Review: Wayworn Lovers by Gun Brooke

Blurb (taken from the publisher)

Renowned composer and lyricist Giselle Bonnaire suffers from anxiety disorder and agoraphobia. She needs a driver and housekeeper or she won’t be able to work. Tierney Edwards, a restless, wandering soul, is on the move again, never staying in one place more than a few months. The two women are each other’s opposites, one nomad and one recluse, but when destiny places them together, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. Giselle knows her heart will break when Tierney moves on again. But Tierney has never felt so at home, which scares her. Can these women, so bruised by life and experience, find a way to break free of the past—or will they have to say good-bye?

 

As a queer woman with an anxiety disorder and agoraphobia I was really excited to read this book and for the most part it did not disappoint. The romance is a little slower than I usually like but it seemed right in this book. With Giselle’s anxiety disorder it felt like she needed things to move slowly and it worked well in this context.

One of the things I loved about this book is that although Giselle has an anxiety disorder and is unable to leave her property at the beginning of this book, she is still portrayed as having a full life. She has friends, a career, pets. Her life isn’t portrayed as a tragedy even though she often can’t leave her home. Giselle is very privileged so of course it’s not realistic for most people with agoraphobia but this is a romance novel and agoraphobic people who can’t leave their homes should be able to read an idealised version of their lives with agoraphobia (ideally I would not be agoraphobic at all but that isn’t an option for me so reading about someone who is able to live happily with agoraphobia is important).

I love reading novels with characters who are care experienced and there are two characters in this book. Tierney is a care leaver and Stephanie, a teenager who Tierney has been in contact with through an online group for care experienced people, is still in foster care. I thought the characters were very well written.

Overall I thought Giselle’s anxiety disorder and agoraphobia were written well and I could really relate to her and her reactions.

Rating: 4/5

Content warning (spoiler)

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Book Review: Unlawful Entry by Ember Cole

Content Note: This is a review of an erotic romance story.

 

I started reading this book on my commute to work. Big mistake. This book is far too hot to read in a public place. The story is about a woman (Ryssa) who lets her friend set her up with an anonymous man for sex. She’ll be blindfolded and he won’t be allowed to talk so she won’t ever know who the mystery man was. Her best friend sets her up with Zach, the police officer who she’s had a crush on for the past year. Zach likes Ryssa but doesn’t think he’s good enough to date her but he also can’t stand the thought of some other man being her one night stand.

This was such an enjoyable read. It’s really unapologetically erotic and dirty. It starts with a list of all the things Ryssa wants her one night stand to do to her and the rest of the book is basically Zach and Ryssa doing those things!

Although the majority of the book is sex, it is erotic romance (not just erotica) and I really enjoyed the romance side of things too. I like my romances angsty and there was a good dose of angst in this one.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick read with hot sex and a little bit of angst before the HEA.

Rating: 5/5

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Army Ranger’s Surprise by Donna Michaels

I requested this book even though I hadn’t read the rest of the series because it said that it could be read as a standalone and although it was easy enough to follow without having read the previous books, I think this is probably a book that works much better if you have read the rest of the series. There were so many secondary characters and I found it impossible to keep track of who was who. They seem to all be characters who have been in the previous books so I imagine that if I had read the others, it would have been good to see them again but as I was reading this as a standalone book I just didn’t care about them. Initially this made it difficult for me to get into this book. However, it was worth it because this was an enjoyable romance novel (I only wish I had read the rest of the series first).

 

There were some genuinely sweet and sexy moments in this book and some points that really made me laugh. Once I stopped trying to remember which character was which and who was married/engaged/involved with who there was an enjoyable story here. It isn’t quite the story that’s advertised, Kaydee doesn’t find out she’s pregnant until near the end of the book and from the description I expected the novel to be focused on their response to her pregnancy but the book was still enjoyable. I also really liked that Kaydee and Leo’s grandparents also have a relationship, it’s nice to see older characters being given happily ever afters.

Overall an enjoyable book but I would read the rest of the series first.

Rating: 4/5

http://donnamichaelsauthor.com/books/the-army-rangers-surprise/

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Autistic Book Project

For autism acceptance month I wanted to do something positive so I came up with the idea of sending books written by autistic authors to organisations that work with autistic people. I will be sending books using money I raised on patreon and my own money but I am also sharing this so that other people can also send books. I think representation is important and it’s important that autistic people see ourselves in books and I also wanted to support autistic authors by buying more copies of their books.

