Reviewed by PizzyGirl
SERIES: Raw Talent #2
AUTHOR: Lucy Felthouse
NARRATOR: Xanthia Bloom
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 2 hours, 8 minutes
RELEASE DATE: February 8, 2017
Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility – Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.
But Virginia finds herself distracted – Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?
I struggled with this story. On the one hand, I thought it was short and sweet and very easy to listen to. The characters were likable and the setup of friends to lovers was a good one. The sex scenes were hot and I could feel the attraction and lust between these two women.
On the other hand, the story was too short for what the author was trying to accomplish romance and plot-wise. The little bit of plot was handled without care, as it was a very serious topic that was just swept aside after one conversation. The lust turned to love out of the blue and even though I can almost forgive it because these women have known each other for some time, I did not feel it nor was I convinced it wasn’t just thrown in because someone said it should be.
In the end, I was left feeling more positive than negative about this story, but not enough to recommend this to anyone.
This was my first experience with Xanthia Bloom. I thought she did well with what she had to work with. Her characters were distinct and most of the time she echoed the emotions correctly. However, sometimes I had a hard time with her reading of the male voices because there was nothing to distinguish her male american voices from her female american voices. It would not have mattered if they had been written more clearly, but sometimes I forgot who was speaking and it was confusing.