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Publisher's Summary

Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.

Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?

©2012 Kristen Proby (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Sweet romance

Great beginning to the series.

I liked the meet cute of an A-list actor getting angry at a photographer who he thinks is a paparazzo, then it turns out she doesn't know who he is.

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Gorgeous, rich people having boring sex

Any additional comments?

If you like stories about gorgeous, rich people having boring sex, then this is definitely the story for you. It will not be sidetracked by pesky plot lines or extraneous character development. Almost everything you need to know about this book, you learn from the audible description. Natalie is taking pictures on the beach, Luke gets mad at her for taking pictures on the beach. But they are both hot, so they have sex. Then two days later, she discovers that he is the famous actor, Robert Pattinson, I mean, Luke Williams, who starred in some vampire movies a few years ago. She gets mad for lying about his famousness, but then talks to her friend and decides she overreacted and forgives him. So they go back to having more sex. This happens and is resolved in the first 2 hours of this 11 hour book.

Their relationship is occasionally marred by stuff like Natalie is self-consciousness about her body, which she describes as “curvy” and “Kardashian,” despite teaching yoga three days a week. But Luke reassures her that she is actually sexy and likes women who display secondary sexual characteristics, so that didn’t even slow down their sex. Also, money becomes an issue for Natalie for about 10 minutes, when she realizes that Luke has significantly more money than the 20 million she inherited when her parents died. There were also times when they each got mad at each other for doing their jobs because it involved working with sexy people of the opposite gender. They realized, of course, that it was completely reasonable for their loved one to get weirdly possessive if they worked with other sexy people in a professional way, so they both agreed to only work with non-sexy people or to be supervised if they absolutely had to work with sexy people. It makes total sense, no one should trust their partner to just act professional and not have sex when working with other sexy people.

Listener, if you were interested in this book because Audible rated it as “Simmering” and you are worried that it will be too risque, don’t worry. Even though this couple has a lot of sex, it is totally boring and not worth a “Sizzling” rating or higher. They classify their sexual activities as either “love-making” or “f---ing,” depending on how raunchy they get. Apparently, when Luke spanks Natalie, it pushes it into the second category. Also mild swearing and describing body parts using their anatomically correct names may push it into that category. So even though the majority of this book is about them having sex, it will remain so vanilla you can top pie with it, except for the time that he spanks both her left and her right cheek. That was pretty racy.

When they aren’t having sex, Luke acts the part of a perfect boyfriend as imagined by a dimwitted 14 year old girl and Natalie lives the imaginary life of said girl. He is rich, has a hot body, and the hair worthy of the lead singer of a boy band. He gives extravagant gifts (all jewelry comes in the required Tiffany blue box) and takes Natalie on romantic vacations. He cooks for her and works from home, so he is always around being attentive. Natalie works as a photographer when she wants, but otherwise goes shopping, buying only Louboutin shoes, and hangs out with her best friend whose brother is a professional athlete. So, you know - quiet, meaningful, purpose-driven lives.

If all that sounds awesome, it is totally worth the 11 hours you will never get back.

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First Kristen Proby book that was hard to finish

What could Kristen Proby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Couldn't really distinguish a plot.

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Mack’s performance?

Jennifer Mack was fine, just a tough book to make interesting

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Come Away with Me?

A lot of them.

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Predictable, but oh so sweet.

I saw the twists and turns from a mile away, but I still loved these characters and looked forward to their HEA.

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  • Rae
  • White Marsh, MD
  • 03-17-18

Wrong narrator

I was looking forward to listening to this story and others in the series but that has changed. I couldn't get all the way through this book, and couldn't tell if I liked the story for no other reason than Jennifer Mack's reading of it. Since I see that she is the narrator for the entire series, I won't be buying anymore and am going to attempt to return this one. I recommend listening to the samples for this series before buying. Maybe it will be different for you.

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best read ever

Best series I've ever read! Keeps you interested! Love this author and how the stories keep going

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Not my favorite read

i kept listening, hoping there would be some story to come. i started skipping over the sex portions about 1/3 way through. i won't continue with the series.

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  • Em
  • 02-14-18

It looked promising

The first chapter and beginning of the 2nd sounded promising. My only issue at this point was the narrator. When she was in character, she had a baby voice. Then...it all went downhill from there.

3 most overused words in this book (removing just these words would've probably cut out 75% of the book-ok, not really, but it sure felt like it):
-beautiful
-love
-baby

Normally, I prefer longer books, but this one, I just couldn't wait for it to end. For the first time ever, I sped it up to 2.0+ just to get through it (I've heard the other books in the series are good, so I finished it..I should be given a trophy for that!)

Love after 2 days (1/2 of one where you thought he was a mugger) is just too much. Instalove never bothers me, but there's a first time for everything, I guess. The story felt forced and cheesy. Superficial at best. So much drama and jealousy over small things, it felt like they were in middle school.

I like lines like "because he's a good guy who finally treats you the way you need to be treated", but on the 3rd day of knowing him? I am the gal that will buy almost anything an author will tell me, but even this book was too much "what the heck" for me. I wish I could review higher, because 1star feels harsh, but it's an awful book that I wish I just DNF'd.

Jennifer Mack: 2stars because her regular reading is good, but her character voices are too babylike. She whispers a lot, which makes it harder to hear. Her laughs/chuckles feel forced and awkward, just reading , instead of acting it out, would have been much better

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just awful

I couldn't get past the first 15 mins. I'm not sure if it was the story or the narration but it was a tough listen.

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Not sure if story or narration is worse

What disappointed you about Come Away with Me?

Both story and performance were very disappointing. Story was boring with characters spoiled and independently wealthy and beautiful. Female lead Mary Sue with what I assume are supposed to be endearing self image issues. Unfortunate beginning for a series.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Proby again?

This not my first read by Kristen Proby but is the first I`ve not been able to finish. With so many other authors from which to choose ...

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Mack’s performance?

Everything. So close to typical sexy baby vocal fry as to jar me from listening to marvel how this slide past producers. Maybe could work with teen young adult material but just wasn't credible for adult listening. Toe curlingly embarrasing performance.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.