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American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew. Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.
When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene. Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at him and knows she wants it all from him. The problem is she finds out swiftly that he's friendly, he's kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.
Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life and at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street. But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not so friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children. She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul that the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.
"SOARING" started off really dire for me, mainly because the female lead, American heiress Amelia Hathaway, found herself in the worst case scenario for any woman. It was absolutely tragic! Right away readers are made aware of her D-bag husband, Conrad, who while cheating on Amelia, stole her children's affection, and moved them clear across the country with his new wife. OMG!!! My heart sank at her initial conundrum, HOWEVER, I KNEW…I JUST KNEW that as low as the lows were in this novel, that Kristen Ashley was going to deliver an incredible high that would blow the sad parts clear away!--And she did! This was another masterpiece in the Magdalene series….and, that was because of the beautiful love affair that built slowly, but surely between Mickey Donavan and Amelia "Amy" Hathaway.
I loved that both leads were in their late 40's and were still hot! I loved that they were both mature characters. No stupid, annoying petulant behaviors on behalf of either lead. Their struggles were believable because they were real-life problems and real-life hang-ups that needed to be worked through. So, when Mickey and Amelia solve these hurdles that spring up in their relationship….OMG, you will feel like you're are soaring in the clouds along with the leads because IT'S THAT FREAKEN AMAZING! Let me add that the love scenes were ON FIRE! Oh that Mickey Donavan…he sure had a way in the bedroom with Amelia…hot-hot-hot!!!
This whole story was amazing, and I"m grateful for K.A.'s rambling, detailed style of writing. It's so soothing and fulfilling. While, the story may have started really sad for Amelia, it developed into such a FANTASTIC, culminating end. You have the successful blending of Mickey and Amelia's family (in that implication you have Amelia winning back the affection of her children), Conrad getting what he deserved, the formation of an awesome girl possy (in Josie and her other friends), and many more beautiful developments.
OH KRISTEN ASHLEY!!! HOW YOU ALWAYS WIN YOUR WAY INTO MY HEART WITH YOUR INCREDIBLE NOVELS! This one was definitely a "HELL YEAH" for women everywhere who may find themselves in a place of loss (initially), then with much determination move their way back into a place of absolute abundance! Wow!! Simply amazing!
Narrator: I enjoyed Hollis McCarthy's performance. She did a great job
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Soaring?
Everything - the maturity of the characters being 40 helps listening to books that's based on couple's in my age group. The blended family thing is a nice bonus to the romance, basically I just love the book.
What did you like best about this story?
The reality of how ugly a divorce can be and the fact that life doesn't end. There's life after divorce and heart ache. The new love is AWESOME I Love ALPHA MALES.
Have you listened to any of Hollis McCarthy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes in the WIll I enjoy her voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The WHOLE BOOK
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Way too much use if the F-word! Who talks like these people?
I liked Amelia character and the children but did not like Mickey or his behavior, too rough and controlling for me, and his limited vocabulary was a turn-off. Very hard to believe Amelia would actually be paired up with him long-term.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
This is my favorite Kirsten Ashley book! Thank you for making Amelia in her late 40's! We need more women like this helping society see that being in your 40's isstill YOUNG and sexy! Great story and kept me entertained from beginning to end.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book was such a joy. Classic Kristen Ashley. Great series, covers, narrator. Loved the growth of the main characters.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Precious story of how love conquers all. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the chàracters, and the delivery.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
slow at beginning, finishes with a punch. i enjoyed it beginning to end. awesome read.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'm really liking this series set in coastal Maine. Things are definitely slower in a small town, less kidnappings and car bombs than the Colorado crew had to deal with, but that doesn't mean there's no drama. I loved the glimpses of Josie and company from the last book and was thrilled to see Mickey Donovan meet his match. Both he and Amelia, the heiress who moves in across the street, have done a lot of things right in their lives and, sadly, have been burned. They also have made mistakes, and each has a divorce and baggage to prove it. Amelia takes one look at Mickey and decides she wants to make those gorgeous blue eyes change with the spectrum of emotions she can bring out in him. Mickey takes one look at Amelia and is more than a little interested but intends to place her in the "friend/neighbor zone" because he believes he could never provide a super-wealthy woman like her with anything she would need and doesn't want to have an ex living across the street from him and his kids.
