The story lacked a natural ebb and flow. The feeling normally reserved for the climactic ending of a book resided from beginning to end. It felt exhausting and contrived. Also, the narrators, both female and male, were quite distracting with their hokey characterizations. Their falsettos and horribly inaccurate accents were quite annoying. The romance aspect was a bit of an after thought. Miscommunication leads to lack of trust that is abruptly and not quite believably resolved in the end. Still, I listened to the whole thing and was moderately entertained.
I had hoped that the story line would be the "star" of this book. The synopsis really grabbed me. I was pretty put off by the multiple sexual situations. I truly don't mind sexual situations when it is integral to the story, but these sexual situations were gratuitous and too many. I found that i wanted to love the characters and follow them, but the sex got in the way, so I didn't even finish the book.
Time spent commuting passes by much easier listening to books. I prefer romance books but I do enjoy other books as well.
Finally, Izzy's story. I've been waiting for this book since Eden first took off for Germany. Izzy is such a great character and SB never lets her readers down. Her books are always an automatic purchase for me. All of her books have captured me and rendered me unable to put them down. This is definitely no exception.
As for preaching (if that's what you want to call it)......Keep it up SB. I'm glad that there are many many christians who are loving, excepting and non-judgmental people. However, there are still just as many that are not. They pretend to be though. My son is gay. I am more than aware of how people you've known all of your life, who profess to be loving christians, can turn and be very ugly. People who, just like a previous reviewer, swore they were loving christians and anti-prejudice, turn into strangers. They accuse my son and all gay people of making some sort of perverted choice. They shake their bibles at them and call them names. I???m often very afraid for my son because I know there are people willing to hurt him in the name of ???God???. So, if SB can keep pounding the message of tolerance and acceptance of others while at the same time entertaining us with a great story??????.good for her.
The only thing better than reading Suzanne Brockmann's lively prose is hearing those word's performed by Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman.
Did she ever touch on so many subjects or what????? I thought it was a bit too long; otherwise good. Can't say enough about Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman together---narrators can make or break an audiobook. They did a great job. Many books you can listen to many times, but this one is as I said before was a bit too long. I will say also that while the young person in the story may have be gay (I still say how do they know it being so young); he was only 15 and should Not have said the "f" word so much--maybe I am being naive because it is 2011, but I think they know too much anyway--let them be kids as long as can. Oh well, I will stop preaching.
I still like Suzanne Brockman's books and will read her again.
Izzy's story does not disappoint and the narrators are beyond, they bring all 4 characters to life. Each different, loveable and so so sexy. Loved it !!!
This really was a pretty good story but two things ruined it for me. 1. The author brings in political themes and is very biased in her presentation. Typing child sexual abuse and sexual slavery with a total over statement of some objections to illegal immigration caused me to be infuriated. 2. the sex scenes are totally outrageous, over the top and repetitive. Maybe some like that - I didn't.
The story is so-so, but character development weak and sex scenes too graphic and frequent. This could almost qualify as an erotic novel. I finished the book, but this is one I am glad is finished.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
This book was a disappointment, story line was very minimal and predictable. There is a rainbow of adjectives out there, this author prefered to use swear words in a repetitive manner to add expressive conversation, after a while it just becomes boring. Buy a dictionary Suzanne.
On a positive note, extreemly good naration by Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman. Unfortunately does not make this book worth the download.
Use your credit else where.