Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core.
And so has the most unlikely of women.
The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B - the one he never noticed - is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him. So Gray won’t let himself lay a hand on her…until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become. That’s when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath - and wanting more.
©2012 J. R. Ward (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“[A] sumptuous mix of danger and romance.” (Booklist on Crave)
First would need to hear complete book to determine any star ...incomplete it's a zero
A complete book ... though reader could also be improved
W/o a complete book, cannot say
Audible has only supplied 2/3 of the book then suddenly switches to another book. You are left hanging after listening to what might be a good book .... why wasn't this found before listing it...why hasn't it been taken off yet. All purchasers should get money back plus book credits
it is quite disconcerting as well as a waste of time to listen, get involved then suddenly hear an entirely different story and wonder what happened .... going back and forth trying to find the original book continuation.
I am extremely disappointed with Audible...very poor quality and customer service!!!!! I called and they were willing to refund purchase but said couldn't do anything else. Don'the t they realize aggravation in listening to part of a book then be left hanging. Finally plus question on how this happened, I was given a small $ credit but IMO anyone who bought this book in good faith and went thru the aggravation plus wasted time searching should get at least a free credit ..actually even two ... Believe me, it was very disturbing listening to a book while sick so as to occupy mind and wham...story disappears and I'm going back and forth trying to find the story with no luck
Well Audible, are you going to take this book off list and give fairer compensation to customers who were so put out?????
Please re-do the 2nd part of The Player. In the middle of the 2nd part, the story abruptly stops and continues with part of Susan Mallory's latest book which was posted on the same date.
I love JR Ward, and was enjoying this story when Chapter 7 on Part Two ended - and Chapter 8 began with a different narrator, different characters, time period, story, etc. The rest of Part Two is obviously been mistakenly combined with another story. I have called, and the call center indicated it will be corrected - I hope soon, and I would like to download the correct part or get my money back. Would really like to see how the story ends, though.
That being said, if you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, be warned that this is a comtemporary romance, not at all like the BDB series.
Award-winning blind author who enjoys listening to books as much as she does writing them.
I have read every book this author has written. I must say, I was surprised that this book came from the same author. Joy, the female lead, was not the typical strong character that Ward casts in her stories. Gray, the male character, was strong in some respects, but rather weak in others that didn't seem to quite fit. Honestly, I wanted to reach out and slap them both.
The ending was nice, but I was not truly satisfied with their relationship. It was too wishy washy for my tastes and lacked the in-your-face comments, descriptions and dialog that is typical for J.R Ward.
Not my type of romance. The characters were weak and seemed to sacrifice core values for the sake of physical gratification.
She made the characters sound too young. I felt as if I were reading about teenagers and not adults.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Joy Moorehouse has her hands full. She is the primary caretaker for her grandmother, who is suffering from dementia, her traumatized brother, who was recently hurt in an accident, and her family's tanking business. For years, she has crushed on Grayson Bennett, the local rich political consultant who is originally from her small town. He's back home and her family is catering an event that leads to an unexpected romance and a self discovery that Joy is not really sure she is ready for.
Grayson Bennett has finally noticed the shy and meek Joy Moorehouse. The quiet beauty is surprisingly strong and calls to Grayson. Joy is the kind of woman who deserves a good loving man, a man who can be faithful to her and that is everything Grayson is not. After watching his own mother whore around for years, he vows to never succumb to the power of love, but Joy has a way of making him want to be a better man.
My only complaint is that it takes a long time to warm up to Grayson. I found his character to be a little too cold. During the second half of the book, he became vindictive towards Joy. Eventually he turns around but it takes a while, which is really distracting. I am glad that he found his way back to her.
The side characters are a wonderful addition to the story. I can't wait to see what happens to Joy's brother. After the trauma and pain he has experienced, he deserves his own happily ever after.
Emily Beresford was just OK as the narrator.
Not the audio version -- the narrator made it a little tough to listen to
YES! I love her Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Jim Frangione is a superb narrator. I also enjoyed Covet and the other 2 books in this series.
I could tell she was reading and her inflections and male voices were off. It seems that the best narrators are good actors too. I don't like criticizing, but in the name of honesty it was kind of painful and made me want to stop listening at times.
J. R. Ward knows how to deliver an emotionally rich story. I really feel something for the characters, whether it be frustration, sadness or happiness; my emotions are touched.
About two-thirds of the way through the book, just as some of the main issues were nearing resolution, the narration changed to that of a completely different book! I was so very dissatisfied. I called customer service to make them aware of the problem and they reassured me that it would soon be resolved. To my knowledge, it has not yet been fixed. I am still waiting for someone from customer service to contact me and let me know that the problem has been resolved allowing me to reload it to my library. Until this happens, my advice to you is this: DON'T PURCHASE THIS BOOK, unless you like to hang indefinitely waiting for the ending. Why torture yourself?
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
First of all, eariler reviews had stated problems with the book but those issues have been taken care of.
I got this book because I'm a big fan of JW and my #1 series is her Brotherhood series. So I thought I would try out her romance only writing style. It was OK. It didn't set me on fire and to be honest there was nothing special about it. It was an interesting enough story but it's not something I'm going to listen to again.
My advice would be to pass on this one. I know the price is very good, but I'd rather wait and spend my money toward a great book. There's too many great listens you can get for only a few more dollars.
I love JRW's works and this contemporary rich love story is just delicious and there's no glitches, change in narrator or storyline change - everything is a okay.
Gray's a cynical, wealthy, arrogant, powerful, behind the scenes ruthless political figure who's a 'been their done it all', disillusioned with life empty man and it's partly due to his family and partly with the type of business life he leads (and of course he's drop dead gorgeous too). Suddenly during a visit home things 'perk up' when he sees just how much Joy (a local hometown girl) has changed and, shall we call it 'little Gray', wants her.
Joy has been drawn to and dreamt of Gray since forever but he has never noticed her before, but now things are about to change but the trouble is she's just a naive virgin who's a family girl and an all-round good girl but he's finding it hard to resist her or believe in her and is torn between truth or lies. It's a well written, bitter-sweet romance that's sexy, tender, has a great storyline (it's a little unbelievable but hey and shrug this is fiction but we all love to dream), it's got interesting secondary characters who have problems of their own and the message of the book..... hold on to your dreams - 'cause they can come true.
Worth a credit? It would have been but at this price you'd be silly to use one - however, if I had of used one I certainly wouldn't be complaining. Go ahead and try this what have you got to lose - apart from $4.89 for nearly 8 hours so surely it's worth the gamble isn't it?
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
Yes the book was good, but it was misrepresented. After the book was over I felt there was more to the story, turns out I was right. JR wars wrote a series as Jessica Bird, this is book 2 in The Moorehouse series, none of the others are available on audible which makes me ticked!
Now onto the story. The chemistry was good the build up of sexual tension was great the overall premise was a bit unrealistic and frankly out of character for the characters but it was a good fluff love story kind of like the Sullivan series. It's a light read nothing suspenseful just nice.
love ,lust, heart break and love again . j r ward is a good writer i love her work
"Not the best story from J R Ward"
I have read many books by J R Ward and find most of them well written to the point i can't put them down so was excited to start listening to this. But I was disappointed with the story line. Its another tale of playboy who changes for one girl, the one from his youth who always only had eyes for him. There seemed to be no imagination and could have been written by someone. The ending is quite abrupt I would have liked to have known more. All this being said it was an easy listen, great to have when doing the housework.
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