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Exceptional book beautifully written and narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-09-17

The best non fiction book I've read in approx 18 months or so since reading Susan Cain's "Quiet". Deeply moving, fascinating and very easy to listen to -I found the narration perfect and not sure what other listeners issues were in this regard. Really cannot recommend this enough to anyone who has been touched by or is interested in themes of loneliness. I founs the four case studies are very touching in particular the first and the last.

An easy read, positive and uplifting book

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I love books where the author uproots their life, usually to a new country or continent and writes about their experience because I love travel and I too have uprooted my life in such a way. This book was funny, quirky, positive and uplifting. It is very informative on the Danish culture which was super interesting and made me want to visit Denmark again (to explore beyond what we have already experienced in Copenhagen). Denmark is a really fascinating place from which we can all learn something. I particularly enjoyed the sections of the book about female equality/feminism et al.

Yes the narrator's voice is a little annoying and performance over enthused to start with (too British Bridget Jones-ey comic as other reviews have said but you do get used to it.
The only other element of the book I found a bit irksome personally was occasional tint that money is required for happiness - that by having an expensive designer house with an expensive Danish designer chair and cushions in it will make you one step closer to happiness. I do get that nice, clean and well decorated surroundings do make you happier but they do NOT have to be expensive designer pieces. And when you move your life to a new country you do NOT have to get a container to ship most of your belonging including your furniture there.

A fantastic must read!

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Reviewed: 03-02-16

This is without a doubt the best book I have read in about 12 months and I consume at least one romance every couple of weeks. I cannot recommend it enough. I love KA Tucker's stories and this one is my new favourite. I burnt through it way too quickly but could not help myself. The chemistry, the characters, the plot - it all sizzles. Ivy is a kick ass female lead. Sebastian is perfectly matched to her. Both are hot as hell. The storyline is really solid, gripping, raw, rough and real. You need to read/listen to this book pronto! P.S. Both narrators reflect the characters perfectly and do an awesome job.

Lukewarm

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-16

I am a fan of K.A. Tucker who is a kick ass writer but I found this book lacking. Unless you have a penchant for or some fascination with Ireland I would not recommend this one. It was missing some umph for me. The story was too slow to unfold and I really had to put in the effort to push through. I could not relate to Amber as a female character - she was a bit too perfect and boring and when Ivy came on the scene and started exposing Amber as the most popular girl at school when she was young kind etc I liked her even less. The relationship between Amber and River was also difficult to believe - they seemed to have very little in common and I really was not clear why they would have a 'deep connection' or fall for each other.
The best thing that came out of this book for me is meeting Ivy's character who is epic and I've just started reading Surviving Ice which already is proving to be a MUCH better book.

Huge fan of Freya North but soooo dull

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-07-15

I could not finish this book. Got about 6 chapters in and nothing gripped me or made me want to continue reading, quite the opposite - sent me to sleep! Exceptionally slow pace. Found it unnecessarily wordy. Narrator's voice and performance also not for me, which didn't help matters. I got the sense this book was for the older generation (I'm in my mid 20s). Even the characters which I think were meant to be young people sounded too mature. Not for people who like young adult books!

YA romance with strong storyline...

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-15

...a sensitive tattooed and pierced male lead and a decent female lead. What's not to like!
For me the storyline and the chemistry between the two characters were the highlights.Lots of twists and ups and downs.
The female narrators intonation was very annoying and difficult to get used to - I definitely would not want to listen to any other book narrated by her. It almost put me off continuing with this book but credit to the author I kept going to the end!
If you can overlook a) factual inaccuracy about phobias/ panic attacks being cured so quick and with the method suggested and b) how stupid several characters behave towards the end - you will like it!

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Best Twilight follow up so far

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-01-15

Being a huge Twilight fan I've read quite a few Twilight-esque books. None are as good. They simply can't be. Twilight was the first original. But most of Twilight still search for that next fix - I think Existence is the best Twilight-eque books I've read. I think most Twilight fans will enjoy it.

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Perfect YA romance

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Reviewed: 08-01-15

This book was such a surprise. Beautiful, romantic, touching, funny, emotional and perhaps most importantly FRESH QUALITY YA ROMANCE. If you the following books are on your top 10 best YA reads - "Easy" by Webber, "Slammed" by Hoover and "Beautiful Disaster" by McGuire then you will LOVE this book and should get it and read it now! Also make sure you have tissues and aren't driving when you're listening to the last couple of chapters!!! Wheepers!

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Unlike 50 Shades of Grey - lack of consent!

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-14

I've read a few erotica books, 50 Shades being one of them, which I really enjoyed. Twist Me was my first venture into 'dark erotica'/ captive romance and frankly it wasn't for me. I don't quite understand how people can find the sex scenes in this book arousing in any way considering the lack of consent - it's essentially rape. This book is extremely different from 50 Shades of Grey and other BDSM books by one very important element - CONSENT! For once in my reading life I actually was fast forwarding the sex scenes. I enjoyed the storyline itself even if Julian's character was a bit 'flat' (I suppose the author wanted to create a 'mysterious enigma' thing for him, but this meant you simply do not get to know him at all). Remove all the sex/rape from this book and I would have really enjoyed the story. The narrator's voice at times got bit annoying.

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Epic!!! Kevin on top form!

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Reviewed: 24-11-13

I have re-listened to this at least 10 times in the last 12 months or so. It is THAT good. Excellent value for money lol. It makes me laugh out loud every time. I am a huge fan of Kevin Bridges but I think it would be an excellent introduction to anyone who is not aware of him. Hilarious and a real mood uplifter!

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