When Callie Williams signed up to the "bride bidder" app she was in a desperate situation. On the brink of losing her home, she needed money and she needed it fast. Allowing herself to be sold as a bride to a wealthy man was supposed to be a last resort for Callie, but she soon realized it was her only option.
When billionaire Thomas Dearborn signed up to the "bride bidder" app he was not totally interested in finding a traditional wife. He was not a man who wanted any romantic hassle but he knew that being seen as married would help his business interests.
Now, Callie and Thomas have been paired up in extraordinary circumstances for a marriage that suits them both. It is a modern day marriage of convenience with the promise that they will never love or touch one another.
And this is a promise that both parties are going to find very hard to keep.
©2016 CJ Howard (P)2016 CJ Howard
This audiobook was a little slow to begin with and the narration is a little dry. The story is uncomplicated with its old school romantic story. Overall, I enjoyed its simplicity and feel good factor.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
"Ok Story ~ Was Hoping For More!"
The story was slow, and the narration did not help; however, the three words I would use to best describe this story are:
Caring ~ Callie would do just about anything to help her grandmother.
Dreamy ~ Who doesn't like a rich prince charming saving the girl.
Diversity ~ Mixed couple, who fall completely in love with each other.
Yes, I would be interested in listening to other stories by CJ Howard. I've actually checked out her other books on Amazon, and there are a few that have not been released in audio and if they ever are, I would consider buying and listening to them.
I rarely give negative feedback on narrators, because I know I would make a horrible narrator; however, I felt the narrations was too monotone. I think if there was more emphasis on using different tones, inflections and pitches to convey the different emotions throughout the story, it would have made the story more enjoyable.
This story was lukewarm for me; it was neither hot or cold. On the positive, the story did hold my attention, and I was able to finish listening to the story. I do have some stories in my library that I've never finished.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audio Book Boom com.
"My First Audible Book"
The book was OK think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it for myself. Narrator was to non -chalant , boring ,. Came across like she did not like reading it just saying.
"Don't waste your money or time!"
The narrator made extremely annoying voice to narrate the grandmother. Story very simple, I was looking for an easy listening book, I got a brain dead story line that read more like a young adult novel.
"What in the world is this hot mess?"
I've never rated a book so low. I've always tried to find something positive about it, whether it be the story, the voice actor's performance or something. This book however is the rare exception. As others have stated before me time and again the performance was a monotanistic nightmare and the story wasn't any better.
It was unrealistic to say the least and some parts were just horrible. What kind of grandmother would allow their grandchild that they raised as their own child to sell themselves off to a man to pay her back taxes? NONE! Never! It's ridiculous.
That's when I REALLY began to read the reviews, the good ones and I realized one word kept being repeated "dreamy" and trust me when I say nothing was dreamy about this story or the characters. Clearly this author bought herself some reviews and told them that was a word she wanted to use. I don't know. All I can say is this book was horrible on so many levels. Seriously don't waste your money.
"A Great story destroyed by narrator"
I loved this story. A billionaire who needs a bride to stop mechanations of a man who he is doing businnes with. A woman who loves her grandmother so much that she will marry someone so her grandmother can stay in the home she has lived in since she was eighteen. The billionaire suddenly opens his eyes and actually looks at his bride and discovers that they are good friends and now he actually might be faling in love with her just when he thinks he is about to lose her to another man. You will not believe the last three chapters but if you stick with it and wake up after you fall asleep several times you will have a real surprise.
I was given this book via audiobook blast for an honest review.
"Enjoyable contemporary romance"
Laid back story with a little drama & enjoyable story line. It was a bit slow but I still liked it.
Callie's grandfather just died and her grandmother gets a letter saying that there a tons of back up taxes unpaid. If she doesn't pay for the balance in one month, they will loose her grandma's house. Desperate for money, she signs up for instant bride and get a couple of bids.
Thomas is a great guy and the deal he is offering is amazing! But should she give up her life and move to another town?
The characters were interesting & the narrator did an ok job reading it. The story is told in Callie's POV. It has a good HEA ending.
** This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion **
"Pleasant but predictable."
This was a pleasant story with characters that were likable with good chemistry. I thought Callie was very well characterized as the unselfish granddaughter who would do anything to keep her beloved grandmother in her home. Throughout the book, the author lets us into Callie's head, so we can empathize with her. I only wish the same was true with Thomas. And because we don't really understand where Thomas is coming from, some of the plot elements become ridiculously unbelievable.
Spoiler Alert: For example, why on earth would Thomas offer double Callie's minimum bid to secure her as a wife when he has not met her and has no idea if they would even be compatible? And if Thomas just needs a wife to stop a business associate from pushing his daughter off on him for a wife, why does he propose a permanent, PLATONIC arrangement with Callie? Wouldn't a few months or years be plenty? And why restrict the terms to a platonic relationship, even when they find themselves attracted to each other? What is Thomas thinking????
But I was mildly entertained by the audible story. I just think it would have benefited from some insight into Thomas' character and thoughts. I also was not crazy about the narrator. While her diction was impeccable, and her delivery was very clear, she spoke with such a monotone that it took away from any emotion the book might have elicited. She did use Italian accents for the characters in Italy, but still spoke in that dreary monotone. The story could have benefited greatly from a more dramatic presentation.
I received a free audible version of this story in exchange for an honest review.
"Love and gardens loom"
I chose the rating because of all the emotions that it invoked in me during my listening. There were tears at the grandfathers funeral, at the notice from the city, there was apprehension when Cali decided to enter into a loveless marriage, stress when Andre continued to profess this love for Cali... making me wonder if it could be a trick...but happiness when Cali was able to locate Thomas and explain everything and he asked her to marry him for real!
There is nothing that I disliked.
I would recommend this book for adult audiences.
"this book was very boring ."
this book was boring the person that read the book read very slowly and you could tell what was coming next in the book I would not recommend this book to nobody else and I would not read it a second time did not like the book at all
"Read by Eeyore"
No. Painful listen. So whiny and lamenting. I kept waiting for the character or the narrator to be more enthused about...anything
Read entirely to slow
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.