Reviewed by Vicki
AUTHOR: Donna Jay
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 170 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 5th, 2016
When Claire discovers her fiancée has abused her trust in the most heinous way possible, she severs all ties.
A year down the track, she couldn’t be happier living a life of solitude on a vineyard. That is, until a quick trip into town changes everything.
Suddenly on her own in New Zealand, and on the edge of despair, Zoe never expected to find her salvation in the form of a beautiful and complex woman.
The following months are fraught with highs and lows as Claire and Zoe learn to navigate their way around each other. Both women need to overcome huge trust issues if they have any hope of forging a relationship.
Even thought this story contains some explicit content, and elements of BDSM, it’s primarily a romance.
This story starts with the ending of a relationship… Claire discovers her fiancée Amy, has betrayed her in a very personal way. Claire reacts by starting a scene with Amy in a place of anger, but realizes her reaction may not be appropriate and stops. Amy is shocked that Claire is shocked, and can’t believe it when Claire leaves.
A year later we pick back up with Claire, as she has moved to a vineyard in the country, and is slowly rebuilding her life. She stops for lunch at McDonald’s and meets Zoe, a young woman who is in a bad place. Zoe and her lover Sam where traveling around New Zealand, when Sam betrayed Zoe’s trust, and Zoe is now on her own in a foreign country. Claire sees the woman’s pain, and offers her a place to stay.
The two begin a very tentative friendship, both having some trust issues, thanks to their past lovers.
I liked this story quite a bit, even though I didn’t love the main characters. I didn’t always like the way Claire reacted, although I do understand she had issues, I just felt she was a little snippy with Zoe at times, for no reason. Claire was a little cold for my taste. I liked Zoe and her sweetness, especially with Molly, the barn cat at Claire’s vineyard. Zoe seems pretty young and innocent, and I did like Claire’s protectiveness. The two travel a bit, and we get a great look at bits of New Zealand, and then Calgary. I also learned several new Kiwi phrases!
There are several sex scenes in the book, with a bit of BDSM. There is a wonderful scene involving a french maid outfit that I particularly liked! The scenes between Claire and Zoe had a lightness to them that I’m not used to, and I liked it very much. I read mostly m/m, so the BDSM I’m more familiar with has a hardness to it that I didn’t see in this book. If that makes sense!
So overall I enjoyed this book. There is a little drama to the story of Claire and Zoe, and a little excitement at the end. The sex scenes were good, light BDSM with some fun role-playing. I liked the writing style, the details of New Zealand were fun. For a relatively new author and self published, the book was very clean, with no editing issues that I noticed. The story developed at a good pace, I liked that the two didn’t immediately fall in bed and in love. They had to work to get their relationship. Basically it was a nice story about two women coming from negative places in their lives and falling in love. Oh, and I loved the ending, it was very sweet!