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Desperate Times

Narrated by: Marie Smith
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Is it possible to be so much alike that you're completely incompatible? Tess and Sidney have both committed the greatest online dating faux pas possible: uploading old pictures. When the two tough butches meet at a small town bar, they think they're getting the femmes of their dreams. 

So begins the awkward - yet sordid - acquaintance of the only two lesbians in town. Local rancher Tess doesn't have time for women who aren't her type, and new-girl-in-town Sidney isn't interested in someone who only sees her as a piece of fresh meat. 

Yet they keep bumping into each other...is it fate, or just small-town karma? 

A bad date turns into a one-night stand. A one-night stand turns into a casual relationship. A casual relationship becomes Sidney's greatest amusement, and Tess's biggest nightmare as she's slowly forced out of the closet in conservative River Rock. 

Desperate times are afoot in the sleepy, gossipy hamlet of rural America. It's going to take more than nerves of steel to survive the isolationism and people with nothing better to do than ruin their neighbors' lives. 

It's going to take a whole lotta introspection - and love.

©2018 Barachou Press (P)2019 Barachou Press

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  • Disappointed B
  • 05-04-2019

Really enjoyed listening

I loved listening to this book. Hilarious. Great characters and the very best narrator. She should read all of your books. I was engaged and laughing for the first page. Truly unique characters and intriguing plot.

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  • Jeff Jarvis
  • 26-03-2019

Very enjoyable love story

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

Desperate Times is not the typical FF romance that I would go for, but I quickly found myself engrossed in the story. Tess and Sidney are two butch lesbians living in a very conservative ranching town. The two meet through an online dating service where both of them have posted less than accurate information about themselves. Despite both looking for more fem partners, they know that the pool of lesbians in the area is slim, to say the least. So they agree to become bedroom buddies. Over time, their relationship grows to more than just sex and they fall in love.

I found Sidney to be much less butch than Tess, making the story feel more like a traditional FF love story. There were still flashes of dominance in her, but she definitely fit more of the role of the fem girlfriend. I found the story was paced very well and the sex scenes were hot, hot, hot!

Marie Smith was a wonderful narrator for this story and made it enjoyable to listen to and even laugh at from time to time. It is definitely one I would listen to again.

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  • Fantom
  • 25-03-2019

Good story, good narration, good sex, go buy ...

I was gifted a copy of this book free of charge in return for my unbiased & honest review . I enjoyed this book immensely . Its a story of two women seeking love/sex from other women in a small country town . Tess & Sidney find each other & they appear to be so different but want the same thing . Tess appears as a total bitch & treats Sidney like shit . Sidney is a saint for putting up with Tess but I suppose need & lust makes us do odd things . The story is well thought out & moves at a fast pace , it is definitely erotica . The narration by Marie Smith is excellent . I hope this book is a total work of fiction but alas I doubt it is . It exposes homophobia & bias in small town thinking world wide .

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 15-04-2019

very enjoyable!

I really enjoyed this audiobook. great story of the only 2 lesbians in a small town who sort of hook up even though they're both butch and both wanted more girly girls... there was humor and sex and horse riding and more sex. the characters were great - even the cowboy with the quick temper and limited vocabulary. Narrator was great. overall, very good!

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  • Randy Murphy
  • 24-03-2019

Keeping it real

I was very much impressed with the author's ability to take two very different characters and turn them both around despite the prejudices of the people surrounding them. Marie Smith did an excellent job of portraying the characters and bringing it all to life. I would definitely read more from this author. I was given a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.

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  • TinkerMel
  • 23-03-2019

good book!

I'd never listen to a book by Hildred Billings but gave Desperate Times a try.
I loved how the characters were very real. and that they were not your typical blonde kcock- outs. these characters had flaws. and were butch. I haven't found a lot of books on them.
The story starts off at a bar at their first meeting. where none of them look anything like the profile pictures they use on the online dating site they met on.
there are parts in the book, where Tessa needs her butt kicked, but to me that's what made it real.
Marie smith did a great job narrating this book. and I would listen to her again.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 12-04-2019

Narration

The story was alright. The narration killed any banter or teasing between the characters because you couldn’t tell who was speaking. Tess was rude for too long in the book and became annoying, also some of the supporting characters were over the top obnoxious. This wasn’t for me...

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