Disclaimer: I've never been much of a "girly girl," always rolled my eyes at chick flicks and chuckled at the covers of romance novels. But I was curious to try one at some point, and yes my boyfriend broke up me and I was frustrated. So take my review with a grain of salt, but I'm going back to eye-rolling and snickering.
First, predictable and repetitious. Sure, you know what is going to happen, if you wanted a mystery you would read a mystery. Of course you know that the chick is going to get the hot dude and that there will lots of sex, that's why you're reading this. But come on, how many times do we need to hear the same things happening again? I also thought the book began a bit abruptly--two sentences in and said chick is already in close quarters with said hot dude, who is already eying her thighs.
Next, the unhealthy nature of the "relationship." I know a lot of folks have enjoyed the "50 Shades" series, but I am personally annoyed and offended by the heroic portrayal of women being taken advantage of. Much of the book I was frustrated Joss' almost-attempts at standing up for herself, thinking "finally, don't take that sh*t, that-a-girl" until she yet again melts before the handsome douchebag. Telling her that she can't wear short dresses out in public because he doesn't want other men to see her taking pride in her body, can't wear her hair down because he doesn't want other men to see how nice it looks.... little red flags anybody?
Not to mention, Barbie and Ken? Of course the hot dude is going to be mid/late-twenties, handsome, extremely well-muscled, rich, smart, charismatic... of course. But when the author started describing Joss as looking more "plain," enjoying a "casual" appearance I cheered. Why, Joss even calls herself short! She even picked fun at the blonde bimbos. Cool, a "normal" heroine! But apparently looking "plain" means having fantastic hair, great legs, and jugs for boobs. Oh, and 5'6" is "short." [Need I comment that this 5'2" reviewer snorted in disgust at all the times Joss complained about her height?]
Am I just an insensitive, hard-to-please, fault-finding reader? Maybe. If your personality more closely matches that of the other reviews, hey you might enjoy the book, to each his own. But if you're newer to this genre and saw that this was ranked as a top novel, I would recommend trying to find something else.
The audiobook's redeeming quality was the accents. I thought the narrator did quite a good job impersonating the accents for the characters, though I am a sucker for Scottish and Irish accents. I almost wished that Joss' character had been Scottish too, so that the whole novel would have been read with such a delightful accent.
Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.
Great Contemporary Romance premise. Love the accents. Hated the "martyr" attitude.
The most interesting aspect of the story was how tolerant Braden was of Jocelyn's issues. I mean the guy has to be a Saint to put up with her whole "whoa is me" character throughout the ENTIRE book.
When Braden yells at Jocelyn to put her BS aside and stick by her friend that needs her.
Yes, frustration that I put up with her disturbing persona for the entire book. I stuck it out because I like all the other characters a lot.
With all this said, I can't wait for the next book...Down London Road...to come out in audible format. I'm hoping that the lead female character won't be such a drama queen in that one.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
Sigh. So, I don't really understand why this genre exists. The male love interest in this story is controlling and abusive. I don't find this 'swoon worthy'. I can only assume that those who do have not ever been in an abusive, controlling relationship. If you like this kind of thing, then it is a cute little story.
I will give you some examples below. May contain spoilers (no plot twists, just quotes and scenes).
The description makes it sound like Jocelyn is emotionally damaged and through his tenacity and devotion, Braden wins her trust and love. This is not so. He 'wins' her trust by demanding it, threatening her and playing emotional head games. Braden is constantly manhandling Jocelyn, physically manhandling. He is constantly ignoring her boundaries. In one scene, she gets angry at something he says and she gets up to leave. His response? 'You leave and I will tackle you'. This is not a joke. Jocelyn talks about being 'intimidated' constantly and tells him he is 'such a cave man'. She often says it lightheartedly, but it is not funny. Not to me. The Braden in the story is some kind of mythical man who has these traits but is actually loving and kind and no real threat. In real life, men like this are dangerous. She breaks up with him and he 'won't let her'. He tears up her plane ticket. He threatens bodily harm on other people if she flirts with them. He orders her around constantly. She acts all 'you can't treat me this way' but gives in immediately. He plays head games with a woman who already has severe emotional issues to manipulate her into getting what he wants. That is abuse. The have an 'arrangement' at the beginning of the book, but he never honors it. He begins their relationship by breaking trust and acting inappropriately. One of these traits could be a 'bad habit' a 'quirk'. But taken all together, this is not a man be with. I had to force myself to finish it.
But, again, this is not the only book of its kind that I have read. It is apparently something that sells. So, if this is your cup of tea, then I think this is a nice story. But please, do no let young impressionable girls read this crap. Real live men who act like this are far from endearing.
The narrator was great. :)
I have this book in print and read it quite some time ago so I knew the story and it was still GREAT! The narrator is fantastic. It was sweet, funny, HOT, emotional and HOT. Braden and Joss are some of my favorite characters. Samantha Young will be getting all of my credits since I'll be downloading all of her books from this point forward!
