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If the Shoe Fits

by E. J. Noyes

Jana Fleischer loves her life—wonderful family, best sister in the world, awesome soon to be sister-in-law, fabulous job, and a never-ending stream of men to chew through and spit out. So what if everyone says she’s too picky and she’s never had a real relationship?

When a chance meeting with Brooke Donnelly leaves Jana literally and figuratively off-balance, it doesn’t take long for her initial annoyance to turn into the first sparks of friendship. Jana always thought she was happy with her life, but the more time she spends with Brooke, the more she realizes something is missing. And maybe not just in the friendship department.

But how do you make that leap when you’ve never even considered kissing a woman, and have spent your whole life avoiding romantic commitments? Being brave, taking the first step, and admitting she wants to try to make things work with Brooke is only the beginning. Whether it’s the beginning of a disaster—or everything Jana hadn’t realized she wanted—depends on if Brooke can also be brave enough…

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Genre Romance
Length 298 pages
Publication Date November 14, 2019
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642470567
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso

Extras

GCLS Goldie Awards
If the Shoe Fits — Finalist, Contemporary Romance: Long Novels.

FROM THE AUTHOR

"I have a very long list of books I’d like to write. Most of the list is just a few words of a plot idea: celesbians, fauxmance, enemies to lovers, detective and suspect, ice dancing, Freda Du Faur (Queer Australian mountaineer in early 1900’s—look her up!). There’s also a few gems like: People turn into people they sleep with looks-wise (don’t ask—it was a weird dream I had). On my to-write list was Adult having a lady love realization and now, I can tick that one off. Only 928 more stories to write.

If you’ve read my debut Ask, Tell or its sequel Ask Me Again then you’ll be familiar with one of my favourite supporting characters, Jana Fleischer. AKA queen of serial dating, she who picks apart every man she meets then chews up and spits them out, presumed heterosexual by all…yes, presumed. Record scratch. While I was writing some scenes for Ask Me Again in which Jana lays out (really over the top and laughably picky) reasons for dumping guys it occurred to me that maybe the reason she hasn’t found the right guy, or is so picky, is that…drumroll please…the right person for her isn’t a guy after all, but a gal.

When Jana first nudged me to say “Hey, you know, I might be into a woman” I knew immediately that Sabine and Rebecca, the main characters from Ask, Tell and Ask Me Again, would be in this book, and being able to tie up their story in the background of If the Shoe Fits in such a personally fulfilling way was utterly wonderful. So this one is really a two-for-one deal for me. And for you too." To read more about E. J.'s thoughts please visit Bella Media.

—E. J. Noyes

Reviews

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Pin’s Reviews - The third book in the Ask, Tell series is another great story by E. J. Noyes. The main character is Jana, Sabine's younger sister, and the whole narrative is from her point of view. She is both a really great character and a great person. Noyes did an excellent job with her. If the Shoe Fits is in a way the most entertaining book in the series because of her and her relations with other characters. Kudos to Noyes again and I can not wait to see what she will serve us next. Whatever will be served, I will consume.

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Lex Kent’s Reviews - If you want to read a really good romance that will make you feel, don’t pass this book up. If you are a fan of Noyes or a fan of this series, I think you will be really happy after you read this. Although I’m sad to see it end, Noyes gave this fantastic series the ending it deserved.

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Bugs Cheeky - If The Shoe Fits was a brilliantly written story about self-discovery, sexual awakening, truth and reconciliation, and living one's true self, ultimately.

This book is a MUST-READ. I'd HIGHLY recommend all fans of romance to read this book, especially if you're already a fan of the previous 2 books, Ask, Tell, and Ask Me Again. Noyes, once again, has hit this out of the park and given us a fully loaded, introspective love story about how love transcends gender, bias, prejudice, labels. Oh, the fun thrills! The laughter! All the emotions, all the feels! READ IT.

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Cathie W. - I respect Jana and her unwavering resolution to never settle for less than The One and the ability to connect on a soul-deep level. When that connection becomes glaringly possible in the most unexpected person, it is the communication through superb dialogue and subliminal physical cues that builds a level of dramatic intrigue and burns into erotic moments between them even before their first kiss.

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Best Lesfic Reviews - When we pick up an E. J. Noyes book we expect intensity, characters with issues (circumstantial and/or internal), and a romance that builds believably. Considering this is Ask, Tell #3 we expected all of the above layered with epic seriousness. We were pleasantly surprised and totally floored by the humor in addition to what was already expected!

