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Strife Audiobook

Strife

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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author Sky Corgan comes a darker version of Pretty Woman.

Pepper has hit rock bottom. After being thrown out on the streets, she's willing to do whatever it takes to survive.

Dmitri Strife is a world famous rock star trying to break into the movie industry. Seedy company leads him into a chance encounter with Pepper that will change both of their lives forever.

Strife is a story of privilege and poverty, of kindness and cruelty, and of learning who to trust when the whole world seems to have turned its back on you.

Heal level: Hot!

©2016 Sky Corgan (P)2017 Sky Corgan

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    PATRICIA 06-04-17
    PATRICIA 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Sky Corgan does it again!"

    A contemporary twist on the pretty woman story, Sky Corgan has given us Pepper and Dmitri. This book has some dark elements in it, which definitely is a big draw for me, it's one of my guilty pleasures. Dmitri is a rock star, turning actor who is trying to change his image. Pepper is a student trying to get by and gets a job as an escort. You can imagine how the two meet, but Dmitri is not your typical wham, bam, thank you ma'am kind of guy anymore. There are some really sweet characteristics to these two as we get to know them and the way their relationship grows is almost a slow burn. When the book started, I really thought it was going to be similar to The Flesh series in it's erotic fashion, but Sky Corgan has melted this couple together, shown us what it's like to have the paparazzi around you, how to deal with childhood sexual abuse, what you would do to get ahead and what caring is truly about. I loved Dmitri's character, he had a true conscience with a lot of love and compassion even he didn't know he had. I loved Pepper's character as she was sorting out her life and trying to get herself into a position that would allow her to better herself on her own. The two together were explosive both with words and chemistry. Truly a fun listen.

    Marie Smith is the narrator of this serial, bringing all the different moods together to perfection. She has a vast array of voices which is helpful with the many characters we meet throughout the book and her cadence is easy to listen to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mandymay Newnan G.A 06-24-17
    mandymay Newnan G.A 06-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Sexy Romance 💋"
    Any additional comments?

    Pepper an actress wannabe who ends up like most Hollywood starlets and resorts to using her body in order to survive. James Sumner is the slummy owner of an escort service who offers Pepper $500.00 dollars an hour to work for him. With aspirations of going to college to get out of her current situation the 💰 is to tempting to pass up. Dmitri is a rockstar trying to cross over into films. After completing his first starting roll his friend John uses James service for a private night of fun Dmitri won't forget. What John doesn't know is Dmitri is tired of meaningless sex. When Pepper shows up late the orgy is already underway. With her nerves in full swing she steps out on the balcony where Dmitri takes notice. After some polite conversation Dmitri realizes Pepper isn't aware of who he is. Dmitri ceases the opportunity to be someone else and uses his character name Brody Grant. After Dmitri and Pepper leave the party in favor of going back to his hotel to get to know each other. Dmitri's urges sleep with Pepper are replaced by his compassion for helping her. But Pepper is stubbornly independent with plans to do
    it on her own. After a few complications these two find their way into HEA. I really enjoyed this listen the only thing that would have made it better is if a
    male narrator would have been added. Since this
    book is told in the first person POV by two primary characters a male voice would have been nice to
    hear on Dmitri's parts. Marie Smith did do a good job portraying Pepper but did not change her voice
    to act out Dmitri. That's why I took a star away. I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest
    review. I do think its still worth a credit though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adriana B USA 06-28-17
    Adriana B USA 06-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Contemporary Dark "Pretty Women""

    Great new take on Pretty Women. This story is very well written and an emotional rollercoaster. I loved the main characters.

    Dmitri is a down to earth Rocker turned Actor that is working on a movie with his favorite female actress. He is really looking forward to meeting her for the first time.

    Pepper is young and beautiful. She has had a hard life. The need for money to pay for school and living expenses lead her to apply for an "Escort" service.

    The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life.

    It is a complete story with no cliffhangers and a sweet HEA. An emotional rollercoaster worth the ride.

