Cheri’s Funk Reading List

As some of you already know, I’ve been feeling a bit off the past couple of months. When I’m in a funk, I reject most of the reading I should be doing for reading that I want to do. That means that reviews that I should have done are still waiting to be done. And I’m not sure when I’ll get all caught up because I’m still a bit funky.

Since my funk reading list tends to be only old favorites, I thought I’d share what made the list. There are a few other books on the list because they were selected as Books of the Month for the Mostly Lesfic Goodreads group or for Cocktail Hour.

Ok, here we go! These are not in any order because I can’t remember in what order I read them. Some of them have already been reviewed here so I provided links to the older reviews.

Open to Persuasion by Allie (CanadaBadGirl) – This is one of my favorite SVU fics. I think Allie aka CanadaBadGirl or CBG is a great storyteller and I’ve read everything she’s written in the Bad Girls fandom but I think there are other SVU fics that she’s done and she may also write for other fandoms. Not sure. This story not only has a very good depiction of a relationship between Alex and Olivia but two good cases. I highly recommend it. Andy and I also featured this one on an episode of Cocktail Hour and I reviewed it previously here. I haven’t read that review recently so who knows what I said…

My Lord by Mayt – This is a super long, super angst filled, and super good Conqueror fic. Are there some issues grammatically? Sure. Does it take away from the epic tale? Not at all. This is possibly the best Conqueror story I’ve ever read. There are a total of 7 books and some are better than others but, overall, just a great series. Be sure to keep a box of tissues nearby. Mayt has plenty of other fics available and a published series that starts out with Hesed by Maytee Aspuro Y Gonzalez

Snowbound by Queenfor4 – I came across this story awhile ago during a browsing of Calli’s Creations galleries of covers. I’m one of those people who will pick up a book because the cover grabs me… I had forgotten about it until Cari Hunter’s Snowbound was selected as the Mostly Lesfic book for May and it came up during my search. So I read it a couple of days ago. I very much enjoyed it! Megan Galagher is a homophobic mystery writer who ends up snowbound with a lesbian doctor, Randi Oakes. The unfolding of the story is good and the relationship building is good, too. I’d read it again and do recommend it. A nice Xena Uber. I also just noticed that UK reviewed the story here awhile ago so you should see what she had to say, too.

Snowbound by Cari Hunter – I just reviewed this one here.

Bonded by CBG – One of my very favorite stories in the Bad Girls fandom. CBG does angst like nobody’s business. She also has a very good grasp on the essence of the characters. A joy to read.

Biography & the sequel Plus Ca Change (or Ties That Bind) by CBG – Another favorite! AND this one has been published! You can find it under the name A Walk in the Rain by Alison Barnard. I grabbed the sample from Amazon to see if it started out differently and it appears to be exactly the same with the exception of changing the names of the characters that appeared in Bad Girls. I will, eventually, buy it to support the author but will probably wait until the next time I get the urge to read it. Shouldn’t be too long. Incognito also reviewed both of these stories here and here.

Reapers, Inc.- Brigit’s Cross by B. L. Newport – This was the April book of the month for the Mostly Lesfic group. We all agreed that it was pretty damn good. It’s the story of a newly dead woman who becomes a grim reaper. Initially, it was hard for me to get the image of Dead Like Me out of my head but as I got into it, it was definitely a good read. It’s the first in a series and you’ll probably want to pick up the second one just before you finish the first so you can move on. You’ll know if you want to continue by mid-book.

Soiled Dove by Brenda Adcock – I love westerns – especially westerns with brothels and whores. I didn’t really love this one but I didn’t dislike it either. It was ok. I enjoyed it mostly. I guess it just didn’t move me but it did give me a few hours of entertainment. I don’t not recommend it. You know what I mean?

The Road to Glory by Blayne Cooper & T. Novan – I’ve read this one before and enjoyed it but I enjoyed it even more the second time. I just love Cooper’s sense of humor and Novan’s ability to write angst and there’s lots of both here.

The Story of Me by Blayne Cooper – This short story is, in my opinion, fantastic. It’s classic Blayne Cooper. Stalkers, squirrels, and mishaps make this a very funny, well done romp.

None So Blind by LJ Maas – This is one of my very favorite romances of all time. It’s got the classic formula but Maas, I think, was a fabulous storyteller and I fell in love with both Torrey and Taylor. Yes, there are some issues – lots of flashbacks and many times when the lack of communication between the main characters makes you want to shake them violently – but I just don’t care. My dear friend, incognito, reviewed it here a long time ago so you can see what she had to say, too.

Balance of Forces: Toujour Ici by Ali Vali – I read this one for my appearance on Cocktail Hour with Andy and Ali Vali. It had been awhile since I read a book of Vali’s that I honestly enjoyed. I enjoyed this one. I don’t know if it was because it started out as an online fic – I love her old fan fic more than just about any book she’s put out – or if it’s just a good story, but I do recommend this one!

