I like almost all of the Jill Shalvis books I've listened to. Love the "Lucky Harbor" series and this is right up there with that series.
I enjoyed Ms. Novark's "Diamondback Ranch" series, but this book is awful. I didn't like the characters and the story was completely predictable. The narrator made the story worse. Amazing that the story is set in Texas and all the characters sound like they're from north of the Mason/Dixon line. At one point a character is described as having a deep, sexy voice - yet the narrator's voice for the man is higher than the heroine's.
I think the summary should have included the fact this story is about a dom/sub relationship. I have no interest in this kind of book. I listed to about 1/2 the book hoping the story would change, then couldn't stomach anymore.
I was actually enjoying the book until the end. In fact, I lowered the number of stars simply because of the ending. It's one of those books that spends a lot of time on telling us why two characters "can't" get together, then they have "amazing" sex, and suddenly all the lies, deceits, and lack of communication don't matter anymore. Their "chemistry" transcends the fact that they never talk to each other, never work anything out, and allows them to instantly 'forgive' all transgressions. Yeah, right! I better stop or I'll lower the star count.
Hot hockey guy falls for insecure babe. OK, I actually like most of the book and found Ellie's insecurities believable. However, in order to throw the final monkey wrench into the plot, the heroine suddenly believes people who have always lied to her, characters who were always straight shooters suddenly beat around the bush, and people stop talking to each other for no real reason except to further the anxiety of our hero & heroine. The last couple of hours of the book ruined what I had previously enjoyed. Too bad.
This is one of those books that had to overcome really poor narration. Maybe Kelly Kamyrn (misspelled on the cover or by audible) would be good for children's books, but definitely not for a book that requires an adult sound. I said 'maybe' because her phrasing if very strange and she mispronounces a number of relatively easy words. My guess -- she didn't read the book before doing the narration. I like Miss Tetreault's writing so I hung in there. If I had a choice, I would have read this book rather than listened to this narrator.
This book picks up 2 years after Tangled, with Kate's point of view. As in the first book, you have to be able to deal with some graphic sex scenes, but they bothered me more in this book than in the first. Perhaps because it's from Kate's point of view, maybe because it's in the very beginning of the book - left me feeling slam, bam, thank you maam! I don't want to give anything away, but I had real problems accepting Kate's dealing with some things Drew has done. Couldn't buy into it.
To be fair I have not finished this book. After 1 1/2 hours of listening I had to stop, because I was getting so irritated with all of the charactars I wanted to scream. I really liked the first book in the series, didn't listen to the second because the preview left me cold. One of the reviews I read said this one was very funny and the best of the series, I found nothing funny. As I'm trying to write this review, I want to punch something - that says it all!
I've listened to two other books from Kim Law and I was looking forward to this one - it was a BIG disappointment. I struggled to even finish listening. This is another one of those books that go on and on about staying away from someone, he'll break my heart again, but maybe we could just spend one more night together. Keep repeating this scenario over and over again. Aargh! This couple doesn't communicate, solves all problems by having sex, then lives happily ever after because their 'chemistry' will conquer all. I also, normally, have no problem with Natalie Ross' narration, but this book brought out the worst in both author and narrator. Ms. Ross' phoney sounding laughs exacerbate the irritating story line.
I happen to really like Alison Packard. Her story is the first and the best of the three. If you've read "Love in the Afternoon" & "The Winning Season" you'll recognize a few of the character name - though this is a stand alone novela. The second story is good, but the third brought down my ratings. Didn't like the narrator and I couldn't buy into the story.
I love Jill Shalvis and her Lucky Harbor series, but books 7 and 8 in the series were a disappointment. The characters are not as engaging and the "mystery" in both books was totally predictable. I might get book 9 out of the library, but definitely won't waste an Audible credit. Hopefully, the next set in the series will be back up to the standard of the first 6 books.
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