When tall, pretty Kelly interviews at Washington D.C.’s premier LGBT-centric lobbying firm, she claims she has a girlfriend. Nothing could be further from the truth; she’s never even kissed a girl. Kelly’s hired. However, a suspicious co-worker keeps inquiring about her girlfriend. To keep her lies straight, Kelly bases her fictional partner on Anna, an aggressive, gorgeous lesbian friend of a friend. But when the firm’s annual Christmas party looms, Kelly’s forced to produce her mysterious girlfriend. The real Anna agrees to be Kelly’s "beard" - her fake date. But at the party, alcohol flows... and Anna’s all over Kelly. Kelly pretends to her office mates that her "girlfriend’s" advances are perfectly normal - even as she feels her resistance to the beautiful woman melting away.
The Beard is a comedy with sexy scenes and some explicit sections.
©2013 Beginnings Press (P)2013 Beginnings Press
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This novella contains a weak plot; broad unrealistic caricatures; a totally ridiculous core concept; yet I can't bring myself to dismiss it completely.
Our main character Kathy interviews for a job with an LGBT lobbying group and despite a myriad of federal regulations that would prohibit such discrimination, she has to be a lesbian to work there.
Badly needing a job she invents a girlfriend by referencing a friend of a friend that she's never spoken to. There is a nosy know-it-all employee who's sure she's posing and she wastes no opportunity to announce her views to everyone within listening distance. When Kathy's boss tells her that she will be expected to produce said girlfriend at the company Christmas party she knows she has to get creative. Anna is convinced to play the part of her paramour and the resulting events at the party are as over the top teen movie like as they are unlikely. Still there is a likable quality to this story that makes it a worthwhile listening experience..
Never read the print version
When Kelly had to bring her pretend lesbian girl friend to the Gay-Lesbian lobby office she works for in DC. ( She told them she had a girl friend when she applied for the job) So her friends sister who's gay got a friend ANNA to go with Kelly. And Surprise Kelly was having feelings for Anna. But when Caught by the boss in the ladies room having sex......Kelly thought she would loose her job....I won't tell any more
I never heard her before but she did an ok job she gave the right emotions and reactions to what ever was happening.
Sylvia the office bitch who was trying to get Kelly
It was a cute story about telling a lie to get a job. And we all know it's always best to be honest because lies always have a way of catching up. I got this on sale and it was a nice cute story. Not a romance or erotica, but more about Growing up and learning experiences.
i haven't read the print version.but the audio version was awesome!
the bathroom and supply room scene. Smoking!!
She's a great reader, I actually start looking for other books she read.
it made me laugh at some points, but mostly squirm while i was driving.lol
buy the book!!!
Say something about yourself!
Yes. For a short story, it was well written and funny. Not to mention very sexy and erotic.
Anna. She was bold and sexy and I loved the accent.
Actually there's two. The first was when Anna confronted Sylvia and the second was when Anna dragged Kelly into the bathroom. "However, whenever. Remember?"
It was too short to be moved.
Well done, funny and sexy. The distinction between the characters was very well done. The only real draw back is that it was way too short. Less than 100 pages. I read stories that weren't have has good but twice as long. Tillie Hooper did an amazing job. The southern accent of Anna's was so sexy it gave me goose bumps.
one of anne eton's best. if your already a fan don't miss this one.
how people can surprise you ... including yourself.
when they were on their way to the party, and she rememberd all those things from their first meet.
pretend or not.
I wish anne etons other stories were on here too.
I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.
The Beard has an interesting plot, and the protagonist is well rounded, but I had issues with the level of consent being rather low. It may be my foible, but I do not enjoy plots where the consent is so absent, yet the perpetrator is so readily forgiven. I did not see any obvious triggers, at least not for me, but consent just was not there.
I have MS and LD and make spelling and grammar mistakes, please forgive the handicap.
It ranks very high, not as high as Radclyffe, but almost up there with a B+ book grade. It makes you laugh out load so be careful where you listen to it, you will find yourself at least smiling wickedly if not busting a gut in some parts of the book. I totally enjoyed the Beard.
Kelly has to be my favorite character but the whole book centers around her, still you could make an argument for Anna to be the star character in the story, Anna is wickedly funny and bold beyond belief. Still it's Kelly that I find myself identifying with even though she starts out as straight, something that I have never been. Still her insecurities and her crazy ways I can understand. Her reaction to the office snoop Silvia and her just total reaction to things I can relate to.
Her different voices, I loved the way she made Anna speak with a deep Southern Accent which worked well for her character. And I loved Kelly little voice that sounded so insecure as she went about her day.
I would say Anna was kinda hard to beat for her brassness. But Kelly was the star of the story. I loved the line at the end when she says, "I not sleeping on the coach am I?" You just have to give it a listen to find out what that means. It just cracked me up. And I just loved the story over all. And Kelly was a very strong character who had lots of hang ups that made her lovable.
Honestly I plan to listen to the Beard several times again just for the laughs, it really was funny and I don't think I got them all on just one run through. This is going to become one of my purple passion books I will pull out when I need a pick up.
Delight Nervous and Warm
When Kelly was on the phone with her best friend's sister I was going to just as crazy as she was.
Great but she made Anna sound a little too masculine for me.
"short but good story - is it worth one credit?"
I liked the story its well written and thought and and intense, erotic. But its only 2 hours I had not noticed it was a short when I purchased it. On that basis I would have used the credit for a longer audio book,. but its a good story and well crafted. so rating for its quality rather then value for many.
"The Office Party"
Good light-hearted fun
A fastpaced, entertaining slant on coming out
I like her portrayal of the mean-spirited office witch and Anna's take no prisoners character
Chai will never seem the same again
It was a great light-hearted, and fun "read". Ideal for a short window, when you don't have time to listen to War and Peace and just want to be entertained
"A good little story to pass a couple of hours"
Maybe not suitable for work. However, this story has a different take in how a straight woman can end up in a relationship with a lesbian. Funny moments, and this story was long enough to give you the tale, but not overly long that it gets too drawn out.
Only thing that might have made the ending slightly better was I had hoped to see how long the relationship would last. It would have coped with an added epilogue without any problems.
Impressed with the narrator, better than a lot of the narrators who have done some of the lesbian novels in the audible catalog.
Overall, if you want an easy going story, and don't mind the NSFW parts, then this will past a couple of hours with ease.
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