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  • Stage Dive, Book 1
  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,831

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 02-25-14

Rushed and Unfulfilling

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-15

I was really excited about the ridiculous concept of this book and was ready to throw myself fully into a silly, frothy, romantic fantasy. But the numerous positive reviews may have raised my expectations too high. I wasn’t expecting some work of great literature, but there are a few key things that this book did wrong that really ruined things for me. (slight spoilers- I’ll try to be vague).

First, the love story is way too rushed! It starts out strong with a great setup; They’re married in Vegas and she doesn’t remember! Then he treats her horribly, and she sets off with him for the weekend to try to smooth things over. I was expecting a slow build; some fighting, some character depth, some screwball situations. Instead they have sex and la di da they are immediately head over heels in love! Well, that’s no fun. Anticipation completely lost. It was so fast that I even checked back to make sure I hadn’t skipped a chapter.

Second, it was hard for me to understand the motivation of the characters, and a lot of times, I didn’t agree with them. We’re told many times that the main character Ev is unattractive. From her own words, she is overweight, undesirable, at some points crusty and covered in vomit. She doesn’t know what she wants, is wishy-washy and naïve. So how are we supposed to believe that this rock-god falls in love with her in one night while she’s completely blacked out?

I understand why Ev would like David. I don’t understand why David would like Ev. What is it about her that’s so special? I get that it’s partly the author trying to let the readers envision themselves in the character of Ev; it’s all part of the fantasy. And maybe it's partly self-deprecation (she says she's unattractive but actually she's beautiful and doesn't see it!) but I want my leading lady to be a bit more confident. It was distracting that I kept having to stop and question their love story. I just didn’t buy it. It felt like the author was telling me that they were in love, instead of showing it to me.

Which brings us to David. He was just plain unlikeable. His extreme anger issues were a big turn-off to me. He frequently acts out of line and then blames it on Ev. He does something bad and then rages at her for leaving. By the end, I really wanted the story to be about her realizing she’d made a mistake and was better on her own. But of course, it wasn’t going to end like that.

How it did end frustrated me even more! (SPOILERS)
Ev decides she doesn’t want to be an architect anymore. That’s fine. But the fact that she drops out of college with only a year left, to then become David’s personal assistant (the same job that his ex girlfriend had, mind you) is so aggravating! At least finish your degree. Her parents are vilified for not wanting her to drop out of college and go on tour with a guy she married while blacked-out in Vegas. Seriously? At the end, it didn’t feel like a happy, romantic conclusion. It felt like two people playing at being in love- a woman who would soon wake up and realize she had given up everything to be with an angry, controlling man.

Also, why was Ev only 21? It seemed a strange choice for the author to give them a big age difference when it didn’t really affect the plot in any way. She didn’t read like a 21 year old character. The only reason I can think of is that the publishers were trying to dip into the YA market, which is really popular right now, and couldn’t make up their minds about who to target. Teens or housewives? Why not both?

On a positive note, the narrator Andi Arnt was great! I would definitely listen to more of her work.

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  • Maybe Not

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change. Or maybe not. Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: Anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic. love colleen Hoover

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-29-14

Characters extremely unlikable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Maybe this is partly because I didn't realize this was part of a series, so I listened to this on it's own without any information from the other books, but I found it really hard to root for either character in the romantic pairing, and therefore found it really frustrating to listen to.

Warren can't pay his rent and spends all day lying around watching porn (and don't get me started on how disrespectful he was towards Bridget when he was trying to find her own porn video. What an invasion of her privacy!) I'm supposed to want this guy to get his girl? I'm supposed to think he's sexy? Was very turned off by him.

Bridget is not much better. She is rude to the point of nonsense. Is it realistic for her to be this way? I know we delve more into her character later and it is explained, but I still found her hard to deal with. I just couldn't understand why they liked each other, and found their sexual tension forced. I love this genre, but this book gave me none of the fun, romantic feelings that I was expecting.

The writing style itself is fine, and I think I could enjoy other books by this author with more likable characters. I did like the characters of Ridge, Brennan, and Sydney, so maybe their stories will appeal to me more.

The narration had some glitches- It was clear when the author would cut to another take for a few paragraphs, because the pitch of his voice would change, like he might have been standing farther away from the microphone.

Overall, barely worth the three dollar price tag.

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