I really enjoyed this book. I did not want it to end. Emotionally charged, often leaving me conflicted. I gave to agree that this is probably my fa..Show More »vourite Kristen Ashley. What a world she weaves. I want to go back and remind myself where some of the characters have crossed over from other series. Highly recommended if you want a story that you can immerse yourself in.
I hope Brian Pallion narates more of KA's books in the future. His performance made listening so incredibly enjoyable that I'm afraid I won't enjoy ..Show More »the remaining books I've yet to hear. The story is as always, terrific and having a man read the female parts worked incredibly well as he captured her emotion perfectly without altering his voice to much : rather focusing on the emotion of her than how she sounded. Anyway I can recommend this audio version of a great story now read by a super narator who heartidly. quality all the way.
The h in this book is bold, brassy, over-the-top sexy and the sort of person who never gives up no matter how tough life gets. She had come from a lif..Show More »e of hard knocks and learnt – the hard way – to depend on no one. That said, she was fiercely loving to her son and inspired loyalty from those around her.
The H had spent the past ten years married to, divorced from, but still loving and missing another woman. I didn’t like him at first. He had moped around yearning after his ex-wife for years, hooking up with her occasionally, but still sleeping around with casual females inbetween these hook-ups. It was sort of weird. Even more weird was that when the “love of his life” got engaged to another man, he had a drunken one night stand with the h, and suddenly decides that he is completely over his ex and wants to get involved with the h. Since the H and h have been friends for years and he has never shown any indication of wanting more than friendship, this was difficult to understand.
Also a bit illogical was the h going on and on about how her life sucked and she didn’t deserve a “good man”. Why? Her past had “sucked” but she had worked hard and had a decent job, a decent home, a great group of loyal friends, a loving mum and a fabulous son. Yet we got endless self doubt from the h, and the belief that she was bound to mess up any chance she had at happiness? I just didn’t get why she would think this way.
I also have to agree with other reviewers about the h’s son. He is charming and adorable, but if it wasn’t for the constant reference to his age, I would have thought that it was an editing error that made him 10/11 years old, rather than the 16 or 17 he should have been to fit with his character.
However for all my criticisms above, I did enjoy the developing romance. To his credit, the H (eventually) realised that the failure of his relationship with his ex was partly his fault and he set about ensuring that he did not ruin his chance to have something good with the h by making the same mistakes.
That said, the book did drag a little after the couple got together. This happened pretty soon in the book so there was no “would they/wouldn’t they” suspense that makes a good romance. The second half of the book then sort of fizzled out. Problems with the h’s ex wanting custody, the H’s ex wanting him back and the criminal element living next to the h promised excitement but failed to deliver. In the end the focus seemed to be on endless domestic issues – birthday party organising, Christmas decorations etc, and it was ok but not exactly enthralling.
I did enjoy this book, I liked the epilogue but this was only because I had read all the previous books and knew the characters. This book is not the best in KA’s library, and I have no urge to read it again, but it was ok and worth a credit.