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I am Shelby James - self-loathing poet and artist, daughter, sister, best friend, and bisexual commitment-phobe. My life has been a lackluster existence. The only constant bright spot in my life is my best friend, my soul-mate, Veronica "Roni" Monroe.For years, I have given into my lust for both men and women, but now, at the age of thirty-two, I realize I need more than aI am Shelby James - self-loathing poet and artist, daughter, sister, best friend, and bisexual commitment-phobe. My life has been a lackluster existence. The only constant bright spot in my life is my best friend, my soul-mate, Veronica "Roni" Monroe.For years, I have given into my lust for both men and women, but now, at the age of thirty-two, I realize I need more than a just good booty call.I need more.While on my search for “more”, I find much more than I bargained for.This time, giving into my urges may destroy everything good in my life.Follow me on my journey to find my happiness. To find the real me.To find the beauty in the darkness....

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  • Lisa
    2019-01-06 23:05

    I am ShelbyJames is the debut novel for a new author, Brooke Lee. If you are looking for Erotica – this is the book for you!! Talk about intense sexual scenes, you get some girl on girl action, a ménage a trios and some “regular” sex scenes – however calling them regular doesn’t justify the hotness. The poetry in this book makes you feel, seriously makes you feel! I am not one who loves to read poetry but many that were written in this book had my attention. Brooke Lee isn’t just an author, she is also a poet!ShelbyJames is broken “ The real, broken, and insecure, tortured soul underneath the makeup, hair spray and tight jeans.” Shelby can play the part of feeling confident while she is working on putting herself back together and also doing what she loves and that’s writing poetry and attempting to get her work seen in art galleries. Roni is Shelby’s BFF – they’ve been this way for decades – it’s the two of them against the world. What happens when feelings get stronger, sexual and all consuming? Do they take their friendship to the next level and become lovers? This is a beautiful friendship between two women, no – that’s not a good description, it’s a beautiful sensual friendship between two women! Whether or not they take this friendship to the next level – these two will always be friends, sisters, and soul mates of the heart!Enter Riley – he is an artist also. Shelby meets Riley while shopping and the sparks begin to fly. Riley has a wonderful soul, there were times when I was reading I was wondering if he was a girl in his past life. He is so understanding, patient, loving and swoon worthy. As Shelby starts learning more about herself and the woman she can/wants (to) be – her relationship with Riley blossoms. Who will she choose? Her beautiful best friend Roni or the swoon worthy Riley? “Accept the love being offered to you, you are worth it”. Whomever she chooses she knows she is WORTHY of love! That’s a strong quote – it will be embedded in my brain for quite some time. Good job, Ms. Lee – 4 stars for me!I received a complimentary copy of I am ShelbyJames in exchange for an honest review.

  • Theresa
    2018-12-26 18:57

    Shelby is an aspiring artist. She writes poetry, but until that becomes her paid profession, she works in an office. Her best friend Roni has seen Shelby both at her best and worst. They are each other’s rock, partner in crime, and protector. When a series of events threaten to change Shelby and Roni’s friendship, they have to see if those events will cause them to lose their best friend.On a shopping trip, Shelby meets Riley, an established artist, and sparks fly immediately. As they spend time with one another, feelings are quickly growing into something more, and Shelby has to decide what—and who she wants.There is so much more I want to write, but in order to prevent spoilers, I’ll just say that I really, really enjoyed this book. The characters have depth, and you really get invested in them almost from the start. The poetry is as much a part of the story as Shelby and Roni, and it gives you a powerful element in the telling of this story.Brooke isn’t afraid of a turning up the heat in the bedroom—or wherever the mood strikes these beautifully flawed characters. There were a few scenes where I read this book one-handed…wink!The poetry throughout the book was amazing. You can tell this is where her passion lies, and I love how she created a story around such stirring prose. You definitely get more concentrated showing of her gift. I wouldn’t mind seeing a collection of her poetry separate from this book. This is Brooke Lee’s debut novel, and I hope to see more from her soon.I received this ARC for an honest review, and I give it 4 stars.

