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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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    Adriana B USA 06-28-17
    Adriana B USA 06-28-17 Member Since 2015

    Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato

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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

    Say something about yourself!

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 07-18-17
    Amy 07-18-17

    I am an Urban Fantasy addict !I love the supernatural especially set in a modern world.Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison and Patricia Brigs <3

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    ".Strife is life"

    A strong woman, and our hero is an alpha male. My favorite combo. While I'm cool with a bit of a damsel in distress, it's really refreshing when a sista who's doin' it for herself gets a little somethin' somethin' too. :)
    Awesome performances by marie Smith I like this narration a lot! perfect fit. There's a lot packed into this shorter story: hilarious antics, earbud-melting heat, some seriousness and life drama and a set up for more wildly entertaining installments to come. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion

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    Ashley WA, USA 07-11-17
    Ashley WA, USA 07-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the best Narration."
    If you could sum up Strife in three words, what would they be?

    Pretty Women inspired. <br/>This is the dark story of pretty women with a few things different. That's at least what it feels like.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    To make this story more enjoyable I'd change the dynamic between a few characters and I'd have done some major changes in the interactions and actions that happen between Dmitri and Pepper.


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

    I can't say that Marie really brought much to the story. I felt like the voice didn't match the character in my mind so that kind of threw me a little off and make me enjoy it a little less.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Distaste was one extreme reaction I had to this book. There are more than a few scenes that cause real anger and loathing so be prepared. I couldn't believe some of the crappy things that were happening and Pretty Women kept going through my head through most of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I think at some point I will go back and listen to this book again. It's not in my top favorites and it kind of gives me the creeps at times but I guess that's a sign of a great author. Someone who puts you in touch with the characters feelings you feel as if you're that person yourself. If you want to go on a risque adventure kind of like a pretty women story, then here is your chance. <br/><br/>I received a free copy of this audio-book in exchange for a honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Romance junkie 07-09-17
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    "A Reformed Rockstar"

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

    The book started out in a manner that really made me wonder if I'd care for this story at all...but don't let it throw you..it redeems it's self as you go along.
    In a nutshell and young girl, grew up rich, thrown out of her home and deciding she needs to go to college but can't pay for it and makes a decision she regrets and decides to be an escort.
    Luckily she meets as her first client Dimitri a rockstar tired of the life he's lead and wanting to begin acting.
    They have an immediate connection and a bond developed.
    Dimitri is a good guy, and Pepper (hate the name, sorry) is making choices her age has something to do with.
    This worked out to be an enjoyable story...there are hot scenes, an interesting storyline. Nothing terribly deep, but the angst last a short time and there is resolution at the end
    The narrator was good with the men's voices but she did sound like the heroine as I would imagine.
    Worth a listen, but don't anticipate that you'll think about after your done

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    Jan 07-08-17
    Jan 07-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Reminiscent Listen of Pretty Woman..."

    I really enjoyed listening to this book by Sky Corgan. The story of Dimitri and Pepper was very similar to the movie Pretty Woman with a darker theme. The author did a great job portraying the emotions that the characters went thru. Marie Smith did an excellent performance. The story goes from all time lows to a wonderful high. There is hope, despair, healing, and love. Part of the story is realistic while other parts not so much. ( I cannot ever imagine turning to prostitution as a way to make ends meet). I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Cavaness Paragould,ar 07-08-17
    Brenda Cavaness Paragould,ar 07-08-17 Member Since 2017

    Brendak

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    "Worthy the credit!"
    If you could sum up Strife in three words, what would they be?

    After reading several of Sky Corgans books. I can say this is the best yet. The story was really good. I had a few slow spots but overall a very good listen. Not a lot of sex if that's what you want but a sweet book nonetheless. Strife has more patience than I would have had but he had a determination to stick it out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strife was my favorite of course!


    What about Marie Smith’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job. I would definitely listen to her narration again. Voice changes were spot on,


    Any additional comments?

    This book was given to me free of charge by the author for a honest review. Thank you for giving me the chance to review your books.

    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 💕💞💕

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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