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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-18

Started excellent

About the first third is excellent, well written and setting everything up. But after that the the story becomes frustrating. There are too many points at which the protagonists get together and then fail to connect, in my view. And without other events or story lines this starts to drag on. Rather than just using all the other treads and characters as a reason to break up the moment they connect, it would be better to have expanded these out to become arches in their own right. Otherwise you're just left with a constant, 'oh great! They are going to kiss and tell each other they are in love-- oh... no... they're not', then this is repeated multiple times to in the last two-thirds of the novel.

That being said the narration is excellent, the story works and fits the standard mode of lesfiction. The characters are also great. Just too much of the 'they going to get together, oh darn' rollercoaster.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-18

Pushed boundary of believability a tad

The narration is very good for this audiobook. The story was okay. I found the believability a bit hard to accept at times, and didn't really take to the the characters that well, as its hard to identify with either of them. The Rosa character worked well, I felt the Lennox's past was a bit overplayed, and really from plot perspective I felt a bit underwhelmed as the threat from Rose's ex did not seem immediate. There needed to be more foreshadowing leading to the later event with Rosa's father. But many liked this, so it could just be it wasn't for me.

A great alternative to this - The Princess Affair, by Nell Stark which I think does a better job of allowing the reader *(listener) to identify with the pauper as well as experiencing divide between Royal and peasant more effectively.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-17

Could have been more

I have rated this four, but in reality, the story didn't grip me the way other Melissa Brayden stories did. Although, the narration from Melissa Sternenberg was very good. I think the reason I struggled with this one was because it was based on Hollywood, from the angle of writers and successful producers. The conflict, in the form of a jaded ex-lover also felt a bit one sided and it felt shallow of Tyler Andrews not to just confront her nemesis. There are reasons why she doesn't, but they didn't paint Tyler in a good light, ethically. Maybe I'm struggling to say why I didn't like this story so much, but I guess it was - the setting, I'm not a big Hollywood fan. But also, the unit of friends around Isabel Chase which are normally charming in Brayden novels, for whatever reason, seemed a bit forced, in that they became passionate friends too instantly and without this being earned. In addition, Chase suffers from anxiety, and I see this portrayed well, but as someone who suffers from GAD, Chase's anxiety was a bit too convenient and not as crippling as it is in reality; Chase didn't come across as the broken heroine who needed help, but rather someone with a minor problem which caused issues from time to time, meaning I didn't feel sympathy for her - she seemed to have everything she needed and was getting everything she wanted.

I realise this is a new set of characters Melissa is developing for future novels (and audiobooks). I hope I can somehow engage with this new Californian crew.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-17

Not typical lesfic story

The story is primarily a suspense thriller with the main characters being lesbian, and where the they fall in love. There is no sex in the story, that's fine. It's well written and an interesting story. However, I felt it sat a bit between the genres and this confused me as a listener, not sure exactly what to expect. It felt like an adventure romance, but then had dark horror elements of aliens taking over dead bodies, which I wasn't quite ready for. I recommend it, but feel it's better to view it as thriller/horror then a romance or lesfic.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-17

Needed more

I won't write a long review. There are a couple of problems with this story which is why I marked it 3 stars overall. First as others have said, the plot device of a character posting photographs taken without permission, and how the other characters accepted this as an okay thing, even funny thing to do, was jarring and didn't sit well with how I would have expected Megan's friends and her sister to react, also taking into accoun that Megan had a number of difficult relationships prior. The second issue I had was the fact that the development of the relationship between Megan and Leah didn't have a lot of romance, or conflict. They simply got together. That can work, but for me, in this novel, there wasn't a lot to keep me hooked.

