• Nothing to Lose

  • A Lesbian Romance
  • By: Clare Lydon
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (265 ratings)
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Nothing to Lose

By: Clare Lydon
Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
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Publisher's summary

Nobody would ever describe Scarlet Williams as a ray of sunshine, but that doesn’t mean she deserves the flood that wipes out her basement flat, making her temporarily homeless. Enter Joy Hudson, local mayor & sunshine specialist, who opens her house to flood refugees and ends up with Scarlet on her doorstep. Two more opposing characters you couldn’t fail to meet, and yet, somehow, they strike up a friendship. But when the rain stops and the sun comes out, could that friendship blossom into something more?

©2017 Clare Lydon (P)2017 Clare Lydon
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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More like a pity party for the ultra pessimist

Spoiler Alert. I got about half way into the book and just couldn't proceed any further. The book is literally set around one event, a flood, and stays focused on the effect the flood has on the town, which wasnt even much. The main character is extremely dramatic, super pessimistic, negative and just plain pathetic. I literally spent half this book listening to her complain about how she lost her things, which she expressed she really didn't even care about in the first place. All the while, all this could have been avoided if she had not been neglectful in renewing her flood insurance. Really? Who lives in a basement flat near a river and chooses to delay getting flood insurance. Honestly it makes it extremely hard to feel sorry for her. I mean yeah she had a tough life but come on... The relationship between the Mayor and the main character doesnt make any sense what so ever. Why would a strong successfull woman, who runs business being a life coach, want anything to do with a middle aged woman who has commitment issues, cant do something as important as get flood insurance when she lives on an island, and cant have a conversation without shoving an unessecary pessimistic comment in. I think the author expects us to suspend reality all the way towards the dysfunctionally unrealistic. I won't be finishing this book. Money wasted.

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Sweet story of finding oneself

A very sweet romance about finding happiness amid disaster. The story starts off rather depressing but hang in there because the turn around is worth it.

Memorable characters and a wonderful set of side characters, friends and as is typical with Lydon a great sense of the location.

Fantastic narration and great audio quality. A worthwhile addition to any audio library.

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Enjoyable, sweet story

I read the ebook last year and I was gifted the audiobook. I was asked but not required to review the audiobook.

When I read the ebook I gave it 3 stars (average, liked the book). Today for the audiobook, I'm giving it 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. I really liked the characters - pessimistic Scarlet; Joy, the Mayor who recently embraced that she is a lesbian, but not out publicly; Joy's grandmother Clementine, who says what needs to be said, and Scarlet's football buddies Matt and Eamonn, whom I don't think Scarlet appreciated what true friends they were before the flood.

Most of the book takes place within one week - starting Scarlett fleeing her home just before the flood waters wipe out her basement apartment. She fandangles to stay at the Mayor's house (rather than at the community center) while they wait for the waters to recede. During that week, she and Joy become good friends then more than just friends with predicable angst along the way that is eventually resolved - after all this is a romance with the requisite HEA. As the flood waters receded, so does Scarlet's pessimistic attitude due mostly to her friendship with Joy.

The narrator, Gabrielle Baker does a fine job with the various voices and accents. As an American, I can't comment on the authenticity. The one quibble I have is that she has a slight lisp that was distracting. I thought it was just me, but I found other reviewers who also mentioned her lisp. I guess some listeners don't hear it or it doesn't bother them. Your mileage may vary.

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Sweet story

Where does Nothing to Lose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the top 10.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The grandmother because I liked her acceptance of Joys sexuality

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the scence where Scarlet sees her flat for the first time since the flood was absolutely heartbreaking but very well written

Any additional comments?

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

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Great story everyone should take a listen.

I have both read this story as well as listened and its amazing to hear the story with the english accent it definitely added to the story. this brought the story to life.

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Great voice that added to the story, listened at regular speed, ha.

Really enjoyed the dynamic of Lyndon's characters. Refreshing. Looking forward to future projects! Oh and Thank You!!!

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Excellent Audio!

I loved Nothing to Lose by Clare Lydon. I really enjoyed Scarlet and Joy. It is nice to stumble on someone in life who will give you a hand up or just hold your hand during a rough time. Gabrielle Baker does an excellent job with the narration.

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slow start

I started it and stop.... it warm up after I decided to take it on and listen. I like the suttle humor and the reference to classic lesbian tv show and movies.... just beautiful.

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Enjoyable book!

Great book. This was a first time read from this author and I found it pleasantly surprising. While I initially hesitated with the plot, it turned out to be a great story. Highly recommended if you're looking for a light romance.!

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Predictable but a sweet tale

This was a very well written book and easy to follow along. I don't think enough time was logically taken for Joy to come around. Having been in both their positions, the story moved too fast to be really real. I've never encountered a situation that fixed itself with such ease and speed but it was mostly believable and truly a LOVE STORY.

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