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I loved reading this when it was first published and was interested to see how it would work with the audition of studio. Charlotte North's narration was excellent and not only has audio enhanced the story but the narration just elevated it to another level. This unconventional relationship may not be everyone's cup of tea but unconventional relationships happen all over the world and Harper's writing offers plausible insight as to why and how Sophie and Dolores become romantically engaged.
Whilst the reality of the story is something that I can't imagine happening, I very much enjoyed this book.
Very different from the authors French Kissing series which was brilliant but very well written in its own right. For me it caused the reaction I wanted.
I've been in a frenzy of lesbian audiobooks lately and I've listen to quite a respectable amount, I can say I acknowledged the concept of the "formula" rather fast, but I found Harper Bliss books and tried them out anyway. And I can safely say that from all the other author's formula, H B has the most repetitive and almost cynical one. Every book repeats itself so explicitly that even makes you think if is not it the same book with different names, I memorized it in only 4 books I've listened to the date: they're an unconventional couple who meet and there is sexual tension, before anything could even develop further they're already confessing to one another, then they have sex once or twice, after this comes the angst usually at hands of a third part who doesn't approve, they fight, they made up, the third part change their minds everything works out, one of them buys the other a strap-on (obviously) they have sex again but kinda lose their virginities? because penises and all that jazz, then happy ever after.
This is beyond dissapointing, I wasn't so against the formula with other authors because they were at least trying to vary a bit, use creativity (not only with the unconventional couple but with the whole handing of the story) but Harper Bliss apparently runs out of inspiration in the third chapter, which is just sad because they are specially good, they have talent, they can make things hundreds of times better if they only want, but instead choose this easy path which honestly? is disrespectful for us, the buyers who supports this authors.
Last, the sex scenes couldn't be more boring if they try, you can see that before the strap-on (that always makes its way to every book) the sex is mechanical, like a small reflection of the formula here: rub this, lick that, two fingers and they go to sleep. I like to think real lesbians are the ones who write and create those stories but even if they are is so narrow and tasteless, you can not feel anything by listening to it, it's almost like hearing someone baking a cookie, then when the strap-on arrives, the sex according to them is mind shattering (but it's not even described as such, if anything is just a heterosexual encounter with a plastic penis) and both of them act like they haven't been really having sex until then which is a bit weird, considering real lesbians don't rely that much in toys and specially not strap-on (that doesn't vibrate, doesn't rotate, doesn't feel good for both of them) so why? why write every single time about a sex practice that isn't even that much used and loved by lesbians? I apologise if I sound judgemental but I do really wonder and think a situation of a baby lesbian reading one of Harper Bliss books to guide herself through lesbian sex and finding out she has to buy this magnificent, life changing dildo with a lot of hard to figure out straps attached, and goes to have sex with it only to find how hard it is to even keep a ungratifying rhythm that will make you orgasm, and gives up after 20 mins of useless and repetitive motions and thinks that the bigger older lesbian in the book lied to her, and it almost wanna makes me cry.
I totally went in a rumble here, but even if I sound salty I'm not really a hater and all I really want is to listen to good lesbian love stories and this kinda got in my way, so if the author reads this, please don't take it as an attack as it is an opinion and a wishful thinking of better audiobooks to listen to, you probably know there aren't many out there so it's pretty sad to see all this wasted potential.
My best wishes to you. J.
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This is the second time I've read this book. the first time, I was shocked, kinda weirded out, shy, and feeling uneasy.
But as I read it I begin to underst and that love connections happens when we least expect it. I was very impressed with the written. The story line was incredibly well done, as ALL Harper Bliss's books. I found it to be heartwarming, sad, funny, full range of emotions which I felt every moment I was in their world.
I have to say the narration was excellent, she made each character just pop out of the story.
If you have read this book or not, the audio version is a must own...
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