Thomas rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Les-fic with a twist Shelves: glbt. At first, I thought this was going to be a parodyreligious fundamentalist reparative therapy woman hires a prostitute to assist with Outing herself. Strange bedfellows indeed! But in the reliably competent hands of author Q.
Kelly, the initial disbelief I felt at the pairing became progressively intriguing by their compelling chemistry. I'll leave it to others to dissect the storyline, but, for the most part, I'd say the plot becomes more realistic with each developing twist. The characters, At first, I thought this was going to be a parodyreligious fundamentalist reparative therapy woman hires a prostitute to assist with Outing herself.
The characters, drawn beautifully as they thrust and parry, as it were, try valiantly to keep their interactions "strictly business. Perfect venue for this story! Kelly's command of believable dialog, interior and exterior, gave this story an interesting and complex texture varied to accommodate the point-of-view of the character speaking. Her transitions between interior and exterior dialog were smooth and unobtrusive and seemed to come at points where one would think, "Oh dear!
What's the response to this going to be? But, once one accepted that as the characters' "soul mate" connection, the secondary stories were good. The character of the young girl, estranged daughter of one of the main characters, was wonderfully drawn. Perfect tempo, perfect teenage use of language and perfect mindset of said teen. The formatting was perfect, the book is readable on multiple formats, and the cover was perfect for the novel.
There was only that one earlier mentioned bit of plot manipulation, but even that does not keep this from being a very good read. Although that one item kept the book from being a full-on five star, for me, I can also say Kelly's efforts are edging deliciously close to that fifth star, and in so doing, upping the anticipation ante for her next book. Jul 25, Serena rated it really liked it. In the beginning I thought what a vague book.
I had to get used to the writing style. But I soon found out that it was the writing style that made this book so good. It describes a lot of thoughts that the two lead characters have. As a result, you get to know them very well, it feels like you can look into their minds. You get to know their feelings and thoughts up close. This makes it a very compelling book. I thought it was a very emotional book, but not at a level that it becomes to heavy.
It were such simple words, but so sincere, with so much meaning. I felt the emotion of that scene. It was so true to the story and characters.
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It touched me hide spoiler ] I think the strength of this book lies within it's simplicity. The feelings and thoughts of Elena and Francis are sometimes written with such intensity, that it made me want to read every word slowly, so I could take it in and feel these little moments. It was an original story.
And the whole prostitute versus client story really appealed to me. It was a real page turner. View all 3 comments. Feb 05, Scoobyfan rated it it was amazing. What a great read! Frances is an ex-gay actually the current president of an ex-gay group who is planning to come out.
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She hires Elena to help her. Elena just so happens to be a call girl. Frances initially hires Elena to be a support person Frances specifically tells Elena that she wants no touching, only an unbiased person to listen and help in a non-sexual way. However, sparks Wow! However, sparks begin to fly as the two grow closer together and get closer to the official coming out day for Frances. Kelly has a talent for drawing you into the story, with believable and relatable characters, realistic situations, and a few twists here and there.
I wanted the two women to get together from the very beginning, despite their very different lives. The writing is impeccable and I can't wait to read more from this talented author! An improbable plot that this author pulls off so well. Francis is a famous leader of an ex-gay organization who has decided she needs to finally live her truth and come out. She hires Elena, a high priced escort, to be her "sounding board" since she's unable to confide her plans to anyone else.
The two meet repeatedly and their relationship turns physical. Both are attracted to one another, but the situation seems impossible. Francis thinks Elena is only being kind because she's being paid.
Elena thinks Francis would never do anything serious with an escort. The plot widens to tell the story of Francis' missing daughter, who was kidnapped by her gay father when she was 3 years old. Now 14 and living under a different name, the daughter has begun to think that she might be Francis' missing child. The book is well plotted with two really interesting and sympathetic main characters. The secondary characters are also well drawn, including Elena's best friend who wants to be in a relationship with Elena. This book held my interest and I highly recommend it.
Aug 14, Charlie Avocado rated it really liked it Shelves: lez-be-honest.
I'm shocked this was so good. Like another reader I stayed up until 4am finishing it, which is why I should never start a book past midnight. Simply couldn't put this one down. Good book This was an interesting story. I can't imagine being in Francis' place or Elenas either. I really liked reading this story. Mar 14, Erica rated it really liked it.
Great read overall. During the year she was there, she was beaten and abused. She eventually married and had a child, Marissa. Frances became the president of Gay Is A Choice. An organization that maintains they can show gay people how to become straight.. What better example could they possibly have, other than Frances herself?
Frances is now at a crossroads in her life. She has decided that she cannot go on living her life as lie any longer. She cannot keep on denying she is gay..
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She is aware of how much pain, suffering and damage both herself and GIC have put gay people through. She has made up her mind, she is going to publicly come out. Elena Elise is a high class prostitute. She is hired by Frances, when Frances becomes disillusioned with her work, her own beliefs and the beliefs of GIC.