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  • Ice Massacre

  • By: Tiana Warner
  • Narrated by: Sarah Beth Goer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A mermaid's supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death. The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of 20 battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid's allure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure at Sea

  • By Alice on 26-01-19

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.

  • Princess of Dorsa

  • The Chronicles of Dorsa, Book 1
  • By: Eliza Andrews
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Saydah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Princess Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she was a boy, she’d be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor. Everything changes when an unknown, would-be assassin nearly takes Tasia’s life. Someone wants to destabilize the Empire - but who? Unsure of whom he can trust, the Emperor realizes that his daughter might be his best option for an heir. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anxiously awaiting the next book!

  • By Emily on 29-01-19

Captivating

Overall
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.

  • Love Like This

  • By: Melissa Brayden
  • Narrated by: Melissa Sternenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Hadley Cooper believes in happily-ever-afters with her whole heart. Described by her friends as a wide-eyed, eternal optimist, she looks for the bright side in most any situation. However, when her job as the assistant manager of Silhouette, a posh boutique on Rodeo Drive, is on the line, she realizes it's time to pull her head out of the clouds and find a way to turn business around, and that just might mean partnering with the most stubborn up-and-coming fashion designer she's ever encountered.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't connect with the story.

  • By Alice on 08-11-18

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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  • Homecoming

  • By: Nell Stark
  • Narrated by: Hope Newhouse
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When Yale student Sarah Storm comes out to her parents, they disown her and withdraw all support for her education. A few days later, Sarah's long-term girlfriend breaks up with her and Sarah loses everything that matters - family, future dreams, and love. Forced to leave Yale with only the contents of her dorm room and a boat of a car bequeathed to her by her grandmother, Sarah scrambles to get her life back on track at the University of Rhode Island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Started excellent

  • By Alice on 26-01-18

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.

  • Royal Rebel

  • By: Jenny Frame
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

After quitting the high-stakes world of finance, Lennox King is content with keeping her life simple. As the new director of a hospice charity, she uses a strict business approach to help the charity grow and prosper. When Rosa comes to work at the charity under orders from the Queen Consort, babysitting a spoiled princess is definitely not on Lennox's agenda. But when passion flares between them, will Lennox's past stop their relationship in its tracks, or will a twist of fate bring a new future that neither was expecting?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should have briefed the narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-02-18

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.

  • Eyes Like Those

  • A Seven Shores Romance
  • By: Melissa Brayden
  • Narrated by: Melissa Sternenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Taylor Andrews is at the top of her career. Everything she touches turns to gold and the studios know it. Just when she's on track for total television domination, Isabel Chase arrives in her office and slowly turns her world upside down. Isabel is intelligent, sarcastic, and dammit, downright beautiful. Unfortunately, she's the one person that can take away all Taylor has worked for. Will Isabel's success lead to Taylor's downfall? Or perhaps Isabel is all she needs....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t listen to it.

  • By Miss Victoria A Guy on 22-05-18

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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  • Paradox Valley

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Was it an earthquake? A meteor? Or something else entirely? Running from a marriage proposal in Seattle, Dana Ingram returns to her parents' farm in Western Colorado for a two-week vacation in Paradox Valley. Only a couple of days into it, however, a small earthquake leaves them without power. Cars won't start, batteries don't work, and cell phones are useless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical lesfic story

  • By Alice on 17-05-17

Not typical lesfic story

Overall
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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  • The Roundabout

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Megan Phenix - bar and grill owner in gay-friendly Eureka Springs - is labeled as "playing hard to get" and finds herself the object of much unwanted attention. If only she were seeing someone...maybe the women would leave her in peace. Leah Rollins thinks 50 is too young to retire, so instead she opens a store in the touristy shopping district of Eureka Springs, next to the popular Phenix Grill. She soon learns that Megan Phenix is a bit on the grumpy side as they spar over parking spaces....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needed more

  • By Alice on 19-03-17

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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  • Seasons of Love

  • A Lesbian Romance Novel
  • By: Harper Bliss
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Alice McAllister is a successful solicitor who likes a quiet, disciplined life. But when her business partner, Miranda, forces her to take a vacation at her holiday home in Portugal, the presence of Miranda's daughter, Joy, turns Alice's world upside down. Despite their age difference, Alice and Joy embark on a fiery holiday romance...until they have to return home to London. Will Alice be able to forget about Joy and what she has awakened in her? And how can she face Joy's mother without guilt after such a passionate summer fling?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different take on f/f relationship

  • By Alice on 26-01-17

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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  • Love's Tender Warriors

  • By: Radclyffe
  • Narrated by: Natalie Duke
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Drew Clark, ex-Marine and martial arts master, is the new instructor at the Golden Tiger dojang. Intense and aloof, she hides dark secrets and unhealed wounds beneath her warrior's exterior. Sean Gray is the young psychologist and senior student who threatens to bring down the barriers Drew has erected around her heart. Battle hardened and world weary, Drew discovers that Sean wields a weapon she has no defense against - tenderness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Early Radclyffe

  • By Alice on 20-01-17

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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