Summary

When tall, pretty Kelly interviews at Washington D.C.’s premier LGBT-centric lobbying firm, she claims she has a girlfriend. Nothing could be further from the truth; she’s never even kissed a girl. Kelly’s hired. However, a suspicious co-worker keeps inquiring about her girlfriend. To keep her lies straight, Kelly bases her fictional partner on Anna, an aggressive, gorgeous lesbian friend of a friend. But when the firm’s annual Christmas party looms, Kelly’s forced to produce her mysterious girlfriend. The real Anna agrees to be Kelly’s "beard" - her fake date. But at the party, alcohol flows... and Anna’s all over Kelly. Kelly pretends to her office mates that her "girlfriend’s" advances are perfectly normal - even as she feels her resistance to the beautiful woman melting away.
The Beard is a comedy with sexy scenes and some explicit sections.
©2013 Beginnings Press (P)2013 Beginnings Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Alice on 05-03-14

short but good story - is it worth one credit?

I liked the story its well written and thought and and intense, erotic. But its only 2 hours I had not noticed it was a short when I purchased it. On that basis I would have used the credit for a longer audio book,. but its a good story and well crafted. so rating for its quality rather then value for many.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TomL on 17-11-14

The Office Party

If you could sum up The Beard in three words, what would they be?

Good light-hearted fun

What did you like best about this story?

A fastpaced, entertaining slant on coming out

What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

I like her portrayal of the mean-spirited office witch and Anna's take no prisoners character

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Chai will never seem the same again

Any additional comments?

It was a great light-hearted, and fun "read". Ideal for a short window, when you don't have time to listen to War and Peace and just want to be entertained

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3 out of 5 stars
By Me & My Girls on 19-11-14

Defiant Mediocrity

This novella contains a weak plot; broad unrealistic caricatures; a totally ridiculous core concept; yet I can't bring myself to dismiss it completely.
Our main character Kathy interviews for a job with an LGBT lobbying group and despite a myriad of federal regulations that would prohibit such discrimination, she has to be a lesbian to work there.
Badly needing a job she invents a girlfriend by referencing a friend of a friend that she's never spoken to. There is a nosy know-it-all employee who's sure she's posing and she wastes no opportunity to announce her views to everyone within listening distance. When Kathy's boss tells her that she will be expected to produce said girlfriend at the company Christmas party she knows she has to get creative. Anna is convinced to play the part of her paramour and the resulting events at the party are as over the top teen movie like as they are unlikely. Still there is a likable quality to this story that makes it a worthwhile listening experience..

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5 out of 5 stars
By zenabuff on 01-04-14

The Beard is an amazing Book that makes you laugh

Where does The Beard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks very high, not as high as Radclyffe, but almost up there with a B+ book grade. It makes you laugh out load so be careful where you listen to it, you will find yourself at least smiling wickedly if not busting a gut in some parts of the book. I totally enjoyed the Beard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kelly has to be my favorite character but the whole book centers around her, still you could make an argument for Anna to be the star character in the story, Anna is wickedly funny and bold beyond belief. Still it's Kelly that I find myself identifying with even though she starts out as straight, something that I have never been. Still her insecurities and her crazy ways I can understand. Her reaction to the office snoop Silvia and her just total reaction to things I can relate to.

What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

Her different voices, I loved the way she made Anna speak with a deep Southern Accent which worked well for her character. And I loved Kelly little voice that sounded so insecure as she went about her day.

Who was the most memorable character of The Beard and why?

I would say Anna was kinda hard to beat for her brassness. But Kelly was the star of the story. I loved the line at the end when she says, "I not sleeping on the coach am I?" You just have to give it a listen to find out what that means. It just cracked me up. And I just loved the story over all. And Kelly was a very strong character who had lots of hang ups that made her lovable.

Any additional comments?

Honestly I plan to listen to the Beard several times again just for the laughs, it really was funny and I don't think I got them all on just one run through. This is going to become one of my purple passion books I will pull out when I need a pick up.

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