I stumbled upon this by chance and thanks to the very engaging story line spent 2 hours walking on the treadmill every day just so I could listen. Not..Show More » a funny story but a really sweet one. Not so sweet that it was unbelievable but that fuzzy feeling sweet. The characters are likeable & the narrator not annoying. Real writing that is not a story based around sex. Be warned if you are looking for a 'hot' story ,this will not be for you. The sex is discreet which in my opinion is just right for this story. A truly fabulous listen which is so good I am buying the books. A real gem
The writing was intelligent, fast paced and funny. A perfect romance. Not filled with overly gratuitous sex scenes just for the sake of it. I really e..Show More »njoyed and looking forward to book 2, Nico and Elizabeth's story
It’s really hard to write a review of this book because I felt annoyed and frustrated at the h for most of the book, but still could not stop listenin..Show More »g!
Firstly, I must make a special mention of the narration. It was brilliant. Perfect. With an Italian H, the narrator had her work cut out for her but she managed to make him sound sooooooo sexy. It was probably her narration that kept me listening where perhaps, if I had been reading myself, I may have thrown my kindle at a wall.
The H was fabulous. For once we have a man who was not afraid to freely admit his feelings. The H admits his love early on which is an unusual plot device which could have backfired, but works well. But the h was truly irritating. The death of both her mother and her first love in her teenage years had really twisted her views on love, romance and her ability to have any sort of meaningful relationship. Which was annoying because she was a competent, fully trained ER Doctor. Although by the end of the book she did finally admit she needed therapy, I though that a woman of her intelligence would have come to this realisation a lot sooner. But of course then we would not have had this book, which was, I suppose, about her coming to terms with her past, and acknowledging both her emotional issues, and her inability to deal with them.
I have to mention the brilliant portrayal of the h’s profession. This was the most realistic writing of a career that I have read for a long time. In this story, as an ER Doctor, the h never took time off, never called in sick, was never late for work and, even the day after being shot at, only missed one shift and went to work later that evening because, as we all know, in the real world, as an ER Doctor in an overworked and understaffed profession, if you don’t go to work, people will suffer. Even at the very end of the book she could not suddenly take time off to fix her love life. It had to fit in with her shifts, and her shifts as an ER Doctor ran through the entire book – as they would in real life. I loved this depiction of the time and devotion that comes with being a Doctor in this field, and her adamant determination to go to work regardless of what else was happening in her life made her a lot easier to like, even when she was annoying me with her emotional constipation!
So, although half way through the book I was thinking this would be my last Penny Reid audiobook, by the end of it I was determined to download the rest of the series. Special mention has to go to the epilogue. It was the first time we had the H’s POV and it gave us a true feeling for the intensity of his emotions.
This is the darkest of the series. Sandra throughout the other books is a bit loud and not as sweet as the other women. After this book she became one..Show More » of my favourite of the knitters. What a story! Younger man (a virgin at that) with an older woman : a fantasy come true. Not as one sided as you would think & Alex is in many ways more mature than Sandra. A lovely story
Penny Reid again demonstrates her ability to write romance from an unusual perspective. This book is about a couple who have been together for 18 yea..Show More »rs, with two young children. Because of their jobs (H is oil worker, wife h is former CIA operative), they have a marriage dominated by long periods of separation.
This constant separation means that the h has learnt to cope as a single mother, and carries the burden of the day-to-day monotonous details of trying to raise young kids, hold down a job and run a household, which leaves the H, in his rare moments of attendance, often feeling rather superfluous to requirements. Although there is an undeniable deep love between the two, there is also a huge lack of communication, mainly because the h desperately wants to avoid conflict so that they can enjoy their infrequent times together, and the H, in his need to feel involved in a family that has learnt to function without him, often dictates autocratic decisions to his wife from long distance.
The unusual plot twist in the middle, (H is taken hostage overseas and h flies over to rescue him) is the catalyst for the couple to confront the damage that their lifestyle is causing to their marriage. At this stage I really started to dislike the H. He habitually overruled his wife’s decisions and in times of crisis ignored his wife’s extraordinary abilities. He was like “a bull in china shop” blundering around trying to be the hero, while refusing to utilise his wife’s amazing talents. He was so scared of putting her in danger that he increased the danger to them both by failing to let her help and refusing to accept the contribution she could make to their partnership. What annoyed me most was that he failed to change this attitude throughout the book, no matter how many times he witnessed her “in action”, and continually justified this by explaining how much he loved and needed her and didn’t want to put her at risk. I kept thinking he would suddenly have an epiphany and realise how amazingly capable she is but no, he just kept trying to exclude her from everything.
This is not my favourite Penny Reid book. Many marriages fail because the love dies, so it was weird to see a marriage failing when the love was so strong. I would have liked to see the couple actually make a long distance marriage work as so many people, ( e.g army spouses) learn to do in real life, instead of the solution that came at the end of this book. However Penny Reid does explore the fact that after the “happy ever after”, there does come a long of hard work to make a good marriage. The conclusion was interesting in that things were not really concluded. Instead of wrapping up the ending in a nice, neat little parcel, we are left with the couple in the constant ebb and flow of discussion, compromise and decision making that is needed to make a successful marriage. I guess that this, in reality, is a real “happy ever after”.
Regardless of my criticisms, this is a good book, better than most in the genre, and still worth a credit.