Best-selling romance author Jenna Hardy, aka Cassandra Hart, sprints through life from one appearance to the next, always on deadline, always in demand, always on the arm of a different beautiful woman. She has no personal life, because her entire existence is public, and part of her appeal. She loves the tempo, the power, the thrill until the pace catches up to her and she collapses at a book signing.
Her doctor orders rest, her editor wants a three book series yesterday, and her attorney informs her she has just inherited a farm in the backcountry of Vermont. Divine intervention or Fate's little joke? The only thing that might possibly save her from dying of boredom during a summer of forced R and R is a dalliance with Gardner Davis, the local vet. Unfortunately, everything about Jenna's high-profile lifestyle is exactly what Gard wants to leave far, far behind. That and a dark secret that haunts the new life she's made.
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Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
You know what you're going to get with a Radclyffe novel; some books are better than others but there are some things you can count on. The butch half of the couple will be one of the better human beings ever to stride the earth. This is a woman who is almost always heavy on certain masculine characteristics but with the descriptive terms used in this book would challenge the machismo of an MMA fighter. The femme side of the couple will be confused about either her sexuality or the character of her prospective partner. Both aspiring lovers are scarred by their pasts and they both have probably trusted too easily and/or loved too much. There are some high points and the setting is rugged and beautiful; a small town in rural Vermont, although I suppose rural Vermont is a redundant phrase. I'm unsure about a recommendation here, if you happen to be a fan of hers you'll probably like it, if you're a Radclyffe virgin I would suggest another selection like Against Doctors Orders, Wild Shores, or the Lonely Hearts Club.
I have MS and LD and make spelling and grammar mistakes, please forgive the handicap.
First off I am crazy about Radclyffe, and love her books, So just sticking with her books:Her Triple powered series of the Providence Tales, Her Honor Series, and her Justice Series are hard to beat, add in her First Responders, Her New Doctors Series, Her Old Doctors series i.e. Turn Back Time etc, She just has so many books, that crossover into different universes. Take this one, One of the charterer was Blare's best friend from the Honor series. It has nothing to do with the Honor series, it's just a continuity thing. So ranking is hard, Of all those series books listed, not to mention stand alone's, Some are better than others, It would be way below the stand along Secret in the Stone, But above the (I just went blank) so I have no Idea what to put it above. I know its lower than all the Providence Tales and about 3/4 of the Justice books, All the First Responders, And All her New Doctors Series -the one with the family of doctors taking over the hospital in the country and where the ER head fall for the woman send down to hacket the hospital but ends up saving it and taking over the administration of it. (I just spoiled the whole story so it's just as well that I didn't give a title.) Boy this is a hard question.
When they make love for the first time before they really know each other's secrets, and they just do it anyway because the draw is there, and they just feel something for each other without really knowing the other person well.
I like the truth scene when Holt finally tells her-her big secret and well she isn't that surprised or upset, she just tries to make Holt see that it is what she did wasn't so awful, that the reasons why she did it were really for love of her father and brother, not because she hated them.
The Liars we tell ourselves, are far worse than the truth.
I gave this 4 out of 5 stars because, first I hold Radclyffe to this really high standard in my head, so for anyone else it would have been a 5, but for her, it just wasn't a 5 from her, it just missed that mark of awesome I am so use to from her. I am not saying it isn't good, it is. It is a very good romance novel. But there is just a spark missing for me that would make it Awesome. I still love Radclyffe, and continue to worship her books, as I have done for going on 15 plus years. I am a huge fan. And this is a good book.
I have always loved Radclyffe's books ever since a friend discovered them in a Barnes and Noble.
The first time I read a Radclyffe book, I was astonished by the writing, both style and subject.
Her best book ever is Beyond the Breakwater.
This book, Desire by Starlight, I thought of as a lightweight at first, compared to her others--But I found I have re-read it several times and even got the Audible version!
The story is compelling to me since I am a writer too. And I have m first signing and reading coming up soon.
I hope I won't faint and collapse like Jenna did!
Wow! I tell you Radclyffe is a writing genius! Just when I wonder what she will write next - she delivers deep, introspective mysteries that are very very good! I'm disappointed though -- I feel I left Jenna and Gard too soon! Surely there should be a sequel -- I mean we are talking about the Mafia? Yes? Well that my imagination! Another winner by the muse infused Radclyffe!! She is simply the best!
These are great characters, both of them--and they are complex. And their stories, backstories, present stories, after stories all deserved more ink. Rad had a terrific canvas here and she painted all over it. She just left a LOT of the space blank. Despite the completely cheesy title, this was one of her better offerings (I find the less "hard c***s" mentioned the better the story), I just felt like it was either over-edited or under written. Too bad, because it could have been off the charts.
Radclyff as usual out did herself again. Great listen and the performer was on point with her timing. I wanted more, but atlas all great books do have to end. I enjoyed both characters and how they interacted, it was refreshing.
Although one thing I would have liked was the characters of Alice and the sheriff fleshed out. It left me wanting more, I wanted to see them together or at least more interaction between the two.
Can't wait for her next audio book.
Thank you Radclyff.
I enjoy reading anything the Radclyffe writes. This was another winner written by Radclyffe, and the narrator, Sarah Lawrence was absolutely perfect! The character of Gard was well written, and heart wrenching. I just could not put this one down. I look forward to listening to another novel read by Ms. Lawrence; very well done. Thank you for this story, Radclyffe. It was not what I expected, but still great! Well worth the read or an even better listen.
Narration difficult to listen to. Not my favorite Radclyffe story; shallow, typical, predictable. Love scenes were awkward and unrealistic. Still, I was interested enough to finish the read.
Radclyffe did a great job leading Jenna character, but left Gard's character lacking any past. even at the end when Gard revealed the big secret it was lacking. Very predictable.
I normally love all of her books but this one was lacking and a little overdone in my opinion. I almost stopped reading it halfway through but stuck with it the rest of the way. the narrator was horrible and I could barely handle listening to her
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