Drama ensues through misunderstanding, denial and plain stubbornness. In the midst of their difficult relationship, they manage to get to know each other a bit more through each misstep they make. Both have children who have various issues, Amelia's ex is a complete waste of human flesh, as are her parents, Mickey's ex has major problems that affect her children, Amelia has to atone for some bad behavior that has affected her children in order to win them back and rebuild her family while also carving out a life for herself, and, of course, Boston Stone has to make an appearance long enough to let everyone know he still deserves the gold medal as douchebag of the decade. What makes Soaring such a great escape is the range of emotion KA captures and conveys to the listener. I cringed, cheered, laughed, smiled and cried. Even at 24+ hours, I was totally engaged and was never tempted to let my mind wander.
NARRATOR: Soaring was performed well by Hollis McCarthy. Her style is a little laid-back and maybe even slow (try 1.25 speed), but so is Magdalene. I think she brings the right tone to the series, and I'm happy to see that Audible Studios is using one narrator for the series AND not a narrator from a previous series. I think it's a great decision that makes each series distinct and different. I don't think there are many narrators better than Emma Taylor, and after hearing her stellar performance, others may seem a bit lacking, but I love that she is the voice of the Colorado Mountain Series, Susannah Jones is the voice of the Rock Chick Series, Kate Russell is the voice of the Dream Man and Chaos Series, and now, Hollis McCarthy is the voice of the Magdalene Series. I don't want Mickey to sound like Max, Lee, Hawk or Tack, but I do want characters from The Will and Soaring to have the same voice in future Magdalene releases, so I sincerely hope she will be back for those.
Absolutely worth a credit or even cash with no sale price. With the trilogy trend of taking 3, 8-hour (if you're lucky) books to tell one story, it is SO refreshing to get an entire story in ONE book that costs ONE credit. On top of that, it's Kristen Ashley, so you know it's going to be great! Every time one of her books is released on Audible, I feel like Christmas has come early.
15 of 21 people found this review helpful
I struggled to finish this book. A lot of time is spent describing sex while not enough time is spent building the supporting characters. It's almost as though the author wasn't sure if she was going for erotica or the story of two people building a relationship and blending families. After a while I fast forwarded beyond the sexual descriptions as it became boring. I also didnt like the fact that the main character seems to be very needy and submissive at times. The epilogue goes on and on and on. The first book of the series was much better.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
What would have made Soaring better?
I wanted to like this book but didn't. I didn't like how many of the characters had alternate names (not even really nicknames - just called by something different). I didn't like how whiny the main character was and how she acted more like a 15 year old bratty girl than a grown woman. She would complain about someone doing something and then do the very same thing herself and be upset if someone didn't like it. I didn't like how focused she was on her looks (what 40+ woman is happy that 12 year boys think she's "hot"?) and the looks of the other females in the book, especially both daughters. And there was way too much focus on her money. I also didn't like that anytime she and Mickey were intimate, it was never "made love" or even "had sex" it was always the F word. I'm not a prude but I don't know any couples that always refer to sex using the F word. For me, their relationship was more about sex than love and this book seemed like it was supposed to be a love story.
Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Ashley again?
Not sure. This book had so many trivial details that I found it annoying. If all her books are this way, then probably not.
What didn’t you like about Hollis McCarthy’s performance?
She used the same intonation for a lot of the phrases "Ok Mickey" over and over again and always sounded like she was a child that had just been reprimanded by her parent. The whole tone was just very similar throughout the book.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Definitely disappointment. I really wanted to like it but kept getting turned off by the dialog and focus on material things.
Any additional comments?
