Sleeping with the enemy has never been so complicated. Twenty-eight-year-old Brooklyn Campbell is having a bad day. A speeding ticket, a towed car, and a broken heel are all working against her laid-back vibe. To top it all off, her birth mother, whom she's never met, has requested contact. The only bright spot is an impromptu date with a beautiful and mysterious brunette. Jessica Lennox is what you would call a high-powered executive. She's the head of a multimillion-dollar advertising firm in New York City, and it didn't happen by accident. But when the blonde head turner from the wine bistro turns out to be her number one competitor, her life gets infinitely more complex.
Is New York big enough for both Brooklyn and Jessica? Maybe it's just time they experienced it together...
©2014 Melissa Brayden (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I love audio books and listening to them while I draw or paint. They help to level me and take away the stress while drawing.
Another great work from Melissa Brayden, fitting the romance genre to a 'T'. The performance by Felicity Munroe, is amazing, she brings all the characters to life and performs great ascents for all the different characters - great job!
The romance is centered around Jess (very focused head of her own advertising company) and Brooklyn (partner in a small competing ad company).
What works is the story, it is a great traditional romance, with a conflict in Brooklyn which prevents her from admitting her love to Jessica a. There are a couple of side plots, around a teenager and her mother with a drink problem. As well as Brooklyn finding out she her birth mother wants to see her.
The romance is great, the performance is great, the story and location is very well done. It does start a bit slow, but once it gets going and the characters are established it is very enriching. The narrative is not as snappy as "How Sweet It Is" but the location and descriptions are close to me heart as it is set in NYC . The I<3u moment is very well done.
So why is this not 5 stars. Well just a couple of things. First there are a lot of repeats, again, which become noticeable, 'Starbucks' gets way to much mention in this, I get that it is there for a humors scene which uses this, but it almost feels like product placement. A number of phrases/actions are repeated a few too many times ( hair pushed off her forehead), and, I'm not even sure this is possible, but perhaps too much kissing, oaky in real world its not possible, but in a novel, maybe. This are minor things. It is an engaging listen, and I can relate a lot to the Brooklyn character (it would be nice to believe what is offered to Brooklyn can happen, I have no evidence of it, and perhaps that makes these types of stories bitter/sweet)
Very much recommend it as a very strong lesfic romance.
this is such a good book to settle down and listen to with a glass of wine and it make you smile at the end
the four main characters gel do well together that you cant pick just one
she is so good and very easy to listen to
all for one and one for all
"Lesbian version of Mad Men!!"
I don't expect too much from these types of romances (let's face it we buy these novels as a way to escape and a to enjoy a quick guilty pleasure), so that's why I was so pleasantly surprised when I listened to this audiobook.
Melissa Brayden has written a charming book with two wonderful, very down to earth characters, Brooklyn & Jessica, they both come across as normal people with virtues and flaws.
There's quite a cast of secondary characters, mostly Brooklyn's friends. They've been friends since college and they are partners on a small advertising firm. Jessica is the head of a larger firm, and this brings an interesting dynamic in which our two heroines are competing for the same clients. You can say that this is a lesbian version of Mad Men!
Contrary to what happens to many books on this genre, this story seemed pretty plausible to me. The dialogue sounded sensible and normal, and the reactions and emotions of the characters are not at odds with their personalities. And the author was able to achieve this without making the story sound boring or too predictable.
As with any romance novel, the main characters have lots of emotional baggage and issues that need to be resolved before they can start their happily ever after, but the story keeps you involved and overall it's is actually a pretty entertaining, well written book.
There are also quite a few very funny scenes, there's a particular one that happens while two of the characters are at Starbucks that was hilarious!!
Since the story involves the lives of 4 close friends, I am looking forward to what's next for the rest of the gang!!
Felicity Munroe did a wonderful job with the narration, I don't believe that I heard previous audiobooks narrated by her but I'll make sure to see if I can find more here in Audible...
"A Nice, Refreshing Read"
When it comes to books, I'm very picky - lesbian romances, especially so. This is a nice read with real characters and real dialogue. The fact that the author didn't employ stereotypical lesbians as characters was refreshing and a welcome change from the many other lesbian romances I pick up. The story was sweet, emotional, relatable, and held dabs of humor. There were many moments where I'd feel a smile slowly creep on my face.
Felicity Munroe does a fair job; there are occasions where she sounds like a robot, but the rest of the time she tells the story well, eliciting emotions and changing her voice (and accent) for each character.
I will be looking forward to Melissa's work in the future, and I'll be keeping this book on my bookshelf.
"Best rom-com ever"
I love this book and these characters. they're spunky and cute and super dramatic. on top of that the narrator was absolutely perfect. It feels like these characters were written with this narrator in mind. her voices and tone just took a great book to a whole new and wonderful level. I especially love her teenager voice. I laughed and cried and bit my lip in anticipation. my only off moment was when the name of the bar changed half way through from showroom to showplace. but that was more interesting than anything.
"A really good novel! "
So many lesbian romance novels are just plain bad so this was a pleasant surprise. Well written, interesting and fun! Good character development and plot twists that kept me intrigued in the long drive I downloaded it for. I liked it so much I had to immediately download the other two books in the series! The narration with the different spins on voices made for good listening too!
"Worst "Brooklyn" Accent Ever!"
As with other Melissa Brayden's books, I enjoyed the story line. I like the characters and enjoyed the evolving romance. What I did not enjoy is the accent that the reader used when Brooklyn was speaking. It was not even close to a 'Brooklyn' accent. It sounded more like a bad Boston accent. I found this both distracting and annoying.
