I read this book years ago and loved it. When I first started listening to it the reader put me off though. It was like it took him some time to get into it. But actually considering the lenght of the book, I thought he was effective and convincing and did a good job after the strangely bland beginning. And the content of the book is very powerful to me.
First, the story. I loved this story. It was just so well done, witty, raw, entertaining and engaging. I loved it so much I'm not even going to read the second book. Based on the reviews, the characters go some place that sends us readers into reader's nightmare when beloved characters just get ruined. From the spoilers, I can tell that I love the characters too much to end up wanting to toss them over the nearest building.
That said, I WILL read more from this author. She's just got great writing style and voice.
The narrator: Is it me, or is Sebastian York's voice just so hot that he could babel nonsense in that sexy voice and I'd still listen? I just have a voice crush I guess on his voice. He does ok with the female characters. All of the inflections, characterization, etc are there but, it's just too understandably difficult for an alpha, manly, sexy voice like that to really pull off sounding feminine. Still, it doesn't detract or distract at all. His voice with this book was a perfect match! Both were just really good.
I really enjoyed this book and it's narration. The characters were very real and complex. At times I wanted to smack Joss and yell "Get over yourself." But, I'd like to do that to some friends as well sometimes. So, it was really interesting. Characters were likable. It was just well written and the narrator captured each character perfectly. Really well done.
I really like this author. She pens a good story that keeps you engaged. I saw some negative reviews about the narrator. And I have to admit I had some laugh out loud moments at her exaggerated brogue, especially Nate's during some of the more intimate scenes. She just sounded like an obscene phone caller. That said, I didn't think it was awful and I was able to finish it with no problem. She stayed in character which helped. Only I think if I were Olivia I would have burst out laughing at very inappropriate times if my man sounded like that. It was more an accent issue for me then narration. But overall it was a nice, fun read.
It just felt like she was trying too hard to write about a character that had experiences she couldn't capture and make her a hero. But, it was more painful than not because Arizona was just mostly irritating. It felt like Ms. Foster was struggling the entire time to write this and make it more readable. I won't say it was bad, but I don't think I'll be able to finish it. I usually like L. Foster for a nice light read. But, this one just seems too disconnected with different story leads that don't quite connect together.
Could have been good. But nasty public men's restroom stalls, among other other situations are just nasty. The lack of simple sanitation is a major turn off. Oh, here are some used sheets everyone has been on, let's do it here. Oh, look a disgusting men's public restroom, perfect! Yuck, no thank you.
The story was good but needs something. Starting to be just a touch stale. Love the narrator. Still a really good read and story. Needs a lot more Darcy. Move them along. Feels like Gilligan's Island. They'll never progress past this point.
Having a psych degree myself I was very familiar with Jung, introverts and extroverts so usually I don't really get anything new out of these books. And being an introvert myself I was really surprised at this book. I hadn't realized the impact on energy. Or rather when she gave more examples of day to day that put it in different perspective. Usually the discussion is more abstract rather than practical daily application.
it really brought home to me my current chronic fatigue. I have an extremely extroverted son and husband. My husband was never a problem because he was independent. Her description of her Vegas trip with her extrovert husband was EXACTLY like mine. I slept while he won money at the casino.
I never really thought about the energy factor though and how it's draining to keep up with an extrovert. My son was highly active even in the womb. And if I didn't wear him out he would not sleep. He and his dad can get about 5 hours of sleep and be bright eyed and bushy tailed. My other son and I need at least 7-8 hours and more alone and quiet time. I was pondering what was wrong with me as we were ending this 7 day a week summer as I allowed my son to be on the swim team, which is 6 days a week, plus work as a life guard, plus volunteer at the zoo. I made him give up his Martial Arts class and drama club until after swim season. But we still ended up with a 7 day a week schedule, with multiple activities some days for the last 5 months. I literally felt like I was going crazy, being tortured and slowly killed all at the same time. If I'd had some time to reflect and recharge I would have realized sooner that I'd never before tried to keep up with an extrovert. My son is only 15 so I have been the mom taxi and have to socialize and be out and about far more than I would have ever dreamed and he is in seventh heaven. He does not feel over scheduled. This is the first time I've let him do so many activities at once. I was sure he'd be overwhelmed by now. Now I realize why he is always so ready to go and he cannot sleep at night if he doesn't swim, work out at the gym or do several hours of his martial arts class. He is the reason he and his brother started swimming on at team at age 5. It was the only sport that had practice 5 days a week and twice in the summer. But, without it he would not sleep.
overall, it was very insightful.
Overall I liked the story. Though it was a bit surprising how Ellie's parents and family tolerated a B like Eva. You can totally see how she turned out the way she did since the parents didn't straighten her out when she acted like a capital B. she was an irritating distraction from an otherwise good story. The other characters were likable and interesting.
Even Ellie gave in and attended the event at the end. Granted, things happen in families and everyone must find a way to get over them. But, all I saw was everyone accommodating this despicable person and acting as if they didn't know how she'd gotten that way. In a case like that she'd be better off not knowing her, sister or no.
Really liked this story. Had the right balance of adventure, heat and spunk. The heroin was no helpless damsel and the story was good. Characters were likable. This was my first book by this author. Will definitely read more.
Though I thought it would be a stretch for a woman to be able to quickly change herself to a man if she were as feminine as described and stay undiscovered in close quarters, the story was engaging enough and entertaining enough to overlook this. Overall, the story was light and entertaining. Nothing too intense or deep and bordering on implausible. But, if your looking for light and breezy, a little humor, and romance this will do the trick.
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