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Waiting in the Wings

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,501 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.

Jenna McGovern has spent her whole life training for the stage. She’s taken dance classes, voice lessons, and even earned her performance degree from one of the most prestigious musical theater programs in the nation. At graduation, she’s stunned when a chance audition lands her a prime supporting role in the h
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Bold Strokes Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Les Read
Dec 29, 2015 Les Read rated it it was amazing
Out of the les-fic novels that I’ve read, these story-lines seem to be pretty common:

-Teacher + Student
-Lonely and married “heterosexual” female falls in love with her cool new lesbian friend
-Hollywood A-List Actress x 2

Who hasn’t fallen in love with a teacher? Or a straight woman? (or two, or three… hundred) And raise your hand if you didn’t trip all over yourself when you found out that Portia de Rossi is gay.

Yeah, I see no hands raised.

This story though, is less Hollywood than it is New York
D. Leigh
Sep 17, 2011 D. Leigh rated it it was amazing
If the bio hadn't said "first book," I would have never guessed this was a debut novel. It is witty, agonizing, sweet, believable and has perfect pacing and dialog that sings. Jenna is just starting out in show biz, while Adrienne is an battered veteran who has managed to still maintain a sweetness that makes her character incredibly appealing. I absolutely loved this book. I finished it at 2:30 a.m. and woke up wanting to re-read my favorite scenes. I'll definitely snatch up this writer's next ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Carleen rated it it was amazing
There’s something about me that most people don’t know. It’s not a deep, dark secret, or anything…but, there’s just something that most people wouldn’t exactly expect from me.

I have a theatre background. Yes, I do. I even have an MA degree in Theatre. Acting, directing, lighting design, set design, stagecraft…I’ve done a little bit of everything (with varying levels of expertise). I’m actually a pretty good actor, but I don’t sing nor do I dance. (Amazingly, however, I’ve been in a few musicals.
Valerie Anne
Oct 07, 2014 Valerie Anne rated it liked it
Okay here's the thing. In the context of LGBT fiction novels I've read so far in my life, this would get a 4.5 out of 5. In the context of all books ever and how much I have enjoyed them, it's about a 3 out of 5.

And here's why:

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Apr 17, 2014 Vic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesfic, favorites
This book was an absolute pleasure to read. The kind of book that reminds me why I love reading romance books in this genre. Pure escapism and enjoyment.

The main character Jenna was refreshing, likeable yet flawed, interesting and alluring. As was the character of Adrienne (who was even more alluring). I like to read about women with lives unlike my own, in situations I can sympathise with and understand even if I'd never find myself in similar circumstances. I like to read about smart, attracti
Dec 20, 2015 Kurt rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the characters and the storyline, all of which seemed believable to me, even, thankfully, the conflicts which sometimes can be so trite. I read it in an afternoon and was smiling at the end.
Dec 05, 2012 T rated it liked it
This is a very well written book, that given the right audience, is most likely a sure hit. I recommend it if you are interested in theater or actresses or Access Hollywood reality tv drama. (i know several people that would love this book!) However, i'm not one of those people, so this book was just 'OK' for me. So the rating i'm giving it, is merely a measurement of my enjoyment of the book, and not of it's quality.

Don't get me wrong, you don't have to be hugely into the theater theme to enjo
Sep 28, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it
I think it was a perfect installment for a first novel!!! I love the theater and know how competitive it is, so I would say the one somewhat negative character was way-under representing the cattiness that goes on behind the scenes, but I think Melissa Brayden only sees the good in people and gives the imperfect ones a chance to redeem themselves :-) Very romantic and pleasant, as always!
Frank Van Meer
Sep 03, 2015 Frank Van Meer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
There's a risk in reading an author's first novel after you've read the rest of her work. On the one hand, it's great to see how someone started and progressed through her work. On the other hand, there's a chance it fails to meet the expectations you have, which are based on the knowledge of the former.

