I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I loved this book by Julia London and the real romance she develops between Jake and Robin, as well as the real problems the two must face and overcome in their quest to be together and try for their own happily ever after. I am so glad I read this book. It was a contemporary romance that depended on developing real relationships and just the right amount of sex to add some spice to the listen. If you want a real, feel good romance this is the book for you.
Robin Lear has it all, or so it seems. She has money at her disposal and a cushy job. She can take one of the family jets to Paris on a moment's notice or shop frivolously for designer shoes. But she's still seeking the approval of her father, who's now dying of cancer. When he decides she must make it on her own, she has no direction except that of ex-lover Evan who dogs her every step. Both humorous and poignant, it's fun to watch her growth into a mature woman.
She's hired Jake Manning to renovate her mansion and has ridiculed him from the beginning. She's unaware of his struggles with his nephew or that he's close to his degree in architecture. She does recognize his virility, and there's a strong attraction. Jake is aware of their different places in society although he refuses to take a back seat to her status. He fears her relationship with Evan but plows ahead despite it. He uncovers a real person beneath the veneer.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I laughed, then shed a tear at the unexpected conclusion. Pick up this book if you want to read about people that are flawed but become more aware of themselves as the book progresses. A good contemporary romance.
Natalie Ross was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
This scorred 3.5 stars because it was very slow to start, 8 chapters before the H and h even meet. A lot of unnecessary details made the first half of the book really drawn out. But most people loved the book so maybe it is just my expectations were too high because of the good reviews.
Tattoos Dots tells the story of Easton Crawford, who let's face it was kind of a jerk. As the story starts out, he is divorcing his high school sweetheart. Since he became a model, he has cheated on her repeatedly because she was "nagging him". The only good thing that came out of his marriage was his daughter. He is fighting his ex for custody. The divorce has been long and drawn out. All the while, Easton is still a total jerk.He screws anything that walks, including his divorce lawyer. Then the unexpected happens, his ex is killed in a car crash. Now Easton is a single dad. He moves to NY to start over and opens a bar.
Brooke Bradley is in an equally horrible situation. She is in a bad relationship with her boyfriend. He is a loser and she is not even sure why she is with him. To top it off, he may even be cheating on her!!!
Her best friend gives her a singles cruise for her birthday. Brooke goes on the cruise with her BFF.
Easton is also on the cruise due to his best friend talking him into a week away.
Intsanly Easton and Brooke are drawn to each other, but Brooke is still with her boyfriend. She does not act on her feelings, but enjoys the week with Easton as friends. She knows there is something there, but fights it.
When Brooke gets home from the cruise, she finds out there is something really wrong with her health. Easton swoops in. He becomes her knight in shinning armor.
If you like insta love .... this is the book for you!!
The narrators were OK and read a dual narrator book the way I like it with the male and females reading their roles.
Book two of Tristan and Danika's story literally hits rock bottom as the title suggests. The book starts pretty much where Bad Things left off, with Tristan still reeling from tragedy and loss. His band wants to go out on tour and he needs to decide if he should do it or not. Danika, being the most supportive person ever tells him to do it. They are separated for days and weeks at a time and Tristan's addictive personality prevails and he falls headlong into some pretty heavy drug use. Danika's addictive personality of needing to be in a relationship causes her to be an enabler to Tristan, wanting to try to help him break out of his cycle but always giving in to him. R.k. does an excellent job of portraying the life style of their addictive personalities. At times it was extremely painful for me to listen to, but it is very true to life and life is sometimes very, very ugly.
Tristan and Danika are fierce fighters, both very stubborn, so as I said, they literally hit rock bottom by suffering life changing events before they make changes.
My only detractor in the book and why I gave it four stars instead of five was I felt there was just too much sex. I am not a prude and I love a good sex scene but it got so repetative. We get it, he is huge and he stretches her, the same scenario over and over again. I started to become agitated that Tristan tried to solve every little thing, whether it was a fight, or Danika was hurt by something, or trying to get him to change something, he used sex to fix everything. And Danika let him. I yelled at her more than one time while she was trying to talk to him about something important and he would start kissing her or feeling her up and she would lose her whole train of thought and poof they're having sex and the problem never gets resolved. I realize that is how their addictive personalities work, but I felt that Danika really lost traction in this book.
The ending of Rock Bottom literally gutted me. I was a bawling, blubbering mess. I am can't wait for the next installment.