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  • Poison Princess

  • Arcana Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102

She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series (for teens and adults too!)

  • By Marc on 10-09-12

It was a little confusing, so pay attention!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

3.5 Audio Stars (Probably a 4 star e-reader version)

Some books are better in audio format and some are better in print / e-reader format. In this case, I would have preferred to read this book only because …

The book was straight up confusing

On the bright side there was a lot of dialogue in the book which I like, but on the down side, it was really hard to follow-along. I had no idea, when it was a dream / a flashback / a vision / a voice in her head/ or someone talking to her.

Like I said, CONFUSING.

I also don’t like negative books in audio format. There’s something about negative books that get me so tight, so angry and the fact I’m on my period doesn’t help.

There was a lot of angst, angry fighting and I didn’t like the Hero

I felt like because I listened to the Hero, I felt his rudeness times ten. I didn’t like him. I understand these are children, but oh my word, I couldn’t handle his personality. He was just mean and for no reason because he is “trash” and the Heroine wasn’t. Yup. He was mean simply because of that.

I didn’t like the female Narrator’s voice

She sounded like a young boy. Her voice was young, but deep and I kept on imagining this book as an MM because her voice was too deep for my taste. I will say this did hinder my listening / reading experience.

I didn’t like the beginning

The beginning was the ending and I REALLY hate that in books. It’s about Evie meeting a young man and telling her story. YES! The whole book is her telling a story and how it leads up to this point. I felt like the beginning set the tone and pace of the read and it just set it up to be very dark and not great.

The first half of the book was pointless

This is a dystopian read. There’s a thing called the “flash” we aren’t sure what it is, but basically water is hard to come by, nothing grows and there’s “zombies” but they aren’t called that. Why? I don’t know but it was really confusing until I figured it out.

The author wasn’t hiding what they were, she just didn’t do a good job describing it.

Anyhow the first half is before the flash and with Evie and Jackson in high school. How they met, etc. Oh my word it was pointless! The only thing we found out is that Evie has “nightmares” / “visons” and she thinks she is crazy. Jackson hates Evie because he is trailer trash and that’s it.

I felt like I kept on listening because I was confused most of the time and I had to listen to try to figure out what was happening. Towards the end it made a little more sense, but I didn’t like Evie’s questions not answered. Every time she asked a question, she got a round-about pointless answer and it just frustrated me more.

The downhill of the book was the relationship between Evie and Jackson. I pretty much wanted to bash him in the head at the 50% mark.

So will I read the next book? Yes, but 1.) I will be reading it (not listening to it) and 2.) If the next book gives me all the crazy feelings I have like this one, I probably won’t continue the series.

Overall, the book made me confused and angry most of the time. I kept on reading because I was trying to figure out what was happening. I did get some answers towards the end and that has made me curious for the next book.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

The Movie Was Amazing and the book was just extras

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

3.5 Stars

I loved The Shape of Water when I watched it for the first time. I was completely surprised on how beautiful the movie was and of course the nerd I am, I wanted more, so I got the audio book.

The thing with this is that the Hero doesn’t speak, so how can you make an audio book out of it?

Well the audio book is 99% like the movie BUT you get a lot of extras. You get insight on extra characters.

The biggest insight is Strickland’s wife! Who knew, but she has a mega part in the audio book. The book is equally divided between the main characters.

Elisa – the main gal, heroine
F4 – The Fish, the Hero
Richard Strickland – The villain (Crazy guy)
Strickland’s wife and two kids
The Russian – working as an American Scientist
Zelda – Elisa’s best friend
Giles – Elisa’s other friend who is gay and doesn’t have a career

I wouldn’t call this book too romantic, but there is love. Also, Elisa and F4 aren’t the main focal point of the book, like it is in the movie.

Everyone is connected and everyone has his/her parts.

I think the main thing is you get a HUGE insight to Strickland. It’s hard to see what he is thinking in the movie, but you get a lot of inner monologue from him in the book (the book is written in 3rd POV just FYI). He obviously has PTSD from being in the jungle and now he’s back in America, and it hasn’t left him. He tries to fit in, but he can’t. The biggest shocker is that he is so self conscience of what everyone thinks about him.