  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    2018-12-24 20:53

    Great praise to the author on a brilliant debut novel. I read this in one sitting as it was so good.Shelby is a poet who works in an office. She comes across as insecure and doesn't have much faith in herself. The one constant in her life is her best friend Roni who has been through everything with her. There is a lot of sexual tension between Shelby and Roni. What happens if they take their friendship to a new level? When Shelby meets Riley she needs to decide if she wants to be with Roni or Riley.After reading this I realise I want to read more F/f stories as this was so good. I've got to admit I'm not keen on poetry so wasn't sure if I'd like this story. However I really liked the poetry in this story. This was a well written story that pulled on my emotions. I loved it.Looking forward to reading more from this author.

  • Lita Thomas
    2019-01-08 20:42

    I Am Shelby James (Beauty in the Darkness) by Brooke Lee. A well written story by first time author. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the story by the author. This was a story about a young lady who is struggling to find the person she wants to be. Shelby is a young lady who is a bisexual poet who works at a specialty automotive parts place. Her best friend has been by her side for as long as she can remember and is not only her biggest cheerleader but her soulmate. After a sexual escapade between the two Shelby is now at the crossroads in her life. The darkness is back and she has to make hard choices in order to become the person she wants to be. The author has taken the reader on a journey of self-doubt and self- discovery. Shelby’s journey is one many people have taken and the story was very personal and that was what made this story so exciting. I also have to say that the sex whether Shelby was with a woman or a man was some of the most sensual I have read in quite some time. I look forward to the next book from this author. If this is her first outing I can only imagine where she goes from here. Definitely not a fluff story but one of substance. Kudos to the author. I was given an ARC of the book for an honest review. I give this story 4 stars.

  • Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
    2019-01-11 02:55

    I Am ShelbyJames by Brooke Lee is this authors debut Novel and it is hard to believe that this is her first book. I think she did a wonderful job in developing her characters. Shelby James is trying to find herself and trying to find her own happiness. Brooke Lee took us on Shelby’s journey to find happiness, love and satisfaction with her life. Brooke requested me to listen to her book. Which I do on my Fire Kindle she wanted to know if there were any errors to be caught by listening. And, I didn’t hear anything that sounded out of the ordinary. But, what I did hear was how HOT this book is. I had to fan myself with my Kindle Fire a few times because I thought that both the Kindle and I were on Fire. Just kidding about everything being on fire. But, I Am ShelbyJames is spicy HOT so get ready! Now this book probably isn’t for everyone there are quite a few sexual encounters in this book as well as some F/F scenes and a ménage a trois daydream that was smoking HOT! Brooke Lee incorporates her own poetry throughout this book and I have every one of her poems highlighted because they are so beautiful.I thoroughly enjoyed reading I Am ShelbyJames and I look forward to reading more from Brooke Lee. I think she proved to herself that she can write a book.I received a complimentary copy of I Am ShelbyJames for an honest review and I give this smoking HOT book 5 stars. I will be buying this book for my collection as soon as it is released because I do believe she deserves a verified purchase stamped by Amazon on this review.

  • Shannon
    2019-01-08 01:50

    Shelby James is on a journey of discovery…discovery of love, happiness, and most importantly herself. She tries to come off as a confident woman, but she doesn’t give herself enough credit. She is insecure of not only her talent, but herself as well which puts her in a dark place at times. What she doesn’t realize is that a certain darkness is needed to see the stars. Shelby has always had her best friend, Veronica “Roni” as one of her biggest fans, but there has also been an undercurrent of sexual tension between them for quite some time. Can their friendship survive if they cross the line with each other? What happens when Shelby meets Riley, the sexy art sculptor? Shelby has to learn the same thing we all do in order to continue on her journey, “Accept the love being offered you. You are worthy of it.”This book was a little different for me than other books I’ve read, and probably not for the reason you might think. This was the first one I’ve read that involved two women exploring the sexual boundaries of their friendship. However, what made this book different and what I really enjoyed was the use of poetry throughout the storyline. I found myself wanting to actually see these pieces created by Shelby James.I am ShelbyJames is the debut novel for author, Brooke Lee and I look forward to reading more of her work, especially her poetry. I give it 4 stars.*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dariteone86
    2019-01-02 22:42

