I really enjoyed this book - and Rebecca Lowman did an excellent job of the narration. Interesting storyline - and Roberts drew interesting and enjoyable characters. Great mix of mystery/suspense and romance. Totally enjoyable listen, didn't want to stop till the last chapter was complete!
I found the character of Claire to be an insular, brittle character. While I get the angst about her past...she blames Jake for walking away - but in my opinion he had good reason. She continues to pout about him walking away - while freely admitting she can only give so much of herself and waaaahhh...why isn't that enough? Chicken....Then there's the plot. I found the set up of how Clare winds up in this little out of the way town in South Carolina where her former lover Jake just happens to live an is a "resident" FBI agent highly implausible. So Clare is looking for her sister, she is supposed to be an FBI agent, but she pulls the really dumb and very trite mistake of going into dangerous situations with no back-up. When the main characters start down that road - I find it very hard to keep buying into the plot. Not to mention when you head into the climax and she has the tactical advantage at one point and doesn't follow thru and finish the job....and turns her freaking back on the bad guy before being sure he is down! Yikes that is soooooo dumb.
Worst southern accents ever! I am a southerner....we don't talk that way. Really. And why do southerners from small towns always get portrayed as redneck and not quite bright! Insulting!
A bit of anger and disappointment in the overall book.
Save your credit....
No...but it isn't a Romantic Suspense per se...just has elements. More straight suspense.
This book had a good plot - however the first distraction for me was the constant 1st and 3rd person narratives jumping back and forth. I dislike 1st person as I prefer more than one character perspective in a book. While this one had 3rd person narrative - it was annoying jumping back and forth and drew me out of the story every time. My biggest gripe was the main character. I found her mean and fake. I tried to like her - but how do you respect someone who admits they have made a fortune writing "crap" that she doesn't even believe herself. No apologies - just sheer arrogance. She spent her career covering that not only is she not the "Queen of Nice" but basically, she is a b***h. Evidently this is a trait her friends and family find endearing for reasons that escape my understanding. I found her to be a narcissistic jerk. Not to mention...too stupid to live - which in my opinion is the greater of the personalty faults. She continually put herself in danger....this trait is a crutch authors use to advance a plot that is the final nail in the book coffin for me. Lousy and and lazy writing in my opinion when you can't write a character with intelligence and yet have suspense. Suspense shouldn't be manufactured out of a character doing something really, really stupid in order to get the story to the climax of the book. Yikes - really annoying. So...done with this author.
From Sharon Sala - yes - as long as it is a different narrator.
It came across as amateurish because the narration was so very bad. I know Sharon Sala writes a good book as a rule - but the poor reading really colored my perception of the story.
Wasted my credit...
A lead character with a brain....
I cannot abide a woman in a book who is obviously in danger insisting on constantly putting herself in danger because "that psycho isn't going to change what I do and how I do it." Really - so be really stupid...I'm sure you'll die satisfied in knowing he didn't change the way you did things...yikes, I cannot stand stupid characters.
There wouldn't be a lot of book left.
Yeah, save your credit if you want characters that actually have a working brain.
I thought the chemistry between Becky and Frank was great. However, this is one of those books where a 5 minute honest conversation would have solved all problems. You have to go to the very end of the book to finally get to that conversation. Too much of the plot is written around the "big misunderstanding" and the suspense/action was very much on the thin side of the plot. Harkens back to the 80's contemporary romance where a plot line was all about the two main characters totally misjudgments/misunderstandings. Boring as a plot line in my opinion. The first book in this series was much better.
Much too predictable. The "big misunderstanding" is resolved and a new character is brought in as a set up for the next book.
Smokey...very good job actually.
A more action/suspense filled plot. Instead of junior high level of communication between two seeming adults.
I can't say it was terrible...it had some good moments. Just way too predictable.
Yes....Sharon is an excellent writer. This is a very well written book. Just a bit too sad....
The story - this whole series is very well written and interesting. Cynthia Eden keeps you on the edge of your seat with the plot. It is very cleverly written and hot, hot hot.
Terrible southern accents. I don't know why the narrator gives this whole team southern accents. I don't think any of them except maybe Luke Dante is supposed to be from the south. Between wanting the narrator to cough or clear her throat and her really, really bad southern accent - it was difficult at times not to be pulled out of the story.
The story was really good enough to overcome the really bad narration - but it's too bad they didn't select a more skilled narrator. There is nothing worse than someone who is obviously not from the south trying to sound like they are :-)
It is very hard to follow....and not interesting enough to keep trying. I am half way through and have given up on it. I don't care enough for the characters to bother. The tedious obsessiveness of the male lead character got on my nerves. The best I can tell, he is supposedly drawn to main female lead, but has only managed to have sex with a secondary character...not my favorite premise for leading characters in a romantic suspense. As for the suspense plot.....not much of one to tell. And what's up with the equally neurotic/depressing detective investigating. Yikes these characters are boring and seemed to be obsessed with sex. I like a good steamy book - but this is like reading a sex therapy manual - LOL! I have read this author before and enjoyed her cohesive interesting stories - but she sure missed the boat with this one.
Written a plot that was really interesting and had characters that were interesting as well.
Yes - she did a good job with the material that she had.
The secondary female lead who seemed to be a sex addict/skank...so boring I can't remember her name.
It was tedious at times because the narration was so poor - as well as the quality of the recording.
A talented narrator and higher quality production. The story itself was good - I just struggled with listening to it. I would have better off reading this one.
Absolutely not. Tedious and annoying.
Average story - this could have been much more enjoyable with a skilled narration.
Alice is really, really stupid. At first, I thought perhaps the whole wide-eyed innocent disingenuous thing might work. Not. I have read all of these books and found that as time goes on, each book Foster puts out, the lead female becomes more and more annoying to me. This one tops the list of TSTL (too stupid to live). In this book Alice takes a risk that is beyond stupid - when all she had to do was make a phone call to her POLICE DETECTIVE boyfriend and get help in a very dangerous situation. But because of some atonement crap issues she seems to have, she figures she is smarter and better able to handle a dangerous situation. When in truth, she not only endangered herself but also the other person she was "rescuing." What if the bozo bad guy had killed them both, which he could have easily done, then what? Yikes, I cannot stand dumb characters. And her absolute oblivion to logical thinking and understanding why her now lover is upset over her actions is beyond ludicrous. I also found the secondary character Rowdy to be a very confusing character. He is supposedly a stand-up guy - but in one scene between him and a woman he is interested in - he acts like a complete a** - basically letting her know that if she won't put out - another woman will. Too bad, so sad honey, it could have been you, but well - I'm gonna get me some action tonight either way. And that is supposed to make him sexy????? Ugh is too mild a word.
Probably done with her. I don't even know if I can finish this one...
He drones when he reads...dragging out certain words in a way that takes you out of the story.
Definitely the one with Rowdy in the bar with Avery described above.
I used to really like Lori Foster - but I don't get why she seems to want to portray women as dumb and needy and her male characters arrogant to the point of total jerks. I like a strong alpha male as good as the next woman, but some of the actions and words that come out of these guys mouth - well if someone talked to me that way, I'd knock their block off. And I sure wouldn't find it sexy. I don't think that is Foster's intention, but I don't see how any intelligent woman could read these characters and view them in any other light.
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