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Psychologist Sean is about to grade to her first black belt when a guest instructor is invited to assist in her grading. Drew has just left the army and is considering taking a job as an instructor at the martial arts school that Sean attends. Sean hasn't had a relationship since her divorce from her husband five years previously and isn't terribly interested either. Drew hasn't allowed herself to feel anything for anybody since a traumatic event 10 years previously.There are a number of aspects...
I love this author!Radclyffe has a way of transporting you into her novels with such ease that it happens almost naturally. She involves you and makes you think and feel. This book is about two people with bad pasts come together and share friendship, desire and love. Worth reading very enjoyable.
Class - no other word does Radclyffe justice. A superb book, I was totally with the four main characters and loved it. Thank you.
I tried to read this book but it just couldn't keep my attention, but the audiobook did :)
Pros: I love martial art so was pleased to be reading this book and the good description on the topic. Also it's always catchy to have a wounded lion's story told till its point of healingCons: I didnt like the delivery of Radclyffe's main characters love scenes (and by the way this was really PG). Also the scene were Drew's character professed her demon i felt wasnt executed well enough to engineer my emotions perhaps because we somehow already knew the main story prior.
This was a good book, but not one of Radclyffe's best efforts, especially for an earlier work. I really enjoyed the theme of the story, and how it centered around martial arts.(view spoiler)[ I had some trouble getting into Drew's character, and she seemed to remain cool and a bit aloof almost until the end. The pain and the guilt she felt over what had happened in her past, haunted her almost beyond belief. Sean I immediately identified with, and felt that I would certainly warm up to her chara...
I didnt get on too well with this. It seemed a little too contrived. The characters didn't live for me and a couple of them just were names I had to remind myself who they were. It read like fan fiction and felt flat with no soul. I didnt feel engaged as a reader at all. I wanted to care for these characters but there was just something missing, I wasn't with them in the story, rather an observer. The intimate scenes were full of ohs and ahs and are you sures, so cheesy. Passion is not an oh oh
3.5* Radclyffe es una apuesta segura. Es un buen libro, sin embargo, no uno de sus mejores. La trama maneja el tema de un romance tratando de superar demonios pasados. En la primera mitad del libro unos personajes se sienten lejanos y no llegas a conectar con ellos haciendo que sea difícil sentirte envuelta en la historia.
Another Wonderful Romance Radclyffe hits another home run in this novel. Many of us live our lives wounded in some way, afraid to open our heart to the possibility that someone would love us as we love them. So that theme in Radclyffe’s books comes to us as a balm, as a chance that our hearts won’t break THIS time around.
Overcoming the horrors of your past, and the challenges of your present, to accept the good things life has to offer. Not as lighthearted as other Radclyffe romance novels as addresses some really tough topics - alcoholism, sexual assault, murder.Loved the martial arts component.
Wow. So emotional and riveting, but so very good
First time I read it on a fanfiction page, then the paperback copy. It's still one of my favorites from this author.
I am huge fan of Radclyffe as I really like her writing style however at this book something is missing. Yes there is a beautiful chemistry between the main characters but nothing more than this.
SlashReaders: Its been a good long while, since I read this title. However, I must say that looking back, this is the first lesbian title that I read. Back when I got my first job and could buy my own books instead of getting them from the library. *chuckles* I don't want to think about how much I spent on books those first few paychecks. One of the things that I liked about 'Love's Tender Warriors', is that the characters were very clearly defined, different and interesting. None of them felt l...
I felt really detached from the characters in this one. I think it was because Radclyffe tried to stretch the actual storyline over the course of months or something (I don't know, I can't remember the length of time it took). There's a lot of jumping days/weeks/months, so everything is disjointed. Which makes their "tru wuv" feel forced. And I just couldn't get behind it. Or the characters. Or the story. The beginning is also super slow. Like, I get that you know about martial arts and you know...
The story has so much potential, but it reads like a first try at writing. Things were rushed with too much telling that really kept the reader at a distance. The characters had potential. This was nowhere near the quality I'm used to from Radclyffe. I was extremely disappointed because the blurb promised much more. Plus I love martial arts and was hoping for a brilliant story with it as a focal point of the characters.
Another great one!Have been reading all of radclyffe's books. Love the series. Early novels better than later ones. Wonder when she decided that 264 ish pages was perfect length for her novels. Have really been enjoying her work though some are stronger than others. Would love to find other lesbian writers as capable and interesting. Not much new or good out there. Here's to Radclyffe for her strong women and engaging plots!
Amazing book. I love how it was written. The way you could feel the emotion in it. It was a painful thing to read in the end. And it almost happen again but this time she was able to protect what she loved the most. And Drew finally learned to live with the past that had almost destroyed her. Sean was able to accept and love Drew she deserved. An Amazing book in all.
I truly loved the story and the character Sean being a twin like me made it even better. The romance was hot. The depth of characters was there. Gotta love strong women. As my first lesbian book I thank Radclyffe immensely for providing that final piece that cinched my sexuality. I will forever be grateful.
The whole mood of the book was too flat for me. It seemed everybody was in agony most of the time. I found it pretty ridiculous that Drew didn't tell Sean about Dara until the end. I didn't think Drew or Sean were well developed; just superficial stereotypes. I was hoping for much more as I love this author.
This was really good and the romance was really sweet and steamy!
Enjoyable read. I enjoyed the setting around a martial arts school.
Story seemed sad to me from the beginning but as always Radclyffe filled it with gentle feeling of love. As much as I do not like hospital's subject, this one was good.
This is the second time I have read this book & I love it. A great story of romance & the journey of 2 women both struggling with their own fears. A great read
just couldn't get invested into the character or the overall story.... made it to page 48, and decided this wasn't the book for me.