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Confessions from a Coffee Shop

Confessions Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Lori Prince
Series: Confessions, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori and Kat’s relationship?

©2014 T. B. Markinson (P)2019 T. B. Markinson

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Hilarious interactions and terrific narration!

“Confessions From a Coffee Shop (Confessions #1)” is actually a sequel, despite being number 1 in this series. We met the MCs in Book 0, “Confessions From The Heart”. This book picks up three years after Book 0, and presents a few challenges to Cori Tisdale and her artist girlfriend Kat Finn.

I confess (hey hey) to being just a little apprehensive about starting this book. I really really enjoyed book 0, and the blurb and several reviews made “Coffee Shop” sound darker, with Cori and Kat’s relationship in trouble. Yes, I know a little angst keeps books from being boring, but relationship troubles abound IRL, and I frequently enjoy lesfic as an escape most when it presents a “life as we wish it could be” romance. But Lori Prince is the narrator. How could I NOT want to listen to this??? Ohhh….that voice.

Errr, I digress.

Income-earning challenged Kat is addicted to shopping, to the point that Cori has taken on a second job to try to stem the bills. Cori made the mistake of telling Cori she could shop to her heart’s content after Cori scored her first book deal, but then Cori hit writer’s block and has been stuck for a year unable to finish the book…and receive money.

Kat seems equally stuck in an artistic abeyance, and isn’t selling any paintings.

Enter Cori’s high-school cheerleader crush Samantha, fresh off a break-up with her girlfriend Lucy. Yep….Cori learns that her once-crush likes girls! BTW…the opening scene of the book, with Cori on the phone with Nell, her mother, as Samantha walks into the coffee shop was absolutely hilarious!

Much of the book is like a Seinfeld sitcom episode: a story about nothing. Just lots of wonderful interactions of interesting people without any over the top angst or drama.

Dinner with Cori’s family is hilarious, with Kat’s family interesting (“rattlesnakes have more charm”, thinks Cori. Lunch with Kat, Cori and Nell at the restaurant as Nell loudly announces she’s begun enjoying “cowboy porn” and laments a lack of recent sex with Cori’s father is hilarious as Cori tries sticking her fingers in her ears and uninhibited Kat suggests they start a porn reading book club!! Coffee shop colleague Harold decides he wants to go to a lesbian bar to meet women wanting a threesome, and while Cori tries dissuading him, Kat decides they should all go together!!

The only trope on display was non-communication. Cori is very stressed over bills and her second job, but never discusses things with Kat. To her credit though, she recognizes how much in love with Kat she is despite this financial flaw. Samantha is a great new character, and it was interesting that the normally assured Kat was threatened by Cori’s former crush. I hope to see more of Samantha and her love-interest in the next book.

“Confessions From a Coffee Shop” is very enjoyable, with 5* narration, and great characters. The story is fun and while I was relieved there was no teary crazy drama, I recommend the story with 4*, not quite 5*. Once again I wish goodreads offered something between 4* and 5*, because my 4* rating is definitely a strong recommendation!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

My rating and my review was not in anyway affected by my having been provided a review copy.

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Funny, Emotional, and Very Enjoyable!

This is the first work from T. B. Markinson that I have experienced and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I loved the first person narration from Cori's point of view. The sass of that character was fantastic and I fell in love with her instantly. She was snarky, no-nonsense, sometimes very blunt and direct. Her girlfriend, Kat, was so sweet and supportive. While in my mind the couple seemed like they would not be compatible, I came around to seeing the opposites complement each other. I thought a different type of story was going to be coming early on between Cori and Sam, and I am sure that was the intent. But as the story and characters developed, I could see the real romance between Cori and Kat and that true love between them was not going to be broken.

I have listened to several Lori Prince narrated novels before, but this to me was her finest work. The voices and personas she added to each character brought them to life in my head. She did an amazing job throughout, with Kat being my favorite character that she did.

There are lots of quick wit throughout, making the book very entertaining. I cannot recommend this book high enough for anyone looking for a well-done story with some twists and turns along with some well written deep love between two characters.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

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I loved it!

I’d actually already read this book, so I wasn’t expecting much more from it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the audio version. It was a lot of fun.

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Fantastic!

