October 6th, 2016

andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk (162-06-28-2016)

1) I devoured this book. It was a deeply emotional, touching story for me, with beautiful setting descriptions and main characters so real they seemed to jump from the pages. The 1st person present tense POV was perfect to convey Tate's desperation, his agony of mind and his slow, almost reluctant awakening. Also, the writing style with interspersed flashbacks added to the pace of the story and made it even more gripping the longer it went on, the closer it drew to revealing Tate's real reason for his road trip. This was both a beautiful love story and a thought-provoking parable about how one single moment, even a single whim can change lives and fates forever. I couldn't put it down.

2) This book was awesome!

The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk
Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2016)
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Iceland, Stonehenge, London, Paris….

To the casual observer, it looks like a dream trip. For Tate O’Reilly, it’s anything but. He’s a man on a mission to rectify a critical mistake, and there’s nothing to hold him back—certainly not friends or family. For Tate, it all comes down to one simple thing—he must fix what he has broken.

What he doesn’t count on is meeting Gabriel Carillo. Gabriel is kind, mysterious, and seems to be on his own mission to ensure their paths keep crossing. But Tate’s hiding an awfully big secret—one he’s certain even Gabriel can’t forgive.

Does a man’s past have to determine his future? In the middle of cities filled with history, Tate is going to find out.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone (215-07-26-2016)

Some gorgeous writing here, together with great chracters. Wish such a combination had been in the service of more plot development--the ending seemed rushed and relationship felt just short of perfectly rendered. But giving top marks overall because it’s a beautifully written novel by an author who values language.

Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White
Lesbian Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (June 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162004773X
ISBN-13: 978-1620047736
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Enne Datchery and Muriel vas Veldina, ex-lovers and witches with a shared apprentice, are tasked by the Citadel to repair an old grimoire together, despite the fact their relationship is tense at best. The situation is further complicated when the book is stolen, and tracking down the thief stirs even more of Muriel's past. It swiftly becomes clear to the two that dealing with their fractured relationship is going to be the easy part of the assignment—if they can live long enough to complete it.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Transformed by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey (246-08-03-2016)

1) This story started slow for me but did get better. Feels more like a romance. I liked both Charley and Electra, especially Charley and his inner turmoil. Both well developed.

2) Chaotic and messy at first, this novel begins as disorganized as real life often is. Yet, it all comes together to form cohesive, quirky, and extraordinarily interesting characters and an excellent story. Great dialogue only adds to this wonderful crime tale. A magnificent read!

Transformed: San Francisco (Quirky Queer Spy Novels #1) by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey
Transgender Humor
Series: Quirky Queer Spy Novels
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: New Heights Publishing; 1 edition (February 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996998101
ISBN-13: 978-0996998109
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Charley McElroy is a handsome, well-heeled travel writer and CIA informant who also happens to be an F-to-M transman. And he’s been recently benched by the Agency for not paying his taxes. On the other side of San Francisco, Electra, a Manhattan socialite-turned-dominatrix has just arrived to rebuild her life. Meanwhile Frankie is a lesbian police sergeant on the outs with the SFPD and trying to recover from the death of her wife. Against all odds, the three meet and uncover a Christian fundamentalist’s plot to destroy the ‘hedonists’ of San Francisco. Together, they set out to foil the terrorist's plot – but can they get anyone to listen to them? Or are they on their own? Find out in this fast, funny thriller filled with San Francisco’s spectacular scenery and inimitable, quirky characters.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Club by A.L. Brooks (278-08-15-2016)

This was an interesting first time offering. Definitely loaded with juicy erotic scenes and well-developed characters. The bouncing back-and-forth from time. To time. Was a little confusing at times but all in all a pretty good story.

The Club by A.L. Brooks
Lesbian Erotic Romance
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.; 1 edition (July 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955336549
ISBN-13: 978-3955336547
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Welcome to The Club—leave your inhibitions and your everyday cares at the door and indulge yourself in an evening of anonymous, no-strings, woman-on-woman action. For many of the women who visit The Club this is exactly what they are looking for and what they get. For others the emotions run high, and one night of sex can change their lives in ways they couldn’t have imagined. For Lou, her weekly visits to The Club enable her to set aside her shyness and loneliness and feel intimacy, however briefly. For Kath, caring for her mother at home, The Club is a welcome relief from her everyday toil; while Max needs distraction from her troubled relationship, even as she tries to tell herself she isn’t really cheating. Tania and Jacky find an outlet for a tricky block in their sex life. Cassie and Nina, bar staff at The Club, find themselves staying on after hours. And finally, Stephanie, struggling with her sexuality, finds her life changing in so many ways once she plucks up courage to enter. The lives of these women intersect in ways they don’t realize, and watching over them all is Mandy— the owner, whose own ghosts play a pivotal role in the existence of The Club.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter (306-08-22-2016)

1) This is the best story I've read in a long time. Hard to put down and I didn't want it to end. The story was exciting from the start. Many interesting plot lines. Absolutely love Natalya and Allison. Supporting characters well written also.

2) I have enjoyed this book also if it was way into the unbelievable sphere. The writing style was really good and the story peculiar enough to keep me interested till the end. Probably the end was what I had more problems with but all in all it left me satisfied enough. The thriller/mystery part is handled really well, so much so that some twists and turns really surprised me, and left me completely astonished. Really good.

Requiem for Immortals (The Law Game #1) by Lee Winter
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Series: The Law Game
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.; 1 edition (August 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955337103
ISBN-13: 978-3955337100
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Professional cellist Natalya Tsvetnenko moves seamlessly among the elite where she fills the souls of symphony patrons with beauty even as she takes the lives of the corrupt of Australia’s ruthless underworld. The cold, exacting assassin is hired to kill a woman who seems so innocent that Natalya can’t understand why anyone would want her dead. As she gets to know her target, she can’t work out why she even cares.

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