Heat Wave Sunapee by Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk ~ Book Review by Ameliah

Heat-Wave-Sunapee-CoverTitle: Heat Wave Sunapee

Author: Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/09/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance


Nicole never really came out as a lesbian to her friends, family, and colleagues, and now her relationship with Katie is on the rocks. Katie is tired of being a “dirty secret” and moves out of their shared apartment on a hot Friday in August. Devastated, Nicole goes to her grandmother’s farm on the shores of Lake Sunapee, a safe place where she spent happy summer holidays as a child.

Nicole hopes for a quiet weekend to reflect, but between her gran’s new lodger, the sexy redhead Melissa, and Sally and Bud, two of Nicole’s childhood friends, she is quickly roped into an evening’s entertainment at the Lodge Saturday evening. Her well-meaning friends try to fix her up with a guy, and in the heat of the moment she blurts out she is a lesbian.

Havoc ensues. But in a conversation with her grandmother, Nicole begins to understand her secret hasn’t been hidden as well as she thought, and she learns she isn’t the first lesbian in her family.

With the new sense of freedom that comes from being true to herself, she has only one thing to wish for, and that is to reach Katy and make amends. But is it too late?

My View:

Coming out is never easy
Nickieis a head hunter for a busy company. She is VERY deeply in the closet and scared to come out. Her lover Katie has had enough and leaves her. Nickie runs away to her Grandmother’s house to lick her wounds. While there she is talked into going to the local resort to hear a band. A man who knew her in childhood gets pushy with her trying to get into her pants. Nickie lets loose and accidentally outs herself. How is Nickie going to cope with what she has done, has she lost everything now? You will have to read the story to find out.

This is a light short story. It is part of a series (but I think all are stand alones) and the second I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed them both. There is a HOT scene that has nothing to do with the heat wave! I can understand Nickie’s feelings and her internal dialogue, however having been in Katie’s position I can really relate to her. This is a very good book and I will enjoy re-reading it.
Well done.


Heat Wave Sunapee on Goodreads
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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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