To get to the point: this book is so very formulaic in the lesbian actresses genre, it's almost painfull. And that's coming from someone who, not long ago, gushed over the four books he read in t
Jan 05, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
Yes, I actually debated whether to give this 4 or 5 stars but eventually decided on 4 because it's a romance novel not War & Peace. :) Of the lesbian romance novels I've read, this is by far the best written. There's an actual plot, the writing is good and the steamy scenes are not gratuitous and seem to flow with the story (although they are steamy). I may have to adjust the rest of my lesbian romance ratings now.
Feb 16, 2012 Ozlem rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
One of the best of its genre.
God, one of my all time favorite! Melissa Brayden is such a good writer. Couldn't put the book down. The characters feel real, the chemistry is unbelievable. Perfect amount of angst, and great storyline (especially if you love broadway shows), keeping the readers wanting more. It's one of those few books that make you feel so much, so that when I finished it, I smiled like an idiot, closed my eyes and breathed out a long sigh of bittersweet satisfaction, thinking "Wow. Wow. That was intense. Tha ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Liralen rated it really liked it
Holy moly a Bad Lesbian Romance that isn't actually bad. I am in shock. I didn't want to smack* any of the characters! They had perfectly rational discussions about keeping things casual and didn't get hysterically jealous when the other person had (gasp) had prior relationships! They understood the need to have personal downtime! The narrator had genuinely entertaining inner monologues! (I giggled out loud when she interpreted 'think of something warm' as 'okay, now I'm trying to fight my way o ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Natsu rated it it was amazing
First Melissa Brayden read.

I just want to say that, aside from the story, I totally love the cover too..

Jen and Age had 2 major things in common: Passion for their craft and attraction to the each other.

It's a story of 2 hearts coming together through their mutual passion for their craft. However, due to unforeseen events the same passion tore them apart.
Thais Cristina
Aug 26, 2015 Thais Cristina rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, romance
I couldn't sleep until I finished this book. Cutesty lesbian romance does that to me.
Kinda predictable story but well written and light/fast to read. It reminded me of Faberry fanfics and that's exactly what I was in the mood for.
Lexxi Kitty
For one reason or another I either ramble/babble or 'leave a few notes' in Brayden books I've read. This'll be one of those 'leave a few notes' thingies.

This is a good solid book about two actresses/singers/dancers in the entertainment industry. A much better book than that other entertainment industry book featuring lesbians I read the other day by a different author.

Jenna McGovern is both the lead character and the only character with their point of view being expressed. She's something l like
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Jan 21, 2014 ~ * K E L L I E * ~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This is the second Melissa Brayden book I've read, the first being How Sweet It Is. Whist I thought How Sweet It Is was a little better, I have to give Ms Brayden full credit on her debut novel, Waiting in the Wings. It certainly didn't seem like a debut novel at all (it's the work of a seasoned writer) and had I read this before How Sweet It Is I would've certainly given it a full 5 stars. Given I read it afterwards I'd have to drop it back to 4.5 stars. Having said that, Waiting in the Wings i ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Fernanda rated it it was amazing
For me a great debut novel for this Melissa! The characters are believable, funny and simply so lovable that it's impossible not to enjoy the book right from the start.
This book give to the reader a good look into Broadway performing life, with the up and down connected with that kind of life, so not expect only sparkle and a super-fashion over the top lifestyle, because also the most famous character is really down to earth and when the protagonist become herself more famous and rich she don't
Mar 19, 2012 Leavethesky rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance
A solid first effort from Ms. Brayden. She does an excellent job with he details of the musical theater world. It all rings true including choices that the young actresses make that end up having profound effects on their careers and love lives. The book does get a bit dodgier when it fast forwards several years to their respective movie careers and shaky reunion on the set of an ensemble film (the stress and tension of Jenna's first big role makes for more of a story than what becomes the stand ...more
Sep 27, 2015 KEL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just fantastic!!!

