Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare....
Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.
Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he's determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.
But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won't be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her...down to the very soul.
©2012 Samantha Young (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Taking a break from my usually sleuth-books, I downloaded this American in Scotland story. The performance from Paula Costello was spectacular, switching in and out of a brogue that was spot on! The story was fairly predictable but spicy enough to keep me curious about the next twist. Entertaining, if not especially complicated.
Some how the depressing toll of this book was NOT conveyed well as I was reading other's opinions! SO let me be clear. This book is about a really screwed up girl who keeps messing up a good relationship with one psycho freak out after another.
I swear, when there was only an hour left of the book we were STILL in her 6th throw of major freak-out catastrophe. I read books to escape from all the horribles of the world. This book, oh its about all of those different awful horribles.
I was even FAST FORWARDING to just get through it- knowing that it had to end well. But p.a.i.n.f.u.l to get through. needless to say, i won't be re-reading this one.
Although, I must say- Good writing, great narration, BUT if psycho girls with too-good-for-life-ever-so-patient-guys is your thing- then have at it. I will be promptly returning to SEP/Lisa Kleypas/KMM right now.
I love the witty banter between Braden and Jocelyn. I enjoyed listening to Jocelyn's story of overcoming her avoidance to establishing relationships. It was told very well, with humor and realism. The narrator added much to the experience of reading the book for me. I like stories told in the first person to make it feel your really listening to Jocelyn's story firsthand.
Hands down the BEST Audiobook and BEST narrator I have heard all year... maybe EVER. I highly recommend this, worth not only a credit, I would have paid full price! Can't wait to hear another by this author.
For the genre, this is a pretty good listen. The narrator did a very good job of getting the accents down and not making the male characters sound bizarre by trying to emulate a deeper voice. She can seem a little dead-pan at first but then it really lends itself to the main character so stick with it. The sexual tension between Jocelyn and Braden makes for some good listening. The description of their sex scenes is definitely hot. It was starting to get a little annoying with her lack of evolvement about 3/4 of the way through the novel but then it picks up. I definitely recommend this book, it's a good, hot listen!
Gimme a good story and I'm happy!
This was a good story, made great by the wonderful voices and accents in the Audible version. Paula Costello's Braden voice was perfect for a guy who is supposed to be Mr. Hotness. Her Joss had just the right amount of feisty and sexy, and her Ellie was as sweet as she came across during the reading. I usually select my books based on storyline, but Paula is one of the few narrators who might tempt me to buy an Audible book on the strength of her performance. I look forward to more from her.
The story is good. I believe with a different narrator, it would have been much better. I found the narration flat which made me not like the character. A good narrator sells the story. However, this is my opinion. The story was ok. I didn't have much empathy for the main character.
As if there was any doubt I would be adding a new book to my favorites shelf it is truly gone now.... LOVED it!!! Cam and Jo are just awesome ... so sad in places but so sweet and "hello" HOT!!!! We also got to catch up with some of our other Dublin St. friends the amazing Joss, Braden, Ellie and sneak peaks from the rest! Gosh I hope this is a long sweet series... can't wait for book #3!!! My favorite quote from the book I think anyway ... lots of great ones!“You know, the world will always try to make you into who it wants you to be. People, time, events, they’ll all try to carve away at you and make you think you don’t know who you are. But it doesn’t matter who they try to make you, or what name they try to give you. If you stay true, you can chip off all their machinations and you’re still you underneath it all. Be Caledonia..."
The audio performance was great but the accent was a bit thick in places and hard to understand I had to slow the speed down on my kindle so I could hear it correctly. The story is fantastic though!
Yes! The narrator is amazing with accents! She draws you into the story! I listened to the first 8 hours in one evening because I couldn't stop listening!
The story line was deep and really makes you care about the characters. I really like the accents and the love aspect! Just a great listen.
Laugh and cry! The main character is witty which cracks me up, but there are parts of the book that make me cry.
Love it! I rank it right up there with 50 Shades, maybe even better!
I really enjoyed this story. It was well written, and the characters behaved in realistic ways. The narration was awesome as well. It made me laugh and cry.
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