Review: Broken Star by Joann Lee

Happy weekend! Today I’m reviewing Broken Star by my writing buddy, Joann Lee. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

17253216(2)From the outside looking in, Lynn Feoras seemingly has everything a woman could desire. With numerous platinum selling CDs, lavish homes, and the ability to bring down the house with her powerful vocals, who could want for more?


Alexis Donatella is a jaded SVU officer who has no tolerance for the rich and famous. She has devoted her life to raising her daughter and to the Florida division of the Special Victims Unit. Venturing into a relationship is the furthest thing from her mind.

When Alexis and Lynn meet on the sandy beaches, sparks do not exactly fly, at least not for Alexis. When you add in a rambunctious child, a tragic secret from Lynn’s past, and obstacles no one could have foreseen, it makes for one frenzied summer.

In the midst of madness, is it possible for these two women to find love?

The plot, while it contains several subplots, is pretty easy to follow. This is the perfect beach read or a book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. It’s not too taxing to read but entertaining. If you’re looking for reality I don’t suggest this book. But if you’re like me and enjoy crime stories without too much blood and gore and are a hopeless romantic you may find you can’t put this book down. I really enjoyed getting to know the main characters and the little girl is adorable. At times I wished the publisher spent more time polishing this story. It’s good but with a little more time and effort it could have been great. I’m really curious to see where the author goes from here and will be keeping an eye on her.

About the Author:

Joann Lee grew up in a small southern town; a town where she never felt like she fit in. Needing an escape, she quickly grew to love the written word. As a teenager, she was addicted to Nancy Drew novels. A lesbian cliche, but she owned every single one of those books. Now that she is much older, she still loves to read; her favorite author is the brilliant Gerri Hill.

Joann’s specialty is lesbian romance. She tends to become attached to her characters and loves to get lost in the realms of fiction. Her first published novel is, Broken Star. She also has some upcoming short stories. Unbreakable, the sequel to Broken Star, releases in November 2013.

I’m excited to read the sequel!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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3 Responses to Review: Broken Star by Joann Lee

  1. bulldog says:

    Great review.. enjoyed it… I still await your comment on my intro to my book… need to know if it’s worth carrying on…

    • TBM says:

      Yes, yes, yes! I loved it. Reminded me of when I was in Botswana, but more thrilling. I was sitting in a jeep with a bunch of tourists. You’re out there exploring. Exciting stuff!

  2. Pingback: Author Interview: Joann Lee | Making My Mark

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