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Shallow

By: Georgia Cates
Narrated by: Shannon McManus,Ethan Sawyer
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Publisher's Summary

Payton Archer's best friend, Claire, strives to be perfect in every way. Payton doesn't and this is her story.

Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the "The Strip" in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him down...fast cars, adrenaline and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night.

There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways. Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding it...at least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes aren't what scares Payton the most...it’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her.

Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?

©2012 Georgia Cates (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Perfect narration

Narrated perfectly! Shannon does a great job portraying Payton’s personality. I’ve disliked a lot of audible books lately due to the poor narration, so I’m super glad I found this one.
The story is a pretty basic love story, but overall good.

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Liked it until the end

I liked this story until the end. I didn’t like that Nick didn’t fight for her. Some other family members had to do the work. Both characters were immature until the end. If you like this kind of character, this one is for you. Loved the performance

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sexist

either written by a pick me girl or a dude, both series slut shame women for having sex with random dudes but the other way around is fine. also the men they fall for after fucking many clicks is her virginity like "I gotta take care cause nones been here before so it's more special" like please

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Aptly named... Shallow! What a disappointment 😞

What a huge disappointment. I loved book one but this one seems to be written by a different author. It started off kinda strong but it was so hard to like the heroine, Payton. She is an awful person, just awful. I tried to look at her as sassy and quirky but unfortunately she is just self-centered, harsh & crude. It was all about how good looking & sex crazy these 2 people are, I could not see any other reason they fell for each other. (Let's hope neither ever looses their looks cause there will be lots of midlife crisis cheating going on).
About 3/4 the way through it all became way too cringeworthy. I was disgusted with the shallowness of all the key characters and didnt know if I could make it through the entire book. The virgin sex scene was so gross and ridiculous. But the justification of a mother abandoning her children, and the accepted idea that a person should not want a spouse tjat has children with a different person was a line too far for me to accept.

In one of the last few chapters is Payton' running commentary on Nick's thoughts - Oh God how I wanted to slap her and scream Shut the F-up!!!
Kids getting married and 'accidentally' knocked up before finishing college, geez 😳 can you say is DUMB - who doesn't know about birth control in the 21st century.

Narration was ok but if this is TN why is Payton the only one with an accent? It was also very hard to distinguish between internal monologs vs. external dialog.

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Very happy with the story

So this is a cute romantic story and my favorite thing about it is that it’s a clean story. This is a great story for anyone who likes optimistic relationships.

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great story

I loved the story. My only negative is that Nick's voice sounded like a serial killer instead of the sexy cute guy

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It had me until the end

Okay so I super enjoyed Payton getting her own story abd happy ending. I even liked their story better than Claire and Jesse's. However, it got super frustrating towards the end with Peyton refusal to listen to anybody. quite frankly, if you can't take your man's word for what it is then there's clearly no trust in your relationship and that's unhealthy.
Also... big spoilers ahead....

I can't get over the fact they are kind of cousins? Like I've made it out to understand that Peyton's aunt is only her aunt by marriage BUT STILL. Why was that concern never even brought up?! Like hey.... in a way we're cousins 😨 And another thing! when that unidentified girl came around claiming to have had his baby... I get that at this point he has been with a lot of women BUT come on man! She didn't even LOOK familiar and you always wrap up?! You can't really be that dumb!

Anyway. It was cute until it wasn't. The narrators did a fantastic job!

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Narration could be better

I’ve read both books in this series. I feel that the narrators for both books could have been better. They’re not good at other gender voices or changing their voice for different characters.

The story is good for this genre.

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Great book / Bad Narrator

Loved the book but was not a fan of the male narrator. His voice definitely did not fit the character.

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Liked it but..

I really liked this book, but the narrator’s voice for the Nick character was too old. The character is 10yrs old and the narrator sounded like he was 40-50 yrs old so it was kind of weird.