Eighteen is hard. And so is Mateo Alesci. Hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts.
He wants things from me. Dirty things, nasty things, forbidden things. And I have to give in. His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can't say no. The way he looks at me...the way he watches me through my bedroom window...the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy just...turns me on. He knows it turns me on. He holds all the power. He holds all the cards. He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in. Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher. And I need everything he's offering.
©2015 JA Huss (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"What A Story!"
I think this is a bogus question. It is the story that determines how good or bad the experience is. This story is captivating. It is captivating to read and it is captivating to listen. I can't say one is better than the other because they both fill a need. I have not purchased one audio until I read the story. I like to have my imagination create the scenes in my head. This audio edition of Eighteen helps me tweak my imaginary world and understand the characters and events more clearly.
I don't think I can compare Eighteen, or any of JA Huss' stories to any others I've read. It is her unique vision and storytelling skills that make me buy her books. This is a good coming of age story but even narrowing the focus to that genre, the story is one-of-a-kind.
This is the first time I've heard Ava Erickson but I will look for other audio books that she narrates. She did an excellent job bringing Shannon Drake to life.
I felt Shannon's pain and loss several times. A young girl who lost her family and often didn't know who to trust. I hurt with her and I felt her betrayal.
This is an excellent audiobook with a great story. It is well worth getting and, if you are like me, you will listen to it more than once.
"Good Narration but the story....."
it just wasn't my thing. I never really felt the love between the 2 main characters until the very end
"I'm quite sad I didn't like it"
So for me, this was a difficult read. I can't say that I enjoyed it.
There is absolutely no romance here. So if you're after a forbidden love/taboo romance, there's a lot of sex here, written in explicit detail....but very little chemistry or romance to justify the risks the two main characters take.
I truly dislike the heroine in this book. She was blind to everything else but her own sorry self. And even then, her awareness was murky at best.
"5 Smoking Hot Stars!!"
Other than the fact that J.A Huss is very talented and knocked it out of the park, Ava Erickson"s narration was perfect.
I have to go with Mateo, he's just so demanding (I like the alphas) and I like that he pushes Shannon even when she doesn't want to be pushed.
I have listened to several and this one was just as great. One thing that I love about her aside from really drawing you into the story is that her voice is able to switch between male and female seamlessly.
I really wanted to, but real life was calling.
I didn't think that J.A Huss could top 321 (my first audio of hers) but boy was I wrong! While 18 is a forbidden story it's also so much more. I was able to connect not only with the characters but the story as a whole. Shannon just wants to skate by on life, too bad for her Mateo has other plans. It's hot and sexy so be sure your headphones are on properly if listening in public!
I love JA Huss, her books flow so well. She always surprises her reader with a twist. The narrator was awesome. so talented. I wish all of Julie's books were on Audible. I love to read them then listen to them.
"cheap poorly written version of 50 shades of grey"
The entire book was disappointing. It's difficult to pull one part versus the next. It just didn't totally make sense and wasn't very believable especially the part where he is an undercover agent, but yet he is having sex with a student in his classroom not to mention oral sex and whatever else they could get into. That was the most unbelievable part. I guess you just hope that someone in law enforcement would have better ethical standards. I think the author would have been better off had she left out "based on a true story" on the front cover.
I actually do think that Ava did a good job with narration. Her voice was easy to listen to and her voices flowed easily between characters.
Ugh... I hope not.
I was hoping for chemistry like I had with the Gabriel's inferno series as its a similar theme of student/teacher, but this one I found to be bizarre and a little raunchy not to mention I felt that there were many, many loose ends that you are left wondering about. Like he is working for the police and yet he is having sexual relations with his student in his classroom? How did he get all his money being that he is a teacher and undercover agent?
Reminded me of a cheap version of 50 shades of grey. If you can't tell, 3 is obviously the high side of my review.
"JA Huss is on point!"
Yet another slam audio-dunk for JA Huss. A teacher/student story that was so gripping and enthralling, I had to stay up late just to finish. The story never slowed, the pace was absolutely perfect.
Ava Erickson was a fantastic narrator in this book, she was able to pull off the male character voices and have a different tone for each person.
"WORTH THE CREDIT"
I don't know how to explain why I enjoyed this book but I just did. Narrator did a very good job and the story was very interesting despite the subject matter. I say to my followers to give it a try. I also enjoyed the authors notes at the end.
"18 HOT Star’s"
There have been a hand full of books I wished I could give more than a 5 star rating. This is one of them so I give it 18 Star’s yep. This book blew my mind, in the most delicious of ways.
Shannon, needs credits to graduate. You have to wonder what the hell is going on in the school system for them to miss she needed some important credits. Even if she technically had more then they needed over all.
So back to school for more credits! And this is where her life is never going to be the same again.
Enter HOT AF Teacher.. Mr. Alesci, aka Mateo. In my head I call him Mr. Hottie. What I can’t help it. The first few chapters you are going to be sucked in to this mysterious yummy man.
The heat these two generate leaps in to your ears and sinks in to your brain.
There are parts of Shannon’s life I wish I could kick for her.. Like her brother in-law. But I don’t want to get into all that, you need to experience that yourself and come up with your own opinions. Her niece though to cute.
Back to Mr. Hottie did I mention he lives’ across the street from her? I didn’t well think of the possibilities this holds, and he like to bring out her naughty girl side. So let’s just take a sec and fan our self.. .HOT, HOT, HOT.. HOOOOTTT.
‘But I smile. Even though he creeps me out, he does it in all the right ways.’
‘I’ll probably regret that soon. I usually do.’ – Shannon
Yeah these little tid bits have stuck with me, so I had to share.
Worth the credit HECK yes!
I loved Ava Erickson performance so hard in this book. There isn’t one thing I wished was different. Defiantly a narrator I will buy from again.
*All my Reviews are 100% honest and my own.*
"I Am So In Love With JA Huss And Even More Of 18 !!!"
This is the second audio book straight, that I have listened to OF JA Huss's.. I am so in love with JA Huss and her books!! Her writing is exceptionally outstanding, edgier, and raw.. One moment your on the edge of your seat in anticipation, the next your crying your eyes out over a characters pain and traumatic life, but it's all raw and true to life that a reader/ listener can relate to and feel for.
Eighteen was that reality for me in some ways, the fear of being 18, now your at an age that life, society, everyone considers you an adult, time to grow up, but yet your like what the hell, I'm not ready and life can throw you a lot of obstacles that your never ready for at 18 or 48... I enjoyed 18 so much and being taken from a true story made "18," even more special.
JA Huss, I have become a big fan of your books and am looking forward to the next one..
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