Don't ask Claire Keyes. The 28-year-old piano prodigy has never had a regular boyfriend, much less a real romance. Her music career has left little room for friends or family - which is just part of the reason she hasn't seen the family bakery or her two sisters in years.
But now Nicole is sick, and Jesse is AWOL. Despite the fact that Claire can't boil water, she's determined to play caretaker. Connecting with her sisters tops her to-do list...along with falling in love, or at least in lust, for the first time.
Ruggedly sexy Wyatt just might fit the bill. Although he keeps saying that he and Claire come from entirely different worlds, he lights up hotter than a bakery oven whenever Claire is near. If this keeps up, she just might sweet-talk him into her bed...and her life.
©2008 Susan Mallery; ©2008 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
"When you think of passion, drama and heartwarming stories, think Susan Mallery. (Romantic Times)
Addicted to Audible! I'm always listening to something.
If you like books about "poor me" and family dysfunction this set is for you.
In general I like Susan Mallery and book 2 in the series was okay. After reading the reviews of the 3rd book, I'm not wasting my time.
Therese Plummer is my favorite narrator. I would listen to almost anything she reads. She did a really good job in narration. However all of her male voices sound almost identical.
My reaction was "Nicole get over yourself" By the end of the book I very much disliked Nicole's character.
The book should have been about the budding romance between the hero and heroin, Wyatt & Clair. However I felt it was all about Nicole and her "poor me" life. It felt like she never even tried understand anyone's opinion but herself. The romance between Wyatt & Clair was more of a side story.
I love a good romance, I am a fan Mallery's stories. This one..... I couldn't even finish it I was so uncomfortable. I usually always muscle my way through horrible books because darn it, I bought it and I'm going to finish it. I couldn't with this one. The characters are so unlikeable and unrealistic! I got so tired of the constant "My life sucks more" from every single character and the constant finger pointing. I just wanted to screem "ARE YOU PEOPLE ALL TWELVE?!". The sisters are all appalling and the main love interest is a idiotic prick. Even if you have heard horror stories about a person, to be that rude and nasty is a sign of someone who needs a therapist. Badly. I have no idea if he or any of the other characters get any better because I don't care enough to find out. All of them did a great job making me hate them enough to hope that they all continue with their horrible lives as punishment for their horrible personalities. The narrator was alright but the characters killed any signs of a good story. I would skip this trilogy.
I was very disappointed in this book. Claire, the main character, is so pathetic it drove me crazy. I almost didn't make it to the end. I saw that someone had rated it 2 stars but I like Susan Mallory so I ignored it and bought this book anyway. I really wished I hadn't. Don't make my mistake. (I love the narrator, but she didn't have much to work with.)
I agree with the other reviewer, Claire, Nicole, and Jessie were terrible to each other and it was not funny or entertaining. How three sisters could talk to each other and act the way they did was plain stupid. The narrator was ok for me though. She was not the problem. I was so surprised at this book as I really liked this author's series about cooking.
I was rather of disappointed and shocked how this story was drawn out. It hurt to listen to it in it's entirety. Although I loved the main character I found the other two sister whining and I almost didn't want to listen to the entire story. I do believe the whole story could have been summed up a lot faster than it was. I love Susan Mallery's books and other audios and also the narrator but this was disappointing at best. Not sure if I will be interested in the two other books in this series.
Better things to do but this is more fun.
Not sure I'd recommend this book. I found the first 1/3 of the book to be one dimensional - Claire was all good/innocent, Nicole was horrible and Wyatt was predictable. Once the book moved on, though, everyone gained some other facets. I particularly liked Claire's joy for all of life's little details. Given that the story takes place in Seattle, I was distracted by the voice artist's NY/NJ accents; I'm from the south and have lived on the west coast so don't know which they were but can tell you people don't talk like that in Seattle. I was also distracted by her reading of Wyatt's character - it didn't help with the visualization. He came across a little schmucky to me. However, the book was engaging - I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't. I'd therefore recommend it conditionally. (To compare to your reading interests, I like a lot of Nora Roberts' recent work, Lisa Kleypas' contemporary, Jill Shalvis and Linda Howard.)
Also, I couldn't help but feel that the story was from several decades ago, despite the references to modern technology. I think it was the style at the beginning, where characters were either good or bad, but nothing in between.
Claire's eventual blossoming made her very likable - she has such joy.
Maybe, not going to seek her work out.
Probably not - it just didn't grab me enough.
The round robins of "I hate you!" got very tiring very fast. This book bordered on ridiculous and the romance was boring. I've enjoyed some of Susan Mallery's other books but found this one very disappointing.
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