I think this book could have been good if it has spent more time on focusing on and developing the good parts of the characters rather than the clothes and cars and makeup. And make the "love" scenes about love and closeness not "finger f-ing" and orgasms. It read more like an article in Penthouse than a love story. Maybe that was the intention.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
It is difficult to empathise with the 47 year old h, who lives on trust funds, has never held a job, and behaved so badly that her kids resented having to spend two days a month with her. At one point she mused that having “only” $25 million left might mean she would have to rein in her spending! Although she was now trying to rebuild her life as a “new” person, she had lost her kids after three years of consistent bad behaviour so this epiphany came too late for me to warm to her. Ironically, she then eagerly adopts the role of caring mother figure to the kids of the H (while her own kids will barely speak to her) and with glorious hypocrisy, has the gall to get angry at the antics of their alcoholic mother (pot – kettle – black??), while failing to notice her own daughter had become a school bully.
Meanwhile the H was just as unappealing. It’s hard to respect someone who had spent 15 years doing a job he hated, supervising the production of sub-standard work for unhappy customers, and yet somehow thinks he holds no responsibility for this. Especially when it turns out that he has easy access to funds to start his own business, and later makes a few phone calls to finally “claim” his $15 million inheritance. He was so obsessed with being a fire fighter that it seemed everything else came second in his life. He didn’t hesitate to introduce his kids, without question, to a woman who had lost custody of her own children (Unlike previous KA macho men who avoid introducing a new woman into their kid’s lives until they know the relationship is serious). He conveniently absolved her of all responsibility for losing her kids by blaming her cheating ex and neglectful parents, and declared it was ok to go of the rails for three years (yeah, that’s THREE years) because your husband dumps you for another woman. Furthermore, on hearing that his own daughter may have been mistreated at school, he tells his girlfriend (reminder – the woman who had LOST CUSTODY OF HER OWN KIDS) to deal with it and not tell him the details as he couldn’t handle it!
Overall, however, I think the biggest issue with this romance is that it just never sizzled. The first opportunity they have to spend a night together the H announces he is “wiped” and having an early night. This does not exactly overwhelm the reader with sexual tension! I remember the hot verbal sparring between Max and Nina in The Gamble, but here we got pointless and immature bickering and silly misunderstandings like a pair of teenagers. The actual story dragged along, with nothing really happening. It was like reading the h’s diary, with lots of “telling” rather than “showing”, and endless over-analysing like a naive teenager. I love that KA writes about older couples, not many authors have the guts to do this, but here the couple were simply too unlikable for me to care. In fact by the end of the story I actually liked both of their ex’s better. The ex-wife was shocked into changing her behaviour by the threat of losing custody of her kids (unlike the h!), and the ex-husband may have been a serial adulterer, but he was a great father and never walked away from his kids. In fact when it seemed he may lose them, he dumped the latest girlfriend to stop this happening.
I eventually finished this amazingly long book but I think this series is not for me. I read the first one on my kindle and simply cannot remember anything about it. I think I prefer it when KA writes a stronger plot line. Frustratingly, this book had many issues touched on but left unfinished: Serious, vicious bullying was glossed over and then solved with unrealistic ease, the motivation of the h’s parents never explained, the reason the h over reacted so badly to the end of her marriage was never really justified, the reason for the brother’s marriage problems never revealed, the arson case left unsolved, the husband’s “sexual harassment” issues not dealt with, and why was it that the kids didn’t care when their dad cheated on their mum, and moved them away from her, but were seriously upset when he cheats on the second wife? What exactly did she do to lose custody, and why did she not let her expert lawyer use dirt on the husband to prevent this happening?
In the end I was left feeling a little cheated. This book is seriously long, so it is weird that so little actually happened and so many questions were left unanswered.
I have read a few of Kristen's books and have really enjoyed the stories but do not intend buying anymore. I know I am old fashioned and not up to modern ways but I do not enjoy the bad language she constantly uses. Does she speak like that?. I don't see the need for it and it offends my ears. Occasionally it is acceptable but all the time is a big " no no " for me.
Sorry! I know my opinion does not affect the way she writes. Enjoyed Hollis McCarthy's narration.
This audiobook was such a huge disappointment I will make sure I don't buy anything from this author again.
I would describe it as a verbose Mills and Boon that had explicit sex scenes that could have been handled so much better. Ashley's writing is so overdone and repetitive I found myself screaming okay! I get it! And skipping heaps of it just to get to the end. Never again
0 of 1 people found this review helpful