Just Physical by Jae

Just Physical by Jae

Jill Corrigan is a dedicated actress. She works hard to be the best at what she does, she even forced herself to make radical changes in her life after finding out she has multiple sclerosis. She can pretend all she wants that those changes are not affecting her but choosing to never get attached to someone becomes a real struggle once she meets her stunt double, the great Kristine ‘’Crash’’ Patterson on the set of her latest movie. Watching their friendship grows so fast and seeing Crash burst every wall Jill ever put up is a pleasure to read in Just Physical, by Jae.

In true Jae’s fashion, this story is a fun, captivating, smartly written story. Jae always finds a way to bring unusual topics in her books, let it be MS, or asexuality, even putting some of her characters in a stationery store for her latest book.

She is an amazing writer who can bring challenging parts of a character into life, while still making them strong hard-headed women not to be reckoned with. I always admire her writing for that and Just Physical only adds to the list of wonderful stories I’ve loved from her.

I loved Jill’s character even more than I did in the previous book of the series. She is smart and funny. Her strength was impressive before, but even more in this book. Jae has a wonderful talent to bring out the strength in every character she writes so that no matter what they are going through, they still impress the readers with it.

Crash’s character comes in the story with such a force and a sweet side, sweet enough to sweep Jill off her feet, but strong enough to pull up with her stubbornness. Sure she comes with her baggage, but the fact that she knows what she wants out of life and knows how to fight for it is remarkable.

I have a special mention for Grace and Lauren, whom I’ve loved in Damage Control and was so excited to see them again in Just Physical.

I really suggest this book to every late reader like I was, who finally got the chance to read it last month, after months of having in it my Wishlist. Every book Jae write are a sure value, this one is no exception.

Grab your copy, you won’t regret it.

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Language of Love

Language of Love, edited by Astrid Ohletz and Lee Winter

 

I never know how to properly review a collection of holiday short stories with various writers. Some were amazing, others were great, one thing for sure was that they all made a great anthology before the holidays.

I loved that Language of Love allowed me to read again from writers I already love and admire, as much as finding new unexpected talents. It is a good read before the holidays.

There is a story for every reader out there.

My favorite one to read was The Friend by Lee Winter. I don’t know if it’s because I am used to her writing and I usually love her style, but the friend’s story really hit home, reminding me the first moments I brought a ‘’Friend’’ home. It brought me back in time and I loved it.

I suggest this book to anyone looking for a great holiday anthem.

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The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter

We all at one point or another in our lives felt like we didn’t totally belong where we were living or in the life we were living. This is how Maddie Grey feels having a life many people dream of. She spends her days in the Big Apple, emptiness filling her and the pages of her BlogSpot: Maddie as hell.  If at least she could pretend her career was going the way she always planned it would; maybe it could help her feel a little more at her place, instead of wishing she was back in Australia.

To make matters worse, her new boss, Elena Bartell is a strong, powerful, driven and quite a scary leader. While many find themselves scared by Elena’s personality, it has a different effect on Maddie, pushing her curiosity to the maximum, creating a various range of weird, funny and different situations they both find themselves in.

I had a pleasant time reading The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter. Being familiar with a few of her previous writings, I can only be happy that her amazing writing style is still present in this book. The ease with which the author portrays the life of a magazine or a newspaper environment and its surroundings always make me feel as if I am standing next to them in the room.

Lee Winters is one of the few writers I look forward to reading because her books usually contain strong leading woman and their hard to please personalities, making them almost unapproachable and challenging me as a reader to see past the hard exterior we are allowed to see at first. The more I read books with this trope, the more I notice Winter’s talent in writing in this universe.

The characters are all working well together into making this story as good as it is. There isn’t much more to say about the writing because as usual, the story flows perfectly and it’s keeping the readers captivated all book long.

I was waiting for the right moment to read this book and I am happy I finally got the chance to read and review it. I recommend this book to everyone, it is a crowd pleaser and it won’t deceive.

I am looking forward to reading more of her work.

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Rating: 5/5

 

In Fashion by Jody Klaire

In Fashion by Jody Klaire 3.5/5

Confused. This is how I feel right now. This book would’ve made a perfect movie. In fact, I read it more like a script than anything because the rhythm the writer gave to the book made it harder to read as a simple book.

Darcy McGregor is a bitch. That’s the first thing we learn. She is famous in her line of work, hosting a show in which she helps women to find their inner beauty and strength, doing fashion surgeries to make them feel better. What is funny is how confident and strong she is, while in fact, behind the camera’s lens, she is hidden deep in her closet, refusing to be gay. Far enough that her daughter doesn’t even know she used to be in a relationship while Zoe, who she considers to be her second mom.

