I truly disliked this book. Truly. I wanted to like it but the voice used for the female lead drove me crazy. The plot itself was good but I couldn't help twitching at some of the gender role stuff. That might be a problem with the date the book was originally written, though. I can swallow that difference, I just can't handle hours of Ms. Bubblegum in my ear.
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It was a good listen. Story believable. Good characters. Would read another Sandra Brown book.
Not for a long time, at least until I forget how bad this one was.
The characters were just plain unlikeable and really unbelievable. The female is basically a blank slate, undeveloped, unremarkable except that she is good looking. Apparently her looks are her only desirable quality to the male character, who is an over-bearing jerk that basically is willing to give up years of heart ache and resentment because he likes her boobs.
She really didn't have much to work with, the story was that bad. The two villain's backwoods accents were overdone and annoying.
I would advise to go back and redevelop the characters that are there. Give Rusty a personality, make Cooper worthy of redemption, tone down the Dad(he would have had some real affection for his daughter).
This is another example of where the sex scenes were more thought out than the characters and story line.
When I stop and think about this book, it has a lot of things that I normally dislike in Romance novels. Cooper, the male could really be a macho jerk. The woman was at times way too submissive and naive. Yet, I couldn't stop listening to this! I stayed up all night!
What is it about Sandra Brown's writing that makes me more tolerant of things I hate in other novels? Perhaps in spite of some of the bad (to me) formulaic themes of the writing, she knows how to spin a story and create heat between characters?
I thought the narration was fine. Perhaps not the best, but acceptable. Didn't bother me.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
I would not listen to Sandra Brown's 'Note to Reader' in the beginning as she gives the ending away!
Beautiful and self-confident businesswoman Rusty Carlson was hurt, terrified and alone with a man she feared. But one thing was certain – she would surely die without his help.
Vietnam vet Cooper Landry had a deep-rooted grudge against beautiful women like Rusty. Experience had taught him they were takers. But he’d survived far worse dangers, and this time he’d be damned if he’d let her risk his chance for survival. But there were predators in the dense woods – both animals and human – and the odds were against them. They could handle that.
What Rusty and Cooper weren’t prepared for was the discovery that they desired more than just survival….
Absolutely, she is a great author.... this is a re-release from the 1980's -so the reader should keep that in mind when deciding to purchase- however, the love story is timeless.
Yes. In those I've listened to, she delivers a solid performance. Her male characters sound like men and females sound feminine.
This was a bit of a simple tale. Something a bit more complex with a bombshell twist & more romance would have made it irresistible. However, this was an interesting (yet gruesome) beginning premise with a light, feel good story.
A few, minor descriptions of sex.
Personally, I wouldn't use a credit or pay full price for this but would snatch it up if found on sale - which I was able to for less than $5.
THE LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP AND THE LITTLE JABS AT EACH OTHER. THE MALE CHARACTER IS GREAT. THEY DO A PRETTY GOOD JOB DESCRIBING THE FEMALE CHARACTER AS WELL.
THE AUTHOR HAS A CERTAIN SYLE OF WRITTING, JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOUVE GOT THINGS FIGURED OUT, IT TAKES JUST A LITTLE CHANGE. I WOULD RECOMEND OTHER NOVELS BY THIS AUTHER.
ATTITUDE, I THINK YOU GET MORE OUT OF THE TONE OF VOICE USED AND THE SARCASIM FROM THE MALE CHARACTER. JUST LITTLE BELOW THE BELT COMMENTS HERE AND THERE BUT WITH JUST ENOUGH SEXUAL CONTENT TO BRING IT BACK.
I DIDNT CRY, BUT THERE WERE SEVERAL PARTS THAT MADE ME LAUGH.
I WOULD RECOMEND THIS BOOK, THE NARATOR DID A GREAT JOB. THE VOICES WERE PERFECT. DIDNT GO INTO ANY ONE PART FOR TOO LONG, JUST KEPT THE STORY GOING SO YOU NEVER FEEL LIKE TURNING IT OFF.
I don't want to be harsh, the book wasn't "terrible", it just wasn't that good. The story line of the characters constantly bickering was annoying, regardless of the "sexual tension" building. I'm never impressed when the whole basis is two people who can't stand each other but can't keep their hands off each other. Then after all the buildup, the "scene" was not that enthralling. The conversation wasn't witty or entertaining or seductive. Ms. Bean has exceled, I'm sure, in some of her narrations, but this wasn't one of them. She sounded like she was reading, if that makes sense. A good narrator makes you imagine that that voice "is" the character. Her male voices, frankly, were just bad. I just can't recommend this as a good listen. JB
The number of characters in this book was what made it the most enjoyable for me - the fewer the better and Sandra Brown is always a good read (listen).
Different characters and a different male voice
Probably not. I did not enjoy her male voice or female voice for the main characters. I also didn't like the main characters so this might have some influence as well.
Virtually no plot. I should have realized as it was pulled from the archives. On the verge of being soft porn. I had nothing else to listen to and thought it would get better. It was awful through the end.