I really, really like this series. (Drop Dead Gorgeous is the second book with these characters). I must since I've read both once and am on my third listen. Blair and cast are the books that I turn to when I want to laugh out loud. Linda Howard writes with such humor and a tongue-in-cheek style that I catch myself grinning and laughing--even though I know what is coming. The main character is a blonde southern belle who was a cheerleader in high school and, as a matter of fact, went to college on a cheerleading scholarship. She now runs a gym and the contrast of blonde bimbo (but only when she is intentionally laying it on) and business woman are tremendously entertaining. She witnesses a murder and is now a target. The police lieutenant is an man who dumped her without notice two years ago and she is going to make him pay. The resulting conversations between Blair and her man, Wyatt are priceless.
I always hate when these to books reach the finish. Are they fluff? Yes! Are they poking a gentle bit of fun at the blonde stereotype? Yes! Are they worth your credits? YES!! I read or listen to escape. These two books are the perfect light entertainment to uplift your spirits and bring some laughter into your life. No, they aren't serious fiction but if I were stranded on an island and could bring a limited number of books--these two would be chosen. Everyone needs to laugh.
This is a southern character and the voice suits. I thought the story was a hoot. I had passed this book by a couple of times based on the reviews. I listened to the sample and gave it a try. Glad I did.
The story itself was probably average. It could have been a better story with more action and less talk about "feeeeelings".
Her attempt at a southern accent was horrible. She made our heroine sound like a whining, brainless ninny. It was painful to listen to this.
Too Darn Funny
"That's just not fair"
The voice inflection makes the humor so much more than just the words
This book is cracking me up
Give the book a chance. I started it and didnt think I was going to like it at all. I am half way thru and am laughing out loud so I am hoping the rest is just a funny.
I listened to the sequel first and loved the narrator. I'm not as enamored of the narrator for this story. She did a great job with the other characters but I had a hard time with the voice she chose for the main character. The narrator nailed the southern accent but her voice had a slight quiver I associate with older women, therefore I had a hard time picturing the heroine as young and vibrant. That's my only complaint. Everything else, the other characterizations and the plot, were great. The story had several laugh out loud moments, and enough heat to make it a great romance.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
After you decide to continue even though the narrator is horrible, the book is funny. I have the ability to ignore a bad narrator so that the sorry is my main focus. With that said it turns out to be a good book as long as you are not looking for something deep.
I enjoyed the story. Linda Howard's books are always a pleasure to read. However, the narrator uses a high whiny squeeky voice for Blair- the main character. It really detracts from the overall pleasure of the read. But this just too much.Blair is a constant complainer but the accent is over the top.
The characters make the book worth reading.
I would choose to avoid a performance by Franette Liebow's unless I really wanted the particular book.
I read all her books.
I was a little surprised when I started listening to this book. I didn't expect the narrator's fun southern take on the character. This is not typical Linda Howard. Not a lot of substance or suspense, but a no brainer (didn't require lots of thinking) kind of book. Good for relaxing and kicking back. The narration was perfect, in my opinion. Fit the character of Blair to a T.
It doesn't take very long to figure out the narrator's voice does not enhance the story. The pitch of her voice, at best, hurt my ears and it was almost impossible to get through the book. That being said, who chooses the narrator matching the voice with the characters in the story. The voice did not match Blair nor Blair's mother who was a past beauty queen. It's well known that a narrator can make or break the book unfortunately this is a prime example.