Some people call River Andrews a modern-day Cinderella. She's a rags-to-riches story: a girl from a trailer park who becomes a Hollywood starlet. And she's about to get her happily ever after. That is, until she walks into her house three hours before her wedding to find her rock star fiancé cheating on her with her sister, while cameras film the whole sordid affair.
River picks up her skirts and runs away. She hitches a ride and finds herself in the arms of Elias Saint, who's damaged beyond repair, dirty, and demanding. But once he touches her, she can't walk away.
©2014 Sabrina Paige (P)2015 Tantor
The story is good and quirky. A few twists here and some misunderstandings there and voila, another great story line by Paige!
However- this book was performed in a rather unfortunate way. The reader has a great voice and reads steady and comfortable, but the voice just doesn't fit. The book has male and female view points which I can barely tell apart due to the voice being exactly the same ( not even a try to make the voice deeper) dialogues between the couple are hard to follow and - this might just be me- listening to a granny type voice reading erotic scenes out loud isn't really hot, but rather uncomfortable.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
IMO, this story suffered from two major flaws.... the narration and the constant " he said, she said, blah blah said" and then the various annoying words instead of 'said' like asked, replied, I answered.... well you get the drift. I'm sure it would have made for a much better written experience.
River and Elias both had their demons but that didn't stop the sexual chemistry, Alpha attitude and instant hot sex which came before all else.... including names I think. River was running away and Elias was returning to, however they both found each other despite secrets, paparazzi and bad childhoods. Until River overheard something, jumped to conclusions and ran. There was a secondary story of a small town being eaten up by developers, suspicious deaths and intrigue. Elias had brothers (the Saint brothers) who got together and have decided to dig deeper so the secondary storyline will continue.
I didn't really feel the romance between River and Elias and I thought he would have a little bit of insecurities and doubts about having sex for the first time after loosing part of his leg and having bad scars.... but nope not a one which would have made him more vulnerable and more likeable. Story jumped around a bit - like all of a sudden she's got more clothes and a fake I.D. and cards.
Worth a credit? Nope, far too many flaws for me and it sadly suffered for only being just over 6 hours.... why Authors can't spend a little more time to give us a more in-depth listen is such a shame.
The story could have been better... The dialog between the two main characters made them sound like teenagers, not adults dealing w some serious issues. The narrator was terrible... Mispronouncing words and didn't even try to change her voice from one character to the next. I actually had a hard time figuring out who was speaking at times. I wouldn't waste the credit
I loved the West Bend Saint series when I read the books. However revisiting the story through narration was extremely disappointing. Zelda Vradon has the least sexy voice I have ever heard. She would be better suited for kids books. She totally emasculated Elias. I felt like my grandmother was reading this book to me. Don't waste your money on narration, it's an excellent read!
Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.
Narrator didn't use different voices or even tone she sounded way too old for the character. I couldn't even finish listening going to finish it by reading it myself. Find a new narrator Sabrina!!!
I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!
A first book in the series, the story grabbed my attention. It was a good read with enough suspense to keep a reader wondering and enough romance to make a reader smile.
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
Thank goodness this book was short, or it would have ended in the Did Not Finish pile. I accidentally bought this book before I realized who wrote it. I read "Cannon" and was unimpressed. I wasn't interested in reading any other books this author wrote. Now I am sure I won't. First of all, the writing is terrible. The author has trouble varying her vocabulary, and uses "And sh*t" or "Some sh*t" waaaaaaay too many times. Secondly, character development is sorely lacking. Why do Luke and River fall for each other? I have no clue, aside from a purely physical attraction. Sorry, I need more than that. And worst offense? Who the heck chose this narrator for the job? It's like asking Grandma to read your Mommy p*orn to you. She doesn't fit at all. Her inflections are off, and hearing her say curse or vulgar language just is unconvincing. Don't bother, I wish I hadn't.
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