Kim could tell at a glance Angel wasn't the average attractive yet poorly disguised extraterrestrial scout sent to assess Earth's defenses before the inevitable alien invasion. Angel's memory loss cover story? Lame. Robbing a passing ruffian of his shirt to cover her naked body? NOT a good way to avoid attracting attention! As a science fiction geek, Kim felt herself uniquely qualified to watch Angel and thwart her dark mission...once the alien got around to it.
But Angel had her own questions. She couldn't help but wonder, why would Kim invite a stranger home? Surely, it could only be for romance! Kim didn't dare correct her, not without giving herself away, and so both found themselves in an escalating romantic relationship neither actually wanted.
Is it possible lies and deception could lead to true love? Could projected feelings designed to fool the other become genuine?
A Date with Angel is a romantic escalation comedy full of misinterpretations, grand theories, and devious, romantic traps...and a suspected alien woman doing her best to meet a sci-fi paranoiac's expectations.
©2015 J. Judkins (P)2015 J. Judkins
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"An absolutely different sci fi lesbian story."
I loved listening to this book. found my self laughing and loved the fact that Kim is a gamer and inverted basically. and at first I didn't like angels voice... but it grew on me. so I recommend this book you'll like it trust me.
"Awesome Premise. Great Humor. Little Else. "
Not your typical lesbian romance. Very funny, underhandedly sweet, good chemistry. Once the premise is set, though, the story stays there for 14 hours before a quick wrapup and a hint at a sequel. The main character's headspace, which we never leave, is like Woody Allen with Asperger's and an extreme case of paranoia. It's funny, but Jesus does it wear you down after a while.
Despite this, I will happily buy the sequel, as well as anything else this author puts out. The narrator was wonderful, though her choice of voice for Angel, a blonde, blue-eyed, sex kitten, was too manly, I thought. She handles the humor delightfully, regardless,and is perfect as Kim.
"Funny and unexpectedly sweet!"
This is billed as a romantic comedy, and I must say it delivers. Kim is a paranoid introvert, zealous in her goal to keep her private life private, and making sure she allows no one close to her. As the book opens, Kim encounters a naked woman in a convenience store parking lot. The woman is putting on a shirt she obviously took from the unconscious man lying on the ground. The two women look at each other, and finally Kim engages her in conversation. That conversation leads to all the events that occur in the book. Because that conversation is weird. And it rings all sorts of alarm bells in Kim's mind. This woman is an alien scout! And Kim might be the only thing standing between Earth and an alien invasion. Which, let's face it, is ridiculous.
The comedy is that this gamer girl geek believes Angel, as she declares her name to be, is an alien. There are several things that back this theory up, from the obvious lies Angel tells about herself - her cover story, to things that Angel does that just don't add up to normal. Kim's struggles to maintain her own cover lead her to accept and agree to things with Angel that she had no intention of doing. This leads to numerous situations that were funny enough to make me laugh out loud. Which brings me to the narrator. Kendall Taylor brings a distinct personality to each character, the best of which is her deadpan delivery of Angel's lines. Sometimes just hearing Angel's responses in that voice cracked me up.
The best thing about this book, and this is what pushed it up to a 5 star for me, is that while this is a romantic comedy, there's a secondary story going on here that just struck me as sweet, intense, and amazing. This is the story of a woman with horrible interpersonal issues, trust issues, overwhelming shyness, completely introverted, and closed off to any sort of personal relationship where she can get hurt. It takes a completely out of this world reason for Kim to invite someone into her space, and at first, Kim grudgingly accepts the things that occur because she has to keep an eye on this alien who might mean the end of our world. And it is extremely interesting to hear her try to justify the things that she feels and does. The fact that every step forward in their relationship, every step closer together is because of some devious and evil master plan that Angel has concocted to trick Kim into helping her complete her mission. And the way that Angel not only goes along with it, but buys in to it as well, absolutely makes them perfect for each other. Slowly Kim opens up her life, to Angel and to others she comes in contact with, very reluctantly, and very grudgingly. And by the end of the book, Kim has become someone who has at least one person in her life who is more important to her than all of her insecurities. That is the secondary story, and it is glorious.
I'm not sure if this would read as funny as it was listening to it, but I will definitely find out at some point in time.
"loved it, as a lesbian and a geek"
are you anti social want to be loved but don't trust it. are you into sci-fi. if you answered yes buy this book right now.
"I almost stopped listening to several times"
The book can be humorous at times but I do think this book wrote for young boys. The mixture of Si-fi/childish characters is different.
I do not recommend
"Good idea, very poorly written story"
If I had to guess, I'd say the author was teen-aged male or a very immature, straight female. I almost stopped listening at multiple points because the main character went over and over her paranoid obsession with resisting any attraction or interaction with another person. Think I'm kidding? Chapter 32, and she's going on and on about ways she thinks the other character is tricking her into kissing. Yes, Chapter 32. I was grinding my teeth. I say teen-aged boy, because the character, Kim, was fixated on Angel's breasts...like a juvenile boy would...not lesbian behavior at all. Then Kim doesn't under any circumstances want to have sex...until she does. Then she has hours of it without ever reciprocating ...leaving Angel high and ...well, not dry. Absolutely unlesbian like. Also, after chapters and chapters of dragging out her resistance to Angel, the ending is abrupt and had little passion.
What was good about this book? The overall story concept and the narrator. That's about all I can say about it. It desperately needed an editor...or even better, a real writer.
didn't like the narrator at first as the free sample of the written word contained one of the funniest happenings ever! it was so funny, i laughed until i cried, and knew right then that if the rest of the book was this funny, complicatedly funny, that this book was going to be a winner, which it is!
the narrator/reader, however, didn't read the shower scene so as to make the situation come alive as one listened. this almost turned me off the audible rendition altogether, but i decided to give her rendition of the book a fair trial, so i listened to the whole book, and i must admit it, she got better -- much better which made listening to the book much more enjoyable.
great writing! highly recommending this book and looking forward to a sequel!
"A date with angel"
This book was infuriating at but came together very nicely. Really happy I heard it.
"Kim & Angel"
Yes, prefer audible books
Kim who wants to keep her private life private
No have not listened to any of Kendall Taylor's other performances.
Kim & Angel's relationship
As the book begins, Kim who wants to keep her private life private comes across as an introvert making sure she does not allow anyone to get close to her. From the beginning Kim is reluctant to engage with Angel but when Kim does finally allow Angel into her life Kim quickly realizes that Angel may be an alien which might explain why some of the things Angel does just do not seem normal to Kim. This is why Kim has difficulty accepting and agreeing to do things with Angel even though Kim has no intentions of doing. At times, her actions seem to be short sighted and stupid for the most part.However, to me there is an underlying story going on in this book...a story of a woman with many trust issues, a deep shyness, who, and has closed off any kind of personal relationship which might allow her to get hurt. The book holds your interest by trying to understand how Kim justifies the things that she feels and does. The fact that each step forward in Kim & Angel's relationship is because of some devious and evil master plan that Angel has concocted to trick Kim to help her complete her mission is what keeps the story moving forward. And the fact that Angel agrees with it, makes the two a matched pair. By the end of the book, Kim now has someone in her life who is more important to her than all of her insecurities. The is the underlying story.
"I can say I didn't hate it..."
... but I can't say that I liked it. There are some bits here and there, but not enough to that would make me ever recommend it. When it was all said and done my only reaction was "What?!".
You are only as good as what you have to work with.
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