Happily ever after is easier said than done....
Sarah Matamoros can’t complain. After immigrating from Mexico when she was nine years old, she’s content with the life she’s made for herself in sunny San Diego. She works hard at her mother’s housecleaning service by day and spends the evenings with her quirky eight-year-old daughter, Grace.
From a very young age, Emory Owen had several concepts drilled into her head. Success is everything. Be the best. Fight your way to the top. Expectations were high in the Owen household and the world was watching. Born into a high society family, Emory never wanted for anything...at least anything money could buy. When she meets Sarah, hired to sort her mother’s home, her sterile life suddenly sparks into color.
But when the emotional logistics of combining two very different worlds proves to be too much, a terrifying turn of events spurs the question: If love exists, can it really find a way?
©2012 Melissa Brayden (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This is a sweet book. I love the characters and the journey of their romance but I wish I had read it instead of listened to it. Mia Chiaromonte should NEVER narrate romance novels unless maybe they are for teens.
Firstly her voice is so super peppy at all times that I felt like she lost a lot of the deeper and more subtle points of the novel. Also one thing I love about Melissa Brayden is the dry sometime sarcastic sense of humor of her characters. The chirpy narration completely misses and glosses over it. Also who really wants Pollyanna narrating a sex scene. Just no. Nope. Nope. Nope!
My biggest problem was very fake and thick accent she gave to Sara. As someone who immigrated to this country as a child (with an accent), I can tell you that after 10 years of living in this country I had no accent.
The author makes a point of saying that Sara took pains to lose her accent in Junior High. Also people who refer to her accent in the book say they hear a 'hint' of an accent. Ms. Chiarmonte makes it sound like Sara came to America yesterday (from some Hollywood version of Mexico where the inhabitants all sound like Speedy Gonzalez).
It was very annoying and took me out of the story time after time. My advice for anyone wanting to buy this is for them to get the book instead.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
With the exceptions of some over reliance on cliches and a senseless breakup which seemed quite contrived I liked it. Even with a slight man bad; woman good attitude this was a nice listen. It made six hours of landscaping go by almost quickly. Even for guys I can recommend this book. It was a pleasant experience if you can overlook some of the obvious faults. The four stars were earned.
What I loved about Heart Block was the combination of great writing and the way the narrator captured the spirit of the characters. This story was sweet without too much drama which I generally prefer for romance novels. This is definitely a story I will listen to many times.
Ms. Brayden writes great witty dialogue between the two main characters that bypasses traditional syrupy romance dialogue and provides very realistic and funny repartee that gives the relationship much more authenticity. Plus her characters are very real and honest although the child is a bit over precocious. I highly recommend it for a nice diversionary trip from traffic, work headaches, and domestic demands. The narration was good but the accents seemed a little heavy especially for a person who came to the country at an early age. It didn't really fit the author's description as a slight accent. Over, I recommend it and think you won't be disappointed!
The story is good and I found the characters to be well developed. In terms of listening, I enjoyed the reader's voice,and enjoyed the way she differentiated between characters.
I enjoyed watching the relationship evolve.
Listening to her provide a voice for Sarah was very engaging.
No - I didn't want it to end!
I read Heart Block shortly after it was released and loved it. I love the story, the humor, and the characters. It's a great romance novel.
I was in the mood to experience the story again but needed my eyes for other things so I decided to purchase the audio book. Within the first 30 minutes I was certain I'd be returning it. I really didn't like the way the narrator handled the voices at all. As the book went on, however, she seemed to settle into the voices more and I was able to enjoy the story.
If you're a fan of lesbian romance books, stick with this one and I don't think you'll be sorry.
This is one of those amazingly sweet love stories that I will enjoy revisiting over and over.
None so far!!
Emery! The way she is able to alter the tone of the words as Emery grows throughout the story.
This was just a fun, sexy, sweet and lovable story.
Ultimately no. The story was too predicable and the character not original.
Her performance was okay.