An excellent continuation of Cory and Kat’s story. I couldn’t wait to hear more of this story. It’s got ups and downs that kept me hooked. As always excellent narration from Lori Prince!

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  • Jude
  • France
  • 08-17-19

Another solid story perfectly narrated

I really like Cori. I didn’t think that would happen with one of T.B. Markinson’s characters since, as I wrote before, they’re usually too real and flawed for me to like them. I enjoy reading about them but I wouldn’t want them as friends. Yet there’s something different about Cori. She’s awkward and self-deprecating in just the right way to make her endearing. She’s also quite annoying, privileged and not always aware of how much. But I don’t know, I like her anyway. At least, she tries. Lori Prince’s narration is definitely responsible for a big part of it. Her voice and tone are perfect for Cori.

Another huge part of Cori’s appeal is her family and their interactions. Her mother loves embarrassing her with talk of sex, prompting this kind of reaction: « The woman across the table gave birth to me, and I’m still traumatized by being that close to her vagina ». I had to stop the audiobook and write that sentence down, that’s how much I laughed.

In book 0, Confessions from the Heart, Cori fell in love with Kat. Three years later, life is not as beautiful as it was. Cori is struggling to finish her first novel and juggling jobs to support Kat’s art… and her shopping addiction. Then a former classmate of Cori’s enters the picture. Samantha was a cheerleader in high school and Cori’s biggest crush at the time. So of course it creates friction between Cori and Kat. Neither dares really question the other about what bothers them. It doesn’t help that Cori’s parents act even weirder than usual and that Kat’s father, the nefarious Phineas Finn, keeps interfering.

There’s not much happening in this book, which might sound negative but isn’t. There’s no big revelation, no plot twist. It’s mostly day to day in the life of Cori and Kat, their families and friends and, strangely enough, it’s not boring at all. Once again, this book stresses the importance of communication. Secrets usually cause trouble. But they make for good stories…

And I already praised Lori Prince’s narration but it has to be said again: her voice for Kat is the sexiest.

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  • cjldypyro
  • 1700 Narrow Ridge Rd, Aurora, WV 26705
  • 08-15-19

Strong Brew!

Once again, T.B. Markinson has put us front and center in the ongoing relationship between Cori and Cat. As Cori struggles with her novel and the mounting financial woes from her live-in girlfriend, Kat's shopping addiction, the two are tested with friends and family pressure, As the two navigate there are tears and admissions along with steamy moments of intimacy. Lori Prince could read me the cereal box but give her an excellent book and I am captivated. Well done on both accounts.

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A fun, endearing read

A good book, well performed. A cast of characters that were funny, endearing and diverse.
Was an engaging romp through ups and downs, confusion and aha clarity.
Recommend this one for an easy, worth-it read.

Well done , TB Markinson!

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Great Read!

Well written characters and story. Lori Prince does another wonderful job with the narration! As always, Lori brings each character to life.

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Fun contemporary romance

This was a fun listen. Cori’s internal monologue is hilarious. Her struggles are real and relatable. There are times you want to shake her and say, “girl, what are you thinking??” But it’s very well done. She comes across as authentic in her flaws and successes.
Great book, great narration!

I received a code for this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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loved it!

I finished listening to the Prequel for this series and jumped right into this one... once again a phenomenal job by Lori Prince for her narration of this and the previous book. As for the story, I loved the development of the MC's and the struggles they each find themselves in. They deal with their own baggage and struggle with finding their truths in order to build an even stronger relationship with each other and with family... I can't wait for the next book (2) to come out in Audible, because I will definitely be picking that one up... Bravo and well done to T.B.Markinson and Lori Prince!

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  • Judit C
  • 09-10-19

Loved it

I love TB Markison's books. The dialogues are great and amazingly performanced by Lori Prince

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  • Beth Haydon
  • 08-23-19

Brilliant

I was lucky enough to win a free copy of this. I had read the Kindle version a few years ago. I totally loved listening to it, there was so much I had forgotten / missed in the book. T.B.Markinson describes the characters so well, you feel like you know them. The story is cute and keeps you listening to find out what happens next! I don't want to give the story away, but my advice is download it and settle down with a coffee and enjoy the book. Brilliant, can't can't to listen to book 2