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Beth Anders is just fine with her single life. Why mess with the heart when it isn't broken? Being alone means never dealing with hurtful ex-girlfriends, or parents who have shunned her for being gay. Being alone has its perks - she's just fine on her own. Or so she thinks until the young, vivacious and sexy Toni Vincent enters her life. In one moment, Toni quickly unlocksBeth Anders is just fine with her single life. Why mess with the heart when it isn't broken? Being alone means never dealing with hurtful ex-girlfriends, or parents who have shunned her for being gay. Being alone has its perks - she's just fine on her own. Or so she thinks until the young, vivacious and sexy Toni Vincent enters her life. In one moment, Toni quickly unlocks Beth’s heart and the two women plan a future together. But when Beth learns that Toni may not want the same type of happy ending she had in mind, fate steps in yet again to steal her happily-ever-after. Toni wants things that Beth might not be able to provide. When an interested new woman steps into the picture, chaos erupts. Can Beth fix things before it’s too late, or will she lose Toni forever? Travel with Beth on this funny and heartbreaking journey to true love....

Title : How Still My Love
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ISBN : 9781310731143
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 151 Pages
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How Still My Love Reviews

  • Heidi
    2018-10-23 16:13

    Enjoyed the characters. The story was good, but without giving anything away, I had issues with some of the events that take place. That is why it only gets 3 stars from me.

  • Alemona
    2018-10-21 16:57

    Amazing book!I loved the story and the characters. It's impressive to see how Diane Marina can still be funny in the most dramatic moment.If you want to have an amazing time go for it!

  • Justina
    2018-10-24 18:14

    Wow!!! This book is absolutely incredible! Laughter, tears, joy...joy... JOY, amidst brutal uncertainty. I could not stop reading this from the moment I started it. So many wonderful and rapturous moments even in the midst of devastatingly painful distances. Can friends, coworkers, family, and children reconstitute and resurrect the love that never completely faded, but hovers on the very brink of extinction for years? There is even the reconnection to a parent that seemed lost to the ethers in the midst of the bleakest despondency. If you can handle crying for joy, blessing the heavens, even while wallowing in the blackest of pits, I totally suggest you read this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly, because life happens on both ends of the spectrum. Indubitably astounding!Beth has been wangled into a blind date. Well not quite, because she's double dating with her best friend and husband. This best friend is also a good buddy of the blind date. However, it is nearly over before it starts, because Beth is late getting on her way, nearly runs out of gas, and has all sorts of hassles paying for the fuel, arrives almost too late, but then the two women meeting for the first time are simply smitten with each other above and beyond Beth's bizarre late arrival. This romance was like a fairy tale until the unthinkable seems to happen. I just cried really huge tears. How could such perfection go so south because of gross misinterpretation? Heartbreaking!Toni is a teacher, just like Beth's friend. Toni is also Beth's good friend's friend. Toni has a loving family and she is loving. However, like Beth, she has had some complicated earlier relationships and that makes her more susceptible to bruising and pain. Nevertheless, it is a miscommunication and a misinterpretation that really shakes the seemingly unbreakable foundations to crumbling mush. Feelings sometimes get hurt so profoundly as to blind and undermine the ostensibly unshakable. One of the deal breakers that hovers over things for quite a while is Toni's strong desire to become a mother. It isn't the only crushing blow, but it plays a major influence on sending things south. Devastating!The curiously evolving reconstruction and resurrection on several fronts rewarded me thrice fold. I bequeath the gold seal for true romance to this fine book. You simply have to read it all, experience it all, and finally celebrate all its wonder. Magnificent!

  • K. Aten
    2018-11-12 12:59

    I wasn't sure what to think with this book, I kind of just expected a typical lesbian romance. But as painful as the middle of the book was to read, I really think it was necessary to get a full scope of the characters and their flaws. It was a story that reflected so many relationships today, and I'm glad i stuck with it to the end. While it is not as lighthearted as most, I think it is a good read. Nice job.

  • D
    2018-10-25 15:47

    It was very difficult to take a break while reading this well written romance. The author, Diane Marina, does a wonderful job in drawing the reader in to the sometimes difficult and often intense relationship between Beth and Toni. Character development was excellent. Quite an emotional ride and I must admit that some tears were shed. Did not want the story to end:) This is a must read!

  • Jane Barcklow
    2018-10-30 15:05

    WonderfulThese are two women meant to be together. Their love sucked them into a vortex so quickly they had no chance to breath. One day it all came to a screeching halt. Read as they learn to breath again and come back to each other as life had always intended. They are, with each other, who I hope to be some day.

  • Leslie J Holbrook
    2018-10-18 16:13

    Wonderful story!This is the first book I have read by Diane Marina and it certainly won't be the last. Loved the concept of this story. Well done.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-11 14:56

    Loved it!So good and was hard to put down. I loved the connection between Beth and Toni. Overall beautiful story with some bumps a long the way to keep it interesting.