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Melina B. - I started this book not having read the rest of the series or any other work by this author. The straight-woman-meets-lesbian story line has been done a million times so my expectations weren't very high—this book completely took me by surprise as one of the best romances I've come across in a long, long time (and I read a lot of them!). The author's writing style is very engaging, dialogue is clearly one of her strongest suits. Despite being written in the first person with only one character's POV, we really get a feel for both of the main characters and their complexities. The leads are both very well developed and the supporting characters are equally multifaceted. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this book—Brooke and Jana had sizzling chemistry and the slow burn romance was so well written and well-paced. Absolute perfection. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Diane W. - If the Shoe Fits is a remarkably delicious and compelling dramatic story. This story line is packed with seduction, sensuality, charming characters, snappy dialogue, and is bursting with vivid description of many sexually expressive scenes. Moreover, Ms. Noyes' mastery of complex emotions begets this well written story of impulse and the nature of love. The feelings this story evokes will stay with readers long after this book is put down. A highly recommended book to everyone!

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Catherine C. - Once again Noyes has written a story of two lovable and realistic characters in a story line that makes it hard to put the book down. Following the journey of Jana and Brooke for me was basically holding my breath throughout their relationship as I couldn’t help but wait for it to become too much for one or both of the characters. In line with the Ask, Tell series what we got was two people with an incredible connection who respected and cared for each other, which meant as they discovered their relationship together and came up against barriers, they handled it with such loveliness.

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Bethany’s K. Reviews - From the very first chapter, this book managed to pull me out of my romance reading rut and left me smiling! Noyes just has a wonderful way with words that feels so natural to me as a reader. I'm not sure why, but I'm always left with the feeling like I lived the book right alongside the characters, or that I could easily be friends with the characters off page. There's just something about her writing style that makes me feel like the characters are three-dimensional, climbing off the pages. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

The Lesbian Review
…is the third book in the Ask, Tell series and it is a beautiful slow-burn romance with a couple of steamy interludes that will leave you hungry for another sequel with these delightful women. I adore the way this author has portrayed the realistic aspects of relationships and what makes them work because differences and flaws weren’t shown as stumbling blocks. Instead, they were shown as unique personality quirks that made Brooke and Jana all the more endearing to each other…

Customer Reviews

7 reviews for If the Shoe Fits – Paperback

  1. Ameliah

    This is a different kind of coming out story. Jana has spent her whole life believing she is straight and the truth is the only woman she is really attracted to is Brooke. She wrestles with her attraction for a long time before coming to terms with it. I loved watching the relationship unfold. They are sweet and funny, caring and concerned for each other and the love just grows naturally. Jana can be a basket case and gets herself into a tizzy more than once and needed Sab and Bec to calm her and talk her off the ledge so to speak. In the meantime, Sab and Bec are getting ready to get married and Sab has turned into a neurotic bridezilla. Their stories are very intertwined. It’s awesome to be reunited with this wonderful couple and be there for their special day. This is a lovely book and a perfect addition to the series!

  2. doreen

    Another masterpiece from Noyes worthy of the title. For someone who declares themselves as a “punster,” the flow and literary content of this work is exceptional. This book takes on the question of how different families handle the coming out of a member of a family. Jana and Brooke collide together and find something that neither expected. Many other authors have used the Cinderella theme but none have, to my knowledge, done it with such love and clarity as Noyes does in her novel. 

  3. lyle

    I was really amazed at how well Noyes wrote a single POV story while fleshing out the other main character in such depth. The fears and trepidations the both of them felt came across very realistic and believable.

    I loved the ending!

  4. cjackson

    I am in awe. I expected this book to be fabulous, as is all of E. J. Noyes’ work, and I was not disappointed. What really occurred to me this time is the absolute deftness that the subject matters are handled. Some darker themes are implanted into a largely fun and joyful story, but they are never contrived and when they hit, they really hit.
    This book can be read as a stand-alone to Ask, Tell and Ask Me Again, in which Sabs and Bec’s story is told. However, for the full, weeping conclusion to hit harder, they really need to be read first!

  5. Bontouch

    I loved all three and I will re-read them as I do with books whose stories I love. The reviews above say it all. 5 STARS!

  6. Ragdollprof

    This is the third book in the Ask, Tell series. Although it is part of a series, readers will be able to enjoy this book as a stand-alone novel. It is a fun to read romance.

    Ms. Noyes’ book is very well written. The plot is funny and filled with romance. The characters are so well developed that I really wished the book did not come to an end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

    I give this romance 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it. As mentioned earlier, it can be read as a stand-alone book, but readers will enjoy starting with the first book in this series, Ask, Tell and then the second book, Ask Me Again.

  7. judeinparis

    I was ready for the Ask, Tell series to stop at two extraordinary books. I am so grateful E. J. Noyes thought a third one was necessary. If the Shoe Fits can be read as a standalone, but don’t. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favour and read the first two books, they’re some of the best I’ve read in years.E. J. Noyes is one of the smartest and most talented writers I’ve read. She keeps taking her readers to unexpected places.

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