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This is very different to Sarina Bowen’s other books. It’s more about a father and daughter developing a relationship after not being in each other’s lives throughout her childhood. There’s a light side romance too which is quite sweet, but nothing like Sarina’s other books. It’s a pretty sad and lonely listen for a lot of the book, and although it comes good in the end I still have a lingering feeling of dissatisfaction and feeling her sense of loss and abandonment. Well written, and I enjoyed it, but don’t listen to it if you’re after a romance book. It’s more of a coming of age and healing relationships story.
Some will love this, but not for me
I really enjoy N.R. Walker books usually, but this one is very different to the others I’ve read (very different to the other Spencer Cohen books too).
This was an incredibly slow play by play of the gradual recovery of Yanni after being disowned by his family for being gay, then experiencing homelessness and an abusive relationship. I think the book would be a great comfort to anyone who has experienced the above as there are several characters whose lives are turning around after being in bad situations. I imagine the book could kindle hope and a feeling of not being alone.
However, that being said, this book is lonnnnng. That would be ok if the pace was good and there was enough going on, but there’s not and the book drags because of it. There’s not really any chemistry between the two main characters either. Although there have been heart wrenching things happen in the past, you never really feel that much when reading this book and the book is a bit emotionally flat. Everyone is very perfect, and do wonderful things, and it reads like a how to guide on how to start a relationship with someone who has been abused. I like to FEEL the books I read though, and get drawn in and absorbed in there story. This certainly doesn’t happen with this book.
There is a bit of ‘daddy and son/boy’ kink in this as a heads up in case it’s not your bag, but it’s handled nicely. More like a mild nurturing dom/sub relationship with a different name.
This book left me with a mildly warm feeling, and I’m happy for the lad, and I hope there are foundations out there actively helping people in similarly bad situations. I also have a lingering feeling of boredom.
Had promise but lacked something
I listened to A Week to Be Wicked from the Spindle Cove series by this author just before this one, and that book was surprisingly good, so I immediately went off to find the next highest rated book by the author. This one, however, lacked something for me. Some of the humour was a bit too slapstick, and the story felt a bit more shallow. It certainly had potential and I’m sure some people love it, but it was just missing that extra thing that draws me in. I’d definitely recommend the other book I mentioned though.
A fun listen
Probably one of the best historical romance type books I’ve listened to. I often find the genre a bit dull, but this book had plenty of fun and a building romance.
Another good book in the series
I’ve really enjoyed listening to this series. Wish they had more of the series on Audible though. This book had a slightly different format to the earlier books in the series but that’s a good thing as you’d soon get bored if they all had the same formula. Good characters, plot, pace and narration. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for more from this author.
A fun romcom book and much better than most books of this genre out there
Enjoyable listen. Unfortunately I listened to Natural Born Charmer (book 7 in this series) before I listened to this one, and the plot formula and types of characters is identical! Natural Born Charmer is better though. Some of the Lily and Liam side plot scenes were a bit cringeworthy in this book. Still a good book though.
I’ve started listening to book 6, Match Me If You Can and that plot is different so glad to know the author doesn’t always use the same formula for her stories as that would get old pretty fast.
Disappointment - avoid this series but try Slow Burn instead
I’d listened to the first two books in this series and despite wanting to like them I really found them a predictable drag and promised myself I’d give up on the series. However, the author’s recent series Slow Burn (books titled Burn for You and Melt for You) is absolutely brilliant, with fantastic narration, so I thought since it’s the same author, surely I was wrong about this Wicked Games series. Alas, no. This book was rubbish too. The narration was a struggle to listen to as well, especially when she did the male voices. The male lead just seemed like a dumb jock and not someone I felt drawn to.
Avoid this series, but definitely give Slow Burn a go. The author seems to have a fantastic team around the Slow Burn series making the characters and plot work perfectly with the right pace, and enough depth to get you hooked, and perfect narration too.
I’ve had a run of bad books recently so was very pleasantly surprised by this listen, which I chose on a whim. Enjoyable and I got absorbed in their world for the duration of the book. I’m off to get more from the series now!
So much potential - characters ruin it
I love Amy Harmon books so was excited to see a new one was released. It had so much potential to be a 5 star with the quality of writing, but the characters were intolerable to me by the end ..which is obviously a pretty major problem. Without giving away spoilers, a cowardly martyr, mentally unwell woman and a passive man become best friends and a story ensues. They all need a slap upside the head.
This isn’t a love triangle type book by the way - the synopsis made me think there might be pining or affairs between the main characters, but it’s not like that. The bulk of the story takes place when the opportunity for a relationship is now open, with flashbacks to childhood memories.
I’ll definitely carry on buying all the author’s books, I just hope she gives some serious thought to her characters.