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Does love have a chance when no one knows she wants it?

Jinx Tanner is an ex-con trying to piece together a life on the outside and heal her relationship with her half-sister who hasn't spoken to her in over 25 years. Romantic love is nowhere on her radar. E. J. Bastien is a business executive with her life and heart under control. She has a successful career, a woman in her bed whenever she wants one, and a healthy relationship with her grown children - as long as they don't find out she's gay. She has no desire for romantic entanglements.

When these two women awaken after a one-night stand to find their lives inextricably entwined, love has its work cut out for it.

©2016 Jeannie Levig (P)2017 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Great book

wasn't sure I liked the narration, but the story in its self was really good. I think the timing for the two sisters to talk came late in the game. but over all it was just right. I would recommend others to read this story themselves and I would hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

I loved Embracing the Dawn. Jinx and EJ are great characters. It's great to read about real, adult, mature women with adult problems. Loved that EJ and Jinx were able to work it out. Excellent narration by Melissa Sternenberg.

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Really Liked It

I loved that this book didn't resort to some cliched breakup between EJ and Jinx; it came as a natural extension of their differences and EJ's fears.I thought that EJ hiding something as basic as her sexuality was not sustainable if she ever wanted a real relationship. That pertains to her relationship with her children, especially her daughter the stress of hiding from her sexuality from them was more corrosive than the truth; as well as a lot more stressful. In addition, what was her fixation on something her son had said when he was 14.
Okay aside from that, this was an excellent tale of romance, the relationship moving forwards erratically and most adult relationships do. This wasn't portrayed as one of those can't leave bad enough alone a situation held together by sex, drama and desperation. Although anyone who didn't feel as worthless and unworthy as Jinx wouldn't have put up with EJ's as much of her crap as she did. Among the ancillary characters only Sparkle added to the narrative; originally presented as someone I thought for sure was a one scene character but was exposed gradually to be far deeper than I thought she'd be. The ending lacks a punch and coincidence plays far too large a part of it but that's a small ripple in an excellent story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Embracing my heart

This is a story of love, hate and redemption. It shows how a misleading made by a drugged out young person can turn their life around and find love and heal a family in the process. Thanks Jennie Levig. I look forward to listening to more of your books.

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  • G.
  • 09-27-17

Beautifully done.

I really liked the story and that the author followed all the wat through each relationship till its end and didnt drop one. it was well written and the performance was excellent.

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different!

my favourite lesbian narrator thus far! story was very different from the usually girl meets girl cliche. Hits a lot of topics such as life after long incarceration, coming out to older children... love it.

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Very good

Would you consider the audio edition of Embracing the Dawn to be better than the print version?

I haven't read it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Embracing the Dawn?

The sisters finally making peace.

Have you listened to any of Melissa Sternenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I can't remember.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. It touched on a subject that is all around us, that a lot of people can't understand. Addiction is all around us, and it's always wonderful too see when a person rise like the phoenix from being dead for so long.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for letting us know that we can rise and redeem ourselves from a horrible existence. I know, and still I rise.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • SWARTHMORE, PA, United States
  • 04-18-17

More than what you think!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a friend that likes lesbian romance, most definitely.

What other book might you compare Embracing the Dawn to and why?

Cinderella but that was only what I thought the first few chapters. After that I was blown away in a great way.

Which scene was your favorite?

The main character really meeting Sparkle & hearing her & her sister's story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not your run of the mill Cinderella story, things do get better, if you try.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • DU
  • 03-27-17

couldn't finish it.

I only made it past chapter 2. The reading, the storyline, the predictability , it wasn't worth finishing. It read like a adolescence love story

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