Undecided. If she/he was a history buff and EXTREMELY patient, then yes.
The last chapter.
Add a male narrator.
Major let down! Cora and Rome spoke maybe three times in audio. They didn't have real chemistry. I've read some good writing with military men and this one wasn't so great.. Jay just went on and on and on it was kinda boring and that kind of story interests me so.....
This book just was all over the place, some really good story lines just no real development of any ONE!!
Emmy struggles with her decision to continue a relationship with Ben. Not because she doesn’t love him with all that she has, but because she struggles with feeling that she will never be enough to fit into his world. Ben has never known anything but the glorious life of travel and luxury. Always surrounded by beautiful women, whom Emmy feels she will never measure up to, she wonders if love is really enough.
Ben has never needed another person the way that he needs Emmy. Not only does she see Ben as a person and not some famous model, but Emmy loves him for who he is, baggage and all. There is no doubt in his mind that Emmy is the one for him, and he will do everything in his power to keep her.
What I love so much about this book was that the relationship between Emmy and Ben is real. They have their troubles and they have to really work to get through them. Ben has a past, a very real one, and Emmy struggles with being a simple girl constantly having to deal with his past that feels like she will never beat.
Ben has never wanted to be tied down. He’s enjoyed the lifestyle he has, traveling and never keeping to just one woman. But Emmy has completely turned his world upside down, and now Ben struggles with trying to prove to Emmy that she is all he will ever need.
In Working It, we got little bits of what Ben was thinking and feeling, and I loved that in Craving Him, we get so much more from him. You are really able to understand and feel the struggles that both these characters go through. This was such a beautiful end for Ben and Emmy.
"Working It" is about your typical small-town-gal , Emmerson (Emmy) trying to make it in the biggest metropolis in the world: New York City. She is from Tennessee in the South and is feeling completely out of her element. After all, this is THE city to work in when it comes to the fashion world, and although Emmy admits that she is struggling in terms of getting along with her boss, Fiona, she is determined to succeed.
Needless to say, it is hardly boosting one's self-esteem working with models, and Emmy is constantly feeling self-conscious about herself: she is not 6 feet tall, she is short, with curves in all the right places. She is struggling, always doubting herself, especially when she is in the presence of the ever-perfect male model, Benjamin Shaw: he really is perfection when it comes to his physical traits:
"Seeing his photos on the computer was one thing. Seeing this delicious piece of man meat in person was quite another. My damn mouth was watering. He was tall and poised, with dark hair, broad shoulders, an angular jaw, and a pouty mouth built for kissing."
The main part of the book is set in Paris, the city of love. For some reason Emmy cannot fathom, Ben singles her out, strikes up conversations with her and, to be honest, rather quickly tries to get into her pants. They very quickly start with sexting (*smirk*) and soon after that they embark on a passionate affair that, eventually, turns to love from both sides. Emmy falls so much sooner for the charismatic Ben, but even though he will not admit it at first, he falls just as hard for her.
Now, it is completely on purpose that I am being so vague here - this is, after all, to be a review, not just another summary of the book.
I very much like Emmy: she is a sweet, Southern girl, has had a very healthy upbringing and although very insecure in the beginning, she finds her strength as the story unfolds. Not being a size 2 myself, I completely understand her self-esteem issues, though they became a bit too much at times even to my liking. I liked how she battles with herself when it concerns giving in to Ben's seductive ways - it seems natural to me.
"Asking me not to fall in love with Ben was like asking a meth dealer not to let you get addicted. Not possible."
Ben...oh, Ben....swoon! Well, like I stated above, he is the epitome of male perfection. But underneath all his physical attributes he hides himself from the world, not letting anyone see the real person. He makes no excuses for wanting Emmy, but he is, in fact, rather reluctant to seduce her when they first meet:
"If she knew the depravity lurking inside me, she'd flee for Tennessee without a backwards glance. I'd devour a girl like her. Own her. The thought was intoxicating."
