I have read most of Stephanie's books and some of my all time favorite historicals were written by her. I think it must be heard to maintain that level of writing as so many prolific writers books start getting pretty boring. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. I won't read any more of the Bride books and only hope that Stephanie will be able to come back. Don't get me wrong, we all have bad days, so read all of her earlier books. This one was BORING and trivial. YOu have no idea who those people are/were. There was literally no backstory. The book was beyond one dimensional and the romance aspect left me thinking, HUH? Where's the romance?
I have read most of Garwood's books and so many are among my favorite books. Some I have reread more than once. This one is just moronic. Seriously. The lead female character did not report a serious case of harassment, a man attempting to run her off the road and who fired a gun multiple times at her car, etc. Her HR department tells her she can't file a harassment complaint until she works at the company for 3 months. Really. Would anyone above the age of 20 be that dumb? DUH. She had a tape recording of the harassment and apparently didn't think that was evidence enough. She fled the state and returned to her home in Texas. Still, she didn't report any of the above. Her reason was she couldn't afford a lawyer. So stupid that it hurts to listen to it.
The reader was just awful. I don't know how to describe it.
I don't listen to many more than once. That isnt because it isnt good.
I dont like the way he does women's voices. Not his fault. Some men can do it some cant.
I have read almost all of this series and have been a romantic suspense addict for decades. I seldom write reviews but the depth of this particular story appealed to me on many levels. If you like a book that provides multi dimensional story lines, reaches deep into a character to explain motivation and why/how they became who they are, then check this one out. Pamela's storyline reaches into our current lives. The men who service this country pay an incredibly high price and so do their families. The female lead had a life experience that forever changed her and one that most women can relate It is one we can relate to based on the headlines in our 21st century life. They are both wounded, found each other, and were able to help each other. EXCELLENT writing and story line. Thank you.
I agree with previous reviewer who said this story was half a book. It ends right in the middle of the story, seriously! I'm not saying don't read it just want you to know. In addition the female reader was incredibly annoying. She sounded like a nasal twanged bad tempered immature valley girl. When she read the man't comments her voice was much more tolerable. She really ruined the book for me. In future, if she is narrator, I will listen to sample to see if she is still doing that horrible valley girl imitation.
As to the story, it was ok. Big disappointment because I have read all of Linda's previous books and loved almost all. This one was so weak that I had towonder if she was sick, hated the story herself, what? Just very very bad.
I am now reading the 2nd book. We shall see.
Ripped off. It ended half way into the story.
Unlikely I can take Hillary. Stefan was ok but didn't much care for his voice though not irritating like Hillary.
Favorite authors: Karen Robards, Linda Howard, Nalini Singh, Julie James and a few others. tried this as am looking for a new author as I have read all by my favs. One, the reader cannot vary her voice and her male voice was very off putting. She just sounded silly. Two, the story line was almost non existent. I am not looking for realism or I wouldn't be reading romance...but this was just plain dumb and boring. No real character development etc. On to the next new author.
Won't be reading anymore of hers.
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