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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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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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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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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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Leslistener

This is my first book by this Author & Narrator. With that said I have to say I was very surprised!
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
I ushually only listen to Craden & Prince & always lesbian/lgbtq genres. This book was Awesome! Steamy, funny, and still had serious moments. the plot was different then the ushual lesbian romance. This has more sex scenes then most which I like yet offers something different in the plot which is refreshing! Im sick of the ushual "old flame returns home after 20yrs & falls back in love blah blah!" So if you want different then give this book a try! Its definitely worth it! & has more then a few sex scenes ;) I will definitely be looking for more titles by this Author! A Great Book! A Welcomed Change! A New Outlook! & A Perfect Fit for Narrator! P.s.- The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is well..honestly....
I love Craden & Prince!

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Sidney had just moved to town to live in an historical society house and was in the bar to meet the only other lesbian in town. When Tess walked in and the bar tender greeted her Sidney knew the game was up. They were both dykes looking for the femme in their dated online photo. Can this go anywhere but down? Erotic romance and story.

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OK, but one main character a little too unlikable

"Desperate Times" (2018, 2019) by Hildred Billings is a unique novel about Tess and Sidney, two butch lesbians who meet after posting deceptive photos online showing each as feminine. Due to the dearth of lesbian women in the small town, they decide to become reluctant FWBs. I found Tess to be too unlikable to really enjoy the story completely. Narrator Marie Smith needs to work on pronouncing two-syllable words with the letter T in the middle (certain, cotton, button, etc.). Still, recommended. At my request, I was given this free audiobook and have voluntarily left this review.

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How do you describe a small town of less than 500 folks. Homophobia ran rampant and it was fine. Had lots of laughs.

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Funny, witty and oh so heartwarming!

She did it again! Hildred Billings once again did not disappoint with this story!

Narrator, Marie Smith did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. The voices were all distinctively different and well done!

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Saddle up for a good read.

So, this was my first time reading a butch for butch title and though I wasn't quite expecting it, I really enjoyed it. The humor through sarcasm throughout was an added bonus. Living in a city where one has the pick of the litter, I can only imagine how desperate one might become moving to a small, country town where the pickings are just shy of non-existent. I will say, this helped to better understand the switch dynamic and how difficult it can be at times for two type A women to come together. I loved Sidney but I think Tess was my favorite because she evolved the most as she overcame some personal and very public struggles. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • 05-05-20

Really loved these two butches

Funny and lovely story about two women with false expectations. It was funny and also hot. The problem about being gay in this conservative town was realistic and reasonable. The Chemistry between Sidney and Tess was great and Marie Smith did a great Job!! Thank you it was a pleasure.

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  • 06-09-19

I Love this Book.

I re read it or listen to it fairly frequently. I buy most of Billlngs books but this is the one I enjoy most. The characters are great.. The narration of the story is outstanding.. It's really well presented. Recommended highly. Postscript: I love this book.. It's become an old favourite..