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Give Me A Reason (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Lyn Gardner
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** Winner of the Silver Medal in the 2014 Global Ebook Awards in Gay / Lesbian / LGBT fiction **

** Winner of the Silver Medal in the 2014 eLit Book Awards – Illuminating Digital Publishing Excellence in Gay / Lesbian fiction **


Intelligent, confident and beautiful, Antoinette Vaughn had it all until one night she went to help a friend and paid for it...with a life sentence in hell.

Four years later, Toni’s judgment is overturned, but the damage is already done. She walks from the prison a free woman, but she’s hardly free. Actually, she’s hardly alive. A prison without rules can do that to a person.

She was raised amidst garden parties, stables and tennis courts, but now a dingy flat in a decrepit building is what Toni calls home. It’s cold, dark and barren just like her heart, but it suits her. She doesn’t want to leave much behind when she’s gone, but the simplicity of her sheltered existence begins to unravel when a beautiful stranger comes into her life.

How does anyone survive in a world that terrifies them? How do you learn to trust again when everyone is your enemy? How do you take your next breath and not wish it were your last? And if your past returned...what would you do?


Author’s Note: Give Me A Reason contains elements of angst, and while it may be found under several genres, its primary listing is lesbian fiction.

Biographie de l'auteur

Lyn Gardner began her career writing fan fiction. In 2009, she sat down and wrote a story with no expectations other than to entertain. Three years later, at the insistence of her readers, and after listening to their praise as well as their prods, she published her first book - Ice. Now a multi-published author, Lyn lives in the sunny state of Florida where she enjoys playing a round of golf every now and then...that is, when her muse isn’t whispering in her ear. You can find out more about the author by visiting her website or her blog, or feel free to follow her on Twitter or Facebook...and by all means, say hello if you’d like. Blog: www.lyngardner.blogspot.com Website: www.lyngardner.net FB: https://www.facebook.com/#!/lyn.gardner.587 Twitter: @LynGardner227

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1703 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 607 pages
  • Editeur : Lyn Gardner (25 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00G7UU0R0
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrifiant et 28 février 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Romance, love, suspense, humour. Il y a tout dans cet excellent livre.
Une très belle histoire d'amour dans un contexte terrifiant.
+ de 600 pages de pur plaisir. A recommander
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story & great author 24 février 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First of all, please let me apologize for my poor English, as any another French person foreign languages are not my strong asset ;)

I have started reading this book expecting only a lesbian romance and discovered a very deep and surprising story.
I was so pleased that I have spent the night reading it, not caring one minute that I have to go to work after that !

I am so glad that Amazon recommaneded my this book !
I cannot wait for reading the 2 other ones from Lyn Gardner.

LaetyM
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Amazon.com: 4.8 étoiles sur 5  174 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most beautiful reason..... 1 novembre 2013
Par VRKinase - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
At 662, I though this book would be at LEAST 200 pages of fluff. I am happy to say I was sorely mistaken. While the plot moves at a gradual pace, the author does so in such a manner that you FEEL for EVERY character and spend time in each developing stage. It's definitely not too slow. I didn't want to and I'm not used to it, but there are at least 5 or 6 times I wanted to cry and a few where I just could not hold it in. Some were tears of sadness while others were tears of joy. This doesn't include the sheer anger one feels in hearing such atrocities that Antoinette had to survive. However, the book is not just about Toni's trials and imperfections, Laura and the secondary characters have their own multi-faceted developments that weave an unmistakable thread of understanding and love. The gradual pace through learning to trust and love make the story believable, but the romance still appeals to the escapism we all enjoy.

I also appreciate Lyn's spirituality in her books and as someone who shares those same beliefs; I actually appreciate how she doesn't shove it down anyone's throat. It's there for those who appreciate it and for those who don't it's non-offensive and subtle to the point where if you want to ignore it you can. The end was almost cleansing and it seems like Lyn might do a follow up, but as emotionally charged and beautiful as this book was I'm not sure I could handle these characters going through anymore.

I read her other two books Ice and Mistletoe and thoroughly enjoyed those as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful … Powerful!! 19 novembre 2013
Par J L Good - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read Lyn Gardner’s “Ice” almost a year ago, I loved it, and have been waiting & checking periodically for her to release another. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I logged into Amazon last week & found “Give Me a Reason”

I was so captivated once I began, it was the only thing I wanted to do. The 1st day (a Saturday) I read on & off as much as I could even whenI needed to get things done. I was so engrossed that night I ended up reading until 4 am Sunday morning and only stopped because my eyes were so tired my vision was getting blurry.

Just like in “Ice”, the characters are strong, beautiful, intelligent, vulnerable, and wonderful!! As the characters were revealed I felt like I knew them, it was awesome. The relationship between Toni & Laura was so beautiful; the trust, compassion, and then the love & passion still makes my heart thump just thinking about it; I laughed, & cried!!!