Kate is a security agent who hates everything related to Darcy McGregor and her show. Her life was spent away from drama, trying to keep fake people far away from her as possible after getting her heart broken twice by people she considered friends.

Both of their lives are as different as they can get, but what happens when Kate gets enrolled to be the ‘’lucky’’ person to get a makeover by the famous Darcy McGregor. Darcy ends up getting far more than she bargained for.

 

I was expecting a lot from this book from its resumé, and I was left wanting more from it. The writing style didn’t help me follow the story, which meant I spent most of the time reading it without paying my undivided attention to the complete storyline; which is why I think it would’ve made a great movie since the pictures could probably say what we couldn’t read in between the lines. There were moments when the reader would’ve needed more information to help with the story, and others when so much information was thrown at the reader, personally making me lose interest in some scenes.

Both main characters are well developed but seeing how fast their attraction came from Kate putting Darcy in her place, I feel like this book could’ve done better relationship-wise.

I still had fun reading this book, once I got into the fast pace of the writing style and didn’t bother with little details that were either missing or being given in large amount at a time.

It was nice to see Darcy struggle with her sexual orientation and it was her character’s progression that saved the book for me. She is a bitch. It’s the first line of the book. You know exactly what you are getting when dealing with Darcy but seeing her show more facets of her personality throughout the book really kept me turning pages. Her interactions with Zoe are hilarious and her complicity with Mikey is incredible. The attraction that grows between the two mains could be called improbable.

I loved that Kate’s brother character, Mikey, existed in the story. His whole presence brings a smile to anyone’s face, Darcy included. The closeness between Mikey and Savannah what adorable, almost like two siblings getting together.

The supporting characters were nice to see interact and try hard to fix things that were broken, saving all that could be saved from the mediatic mess surrounding them.

One thing I never understood from the book was the amount of kissing going on between characters that had no apparent reasons to be kissing. It felt like it was too much.

I still wish to read other books from Jody Klaire because I feel like there is a lot of potential in her, but this book will not rank as her best.

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Food For Love by C. Fonseca

Isn’t it crazy how fast life can change around us, and most of the time, it is a good thing that it does. At least it was the case for Jess and Lili from Food for Love, by C. Fonseca.

Jessica Harris is a professional cyclist who gets badly injured in a race in Europe. While she is still in remission from her accident, she is forced to travel to Australia to settle her late brother’s estate, in a place she hasn’t been since she left almost 20 years ago.

Lillian McAllister is the chef and proud co-owner of a small but famous restaurant, Ailie with Jess’s brother.  She loves to run in the morning and taking care of her daughter with the help of her parents but having Jessica living under her roof while she settles her brother’s estate gets hard for her to deal with.

 

I had a pleasant time reading this book. Jess’s personality was harder to understand and get attached too. She is introduced as an elite cyclist; whose life goes by faster than the pages of the book can give justice. I felt like this character was filled with anger before she even set foot on Australian soil. I felt it was an intense but still great contrast with Lili, who is portrayed as soft and caring and finds joy in small things such as cultivating her own herbs and fruits to serve fresh food to her clients. My instinct was to protect Lili’s smile and soft attitude at all cost, making me angry at Jess’s character in the beginning.

As the book went on, I found there was a lot more to these characters than what is shown at first, and I preferred the book from the moment when they decided to be more civil and speak to one another after Jess learns about Ru’s existence. This moment made her personality more human in my eyes.

Personally, I think there were a lot of awkward moments between the characters filled with hidden anger and incomprehension of the other character. I feel like this book could’ve been a lot longer and there were more to be said and learned about the characters.

 

The chemistry was present between the two mains, but I don’t think love was present as much as lust was. In some moments, it felt more like two adults falling in lust instead of falling in love and deciding to be together, without telling anyone. It was a big turn off for me because I feel that the storyline would’ve benefited from those interactions and could’ve made their relationship a little bit more complete, and realistic.

The part in the book that I think should’ve either been left out or explained in bigger detail was the scene in the Restaurant, before Lili’s birthday. I won’t say more about the situation not to spoil the scene, but it felt like a big ‘’Oh my god’’ moment, that turned dull quite fast and didn’t add more to the story. In fact, I just feel like it simply added more words in the ending, that is all. I do believe it was meant to make the characters realize how much they mean to each other, but in my opinion, it didn’t work as planned. Most of the book revolves around Ailie and seeing that either Jess or Lili are nervous about it all made me cringe.

If I make an abstraction of that scene the book was on point. It is a fast and good read.

I must give a warning to future readers: Beware. This book WILL make you hungry. I’m giving you all a fair warning.

