Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
Paula pulled off the characters accents and personalities perfectly!
Jocelyn and Braden, I loved the way they worked together, even when they didn't.
Braden. Paula makes it easy to forget that she's narrating his voice too.
It took me a while to get through this but only because this was one of my first audiobooks and I was still getting used to them. I can see myself listening to this in a day of I were to hear it again. Which I plan to.
This is one of those books that I’ve had for freaking ever! I’ve been wanting to read it but it kept getting pushed down my kindle. When Megan told me to try out the audiobook I knew I had to try it because her recommendations haven’t let me down. My last two experiences with audiobooks weren’t that good. (Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince) It ended up taking me almost 3 weeks to get through each one! I was immediately hooked on this story and I finished this one in two days. I’m mentally kicking myself for not reading this one sooner.
After Jocelyn’s parents and sister die in a car crash, Jocelyn grows up in the foster care system. Years later, she ends up in Scotland and is looking for a new roommate. She ends up living with Ellie who so happens to have a super hot older brother, Braden. After several chemistry-heavy encounters, Braden proposes for him and Jocelyn to have a no-strings attached relationship for three months. It takes some convincing, but Jocelyn ends up agreeing, especially since this actually ends up working in her favor seeing as she doesn’t attach herself emotionally to other people.
After their first time getting it on, it’s clear that this no-strings attached deal isn’t going to go as smoothly as they hoped. For one, Jocelyn freaks out when Braden tries to cuddle after sex. The horror! She doesn’t understand why Braden wants to spend the night with her or take her out on a date. I love this about her! I love that it was the guy chasing after the girl. I loved that he had to talk her into things, calm her down and even trick her into taking her to dinner. Just when Jocelyn starts to realize that she has real feelings for Braden, she is reminded of how fast she can lose the people she loves, which causes her to push away not only Braden but Ellie as well. But Braden isn’t giving up on Jocelyn and he isn’t going down without a fight. This made me love him so much and only added to his hotness factor.
I hate to admit that it took me a little while to get used to the accents on the audiobook. I’m one of those weird people that does not like accents and does not find them sexy (except for Ed Westwick). I do think that the narrator did a fantastic job with them but when I first heard her Braden and Ellie voices, I couldn’t help but think of Brave. I’m so glad I finally read this one. It was funny, emotional and so freaking hot! I loved the secondary characters (Ellie and Adam) who ended up stealing more than a few scenes. I definitely plan on continuing with the Dublin series!
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
Is it a character study? A romance? Soft porn? I don't think artists need to fit themselves into a genre, nor do authors, but this book has the jarring effect of moving between an almost "cozy" friendship story, to the panic attacks of a young woman with a scarred past, to extremely graphic sex scenes. I like a good romantic description as well as the next person, but....yikes! They just come out of nowhere in this book and go on and on... Pretty good narrator, moving between Scottish and American dialects, and a basic love story. You know how it will end right away. It's a good choice for those of you who like "bodice rippers."
Reading is my happy place:)
Narrator was great
She did well switching between accents
I laughed a lot but definitely some emotional points
This is a wonderful story Jocelyn with her demon's and many masks who never wants to feel again after her family is killed in a car accident. Then she moves into Dublin St and meets the man who will slowly seep into her soul Braden Carmichael and try as she might fall in love with him and his family. The narration is fantastic by Paula Costello. Wonderful book by Samantha.
It ranks pretty high...by far the best story narrated.
Hands down no-nonsense-tell-it-like-it-is Joselyn (Joss) Buttler.
Paula Costello's did an amazing job of capturing all the characters nuances and help me identify with each one.
Made me cry somewhat..."untrustworthy cold bitch"
I have listened to this book more times that I can count...the sex scenes are hot but the story of these two individuals is heartwarming.
Yes, as a matter of fact someone introduce me to the "Scottish"
Not so longed winded on what's "Joss" problem and you wait until last mintues of chapters to get to the point.
I need to take a trip to Scotland
Uh, yeah how the characters are so real and different, meaning that we all need to communicate better with family, friends and everyone needs love
I'd love this book.
The narration was absolutely impressive!
The most memorable moment was when Joss meets Braiden,
No, but she is by far the best narrator I've heard so far.
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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.
Somehow this falls into the category of troubled girl, hot guy always by her side.
Typical plot, yet its still draws me in with good writing that clenchs my heart. Its not those books I would like to replay anytime soon, cos its kind of painful too. But definitely a good journey for this kind of story.
Possibly London Road although this was better.
Yes, I've listened several times since.
The narrator was fantastic.
This book while having very hot sex scenes has a wonderful story, I love its not just an erotic novel.