You also get the feel for his wife, although I didn’t care much for her in the movie, you do care for her in the book. It’s very sad and she’s a good person just trying to live the normal wife role, she doesn’t know she is married to a crazy person.

I felt like Zelda was a little possessive of Elisa in the book, verse the movie. It’s not a bad thing, but I didn’t like the way I was reading of her in the book. She seemed needy when she wasn’t. She was just mama bear.

I liked the bits and parts of Elisa and F4, but you don’t really get much of them. I do like the ending the best because it’s kind of like the whole book leads up to the last few chapters.

It is interesting to see F4’s POV because you do get it.

The best part of the audio book was the narrator. The narrator made the book and the character transitions were 100% awesome. She really conveyed and carried the story.

Overall, I’m glad I got to listen to the book. I felt like it was a bit slow going at some points only because it wasn’t Elisa or F4’s POV, so I found myself having the book in the background while I worked, instead of really paying attention to it.

It does make you want to watch the movie again just to get the feels.

I’m not sure if this book is for everyone. I think it’s one of those book you can say you read it so you sound smart.

  • Suddenly You

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

She was unmarried, untouched, and almost 30, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible . . . but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fell in love with the characters...and the story.

  • By PennyLou on 09-02-18

Steamy, Hot and addictive!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

4 Steamy Stars

I love Lisa Kleypas’ older books, you know why? Because her older books are hot. Don’t get me wrong, I love her Wallflower, The Hathaway and the Ravenel series, but her older historical fictional books are written a little differently and it’s refreshing to read.

I’m not a fan of steamy books via audio, but I really liked Beverley’s narration. I think this is my first book that I have listened to by her and she acts really well and her voice is really pleasant. She made the book in my opinion.

Amanda is on the shelf, meaning at 30 years old she has no prospect in finding a husband and she is find with that. For her 30th birthday she wants to lose her virginity and so she tries to hire an escort. Oh goodness this storyline was awesome.

The book starts off with a bang and I love Amanda. She’s so independent and she is no damsel. She makes her own money as a writer and I love that she wants to lose her V-card.

Jack is the strange man that showed up at her doorstep one night. He’s experienced and a bit of a cad. But there’s something different about him.

The tension between Jack and Amanda was off the charts hot! I really liked the tension between the two. The book is low on angst but high in plot and addictive storyline. Like most Heroes, Jack has a chip on his shoulder, he doesn’t have a title, but lots of money and that kind of defines him as a man.

If you are a fan of Lisa Kleypas of her main stream historical fictions, I highly suggest you stalk her older and less famous books. They are a delight.

  • Pucked

  • By: Helena Hunting
  • Narrated by: Nathan Everett, Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054

With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn't interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet's misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-25-16

I'm a PUCKED fan!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

4.5 Stars

I’m a mega fan of Helena Hunting, but I’ve never read her Pucked series! I know, crazy eh? Well, I’m going to fix that. I don’t know about you, but I seriously loved listening to Pucked via audio. I’m a fan of Muffy Newtown she’s the female narrator, if you don’t know, she’s Erin Mallon so if you are fan you won’t be disappointed. I will admit that Nathan Everett is not my favorite male narrator and I’m glad that his parts weren’t too long. He sounds WAY too old, like in his 40’s, but it didn’t hinder my reading experience.

This book is 100% funny and steamy. It has an odd sense of humor and if you don’t get it, well you are out of luck.

Violet Hall has a step-brother in the NHL, don’t worry it’s not that kind of book! He isn’t the romantic hero. But because Violet knows how guys act in NHL, she doesn’t want anything to do with them. I like Violet because I like it when the Hero chases after the girl, but sometimes Violet can push away a bit much. I mean if a guys gives you presents for weeks everyday, that means he likes you and she still acts hard to get. That was kind of odd.

I liked Alex. I found him sweet, endearing and his stalker way towards Violet was adorable in my opinion. I really did feel bad the way Violet would treat him at times, but the tension was overall mild and it didn’t get under my skin.

The book is hot and I really enjoyed it. You don’t write books this steamy but with good chemistry in a long time. Oh gosh, Violet’s fixation on Alex’s junk is over-the-top funny and really in your face. It’s the first time I read a book that was so fixated on junk. Again, just odd, but funny.

