New York Times best-selling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers, where three not-quite-reformed bad boys are about to meet the women who will bring them to their knees.
Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has only one goal: Stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. Model citizen isn't exactly this rugged bachelor's default setting - especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty - but he's determined to play by the rules.
Brook Lynn Dillon has always been the responsible type. Not that it's done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single, and wouldn't know fun if it bit her. Or so she thinks. Jase makes bad look oh, so good.
Dangerous, sexy and tempting as sin, he is everything she never knew she wanted. Passion sizzles between them, but is it enough to melt his resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what he needs...
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I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Three sexy bad boys, brothers by circumstances, with a dark history in their pasts, move into Strawberry Valley in the hopes of starting fresh and putting the past behind them. They're all rich, handsome and charismatic - West and Beck are the 'love em once' type while the tattooed, hard-hearted and very alpha Jase has a very tortured past which doesn't make him a player like his two friends - he's been through Hell and now just wants an easy life. But, when they have a party at their house and a girl throws herself at him what's a guy to do.
Brook Lynn is a hard working beautiful blonde with a spitfire personality who has had to look out for her younger sister Jessie because they were left without parents then used and abandoned by their Uncle which has made them strong, independent but broke. Jessie is a good time girl and Brook Lynn is always having to rescue her from bars, beds and the arms of men which is how she meets Jase.... when she has to drag Jessie's reluctant ass out of his bed. Jase is intrigued and attracted to Brook Lynn and she's noticed his abs, his tats, his body and his handsome face but she is just angry at the same old situation with her carefree sister. But when her circumstances change the outlook is bleak...... until drool-worthy Jase makes her a job offer too good to refuse.
They've got chemistry with eager sly looks at each other and there's witty banter, lust-filled temptation and passionate kisses. But there's secrets from Jase's dark history which could threaten everything like it has done before and there's a bit of angst and drama from a person with a deadly agenda. When Jase and Brook Lynn happily manipulate each other into taking their relationship to the next level it results in some needy, greedy, sexy love scenes because their need for each other becomes all consuming. It's a fun, romantic, contemporary listen with well developed characters and you really feel the close friendship between the guys and the love between Brook Lynn, her sister and her best friend. With a few other likeable characters thrown into the mix and a big OMG shock towards the end which could threaten everything made this a very enjoyable listen.
With a credit? Great start to Gina's new series that's fiery, funny, romantic, sexy, heartbreaking and poignant, told from dual POV's and the narrator did a great job at all the voices, the emotions and the passionate love scenes. So yes creditworthy and I'm looking forward to the next Heartbreaker who will meet his match.
I chose this book based on the narrators performance in Insidious. Ms. Richards is spot on! Story line is good. Loved it.
I really enjoyed this book I can't wait for more. I hope I don't have to wait too long.this narrator was excellent steamy scenes sheer did was exceptional.
This is the first in a trio of books, each featuring a different hero. I love the premise behind the friendship between these three guys. When they were eighteen, a girl they all loved (one of the guys was her boyfriend, the other two considered her as a sister) was raped at a party. They beat up the guy that did it and that beating killed him. One of the men, Jase, took the fall for all three. The other two had promising futures. He didn't. There was no reason for them all to lose their future. So Jase went to prison for 9 years at the age of 18. He was young and scrawny and the things that you would expect to happen to a kid like that in prison happened to him, until he bulked up and learned how to protect himself. His is a heartbreaking story....but none of these guys came out of this unscathed. The other two are so guilt-ridden over it all, they are more than a little broken, too. But the three are the best of friends and decided with Jase's release that it was time for a new start in Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma.
Jase is a big, muscled, tattooed, scary dude that looks like someone who spent the last decade in prison. He has a cold, harsh edge to him that's more than a little intimidating to most people. But Brook Lynn is not anyone's pushover. She stands up to him, challenging him at every turn and he soon finds himself enamored.
They meet when Brook Lynn shows up to drag her sister out of his bed. Yep, you read that right. The two of them first meet just after he had sex with her sister. Can we say conflict? Yeah, there's that. And as the two of them get closer (something they both fight hard), every time she thinks about him with her sister, I want to just cry for her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I love how big and tough Jase is, but how gentle he is with Brook Lynn and even eventually with her sister, Jessie Kay. This was a fabulous start to this series. All of the characters within it are so broken. All of them are introduced in this first book, but with that being said...any one of these books can EASILY be read as a stand alone. It's a great series. (As I'm writing this review, I already listened to book #2 and am starting with book #3...nice thing about reading them late is that I can devour the series in back to back readings...well, listens in this case.)
I highly recommend this first book and the entire series.
Note: Overall, I really enjoy this narrator, but she doesn't have much differences between her men's voices. It's okay though because of Gena Showalter's writing...she's always good about identifying who is speaking when the guys are all together. So, although it's a detractor against the narrator overall, the books are definitely good enough that it's not a detractor against the audiobook at all.
The cheesy book cover almost turned me off to this book but I took the plunge anyway and oh my goodness am I ever glad I did! This was such a great book, for me the narration made this book. Don't get me wrong it had a great story line, hot sex, twists and drama as well but the narrator brought it all together and pushed it over the top. Mainly it was her ability to perform the male voices so well. It made the sex scenes believable and gave backbone to the male leads which most female narrators have trouble with. This is a long one but totally worth the credit/ $, kept my interest the entire time.
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loved the story narration excellent can't wait for next book gonna get started now on it!
!) BOTH OF THE LEAD CHARACTERS !! PLUS the sister and the two other best friends of the male lead character and the other leading lady of the next book kenna..all have character flaws I know but it just not my taste to read about people who dislike themselves and that they're dissipated, dissolute, promiscuous to the extent that they're always looking for the next lay and not caring who they hurt just so they can have fun and be happy for a while, etc. etc. so no..I don't go for this type of drama..the real world out there is bad enough, do the listeners need to hear about this even if it's just a story? I want to loose myself in a book with the adventure and the newness of falling in love etc not be mired in muck and mud and feel dirty..even if it's make believe.
I'm not a fan of the author's newest books, her contemporaries, at first I thought I'd give it a try when I read the synopsis of the first full volume of the book. But the first two chapters of the book threw me off the characters entirely, from the description of the main character I would think fine ok he's got a few angst and he's entitled to brood or be moody, the leading female lead character is a pushover too goody goody especially in regards to her sister she's a doormat and then we get to the crux of my problem with this book...! (spoiler alert) both leading characters meet in a room next to the bed where her sister lays naked from just waking up after having sex with the main male character!!! That put me off right there! And so after this had just come into mind, the female lead character is still interested in the guy!! WHAT?! How could the author think this is OK?! really? I know this is just a story but really? would any man or woman really think, hey it's ok, my sibling had just had sex with so and so but wow, I'm still interested in that person. EWWWWWW!!! ACKKKK!!! BLEHHHHH! (me throwing up!) sorry Gena, but what happened to you?!
I'm always up for a good listen from GW; her paranormal romances are the bomb & now I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
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