    I'm looking forward to reading more books by Sky Corgan

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KIDSFIRST81 06-12-17
    KIDSFIRST81 06-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Overall okay story"

    Overall this was on okay storyline, I would describe it as a modern day telling of Pretty Woman. Pepper is down on her luck after being kicked out of her home at 18 with only $700 to her name after being sexually abused by her stepfather and her mom not believing her. She moves to CA to try and make it as an actress and becomes an escort to pay for school in case that doesn't work out. Her first night as an escort she meets Strife and they have instant chemistry and start to fall for each other. It's a tale of ups and downs from there as Strife continues to book her and she fights her feelings for him. To me parts of it drug out and I found it frustrating as the characters just didn't communicate. Yes that's usually part of romance stories but here it just didn't seem to work for me. It irritated my rather than just rolled into the storyline like it normally does. The narrator wasn't one of my favorites but she did a good job and I would listen to her again.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for my unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cindy 06-12-17
    cindy 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good!!!!"

    The story was sexy!!!!! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the female narrator was pretty bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TheSazJohnson 06-05-17
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    "Not the usual celebrity story."

    I really liked this tale of a female escort who gets entangled with a celebrity.
    Most of the story kept my attention but I must admit to rolling my eyes when the 'back and forth' could have been cleared by communicating.
    The overall score is 4 stars, due to the amazingly well described characters.
    I do feel like there were loose ends in the story that, if told, could have made this into a 4,5-5 star read.

    If you like angsty stories about gorgeous celebrities and the girls they save... then this one is for you!

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    Jenny Ray 10-18-17
    Jenny Ray 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hot romance!"

    We have a famous guy who isn't into meaningless sex anymore, and a young woman who's been kicked out and turns to sex to support herself. It's nice to see the chemistry between them, and follow them to their HEA!

    I took a star from the narrator because, while super pleasant to listen to, at times I was confused by who was who since she used the same "voice" for all characters.

    As for the story, I didn't completely love it because I thought the main characters could have avoided so much trouble, or at least gotten over it faster, had they just communicated better.

    I was given this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review, but will be checking the author in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zara Quintana 08-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Darker Kind of Pretty Woman Romance"
    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. This was a very interesting story that kept me curious how it would turn out. It reminded me or a cross between a darker version of Pretty Woman and H.M. Wards Arrangement series. The narrator did a great job performing the characters and bringing the story to life. My only complaint is that if you write from two different POV's (male and female) the writer and/or publishers need to cast a male and female narrator to perform each POV. Female narrators can tend to get away with performing a male's POV a little easier than a man can a female, but it's still distracting and sometimes confusing. I feel this would have been a 5 Star review if there were a male and female narrating performer. Otherwise the writer should write in 3rd person if they only want one narrating performer. Other than that, I enjoyed this story and audiobook.

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    Nelle lynn, ma, US 08-10-17
    Nelle lynn, ma, US 08-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty womanish"
    What did you love best about Strife?

    I loved that even though Pepper was down and out she tried to maintain her dignity


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strife?

    The nightclub scence when Pepper runs into Demetri


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite was the end who doesn't love a hero


    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 08-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved It"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a nice version of a dark romance. I appreciated how Strife kept protecting Pepper.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strife?

    WhennStrife asked Pepper to move in with him.


    What does Marie Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Depth to each character. I could actually feel James' emotions and know he was evil. The other characters' emotions were there as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and did.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this ARC via audiobook boom. I enjoyed seeing the characters growth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "STRIFE IN NAME STRIFE IN LIFE"

    STRIFE to me is one of the best of Sky Corgan's pieces, so not just having read it as when it was first released as a serial, then I re-read it when it became a stand alone & now just listened to this fantastic book between Rock/movie Star Dmitri & poor desperate movie/health visitor wannabe Pepper, who see's that the only way out of her situation is to become an escort & this is how these 2 meet & we see what happens between these two fantastic characters 💕💞💕

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