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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.
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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.
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. :)
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.
This is the first novel that I have read/listened to by this author and I am now a fan. It had humor, romance, sex and an alpha male. The narration was fantastic. I have not listen to many books with characters that have accents. Paula Costello did an amazing job of bring the characters to life. My husband came into the room and wanted to know what I was grinning at. The book had me doing this all the way through. I laughed out loud through many parts. Jocelyn has a weird, neurotic personality but still does not come across as weak and useless. There was some good steamy sex scenes but not overkill. If you like books like Sylvia Day's "Bared To You", then you will like this one. I could have listened to it in one sitting but alas work got in the way. I love books where there is sarcastic dialogue and funny characters. I will definitely check out her next book to see how that one plays out. I will also look up other narrations by Paula.
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!
loved it. first time with author and narrator.the plot was flawless.am definitely listening to this book again
This story has strong, well rounded characters you care about and root for, strong and sexy main and supporting characters, wonderful pacing and an absolutely beautiful narration by Paula Costello. One of the my favorite audiobooks ever!