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  • Taschenbuch: 264 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bold Strokes Books (18. November 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1626392110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626392113
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14 x 22,2 cm
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Radclyffe has published over forty romance and romantic intrigue novels, dozens of short stories, and edited numerous romance and erotica anthologies. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance (Distant Shores, Silent Thunder) and erotica (Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments edited with Stacia Seaman and In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip written with Karin Kallmaker). A member of the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame, she is also a 2010 RWA / FF&P Prism award winner for Secrets in the Stone. Her 2011 title Firestorm is a ForeWord Review Book of the Year award finalist. She is also the president of Bold Strokes Books, one of the world’s largest independent LGBT publishing companies.

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Von Renate Ziesche am 31. Januar 2015
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Another very good one from Radclyffe...she never disappoints...a great story from her own genre...
Can't wait for her next most of her books...
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"So close..." 8. November 2014
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This had the potential to be another great book in the Radclyffe library, along the lines of her other well loved tales, but the 1st reviewer's complaint about the ending coming too soon is a serious one.

The differences between the two main characters are stark, and "suddenly" they jettison their dreams just to be together? Why? Harper set down fairly specific goals for her life, goals known not just to her family but to the new woman in her life but by the end of the book Presley didn't appear to agree with any of them besides staying local. I really felt like there was a third of the book missing and hope that the "explanation" isn't being saved for "volume 2". As much as I love reading her various book series... I want the next installment to broaden their world, not just try to explain what these two saw in each other in the first place besides pheromones. In "Against Doctor's Orders" Radclyffe continues to show her ability to spin a tale... I just want her to finish it before the final page.

Was it a waste of money? HARDLY! But it could have been much more, something I would have loved picking up again and again, like "Safe Harbor" or "Fated Love". Radclyffe, if your publisher is putting the brakes on your manuscripts to keep them short enough to print profitably, they are not doing you or us any favors.
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Left hanging and wanting more 20. November 2014
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As others have reviewed; A standard from Rad in the format but the ending was abrupt and you are left unfulfilled as a reader. So much left unsaid and so much more could have been developed with these characters. This book leaves you wondering "what if" and "how are they" as you come to an ending that does not seem to fit with the evolution of the story.

I typically love every one of Rad's books, some more than others, but, lately they seem to be stuck in a loop that is more dictated by length than by substance.
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better than Homestead 23. Dezember 2014
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F/F romance

Radclyffe took another shot at a rural/farming community story in this romance and this one blows on last year's Homestead by leaps and bounds. Thirty-four other reviewers posted at this time and only one touched upon the fact that the writing in this one is notably better compared to her other stuff of late. Unlike Homestead, it didn't feel phoned in and the care she put into it is reminiscent of some of her older work. There is so much description on the country setting... you can tell she loved it. And these characters were very much alive. I could easily see this one as a sweet and romantic little movie.

And I don't get the whining about the ending... it wrapped up quickly but genuinely and not so perfect it was silly. Sometimes we only *think* we know what our dreams are or what's important until we come face to face with better options-- ones that truly fulfill us (as opposed to ones that fulfill our parents or mimic what they are). I didn't need an epilogue to clarify that or to find out what happened next. I wouldn't give her any awards for originality, but you could tell she breathed life into every scene. I got plenty of love left for Radclyffe when her work feels like this one.

This one takes place in upland New York farm lands and centers around the Rivers' family dynasty and their long-time dedication to the 150 yr old Argyle Community Hospital. The family is headed by an old-time country physician who still does house calls and a southern-flavored wife who is big on meeting family obligations. And their four daughters: Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, Carson (as in Carson Mccullers), and Margie (or, Margaret Mitchell of Gone With the Wind fame). LOL. I love these southern writers and that their daughters are named after them. Add to that the suit-wearing hot blond corporate "villain" named Presley and it's not hard to see Rad wanted to take us back to early/mid 20th century America. Life in this little community and life in the Rivers' traditional home certainly is reminiscent of such.

Of the 4 daughters, the two oldest are lesbian butches (Harper, Flannery)... Harper being the oldest and heir... the tallest and the most broody with the usual dark hair and blue eyes... 3 yrs of medical practice and probably around 30ish. Flannery has golden brown hair, dark eyes, is supposedly the more charming of the two (pfft) and is a surgeon. They were twin-like and even though this was Harper's romance... Rad will probably give the overconfident Flannery-- or "Flann"-- her own book one day. Ack. Please don't, Rad. I can't stand your arrogant butches... and I can't take a whole book of Flannery's beautiful name reduced to Spanish jello. UTTER blasphemy, I tell ya...

