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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.
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.
I keep see this book and for some reason I just never could bring myself to get it. I was totally in a rush and it yet again had shown up in one of the suggestion lists on the first page. I am so glad I got it could not stop listening. Samantha Young did a great job.
Loved the Irish accents in the narration. Paula Costello did an excellent job. The story was sexy, but predictable. Boy meets girl, girl has issues, attraction builds, girl denies her feelings, boy chases, etc., etc. The characters were interesting, but not complex. Plenty of emotional ups and downs, humor and a little angst.
Reformed Tom Boy
So an immature brat is a bitch to a wonderful and understanding man for months, then dumps him. And we're supposed to root for the selfish chick to get the guy?
I love to read southern fiction, family sagas, romance and a bit if fantasy
Easy to care about these characters. Enjoyable plot also.
The main character was easy to like and root for. You wanted her to find love.
The inflections she put into the book were great. Easy to listen to.
Close to it.
I have enjoyed it a lot but I find it somehow sexist. Anyway, I recommend it if you want to have a good time.. Some laughs and some sad parts.. Very complete although I would change some of the behaviours.
it was a very sect book with drama and lots of life with a happily ever ending