for me. I did think that everything seemed to wrap up a little too easily but enjoyed the story overall.

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