The author is just brilliant, amazing humor, great story telling, takes you inside the "dirty" side of Wall St but with an unpretentious tone that is so needed.
The story is surprisingly developed for a YA book. Jacquelyn comes out of a relationship with the perfect boyfriend and tries to not fall for the seeming "bad boy" which proves to be a strong solid character after a traumatized past. Both characters could have shown more of their layers throughout the book, given what the writer disclosed for their past.
I was surprised to find a young adult story in front of me when I started listening to this audiobook. It is true that both of them were young and are now trying to start from scratch... The story is very light, yes enjoyable at times and funny, and very sexy. But its at a 180 degree turn to where the two left off. I did want Caleb and Livvie to have a happy ending somehow, but it sounded a bit too easy for my liking. I give 4 stars just because Livvie finds some peace at the end.
I absolutely loved that the story started backwards and yet it did not spoil anything to you. It certainly added a extra layer of suspense by not knowing how Livvie got to the border. Caleb's disturbing past is unveiled which gives a lot of color on why he is who he is. His own martyrdom during his childhood makes his story credible and gives the reader a valid chance to forgive him. The story builds around his impending decision to whether betray his heart or the life as he knows it.
Terrific job in doing both hispanic and middle eastern accents.
It certainly ranks at the top in terms of a unique plot. It gives an eerily believable feel to the story, which could make you sick to even think about it.
Yes. Held me captive.
This is a story that describes a woman's worst nightmare: abduction, sexual force, captivity. The author got right the psychological aspect of how the captor tried to "break" the person and build her back up as he wanted her to be: a slave.
People's, or better women's, reactions to this book should be honestly studied by psychologists. I kept asking myself: if Caleb was ugly would I have kept listening? Would I try to make excuses for him for what he did to her?
Hilarious, witty and sweet!
I was extremely disappointed with the performance. It almost ruined the book, but I kept listening because I liked the story. The narrator sounded like she was bored to read and was trying to finish as fast as possible. She kept raising her voice at points in time when the story did not have any "suspense" and it sounded very odd.
Fun story about two people who meet in Vegas and yes... they get drunk and get married but its not as cheesy as it sounds. If you pass that fact and accept it is what it is... you will enjoy the book. The female character is beautifully unveiled slowly throughout the book, and her many layers come in to play nicely in situations. The male character is easy to love and enjoy, as the title of the book hints.
The simplification of the background financial information needed to understand the problem, which is also explained while focusing in a few key areas, is an unmatched quality of Lewis' books. Any lay person without a finance background should be able to grasp this problem.
Great job of staying ahead of/ exposing the industry in the right way (without conspiracy theories and irrelevant innuendos).
I was excited when I started listening to this book, to hear how the lives of the band members and their significant others have developed. However, the format did not work for me. First it was like reaching the peak of happiness in each couple and only living those moments. At the end it ended up too "sweet" and "sugar-y" throughout.
Unfortunately, and I truly mean that because I loved the prior books, this was not a great read.
Justine did a terrific job as always. Great way to pull off all the voices in one book! I knew who was speaking before she even said it! Amazing job with so many characters involved!
Kellan Lutz as Sed could be fun!
Two key issues I have with this book are: 1) why was Trey's relationship not in this book while the rest 4 were included? 2) why bring up Brian's feelings toward Trey and leave them unresolved in this book? These didn't make sense unless there is another book in order just for Trey which would be odd.
Again loved all prior books, please read those before this one.
Hopeless romantics should definitely give this book a chance!
Besides the obvious "got married in Vegas and then dont remember it" lack of believability, what really did not rub me the right way was the fact that this bad boy was portrayed only as a romantic, sensitive guy (except two angry fits that were short lived). His character was completely inconsistent with a rock superstar. I have to admit though I liked the heroine's character quite a lot, it had layers of complexity that were well defined given her background/ history.
The author could have added more intricate details or elements of a rock star's life into the book to increase the reader's interest. Olivia Cunning's sinners series nailed that aspect... as a comparison.
She whispered the whole book out. It was unfortunate because it ruined most fun parts. Maybe the author decided to pick this narrator to offset the more intense sex scenes in the book compared to the prior ones, but I disagree with the approach.
My biggest issue with this book is that I don't believe that the couple could forgive what they did to each other in real life. Over-dramatized breakup has its consequences and if I wanted to related to Hanna, the easy forgiveness she gives Marco spoils it for me.
Samantha is a great writer, I hope she keeps up the quality of her prior work (please!). Don't rush it!
The narrator was too soft spoken for my taste.
The story is indeed a bit stretched, Kacey has gone through so much heart ache in her life but she never dealt with her emotions which led to problems later on. I personally think that Trent's identity is spoiling the story. Without it would have been much more believable.
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