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Waking Up Gray by [Bradshaw, R. E.]
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About the Author

R. E. “Decky” Bradshaw is a native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, now living in Oklahoma. A former university and high school Theatre instructor, Bradshaw debuted her first four lesbian fiction novels in the fall of 2010. Proud of her Tar Heel roots, all of R. E. Bradshaw's books, thus far, have been set in her beloved home state of North Carolina. Her love of the Outer Banks, southern traditions, and Carolina women rings throughout her works. Bradshaw and her partner will celebrate their Twenty-fourth anniversary in June 2011 and have a son they are both very proud of.

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  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983572003
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: R. E. Bradshaw Books (April 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XD2616
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lizbeth Jackson, aged forty and divorced is finally free. Free from her sham of a marriage, free from her cheating ex husband and free to lead her own life in any way she wants to.
She arrives on Ocracoke Island from her home in Durham to spend the following few months studying the Carolina brogue for her masters degree. She is at last fulfilling her dream which had been put on hold all these years after Lizbeth married James and had her daughter Mazie at nineteen. Mazie was the one good thing to come out of the marriage.
Lizberth is renting her late aunt Minnie's cottage from her cousins. Although Lizbeth hasn't been to Ocracoke Island for years, she soon settles in to life on the island, helped by her aunt's friend, Fanny O'Neal, from the cottage opposite.
When Lizbeth sees Fanny's granddaughter outside kissing a woman one night, Lizbeth can't get the sight out of her head. When Lizbeth meets Gray over at Fanny's cottage, Gray starts flirting with her and Lizbeth can't help feeling attracted to her.
Lizbeth and Gray begin to spend time together and Lizbeth finds herself falling for Gray in a big way. She decides to throw caution to the wind and go with her feelings. So what if Gray is a woman and Lizbeth has only ever been out with men? Gray however, doesn't want to allow herself to fall in love. She knows Lizbeth will leave the island to go back to her life in Durham and she feels she can't take the hurt and pain this would cause her. Gray has been hurt badly in the past. She knows what she feels for Lizbeth now would break her heart beyond repair if she actually fell in love with her totally.
But the inevitable happens, Lizbeth and Gray sleep together and they fall in love.
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I have fallen in love with all of the characters in Decky Bradshaw's books and the North Carolina shore she so magically describes. Bradshaw fully develops both her characters and the backstory so the reader moves through the story with the feeling of participation rather than being on the outside looking in.

I absolutely swooned when, in a passionate moment, Lizbeth whispers to Gray "Fall in love with me" --- and I did. The scene where Lizbeth, a well-off, socially prominent "former" straight-woman, lays claim to Gray by kissing her in front of God and everyone at the local community watering hole is priceless.

There are tons of run-of-the-mill mediocre lesbian romances available -- and this isn't one of them. What sets Bradshaw's books apart is the charm, humor, and engaging way she presents her characters. She's just a really, really damn good writer.

Her books have heart.

Happy Reading - Curtie
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Waking Up Gray, is another wonderful addition to the list of R.E. Bradshaw's books. The previous four books have been little gems, but Waking Up Gray just has that extra final polish on it that made it a joy to read. The best compliment I can give to show how much I enjoyed it, is that as soon as I finished, I immediately read it again.

Lizbeth Jackson is on the final stretch of starting a new life at 40. She's spent the last five years, after divorcing a cheating husband, studying Linguistic Anthropology and will soon graduate with a Master's Degree as soon as she finishes her thesis paper. She intends to study the Carolina Brogue on Ocracoke Island, where she spent her childhood holidays. The first day there she meets Fanny, who lives across the road with her granddaughter, Gray. Lizbeth is shocked to find herself unexpectedly attracted to the flirtatious Gray and can't help but flirt back. It doesn't take long for Lizbeth to fall deeper and deeper for Gray, once she gets over being attracted to another female. Gray, despite her reputation for only having casual flings, seems to want more from their budding relationship, if only she can overcome the ghost of her past.

I loved everything about this book. The characters are all enjoyable, Fanny is the wise, funny old grandmother everyone wishes they had to give them advice, Lizbeth's daughter Mazie is funny and accepting and knows her mother well, there's even an appearance from Molly Kincaid, the well-known lesbian attorney who we know from a couple of other Bradshaw books. The attraction between Gray and Lizbeth is sizzling hot, the romance builds wonderfully, with just a little miss-communication and angst to make you appreciate the romance all the more.
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I kept wanting to like this story but Lizzie, the straight divorced woman who falls for Gray, was too annoying for me. Her overwrought emotional breakdowns, which happened several times throughout the book, really turned me off. I didn't see what Gray, the island soft butch, saw in Lizzie.
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Having been my first introduction to R.E Bradshaw, Waking Up Gray published in 2010, has been a delightful read. The very first few pages read almost like a Hemingway novel with vivid details of people, places and things, I was hooked immediately. I finished this novel in under two days, staying up late into the night reading. I couldn't put it down. The visuals are stunning and unlike any other lesbian novel I've read. Normally, they tend to be very fake and written very amateurishly. Reading this was like reading a novel written by a Pulitzer prize-winning novelist. it was descriptive, intuitive, romantic and just plane sexy. The sex scenes were incredible. I read some background into the author and she's a writer for movies and such. Well, it's easy to see how well she can make the written word come to life. This novel reads like a movie. The only real problem I had with it, and believe me I was able to put it to one side, was the timeline. The crux of the story takes place in all of 10 days. Barely enough time to make a dent in someone's life, but that's ok, I liked it enough that when I finished it, I immediately turned to the beginning and started to read it again..
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