Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.
Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.
Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?
©2012 Kristen Proby (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
Looking for a steamy, no angst, pure swoon-fest?? Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby was a very sweet love story. The first in the With Me in Seattle series. The flow, the writing style, the feel of the story, the characters, everything just instantly hooked me.The perfect blend of sweet, angst-free romance and super hot sex. The story starts off when Natalie first encounters Luke while she is taking pictures one morning on the beach. Luke approaches her and demands that he give him her camera. The thing is, Natalie is unsure why this handsome stranger is enraged with her. Frankly, she thinks she is being mugged. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, Luke realizes that Natalie has no idea that he is a famous actor (or was one) and she really was taking pictures of the scenery. Needless to say, the man becomes intrigued. So ensues the beginnings of their sweet romance. Luke loves the fact that Natalie is not with him due to his fame and fast becomes smitten with this beautiful sassy woman. Natalie also falls fast and hard for the charming and utterly gorgeous man who has her heart beating faster. This book has no external drama or bad guy. No cheating, major stupidity, long separations or anything will make you threaten bodily harm. Its solely focused on the romance between Luke and Natalie! Their story is incredibly steamy and this is an erotic romance that has a lot of sex scenes. So, what made it 4 stars instead of 5? A few times I wanted to roll my eyes because of how unrealistic some parts were but this is fictional romance so I have no right to complain. I felt their relationship progressed super sonic fast. And lastly, and this might sound weird, but some parts of the story just felt a little ‘too’ perfect at times. Too many endearments, too many 'perfect' scenes. However, this book was still a gem! The characters were fantastic! I feel like the author put a lot of time into writing the perfect details, details that you actually want to know, not boring ones. I'm really looking forward to the other books in the series! If you love steamy romance without excess drama, then definitely add this book. Can't wait to enjoy the next book, Fight With Me!
Narrator Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Jennifer Mack was very good. She added to the story and made it more tolerable. She's high on my favorite narrators list!
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cheesetastic stars, baby (It’s not great but not so terrible I couldn't finish it.)
No tension, lots of sex, stupid drama and everyone is beautifully jealous. Enjoy!
If you're looking for a light romance novel with lots (and I do mean lots) of sex with zero buildup of sexual tension, you happen to love beautiful people who whisper sexily, jealous assholes, you don't have an issue with over usage of endearments and forced conflict then this is the book for you. Otherwise don't waste your time or your money!
Maybe I'm cynical from all the rip your heart out and stomp it into the ground books I've been reading lately but this book was super tacky to me. 'Baby' 'honey' 'beautiful' are the main endearments set on auto repeat throughout this book. Then there was the whispering. I absolutely did not like being persistently reminded how much she adored Luke's whispering! Did I mention Luke is beautiful, Natalie has a beautiful body (even though she has horrible body image) and everyone is beautiful, baby! Ugh!
"“I've fallen in love with a beautiful, sexy, sweet, jealous control freak.
― Kristen Proby, Come Away with Me"
Luke was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of jealous assholes. He automatically assumed the worst of every situation! If you are freaking out about your boyfriends reaction to finding out that you met with a single male client in a public place then dump him immediately!! He was too sweet then in your face jealous. It seemed like an issue the author forced to create drama, angst and/or conflict.
"“I want to kiss him for caring enough to be jealous, and smack the shit out of him for being so jealous he’s almost blind with it.”
― Kristen Proby, Come Away with Me"
Natalie's character wasn't terrible but she seemed a little childish to me. Her reaction to the big secret was a little too dramatic and juvenile. She thought Luke's jealous streak was hot and worst of all she thought it meant he cared! This just made Natalie's character weak and stupidly naive to me.
Conflict between the characters all seemed artificial and unnaturally written to create drama. I felt the book would have been a better read without it.
There was a lot of sex! It was on the verge of being too much. Some of the scenes were ridiculous but overall I enjoyed the hotness of the book. The problem was there was no buildup or flirty sexual tension. They met, fell in bed, fell in love, add some stupid drama, more sex and there’s your book!
I plan to read the next book in the series (I'm a glutton for punishment), mostly because I want to know what happens with her best friend, but if it’s the sugary sweet sex fest as this book I will be stopping there.
I listened to the Audible.com audio version. The narrator was very good, would give her 4.5 out of 5 stars.
There was very little depth to this story. The falling in love in two days was a bit hard to believe. There are no twists or turns to this book. It is plain old boring! Yes there are sex scenes that get steamy but after the first few you can just tune them out. The characters of Natalie and Luke are just dull. The narration is a bit to young and mousy for my taste. I was expecting more and must say I am disappointed. Sometimes it is good to listen to a book that is just a lighthearted romance but usually the characters are exciting or you just get sucked into the story. There is nothing like that in this book. I am trying to figure out how a series could possibly be made from this book. Save your credit and try something else.
Potentially, a different narrator might have made the book more enjoyable. She sounded like she was 15, which was hard to get past. More character development and a more realistic beginning - their relationship moved so fast that it was hard to not roll my eyes at the rest of the book.
