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They Can't All Be Hits (Spoilers Ahead)

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Harper Fox is one of my favorite authors. I've enjoyed almost everything she's written, but this was a big fat miss.

Marty was likable enough, but I never found myself rooting for him. Even though Dev & Jared were selfish and at times cruel, I actually preferred them as characters, could understand their plight and motivations, and wish they'd ended up together. I mean, I get why Marty would've wanted/had a crush on Dev, but long term it just didn't ring true. Marty realizing true comfort and love with Graham would've made for a much more believable and satisfying ending.

Amy's character and storyline was incredible (meaning so nonsensical as to be not credible). And Jared felt like he couldn't be out, but the love of his life - who was his superior at work - could be? How does that make sense? The "arrangement" appeared to have been agreed upon among the 3 of them, but it does make the ensuing jealousy and poor decisions by both Dev & Jared understandable, but that's where the story stops making sense, IMO.

Lastly, Ms. Fox usually lets her political leanings make an appearance in her books, but either the story is good enough to overlook it, or it's done in such a way that it doesn't feel as if the reader is being lectured or preached to, like maybe one of her characters will just make some random swipe or something and move on. She deviated from that practice in this book, and it made for a much more grueling listen. For being a shortish story, it felt like it went on forever.

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Great short story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

My only complaint is that it was too short. This easily could've been twice as long or even a full length novel.

Wish it was longer

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This was a great story that I wish had either been longer or the start of a series. I'd love to know more about the Devlin clan, the townsfolk, and especially David and Lowry.

DNF *Spoiler Ahead*

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Although Crick had a love-at-first-sight, hero-worship type crush on Deacon that began when he was 9 years old that never went away, and Deacon always cared deeply for Crick and even developed an attraction for him, I never really felt a deep, adult, romantic connection between them. But that's besides the point. Crick joining the army because he couldn't wait for the quiet, introverted Deacon to finish his sentence was beyond stupid. The grief he caused poor Deacon was almost unforgivable, but I was willing to continue on until Germany. Deacon is left at home, all alone, suffering in silence, then took in Crick's pregnant teenage sister, but we're supposed to be OK with Crick cheating because he's SO lonely?! Heck NO. His loneliness is entirely a product of his own making, and Deacon's pretty g-d lonely too, thanks to Crick. I hope that Deacon decides to quench his loneliness with some nameless person - or better yet, dump Crick and find a better bf or gf - but I'll never know because I'm not listening to another line of this book.

Sanctimonious & contradictory SJW meets wealthy American who has a French accent?

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

From the plot summary I was expecting just another typical shifter, love-at-first-sight, Alpha-Meets-His-Omega Mate trope, and I was fine with that. This book wasn’t that. It was SO much worse. This book would’ve greatly benefitted from an experienced editor. Or maybe a good friend of the author’s to honestly point out plot holes, inconsistent/contradictory behaviors of the characters, and just plain dullness in some areas. Add all that to the blatant social justice pandering peppered throughout - often forced into a scene as an awkward non sequitur - made this book nearly intolerable. I’m SO thankful I listened to this as part of the Romance Package and I didn’t waste a credit.

Joel Leslie did a great job, as always.

DNF

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This author is a hit or miss for me, and this book especially is a big fat miss. Interesting premise with potential, but awful execution. Honestly, with the exception of the eroticism it's reminiscent of my own writing when I was 13 (not good).

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Less than Meh

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The 2 best comments I can make about this book are:
1. I didn't have to pay extra to listen to it because it was part of the Romance Package, and
2. It's finally over.

The premise and the characters had potential, but the execution was so lacking that I came thisclose to DNF-ing. The "romance" aspect was nonexistent. Jordan's attraction to/infatuation with Pike was understandable and even believable, but Jordan's value was almost entirely based on being "young and hot." She was supposed to be a smart, strong, fairly inexperienced girl but her behavior often alternated between acting childishly and playing games then acting like a seasoned cam-sex girl.

Also, it seemed like the author was contradictory regarding her views on women using their sexuality, which would've been fine if she hadn't been so preachy about it in various parts. It would've made sense if the inconsistencies had been used as a way to highlight Jordan's immaturity, but that's not how it (or Jordan) was written. I think the author really thought her heroine was totally tubular (80s reference ftw).

Overall the story fell flat and dragged on far too long. In other words, it's a dud.

Okay Story; Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I never understood Adam's attraction to Jarod, much less his abiding love for the man. Another negative aspect would be how sometimes the story seemed to fly by and other times it seemed to drag on too long, which is quite a feat considering it's only 3 hours long. Aside from all of that, it was a fairly entertaining story with a unique storyline.

Shannon Gunn is one of my favorite voice actors, although I wasn't a huge fan of his choices here. Jarod came across as terribly pretentious (which was actually a fair portrayal of his character, TBH), and Adam was a little too nasal for my liking, but I think that may have been Shannon's way of conveying Adam's youth. His portrayal of Adam's sister was spot on. I kept forgetting that I was listening to the same person and it wasn't a female narrator portraying Anna.

Trite, Predictable, and Dull

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I'm a fan of Harper Fox and have listened to most of her audiobooks, so with all of the wonderful reviews and the many comparisons to Jane Austen I was really looking forward to this one. After I started listening I kept looking forward to it being over. I continued listening, hoping it would get more interesting. It never did.

Interesting Story; Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I've long been a fan of Shannon Gunn's narration, but when this book started my mouth fell open. I had no idea he had this much range. Absolutely fantastic.

The story itself was interesting. A little too long maybe, but definitely worth the listen.