Taylor Andrews is at the top of her career. Everything she touches turns to gold and the studios know it. Just when she's on track for total television domination, Isabel Chase arrives in her office and slowly turns her world upside down. Isabel is intelligent, sarcastic, and dammit, downright beautiful. Unfortunately, she's the one person that can take away all Taylor has worked for. Will Isabel's success lead to Taylor's downfall? Or perhaps Isabel is all she needs What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love?
What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? With the arrival of Courtney Carrington, Margaret's youth sparked into color. But first loves can scar. Margaret hasn't seen Courtney in years and that's for the best. But when Courtney loses her father and returns to Tanner Peak to take control of the family store, Margaret comes face-to-face with her past and the woman she's tried desperately to forget.
The fact that Courtney has grown up more beautiful than ever certainly doesn't help matters. So when a temp position at a celebrity gossip magazine becomes available, she goes after it. Emerson Sterling has been acting since she was little, but a rough patch as a teenager has given her a bad rap in Hollywood. Kelli MacCabe is a no-nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend.
Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else's. As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm's length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies.
Tragedy brings them together. For Lindsay Kent, Vineyard is her dream job. She's thrilled when her boss leaves her in charge well, half charge and tells her to feel free to make changes. Lindsay has tons of ideas that she's been dying to put into action, and this is her big chance to increase the success of the business and prove she's more than ready to run things solo. But getting the boss's daughter on board is harder than expected. The uptight and annoyingly attractive Piper is blocking her every move.
For Piper Bradshaw, Vineyard is not her job. She already has one. A prominent figure amongst New York City's fashion elite, Elena Vega is a successful businesswoman and single mother to an adorable three-year-old son, Lucas. Her love life, however, is lacking, as those closest to her keep pointing out. At the persistent urging of her closest friend, Elena reluctantly agrees to a string of blind dates if she can find a suitable babysitter for Lucas. Elena is intrigued by Allison's ability to push her out of her element, and the young woman's instant and easy connection with a normally shy Lucas quickly earns Allison the job.
After each blind date, Elena returns home to complain to Allison about her lacking suitors. As they bond, Elena begins to realize that the person possessing all the qualities she most desires might just be the woman who has been in front of her the entire time.
At just 19, Kendall Bettencourt is Hollywood's hottest young starlet, with the world at her feet - but behind the glamour and designer dresses is a girl who longs for normal. Payton Taylor is Kendall's best friend since childhood and the one person who reminds her of who she really is. With her career taking off, Kendall moves Payton to LA to help keep her sane. But Payton is hiding a secret that could make everything 10 times worse. Because to her, Kendall is more than a best friend; she is the only girl that she has ever loved. Just as they need each other more than ever, they'll have to answer the question of where friendship stops and love begins - and find out whether the feelings they have can survive the mounting pressure of fame.
Awsome book. Should be made into a movie : great love storie. Beautiful sweet and romantic. The lady reading as Kendall sounds like Siri. It wasn't a pleasent listening experience as I struggled to connect to the characters due to this. I love the story, I think it is sweet and entertaining. I would give 5 star if I don't have trouble listening to the one of the voice.
I guess it's the matter of preference, I love Kendall narrated voice but I couldn't immerse my self to the story when listening to Payton narrated voice, telling the story. Felt like the narrator of Payton voice, having difficulty to express the characters.
In overall it's great to have this book make it to voice narration by some professionals. It's still beat to some of other book that I've listen narrated by bots. Good job ladies. This is a good story, not incredibly deep, but entertaining. I enjoyed it, but wasn't completely drawn in, possibly because Hollywood glitz isn't my thing or maybe because the characters are so young.
But I've read other books where the characters young and really liked them. The real distraction to the story, however, were the narrators. One sounded incredibly young her teen-aged tendency to pronounce Peyton as Pay-un was irritating and the other sounded way too mature, like she could be the other girl's mother. As the book is written in first person, switching back and forth between the characters, the narrators changed. It felt like a year-old reading, then her mom reading. It really killed the chemistry between the characters.
