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- ASIN : B0050DE49K
- Publisher : Bella Books (December 1, 2007)
- Publication date : December 1, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 626 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 223 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #667,748 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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However, the Kindle Edition had not a single paragraph break between character narrative. It'd cut mid-dialogue to another line of dialogue that belonged to an entirely new scene, from the perspective of the other woman. Besides the chapter breaks it's all one big wall of text.
I said 'experienced readers beware', but let me be clear. Lesbian romance as a niche genre is not the peak of literature, we all know that. However, experienced readers of lesbian romance need to be aware that this is not high end les-fic. I feel it would actually benefit from a few more of the genre tropes.
The earthquake survival portion lasts for over 24 hours. They're stuck in that broken down mall for over a day. It reads like a hike. They're laughing, joking, digging through rubble like it's an exciting adventure. One mention of a dead guy, and it's glossed over. Then they can't find each other for seven months.
Chemistry is slow to develop and even worse to get into, I didn't feel it hook into me until a few pages from the very end. There's very little drama to move things along. Very bland. The earthquake was not the start of the romantic chemistry, I'll say that much. Just a plot idea to get two people into each others lives. Fair, but bland. It could have been anything. I'd much rather have seen more feeling put into some actual survival. What little damage and risk there was quickly settled through circumstance or deus ex, with little need for emotional development and exposition. Of which there was very little throughout.
New to the genre? Skip it. Old to the genre? You'd have to have high tolerance for formating isses, crappy dialogue, bland character gallery and phoned-in character development.
I've seen worse, but when it takes me the entire book to finally maybe like the characters, why did I bother?
tl;dr: Divorcee realises she's gay. Brings U-Haul.
I wish there was a four and a half rating!
A very enjoyable read about two women drawn to eachother after they survive a near death experience (which by the way was exceptionaly well written). This portion of the book was completely riveting. What I liked the most was the fact that they didn't fall head over heals in love with eachother after dinner and a movie. The author did a great job at creating two charachters with rich backstories that showed how the women came to be the adults they were when they crossed paths. This was a lovely courtship as both women had to overcome self-doubt and allow themselves to take a chance with eachother. I was very happy to see that these women waited before jumping into bed with eachother. It only added to the fact that their future was more important than their instant gratification. Besides, who doen't like phone sex? The writing style stayed away from cliches and the humor between the two women was clever and unforced. Of course there is always a happy ending, but eventhough I knew the inevitable, I still got caught up in the what-ifs. The only reason I did not give this book five stars was because of the "U-Haul" trap at the book's end. I think that could have been saved for the next book and it seemed a little out of charachter for these women who were so serious about taking things slow. All in all, a great read. I definitely plan on reading the whole series, because I am now very invested in these two charachters.
The earthquake and especially the aftermath was wonderfully written and had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole ordeal.
The slow burn chemistry between the two main characters really came across very realistic.
Top reviews from other countries
A good read, nice romance and action. Some FABULOUS one-liners. Some of them you may want to save up for a suitable occasion and use yourself - so if ever you're in a wedding shop with an earthquake you'll be well prepared! Recommended.
Actually I would now class it as one of my favourites now.
Good easy read I couldn't put down.
I love this book dearly and it was the first ever Lesfic paperback I bought (along with the rest of the series).
The book follows the aftermath of a earthquake in Los Angeles. Two women who have never met and are trapped together in a shopping mall get to know one another and develop a connection while trying to escape the rubble. Months after their rescue they meet again and begin a close friendship, that starts to develop into more... but they are from different worlds, Lily’s a lesbian and Anna is straight. Can it really work out?
Firstly I love KG MacGregors books. Period. I haven’t read a book by her that I haven’t fallen head over heels for. Without Warning is no exception. I had butterflies from the moment these two women met again after months of looking for each other following the aftermath of the earthquake.
Lily and Anna are soul mates without knowing it. The small gestures and intimate moments even as just friends was evidence of a deeper connection between them, I just knew they had to have a happy ever after. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters especially Anna’s sister, Kim who cracked me up more times than I could count.
This is definitely a book not to be missed. But be forewarned that when you start this series you're going to want to have the next book waiting because it's addictive.