- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 453.0 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 395533886X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing; 1 edition (4 Oct. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075RD8CZD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like Jae's ability to connect you too her characters. The way she gets you involved with the story. She also takes you on an emotional roller coaster which I admit made my eyes water a few times. But saying that I thought it was a really excellent feel good story. It is about family, friendship, understanding and support.
I hope this book brings people hope. I know my first book was by Harper Bliss, my second by Radcliffe and seriously it gave me so much hope and joy that I have never looked back. I did not know it was there until my sister bought me my first kindle and a whole new world opened up to me. So I hope this book is the pioneer of the future.
*ARC provided by publisher via Ylva Publishing*
Cheyenne Blue managed to write a love story that at times seemed doomed due to Freya’s attitude. She succeeded in keeping me glued to the page by always giving a glimmer of hope that things just might work out. She let the reader see that Freya had reasons for being so closed up and therefore I found her redeemable. She hit the right notes emotionally and made me root for Lily and Freya. I really liked their friend Carly and her problems gave an extra dimension to the story. A thoroughly enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.
And then she meets Lily, bright, cheerful Lily. She owns a sex shop. Lily lives in the moment and takes pleasure in everything she does. Her playfulness and spontaneity drives Freya crazy.
They both have strong personalities, each in their own way, and they couldn't be more antagonistic.
Will Freya pull her wall down? Will Lily be able to enter into Freya's life?
When I read a book, I want to be immersed in the story. Well, I got so much into the story that I kind of disliked Freya for being so stubborn, so rude and so distant as if she were my next door neighbour.
They both have strong characters in the sense that they both stand up to their beliefs. In Lily's mind her option is the right one, and in Freya's hers is the only one.
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Freya has it in for her new neighbour even before they meet; she’s made up her mind about the person and the business they open next door to her shop and she’s nothing but hostile when they do meet despite Lily’s best efforts to be friendly. There are reasons behind Freya’s judgements that eventually are revealed but until then she struck me as a very unlikeable and unsympathetic character, her actions petty and childish. I much preferred Lily and the other cast of characters (who are a colorful bunch of people) over Freya. There is some wonderful humor in the story and plenty of drama with the clashes Freya is keen to have with Lily at every opportunity. The town in Australia where the story is set has an idyllic feel to it and its quirky inhabitants enliven the story further.
If you’re looking for some laughs and drama along with a slow burn romance and well written relationships between women, give this book a read. For more good lesbian romance reading, check out the other books in the Window Shopping Collection as well as Cheyenne Blue’s ‘Girl Meets Girl’ series.
I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The summary is that Lily, an incredibly warm and gregarious woman, starts a woman-centric sex shop next to Freya's woman-centric spiritual store. Physically, a thin wall divides their spaces, and everything that Lily does, from the sounds she creates and the space she takes up to her very presence, inadvertently triggers Freya, bringing out Freya's ice-queen. The two clash constantly in a way where Freya creates the confrontation but, interestingly, Lily doesn't take the bait. Lily isn't a doormat and intelligently responds, having way more patience than most.
I don't know. I just found the story interesting and different from the usual fare.
The writer was smart to give us the story in alternating perspectives between Lily and Freya so we could get their take on the other and why. Freya is cold to the max but we get to see her be warm with other people and realize something specific about Lily is bringing out her raging ice-queen side. We don't find out what that is until late in the story but we at least do get a reason.
I was wary of the "spiritual" aspect of the book, 1) because I'm atheist and 2) I have some not great experiences with "spiritual" shops and new age type religions but the spiritual element was centered on mindfulness, really. Mindfulness is the practice of observation without judgement and is now often used as a therapeutic strategy for trauma survivors so I got what Freya was doing.
The plot, characters, dialogue, and pacing were all fine to me.
I think what was missing that I would've liked to have seen more of was Lily actually falling for Freya. I believe this was meant or implied to have occurred over the weeks/months of Lily seeing Freya in different settings (yoga instructor, with her friend, etc) but it wasn't shown too much. That or have more time with Freya and Lily as a couple together after they acknowledge their feelings. But, these are fairly minor complaints.
For diversity, Lily's character is Cuban-Australian so there's some ethnic diversity in this. Lily is also depicted as a plus size woman and Freya is not considered conventionally physically attractive which was a nice change from the supermodel leads we often see.
On the whole, I enjoyed the read.