Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Fenced-In Felix
SERIES: Girl Meets Girl #3
AUTHOR: Cheyenne Blue
PUBLISHER: Ylva Publishing
RELEASE DATE: November 15, 2016
Felix Jameson is working hard to get her outback hospitality business off the ground. Building cabins, leading trail rides and enticing tourists means she hasn’t much time for distractions—and that includes romance. But when she meets Josie, a drifter who picks up casual work as she goes, Felix is intrigued and attracted. Josie asks Felix to board her horse, Flame, and Felix is delighted. Not only can she use the extra money, but it means she will see a lot more of Josie. Felix finds Josie fits in well into her life, and for the solitary Felix there’s finally the possibility of romance. But there’s something suspicious about Flame, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a valuable stolen racehorse. Felix knows she is falling hard for Josie, but is Josie all she seems, or is she mixed up in shady dealings?
Although this is book three in a series I feel it can be read as a standalone. In fact, in some ways I wish I had read it as such, or perhaps let more time lapse between this story and the last so the details weren’t so fresh in my mind. The reason I say that is because when I first met Felix in Not-So-Straight-Sue, she was outgoing, made no bones about her attraction to Sue, and gladly popped Sue’s Sapphic cherry. However, in this story, Felix is standoffish and has no clue how to flirt, her words. Granted three years have lapsed since book 2, so anything could’ve happened to transform her personality.
I was excited to read about Felix’s new campground and amenities, and while some of the content is about getting her business up and running, the greater plot revolves around horses. Not only trail rides but also the mystery of a missing race horse. At times the story dragged for me, however that could be because I’m not a huge fan of horses or horseracing.
Josie is an interesting character, and even though there’s chemistry between the two leading ladies, I’d not call this a romance. A slow burn perhaps, but even the ending didn’t have that heartwarming ‘awe they got their happy ever after’ feel to it.
The highlight of this story for me was when the characters from the first two books came to visit. Oh, and sitting around the campfire eating damper. I felt like I was there, could taste the melted butter and jam.
I enjoy this story overall and have no qualms about recommending the entire series to others. On a final note, as with any book published by Ylva publishing, the story is exceptionally well polished.