Holly & Ivy

Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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The only thing harder than saving the world is doing it alone.

Holly Lovelace is a multimillionaire tech genius and the CEO of her own company. But if she can’t come up with a brilliant innovation and convince her investors that she’s back in tip-top shape by the end of the year, Holly could lose everything she’s worked so hard to build.

Ivy Winters is a social worker on an island that’s a vacation paradise during the summer months but suffers from a lack of economic opportunity and the scourge of addiction the rest of the year. When the promise of a huge grant falls through, Ivy loses hope of helping her community.

When Holly and Ivy meet, sparks fly, but it’s hardly smooth sailing. After their one-night stand ends in disaster, both decide they’d rather spend the cold months ahead sleeping alone. However, it soon becomes undeniable that each woman possesses something the other needs. Working together, they just might get what they want and find the love of a lifetime along the way, but only if their own insecurities and secrets don’t destroy them first.

Best-selling lesbian romance authors T.B. Markinson and Miranda MacLeod bring lesfic fans a holiday romance that’ll warm your heart this festive season! 

Buy the audiobook to listen to this stand-alone romance novel that will make you believe love conquers all!

©2019 T.B. Markinson (P)2020 T.B. Markinson

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Beauty and the Geek

Love this story with each chapter switching to the opposite main character. This is a story of redemption for Holly along with a chance of lasting love for Ivy.
The narrator is perfect for the shyness and introspection of both main characters.
I have read the book several times and was thrilled when it finally came out on Audible.

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A great read

This is the second book in few weeks about a small island of Maine and I loved it. Instead of lots of drama you meet well written characters and with a great narration this was a pleasure

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It's not you, it's me...

Full disclosure: I received a copy of Holly & Ivy from a giveaway organised by the authors.

Holly & Ivy is an enjoyable romance between a burned out millionaire genius and a small town social worker.
I liked the humour, loved the side character of Morgan, and would gladly pay for more scenes with Blue Bell the yogi goat.
Murphy's narration was as good as usual, and suited the story well.
Despite all this, my rating is a bit low this time due to a couple of issues I have with the story.

The first one is a matter of personal preference, related to how the sexual attraction between the two leads develops throughout the story. I am not a huge fan of the approach the authors chose, and struggled to feel a connection between the sex scenes and the characters' arcs.
Again, this is extremely personal and I'm sure other listeners will appreciate the authors' choice.

The second is related to Holly's decision to use personal data collected by her company for her own purpose.
Data privacy is a huge issue for anyone in Holly's position, and I find it hard to like a character who resorts to this kind of unprofessional, unethical conduct on a whim. I suppose this is also something listeners might overlook, depending on their level of awareness on the matter.

Overall, Holly & Ivy is a good listen and an audiobook many listeners will love.

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Good but a little slow

I really liked this book, but sometimes it felt a little slow moving. I loved the relationship between the characters though and would recommend it.

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What a great combination of two outstanding authors!

This book turned out to be such a great story and I had fun listening to it. I thought each of the main characters were well written and the secondary characters were funny to boot. It was a cute romance with a little angst and a lot of Love... As for the narrator Stephanie Murphy, you just can’t go wrong. She does a wonderful job with each of the characters that it’s easy to just get lost into the story... Definitely would recommend, Well done! 5⭐️

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Yes!

Fully enjoyable tale by T.B., engagingly narrated by Stephanie. You won't regret getting this audiobook!

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Great book

I love the opposites attract feel of this novel. I have one complaint... sometimes it was hard to tell which perspective I was listening from. The narrator does an amazing job telling the story, so I think it has to do with the writing. I love that this book makes me laugh. These two characters are so cute together.

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Lovely Lesbian Romance

The characters are entertaining and have depth. The story was pleasurable. I enjoyed this book and spicy scenes were delicious. The narrator did an agreeable job. Thank you to the authors for the engaging story!

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  • Jude
  • 02-02-20

Funny and romantic

Holly Lovelace’s brain never stops thinking. It’s both a gift and a curse, as Holly can’t help thinking she should be able to do more to save the world. Being super smart also gives her an excuse for never taking any time for herself since she’s irreplaceable.

After she calls him in the middle of the night, crying and babbling that she just can’t do it anymore – a phone call she doesn’t remember the next day -, her best friend Nolan forces her to take a leave of absence and sends her to the house he inherited on King Popham’s (aka Poppy’s) Island, off the coast of Maine. Being the stubborn workaholic she is, Holly views her exile as punishment and isn’t prepared to give the island and its inhabitants a fair chance. As she waits for the ferry that will take her to what she sees as the middle of nowhere, she meets Ivy, whose truck broke down. Ivy is hot so she offers her – and her goat – a lift. Misunderstandings and bursts of lust ensue, resulting in a love story that manages to be both comedic and romantic.

Ivy is the island sweetheart, always trying to make life easier and better for the struggling families yet not conscious of how loved she is by them, how grateful they are. I was expecting Holly to be more of an ice queen, as a big-city tech genius millionaire, but she’s more socially awkward than icy. It’s that awkwardness that drove her to isolate herself from the rest of the world and focus on computers and apps, to the point of not being aware of the difficulties others face. Under Ivy’s influence, she’ll open her eyes and do better.

I always find it very interesting when authors get together to write a story. At first, I can’t help wondering who wrote what, but when it’s done well (as it is in this instance), you can’t really tell. At times I thought “Oh this is pure Markinson!” and then “Or maybe MacLeod?”. Their styles mesh incredibly well and they share a sense of humour that works perfectly with this story. I’m not big on bodily functions-based jokes, and there are quite a few in Holly & Ivy, but as they come from two of the funniest and clueless secondary characters I’ve read about in a while, I’ll give them a pass.

There’s nothing groundbreaking in this story, but every time I mentioned it while I was listening, I said: “it’s such a cute story!” It’s sweet, funny and heartwarming. And you can always count on Stephanie Murphy for a solid and lovely narration.

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  • Amber mahieu
  • 01-23-20

Great story about people from different worlds

I loved the story. The story flowed very well and at a perfect pace. I loved how people from different backgrounds/status come together and how they work through their issues.