This is the first I have heard of this writer and I was delighted to find that she has an original, contemporary voice and knows her craft well. The dialog was fresh, flowed well, and fit the characters exactly. This is a romance that is not written with the same, tired phrases found in every romance book (well, maybe a couple of times...).
This is a story heavy on character development rather than plot, which was predictable. Any disappointment with the predictable plot was easily overridden by the skill of the writer. The main male love interest's personality was written a bit heavy-handedly, but somehow worked.
The narrator really 'got' the main character and used a natural approach to differentiating between characters. A couple of times, I wished she had distinguished more clearly between the main character's internal and external dialog, but overall, good job.
I liked the female protagonist, Alex. She is an unassuming, but determined, individual who takes no interest in material wealth. She is formally uneducated, but intelligent, gaining her considerable computer skills with self-education.
Her love interest, Nat, is a no-nonsense detective with the local police force. There is tension between the two as Alex searches for a missing client and Nat refuses to believe that a colleague had anything to do with the client's disappearance.
No big plot twists, but a few surprises make this book satisfying - there are also satisfying bedroom scenes. Good reader. Overall, well done.
The female protagonist is well educated, strong, and knows her own mind and her love interest in the story is street-smart and macho.
Suspense surrounds a secret operation in a small village outside the U.S., causing the primary tension in the plot. The romance balances on differing ideas of relationships rather than miscommunications or hot tempers, which I enjoyed.
The book is relatively well written, but the reader took me a while to get used to. She starts out a bit rough and is terrible with Aussie accents, but after the first hour, I wasn't too bothered.
For me, a book gets 5 stars only if I must miss sleep to listen to it, so this one's only 4 stars.
Samantha Young is my new favorite writer. I read somewhere that she is a young adult writer who is now producing adult romance. I won't go into the plot, because, I don't want to give anything away and because, frankly, it isn't important. Young's strength is in character development. The story takes place over a relatively short span of time and the writer delves deeply into the two protagonists and their relationship. It is a drama, but the characters and their respective circumstances are believable.
It is a well written book with an excellent narrator - LOVED the accent. I don't give many 5 stars, but this production hit all the right notes for me. I will look for more Samantha Young books in the future.
A retired, newly divorced FBI agent takes a contract with the CIA. Although risky, what begins as a straightforward assignment soon becomes much more.
The writer blends action scenes and romance believably - no 'love at first sight' scenes here. Romantic entanglements are not what is typical in the genre, so if you are looking for a Harlequin-type story, you might be disappointed with this book.
The story could have taken place anywhere, i.e. the Riviera is not key, or even expanded upon. The title drew me in, but the writer does little with the locale.
Overall, I am open to spending another credit on this writer, but my expectations won't be high.
The story was ok, but the reader ruined my experience. She "read" the material rather than performed it.
This is a straight forward 'who dunnit' with a romantic story line. The story is not particularly original, but probably better than it seemed with the poor reader
This 5 hour book has some action and the threads of the story are interesting in places, but overall, predictable. Guy and girl fall in love (quickly), but can't be together; and then,circumstances force them to weave their way through danger. For those readers who want bedroom scenes, this book might be a disappointment as there are only a one or two.
The 'bad guys' are written with a heavy hand. The author actually uses the words, "pure evil." The 'good guys' are better balanced - lie and kill, but do so for their country, not profit. This line of thought can give a reader something to think about, i.e. is it right to kill for any reason? However, the author does not necessarily intend to lead readers to deeper thinking. This is a fairly shallow story, with fairly shallow characters, but I was ok with that.
Well executed but predictable story; straight-forward, single threaded plot, watered-down legal situations. I don't regret using a credit, but I won't go out of my way recommending this one to my friends.
I could barely finish my last book due to the reader's raspy monotone and what do I do? I buy a book with the very same reader! Ugh! I decided I wanted to find a new author more than I wanted to avoid this reader, so I soldiered on. The story was fine, if not predictable. The writing was competent enough. Think twice before choosing this one.
The reader's lack of inflection and raspy voice emphasized the slow moving story. The characters' lack of interesting characteristics couldn't carry the type of book the writer attempted. I liked the futuristic elements and wanted to find something to like, but this one puts me to sleep.
I haven't listened to a Marie Force book in years. Now I remember the reason. It reads as though the extent of Force's research into police work and senate politics was limited to television and other romance books. The female protagonist is annoying immature - sticks her tongue out behind the back of a FBI agent, can't handle getting stitches, whines, etc. What professional in any field behaves in such a manner? The plot goes nowhere for the longest time - far too much time is spent on mundane daily conversations, etc. Force has an interesting premise and could have done so much more with the story. What a disappointment.
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