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The Love Project

By: T.B. Markinson,Miranda MacLeod
Narrated by: Lori Prince
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Publisher's Summary

Can a long shot bring love to a couple of lonely hearts?

Joni Fisher is facing economic ruin. The once successful advice column she runs with her mother is on the brink of cancellation, and it’ll take a miracle to turn things around. Joni’s last-ditch effort to save her job and preserve her mother’s legacy is The Love Project, a web series she’s developing to bring the Help Me Henrietta franchise alive for a new generation. All she needs is a willing victim...er, star.

Hope Alvarez dreams of falling in love, but she’s always suspected she’s different. Physical attraction is a foreign language to her. After her only prospect for a meaningful relationship falls through, Hope has to face the fact that she’s completely hopeless when it comes to love. Can her favorite advice columnist, Henrietta, save her from a lonely future?

As the series gets underway, fans swoon for the lovable yet unlucky Hope, and they’re not the only ones. Joni is smitten, too. But she’s been down that road before, vowing never again to fall for a straight woman who will keep her forever in the friend zone. Except, what if she’s been reading the situation all wrong? Helping Hope make sense of her identity might save Joni’s job, but will it also bring her love?

Best-selling lesbian fiction authors T.B. Markinson and Miranda MacLeod have written a touching slow-burn romance about love striking when least expected.

©2021 T.B. Markinson (P)2021 T.B. Markinson
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Slow Starter

Strong finish. Narrator was awesome as always. the characters were well written. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments. Like the Yankees and the silicone. bottom line it was nice and light.

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Definitely a slow burn!

Writing was well done, humorous. There were some negative comments about misogynistic themes, however, I take issue with that! The two MC's had very different ways of expressing romantic attraction and love toward others. The authors wrote this into the story very clearly! Well done!

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Bummer

Lori Prince was the only thing I liked about this story.

Joni is kind of an asshole. I couldn’t stand her.

Hope has potential, and she didn’t come across very well like she was confused about her sexuality as much as she was confused about social interactions of any kind.

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  • 05-21-21

Not best for different sexual orientations

Mysogynistic. While I applaud the truly bold move to address varied sexual orientations, I felt the delivery left much pain in the wake of conflict. Why does a female lead have to address women with such sexual in your face statements - even after being told the other woman was addressing her unchartered sexual orientation? Why does a lead woman have to act like a man to boast her sexual prowess and "conquests"? I tried to complete the book. I really did. I just couldn't continue to listen to the constant badgering and demeaning of the woman trying to understand how to navigate her hits to self esteem. I wanted to see how the woman in such distress came out in the end. Maybe someone can tell me how it ends. Good idea - so poorly detrimental to the subject.

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Different in a good way!

I really liked this book. Lori Prince is the perfect narrator for this, too. I am fast becoming a fan of the TB Markinson/Miranda MacLeod duo. I really didn’t want this one to end and am hopeful for a sequel...? Definitely worth the credit!!

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Slow to start but good finish!

I enjoyed this book, thoroughly. it does start slow, but I tend to like slower burn romances.

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Another home run

I really enjoy TB Markinson x Miranda MacLeod combo. There were many funny part in the book, the story goes nice and good pace, 8 hours went by really fast. Very enjoyable read!

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Fun story that held my attention throughout.

I enjoyed the story and romance. Refreshing to have a Lesbian romance with a happy ending!

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The co-writing is perfect!

The Love Project is so current based on podcasts, dating apps and streaming. “Hopeless” Hope is a beautiful character who cannot read cues or emotions and has been very unsuccessful in the dating arena, although she comes from a very loving, accepting environment. Joni is the daughter of a very successful advice columnist mother and well respected father who is the chairman of the psychology department at his university. She has never felt remotely good enough for her father, even when she’s been helping her mother write the column for the past five years.

When the newspaper business begins to downshift, Joni has a brilliant idea for a web series called “The Love Project” and Hope becomes her first target. Joni immediately develops feelings for the lovely Hope, but remember, Hope doesn’t get it. The more dates Joni sets up for Hope, the more jealous she becomes. These dates are actually hilarious and both authors really seem to have fun with the characters. I certainly enjoyed this book when I read it last year, but narrator Lori Prince brings it to an even more enjoyable level. I heartily recommend this Audible version!

