I honestly got tired of the sex and I can't believe I am saying that. I like hot books but honestly this was too much for me. This is the first in over 180 audible books that I felt that way. I finished the first book and stopped about half way through the second. I guess I need at least the hope of a happily ever after and I guess I just don't have that in this. There is no hero/heroine combo it is not quite my speed I guess.
Shiori is a Domme which makes Knox a submissive...WOWZA! I didn't think it would matter, but honestly it did. I hate that this sounds sexist because I'm not, but I LOVE a great Alpha male! Their arrangement was supposed to be that she was in charge in the bedroom but he was everywhere else. She never respected that. They were together, which was good, but there was so much back and forth with the relationship and confused or blurred lines I found it frustrating. The writing in and of itself was good, just wasn't the story for me.
I LOVE K Bromberg's Driven series, so it breaks my heart to say, There was way toooooo much drama, too many tears, too much back and forth. She'd give in and then turn him away. I like Becks but Jeesch! This was just cruel. I get the issues she is facing, heartbreaking. But MY GOD WOMAN! Let someone in. Too many secrets, to many lies, too much total self-centeredness. I get it, I do, but this is not how to go about it. The epilogue was good. There were parts I likes, mostly when they were actually together, but that was so little of the time it was a return for me.
Jack and Chrissy have known each other pretty much their entire lives. Jack is the best friend of Chrissy's brother Slade (seriously?) and next door neighbor. Chrissy however has been gone from her small home town in Florida for 11 years going to college, medical school and then traveling with organizations similar to Doctors without Borders, she has gone to many many out of the way places all over the world. She is now 29 years old and returns home to bail her idiot brother out of jail. She has a seriously crappy day, gets pulled over by Jack and accidentally punches him in the nuts. So, basically the book starts out really funny. There are times of good humor, but it isn't that funny throughout.
Jack has an instant reaction to Chrissy once he realizes it is her. He is protective over her and always has been. There are some old hurts that eventually get put to rest between Jack and Chrissy and Chrissy and her brother Slade. Slade is also an MMA fighter but is making quite a few poor/dangerous choices at present to Chrissy stays on to help sort him out. Chrissy is reluctant and unsure of Jack's true intentions. Jack is bossy, hot, alpha and yet kind, sweet and only has her best interest at heart.
There are parts of this book i found a bit rushed and lacking. The story was fine, not a new concept, not a bad story but not great. It is told from both POV's which is always a plus. Chrissy is a bit head strong sometimes to her detriment.
This is generally a light read, nothing HUGE and horrible, there are some past secrets revealed that deal with domestic violence but nothing horribly graphic. Also a current time issue with secondary characters.
There was an epilogue but not a great one. A nice read, no major issues, just didn't have that special something to make it a great.
Katherine "Kate" Hart is a 22 year old MIT graduate. She is a forensic accountant and an IT guru. She has mad skills and is extremely intelligent. Kate is feisty, driven, focused, can be a bit selfish/self-centered and at times argumentative. She grew up in a happy loving home, has not major hang ups, not body image issues.
Dominic is a 32 year old widower billionaire. He owns several corporations and is also very intelligent. He is a BDSM playboy, though that lifestyle doesn't show up much in this trilogy. Dominic is single minded, focused, driven, initially a bit shallow and self-focused. His childhood was affluent but emotionally painful. He doesn't always listen and is emotionally distant.
This book is the first in a trilogy, it is not meant to be a stand alone and ends in a cliffhanger. Don't get it thinking you will be able to stop after just 1.
I enjoyed this series greatly. The narrator was excellent. The language and editing used were first rate. The story grabbed me and sucked me in from the beginning. I definitely recommend it!
We have heart rendering pain, elated joy, a little fear, anger, frustration, sex and a distant picture of the future. What more do you want from the conclusion to a trilogy? Both Katherine and Dominic grew and changed as individuals and as a couple. I will keep this short simply because I don't want to give anything away, but it was an excellent series. One I will revisit and look forward to future work from this author, which was set up in the epilogue :)
This is a must read for me!
The second book picks up just as the first is ending. We meet up with Kate and Dominic again, see where they are and how they are doing.
I forgot to mention in the first book, these books are written in third person perspective so we not only see the thoughts of H/H but also from many others around them. It is very different, excellent!
There is a bit more angst in this story, Kate annoys me a tad more and Dominic just kind of pisses me off a few times. Growing pains and all. Hold on for the ride. When things are good, they are so good. These two are so similar to each other and they just don't see it. This is a necessary book and as with many second books of three this is the growing book. There is a lot of growth, change and a bit of revelation (mostly internal).
I've seen comments about not getting some conclusion or resolution with Dominic's parents, after learning about them more and more, I don't understand the point. We've met his mother twice by now and she is a NIGHTMARE! We meet his father briefly later on and he is as well. So my response to any thoughts or concerns on that simply is that I don't think the parents are currently relevant. They are relevant to the troubles in his past and the difficulties he now faces, but them presently would not help.
I love so many of the secondary characters. I really love that we get to see snippets of their thoughts as well.
On to book 3, will it be less difficult for our H/H? One can only hope!
I truly enjoyed this Cinderella story, I was in need of something a bit on the light and easy side. There were a couple of more emotional parts, highs and lows but all wrapped up in a quick 6 hours. I could have gone a bit longer, an epilogue into the future but all in all this was a good quick happy book. The female lead has low self esteem but over comes it, the male lead has a different kind of low esteem for himself believing no one can love him. They are well suited in that way. The butler and his wife, the head housekeeper are great secondary characters. This was an enjoyable listen. There is dual POV's in this story as well, which generally just help out, though it is mostly from the female's perspective.
This is simply the author talking about different aspects of the EXCELLENT Driven Series. The author tells us short snipets of Colton's perspective in specific chapter portions. These snipets are not at all threaded together or told in story form. I have no idea what the purpose of this was. I was excited to hear from Colton's perspective but this did nothing for me. I like to hear the STORY from dual POV's not just a quick half chapter or scene here and there. Honestly, some of that I would have been better off not getting into his head, kind of ruined the series for me.
Ups and downs, this is a great book! Get ready for a full emotional ride! I cried and laughed and yelled and smiled. I can't believe this is Paula's first book. Can't wait for the next one to come out. What a great story!!! So much happens I can't even go into it. This is an MC book, it is the full lifestyle, but there isn't the cheating stuff that I've seen in a couple others which for me is a no go! Instant return for cheaters. There are times I wanted to scream and throw things but will go back to again, this is a great story from a promising new author.
Okay, so I have a hard time with the female who pursues, I don't know why but I do...that said, Fynn pissed me off a lot so for me this book was good, but not a 5 star for me. I did like it, it was good, story progressed, we got to catch up with everyone which was great. Narrators are awesome, characters are well developed, everything we expect from these beautiful women! Thank you Christina Lauren!!! Yes, if you are in the series this is a must, if not, go back to Sweet Filthy Boy and start there. This is a complete book and can be listened to as a stand alone but you will be missing out on quite a bit, so just go back and listen to the first one first, then you will want to listen to this one!
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