After several decades of looking for true love and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer, Alexa Ranger, has finally given up the search. A couple of years ago, she got tired of the game completely and just stopped dating. Now friends and family keep her mostly content, so it's shocking at 50 years old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It's even more shocking to be attracted to a much younger man this time. She definitely thinks Casey Carter is sexy, but not handling her own age well, Alexa just can't get passed their 12 year age difference to even consider a fling. Not that it matters anyway, anything resembling a normal dating relationship is totally out of the question because Casey is related to and living with her daughter's boyfriend.
The very last thing Alexa needs is yet another talk-show-worthy drama in her already complicated life, no matter how amazing Casey's kisses make her feel. For a couple of years, 38 year old medically retired Marine Casey Carter, believed his military injury had made him impotent. Having lost his wife to cancer, he hadn't exactly been worried about the problem. Most days walking with a cane was enough challenge for him. But now that he was ready to move on with his life, he had become more worried when none of the females his cousin brought around held any interest for him. So the last woman in the world he expected to start his engine revving again was the mother of his cousin's girlfriend.
Even at 50, Alexa is drop-dead gorgeous, and his libido certainly keeps reminding him she is the first woman he has wanted in a long, long time. Ironically, the more Casey gets to know and like Alexa, he finds out desiring the older woman is the easiest part. Jaded and cynical about love, Alexa is a difficult woman to convince of anything, but her kisses are all the proof he needs that they belong together. The former Marine decides his next mission is figuring out how to fit himself into her life.
©2011 Donna McDonald (P)2013 Donna McDonald
This is the first audible book I have listened to. I received a free copy from the author in exchange for a review. It was interesting to listen to the inflection in narrator's voice and get a visual picture of what was happening.
About a third of the way through the book, she really seemed to start putting more emotion into her voice and that made the book come alive!!
I had read this book several times in the past, but when the hero was injured toward the end of the book, I almost cried!! The emotion in the narrator's voice combined with the words really brought that portion of the book to life!!
Based on my experience with this audible book, I may have to get more audibles!
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Loved the story. But why does the story HARP on the fact that she was older?? I mean mentioning it once or twice but, give me a break!!! And to make the marine handicapped?? Is that the only reason he felt he could slum with an OLDER successful ex-model?? I hpe not.. BUT... This was still refreshing!!!!!! The later portion was exciting. wish it was a bwwm... Oh well.. Still good story.. KUDOS more please!
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Oh my, what to say. There were elements of this book that I really enjoyed, but somehow it just felt slow. I really liked the premise and the characters, they were engaging and interesting. It just never went anywhere, the story line was drawn-out and lacking major conflicts. Well, not until the end.
Alexa is a sassy mature woman, I really liked her throughout. She was confident and sure of herself. I loved her attitude and casual self esteem. Casey was a great match for her, on the surface. Most of the time I loved him, but his attitude was annoying. She was personable and charismatic, he saw it as flirting. That was a point I was not in love with. Fortunately, he chills a bit, I would not have been happy with the pairing if he had not relaxed.
The steam is delicious!! Oh yeah, they get seriously smexy!! And Casey is a giver, if ya know what I mean. They get some hot and heavy action going, girl have a cold shower ready!!
I love the supporting cast. They have serious potential for stories in the series. Each was interesting and really want to see them get their own HEA. There is a lot of story here.
It is a mixed narrative, switching between the lead characters POVs and even a few side trips into the supporting cast. It gives great insight into all their thoughts and motivations. The switches are always smooth and clearly defined.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Anne Johnstonbrown, She does a lovely job keeping the voices distinct and consistent. I really enjoyed her smooth and sassy tone, it really worked for the book. She adds plenty of energy to the smexy scenes! There were time when the dialogue sounded stilted and a touch odd. Mostly when it was Alexa or her daughter. It was a touch distracting.
Overall this was a really enjoyable read, it just needed a bit of editing down. Some of the day to day scenes slowed the momentum down. Still, I am interested in seeing what happens with the rest of the series. The books have a lot of potential.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
I actually have this as an Audio book and it was a great listen.
This is book 1 of the series and does have a HEA.
Alexa is a 50 year old woman who used to be a model and looks nothing like a 50 year old woman. She has been single for many years and has given up on men. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with a 38 year old marine who happens to be related to her daughters boyfriend.
Casey is a man that had lost his wife to cancer a little bit ago, and hasn't had any feelings towards any other women since his wife passed. What he doesn't expect is to meet Alexa and have feelings and his loins to start stirring again. To Casey, age is just a number and the 12 year difference between he and Alexa means nothing to him. He does everything he can to win the heart of Alexa.
The story is well written, the dialogue flows nicely, the descriptions to details are done well and the characters were easy to become emotionally attached to. Did I fall in love with them? No, but I did fall into like with them.
Written as a multi pov. This is a stand alone book and does have an HEA.
Would I recommend this book? Yes
Would I read more from this author? Yes
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Absolutely. A delightful older woman younger man story. The witty oftrn snarky dialog will keep you smiling if not outright. Laughing. Great scet characters and storylines.
Loved her vioce. She had each character perslonality down perfectly.
Yes too long but two days.
Great story, characters. What a good change from the twen
My only problem was the narrator. She over enunciated words that had t in them. It was distracting, but I overlooked it because the story was so good. Am off to read the second book with the same reader. lol
Awesome story. Loved that an older couple could still find each other and have some great sex. I just finished the audio version and it was terrific. The narrator did an wonderful job bringing the story to life. I loved this story when I read it on my kindle but finally getting to hear it on audio was just wonderful. I love how Donna writes stories for us older folks finding love
The author did a wonderful job putting a great story together that addresses the unique fears and concerns of single women around the age of 50. I did not want to put this book down. I was captivated by the story. I did, however, feel it was unrealistic how Casey would man handle Alexa when she was upset.
The narrator was irritating because she was over pronouncing the words and it made her speach seem labored and it grated on my
Hot, Sexy, Funny
Casey is so sweet... He asks Alexia's daughter about dating her mom.
I love listening to Anne change her. voice for each character, she is a joy to listen to
Casey gets hit by a car and is bleeding and Alexa is trying to stop the bleeding from a head injury, but doesn't know how bad it is. It tears at the heart strings.
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