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And Playing the Role of Herself

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,532 ratings  ·  89 reviews
**Recipient of three 2008 "Goldies" from the Golden Crown Literary Society, the premier organization for the support and nourishment of quality lesbian literature. And Playing the Role of Herself won in the categories of Lesbian Romance, Lesbian Debut Author, and the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. Congratulations to K. E. Lane!**

Actress Caidence Harris is living her drea
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2007 by Regal Crest Enterprises - Yellow Rose Books
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MissyGirl
5 STARS PLUS!! This book was damn near perfect for me! I looooooved it!!!! All the characters, the interwoven storylines, the drama, the love, the passion, the angst, the fear, the doubt, the sheer happiness - it was all so good!! I know I really like a book when I start reading it really slow, taking in all the details, because I simply don't want it to end! That's how this one was for me! One of the best books I've read and it's f/f to boot! Woohoo!!!!!! :D
Rebecca
I really dug this romance. It had in-jokes about fandom and fanfic, it took place on the set of a crime show (it's everything I want Law & Order to be!), and it had a romance between gorgeous women. After reading a good heap of Radclyffe, it was nice to read a romance by someone new who didn't use the same tropes over and over again (Radclyffe, please stop trying to kill your characters due to some terrible disease they have that they refuse to tell anyone about!)

Recommended if you're into t
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Anne
Caidence (Caid) and Robyn are actresses, both in their thirties, trying to keep their relationship private. Robyn is gay and had bad experiences with women. Caid is gay too, but never kissed a woman before. I liked them immediately. :)

I also liked how things started, slow and sweet, and I loved the fact that Caid is the one who helps Robyn to see that what they have is special. At this point, I was ready to give this book 5 stars, but then came the big "but”…

The story was very funny, but it star
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Sheebe
5 EFFIN STARS! Love it! Worth every single cent! I was hooked by this story. I felt as if i was reading my favorite fanfiction. And that joke about fanfiction at the beginning, lol, yeah I feel related since I've read tons of those on the internet.

I love that it is a real ROMANCE and it isn't about smut at all, but a lesbian romance with a decently valid plot. The author made me believe in the chemistry between Caid and Robyn. They are totally adorable together. Hence there're some flaws (Like
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I just read “And Playing the Role of Herself” for the fifth time, and enjoyed it immensely again. For me, this is an amazing love story. And obviously completely irresistible. :D
Becky
This novel has a warm place in my heart as it was the first of the genre that I read about 2 years ago. A friend suggested it and I reluctantly took on vacation, and **now I'm hooked** Just finished re-reading which was great because I 1) took my time, 2) appreciated the nuances more and 3) have better perspective after reading > 100 other lesbian novels. I have to say this is easily one of my top 3 favorites.

The first ½ of the book (the courtship) set the hook pretty deep. Some reviewers hav
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Ayse
This is the best lesbian romance I have read in a long time, and I have read a lot of them. I love them and give them a lot of leeway because the subject matter is so close to my heart. This book needs no such latitude; for me, it is right up there in quality and enjoyment with any fiction book I have read, actually -- the characters are great, I loved them from the minute they were introduced; the romance was both believable and hot; the twists were unexpected but did not seem contrived at all. ...more
T
I started this book a couple times, but kept pushing it aside. for some reason thinking i might not like it... perhaps the beautiful, famous actress thing didn't appeal, not sure why. but when i finally sat down and started into it, i found that my preconceived notions were dead wrong.

perhaps the plot, actresses falling in love, didn't do much for me, but let me tell you... the chemistry the author creates between these characters will make the plot a triviality. it is absolutely amazing, how, w
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Tianna
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, mainly because I have low hopes for any books telling a lesbian love story. I had asked a friend for good/bad lesbian book recommendations and this one was actually good. For starters, the author could actually write. I wasn't reading a poorly edited story with flat writing. Her characters actually took shape and had personalities that were likable. One thing that grated my nerves? Robyn is so hot. Like she is really hot. Like for real for real? She's so ...more
Alena
One of the books I've started several times - because I'd heard from different sides that they liked it - but I just wasn't interested.

So, a couple of nights ago I woke up at 3 a.m. for no apparent reason. And couldn't go back to sleep. So I grabbed this, and turns out I couldn't put it down. I'm not sure what was different this time around, but it totally drew me in.

I think it was the characters. Even though they fall into some of the pitfalls that make lesfic seem all the same - they are, of c
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Diana
This book is one of the best ones I've read so far. Main characters really likable. Secondary characters funny and lovable (except for the villain in the story of course). A plot well written and believable. It was a very enjoyable reading.
Why didn't I give it 5 stars? Well, in my humble opinion, the better the book, the bigger my intrigue to get to know what goes thru the other main character's mind (Robyn), specially in this one where this character seemed to have gone through a lot of things
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Serena
This book gets so many good reviews, therefore I got curious. Of course it was also the story that appealed to me. Well let me tell you, I wish I had read the book much sooner. All the good reviews are well deserved. What a wonderful book! Great characters and what a beautiful romance, slow build as it should be. I could not put down the book and had to know how it continued. Romance of the best Quality. I'm looking forward to other books by the author.
Tina Taylor
This book was great. I honestly can't say enough about it. I loved Caid and Robyn. They are gorgeous, smart, strong characters and I really like their story. Lane's writing is spot on for me. I LOVE the first person narrative, and she is outstanding with dialogue. As I read the book, I actually can hear Caid's voice telling me the story, her laugh, the nervousness that overtakes her when Robyn is around. I haven't read many books over the years because honestly nothing has captured me and kept m ...more
Alexia
Even for the genre - it was ridden with clichés and used cheap plot devices which I honestly could have done without. The characters were likeable enough and the author can write. There were some bits that made me chuckle but I personally didn't enjoy it as the author made it a point to avoid writing difficult scenes and wasn't even original in how she got out of the fights. I find that sort of writing cheap.

