When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont's Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn't anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he's making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.
Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn't fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson's smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby's jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.
With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.
©2016 Jamie Beck. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This is the third in the Saint James trilogy. I'm writing this review to cover all 3 of the novels.
What I enjoyed most about them all was the way that they all linked into each other neatly. The stories continued into the next novel even though we had had a traditional conclusion. Only Gabby transpired to be the newcomer to the clan.
However this finale was more heavy going than the others. Covering deep topics like substance dependence, single parenting and step parenting among others. So the narrative wasn't an easy one to hold onto. I felt that this story was 'tidied away' too quickly and glibly, given that there were law suits, man management and big business stories thrown in too. Another 4 chapters seem necessary to flesh out more details and tidy sections away.
As I'd listened to these stories back to back, I was a little discomforted by the change in narrator. It made sense to do so, but I confess that I didn't like David's 'new' voice on this recording, but on the whole, both narrators were fine. The novels need to be read in the correct order, starting with Worth the Wait - David's story. These are best read all together in my opinion, as they make a lovely whole. But Jackson's story - this one - doesn't bear the weight of standing alone.
"I read to the end"
Tempted many times to STOP...as the situations and what constitutes conflict were so NOT realistic. Social opinion on addiction recovery was set back at least 50 years, and the part of Our Hero struggling with an alcohol problem seems to have been written by an alcoholic in denial: " Doc says that someday I will be able to enjoy an occasional drink" said no addiction therapist EVER. Still, I read on. One reason was the possibility of a really good twist to bring it all together: the characters were SO picky and easy to call anything a real problem, I wondered what would happen that would appease these people and make it OK for boy meets girl to call it happily ever after. But instead of a twist to make them ponder deeply and realize love trumps all, they just copped and said, "OK." It seems the author got tired of making nothing into something and put them together. Another reason I stuck with it was the unbelievable character of Jackson. This guy was like your best gay guy friend turning heterosexual! He not only talked about feelings and relationships, he built swingsets and fixed things AND had sex with females, but not excessively. I was willing to go to impossible land with Jackson! *wink* OK it was a fun story in places.
"Narration ruined it"
I absolutely loved this trilogy but better attention needs to be paid when switching narrators. In the first two books Vivi's name was pronounced the way it is spelled. In the third book its pronounced Veve. It wasn't consistent. Also, this narrator does all women's voices with a whiny tone. I did not want books 1 and 2 to end. I couldn't wait for this one to end. If I didn't listen to these on my commute I would have switched to reading.
"I didn't enjoy this story as much as the first 2 in this series. The story line was a bit wishy washy and a little annoying"
Also something else I found annoying is the pronunciation of names differing between books. I feel it is important if a narrator is different between series that this person should listen to the previous series for name pronunciation.
"I finished the series way too soon."
I finished the series way too soon! but love it all the same. thank you so much!
"this was a bad book"
it was difficult to finish. the narration was bad. adter having the last 3 books narrated by the same oerson5and getting used to the persons voices. this person was bad with the lawyer.
"passed the time"
I was able to predict everything that was going to happen. It was a decent listen and passed the time though.
"keep same narrator"
I liked the book and the whole series, but didn't like that it was a different narrator for the last book
"Get the name right...."
Pronunciation should stay the same through all stories in a series...in the final one for some reason perhaps because it is male narrated it did not. It drove me bonkers that the name of one of the main characters of the first book who was mentioned plenty had her name mispronounced the whole book after two books of it being pronounced another way. I love the story but almost had to turn it off the name thing made me so mad. Poor producing not to catch this.
"struggle to finish"
i find the narrator boring. i love the writer but this story is dragging. not a fan.
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