Susan Mallery books are among my favorites reads (listens). But if you're expecting the same tone as the Fool's Gold series you might be disappointed. I really liked the characters in this book (though not in the first book of the series) and was so involved I found myself crying all the time. That's the difference - there is a heavier or more serious tone to this book. Reminded me of Kristan Higgins' books.
I was looking forward to this book, since I enjoyed the first book in the series "Neanderthal Seeks Human." However, as much as I liked the characters in the first book, I disliked them in the second. The hero is supposed to be a standup comic, but you wouldn't know without constantly being told how funny he is (he never says anything remotely funny). I wanted to ring the necks of both main characters! As far as the narration, why does a man who grew up in the US have an Italian accent?
I happen to love Carolyn Brown's books. There is a humor and lightness to them that is lost if you listen to this book. In fact, I stopped listening and started reading and it was as if they were two different books. Natalie Ross is not a bad narrator, but she is the wrong narrator for this type of book. There is an underlying "woe is me" tone to her voice that is completely wrong for Brown's spunky, smart characters. She also has a very forced, unnatural laugh that has an almost snide quality to it - again, wrong for Brown's books. If I were to pick a narrator I would probably choose C.J. Critt.
I really enjoyed the sense of humor in this book, even more so than the others. My only problem was the antibiotic device! It's used a lot and I would think the main characters being a doctor and a romance writer (who would recognize the device) would have known better. Otherwise, I really liked it and will probably listen to the book again.
This is the first time I haven't liked the characters in a Nora Roberts novel. I almost stopped reading the book, especially since the narrator misprounces some pretty basic words right off the bat. (The heroine works in advertising and has a Clio award - it's pronounced 'cleo' not 'cli-o'.)
I normally like Kim Law's books, but I hated the first book in this series (Ex on the Beach) and the last Sugar Springs book. I thought that was it for me and Ms. Law's books. However, I have Kindle Unlimited and decided I could try again since it was basically free. Am I glad. I enjoyed "Hot Buttered Yum" and felt she's back on track and back in my 'author's to read' list. Personally, I'd skip the first book in the series and start with this one - you won't miss anything.
The narrator's over ennunciation was really irritating, but wouldn't have mattered as much if the story hadn't been even more irritating. The heroine's constant back and forth about her lack of self-esteem gets really old and the hero's controlling personality doesn't seem much better than the ex's - just in a different way
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.
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