This was a great debut book and exceeded my expectations.

  • Kulti

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066

It didn't take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she'd seen in the international soccer icon - why she'd ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 HUGE stars....one of my 2015 Favorites!

  • By Denise on 08-12-15

I only do audio reads with Mariana Zapata books!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

4.5 Stars

Mariana Zapata has the BEST AUDIO BOOKS EVER! I’m slowly making my way through all of the Marina Zapata books because they are addictive and oh so good. If you want a non-stop slow burn read then these books are for you.

Callie Dalton is one of my top favorite female narrators. I only wished she did more books because I have a feeling I’m going to run out. I LOVE her voice and she is one of the main reasons why I only do Marina Zapata books via audio. I love her voice transitions, her acting and her voice is so adorable. You could seriously listen to it all day (and sometimes I do).

The most popular book by Mariana Zapata is Kulti I think. I loved Kulti. I’m not a big sports fan and the fact the heroine is a female soccer player doesn’t really grab my attention, but the thing with Mariana Zapata books is that she can write about anything and it always sucks me in.

Sal is in a soccer team and her team is getting a new assistant coach. The new assistant coach is world famous retired soccer player Kulti.

I love the tension and chemistry between Sal and Kulti. It’s an enemies to friendship to lovers kind of romance and I simply love it! There’s a slight age gap and I think it only makes the book better.

Kulti isn’t known to be warm and fuzzy and so when he shows up to assist not everyone is happy for him to be there including himself.

I love how down to earth Sal is. She loves playing and plays hard, but she’s a typical girl with bills to pay and an awesome family that mostly supports her.

The best part about these books is the romance. It may not be in your face romance, but the subtle hints here and there is what I love so much about these reads.

You will not be disappointed.

  • Hollywood Scandal

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218

As one of Hollywood's A-listers, I have the movie industry in the palm of my hand. But if I'm going to stay at the top, my playboy image needs an overhaul. No more tabloid headlines. No more parties. And absolutely no more one-night stands. Filming for my latest blockbuster takes place on the coast of Maine, and I'm determined to stay out of trouble. But trouble finds me when I run into Lana Kelly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tired and cliche

  • By Ella Harlow on 09-29-17

Love the narrators, but found the story lacking...

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

2.5 – 3 Stars

I wanted to do Hollywood Scandal because Andi and Sebastian are my top female and male narrators respectfully. I’m never sad when I listen to their voices, but sometimes a good narrator doesn’t make a book.

First off, I’m not too fond of light-hearted simple chick-flick books. I read them from time to time if it has a premise I’m into. I love a good movie star theme book so I thought what the heck.

The book is in dual POV so that’s great for audio because you get both characters. The book isn’t long at all, maybe 6 hours and that’s really perfect for me for a quick audio. I usually like 10 hour audio but I’m not sure I can listen to 10 hours of light book.

The story started okay and I was fine with it. Lana and Matt had a meet-cute, she yelled at him for being an idiot and she didn’t even know he was famous. Cute right?

As the story progressed, I realized I really didn't like Lana. I love a good hero chasing after the Heroine kind of storyline, but Lana’s standoffish attitude and her need to be private was ridiculous. BEYOND ridiculous. I couldn’t understand someone that SCARED to date. It was driving me bat crazy and I think around hour 4 I was just overall mad with her.

What I did appreciate was that the sided characters were kept to a min. A lot of time authors use side characters or best friends to fill in the gaps. You know when the main characters have to talk about their feelings about the current situation. I REALLY don’t like this. It was kind of low in this book and thank goodness.

So, I’m not sure if this author is my cuppa, only because I tend to like the more serious books. Maybe when I want something light I’ll pick another Lousie Bay book, but I’m not sure I’ll do another audio. I think for these books, I just need to power through and read fast.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794

When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire - a genie. Her family had three wishes and they'd only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he'd become a member of the family anyway. Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn't perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute but long

  • By Danni on 06-23-17

100% magical and adorable and angsty

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

4.5 – 5 Genie Stars

When my husband got the e-mail notification that I got this book he laughed at me and said I was branching to different genre.

