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Waiting in the Wings

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  574 ratings  ·  50 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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D. Leigh
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
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
One of the best of its genre.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
"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
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
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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
Rebekah Weatherspoon
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.
I found this book amazing. It was a quick read and I enjoyed all of it. I feel like the characters were developed really well and held their own throughout the whole story. I would recommend this to everyone.
This is an excellent book from a new writer on the scene. are awesome at this writing and we want to keep you around...keeping pushing them out.
Great debut by the author. Loved the character development and story line. Would highly recommend this book.
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
Perfect. It's young, fresh and beautiful.. and I really loved the characters.
I love this book!!!
Valerie Anne
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.

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This is the third book I've read by Ms. Brayden. Having done that, I can see this as a less experienced outing for her, but still so very good. I kept trying to visualize the main characters, and I think I have Jenna in my head, Adrienne still remains a bit fuzzy to me. In the first half of the book, Adrienne seemed much older than Jenna, but I had no idea how much. In the second half, Adrienne's more playful side came out. The shift was noticeable and, I felt, inconsistent th
Eli Treviño
The first thing that I absolutely loved about this book is that is girly! and it was refreshing for me to find a f/f love story that I could actually relate in the dance department. I really enjoyed to be able to escape into Jen and Adrienne's universe where you can actually find femme lesbians that are dancers and fall in love with them. In the real world is hard for me to believe they exist so I kept sneaking away on my daily life to be able to dive into "Waiting in wings" world, where being a ...more
This book is basically about the struggle of having to choose between work or love, accepting an offer that would really boost your career, or declining it and starting a relationship with someone who could probably be the love of your life.

I liked this book. I liked how it portrayed Adrienne and Jenna's relationship over time. To see what really happens down the road. I loved the dialogue between the characters. I loved their relationship (being friends or lovers).

The only thing I disliked ab
I agree with other fellow readers that the romance at the beginning was rushed! there should have been at least couple more encounters before they rush no matter how attracted may be they are to each other. However, it made complete sense to me in the second half, since they rushed at the beginning without thinking in the second half they were more cautious and the relationship developed slowly... Later part is better but it could have been even more romantic with well written tiffs and jealous ...more
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When I started reading I didn't put it down until I'm finished. I slept 2:40 in the morning because of this. Lol.
Rated it 4/5 stars because I have read books better than this (like And Playing The Role Of Herself), but don't get me wrong, this is a good book! It was slow phasing and I liked that it showed how the main characters have grown to when they first met, the time they were together, time they went separate ways to the time when they see each other again. A
Upbeat and engaging romance between one rising starlet and an established star in the worlds of theater and film... loved seeing femme/femme leads. It is written in first person narration from Jenna's perspective (rising starlet)... and although I liked her enthusiastic mind, I felt this point of view was most of the reason why Adrienne was less defined and kinda blended into Jenna.

And while I certainly don't mind two femme leads, I require a little more yin/yang energy between them... this may
Not a bad first novel. It was a bit disjointed at times (shifting from being a theatre book to a movie book, when I wished it would have stayed with theatre). Suffers a bit from the "insta-love" that tends to plague YA novels (this is not in that genre though), but at least Jenna and Adrienne are likable and fairly well-developed overall. Completely predictable, but the details about performing in a touring cast (and later, making a movie) flesh out the story in a nice way. My favorite character ...more
After reading the synopsis for the book I expected a sweet-heart warming love story. Which is what it is so far, what I really enjoy about it is the realism and chemistry between the two main character. I feel in love with them quickly. Brayden has a way of writing that captures your attention and makes you feel happy while still in suspense a about the plot and storyline in general. Really enjoying this book so far. This book was amazing I did finish it in 2 days, can't wait to read Brayden's o ...more
I love the plot, everything is in perfect timing.
You'll never go wrong with this book.

A must read for me.
Loved it

I love reading this one as well as the author other books and can truly say I was not disappointed.
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Melissa Brayden is the multi-award winning author of five lesbian romance novels and is currently hard at work on her sixth. 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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