I find Ben to be a very complex person - which is, I believe, Miss Ryan's intent. As a reader, it was not difficult to fall for this damaged hero, especially when reading about his VERY unconventional upbringing. Like Emmy, I loved how he could be so sweet and caring, but at the same time much the dirty talker in bed. Phew! Ben is the dark to Emmy's light and even though they, theoretically, should be all wrong for each other, this fact is actually what makes them perfect together. That is my opinion, anyway.
I like how the whole fashion scene seems to be well researched and how the author shares all the "secrets" about how the industry really works. There was no point in the story I did not find it to be believable, and that is very important to me when reading a book.
All in all, I loved getting to know Emmy and Ben, and I am so glad that Miss Ryan gave us Ben's POV throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading how Ben slowly falls in love with Emmy and especially when he realizes this has happened. It put a HUGE smile on my face!
"I'd never wanted a relationship before, but this hit me like a smack to the head. I wanted all that and more with Emmy. My sweet Southern Belle. The idea of calling myself her boyfriend put a stupid little grin on my face."
Like Kendall Ryan's previous books, there is plenty of sexy moments - and yes, extremely STEAMY scenes, ladies - lots of drama and angst in "Working It", and I truly believe you will not be disappointed if you are a fan of her other books.
"My stomach flips with regret and disappointment. What I wouldn't give for a time machine."
Tangled is just that, a twisted, tangled tale about Drew and Kate, who met briefly in a bar only to, come Monday morning, discover that Kate is the new-hire at Drew's Investment banking firm. Story is brilliantly told entirely from Drew's POV and we get to follow him as he is thrown into what starts as an attempt at seducing a co-worker/sub-ordinate to a competition for an account and downhill from there...
I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed listening and how I stayed up all night to finish it. But this story is best experienced. As a matter of fact don't even bother reading any further just hurry up and get your copy. Thanks Ms. Chase for an entertaining , witty all-consuming read!
If you are still reading this, not heeding my advice, I have included my thoughts on Drew and Kate below plus some quotes to give you an idea of the wonderfulness that is Drew, droll playboy man-whore extraordinaire!
"So that's it. That's my story. The rise. The fall. The end."
Hero: Andrew Evans aka Drew/28 years/Partner in boutique Investment banking firm/$$$$/black hair
Heroine: Katherine Brooks aka Kate/25 years/Investment banker-recent MBA graduate/dark hair/brown eyes
Andrew Evans, Drew, the prodigal son; spoiled, jaded and privileged, with uncanny good looks, smarts, wit and sarcasm has at age twenty-eighth already made partner in his father's boutique investment banking firm. He spends his weeks masterminding, structuring and closing deals affording him both wealth and industry respect. While his weekends are spent in careless pursuit of his next one-night stand, earning him a scandalous reputation and never-ending line of potential conquests. That is until Kate!
Listening from Drew's POV was truly a joy. Five words to describe Drew: Sarcastic, witty, smart, insightful and unforgettable.
"I tell them how it is, give them a good time and then the cab fare home. Thank you, good night. Don't call me, 'cause I sure as sh~ t won't be calling you."
"Newsflash, ladies: We can't read your thoughts. And frankly, I'm not entirely sure I'd want to. The female mind is a scary place to be."
After meeting and getting to know Drew it was a pleasure to meet Katherine Brooks, Kate, the woman who brought him to his knees or should I say sick-bed. From ordinary rather humble beginnings her intelligence, determination and ambition earned her a scholarship and a MBA at Wharton school of business. Upon her graduation she is hired by the prestigious Evans, Reinhardt and Fisher. Her new job will prove challenging on so many levels much thanks to Drew. Not helping matters, she has also brought with her, to the big city, her high-school sweetheart and fiancé.
Five words to describe Kate: Smart, beautiful, assertive, classy and loyal.
"I'm Drew, by the way." I hold out my hand. "And you are?"
She holds up her hand. "Engaged."
And so their roller-coaster story begins; For Drew mostly a descent as his life spins out of control:
"Although my mind recognizes that Kate Brooks is now my rival, apparently my c~ k hasn't gotten the memo."
