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"... A vivid story that doesn't just capture two women at the crossroads of their own business and personal transitions, but a community on the cusp of values changes. It's just one of the reasons why Driven stands out from most other novels centered in the Bay Area.
Highly recommended for readers who want a purposeful sense of place, values, and changes in their fiction."
- Midwest Review of Books
"This is a fun read! Lizzy is totally adorable, just finding her way back from a heartbreak a year back, and can't quite believe her luck when the gorgeous Kate lands on Driven's doorstep... The writing style is good--a great flow...a good start to a promising series!"
- Curve Magazine
"Readers receive a lesbian love story, a tale of players in right-and-wrong games who come to realize their true strengths and desires, and insights about the fearless pursuit of dreams and where ambition leads... a multi-faceted, engrossing story!"
- Lesbian Connection
- ASIN : B07L9GGJCR
- Publisher : New Heights Publishing (January 24, 2019)
- Publication date : January 24, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2416 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 213 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,723 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In fact, this story is rather light on characters, four to be precise.
The story is told in first person, past tense. It’s also told from all four points-of-view. I was excited by the prospect of really getting to know this small cast of characters. However, Kate is the only one I came even close to getting to know.
The reader is told Mindy is a horrible person, but she never came across that way to me, the brief mention of a smear campaign aside. I felt like it was a missed opportunity. I wanted to dislike her so I’d be routing for Kate, Lizzy, and Tanika, but she was so one-dimensional I felt indifferent.
Although the story was certainly interesting enough, it left me with more questions than answers. Why didn’t Kate ever apply for residency, or whatever it’s called? I’m not from the US, so I have no idea what ICE is.
Apparently Mindy suffers from CTE. Again, I have no clue what that is. I didn’t bother to Google it while reading, so I was indifferent about whatever that implied, and it’s never explained so I’m not sure it matters.
Lizzy is in a band. She played one night in the garage and then that thread died. I didn’t really see the point of it being in the story.
Okay, as I type, I realise perhaps this book did suffer from first in a series syndrome. Maybe these things will come to light in future installments?
All in all this is an easy read. I’m sure many readers will enjoy the languid pace.
This is a sweet little romance. The main stumbling block in the romance was Kate's fear of being deported if she quit her job with Mindy. It does get sorted out, but there are some questions left, which I assume will be answered in Book 2.
It totally left us hanging & unsatisfied on so much, stuck with unexplained facets & unresolved plots— (ie- the background info on Mindy Rose & Kate & their dysfunctional relationship, & who are Kate & Lizzy beyond the few superficial details…)— & therefore, missing the personal investment & connection between the reader & the main characters.
In spite of its flaws though, this was still an enjoyable read & I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Top reviews from other countries
Up until then it had been fairly engagingly and sympathetically written, although Lizzy's character could have done with more depth. The "wicked witch" was determinedly nasty and I (like other reviewers) was frustrated with Kate's vacillation. OK, I suppose it was a fairly good attempt to paint how the abused can keep returning to their abuser, but it didn't make for easy/gentle reading. I think we can understand that to some extent but what Kate put herself through and how it affected Lizzy when she had experienced her love, began to make me want to scream at her... or just put the book down until I had calmed down enough to face the next part.
Definite potential as a writer but I haven't bought any more books as I don't like feeling cheated.
I picked this up for 99p and for that price it was worth it even if the story ends at 74%. The rest is a taster chunk of Book 2. I've also picked up Book 3 for 99p recently but whilst this was nice enough, l don't feel compelled to pay proper money for Book 2 to continue the story just now (unlike some series where you simply can't wait). To continue I'll either wait for a deal on Book 2 or until I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription again...