A missed first encounter....
Colliding with a second chance....
On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother's death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.
While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can't live without her by his side, he's sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.
Until she meets Gavin Blake - a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.
This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.
©2013 Gail McHugh (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I guess I only read the "great" reviews. I am having trouble with this story and narration so I came back to see what others thought. Worried I am becoming a narration snob. But she is just awful...sounds like a prude Victorian prissy and the male voice is so unattractive you cannot imagine these men are well attractive or magnetic....I appreciated the reviewer that gave the overview of the prequel...I don't care for this writer's turn of phrase.
Say something about yourself!
This is one of those books that really ticked me off. The first 75% I was in love, ready to sing its praises, to download the sequel in actual reading format because its not available in audio yet....thank goodness I waited.
The things I loved were:
1. Alpha males galore
2. Totally hot scenes
3. I really respected the drama...in the beginning....the female lead lost her mom to breast cancer, her boyfriend helped her emotionally and physically, he even held the moms hair while she threw up....so no matter what she feels for another guy how do you ditch the man your dying mom approved of???
Then the writer just flipped a switch, the wonderful boyfriend becomes anything but wonderful.....how does a man who held a dying woman's hair while she was sick complain to a waiter about a crying baby? Huh?!?!? Then the 24 year old super hot model like female lead never had a boyfriend before this guy? Huh?!?!?
Throw in some fake made up drama towards 85% through and I turned it off with an hour ago.....ugh! Ruined a great book and ticked me off! If you like fake drama go for it, at least the hot scenes were hot.
I enjoyed the story, looking forward to the next ... My only gripe, I couldn't stand her voice as "other people" I rather the tone change vs trying to sound like a man.
Lives in Illinois. Loves to read! Mother of 6! Grandma (Noni) of 5!
To much assumption and not enough questions! I really liked Gavin because he was real and spoke his mind. But Emily was back and forth. Trusting that loser and the one time she may have questions for Gavin she just runs away and believes some bull that she made up in her own head! Emily seemed so childish she broke her own heart, all she had to do was ask, it's almost as if she like being in a dominating relationship. Maybe if Dillion told her what Gavin was trying to say to her she would have believed him. She would have believe Dillon if he was in the act and telling her he wasn't cheating.
This was my first novel by this author. I enjoyed it write a bit, but the cliffhanger would have seriously upset me if it were not fit the fact that it is already out.
Other reviewers have discussed the narrator's lack of skill in catering off the New York accent, so I will not rehash it here; but I cannot leave without saying that I had to read parts of the story to give myself a break at times. She was great as the voice of Emily.
This was a good listen. The narrator was ok, but some of her voices I found to be annoying. It was worth a credit and I look forward to seeing how things play out in book 2.
All business but contemporary fun!
EVERY dialog, every feeling was described in the superlative tone. A look would shoot the heroine's hair up across ALL her body from her toes to her head. A single touch would speed their hearts at their maximum pace and they would completely lose their breath.
It was bizarre that the scenery descriptions were delivered using a formal, elegant tone with many metaphors and yet the dialogs among the main characters actions and humor were child-like, swearing all the time, giving the finger, etc. I definitely do not expect a 30 year old self made millionaire man to act like that. The male character actually fell completely flat. For some reason I kept going and finished the book. so there go the two stars.
Again, if the dialogs matched the author's writing style, this would have been 100x better.
An Audiobook-addict & I'm Luv'n it! ~Chronic Illness hit 5+Yrs ago; creating this inner "Audiobook Monster" of mine!
The main Female, and both main Male Characters as well; Especially Mr. Blake!! As for the Men you have one to Love easily and one that Confuses the hell out of you...
My first experience with Mary Kowal..!! — She's good; an easy narrator to listen too. My only slight? -A few Male voices; however, they ended up being a few one-liners or short responses here and there. Perhaps if that particular Male variation was used a lot, it could've became annoying enough to actually interfere with the story. However, this book has a lot of male sub-characters; I can only imagine how hard that would be to make so many different sounding "guy voices"!! – The 2-significant male characters of the book fit great into the narration; that's all that really matters to me. ;)
Worth that Credit — Cannot disappoint; This story kept me consistently and undeniably enthralled. I even hated it when I had to stop and/or pause, so I could attend my daily appointments, etc!! Plus, I was SO happy to find the sequel. It was ready & available right away on Audible for Download as well. I went straight to that book as soon as I was done with the first! - Jeez, and the second book?!! – Completely worth another Credit or purchase as well. A "must have" Download-duo, without a doubt!
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