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By Leigh UK on 14-03-17
The stereotypes soured the good parts...
I listened and mostly enjoyed the other books in this series. There were parts where they were just a little too saccharine for me but I know that's a personal taste thing, not to mention par for the course with many romance novels. This last book though...
Let's start with the good bits.
- All the gang is here. Whoop! Whoop!
- Meeting the next generation. And they are a riot!
- Seeing how things develop in the 'missing' love story and learning why it took so long to resolve
- All the sexy times... steam!
- Male Narrator's voice, though I did chuckle at his female impersonation during sex scenes. I must confess, there are loads of narrator's listed. I could only really detect one... sorry...
So all this is going on and I was happily enjoying the story line and really looking forward to seeing everyone in a whole new setting.... and then they get to Jamaica.
Don't get me wrong, I was born and raised in the Caribbean to the ripe 'old' age of 26 when I moved to the UK and I've been here for over a decade now. So I've seen life in both the 'developed' and 'developing' worlds and the way S.E. Hall represents Jamaica and Jamaicans in this book comes across as if she's saying "Lovely island, shame about the natives".
I kept waiting to see at least one Jamaican / island based character represented in a positive light. I've finished the book. I'm still waiting. For example:
- The cabbie is a stereotypical pot-smoker and crazy driver.
- The hotel housekeeper is a loose woman apparently looking to latch on to the first ride off the island to the USA (even at the cost of public indecency).
- Even the hotel Events Coordinator is portrayed as a waste of space that they wasted money paying for.
While I'm fully aware that Caribbean people have their flaws, this portrayal was hard to stomach, and I'm not even Jamaican! So my advice to S.E. Hall is the next time she takes her characters off to a place she doesn't know, please do more research. Talk to people from that location. All sorts of people from different walks of life so you can work with more than the stereotypes when setting the scene.
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By URSULA G on 08-03-17
A Wonderful End To A Must Listen Series
This series is my introduction to S.E.Hall and I love her storytelling. This is an absolutely perfect end to a very well written series. I love that we don't know how far into the future this story is in the beginning and we just get to enjoy "the crew" and all their idiosyncrasies regardless of the passage of time. It was beautiful to see how they have all grown and matured, mostly, and yet the still remain the same. Life wasn't always fun and games for them but they endured and friendships became even stronger. I really liked that their biggest losses and heartaches were told about after the fact which alleviated some of our heartache. And Sawyer, well his actions just made me love him even more ... awhhh ...
Really good narrators, I was completely enthralled for the entire listen.
Absolutely worth the credit. Just sad to see this series end.
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By SS REVU on 27-05-18
Loved loved loved this book!!!
I started this series because I read Embody and had to go back to where it all began. After the first book I went on a binge listen and couldn't stop! It was a great ride and I enjoyed every minute. I laughed and cried, sometimes in the same chapter and that's why it rates five beautiful stars. Do yourself a favor and give this series a try it's well worth the time. Thank you for making the audio available for free with the book!