Sadie Turner is not a control freak, just…orderly. When a cheating spouse topples Sadie’s impeccably tidy world, she packs up her kids for a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house, hoping to relax, reboot, and pick up the pieces away from men. All men. But eccentric Aunt Dody has other plans: she’s determined to see Sadie have a little fun - with Desmond, the sexy new neighbor.
Tall, tanned, muscular - and even great with her kids - Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare. He must have a flaw - he’s a man, after all - so Sadie vows to keep her distance. But as summer blazes on, their attraction ignites, and the life Sadie is trying so hard to simplify only gets more complicated…. But maybe a little chaos is just what she needs to get her future, and her dreams of love, back in order.
©2012 Tracy Brogan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This was a waste of my time and credit. It was an awful story that in my opinion centered mostly around aunt Doodie. The romance was severely lacking! The narration of Aunt Doodie was utterly annoying making an already crappy story even crappier! Don't waste your credit on this one!
I just purchased the book today and I have already had to toss it out. The narrator is the worst. She is so annoying that I can not listen to the book. It is a shame because the story line sounded good.
Awful. Annoying. Can not listen to book.
Top 10 for sure.
Pretty much anytime Aunt Dody opened her mouth! Loved Aunt Dody!!!!
Pretty much. A few times the transitions between Desmond and other characters were a little muddled, but for the most part you could definitely differentiate between the characters.
I actually laughed out loud... for most of the book.
Would love to read/ hear more about Aunt Dody's future escapades. What a character!
Don’t do the audiobook - terrible narrator. Read the paperback or ebook.
Sadie and her children spend the summer with Aunt Dody and cousins. Sadie is recently divorced. She doesn’t want a new relationship, but she is attracted to Dody’s gorgeous neighbor Desmond.
I really enjoyed this. I smiled a lot. I liked being in Sadie’s head. I loved her interaction with her cousin Fontaine, a gay interior decorator. I enjoyed the developing relationship with Desmond. This was not a powerful wow story. It’s a pleasant, everyday people around you kind of story. There were several conflicts caused by Sadie making inaccurate assumptions and jumping to wrong conclusions. Those were nicely done. But one of them bothered me - toward the end Sadie was mad at Des for something that she should not have been mad about.
Sadie has some low self image problems and does some silly things. I was fine with that, but some readers might prefer a stronger heroine. This book has a chick lit feel, but it does have a romantic happy ending. Although I wish there were more romance and declaration of love at the end.
The narrator Lori Reyes was a huge problem. She had a terrible, high-pitched screechy voice for Dody and the children. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard. I cringed every time she used that voice. She would be a good narrator if she NEVER raised her voice to a higher pitch. Her natural voice and low voice for men was good.
Genre: contemporary romance, divorce
I might try another book by the author. The writing is predictable. When the main character would think something like "I'm acting stupid" I would find myself thinking, "Yes, you REALLY are-- in fact, too stupid for someone of that age." I would not try Lori Reyes again. I found myself switching to other books and not really caring if I finished this one.
No. IMO, you should only recommend books that you think are great and worth reading.
Ms. Reyes needs to work on her character voices. Her normal voice is -- well, normal for a woman. Soothing low tone which was great for the main character. But for every other female character, she raised her voice. For the great aunt (80-something year old woman) she went extremely high pitched -- higher than the 6 yr old girl. Plus, for every inflection she went a little screechy. I tried to ignore it but by chapter 8 I finally switched to the Kindle version of the book and used "Text-to-Speech" so the computer voice could read the book. It's a terrible reflection on the narrator when a computer does a better job. I strongly suggest she never uses that high pitched voice again. Also, for the gay man character she used a "swishy" voice that sounded like she had a slight lisp. In real life, they don't sound that way. I've known several flamboyant, "swishy" gay man and they only time they use that tone or inflection is when they are making fun of the stereotype. The only time I've heard a gay man use that tone was an actor on TV or a movie.
No. And they wouldn't make this into a movie. Not even a Lifetime movie. Too predictable and the character's behavior was annoyingly stupid.
Yes from Tracy Brogan, no from Lori Reyes!
Yes. Overall, the story wasn't so bad
The narration was terrible!!! The character Aunt Dodie was completely nerve wracking!! A high pitched shrieking voice was used for Aunt Dodie, horrible!! It really prevented me from enjoying the book.
The story itself is okay..not literary genius but okay... however I had to transition over to the written version because the narration on the audio version was so bad. The narrator was over the top dramatic and the voice of the aunt was screechy and cartoonish. If the same narrator performs the next in this series I will skip the audio version.
I own both the kindle and the audible versions. I enjoyed reading the novel, but not listening to it. The narrator's character voice for Doty was too shrill--I found myself turning the volume way down whenever there were scenes with that character. I also thought Fontaine's character voice sounded so flamboyant and dramatic it was like a caricature of a gay man's voice instead of sounding authentic to the character.
But the novel was enjoyable to read. I especially liked the minor characters--even the protagonist's children were funny. I loved the setting.
To relax I listen to my books. It's like yoga but better, you don't have to bend your body!!
If she uses the narrator No way!
I couldn't finish it.
Disappointed that I couldn't finish.
Not a fan of this narrator. Don't waste your credit or money!,
Anyone who has previous experience with this narrator. Or anyone who reads it. The narration completely turned me off to this book.
No, but I will be more attentive to the narrator for all future titles.
It made the listen painful and caused me to delete from my iPod.
None, but as I didn't finish the book I can not state with certainty.
The story line is poor and so boringly predictable. The gays are predictably always nice and like all the other characters exaggerated and unatractive making it impossible to believe in any of them. To make it worse the accents are annoying. Where did the Scottish accent come from. If the novel had been any good this would have ruined it.
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