Sometimes, the place you belong isn't where you began....
With an accounting degree that's getting her nowhere, Chloe Malinski spends her nights waitressing and her days housesitting in a neighborhood that's infinitely beyond her reach or comfort zone. But she knows all too well that no one wants a pauper in their mansion, so she's gotten good - maybe a little too good - at faking it 'til she makes it.
With more baggage than any airline, Lawton Rastor made his money through prizefighting - and not the kind with padded gloves and some bowtie-wearing referee. He made it through the gritty, back-alley kind where sweaty money changed hands over beer and bimbos.
She's a poor girl from Hamtramck. He's a billionaire bad boy from Detroit. They should've never crossed paths. But when they do, thanks to Chloe's latest housesitting gig, the collision of sparks, secrets, and misunderstandings leaves both of them yearning to belong exactly where they shouldn't - with each other.
A full-length novel, this new adult contemporary romance is book one of the two-part Belonging Series. It features mature content, sexual situations, and adult language. It's not advised for anyone under the legal age of consent.
©2013 Sabrina Stark (P)2014 Sabrina Stark
I like that the heroine, regardless of her inner thoughts and turmoil, is strong enough to balance with the "alpha" male in this story. She has been through enough to keep it real with him instead of cowering and giving in to him when it really matters. Though the story lacks some depth, I will definitely purchase the second book, I have somehow become invested in these characters and I NEED to see how it plays out.
I like that Lawton, of course a beautiful, famous man, is not afraid to tell Chloe how he feels. The intimate moments between the two would have to be my favorite parts, They, along with most of the dialogue, seems real. I think many would say it was lacking in the depth department, but i think it was more like what people would say. No big flowery words that sound stupid coming from a man's mouth. Though I usually like my books WAY steamier, this one is a keeper.
Calm. Mallon's voice, though a little too much at times, brings a calm to the story. I would read through it and devour it, losing some of the story in the process. Even during intense parts of the story, Mallon's voice is consistently just... calm... without being monotone, and with a great male voice, too.
Yes, only because of the negligent, snarky boss at the restaurant. Been there, dealt with that, NO FUN!
Otherwise, the CLIFF-HANGER ending is pretty intense.
I am more surprised than anyone who knows my usual preference in books, that I really enjoyed this book. I am itching for part 2!
Say something about yourself!
Unbelonging grabs you from minute one and doesn’t let you go, but warning this is book one of two but I have now read both. I’m usually not a great fan of contrived drama but this book kind of had some. Why kind of….well because the secrets were necessary and not just because the characters were being stupid or written poorly. You could see the blow up coming and why but I was still intrigued as to HOW it was going to blow up and what the characters would do when it did. I was very impressed that although the characters were in their early 20’s this wasn’t a YA book, these people had real life problems and I really enjoyed getting to know them.
Chloe is a hardworking 23 year old. She is a recent college graduate but she can’t find a decent paying accountant job so she works as a waitress in a theme restaurant. To make money on the side she offers herself as a house sitter to the rich while they are away on vacations….she pretends to be a girl from an upper class family who doesn’t really need the money, but in reality she desperately needs money to support her grandmother. She is a highly likable character who tries to think through every move and no matter what happens she winds up in a heap of mess….reminded me of the Jane Jamison Character of Molly Harper, things just happen to this poor girl. She doesn’t want drama, she doesn’t like drama, yet drama finds her nearly every day!
Enter Logan…he lives down the block from Chloe’s most current house sitting gig, he doesn’t know who she is, all he knows is the girl walking the little yippee yorkie is HOT, and he wants her. Logan is a former fighter/reality TV star and he now owns many fitness centers and is filthy rich, but he’s at heart just a poor kid from the bad part of Detroit, and all the money in the world doesn’t make him feel like he belongs. He tries to play the playboy, two girls at one time, don’t take anything too seriously…etc…but his life is hollow until he meets Chloe, now he doesn’t know how to live without her.
At the end of this book Logan has made a colossal mistake in mistrusting Chloe…you can’t blame the guy really because it did look bad and Chloe has never been forthright in who she really is or where she really lives because well she can’t. In order to be a proper house sitter no one can know that the house is empty, her STRICT confidentiality is something she takes pride in; no one knows the owners are gone, take care of the dog/plants exactly how she was instructed (some plants drink in the morning and some at night you see…hehehe), and above all no guests allowed in the house and she isn’t going to change her moral code for some guy.
