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The Simple Life

Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (926 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"Tara Sivec delivers another amazing book with The Simple Life! This is romcom at its finest!" (FMR Book Grind)

Brooklyn Manning thought her life was perfect in every way, until it crumbled down around her and turned into a dumpster fire. With her pride wounded and her tail tucked between her legs, she leaves New York and goes back to her tiny hometown of White Timber, Montana.   

No more 24-hour taco trucks, no more shopping at the best designer stores within walking distance, no more giving taxi drivers the finger when they angrily honk at her. She didn’t think it could get any worse. But then Clint Hastings walked into the room and insulted her.   

Her arch nemesis from high school is no longer a nerdy computer whiz, masturbating to pictures in PC World magazine in his free time (allegedly). He’s grown up to be a hot-as-hell cowboy, and she has no other choice but to be a smart ass right back to him. After all, it’s what they do. It’s what they’ve always done, and 12 years apart hasn’t changed anything.   

Only this time, getting under each other’s skin is a hell of a lot more fun than it used to be.

©2018 Tara Sivec (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Too much sex, not enough story

Tara’s characters are funny, relatable and charming. Her stories are socially current and appealing. Unfortunately, there are so many graphic sex events that the storyline gets shoved to the side just so the main characters can jump into the pantry for yet another round. I realize that, while it may not fit my preferred reading material, this may be exactly what someone else is looking for and that’s great. I just wish I could enjoy these quirky characters in stories without a XX rating.

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Cute Story!

After reading Wish You Were Mine, by Tara, this book was recommended to me by Audible. The narration isn't quite a duet, as the male part is minimal and you don't hear from him until about a 1/3 of the way into the book. The characterization was good. I appreciated the side stories throughout the book. It added some depth to the story itself. It's a fall from grace type story, with the heroine being an up and comer, only to have some bad luck and return to her hometown. The banter between Clint and Brooklynn was cute and the kids were funny, especially Mia. I'm not one for stories where exes are painted in a negative light, but this one did a good job of being in the present and focusing on the current story, both with Clint's ex and Brooklynn's mother. While it wasn't quite as complex plot wise as WYWM, it was a good story and an easy read. Readers enjoying enemies to lovers books will enjoy this book. There are quite a few intimate scenes for those seeking something cleaner to read. I would recommend a mature audience.

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3.5 Stars

This is my 2nd Tara Sivec book via Audible. I listened to Just My Life first, which was hysterical.

The Simple Life had a few humorous moments. I liked both Clint and Brooklyn, but I didn't think Brooklyn was as funny in this book. I don't think I liked them together much. It was hard to tell sometimes when they see talking to each other and when they were in their thoughts. I wonder if it had more to do with the narration, or the story? I also didn't realize the narrators were different for this book than they were for the second book.

I even slowed down the speed at which I normally listen for this book. I felt like the male narrator was speaking in such a way throughout the book, that Clint sounded like he was always talking as fast as he could. It was very distracting. I kept waiting for him to take a deep breath after each section of dialogue. I don't believe the male narrator showed up until somewhere around chapter 12.

The female narrator's voice just struck me as being child like. For some reason, I couldn't quite sync her voice with that of a 30 year old woman. The words of the snark and sarcasm were on point, but the delivery left something to be desired. She did the kids parts really well.

The plot was pretty decent. The supporting characters were both interesting and quirky. If I had listened to this book first, I don't think if would have listened to Just My Type. The rating I give this book will have to do more with the plot than the narration. I actually spent more time focusing on what was being said in order to prevent myself being completely distracted by the narration.

Maybe because they spent more time talking at each other than to each other.

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Boring

I kept listening as I totally adored her other book which I read but with an hour left I give up I don’t think it is going to be any better

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DNF

I was so excited to see this book was in audio because I loved it when i read it. But unfortunately the male narrator was so bad I could not finish. It was brutal! He was far too obnoxious! I hope I can get through the audio version of book 2.

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Simple and Cute

I listened to this after reading and really enjoying "Jed Had To Die" and that might have been my mistake. "The Simple Life" is what it says it is- simple. Not in a bad way, just in the sense that it is a simple romance and doesn't make you think too hard. The story is reasonably predictable but no more than most other romances. I appreciated the cat and mouse type relationship between the leads, although some of the insults are a little groan-worthy, and not always in a good way. I read this through the romance package, as I do most of my romance titles- had I used a credit for it I may have come out regretting it but since it was included I don't feel too bad about it.

My main complaint is with the narration/performance. I tend to enjoy the dual narrator perspective when listening to romance because I find it satisfying when you can see the male perspective as well- I live in a female mind, being riddled with self-doubt and insecurity is the norm, it's refreshing to hear the other side of things. That being said, I found the sudden introduction of the male narrator very jarring during what was meant to be probably the most emotional part of the story. Had I been reading it instead of listening to the audiobook I think it would have been fine, but the narrator chosen for the role was a bit... abrupt. Overall his performance wasn't bad, but he sounded a bit more... California than Montana, if you know what I mean? I found his parts a lot louder than the female narrator's as well, which is less his problem then the sound mixer's, and I found that he read a lot faster than the female narrator, which was a bit jarring. Honestly, sometimes I listen to books at 1.15x speed if the narrator is a slow talker, but I found myself slowing it down to 0.85x speed just to stop from being annoyed at how fast he was reading. Maybe it was because by the time he was introduced into the story I already had this idea in my mind of how he should sound, but this time it just didn't fit for me, sorry!

Other than this, I didn't mind the book. I enjoyed the female narration just fine. The little girls were adorable. I finished it, which with my track record basically means that it's a decent enough story. I highly recommend "Jed Had to Die" by the same author if you haven't already read it and/or enjoyed this one. I think that Tara Sivec really nailed it with that one- comparatively, this was just okay.

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story is good vocab is aweful

I would normally not comment on swearing. But seriously does there need to be several swear words in every single paragraph? It was just way over done. Fowl language is like a loud horn that can bring attention to certain situations. But when it is used non stop -- that horn becomes very annoying and distracts from the flow of the story.

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spit your drink funny

SO funny! I was laughing so hard in my car...alone. I have already recommended to others

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Okay

Liked the characters. The story was okay. The voice acting was good. Nikki Jacobs does great male voices.

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Cute YA Romance

Entertaining but definitely geared to a young adult audience. The 2 main characters might have been in their early 30s now, one a parent but the bantering and bickering was adolescent although funny.

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  • Bonnie B
  • 10-09-19

Under Average

I found this book extremely cheesy, but given the genre, I can't say it wasn't expected.

What was lacking, however, was character consistency, a probable storyline and characters who act their own age. The romanced couple spend the majority of the story insulting each other, and while I fully understand the premise of this, it does come across tired and very much like teenagers. I would have preferred to have a few mature characteristics thrown in, considering they're both over thirty.
Then there's the narration.
The female narration is a typical American It-Girl's voice, which is understandable given the character. However it is incredibly annoying.
The male narration is the worst. By far. Actually I want to burn my ears a little after this. He sounds like a stripper cowboy, which yes, probably does reflect the character well. The biggest annoyance though, is his pace. The man rushes through his every sentence like he's had six coffees right before. He's too fast, too hyped up, always basically yelling his internal monologue (and I do mean ALWAYS) and then when he finally does take a breath to play his daughters or similar, his 'female' voice is insulting at bare minimum.
I found the storyline lacking in substance - and I KNOW this is not a substantial genre of book - but I really did find it very bland.
There are better books out there in this genre and personally I wouldn't bother with this one.