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~FREE EBOOK ⚇ Rhapsody ⚑ After eleven years on the anchor desk at Channel , Ashley Giraud is one of the most beloved figures in Tampa Bay That s how she likes her love distant and impersonal Outwardly sociable with her coworkers and viewers, she can t wait to get back to her gated home and gardenWhen her longtime stylist goes out of business, she follows a colleague s recommendation to Rhapsody, a small salon that serves as a hub for an eclectic group of lesbian friends Despite Ashley s efforts to remain aloof, she soon trades her solitude for roller skates, swing dancing and the emotional ups and downs of new friendsNever before has she felt so contented in the company of other women Even so, there s always the whisper from the past Would any of them, especially Julia Whitethorn, the charismatic, appealing owner of Rhapsody, care about her if they knew the terrible secret she s kept for twenty years Lambda Literary Award winner KG MacGregor spins a story about the power of secrets and the risks of love with her trademark wit and insight If you ve followed by blog over the last few months, you may remember a review I did of the movie One Day you can read the whole entry here In that review, I compared watching that movie with reading a book by Karin Kallmaker or KG MacGregor Pick up a book by KK or KGM and you re sure to get the following Interesting, 3 dimensional, well developed characters Believable dialogue Nicely developed plot lines that, while often fitting that romance formula, never EVER seem overdone If you ve followed by blog over the last few months, you may remember a review I did of the movie One Day you can read the whole entry here In that review, I compared watching that movie with reading a book by Karin Kallmaker or KG MacGregor Pick up a book by KK or KGM and you re sure to get the following Interesting, 3 dimensional, well developed characters Believable dialogue Nicely developed plot lines that, while often fitting that romance formula, never EVER seem overdone or banal A lovely romance, usually developing throughout the book with just the right amount of sexual tension to keep things interesting until The Time Most importantly A HAPPY ENDING I stand by this Particularly after reading KG MacGregor s newest offering, Rhapsody Bella Books.Rhapsody tells the story of Ashley Giaud, award winning news anchor in Tampa Bay, FL and Julia Whitethorn, owner and stylist at Rhapsody hair salon Ashley and Julia are brought together by a mutual friend who suggests Ashley visit Rhapsody for her hair appointments after Ashley s regular stylist is no longer available Soon, Julia and her small group of friends gradually brings Ashley into the fold and out of her self imposed solitude But as Ashley and Julia grow closer, will Ashley s well kept secrets prevent them from finding their happily ever afterReaders have come to expect great reading material from a KG MacGregor novel and time after time, MacGregor does not disappoint So it is with Rhapsody KGM has put together a compelling romance filled with interesting character and just a splash of mystery all of which holds the reader s interest from beginning to end.Past work has shown that one of KGM s strengths is writing well rounded, clearly developed characters The same holds true for the characters in Rhapsody We learn details about both the main characters and their supporting cast that make each woman distinctly different and fully unique I m sure we ve all read books that had characters who were so alike, we lost track of who was who This is not the case here The secondary characters are also very interesting and diverse KGM does a great job of showing how that diversity binds them together as a group of friends.The most growth as a character is seen in Ashley Giraud At the beginning of the novel, Ashley is aloof and rather introverted when it comes to her life outside the TV persona When she s on , Ashley is the most trusted, most beloved newsperson in Tampa Bay beautiful, smart, friendly But once away from the public eye, Ashley is perfectly content to spend her time at home alone with her garden and her nightmare ish memories Gradually, however, she is drawn out by this small group of women, finding that it s okay to turn off the TV personality and simply be.Ashley s interactions with Julia are key to this burgeoning social life Julia becomes the one person who Ashley is able to speak to freely slowly revealing bits of herself that she s never shared with anyone else save, perhaps, her therapist Julia becomesandof an anchor for Ashley as their relationship develops remaining steady and true as Ashley deals with traumatizing events of her past Perhaps, however, Julia is a bit too steady and true I think Julia might have been just a bit too calm in the face of everything that was happening with Ashley she was a little to quick to back off and give Ashley her space Her conversation with a military veteran while having a drink at a bar in Ft Lauderdale spurs Julia into action and she becomes a taddetermined to not allow Ashley to push her away But, for me, this just doesn t seem to be the dramatic catalyst that I was hoping for We moved from I m here for whatever you need to I m here for whatever you need and I really, really mean it I think Julia is a great character who is well written She s intelligent and witty I just think she didn t really have as much growth in the novel Perhaps that was by design she doesn t carry the baggage that Ashley carries, so perhaps she didn t need as much growth Personally, I would have liked