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BOOKCLUB REVIEW: “Razor Wire” by Lauren Gallagher

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ABOUT:

Two women. One terrible crime. Zero allies.

After being raped by a superior officer, MA3 Kim Lockhoff wants to leave the whole thing in the past. A cop herself, she knows all too well that it’s her word—and slutty reputation—against that of a respected Navy officer.

MA2 Reese Marion, a tough cop hiding her own trauma behind a hard-as-nails exterior, has no patience for pretty little princesses who use their cleavage to win favor with the guys. But when Reese is partnered with Kim, she slowly realizes that reputations can lie. Kim is whip-smart, ambitious—and scared. The man who attacked her won’t let anything damage his career, least of all Kim . . . or the baby she’s carrying as a result.

Isolated on Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home, the two women lean hard on each other. But when Kim confides in Reese, she unwittingly puts her new lover—and both of their careers—in the line of fire. Now her attacker just might have the leverage he needs to keep her quiet for good.

REVIEW:

Bookclub. Do you have one? I am lucky enough to be part of well, the best EVER, and though we are much more than buddy readers now, we still have a blast when we crack open a book together. We are a group of ten and some of our tastes are pretty different. This bookclub buddy read was a more intimate group because it…well, it was different than usual. What was different? To start with…lady lovin’. And tough topics made the pages. I brought a few of my girls along today to chat….

Ladies, let’s talk about these…ladies!

 

Sheri: We’ve been reading together for what? 3 years now?

Deirdre: Yep, can’t believe it.

Sheri: So when you said, ‘Do you want to read LA’s new book? it’s f/f. Anybody game?’ I didn’t hesitate. You know me, my ears perk up when I hear those two initials and I’m always up for something different. AND lo and behold, I never read the blurb! If I would have, then I would have been better prepared for the third word listed….rape. Ugh, something I typically avoid in my books.

Deirdre: Rape. Abortion. Male privilege. All themes/topics here . . .Well done, no rose colored glasses. These characters felt like real women, people we all know and love .

Jessica: I loved the parts of the book dealing with the rape, pregnancy, almost abortion, her C.O. It’s so rarely nowadays that I read a book that causes an emotional reaction with me. I’ve become very desensitized I think. But with this one, my heart was pounding in places; I felt anxiety and anger and sadness due to all the things that Kim had to deal with. She felt powerless and I felt powerless too.

Deirdre: The meat of this book is dealing with the rape and the unintended pregnancy. The power of male privilege and how it impacts every more these MCs make. the military aspects are fascinating, something the author writings about frequently. Okinawa is the setting of a couple of her m/m books. it was nice to visit again with another couple.

Sheri: Yes! Conduct Unbecoming was one of my favorite of Witt’s. She certainly knows her military bases. Things felt very…factual.

Deirdre: The main couple …you can’t help but cheer for them …I hope they make it. I hope what they have is real. The author did not convince me about the romance. sure, the sex was fun and HOT. this author writes a great sex scene! but the romance???? didn’t feel it . . . I would not care either way if they broke up. The big scene near the end …. Found myself texting a buddy reader channeling Jack Nicholson ‘you can’t handle the truth’ !!!! Good tension building, great descriptions.

Sheri: Completely agree. I wasn’t exactly sold on their love affair turned relationship. Extremely heavy circumstances brought them together initially, but was that enough to keep them together? I can’t say for sure.

Jessica: I agree. The romance never inspired much though. I liked the transitioning of the relationship from acquaintances to friends to lovers, but I wasn’t ever sold on the HEA. The author did a good job of developing it organically I think, especially with so many of the stories I read nowadays being instalust or instalove, but I felt like the two of them had just gotten to the point by the end of the book where the author could start to convince me they were going to make it forever… Except then it was over. Very abruptly and neatly I might add. I would have loved if the book was at least 50 pages longer. It lost something for me for it to be tied up at the end a quickly as it was. It felt anticlimactic after I spent so much of the book emotionally keyed up.

Sheri: I always enjoy alternating POV’s and this time it fit perfectly!
I believe it was crucial to know both of their thoughts. What did you think about the sex? Holy hotness! The first f/f book I read *grumbles* had horrendous intimacy. This one was quite smexy, especially considering the challenges they both were facing during those intimate moments (poor darlings) not to mention the situation they were in.

Deirdre: L a Witt writes damn good sex, lol!! The alternately POVs were great for this…I did need to be in both of their heads. I needed to see what what happens between them as they both came to terms with some awful shit.

Jessica: The sex scenes fell really flat for me.

Deirdre: I gave this 4 stars, but it should be a 3. it is a fine read. kinda flat as far as romance. this feels like a relationship of convenience and a HFN. these two never have that destined feeling, more like…gee, another lesbian is standing here. ok. have at it! I  gave it an Extra STAR for tackling tough topics. This author has some guts and I applaud her for that….she has hit other tough topics in other books too, so hats off. I am a fan for that alone.

Sheri: A strong 3.5 from me. Not my favorite from Witt’s bookshelf, but as usual, I’m thankful for this story…and it’s always better with my girls.

Jessica: I thought she actually got right were the emotional aspects of being raped, the almost abortion, and the impotence Kim felt about not being able to do anything about any of it. (I spent the entire book wanting to scoop out Stanton’s balls with a spoon and feed them to him. And his wife-WHAT. A. BITCH.) I thought she wrote all that stuff REALLY well… The rest of it: meh. I’m giving it a 3.

Sheri: Well, there you have it. Three different perspectives with three different ratings. Thanks ladies for swinging by. Can’t wait for our next adventure together. *hugs*

 

RATING: 3/3.5/4 STARS

BOOK INFO-

Title: Razor Wire
Author: Lauren Gallagher
Publisher: Riptide
Release Date: December 22, 2014
Purchase Links: Riptide

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