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Action Adventure at Sea

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-19

This novel was hard for me to rate, and it took me a while to get up the courage to write something here. The reason being it's quite a brutal novel with a hefty amount of violence and bloodshed, but I guess the clue is in the title. The f/f romance element of the novel is limited, and mostly the novel is an adventure novel with a lot fighting sequences and includes the killing of child mermaids. It's engaging but not for the light-hearted. My preference would have been to turn the volume down on the fighting and have more romantic engagements between the female mermaid and the female protagonist. It's well written and I'd likely listen to the sequel should on appear in the hopes that the romance continues, but for a some this may be too dark. That being said check out the good read reviews, highly rated there.

Captivating

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-19

A captivating novel I found hard to want to leave, Great narration and story. I'm giving it five stars. It's hard for me to say much about the story without giving away elements of the plot, but it follows in the footsteps of fantasy novels with the difference of a central f/f romance. A princess finds she is inline for the thrown and with help of a female bodyguard she learns to take on the role. However, forces conspire against them and her kingdom and she has to fight for her life.

Couldn't connect with the story.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

l've listened to all Melissa's novels and maybe that's a problem. I couldn't find anything new here and the dynamics and dramas didn't peak enough to keep my interest. The bubblie Hadley for me was rather predictable -- cute and querky didn't add a dimension to the narrative that made it stand out. The Spencer character was hard to distinguish from many of the other characters, I didn't feel enough work was done to bring out her ethic background. The story was like a Disney tale but without any of the dangerous moments. The narration is well done from an acting point of view, but I found Hadley's high pitch voice rather irksome. Sorry. But there are many high reviews, so ignore mine, unless like me you want more tragic characters who have a lot to lose or gain and somehow find salvation in each other. This is not that kinda of tale.

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Started excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-18

About the first third is excellent, well written and setting everything up. But after that the the story becomes frustrating. There are too many points at which the protagonists get together and then fail to connect, in my view. And without other events or story lines this starts to drag on. Rather than just using all the other treads and characters as a reason to break up the moment they connect, it would be better to have expanded these out to become arches in their own right. Otherwise you're just left with a constant, 'oh great! They are going to kiss and tell each other they are in love-- oh... no... they're not', then this is repeated multiple times to in the last two-thirds of the novel.

That being said the narration is excellent, the story works and fits the standard mode of lesfiction. The characters are also great. Just too much of the 'they going to get together, oh darn' rollercoaster.

Pushed boundary of believability a tad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-18

The narration is very good for this audiobook. The story was okay. I found the believability a bit hard to accept at times, and didn't really take to the the characters that well, as its hard to identify with either of them. The Rosa character worked well, I felt the Lennox's past was a bit overplayed, and really from plot perspective I felt a bit underwhelmed as the threat from Rose's ex did not seem immediate. There needed to be more foreshadowing leading to the later event with Rosa's father. But many liked this, so it could just be it wasn't for me.

A great alternative to this - The Princess Affair, by Nell Stark which I think does a better job of allowing the reader *(listener) to identify with the pauper as well as experiencing divide between Royal and peasant more effectively.

Could have been more

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-17

I have rated this four, but in reality, the story didn't grip me the way other Melissa Brayden stories did. Although, the narration from Melissa Sternenberg was very good. I think the reason I struggled with this one was because it was based on Hollywood, from the angle of writers and successful producers. The conflict, in the form of a jaded ex-lover also felt a bit one sided and it felt shallow of Tyler Andrews not to just confront her nemesis. There are reasons why she doesn't, but they didn't paint Tyler in a good light, ethically. Maybe I'm struggling to say why I didn't like this story so much, but I guess it was - the setting, I'm not a big Hollywood fan. But also, the unit of friends around Isabel Chase which are normally charming in Brayden novels, for whatever reason, seemed a bit forced, in that they became passionate friends too instantly and without this being earned. In addition, Chase suffers from anxiety, and I see this portrayed well, but as someone who suffers from GAD, Chase's anxiety was a bit too convenient and not as crippling as it is in reality; Chase didn't come across as the broken heroine who needed help, but rather someone with a minor problem which caused issues from time to time, meaning I didn't feel sympathy for her - she seemed to have everything she needed and was getting everything she wanted.

I realise this is a new set of characters Melissa is developing for future novels (and audiobooks). I hope I can somehow engage with this new Californian crew.

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Not typical lesfic story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-17

The story is primarily a suspense thriller with the main characters being lesbian, and where the they fall in love. There is no sex in the story, that's fine. It's well written and an interesting story. However, I felt it sat a bit between the genres and this confused me as a listener, not sure exactly what to expect. It felt like an adventure romance, but then had dark horror elements of aliens taking over dead bodies, which I wasn't quite ready for. I recommend it, but feel it's better to view it as thriller/horror then a romance or lesfic.

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Needed more

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-17

I won't write a long review. There are a couple of problems with this story which is why I marked it 3 stars overall. First as others have said, the plot device of a character posting photographs taken without permission, and how the other characters accepted this as an okay thing, even funny thing to do, was jarring and didn't sit well with how I would have expected Megan's friends and her sister to react, also taking into accoun that Megan had a number of difficult relationships prior. The second issue I had was the fact that the development of the relationship between Megan and Leah didn't have a lot of romance, or conflict. They simply got together. That can work, but for me, in this novel, there wasn't a lot to keep me hooked.

All that been said, I wouldn't write it off, just maybe listen to other lesfic stories prior to this one. The narration by Nicol is very good, and I like the simple and realistic setting for the characters and their professions.

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Different take on f/f relationship

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-17

Most f/f novels feature twenty something couples. There are a few that don't, and this one focus on a f/f relationship where there is a large age gap between the two woman. There are many of insights in the book that relating this difficulty and how it affects them getting together. The problem is aggravated by the fact that Alice has fallen for the young Joy, who happens to be the daughter of Alice's business partner and friend.

On the basis of above that's why I give it such a high rating. There are a couple of things which means I didn't score it all five. First, in places the dialogue is not natural and almost narrative. Second, is some sentences should have ended before they did. Meaning, extra information is tagged on which is not needed, since its already stated, or obvious. And last, the narration is very formative, it does fit with Alice's character, but I would have prefered the narrator to be more natural, and less lawyer like. So, please listen to a sample first. These points are minor, but I make them just on the basis of the writer, or narrator considering them, rather then discouraging someone purchasing the audiobook. It's well worth a listen!

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Early Radclyffe

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-17

This is an early Radclyffe novel, which follows the f/f romance format. The story works, but it is not as engaging as her later work. There is a lot of head hoping (changing point of view) between characters that can happen between sentence. This can be a bit distracting at times. The majority of the story is based around a ex-Marine, now martial arts trainer, Drew, who falls for a psychologist Sean, who attends the class. Drew has a troubled past which prevents her wanting to be involved. While, Sean doesn't know she likes women. So they struggle to build their relationship. Many of the scenes is set around events in the martial arts class.

Natalie Duke's performance is very good and enjoyable, so it's worth listening to but I would suggest some of Radclyffe's other works first,

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