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.
The narrator really nails this story, truly capturing the sexy and romantic character Scot Braedon in perfect pitch as well as the smart ass, clever and angst ridden Jocelyn. Seriously, why has Paula Costello on,y narrated one book? It's a sweet and sexy story and a group of really great characters.