If you can get past the awful narration then it's worth a listen, it's not the best book of KA but if you follow the series give it a go. The terrible..Show More » English accent gets easier to listen to. I did listen to snippets of the rest of the series to check it wasn't all the same narration but it's the same woman, just not talking like that. Phew!!
I adore all Kristin ashley books and as soon as I had 3 credits I purchased three of my four favourite KA books on audio in one purchase . I know in ..Show More »hindsight I should have listened to the sample clip but as KA is a quality author, I presumed likewise for the narator of this book, and unfortunately the same narator reads the other two books also. Like I said, the stories are terrific, but the lady performing the audio has got to stop changing her tone when reading the guys parts as the male characters sound like they should be in a retirement home. It's seriously very very annoying to hear a much loved story turned into something cringworthy. Again this isn't a review of the actual story, but the audio performance. I would ask the performer to just read the books but stop attempting a male voice because it's killing the story. I don't know if I can return audio books for a refund, but I want to look into it as I now have three I can't listen to. Sorry if I sound harsh but I was not expecting this.
It says a lot for the quality of Kristen Ashley writing that I can dislike the overall plotline of a book and yet still enjoy listening to it.
..Show More »/>I am a big Ashley fan but I had avoided this book because I did not like the synopsis. The h had been in an on-again, off-again non exclusive relationship with the H for five years. He breezed into her life occasionally; they hooked up for a while, and then he would move on to other places and other women. The h loved the H. He did not love her. So after five years of this lifestyle, the h, wanting stability and a family with a future, “settles” for marriage with a really nice guy who, unfortunately, she does not really love. The marriage lasts three years, she hurts a good man in the process and her divorce coincides with her business failing and her house being repossessed.
Back in town comes the H who, at the age of 43 has had something of an epiphany (due to an axe murderer obsessed with one of his other “on-again, off-again” girlfriends trying to kill him) and decides that he does, after all, want to settle down, and have a proper relationship with h.
So what was wrong with this book? Well, nothing really. I actually enjoyed listening to it, enjoyed the quality of the narration, and enjoyed the story of their developing relationship. I just prefer my romances to be exclusive from the start, as in, once the H and h meet, there is no one else involved because they are not attracted to anyone else once they have met each other. I found it hard to deal with the fact that the H spent four months living with the h when they first met, and then happily walked away to other women. I would have felt better if the h had also gone on to have other relationships but it seemed she was in love from the start and happy to take the crumbs of time the H offered. Even before she got married she told him that he was “the one” and yet he still walked away and let her marry someone else.
So after all this moaning, do I recommend this book? Surprisingly, I do. I enjoyed it, even if the romance was not fairytale enough for me, and there was just a bit too much fabulous sex, which does gets tedious after a while (or maybe I’m just getting old?). Strangely enough I do think they have a good chance at a HEA, mainly because the H had played around, and moved around, enough to know what he really wants – finally. I just wish he had to work a little bit harder to get the h to fall in with his plans. Once they were a couple, I have to admit that he did redeem himself, and he did acknowledge that his past behaviour had not been good, and that he had been so obsessed with his own “issues” he had missed out on years of happiness with the right woman.
The epilogue is a Kristen Ashley classic. Emotional, moving and romantic, but avoiding the cliché mushy stuff, it was a wonderful end to a book that is worth listening to.