Juliana isn't looking for love. When she meets Michael, a prosecutor who sits next to her on a plane, Juliana has been dating Jeremy for 10 years. But Jeremy is hedging about marriage, and Michael promises to give her everything she's ever wanted in a relationship.
Michael is supposed to be getting married. But he is drawn to Juliana in a way he never was to his beautiful but manipulative fiancée.
When they get off the plane, Michael and Juliana can't tear themselves apart. But with desperate exes who won't let go, love at first sight is tested beyond endurance....
©2009 Joanne Kennedy (P)2013 Tantor
"[E]ngaging and engrossing." (All About Romance)
The plot of this story and its flow is pretty good. It's an easy listen..... As long as you keep telling yourself that Michael is really the guy on the cover. It's s combination of a weak written male character and the voice the narrator uses for him that is a let down. Lets face it, romance novels need the guy to be a guy. Not one who fights back the tears....a lot, and even "whimpers" once or one that sounds like a cross between Big Bird and a snuffaluffagus, Those things REALLY got on my nerves but the story is good if you can get past that.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
This started with a good premise. The original meeting between the two main characters was sweet and unique. And the background story about the murder case and trial was interesting and kept the plot moving along. But a good plot was brought down by the most commonly seen villain in romances - a hero or heroine who came across as so vapid that you alternately want to shake her or slap her. As soon as a character starts agonizing over a choice that is so painfully obvious to everyone else, they lose me. It was obvious that the author was trying to redeem the "old" love after initially making him a jerk. After all if he stayed the same person he was when we first met him, the book would have been about 1/4 as long as it was. The heroine should have walked away and never looked back about 30 pages in. Unfortunately, in her attempt to redeem Jeremy it seemed like she either created an entirely new character that was completely unrelated to the original Jeremy, or he had multiple personality disorder.
The romance that Michael was ending was much better written and much more believable. And once Juliana sees the light and gets over her past, her courage in taking time to depend just on herself relieves me of my desire to slap her for her early foolishness ... at least a little.
I've listened to several books by this narrator and while she isn't in my list of absolute favorites, she is seldom annoying. The voices of a few of the characters in this book were annoying. Not one of her better efforts either.
Picky Reader 101
Generally, I enjoy Marie Force's work but this book was...difficult. It felt as if the conflict with the heroine's ex is contrived and at points, I felt really bad for the hero. I also wanted to yell "are you serious?!" at the heroine. While the premise of this book is great and the book has a HEA, overall it was a let down and the ending was disappointing.
I feel like I should add that I did like the narration. I think Ms Eby did a good job with the material.
Smooth moving story with interesting glitches and heartfelt conclusion. The narrator does a good job. Anxious for more by Marie.
Don't know, the storyline just didn't grab my attention. Became very predictable and the characters were kind of bland.
She's not a bad narrator, but even she couldn't bring the story to life for me.
Couldn't get into the story, started skipping in hope of picking up something that would catch my interest.
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