Anyway. When the board of trustees sells off the community hospital in the midst of financial woes, in comes femme-side-with-no-femininity-emphasized Presley Worth, Vice President of Operations at SunView Heath Systems, who will oversee the transition of ACH into the SunView system. Basically, it's a corporate takeover whose main goal is to create profits. The argument between traditional, community-centered healthcare and big business healthcare becomes apparent and Rad puts herself on that fine line of preachy author propaganda and a good story that educates. This is her 3rd fall romance to follow an "issues" template and I have some mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, you can see the argument taking place and some of the dialogue can feel contrived. On the other hand, if characterization and romance is done well enough and remains at the forefront, I won't care. Crossroads did a good job of integrating the midwife argument and those characters were well-developed... Homestead and its fracking drama was kind of awful all around. ADO wasn't in your face and z-z-z newsy like McGregor's Anyone But You... but if this is the latest trend in lesfic storytelling... I prefer it to talking dogs and pushing paranormal. Lesbians can't seem to resist pushing agendas once they get the power to do so. And I hope their scheming retreats and workshops will not forget that these are romances first and foremost... not political forums.

That said, I don't feel the argument hurt the story. I loved these leads, oh hell, even the butch this round. Harper was sweet, not arrogant, and not so damaged and controlling that she ended up a passive little girl in the sack. Nope. Her assertiveness was very sexy and I'm very pleased that Rad gave her both a backbone and a hot blonde. The sex scenes are very hot! We even got a break from the thigh sex, lol.

My biggest issue with this story is the lack of description on Presley. We know what Harper looks like and is wearing in practically every scene... I had a hard time imagining Presley. I liked the sibling issues that drew her close to Harper, but I'm not sure what Rad's issue is with celebrating femininity. A woman can be strong and still feminine. Too much is neglected about her characterization. Her clothes don't even match! She wears the same suit all day long, goes to a baseball game in it, sleeps in it... what?! I'm sorry but no self-respecting femme-side woman lives that far to neglect her appearance that much. And before the baseball game she slabs sunscreen on her face without even looking into a mirror with no mind to the make up she is surely wearing. WHAT?! Details, details... these things are important!! I mean, I don't need her cup size, but more character nuances, AT LEAST, would surely make her less blurry. As usual, I wish someone with a good eye for femininity would edit these stories and convince Rad that she can have two very interesting and hot leads instead of merely promoting butch pageantry.

Not a perfect story. But it's one of the better mixes and matches of Rad elements, in my opinion, and had a whole lot more love put into it. Also. There are no character cameos from other books (hate it when they get half/whole chapters!). No overcrowding of characters. No pointless medical drama. And no gratuitous B-level action scenes. These omissions alone made it a good story. But damn. Don't tell us baby kittens are probably abandoned in the barn and not get back to us about that till practically the end! wtf, Rad...
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Worst book by far from radclyffe 20. November 2014
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I feel totally ripped off. I paid $9.99 for an op-ed diatribe about healthcare systems in the US. The characters were weak. The story downright stupid and totally unbelievable. I don't know what has happened at Bold Strokes in the last 2 years but if this tripe is what their president publishes then they have real problems. I have all Radclyffe's books and almost every other BS book by other authors. However, their offerings over the last 6 months particularly have stunk. If you want quality women's fiction anymore you are better off with Bella Books or Regal Crest publishers. In the immortal words of Dorothy Parker, "This book should not be tossed aside lightly - it should be thrown with great force."
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A hymn to rural America of old and country doctors 7. November 2014
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To sum this up: required reading by doctor's orders! This is one wonderful read by Radclyffe with appealing, strong characters and a story which transcends simple romance. It is a hymn to the rural communities, once the foundation of America, and its decline through larger corporations chipping away at its very foundations driven by greed. I love how Radclyffe shows the virtues of the rural community in the Hudson valley she focuses on. It is a warm, captivating and wonderful to read. She captures the spirit in every scene and action right down to the rather laconic speech patterns of these people who are or were the "salt of the earth". Flann, Harper and their whole family are poster childs of those American values and they as well as their community are threatened by cut-throat corporate raiders. But what happens when Presley who spearheads the corporate vultures is challenged by this community?

There was only one point I was quite unhappy with: Radclyffe's writing is spot-on and very well edited, BUT the end is just too quickly done and would have deserved a somewhat deeper exposition of motives, back-ground etc. It was too helter-skelter for this otherwise very satisfied reader!

And: I look forward to see some more of Flann in the near future ....
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