Can love be measured in percentages? After her girlfriend leaves her for a man, brokenhearted novelist Charlie Cross moves from New York to Los Angeles to work on a TV show based on her books. Charlie vows to never date any woman who isn't a hundred percent certain of being a lesbian. But when she is seduced by gorgeous bisexual cooking show host Ava Castaneda, whom she's had a celebrity crush on for ages, Charlie is forced to review her belief in percentages because true love could very well be on the line. Contains mature themes.
©2015 Harper Bliss (P)2016 Tantor
"With a strong cast of characters and well-paced contemporary love story, Release the Stars is another...winner from Harper Bliss." (Dog-Eared Daydreams)
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The rush job reference was alluded to in one of the Amazon reviews and I can see why it might fit. This story doesn't read like a book, it seems more reminiscent of a play, or a movie script. The author has no backstory for any one of the characters; even the two leads, other than the brief recap of the failed relationship that Charlie is still obsessing over after almost a year.
The next negative is the repetitive, neurotic, narcissistic navel gazing exhibited by Charlie. It went on for far too long, and the 180 degree turn she finally made smacked of desperation on part of the author. Then there was the other lead Ava; it didn't take me long to question why anyone as together, with as many things going for her as Ava would want or put up with a woman Charlie. Her willingness to deal with a brooding, self indulgent woman who is unwilling to accept any responsibility for her emotions would strain credulity if they had already have an established relationship, but for it to happen in the beginning would be a huge, glowing red flag; something difficult for even a lesbian to push through.
By the time the audio ended I was past hoping or caring if Ava and Charlie would get together. It didn't help that not enough different facets of either character were revealed for me to ever buy into the story emotionally. There was never any compelling reason for Ava to fall for Charlie, or to put up with her ridiculous level of insecurity. As for Charlie's conversion; it was way too sudden and the author failed to detail any basis for such an abrupt change. For Ava to be willing to pick up the relationship as if there had been nothing but a minor disagreement struck me as more than a little incongruent.
Finally, the whole "she left me for a man" whine that became nails on the chalkboard for me. I realize that much of Charlie's attitude was a matter of avoidance and an excuse for not dealing with her part in killing her previous relationships. her incessant 'poor me' whining did explain, at least partially her contribution to the end of her previous romances. In closing my take is it's difficult to recommend a romance story in which you can't stand the lead character.
The unrealistic scenes with Jo and Christian. I would be civil, but not all that. I couldn't even .finish.
I would just like to listen to a real truthful story and do what real people would do. But I realize its just fiction and just a story.
"Not my favorite narration."
I believe the narrator is an excellent narrator for children's books. That's what this narration sounds like to me, and unfortunately doesn't fit the novel. Disappointing!
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