It feels strange to say it but the first six hours of this story which passed at the pace of LA traffic was actually the high point. This, even though it included such highly questionable occurrences as Hollywood virgins. Then there were the all the cliches about the pseudo glitz and glamour of Hollywood, LA, the movie business, the paparazzi, agents, publicists and the partridge in the pear tree.
Peyton's yearning for the girl she knows that she can't have is so close to my own experience that I had no problem trouble relating to her helplessness and despair. It doesn't appear to be too realistic that anyone with as much going for them as Peyton would settle for the crumbs offered to her by Kendall for as long as she did. Love must be buttressed by respect to be real and it's hard to understand how Peyton would be able to respect her. There is also the issue of the narrators; particularly the one doing the voice for Peyton.
Both of them too often sound as if they're reading to a classroom full of third graders. However if you're a sucker for lesbian love stories you'll probably be able to find the high points in this one.
Good story I actually read the book and then gave the audio book a try I would have enjoyed it much more if they had stuck with one Narrator, preferably the woman who voiced Kendall! The woman who voiced Peyton was not good at all and really ruined it for me. I would give one Narrator a 5 and the other a 2! It was just not enjoyable. I really love this story but the person who was the voice of Payton was far too snarky and petulant while the voice of Kendall was smooth and channeled her energy.
Not likely to read another Kristen Zimmer book. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gravity Between Us? When Kendall professed her love to Payton and outed herself to the world. The performances while individually were good the two narrators were not suited to represent one another as young lovers. One voice being young and vibrant and the other being much more mature. It seemed like the two characters should have had a significant age gap between them.
Do you think The Gravity Between Us needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? Not really, I believe the story ended where it should have. Best romance I've read or rather heard in a very long time!!! Amazing plot, Awe inspiring performance. It sucked me and I didn't want it to end!!
This is Ms. Zimmer debut and, so far, only novel. Published in , was at the top of the Amazon bestselling charts for lesbian romance around that time. It's easy to see why as new adult romances involving a celebrity seem to be a very successful trope. Kendall Bettencourt is a 19 year old successful Hollywood actress with a very promising career. Payton Taylor has been her best friend since childhood but is secretly in love with her.
Payton knows that she cannot reveal her feelings for Kendall as her romantic feelings aren't reciprocated by her very straight best friend. Little does she know that Kendall is questioning her sexuality and feelings for Payton This book is written in first person from the point of view of both main characters in alternate chapters so the reader has a prime access to both leads' headspaces, their secret feelings, their fears and their hopes. Slowly but surely, Ms. Zimmer pents up the chemistry between Kendall and Payton and their apparently unrequited feelings for each other.
The story gives a good overview of the entertainment business, the apparent glamorous life and the pressure of the media on celebrities. It's a light and entertaining read, high in romance and low in the angst department. I've read this book a few years ago and rated it with 4 stars so when I saw the audiobook available on Audible Escape, I've decided to listen to it. I was surprised to see that it is narrated by two performers. The narrators have very different voices and I felt a bit confused with their very different versions of the same character.
I'm far from an experienced audiobook listener so I've asked the Lesbian Audiobook Facebook Group whether this double narrator approach was common in lesfic. Apparently not, and I wonder which were the reasons behind this decision. While Ms. Beltley's voice has a youthful and higher pitch quality, Ms. Estrella sounds more mature and lower which maybe would have worked better if this was an age gap romance but in this case it was a bit disconcerting. In my opinion Ms. Beltley's performance sounded sometimes a bit exaggerated though I liked her teary interpretation of some dialogues.
I found Ms. Estrella's voice more pleasant and consistent and would have been my choice for the whole book. I think that some stories come to life thanks to a good narrating performance and even make the book better, however, I'm afraid that this was not the case for me. I keep my 4 star rating for the book but 3 for the audio version. Overall, 3. See all my reviews at www. The book, Is great. The remarkable renaissance of Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories, featuring the groundbreaking novels Strangers on a Train and The Price of Salt as well as a trove of penetrating short stories.
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