I have read so many books since discovering the “Kindle App” for my Cell & PC, I’ve lost count; many of the main stream authors of course like Radclyffe, Dragon, Cannon, Trin, etc., but Lyn Gardner is one of my favorites…I love how she writes, I love her stories!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 First 80% Spectacular 31 octobre 2013
Par pearl_finder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
What an amazing novel. Long but I loved it. Amazing character development. An intricate and detailed story. A work of love and passion. At 70% I thought it was done. At 80%, I think it should have been done. The last 20% - hmmmm.... didn't love it and certainly didn't need it. And the cliff hanger at the very end? Please Lyn, the two main characters have been through enough, let them rest. I would just as soon see the author write something equally stunning with new characters. Her other novel,Ice, was fabulous too - but this was one of the best in the genre I have read.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 needs professional editing (note harassment update at end) 26 mai 2014
Par Sierra Alva Vona Santiago - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
There will be some spoilers in this review.

This detailed review is for readers like me who require more detail about a book before reading... and are all WTF over these 5-star reviews (watch how many 5-star reviews suddenly appear after a low review is posted- there are a number of mediocre writers and dopey shills who congregate on goodreads and other forums and regularly manipulate reviews). I originally gave this 2.5 stars, but due to the trolling it's received by people who've identified themselves as working for the publishing industry, demanding I shut up and delete this review with threats and other forms of harassment... I don't think it deserves any stars. And if you believe awards for lesfic, like the ones given for this book, are credible or valid as a means of measuring quality then you might as well believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny as well. To me, awards given for lesfic are synonymous with "Momma loves you!!" and "Good try!!" by a bunch of writers patting each other on the back....

Set in the UK, this is the story of Toni Vaughn, renowned writer, professor, and prodigy... an upper class innocent who is wrongly accused of a crime and gets life in prison. For some inexplicable reason, she is transferred from her first prison to the mysterious Thornbridge Prison [cue thunder and lightening] where the ultimate in criminally violent women are sent. Here every law is broken, all staff appear to be corrupt, and the inmates are endlessly starved, tortured, and abused.... because no one would pay attention to or report such a place, apparently (see the prison in Brubaker without the Brubaker).

Now I had an impossible time believing such a place would exist in this day and age in the UK and I struggled with plausibility issues all through the book because of this. I'm not even sure why this book is even set in the UK. Granted, this American author did a better job than in Ice at depicting Scottish/English characters and actually used more than 2 "foreign" words to show the characters had a particular culture... but it's inconsistent. The best reason I can think why this is set abroad is to dupe culturally and geographically dumb dumb Americans in terms of how prison there might work... because, obviously, Thornbridge is situated right there on the corner of Narnia and Hogwarts!!! Everyone knows that.

So four years later Toni is released from Thornbridge when information surfaces to prove her innocence. However, she is now a broken woman. This 6-foot tall beauty has become a frightened little mouse. Emaciated and paranoid and covered in scars, she is subject to extreme panic attacks, passing out, can't bare to be touched, is afraid of crowds, and is incapable of leaving her flat. You name it, she has it. Which is why it's so weird and implausible and downright miraculous that she is spared one particular abuse. You'll know what I mean when you come across it. Just one more thing here that insulted my logic.

Once a lesbian player, Toni is now resigned to spending forever alone. In doom and gloom. Alone with her booze and cigs and coffee and books (I don't understand how these characters are always drinking while reading!... and they drink more than Gerri Hill's characters... more than the whole cast of Lost Girls!!!). Toni doesn't get ANY therapy at all and is completely enabled by her best friend who does all her shopping and such. What? No therapy? What kind of lesbian be here?? Toni is an educated prodigy and she won't do therapy? Really? Again. I can't believe it. Nope. At what point did she go from 6ft beauty to just plain big and dumb? I just couldn't enjoy the story with such blaring implausibilities.

Despite being wildly unstable, anti-social, and a COMPLETE liability... 34 yr old Toni is hired to teach English at Calloway... a half-way house for recently released female cons. The staff is willing to accommodate all of her oddities because she has an impressive past and turns out to be the star teacher... so she's excused from meetings and such, runs around in homeless-looking baggy, threadbare clothes, and doesn't have to interact with anyone other than her students. The local nutcase no one minds. And esteemed teacher. And having served time herself, the ex-cons respect her more and deem her a favorite. We never actually get any proof of her teaching genius, but everyone does say she's great... so she must be.

Two years after her release and working at Calloway, 32 yr old straight/Scottish woman Laura MacLeod steps into Calloway as a new administrator. And the seeds of change begin. This slow burn is the bulk of the story and the very best part of the story... watching what develops between these two and how was mostly very appealing. I can say there is maybe 15-20% of this book that I truly liked. Yet we are also watching Toni flip out and behave like a petulant child in every chapter. I could not sympathize with Toni at all and kind of hated her... partially because I didn't buy into what had happened to her. But mainly because she behaves like a spoiled little girl who doesn't want help and everyone close to her encourages it. I found her annoying!! Yeah, I'm no psychologist... but I love my lesfic and this is no way to make me love a lead. She was just plain irritating. I thought educated, upper class women who do time come out and make a pile writing their biographies-- maybe even get their own show on Netflix. This one comes out in diapers and in desperate need of warm milk. Over the top angst... all the excess boo hoo hooing just became tiresome for me. Call me insensitive, but I really just wanted Natural Selection to pop in and just swallow her up!

