Author: Lauren Gallagher
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/14/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance
For months, acclaimed Wolf’s Landing director/producer Anna Maxwell has been nursing a crush on Natalya Izmaylova, a former Russian gymnast and current Wolf’s Landing stunt coordinator. When Anna witnesses Natalya’s very public breakup with her boyfriend, she can’t resist inviting her over for drinks to commiserate about love and all that nonsense. Commiseration doesn’t last long, and soon Anna’s in bed with the hottest woman she’s ever touched, living out fantasies she didn’t even know she had.
Despite the amazing sex, Anna wants to proceed with caution. They’re both newly single. They’re colleagues. And there’s the not-so-small matter of Anna’s biphobia.
Natalya won’t commit to someone who clings to ridiculous stereotypes, but they can’t avoid each other at work, and there’s no ignoring their chemistry. Anna’s defenses are slowly eroding, and Natalya is willing to give her another chance. But Natalya only has so much patience, and even scorching-hot sex won’t keep her coming back forever. If Anna doesn’t come to her senses soon and let go of her prejudices—not to mention her insecurities—she’s going to lose the woman of her dreams.
This is that type of book I struggle to review. On the surface my reading experience wasn’t bad. This book answered questions I’d had for a while and was a great advancement of ideas and characters in this series. I loved seeing some of the couples from the previous books and their involvement in the story brought another level to my enjoyment.
However, I didn’t really connect with the main couple in the book and while I wanted to know how it ended, I wasn’t compelled to finish and had to force myself to keep reading.
I think the reason I struggled so much with this story was that I never got Natalya’s POV so I didn’t understand her as a person and I didn’t understand her feelings towards Anna. I felt like she was just a name and probably could have been substituted by any other female character. Without connecting to her, this story felt lopsided and incomplete.
I also think I struggled because I didn’t like Anna anymore after her story began. This was not the Anna I envisioned based on my previous experiences with her and I actively disengaged from her as she became more real. She wasn’t someone I understood and her biphobia felt flimsy. I also never understood why she needed Natalya specifically in her life. I never understood why she was so determined to fight her baggage for this woman when it would have been easier just to move to someone new. I never felt like the author convinced me it HAD to be this pairing so I never invested myself in their outcome.
I hate to say this, but if it weren’t for the supporting characters I don’t think I would recommend this story, but it was worth the read for Carter and Levi. And for all that I didn’t understand this particular pairing, the writing was still good and the world is still one of my favorites.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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