Let the games begin....
Runaway Zelda Wilder will do whatever it takes to secure a better life for her and her sister, Ava. Crown Prince Rowan Westringham Tate will do whatever it takes to preserve his small country.
"Playboy Prince" MacCallum Lockwood Tate will do whatever it takes to steal Zelda's heart....
When Zee is blackmailed into humiliating the brooding future king, she never expects to be pulled into a web of international intrigue - or to fall for Rowan's naughty younger brother, Cal.
Cal is determined to capture the sexy player, but Zelda is in over her head with very dangerous men. Time is running out, and it may be too late for the prince to save this player.
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I've had this in my library for a very long time I can't believe I didn't listen to it until now. If you own it listen to it, if you don't then buy it, you will not be disappointed. Wonderful narration by both actors, enjoy it very much.
I thought the storyline was fun. Yes it was a play on pauper meets and falls in love with Prince, but it was somewhat unique.
Both narrators did a great job. I loved Natalie Duke's portrayal of Zee.
The storyline kept me engaged throughout. It was fast paced and well thought out. Can't wait for A Player for a Princess.
5 Crazy Ass Must Listen/Read Stars!!!!!
Let's talk narrators. They were amazing. I really felt like they suited the characters and brought them to life.
Next, storyline. I didn't really know what to expect with this one after reading the blurb. I've been quite the audiobook whore lately so I didn't hesitate to hit one-click after seeing the ebook was 99 cents and $1.99 for audio narration. Hello, that was a no-brainer for me. I digress. So, the storyline. I was immediately intrigued right from the start. I did like the twist in which the characters don't fall for who they are supposed to fall for. And then throw in more twists and turns, and ups and downs and it became quite the roller coaster ride of a read.
Now for the characters themselves. I loved them all with the exception of Seth. I'm not too sure about him yet. He binged my creeper radar. Cal and Zelda are explosive and my heart sped up every time they were together. Cal sure heated up my kindle. I loved their banter. Rowan and Ava surprised me and I instantly was championing for them to get together.
And lastly, I need A Player for a Princess like yesterday. I need to know what happens. Especially, after that doozy of a cliffy ending.
Grab this up now! Heck the price is more than worth it!
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I loved this one there was so much emotion but yet at same time so many thrills I loved the way one sister did all of the jobs while the other sister was beautiful and innocent while it started out as a job they ended up being emotionally invested definetly a five star Audio and read
Oh, my gosh, this audiobook had everything I love! Humor, suspense, romance, intrigue, unexpected plot twists, great characters, and action/adventure! I didn't want it to end! And I got my wish since it actually didn't. One romance is settled in this one, but Zelda's story is continued in A Player for a Princess.
This was my introduction to Tia Louise, and it made her one of my favorite authors. I will definitely buy more from her.
I loved both narrators. Froomkin's accent was wonderful. I usually hate listening to men trying to do women's voices, but he was pretty good at it and it didn't grate on my nerves like it usually does, and Duke was great at all the voices she did. In fact, when I picture Cal's voice, it's her rendition of it that I hear since Cal was in more scenes with Zelda than with Rowan (I think). However, I felt the production would have been better if the narration had been integrated, and the two narrators had worked together and recorded as a team, with Froomkin doing all the male parts and Duke doing all the female parts. It takes me out of the story when I'm used to the sound of Duke's voice as Zelda, then in the next chapter it's completely different as Froomkin becomes Zelda. I got used to it pretty quickly in this aubiobook, though, probably because of the quality of both narrators. Of all the books I've listened to with this type of narration, this one was the most well done by far and it's one of my favorite audiobooks ever, so I just couldn't deduct a star. I plan to look for more audiobooks from both of these new-to-me narrators as well as from the author, Tia Louise.
This book is completely Amazing! It has everything I want in a romance... love, SEX, hit guys, and suspense!
See, this book is so awesome. There isn't moments, per say, it flows so naturally. But... if I had to pick I lived the beach moment when Z hurt her ankle. It was just so funny!
Ummm... a favorite? I adored them both. But I think Natalie Duke old be my favorite.
Cinderella meets Ocean Eleven!
I would recommend it for the story but not the narration
If the male narrator read all male parts, and the female read all female parts.
not really, I listened to it in several because I could only take so much of the narrators at at time.
