Author: Lisa Girolami
Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing
Cover Artist: Sheri (email@example.com)
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/16/2014
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Drama, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance
In the City of Angels, K9 police officer Chris Bergstrom keeps herself safe by following her instincts. Across town, Sarah Pullman also lives by her instincts since that horrible day when her life was almost snuffed out. When they meet, their attraction is stronger than anything they’ve ever experienced. But Chris’s black-and-white world view clashes with Sarah’s all gray world of identity confusion and distrust. They’ll need more than their gut feelings to navigate the fragile relationship they so intensely desire. Set against the turbulent backdrop of Los Angeles during fire season, Chris and Sarah struggle with the realities of their pasts and the necessity of defying their long-standing beliefs. In order to overcome their conflicts, they will have to step out of their self-imposed cocoons, take a real look at themselves, and find the strength to walk through the fire.
This is a book that has been on my TBR list for AGES but I never had a chance to read it till now. I was so excited by the premise, I know Bold Strokes puts out great books and I’ve heard that Lisa Girolami is a great author too, so I figured it was a safe bet. Yup. I dove in and didn’t come up till it was done. Wow, was it ever easy to get lost in this one. Ms Girolami’s mastery of adjectives gave this story such amazing descriptions but the plot would have held me even if they didn’t.
This story is about a policewoman, Chris, and a lost soul, Sarah, who is really only at home in the wildlife rehab center she works for. Sarah meets Chris at the grocers as Chris is crooning blissfully to the blackberries. It was quite the conversation they had (Sarah and Chris, the blackberry was murdered) and their journey began.
They say opposites attract and this pair sure do have a a lot of ground to cover if they are to meet in the middle in spite of their similar and yet totally different upbringings. Its the way they are raised that makes them who they are and underneath it all they are two very damaged women doing the best they can to survive. Depressing, yes… and at the same time no. (This book has lots of contradictions if you look, but that’s not bad) These ladies have the strength and humor to set themselves free, they just have to find it. It was very easy to care a lot for Sarah and Chris even when you wanted to scream at them.
The only real problem I had with the book is that the time line as a bit fuzzy and confusing. It wasn’t always easy to see how much time had passed from event to event but it wasn’t something that the story suffered from and I certainly didn’t put the book down!
All in all, a wonderful read from an author I will be reading again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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