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REVIEW: Waking Up Gray, by R. E. Bradshaw
All I remember is her magical, rich, descriptive words transporting me back to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where I spent not enough time during my North Carolina college years. I was hooked, and I purchased Waking Up Gray and devoured it.
“Rich” is the word that keeps popping up – not only for the landscape in which her fiction immerses the reader, but for the texture and complexity of the characters and their relationships. For me, this is lesbian romantic fiction at its best: Real, ordinary people, living out their lives, finding true love, struggling (for some) with sexual identity issues, and claiming their passions.
I’ve followed her on Facebook and dropped in on her blog occasionally since then, so I’ve come to have some sense of how her history feeds her marvelous stories. A product of those Outer Banks, she describes herself as a reckless tomboy in her childhood, getting into endless scrapes, both with and without her brother. I’d love to know how much of Gray’s character is unadulterated Decky – lots, I’m guessing, an electrifying counterpoint to the more sedate and scholarly Lizbeth, who’s never kissed a girl.
The romance between Gray and Lizbeth unfolds with just the right doses of madly-falling-in-love and heartbreaking misunderstandings, and is punctuated by the dangers of a tropical storm bearing down, as they so often do, on the Outer Banks. This review wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out for Decky’s wry sense of humor, complete with impeccable timing and keen observation skills. Laugh-out-loud moments were too numerous to count, which is also true for her blog and Facebook posts.
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Of course, I loved Waking Up Gray for some of the same reasons I love co-writing romance about lesbian and bisexual heroines with my husband under our pen name. Our next polyamory romance, The Reunion, will release on September 15 and will be free at Amazon for the first five days, September 15-19.
Dark and brooding, Adam Granger was always the bad boy out of reach—but now he’s in Sarah Atkinson’s bed, the morning after their twentieth high school reunion. When Adam beats a retreat to his Pacific Palisades estate, former good girl Sarah throws caution to the wind and pursues him.
Petite copper-skinned Maria Ramirez greets Sarah at Adam’s front door. The former exotic dancer doesn’t challenge Sarah’s assumption she’s the maid—how long will it take the dark-haired beauty to figure out Maria is Adam’s live-in lover? Better yet, how long before Maria can entice her into their bed?
Determined not to rock his hard-won lifestyle, Adam resolves to push Sarah past her sexual limits so she’ll leave. When she stays, he watches helplessly as the two women fall in love with each other. Will they shut him out? And, if they let him in, what must he sacrifice?
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Welcome to The Romance Reviews GLBT Madness Hop! Over forty bloggers are participating, with prizes at each stop. When you’re finished here, leave a comment to enter, then click on the Hop button at the bottom of the page to whisk yourself away to the next stop on your hop! You have four days to make the rounds (9/27 – 9/30) and winners will be drawn Monday, October 1.
What is it about a pretty girl in a tight skirt bent over to adjust her stockings? Or that hotter-than-hot butch, swaggering into the bar like she owns it, eyes undressing every pretty girl in the place?
Some butches worship at the altar of their femmes fatale and many little girls have a need to serve their big, strong daddies. In The Harder She Comes, we meet girls salivating at the sight of well-filled and packed jeans and bois dreaming of having a beautiful girl’s red lipstick smeared across their mouths. D. L. King has curated a singular set of stories filled with sexy sirens luring unsuspecting butches to their demise on the rocky shores of love and hot, confident women in silk and lace during the day who will do anything to serve their daddies’ needs at night. The Harder She Comes is great writing with characters that will stay with the reader for a long, long time — sometimes sweet, always sexy, often romantic, and more than a little dangerous.
In a word, delicious. Like a box of fine chocolates, each one unique and hand-crafted, a little something for everyone. I’ve been savoring the eighteen stories in D. L. King’s most recent collection, The Harder She Comes (Cleis Press, 2012), for over two months, rationing them out, tasting each one thoroughly, pausing to pay attention to the details that most speak to me, and not wanting to pick up the next one too quickly, for fear of spoiling the lingering sensual aftertaste of the one I’ve just finished.
“Winner Take All,” by Andrea Dale. This one stood out for the unexpectedness of the encounter, the unrehearsed serendipity of seizing the moment and going for it.
“Born to Ride,” by Beth Wylde. A snappy dressed-to-the-nines femme decides I know what I like and I’m not afraid to go after it.
“Birthday Butch,” by Teresa Noelle Roberts, for its layers of control and submission, the heady mix of soft curves and steel.
“The Bucket List,” by Charlotte Dare, for being a well told cougar story with just the right balance of lust, romance and bravery.
“Tamales,” by Kathleen Bradean. I love stories that propel me from humor and hot banter and laughter right to the very heart of what it is to be filled with love, and this one delivers. My favorite lines: “There was nothing like a lover you knew when you were in a hurry. Confident touches in all the right places; curves that fit together like memory; fingertips that glided over heated skin; shared gasps between soul kisses.”
My giveaway for the Hop is a free download of our lesbian erotic romance novella, The Lady Wants More (Torquere). Here’s the blurb and a LINK to an excerpt. To enter for the drawing (and for the other hop prizes), leave a comment below.
The Lady Wants More: Janet Baxter keeps her post-divorce life neatly compartmentalized: Secure job, spacious Westchester County home, successful adult children, dependable community volunteer activities. Why is she drawn – for the first time ever – to attend her twenty-year college reunion in New York City?
Always a free spirit, Brenda Cassidy is comfortably bisexual and has no plans to ever settle down. But a fling? The reappearance of svelte, reserved Janet Baxter in Brenda’s life is nothing less than a gift, worthy of every enticement Brenda can conjure up. Can Brenda seduce Janet into an endless night of the lovemaking they enjoyed too briefly as college roommates? What if the lady wants more?
My lesbian short story, “A Bucket List Tattoo,” is available as a free read for subscribers to my newsletter. For details, click on the links in the my upper left sidebar.
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