  • Yey Morada
    2018-11-09 13:17

    This book have touched something inside me that I will never ever forget. You are amazing Diane Marina.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-11 14:54

    A VERY EMOTIONAL READBeth Anders and dark haired, sexy Toni Vincent were made for each other. Setup by Beth's BFF and longtime crush, Laurel; they rush into a very love-at-first-sight relationship. Everything is wonderful and loving for three years until ...

  • D.J. Jouett
    2018-11-03 16:51

    Beautifully writtenHow still my love is a study in relationships, the get and the bad. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Heather Henkel
    2018-10-20 13:51

    Good storyYou know it is a good story when you want to reach in the pages and smack some sense into the characters. I enjoyed the story.

  • Inked Reads
    2018-11-13 18:02

    At first, I wasn't sure how much I would like this story. The beginning was great, and then it seemed like it took a long time for the plot to get going. I didn't find my interest piqued until about halfway through. After that, the pacing sped up, and I enjoyed the rest of the story.My biggest concern was that it was too slow-paced for the first half, and I didn't have any real sense of who these women were. It was mostly spent dwelling on the progression of their too-perfect relationship. I got very tired of hearing how beautiful they were, as though anyone not thin, feminine, and pretty wasn't welcome. The characters felt bland and somewhat stereotyped.I found it a little strange that at the end, their assessment of their relationship was that they'd moved too fast--I honestly didn't sense that; it felt like they moved at snail's pace, actually. I wish instead of showing us so much of the "honeymoon phase" the author had concentrated on character development and their personal histories.The second half of the story was wonderful. We finally got to see some of their personalities emerge (though still a bit less than for my liking). The tension felt real, and I liked that they had some very real feelings about their lives and situations. From the halfway point, it felt like a quick read as everything moved forward.The sensuality in the book was at a heat level perfect for my taste--hot but not over-the-top, and it felt right for these characters. I enjoyed how loving it felt between them and how their emotions came into play during intimacy. It was really lovely. And of course, I always enjoy a happy ending.I would definitely recommend this to fans of romantic, happy-ever-after stories. Other readers might not be as concerned with the pacing as I was.I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.3.5 stars.AmyThreeStarThis book was a complete love story from the start of a relationship to 8 years or so into it. The book it's broken into three sections.The first section was overall the best written, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters, specifically Beth, who's the POV we read from. The author throws a lot of history in Beth's direction but it doesn't seem to really make a dent in how she leads her life. It's as if Toni is able to wipe her past abusive relationship away to where it doesn't affect Beth at all after their initial meeting. This to me was very unrealistic.The second section is filled with story telling instead of showing. It moves quick but is rather dull because of the lack of scenes. This part is also far more interesting than the first section as there are actual problems and complications to their relationship. The history Beth has has come back to bite her but not because of her abusive relationship; it's because of her parents. This section skims over the many problems Beth had and focused on one fight. The rest was simply telling surrounding that fight and became something I had to force myself to read. This section is one where slowing down might have been extremely effective.The third section of this book is where, in my opinion, the actual story takes place. It still has a lot of telling and not enough showing but it's where problems are worked on, tensions high and characters who are most relatable. I would have loved to see this whole section spanned out and delved into a lot more deeply as it was the most interesting part of the book. This is the part of the book most relatable to the reader.I think this book suffered from a lack of a focus. The story told needed to be trimmed down to the story relevant and there needed to be gobs less telling than showing in the last 50% of it. I struggled to find a connection to the characters because all the emotions that were connectable--the despair and loneliness--were told and not shown. It seemed as if the author was afraid of delving into such a dark and deep emotion.I really wanted to like this book more. Perhaps if it was just the third section I had read with a bit better story telling then I would have loved it.I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.~AJ

