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.
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.
This book is part of a series but can be listened to as a stand alone. The main premise is a bit far fetched-movie star is actually a spy using movie shoots to other countries as cover-but that's why they call it fiction, right? The main female character is on the run from an abusive husband who's also a hit man who found out she had betrayed him to the FBI. She has an adorable son who has the sweetest relationship with the hero-hard to resist a guy who loves your kid. There are quite a number of people after these two both individually and as a couple which makes for fast moving non stop action and lots of explosions! It was nice to see the hero's family again(from previous book) and catch up with them and anticipate whose book will be next. The romance in this is sweet and the h/h have great chemistry and not too graphic sex. If you like romance with a side order of spine tingling suspense and an international cast of bad guys (and some good ones, too) you will enjoy this book.
Nick Podehl was outstanding with the delivery of the story.