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.
In the prologue we meet the h contemplating her years spent partying around the world. She is, apparently, jaded, bored and “done”. I was soon “done”..Show More » with her “poor little rich girl” routine, especially when she fixates on the mere sight of the H and laments in great detail why her life of “bounty” will never be complete without him in it. This sets the tone for the rest of the book with her endless musings over every aspect of the H like a lovesick teenage fan lusting over a pop star. (Her pathetic drooling over his chest included details of individual muscles, a page devoted solely to describing his chest hair and a weird eulogy about the size and shape of his stomach). In addition, the h declared that she had a “poet’s soul” and that this caused her much emotional angst and suffering, conveniently ignoring that she was living a lifestyle that most would envy.
The book follows the death of her rock superstar father, with the h looking for “peace”. Finding “peace” apparently means leaving all your loving friends and family to live alone in a half built, isolated, insecure and unheated house. Seriously? This was meant to show the reader how much she just loves the “simple life” but it’s like choosing to fly Economy, when you can easily afford First Class – only an idiot would do it. Her life had been one long spending spree with very little work required on her part to fund it, and she was now stressed over whether she would inherit a third or a half of 30 million to add to her trust fund (Over the months the book covered before the epilogue I think she did about 3 hours work – songwriting – while the H worked full time, six days per week, doing construction work.) Listening to her constant self-pity that her “poet’s soul” gave her “pleasure and pain” and how she needed “peace” was an insult to the many readers who have real problems.
I really liked the H in this book (although I did get confused between Deke, Deacon and Decker!). He seemed like a good, solid, hard working guy, and personally I thought he deserved better than a woman obsessed with her “poet’s soul”, who seemed to think that she was somehow more special because she had to suffer with this “poet’s soul”. And yeah, it is irritating to hear about this over and over and over again.
This book was way too long and actually pretty boring. There was a drama about one of her friends but apart from one incident that directly involved the h, the rest of this plot-line was played out elsewhere, and it seemed a bit detached from the main focus of the book, which was all about the H working really hard building a house for the h, while the h pretty much sat around and watched him do it. The final incident was like an afterthought to give a suitable dramatic ending and both H and h reacted like idiots to the situation and faced up to a spaced-out druggie with a gun, merely to save some mementos. That’s just dumb.
As you may have gathered by my long rant, I was not too impressed by this book. I really felt that several years down the line the H is going to realise he is stuck with a needy, self obsessed princess, who makes everything into a drama all about her deep emotional sensitivity. Here’s an idea: Maybe we can introduce her “Poet’s Soul” to that “Inner Goddess”……. This book is “one star” compared to KA’s better offerings. But a one star KA book is equal to three stars by Amazon standards!