This is a rocker novella from the point of view of Todd O'Malley. He's a pierced, tatted-up rock star, similar in looks to Adam Levine and is a cocky jerk (or so people think). Below is the synopsis of the book, and here is the book trailer link on Youtube: https://youtu.be/cg4WXXGvqqg
Todd O'Malley has been called many things, from filthy mouthed jerk to legendary Rock God. With his outlandish cocky demeanor - tatted up and pierced, compared in looks to Adam Levine - his constant use of the F-bomb, and the seductive gyrations he performs for the ladies on stage, affirm he is a man every woman craves. But there is only one woman who is able to capture his heart, Kyra Edwards.
That chance meeting at a little coffee shop in Evanston began their journey of compromise, pain, dedication, and love.
From the night he took her virginity to Todd's past sex-capades and consequences threatening their relationship, will Kyra be able to deal with it? With Todd and his band, Avenue, touring on the road, can he prove to Kyra that he is a changed man? Can he be faithful and avoid temptation?
Jennifer Theriot brings us yet another love story that will capture our hearts. This is truly a story of "Beauty and the Beast", where we admire the beauty that is Kyra and adore the beast known as Todd.
You loved him in Out of the Box Awakening and Out of the Box Regifted. In Toccata Obbligato - Serenading Kyra, you'll get inside his head - see what makes him tick, and get to know the woman who captured his heart....
©2014 Jennifer Theriot (P)2016 Jennifer Theriot
The way Zachary Liebenstein brought the characters to life.
His portrayal of each character throughout this story is simply amazing.
I liked the fact that it comes across like a real possibility. The realism of how the relationship between Todd and Kyra developed. It was tested over and over again, like real life, with real drama.
When Todd sings "Fairytale Man" to Kyra..... this was so emotional on so many levels because it was born from a need to heal, a need to be forgiven and most of all, the need to love and be loved.
I teared up during the entire scene at grandma's house when Todd found her ring, the picture, and how he heard her words.
When Kyra arrived and Todd got down on one knee, I was just as happy as Kyra. And, yes, I shed a few tears too!
This is a quick listen, but don't let that fool you. There is so much going on constantly, it's a true emotional and soul deep experience.
OMG! He actually sings her his love song in this audio!
I had already read the book previously, but this was a thousand times better and NO eyestrain! I love this story of mismatched lovers. The language is a bit shocking at first, but he's a rocker.
Fortunately, the more time he spends with his new girlfriend, the tamer he becomes. But nothing is easy between the unlikely couple.
Audiobook Addict. It's all about the Listen. Mostly Romance, but I do branch out a bit. Reviews are my honest opinions-popular or not.
This was a fast-paced and steamy short story where a lot was packed into a short listen. I liked the characters, and I wanted them to get their HEA. Because of the length of the listen, there were a few loose ends I think needed tying up-like her family's reactions and such and wanted to go a bit further down the road than where it ended, but that just makes me want to read more of the author's work to see if we get any cameos/furthering of the story if there are future installments of the series.
The narration was hit and miss for me. I liked the voices and the pronunciation and loved the musical performance, but the cadence was sing-songy, and I found it a bit distracting. It wasn't enough to have me write off the narrator though, and given that the MC was a musician, I could kind of buy that he had an inherent rhythm to his speech--though that didn't really work for me when other characters "spoke." However, I think the positives were enough to outweigh that negative, and I would listen to another audiobook read by Zachary Liebenstein.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
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This was my first time with an audio and all I can say is if all audios are like Jennifer's it won't be my last. The narrator Zach portrayed Todd with such realism. I felt like I was listening to the retelling of a story over coffee with an old friend. Mark's song added an extra bonus I never expected and showed me what makes audios so unique compared to traditional book.
In regards to the book and Jennifer's telling of the story, I can't recommend this book enough. I haven't read the Out of the Box series, but since hearing some of the inner monologue of Todd I definitely will be now. There are so many missing details that I'm certain the series reveals. All in all I believe this book is the perfect accompaniment to the series.
I recommend this audio, this book, and the whole series to one and all. I also encourage everyone to get audio books a try. You won't be disappointed in any way.
The narrator did great and had a sexy, manly voice I loved. The song gave me chills!