I really did like Laura and have to say she was my favorite part of the whole story. Definitely the sexiest. Readers will like the idea that someone is out there who is willing to put up with your brand of crazy, no matter how deep and wide, lol. Romantic!! I only wish she was physically described more. As usual for lesfic, poor lead description. But about halfway into the novel, Toni's "madness" is way more toned down and the story finally became bearable for me... even quite interesting and, surprisingly, sexy. The sex scenes are rather hot. By the second half of the book, there is no shortage of them, lol. And this chunk of the book is my favorite part... not just the sex, but watching the leads grow intimately close. Instead of being obsessed with feral pain and PTSD, the romance finally gets some real attention. This I did like. Even Toni becomes less irritating.

But about 65-70% of the way in, there grows a focus on Laura's family. It seems that once the leads got really close the author didn't know where to go... so she started giving us a whole storyline on Laura's family and the romance between her parents. Ack. WHO CARES?! I do not wanna know about their romance or sex life or undying love or how perfect Laura's family is (sound a bit like Ice??). Just when I was getting to like the book, it lost me. Even the constant sex scenes couldn't save it and grew tiresome along with everything else. On and on AND ON it went with Laura's family. Too much!! By then I could guess what else would come up and just waited for it to play out. Totally contrived last bit. By the end I was just glad it was over. There was no purpose at all for the last 10%. omg... this is just way too long and bored me in the end.

This 600+ page indie story had the potential to be something very interesting and original... but, in my opinion, it is fatally marred by implausibilities, one irritating lead, and most definitely by the lack of professional editing involved in this book. I'm not talking grammar police as I can overlook that stuff if it's not in your face and out of control-- though the out of control repetition of characters spewing "Give me a reason...." 40 times in EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER!!! is something I think even her amateur beta readers could have addressed. Ack!! Talk about distracting and annoying!!

No, I'm talking about the fact that this book coulda ended around 65-70% of the way in... and no one woulda missed that excess 200ish pages. At all. Personally, I found it so dull and contrived that it put me to sleep and I kept skimming. A good editor would have addressed that (and since the fools who trolled this review have tried to claim otherwise, let me be clear that this writer OPENLY STATES on her blog that she DOES NOT use any professional editors). Now I don't need my lesfic to stop at 220 pages... but this just meandered into BORING BORING BORING!!! I thought the ending of Ice also sucked and ruined the whole story, particularly the initial tone. I hate to think that slipping into some disjointed, sappy and contrived stuff in the end is looking to be her trademark... worse than the average romance because what comes before doesn't make you think she'd go there. This writer is better than that and really needs to work with a professional editor. One hopes the publishing company she recently got on board with will do more than produce her paperbacks. Because it pisses me off to see a potentially good story immortalized in rough draft mode.

Unfortunately, between this writer's inability to accept her book may have major flaws by more experienced professionals (read her interviews)... and her 'poor indie me' pandering for reviews at the end of her stories... and her long-time fan base of fanfic readers who will support her with overinflated reviews even if she stays forever in fanfic quality... she will probably continue to sit fat and complacent and not bother with any professional editing... forever seeing no difference between a book that sells and a quality book that sells.
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UPDATE: This review has been spammed and trolled all through the month of June by malicious posters claiming to work for the publishing industry who are convinced they can harass me into deleting this review (key poster was writer/shill Jem from goodreads). These have included threats, gang-like downvoting and rude comments on all my low-starred reviews, manic/desperate rants, false accusations and blatant lies, and even posting long lists of misleading and interrogative questions about this review that have little basis in truth. Somewhere between silly and creepily unstable nervous breakdown-like behavior, really. Some of these trolls are well-known shills/writers and have been harassing my reviews for years. And to what end? pfft. Any antagonistic comments and revenge voting (on any of my reviews) will continue to be deleted/reported, without apology. Trolls don't get a soapbox on my reviews unless I'm interested in exposing shills/writers behaving badly. And ultimately, I feel this does reflect poorly on the author, even if she uses lackeys and pretends not to be involved. Shamefully so. Because only the pathetically mediocre writers who delude themselves with a plethora of fakey fake 5-star reviews would waste all their time trying to silence critics. Truly good writing defends itself and requires no bullying. And I can't be bullied... and I will leave the history of harassment on any review seriously trolled. So don't bother.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Original, authentic, a masterful creation. 27 février 2014
Par A Real Lesbian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There is so much right about this book. I will not give any spoilers as this is a work to be discovered and savored. When I find an author who is true to her characters, who has taken the time to know each one, it becomes a joy to get to know them for myself.

The author is a true master of her craft and this book shows the attention to detail, that brings a story to life.

There are no extra words in this book, every word brought life to each character. There is a special skill an author must possess to create such beauty with their words. This author has that skill and dedication.

This is a book I will read again and again. Thank you for the work that was put into this book.
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