For a short story, it met my expectations. There were scenes that I hadn't experienced from a romance before that were pretty intimate & racy. The narrator's accent was a little thick and the plot was pretty predictable but I enjoyed the dynamic between the main characters.
In the romance genre, there ia usually a cookie cutter recipe. Girl likes guy, conflict, guy realizes he likes girl, resolution, happily ever after. However I think Emma Chase proved with her Tangled series that she is willing to off the beaten path. "Overruled" was a dynamic I can honestly say I hadn't read before. Not to spoil it- but this is not the relationship you usually root for. At times you wanted to scold the characters for being so stupid (where is your self-preservation Sophia?!) and other times you were left thinking this story is probably more like how life actually happens. Narrator Jason Carpenter did a southern drawl perfectly.
However I do wish there was more time spent developing the bond between the couple before the went to Mississippi to make it more believable that Sophia went with him. I'll read (read: listen to) everything Emma Chase writes and I can't wait for the rest of the series!
If you're a fan of Olivia Cunning, you know that she does shy away from plot twists, difficult situations for the characters, and relationship conflict. This installment of Sole Regret does not disappoint! The supporting characters get a bit annoying- she wants you to like them in one story and hate them in the next (here's looking at you Lindsey and Nicky) to the point so much character development for them is superfluous and detracts from the relationship of the main characters. Other than that, Gabe and Adam are developed and sexy rock stars that make you excited to be along for the ride.
This is an interesting format for the series (short stories of each band member over the course of a few days) but I only wish the books would come quicker!
I'm not sure how the actual book is ordered, but I would have liked it better if the audio book was in chronological order. NOTE: 1st story starts at Chapter 8. 2nd story starts at Chapter 21. 3rd story starts at Chapter 15. 4th story starts at Chapter 1
The plot was well developed and the ending was actually surprising. This was les "Romance" and more "Mystery" or good old "fiction" but it was still a good listen. I did slow down the first part to .5X speed because the narrator was reading unnecessarily fast.
WARNING: cliche ahead! I completely judged this book by the cover. Fortunately, the writing and dialogue nuances were so perfectly written without being a gaffe, I was pleasantly surprised! I lot of that was probably helped by the narrator who had the a wonderful tempo, inflections and Cajun accent. Great story!
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