Jane Elliot
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Manifold Press
Release Date
August 2015
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Nothing much ever happens to Heather, until the day she's innocently minding her own business when a bomb goes off – and she's precipitated into the kind of adventure which in her world only happens to people on TV! Thankfully she's about as prepared and resourceful as a girl can be, because all of a sudden she's in the middle of a road movie along with an extraordinary woman named Natalie – the two of them running for their lives into and out of a mess of complicated situations in which nobody is ever quite what he or she might appear to be …

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 17, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
153 people found the following review helpful
I always enjoy a good girl-on-girl book, but SMOOTHIE surprised me first by not being the typical lesbian romance book I expected and second by how much I loved it.

Heather George is minding her own business, simply wanting a smoothie, when a car bomb goes off and changes the course of her life forever. Thrown into the trunk of her own car by a tall, lithe woman, this is one scenario that Heather didn't have a contingency plan for. When she finally meets her kidnapper Natalie, Heather is a little stunned at how attracted she is to the beautiful thief. Despite Heather's inept social skills, she manages to form a few coherent thoughts, enough to earn the respect of the badass chick who's now her constant companion. Between dudes who want them dead and friends who want the bounty on Nat's pretty head, the two women will have to make their way out of the Florida Keys with just their wits and determination.

I'll tell you right now, the cover and synopsis of SMOOTHIE does NOT do this story justice. It's shockingly good, with the MC's both being females, and lesbians at that. There is very little romance in this book whatsoever, in fact, other than a few sweet kisses, this book is primarily a suspenseful race to get out of the Keys alive. Told from chunky social hermit Heather's POV, SMOOTHIE details a complete and utter departure from her comfort zone. For a woman whose idea of rebelling is to refuse weed from her pothead parents, it was fun to watch her struggle with this situation, yet step up and use whatever advantage she could find to turn the roles around.

Natalie was a very interesting character herself, one seriously bad ass chick with an insanely wild and dangerous job as an "information broker." Her relationship with Jocelyn was intriguing to say the least, and I actually found Jocelyn to be my favorite character in SMOOTHIE! I wouldn't mind reading a follow up featuring Jocelyn and her exploits, quite honestly. Overall, this book was one action-packed adventure after another, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed every page of this book.

Bottom Line: Female driven suspense novel with great action and dialogue and terrific character development. Highly recommended!
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