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Unfortunately I cannot. I just did not find this book as interesting as I thought it would be. I kept expecting to get drawn in but it just never happened.
I don't know. I think I needed more information about the characters. Maybe more drama. Maybe more flaws. I think it may have been a little unrealistic.
Well I think she did a good job. She was not bad at all, but I was thrown off in the sense that she sounded like a teenager. She sounded very young like her voice wasn't appropriate for the adult activities.
No. I can't say that I would.
This book has some good reviews but it doesn't click for me. I have heard many romances and this one just lacked that chemistry. I honestly would not recommend it.
Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!
So much of what Joss went thru in life, I remember from my losses and shutting down. So many tears I cried knowing that I know exactly what the Author was portraying. Scary, that she the (Author) knew how she felt inside and how to lock it away. But the fact they she (Jocelyn) had someone so strong (Braden) makes this a great story. So glad I have it now in my library. And even sadder I waited so long to listen to it. Great book.
I think because of her courage, and what she endured it would be Jocelyn. Excellent
OH listening to this was better for me. Reading this I may of put it down never to return to il. Listening to it, I let it flow thru me and was able to process so much. I could lay back and let the tears fall as she fell apart and knew what she was feeling. Listening to books make is so much easier to handle than reading when it's a touch pill to swallow. Sometimes I just need to let it wash over me and let either the tears and laughter take over. And Paula Costello is amazing with her Scotland portrayals of these people in her life, no doubt I could here it so much in her Scottish heritage in her English portrayal as well. She was most excellent. Well done And can I say there is nothing sexier than a deep Males Scotland accent, They make four letter words sound exotic, I can't explain it, but they just make them sound sexy and not forbidden as others do. Some Brits do as well at portraying them as well.
She lost at young age, only to learn to love again so far away from what was familiar to her.
I kept this book on hold until after my mother birthday the 9th of September. Knowing what I read and had heard there were going to be parts that would be so familiar to me as a reader. So I withheld this one. Purposely, I had to know it was going to be hard. And since I just lost my own loved ones, I had to wait until her birthday to listen to this. But once I have now, I am sorry that I waited. It shows how love, true unconditional love, can bring you thru anything,.and preceded wrongly it could destroy what has taken so long to build you up. One of the hardest of emotions, Grief. And one of those seven of deadly's that tag along with Grief is Pride that had this girl by the throat and was choking her and was not going to let her go, she was going to need that stronger person to help her. To snap out of it But while she was this hard core women she was a witty, strong willed, hard to deal with person, that most would not even cross. She was a soft human under all that ugliness she that held those sorrowful emotions that were killing her to have a happy life. And he saw it. He was determined to save her from no other than,,,, herself. Yep it was her doing so much harm by not letting the people around her in.. This is a story of strong true love, sadness, warmth, friendships, and let me say this now... humor was outstanding. The strength of not letting go when it get's tough was her greatest strengths within herself, but she had other issues at hand as well. It's a beautiful HOT story that ends so perfectly. I loved every thing about it. And..oh my the sex in the story was so wonderfully put into a places when needed. I loved the humor so much I cried also at that. It showed we are human and other issues we face as lovers are out there. As I listen to books or read, I wonder why some of these things are never mentioned or addressed. I loved how he Braden held on to her with every thing he had. Never failing to show her how much he wanted to be just beside her. Her rock. So happy they did that. At the beginning,it was hard, and I even had to stop and at times just to process what she was doing. and sometimes it even repeated itself. So that is why I only gave it 4 stars. Somethings didn't need to be drawn out and lean on over and over. Just my point of view. But, this is an outstanding book, and a great listen and I can't tell you how many times you should have this book. I am sure by this time you mostly do. It took me a while to put my demons away to get to it. But oh my what a great book. It will not disappoint. These are my type of books.. Right here.. Looking forward this winter into going into the minds of her friends as well.. Happy Listening.
Great storyline, very good performance and awesome sex. Just love the push and the pull between the characters. I actually admit to listening to this book a couple of times. The story in engaging and never relents. If you are looking for a steamy modern romance with a good storyline, then this is the one for you. I think I’ll have to listen to more books with Scotts in them if all men are as yummy as this one.
Love Romantic Erotica with a twist , thrill, suspense and a great story !
Really loved Paula Costello and her narration, she made the book !!!!
I did like the story and the characters but Joss and her iron box is soooo frustrating to me. You really want to slap her and tell her to get over it !!! Loved her strength and her mouthy attitude though, and Bradon ...ahhhh, sooo HOT!!! All in all a good book and good worth the money or credit .
I really enjoyed this story. It was well written, and the characters behaved in realistic ways. The narration was awesome as well. It made me laugh and cry.
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