When Callie Williams signed up to the "bride bidder" app she was in a desperate situation. On the brink of losing her home, she needed money and she needed it fast. Allowing herself to be sold as a bride to a wealthy man was supposed to be a last resort for Callie, but she soon realized it was her only option.
When billionaire Thomas Dearborn signed up to the "bride bidder" app he was not totally interested in finding a traditional wife. He was not a man who wanted any romantic hassle but he knew that being seen as married would help his business interests.
Now, Callie and Thomas have been paired up in extraordinary circumstances for a marriage that suits them both. It is a modern day marriage of convenience with the promise that they will never love or touch one another.
And this is a promise that both parties are going to find very hard to keep.
©2016 CJ Howard (P)2016 CJ Howard
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Laid back story with a little drama & enjoyable story line. It was a bit slow but I still liked it.
Callie's grandfather just died and her grandmother gets a letter saying that there a tons of back up taxes unpaid. If she doesn't pay for the balance in one month, they will loose her grandma's house. Desperate for money, she signs up for instant bride and get a couple of bids.
Thomas is a great guy and the deal he is offering is amazing! But should she give up her life and move to another town?
The characters were interesting & the narrator did an ok job reading it. The story is told in Callie's POV. It has a good HEA ending.
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I have been an avid reader for over 40 years. But discovering audible allows me to enjoy my books while doing chores and driving!
This was a pleasant story with characters that were likable with good chemistry. I thought Callie was very well characterized as the unselfish granddaughter who would do anything to keep her beloved grandmother in her home. Throughout the book, the author lets us into Callie's head, so we can empathize with her. I only wish the same was true with Thomas. And because we don't really understand where Thomas is coming from, some of the plot elements become ridiculously unbelievable.
Spoiler Alert: For example, why on earth would Thomas offer double Callie's minimum bid to secure her as a wife when he has not met her and has no idea if they would even be compatible? And if Thomas just needs a wife to stop a business associate from pushing his daughter off on him for a wife, why does he propose a permanent, PLATONIC arrangement with Callie? Wouldn't a few months or years be plenty? And why restrict the terms to a platonic relationship, even when they find themselves attracted to each other? What is Thomas thinking????
But I was mildly entertained by the audible story. I just think it would have benefited from some insight into Thomas' character and thoughts. I also was not crazy about the narrator. While her diction was impeccable, and her delivery was very clear, she spoke with such a monotone that it took away from any emotion the book might have elicited. She did use Italian accents for the characters in Italy, but still spoke in that dreary monotone. The story could have benefited greatly from a more dramatic presentation.
I received a free audible version of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Just Another Audiobook Addict! Love listening to all types of romances, but occasionally need a good Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or a book with humor!
The story was slow, and the narration did not help; however, the three words I would use to best describe this story are:
Caring ~ Callie would do just about anything to help her grandmother.
Dreamy ~ Who doesn't like a rich prince charming saving the girl.
Diversity ~ Mixed couple, who fall completely in love with each other.
Yes, I would be interested in listening to other stories by CJ Howard. I've actually checked out her other books on Amazon, and there are a few that have not been released in audio and if they ever are, I would consider buying and listening to them.
I rarely give negative feedback on narrators, because I know I would make a horrible narrator; however, I felt the narrations was too monotone. I think if there was more emphasis on using different tones, inflections and pitches to convey the different emotions throughout the story, it would have made the story more enjoyable.
This story was lukewarm for me; it was neither hot or cold. On the positive, the story did hold my attention, and I was able to finish listening to the story. I do have some stories in my library that I've never finished.
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The book was OK think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it for myself. Narrator was to non -chalant , boring ,. Came across like she did not like reading it just saying.
The narrator made extremely annoying voice to narrate the grandmother. Story very simple, I was looking for an easy listening book, I got a brain dead story line that read more like a young adult novel.
I've never rated a book so low. I've always tried to find something positive about it, whether it be the story, the voice actor's performance or something. This book however is the rare exception. As others have stated before me time and again the performance was a monotanistic nightmare and the story wasn't any better.
It was unrealistic to say the least and some parts were just horrible. What kind of grandmother would allow their grandchild that they raised as their own child to sell themselves off to a man to pay her back taxes? NONE! Never! It's ridiculous.
That's when I REALLY began to read the reviews, the good ones and I realized one word kept being repeated "dreamy" and trust me when I say nothing was dreamy about this story or the characters. Clearly this author bought herself some reviews and told them that was a word she wanted to use. I don't know. All I can say is this book was horrible on so many levels. Seriously don't waste your money.
This was a sweet story, but I found the pacing slow. It opens with Callie attending her grandfather's burial. It is narrate, with lots of back story, that made it difficult to get drawn into the story. Throughout the entire story, there is lots of "telling" (passive storytelling) vs. "showing".
The narrator did an okay job, but like the actual story, there were moments when it dragged. The narrator's tone and voice were fine, but some of the introspection and reflection scenes were tedious.
I believe many readers will enjoy this story, but I expected it to be a little edgier, a little more fast paced. It is a sweet, slow moving tale of romance with likeable characters and a predictable outcome.
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This book was very fun and enjoyable. However the characters did not stray much from other romantic books I read. The helpless woman decides that in order to save her family, she must sacrifice herself. Enter handsome wealthy man that needs a wife, they become close to one another over time, until finally they are truly in love. However I thought this book was funny in places and I liked the misdirects in the plot. This book was provided in exchange for a review from audiobook boom.
Nice, slow romance
Maybe, but she always uses the same intonation. I prefer a narrator with more expressions.
Not really, it was a bit predictable, but good.
Overall, it was a good book, though not great. I liked the characters, Callie and her grandmother were very likeable and Thomas was dreamy. The story was sometimes a little too slow paced, but it was a cute love story with a great HEA.
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"Uncomplicated and romantic"
This audiobook was a little slow to begin with and the narration is a little dry. The story is uncomplicated with its old school romantic story. Overall, I enjoyed its simplicity and feel good factor.
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