- File Size: 3599 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178686052X
- Publisher: Pride Publishing (September 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KKGQZMK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#857,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #3473 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Lesbian Romance
- #4008 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Romance > Lesbian
- #4398 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Lesbian Fiction
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My only complaint is “The Tiny Blue House” for the reason I state below.
#1 – Worth a Shot by Cari Z
After having a horrible day filled with bad interviews, Samara (Sam) finally rents out half her duplex to Katie Hansen. Katie is a die hard Yankees fan, student at The University of Denver and seems to be a little secretive about her past.
Sam finds Katie attractive and soon the two of them are hanging out, getting a puppy together, and even dating. Unfortunately the evil from Katie's past finds her and the two of them have to split ways in order for both to be safe.
The ending is a HFN. I love when a title to a book matches the theme of the story. Everything about Sam and Katie is “Worth a shot.”
#2 – The Woman Next Door by Helena Maeve
Ziva was left her fathers company and Yvonne had a company which had the two working together many years ago. Ziva lost it all thanks to Yvonne. Now Ziva is basically a starving artist, selling her paintings at her best friends galley.
For months there has been construction going on next door and she finally had enough of the noise. Storming over she asks that they keep it down and is told to talk to the owner. Guess who the owner is? Yvonne. The moment Ziva sees her all her feelings she had for Yvonne come rushing back.
The two of them end up sleeping together. Ziva thinking this is the start to a relationship is slapped in the face when she sees Yvonne and another women happily hugging and getting into a car together.
#3 – The Tiny Blue House by R.A. Padmos
For some reason I was a little uncomfortable with this story. Molly has a little blue house that she pulls with her car. She travels to different towns learning from different chefs, different techniques in cooking. She arrive in a quiet little town called Seaside and right away meets a wonderful lesbian couple who lets her set up her little blue house on their land.
Her first night there she eats at a restaurant in town where the food is prepared in a way she knows will change her way of cooking forever. At that moment she will do whatever it takes to meet the chef. After dinner, she ask if she can speak with the chef and is told, “I'm truly sorry, but Chef prefers not to talk with our guest.”
Luckily for Molly when she goes back the next day to try a different tactic to meet the chef there is no one around. She busts into the kitchen finding the chef and instead of asking for cooking lessons, Molly blurts out, “I am Molly Knowles. Please, marry me.”
This is where I didn't like the turn of the story and had a hard time reading the rest. The chef turns out to be Chiara Loss who also travels some cooking for different restaurants. Chiara does it because she lost her girlfriend a few years back in a car accident. Molly and Chiara have a happy start, but I really didn't like that the way Molly busted in to meet Chiara is the exact same way Chiara and her late girlfriend meet. This didn't even feel like an “insta-love” story. More like the way Molly entered Chiara's life was like her late girlfriend so she automatically falls in love and they try to have a relationship.
#4 – In the Flesh by H.K Carlton
Holy Hotness. This short story was erotic, sensual and I loved it!!! Who needs cops and robber, when you have cops and dancers!!!
ATF Agent Kathrin Benson is sent undercover with her partner Mike to help take down a huge Mob Boss. All they are told is that other government agencies are involved. Some so deep they have been undercover for years.
Getting hired at a dance bar (Strip Club) owned by Mr Travino the mob boss, allows Kate opportunity to get Intel. While working she falls for the main dancer, Carly, who is also the one in charge of all the dancers and girls at the bar. Carly is the only dancer who doesn't get naked on stage , but brings in the biggest crowd.
One of the dancers is quickly replaced with Kate for a huge dance number with Carly. They have one day to practice. The chemistry is off the charts and the dance practice is so hot!
I want so much more!!! I pray that the rest of H.K Carlton 's work is like this.
#5 – Window Dressing by Lucy Felthouse
Jessie is a store front window designer being sent to a job with a warning from a colleagues.
‘You watch out for that Edith woman, Jessie. She may look like a pixie, but she’s actually more of a dragon. She frightens the bloody life out of me.’
When arriving, sure enough the dragon had her claws out and was not only rude to Jessie, but to the only other employee at the store that night to help. Shortly after taking down the old window design, Edith insulted Jacqueline for the last time leaving the job.
Jessie was scared to enter the store and see how the dragon was going to act now left with having to actually help with the window work?