just a littleumph in Julia s character If you don t agree with me, that s okaylet me know below by leaving a comment I d love to hear counter arguments You may bring something to my attention that I hadn t thought of I can be swayed.Where this novel truly excels is the telling of the romance MacGregor always, always tells a good romance What I really appreciate about this particular romance is that it s a mature romance What do I mean by that Hmm Well, these characters are not young 20 somethings who don t have a lot of life experience Ashley and Julia are adults late 30s and early 40s who have been in their respective businesses for quite some time They are experts, professionals They have life experience and they ve learned from it They ve sailed these waters beforeto varying success Appropriately, it is in the romance that we see the most conflict It s interesting to see how these two woman navigate the obstacles that are placed in front of them both individually and together There were some aspects of their romance particularly the physical romance that were left unresolved at the end of the novel I m actually glad they were left unresolved Had all obstacles been magically overcome by the close of the book, it would have felt very, very unrealistic The issues at hand are serious issues that will not be resolved simply by someone saying I love you But, at the same time, the reader is left confident that these obstacles will be overcome and that Ashley and Julia will have their happily ever after Of course, this also leaves room for further exploration in a sequel It s NOT an open ended finish to the novel by any meansbut there s wiggle room if MacGregor wishes to wiggle Or Twist KGM does a mean Twist Rhapsody is definitely a novel that I will be revisitingit s really that good If anything I ve mentioned above comes off as truly negative criticism, then I ve done a very poor job of expressing myself I very highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a really good romance with an interesting story line and fascinating characters.It s clear to see why KG MacGregor is one of the big, bright, shining stars of Lesbian Literature I read angst I want gun fights, car chases, edge of the seat death threats This book doesn t have those What it DOES have is great characterization and dialogue, an intriguing romance, and the blossoming of a tightly controlled and distant woman An awesome book I loved this book Just should have been longer Would have liked to readabout their life together Would have liked to give it 4 and 1 2. Really enjoyed this book.I really enjoyed Rhapsody First it s nice to read a book w mature women It s interesting to learnabout the inside of the television news business This would make an excellent Audible book. EXCELLENT This is by far the best KG MacGregor book I ve read I ve read 5 What I love about her books is that all of the characters have to put their hearts and souls into their relationships That is how it is in real life Relationships are messy, and we all have to invest so much to make our relationships work A considerable amount of ff fiction I ve read gloss over how hard we have to work to make a relationship that is long lasting As a result, they do not resonate with me In this no EXCELLENT This is by far the best KG MacGregor book I ve read I ve read 5 What I love about her books is that all of the characters have to put their hearts and souls into their relationships That is how it is in real life Relationships are messy, and we all have to invest so much to make our relationships work A considerable amount of ff fiction I ve read gloss over how hard we have to work to make a relationship that is long lasting As a result, they do not resonate with me In this novel Asley and Julia had to fight tooth and nail, and that is not something I see often I wanted to see them thrive Ashley was the wounded soul that won me over Her fear of people was evident from the beginning, and her gradual acceptance of friendship and love was rewarding and a delight to read Julia was the partner everyone dreams of having She was kind, sweet and loving What made Julia so memorable was how selfless she was Julia never pushed or pressured Ashley and supported her without asking for anything in return Their crew of friends added so much color to the story Teddie was my favorite There is nothing sweeter than a biker chick guy that is soft on the inside Ashley Giraud lives her entire life by a set of incredibly strict rules that give her the ability to control every aspect of her life, or at least the illusion of control Her need for such extreme control stems from her childhood experiences.The book goes into enough detail to know that Ashley was sexually abused as a young girl by a woman she trusted and in a juvenile way believed she loved The book does not go into graphic detail describing the abuse, for which I am thankful, but it allows t Ashley Giraud lives her entire life by a set of incredibly strict rules that give her the ability to control every aspect of her life, or at least the illusion of control Her need for such extreme control stems from her childhood experiences.The book goes into enough detail to know that Ashley was sexually abused as a young girl by a woman she trusted and in a juvenile way believed she loved The book does not go into graphic detail describing the abuse, for which I am thankful, but it allows the reader enough insight to fully grasp the situation Needless to say Ashley s life revolves around controlling her inner demons and insolating herself from the world Which is funny since she has a