Overall, this book was worth a listen. My only criticisms are that the sex scenes seem to become repetitious and almost boring after awhile and Braden, the main male character, uses the "F" word in every sentence--as an adjective, verb, and expletive. I finally had to start laughing because his ability to express himself was so limited by his reliance on variations that word. Actually, the female character's vocabulary wasn't much more extensive. I don't mind use of four letter words, but they lose their effectiveness when they are an integral part of every sentence.
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.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Samantha Young writes great sex scenes and narrator Paula Costello did a very nice job of telling them. The journey of Joss and Brendan from casual relationship to marriage was a "listen twice" type of audiobook for me.
I enthusiastically urge women who enjoy romantic novels and graphic sex to spend a credit on this delightful story of an American girl in Scotland
When am I going to learn that hundreds of 5 star ratings doth not a good book make!?!?!? Unfortunately I read only after I downloaded that this author has previously only written for the YA audience. Had I discovered that, I would have passed this up. The premise and the characters are a stretch, but mostly it was just plain boring. But at least there was consistency in that the reader chosen was equally flat in her delivery. No tonal depth, no character differentiation, far too much snark.
What genre was it?! Not romance, not erotica. YA sex maybe. A new genre. Just what we need.
I would have been embarrassed had any of the readers I love done this book.
Not a one.
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.
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In truth, the author couldn't convince me and although I tried, I just couldn't believe this story. Although the narrator was great, I expected a lot more from this book, especially with all the high ratings. I found that very little was done in the way of character development and more focus was put on describing sex scenes and in all truth, that only goes so far.
At the beginning, Braden and Joss felt forced and I could never really figure out what was so special about Jocelyn (Joss) that could cause Braden to drop his gorgeous girlfriend, annoying and materialistic though she was, in order to pursue a sexual ‘contract’ with a girl who is not Braden’s type and proves to be even more annoying. The author fails to make the connection and so the only reason I could surmise is that it is because Jocelyn has big boobs...Double-Ds to be exact. Yes, the author mentions Jocelyn’s big boobs more than once and frankly it's unnecessary.
So we have Joss, who is a 'big-boobed' character that is not friendly and whose personality borders on unbearable. She is indecisive, confusing and ridiculously aggravating. We learn she suffered tragedy and loss earlier in her life but even then her childish, stand-offishness comes across as annoying and immature. Although she is a character who suffered deep levels of pain and loss, Joss lacks any real depth of character or emotion. She states she has feelings "flooding" and "rushing through her" but that is hard to believe because the author fails to convince us of any real or complex feelings Joss might possess. I found most of the drama to be forced and contrived and I think the story fails in providing a deep or worthy reason as to why Braden is attracted to Jocelyn, let alone why he becomes immediately obsessed with her. It just doesn't make sense.
Although many people think Braden is dreamy, I found him to be a jackass. He is condescending, possessive and arrogant. Braden is verbally abusive and often comes across as demeaning. For example he says, “You’ve got great legs, Jocelyn. An amazing smile when you use it on occasion. And fantastic tits. And yeah, I usually date blondes. But you’re a blonde. I think.”
Really? I mean, REALLY!?!...I've never been this turned off by a hero in my life. We even learn Braden has previously ‘dated’ a prostitute whom he didn’t mind to share with his best friend! Yuck! I can’t believe anyone finds that sexy, desirable or even slightly attractive. No, I have to admit this book/audiobook will not go down as one of my favorites.
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
It's a romance story that has all the good stuff. Couldn't put it down.
Aside from it just being a great listen this book is so refreshing in that Joss reflects on her issues realistically and she recognizes why she is the way she is. She evolves throughout the story. (Kind of nice to not hear a character keep reiterating their fears over and over again without a clue.). Also, it was great to hear Braden call Joss on her issues when necessary but still patient. However, there is so much more to the story that you don't feel beat down by "issues".
As for the narration--INCREDIBLE!!!
I don't know why it took me so long to download this book. As soon as I finished it I started it all over again. I'm counting down the hours to "Down London Road".
I hate when I can't put a book down because I'm bummed when its over.
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I heard that this book was a really good book. But I was very disappointed it was not worth my time or money...
This is not an easy love story. It's at times uncomfortable, thought provoking, and frustrating. I loved the story all the more for those very reasons. There are intensely passionate moments and very sweet "breakthrough" moments.
The narrator does an excellent performance with the different characters, male and female vocals and Scots accent.
The dialogue is believable and very humorous at times, at others just heartbreaking. Stay with it to the end. It's a very satisfying listen. Well worth the credit.
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.