"Cute quirky sweet love story"
The story itself is not especially complicated or challenging, but it is an easy listen, very engaging and endearing. The dialogue fun and witty, the narrator Mia Chiaromonte brings out the characters and dialogue perfectly. The story itself I found a bit bland, and predictable, and I worried initially that it would not appeal to me but, the quirky nature of the story, the sweetness, dialogue and simple charms makes it well worth the listen.
I have read this book a few times and it remains one of my favourites. I was delighted to find it in the audio format. The author has an ear for dialogue and the banter between the central characters is believable and engagingly endearing without becoming saccharine. It is an unashamed feel good romance but a refreshingly well written one with characters you soon find yourself rooting for. The narrator has a lovely light voice and reads it well. Definitely recommended for listening to while walking your dog on a beautiful autumn day while wrapped up warmly in a scarf and your best woolly bobble hat! Enjoy!
"the warm mexican and the head strong american"
i liked how openly and easy the respective friends and family members accepted their relationship
the story was so loving and sweet especially Grace. the child was unexpected bold and understanding, she knew her mom was in love with Emory before her mom did.
i loved her natural ways about her, she didn't let Emory's money or her doubt get the better of her, she went after what she wanted.
headstrong meets homie and love
i was ready to cry when Grace ended up in the hospital because i was sure Sarah wouldn't called Emory and i knew Emory was the only person that could help Sarah through it. I was here praying to God not to let the child die. I was just ready to email the author and curse if she didn't know how a love story should end but she came through.
Listening to the narrator add personality and character to the stars of this audio was a pleasure. It made my listening most enjoyable, I could feel the rawness of their emotions just deep for you to partake in and it was so well depicted through the voice of the narrator.
I like the outpouring of raw emotions. The passion, the subtle and realness of how love was presented.
The most moving moment of the book for me was the first sexual encounter at the fire side wild the storm was raging outside. I believe the author was very clever in how she juxtapose the scenes. The warmth of the fire on the inside was just so contradictory to the raging storm that was taking place just a few steps away, yet it was so reflected of their inner emotions and passion, contained by their fear and their nervous, the ferocity of their emotions were masked. I just love this part of the book. I don't think anywhere in the rest of this book is there any imagery so real and appealing to the literary eye
The progression of the plot was just marvelous. The flow of the story and the development of the characters was well done.
"A little gem found in a pile of rocks."
I saw the summary for this audio book, and honestly decided that it could easily be another cliched lesbian romance novel, full of two dimensional characters, sex, and not a lot else.
With that in mind I hit the little green sample button not really thinking it would draw me into trying out the book. One advantage of being a member of audible is the fact that you can return books if you find they aren't quite what you were expecting, and hearing the sample I decided it was worth the risk.
Boy I was wrong about my initial assessment based on the summary. Sure there are moments when it could come under those cliches, but actually, you get good three dimensional characters that you really care about. Even the part towards the end where you get the expected break-up before they come back together is done in a fashion that reflects the way the characters have developed and evolved. That's what makes the third dimension possible. The whole story was a very pleasant surprise. I'm not sure if this author has written more works, but if she has, then I would certainly be willing to read/listen to more based on this novel.
Added to that, the recording and narrator are far better than a lot of the lesbian audio books out there. The narrator does a reasonable job of separating out the characters, and there is no or little echo/reverberations that I have heard on some recordings and that frankly really helps this story along. Far too many recordings feel as though they have been rushed onto the audible catalog with little or no consideration to the quality of the engineering behind the work, even works by 'popular' authors have fallen into this trap. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a recording that falls into the more professional category.
Too many lesbian novels have fallen into the routine of the two dimension, which is sad because with a little thought they could be so much more. And so, within that pile of similar rocks that have fallen together, you do get the odd little gem popping up, and this is certainly one of those gems.
Melissa is my new favourite author. Characters are easy to imagine and you are drawn into their world and taken on a lovely journey
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