Shame on You

Fool Me Once, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Series: Fool Me Once, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (828 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After war veteran Kennedy O’Brien returned home from Afghanistan and caught her husband in bed with the nanny, she lost her faith in all things male. So she started Fool Me Once Investigations to stick it to the man — because there’s no better bounty hunter than a woman scorned.

Her latest job is a wild dog-chase to slap cuffs on a bail jumper turned Chihuahua thief, but thanks to her meddling family, Kennedy will have to put up with a partner. And it’s about the last man she’d ever pick: Her cheating ex-husband’s best friend, Griffin Crawford. As gorgeous as he is unwelcome, Griffin is a pesky (if scorching hot) reminder that Kennedy will need help to catch her man — and to open up her heart again.

©2014 Tara Sivec (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Was there a story here?

I like sexual titillation in a humorous bounty hunter story as much as the next person, except when it it goes on page after page and the humorous bounty hunter theme gets buried to make more room for describing how horny the main character is for the guy with the big biceps. Enough already-give me some story please. The narration was fine and there were some interesting characters. But by half way through and after the third straight chapter describing nothing more than how turned on Kennedy was by Griffin, yet how adamantly she refused to date him, i put the book down for good.

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Too much of one; not enough of another

If you want a story filled with sexual references, then this is the book for you.
I would have preferred more story line and less sec,

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Not great.

It was really hard to get into the book. It starts off very slowly. Somewhere around chapter 5, it picks up. The performance was exaggerated in some places and annoying in the first chapter. It seemed like the only real detail the author put in the story was in the the sex scenes.

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Come On!<br />

This was a lot like listening to phone conversations my 16 year old has with her friends. And while I love my cheese as much as the next MILF it was too cliche for my tastes. But since I've read this one, I have to read the others cuz closure is a big deal deal to me. GD free books. . .

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Shame on You

This book was fun until it got too explicit for me. I picked it thinking it was a mystery.

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Shame on you

Enjoyed the book but the use GD in the book did not make it funny. Will not purchase another of her books

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Too many GDs

Very explicit sex scenes so don't listen to this out loud in a public place. Also, the main character says, "GD!" way too much.

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Quirky

The book seemed a little far fetched, hard to connect with the story. Was funny and good for a laugh.

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Underwhelming

Formulaic, not worth the credit, Not beach read worthy - Guess I just want something more

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Funniest book ever..

Any additional comments?

For anyone who called this book stupid or silly or whatever, they have no sense of humor whatsoever.

I have 800+ reviews and I've been reading for over 30 years and I can tell you this is the funniest book I've ever read. I have never laughed so much from the beginning to the end of a book.

I loved Kennedy and her army attitude and I loved Griffen for waiting all those years for Kennedy. That's a great love, waiting 18 years.
Loved Paige and Lorelei. Loved Kennedy's Dad.
Loved the whole damn book. Swear words and all.
Oh, and I loved the sex, too.

As to the narrator: Just PHENOMENAL! Ms. McFadden whispered, yelled, murmured, gasped, was as sarcastic as hell and she made this book worth listening to. Awesome job!!

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 01-29-20

Not my cup of tea.

There are ups and downs in this book - no pun intended.

It is clearly written as light erotica or mild smut but that's no excuse for the plot being poor. The narrative suffers far too much from implausible coincidences and weak links between characters and areas. The prose is unnecessarily hyper-descriptive: no-one evers arrive in a car, they arrive in a red honda civic, they never wear shoes, they wear Jimmy Choos.

The main character is a strange mess of contradictions: War veteran, perfect shot and successful bounty hunter yet she becomes a clutzy damsel in distress at literally every given opportunity. She must have been 'rescued' more often than Princess Peach by the end of this. She describes herself as a badass but we never see that. She is an object passed from place to place rather than a active participant in her own life. Not only that but she's a single mother in her thirties who seems to act like a 12 year old by supergluing everything on a colleague's desk and sending naughty emails from their computer.

The main character's inability to grow as a person and take responsibility for her own actions and their consequences makes her fairly unlikeable as well as her weird inability to say 'God-damn' while still able to talk about 'fucking' and 'big cocks', which again makes them seem childish. It quickly becomes apparent why her ex left her even though I think we aren't supposed to sympathise with him at all.

On top of that the male supporting lead is something of a mary-sue (or the male equivalent thereof). He can handle any situation, is a great shot, is in incredible shape, gets on well with her kids and family, rides a Harley etc. etc. Yet we never dig deeper into him needing to ask her Dad for a job when he's out of work, nor his stalkerish devotion to a married woman for 18 years. People have flaws; to present characters as flawless makes them odd and detracts from the novel overall.

We are instead suppose to slip into causal misandry. Men are often ridiculed. There's regular discussion of male genital abuse (fantasies) and men are treated badly throughout. If you haven't been paying attention and want to know if a male character is 'good' or 'evil' just wait until you hear their height. Good love-interest 6' 4'', family 6', ex-husband 5' 10'' (I think), villain 5' 7''.

I know this doesn't really make sense in this sort of novel but I often found myself thinking in different parts that if the genders were flipped the reviews of this would be very, very different. If you tricked a female friend into a stag do and told the partiers to do whatever they liked no matter how much she resisted or said no then you'd go to prison. Here it's a bloke at a hen do and played for a laugh.

It's a shame because some of this book is really, really funny and written quite well. You have to think that if the author had tried a bit harder with the plot and less with the description and mediocre smut there could have been a good erotic novel here rather than a loose collection of funny moments and erotic scenes.

The narration was good. I found a few of the female voices a touch squeaky but that might have been my headphones. I think the male characters were a bit similar sounding too which sometimes made it hard to separate brothers from father/uncles.

Luckily, the book is short enough that the lack of a plot doesn't hurt it too much. I think my review comes across as overly negative but it wasn't BAD it was a just a bit mediocre. It was written well enough and was a bit of funny, light-hearted fluff so if you are a fan of the genre then I'd say give it a go.

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  • Carôle
  • 12-05-16

Not quite Stephanie Plum…

This is an enjoyable light read. At its heart the story revolves around the capture of a felon who skipped bail. But that is in fact, just a distraction, and the real story is about Kennedy and her fathers' new bondsman! But Stephanie Plum this is not!

There is plenty of humour and lots of madcap action, but the characters are not fleshed out sufficiently to really interest you. But it's a good read, and I look forward to the second book, which is part of the Kindle Unlimited package, as is the third! Well worth the investment. Enjoy!

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  • Whimseyma
  • 09-29-16

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Great entertaining funny story but the narration was too rushed & too loud in fact the screams made me wonder about the health of my hearing at times

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  • Linn
  • 07-20-15

not for me

What did you like best about Shame on You? What did you like least?

i like the strong woman and here work. i did not like the surealistisk stupid world and the sex

What was most disappointing about Tara Sivec’s story?

how stupid people was

Which scene did you most enjoy?

when they got there asiments

Was Shame on You worth the listening time?

no