Deja Vue by Dee

This is the story of Sara and Lee. But no, it’s about Sarah and Leah… oh well. The story comes in two parts, anyway, the first of which ends unexpectedly, but is being taken up again later.

Sarah, an American medical doctor, meets Leah, an English professor of Ancient Studies, over a spilt cup of coffee while they both are on a holiday in Greece. After the initial awkwardness they decide that they like each other enough to spend some time together.

But here’s why Sarah spilt her coffee in the first place: “This tourist looked and sounded like the woman in her dreams…” And this is also where Part I comes into play.

I am not usually into stories with a strong “supernatural” (for lack of a better word) element, but Dee evokes such a delight at the developing relationship between Sarah and Leah that I could take that part in a kind of “icing on the cake” – attitude. The way she describes the growing friendship, the Grecian surroundings, made me want to spend some time there, too — preferably with someone as nice as the protagonists are.

Very nice, satisfying, and romantic. You get your time’s worth reading this.

Blazing Dream by Larisa

Are you into construction workers and the likes? You know the strong butch woman with powerful forearms, muscular thighs and perhaps a stocky build, the women who are really soft at heart when you get past the tough exterior? Well if you are then you have amble chance to meet a woman of your heart in the world of f/f fan fiction.

You might already know some of my favourite characters in this genre – how about Sheridan in Vertigo’s “Caution: Under Construction”, she is not only good at putting up drywall but also an imaginative lover, or Branson in Larisa’s “Phantom”, who looses her heart to a farmer.

Actually you’ll find a huge number of these big softies in the stories by Larisa, like Taylor the cement truck driver in “Kicking and Screaming” who will win a toaster own and the heart of a rather confused straight woman, Rouge from “Rough Warrior” who comes to the rescue with her strange truck when Taylor needs a friend, or Ed in “Haunted Past” who mourns the loss of her wife who left her because … well you’ll have to look up the story if you want to know why and to learn if she will ever return.

You’ll probably find the farmer Elise in “The Harvest” by G.E. Birch a bit less butch than Larisa’s characters but she does have a trade that requires quite a bit of muscular power, and a heart looking for someone to love. If you find female farmers who wears their hearts on their sleeves alluring you could also go meet up with Eunice in “Fenced Fields” by Dee.

Should you prefer the female characters with a tough job on the sea you might want to look up Captain Cordie in “Beneath the Surface” by Barbara Davies, who will take you and Piper sword-fishing which proves to be no easy trade.

As I said the butch women are plentiful in f/f fan fiction and if you want them at the roughest go look up the ones in the Larisa Universe. They all have big hearts that needs a special woman to love, and more often than not it’s great fun to watch how the romance unfolds.

If you know all of the stories mentioned above you could try Larisa’s “Blazing Dream” sporting not one but two women with a strong connection to the world of construction, but maybe you should take a quick peek at life in the woods before you decide to venture out. The first thing that you’ll notice is the sound of axe and chainsaw that create a steady flow of noise from dawn till dusk as Rowan tries to fight of her demons by cutting and splitting logs.

If you choose to stay home to have some peace and quiet, I know someone who will venture out – that’s Brandy – she has just inherited a rather run-down property from her aunt, and now she is looking to spend some time fixing it up with her next-door neighbour Rowan looking on.

If it wasn’t for the noise of Rowan’s axe and chainsaw or the occasional gift she leaves at Brandy’s door, Brandy wouldn’t know that anyone was around watching her work, that’s until the day – months later – when she slides of her roof only to be caught in Rowans strong arms! From then on thoughts of soft black hair, blue eyes and a gorgeous body crowed Brandy’s dream, but it will take Latisha the Queen to bring Rowan out of her hiding and into Brandy’s life.

“Blazing Dream” has a standard Larisa storyline, a funny dialogue, weird characters and a couple of woman who really needs someone to love. So if you like the strong butch characters in a funny setting, and can accept a fast moving romance – you could venture out into the woods with Brandy, Rowan and Latisha the Queen.

Fenced Fields by Dee

If you can handle a sweet and sentimental story about the healing effect of love you should look up “Fenced Fields” featuring Molly and Eunice.

Molly and Eunice grew up together, but while Eunice wanted nothing more than to live her life on the family farm, Molly was determined to leave small town life. She wanted to go to college and to be a writer. Following her dream Molly left her best friend behind never looking back. Returning 5 years later to care for her terminally ill mother, Molly finds Eunice as helpful and sweet as ever, but with a lingering sadness in her eyes.

While Molly was away, Eunice experienced love, betrayal and a rather rough outing, which has caused her to lead a life in solitude, with little hope of ever finding love or companionship. Back home, older and wiser Molly is uncertain how to go about putting the sparkle back in Eunice’s eyes, but seeing that Eunice might not be an unobtainable goal, she starts a slow insistent campaign to heal the heart of the woman she wants to spend her life loving.

The ladies are sweet, and the romance rings true with the slow and steady seduction engineered by Molly, but I’m afraid that the story could have benefited by some extra editing, but don’t let this scare you off – if you like sweet – you could do a lot worse with your reading time than spending it on “Fenced Fields”.