Being the best in her field doesn't seem to help famously successful sex therapist, Dr. Regina Logan, who manages to fix everyone’s love life but her own. Men won't date her. Her brutal honesty about physical matters intimidates most males. It also doesn’t help her love life that the press publishes every dating move she makes. Though she knows her negative publicity is the biggest problem, Regina thinks its still ironic for a 47 year old woman to be so knowledgeable about pleasing a man when there’s no lover in her life to benefit.
Since most men have a tendency to run away before making it as far as her bed, it is definitely no surprise to Regina when "nice guy" Ben Kaiser rejects her after discovering her identity. But it still hurts. Ben’s kisses promise fulfillment of every fantasy she’s ever had, but no matter how great he is, Regina would be the first to admit there’s no room in her crazy public life for someone as nice as Ben.
©2011 Donna McDonald (P)2013 Donna McDonald
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
Not really a bad book, but there was nothing in it to catch or hold my interest. I didn't finish. Again, not because it was awful, but there just didn't seem a good enough reason to invest the time in listening to the end. Did not care for the narrator. Which made me even less interested in finishing.
Donna McDonald has some good books. Made one of the characters sound all whispery angelic like she was a goody two shoes little girl...didnt like that
UH! Felt like getting a refund. Talk about the classic, how not to end a novel. NEVER would buy this author again.
Waste of time and money. Story was okay, ending left you feeling cheated and that you had wasted hours to get nowhere. I don't have hours to waste on a pathetic ending story.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Stars Overall: 3 Narration 3 Story 3
The return of the "not 20 something romance" story continues with Dating Dr. Notorious. In this story, McDonald brings us Regina, a famous / infamous sex therapist a la Dr. Ruth. She isn't speaking from experience though, at least not current and present experience, not having much success with dating in her own life. I enjoyed Regina. with her obsession with Henry, her Porsche, and the clever way that McDonald used the sexually loaded phrases to describe Henry from Regina's point of view, feeling much like she should be writing advertising copy.
When Ben spots Regina at a charity event, he begins to feel stirrings that had long been dormant, even though he had been contemplating HOW to return to the dating game after the death of his wife. These two are clearly attracted to one another, even with the fear of Regina's greater experience. It was cute to watch them both struggle with their own demons and insecurities, and discover how to come together, in all senses of the word.
Narration in this version is again provided by Anne Johnstonbrown and while it again took some time for her performance to warm up and settle into the story without adding unnecessary pauses and odd hesitations. She did use appropriate changes in tone and patois to present the characters in a way that felt both normal and appropriate, although there were a couple of elements that kept me from losing myself in her narration. The first is already mentioned: odd pauses and hesitations with emphasis in places that just felt wrong. Although I have not read the text, grammatically none of these pauses worked. My more important issue was in the quality of the recording. I listened on 3 different devices, with varied headphones and speakers, and there was a subtle but persistent echo throughout the story from more pronounced to subtle, it sounded as if the story was recorded in a cave.
This is a fairly predictable with a twist romance, if you want a spicy read that has heart, life and isn't about a 20 something finding her way - this is a good choice.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
A mature Sex and the City.
If college age romances are call New Adult what would late 40s to early 50s be called, Old Adult? LOL
Anne Johnstonbrown does an ok job with the narration but her voice was a little off putting because it sounded too mature. Yeah sure the characters are knocking on the big 5-0 door but they are sexy men and women and I feel like Anne’s voice would be better suited for a sweet romance instead of a hot romance. It was almost like listening to my grandmother reading the book to me and it took me out of the hot moments.
What I liked:
I love Regina. She’s a sex therapist and that is very plan spoken. Anyone that shouts “holy shit” when she sees that the man she’s about to sleep with is well-endowed, is fun in my book.
I like that Donna McDonald shows women in their mid to late forties can still be sexy and looking for a HEA. It’s refreshing to read a romance in a different age group than me, that’s not YA or NA. I’m in my 30s and it’s nice to think that when I hit my 40s that I can still be dirty like the gals are. LOL
What I didn’t like:
The word notorious was used WAY TOO MANY times. If I heard it once I heard it a thousand times. Sure the word is in the title, Dating Dr. Notorious but come on. Who really talks about themselves and friends as being notorious? Try using some other words like infamous, scandalous, well-known, etc. There’s using a keyword from the book title then theirs beating someone over the head with it.
Will I continue this series:
Yes. Fun and flirty romance series but best read. I can’t wait to see the uptight, Lauren get her own HEA in book 3, Dating A Saint. But I’ll be reading it instead listening to the audio.
I have enjoyed reading the print version of this book, but the audible version really brought much more vivid images to mind!
I think Ben and Regina's dinner at the hotel where she was holding a conference was one of the most memorable moments of this book. There was the flirting and the "sex" talk and just general expectations!!
Lauren--she is such a sweet person, and the narrator really was able to bring that across.
I really liked the part when Regina first visited Ben's apartment as a pizza delivery person!! He was so confused at first, then he went about setting the table and getting ready to eat just like this was something they did every day!! He really likes her and seems to know his mind so much better than she did, but he didn't pressure her!!
Can't wait for more audibles of this series to be available!
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