I have read all of Brayden's books, with this one being the most recent I finished. I am in awe that this one is her debut piece of work. I was enthralled with all of the characters and am sad this one ended so abruptly. I wish we could see more of them and the supporting cast as well. I really enjoy how Brayden draws you into the characters, I found myself smiling and laughing with the playful dialogue and banter between Jenna and Age and then felt sadness at their turmoil. I e
Jul 31, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, lgbt, 2015
I used to think that I didn't have a reading guilty pleasure, but suffice to say, after flying through three Brayden books, I think I've found it. And unfortunate or otherwise I don't think I'll be stopping anytime soon. Adrienne and Jenna are giving Hunter and Sam a run for their money as my favourite couple. The one thing that would make it all better is... wait for it... crossovers. Imagine how fun it would be for the girls to bring Adrienne and Jenna up in passing conversation. Fangirling ov ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Serena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can truly say that I enjoyed this book. The way how it was written really appealed to me. The characters spoke to me and the world in which they lived, I found very interesting. It was easy to empathize with the feelings of the characters. At the end of the book, my first thought was "this book would be a great movie." I've been thinking about it for days about which actresses would have to play the roles of Jenna and Adrienne. It was great for me as a reader to go into the whole trip that Jen ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Mike rated it liked it
Waiting in the Wings is the third book I've read by Melissa Brayden and I'm definitely starting to see some themes throughout her works. On the positive sides: Her writing style is superb - with just enough description to keep you interested but not too much that you get bored. The main characters are unique and captivating. The side characters are fun and add a lot to the story. Brayden is able to interject bits of humor even in darker circumstances. She even has the ability to take some common ...more
Aug 28, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Waiting in the Wings" was Melissa Brayden's debut novel (and the second one that I've read), released in 2011, and has received countless positive reviews from my fellow bookaholics out there. And yes, this is me, hopping on the bandwagon. I may be nearly three years "late" but I'm a firm believer that it's never too late to fall in love with a book. ^.^

After graduating from college, Jenna McGovern finds herself with the opportunity to audition for a touring Broadway show. She is cast as one of
May 06, 2014 Joanne rated it really liked it
Okay, don't kill me now but the reason I gave 4 stars (more like 3.5) was that I didn't realize this was Melissa Brayden's first novel. I actually ready her other novel "How Sweet It Is" first and I ended up loving it more because I felt like her style developed more finesse overtime. Reading this novel following that one was slightly disappointing. I'm the type of reader that loves humor and she definitely loads it in wheelbarrow in her novels. I was expecting this novelto be just as good or be ...more
This is one of those "I wish I could give it more than 5 stars" books. The kind I wanted to read slowly so that it would last longer, if only I could bring myself to stop reading all at once. I don't even know where to start because I honestly enjoyed everything about this story so damn much.

Starting off on the right foot, I was absolutely in love with the main character from the very beginning. Jenna was a breath of fresh air — she was sweet, funny, hardworking, ambitious, witty, determined, an
Rose Red
Jan 28, 2016 Rose Red rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance
Read the full review at my blog.

Waiting in the Wings is about Jenna McGovern, a young ingenue who gets her big break in a touring production of a popular Broadway musical. During the tour, she meets Adrienne Kenyon, a television star. A budding romance builds between the two but it comes to a crashing halt when Jenna is offered a big opportunity in Los Angeles. The bigger question, however, is how much is Jenna willingly to sacrifice make her relationship with Adrienne work? What we get from thi
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It’s strange. It’s like I don’t know if I’m coming or going when I’m with you, Jenna. You’ve got me all turned around, and it’s a little unnerving.

I can totally see how this was Brayden's debut, the writing here was much different than her newer ones, The Soho Loft, though I enjoyed the latter more this was still a sweet read.

One of my problems here was I didn't really feel connected to Adrieene, a dual-alternating POV would've prevented that, I think. I was hesitant at first to trust her and h
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Aug 25, 2011 Rebekah Weatherspoon rated it really liked it
I'm a little biased because I love anything that has to do with dance and theater, but the best part of story was the dialogue between Jenna and Adrienne. So many great "oh no she didn't" moments. Fun, quick read with lovable characters and an honest love story wrapped around two women who aren't afraid to chase their dreams.
Mar 30, 2015 Ali rated it it was ok
I believe this was Melissa Brayden's first novel, feel free to skip this one and read her others. There is a significant lack of sub plots or depth to this novel for its length. It's not actively bad and the romance has sweet moments, it's just not a 'wow' type of novel.
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Melissa Brayden is the multi-award winning author of seven lesbian romance novels and is currently hard at work on her eighth. She is a wine enthusiast, a fan of all donuts, and is probably staring off into space as you're reading this.
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