There were a few more but I can’t remember what they were. I’m still on the edges of the funk so who knows where that will take me!

The Crucible by CanadaBadGirl (aka Allie)

“Being gay is like having ginger hair”

One of the things little Emma has learned from her mommy Nikki and it makes you wonder :).

After Nikki Wade was set free, she got together with Helen Stewart and formed a happy home. After a few years, they decide to have a child, biologically Nikki’s, carried to term by Helen: Emma. Nikki and Helen separate when Emma is three years old and, although both women have not gotten over each other, neither of them is willing to admit it. To add to their problems, Nikki’s mother sees Emma at the the zoo with her uncle David, and runs with the news to Nikki’s father who files for custody of the child, citing Nikki’s past, her business, her sexual orientation. We get insight into Nikki’s family and circle of friend, an eclectic mix of personalities.
The struggle to protect Emma, the angst of a mother when faced with the possible loss of her daughter, the longing for a lover she can’t get over make for a wonderful drama. Emma’s occurrences and her mothers’ patience puts a smile on my face every time I read the piece.
One of my favorite fics EVER.
HIGHLY recommended.

Plus Ca Change by CanadaBadGirl (aka Allie)

*** SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read biography (it’s reviewed here on this site and includes a link), do that first. This is its sequel ***

Nikki’s nephew is in trouble; he’s fifteen, gay, rejected by his family and living on the streets. His only chance is the “other black sheep” of the family: his aunt Nikki who he has never met. Who has a wife and a life in another country. Who has no reason at all to want to help him.
Nikki and Helen’s family is growing. There is a bunch of secondary characters in this sequel whose stories are just as interesting and appealing as Nikki and Helen’s, namely Lucia and Claire, a wonderful couple whose passion and angst rivals that of our beloved N&H.
I loved this sequel. The writing does not disappoint and it’s one the very few sequels that I actually liked. By the end of it I had closure. I was not bored with the characters already, and would be open to read more about them. All of them!
Like all of CBG’s work, this is HIGHLY recommended.

Biography by CanadaBadGirl (a.k.a Allie)

Talent, looks and personality make Nikki Wade a superstar of classical music. So famous, a movie is being made about her life, the leading role to be played by Helen Stewart, herself a Hollywood movie star. In an attempt to better understand Nikki Wade, Helen contacts her manager wishing to spend some time with the musician. Her request is granted. Needless to say sparks fly between the two of them, and that is only the beginning of the story.

Ally has created a masterpiece in Biography and its sequel Plus Ca Change. A wonderful story that is full of angst, sexy, romantic, real.. I could gush for a long time but would rather you read it instead. I am confident you will not regret it.
HIGHLY recommended.

Private Sessions by CanadaBadGirl (aka Allie)

This is one of the most creative concepts for a Bad Girls fan fiction. It is Uber, without being Uber.

The premise: Helen Stewart’s therapy sessions.
Content: Season one through 3 of Bad Girls, and the events as seen through the eyes of Helen.
Of Course, Allie being the queen of angst, there is a lot of angst, but there’s also Helen’s struggle to admit her attraction not only to a woman, but a prisoner in her care, and accept herself and her feelings. It’s a very interesting point of view for anyone who has seen Bad Girls.
Highly recommended.

Open to Persuasion by Allie

Open to Persuasion is a well written, long SVU fic that has Alex and Olivia finally admitting their feelings for each other. Well, it doesn’t happen immediately. There’s some murder and child porn cases that need to be solved and criminals brought to justice, too.

All in all, I did enjoy the story. There were very few typos, although we did have some victims’ last names change mid-story, which is one of my pet peeves. The plot was good, the sex was hot, and there was angst to make it complete. With that said, there were a few things that I was disappointed in. I thought the crime investigations and prosecutions could have taken a more prevelent role in the work. They, initially, were just as important as the changing relationship between the detective and ADA but, toward the end, they faded into the background more. Since I thought they were an interesting part of the overall story, I wished they would have stayed more of a focus. The ending itself seemed sort of abrupt to me. Almost like the author just wanted to wrap it up.

I still recommend the story, though. It was easy to get lost in and I did feel a connection to the characters. Give it a try.

24 Hours by CanadaBadGirl (Allie)

This CBG story is a fairly short uber where Helen and Nikki met in their late teens working in the fashion industry. Nikki was starting her modeling career and Helen was a make up girl. Their friendship grows until an intimate evening in France results in five years of estrangement. Fate throws them back together at a convention in New York City and Nikki has a plan to finally get Helen out of her system.

While I wasn’t a fan of the backstory, the emotion of the piece itself is great. As with probably all of her work, CBG fills the story with highs and lows and beautifully written intimate scenes.