Summer Love Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance by Harper Bliss and Caroline Manchoulas ~ Book Review by Ameliah

Summer-Love-CoverTitle: Summer Love Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance

Author: Harper Bliss and Caroline Manchoulas

Publisher: *Not Listed

Cover Artist: Caroline Manchoulas

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/08/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Erotica, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance

Blurb:

Sun-soaked beaches, glittering blue pool surfaces and oceans painted by an orange-hued sunset have one thing in common: they’re the perfect background for falling in love. Who hasn’t felt that first wave of butterflies rise deep in their belly while pool side? Or that first quickening of the pulse when lounging on a lush patch of grass during a music festival? Summer is the perfect time to indulge in that sudden rush of first love or, equally so, the warm grip of long-fostered feelings for another woman.

This collection of fourteen stories runs the gamut of lesbian holiday romance stories. An Australian cookery course, a Belfast coffee shop, and even a romance writers’ conference are some of the backdrops for the summer love that unfolds in this lesbian romance anthology. Tamsin Flower’s Drive Me Crazy takes place during Glastonbury, while Katya Harris’s sensual tale of passion between long-time lovers is entirely set by the side of the pool. Newcomer Brooke Winters brings us an irresistible tale of a woman running into a Mistress she’s played with in Spain, while Lucy Felthouse’s heroine gets much more heat than she bargained for when she goes volcano-watching on Lanzarote.

With stories by highly rated authors, including Annabeth Leong, Allison Wonderland, Erzabet Bishop and Harper Bliss, this collection is the perfect sensual companion to any holiday.

My View:

Another Great from LadyLit
There are few things I love more than a hot anthology put together by LadyLit’s own Harper Bliss. This one is extra special as this time her co-editor is her wife Caroline Manchoulas. Summer Love is an spicy anthology of fourteen amazing authors. All of the stories involve women getting away from their real lives for awhile during the summer. Not only are these stories sexy many of them include a chance at love and new beginnings.

  1. We start out with Cheyenne Blue’s Stepping Out. Its a sweet short about a solitary American woman who takes a vacation in Australia at a woman’s cooking retreat. I loved all the underlying emotions Ms Blue brought forth.
  2. Camille Duvall is a new to me author. Her tale Mother’s Tongue of one of a lovely coming of age and reunion. This was very well written.
  3. Tasmin Flowers is also new to me. In her Drive Me Crazy a young woman travels to a music festival. Not all goes as planned and she finds a wonderful surprise instead.
  4. In the Honey-Sweet Sunshine Kayta Harris tells of a work-a-holic woman and her partner on a vacation to rediscover themselves and each other. They do this in a most delightful way!
  5. Jess had booked a vacation with her girlfriend before being dumped. She asks a friend who also bails. In AL Brooks’ Third Time Lucky we find out that the 3rd time really is the charm.
  6. Lucy Felthouse brings us a tale of a volcano tour and the sexy tour guide in her story A Most Spectacular View. Morgan has some thinking to do but Riya is proving to be VERY convincing, yum!
  7. Summer Stock by Emily L. Byrne is a bit different. In this drama the lead is an older woman who is a bit down on herself and has little confidence after a failed relationship. Maybe Rizzo can help her find her footing again. I could so identify with Regan, this was a lovely tale.
  8. Ms Brooke Winter’s title of Mistress had me intrigued. The first sentence took me by surprise and shock and tingles! A Domme travels to Spain to claim the Sub of her dreams. Oh my gosh it was so perfect, so sweet and beautiful and well, just, thank you! I have to find more of your stories!
  9. A Good Read by RJ Layer is just that. Oh the serious awe factor and romance, not traditional but gentle and quaint. Even with no hot and heavy sex scene was really, really good. I actually believe a sex scene would have ruined the story.
  10. Erzabet Bishop brings us a wonderful, heartfelt drama in Orchard Rain. Kim has had a row with her lady Maggie over finances. They meet at a wedding that Maggie has planned as part of her job. Their reconciliation is sexy and sweet. I was intensely enchanted with this story.
  11. The Boi Who Cried Wolfe was seriously fun with references to people and books but with an authors name like Allison Wonderland I would expect no less.
  12. Old College Friends by Annabeth Leong is a lovely romance about the reunion of college friends. It is a real feel good story and wonderful too.
  13. KA Smith takes us on a ride to reunite long distance lovers in Free Summer. I loved the gentleness and caring. This is another author I need to read more from.
  14. Last but certainly not least, the incomparable Harper Bliss brings us A Matter of Inclination. This This is a beautiful story that revolves around two long time friends discovering each other in a whole new way. I loved this gentle drama partially because of the unusual leads.
    This is a great book and I am so very glad I had the opportunity to read it!!

This is a F/F Book.

Links

Summer Love Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance on Goodreads
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Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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