September 24th, 2016

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Minacious Malice by K’Anne Meinel (82-04-15-2016)

Minacious Malice starts nicely and then gets better and better. The author has developed her characters, setting and plot skillfully. The story is well-written and flows. The relationship between Sasha and Alice is intriguing and believable. I have no doubt that readers will enjoy this novel, especially if they like intrigue.

Minacious Malice (Malice #19) by K’Anne Meinel
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Series: Malice
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 153012476X
ISBN-13: 978-1530124763
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As Alice continues with her tale of where she has been for the last couple of years, Kathy realizes the tally of deaths is adding up. The same reasons that caused their separation are still there. Can she forgive, much less forget, why they broke up in the first place? Murder, planned murder especially, takes time. Alice must feel ‘justified’ in who she targets. She also must take into account that Sasha is not only a witness, but an accomplice to what Alice must do. Sasha will be shocked as she realizes the depth of what Alice is capable of. Sasha must learn to ‘appreciate’ Alice and her ‘skills’. Follow along as Sasha and Alice begin the hunt for those who had imprisoned them….

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: It's Only Love by Diane Marina (89-04-20-2016)

1) I like all five stories in this collection. Some were more engaging than others I found some characters more intriguing than others… My favourite story was Sweet Girl.

2) It’s Only Love is a delightful collection of short stories by a writer who knows exactly what to include to pull at your heart strings. Each story resonates with a fresh perspective on age-old themes of love, loss and triumph. The writing style is easy, engaging and perfect for the stories and the settings.

It's Only Love: A Short Story Collection by Diane Marina
Lesbian Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Aspen Palms Press (February 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523364351
ISBN-13: 978-1523364350
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Schoolteacher Jessica Thomas flees heartache and her home in Baltimore to spend a summer in Rome, Italy. During her stay, she befriends a local tour guide who shares her knowledge of the city, as well as the surrounding tourist sites. What begins as a summer to forget the past turns into one full of memories in Italian Summer. In Savannah, Georgia, Mandy, a young heir to the city’s largest candy manufacturer falls hard for Skylar, the new employee at the Olde River Sweet Shoppe, but her family is in danger of losing their business when a rival company moves in, set on stealing her family’s recipes. All signs point to Skylar being a corporate spy. Can Mandy trust Skylar, or will she lose her heart and her family’s business in Sweet Girl? On a rainy evening in Washington, D.C., Cameron Dowd struggles with her inner demons and visits “The Castle,” a lesbian-only club where women can live out their fantasies with like-minded women. Cameron’s inner turmoil comes from her insistence that she’s not gay, despite her deep-rooted attraction for her best friend, Corbin. What Cameron discovers at “The Castle” leads her toward acceptance in her evening full of surprises in It’s Only Love. In California, Miranda and Chelsea pack up and move from their beachfront condo in Pismo Beach to a stylish home in Pasadena at the request of Miranda’s father, who owns the house. The house has been the source of some unsettling occurrences, and Miranda and Chelsea vow to get to the bottom of what is happening in Blue Lamp. In a posh hotel in New York City in 1948, two young socialites are introduced by their mothers. As their friendship grows, so does love. Will Lily and Joan's love prevail? Are they brave enough to stand up against the social standards of the time, or will their love simply become part of the history of the Imperial Hotel?

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Behind the Eight Ball by M.A. Church (108-05-13-2016)

1) Points for originality, for sure.

2) I really enjoyed this sweet shifter story. The characters were lovely, and having the MC as a domestic cat shifter was delightful. M.A.'s writing style fit the story perfectly - it was smooth, error-free, and a joy to read.

Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #2) by M.A. Church
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 30, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634766962
ISBN-13: 978-1634766968
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Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate―a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want―a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Built to Last by Aurora Rey (122-06-03-2016)

A good and simple read, I have enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed and the story is believable and sweet. I liked a lot how some cliché have been avoided about a working in construction woman or how a girly girl should act. Refreshing.

Built to Last by Aurora Rey
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626395527
ISBN-13: 978-1626395527
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Olivia Bennett is on the tenure track at Cornell University, the resident expert on Southern women writers. After moving to upstate New York from Atlanta, she falls in love with and purchases an old, run-down farmhouse. The only catch: she know s nothing about renovating a house, taking care of land, or snow . Joss Bauer is a New York native who grew up in her family’s construction business. She has a soft spot for old houses, but no patience for overpaid debutantes who want to play at country living. W hen Olivia hires Joss to do the renovations on her new home, the sparks fly, in more ways than one. It turns out both women have a lot to learn about life, love, and the meaning of home. But when a scandal threatens Olivia’s professional reputation, it puts her priorities and her new found love on the line.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Private by Matthew J. Metzger (130-06-05-2016)

1) A strong well-developed story. As someone with teenage children I could recognise their emotions and frustrations, and understand the family dynamics.

2) Having been a military brat way back in the day it was easy for me to understand some of the things Shane was going through. There are a lot of emotional ups and downs in this book due to misunderstandings. I loved the way the author played everything out however and will be keeping this book to read again.

Private by Matthew J. Metzger
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Queerteen Press (November 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1517731844
ISBN-13: 978-1517731847
Amazon: Private
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Sixteen-year-old Shane has finally settled into life in the country, with university ambitions, a steady relationship, and a grudging tolerance for dance that is entirely the fault of his boyfriend, Luke.

Then Shane’s father gets his marching orders, and Shane’s time in this new life is put on a countdown. At sixteen, Shane could legally leave but has nowhere to go. And leaving the first real home he’s had in nearly twelve years doesn’t feel any better whether it’s for the wilds of Cornwall or the local housing association.

But in order to stay, Shane is going to have to tell his very conservative, very military family his biggest secrets ... all three of them.

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