Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
A little disappointing as I was hoping for a wonderful romance. I would classify this book as sexy but not romantic. I found myself frustrated with the main character's lack of emotion. Because of Joss's traumatic past, she was not able to love only
"F _____". Her words not mine and there was plenty of it. That being said, the narrator was excellent. I still am in awe of how she played an American as well as a male and female from Scotland.
I'm a bored Alabamian looking for a way to escape!
I wouldn't recommend this book unless you were interested in a Scottish accent. The story was okay...No wait, yes I would if my girlfriends and I were on a road trip. We'd all have something to say based on the characters.
If I compared it to Shades or Bared, Dublin Street would be the better book because it had characters that were more believable.
Paula Costello can do male, female, young and mature accents!!!
I couldn't take this book in one sitting. But I read it in three days.
Interesting beginning, but the story was "eh". Maybe I'm just too old for this kind of book. It really wasn't romantic. It was tiring and aggravating. I understand the main character had issues. But by the time I was a third of the way in, I was ready to put it down. Maybe I was that immature when I was twenty-three. Geez, I hope not. That's all I kept thinking when I read it.The best part was the narrator. Paula Costello could do the accents and she could perform the male and female parts. Excellent! I could listen to her read a story about paint drying and it would be wonderful.
Mainly the book is too sensual and I don't enjoy the language used in it. Also, the heroine is super angry type which can be realistic but makes the story pretty negative.
I will try to look up review rating on future books I read.
I would have generally toned down the entire sexual and language aspect of this book.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
Is it a character study? A romance? Soft porn? I don't think artists need to fit themselves into a genre, nor do authors, but this book has the jarring effect of moving between an almost "cozy" friendship story, to the panic attacks of a young woman with a scarred past, to extremely graphic sex scenes. I like a good romantic description as well as the next person, but....yikes! They just come out of nowhere in this book and go on and on... Pretty good narrator, moving between Scottish and American dialects, and a basic love story. You know how it will end right away. It's a good choice for those of you who like "bodice rippers."
This was not what I expected. I only bought it because of the ratings and the reviews that seemed to indicate it was an excellent book.
But it was essentially a YA book with lots of sex. The main character acted like a snotty teenager most of the time...far too much attitude. Yes, she had a tragedy in her past when she was 14, but it seemed to me that she was never grew up from that point. He was contradictory as well...one minute kind and gentle, the next controlling and cursing. I couldn't see what they saw in each other - I didn't detect any chemistry at all, even after 6 hours into it.
I finally abandoned it entirely. It would have been a waste of my time to finish it.
Not recommended for anyone over 30. You'd be bored witless.
Being a mom, career woman & student (again) I don't have time to read and miss it. Driving to/from work/school is now fun thanks to audible!
I tried, really, to get through a good chunk of chapters to see what all the commotion was about for this book. Then I had to fast forward for it was not the best romantic book I've ever read. Love scenes weren't that steamy either.
This is my first book of SYoung. I think I will be listening to her more. This book was interesting, enjoyable and sexy. I really appreciated the manner this writer keeps you in the book because you have to find the answers. Well done. I love everything about this book.
Narration: I'm giving you a 10 Paula Costello because I normally cannot listen to a Scottish accent without getting a headache. For me you were awesome, all the "voices" were so good you could identify them and they "fit" the character. LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK!
Some how the depressing toll of this book was NOT conveyed well as I was reading other's opinions! SO let me be clear. This book is about a really screwed up girl who keeps messing up a good relationship with one psycho freak out after another.
I swear, when there was only an hour left of the book we were STILL in her 6th throw of major freak-out catastrophe. I read books to escape from all the horribles of the world. This book, oh its about all of those different awful horribles.
I was even FAST FORWARDING to just get through it- knowing that it had to end well. But p.a.i.n.f.u.l to get through. needless to say, i won't be re-reading this one.
Although, I must say- Good writing, great narration, BUT if psycho girls with too-good-for-life-ever-so-patient-guys is your thing- then have at it. I will be promptly returning to SEP/Lisa Kleypas/KMM right now.
No. I was annoyed with myself for listening to it. The 2nd half was slightly better than the 1st half. If not for the sex scenes, it would have been better suited as a young adult novel.
Remove the weird "OK's."
Ugghhh. She was boring. She could not make Jos likeable. The Scottish accents were better than the American accents.
No. There was nothing left in the first story for a follow-up in a second book, thank God.
The author tried to incorporate angst, but was juvenile; I could not relate to the main character, Jos, she had "issues" she was supposed to "broken." The author fell short on fleshing out Jos' solitude and strength. Instead of being strong and silent, she was aimlessly working in bars and occasionally writing, and mostly talking with her therapist.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are well developed and introduced slowly. I have noticed a theme with this author's book, all of her main characters come from a tragic accident that happens in the teen years. This gets obnoxious while reading, I can only listen to "poor pitiful me" for so long. I am torn on purchasing the next book in the series.