Grace Kinsella is social. But she likes the anonymity of being a blue bird on Twitter, where she can shoot arrows of pithy filth at her favorite movie star. Virtual love is right up her alley.
Vaughn Asher is dominant. But only in private. A former child actor turned mega-movie action hero, Vaughn knows how to navigate a world filled with paparazzi, avoid the tabloids, and have his fun, too.
Worlds collide on Saint Thomas when Grace comes face to face with the muse who has propelled her into dirty-tweeting stardom online. And he's got an offer she can't refuse. After all, how many people get a chance to live out their sexual fantasies with the man of their dreams? Too bad the man of her dreams turns out to be a #dick.
Social is a three-book bundle consisting of Follow, Like, and Block from the best-selling Social Media series.
©2015 Julie A Huss (P)2016 Julie A Huss
"Such a dirty bird..."
That is a hard question. But the narrators really have brought the book to life!
Hee hee, the dirty tweets :)
Autumn really brought Grace to life! She had me laughing so hard at her expressions and delivery of the book.
Mark did great as Vaughn, he made him powerful and really made him come alive off the pages.
"#Smoldering #Flirty #Fun"
I read the entire serial (books 1-6) when it was first published in 2014, and enjoyed it so much, I got the audiobook as well. The audio version really brings the characters to life. The dialogue seemed so much more personal. Grace and Vaughn's intimate interactions were more tender and more intense. There is no skimming, or rushing in listening to a book, and I find that I captured more of the detail and nuances while listening to Social.
I loved every one of Grace's sassy tweets as well as her dubbing her tweets as "pithy filth". I adored Vaughn sweating out his baccarat game with Mr. Li who forced Vaughn to see how much he valued Grace.I also enjoyed Vaughn reminiscing about how Felicity had changed his life.
Wow--that's a hard one to choose. Both narrators were great, but I didn't care for the opposite sex narration. I anticipated the main characters only being spoken by a same gender narrator. Again--both narrators were superb. If I had to choose one character I think I'd go with Chrissy--the future Mrs. Brazen. The character came off as "hoi polloi" but genuine and sincere.
J.A. Huss knows how to create interesting characters and keep readers riveted as she reveals all their secrets.
I loved the character development in Follow, the first book in the series. Grace and Vaughn are a mixed bag of all-messed-up, and when they meet the fireworks start. Ms. Huss made me want to like them but not quite be able to. I vacillated between being riveted and disgusted by the choices they made.
Huss is the master of outwardly strong but truly fragile and damaged female characters who eventually come into their own. Her men are a beautiful blend of machismo and tenderness. Grace and Vaughn are perfect examples. Grace is strong and weak at the same time. Vaughn attempts to protect his public image and shield his preferences from gossip mongers by awkwardly acting the BDSM Dom replete with contracts and NDAs; while he takes care of his partners financially, the commitment-phobe leaves them (and himself) high and dry emotionally.
The interjections of hashtag comments, social media banter and faux pas was a fabulous injection of humor. The depiction of the lavish lifestyle of Hollywood royalty was mind blowing. The segue between books four and five was excellent. The loose inclusion of characters from her other series is fun for long-time fans. For the overall series, the plot was compelling. The pace of the story and the character development were perfect.
Some will see Follow (Social Media #1) as demeaning but it is all about the character introduction and plot set up. If you’re new to JA Huss’ writing, you may not like or even finish Follow (If you are new to this author, you might want to start with her Rook & Ronin series to appreciate her writing). You really have to read the entire Social Media series to appreciate how the characters grow individually and together. Is it totally redemptive? I’m not telling. Is there an HEA? You’ll have to read all six books to find out. Is it a standard romance? Definitely not! There is a strong romance aspect to it, but that little something extra that Huss adds to the mix makes it so much more.
***For mature audiences.
"5 dirty hashtag Stars!"
Everyone has a Vaughn Asher in their lives, someone you fantasize about, someone that is so out of reach millions of others want him as well. Now imagine what would happen if you ever met that person and nothing goes as planned.
Grace is just a regular girl like you and me, this is the story about her chance encounter with the unreachable. I love how strong, sassy and honest she is. She is in a rock and a hard place deciding to stay true to herself or explore new ideas that excite her.
These I characters have the best banter! I swear I love their heated conversations just as much as their hubba hubba times. Vaughn is just so lovable I can't get enough of him. Grace isn't afraid to go toe to toe with him. The Twitter back and forth is so fun. The phone, the hall, the roof? Love them all.
"Enjoyed the audio book"
When I started this book, I expected just another version of Fifty Shades of Grey. The book focuses on a dominant/submissive relationship between the main characters. As the book progressed, however, the characters became much more complex and the story took an unexpected turn. If you are looking for a story that is more engaging and well-written than your typical erotic romance, you will enjoy this book.
I particularly enjoyed the audio version, and felt that this book was very engaging in this format. The narrators showed an excellent range of emotion and were clear and easy to listen to. I was able to picture the characters in my mind when listening to the narration. I look forward to hearing more books read by these actors.
"Absolutely Cringe Worthy"
As a fan of this genre, I can say this is the worst I've ever experienced. The writing is absolutely nauseating. Total misrepresentation of the culture. Seriously the worst I've ever read. The narrators only make this horrid experience worse. Both of them are terrible and I could only make it half way through before I felt like my ears would explode if I listened to another second. Waste of money.