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Boring

I love lesbian romances but this was a miss for me. Even Lori Prince's amazing narration could not save this book. It just seems forced , one main character seems more like a bully then a friend, while her counter part just seems sad and pathetic. All I can say is this was not for me.

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  • 05-20-21

Fun and entertaining!!

I really enjoyed this story. I love Lori Prince Narrations and previously have enjoyed Miranda MacLeod books so thought Id be on to a winner. The collaboration with TB Markinson worked very well and I thought the story was entertaining and laugh out loud funny at times. The premise was funny and characters very believable, I liked the inclusion of the background characters too and their role in how the MC relationships develop. The slow burn was believable and Hopes lack of understanding of normally understood cues was interesting and gives insight into troubles some people have in that aspect. Really enjoyed the story, read within 2 days and would reccomend. Thank you to all involved!

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  • GermanTwins
  • 05-07-21

Lovely

I liked this book a lot.
It’s a cute story and I even learned about a spectrum I was not aware of.
Lori Prince does a fantastic job like always. It’s so easy to get lost in the story with her way of portraying the story.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 10-21-21

sweet

Hope has been unlucky and disappointed with love. this beautiful story of a closed bud unable to bloom, is so sad but true to life, the characters are well defined, thier is humour, and my heart melted when Hopes' rose bloomed. excellently narrated as always by miss Prince. side note, it amazed me recently how many stupid men don't or worse won't go down, no wonder so many women over 30 turn to feminine relationships, there is nothing better, and to give the first is a honour I had just once, but the most memorable.
wonderful bookk ladies

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  • Rebecca H.
  • 07-05-21

Incredible

This book touched my heart. Purely because I relate to Hope more than anyone. I thought there was something wrong with me until this book came into my life! It’s a beautiful slow burner that is so emotional and captivating. Loved every single second of it!

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  • evenwolvesdream
  • 06-30-21

No need to feel blue

There is certainly no need to feel blue with this romcom of a story. When those who give love advice could do with a healthy dose themselves you get the most bizare situations along with little story of self discovery.

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  • pipsqueakreviews
  • 06-12-21

Hopeless(ly) in love

The Love Project is oddly entertaining. It revolves around one character who aside from being demisexual, is also socially inept and completely clueless when it comes to reading romantic subtext. Because of how she is, Hope has trouble finding love and reading people. And a lot of humour is derived from that when Hope puts herself out there by participating in an online web series that helps people find love. Hope is absolutely adorable and the co-authors did a fantastic job making her such an endearing character. And Lori Prince has the most perfect deadpan voice for Hope. 

Joni's own awareness of how easily she falls for the wrong type of women reins her in quite a bit, making her tempo / pace perfect for Hope. No doubt she understands Hope inside out which is rare because nobody understands Hope. But I have serious doubts about the web series itself that is used to save Joni's mother's once successful but now declining love advice column. I can't help but wonder whether it would have gotten Hope any closer to finding the right partner because most times it just seems set up to make Hope look silly for the viewership.

I didn't mind it one bit that this turned out to be a slowburn. Hope needs to go slow obviously, in order to figure out her own feelings. And she's an intriguing character on her own. Besides, the co-authors more than make up for it towards the end. So there's that. And I was entertained by the different family dynamics on both sides. Joni's family is relatable, Hope's family is hilarious. 

This is a really great audiobook to pick up especially if you need a good laugh.

𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.

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  • Emma
  • 06-04-21

Excellent depiction of demisexuality

I felt myself welling up a couple of times during this book. Hope’s description of her interactions with the people around her really matched my own experience of being on the asexuality spectrum so perfectly. Particularly how she describes never being hit on/flirted with, and thinking that love/attraction/passion were just fantastical stories in books.

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  • Lynne M.
  • 05-25-21

Sweet, not Golden

In full disclosure, I received a free code for this audiobook from the narrator, but this has not affected my views in any way.

The story is sweet and shows all the hallmarks of a true romantic comedy, with a twist - one character is demi-sexual. This angle was explored with honestly, intelligence, sensitivity and humility. The authors have a great representation of someone who doesn’t fit into the heteronormative narrative of society and how this can make them feel “other” and “broken”.

My only bum note for this book is to know your Golden Girls a bit better, ladies as I think you meant Sophia and not Rose. ;-)

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  • lc
  • 05-10-21

excellent

fabulous story with great characters super plot and it's taught me a thing or too.