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The Beard | [Anne Eton]

The Beard

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-22-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2001

    BJS

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    "Cute story about A LIE"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beard to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beard?

    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


    What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

    I never heard her before but she did an ok job she gave the right emotions and reactions to what ever was happening.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beard and why?

    Sylvia the office bitch who was trying to get Kelly


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tylis East Coast 08-05-14
    Tylis East Coast 08-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Entertaining and Sexy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For a short story, it was well written and funny. Not to mention very sexy and erotic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna. She was bold and sexy and I loved the accent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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?"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was too short to be moved.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TIFFANY 07-27-14
    TIFFANY 07-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "a very good listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    one of anne eton's best. if your already a fan don't miss this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    how people can surprise you ... including yourself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when they were on their way to the party, and she rememberd all those things from their first meet.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    pretend or not.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish anne etons other stories were on here too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Vista, CA, United States 06-01-14
    Adam Vista, CA, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2009

    I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.

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    "Interesting plot, consent was lacking."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 04-01-14
    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 04-01-14 Member Since 2012

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    "The Beard is an amazing Book that makes you laugh"
    Where does The Beard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beard and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    China Detroit, MI, United States 03-13-14
    China Detroit, MI, United States 03-13-14
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    "Smiles!"
    If you could sum up The Beard in three words, what would they be?

    Delight Nervous and Warm


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beard?

    When Kelly was on the phone with her best friend's sister I was going to just as crazy as she was.


    What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

    Great but she made Anna sound a little too masculine for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both.


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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mucklewick
    Knighton, United Kingdom
    1/11/14
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    "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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