The reviews are right, Three Wishes is an adorable, yet slightly angsty read. I did the audio version and I couldn’t have it any other way. To my surprise, I listened to this book EVERY MOMENT I got because I simply couldn’t put it down.

The narrator is amazing and I love love love her voice. She is the perfect Lily’s voice and even though the book is written in 3rd POV, she does voice transitions very well. I will be stalking her audio page very soon.

Kristen Ashley always knows how to write a good romance book and this book is filled to the brim with romance. It will have you laughing, crying and laughing again. It’s cute, it will have you pulling your hair out and it’s 100% magical.

The story is about a family, a family with a genie. You see this family isn’t a normal family because their genie is kind of part of the family.

Long story short, Lily asked for one thing in her life, she asked to be loved by the perfect man. BUT the thing is, she didn’t want an easy relationship and of course, like a good genie, the wish was granted.

This is not a super-natural book. Sure there’s a genie and sure there is magic here and there, but what this story is about is love. It’s Lily and Nate’s not so easy, but beautiful relationship.

Even though this book is light and I giggled a few times, it’s not an easy book to read. Lily and Nate go through MANY hardships and those were the hardest parts of the book to read. I at times wanted to stop listening and just read through those parts so I wouldn’t have to listen to them. BUT it wouldn’t have made the book what it is if it wasn’t for the hard parts.

If you are a Kristen Ashley fan, you really need to listen to this book.

  • Wicked

  • A Wicked Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970

Twenty-two-year-old Ivy Morgan isn't your average college student. She, and others like her, know that humans aren't the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun... and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. Four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she'd sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He's six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me from the start!!!

  • By GG on 06-05-15

Not my Fav by JLA but an okay Read.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

3 Okay Stars

I love JLA PR reads. I loved the cover and I was really excited for this one. I did the audio version and I think it would have been better to read it instead. I did like the narrator. I thought the narrator’s voice mirrored the character perfectly. Her voice wasn’t too youthful, but it wasn’t too old sounding. I liked her character transitions and she acted well.

I think this book could have been a solid 4 stars for me, but what really killed it for me was the heroine.

I’m not saying I hated the book, but I found it difficult to enjoy the storyline and get sucked into everything when I was really annoyed by Ivy. My biggest issue with Ivy is her immaturity. I kind of wished Wicked was a YA read because that would have made more sense to me and I would have loved Ivy as a 16-year-old.

Ivy’s romance issue was too much. She acted like a naïve virgin when she wasn’t. I was really annoyed how she over reacted to EVERYTHING. She made a big deal about sleeping with someone. I’m not talking about sex, I’m talking about sleeping with someone with clothes on. I wanted to just punch the girl in the face and say, why can’t you be a little teenager, if you were a little teenager this would be cute and I’m totally okay with you not having sex.

That aside, I did enjoy the story. I found the world building enjoyable and I don’t really have any complaints about that. I liked Ren and I found him very mature and oh darn so patient. I wouldn’t have taken as much effort to get to know Ivy if I was him. I liked that he chased after her and tried really hard to understand her.

Oh and Ivy’s issues because of her ex-boyfriend felt like a weak storyline. I didn’t think it was enough to read how guarded she was. In essence I kind of wished it was a love triangle, but it’s not that kind of story.

With that said, I’m not sure I will continue with the series only because I can’t stand Ivy. If I do read the next book it will be the ebook version and not the audio because the slow pace dynamic isn’t going to cut it for me. I’m going to have to fast read and power through for the next book.

  • The Gender Game

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,910

A toxic river divides 19-year-old Violet Bates' world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life. To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • cheesy narrator for a meh story

  • By NAOMI C ST AMAND on 07-13-17

Zachary Webber narrates for 5 mins.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

3.5 Gender Role Stars.

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. This is an audio review, so excuse me as I shout-caps at you.

I purchased this book because I thought ZACHARY WEBBER was narrating with the female narrator, Rebecca Soler, that is a BIG FAT LIE.

ZACHARY WEBBER ONLY NARRATED FOR FIVE MINTUES. THIS IS SO MESSED UP AND I FEEL LIKE THERE SHOULD BE A DISCLAIMER ON THIS.

