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Jaime is glad to see a new opening act for the Lacey Leigh Jaxson tour she helps produce and manage--after all, the tempestuous star tires quickly of the openers and band members she's dallied with, making for something of a revolving door as they concertize their way across the nation. Jaime is still smarting from her fling with the famous Ms. Jaxson, and the new opener, a folksinger from Minnesota, is somewhat bruised herself from her ex's sudden departure. Though their coupling is predictable, the pleasure, like on some road trips, is in the journey, not the destination, and Lake's tale takes its leisurely good time as this love affair runs into detours and unexpected roadblocks. This lesbian romance is full of entrancing details that make the day-to-day tour come alive as the dazzle of show business and the joy of making music serve as backdrops to the lovers' deepening relationship. Whitney Scott
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"(T)he pleasure, like on some road trips, is in the journey, not the destination … full of entrancing details…" -- BOOKLIST, v. 99, August 2003, Whitney Scott

"Considered one of the best authors of modern lesbian fiction, her work—part action, part drama, and part romance—gleefully defies categorization." -- Lavender Magazine, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932300082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932300086
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,312,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In addition to writing books, Lori teaches fiction writing courses and workshops, most recently for The Oregon Writers Colony and The Golden Crown Literary Society. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is currently at work on a romance, the fifth Gun Series book, an historical anthology, and the first book in a writing guide series called SPARKING CREATIVITY: WORDS OF WISDOM TO INSPIRE YOUR WRITING CRAFT. For more information, see her website at

Lori L. Lake's books:

Eight Dates (2014)
Like Lovers Do (2011)
Different Dress (2003)
Ricochet in Time (2001)
Adventures Unlimited (forthcoming, 2015)

Gun Shy (2001)
Under The Gun (2002)
Have Gun We'll Travel (2005)
Jump The Gun (2013)

Buyer's Remorse (2011)
A Very Public Eye (2012)

Snow Moon Rising (2006)

Sparking Creativity (forthcoming, 2015)

Shimmer and Other Stories (2007)
Stepping Out: Short Stories (2004)

The Milk of Human Kindness (2004)
Romance for Life (2005)
Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam (2015)
Time's Rainbow (forthcoming, 2015)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joyce McNeil on March 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
The author of such great books as Gun Shy, Under The Gun, Have Gun We'll Travel, Ricochet in Time and Stepping Out: Short Stories introduces readers to two new favorite characters to take to heart.

Kip Galvin, school teacher, songwriter and singer is asked to join the summer tour of popular singer Lacey Leigh Jaxon, It seems Lacey Leigh has, once again, run off another opening act. Assigned the task of picking her up at the airport, is Jaime Esperanza, electrician extraordinaire who handles and oversees several aspects of the tour, one of which is Lacey Leigh when she's `under the weather.'

As Kip spends more time on the tour, she begins to form questions: Exactly what does Lacey's being `under the weather' mean? And why are so many of her opening acts quitting? As the tour progresses, Kip is `adopted' by members of Lacey's band who surprise Kip one night on stage by playing back-up on one of her songs. When Lacey objects to this and throws a fit, Kip literally scolds Lacey as if she were a small child, shocking both Lacey and the people around her.

As Jaime and Kip begin spending a lot of their down time together, they form an easy friendship. As time passes, Kip realizes her feelings towards Jaime are changing and she is completely blind-sided when Jaime, who has a history with Lacey, "dumps" her and goes running when Lacey calls. When Lacey's "under the weather' condition surfaces as a serious drinking problem, more questions arise. How will this affect the tour? The band? The fans? Even Lacey herself? Will it take Lacey all the way down to rock bottom? What happens to Jaime if it does? Could Kip and Jaime's friendship survive the fall? And which of them would give all they have for ONE true chance at love?

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Judy A. on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Lori Lake's new novel is best read obsessively -- I managed to read it in one long day, carrying it about as I tried to do other things, then surrenduring to the narrative and just reading for hours. What's so mesmerizing about the novel, I think, is that it brews up a potent love story mixed with just enough realism to engage the reader's hopes on behalf of the characters -- what a fine line to walk, and Lori has done it very well. Also enjoyed the fact that the main characters were older women (not the usual 20-somethings searching for love - nothing wrong with that at all, except it's been done and done), and the extremely subtle portrayal of lesbians who are clearly "out", but face that continual tension about when and how to reveal themselves to new people in their lives. This novel WORKS in so many ways.....another literary victory for Lori Lake! Thank you!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "janevaningen" on August 1, 2003
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Kip is a teacher by day and folksinger by night who is asked to join the tour of diva Lacey Leigh Jackson. She falls in love with Jamie, the tour electrician, but Jamie is hung up on Lacey Leigh.
This is an intriguing romance because Jamie and Kip are genuinely likeable people and the reader will root for them as they make their cross-country musical journey. But there's so much more to the story than that. There's Wes, the exasperated tour manager, Eric, the cool-headed boss, Buck and Drew, the band mates that inspire Kip's career, Emma, Jamie's lifelong friend, and Mary, Kip's giddy friend back home in Minneapolis. Each of these characters round out the story and give it dimension.
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Some books have a magic that draws readers effortlessly into their world. DIFFERENT DRESS is one such book. Lori L. Lake has fashioned a tale peopled by characters that we recognize-not because they are clichéd, but because we've all known people who fall for someone that isn't good for them, who make bad decisions and miss golden opportunities, and who generally would lead much smoother lives, if they would just listen to our excellent advice. Some might describe DIFFERENT DRESS as a romantic triangle because Kip, the teacher/singer who joins a country music show partway through a summer tour, falls for Jamie, the roadie/electrician, who loves the star of the show, Lacey Leigh, an unstable, shallow and deeply troubled woman who is incapable of loving anything but her next drink. But in Lake's skilled hands, this basic set-up takes unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader riveted.
Lake never takes the easy way out, and the reader is guaranteed an engrossing, involving ride, peopled not only with two strong, engaging leads, but also with an entire cast of fully realized supporting characters. Even the smallest roles are filled by well-rounded people, most of whom we'd like to know in real life, some of which we would avoid like the plague. Lake doesn't spare her characters, never glossing over mistakes made, and flaws inherent, even in her two heroines. We question how Kip could ever have been so thoroughly taken in by her callous ex-lover. We wonder how Jamie could be so oblivious to Kip's love and Lacey Leigh's self absorption. And though it is tempting to dismiss Lacey Leigh as the villainess of the piece, she is much more than that.
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