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Waiting in the Wings Audiobook

Waiting in the Wings

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Publisher's Summary

If you don't get lost, there's a chance you may never be found.

Jenna McGovern has spent her whole life training for the stage. She's taken dance classes, voice lessons, and even earned her performance degree from one of the most prestigious musical theater programs in the nation. At graduation, she's stunned when a chance audition lands her a prime supporting role in the hottest Broadway touring production in the country. In more exciting news, Jenna discovers acclaimed television star Adrienne Kenyon is headlining the production.

Jenna settles easily in to life on tour and has a promising career laid out in front of her, if only she plays her cards right. She's waited for this opportunity her entire life and will let nothing stand in her way. The one thing she didn't prepare for, however, was Adrienne. Her new costar is talented, beautiful, generous, and the utmost professional. As the two women grow closer onstage and off, they must learn how to fit each other into a demanding lifestyle full of unexpected twists and difficult decisions. But is Jenna ready to sacrifice what she's worked so hard for in exchange for a shot at something much deeper?

©2011 Melissa Brayden (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Me & My Girls 01-22-15 Member Since 2017

    Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.

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    "Good Story; Well Told."

    With my ever growing cadre of female friends and relatives who practice a more inclusive type of sexuality I appear to be destined to listen to every lesbian fiction book in the Audible library. Three of the main authors of this genre featured thus far are Melissa Brayden, Meghan O'Brien and Georgia Beers. Of these my favorite to this point is Melissa Brayden.
    In this edition girl-on-girl love two actresses; one a product of pushy stage door parents; Adrienne Kinyon. The other Jenna McGovern a college graduate, veteran of summer stock theater. These two ladies have the two leading female roles in a play and a romance blossoms quickly. Well naturally the road to true love must be a long and winding one. The two have a huge disagreement and don't see each other for four years.
    When they're reunited in a millennial ode to St. Elmo's fire they reconnect; but will the two of them be able to overcome their history; leaving the pain of their pasts behind? Yes of course the answer is obvious but the getting there makes for a good listen. All four of the listeners in our group gave this one five stars.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 01-27-15
    Maureen 01-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good performance."

    Enjoyed the length and depth of the character building.
    Betsy is a tremendous reader.
    Fun read and I love a good love story.

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    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-30-17
    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-30-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Raise the curtain and buckle in for romance..."

    Jenna is ready to start her professional career on the stage, and by fortune, talent, and hard work, she lands a dream role on a show that's generating some amazing noise. Her role is awesome: she plays the "sweet" best friend who is revealed to be a betraying villain, and she gets to play opposite Adrienne, a once-teen-star who is blowing the theatre world away with her singing, her dancing, and her performance. Being a part of this musical with Adrienne is everything Jenna thought she wanted out of life: her big break, and a chance to start her way up the ladder to entertainment success.

    Things get a bit complicated when feelings get involved, and it turns out there's chemistry to spare between Jenna and Adrienne. As the show goes on, the feelings get deeper; is this just a theatre romance, or is this something more?

    Too soon that decision has to be made, and while the show must go on, it's not without heartbreak between the two women. Worse, the entertainment world isn't a big place, and later in life they find themselves once again forced to work together, something neither of them are finding easy to do.

    But sometimes the best love stories happen in the final act.

    Jenna is a joy to read, another gift from Brayden, who always manages to craft characters you want to take out to lunch (and maybe slap them with some advice, to boot). The dialog in this book just zings, and the supporting cast were so solid and well-drawn that I initially wondered if this was a series where we'd get some of the other characters in later books (alas, no). The characters develop and change (this book takes place over years, which was a refreshing take, actually: so often in romance everything is very immediate), and nothing feels forced or awkward at any point. And the payoff is just sweetened for the wait.

    The audio performer was solid. The right amount of emotion was portrayed, and the characters had some great vocal quirks (especially the supporting cast of strong personalities). Intentional or not, there was cadence to the performance that made the descriptions of dance quite easy to visualize, and I found myself wishing the musical described in the first quarter of the book was a real presentation I could nab a ticket to go see. Brayden's theatre background is very much clear in this book, as all the notes strike true, and that translated through the performer's voice.

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    Marquee 06-17-16
    Marquee 06-17-16
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    "LOVE IT"

    One of my all time favorite books. Definitely going to be listening to this frequently lol

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    MtP 04-02-16
    MtP 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Brayden Book Ever"

    I was said to see this one come to an end.... Great story!!! Definitely will hear it again.

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    Kiraliv 09-29-15
    Kiraliv 09-29-15
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    "Truly enjoyable, far exceeded my expectations!"

    ADORED the narrator, Betsy Zajko! Storyline was very refeshing and a must for an acting/theatre lover!

