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How far would you go to hide who you really are inside? And what do you do when you find the one person from whom hiding your true self isn't an option?

Glamorous movie star Dara Thomas has it all - an Oscar nomination, dozens of magazine covers proclaiming her the sexiest woman alive, and people of both sexes clamoring for her attention. She also has a carefully guarded secret life.

As Constance Darrow, Dara writes Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction, an outlet that allows her to be so much more than just a pretty face. Rebecca Minton is a professor of American Literature in love with the work of the mysterious, reclusive author Constance Darrow, with whom she strikes up a correspondence. A chance phrase in a letter leads her to a startling conclusion about the author. What happens next will change the course of both of their lives forever.

©2013 Lynn Ames (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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When It's Good

It's really good. There are many of the same old lame romance, lesbian, and lesbian romance stand-byes here; fortunately they're is also a great deal of inspired writing and two pretty damn good lead characters. I liked the unique manner the author used to get the characters together, I liked the redemption of Dara's mother and Rene Maupin, and the lack of a "heavy" in the narrative. Dara's friend Carolyn is another well written character; in fact this genre seems to run to excellent characters and weak, overly contrived plots with occasionally ridiculous plot twists.
Oftentimes this is done in service to a story that contains too much conflict for people who are presented just swimming with positive traits. If you're able to ignore the more ridiculous aspects pf plot and human reaction, this is an excellent read.

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FANTASTIC NOVEL & PERFORMANCE!

Absolutely FANTASTIC story, original & flowing. And the performance by the narrator was just as great!

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Beautifully written compelling story

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story and finished the audible book within a few days. Compelling story with believable twists & turns. I look forward to reading/listening to more books by Lynn Ames.

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Mediocre Brain Fluff at Best

I struggled to finish this and in the end decided not to with the last few chapters. I wanted to like this more, and the narrator did a good job, but the story and the main characters were difficult to invest in or relate to. Dara is too beautiful, too perfect, too 1-dimensional. Rebecca hardly seems to exist of her own accord outside how she plays to Dara. The insertion of Dara's psychic gift feels weird, forced and trite. It's hard to find good lesbian fiction and unfortunately this speaks to that for me.

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3.5 for innovation w/slight spoilers

The story started off as a breath of fresh air from you normal whirlwind romance. The characters seemed fully flushed in the fact that they had their own lives and weren't just waiting around for love (or a good lay).

Synopsis: Dara Thomas is Hollywoods sweetheart moonlights as Pulitzer Prize fiction writer Constance Darrow. After finding out her estranged mother is dying, she flies to NYC to see her for the last time. She has to navigate her way through her mothers last apology and what it means to love again. Rebecca Minton is a collage professor obsessed with Constance's work and low key crushing on Dara. Once her and Constance's correspondence beings it's typical "I don't know why I feel so close to this person I barely know" flirtationship. After connecting to dots Rebecca and Dara form an "unlikely bond" to save the script of Dara/Constance's movie.

Sex: I honestly I couldn't tell if their flirting went over my head or if they had no chemistry from the letters. The most memorable scene for me was there second in person meeting after Dara chased after Rebecca. That was several hours into the book! The sex was very straight forward and more on the romantic side. I defiantly wasn't fanning myself but all in all a decent scene. Not notably cringe worthy until her dead mother pops up.

Plot: I was initially intrigued with the seeing angels aspect but how it was written was more of a last min plot device to try to bring interest. The explanation of how it stopped and why it started again felt like a transparent attempt at tying lose ends. Being a sensitive soul I am, I liked that the mothers death wasn't dwelled on but I do think it should have been more highlighted than it was.

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The narrator gave Dara a husky sultry voice. That, along with the almost indifferent dialogue after her mothers death, chipped away at the character I felt Dara was in the beginning. I'm all for two fems but I think Rebecca's voice was too chipper for someone so supposedly scored... maybe switch the voices???

At times the writing was nothing more than literary bragging making the dialogue flat and impersonal. In the end I did believe these characters could love each other.

TL;DR- A basic book

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  • nordkoster, bohuslän Sweden
  • 12-11-17

A fun story but too much cake-icing!

Although I must confess that I LOVE lesbian novels with a happy end where both the central characters are feminine women , ' All That Lies Within' I found a bit over-the-top and surgery for my taste. Perhaps Emily Bersford's voice-potrayal of Rebecca and Dara contribute to my less than 100% enthusiasm. She 'plays' Rebecca overly sugery-sweet and the unnecessarily low-level rather husky voice of Dara and the way she delivered her lines made her sound more like a guy, which I found disappointing.
Nonetheless it's a happy (if unlikely) story with lots of very funny girl-dialogue that kept me smiling. Good if you're lipstick-lesbian-orientated and need cheering up on a rainy day!

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Great listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator did a good job. The book was smartly written and consisted of a perfect mixture of angst and happiness and emotional turmoil and serenity. I will listen to it again.

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I loved the book and am even happier with the narr

I think this book is so worth picking up weather as a written work or an audio book. the first time I read it I didn't quite appreciate all the time spent on the characters independent of each other. the story is much richer because of the time taken to show us the people in the relationship before we see the challenge the relationship faces. becuse the author shows us the people its easy to see where the characters wind up in the relationship. its easy to genuinely root for both the characters and the relationship. the narration lives up to the written work beautifully.

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Beautiful story!!! I finished the book in one day!

Such a beautiful story. I could not put the book down. Well written, the characters were amazing, and the story was absolutely beautiful.

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Unique storyline

This was my first experience with both the author and narrator, and I was pleasantly surprised.

I found the story to be unique, and refreshingly different from most other lesfic novels I've read.

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  • Julie C.
  • 01-24-15

No betrayal required

The characters are well rounded and we get insight into their - sometimes - parallel thought processes.

It's so good to see the decisions some of us face written about in a calm and practical manner no melodrama about coming out just the gradual acceptance of our real selves.

I will be looking for more books by Lynn Ames

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  • Frankimunk
  • 04-07-16

Totally improbable,very predictable,but enjoyable

Just as a good book can be ruined by poor narration, a poor story can be saved by a good one-Emily Beresford does just that. Narrated well.
An orginsl story. This isn't the best audio book, but it's not the worst. (Not had as awful as Radclyffe who should retire! and let the better authors rise) Its original. Don't expect much from this book and you won't be disappointed, It's a lightweight book you'll easily get through it and enjoy it.

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  • Claire
  • 07-30-15

Dreadful.

Trashy fiction at its clichèd worst! Don't torment yourself with starting this book and thinking it will get better. I battled through it whilst on holiday - and it didn't.
Not sure if this is typical lesbian fiction, but the storyline is minimal, the characters are less than developed and the absurd 'happily ever after just one date' was always on the cards. Dreadful. (Although the narrator gave it a good shot!)