"I told you how I grew up. I never had to share my toys; I don't plan on sharing my clients. Ask any four-year-old--sharing sucks."
I loved, loved, loved this audio! I put off listening to this series because I read mixed reviews, wow I wish I hadn't, it is so good! I love Conner and Ellery is fantastic. Ellery is funny, sarcastic, and doesn't take any crap from Conner.
I loved listening to their banter back and forth. I loved their supporting friends, especially Peyton.
A great chapter is when Ellery is at the beach (dressed to the nines) after a function and Conner is trying to convince her to get in the car and she says "only if you catch me" and she ran! He began chasing her in his ARMANI tux, it was too sweet and fun.
There are several parts in this audio that will make you cry ugly, I'm serious. <--Went through a box of tissues just listening to Part one!
Many books end before we get to experience a touch of what their future will look like, well not this one. It was told from both of their POV's. We also get a little treat as the end.
Wow, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, and enjoy it I did, every snippet, word, paragraph and page. This was a delicious rocker romance, the one I’ve been waiting for since I discovered the potential of this genre, which after reading several was never fulfilled satisfyingly.
What I expected:
Rocker romances are usually generally unrealistic with a hunky sex-god piece of macho manliness and a mostly irritating completely ordinary virgin/slightly experienced girl, who doesn’t know how like honey she is to the bee/hero, and ends up being all over the place with her insecurities and jealousy; but they still had lots of fun between the sheets. Well, at least that’s the general picture I’ve be able to form.
What I got:
was all of the above, MINUS all the annoying stuff, equals – awesomeness! Well, there was this hunky sex-god piece of macho manliness, but David was also sensitive, sweet, devoted, willing to compromise, loyal – thus, taking him a step further in the typical rock star hero, a step to the category of extremely likable hero's, broken and with his own houseful of baggage, but still very sympathetic and non douche/arrogant/self-centered.
The heroine, however, was the biggest positive surprise. I liked her, I actually liked her, completely and fully, which is a first with rocker romances, or even most new YA or mature romances I’ve read lately. She had the “completely ordinary virgin/slightly experienced girl who doesn’t know how like honey she is to the bee/hero” routine down, but she managed to make all of it work for her and didn’t fall to the trap of “being all over the place with her insecurity, jealousy, cattiness,” okay I kept rolling my eyes over the final “misunderstanding” and was more than annoyed with her reaction and behavior after that.
Honestly, asking for and hearing explanations isn’t against the law, so please use your rights for it and DO IT!!! That part was also probably my biggest con in this book and it frustrated me to no end, since it’s such a cliché, weak and irritating plot device and an easy out for all the communication problems for the couple.
Anyhow, can I just say that I liked the steamy parts of this book, a lot? I have only praise for the fact that there were no completely unrealistic sex scenes.
Pepper has had a goal for years to win the affections of her best friend's older brother Hunter. Hunter represents everything she has always wanted in her life - a close, happy family; a handsome and polite man. Her own family was pretty dysfunctional. She was dragged from place to place by her drug-addicted mother until she was eleven. She spent a lot of time hidden in closets and bathrooms while her mother "entertained" various men.
When one of the men came near to abusing her at age eleven, her mother decided she couldn't protect her any more and dropped her off to live with her grandmother. She was raised by her grandmother in an old folks' home. It seems natural that she would fall in love with Hunter and Hunter's family.
Pepper has moved on to college - the same college Hunter is attending - and, now that Hunter has broken up with his long-term girlfriend, she has decided to take her opportunity to make him see her as something other than his sister's best friend.
That is where Reese comes in. Her roommates have been telling her about this hot bartender at a local joint. Pepper decides to ask him to teach her how to be with a man so Hunter will notice her more than in a "sister" capacity. She wants to know how to be fluent in all the physical acts of foreplay but still keep her virginity in tact. After all, she has been waiting for Hunter all her life and has only kissed one guy.
