Lots of women have fantasies of taming the asshole. Chloe Mills doesn’t necessarily want to tame Bennett Ryan--she just wants to survive the remaining months of her internship working under the brilliant and mercurial man. What I liked best about this story is that the author told it from alternating viewpoints. If the whole thing had only from been told first-person from Chloe’s POV, Bennett would have come across as nothing but a jackass. But the chapters from his POV added depth to his character, redeeming his nasty comments and short temper. The love/hate relationship developed beautifully.
Another thing that I liked about this book is how it highlighted the still-precarious position women in the business world. Even in 2013, women are held to different professional standards than men. If the truth of their affair were to come out, people would automatically assume any success she experienced in her career was earned on her back. It’s just not the same for men. If Bennett had been the intern and Chloe the boss, that element of the story would’ve been lost.
Before purchasing this book, I did what I always do and checked out the Amazon reviews. I try to take them all with a grain of salt and not put too much stock into what any one review thinks. There was one review that said this book finishes with a non-ending, that it simply cuts off. Let me assure you, this was not that case at all. It definitely felt like a complete book. There were also some reviewers who criticized the profanity and abundance of sex. This is an erotic romance. It is meant for adults who speak and act like adults. If you don’t like that sort of thing, then this book is not for you. Personally, I love steamy stories and have a tendency to pepper my own speech with f-bombs, so Beautiful Bastard was right up my alley.
Lastly, I actually listened to this book in audio book format. The narrator, Grace Grant, was fabulous! I have already been on Audible to see what other books she has narrated, so I can hear her work again.
Overall, I give Beautiful Bastard...
Plot - 4 bookmarks
Character Development - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Love Story - 4 bookmarks
Sex Scenes - 12 bookmarks (It’s my blog, and if I don’t want to stop at 5 bookmarks, I can.)
Cover Art - 5 bookmarks
Editing Quality - 5 bookmarks
Dream Cast (Otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Robert Pattinson (Bennett Ryan), Tatiana Maslany (Chloe Mills)
Greg Tremblay is such a great voice actor. His Asian accents are spot on. This story was typical Mary Calmes, and by that I mean it was wonderful.
It’s really nice to read a stand alone novel. It seems all people write anymore are series. I love series books, but there is something satisfying about a book that actually ends without leaving open cliffhangers.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likable and had good chemistry. The author could have explored the hollowness of fame a little more, since I think this was an important point in the book. I also don’t care for the title. Yes, Fenix is a dancer, but dancing doesn’t have anything to do with the central conflict. Even with these two minor issues, I enjoyed the book, and definitely will be looking for more from this author.
Since I listened to the book in audio, I really should say something about the narrator. He was easy to listen to, and did a great job, but he had some trouble with Fenix’s American accent. Sometimes it slipped into a southern sound, when Fenix was from New York. Other times Fenix sounded a bit British. That said, it wasn’t enough to distract me too much. I would listen to this narrator again.
Overall, I give Dance....
Plot - 4 bookmarks
Character Development - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Love Story - 4 bookmarks (too much time apart)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Wilson Bethel (Fenix), Luke Grimes (Jared)
Just finished listening to Slide and Rare. These books are a true emotional roller coaster. While there were a couple of silly coincidences that pulled me out of the story, the character and the narrator held it together for me. Michael Lesley is phenomenal! His voice for Ash was hella sexy! He has to manage some different accents, and he manages to do so without coming across too fake. I will definitely be looking for more books with him as the narrator on Audible.
Characters: I loved Ash and Pete. They were not perfect...far from it...but they came across so real. (I think this is why the coincidences pulled me out.) I wish they were real so I could be their friend. Strong, sensitive, talented, head-over-heels in love with each other, etc.
I did think that Ellie got a little lost in the second book. For someone who is supposed to be Ash's best friend, she's hardly ever there. I'm not sure if there will be another book in this series, so maybe her story is being held over for that.
Overall, I am giving this story five stars. Even with the coincidences, I still loved the book, and I thought the writing was solid.