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 Contract for Love, by Alison Grey

 Contract for Love, by Alison Grey

Have you ever met someone who lives in a completely disconnected world, whose life is ruled by money, parties, and status? Someone so blinded by fortune that she is living under the impression that everyone owes her the world?

This is the glimpse of Mad’s life we see in the first parts of Contract for Love, by Alison Grey.

At first, it is easy to judge Mad without even knowing her. She is described as an egocentric selfish, cold-hearted snob, who wants nothing more than party her life away and inherit every bit of money left of her father’s company, without sharing neither regrets or remorse on the actions she does. Actions such as blackmailing Sherry, a straight single mom, working as a waitress, hiring her to play a part in her big scheme pretending to be her lover. Reading Mad’s transformation into Madison, the partner and family member she becomes in the book is truly astonishing. The cutest moments in the book are Madison and Jake’s relationship, who looks a lot like Madison’s life before her Grandmother came into it and ruined her childhood.

It was my first read of any of Alison Grey’s work and I really loved her writing style. Her characters have been worked on a lot and it shows with the complete background shown to help the reader understand the complexity of their personalities.

Throughout the book, we meet a variety of characters who all played a part in forging Mad’s personality over the years, but it takes Sherry and Jake in her life to get back the real Madison, who had spent most of her life hidden below the surface, and have her sharing her emotions and feelings, which she isn’t used to.

The difference between Madison’s life, living in the city in a big apartment, owning more money than she knows what to do with, opposed to Sherry’s life, who lives in a trailer park, works two jobs and is barely able to sustain her child’s life and meet ends is intense. The simple fact that those two characters met and didn’t ripe each other’s head off is still a mystery to me. Sherry is a strong character who has spent her life dealing with bad situations, while Madison always drank and partied away her problems. Seeing them try their best all book long to find compromises and growing together as a ‘’family’’ really made me fall for the book.

I was pleased to read that even if Sherry is a straight character, she still doesn’t hesitate to play her part and respect the terms of her contract, making her a believable prospect in Madison’s life.

This book is a clear representation of how opposite attracts and of how much people can change given the possibility to do so. Madison’s ability to warm up to Sherry and Jake was impressive, and Sherry’s ability to let go and learn to respect Madison was too. I loved how easy they started communicating with their eyes, showing real affection without even noticing it, their complicity taking over.

It is hard to make a complete review of this book without spoiling it because the complete work is worth reading. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story with complete characters, who will grow on you faster than you’ll be able to realize.

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Back To The Start by Monica McCallan

Back To The Start by Monica McCallan

Back To The Start was an honest surprise. It was my first time reading one of Monica McCallan’s book and I can now say that I will happily be waiting for her next projects to come to life. I was pleased by her talented writing.

The story is about two broken-hearted best friends who lost each other after an unfortunate situation who left Remy felt like she has been played by the girl she loved, and Fallon frozen, unable to stand for herself and her friend. A decade later, we meet Remy, whose grandmother recently passed away and is the one having to clean her house and make it available on the market. Right from the start, it’s evident that she still is troubled by her past and she still has a lot of issues who needs dealing with. We don’t know much about what happened between them, but we know she is nervous about seeing Her again. By Her, I mean Fallon who gets categorized as the ‘’b*tch’’ of the story if we only see Remy’s point of view at first, when in fact, Fallon is probably the sweetest most honest and caring person alive, whose own heart has also been broken by the past events. A series of miscalculated events finds them as rivals, playing a game of pool with the winning prize being that Fallon finally gets the chance to say what she has to say to her old best friend, or Remy gets left alone for the remaining of her stay. And the rest after that is history.

I was impressed by the switch between the past and the present. Usually, writers lose me when they start going back and forth between different moments in their books, but in this case, it was so fluent that no explanations were needed to know where you were in the story. It all flows perfectly and always adds the parts of history you were missing at those given points.

After reading it, I can admit that I had a sweet spot for Fallon from the very first moment we meet her, even if she is at first portrayed as a mean person who has apparently done so much wrong, while Remy is portrayed as the lesbian who got her heart broken by her former best friend. The author wrote her character so genuine, it was impossible for me to see her the way Remy was seeing her and learning the complete story that happened between them both confirmed and broke my heart to pieces.

This book was a pleasant and fast read that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.
The story has a nice progression, in which we see both characters evolve, learning more about the adult they became. Bonus point to Claire, who never shy away from calling Remy out on her bad behaviors and choices.

I recommend this book as a light, fun and complete read. It’s a great addition to the ‘’Friends to Enemies to Lovers’’ category that should be owned by every Lesfics reader there is.

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