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The Lovers

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  39 reviews

It seemed ideal --two months at a writers' retreat, surrounded by kindred souls. But Bettina Boothe wasn't prepared for how long eight weeks truly was. Or that she would have to open up and reveal the most secret places in her body and soul.

Fortunately, her fellow authors do not share Bettina's self-consciousness and begin to draw her out of her shell. One in particular--A

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published 2010)
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Taryn at My Secret Romance
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I never intended to make this such a long review, so I'm sorry it is. But I liked the book so much that I wanted to bring forth the well done descriptive images Eden paints for us so you know it's not just great sex she writes. So here goes!

Oh...My...God. Talk about hot smokin' sex! At times I felt like not even a dive in the Arctic Ocean could cool me down!

I was a little skeptical with starting this book. To be honest, I was scared. I've never read a b
There is no way in hell I would for one second believe anything that comes out of Jack or Audrey mouth. He is a cheater and selfish and she is a user and toxic. What happens the next time some one dangles some p***y in front of him? He is weak and uses it as an excuse to act like and ass and do what ever he pleases. Audrey only wants what she thinks she cannot have. She is like a cat with a mouse, play with it until it is destroyed, walk away and never look back.

I just did something I don't do
Bettina belongs to an online circle of fellow authors. Every year, Viviane, one of the writers within the circle, invites the rest of the writers for a two month writers retreat at her home on the coast of California. Bettina struggles socially and has some demons in her closet that force her to consult with a therapist on a regular basis. Only after she receives the encouragement from her therapist does Bettina decide that she needs to go on this retreat. Along with dealing with social anxiety, ...more
Smut Junkie first I was having a hard time getting in to this book. I'm not really sure why though. I wonder if I didn't see a bit of myself in Bettina and it disturbed me?? And the further I got into the book I truly wondered how it was going to have an ending that I liked. I did NOT feel like it could possible be the typical HEA romance given the kind of f*cked up nature of the people involved....but the sex - dear lord, the sex was pretty damn hot.
In the end, I felt fairly heartbroken and lik
Jill Sorenson
I'm still collecting my thoughts on this, not sure how to rate it or even what to call it (erotic fiction, menage romance, love triangle?). The middle portion of the book is absolutely delicious, sexiest f/f and f/f/m I've ever read. Erotic, poignant, beautifully written. But I had some problems with the first and last third. It kind of reminded me of Susan Johnson and Megan Hart. Will post a longer review later.

Very unique and hard to label.
Well it didn't take long to read this book but did seem to take me a while to want to read it. This was probably due to the same sex descriptions which I was not used to reading about. I am not used to this sort if content as I am traditional in a sense of man and woman regardless of type of sex, vanilla, BDSM, etc but once I got over that I did enjoy this book. It was a good read and I will enjoy looking into further books by this writer.
This is my first Eden Bradley novel and it certainly won't be the last.

The novel was aptly titled "The Lovers" and it's fascinating how such a simple title could convey a host of suggestions. I loved the location and how Ms Bradley set the pace of the story. It's some sort of retreat in the writers' club where Bettina is a member of, and after 2 years of therapy she finally got out of her shell and traveled from Seattle to California to join her fellow writers, whom she only interacted with onli
Finally convinced that her online writing groups annual retreat was the perfect time to get out of her the safety of her home and regimented life, Bettina Boothe makes her way to the California coast. A couple of months is literally what the doctor recommended for her to help with her many social anxiety type problems. Finding everyone so friendly and welcoming gave Bettina hope for a productive few weeks, both in terms of the newest book she is working on as well as her other issues. One of her ...more
The Lovers is a beautifully written story. Bradley writes amazing descriptions. I felt like I was at the beach and with all of these writers going on a trip to the farmer's market. I even smiled and had fun when reading about the characters playing a game around the table after dinner. The characters are well written and sometimes annoyingly accurate. Bettina is so consumed by her OCD and has excluded herself so much that now interacting with people is difficult for her. Sometimes she was so dr ...more
First off a warning. This book is not safe for minors. It was quite a bit more than even I expected.

Bettina Boothe is a reclusive author that doesn't get out much. Most of her contacts on virtual and most of her conversations happen online. She is invited to an author's retreat and decides that, for once, she is going to brave the world and go do something. At the retreat she meets Audrey and Jack and sparks every direction imaginable.

