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Yes, the story is predictable but not quite the way one would have assumed. And that is what makes all the difference.
As a favour to her best friend, Ashley finds herself on a reality show vying with other women to date and marry NFL star quarterback Luke Townsend. Ashley is the girl next door that most readers can relate to. She is smart but quirky and perfectly imperfect. She also doesn't want to be on the show and tries to sabotage her own chances. Contrary to what she is aiming for, her actions only bring her to Luke's attention.
The story is funny with a few serious and emotional moments thrown in to balance the plot. The chemistry between the two characters is explosive though it does remain unclear whether they should act on their connection or not.
I enjoyed listening to the book. It has a modern feel especially because it is set on a reality show. Gillian Rose brought the characters and scenes to life making the story quick and easy to listen to.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
Love 'Em or Leave 'Em by Angie Stanton is a fun listen that is very reminiscent of The Bachelor. Ashley gets roped into what she thinks is going to be a one evening commitment on a Bachelor type reality show, where Luke Townsend, the famous Green Bay QB, is the main prize. Figuring that she'll stay in the shadows and be dismissed that first night, she keeps on getting roses and moving on to the next round. Without giving anything away, I'll say that this is a cute, if not a little predictable story, where you'll get your HEA. The story is very vanilla, so no worries if steamy sex scenes aren't really your thing.
Gillian Rose did a good job with the narration. She did well with the various character voices and read with almost the perfect amount of emotion when called for. I do agree with other reviewers that the story may have been more effective if it would have been written from Ashley's POV, though this has nothing to do with the narrator. Both Ashley and Luke's voices were narrated well. I'd listen to another story narrated by her again in the future with no hesitation. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
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I really liked this book, which is surprising since I think watching paint dry is more entertaining than reality tv, and especially shows like the bachelor. I was a little skeptical going into this book and almost passed it up. But, something about it made me give it a chance. And, I really enjoyed it. Ashley and Luke were really good characters. The array of characters sounded about right. and, Kelly was no friend. Though Ashley could shoulder her own blame for letting her friend push her far beyond her breaking point, Kelly was so fixated on her own selfishness, she was willing to destroy her friend and expected her to do way too much self destruction all in the name of being a loyal friend. Which means she expected Ashley to be loyal while she ran a train over her. Kelly would have gotten the boot after the first time I said no and she tried to use the friendship loyalty on me. Friendship works both ways. Anyway, you could totally imagine the behind the scenes and in front of the camera nonsense. The ending got a little choppy for me, but didn't really detract from the story. Just seemed that things started moving too fast or weren't totally complete. But, it was a one sit listen. So, definitely worth the credit and time. Overall was a really entertaining listen.
I have to say I wasn't sure I was going to like Gillian Rose's narration from the sample. But, she does a stellar job. Her performance is great, her characters well performed and distinguishable. Go for it. This one is highly entertaining and not all fluff.
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