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“ She has taught me that a touch is a lifetime, a kiss forever, and that our passion will transcend the limitations of fragile existence to span eternity.” This was such a magical experience. I can't remember the last time I connected this strongly with the main characters. What didn't I love here. This book had the most beautiful soul- piercing prose, a couple that is the definition of 'could cut the sexual tension with a knife' and screams 'soulmates', at the same time there is the constant
This is one of those gorgeous, angsty romances that you can really sink into. It also has an interesting structure, since we get to read some stories that Thane and Rune are writing for a collection, which are inspired by events that are happening in the story.Full review: https://www.thelesbianreview.com/love...
Though I started out wanting to give Love's Masquerade five stars, I found myself more and more put off by the explicitness of the sex scenes, which strike me, at least, as definitely more graphic than loving. I prefer more subtly, which is why I love the emotional and romantic scenes between the two main characters and feel they are the novel's defining strength and why I would read it again someday.
At first, I had some reservations about how this book was written, the interjection of various excerpts from the author characters was distracting. Eventually, as the story unfolded, they began to intertwine with the plot, and I began to enjoy them more until they became so much a part of what was going on that I couldn't imagine the book without them. (view spoiler)[ Hays (Rune Dyre) was such a wonderful character, and I couldn't help but feel my heart break each time she suffered a setback. Ag...
This book was good and I mostly appreciated that she showed the beginings of a relationship between a interacial couple. That is one thing that I have noticed with writer's is that they very rarely step outside of their own race when it comes to the story and there are plenty interacial lesbian couples. Very good!
I was in need of a good read - and Radclyffe is a sure bet - but, hey,after 20% of the book I was really struggling - and it was only thanks to reading reviews that mentioned this that I read on, and began to understand the book "doubling-up" (read it, and don't get put off) - loved and wept over it all. Persevere.
Good read! passionate,interesting and a sexy love story with some incredible flawed well developed characters (paperback!)
This book is beautifully written, as Radclyfe usually does. It was passionate and I was emotionally involved throughout the story. The love scenes are always written so smoothly. I found myself reading with a silly grin at times and even teary eyed in the end. This book was wonderful!
Emotions ran highAlthough it followed one of Radclyffe's themes of medical jargon, where you learn new medical terms and diseases and what have you, this book was so much more. The pace was incredible. When it started it was calm whilst introducing the story, it read like a stroll in the park. Then the mystery and you sit a bit straight paying close attention. Then tension between the four characters. Then Radclyffe calms things down and you feel the love. Next thing you know your heart clenches...
Without a doubt, the best work yetWriting about authors writing seems like such a strange concept, not to mention the twists you don't see coming, but this was totally awe-inspiring. Very different from the medical series and the Honor series, but so much more profound. When Auden is reading and gets pulled in so she feels like she is the character - that is utterly magnificent writing.I really enjoyed the different approaches to the sex scenes, as they happened to the characters and as they wer...
Wow! Some of the better erotic LGBTQ fiction I've read. I love the characters, the relationships, passion, tenderness, brutally honest, and frightening with coming outta the closet. My inner English major is enthralled with the prose.Just a sweet romance of two people who are lost in the word finding each other via writing.
I feel disappointed. This was a highly recommended author in the lesbian romance community and yet the writing is just dismal. It feels like a high schooler wrote this for NaNoWriMo or something? There was a lot of word-padding.
A good, traditional romance. Interesting characters, both major and minor, lots of tension, sex, emotion, etc. It has it all.
One of the best stories I read this year! Funny, hot, full of love and expectations. BOOK that you cannot put down! ❤
My fave so far
Heartbreaking and breathtakingly beautiful.
I liked the previous bullet point review I did so I'm going to try that again here. (+ = positive, ? = unsure, - = negative).(+) Auden and Haydon (the two main women) had really interesting personalities and worked really well together. The secrets between the two of them were entirely believable and resulted in a conflict that I felt made total sense - which is rare for me to say about a romance book.(+) The side characters were pleasing and added a lot to the story. I loved how supportive Gayl...