Jessica. I like that she is multi-faceted. I also like the way she works to make herself a better person.
Maybe Nicole Valencia, Abby Craden
Looking forward to reading or listening to the other books in this series. I have enjoyed each of Melissa Braden's books so far.
I can't wait to listen to the next two in this series! such a good love story
"This is book 1 of three. love it"
loved the story about these friends. I want friends like these. Romantic tension. Very funny too. And of course Felicity has this awesome range of voices that just fit so well.
"Funny and Heart-warming"
There's a world most of us, thankfully, never have to endure. While many of us struggle with our scars and baggage, even the least fortunate of us, as a result of tumultuousness in our youth, can find a glimmer of hope that n a smile or the eyes of the least likely of loves. Meanwhile, the banter and camaraderie of the friends -- and lovers -- was quite the LOL-fest even when it hurt to laugh. Added to that over-synthesized review is the recollection of a sentence whispered in the ear of one of our protagonists. Thanks to the narrator, a piece of my brain believed it deep inside.
This book was satisfying on two major (and different) levels.
As a reader, I fell completely in love with every piece of the story. I'm serious - this book has everything my romance-reading heart desires: a wonderful protagonist, a great sense of chemistry with an equally wonderful love interest, a fantastic supporting cast, and enough complications to feel real without going so over-the-top that it feels the world is out to get the main characters. Brooklyn is that wonderful protagonist - she's a fast-driving, idea-birthing, fun and funny woman who is one of four who make up a small (but up and coming) advertising agency. She and her three friends (who all met in college and make up most of that brilliant supporting cast) are up for a new account with a large client, and need to go head-to-head against one of the larger ad firms out there, the Lennox Corporation, who - legend has it - is run by a soulless woman who will stop at nothing to destroy those in her way.
Brooklyn's idea, though, has merit. They think they've got a good chance. Brooklyn is a believer in chance and luck - and also hard work - so when her day takes a massive dive south, and she ends up stranded without her wallet, her car, and only one unbroken shoe, she's not going to turn down an offer of a glass of wine from a beautiful woman. That glass of wine turns into a dinner, and a brilliant kiss.
The thing about chance and luck? It always changes.
Until, of course, it's time to make that presentation to the potential client and the woman of the amazing kiss turns out to be Jessica Lennox herself - the head of the Lennox ad company who is also up for the same account.
Brayden handles this meet-cute with a fresh take, and throughout the story, the more you learn about Brooklyn and Jessica (and those around them), the more you're rooting for everything to work out for everyone. But is that possible in an adversarial situation? Someone has to win, which means someone has to lose. But when you find the perfect kiss - seriously, Brayden writes brilliant kissing - what would you be willing to give up for just one more?
Grab this. You won't be sorry you did.
Now, I said this book was satisfying on two levels, and I meant it - as I said up there, the reader in me was totally captivated, I listened to this audiobook in the space of two days and rarely stopped unless I had to, and was itching to turn it back on throughout those down times. The performer, I should mention, was fantastic - a whole range of voices, accents, and nothing sounded forced or awkward. The second level upon which you can enjoy this book is if you're at all a writer - because Kiss the Girl is like a master class in writing romance.
I'm serious. Not only did I love the story, I was learning. The romantic tropes were tossed aside in favour of characterization and supporting cast and the issues the characters needed to overcome were organic and unforced. This was not a story where "if only the two characters would sit down and talk to each other, these last three chapters would never have happened!" The characters talk - y'know, the way humans do. There's no crazy individual trying to break up the lovers because, well, they're crazy. No, instead, you've got people watching out for Brooklyn expressing concerns over Jessica's reputation - and even then, those characters do want what's best for Brooklyn. Those supporting characters, by the way, are living, breathing, and fully-fleshed out characters of their own. I know the notion of sequel-bait exists, but these characters rise far beyond sequel-bait. I need their books, don't get me wrong, but I also know them already and enjoy them as characters. They're not a tease, but they did make me want more.
The main drama of the book isn't built entirely upon the "will-they-or-won't-they?" of the relationship, either. There are two major sub-plots that are as intriguing as the romance itself - Jessica's neighbour (and her daughter) form one, and Brooklyn's family and history forms the other.
I seriously felt like I should be taking notes the entire time I was reading this, but I was having too much fun to do so. I almost never re-listen to an audiobook, but this is a rare case where I know I will - the second time to pay closer attention to the craft, to see what I can learn.
"Too Many Shortcuts"
This is the third, and by far the weakest of the three Brayden novels on Audible. First the supporting characters are ill defined and one or two dimensional. That was fine in the first two of the author's books; in those the characters had rather nomadic lifestyles. This time however Brooklyn's three longtime friends are central to the plot and should be more fully developed.
The second goes to Brooklyn's history. Perhaps it would be possible for adoptive parents to return an adopted child because of asthma, but I find it highly unlikely. Waiting periods to adopt can extend for as long as 10 years in some cases, the prospective parents are questioned thoroughly and are required to jump through endless hoops. The scenario of a child returned due to a condition as easily treated as Asthma seems highly unlikely.
Third; the setup for the incident that brings about the brief but bitter breakup that occurs in every romance novel was far too obvious. So obvious in fact that even I an insensitive middle aged ADD male from the southern Appalachian Mountains saw it coming from it's inception.
Still despite these drawbacks it was a good listen definitely worth the credit.
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