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Living

By: Lise Gold
Narrated by: TJ Richards
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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During her morning exercise, yoga instructor Cam Saunders finds herself rescuing a young woman who has walked into the sea, seemingly intent on taking her own life. When the woman in question turns out to be a famous actress, Cam promises to keep her secret safe.

Six months later, America’s sweetheart Ella Temperley is working hard to get her life back on track, grieving the loss of her twin sister and fighting a deep depression. Despite her fame, she feels alone in the world and keeps thinking of the woman she owes her life to.

After Ella shows up in Cam’s life again, the two become closer than they ever imagined possible. But what happens when friendship turns into attraction? Living is a slow-burn coming-out romance about loss, love, and life.

©2019 Lise Gold Books (P)2019 Lise Gold Books

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great story. you won't be disappointed

You will probably read many good reviews and see many 5 and 4 star ratings for this romance. Please believe them all. If you like a really moving & gripping story, populated by relateable, loveable (and some hateable🙄) characters, you will love this.
I listened to one Lise Gold book before this one, and I really liked it. But this is just in another league. If you like writers like Kris Bryant and even Georgia Beers and Melissa Braden, please give this a try. It is so well written, ,sweet and hot and I found that I didn't want to miss a word. Never listened to this narrator before, but I am now going to look out for anything else she does. What a find 😎

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Fantastic

I loved the characters in the book. It was a awesome story. I will listen and read again.

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Engaging book

This book was well written, the story was well developed, TJ is a great narrator, she understood the book and did a great job narrating it.

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Wow

That was a beautiful story. I really needed a story like this in my life. Happy, sexy, serious, silly, sad. Enough happy, sexy, and silly to make dealing with the serious and sad worth it and leave me smiling and giggling more often than not. TJ Richards did an amazing job as always. I could easily differentiate who was speaking at any given time, her voice is pleasant to listen to, and her pacing is on point.

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Sweet! More depth than other books in this genre

I appreciated that the friendship and relationship between the main characters was developed slowly and showed more depth than most books in this genre. I couldn't relate to all the hoopla about a character being a 'celebrity', but maybe one has to live in Hollywood or Los Angeles to believe anyone would get excited about an actor or actress. Otherwise, sweet and uplifting story.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this story

Lise Gold has written a wonderful story that grabbed my attention from the first word and TJ Richards has done a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life. The way Lise brings in the subjects of depression, suicide, mental health and shows that with therapy someone can come back from the brink of suicide and learn to live again and be happy.

I could easily distinguish between characters and that is a big thing for me. If I'm constantly trying to figure out who is suppose to be talking\thinking then it's tough to follow the story. Well done TJ Richards.

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Great book!

The narration stuttered a bit at the beginning but smoothed out after the first few chapters. I’m wagering it had something to do with the very serious dialogue in the beginning of the story. Other than that the story was fantastic, and the narrator did a great job. I will definitely seek out more work by both Lise Gold and TJ Richards.

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What a great Story & Audiobook!

(I was lucky enough to get a code for this audiobook and I stated In return I would leave an honest review) ⬇️

For Ella nobody tells you how awful it is when somebody you love dies. Nobody tells you how long you’ll be in pain. This is how this story begins. We find Ella a famous actress wanting nothing more then to end her pain by taking her own life. Then you have Cam who see’s this “literally” and ends up rescuing said woman. There is an immediate connection between the two and the story goes from there. I love both of these characters and the way the story plays out. Nothing threw out the story seems rushed and It’s definitely a slow burn romance that goes threw its passes. I found that this story hits a lot of truths when it comes to the struggles Ella must go threw to get past such loss. Fortunately for her she has Cam to help her threw...
I without a doubt loved the story when I first read the book. It’s the same with the audiobook. T J Richards also does a wonderful job in narrating this story. She drew me in and kept me into the story to the very end. Bravo to Both Lisa Gold & TJ Richards for putting together an audiobook I will definitely listen to again. 5⭐️

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  • C. S.
  • 11-15-19

Highly recommended!!!

The story was a completely new take on a celebrity romance. After reading the plot I kind of expected the story to be sad and heavy but it wasn't. It was very sweet and funny and left me feeling good about life.
Lise Gold wrote an exceptionally great book and TJ Richards did an amazing Job narrating it.

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  • Jude
  • 10-23-19

Wonderful story, great narration

Living is one of my favorite books this year, probably in my Top 5. I wouldn’t have read it again so soon since I remembered a lot, yet when the audiobook came out, narrated by TJ Richards, I couldn’t wait.

There’s something about Lise Gold’s books, some sort of inherent hope that makes even the most seemingly desperate situations feel like they can be overcome. Ella lost her twin sister to an accident two years ago. Her life has felt meaningless and empty since, and she’s convinced she can’t pretend anymore. Cam rescues her right in time. Not only does she take care of her, she doesn’t care that she’s famous, which makes Ella feel even safer, and, later on, loved.

There are many layers to this novel. It’s a reflection on mental health and how important getting help and finding the right therapist is but it’s also a celebrity romance, with Ella being a famous Hollywood actress who has to deal with an almost complete lack of privacy.

I really like TJ Richards’ narration style, and she did a great job here, once more. I never had any doubt as to who was talking (which happens too often), she had very distinctive and fitting voices for all the characters, especially the main ones. And there are small things that make the narration stand out, the way the characters breathe, the hesitations in their voices at times, very subtle details that make it really excellent. It’s especially true for Ella, I think.

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  • Bookworm
  • 10-14-19

Thought Provoking

Lise is one of those author's who can put the reader in the characters situation. It is Ella Temperley, a famous Hollywood actress, birthday. Having lost her twin she has decided to end it all by walking into the sea.

Cam Saunders, a Yoga instructor, watching this from her patio doors had other ideas. This is a touching story showing how 2 people who work in total circles can help each other with their problems. This is a slow burn romance but during the process we see how each character desks with their loss and how the outcome would impact on friends and relations.

This is a must read book that shows that if you do feel lonely and feel as though no one cares that you should talk to someone and seek help.