    I will admit that I am not a big fan of FF books, BUT this book kept my attention. There was just the right amount of details to keep me engaged and not put me off. Shelby James is a artist in her thirties that has insecurities about herself and her art work. She also has a best friend, Roni, whom she is in love with but is afraid to lost her friendship if anything was to happened between them. One drunken night lines were crossed between best friends and things got blurry between them. In walks the most gorgeous man, Riley, and Shelby is instantly drawn to him. Making her feel things she hasn't felt in a long time Shelby does not want to rush things with him. Roni asks Shelby to join her on a trip to Chicago where more lines were crossed and their friendship was put to the test. Coming home to Riley intermingled , will she confess what happened or will it be, "what happens in Chicago stays in Chicago?"I am glad to have had this opportunity to read this book. I would recommend this book to others to read!.

  • Hj
    2019-01-09 00:43

    OMG!! I loved this book. I cried, laughed, hurt and felt the love of all the characters. What a beautiful love story. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you Brooke Lee for a beautiful story.**I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

  • Sassy Southern
    2018-12-22 20:44

    4.5 starsShelby James is 32 years old and is an artist writing poetry and putting it onto pictures but to pay the bills she works at Mustang Mods. She is best friends with Veronica "Roni" Monroe. Shelby has known she is bi-sexual for a long time and when a drunken evening leads to sex with Roni she wonders how this will impact their relationship. When Shelby meets Riley Ford she is confused on her feelings for Roni and Riley.Will Shelby be able to sort everything before losing one or both of them?This was a beautiful story about discovering who you really are and what you need in your life.Shelby has been attracted to both men and women for years and in the past it has cost her certain relationships and she is afraid that she will lose any man for what she did in her past. She is truly trying to discover who she is and what will make her happy and fulfilled in her life and this book is about her journey.Shelby knows she can't lose Roni but at the same time is very conflicted on where their relationship stands and wonders if their one night together will ruin everything. Their sexual relationship was intense and hot and yet the two were going into uncharted territory. I read this book after I read Roni's story so this brought me a different side of Roni that had only been talked about. I liked Roni but she almost seemed a little lost and unsure of herself. At the same time I was really cheering for Riley as I thought he was such a great guy who would be completely awesome for Shelby. He was completely head over heals for her and was willing to wait as long as needed to show her. But at the same time he was conflicted about her feelings for Roni.I loved how Theresa and Chloe were intertwined into the story to link the past with the present. I also absolutely loved Theresa's advice "Accept the love being offered you". This was a great book and I look forward to more from the author! - By Rebecca

  • TRISH BROWN
    2018-12-29 23:44

    Brooke Lee - I am ……………….ShelbyJames.(Beauty in the Darkness Series Book 1).WOW! OMG! I have just been been blown away by the literary words of Brooke Lee. What a pure bliss Roller coaster of a ride I have been on with Shelby James and the other wonderful characters within this novel.Brooke Lee is a Poet and Writer and this is abundantly clear by her wonderful use of the written word available to her. She is an extremely gifted and talented writer IMO.Shelby has an active and an explorative sexual appetite which Brooke Lee explores through sexual need, hot smoking sexiness, desire but so so much LOVE, AFFECTION AND DESIRE.Brooke Lee is guaranteed to having you tightening your butt or squeezing your thighs as you read the hotness between the pages of F/F, female ménage, M/F.I started to read this novel with no expectations, Brooke Lee was a new Author to me, I knew nothing about her work. I will be forever grateful to the powers that be, that steered me this way! I have had a delicious read, it was new, it was exciting and it was totally different to what I normally read. Am I finished with Brooke Lee? Definitely Not! I've already got Book2 before I am…………..… ShelbyJames was finished. For just about everything in your novel Brooke Lee I am giving, I am ……. ShelbyJames an outstanding 5*.

