My main complaint was the narrator. Just way over the top. His voice for Tate sounded like an old man. Logan's voice was okay. The narration during almost all the sex scenes sounded like a sportscaster on ESPN during a really competitive football game.
The sex scenes were also beyond sexy. Graphic to the point of being gross.
The storyline itself was okay. Maybe this is one of those books that would have been better if I had read the e-book (or if it had a better narrator).
Don't think so.
Sebastian York is my go-to guy. He can read the phone book and make it sound sexy.
My main reaction was frustration because the story had potential, but the narration was just ridiculous.
Even though I know this is a series (and the cover art is very clear that this is part of a series), I still HATE CLIFFHANGERS. Granted, this one was fairly obvious (and you can read the synopsis of the next book on Goodreads), but I still hate cliffhangers. The author could have tied up that last detail in this book, and then end it with some teaser for the ongoing story.Cliffhangers are an attempt to manipulate the reader into buying the next book in the series. If a book is well written and the characters are memorable, cliffhangers aren't necessary in order to sustain your readership.
The writing was very uneven and derivative. Not very well edited at all. The "f" word was used in ridiculous excess in the course of normal conversations amongst the characters. It was overkill. But the BIGGEST disappointment was the narration. Freddie Bates was maybe a 2-star, but Eliza Grace was a -1, so I gave the performance 1 star. I couldn't finish the book because the narration was so bad. I notice there's a review already posted that says the narrations was amazing. I suspect that person must be a close relative of one of the narrators.
Sebastian York and Grace Grant (although she seems to have dropped off the audiobook scene lately - I miss her).
I like stories about big, tight-knit families. The thing about the Walker family is that all the sons formed a company and work together. That's a bit too much togetherness to be believable (not to mention that they share women - that's DEFINITELY more togetherness than necessary!).
There's erotica and there's smut. I think this falls into the latter category.
I would have trimmed out a lot of the extraneous scenes, cleaned up the many grammatical errors and ended up with one really great book.
Compared to Bad Things and Rock Bottom, Lovely Trigger was much easier on the emotions.
The novella Lana is horrible.
The Up in the Air trilogy was on par with this series. Another case of 3 books that could have been condensed to 1 great book.
The female narrator did a pretty good job, but her voice as Danika was a bit flat. She did a good job creating voices for most of the other female characters, especially Estella.
The male narrator really lacked talent. I would give the female narrator 4 stars and the male narrator 2 stars, so I came up with 3 stars overall.
It made me realize that I am addicted to erotica. Consequently, it inspired me to give up erotica and get back into books from other literary categories.
The most important thing in Lovely Trigger was Tristan's sobriety. I thought the author did a good job keeping that theme present throughout the book.
First, I have to say that I am annoyed with Audible for not putting this book on the home page as a book that I would be interested in based on my past purchases, seeing as I have the other three books in my library. I just stumbled upon it by accident as I was browsing the website the other day.
With that out of the way, my reaction to this book was "meh". The author basically tied up loose ends from the other three books, but that could have been done with an epilogue at the end of Eyes Wide Open. There's really not much in the way of more story in this book. It just felt like an excuse to extend the series in an attempt to get more money out of consumers.
Normally I love Grace Grant and Shane East, but in this book, Grant seemed very tentative in her narration. She slowed down and seemed to leave too much time between sentences. That's my main criticism of her performance in this book, but other than that, she did a good job - but not as good as she usually does.
Shane East did a good job, on par with his past performances. I have to say, though, when he reads a sex scene, it can be a bit over the top. If I'm listening at home, it's okay, but if I'm listening in my car, I have to pull over! :) He really puts it all out there, so good for him!
Bottom line for me is that it was an okay book. If you really liked the first three books, you will probably want to get this one to find out a few things, but overall, it just felt like a way to get more money out of me.
