I expected a light, cute, and perhaps slightly comedic story from the sample and the blurb, I was not disappointed. Good in Bed was all of those things at one point or another. What I had not expected were the passages of depth, heartbreak, and moments that could only be described as poignant.
Best of all, it lacked the "WWWAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! All this bad stuff happens to me because I'm fat" shtick.
Be warned, if you buy it for a long drive thinking light snarky beach trash.... you may find yourself parked outside of a hotel unwilling to turn it off and being stared down by the valet...I did.
I was wearing jean cut offs by 7, a baby doll T shirt, trainers by Brooks, sunglasses by whoever and a Fitbit Force.........
I literally had to make myself listen to this all the way thru. It's considered a bit of a classic and I have always put off reading it for fear of disappointment......and I was hugely disappointed.
The book is laden with narcissism and obnoxious self indulgence of the Yuppie Gen. The constant details of what everyone and anyone was wearing to extreme detail was eye rollingly bad and annoying. I found the book offensive to the extreme, and not for the reasons you might think. The horrific sadistic psychotic murder spree was not as unsettling as you might imagine, I'm sure at the time it was originally published it was shocking, but so much of it is old hat now.
I was even more disappointed with the anticlimactic ending....that just seemed to dangle in nowhere land.
Frankly, and I don't think I have ever said this before.......The movie was great, wish I had not read the book.
The story itself is okay, I wish I had actually read this one instead of listening to it. It isn't my favorite Maya Banks, The characters are TOO damaged to let the story really heat up.
The real deal breaker though was the narration. Kylie is sooooo whiney I spent a good deal of time gritting my teeth thru her portions, And her man's tones, sounds a little like......well.....Forrest Gump. My internal loop kept playing "Run Forrest Run" and Stewie's "Mom Mom Mom Mommy Mommy Mommy." which made it a little tough to get into the parts that actually were hot.
Book one of the series had just enough character development that I bought this because I was actually interested in seeing what would unfold. Despite the fact that this is just another series with a kinky millionaire who must have his way, I was entertained.
Now, I am approximately 1/4 of the eye rolling way thru this book and I have had all the "thrusting manhood", "Shattering Core", and "Pulsing womanhood" I can stand.
This is one average length novel, chopped into three teeth clenchingly bad novella's to collect 3 credits.
The narrator is better in Submit, but her tone is so low that you really have to focus on listening because any other noise in the house or car seems to drown her out.....thankfully I won't have to worry about that because I have had all the "lengthy shaft" I can stomach.
The Damaged Dominant seems to be a running theme these days, but this one pushes that beyond the norm. The first book was enjoyable, this one...I wanted to choke the crap out of both of them.
He's a disaster......with obsessive behaviors that border on abusive. The adolescent wall / window punching, trying to separate her from friends and family, jealousy driven outbursts manipulations and assorted other generally creepy attributes just start to grate on you about half way through. I'm not even delving into the Binge drinking / I'm not an alcoholic thread.
Her acceptance of his sabotaging her career, beating up random men, and karmic backlash of his "reckless" Life are just a little much.
Perhaps if we didn't push so hard for the trilogy this might have been ok......I would rather read one great book then three with random made up issues that border on psychosis to fill space.
This book started out really great. The narrators did a wonderful job creating believable characters with subtle nuisances and speech patterns as well accents.
There were so many contradictions and impossibilities in the book that at one point it becomes frustrating. The premise was good, the writing was good.....but the implausibility of a "virginal prostitute" in a country where adultery is punishable by death, who's brother is an insurgent and she becomes an American sympathizer is just too much.
I also take issue with plots where the female characters is so damaged that the sexual content of the book becomes a little creepy. I'm all about depravity, as long as it is consensual. When a character is "wounded" she is not actually able to rationally give consent it makes me a little ill.
Jasinda Wilder is a talented writer and I would definitely read another of her books....the issue was the plot, not the writer.
Oh I am sooo disappointed.
This started out with such great potential.....The sex was hot, the power exchange seemed eminent...and then....splat. Before I could saw "Hold the fish & chips!!" I was spiraling into the depths of a grown woman's whiney mostly internal dialogue and a man's brooding non-communicative obsessive love that we generally only see in books featuring sparkly vampires.
By the second half of the book I was so tired of listening to the indecision that I caught myself just tuning the book out......I would snap back into it with a "OOOHHHH that's hot" and within minutes I was trying to figure out what happened in the last 5 minutes of Supernatural that my DVR cut off.
Maybe I liked it, maybe I didn't....maybe I need it and that's really what the problem is...I'm putting it down, no I'm finishing it right now no, I'm throwing it out...no.... Ya, you get the idea.
The only thing to say about this book is that it was wonderful. All of the stories were good, a couple of them were sensational. Very credit worthy.
To be completely fair I should preface this review with a qualifier ~I couldn't get through the whole thing~.
Book one of this series wasn't spectacular, but it was okay. This may be the worst second installment in history.
Anna's inner dialogue makes her sound like an ill-bred golden retriever. She is depicted as being so damaged and so traumatized that it makes Stephen's desire to make her his submissive creepy.
The final straw for me came about two hours into the listen ( nothing erotic having happened up to that point) when she is so broken she can't manage to say his name without sounding it out like it was swahili.
Submissives are wonderful because they are strong and empowered by their service and sexual freedoms. That is nowhere near what this is.
This book is amazingly hot....and naughty....and hot....and well read...and hot....and suspensful...and hot. Did I mention it was hot? Not like jalepeno pepper hot.....like Vindaloo curry hot.
There is an art to talking dirty...and Jack Cole has it down to a science.....
I loved this, I was literally laughing aloud. You want to hate her, you really do...but you just can't. Tastes a little like Mean Girls....fun listen!
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