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Revenge Games

Revenge Games Duet, Book 1
Narrated by: Arthur J. Hoyt
Series: Revenge Games Duet, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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From USA Today best-selling author Sky Corgan comes a new adult contemporary romance.

Caleb Ryan was the only man I ever loved. The only guy who even acknowledged my existence when we were going to high school together. But then he betrayed me....

I spent years trying to get over what he'd done to me, honing my hatred until it was knife sharp. Now I finally have a chance to exact revenge. He won't even see it coming. I plan to get rid of him no matter what it takes.

The only problem is I need him to achieve another goal. Whether I like it or not, we're going to have to work together. But I still plan to make him pay.

This is book one of the Revenge Games Duet. This is a sweet romantic comedy between a quirky girl, a ripped personal trainer, and a sexy billionaire. There is no cheating, and a happy-for-now ending is guaranteed.

©2017 Sky Corgan (P)2017 Sky Corgan

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Challenges of dating and being a grownup...

Peter, Caleb and Willow. Bet you think it is a love triangle or a menage. Wrong on both accounts.

This is a story about a woman in her early to mid 20s who had a challenging childhood complete with a mother with mental health issues and a severe weight problem. She has stepped out from her family's influence, works hard on her education and health, and finally has her own place and space. Except she is living next door to her high school nemesis. The boy who she had a crush on and who broke her heart. The boy who initiated her downward spiral before she rebuilt herself.

The catch is that Willow missed a lot of life lessons that are usually gained in school. She is a little naive, socially awkward and struggles with a slightly warped sense of self. She actually doesn't see her own self worth. Honestly as a woman you want to tell her not to change herself to meet another's expectations and that she IS enough. But then she hasn't really had a chance to have that reinforced in her yet.

Anyway, her neighbour turns out to be a friend as he helps her cope with her feelings for her boss. This is book 1 in the series and I am looking forward to the next part. I hope Willow finds herself. This book is a little funny but it is also a little sad. It has a happy-ish ending that also acts as a beginning. It is definitely interesting and presents a lot of potential for the continuation of the story in the next part.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Claire
  • 30-12-17

Not what I was expecting

This isn't the kind of book I expect from Sky Corgan, it's possible that book 2 resolves what I didn't like about this book but I'm unlikely to read book 2.

I really didn't like Willow, the blurb described her as quirky but I thought of her as a bit deranged. Her emotions are all over the shop and so do her moods, there doesn't seem to be any middle ground with her. Her logic is also massively lacking, she can't tell that someone isn't interested in her 'perpetual optimism' comes across as delusional. Her reasons behind choosing Peter as her love interest is cold and show her as a shallow person and her decision to change herself into what he wants is short sighted and stupid.

I like Caleb, he comes across as a genuinely nice person who's just trying to help Willow out to make up for unintentionally hurting her feelings years ago. Although why he continues putting up with her escapes me, she's either mean or using him.

Peter just comes across as an oblivious arse, I do not see what Willow see's in him and the way he treats people is pretty awful.

The writing is the only redeeming part of the story, it is well written I just really didn't like the characters or plot.

The narrator did a good job, the character voices are well done and the delivery is well paced.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Susann
  • 05-01-18

Not enjoyable

I have listened to books by Ms Corgan before and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one was not enjoyable and I could not get past the first hour.

I find the messages this story sends to be very disturbing. A girl who has had a rough go of it as a child due to family and home circumstances. People look down on her and make fun of her. She gets her heart broken by a boy she thinks likes her. She overhears something that makes her rethink this. She changes her life for the better but seems to become very ugly and bitter in the inside. She becomes petty, shallow, and does something downright dangerous to the person she feels wronged her.

I just could not continue listening so I am not even sure where the story goes from there, but from other reviews it seems to be more of the same.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 10-12-17

Shallow

The best thing about this book was the narration and, IMHO, it wasn’t enough to keep me listening until the end. The main character is very immature, shallow, lacks self esteem and, for that matter, lacks any redeeming qualities that might make her somewhat likable. If that isn’t enough, the overall message of the book is awful. As a child, the main character was pretty on the inside but overweight and not the prettiest girl in the world. She changes, loses weight, etc. and, in doing so, becomes ugly on the inside because she wants a certain guy. I couldn’t finish it. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • alias11
  • 28-10-17

Weak heroine

I wanted to like this story, and I really did like the character of Caleb. Parts of the story were really funny, and I enjoyed those parts. But I could not like Willow. She is very immature and does not deal with things like an adult. She had a hard childhood where people treated her poorly because of her looks and circumstances, but as an adult, she is the same way, focusing on perceptions and looks. In short, she is a hypocrite. Worse, she has such low self-esteem still that she is willing to contort and shape herself to be what some hot guy wants her to be. She stalks Caleb, trying to make his life hard, while he is nice to her and tries to help her. Growing up, Willow was sweet on the inside and "ugly" on the outside, and now she is pretty on the outside and ugly on the inside. What a poor trade off! The ending came as a complete surprise to me, and seemed completely unrealistic.

The narration was good and distinguished well between the different characters' voices, and the delivery was even and well-paced.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Rhonda
  • 29-09-17

Started out funny but for me it just went downhill

Willow is described as quirky but she is just mean and selfish. Her relationship with Caleb is based on him doing what she tells him to do. Her obsession with Peter is just that, obsession. She hardly knows the guy but she plans to marry him on sight. The twist at the end is not believable at all. This book started out funny but as I continued to listen it got ridiculous. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Maria Louden
  • 27-09-17

Horrible!!

Narration was horrible and the cover makes you think it’s gonna be hot and sexy it’s not!! At all totally annoying and let down! This is an unbiased review with a credit from audioboomboom

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-18

I wish there was a no star button

I couldn't get past chapter 2 in this book The Woman is so childish ridiculously childish I couldn't do it I just couldn't read it

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  • CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
  • 31-03-18

Good

BOOK REVIEW.......
Good story and characters.

NARRATOR REVIEW......
The narrator did a good job.

*** I received a free copy of this book from the author/narrator in exchange
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  • dawn
  • 31-03-18

Interesting

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. This was interesting. I love the whole ugly duckling turned swan, concept, however the book would have been better had she remained beautiful on the inside. She turns bitter and shallow. Trying to kill someone who hurt your feelings is childish. Hopefully book 2 will be better.

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  • seelk
  • 29-12-17

mixed feelings

I really wanted to like Willow but she just irritated me. She is petty, shallow and self-centred, I couldn't believe she gave Caleb those cookies knowing full well they could kill him, along with all the other stuff she does. Then Caleb goes along with her machinations, the why is not revealed and at the end Peter's about-face is quite unexpected. I feel sorry for Caleb, it almost felt like he was falling in love with Willow.
Not sure what is the message in this story.
The cover is not reflective of the story AT ALL.

My first listen from Mr. Hoyt and I enjoyed listening to his various voices which he switched easily. He modulates his voice to fit the mood and each character. Will be looking for more of his audios.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and this review is voluntary.