Some of the books in the Rough Riders series have been a lot more sexually graphic than this book. Chasin' Eight focused more on the story and the characters (although they definitely had some really hot sex going on, too). So for this reason, I would say that Chasin' Eight was a bit more balanced than some of the other books in this series. I didn't feel like I was being constantly bombarded with one sex scene after another.
I liked how Chase and Ava grew as people throughout their relationship. Their internal conflicts didn't feel manipulative or overly angst-ridden. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was a "believable" romance, but it definitely was not a Cinderella story like so many contemporary romances are. They were both at a crisis point in their respective lives, and their relationship was basically the catalyst that got them both to move on to better things.
I also liked the introduction of an unexpected relative in Chase's life towards the of the story. It felt very real to me, and I hope to find out what happens with that relationship if Audible ever gets the rest of the series on board.
So all in all, I liked the story. It wasn't as over the top as some of the other ones were; wasn't so all about sex; actually felt like real people dealing with real issues.
As for Vanessa Caine's narration, the first hour or two was very, very bad. Somewhere along the way, though, her voice mellowed out, and she did a much better job. Sometimes I don't know if it's the recording/engineering/sound people who screw up the audio, or if the narrator is really just that bad, but Vanessa Caine started out bad and ended up halfway decent.
Prior narrator, Rebecca Estrella, is just too flat and boring. Plus she mispronounces words all the time, which drives me crazy. For example, she pronounces "pinged" (think "ping pong") as "pinjed" (think "hinged"). I had to stop and rewind the first time she said that, trying to figure out what the heck that was all about. Thereafter, I understood what she meant when she said "pinjed".
Of course, the best narrator for Lorelei James's books is Scarlett Chase, but she seems to be only on the Blacktop Cowboys series so far. Wish she could have narrated this series as well.
Anyway, I liked Chase and Ava's story. The price of it was just about even with the cost of a credit, so I just put it on my credit card rather than use a credit. However, if you're not in a big hurry to go from Book 7 to Book 11 (since #8 through #10 are not available at this time), then wait for a sale or drop some big hints to friends and family that you'd like Chasin' Eight as a gift! :)
I am only two hours into this audiobook, and I am already thinking of returning this book. The narrator does is doing a terrible job so far, and I doubt it will get any better. Soooo frustrating because I've waited a long time for this book to come in audio format.
So tired of authors who write 95% sex and 5% story. I suspect that after the entire trilogy is released on Audible, we'll get to realize that the three books could have been stripped of a huge amount of gratuitous sexual content and end of being one fairly decent story.
Other than that, the narrators were really bad. Just all wrong for these characters.
This was way too long to listen to the whole thing, but I forced myself to get through a couple of hours of it just to see if it got any better. It didn't. The story was ridiculous, the writing was choppy, the narrator was one of the all time worse that I've heard (especially with female voices). A total waste of several hours of my life.
This series is like so many other of the 50 Shades variety, only worse. The Up in the Air TRILOGY (read further below) barely made it off the ground. Two 14-year-old kids living on the street, in ditches, behind grocery store dumpsters, etc., till they somehow get jobs as flight attendants (first class cabin, no less). I guess jobs really do fall out of the sky.
We also have a young, gorgeous, emotionally damaged, orphaned billionaire mega mogul businessman who is into BDSM. Quite an original idea. Oh, and all his exes and their messes. Never saw that coming.
By the time we get the third book of the TRILOGY, which is now being called a "series" because - guess what? - there's another installment coming - book four, being told from the POV of James and Stefan. Because obviously the author didn't say enough about how much these guys love Bianca in the first three books. Greedy much?
By the time we get to book three, there are way too many sex scenes, and most of them are just flat out gratuitous. One in particular was absolutely nauseating (think Red Wings). And why, why, why name a baby Duncan?????? Gaaa-aaaa-aaa-hhhh!!!
The writing was very uneven; grammar was really bad at times; narrator was not good at all.
I could go on, but I think you get the point.
I am tossing this one back. The narrator is so bad that after an hour, I am totally done.
It might make a decent read, but truly a horrible listen.
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