From the New York Times best-selling author of A Terrible Love comes a story of raw tragedy and dark romance.
Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever. They're so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer.
Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna.
Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can't save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one. When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.
Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life. She doesn't want Jared "Mick" McKenna for the billions he's amassed, but for the one thing she's never given any man: her innocence.
Mick's guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating. When Faren's actions don't match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can't reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in.
As Faren's bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she's made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother's life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?
Faren collapses, narrowly escaping discovery upon hearing traumatic news delivered by Thorn. When Thorn becomes her uneasy accomplice in the deception of Mick, Faren decides she needs to come clean with the truth. Shelving her pride might be the last thing she wants to do, but as facts and actions continue to contradict one another, her hands become tied in the lies she creates to survive.
Faren only needs one last lap dance to erase the final debt that hangs over her mother's head like a cloud of doom. But when Ronnie Bunce circles closer to Faren and threatens the last sanctuary she possesses, circumstances unravel to reveal lies that run deeper than she knew.
Can Faren and Mick consummate their passion before her deceit is discovered? Or will the last dance be the ultimate loss?
©2014 Marata Eros (P)2016 Marata Eros
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I have wanted to read – or in that case listen to – THE TOKEN for so long. It is about a woman who has had a streak of bad luck her whole life – she has to strip to somehow make some money and now she has even become to terms with a fatal diagnosis. Yet, she is holding it together pretty well, deciding on what she wants from the remainder of her life. Add to that a stalker and a virgin – all which promised to be a great dark read. But somehow the story was never able to really get and hold my attention. A few weeks have passed since I listened to the audio book and I honestly cannot remember much of the storyline at all. Even the cliffhanger did not leave a lasting impression on me. Whereas, yes, I should have written my review sooner, I imagine most of it can be ascribed to the narration. I am not one to easily tear apart something in my reviews, but in this case I have not one good word to say about the narrator. In fact, I found it close to awful. Everything was told overly excited and in such a quick pace – not leaving the slightest pauses between characters, which made it quite hard to follow in whose mind we currently were or who was speaking to whom. I hung on, did not give up on the books, although in hindsight it might have been better if I had switched to the ebooks instead, maybe I would have enjoyed this book, which clearly had potential, some more.
STORY: 2.5-3 stars
PERFORMANCE: 1 star
OVERALL: 2.5 stars (rounded up)
THE TOKEN series is about a woman who, while down on her luck for numerous reasons, goes to great lengths to earn some much needed money. With strip clubs (as well as other clubs where women will do more than strip for the right price), a stalker, terminal illness, steamy romance, a virgin and a history of abuse, this series has a ton of potential! Unfortunately, each of the 3 installments were filled with inconsistencies that were not just distracting but detracted from the believability of the storyline. Although there were numerous occasions where I literally quit reading, too frustrated to continue, there were also a few very impressive scenes. In the first installment, there was a scene with such palpable sexual tension that I didn't want to put the book down, staying up late to find out what happened. At one point, I didn't plan on continuing on in the series until one of the books ended with such a great curveball/twist that I felt compelled to keep reading! My point is that Marata Eros does have talent; in the hands of a good editor, I'm sure THE TOKEN SERIES could be something special.
*** To read reviews for each individual installment, view my e-book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.***
Before I even heard the first sentence of THE TOKEN I, I became concerned that I would have an issue with narrator Lacy Laurel's performance. While Ms. Laurel read the title and the author's name, she sounded waaaaaaay too excited, speaking with much more emotion than is necessary to state the title of a book. Unfortunately, Ms Laurel's overeagerness never waned even while she read parts of the book that should have been read with a morose or solemn tone of voice. In fact, the only time I noticed Ms. Laura adjust her tone of voice was when she read sex scenes, suddenly narrating in a whisper. Most abhorrent though was her attempts to read dialogue for the male characters in the book. Not every female narrator can pull off a good male voice yet the voice Ms. Laurel used wasn't just a poor attempt but IMO was absolutely ridiculous! Most of the time, the dialogue of the male characters didn't even sound human! Ms. Laurel is either very new to narrating or she has no acting skills, obviously reading instead of providing us with a performance. I am sad to say that eventually I couldn't bear to listen to her recording anymore. Even though I was given books #1-3 for free in exchange for my unbiased review (provided via Audiobook Boom), I couldn't stand listening to the entire first book. Due to Ms. Laurel's poor performance, at 75% into book #1 I stopped listening and switched to reading the books instead.
While the story was entertaining and enjoyable overall, it had so much more potential but it fell a bit short. Some parts of the story just didn't flow well. Then on top of that it ends on a cliffhanger. I wouldn't rate it as one of the best stories I've listened to but it does have me interested enough to know what happens next. So with that in mind the story was worth the listen.
You really need to suspend common sense while listening to this book. There is an interesting plotline and a good cast of characters both good and bad. Everyone seems to have a secret or past they would like to forget. But as we all know the past never stays buried. Lying, even if by omission is always going to come back and bite you.
Mick sees her coming and going in her stripper outfits, but he has no clue what she's doing? He can forgive the poles but not the lap dances? (Although I get his perspective in many ways) He owns a strip club and he's going to be judgmental of a girl who works for him?
She meets guy who wants to help her and she still keeps secrets. She works at his strip club but doesn't want him to know. So again she keeps it secret. She finds out her stepfather is after her and she still decides to keep secrets. She continually puts herself in a situations that are a risk to her. There is just no logic to her decisions.
Lacy Laurel does an good job with the narration overall. She has a pleasant voice. Some of her character voices are great. Although, there is not much difference between male and female voices at times. Sometimes you can tell which character is speaking and sometimes you can't. Her narration is a bit to fast at times which effects the clarity and flow of the narration at times. Even with this she is by far better than some narrators I have heard and I would listen to her narrate other books.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
I didn't like the story or the narration..
the whole performance seem like she was in ahh of everything
I found it hard to follow, I couldn't finish it
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I honestly have no idea if this is a good book or not because the narration was so AWFUL that I couldn't get beyond the first couple of chapters.
There was no distinction or pauses between characters so that I couldn't keep up with who was supposed to be speaking or what was happening. I kept having to backtrack and listen to the same part over again, which is not convenient when you're working. I even slowed it down to .5 speed, but there was just no help for it and I ultimately gave up.
Great story about a difficult situation that drives a person to do things they may not normally do. The chemistry between the characters is great and the sexiness is hot. It’s definitely a cliffhanger but the story is interesting enough to hook me. I can’t wait for the next book. The narrator, Lacy Laurel, is good but it took a little getting use to her style. Also, I must tell you that I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Every scene with Faran and her bestfriends, loved the dialoge between them. And why a cliff hanger, I need the other book.
The bestfriend ( I`ve gone blank and for the life of me can`t recall her name) anyway, Lacy did a wicked job with her.
The bestfriend, she was sassy, funny and her voice was just brilliant.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
No. There are too many better ones.
The desperate lengths having a terminal illness can drive a person.
Sure, She was adequate. No real complaints.
I was given this book free by the author, narrator and/or publisher through Audiobook Boom for an unbiased review.
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