- File Size: 3006 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626493294
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (December 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019BHN48W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But it didn't, and then I fell asleep.
There's a few really sexy scenes.... until the plot gets lost and I'm reading pages and pages about dinner dates and movies, and pet cats, and horseback rides on the beach and I'm wondering where all the tension went. The protagonist's dilemma loses urgency and the reader gets bogged down in all these details that don't really add anything interesting to the story.
The book doesn't "transition" well between plot segments, and I found myself skimming. I really don't care how the characters get from point A to point B. What I care about is the protagonist's dilemma, and what choices she makes to resolve her dilemma.
Basically, this story loses steam about half-way through, and I got bored and quit reading. I'm giving it two stars instead of one, however, because one of the sex scenes was particularly hot.
Of course, the elephant in the room for this book is Anna's biphobia. Depending on the reader, this can be triggering, dull, or enlightening (in terms of such a thing existing). I was on the frustrated side of things (i.e., "OMG get over yourself already"), but I recognize that any sort of phobia is not something that one can just "get over." So while annoying, it was an important source of conflict to the story.
Though first-person narration does make the biphobia issue more central to the conflict, Natalya seems like such an interesting character that I missed out on some of her perspective of things. On the other hand, so much time with Anna also means lots of time spent with Jeremy, a character from a previous book in the series, and their interactions are always delightful.
I find it mildly hilarious that this book "flips the script" in terms of certain sexual expectations -- this story certainly wins for most number of ridiculous hook-up spots, when the men of this series have mostly stuck to boring surfaces like beds and couches.
And finally, while I'm glad that the books in this series don't tend to end in weddings, I was thrilled to see a couple from a previous story tie the knot and have their happily ever after. I'm a sucker for weddings, and this one was delightful.
I don’t read a lot of lesbian stories. Mostly because I lack the time to keep up with all of the amazing books in the m/m genre, much less read lesbian fiction on top of it, but I was glad I took the time to read this. I found “Stuck Landing” very enjoyable.
In the previous books in the series, we caught glimpses of the main characters in “Stuck Landing” and saw the crumbling of Anna Maxwell’s relationship and her growing attraction to Natalya Izmaylova. This book can certainly be read as a standalone novel, but having that backstory was nice. It added an additional layer to the story.
Anna and Natalya were interesting and well thought out characters. They’re both driven, successful women, but the author did a fantastic job showing where they differed and how that impacted their approach to a relationship. For example, Anna’s career as a director and producer has developed into a need to control the relationship she’s in. Natalya’s career as a gymnast and stunt woman means she’s more willing to dive in and risk it all. It was a nice contrast, because it gave them enough in common to build a foundation, but a source of tension as they went from hooking up to being in a relationship.
The author also did a fantastic job addressing the issue of biphobia. It’s something that many bi people have experienced (myself included) and I was very pleased to see it as part of the storyline. Much of Anna’s growth as a character was centered on acknowledging her prejudices and letting go of them. Natalya’s frustration with Anna’s beliefs came from her previous experiences with biphobic people and made the resolution of those issues even more satisfying.
Lauren Gallagher delivered a story with great pacing, complex characters, steamy romance and love scenes, and a solid resolution at the end. Highly recommended.
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P.S. The thing I wondered about was why Anna required a bodyguard. Maybe this was explored in a previous book but since this series says you can dip in and out (and the m/m others don't really interest me) I'd have liked a bit more explanation. If she were one of the actors this would make sense, but as a director/executive producer I couldn't understand why she'd be so visible and at risk from stalkers etc.
I have already recommended it to 2 friends. Truly an amazing book