Author: Harper Bliss
Publisher: LadyLit Publishing
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance
Alice McAllister is a successful solicitor who likes a quiet, disciplined life… until her business partner Miranda forces her to take a vacation at her holiday home in Portugal, and the presence of Miranda’s daughter Joy turns Alice’s world up-side down.
Despite their age difference, Alice and Joy embark on a fiery holiday romance… until they have to return home to London.
Will Alice be able to forget about Joy and what she has awakened in her? And how can she face Joy’s mother without guilt after such a passionate summer fling? Find out in this brand new sultry novel by the chart-topping author of Release the Stars, Once in a Lifetime and At the Water’s Edge.
Love at any age
Based on Ms Bliss’ short story “The Power of Words” in her mini-anthology “Opposites Attract” this is the full length drama of Joy and Alice. It is also Alice’s coming of age story. Alice is a 51 yr old lawyer who has gone to spend a holiday in her law partner, Miranda’s, vacation home in Portugal. While there Miranda’s 29 yr old daughter arrives to spend a few days in the sun before starting a new job. Over the course of these days Joy has dragged Alice out of her ultra conservative, prim and proper life. Joy has rocked her world to the core. She not only sleeps with the nubile young creature, she has fallen in love. Can their love survive the cold reality of daily life back in the city? How will Alice face Miranda knowing she is sleeping with her daughter? Are they doomed before they even begin? Guess you will have to see for yourself.
This book is told from Alice’s POV. This straight laced divorcee has little in her life but work. She limits her alcohol to 2 glasses (even while on vacation), works out 45 minutes a day on her treadmill while working, and exists but doesn’t really live. Joy on the other hand is a free spirit, she lives life to the fullest and as such is considered to be immature and spoiled by Alice until she spends more time with her. Joy goes topless by the pool, swims naked in the sea, loves her phone, has friends, drinks to excess but really lives. Her character undergoes a lot of change as well. She goes from a wild, spoiled woman child to a loving, giving, ready to settle down with one person partner.
I loved how Alice spends so much time in her head. There is a lot of introspective inner talk. She starts out ultra refined reflecting ton how disrespectful today’s kids are. She questions herself, her reactions to Joy and her changing feelings. She worries about everything and questions herself, her new relationship, her friends reactions and her right to stay in the closet. It is really interesting to watch her character grow and open up. Her insecurities make her so much more lovable and human. Combined with Joy’s unbridled energy and passion they are quite a couple with a lot to teach each other.
The love scenes were hot as per usual Ms Bliss but different from her normal. Alice experiences them in a reflective, through her eyes style, “I feel this” or “I can’t believe she is touching me there” and “Oh that is so good” sort of way. I found I really enjoyed experiencing a sex scene this way and I thought it was even hotter, making me feel more like a voyeur.
Kudos to you and thank you for another beautiful book Ms Bliss.
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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