All that been said, I wouldn't write it off, just maybe listen to other lesfic stories prior to this one. The narration by Nicol is very good, and I like the simple and realistic setting for the characters and their professions.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-17

Different take on f/f relationship

Most f/f novels feature twenty something couples. There are a few that don't, and this one focus on a f/f relationship where there is a large age gap between the two woman. There are many of insights in the book that relating this difficulty and how it affects them getting together. The problem is aggravated by the fact that Alice has fallen for the young Joy, who happens to be the daughter of Alice's business partner and friend.

On the basis of above that's why I give it such a high rating. There are a couple of things which means I didn't score it all five. First, in places the dialogue is not natural and almost narrative. Second, is some sentences should have ended before they did. Meaning, extra information is tagged on which is not needed, since its already stated, or obvious. And last, the narration is very formative, it does fit with Alice's character, but I would have prefered the narrator to be more natural, and less lawyer like. So, please listen to a sample first. These points are minor, but I make them just on the basis of the writer, or narrator considering them, rather then discouraging someone purchasing the audiobook. It's well worth a listen!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-17

Early Radclyffe

This is an early Radclyffe novel, which follows the f/f romance format. The story works, but it is not as engaging as her later work. There is a lot of head hoping (changing point of view) between characters that can happen between sentence. This can be a bit distracting at times. The majority of the story is based around a ex-Marine, now martial arts trainer, Drew, who falls for a psychologist Sean, who attends the class. Drew has a troubled past which prevents her wanting to be involved. While, Sean doesn't know she likes women. So they struggle to build their relationship. Many of the scenes is set around events in the martial arts class.

Natalie Duke's performance is very good and enjoyable, so it's worth listening to but I would suggest some of Radclyffe's other works first,

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-16

Romance with crime thriller

Again, please see goodreads for full reviews. This is just my input.

I wasn't that engaged with this audiobook compared to other lesbian romances. And I tried to work out way, since it had all the elements needed for a good story. A mafia boss hunting down a witness, being protected by a strong rich female Marshall.There is a lot of traveling and adventure as they try to stay a head of the men trying to kill them.

One area I had a problem with, which is a common problem for audiobooks, is accents. The main character Alexi, was done with a Greek accent, which sounded Russian to me. There are also Dick Van Dyce style english accents. The narrator is very good, generally, but accents, I think should be reserved for very few. The accent thing for Alexi was also hampered by the fact that he dialogue for this character also had few contractions, making the character not very engaging.

Second I think, as others had said, the novel starts off very dramatically, but by the end things have slowed down, become predictable, and the dialogue was not as strong as the beginning. And as far as I can tell Alexi never said the three words to Blayne.

I do recommend it, but there are others which are stronger at this point. Just be aware of the accent thing.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Enjoyable story

The story and narration for this is very well done. The only reason it's not all five stars is because at times the prose becomes quite wordy, with topics and thoughts are repeated a few to many times. The Narration by Hollis Elizabeth is very good and a pleasure to listen to. She also does a great southern accent which works well for the main character.

I'm not doing a full review here. Have a look at good reads for that - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21413896-never-too-late

Against other novels in the genre it holds it head up high, and I recommend it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Great story

This is a great story. It's set in Portland Oregon and revolves around a rider (Kate) who wants to move way from her farm and ridding school, to make it big in the Olympics. To do this she needs an expensive horse and has to seek investment from a uptight banker (Jamie). The two have an attraction, and over time hit it off. The tension comes from their personalities, and the fact that the banker has a disabled, adopted niece (Anna), she is very protective off. She also feels guilty about the fact that her sister died after an argument.

There is a lot of detail and great scenes where Anna is helped to ride at the school, and how this and other things help Jamie bring her emotions back to the surface and deal with them. Kate on the other hand is trying to come to terms with what she has versus what the investment could offer.

So the story is really good. Jamie comes off a bit predatorial at the start which I didn't like, but it soon settled down, and the reasons for her behavior became more apparent as the novel progressed. Kate is a great character, and the location is also ideal.

The Narration wasn't as strong as I would have liked, so have a listen first. It comes across rather rather textbook like, but I still give it four stars for the narration.

Recommended!

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