I was engrossed in this novel. It had me from the beginning. I do say the reader was a little off on the voices of female characters but I got through it. If you have ever lived in a small town you can relate to the story.
Very good- enjoyed each hour of listening.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
A good listen.
A heads up, there are a few sex scenes described in depth.
Mostly believable characters, those you don't, you find yourself wanting to for the sake of the story.
A good long listen without wanting to skip over any parts.
I like the Sandra Browns, but this must have been one of her earlier attempts, perhaps with an early intention to develop a readrship in the lonely/jaded lady crowd. It has a good story line, with great underlying personal tension, and lots of the SB classic plot and development which has become her strength in more recent works (e.g. "Envy"). But the romance and sex scenes are way overdone, too long, even "cheseball" at times, and disturbingly distracting. (The quality of the naration is fine; but I found myself fast-forwarding through the sappy "romance" parts). It is also somewhat predictable, and laden with clecheish stereotypes; some of which were inconsistent, and others not believable. Nevertheless, it is a good "window" to SB's earlier years as an author, and I still give it a three star for the idea and story line alone. But I would urge SB to do a re-write on this one because the story and underlying theme have the potential to become a greater novel.
Breath of Scandal is a decent book; the premise is essentially 'underdog makes good', which is always satisfying on one level or another. I found the ending to be kind of anticlimactic, but all in all, it was a decent, distracting listen.
The fact that it's a book about a female rape victim, but is narrated by a man, makes it a bit jarring, but since I have a secret crush on Dick Hill, it all worked out just fine for me.
Worth the credit!
This the first audiobook I've listened to where I have barely been able to finish the book due to the narration. While the story itself was well written, and well-paced with good characterization, I found the narrator's breathy attempts to sound female annoying and distracting.
I kept listening to this just to see if it could roll out of it's cliched rut. It didn't.
This novel is multi-faceted. Sandra Brown creates a very rich and intriguing background. The set up is a story in itself. Initially I thought there was a lull in the middle, but it's the crucial details to bring these characters to life. And it pays off.. I couldn't stop listening for the last 4 hours. I turned off my phone, and marathoner straight thru this novel.
(the first half is just as intriguing, there's only an hour or so that dragged).
I wish there was more time for the relationship between Dillan and Jade. I like them very much. With their tortured pasts, their chemistry is electric. Dillan is a favorite character of mine. I would have loved to read more of the fleshing out of the emotional issues these characters would face while beginning a relationship. A bit more of the romantic elements would make this a solid 5 stars.
(I'll say, Ive yet to find a sandra brown that surpassed Slow Heat in Heaven. Cash Boudreax with Dick Hill's narration is FANTASTIC!)
Speaking of, Dick Hill is my favorite narrator. Naturally he is in usual superb form narrating these southern characters.
I don't usually buy anything by Sandra Brown -- way too much kissy-face stuff for me. All the same, if you can deal with all the passionate love scenes and smoldering glances among and between the characters, there's a heck of a story there, too.
I'm not sure why I bought this one, don't remember doing it, but all in all, I don't regret it. Indeed it has too much romance for me -- not to mention x-rated scenes (I just take the earplugs out then keep checking until it's safe to return) but all around that is a tense and interesting story, one I'm glad I didn't miss.
Maybe most interesting is that Jade, the protagonist, has some of the hallmarks of a modern-day Dagney Taggert, all the bluff ability, the steely stare, the absolute drive to succeed in a male-dominated field of building construction. Where she got all that ambition is her secret, one she means to keep secret forever.
It's a good story, a good listen. I don't know that I'll seek out any more Sandra Brown books, but if another one comes my way, I surely won't say no.
I really liked out Sandra Brown wove the characters together and I am a big fan of Dick Hill's narration even the female characters. It was worth the credit for me and found myself not wanting the book to end.