It is hard for me to review this collection of short stories. I think that the stories were just what I expected. Short, fun, sexy, just a bit of brain candy for a day when I didn't want to have to think too much. Having said that, the narrator made it almost impossible for me to listen to the book. Words mispronounced...zero emotion...an odd cadence...and (for me anyway) one of the most annoying voices I can imagine! Even though this was a very inexpensive purchase...and I wasn't expecting a masterpiece...this is going to be my very first EVER return to Audible. It was quite simply...awful. The authors of these short stories were done a great disservice by the publisher who chose this narrator.
Get a narrator that could evoke some emotion...any emotion
no - it is a collection of short stories and there is not enough content for a movie
The storyline was OK. I got invested in the female character fairly early in the book. The male character was harder for me to embrace at first.
I liked the storyline of the girlfriends - liked how they only wanted what would make Joss happy, even if they didn't understand it. I can see how the next installments will go (which is a plus and a minus)
Anyone - her narration was terrible. A cross between too breathless and sounded like she was plugging her nose. So contrived ...to try and sound sexy...but only sounded ridiculous! Please tell me this is not her normal voice! I would have much preferred someone like Jill Redfield.
Since I too am a widow, the scene where she went to his grave to tell him that she was moving on but would always love him really hit home to me.
This is brain candy (which I love - don't get me wrong)...but it is not Ms. Banks best work. Still, I will stay tuned for the next installment.
I'm sure I will listen to it again at some point. When I need a soft and whimsical love story, I always turn to one of the Sullivan books.
All the moments with Mo/Sweetpea were poignant...and I love the barn dance.
I like the cadence of her reading. She is very easy to listen to.
I was waiting for "Naughty's" story...so much was hinted at in the last book and I knew that she had to have been in a bad relationship. I think the author found the perfect man for her!
It's ranks in my top ten...maybe in my top five!
It's the second in the series that started with On Dublin Street. It is similar in style and yet very different in content from that book!
My favorite scene was the night she broke up with Malcolm and then went to Cameron's apartment. They were sizzling hot together and I loved it when she said "I broke up with Malcolm" and he said "I know, you wouldn't be here otherwise". I loved the chemistry between these two!!!
When Jo told the cab driver "my people are on Dublin street". She finally realized that she had friends in her life who loved her and would do anything to help her!
I hope there are more books in this series. I love the narrator - Elle Newlands - she drew me in and made the characters come alive for me. I have read some reviews where her accent has been dissected and found wanting...I have never been to Scotland and so I don't know what the accent should sound like...but it sure works for me the way she delivers it!!!
Jill is the perfect narrator for this book for me. I love the timber of her voice and I could listen to her read the phone book! I have not read the printed version...so I can't speak to that.
In my opinion, Sylvia should have kept this story as a trilogy as was originally planned. This book didn't really add anything to the overall story that couldn't have been shortened and put in a final book. The other thing I would have changed was to have left out at least one or two of the additional stumbling blocks she threw up between Gideon and Ava. No couple could be THAT unlucky. After awhile, it got to be ridiculous. They need a break in between catastrophes!
No...as usual with these characters, I need to take it in small chunks. This series touched something in me. I am emotional about the characters...and when really bad things happen, I have to turn off the ipod and give it a rest before I can go back and pick it up again.
I have to say that Ava bugged me in this book. I felt that at the end of Reflected in You, Ava was more mature and less needy and impulsive. She took a giant step backwards for me in this book...her reactions to Brett really pushed some buttons for me and not in a good way. She seemed to jump all over the place in this book...sometimes level headed, sometimes ditzy or bitchy for no reason. Then when there seemed to be a reason to be bitchy, she backed off. I wish her character could sustain a level of maturity...it sometimes makes me feel bad for Gideon that she isn't the strong level-headed kick-ass wife he needs. But I will surely be back for the next installment in this story. I'm addicted to Gideon just as badly as Ava is!
Yes...yes...a thousand times yes!!! If you are a fan of the genre, I don't think it gets much better.
The most memorable moment was in the car when he confessed what happened to him as a child. I cried...actually cried while driving home from work. My husband thought something terrible had happened to me and I couldn't explain why I was so upset over a book!
I love every scene with Cary...even if he is being bad. I want a roommate like him...someone who will do my hair and help me pick out clothes...someone who will love me warts and all and be my friend for the rest of my life!!!
The car scene I already mentioned...and then the scene at the very end. I cannot wait for the next book!!!
OMG - I think I have listened to this book 3 times already and have replayed moments many times more. I absolutely LOVE these two characters. I have been sucked into their world and hang on every moment they share. They are broken...by a similar past...and they are drawn together even when they are not sure they want to be.
Well...the sex is steamy hot...but I really like the moments when they are just together...quiet...having dinner or talking. It's in these moments that I fall in love with them a bit more each time.
Not prior to this series...but she has nailed it on this title and the next one in the series.
This book made me laugh - cry - scream - you name it. I haven't had this extreme of a reaction to a book in a long time.
If you are a fan of Fifty Shades, in my opinion, this book is a much better read. The narrator is certainly much better...and the characters are so well developed. If you are like me, you will be intensely angry at these characters one moment...and then cheering for them the next. I cannot wait for the 3rd book in this series!!!
The setting (a winery) - the male character (a photographer) - and the female character (a battered woman intent on making her own way) are a recipe for fun...and the author does not disappoint! This is my first Bella Andre book, but it won't be my last...book 2 and book 3 of the Sullivans are already on my wish list!
It reminded me a bit of Sarah Mayberry's "All over you" - in that the female lead had been totally burned before and needed a lot of space and tenderness before she was willing to lay it all on the line again.
Chase Sullivan's patience and genuine caring really touched me. He was such a wonderful and kind character...and yet the author was able to make him a strong exciting male lead at the same time.
I am already looking forward to book 2 (Marcus's story). The author did a great job of only giving me a tiny peek into his character and making me drool for more!
If you like a steamy romance with a dominant male at the helm (and frankly, who wouldn't?) then you will love this book by Maya Banks. I am sure I was blushing in the office breakroom listening to the splendid narration on my lunch break!
Loved the characters and the way the storyline swept me away.
Unlike some listeners, I love a male voice reading these types of stories. Adam Paul's melodic tones lead to many of the aforementioned blushes.
Yes! For all of us "married folk" who wish we had the courage to rekindle the excitement in our marriage but fear rejection...this one really hits home.
I loved the characters...honest and real and totally likeable.
A story of love and lust rekindled.
I have listened to this book several times. It's a keeper!
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