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Not the Marrying Kind

Fair Oaks Series, Book 2
By: Jae
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Series: Fair Oaks, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

A closeted small-town florist and a too-busy-for-a-relationship bakery owner mix up the perfect recipe for love in this delicious lesbian romance novel.

Small-town florist Ashley Gaines loves her little flower shop and putting together the perfect bouquets for weddings and other happy occasions. Her own love life, however, is far from blossoming. Ash has decided that staying in the closet is safer than risking her heart again. 

Local bakery owner Sasha Peterson hasn't had much luck mixing it up with romance either. Besides, she's too busy whipping up delicious treats to have time for a relationship. But when their town's first lesbian wedding forces them to work together, Ashley and Sasha discover they have more in common than they imagined. 

During food fights, cake tastings, and slow waltzes, they begin to see each other in a new light. Soon Ashley has to admit to herself that Sasha is tempting more than just her sweet tooth. 

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Jae (P)2019 Tantor

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Loved the story

As always, I loved the story. Thank you Jae for writing another brilliant book.

Angela Dawe is my favourite narrator so I really hate to say it but I just couldn’t get used to Sacha’s voice, I couldn’t reconcile the tone of her voice with how her character is described. I have to give it to Ms Dawe she maintained the voice that she used for Sacha when she was a supporting character in the first Fairoaks book, which doesn’t always happen when a supporting character becomes a main character in a later book in the series.

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loved every minute of this book.

was able to relate to the story. enjoyed the story line. even better then the first book

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  • MissLynn
  • 20-08-19

Wonderful follow-up to Perfect Rhythm!

Not the Marrying Kind by Jae is a wonderfully satisfying follow-up to one of the most romantic books I've ever "read" (listened to), Perfect Rhythm. To get the most out of Marrying Kind, you really do need to listen to Rhythm first. Rhythm begins when hugely successful out lesbian pop star Jenna "Leo" Blake goes back to her home town of Fair Oaks, MO after a good many years to see her ailing father. There, she meets his caretaker, Holly - someone she knew as a child - now all grown up, caring, confident, beautiful and not altogether impressed with her. Holly is asexual and their story focuses on what happens when Leo and Holly develop feelings for one another. Can an asexual person have a satisfying relationship with someone who isn't? How would they navigate that? Will Leo go back to her big pop star life and break Holly's heart? That book was a huge surprise for me as I wasn't sure I would be able to relate to the asexuality aspect. I love it when I learn something new and felt enlightened afterwards and maybe even a little embarrassed that I didn't know more about the subject. Both characters are so well written, likable and actually communicate like grownups. Really - it's as romantic as they come.
Marrying Kind picks up shortly after the first one ends and focuses on the story of the very closeted town florist, Ashley, and Sasha, a woman who owns and runs the bakery. Both women's lives revolve around their work and neither has time for a relationship. But when a huge event in town forces the two to work closely together over an extended period, will their walls come down? Coming out isn't always easy and sometimes comes at huge personal risk. Will Ashley - who is in her 30s - finally decide that her happiness is worth possibly losing her parents and business over? Can Sasha stop herself from falling in love with Ashley, knowing she could be in for heartbreak?
Both stories are absolutely swoon-worthy, and melted this die-hard romantic's heart. They are also both narrated by the ridiculously talented Angela Dawe. I'm not embarrassed to say that I'm having a serious love affair with that woman's voice. I absolutely loved both of these!

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  • Sab
  • 04-09-19

A must read/listen

Jae never disappoints me, her books are so well written, the stories are great, the characters are well developed, the plot is well set.
And when Angela Dawe is the narrator, you know it will be a pleasure. The only thing that I would like to say, is that for a 6 feet tall woman, Angela Dawe chose a voice that doesn’t suit her...

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  • Michelle A
  • 16-08-19

narrator mad bad choice

Good story. I enjoyed it. For the most part the narrator was fine but why she chose to give Sasha the choice of a cartoon character I don't get at all. It took me right out of the story. It was a really poor choice by the narrator.

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  • heather anderson
  • 09-08-19

I love the book, didn’t care for the reader.

The book was fun and I loved it. I wish the voices were more sexy. I enjoyed it though.