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!
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 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!
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.
I have been a trucker for almost 7 years, and I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks. This is the first one I have ever taken the time to review, and this is the first one I have ever returned. This is the WORST narrator! I cannot imagine what made this woman use the voice she decided to use for the Aunt Dody character. It was a nose bleeding, blood pressure raising, assault on my ears. At one point, after a quiet calm conversation between the H and h, Dody's voice came screeching (it is LITERALLY a screech) over the speakers and I dang near ran off the road it startled me so badly. I will absolutely never listen to another book this woman narrates, because frankly, I think she has bad judgement and I like myself too much to practice self torture. Seriously, its horrific. I gave the story a three even though I didn't finish because I couldn't burden the author with the narrators cross.
I actually couldn't finish listening to this audiobook. I had to finish the second half on my Kindle. Just couldn't stomach the narrator.
Ehhh.... They were all just... there. No one character really stuck out as a favorite.
The story itself was fine. It was light and enjoyable. It's a shame that the audiobook ruined the experience for me. By the time I abandoned it and started reading my ebook, the story was unable to rise into "really good" territory for me.
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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