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Summary

Take three friends, add two ex-lovers and several new ones, then mix with more secrets than any of them know - and the result is a recipe for explosive rivalries and incendiary romance.

Attorney Liz Ramsey thought she had everything - a devoted partner, a challenging job, and plans for a family in the making. Unfortunately her life takes a turn, and she ends up alone and in the kind of trouble she never dreamed of. Then she bumps into - literally - young surgeon Reilly Danvers, and life gets even more complicated.

Liz's two best friends offer all the support she needs, but they have secrets of their own. Candace Lory, a high-powered commodities trader and swinging playgirl, meets her match when she hooks up with corporate attorney Parker Jones. Brenda Beal, the only member of the group who hasn't slept with every available woman, prefers to fantasize about a perfect lover, especially if she's obedient and willing to do anything Bren orders. A surprise birthday outing and a dashing, dark-eyed submissive transform Bren's fantasies into reality and her dark secrets into delicious pleasures.

©2008 Radclyffe (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Needs A Sequel!

Great characters and story, Abby Craden excellent as always. The ending is a but abrupt, definitely need a sequel.

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A decent story elevated by fantastic narration

It would be fair to say that most books are enhanced by the narration of Abby Craden. The story itself is a decent read, telling the story of Liz, the main focus, and her long time college friends Candace and Bren.

I'm not hugely familiar with Radclyffe's work so I don't have much to compare it with. She's obviously great at writing both sexual and romantic longing, and at writing stories that are more 'meaty' than just focusing on the romance.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the depiction of the friendship dynamic between the group. A solid book, with excellent narration.

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A story about the power of friendship and love.

This is a really heartwarming and engaging tale about three friends, Liz, Bren and Candace.

The main focus of the story is Liz and her suddenly complicated life following the breakup of her relationship. However, Radclyffe treats the reader to three romances for the price of one as we follow Bren and Candance in their separate journeys towards self-awareness and possible happiness.

As always I loved Rafclyffe’s easy narrative style. She really is a talented story teller and gifted writer. The Lonely Heart’s Club is both comfortably predictable and surprisingI! t’s low on angst and high on emotion, with some very hot scenes for good measure.

Abby Craden’s narration was faultless, as always, bringing the characters and story vividly to life. This really is an enjoyable listen.

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Friends and sometime lovers navigate new loves together

Three best friends, two former lovers,navigate their loving and sometimes complex relationships with each other. They are each also beginning tentative new relationships, in the shadows of previous failures, and their own insecurities . As well as a satisfying romance, Radclyffe creates a cast of interesting, very different characters, with psychological depth. Highly recommend.

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despite the ending still five stars

even with being prepared by the ending from other reviews I still said wtf outloud when I heard the audible guy ending it. Quite alot that could have gone into a sequal but hasn't appeared which I'm gutted about. Still a fantastic book though.

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  • 04-03-16

A Little More of a Edge Than Usual

As a romantic kind of girl my influence in this library is obvious, I'm a real softie. However for the most part Radclyffe books have been too mushy even for me. This selection has more of an edge than any of the other six or eight books of hers I've listened to previously.
The Lonely Hearts club consists of three lesbian women who've been friends since their college days and are seemingly unable to find or maintain relationships. The chief protagonist Attorney Liz Ramsey is still in the process of getting over being dumped for a 23 year old grad student by her longtime girlfriend Julia. Julia is a nice example of a realistic heavy; she's not mean or evil she's just self-centered, self indulgent, insensitive, and blind to the feelings of others.
Brenda (Bren) is, unbeknownst to her friends, a writer of erotic fiction; she is unaware, even to herself what it is she's searching for.
Candace is the hot chick of the group as well as a Wall Street trader and the kind of player that you normally associate with a male professional athlete. She meets and spends a night with an attorney in Liz's firm; Parker Jones is another version of Candace, she's a player to whom the phrase 'long term relationship' equates to a holiday weekend. The two of them have a night that threatens to, gasp, become something more than a night of good sex.
Finally Dr. Reilly Danvers, an orthopedic surgeon who has avoided relationships since the death of her first serious lover. She and Liz begin a push/pull relationship that seems to be de riguer for all romance novels; that includes misunderstandings, miscommunication, assumptions, and a lack of communication. Though both of the two main protagonists have a too good to be true vibe they aren't the paragons depicted depicted in many of the authors works. In closing if you're a Radclyffe fan you'll love this book; if not, give it a shot anyway.

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  • Miracle
  • 02-06-16

I love everything Written by Radclyffe

This was a really great book. I definitely recommend , I hope there's other books with these characters because I would love to know more about how their lives ended up 😁😁

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  • dreacraftie28
  • 16-07-17

Abrupt endings are the worst

Good story I felt for the characters and was disappoint that the book just ended like a last minute thought

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  • Maverick
  • 23-03-17

Where's the continuation?!

Loved this story. There was some irritation with the parts including Julia; was almost not enough to be worthy of including...but glad there wasn't more of her character truthfully. I so wish there was an epilogue or continuation to the 3 main story lines.

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  • T. Bennett
  • 19-02-22

Loved It.

I loved the characters and their stories. I laughed aloud many times. I haven't checked for a follow up story, but I would love to read about Brenda's story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-22

Too short!

The story was very sweet. loved the joining of Liz and Reily. I would hVe like to seen more of the story unfold. Is there a part 2 in the works?

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 12-12-21

Finding A New Path.

Attorney Liz Ramsey is moving on from being dumped for a college student. Now she’s pregnant and her best friends are supporting her as they have since college. Brenda (Bren) secretly writes erotic fiction and hasn’t quite opened up to what she wants. Candace is a hot Wall Street Trader an one time only romantic woman. They support each other in everything. Liz literally runs into Dr. Reilly Danvers and knocks her flat in the hospital after seeing her doctor. Candace mets Parker Jones a lawyer in Liz”s firm. Reilly and Parker play softball and they start attending the games. As relationships grow Bren connects with a mysterious woman via her author email account. The Lonely Heart Club is on their way to complications of the heart. Another Raccylfe classic with the marvelous Abby Craden.

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  • Kathleen Andrea
  • 13-09-21

great story

This book ended way too soon for me. I wish ot had gone on much longer. Another winner for Radclyffe and paring it with Abby Craden wax peefect.

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  • Rebecca
  • 21-04-21

One of my favorites

Radcliffe and Abby Craden both on their game in this title.

Radcliffe writes women I’d like to know, a circle of friends I’d like to be part of. We should all be so lucky.

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  • AndiKay
  • 18-10-20

Great story

The three members of the Lonely Hearts Club are former college friends. Now in their early 30s each finds themselves tempted by the types of love each has craved but never dreamed of finding.