  • qrbooks
    2018-11-11 20:01

    3.5 starsF/F romanceThis is the story of a blond mid 30s business owner who falls in love with a pretty brunette teacher (around the same age, I'm guessing) when they are set up on a blind date. Spans around 8 years in their lives and is written in first person. Both women appear to be on the femme side.I chose this based on the strength of "Imperial Hotel"... a very well-written short story by this author. This debut novel certainly has its strengths and is worth reading, but it's written in a very simplistic style that didn't appeal to me too much. And initially, I didn't think the story would really go anywhere interesting. Too many petty details that just dragged on and no real drama. I actually put it down about 15% of the way in and pretty much abandoned it for days. I couldn't believe this was the same author who wrote "Imperial Hotel."Then I picked it up again and began to like the story much more after the leads meet. This author is quite good with subtle and sensual exchanges between the leads. Very sexy. It is overly simplistic and drama-free for the first half or so. But by the second half, the emotional drama kicked in and I was glued to the story and finished it in one afternoon!"Imperial Hotel" is set up in two parts that way... only the whole thing kept me immensely engaged from start to finish. Maybe what works in a short story isn't always as effective in the longer novel. I think I would have rated this one higher if the opening was more interesting and if the overarching conflict of the whole novel wasn't based on miscommunication. Even so, you're likely to forget this story's shortcomings and give in to the tearjerking melodrama. Because this author does a superb job at portraying a couple who genuinely love each other. And the struggles are so emotionally honest. I really appreciated how this relationship spanned some years so we could experience the changes they go through.Some thematic spoilers ahead.There are a couple of themes in this novel that I like to know about before I read. Pregnancy and infidelity... to do it or not to do it, that is the question. These are very valid issues to explore between couples who decide to spend the rest of their lives together, and I thought a very honest portrayal of such. At least in terms of starting a family. And the idea of whether or not to get pregnant is very much a theme here. The infidelity bit... meh. The author didn't really execute that stuff as well, in my opinion. But as I said, the love between these two is so angsty and engaging that I was still drawn in despite the things that I didn't like. Nice sensuality here, especially in the first half. And there are several sex scenes... very sweet and loving.9/22/2014

  • A.M. Leibowitz
    2018-10-22 13:49

    At first, I wasn’t sure how much I would like this story. The beginning was great, and then it seemed like it took a long time for the plot to get going. I didn’t find my interest piqued until about halfway through. After that, the pacing sped up, and I enjoyed the rest of the story.My biggest concern was that it was too slow-paced for the first half, and I didn’t have any real sense of who these women were. It was mostly spent dwelling on the progression of their too-perfect relationship. I got very tired of hearing how beautiful they were, as though anyone not thin, feminine, and pretty wasn’t welcome. The characters felt bland and somewhat stereotyped.I found it a little strange that at the end, their assessment of their relationship was that they’d moved too fast–I honestly didn’t sense that; it felt like they moved at snail’s pace, actually. I wish instead of showing us so much of the “honeymoon phase” the author had concentrated on character development and their personal histories.The second half of the story was wonderful. We finally got to see some of their personalities emerge (though still a bit less than for my liking). The tension felt real, and I liked that they had some very real feelings about their lives and situations. From the halfway point, it felt like a quick read as everything moved forward.The sensuality in the book was at a heat level perfect for my taste–hot but not over-the-top, and it felt right for these characters. I enjoyed how loving it felt between them and how their emotions came into play during intimacy. It was really lovely. And of course, I always enjoy a happy ending.I would definitely recommend this to fans of romantic, happy-ever-after stories. Other readers might not be as concerned with the pacing as I was.

  • Tristan
    2018-11-02 12:13

    How Still My Love is an engaging debut novel by Diane Marina, but suspect Ms. Marina has been writing for some time. I like this author. The story itself is not too unusual except for actually meeting that special someone on a blind date. Her writing style is engaging, written in first person, and flows from one scene to the next. I liked both protagonists (Beth and Toni) and the ancillary characters (Laural, Will, Bryce). While I think the topic of infidelity is almost off-limits to discuss in lesfic, I appreciated Ms. Marina shining a light.(view spoiler)[My only issue is that this story is not all-in. I needed more. I could almost feel the brakes engage at certain points when the plot had a chance of really taking off. All the characters were too consistent in their roles. Even the seductress (Ricki) held no surprises. Truthfully, I kept expecting two things: (1) for Toni to turn out to be too good to be true and (2) for Beth to cross a line at some point with her best friend [Laural] who she’s crushed out on (especially considering how vulnerable Beth was for most of the book). When Beth did kinda sorta halfway cross that line with Ricki, it seemed a bit odd, awkward, and not quite believable that Beth would have gone there - no matter how inebriated. She was pissed at Toni @ the time, but she wouldn’t have been susceptible to Ricki without more of an emotional connect (now that would have been interesting to develop and more realistic). (hide spoiler)]Anyway, I still think it was a treat to read. I’ll be looking for much more from Ms. Marina --hopefully spinning downhill with no brakes next time.

  • Faraona del sol
    2018-11-12 19:15

    ExcellentExcellent, awesome, beautiful, sweet and romantic , the story of Beth and Lauren take your breath away, touch your soul and your deepest feelings...I loved it and I definitely recommend it..this a must , because sometimes our mistakes betray and hurt not just the one we love but ourselves, and sometimes we get another chance to make it up and be happy.... sometimes.....This is an excellent, awesome, charming and exquisite.....great job Diane Marina....I'm a fan....

  • alexandria
    2018-10-27 20:09

    This book has all the ingredients for a great novel but I couldn't quite connect with the two leads. A little disappointed if I'm to be honest.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-11-05 13:54

    2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Amy
    2018-10-18 17:48

    This book was slow to start, but don't give up on it. It actually made me cry. Not sure how a romance made that happen, but it did.