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I am going to review both The Prince & The Player and A Player for a Princess by Tia Louise together since they make up the Dirty Players Duet, and can not be read without each other. Let me tell you, this duet gave me so much more than I bargained for! Back in the 90s, I was into the mystery/lawyer, exciting crime books a la John Grisham's The Firm. I realized reading this duet that I still love that type of excitement in my romances. The Dirty Player's Duet is billed like this:
"Cinderella meets Ocean's Eleven in this ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE featuring secrets, lies, royal high jinks, scams and double-crosses; breathless, swooning lust, cocky princes, dominant alpha future-kings, and crafty courtiers, who are not always what they seem. "
The duet brought all of this and more. Interestingly, this is about two couples. It is told by the female in one couple and the male in the other which is strange, unique, and it worked once I got the hang of it. At first, I had some trouble with the male narrator. In the first book, The Prince & The Player, he was so not sexy. He sounded kind of old to me and I usually find British accents sexy. In the second book, I figured he must have grown on me because he didn't bother me. I realized it was a different narrator after finishing both! They did a great job on continuity, because I can't believe I didn't realize. In this case, I am going to judge the story without the narration, and will discuss the narration further at the end. Because honestly, the story completely won me over despite not loving the male narrator.
We begin with two American sisters, Zelda "Zee" and Ava Wilder. They have had a really rough life, and Zelda does anything to take care of her younger sister, running cons and cheating at casinos while the beautiful Ava causes distractions and dabbles in pickpocketing. When they are caught by a wealthy stranger, they had to do what he said or go to jail. Zee's job--seduce the Crown Prince of Monagasco in order to discredit him. So Zelda and Ava were whisked away in luxury to Monagasco.
“Zelda Wilder is no princess. The closest I am is a dirty Cinderella, an orphan on the run, and that’s not the kind of girl for a prince.”
Rowan Westingham Tate and MacCallum Lockwood Tate are young handsome royalty. Since Rowan is older, he assumes the King position, but his younger brother, Cal, the Prince, is there to run the country with him. While Zee kept trying to seduce Rowan like she was supposed to, she was so attracted to Cal. And as we hear from Rowan, he quickly became obsessed with Ava.
“Her fingers thread with mine, and I know what I want. I know for the first time, and I feel complete.”
The problem is Zee's orders are to snag the King, not the prince! But the King had some other plans for Ava, and he only had eyes for her.
The end of book one started getting dangerous and exciting, and ends on a small cliffy, but luckily, I had book 2 queued up, and I plowed right ahead. While I loved The Prince and the Player, I loved A Player for a Princess (book 2) even more. Book two made the sweeter, lighter story get a little darker, a little sexier, and a lot more action-packed. So action-packed that for the first time I actually couldn't do anything else while listening. I just stood there in the kitchen I was supposed to be cleaning, and listened, biting my nails.
Twists and turns, super scary moments, very sexy times and super romantic times, A Player for a Princess had it all.
I will say, I was partial to Zee and Cal, because I think we were supposed to be, being in Zee's head a lot more than Rowan's, or so it seemed.
•A totally unique way of telling a story about two couples, having one voice from each couple.
•So much action, romance and sexiness!
•There were lots of lighter, funnier moments as well.
•An interesting, very twisted storyline that I never had trouble following.
•Just the right amount of detail to make you picture it all, but never too much to bore you.
•I can totally see this as a big screen movie. It would adapt really well to screen.
•Kept my headphones glued in my ears and couldn't stop listening.
•Loved the female narrator.
•Some super-hot sexing!
•The covers stand out as unique in a sea of same.
•It took a little bit of time to get in the groove of the two narrators not being together romantically.
•See narration notes below.
•Different recording quality for each speaker. Background noise for the girl, and not for the guy. (I noticed this in the 2nd book, it may not have been there in the first).
•At first, I really really did not like the male narrator. So much so in fact, I thought about stopping a few times, but I had made a commitment to read it so I wanted to see it through (so glad I did). At first he sounds old. Instead of his accent being sexy, he sounded like an old, uptight butler. In book two, I noticed he was OK after all. I thought he must have grown on me, but then I found out book two was a different guy! LOL
•I enjoyed all the female narration, and not loving the male wasn't enough to take away my enjoyment of the book, but I must admit, had he been totally sexy I think it would have elevated the whole duet to 5 stars or maybe even 5+ range, but it's so hard to tell.
The Down & Dirty:
The Dirty Players Duet is a Cinderella Story filled with deception, lies, action, espionage, sabotage, kidnapping, hot sex, romance, political intrigue, human trafficking, assassination plots and more. It was truly an unputdownable roller coaster ride of a read that grabbed me so much I wasn't able to do anything but listen. The Dirty Players Duet needed to span two books because it is truly an epic tale of two couples told in a very unique way. My only complaint would be the male narrator in the first book, who had no sex appeal at all.. Still, I highly recommend this series, however you read it.
Rating: 4.5 stars (first book 4.25-4.5, second book 4.75), Heat 4.25, Narration 3.5
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