The characters relationship moved way to fast to be realistic at all. The female character, Natalie, had no ounce of self-respect or dignity - she was in bed with Luke on day 2 of their relationship. It is nice to like each character first and learn about them before they jump in the sack. Also, the number of sex scenes in a book doesn't make it better, and I feel like this author tried to work in as many sex scenes as possible.
Never. Out of all the audible books I've read, she was probably the worst narrator for this genre of book. She needs to consider reading young adult books, not contemporary or erotic books.
Total disappointment. I chose this book because it was part of a series and I could look forward to the next book. I will not purchase the remaining books in the series now.
To give the narrator a glass of water. Her mouth was so dry I could hear her tongue leave the roof of her mouth. Because of this book I listen to the samples before I buy the books. Life lesson learned. The story was sweet.. Sorry if review was too harsh. I normally don't write reviews.. Just thought people should know.
Fire the producer and make her talk like an adult
The narration caused me to want to find a watchtower and seek out someone to take my agressions out on!!!!!!!
Her voice was fine UNTIL SHE WENT INTO CHARACTER where it went up and grated on me to the point I couldn't get past the 1st date and read the book for myself. I will NOT get the rest of the series because of it. NOt even worth the $1.99 I paid and want my $$$ back
I normally would not feel qualified to write a review when I can't even finish the book but its just that cringe-worthy that it has to be said. I made it to half way thru the first download and was literally cringing. It's so corny. 1 star is a gift. A couple meets and in less than 24 hours they can't live without each other. "Natalie" had issues which turned her into your basic slut but supposedly got over them and isn't a slut anymore but for some reason is begging for sex in less than 12 hours after meeting a stranger on the beach. Luke, a self imposed recluse, falls madly in love with Natalie in less than 12 hours because she is so amazing. Why he thinks this? No clue. I am seriously laughing at how dumb this is. 1000 apologies if the story becomes amazing in the end but to me it is like nails down a chalkboard and I can't listen anymore.
As for the narrator, her female character sounds like baby talk at times. Dumb dialogue in baby talk....Cringe!!!! Coments like, "do you work out?" and "I like it when you wisper" and "so, no sex?' CRINNNNGGGGEEEEE.....!!!!!!
I'm not sure what took me so long to purchase and listen to this book! I've seen it popping up as an option for the genre I love, time and time again, with great reviews. Shame on me is all I can say. This book hit all my sweet spots--it was super hot and sexy--like E.R.O.T.I.C., but, romantic, funny, and endearing, with characters that I can't wait to find out more about. This story is a great beginning to a new series that I will surely gorge myself on with a marathon listening session.
Initially, I wasn't sure about the narrator---her voice is kind of like really sugary candy but was well suited for Natalie's sweet and sassy manner. Luke and Natalie have a love affair that made me swoon--and I'm so not a swooner--but there I was, swooning while driving in my car, totally loving these two together. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book for those who want to drown themselves in love, romance and total ear melting eroticism. I loved it!
I finally sucubbed to the the entreating invitation of this book to "Come Away with Me"... and I did not regret it one little bit. The narrator, I'll admit took some getting comfortable with. At first I was rubbed the wrong way by the higher pitched tones... but by the end I was logging onto Audible to see about book #2.
It's like taking Love Unscripted and chopping at least a third out of the book, and adding maybe like the family interaction fron Fifty Shades (I'm NOT saying this is 'like' 50 overall, so get your panties out of a bunch), maybe adding a little dash of Abbi Glines... OK, I'll stop with the comparisons and mix-and-match analogies. If you like hot, steamy, a *tiny* bit predictible, female with normal everyday body issues, and dozens upon dozens of flowers - I'd recommend giving this romance a try.
I will eagerly be listening to book #2 sometime in the near future, and plan on continuing the series. I don't know why I waited so long to give this a chance.
I have not read anything in this category but it came up on my screen as recommended so I gave it a try. Don't bother if you are older than 20 and actually like a story. This is just endless so so sex scenes with a few fantasy adolescent scenarios in between. I really really tried to get my moneys worth but just couldn't get past half way through.
"Worst read in a long time!"
Stay away from this author! The longer I listened the more annoyed I became. Here is the book: Girl meets boy in the first few chapters then 10 hours of nothing... prattling on and on with very dull sex thrown into the mix. Where is the story? Where is the punch line? I can't believe that with so many good books out there this one has been turned into an audiobook.
"Come Away with Me -"
Audio = GoodNarrator= On Luke's voice a little boring could sound more enthusiastic!Story= I didn't believe this love, had struggled connecting to the characters, they fell in love so quick ... lots of sex scenes on repeat, same words same "thing"... It was all about sex, not that romantic or sweet at all, only at the end of the story...I've listen to better audio books maybe it's the monotone of the narrator on Luke's voice... fell asleep many times ... so dull doesn't do them justice, maybe that's it...In the end I think the book could had better editing and definitely change the energy on Luke's voice...ugh Nevertheless I'm looking forward to next book, curious of Jules's story!
I don't know, maybe the Paperback version, because Audio as I said earlier didn't do them justice, I mean the characters they didn't seem real to me.
Need more work
Come away with me - Norah Jones's song
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