Perfectly done, professional narrator.
The story is great and I want more from them. The chemistry is palpable and the turns and twists are giving so much to it.
Well done xox
Zachary Liebesstein not only brings Todd O'Malley to life, he gives him new dimensions.
Bonus!!! The fabulous song Todd writes, Fairytale Man, is incorporated into the audiobook! It’s a can’t miss attraction!!!
He has a strong range that really sucks me in. If Todd were not read right, he could come off as nothing but a creep. Instead, Liebenstein brings out dimensions of Todd that could easily get lost in the translation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this stand-alone novella from the Out of the Box series. We get just enough Todd to satisfy the desires we all had for more. Todd sucks you into his mind, and heaven help you, he is exactly like you expected. This was a great treat.
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I read this book some time back and it was truly wonderful. But listening to it brought it to life and had me laughing. To hear someone actually put words to Todd O' Malley.
To be honest many books always compare to each other but not this one. There is not another I have read or listened to yet like this.
This guy sure had his work cut out for him as Todd O'Malley loves the F-Bomb. Zachary did a great job. It was a first for me hearing this narrator
Oh gosh I'd take Todd but I would for sure have to wear depends. He is hilarious but always straight to the point.
I enjoyed listening to this book very much.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher"
We have a rockstar who is getting tired of the one night stands, not that that stops him. Lonely and feels abandoned and so he abandons first. In a case of insta love he meets Kyra, a girl finishing up her masters who comes from a wealthy family and really doesn't know who he is.
They meet in a coffee shop and unlike all other girls he has to talk her into going out with him
Obstacles raise, he really is a nice guy and she is stronger than she appears.
The narrator was good sometimes felt he dragged a little bit or just not as much emotion as I may have expected but I like that much better than over the top narration. I would gladly listen to him.
Worth a listen, not the best rockstar story but I always appreciate when the rockstar is a man whore after he met his one true love!
Avid listener while doing everything from chasing after my toddler to running errands. Fan of all Romance, PRN & fantasy, mystery thrillers.
What I liked best is It was a full story. What I like least is it was a full story crammed into just under 2 hours. I didn't seem like a novella in anyway other then the time.
Yes. I liked the style and think that had things been elaborated or had it had less going on story wise it would have worked better.
I really like his narration. I will definitely check out other books he narrates in the future.
This was the typical bad boy rocker meets inocent girl, has psycho ex problems, messes up a lot, and ends up Winning the girl...but it has no filler, it is essentially a story being told to you in a summary version of events. I still enjoyed it but I prefer a novella to stick to a short plot story. With everything that went on it could have been made a full length book instead. I received this audiobook from audiobook boom for free for my unbiased review.
This was a super short story, quick read, that gave us an inside look at someone that showed up in another series, Out of the Box. I didn't know that when I read it. And, because I hadn't read that series before I read this, I felt like it was too much of a quick telling. The story was just that... a lot of telling and not a lot of showing, BUT when it did get to the showing parts, those were really good. The whole things seemed fast, the love, the dating, the proposal, and I'm not sure if I felt like everything was resolved. But again, I think it's supposed to be that way. I need to read the other series so I can appreciate this more, because this rocker, Todd, was seriously hot!! I was rooting for him the whole time!
Besides the story itself and the writing, I'd like to speak about the narration, since I listened to this in audio format. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, most of the books I "read" are audiobooks. I even have favorite narrators. I thought the writing of Todd's (the MC) thoughts and the way he spoke were very fitting, but the narrator did not translate that. I honestly did not like the narrator very much at all. ( I hate saying anything negative at all, but if you're an audiobook connoisseur like I am, you'll appreciate the honesty) He sounded robotic, slightly monotone, no inflection for emotion or anything that the computerized feature on a Kindle couldn't do. It was a bit disappointing, because Todd had swagger, a certain way of speaking, and a lot of emotion. I just didnt get that from listening to it. If I didn't just force myself to concentrate on the words and the actual story, and not the way it was "read" to me, I would have given this 2 stars. However, I put aside the narration and pictured how Todd would have said what he said, while listening and it made it so much better.
This was the first book of Theriot I've read, and I will read more of hers. I think, if you're going to read this story, you should read the Out of the Box series first.
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