Me & My Girls
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This is half of a good book; unfortunately it is not only too long but the good, not great, front portion would be unable to carry even a less than good finish. I spent the fist half of the book disliking Savannah and the second portion not liking Olivia. Then the author threw in extraneous vanilla sex scenes which the reader delivered in a breathy, overwrought voice. So not impressed.
This was a great book in just about all respects, finely crafted with loads of likable characters, an excellent setting and only one small weakness. Riley was so totally clueless that it came very close to dropping the book down to a four, maybe even a three. I realize that it's a simple plot device for characters to wander along ignorant of their own feelings as well as those the people in their lives have for them. If my life and that of the women close to me is any indication this is just not reality. If you're around someone close to constantly for very long eventually you'll know it if they want you. if this ancient romance plot device doesn't bother you then this is a truly great choice; enjoy.
Style was an excellent book about a couple of 18 year old high school seniors; one of whom is unaware that she's a lesbian, the other who has decided to wait for college to pursue a relationship with another woman in order to avoid the small town drama she's sure will ensue. Kyle and Stella the ingenues from Style are back; in supporting roles this time and don't help this book very much. Chase and Cordelia aren't bad characters and the book has it's moments but somehow I can't help but feel like it's a rush job. The numerous interactions between the characters are repetitive and fail to provide anything substantive. Although it makes me feel like a grandma to write this, there are too many sex scenes in the book. The existence of multiple sex scenes is not in and of itself a problem; the problem is that they are generic, repetitive and fail in moving the story forward. I don't hate this offering from Ms. Cameron but any sequel from such an entertaining, realistic story as Style shouldn't be as mediocre as this one.
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Deja Vu Again?
This is a good story, told well and the followers of this author will really like it; especially if they enjoyed Syncopated Rhythm since it's basically the same book. The followers of Erik Schubach's Music of the Soul series, and it's spin-offs know that original storylines aren't the reason we follow him. What the author delivers are love stories with characters we like and care about along with happy endings; high school classmates Nala and Carmen are easy to care about and hope on. This is another triumph from an author who specializes in this type of book and these types of characters.
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Sounds Very Familiar
Welcome to Soho Savy West. If you're a fan of Melissa Brayden's works this book will sound quite familiar. However that's not necessarily a bad thing. The four main characters are very well developed and the ancillary players are for the most part well written also. In the east coast model I never felt that either Samantha or Hunter were real. I'm very definitely looking forward to Gia's story of finding true love; I just hope that her edges aren't sanded down so much that she isn't recognizable. That is a weakness in many series; an entertaining character has all that is entertaining or unique about them erased to fit the lame romantic narrative. Not to spoil the ending for anyone but there is a confrontation scene near the end of the book that is a thing of beauty.
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Tired, Weak, Derivative
Though I'm a big fan of Gerri Hill I've not been all that impressed by any of her 'cops and robbers series'. Well this tired,weak, derivative excuse for a Gerri Hill novel is needless to say not any better; in fact it isn't as good. I've given every one of the writer's works available on Audible a chance; I've made it a point to listen all the way through all of them. Until now; in fact I didn't make it even halfway through this before giving up. I could enumerate the varied weaknesses of this particular story but I'll pass. the only reason this one earned two stars instead of one is loyalty to the author.
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When I was listening to this audio I anticipated the copyright date to be considerably earlier than 2013. The situation described seemed to be outdated by a few generations, the parents of the upper crust family not allowing their child to socialize the child of the 'help.' The same for Madison going along with her overbearing, controlling mother, this seems to be more relevant to the author's generation than that of girls born in the mid seventies.
That being said I liked this book; less so than some of her others but the sweetness and sensitivity in this effort were well done. I found Shannon's attitude was rather childish for her age but I suppose that was the hurt speaking. Shannon's drifting away from her 'best' friends Tracy and Charlotte makes it look as if they were plot devices to fill in her backstory. The childhood love story was sweet, or maybe bittersweet. I had genuine sadness for them, especially Shannon, when Madison was telling her about her impending marriage. The end was dragged out too much but it's still a good listen.
Plot Writer Please
This one began as a good original story; a love story between two PHD's. Then they veered off into a weak movie, no make that television plot. You see one of the women decides to lie about something important, that is totally stupid because if they ever meet the lie will be all too obvious. So of course the liar is soon confronted by the the one lied to (the Liee maybe?) So of course now another lie is the obvious thing to do and of course it's just as ridiculous as the first lie and, oh never mind, you get the picture. Obviously I wasn't at all impressed by this effort; it's a shame too because certain elements of this piece of lesbian fiction were excellent. There was no reason why the author should have chosen to fall back on such a weak worn out plot device.
This seems to be a popular book among listeners; I wish I'd gotten as much from it as they did. For me it was just a slow, dreadfully slow story that could have been so much better. Her previous Audible book; Stay Here Tonight was a very good novella at about three and a half hours and this one should have been condensed to no more than 5 or 6 hours. One example; thirty minutes of buildup a prelude to 2 women, not having sex.
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Best of the New Butler Series
A new publisher, a new name, and finally a new plot. That's a good thing because the whole New York to Butler theme had been milked way more than the country mouse/ city mouse drama could withstand. I was dreading the next incarnation; would we suddenly meet Patrick Murphy's secret love child daughter. Maybe we'd meet the a few of the Ireland relatives of the Mulvaney's and they could marry some of the Coleman's. i mean hey I'm from a tiny town in the Mountains of Virginia and the limbs of my family tree aren't this intermixed.
Anyway that's a long winded way of stating that despite some facts that didn't add up and a few contradictory statements I thought to myself, hey a new character finally. All of that was ruined when suddenly we learn of a whole different life. Dreadfully the author decided to throw in the most common cliche in modern romance. Good grief Charlie Brown; (one of grandma's go to sayings for indicating frustration) isn't it bad enough that no woman in the series is allowed to have over 4 sexual partners. Then there is the whole 'man so in love he only gets erections for his wife, or future wife; all he has to do is to think of her, or be in the same vicinity as she is and suddenly he's sporting wood. I suppose that's a sweet fantasy for hetero women but for those of us who know actual guys it's kinda laughable. The next storyline will no doubt involve the wild twins Landon and Lucas finding love. What keeps me sold on this series despite the multiple issues with lame plots, the 1950's era morality is the idea of the large family that always have each other's backs. That's something that I've always envied about my grandparents and their parents' stories of depressions and wars and how they made it through those times due to family or community. Since this series delves into this theme every story I hang in there with The Abbott family and Vermont.