career which makes her a public figure, but we quickly learn that being a public figure works perfectly into the rules she lives by and the persona she wants to portray and never really allowing anyone to see the real person.There were points in this story where I wondered if Ashley even knew who the real Ashley is Early in the story Ashley meets Julia, who I will say has the patience and understanding of a Saint I have to admit, that sometimes her level of understanding and patience irked me but then again I have the patience of a gnat The story is written in a way where it seems to make small leaps forward in time and this actually works well for the overall story because lord knows the book would be the size of War and Peace if it documented every aspect of Ashley and Julia s journey.Here s the one thing that disappointed me with the story It felt like it just ended KG MacGregor gave an ending that allows the reader to assume things continued to progress in a positive manner but it left me wanting to know definitively that Ashely and Julia had worked through the last major stepping stone in their relationship which, as I type this, makes me realize that I wasinvested in the characters than I originally thought Rhapsody was a genuinely enjoyable read Nothing too complicated about it, just a story about love developing between two women, one who carries some heavy emotional baggage with her, afraid to fall in love but still yearning for it At times the story reads a little like a lesbian Steel Magnolias, which I love, due to a group of well written, likable characters, all of which add something a little different to the story.I also found it slightly relatable, since I am sure we have all had to deal Rhapsody was a genuinely enjoyable read Nothing too complicated about it, just a story about love developing between two women, one who carries some heavy emotional baggage with her, afraid to fall in love but still yearning for it At times the story reads a little like a lesbian Steel Magnolias, which I love, due to a group of well written, likable characters, all of which add something a little different to the story.I also found it slightly relatable, since I am sure we have all had to deal with one or two unpleasant memories that tend to creep up at times and hinder our happiness.My only criticism and it s a small one is that Julia s character made me angry at times, as she was just a little too perfect and unrealistic Although her patience and acceptance with her love interest, Ashley was beautiful, I longed to see something else come from her, such as frustration or slight anger Additionally, I was shocked to find that she really believed a sex free relationship was one that could truly last, but moved by the thought of it I really liked the first two books I read by this author Touch of a Woman and Etched in Shadows , which apparently showed me a kink that I never knew I had straight woman falling for a lesbian It has nothing to do with my ex girlfriend and wanting to right the way that our relationship ended horrifically, I am sure But I just thought that this book was okayish.Ashley was so withdrawn and self contained that it was hard to like her character view spoiler It is revealed that she was sexua I really liked the first two books I read by this author Touch of a Woman and Etched in Shadows , which apparently showed me a kink that I never knew I had straight woman falling for a lesbian It has nothing to do with my ex girlfriend and wanting to right the way that our relationship ended horrifically, I am sure But I just thought that this book was okayish.Ashley was so withdrawn and self contained that it was hard to like her character view spoiler It is revealed that she was sexually manipulated by a much older woman when she was a teenager, which accounts for most of this hide spoiler Julia was nice but just too perfect for my tastes she didn t feel all that realistic to me And the romance took a backseat toward Ashley opening up and befriending a group of lesbians while this was nice, it just didn t engage my emotions I almost feel like I should apologize for not liking this book, since everyone else seems to like it I won t bother with a synopsis as other reviewers have provided those This is a nice love story about characters who act like real women and who have flaws You should note though that if you re looking for a steamy book full of sex scenes, this is not the book for you.I loved that this book tackled issues you don t usually see in Lesfic, and that KG MacGregor is so good at creating nuanced characters you can t help but care for Even the supporting characters are fleshed out.I enjoyed the unfo I won t bother with a synopsis as other reviewers have provided those This is a nice love story about characters who act like real women and who have flaws You should note though that if you re looking for a steamy book full of sex scenes, this is not the book for you.I loved that this book tackled issues you don t usually see in Lesfic, and that KG MacGregor is so good at creating nuanced characters you can t help but care for Even the supporting characters are fleshed out.I enjoyed the unfolding of Ashley and Julia s romance and the way the author shows not just the building of their relationship butimportantly the growing trust between them If she was applying the adage of alway leave them wantingto her story, she s succeeded As other reviewers have noted the book ends with the story lines tied up, just enough perhaps, but with the feeling that we may see these characters again, hopefully in the sequel I m already hoping for