• How Still My Love

  • A Contemporary Romance
  • By: Diane Marina
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-27-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Aspen Palms Press
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (13 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Beth Anders is just fine with her single life. Why mess with the heart when it isn't broken? Being alone means never dealing with hurtful ex-girlfriends or parents who have shunned her for being gay. Being alone has its perks - she's just fine on her own. Or so she thinks until the young, vivacious, and sexy Toni Vincent enters her life. In one moment, Toni quickly unlocks Beth's heart, and the two women plan a future together.
But when Beth learns that Toni may not want the same type of happy ending she had in mind, fate steps in yet again to steal her happily ever after. Toni wants things that Beth might not be able to provide. When an interested new woman steps into the picture, chaos erupts.
Can Beth fix things before it's too late, or will she lose Toni forever? Travel with Beth on this funny and heartbreaking journey to true love.
©2014 Dianne King-McGavin (P)2018 Dianne King-McGavin
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5 out of 5 stars
By V Reader on 05-14-18

A Wonderful, Emotional Ride

How Still My Love by Diane Marina is exactly the type of romance I will never get tired of. It is full of emotion, passion, extreme highs and extreme lows: with a happily ever after that I can bask in for days.

Beth grudgingly goes out on a blind date arranged by her best friend Laurel. She hates being set up and she is still feeling the residual pain from her last, very toxic relationship. However, when she meets Toni she is immediately smitten and the feeling is mutual. The two date and get to know each other and fall contentedly in love. Their relationship is perfect until Toni brings up her desire to have a baby. Beth knew that Toni wanted to have children but she had never really seen that as part of their future. When Toni presses the subject, their relationship starts to unravel, leading to a very dramatic and painful breakup. Both women are left completely heartbroken and when Toni moves on, Beth begins to wonder if her life will ever feel whole again.

The book is told in the first person from Beth’s point of view. I usually don’t care for first person narration because I never feel like I get to know the other main character. This wasn’t the case here. Ms. Marina crafts two very three-dimensional characters. Their personalities just come to life so clearly and they were engaging as well as relatable. Beth and Toni are both captivating and wonderfully flawed. All the supporting characters were also very vibrant. This made the world the book is set in feel very realistic.

The narration was unbelievable. The narrator brought each character and each emotion to life. This heightened the intense joy and made the emotional lows just all the more poignant. Ms. Acitelli did an exemplary job in conveying all the emotions without turning this into high melodrama. I happen to speak fast so I always listen to books at 1.25 speed and this narration was just perfect for me.

I really liked that Ms. Marino let this story unfold over the course of several years. In most romance books, the whole story unfolds and reaches it’s happily ever after over the course of a few months. By stretching this out over several years, I could really see the growth in each character and believe in the love they share. It’s much more than love at first sight and I appreciate the work that goes into that.

I am a sucker for a romance that gets messy and takes me on an emotional ride. I found myself cheering for these women as well as talking out loud to myself while reprimanding them. By the end of the book, I was smiling from ear to ear just wishing I could give everyone involved a group hug. I really loved this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By tenisha on 05-05-18

Good Listen

Beth is just fine being alone and then she meets Toni and everything changes. They enter into a hot and heavy relationship and everything is good until the talk of babies. Beth keeps quiet about how she feels until she messes up with another woman. Can Toni forgive her, can their relationship be repaired. Good story and Narration. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hopscotch on 05-06-18

Wow! Fabulous book with brilliant narration!

I loved this book. It's a well-written lesbian romance. Excellent characterisations, great storyline and an unpredictable ending with an unexpected bonus. But then you have the audiobook. And what Daniela Acitelli does with the narration is to bring what was already a very good book to life and to a whole new level. Narration is spot on, the voices just fit the characters very well and the subtleties, nuances, humour and heartbreak are all made the more credible. Of course to succeed, you have to have the right material and Daniela's narration showcases just how good Diane Marina's writing is. Superb!

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