Book Review: First Position by Melissa Brayden

First time listening to lesbian fiction on audio book. It was definitely an experience.

Natalie is a show runner in LA. She does art for the meaning and feeling of it. Not the commercial aspect of it.

Unfortunately non-commercial doesn’t pay the bills and the show has to end. A scout watches their final performance and fairy tale picks her up and drops her into the New York City Ballet. Anna is a stuck up dancer there that only strives to be the best. There is no such thing as a social life for her. She desperately needs to become a main dancer. Natalie and Anna are complete opposites and do not get along. But competition brings them together against their will. 

I’m going to say that I didn’t quite connect as well as I probably would have normally because I just didn’t enjoy the way the characters were voiced. Different inflection choices than how I think sentences would be said. Voices in general for the main characters didn’t match what I envisioned the two would sound like. Anna sounded like a wallflower with no gumption and Natalie sounded like a boring husky butch.

The story was OK. But again, with it being my first audio book, it just seemed to drag on forever. I found out how to increase the speed, but only could manage 1.20x before it started sounding too ridiculous to listen to. 

I am going to give this a 4 even though I want to give it a 3. My reasoning is because I have a confident feeling that it would have been a 4 or even a 5 had I read it. The pacing would have seemed normal and it would have been my imagination of the characters. And it isn’t fair to rate the book overall lower just because I thought I’d give audio a try.

I recommend this book (not audio) to people who like to read about romance, will they/wont they, ballet, modern dance, Broadway, opposites attract, enemies to more, and HDTV.

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