Really enjoyed the story and the narrator! Couldn’t wait to auto download book 2, which is the conclusion. Highly recommended!!!!
I am a 46 year old woman who works at a Life Insurance Company and I love to listen to books to make my days go by faster.
I wish the Narrator didn't talk so breathy. It is really bad. Sometimes you think of turning it off because of her. But if you can overcome that, the story is ok. Nothing spectacular.
I am definitely ready to read the next one! It certainly left me wondering what Lawton and Bishop were into. I also want to see how if at all Chloe and Lawton are brought back together. The narrator did a good job. Way better than expected.
Great original storyline.
I loved the fact that the girl was from Hamtramck - since I grew up there as well. Chloe seems like a real person, nothing fake.
She brings more excitement and feeling to Chloe. And even make Lawton even more loveable.
Yes, it was more angry at Lawton for the whole misunderstanding.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
So goodreads recommended this book for me based on another book I read. I had never hear of the author, not too many reviews on goodreads but the blurb was saying read me. This book pulled me in so much and kept me wanting the next page I skipped sleeping just to read. Wow who doesn't want to read about the bad boy billionaire who nay or may not have gotten all of him money cleanly.. While you get to know Lawton and his major insecurities you meet Chloe who is a tough girl with a messed up family and a lifestyle she doesn't want Lawton to know about because she believes he will feel differently about her.. I am sitting at the edge of my seat waiting on book two, I need to know what happens next.
Lawton -- is just simply sex on a stick
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Honestly, I got bored in the very beginning, so it took me like 3 times to listen to this. Once I got past like chapter 10, the story picked up a bit. It was ok.. not a relisten for me... it was just good, nothing grand, and definately not a waste of time. I am glad I finally finshed listening though...
Narration was eh! Could have been better; however, I did like the male voices.
Nice credit... not worth a buy... definately a sale.
Just trying to find my next great read
I listen to a lot of book. I have been for years and I see the reviews that some people did not think the narrator did a great job, but I think she did a great job for a NA story.
First, she sounded like a 23 year old woman, which Chloe is. Many of these narrators that read NA stories sound like they are in their 30s/40s, not in their 20s.
Second, the narrator did the male voices very well. Some of them may have sounded the same, but when there was a scene with more than one male voice, like Lawton and Bishop, the narrator did a good job separating them.
There were scenes were the narrator sounded like she was squealing, but it was not irritating. I have a list of narrators that I avoid but Erin Mallon will not be one of them.
What I did NOT like about this book is that the author put the PROLOGUE in the first chapter. I rarely if ever read the prologue in the book. I feel that at times it gives away too much. Like in this case, it gave away what happens almost towards the end of the book. So I was anticipating that scene and honestly after 50% could not focus, just pictured that. So I noticed myself fast forwarding 30 seconds here and there until that scene.
Note to author: If the scene is a PROLOGUE, which in this case it was, mark it as such and NOT as chapter one.
I love the scene when Lawton and Chloe met. I love the scenes with them walking Chucky. I thought some of the misunderstanding scenes at 60% were getting to be a bit much.
I did love the drama with Brittany and Amber. I could just pictures those two.
Chloe is supposed to be a street smart girl after her experience with her mother and step-mother yet she makes the dumbest decisions.
I bought this book when it was a sale two books for one credit. I never heard of this book before, I never heard of the author, but I was glad I took a chance. Off to read the sequel.
Haven't read the print version. I listen to audiobooks because the narrator adds so much to (or detracts from) the audiobook experience.
Finally a "different"story! The main characters DON'T fall in love in a week. The secondary characters are well developed and they have substance. Other than Laughton (sp?) there isn't such a huge focus on everyone's perfect body. It fits the story that he would have a great body because he is famous. It's about who the characters are and not just what they look like. I prefer a steamier read and the use of anatomical terms, but this one was okay without the graphic descriptions. Euphemisms kind of drive me crazy. Let's call a spade, a spade or in this case let's call a vagina, a vagina.
Nice tone to her voice. It was pretty easy to distinguish the different characters from each other with a few exceptions.
Unbelonging: in secrets lie the truth (pun intended)
This is the first book I've listened to in over a year that I actually am anxious to find out what happens next.
Loved this audiobook. Great characters and storyline looking forward to the next instalment. Would highly recommend it
I had a bit of a hard time connecting with this story. It started with a fast going rate then it kind of slow down to boredom but towards the end it became increasingly interesting and kept me on my tows.
Cliffhanger indeed at the end and I am now going to the second installment.
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