The New York Times best-selling author of On Dublin Street, Down London Road, and Before Jamaica Lane returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future.
When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D'Alessandro five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved - and the only man she's ever been with. After one intense night of giving in to temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco's life - something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they're meant to be together.
But just when Marco thinks they're committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she's been hiding from him - a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.
©2014 Samantha Young (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.
I love all the books in this series and I was really looking forward to this book. I don't know if this book fell a little short for me because I had a hard time with the narrator or that I felt the story had no momentum but I was left wanting and had to push myself through this book which is weird as I've listened to the others in this series multiple times because I loved them so much.
I will still continue to get books by this author as I think this book was an anomaly for me and I love the authors work, just not sure I will get this narrator again as she didn't work well for me. I loved the narrator on the other 3 books, I felt they were excellent picks and I enjoyed the change in narrator. I thought it gave each person's story their own voice.
The narrator is HORRIBLE! I had an extremely difficult time getting through it. She is reading what is suppose to be a hot, sexy story like you would a nursery rhyme to children. The inflection is all wrong, the pace is painfully slow and the Scottish accent is weak. Big fail on the publisher's part on casting the narrator, especially considering how fantastic the other three books were preformed.
The story is a bit predictable but still with some hot scenes. But I didn't just fall in love with the characters in this one the way I did with the previous three books. I found Marco's sudden reappearance and devotion to waiver on the "seriously?" side while Hannah's naivety could be slightly obnoxious. But there are a couple twists that kept me going. Overall, not nearly as good as her other three but because they were so hard to put down I did want to finish this one.
Between 2 1/2 and 3 Stars
I loved the previous books in this series. And I thought that I would love finally getting Hannah and Marco's story. I was wrong.
The entire story felt too overly dramatic, too immature, and I didn't connect with either Hannah or Marco. I honestly didn't care about their story, and found myself easily zoning out while listening, wondering when it would end. Part of this was due to the narrator, and I'll explain that shortly, but even if I had read this, rather than listened on audio, I would still have felt the same about the lackluster story and characters.
I was confused by all the children of the previous couples -- I couldn't keep them straight. And may I ask what is with two of the previous heroines naming their kids after family? Jos named her kids after her DECEASED mom, dad and sister. o.0 And Ellie named her boy after her half-brother (Jos's husband), shortening the new baby to Bra (I assume that's how it was spelled, based on the pronunciation from the narrator). That just bothered me. I mean, I get it, some people like to name children after grandparents or what not. But naming your kids after your dead parents and sister just seems . . . beyond odd, to me at least.
As to Hannah and Marco . . . I honestly didn't care if they got back together. The ridiculous drama and reactions (from both, mainly Hannah though) regarding their secrets, was f---ing annoying and I was done with it before the 30% mark. And no, not even the sex was able to save the story; I actually zoned out completely during 99% of the sex scenes. I listen while walking my dogs, and for much of the book, but especially the sex scenes, I was walking and thinking of the list of items I needed to do when I got home. While the narrator was yammering on about orgasms and erections. Yeah . . . that's not a good sign, people.
Now, the narrator was horrible. She couldn't give characters different voices for sh*t. I spent half the book trying to figure out who was supposed to be talking. Hell, some of Hannah's high school students had more distinct character voices than Hannah and Marco did and that's NOT a good thing in an audiobook. I also couldn't tell the difference in voices between when Hannah was thinking in her head and when she spoke out loud. Also a bad thing. The narrator's over all voice was just meh, kind of boring and forgettable.
So between the story and the narrator, this was not a good read for me. I highly doubt I'll listen to this particular narrator again. As to Young . . . I'll probably still try another book of hers, hoping that I can find that spark that was in her other books.
I am a full time student. I love to read but have no time to read for fun; audible is the perfect solution to that.
I had to listen to this at 1.5x speed and the narration still felt slow.
Not impressed by the story; I guessed her "secret" pretty quickly and the story ended very abruptly.
My least favourite of the series
I like this whole series and the narrators before this one had good Scottish accents. I wish the narrator of this one had a better accent. Her American accent is good but her Scottish is just a British accent. Also the narrator doesn't change her voice at all for the parts the men are saying.
Im sorry, but the narration was terrible. I found it to be very distracting from the story line.
Her accent and the way she spoke.
I enjoyed the first 3 novels.
All business but contemporary fun!
She whispered the whole book out. It was unfortunate because it ruined most fun parts. Maybe the author decided to pick this narrator to offset the more intense sex scenes in the book compared to the prior ones, but I disagree with the approach.
My biggest issue with this book is that I don't believe that the couple could forgive what they did to each other in real life. Over-dramatized breakup has its consequences and if I wanted to related to Hanna, the easy forgiveness she gives Marco spoils it for me.
Samantha is a great writer, I hope she keeps up the quality of her prior work (please!). Don't rush it!
No, terrible narration and story very predictable and boring.
No, but I recommend the other Dublin St. books.
It was difficult to tell which character was speaking.
Return the book.
Do not use Chloe Lynn to narrate -- basically, all her voices sound the same.
Interesting story of unusual characters overcoming their pasts. Because it is part of a series, the author spends too much time introducing the other characters in the first chapter despite their irrelevance to this story. Very poorly done, especially compared to most of the book. One of the plot twists is foreshadowed so heavily that it isn't a surprise, but others are startling and effective.
The narrator's voice is so hushed throughout that it is irritating. She also loses track of where she is in sentences or which character is speaking often enough that it annoyed me.
I found that this story had a great beginning but the middle part of this story really lagged on and any emotional connection I had with the main characters had evaporated by the end. Though I must say I am pleased I listened to it to the end, I found that this is the weakest story of the book so far.
I am also going to need a graph for how everyone is related to each other soon. They are a fertile bunch of characters :)!
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