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.
Say something about yourself!
I got very absorbed in this book. It was very sexy/hot; the characters were – for the most part – well developed and likeable. The narrator Paula Costello was excellent.
The story is about a young American woman x-pat that lives in Edinboro, Scotland after a tragic adolescence, and the people she meets and engages with. The author does not drag out all of the back stories but rather inserts and weaves them through the main story.
It is worth the credit!! If you like romance, all that means and so much more!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. It's the first one I've read by this author but I've heard so many good reviews I had to try it. The narrator did a great job with it and did wonderful on the Scottish accents. :D
I liked Joss. She had a rough life and lost her family at a very young age. This caused her to not invest in relationships because of the fear of losing more people she loved. She moves in to a flat on Dublin Street as a flatmate to Braden's sister, Ellie (whom I loved...kinda wish she'd had her own book). When Joss and Braden first meet she tries her best to push him away because the feelings and attraction he stirs in her are frightening to someone who hides from any ties.
Braden is great. I think he did the best he could given the issues Joss had...and considering the fact that she wouldn't share her issues with anyone making them harder to get around. Braden gets Joss to agree to a "friends with benefits" arrangement but then keeps doing things that are more personal that something between just "friends". It's actually pretty cool how he manages to get past her defenses.
I was actually pretty pleased for a good part of the book. For a while Joss was doing real well it working at things with Braden. She realized she needed help with her emotional issues and was seeing a therapist. She stopped griping at Braden for behaving like more than friends and their relationship started progressing. For a while, things were going well for them.
But these books always have to have uncertainty and there's some major drama that freaks Joss out in her forward progress on her emotional issues and it breaks up Braden and Joss. Things aren't helped along by some mis-understandings (and 1 outright lie) and I wasn't sure I was liking the direction the story was heading but in the end I really did like it. The ending was really good and tied things up well leaving me with a happy and satisfied feeling once I was done.
Very good book. I'd recommend it and will probably continue with the next in the series when it comes out. :D
This was a surprisingly good listen. I continued to skip purchasing it because of the synopsis did not grab my attention; saw some reviews on Amazon and Good Reads and decided to give it a try. It was defininitely worth the credit to me.
This was such a great book! The narrator's voice was a little annoying initially but she did an awesome Irish accent especially for the main male character, whom I wanted to magically appear in real life because he seemed kinda scrumptious ...I'm just saying. Good storyline for the most part, fairly realistic, great sex scenes. I just fell in love with the characters and would love another Dublin st book!
Yes. In fact the second I was done that was the first think I did on FB. I used my free credit to get this book and don't regret it at all. On Dublin Street was a fantastic listen and Paula was great at the narration.
50 Shades, Reflected in You
I personal thought she did great with the voices and for me it made the book all that much better.
Absolutely fantastic. I haven't been touched by a book like this in a long time. I loved all the characters in the book, Ellie, Adam, and Dr. Pritchard.
Joss aka Jocelyn is brave, wonderful and so real. For someone so young and who had lost so much; she is incredibly self-suffient and independent. That independence keeps her safe; safe from developing close relationships with others in fear that they can lead to further loss. I saw alot of myself in Joss, my younger 22 year old self.
I love the fact the Joss knows she has issues, but that Braden, that special someone, won't let those issues stop him from forcing himself into her life. Braden was the right man, at the right time and strong enough to be with Joss.
This is what Erotic Romance should be; passionate, uplifting, real and hopeful.
I highly recommend this book.
The audiobook narrated by Paula Costello who was fabulous.
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.
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.