No. it is perfect in an awesomely bad way. This is the Mystery Science Theater of romance novels.
If depressed and had time to kill. This book was ridiculous, it made me laugh out loud, I hope it was written this way on purpose.
I don't remember much about it, I think it was fine.
All the brothers wearing nothing but cutoff jean shorts everywhere, the whole family, including babies posing for a family portrait in jean cutoff shorts! I men would have to be shirtless and the women would be allowed to wear tank tops, with no bras of course. Apparently, in this town going braless is acceptable because it's hot - hmm, I live in Florida and we don't do that much.
I read all three, they were all bad. In book number one I was disgusted with the "honey" name mix up, but then grew to appreciate the nonsense these books portray. This book takes the cake, I laughed out loud, I told my husband part of the plot and he laughed. I've told others and they laugh. Here are some highlights:
1. the main character's signature outfit is jean short cutoffs and nothing else, everywhere. He apparently doesn't have a real job. The other brothers routinely walk around shirtless or naked, too.
2. All the brothers live in the same house & if they move, it is still on the same land.
3. The women walk around with no bras. They are really stupid, I think they were pretty much all virgins, of course!
4. The premise for why this newest girl is here is really stupid. The seduction is incredibly stupid and he apparently thinks she is ugly at first because she has red hair & freckles, but likes her body.
5. Kudos to the author for trying to make having a nasty sunburn sexy - if you've ever had one that bad you would know this girl would have been feeling pretty awful and not in the mood for love.
6. the best part: the constant use of the words "female" and "male" as adjectives. "he was all MALE as walked toward her in his jeans with no shirt," "her skin was so soft, so FEMALE," "his scent was intoxicating and so, so, MALE"
The variety of voices from the narrator. I really like when everyone sounds distinct and I can tell who is talking immediately. Love the voices for Sullivan and Heinrich, Faye (sp?) gets a bit on my nerves but it works.
I liked getting to know the backstory for all the characters. I think Heinrich's affected me the most.
the final showdown with the chairman on the airship.
no, but I did think about it a lot. There were several humorous and upsetting parts in the story, but it was more akin to watching a good action film.
I wasn't sure about this story initially since I thought it sounded more like it was "guy" book and I'm not usually into history, but the magic and characters were very interesting and i actually liked the alternate history. I guess the only "guy" thing that bored me a little was all the gun descriptions since it meant nothing to me, but I am sure gun enthusiasts everywhere loved it and I did appreciate the expertise of the character that made all these weapons. I think the character development was exceptionally good so I am really invested in the story. I can't stop thinking about the characters and I want to know more. I immediately purchased the second book in the series and now I am frustrated because the 3rd isn't out yet. There were a few violent parts and since I can't stand to watch that kind of stuff so if this were a movie I would have "covered" my eyes for several scenes, but for the most part the violence was necessary and fit well with the story. This is a book I would definitely recommend listening to, rather than read, because it is so action-packed and the narration is so good. Second book was great as well, I really hope the third comes out soon! I especially want to know what is going on with Faye.
The guy was too perfect, but I guess that is the point. Wouldn't any sane person get a little more annoyed with the kids? The ghost story was a bit lame to me and I think the book would have been better without it.
The cute town was interesting, simple lives (unlike my own in the city). The least interesting was the ghost story.
Yes. I really enjoy male narrators, but I've noticed they always get bad reviews since most people seem to like having a woman read men's voices rather than a man read a woman's. I will take the trade off though - I like hearing a man read the steamy scenes more than a woman. A large portion of the book is told from the persepective of men. He does read a bit slow (but I think it lends to the whole slower lifestyle in a small town), but you can probably speed up the audio on your mp3 player if it bugs you.
yes, but i wouldn't watch it. It would have to be on lifetime I guess - I hope they leave out the ghost story.
The story was fine, classic. It passed the time, but overall the story was a bit vanilla and the characters are pretty forgettable. I can say the same thing about most of the mystery/crime novels I read though - the point is to relax a few hours. I picked it because I like male narrators for a change of pace and it is a trilogy. If you think the first one is decent, it is nice to have sequels so you can revist characters you like.
yes, i enjoyed the story. Lots of sex, ridiculous romance/fanstasy (don't we all want to fall in love with a billionaire and have such crazy passion we have sex 6 times a day or more?), and the trilogy promises hours of entertainment make them a good value. I like how the books are actually long with a plot and not super short like a lot of romances.
It was more suspenseful/cliff-hanger than the ending to Fifty Shades of Grey. I purchased the third immediatly.
