Stuck Landing, by Lauren Gallagher
Series: Bluewater Bay
Release Date: December 14, 2015
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Buy Link: Riptide Publishing
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
For months, acclaimed Wolf’s Landing director/producer Anna Maxwell has been nursing a crush on Natalya Izmaylova, a former Russian gymnast and current Wolf’s Landing stunt coordinator. When Anna witnesses Natalya’s very public breakup with her boyfriend, she can’t resist inviting her over for drinks to commiserate about love and all that nonsense. Commiseration doesn’t last long, and soon Anna’s in bed with the hottest woman she’s ever touched, living out fantasies she didn’t even know she had.
Despite the amazing sex, Anna wants to proceed with caution. They’re both newly single. They’re colleagues. And there’s the not-so-small matter of Anna’s biphobia.
Natalya won’t commit to someone who clings to ridiculous stereotypes, but they can’t avoid each other at work, and there’s no ignoring their chemistry. Anna’s defenses are slowly eroding, and Natalya is willing to give her another chance. But Natalya only has so much patience, and even scorching-hot sex won’t keep her coming back forever. If Anna doesn’t come to her senses soon and let go of her prejudices—not to mention her insecurities—she’s going to lose the woman of her dreams.
Finally, a F/F romance comes to the Bluewater Bay universe! And it’s Anna and Natalya, which makes me so happy. We get a good look at Anna’s romantic problems in a previous book, Rain Shadow, but with Stuck Landing she finally takes center stage, and gets a chance at love.
I came up for air again and touched my forehead to hers. “I didn’t . . .” I licked my lips. “I didn’t realize you were into women.”
Natalya laughed, the soft huff tickling my lips. “There’s a lot of things you don’t know about me.”
I was very impressed with the way Lauren handled Natalya’s sexuality. Given the bi-erasure in most LGBT+ romances, it was a breath of fresh air to read a character who is so openly and unashamedly bisexual, and who also has to come up against some very strong biphobia.
While Anna’s biphobia was a bit too much at times, her inner conflict and the tension it caused between her and Natalya made for some very compelling drama. And the make-up sex? Whew! I mean, wow, I could almost see the steam coming off of my tablet!
“Men want me to be a slut, and women are convinced I will be. So half the population expects me to fuck on demand and the other half refuses to believe I won’t.”
Gallagher(-slash-Witt) is a genius when it comes to writing page-turning romances with ridiculously hot bedroom scenes. Anna and Natalya’s relationship is written perfectly, and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot as well. So glad that we got to see more of Levi and Carter, and Jeremy and Scott, as well!
A truly fantastic addition to the Bluewater Bay universe, and one that I’ll definitely be going back to re-read again in the future!
[Bonus points for Natalya’s last name, which has me actually cracking up out loud!]