This is great (how can you go wrong with SEP and Anna Fields) The story can be predictable but who doesn't love a great romance. I listen to audio books on my iPod while walking so my neighbors must think I'm nuts for laughing out loud when I go by. You'll be glad you picked this one up. I'm looking forward to Molly's story.
I normally like Phillip's books. They are fun light reads with a lot of wit and humor. This one had SO MANY sex scenes and they got more hokey as they went. The dialogue was over the top with way too many descriptive words. I wouldn't even be considered a feminist and I was offended by the powerful woman using sex to get her way. And don't even get me started about the rape victim that as soon as she finds the right guy, no longer has any issues.
Excellent narration. Top of the trees! Hats off to Anna Fields. Engrossing story with more finely crafted characters than generally seen in the romance genre. The characterization of Phoebe and Dan is superb. They held my interest despite the sometimes predictable storyline and the totally transparent villains.
Phillips portrays Phoebe as a blond bimbo, a reincarnation of Marylyn Monroe, but that's only on the surface. Inside, she's a wounded soul, vamping it up big time to cloak her soft heart, childhood scars, and sexual inhibitions. To survive, she learned to hide her keen intelligence and wise compassion. A hugely sympathetic and likeable character, Phoebe won me over. Loved her shrewd bimbo-ish business dealings, and her perceptive insight regarding Ron and Keen, especially. That business meeting with Keen was hilarious! Loved every scene with Phoebe and Dan. Great couple!
Phillips portrays Coach Dan Calebow as a reformed bad boy looking for a good woman to raise his babies. He's intensely attracted to Phoebe but cannot see her singing lullabies, baking cookies, or changing diapers, so he resists as best he can. He is highly reminiscent of Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Phoebe likened several times to Newman's sexpot Elizabeth Taylor (several references to Pulitzer-winning writer, Tennesee Williams). Like Phoebe, Dan has his childhood scars, too, from abusive partents in backwoods Alabama. His gradual realization of where his heart lies felt totally credible. His characterization as a hard-driving man's man is solid. The author also illustrates his soft spot for kids (and a youthful, unhappy Molly, age 15).
Contents: Several explicit sex scenes, swearing, religious profanity, some violence, and references to rape.
Ps. The sequel, Heaven Texas, is my favorite in this series, but I like the entire set of books.
The narrator is fantastic, my all time favorite. She captures all of the characters perfectly.
The very first opening scene with Poo and the funeral! No one does an opening scene like SEP.
I listened to this one many years ago, but as it's football season, I just kept thinking about this book. I am not a re-reader, I never come back to even my favorite books. But I had to download it and listen again. Just gets better and better. Phoebe is hilarious and real, Dan also real and damn sexy!
I love the way she develops her characters. This is an older book, so the men speak to women in very annoying terms...but that can be forgiven. There is not quite as much humor in this book as some of her later titles, but the drama is compelling.
It compares to her other titles because of the character development and fast paced stories.
Yes, she does a good job of developing different voices for different characters.
Dan Calebow because he's a hunk and a southern boy and a jock.
I felt like I was back in the era of the 80s paperback romance novel. It was an ok story but predictable, with ok characters that were predictable, with a sweet ending that was, yup, predictable.Nothing really exciting or exceptional about this one. That being said I am not sorry I listened to it and may find a lazy afternoon where I don't want to concentrate to hard and will listen again, maybe. Anna Fields did a respectable job narrating.
I would have liked a bit more suspense, but this was a fun read. Recommended for listening when you don't want to have to focus on the book.
The book was an easy read/listen. Romance/Drama with a bit of mystery. I totally enjoyed it although it certainly wasn't intellectually stimulating (not what I was looking for). there was a bit of mystery and drama in it. I can't say the story was all that believable, but if you are looking for a book to simply 'take you away' and entertain you then I would recommend this.
Yes ... I would recommend it as long as others realized it is chic lit ... easy read.
Love Anna Fields as a narrator!