  • Sabrina
    2019-01-12 20:59

    This is a debut book for Brooke Lee. As a debut she did a good job. It is not your average love story. We have Shelby James who feels that her life is lack-luster, from her job, to her love life, to her art. She has a different eye, an eye that finds more dark than light with her poetic words, and she feels no one will ever understand her. Except for her one constant, her soul mate and best friend Roni. These two beautiful ladies embark on an adventure to find themselves, and in the process they wonder if their true love is staring right at them in each other. Their friendship has always been close, but now they take things to a romantic level to see how strong their love is. One thing this book has is great sex. There is a lot of F/F sex, as well as a menage with F/F/F. I thought it was hot. This was my first F/F book, and I was not disappointed. If you are not a reader of same gender sex in books, this is not the book for you. I did not think Shelby James is as broken as the blurb made her sound. I thought she was actually quite strong, and I felt her best friend Roni was battling more demons then SJ. We do have male love interest in this book, they are about as perfect as a man can come; if only that were true. This book is told in Shelby James point of view. There is not any rollercoasters or cliffhangers. We do get a HEA ending where Shelby James decides who here love will be. Her soul mate and best friend or a new man who walks into her life and understands her need of occasional sex with women to satisfy her dominate side. ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Sabrina from Alpha Book Club

  • Heather R Callahan
    2018-12-25 20:50

    This story is about a young woman, who hasn’t really found her place in the world. Shelby is at a dead end job that she hates. She isn’t happy with any of the relationships she has been in. She has a very interesting art that involves poetry and pictures. Shelby’s best friend Roni has been with her through everything. She is beautiful, smart, and her soul mate. Shelby’s feelings for Roni move to uncharted territory. Shelby seems to be bisexual, so it isn’t like she hasn’t been with a woman. But Roni has always been straight, so when one drunk night takes them to a new friendship. Shelby also finds this amazing boyfriend, Riley. He is everything a woman could ever want, almost to perfect. At the end Shelby must decide who she wants to be with, whether or not the art path will take her where she wants to go, and what she wants in life. So many decisions for her.This is Brooke Lee’s debut novel. Reviewed by Heather from Alpha Book Club

  • Sarah
    2019-01-06 21:57

    I received this gift copy for an honest review.This is a great read from a new author. Shelby is an artist who works with an automotive story and struggles to get her art out and recognized. She calls her best friend Roni her soul mate. They take a journey to see how far their connection can go. She also meets another artist and is drawn to him as well. She's conflicted on who she wants/needs.I was completely bewitched by the story. I have never read a F/F story before. The characters were well developed and very relatable. I enjoyed that this bi-sexual woman is very secure in her own sexuality. Her honesty in who she is was very refreshing.I suggest to readers who have never read this genre to give their first try with this book.

  • Rebecca Austin
    2019-01-14 20:39

    This was a beautiful story about discovering who you really are and what you need in your life.Shelby has been attracted to both men and women for years and in the past it has cost her certain relationships and she is afraid that she will lose any man for what she did in her past. She is truly trying to discover who she is and what will make her happy and fulfilled in her life and this book is about her journey.Shelby knows she can't lose Roni but at the same time is very conflicted on where their relationship stands and wonders if their one night together will ruin everything. Their sexual relationship was intense and hot and yet the two were going into uncharted territory. I read this book after I read Roni's story so this brought me a different side of Roni that had only been talked about. I liked Roni but she almost seemed a little lost and unsure of herself. At the same time I was really cheering for Riley as I thought he was such a great guy who would be completely awesome for Shelby. He was completely head over heals for her and was willing to wait as long as needed to show her. But at the same time he was conflicted about her feelings for Roni.I loved how Theresa and Chloe were intertwined into the story to link the past with the present. I also absolutely loved Theresa's advice "Accept the love being offered you". This was a great book and I look forward to more from the author!

