heroine as a young girl, all dressed up out in a bar, first exposure to the Russian Mob
The humor in the face of the literalness of the Females take on things vs. easygoing humor in the Police Officer.
The girls description/view of life with Mom.
Nora Roberts can do average and predictable. This book is neither. It is special. It takes a complicated, sweet, brilliant, almost autistic girl and plants her firmly in a terrible place by her own rebellion. The life she creates because of what happens is the makings of a great story. And the warm Law Enforcement official she encounters butts up against her rigid paranoia in a wonderful way. Doesn't sound like a keeper, but it is wonderfully crafted and very interesting and loving story.
Those wishing to learn the alternative misogynistic lifestyle of motorcycle clubs. I hoped for more of a story after the rave reviews.
she is a good smooth reader. Her voice adds to the story, she doesn't try to do too much with the different characters.
I would have asked the author to decide if the 'hero' respects or disrespects women. In many scenes he stands up for them. In many scenes he is the most disgusting pig I've read.
I would have enlarged the story with the affair with the Lawyer and other self destructive relationships like Frankie. More relationship, less sex. This story is all about beauty, and sex.
For a man who takes down people who disrespect women, including his son, the lead character treats the love of his life in the most despicable ways. Consistently. She is the most beautiful doormat. Tired of reading about Beautiful Loyal Doormats.
people who have never been in a real relationship and are happy with the fantasy.
she reads well, however she is all one note, calm, and a bit lethargic.
Many scenes describing how beautiful he and his big erection are.
Disappointed. Initially very happy that finally the girl has it happening. A career starting, her own history and accomplishments. And then.....another book where she is living for him, and the world begins and ends with whether or not he wants her.
Two Excellent Narrators, both male and female were fantastic. Also the back story is revealed slowly in time as the plot progresses.
Great deal of emotion and frustration, and sometimes reluctant curiosity, or strident apathy. Sometimes characters are unlikeable, and I might skip over those parts or roll my eyes at the drama.
spoiler alert: The scene where Nastia and Josh make love, and his complete inability to understand how he 'breaks her', what and why she is, but knows that he may lose her too.
Utterly devastating understanding of the trauma of assault, self blame, self destruction, and distance from the burden of loving.
no, little plot other than two people getting together, heroine annoying and narcissistic.
scene with ex fiance where she realizes her self worth.
tremendously long book, and audiobook well performed by reader. Saved it from being completely awful.
Repetitive sex, sex for sex's sake. Come on. Boring. Been there done that for the past 50 pages.
Lack of character of Female character. At the most she was SO F*cking BEAUTIFUL. As Ethan loved to yell all the time.
Ethan - very solidly devoted, intense. Interesting having the story told from male POV.
Annoyance, frustration, that women would buy in to such crap. Once dimensional female character.
Cannot believe that a woman who has her life defined by a particular sexual trauma would be the sexual hot potato that this character is.
yes, but she should have just read the story rather than pause and put in her own breath edits.
less predictable, not so nice story
I would recommend the book to read. The author writes very naturally and knowledgeably about the military and paramilitary investigation. She also writes a terrific love/sex story. She is consistently excellent. I was looking forward to listening to the book come alive in a different way, read by someone with different inflections, and interpretations.
I would NOT recommend the audio book. The narrator is obviously a smoker, and is very phlegmy with her voices. She also has a very strident way of talking, and when she makes a point in the story she s l o w s d o w n. I can make my own interpretation of major points thank you.
She also makes everyone from the south sound like a red neck hillbilly with no teeth and no education. I believe that some of these high up Delta force types probably are not total hicks from the Tennessee Mountains.
I went back several times to try to give the story/narrator more time to grow on me. Couldn't do it - way too irritating. Even Kathleen Turner with her smoker/whiskey voice can make it soft and sublte, with inflections that are pleasing to the ear. Shades of grey - not the black and white rock hard voice of this reader. I will be watching to avoid further books narrated by her. Whereas I pick up books on purpose, narrated by the outstanding Victor Slezak, Patrick Lawlor, Phil Gigante, Dennis Boutsakaris, Angela Dawes, Frank Muller - even if I don't know the Author.
Characters who cared about the *rap they are in, the plot, the story, rather than who they want to have sex with, be jealous of, be in a fight with. The lead female starts out in a trial for murder - and she is most concerned about getting back together with her boyfriend! YUCK! Really? Quite a soap opera. Couldn't sit through it - had to turn it off HARD.
Less characters named Laquesha, Taneesha, etc. I felt like I was listening to a Saturday Night Live character - except hers weren't funny - they were desperately bad. Don't let real life get in the way with hooking up with "your man"! And damn all the other wimmen folk. I could see the long fingernails and a woman saying "don't you shush ma child" or "talk to the hand'.
Narrator was good - but just don't care.
less repetition of dilemma of main character Paige
Lead female character was SO whiny. Artificial reasons for both couples to not fall in love until they completely capitulate. I tried to listen for Calebs' story to finish but had to turn it off.
She is a good narrator, but the warble-y voice she had to do for Paige revealed Paiges weaknesses as a character and pseudo-valor.
Secondary story of Vivi and Caleb was interesting.
I did not feel the threat of the 'bad guys' in this book - therefore the good guys were just 'so so'. Tylers' stories done on foreign soil are better written.
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