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    TripleS 05-21-17
    TripleS 05-21-17
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    "Well written and performed"

    This book had me from the first chapter. Melissa Brayden does an exquisite job of portraying a very real storyline that has you rooting for the two main characters, along with the supporting characters as well. She wrote these characters so well that I could feel my own anxiety rise, my facial expressions would mirror the characters, and my own heart would almost break when there were missed opportunities. There was temptation to not continue listening when it seemed as if the two main characters looked like they were never going to figure out what was so painfully obvious. This could only be equated to such beautiful writing and superb narration! Which Betsy Zajko draws you in with her amazing performance! Alas, I continued on hoping for the best, and was not disappointed. This is the first book that I have listened to from Melissa Brayden and I am already a fan.

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    Ashley 04-28-16
    Ashley 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    I absolutely loved listening to this book!! so many ups and downs that made me not want to quit listening!! highly recommend this book!

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    Amazon Customer 03-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Another good read."
    Where does Waiting in the Wings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Adrienne. It's really hard to say because I liked both characters so much. I think it was because you are pulling for her to find someone to truly love her.


    What does Betsy Zajko bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intensity of her performance really sold me. She really gets into the character, the voices, and the actions.


    If you could take any character from Waiting in the Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    LOL Maybe Adrienne.....if Jenna was busy.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book and loved all of Melissa Brayden's books. You really can't go with any of them.

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    Sandra 01-30-16
    Sandra 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "AMAZING!!!!!!"

    I laughed, cried, and just couldn't stop listening. It kept me guessing through out. It was absolutely AMAZING!!!

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  • Nicki07
    1/11/15
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    "I found this book very heart warming."

    I do not usually write reviews but I really engaged with this book. loved the characters and really got engrossed in the story. had to read it in one sitting.

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  • Alice
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    6/8/15
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    "Romance with insight into Dance and Acting"

    Um, well I wrote a long review. Then it said "pending approval" for 3 days then it disappeared. Censorship? or just bugs. It was a good review, but I wont retype all. From what I can remember, it basically said: great insight into the acting and dance profession which adds a lot of depth. I marked it down slightly because the conflict seemed unchallenged. What I mean is it was founded the main characters not actually speaking their minds when they needed to resolve the conflict of career verses relationship, which of course is resolvable if its important. There are a number of very atmospheric scenes and locations, and I liked the main characters. I recommend it. But would suggest looking at the author's other work first - "How sweet it is". But I have to say I think Melissa Brayden showing is she is a great lesfic author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    12/6/16
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    "Fantastic book! Would highly recommended:)"

    I love this book so much I own the digital, hard copy and now audio.
    It makes you laugh at the right times, shocked when your not suspecting it and sad. It is one of my favourite books and wouldn't change a thing.

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  • Gilly
    Glasgow,Scotland
    6/14/16
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    "Good first novel."

    I wish I'd realised this book was the first from this author. I'd judged it by the dates on audible and ended up listening to Kiss The Girl first. This story was good, but in comparison to Kiss The Girl you can tell the writing isn't quite as sharp or finessed. Still a fantastic debut, and significantly better than most other lesbian novels I've read.

    I really like the length of these novels, they're reasonably substantial. I was unsure about the characters, I didn't find them as likeable. Jenna seemed very immature and Adrianne quite spoiled. It also felt like they were both sometimes unbelievably stupid or obtuse and completely oblivious to what was going on around them simply to drive the story forward. This didn't feel like an issue in the authors later novel though.

    I wasn't sold on the reader. Her voice was quite raspy and it didn't really fit the characters. It pulled me out of the story a bit.

    This review seems negative and so I want to end by saying that this story is an excellent lesbian rom com. If I'd read it before others from this author I'm sure I'd have been delighted so please, listen or read and then move onto to her other books and I'm sure you'll love them all!

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  • Frankimunk
    Bristol, UK
    4/17/16
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    "An accomplished fully engaging story"

    Well researched story of love against odds. Instantly engaging with likeable characters given normal names.
    Apart from being totally unable to imitate an English voice, this is well narrated with perfect tone that is smooth and well suited to the book. I have to admit to avoiding this author, having resigned her books to be as bad as Radclyffe, I bought it after reading the summary, then to my horror saw it was a Brayden book, berating myself for not having checked. I thought I would try it, expecting to hear unfathomable nonsense with ridiculously irritating characters having stupid names with no depth....but shocked I found myself drawn in, pleasantly surprised. This writer seems to have evolved. I couldn't stop listening, bits of humour injected, keeping it light, without detracting from the depth of characters. A thoroughly good book.

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  • Titchy Runner
    9/22/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Wonderful characters and written so I felt I knew the characters and could empathise with their stories. Great writer I now own two of her books and can't wait to read more.

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