I thought this book was an excellent start to a fun YA series. The history of the town is really cool, and I can see how this can feed into many fun plot lines with unique characters. I almost wish more was done with the whole carney thing, but this is just the first book, and I'm sure we will get more of that later.
The love story between Tas & Michael was a little rushed for me, but that might be because I am a little tired of the whole "soulmates" thing. But teens do tend to fall in love quickly, so maybe I'm just being a crotchety old lady. I do have to say that the author did a great job of creating an emotional chemistry, while still keeping to a heat level that is appropriate for a YA audience.
Best of all, the writing of this story was really solid. There is nothing worse that poor editing pulling me out of a story, even in an audio format. That never happened here.
I hope the rest of the series makes it to audio!
Overall, I give FEARLESS...
Plot - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Character development - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Love Story - 3 (Sorry, I'm jaded. You kids better get off my lawn!)
Narration - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Concept - 5 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Sophie Turner (Tasmyn), Hunter Parrish (Michael), Madalina Diana Ghenea (Ms. Lacusta), Lucy Hale (Nell)
I've read many of the books in this series. so when I saw the first book available on audio, I jumped on it. Gomez Pugh is the perfect narrator. He really brings Victor Bane to life. He does a great job distinguishing the character voices too. His portrayal of Sargent Warwick and his upper-Midwest accent was hilarious!
AMONG THE LIVING is only novella length, but it packs a lot of punch. We get creepy horror, humor, well-developed characters, some fun sexy-times...everything I like in a book. I love the world this story is set in. The pairing of psychic and stiff investigators is a really cool concept. It’s interesting how the two types of people bring different talents to the table while solving crimes. The psychic investigators also vary in their talents, leading to some interesting plot possibilities. I found it interesting that even thought psychics are utilized in such an important way in this society, they are still feared and discriminated against. I see so many exciting possibilities for where the author can take these characters.
Short review for a short book, but I can’t wait for the rest of the series to continue in audio.
Overall, I give AMONG THE LIVING...
Plot - 5 bookmarks
Character development - 5 bookmarks (considering this is only 90 pages, there is a lot of depth to Victor)
Love/Sex - 4 1/2 bookmarks (the only reason I downgraded it from five is because I’m not fully connected to Jacob yet)
Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Matthew Gray Gubler (Victor), Channing Tatum (Jacob), Michelle Rodriguez (Lisa), Cherry Jones (Carolyn)
Just finished the audio book of A Casual Weekend Thing by A.J. Thomas. Great story, but I almost couldn't get through it because of the narrator. He had the least sexy voice ever. For some books, that would work fine, but he made all the guys in this book sound like creepers. I see there is a second book out. I hope when Dreamspinner produces the audio version, they chose a more appropriate reader.
As far as the story goes...I enjoyed the characterization. Christopher and Doug were interesting, thought I really wish the author would have left off the lame back story and nightmares for Doug. It felt like an afterthought, and didn't really add to his character or the plot. I liked his struggles with prejudice as a Native American. That was enough. No need to try to make him more damaged.
The plot moved quickly. There was enough mystery to keep me guessing. The love story was handled well. I liked that it showed even relationships with sleezey beginnings can find their happily ever after.
Overall, I give A Casual Weekend Thing...
Plot - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Character Development - 4 bookmarks (I'm just going to go ahead and pretend Doug's stupid back story with the boy from college didn't exist.)
Love Story - 5 bookmarks (Felt very natural.)
Dream cast (Otherwise known as who I pictured while reading/listening) - This was tough, because the narrator had me picturing Ron Jeremy. I suppose if I were reading this book my brain would have pictured Adam Beach (Doug) and Cam Gigandet (Christopher).
I love history and learning about other people around the world. This book gave me my first insight into Iran from the Iranian perspective. Iran sounds like a fascinating place, and I wish it were safe enough for me to visit. I thought the author was incredibly fair in his treatment of America too. He praised us for what we do well and criticized us where we fell short in our political actions.
I loved the espionage and intrigue in the book. Several times I was on the edge of my seat with fear for Reza and his family. Thrillingly read made more thrilling in that it is a true story!
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