How it works

It’s really simple. Pick an organisation from the list below and send them a book written by an autistic author.

Some organisations have very specific guidelines. For example, some do not accept second hand books or hard back books. These guidelines have been included in individual posts.

I’ve linked to two prison book projects in the US. Both websites have links to other projects providing books to people in prison. Many accept second hand books so you might want to find one that is close to you to make it easier to donate books.

If you do send books I would love to hear about it. You can tweet me @brookewinters33

 

Which books to donate

Each organisation has information about what kind of books they are looking for. I’ve tried to include some suggestions on each post but I do not know every single book by autistic authors so there are probably many more that could be sent.

I have an ever expanding list of autistic writers that might give you some ideas:

https://mobile.twitter.com/brookewinters33/status/969925856717045761

Financial donations

I appreciate all of the offers of financial support for this project but I will not be accepting money from anyone. If you want to contribute but can’t afford to buy a book, some of the organisations do accept second hand books and you would just have to pay postage.

For authors and publishers

Some of the organisations that I’m in contact with regarding this project want to take part but do not want information published publicly for confidentiality reasons. If you are an author or publisher who would like to donate to children and young people in foster care and schools, please email me at brookewinters3@gmail.com

For organisations that want to take part

If you would like to be added to the list of organisations to donate to please email me brookewinters3@gmail.com

You do not have to be an organisation that works specifically with autistic people. Autistic people use all kinds of services.

List of organisations to donate to:

Pelham Public Library

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Books for Prisoners

Women’s Prison Book Project

Welsh Secondary School (This is an Amazon wish list)

Donate Books to Women in Prison

The Women’s Prison Book Project provides books to women and trans people in prisons. You can find out more information about them here: https://wpbp.org/contact-us/about/

Please send new and used paper back books to:

Women’s Prison Book Project
c/o Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Some suggestions of books you might want to send:

Odd Girl Out by Laura James http://extracts.panmacmillan.com/extract?isbn=9781509843077

All the weight of our dreams, on living racialised autism. https://autismandrace.com

This Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (this is a pre-order so it will be sent when it’s published) https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Quotient-Helen-Hoang/dp/0451490800/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522874016&sr=1-1&keywords=helen+hoang

Transcendent 2, the years best transgender speculative fiction. https://www.amazon.com/Transcendent-Years-Transgender-Speculative-Fiction/dp/1590216628/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522873849&sr=8-1&keywords=Transcendent+2

 

 

 

 

Donate Books to Prisoners

Prison Book Programme (Prisonbookprogram.org) is an organisation that sends free books to prisoners.

You can find more information about them here:

https://prisonbookprogram.org/about-us/what-does-prison-book-program-do

Books can be sent to:

1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169

Please only send paperback books that are either new or gently used. They cannot accept self-published books.

Please check out the guidelines before sending books (not all books can be used)

https://prisonbookprogram.org/donatesection/donate-books/

Some suggested books:

All The Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialised Autism. https://autismandrace.com

Transcendent 2, the years best transgender speculative fiction. https://www.amazon.com/Transcendent-Years-Transgender-Speculative-Fiction/dp/1590216628/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522873849&sr=8-1&keywords=Transcendent+2

 

 

 

Donate Books to Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children’s hospital in London. They accept gifts for the children who are in their care and find that often teenagers get forgotten when people send gifts. As well as books you could consider sending a stimming gift (like fidget spinners).

There are some guidelines for sending gifts:

-Do not send second hand books. All books must be new.

-Do not gift wrap items. Staff need to be able to match them to the children and teenagers.

Please send to:

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
40 Bernard Street
London
WC1N 1LE

Some suggestions of books you might want to send:

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde http://www.jenmariewilde.com/books/

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung http://www.captainstupendous.wordpress.com

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis http://www.corinneduyvis.net

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp http://www.mariekenijkamp.com

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas http://www.rachaellucas.com

Suzie Spins by Emma Dalmayne http://www.stasspublications.co.uk/publications/parents/susie-spins

The Someday Birds by Sally J Pla https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062445766/the-someday-birdS

I love being my own autistic self by Landon Bryce https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Being-Own-Autistic-Self/dp/0615731821