My Review: Overall.... 4.5 Performance... 4.5 Story.... 4.5
I think this is a first for me...a golf pro hero and I really liked t..Show More »hat...even with all the corny golf catch-phrases and puns that the author threw into the book because of his career.
Brett's home in the middle of his golf season because of a leaked sex tape that he made two years ago. It's the final straw after years of playboy ways and his main sponsor has told him to get his act together. So he's home...supposedly to lay low. What doesn't factor into that plan is Joey, the girl he knew once upon a time and who's also back in town.
Josephine's life has not gone according to plan after she discovers her fiancee isn't quite as committed to them as she thought he was or should be. So now she's home, to reinvent the inn she inherited used to dream about with her aunt. I loved that aspect of this story. Joey is a society girl, always expected to act a certain way, unless she was with her aunt...who taught her to dream and expect great things from herself...she has the ability to fly. She wants to embrace that now and bring all the things that she and her aunt discussed about the inn to fruition.
I loved that Brett sees her vulnerability. Joey is a strong, outspoken, awesome character, and no one ever gets to see her tender underbelly besides him. He sees her and loves her despite all that...and despite all the concerns his family has about her. And that brings me to the only downside I found to this book...Brett's grandmother. She was evil...and not in the "bless your heart" kind of way. I hated this bitter, vindictive woman, and her rabble of lackey's. I thought they were mean, and vindictive and cruel. No matter what happened there, their friend shared her dreams with Joey and Joey was trying to honor that. I could NOT handle this aspect of the story and really wish it hadn't been there.
But I did love the book despite that. I liked Brett and how he simply can't stay away from Joey. I love Joey and her dreams for a better world thanks to her aunt. And I need to say...I loved this narrator. This is the first book I've heard narrated by her and I'm a fan now. I loved her inflections and voices.
This audiobook also had the first chapter plus for book #2 and I had to get online immediately to download it because I cannot wait to "read" it. I already am in love with Glory and Cal and cannot wait to hear more!
My Review: Overall.... 4.25 Performance... 4.25 Story.... 4.25
Aww, I loved Glory. Wow...talk about a girl who's managed to get t..Show More »he short end of the stick in everything, but still perseveres! Now, this was a character I could cheer for and get behind. She is so strong to stay in this town where she's overwhelmingly judged and condemned...for a bit of nothing she did (a kiss and only a kiss) at the age of 17.
I really felt for Cal, too. He's stuck...with his hormonal 14 yo daughter, with the expectations from his friends, with the pressures from his ex-wife and from this (fairly backward) small town. (I really don't like this town as a whole...their small-minded views make me so angry in every one of these books. The Sugar Peaches should be completely dissolved!)
And in this book, the addition of 14 yo Peyton was great. I loved how Glory handled her...and felt so bad for how over-protective Cal is of her. Although I did have to laugh every time he got so over the top. This is definitely a guy who'd greet the dates with a shotgun...literally.
I liked this one better than the first and am definitely looking forward to more of the Sugar, Georgia novels. What is the history between Charlotte and Jase? And you can't tell me that there aren't serious vibes between Jackson and Spencer. My only real complaint about this book is that the true history of what happened between Glory and the high school teacher never came out. I wanted her to be able to rub Jackson's face in it after his treatment of her at the beginning. I don't think I've ever wanted to throttle a future hero in the series this much. Marina Adair has her work cut out for her for me to like him again.
This is a great narrator...my only issue is that she doesn't have enough range for different men's voices. They all tend to sound the same, but I love her southern drawls and just about everything else she does with this series.
This is definitely a book and series that I recommend. The audiobooks have been wonderful. I have a reviewer's ARC of book #3, but I have to admit to being a little bit sad that I'm going to read that one rather than get to enjoy another audiobook for this series. Maybe I'll do both...