  • Barb Shuler
    2018-12-26 20:41

    *review copy gifted by author*Good God! What an emotional, yet completely satisfying ride! I think I love Shelby. ;) And, I think I love Riley. This is not my normal genre to read. Erotica is "over my head" but I have to say that I was hooked from page 1. This book has every shade of emotion and a few I didn't know could be brought through the pages of a book. ShelbyJames is a broken girl who is looking for love, even if she doesn't see that at first. Her best friend Roni is always there for her and not let me tel you... those two are really hot together. They're the perfect balance. They both get to love, laugh and love, each other but them their lives take a turn to the men in their lives. That doesn't stop the love these two share. Nope. If nothing else it makes it grow in a different way. Riley, Shelby's hunky man (who I winged to choke a few times, I mean, he's a man, he deserved it!) is a man that every woman wants. He's caring, attentive and very, very sweet! I truly loved this story, even if it was out of my normal comfort zone. I have Brooke to thank for that. She teased me with a blurb I could not say no too!

  • Lorna
    2019-01-06 20:05

    I need to begin with telling you this one is difficult for me to review. The sex in the book tends to lean towards erotica and that is not my cup of tea. I don't usually read F/F relationships either. There were also places in the beginning of the book I found myself skimming instead of fully reading, so I put the book down and read something else.When I picked it back up and got into the second half the book got better. It's a good story about a woman struggling with lack of confidence in herself and her art. I didn't know how her relationships would play out in the end which is a good thing. (It wasn't predictable.)I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 3 because I don't want to fault the author for something that isn't my taste in reading when the story line itself is a good one.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-12 19:59

    Whoa....... I don't choose to read f/f books but the exception being this as a BBB read for May. It was a good paced story but I really didn't like Roni. Her Roni Reveals monologues just reinforced how selfish she really is. Her wants and needs had to be met. I don't think she gave a rats arse about how Shelby really felt.Towards the end where Roni asks "how did he take it" made me feel she would drop it into a conversation just because!Good book, hot four star read!

  • Katherine
    2018-12-30 22:58

    This is one hell of a book from a new author. Not only does it do a beautiful job of tackling the hard subject of bisexuality (which very few authors touch) it takes on a roller-coaster of emotions that leaving you laughing, crying, throwing the book across the room, reaching for BOB and finally with that all important happiness and joy that comes from the ending of a great book. I personally can't wait for more from this author if this is her first showing then it's only going to get better.

  • Kathleen R.
    2019-01-01 01:08

    Title: I Am Shelby JamesAuthor: Brooke LeeSeries: Beauty in the Darkness series, book 1Publisher: Self PublishedReviewer: KathleenRelease Date: April 1st, 2016Genre(s): Erotic RomancePage Count:264 pagesHeat Level:4.5 flames out of 5Rating:4 stars out of 5Blurb: I am Shelby James - self-loathing poet and artist, daughter, sister, best friend, and bisexual commitment-phobe. My life has been a lackluster existence. The only constant bright spot in my life my best friend, my soul-mate, Veronica "Roni" Monroe. For years, I have given into my lust for both men and women, but now, at the age of thirty-two, I realize I need more than just a booty call. I need more. While on my search for “more”, I find much more than I bargained for. This time, giving into my urges may destroy everything good in my life. Follow me on my journey to find my happiness. To find the real me. To find the beauty in the darkness.Review:Finally a woman who is just as unsure of where to go next as the rest of the population of her age - at 32, Shelby is a woman to be reckoned with. She is smart, emotional, unsure and most of all, she's the woman who wants to find her other half - her soul mate. It's almost difficult to know where the character begins and the author ends as Shelby discovers her passion, and develops it further, for poetry, taking the risk that so many are afraid to take to put herself out there and let the world and the crowd critique her. In Shelby, I was able to feel newly published Brooke Lee's talent for poetry and her flair for taking a simple sentence and making it a piece of art. As beautiful as it is, it's impossible to ignore the other half that is incredibly sensual and erotic - in trying to find her place in the world, Shelby turns to her best friend of more than 20 years, whom she's felt physically attracted to for some time, Roni and the chemistry left me breathless more than once. The relationship between the two women is deep, intense and decadent, and until Shelby meets Riley at the Shopping Mall and sparks fly, she believed it was the only thing her body and mind needed. With Riley, this couple explores the nuances of male/female relationships and what it means to discover the joys of trying new things such as ménages, dominance and so much more. Truly an energizing read and one I couldn't put down, Brooke Lee's first novel, I Am Shelby James wa sand is one 'diamond in the rough' that makes your heart beat a mile a minute as you fall in love with love and follow the journey to the sexual and sensual discoveries that pushes Shelby towards her ultimate goal. Brooke Lee has captivated me and shown me what poetry, beauty and sensuality (and who can deny the hotness of the steaming bedroom scenes) can become - I can't wait for her next release as I'm hooked and have added her to my ever growing list of 'to be watched'.Review Copy of I Am Shelby James provided by the Author, Brooke Lee for an honest Review. Reviewed by Kathleen from Alpha Book Club