Call me crazy but I purchase books based on the narrators. I do, I also find books based on the narrators. Is there a section that shows how much the narrator narrates because this isn’t the first time this has happened to me?!

Okay, I’m done ranting. Shout- caps done.

It should be noted that Rebecca is an excellent narrator. I love her voice, her voice transitions and her pace and her overall acting ability. I will of course start stalking her books. AND she sounds like a teenager, yes!

The Gender Game is an okay book and all of the reviews are correct. I still went with this book because I’m a HUGE fan of young adult books via audio. Funny thing is I purchased the kindle a long time ago and I couldn’t finish this book because it was so descriptive. Funny thing, I love descriptive books in audio format. Go figure right?

I need a big old picture spelled out to me as I listen because let’s face it, I sometimes get distracted when I listening to my books.

I also love the new cover, it really reflects the true heart of the book.

The Gender Game is a starter to a series. There’s a lot of back story and character development which is expected, but know the book is really slow.

Like really really really slow. I don’t find this a bad thing because I know with each book it will get better and better. This book is the starter course you know? You are getting your feet wet and you are kind of feeling out the rest of the meal.

I’m not sure if I had any favorites in the book. There are three players in this book, Violet, Viggo and Lee.

This is not a romance book or a love triangle book. The hint of romance in this series is the back-burner of the storyline. I know, waaaa, but it does you some good to read books with light romance. Shocking I know.

I will be honest and say I didn’t like Violet. I found her really immature and impulsive and easily swayed. Oh and let’s not forget selfish! I guess I can understand that since she’s lived most of her life fending for herself, but still, you want to like the main character right?
I was indifferent to Lee and Viggo, but it’s obvious which character you are suppose to like, even when that came true, I was still indifferent. I guess I was interested more in the storyline.

Overall, I liked the book, it wasn’t a wow book, but it’s a good book to listen to. I will more than likely do the audio version of this series, because I think if I had to read it, I would fall asleep, unless it starts to pick up.

  • The First Taste

  • By: Jessica Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249

Single dad Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl - and as far as he's concerned, she's all he needs. The inked, rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. When Bell's mother walked out of their lives, Andrew vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly - and burn. After all, it's not as if opposites ever attract.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh

  • By Misty on 06-22-17

Nice elements and I loved the narrators

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

3.5 Stars


I picked up this book because I wanted to listen to an audio and I wanted the lovely Sabastian York and Andi Ardnt. They are my top two favorite narrators and YES I search audio books by narrators.

So, The First Taste seems like my cuppa, great narrators and a SINGLE dad. I felt like the stars aligned right?!

The First Taste isn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t that good. I felt like some of the plot was just off to me and I couldn’t connect with the characters. Not only I didn’t like the Hero or the Heroine, I found some parts dragged and I felt like some conflict didn’t seem like conflict and some angst just made the book too dramatic.

Let’s break it down shall we?!

Amelia isn’t my cup of tea. I love a fashionable person but she wouldn’t be my first pick as a step-mom. She doesn’t like kids and she makes no steps in attempt to befriend the little girl. I’m sorry, but this KILLED my soul. I know there’s a persona Amelia has to live up to, but I just didn’t like it.

The no strings relationship wasn’t my cup of tea. After awhile the no “relationship” turns into a relationship and it was ridiculous on both parties in finding the “relationship” not a relationship. I know I don’t make sense, but it makes sense in my head.

The side conflicts with not one but two ex’s was giving me a headache. Gah, I didn’t care to hear about Amelia’s ex boyfriend who “pressured” her to have relations or Andrew’s ex / baby mama who just ran off when his daughter was one. I usually like the ex’s popping up in the book, but for some reason this irked on my nerves. Maybe because it felt like it was a HUGE chunk of the book that kind of didn’t progress the story at all.

I felt like I was just listening to two people talk to talk. I didn’t feel like it added any value to the story and I was having the book on in the background as background noise while I worked.

On the bright side, I loved the narrators and there were some nice elements. The steam is good. I always like steam in a book. I liked the little girl, I always like little kids in books.

Will this be my last Jessica Hawkin’s book? No. Will this be my last audio? Maybe. Some books are better read than listened.