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This audio book is fab I loved this series in book for but getting to listen to it is even better plus with having both male and female narrators made it that bit more amazing I highly recommend this audio book
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I hate weak female characters and this began with such promise, with an upbeat heroine who had been through a personal tragedy and yet somehow remained sunny and happy... But then it quickly changed into constant tears and weakness, with the hero having to literally pick her up and carry her every few minutes while she cries into his chest, which is tiresome.
Possibly the lowest point of the story is during a steamy make-out session when she actually bursts into tears because she sees his penis for the first time and thinks it is too large and won't fit... Seriously. It would be a stupid reaction from anyone, but for a woman who has supposedly already given birth to a baby?
And the hero is just as bad. Apparently feeling the need to take off his silk tie to clean her up after sex because the paper towels were too rough in the bathroom... Apparently in his bathroom there is no such thing as toilet paper...
Honestly, stuff like this is just so glaringly stupid it yanks you out of the story and prevents immersion. Better editing would have caught a lot of these things, I think.
My other problem with this story is that all the men are supposedly tough ex-gang members, but they neither act nor speak like men at all and their entire lives seem to revolve around the women and talking about their feelings constantly.
Soon after the women enter their lives they apparently no longer need guys' poker nights, or guys' nights out at the bar, their lives become all about the women, all the time.
I also found the listing of every outfit the girls wore tiresome, as though the story has to wait while we read excerpts from a catalogue or fashion magazine. Cut between these constant reminders of how stunning and sexy all the girls are (in case we're ever likely to forget), and the heroine continuously cooking the 'best food EVER' for her men, and it's like some kind of 1950's housewife fantasy.
What will your next listen be?
I need a break after this and am listening to real crime podcasts. I will choose my next romance more carefully.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator did well with some poor writing, but it was especially confusing when characters constantly repeated out loud the exact words they'd just thought, eg:
"What?!" I say...
This happens all the time. At first I thought I'd accidentally replayed a few seconds of audio, but it seems the author tried to use this kind of repetition for effect. These should all have been cut by a half decent editor.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
No. There is not enough story for this to be turned into a film. Everyone would just be stood around talking about how much they like each other.
Any additional comments?
Could have been much better with help from a good editor.
What did you like best about Friend-Zoned? What did you like least?
Girl with a tragic past has overcomes it to be a positive, kind woman with a group of close friends. I wanted to like this book as the heroine seems to be plucky and strong. It may have been an okay book to read but listening to it really annoyed me. The narration of the heroine's part was way over the top. It was like sitting in the booth next to a bunch of high school girls that are chattering away over dramatically. The sound made when the squeaky shop door opened was just irritating!
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Didn't make it to the end.
Would you be willing to try another one of Eleanor Gwyn and Douglas Berger ’s performances?
Sorry - I'm not an Eleanor fan.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
It most probably would be a Lifetime movie. I'd watch it on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This was a wonderful story. I loved the fact that the two main characters had a chance to slowly get to know one another before they became a couple. It was not that instant falling in love a first sight. The secondary characters also made this a wonder book. My only issue was at times was the female narrator voice. I think this would have been better just with Douglas Berger doing the narrating. He was excellent in this Audio version. I do think that I will take a chance and listen to the next book in this series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful