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I didn't care for the basic plot, which essentially introduced a young, bright woman to a slightly older, more uptight one who seemed to become sort of a project for the younger one. Why anybody would care to be "fixed" like this on a continual basis is beyond me.
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Soooo, I wasn't all that fond of this. The fact that the narrator, Lori Prince, did a good job with the narration meant I made it through, but the story left me pretty cold. It's basically a meet cute and some sex scenes. There's some flirting and an attempt to give the story some depth by looking at home the pretty blond is so much more than her appearance would suggest, but since the romance is so rushed none of it really works.
My main issue was elsewhere though. I had some major problems with Kelsey's character. The story begins when her male fiancée cancels the wedding at the last minute and she comes into Dre's flower shop to cancel the flower order and breaks down. Dre offers her some friendly support. Kelsey is obviously presented as straight. Toward the end of the book, she's still referred to as straight. But the reader is never given even a moment in which she considers her identity or sexuality before she aggressively pursues a lesbian relationship. None. If someone goes from identifying as straight to something else, bi-sexual, lesbian, whatever, I would expect there to be at least a moment of, "Oh, I guess I'm not as straight as I thought."
This was al compounded by the fact that Kelsey repeatedly went on about how she'd always wanted to try this or do that. But the things she wanted to experience were basically Dre's life, lesbian lives. It made her feel like she was just playing dress of with Dre's identity, a lesbian identity. I expected it would be the sort of thing she'd later chortle about with her suburban mommy-friends, "That time when I was young and adventurous and dated a woman." It didn't feel serious or real.
All in all, the writing was ok and the narration was good, but the story was uncomfortable at best.
Note: I received a free copy of this audio book, but I chose to listen and review it.