Okay - I've read this book before, but I tend not to pay attention as well, until I hear it. And so things that did not annoy me at all while reading it - annoyed me to death while listening.
Julie Garwood missed a lot of marks. First of all, Ellie, the main character, looks the Landry's (bad guys - and a married couple who are arms dealers - whaa?) right in the face and notices a lot of details about them, from fake contacts, to a wig, and sun glasses and portliness and all this stuff, but when it comes time to identify them, she cannot. HOWEVER, she is able to identify, from mug shots, several patients she's worked on over the years.
Evan Patterson's (childhood stalker from hell) parents are supposed to be wealthy and powerful and smart enough to get their son out of jail and into private mental institutions, but behaved like they were down on their luck, poverty stricken, mean-spirited, ignorant, chain-smoking morons.
Ellie randomly diagnoses people. She sees a man with a wonky mole and tells him he has cancer. Nevermind she a trauma surgeon and even people trained to look for that kinda thing would still need to make sure. She sees someone across the courtroom and diagnoses him, publicly, with pink eye because, of course, there is no way he could have had an eyelash stuck or a contact go wacky.
The high-powered attorney for the Landry's keeps repeating the same question, like an idiot, and is, "unzipped". Really?
The hired gun is really confident and sure of himself, but spends 4 days hiding in the falls waiting for Ellie and Max to show up because they MIGHT go see the sights? He also gets a text telling him to cancel the hit on Ellie, but decides to ignore it so he can keep half the money...dude, they told you to cancel, they aren't paying you if you do it. And even knowing that he tried to kill her without a contract, they're still giving him a deal and putting him in witness protection.
I loved the relationships in the story. Ellie with her foster parents, Ellie and her real parents, her sisters, and Max with his friends and co-workers. I laughed at the broken air conditioners and the cheap parents who buy bright purple paint because it's on sale. I genuinely wish I could have read her sister Annie's story in it's own book.
For the most part, Julie Garwood's books always make me smile and I love that the guy and the girl are going to get together at the end. Julie Garwood is an author I will ALWAYS read. I've read most of her books a couple of times and even though the girls are always stunningly beautiful and then men are perfectly handsome - that's what I love. Those stories that are romantic and sweet and something to dream about.
No. Not at all. BORING. When Ellie tells Max she needs to get a pregnancy test, he answers with the same toneless, bored "okay" as when she he's hearing the story of how she saved a choking man's life when another doctor thought he was having a heart attack. DULL. DULL. When she narrated the men's voices she was lifeless and tired. I think maybe she was picked for it because she does the women's voices with little laughs and inflections, but the men sounded the same and were exceedingly blah. It was actually distracting from the story. I would not have cared to hang out with the Max that Traister created, but rather the one I heard in my head when I was reading it.
I LOVE Julie Garwood. I do wish sometimes she'd write with a little more depth and back story, but she still makes me smile and dream. Whenever I close one of her books, I do it with a grin on my face and wonder when the next one is coming.
I bought this book on special months ago. If I had known it was this good... Julie Garwood made me feel a boatload of emotions while listening to this book. The actress reading them portrayed them all so well. I felt the lead characters fear and frustrations. I wanted to come through and wring her petulant sister neck. I wanted to hug and hold her dad. I felt it all. It was a trip.
I have to ponder on this one. If they gave me four choices, I'd do better.
The lead characters sister really sticks out. She was completely annoying but she really made the book come together. How the entire family suffered by this abusive stalker and how they all coped differently.
Have to ponder this one too.
Highly recommend this book.
A decent book - another case of FBI agent falling for a protectee, and vice versa, with the inevitable troubled pasts and his frustration with her independent streak making him crazy when she puts herself in harm's way. Great portrait of the family and the life of a surgeon. Some great teasing steamy moments leading up to the real heat. I was a little annoyed with her resistance to the relationship based on geography after a few repetitions, especially after having made it clear that she wasn't permanent in her situation - by the time they'd gotten through the events of the party, I wanted to say "duh, just move if you want to be with him, you were thinking of picking up and moving somewhere new anyway!"
The narration was alright, no real issues, but her character voices did get muddled in dialogue a few times, where Max suddenly had her father's accent, or her responses sounded like Max's voice...but it wasn't overly hampering and context usually cleared up those few confusing instances.
An okay way to while away the day, but it's not in my top favorites list.
I enjoyed this book very much. I kept me wanting more and it was hard to put down the headset. The ending could possibly lead to Part 2?? I highly recommend!
Once again Julie Garwood has blown me away with her talent. This book like all of her books is excellant. Her FBI thriller's are some of the best I have read to date. This one is the same from the first to the last. Way to go Julie on another hit.
I have never read Julie Garwood, just because her genre is mostly historical romance, from what I've seen. But this summary appealed to me and I'm really enjoying it! I've also discovered a new narrator that I like. A good book can be ruined by a bad narrator, but Christina Traister does an excellent job. I hope this team will be doing more like this one!
Save your money or credits for something more worth listening to ... this is as trite as it comes.
I love Max Daniels and Ellie characters. I thought they are a perfect match.
The relationships among the 3 sisters.
This is my first experience listening to Christina Traister. I thought she did a good job.
This is a "Julie Garwood" which to me translates to "automatic buy. I'm a little disappointed, I expected more. The characters didn't engage me and hang on like I expected, but it was an okay read.
Not sure where to start as it was all just soooo bad. The story line was empty. The writing over simplified. It seemed to me to be a soft Romance novel as no story was really pursued other than the lead male and female characters constantly swooning over each other in their thoughts. Their behavior in the various situations they found themselves in was completely improbable and they acted like teenagers instead of highly educated adults. It made me gag and I had to stop listening. There WAS a crime involved...I think...but the characters spent so much time thinking about the decor of her apartment or his clothes that they just never seemed to care about solving the crime. I was afraid it would just get even worse so I quit. It was a royal waste of time.
Probably something by Hilary Mantel. I know she can write.
The narrator was probably ok. She just didn't have much to work with.
All of them
Don't waste your time or credits or money on this stinker.