Title: Stuck Landing (Bluewater Bay #11)
Author Name & Publisher: Lauren Gallagher (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 14, 2015 – 196 pgs
For months, acclaimed Wolf’s Landing director/producer Anna Maxwell has been nursing a crush on Natalya Izmaylova, a former Russian gymnast and current Wolf’s Landing stunt coordinator. When Anna witnesses Natalya’s very public breakup with her boyfriend, she can’t resist inviting her over for drinks to commiserate about love and all that nonsense. Commiseration doesn’t last long, and soon Anna’s in bed with the hottest woman she’s ever touched, living out fantasies she didn’t even know she had.
Despite the amazing sex, Anna wants to proceed with caution. They’re both newly single. They’re colleagues. And there’s the not-so-small matter of Anna’s biphobia.
Natalya won’t commit to someone who clings to ridiculous stereotypes, but they can’t avoid each other at work, and there’s no ignoring their chemistry. Anna’s defenses are slowly eroding, and Natalya is willing to give her another chance. But Natalya only has so much patience, and even scorching hot sex won’t keep her coming back forever. If Anna doesn’t come to her senses soon and let go of her prejudices — not to mention her insecurities — she’s going to lose the woman of her dreams.
I’m always excited to see a good bi story, and I’m especially happy to see a bi FF. I took a chance on an author I’ve never read before because I liked the premise. I’m really glad I did.
As a story, I think this was just fine. It’s pretty much your typical romance, mostly focused on the relationships between the partners. This worked well, and despite Anna’s ongoing biphobia (I’ll get to that), I liked her a lot. I loved Natalya, and I could read about her forever and ever. There was excellent chemistry and very, very hot sex. So even though I tend to like more story outside the romance, this was still good fun.
Now for my favorite part: This is a bi story, about biphobia, told from the point of view of the person who is wary of bi people. That was a new perspective for me, and I loved it. I enjoyed Anna’s growth, and I liked that she didn’t go from not trusting to Sudden Activist Ally in three seconds flat. She needed time and friends to help her process. It worked well, and I felt like this book was not aimed at “educating” people about being bi but was for bi folks as something relatable. Would some people find it a bit much? Yes, probably, but likely only because they’ve never experienced it themselves.
I think this is part of a larger series, which I haven’t read (and maybe should do so now!). So some parts might have needed a bit of context. However, it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the story. I loved the little surprise near the end (which I won’t spoil, though I’m not even sure if it’s a spoiler for readers of the series).
This was definitely worth taking a chance on, and I’d say Ms. Gallagher stuck her landing perfectly.
The start of this story worked brilliantly. Break up. Meet a hot colleague at the gym. Hook up. Great sex. Fantastic connection. Then completely freak out? Anna’s panic and irrational angst really didn’t work for me. The woman is producing one of the hottest series ever. She comes across as powerful, confident and composed in every area of her life except in her relationships with women.
So…maybe this is a little bit realistic. Because Anna is a director and producer, she has an overview of the Wolf’s Landing production that previous characters haven’t. I really enjoyed the glimpses of Hollywood in this story. I keep thinking of Wolf’s Landing as a cross between True Blood and Game of Thrones and I love learning more about the show in each installment of this series.
I love LA Witt’s writing and the Bluewater Bay series, which is why I signed up for this one. I’m not a huge f/f fan. I don’t get on with the emotional angst, the endless conversations and the agonizing self-doubt. This author doesn’t do this to her m/m characters, so I was hoping she would find a way to free up her f/f characters. But this is still f/f. It is full of circular conversations and inner monologues where every emotion is scrutinised, every action analysed over and over and over. Urgh!
Natalya is a brilliant character. I love her back story, love her attitude, love her power. She is so great that at times I just wanted to get her away from all of Anna’s crazy. When the women are together, the sex is really hot. But I was never fully sure of the relationship. This is told in the first person, from Anna’s perspective, making it difficult to evaluate Natalya’s commitment. Anna is so hurtful that the connection between her and Natalya never fully blossoms into one of the beautifully sexy romantic friendships that LA Witt writes so well.
I enjoyed this, but I didn’t love it as much as I usually love an LA Witt story.
This was an awesome story. There’s the obvious conflict about the prejudice that bisexuals have to deal with, a sense that some people have that being bisexual is easy, or that they’re sitting on the fence refusing to make a choice, or that being with people of both sexes makes them promiscuous or indiscriminate or somehow lesser. But this story gets a little deeper than those surface concerns and takes a look at the truths of some of those prejudices. I found the whole thing fascinating, as well as educational. While I know logically that these prejudices are just as unfounded and ridiculous as most prejudices are, I also know that emotionally sometimes it’s hard to look past the surface. Because what this book really is about is the scary thought about opening yourself up to someone who has the power to hurt you, and the fears and insecurities that you have about yourself. It’s easy to reflect those fears onto others and use that as an excuse to not even try. But you don’t get to choose who you love. The only choice is whether you can get past your own fear and insecurity to embrace it. I learned a lot about biphobia, bisexuality, and even a bit about bisexual erasure in this book, and it opened my eyes to some things that I didn’t even know I felt. But the whole thing is done without being preachy or judgmental, which is a triumph in and of itself. Great romance, great story. I would definitely recommend it.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this book and so I had no real expectations for it. What I ended up reading was a well-planned and twisting story which kept me interested and often shaking my head at the main character. The back and forth between the two women involved in the main portion of this story was frustrating in the best kind of way. The main characters’ friendships were wonderfully deep and left a smile on my face with every interaction.
The dialog was well thought out and executed wonderfully, keeping things moving forward (even when the character herself was backtracking!) I enjoyed this story, the characters, the plot, the conversations and pretty much everything else involved. I look forward to reading more from this set!
I found the page after page of analysing the relationship relentless. I got the point after the first page of it- there really was no need to take up quite so much of the story going over it again and again. I get that the author was trying to get across a point about biphobia and how difficult it is for bi women but there was too much of it.
It was a good story though and enjoyable , if you can skip over the analysis ad infinitum. The characters were really interesting and I liked them a lot. I also enjoyed all the other characters on the periphery of the story. They helped Anna see what she was doing to their relationship.
Also writes as L.A. Witt