The story was a little too simplistic for me to rea
My main problem with this book was that I couldn't stand Audrey, and to a lesser extent didn't like Jack and Bettina either and I didn't like the way the relationship between them was evolving. Only character I really liked was Viviane.
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First, let me say that I went into reading this book thinking it would be the same old, same old. I was almost immediately surprised by the depth of the emotions written and the quality of the writing. I r
So annoying!!! What a waste of 3 hrs that I'll never get back. I found all three of the main characters hugely annoying and irritating. Audrey was a needy manipulative person, Jack was a cheater who always fell back on his past for excuses, and Bettina was this shy naive person with a hidden past. All three kept hinting at their past and how it led them to be the person they are and Bettina's they never fully got into and honestly towards the end I didn't even care. Bettina and Jack's relationsh ...more
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Madison Johns
Beautifully written and very naughty. It's one of those guilty pleasures that we need to indulge in reading every once in a while. I got sucked in with the heat between Jack and Bettina, and hoped it would develop into something more, which it did in the end.
Smutty and I know it! I really enjoyed this one. Good sex scenes and just enough romance. I figure I'm not getting any at home, I might as well read about it.
Super hot with an interesting plot line that I didn't really see coming. I enjoyed the journey but felt it sort of cut off in the end....wanted more.
Angie Naylor
loved this book, needs another book to finish their story,, PLEASE Eden Bradley :)))))
Turned out to be porn and not even very inventive porn. Bleah!
I have to be honest about this book -I really wouldn't call it erotica. It is mainly a tale of angst with a splice of sex. The author spends a lot of time trying to build up a scene but I just found Bettina so irritating that I ended up skimming through the book rather than reading. I also don't think the chapters made a lot of sense as they often split a scene for no reason. I also didn't care if she ended up with Jack or not as he had very little to redeem hin by the end of the book. It might ...more
Sam Saturday
This is Eden Bradley's best book yet.
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wtf is this crap seriously. i want to strangle bettina; weak heroine and crappy attitude. i couldnt finish the story. im sorry for being blunt but its the truth. its thrash.
First of all, I didn't know it was a lesbo book! The cover was so pretty so I bought the book (it wasn't this cover, it was the UK version I think). And the blurb didn't mention anything about lesbo love or orgy or whatever. So hell yeah I'm pissed when I read about Bettina lusting after a chick. I could no longer pretend tha
Lindsay Paige
WARNINGS: There is a lot of sex and cussing in this book.

When I first started reading this book, I was looking for a good steamy adult romance and that it exactly what I got. The Lovers, for me, was a very relaxing read. It was set on the beach (what's more relaxing than the beach?) and the group of writers are there to work on their current piece and enjoy themselves. Bettina meets Audrey and experiences things she never expected of herself. And then comes Jack and the love triangle begins.

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The Lovers is a beautifully written story. Bradley writes amazing descriptions. I felt like I was at the beach and with all of these writers going on a trip to the farmer's market. I even smiled and had fun when reading about the characters playing a game around the table after dinner. The characters are well written and sometimes annoyingly accurate. Bettina is so consumed by her OCD and has excluded herself so much that now interacting with people is difficult for her. Sometimes she was so dr ...more
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
Wow this book was entertaining, sexy and HOT. It's a well written erotica fiction novel. In this story Bettina (main character) a quiet and shy girl unwillingly accepts an invitation to go to a fellow author's beach house for some R&R and to get some writing done. As she's meet her fellow roommates, she meets Audrey. A woman so beautiful that could possibly make the straightest of women question their sexuality. And that's what happens to Bettina. Never experiencing these feelings better, Be ...more
This one was interesting and it didn’t go like how I thought it would. I love the idea of a writer’s group getting together for the summer to work on their projects and to have a more social aspect of a usually solitary job. With Bettina being the new kid this summer it was great to see the group through her eyes. All of them seemed so different and each worked in such different genre’s that it was odd that they formed a group.

I think the summer retreat was just what Bettina needed. I do wish t
La Mala
Woooow .... Intenso .

Las historias sobre trìos sexuales y romànticos nunca me gustaron mucho . Apenas me banco los triàngulos amorosos asì que la idea de compartir la cama y el corazòn con dos personas al mismo tiempo no me atrae en la ficciòn .

A menos que estè bien logrado .

Como es el caso the The Lovers .

Y dice asì :

La muchachita (Bettina) se enamora de otra chica (Audrey) por primera vez en su vida . Las dos pasan una semana ideal en un retiro para escritores junto con otros compañeros de la
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin has published a number of novels and novellas, both print and e-books, with Berkley Heat, Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice & HQN, Black Lace Books and Samhain Publishing, as well as venturing into self-publishing. Her books have been translated into German, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italia ...more
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