Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THEY DO F/F ANTHOLOGY edited by Elizabeth L. Brooks with stories by Vrai Kaiser, Alexandra Vaughn, Jessica Chase

Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 6/18/14
ISBN: 978-1-61040-767-0
Lesbian romance
Reviewed by Helen
Weblink: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4200
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5

Frayed by Alexandra Vaughn
Esther has never been interested in any of the young men in town. The only person she ever felt attracted to was a girl named Rosie who left town long ago. But then she meets someone with whom she feels an instant bond.

I really enjoyed this story. The suspense was kept tight right through it, and the solution was most satisfactory for everyone. Ms. Vaughan tells a wonderful tale of a time passed when things were different, but women have always managed to find a way around rules and conventions to work out their own happy ever after. Esther is a wonderful heroine and I enjoyed following her journey and seeing the world through her eyes.
Note: This is a sweet romance.

12,000 Hour Day by Vrai Kaiser
Devon is totally in love with Sarah but all the arrangements for the wedding are driving her crazy and making them fight. Everyone and everything seems to make her angry right now.

Devon is a real character, very much her own person, a woman of attitude, passionately in love with Sarah even though she admits she “doesn’t do” relationships. Sarah is just as much in love with Devon, but she’s one trying to hold the wedding planning, the arrangements and the household together, as well as deal with her family. Many readers will see themselves in Sarah, but perhaps with a hint of Devon in them as well. The story seemed to me to be a bit chaotic, but that might have been intentional to add to the drama. It was still a fun read.
Note: This is a sweet romance.

Her Dream Day by Jessica Chase
The day before Alex and Sophia’s wedding, their venue cancels leaving them with a huge problem to solve.

This was an erotic romance with two brief sex scenes included, which I appreciated since I’d expected some sex in a book like this from an erotic romance publisher. However the downside was that with a limited word count there was less space left for character development and plot. Ms. Chase did a good job at including enough plot for the reader to really be invested in the situation and the dilemma facing Alex and Sophia. The inclusion of a few minor characters also fleshed out the story well but again, removed possible words from the development of the main characters, which I thought were just a little underdeveloped. However I understand the author’s problem at balancing everything and acknowledge that there probably wasn’t much else she could do to stay under the word limit.

In conclusion this is a well-balanced anthology of lesbian romances, nicely edited, cleanly produced, and an all-round good read.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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