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In at the Deep End

Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian

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A fresh, funny, audacious debut novel about a Bridget Jones-like 20-something who discovers that she may have simply been looking for love - and, ahem, pleasure - in all the wrong places (aka: from men)

Julia hasn't had sex in three years. Her roommate has a boyfriend - and their sex noises are audible through the walls, maybe even throughout the neighborhood. Not to mention, she's treading water in a dead-end job, her know-it-all therapist gives her advice she doesn't ask for, and the men she is surrounded by are, to be polite, subpar. 

Enough is enough.

So when Julia gets invited to a warehouse party in a part of town where "trendy people who have lots of sex might go on a Friday night" - she readily accepts. Whom she meets there, however, is surprising: a conceptual artist, also a woman. Julia's sexual awakening begins; her new lesbian life, as she coins it, is exhilarating. She finds her tribe at queer swing dancing classes, and guided by her new lover Sam, she soon discovers London's gay bars and BDSM clubs, and...the complexities of polyamory. Soon, it becomes clear that Sam needs to call the shots, and Julia's newfound liberation comes to bear a suspicious resemblance to entrapment....

In at the Deep End is an unforgettably frank, funny, and racy odyssey through the pitfalls and seductions we encounter on the treacherous - and more often, absurd - path to love and self.

©2019 Kate Davies (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Victoria
  • 10-09-19

4.75 Stars

I love this book, it was really funny and whoever said it was like a queer bridget jones, is so right! And the narrator is great too. Only issue I had was that it got really frustrating towards the end, I would be yelling to my car stereo. Davies portrayal of slowly abusive relationships was probably really realistic but that made it frustrating to read because you really grow to love the main character and want her to make better choices.

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  • Brandi Vigil
  • 09-08-19

Wildly Entertaining and Captivating

In at the Deep End was a wonderful read! It offered all the great parts of any book, BUT was way more spicy and captivating than any recent book I have read. I found myself driving around the block two to three more times, just so I could continue listening and of course to find out what Julia was going to do next!

Aside from the great plot line, I appreciate Davies inviting readers into the lives of queer folks. It was refreshing to read a a book (or rather listen) centered around queerness.

Looking forward to future pieces by Davies!!