As a behavioral scientist, Professor Nicole Hathaway's work strips away the foolish mystique that surrounds the human mating dance. When her academic tome is treated as a viral "love manual" her ecstatic publisher books her to appear all over the U.S. and Europe. Worse yet, her quiet, managed life has been shattered by a series of incompetent assistants. And she's certain this Lily Smith creature isn't going to be any less a burden than the last assistant they sent her. Or the one before that. Or before that...
Lillian Linden-Smith needs this job. With a relentless TV lawyer and public mob still out for her blood for crimes committed by her "American royalty" parents, getting out of the country is her only hope for anonymity. If that means cleaning up and presenting an antisocial know-it-all PhD for bookstores, clubs and lectures, fine. Dr. Hathaway may have succeeded in driving away all the others, but not this time.
From their first meeting the sparks fly, and each is thinking: She has no idea who she's dealing with.
It's hate at first sight in this love adventure from the author of Above Temptation, Roller Coaster and dozens of other best-selling, award-winning novels.
©2012 Karin Kallmaker (P)2013 Bella Books Inc.
It's one I won't forget. I've listened to several books, and about half of them I couldn't finish. This one kept me interested and made me really look forward to my drive to/from work.
The narrator is fine and the story is good. It's not super complex and there isn't any other major plot line going on aside from the relationship between the main characters. Which I was totally fine with! One of the characters is an academic, so there were moments where the book taught me something interesting.
All I can think of is Snow Falling by Gerri Hill, but that's mostly because of the subject matter. This one developed the characters better and the writing was smarter.
The voices were well differentiated. And she was able to do a good job with the various accents and languages. And for the most part it didn't sound like she was straining to do them. I've listened to a book before where the narrator was trying to do a butch voice and it was agonizing.
There were times where the narrator was a little too into it and would laugh whimsically through some of the text (that wasn't dialogue). Someone above compared it to reading a book to a child, which it did have that sound to it here and there. Not unbearable, though. And the voices were consistent.
I laughed occasionally. There are some clever quips. There are parts of the story that made me yell at my iPod (mostly good reasons, but I won't spoil it).
This story has a LOT of buildup between the characters. If you're looking for hot and heavy action right off the bat, don't listen, But if you enjoy extensive development and seemingly unending/unconsumated sexual tension like I do, this will be a good read for you. It's a fun listen.
They travel a lot in the book, so it's a fun escape to listen to the description of the places they go.
The one thing that drove me nuts is there's a part where they get lost driving in Russia and that part of the story goes on way too long. It's about 6 hours in. You'll see.
Its good for what it is, a romance without pretending to be something else. It has no silly story that annoys you by being slapped over the main topic.
Having the characters working together on tour.
not really, It was bit like telling a story to small kids. Too sweet.
Please don't do it, it's sweet story, but it would be boring as a movie.
Yes, because it was different.
The happy ending? was it a happy ending? you'll have to hear it!! lol
Different voices for the characters, and very soft!
Yes, and I did!
Please keep these books for woman coming. We are out numbered 10 to 1!
Loved the way the book was performed but the last line was cut off, the recording ended at the start of the last line
Yes, It's perfect for me to be able to sit back and visualize what's going on than to have to read the information.
I love the characters and their relationship.
I loved them all.
I was fascinated when I saw that this was the story about a college professor. A college professor who was not only a lesbian, but an expert on the science of the brain. Not to mention an Indian who had grown up in the wasp world of old New England. Nicole Hathaway is a professor at the local university that began with a donation a member of the Hathaway family. She has just written a book that she is going on the road to promote. A serious hardass she has already gone through three assistants and she hasn't even left her home yet. the fourth assistant is on the way to her hometown of Meredith, New Hampshire.
Mix this package with a young woman whose uncle is Nicole's editor who has grown up in the midst of a lie. Patterned on the infamous Bernie Madoff; her parents had run a Ponzi scam that ruined thousands of people. She is running from the publicity and from Melanie Boone.an onscreen cable personality (I'm guessing Nancy Grace).
Though these parts of the book worked, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein; a romance novel is a romance novel is a romance novel. In the end it was the same old predictable time-worn story that pretty much all romance writers seem to write. There are enough original elements in the story that it was worth three stars; four if you're a fan of romances. Just don't expect anything more; or anything new? It's the same old romance novel that your mom read.
As an English woman I was disgusted with the accent.was she trying to do dick van dyke in Mary Poppins. Please don't do an English accent again. I was looking forward to this book but I feel the narrator really let the book down
"No surprises here."
There really weren't any surprises here, after all there can only be so many ways a romance story can be written. That said, the characters were set in a slightly different field to most, and having the one getting away from the sins of her parents did add somewhat to what could have otherwise been a bland tale. Overall, an enjoyable listen, and certainly something I could listen to again.
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