My obsession was born of innocence and good intentions, and it began the day I spotted a handwritten journal lying in the bushes outside a townhouse on Lexington Avenue. It was raining sideways that morning, and my plan was to return it the next day, safe and dry. Only I kept it. I kept it, and I read it.
A week later, overwhelmed with curiosity and feeling guilty for harboring secrets that didn't belong to me, I tried to return it. Only I wasn't expecting to meet him.
Unapologetically heartless and enigmatically sexy, he claims he knows nothing about the journal I found outside his place, but the reticent glint in his blue-green gaze tells me otherwise.
There's something different about him, something damaged yet magical, and I'm drawn to him, pulled into his orbit. There's just one problem. The more I get to know him, the more I'm positive the journal belonged to him, and the more I find myself hoping, selfishly, that I'm wrong.
©2016 Winter Renshaw (P)2016 Tantor
Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
Winter Renshaw delivers a heart-felt emotional story with a plot that leads you to believe the story will unfold one way, but weaves twists that take the plot in a different direction. I really enjoyed this story, and the loved the characters.
Aidy finds a journal and her curiosity has her reading the private thoughts within the pages. She's captivated and swoons over the passion, love, and longing, the writer has for one women. She knows these thoughts are personal and decides to return the journal to the owner; however, the bearded moody man that lives at the house where she found it, denies every seeing the journal and doesn't want fans leaving stuff on his doorstep. Frustrated and a little angry she leaves with the journal. However, fate has a way of bringing two people together.
Ace was angry, lost and hurt after a heart-breaking betrayal, and from the accident that forced him to retire early from his passionate baseball career. Once Ace is convinced Aidy is not a stalker, he finds her attractive and thinks of her often. A few more run-ins, texts, calls and a steamy weekend at the lake house, these two start falling into a steady relationship, but when his past comes knocking at the door, Aidy questions their relationship and if Ace can every truly love her.
Loretta Rawlins and Nelson Hobbs performance was solid! They did a great job with the characters and emotions.
Great story and well worth a credit.
I found the narration was rather poor: they spoke slowly and seemed to be afraid of not making enough distinction between dialogue and narrative, so both narrators would leave huge gaps between the end of the dialogue and 'she said.' It just didn't flow smoothly.
One of my pet hates was that they called the lead female character (because she was NOT a heroine) Aidy, which sounded a lot like 80. Her name is Adelaide, so it could have been shortened to Addy or Del, which would have sounded much better on audio.
The story itself was ok for a cheap read but I have no desire whatsoever to read the rest of the series.
I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.
Presumably this is the first installment of five (since their are five Amato brothers). This first book was a solid romance. The book was interesting enough for me to consider buying the second installment, however not strong enough to convince me not to wait for a sale instead of using my credit.
It was not a book that you had to keep reading, or kept you on the edge of your seat. That being said, it had a good plot line, albeit an uninspiring mystery journal that put the two unlikely lovers together to begin with. Adi and Ace appear to be opposites, but fate seems to keep throwing them together in unlikely places. As the book description points out, Ace, a former baseball pitcher, believes Adi to be a stalker. Once he is convinced she is not, he finds himself attracted to her vivacious personality.
The writer throws in a former lover/fiance' for angst and the story evolves from one of distrust to love.
Nelson Hobbs performance was not up to his normal standards which is why I ranked the performance 3 stars. This in no way was indicative of the female lead, Loretta Rawlins who did a good job.
I used a credit for this book, but would recommend waiting for a sale.
The performance was on point for the most part but the storyline pacing was not. It dragged in places and characters regularly made illogical choices that made them seem more two dimensional or hard to sympathize with. It wasn't bad but I found myself rolling my eyes a lot while listening, or feeling impatient.
Honestly, I just wasn't impressed with this author. The first half of the book dragged on and on and I almost returned it. Very anti-climatic. Good character development, but the entire book just seemed to lack a definable purpose. The first half of the book can literally be summed up here...girl finds journal, tries to return to grumpy hottie, grumpy hottie is rude on two occasions before he decides to play nice (doesn't hold up to "Heartless" title in my opinion), guy and girl go out, hit it off, and decide to spend a weekend together at lake. That's it. Maybe I would have been more into it in my late teens or early twenties, but for anyone who has real life relationship experience, I think you'll feel the same. Save your credit for something with a little more meat to it and get this as a sale item when available.
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