This is a HFN and I would like to see whats next for Jessie and Edith.
Character Development: 4.5
I received this book for an honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Arlyna for Alpha Book Club.
The book includes five tales in the 10-15K word range. (Overall the PDF version is 205 pages.) Each one focuses on the relationship between two women.
The heroine in “Worth a Shot” by Cari Z has a lucrative business detailing racing cars. Samara dreads the idea of getting a housemate to occupy the other side of her duplex, but when Katie shows up, the young woman seems a perfect fit. Katie and Sam have lots in common—including a strong mutual attraction. As they grow closer, Sam starts imagining they might build a life together. However, Katie’s past is full of secrets. An innocent error on Sam’s part exposes them both to danger and tears them apart, apparently forever.
In “The Woman Next Door” by Helena Maeve, an artist confronts the neighbor whose noisy renovation is preventing her from working, only to discover that the occupant of the condo next door is an old enemy. Eight years before, Yvonne Barros destroyed Ziva’s business and brought Ziva close to bankruptcy. There’s no way Ziva wants her as a neighbor. However, Yvonne has suffered her own reversals. The elegant executive seems to have changed, and to want Ziva as a friend—and more. Ziva’s equally drawn to her nemesis. But can the woman who ruined her once be trusted not to do it again?
R.A. Padmos’ “The Tiny Blue House” is a luscious lesbian fable about love, loss, and wonderful food. Young chef Molly Knowles roams the country in her mobile home, working in kitchens, picking up new recipes, and enjoying the women she meets along the way. When she experiences the cooking of Chiara Loss, it’s love at first taste.
HK Carlton’s “In the Flesh” offers a gritty tale of exotic dancers, mob bosses and undercover cops. ATF officer Kate infiltrates a skin club run by the Traviano crime family, posing as a dancer. She falls hard for Carly, a stunningly talented stripper who’s linked to the mob boss’s son. In a world where the slightest mistake can be deadly, Kate struggles to do her job without giving up her incendiary relationship with Carly.
In “Window Dressing”, Lucy Felthouse creates a feisty young woman who is building a career as a shop-fitter. Jessie is sent from Leeds to London to create an elaborate display for an Oxford Street shop. It’s the most important job she’s ever undertaken—and it’s being supervised by a woman with a legendary reputation for being critical and nasty. At first, Edith lives up to the stories about her dragon-like personality, but as the long night wears on, Jessie gets to see another side of the dragon lady. She finds that Edith is a woman with strong desires—and those desires include Jessie herself.
Overall, Ladies Only is a very enjoyable book. The quality of the writing is uniformly high, while the styles of the authors are sufficiently diverse that I didn’t get bored. I particularly liked the slightly fairy-tale quality of R.A. Padmos’ tale. She creates a happily-ever-after world where you find yourself exactly where you’re supposed to be: in seaside town where a long-time lesbian couple has the ideal spot for parking your trailer, and where your soul mate works in the kitchen.
HK Carlton’s story features wonderfully intense sex scenes. “In the Flesh” captures the sensual quality of dancing and reflects my personal experience that dancing is often the first step toward making love. Actually, I found the plot in this story rather implausible. However, the chemistry between Kate and Carly more or less distracted me from that weakness.
The characters in the other three stories pulled me in, especially Ziva. I loved the portrayal of her artistic talent, the fact that she never knows what she’ll paint until she’s standing in front of the canvas. To be honest, however, I found the erotic aspects of these three stories a bit perfunctory and unconvincing. Compared to other lesbian erotic romance I’ve read, these stories seemed a bit thin.
On reason for this, I think, is the rather awkward length of the stories in the collection. They’re neither true short stories nor novellas, but something in between. Too long to have the stunning immediacy of a vignette, they’re still too brief to really explore the development of an emotional and sexual relationship. I’ve encountered the frustrations of this length myself. More than once reviewers have commented on what seemed like abrupt endings in my 15K stories. The fact is, I more or less ran out of word count.
In any case, I’m delighted to see Pride Publishing releasing more lesbian fiction. Ladies Only is a solid collection which I think may be particularly appropriate for readers of other romance subgenres who are curious about F/F relationships. There’s nothing scary or foreign here—just pairs of women who fall in love, like anyone else.