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It was ok but was missing something
It has been a while since I’ve listened to a book by Roan Parrish, but I remembered liking them, so when I saw there was a new release I got it straight away. I know what this book was going for but it just seemed to miss something. It reminded me a lot of The Law of Moses series by Amy Harmon, and some of her other work, but where that series grabbed me by the heart, this one simply didn’t. I love atypical love interests so I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was an ok listen - just not what it could have been.
I’m rating this as five stars because within its genre, it’s really good. Some niggles but it’s refreshingly good in an oversaturated market of romance books. I’d probably rate it 4 stars if I was comparing it to other books across all genres.
Awful narration, ok story
This story was ok (though the dirty talk was a bit cringeworthy, and I got a bit bored of all the internal monologuing about coming out of the closet). The narration, however, was dreadful. His intonation and pronunciation was really odd, and even if it’s an Australian accent I’ve not heard before, it was clear that it was the narrators own voice that was the problem. Elliot sounded like a 12 year old boy and it didn’t fit with the character who was supposed to be an average sized typical guy who had ladies fawning over him. Hank should have had a sexy manly voice too, but he just didn’t. I nearly stopped listening so many times, but kept going because the reviews on Goodreads are good and I wanted to give it a chance. It didn’t improve!
I listened to The Blinding Light by the same author just before this book and it was so much better - both the story and the narration.
I got completely absorbed in this story and enjoyed it. The narrator truly acted the story and got emotion across which brought the story to life. His accents were odd but it didn’t distract me, but did mean I had to knock a performance star off. He reminded me of my brother with an accent that is really jumbled because he’s lived all over, so I’m not certain if he was trying to do accents or whether that’s just his voice. He was a good storyteller all the same though.
A sweet listen
This was a nice listen and decently written but didn’t blow me away. Probably a little too sweet for my taste but still enjoyable.
This author has potential, and the story could have been a 3 star easy listen, but the characters are just so juvenile! It really started to annoy me as the book went on. They act more like young teenagers than 24ish year olds. The relationship drama towards the end seemed unnecessary and just put in for the ups and downs of traditional plots - it didn’t really fit though and was just another thing that was annoying. I think if the author bounced ideas off more people and got more feedback as they were writing they could create a good book as the style had the potential to be good and was comparable to other authors out there, it was just the characterisation and plot points that needed tweaking.
A great book
This book started out as a decent story, and just got better as it went on and I got more emotionally invested and the characters developed. Loved it by the end!
I enjoyed this! Fun concept, plot had a decent pace, and I liked the characters.
It was alright
This was an ok listen, but didn’t grab me by the heart like ‘Behind the Bars’ (another book by this author) did. The small town pantomime cruelty and small mindedness got a bit tiresome, and the side character personality turn arounds at the end felt very fairytale and fake. It was alright though!
I was so bored
I nearly stopped listening to this so many times because I was bored. There’s no chemistry between the characters and the story drags. The sheer amount of detail in some of the scenes about completely inconsequential stuff was ridiculous. I really don’t need to know the exact process she goes through to leave the house for example. More words should have been on the story and characters, not on really boring stuff.