"The best audiobook that I've heard"
I'm not sure. I never read the book. But, I will be waiting for the second part on audio rather than reading it despite the cliffhanger, because the audio version was THAT good.
I liked the banter between Grace and Vaughn. She threw his world upside down and it was funny to watch him adjust. And as usual for JA Huss, there are twists thrown in throughout the way.
These two were some of the best narrators that I've ever listened to. The way they portrayed all of the other secondary characters was outstanding and I imagine that must be hard to do. You could tell that they really understood the story and weren't just reading it. They left pauses in just the right places, etc.
Definitely yes. Unfortunately I was unable to do that but I would have if I could.
I loved this audio version. It even had little touches like the social media sounds (tweet sound) and the tapping on the keyboard. This story was so captivating that I can't wait to find out what happens in the next part!
"Unrealistic but fun"
No, I don't listen to the same books twice. But I would like to listen to continuation of the story part 4-6 which is available in kindle format on Amazon since a year ago but not available in audible format. Same thing with Rook and Ronin story, 1st part is available and then parts 4 or 5 i think. Why not the middle? I much prefer listening to reading, it's portable. So why iJ A Huss, why do you only make 1st book in the series in audible format and not the rest of them? I am not interested in reading, so i move on to next authors, and it's your loss JA.
I liked the twists of the story, some sex scenes were good, however this applies to a whole story including parts 4-6 which are not available on Audible. In fact all best scenes were in the last parts. The first part on St Thomas - just stupid. She storms away, he literally stalked her all the time - childish and stupid. Books 4-6 are much more interesting, story twists and sex scenes are much better.
I did not like both narrators voices, they both are irritating, especially female voice. Male voice does not sound like a movie star at all. He's supposed to be articulate instead he is lisping. Instead of Grace he says Grathe. The female narrator does pronounce words well but her voice is so irritating, not sexy at all. I find it hard imagining that someone can fall in love with a woman who talks like that. Sounds like a spiteful middle age bitch all the time.
Even though i did not like the voices i would still listen to continuation of the story if it would be available.
Make the whole series available in audio format!
This is my second JA Huss book. I began with her most recent release, 3, 2, 1. I have the same gripe with this book about the main characters engaging in unprotected sex. Am I seriously to believe that a rich and powerful movie star would attempt a "no strings attached" two day fling with a girl he met at a bar sans protection? Let's go with the reasoning Huss provides - Vaughn Asher has hacked Grace's medical records to see her most recent STD tests and confirm she is on birth control. Maybe Grace had sex since her last STD screen. And what of the birth control? Girlfriend forgot to pack her panties for the trip so it's not a stretch to imagine she may have forgotten to bring her pills to the resort where she meets Vaughn. And what of Grace? Why doesn't she have objections to unprotected sex? She is fully aware of Vaughn's manwhore status that screams condom required.
That aside, I liked Vaughn. And I'm happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by his character. I assumed him to be like other dominants - distant, detached, and cold. However, Vaughn had a gentle kindness hidden behind his public persona and dominant mask. It was nice to see.
I was fully engaged in the banter between Vaughn and Grace. Some of the tweets were downright hilarious. For example: @VaughnAsher-This blue bird can sing #withYourCockInMyBeak. Also, the scene involving a vibrator with a remote control and an awkward dinner with Vaughn's family had me laughing out loud.
My favourite chapter by far though was the intense high-stakes game of punto banco baccarat played in a private game room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Wow, I have never read a book that had me on the edge of my seat over a card game. Bravo, JA Huss!
As for the narration, I rate a weak 3 stars. I just didn't like Mark Kamish's voice. He seemed too old for the part and had a lisp. I cringe thinking about his attempt to intone Grace's voice: epic fail. The performance itself is what made the listen okay. At least Mark and Autumn put their acting skills to work. No monotone reading here. Autumn's voice was annoying but I suppose that is the kind of voice you'd expect from a serial tweeter who is apparently so busy that the word ridiculous must be shortened to ridic in conversation. She sounded like a valley girl but her performance of Vaughn was good.
Readers beware, however. This book ends with one hell of a cliffhanger and Audible doesn't yet have the second series available for download. I am positively vibrating with the need to find out all the secrets and how it will end. Worth my credit.
Hmm this is so different then what I am used to with a JA Huss book. It’s not that I didn't like it more like I want to know more about these two characters.
I feel like we just scratched the top layer of them. But that I have been listening for so long I should know more about them. Does that make sense?
We know something bad happened to her in her childhood, we know he is rich and powerful-ish and that he is America’s heart throb.
We also know that she has been lusting after him for a long time, and now that she has the chance at a shot with him her past is hindering her.
He has never wanted anyone like he wants her. So this is new and scary for them both.
I enjoyed the heck out of the narration; all but when he does the female parts… I don’t like that but all his other voices are perfect.
She does a great male voice I really enjoyed it. And all her other voices are pretty fun to listen to.
*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*
"More than just hot sex..."
The story line is intricate and interesting. I am not in love with Grace's character, but I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt until I've finished "Media". In this book she is definitely playing the victim card a lot, but I have a feeling she has a good reason.
I really like Vaughn, but the narrators voice takes away from his likability. It's hard to not see him as a creep when the narrators voice is so creepy (in my opinion).
I gave it a 4, though, because I really do like the storyline and ordered the next book before I even finished with this one. It's a worthy listen for sure
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