YES please replace the narrator! I read the first book in the series on my ereader, but bought books 2 & 3 on audible. I like listening because I can do other things (clean my pool, clean, drive & helps me get to sleep better than TV) so I "dealt" with it, but did not enjoy it. I looked her up, she primarily reads children and young adult novels and should stick with that. The voice for Anna was fine, but every other character was mediocre or bad. The male voices were AWFUL - it made a handsome, dreamy CEO sound like a slow, idiot which was a shame. It was hard to really enjoy the sex scenes because his voice was so UN-SEXY. I was apparently listening to the remastered version. Also, her accents were way off (is Jose hispanic or have a bad lisp?). My favorite female narrator is Susan Erikson (JD Robb In Death series) because she can do a lot of different voices (including men) very well - from southern, irish, hispanic, etc - they should get her if she is not exclusive to Brilliance Audio. I am less concerned with Anna sounding 21 than I am with the performance of most the characters being good.
It has a follow up - I enjoy the story, but the sex and their interactions are already getting really repetitive. I am starting to get annoyed with Anna at this point - the guy has already made amazing strides in days with her that in real life would take years, but she constantly feels the need to test him, constantly doubts herself (at least this part is understandable) and wants to grill his therapist - unethical! She needs to be more patient, but I guess she is 21 . . .
If you get this one, might as well read them all!
I didn't get the first one on audible so here is my take on the whole series if you haven't invested yet:
My understanding is that the books were originally fan fiction available for free online that became popular and were rushed to press. I think I read they were in response to Twilight and notice some people think it is similar or a rip off - I've seen two of the twilight movies but never read the books and don't see how they are similar except in the way most romances are similar (but with no vampires thank god - i can't take this paranormal stuff seriously). The story itself is not much different than any romance novel in which rich/hot guy meets virgin who dates lots of hot women and is never serious with any of them meets hot/virgin & suddenly she is the "one & only" for some inexplicable reason (since virgin is often whiny & stupid when it comes to relationships) and they get engaged within days or weeks. I haven't finished the 2nd book yet or started the third, but I bet they do get engaged, she gets pregnant, & they live happily ever after despite the fact that it would be ridiculous. I am not saying I don't enjoy reading these books sometimes, but I also awknowledge what these books are and I don't think this one stands out that much from the rest.Could have been a lot better if they hadn't rushed and did some editing. Everytime I hear "oh my" I want to kill myself, and that is just one of many repetitive phrases (if I was reading instead of listening I could skip over some of this and reading the emails wouldn't be as annoying - but I actually enjoy the content of the emails). I see my comments are sounding negative, but I did enjoy it. It is better than a lot of other romances out there, many of which are just terrible. If you are new to erotica, you might like this because they don't use "dirty" words as often which can make some people uncomfortable.She uses anatomical terms and phrases like "he touched me down there" "his fingers traced up to the apex of my thighs," "penis," and "erection." I teach anatomy & physiology for a living so these terms are a little lame to me. If these terms bother you, don't bother reading any real erotica! Despite these relatively tame terms it is still sexy, but the sex happens so often it does get a bit boring. Sometimes I wish they would write erotica about normal people (you know, not a billionaire, good sex but not every few hours 7 days a week, a girl more realistic than a 21 year old hot vigin who doesn't think she is hot and apparently has never once been attracted to the any other hot men in her life who are in love with her because she was destined for this man) - but then I guess it wouldn't be a fantasy and not serve as a great escape from reality. Ooh - how about an experienced woman of 30 who meets hot young virgin man and he gets her to settle down ;)
classic, soothing, a little boring at times
I had a difficult time getting into this book at first due to the narrator and the fact the book constantly skips around in the timeline (primarily between 1880's 1890's, up until 1902). Don't get me wrong, the narrator is very good, but the classic older gentleman narrator with english accent can sometimes put me to sleep and the way many do the female & children's voices can be a bit annoying. I do often use audiobooks to get to sleep at night though and tune out my husbands snoring so it definitely worked ;) That said, it was initially hard to get into (maybe because the narrator could get me to sleep in about 15 minutes) & the time jumping could be confusing since it took me about a month to finish, but by the second part of the download I was captivated. It is truly an interesting and original story that I will think about for weeks, months, or even years until I need to listen to it again. It reminds me a little of how a felt after reading Water for Elephants, but not just because they both involved a circus - because I felt the story was so interesting. If possible, I recommend listening to this one if you have more spare time, instead of 15-30 minutes at a time over a longer period like I did.
I hate it when books are overly detailed about topics that have zero to do with advancing the plot. I thought the plot of this book was a murder with a little romance thrown in, but 2/3 of the book is actually excrutiating detail about wedding planning with a little bit of romance and plot. Some of the talk about the weddings is a bit humorous (but it also repetitive) so just be aware you are going to learn a lot the job of a wedding planner and if that sounds good then by all means purchase it. Also, you know who did it right away and then it takes absolutely forever for the killers to be caught and it is kind of ridiculous how they are caught and how the story ends.
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