Reese isn't quite what Pepper thought. He is certainly hot. But he is also kind and caring and protective. His childhood was almost as dysfunctional as hers. His mother died of a medicine overdose when he was eight, leaving him with a foul-mouthed, verbally abusive father and a younger brother to raise. After the father has an accident that leaves him a paraplegic, Reese drops out of college to run the bar which has been in the family for 50 years.
Reese and Pepper have a great relationship but it takes way too long for pepper to realize that what she is doing with Reese is love not practice.
I enjoyed the characters and the romance but wished that Pepper would have had her realization about which man was right for her faster.
Zoe is having a really bad day, she has been given the sack from her job. Her car window isn't working and of course it's raining, and to top it all her neighbour, the jerk has parked across the two bays as usual and she is forced to park across the street, hoping to avoid a ticket. Trevor Bradford her neighbour is a real pain, apart from always taking her parking space, stealing her newspaper having his television really loud just to name a few. Drives her mad she has just never confronted him. Zoe decides to order herself a pizza and some chicken to cheer herself up. Trevor answers the knock at the door to the pizza guy pays for it and takes it to his apartment. He is about to eat it when he is confronted by Zoe demanding her pizza back which he refuses to do. After a brief argument with neither of them willing to give way, he makes a terrible mistake and insults Zoe in the worst way possible.
This is the second book in the neighbour from hell series the first Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series) was brilliant, although I think I love this one even more. Trevor being a Bradford is the definition of an annoying jerk, but loveable at the same time, and like all the Bradford men he is a complete food obsessive. Banned from restaurants and take away outlets. Where there's a Bradford near food it never last long and more than one Bradford male around food means a fight. Zoe is a plain and plump girl, she has tried so many diets during her life they never work as she just puts on more weight. There is no way a tall handsome guy like Trevor would ever be interested in her. But after rescuing her from a bar one night he makes her an offer she can't refuse. Excellent writing and characterisation, the story grips you from the start, and just doesn't let you go till its over. Wonderful stuff.
It felt like it was written by a pimple-faced, 16 year old, wanting to get laid! The use of immature adjectives for anatomical parts were so off putting I could not even finish the audio! I had to put at least one star in order to submit...otherwise I would not even give it that.
And like I said, Adrian was the right choice.
“I like to keep my eyes open. Wide open. But you have to close your eyes to fall in love, I think.” Peaches Monroe"
This plus size girl has seen more “action” in a month than most girls see in three years. The bed hopping and non-emotional relationships are surprisingly easy to get used to and, for some reason, don’t seem to be at all heart-wrenching. Where Peaches was with movie star Dalton in book one, she is with underwear model, Keith Raven in book two and ends up lip-locked with Adrian Strong by the end of this book. There is no jealous melt-downs or crying fits anywhere, just a calm moving on and seizing the adventure.
As I said in my review of the first book Stardust, I have never read a “romance” series like this before with its embarrassing encounters, intimately accurate sexual frustrations and no-nonsense relationship skipping. Peaches is truly a woman who buries unhappy events and moves forward with a tenacity to avoid pain (crying). In this episode, Peaches learns that Dalton was using her for Research for a script that included a fat girl lead. He word for word used lines from the script on her to melt her emotions and use her. While he didn’t see it that way, he regrets loosing Peaches to Keith Raven, one of her underwear models. Keith has just broken up with his girlfriend Tabitha and they agree to be each other’s rebound.
I frankly, was surprised at how fast Peaches was in bed with Keith (one day) after finding out about Dalton’s script. But Keith is a sexy, sweet guy and one cannot help liking him and seeing her move on. Always Adrian Strong is in the background making you feel that he will be the ultimate best person for her because he is not LA-fake, but who knows? Peaches doesn’t seem capable of falling in love, yet. She sure does get around sexually.
Peaches gets into a lot of trouble while in LA; drinking, messing with Keith’s ex and being her snarky self. You have to love Peaches and her attitude even if she does live in denial of the bad choices she has made and is making. It’s true; you just can’t stop listening about her life and there really is something dynamic about her that is compelling in a car-crashing sort of way.
Very descriptive sex (including anal, oral and minor public). There is a lot of profanity.
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