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.
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.
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 really enjoyed this audiobook the narration was good apart from when she tries to do a Scottish accent of Des but turns out to be Irish, still a good listen. Loved Aunt Dody and gay Cousin Fontaine just cracked me up loved the voices. This was such a great book and I loved Sadie with all her inner thoughts and self criticism. This is a great feel good story and will have you laughing out loud; leaves one feeling good. Worth the credit if your a born romantic.
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!
i like the author writing style, there were quite a few pretty funny moments but i was not crazy about the narrator. they way she narrated made some of the dialogue sound quite fake.
i couldnt really feel the chemistry between des and sadie, most of the characters are easy to like and relate to.
No, not the audio version. I think this will be a fun series, but I finished it by just reading it on my kindle. The way the narrator did Aunt Dody's voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Yes! I'll just read it instead of listening. This is a great book for unwinding at the end of a busy day. Nothing earth-shattering happening, but it's fun!
Please, please ditch that high-pitched Aunt Dody voice. The rest of the voices were OK, but Aunt Dody is in this book a lot. Her voice gave me a headache.
The only voice the reader seemed to get right was Sadie's. I had to pull my headphones out when she read Dody's voice. Des's Scottish accent as well as the way she read Fontaine's voice really grated on my ears. Not so great with the children's voice's either. It would have been better if she just read it in her own voice without trying to do the others. I had the Kindle book as well and preferred reading this book over hearing it. The storyline was ok but frustrating at times. Not my usual reading but I wanted something light that I didn't have to think too much about and this fit.
The story was great and injected humor which was perfect. The narrator did a good job with most characters but the voices she used for Dodie & Fontaine were like nails on a chalkboard. I wish I had read it instead of listening to it. Otherwise a fun book.
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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