Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole's face, a famous senatorial candidate for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws.
And as she lay helpless in the hospital, she would make a shattering discovery: someone close to the senator planned to assassinate him. Now, to save the life of the man she loved, Avery must live another woman's life - and risk her own.
©2007 Sandra Brown; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Audie Award-winner Dick Hill excels in adding depth and intensity to the story....Hill's performance and the story are riveting." (AudioFile)
Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
Though the premise was intriguing, I felt the author fell into many stereotypes when describing and giving voice to the various characters. Much of the story was far-fetched, so you REALLY had to suspend disbelief at the gullibility of the main characters. The author definitely was formulaic in the need to include the sexual scenes in such a detailed way for what she must perceive as necessary for her targeted audience. So much of the story was predictable; this was a sort of "comfort read" for me, as I knew I would not need to exercise much imagination or thought to figure out the plot lines. Sort of like comfort food - when you want to be entertained, but not to have to work too hard.
Interesting in that one must truly suspend belief that a person's closest relatives could not determine that there was an imposter in their midst. It was just a little too easy for everyone - in particular the protagonists, who predictably fell in love despite knowing nothing of each other and randomly being placed in close - very close - proximity. How is it that the characters - none of them - can figure out that something is just not quite right? Especially the contrast in behavior/personality of pre-accident Carole vs post-accident Carole? Just doesn't add up!
Ummm. Not so much.
Disappointment in wasted time. I suppose I persisted in reading, hoping for a little twist, or something unexpected. But it never happened. For this reason, I describe the book a "comfort read". No need to actually think nor work through any plot twists. There really are not any. Chicken soup for the lazy reader.
Such a disappointment, when I can imagine such a superior novel. It's like the author doesn't have the faith in her readers that they need a bit more to chew on. It is the authors who treat their readers with intellectual respect who deserve their devoted following. I am new to Sandra Brown novels, but I am oh so disappointed. I will not be seeking any further enlightenment nor engrossing tales from this author.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (romance/suspense) - This is a very good book, but you must be able to suspend logic and common sense to enjoy it. If you're the type who requires believability and roll your eyes when things get far-fetched, this isn't the book for you. It's an unusual story, and it starts off almost immediately with a plane crash. The main character, Avery, is believed dead but, in reality, another woman named Carole died in the crash. Avery is believed to be Carole and is rushed to the hospital where, while she cannot speak or communicate, reconstructive surgery is performed to make her look exactly like Carole. While in the hospital, she learns of a plot to assassinate Carole's husband. Then Avery, who looks like Carole, begins a new life as Carole Rutledge, wife of Senatorial candidate Tate Rutledge.
The story is set in almost-present-day Texas. It is interesting to see how Avery tries to fit into her new role, as she makes quite a few mistakes which must be explained away. Her quiet investigation into who might be the assassin adds intrigue to the story, and then there is the romance aspect. You see, Tate hated Carole and was planning to divorce her, but Avery is determined to change that. This book held my interest till the end which, again, requires you to stretch your imagination a bit. But that's one of the reasons we love audiobooks, right?
PERFORMANCE - I know Dick Hill is a respected narrator, but I don't like him. His female characters are horrible, and his performances are choppy and sometimes hard to understand. Maybe there were audio issues, but sometimes he trailed off and I would completely miss what he said. When he pronounces the name "Tate," it sounds like two syllables with a second T on the end. And Bexar County is pronounced "Bear," not "Bex are," Dick.
OVERALL - This is basically a book for gals because of the romance. There's several episodes of explicit sex and some bad language, but not a lot. There aren't a ton of characters or complicated plot lines to keep straight, so it's an easy listen. Highly recommended.
Always loved this book. Of course, you have to get past some of the hard to believe aspects of the aftermath of the plane crash - but hey, it's a novel. Loved the narrator's voice changes!
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I haven't read a Sandra Brown novel in years, but the sample drew me in. I downloaded the novel and enjoyed every moment of it. The only odd note was the narrator. Even though he was good, he was a male and the main character was female. Overall a four to five star listen.
I found this book a great listen. I found the story riveting and a "page" turner. I also found the narrator easy to listen to. Most of all the scenario seemed like a thing that could easily happen. How you would ignore all the signs, because you did not want to accept the truth. That your loved one died in the crash.
This is a good book, but you have to wade through the set up in the beginning. This could have gotten a little higher rating if it hadn't drifted off to a harlequin romance novel two or three times. Sandra, they're having sex, we get it. They like it, they feel close, awesome. Move on and get back to the story. But it really was a good book.
Another good listen by Sandra Brown. Dick Hill is a good narrator but just can't do a good job with women's voices. Another narrator would have been better for this one.
Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors but this book isn't one of my favorites. The plot was too far fetched and predictable. The sex scenes were too porn-like in my opinion. I'd recommend it only if a reader's expectations aren't too high.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It made you think about what a family knows and the secrets they keep, and how to keep your own.
I liked the tension between Avery/Carole and Tate. It kept the story interesting.
I liked Dick Hill's narration for the most part, but I prefer his work on Harry Bosch novels. This novel would have been more engaging with a good female reader.
Great book, really enjoyed it. Easy listening, easy story.
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