  • Melody
    2019-01-09 23:48

    I am Shelby James is a story of a women trying to find love and accomplishing her dreams. I enjoyed Shelby's journey. Brooke Lee did a great job of showing that love comes in many different forms. Shelby comes to feel the joy in the love around her and the different forms that are there. She learns to believe in herself.

  • Sara
    2019-01-05 00:04

    I felt this book was well written overall. There was a bit too much emotional back and forth, making me want to throw my kindle in frustration. Yet I found that I couldn't put it down until I'd finished reading it. It definitely kept me wondering how it would end. The characters were in depth and identifiable. They were fun to follow as they explored and learned about themselves. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I definitely recommend it.

  • Erin Lewis
    2018-12-27 20:59

    4 star review of I Am ShelbyJames (Beauty in the Darkness) by Brooke Lee Brooke Lee is a new author to me. I am ShelbyJames is her debut novel. This book has a variety of sexual scenarios throughout including F/F, MFF and M/F.The story was well written and I really enjoyable Ms. Lee’s writing style. Her characters were easy to relate to and I was impressed with the storyline which was written with great respect for circumstances that face many people today.Shelby is a bi-sexual woman seeking to find herself. She works at a job to support her poetry writing. Her best friend Roni has been with her throughout the best and worst of times; they rely on each other, but underneath their friendship lies sexual tension. What will happen if they cross that line from friends to lovers? Will their friendship survive?Brooke Lee is also a poet, and the poetry she has written within I Am ShelbyJames is absolutely beautiful.Complications further arise when she meets Riley. Their attraction is explosive with spark’s flying almost immediately. Shelby doesn’t believe that she is worthy of happiness and is torn as to what or who she really wants, whether it be with Roni, Riley or both. Her self-doubts at times can be crippling and in this I believe the author has really reached deep inside. This book seems so personal; you get that feeling with every word you read. Can Shelby move through the darkness within to reach the other side and find the answers and happiness she deserves?Take a chance on this author, you won’t regret it. I look forward to reading more of her Ms. Lee’s work and commend her on a great debut novel.

  • Erotic Romance Book Blog with Sandy
    2019-01-09 21:09

    I was provided an ARC of I Am Shelby James (Beauty in the Darkness) by Brooke Lee in exchange for an honest review. So hot I worried my kindle would start shooting flames. Carnal desire is flowing both when it is F/F, F/F/F or F/M and yet Brooke Lee was successful in maintaining substance. The poetry adds not only to the substance but to the flow of the book. I Am Shelby James created a variety of motions throughout the book. The characters brought joy, laughter, sadness, and even at times tears so have Kleenex at the ready. The characters are well developed and while this is my first book with FF I love those where a character is going through self-discovery. Shelby as with many lead female characters she sees herself more broken than she really is. I was glad it had the HEA, which is something that is important to me in any genre.I am giving this a 4.6 star rating! I will be looking forward to experiencing more books by Brooke Lee because for a debut, she did an awesome job!