This is going to sound dramatic, but this book changed my life. I've read Radclyffe for 15 years and although this is one of her earlier published books, I skipped over it for years because I thought the title was more literal and wasn't as interesting to me as her other books. Recently, I did a reread of nearly all of her novels and finally put this on the list. Immediately after I finished, I wrote Radclyffe a letter I never sent (too fan girl. lol). Instead, I started writing the novel I'm wo...
WARNING: If you have any familiarity with traditional publishing, don't bother reading Love's Masquerade. The writer's depiction of the publishing world is so far off the mark it's embarrassing. Once you've been torn so thoroughly from the world of the story by a failure in the world-building, it's impossible to read further. I understand that the world of romance novels is supposed to be idealized, but unless I'm reading a fantasy I expect the world of the romance to reflect at some level, the
The story was very emotional and dealt with terminal illness. It is a bit of a roller coaster ride emotionally and there are plenty of sensual scenes in the story. I really liked Thane, one of the side characters and an author at the publishing line Auden works at. She came off at first as flirty and cocky. But, there was a lot of heart to her and vulnerability at the end of the day. She might be my favorite character of the book. I liked her relationship with Gayle, Auden's tenant and best frie...
Overall I liked the book but couldn't help but think that the author took the easy way out at the end when Hays survived.Auden and Hays's story was well done but there was a second romance short story woven into the plot that, while not bad, seemed out of place to me. Thane and Gayle deserved their own book IMO, but seemed to be used here as more of a filler.I think the author did this so she didn't have to delve too deeply into Hays's illness. How many readers want their romance novel to be abo...
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down and read it within 3 days! I loved the tension between Auden and Hays before they got together, and could really feel the love between them. My only issue with this book is that it was too short, there could have been so much more added to the end, I didn't expect it to end the way it did! I have only read a few of her books, and can't wait to read more!
There were parts I was not impressed with, let's get those out of the way first.The sex was unremarkable. Sorry, Rad. Didn't do a thing for me and after I had closed the book, I barely remembered the sex, even though two characters were writing it.What did impress me and stayed with me after the book was closed was the secret between the two main characters. It was unique and believable, and the way their relationship flared and developed made an impression on me as well.
I liked Radclyffe's interesting idea of "books in the book", but was most impressed, of course, with the storyline itself. Once again, I did not think that I would be captured as much. The strength of the experiences on the approach to the end of the book made me feel emotional as well as physical pain. It was perfect and unbearable at the same time! I like the book very much, but I find it hard to think to re-read it even though I really want it.
An interesting book. It's a book about publishing and lesbian romance novelists. From the notes, it's clear it was challenging to write--there are bits and pieces of other books and sex scenes scattered throughout it--and it was sometimes challenging to read, too. But still very enjoyable. I can tell I'm going to lose a lot of money to this author. :)
As with most of Radclyffe's books, I was pulled into caring for these characters. I enjoyed the plot overall. However I had a few issues. A few moments here and there to me did not add up to an undying romance. Also the ending, which was arguably the most dramatic time for these two ladies, was abrupt and not well developed. This book does pull on the heart strings and is a good read overall.
Fabulous read not to be missedA wonderful story of fiction and fantasy meeting real life. Definitely worthy of at least 5 stars the emotion leaps from the pages and pulls you into the story . The clever way the book combines the world of lesbian fiction with the story of the interaction between the main characters is amazing one of Radclyffe's finest
Well if you are really into erotica you would love it. In my opinion it is a well written erotica with good storyline. However, for me good storyline and humor are high priority and couple of love scene would suffice along with it therefore 3/5!
Another winnerA great story. Clever writing with books within the books. Very hot and sexy as expected. Formulaic? Certainly, but so is Nora Roberts! Like Roberts, good strong female characters. I'll keep reading her stuff! Wish it weren't so expensive.
Excellent book.Thanks to Radclyffe for another great book. Interesting characters. A plot to keep you turning the pages as fast as you can. Everybody wants someone to love them. I'll add this one to my wish list for Audible to record.