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Sucking in San Francisco: Lily Goodwill's Story, Volume 1 | [Jessica McBrayer]

Sucking in San Francisco: Lily Goodwill's Story, Volume 1

Working at a Suicide Prevention Center in San Francisco, Lily Goodwill thinks she's heard it all - then she gets a call from a man about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Something about the caller, maybe his yummy British accent or Lily's ability to understand his crushing ennui, makes her break all the rules and rush to meet him. After all, she is a vampire and if she can't talk him down she can glamour him. But things don't go according to plan.
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Publisher's Summary

Working at a Suicide Prevention Center in San Francisco, Lily Goodwill thinks she's heard it all - then she gets a call from a man about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Something about the caller, maybe his yummy British accent or Lily's ability to understand his crushing ennui, makes her break all the rules and rush to meet him. After all, she is a vampire and if she can't talk him down she can glamour him. But things don't go according to plan.

Her caller glows with blue fire and turns out to be a vampire-hating Djinn. Suddenly, for the first time in centuries he's found something intriguing. Is Lily really a vampire with a conscience and an obsessive-compulsive disorder, involving Handi-wipes and Lysol, or is she just another bloodsucker?

Add in another vampire, with a history of female lovers stretching over three centuries, who swears he's reformed and declares his undying love for Lily. Stir in a mean pair of witches and a vicious warlock, who are staking vampires around the city and you have a recipe for riotous adventure of supernatural proportions.

Lily Goodwill is a quick thinking, smart-talking vampire who's still figuring out how she feels about dining al fresco in the City by the Bay.

©2012 Jessica McBrayer (P)2013 Jessica McBrayer

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    Tara EDMOND, OK, United States 12-04-13
    Tara EDMOND, OK, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, but...."
    What did you love best about Sucking in San Francisco?

    I loved the story. It was interesting and a quick listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked her "family".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    Maybe if she didn't whisper. It is so hard to hear on an audio book. I kept having to crank up the speakers only to be blown out of the car when she went back to normal.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, but either have Lilly stop talking to herself, or please ask the reader to speak up. Please put out part 2 soon!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-31-15
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-31-15 Member Since 2014

    Audible Addict!

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    "Worst love triangle ever! This book just Sucked!"

    Wow what a terrible story. I don't even know where to begin.... Lets see, Lilith can't make up her mind about which guy she will choose through the entire book. Seriously you don't find out until the last 3 words! Let it also be known there is zero chemistry between Lilith or either of her two suitors. NONE! ZERO! NADA! Not to mention there is no epilogue, no conclusion of the guy she didn't choose. Most of the time she was trampy to be honest. Kissing them both in front of each other, or holding hands in front of each other, like she was some sort of prize, which she was not. She was extremely annoying! Luckily there was zero sex or she may have had sex with one of her suitors in front of the other. Geez this was a terrible story.

    This is written in the first person so you get to hear all the rambling blah blah blah nonsense going through her mind. It is painful! My ears are still bleeding and I can't believe I even finished this book. I am kind of embarrassed about that.

    The narrator gets 2 stars only because she did put some emotion in to her reading, otherwise that sucked too, she didn't even try to do the men's voices. most of the time you didn't know who was talking until she read "so and so said"

    The best part of the book was the 5 minute sample on audible! Fact.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Isis EL CERRITO, CA, United States 05-15-14
    Isis EL CERRITO, CA, United States 05-15-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Lovely Story/Incredible Author"

    This first book in the "Sucking Series" is a wonderful story about the love-life and life-life of Lily Goodwill, a gentle vampire, living in present day San Francisco. Filled with compelling San Francisco characters and an intriguing plot, this is far more than a feel good story this is a lived good story. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roschelle RICHMOND, CA, United States 01-05-14
    Roschelle RICHMOND, CA, United States 01-05-14
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    "Can I get a second helping?"
    What did you love best about Sucking in San Francisco?

    I loved all of the main characters. I loved the vivid descriptions of the beauty of San Francisco. I loved the story line. It wasn't just "Oh Lily can't decide which man she wants." It was an adventure all around!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helena, because she is amazing.


    Which character – as performed by Valerie Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Meredith.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Simpson Colorado 12-03-13
    B. Simpson Colorado 12-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Valley girl narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is entertaining, but the narrator is like fingernails on a chalkboard...the cadence is very hard to listen to.


    What didn’t you like about Valerie Gilbert’s performance?

    Nothing


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 10-17-13
    Maureen 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The storyline had potential but ..."

    This book was a disappointment for me. It got some good reviews so I took a chance. The author seems to have some talent but I found this tedious. A vampire who calls his reluctant lover Ma Petite, now why does that sound familiar? The thing that I just could not take was Lily's endless drivel about her two love interests. I get it, they are both gorgeous, they both kiss well and she can't make up her mind between them. This constant prattle takes up most of the book. I found the outlines of the characters interesting but they were never developed. When Lily does make up her mind, no real reason is given. No grit and no real humor. My advise, save your credit and wait for the next Faith Hunter or Molly Harper book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Anchorage, AK, United States 12-10-13
    Valerie Anchorage, AK, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Drivel"
    What disappointed you about Sucking in San Francisco?

    The story was all about Lilly's inablility to choose between two men. I became so bored with the story I did not bother to listen to the whole book. The story had potential, there was imagination, interesting characters but the incessant romantic portions were tedious.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator uses a sing song voice in a number of places in the book which is dreadful. I liked the voice but the over acting was over the top.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sucking in San Francisco?

    If the majority of the "I can't decide who I like" drivel was removed the book would have only been about half as long and twice as interesting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 10-16-13
    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 10-16-13 Member Since 2014

    Tracey

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    "It was ok"

    I finished this book but was dissapointed in it as well. I think the story was probebly good but I had such a hard time with the reader. I couldnt get the voice out of my head and it was in a bad way. I also didnt like how I couldnt always tell who was talking, as in which character was in control. Sorry. I will probebly not be listening to any more of this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Love to Read 04-24-15
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    "Laughing in San Francisco"
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    Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, this book is a fun romp through a San Francisco harboring witches, magic, and some very sexy vampires. Jessica McBrayer makes up her own vampire rules and works them to her--and the reader's--advantage. The narrator enhances the laughs and the drama with just the right intonation suited to the moment. I look forward to listening to the next installment in this delightful series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lincoln, NE, United States 02-12-15
    Amazon Customer Lincoln, NE, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2011

    I am an avid fantasy and urban fantasy reader. I also read a lot of millitary romance.

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    "Good, worth the credit"

    it kept me interested, but I don't think I will listen to it again. the narrator paused dramatically a little too often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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