  • Annamaria
    2019-01-14 23:01

    Four point Five Great Stars! This is Ms. Lee's first novel and I think she does a fantastic job! Shelby is trying to discover who she is in work, life and sexually. Roni is Shelby's best friend but she has strong feelings for her and one night they take things to the next level. Riley is also an artist who meets Shelby and they have a strong attraction toward one another. Now Shelby has a decision to make, which one will she choose and what will happen to the one left behind? The book has plenty of hot interactions, like F/F, and a ménage. Ms. Lee is quite talented writing a beautiful story as well as heartfelt poetry. The story kept my interest and had me wanting to see what happened next. I look forward to seeing where Ms. Lee goes next! I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Annamaria for Alpha Book Club. Plot: 4.5Chemistry: 4.5Pacing: 4Ending: 4Character Development: 4

  • Noreen Corrigan
    2018-12-23 23:54

    Impressive work from a new author!Hard to believe this is a first time author! While this isn't my usual taste in books, I found the story to be original, well thought out and entertaining. The author uses ART as a character. Her story is well written and not predicable. Full of humor, intrigue and very, very steamy sex, I enjoyed her theory of love being omnipresent regardless of gender and very realistic. Brooke Lee’s characters are lovable and believable and my opinion of them changed continually throughout the story . . . that doesn't happen often but shows the depth of her characters. While I am not a big fan of F/F stories, I found myself moved by the very emotional sex scenes and non-traditional love stories. But her character Riley . . . well what can I say . . . he's amazing! Cannot wait for more from Brooke Lee!

  • Victoria B
    2018-12-30 22:42

    First I must say I won a free e-copy of this book from author Brooke Lee with no promises of anything in return. The author tackles the difficult and sometimes taboo subject of bi-sexuality and does a wonderful job of it. The use of art and poetry as an outlet that the main character Shelby uses to help deal with her emotions, insecurities and bouts of depression that plaque her is awesome and easy to relate to. Even though this book could fall in the erotic category because of the hot, steamy sex scenes there is a really good plot about a struggling artist learning to love herself and except the love of others. I recommend this book to anyone over 18 and can't wait to read more from this author.

  • Chris
    2019-01-16 03:05

    Shelby James is a lost soul that has no faith in herself or her abilities. She seems to go through life looking for validation and then never accepts it when it is offered. Her relationship with her best friend is complicated to say the least. I really enjoyed this first book from a new author. Her writing is very good and descriptions put me in the scenes. The set scenes is the book were very hot and sometimes too short for me. The scene on the beach is worth the read. One if the hottest I've read. If you are looking for a great story with some great sex thrown in, this is the book for you.

  • Mindy
    2019-01-16 01:53

    It was a good book.I liked to get to know Shelby and go with her on her path to finding herself. She expresses her feelings threw poetry and plastering it on art and I loved that aspect of it.I think there were to many partners for each person in this book. Not only for Shelby but for Roni as well. I get non committed relationships but for one book it was too much of all over the place with relationships. I get the Shelby and Riley and Shelby and Roni relations ships. But you had to follow along with Roni and Kyle. But there were more that happed when the girls when alway there were all those relationships to follow as well.

  • QUEERcentric Books
    2019-01-06 02:59

    Reviewed by Christina for QUEERcentric BooksI am ShelbyJames is the first novel by debut author, Brooke Lee, an amazing work of F/F bisexual fiction blended with erotic poetry.Watch Christina's video review at QUEERcentric Books!

  • Gina Snyder
    2019-01-18 02:03

    My first FFM book......it was a great read!! It really was a beautiful love story. I think we all go through relationships the same and to know love and to find love we should just follow our heart.....enjoyed it!!