And as a separate note - really fugly cover.

I wouldn't recommend it.
Shawn Cady
This is one of my all time favorite lesbian fiction books of all time. I have read and re-read this book dozens of times. I never get tired of it. I won't go over the plot and story line of the book because you can read the back cover for that. I will tell you why I LOVED this book.

First off, the characters don't fall madly in love in the first 24 hours. There is no ridiculous "soul mate" crap. Its a delicious journey on 2 women falling in love, their doubts, their hopes, their fears and then th
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Sasa
I read a review that this is a must-read for a lesbian romantic novels. I was very skeptical at first. Once I started, I couldn't put it down and I was so giddy. I even giggled while reading it. I also read that this is a fan fiction of Rizzoli and Isles show (never seen it) but it reminded me of Law and Order SVU and still hoping that Benson or Rollins will fall in love with some girl. It was just nice because it had a good ending. There were enough drama and realistic issues that kept me turni ...more
Maggie
FIVE STARS+++++!!

GOD, the characters, the love, the drama, everything, was perfect. Really wanted to kick Robyn's ass sometimes but I always ended up loving her again, gah.

And this was actually my first lesbian book I read and damn, other lesbian will have a hard time beating this book, let me tell you that. Read this book in one day, couldn't put it away.

Really, love has no sex. This book proved that.

Wish there was a second book though. :(
Marina
4.5 stars.
I admit that sometimes I'm a bit too picky when it comes to reading stories involving lesbian characters: I've already found my fair amount of rainbow-clad rubbish, and now I want stories that can keep my emotions and my attention wide awake.

This book is definitely one of those stories, even if, from the strict point of view of the so-called plot, it's nothing "strange": two people meet, feel deeply attracted to each other, but try to keep their feelings on hold because of fear and unc
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Milkiways
Funny, intriguing autobiography of Miss. Harris. Great main and supporting characters.... whenever I get bored I am going back to this book and having a laugh at Miss. Harris's description of Robin Ward, Liz & mysterious events of her life..... :)))) Definitely worth more than 1 read 5/5, one of the best L.Romance I ever read!!!!!!! This book definitely worth at least more than 1 read.
Cheri
Feb 2014 - re-read (again) and still love this one.

*****

This book is featured on Cocktail Hour episode 14. A very good book. Wish there was more by the author. She does have some other online stories under the name Dabkey.

http://www.cocktailhour.c-spot.net/ar...
Jourdyn
Great book. Tamer than I'm accustomed to, but very well written. I could have used more interaction between the two main characters, it just seemed they were apart more than together. Other than that, very enjoyable book to read. 4.75 stars.
Simone
If I could give this 10 stars I would! Have read and re-read numerous times. The story feels complete. The characters are well teased out. The story progresses at a natural pace. Perfect amount of angst. One of my all time favorites!
Yasmary
Sooo sweet. The conflicts seemed a bit far fetched and kind of opportunistic, BUT the book was super quick to read and the dynamic between the characters was adorable. Would highly recommend.
Alberta
I loved this book. After reading it online I bought it so I could reread it whenever I wanted. One of the best lesbian novels out there in my opinion.
Erin
Oh jesus. This book was amazing, not only was it sweet but it was insanely funny. Hands down one of the best books I've ever read.
Sarahi Santos
Nov 22, 2008 Sarahi Santos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sarahi by: no one
Amazing novel...
Hilarious, entertaining, page turner.
The story of 2 women and their struggle to fall in love.
Katia
Loved it! one of my favorites! It had everything in it, friendship,family,love! just couldn't stop reading :)
Stephanie Fischer
Absolutely amazing!! Started a little slow but after a few chapters I could not put it down!!!
Kim
Very well written lesbian romance with a solid plot!
Joanne
I didn't realize that this was an Law and Order Fanfic at first... but then it hit me in the face because I was a huge fun of the show (still am). I think the version I had had minor grammatical errors that could be overlooked but I felt like the ending of the book was slightly rushed. I wanted more after they "expressed their undying love for one another". For example, coming out to the public? I honestly thought the story would've eventually led to that point but I was slightly disappointed. S ...more
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K.E. Lane lives along Colorado's Front Range with her partner and several pets. She's been a life guard and swim instructor, a copy queen, a hot-stamper, a type-setter, cashier, riding instructor, stall mucker, and a bus person, and is currently employed as a software developer. When she's not writing or working, she likes getting out into the Colorado sunshine for a variety of outdoor activities, ...more
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