Very entertaining and a good length which never dragged for me. The narrator's accent was excellent, if a little careful. (Although, for all I know, t..Show More »hat's how we sound to non-Brits.) I really enjoyed her interpretation, it made me chuckle a few times, tear up a few times and left me with a desire to read/hear more of this author's work.
I had already read this book on my kindle – three times – before I purchased the audio version so I was pretty certain I would like this book! That s..Show More »aid, sometimes books do not translate well from written word to audio or visa versa. Fortunately, this is not one of those times. In fact this book is even better in audio because I am a fast reader, and audio forces me to slow down and listen to every single word of a story. With a badly written book this can be torture, but with a well written book with a good plot (like this one), this just adds to the enjoyment.
This is a classic Kristen Ashley romance – the sort of book that makes a reader into a lifelong fan of the writer. It involves an H and h both in their early 40s – a fabulous step that many romance writers fear to take – but a realistic acknowledgement that romance does not stop when you hit 39. In fact, putting the lead characters into this age group gives a real depth to their characters, involving their past experiences and the things that have shaped their personalities before we meet them.
The h came from a loving, stable background, but had run away from her life, family and friends to recover from a ten year marriage where her husband, apart from being unfaithful, had stealthily managed to diminish her self-worth, in order to make himself seem better.
She meets with bar owner H, whose life had been full of tragedy, mistakes, bad luck and bad decisions – the biggest of which was a long term toxic involvement with another woman, an involvement that was still a central issue in his life. Both H and h are cynical, wary of commitment, unwilling to get involved and, in different ways, both in the midst of re-evaluating the direction of their respective lifestyles.
This is a long book, but at no stage does it drag, or get boring. The relationship progresses, develops, is tested, and progressively strengthens, as both the H and the h come to terms with their past mistakes, and figure out what they both need from a partner to make a relationship work. The story also involves a murderer on the loose in the area, and this adds tension and keeps things moving forward at a good pace.
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.
I really enjoyed this book. The feel was similar to Lady Luck or Heaven and Hell ( also in my favourites) and the story telling kept me invested in th..Show More »e characters. A couple of the books in Colorado series were a little hit and miss so I am pleased that I will listen to this book again.