Place Your Betts : The Marilyns

  • by Katie Graykowski
  • Narrated by Pam Dougherty
  • Series: The Marilyns
  • 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Betts Monroe is a country music rags-to-riches story. As the daughter of the town slut, she clawed her way up from the bars of Bourbon Street to the Country Music Hall of Fame. She's America's sweetheart, darling of the media, and a multi-platinum star. But she has a secret. At the age of sixteen, she had a baby and gave him up for adoption because her boyfriend wasn't ready for fatherhood. Now she finds out that her precious baby boy has been living with his father from day one.
Gabe Swanson is a Texas cattle baron riches-to-rags story. As the only son of the town's most prominent family, it was a huge blow when his father lost the family fortune in a Ponzi scheme. Now, Gabe is land rich and cash poor. But he has his son and family is all that matters.
When Betts moves back to the small town that shunned her, all hell breaks loose. She wants her son. Can Betts and Gabe leave their past in the rear view mirror so they can be a family?

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Romance that makes you laugh out loud

This is the first book I have listened to by this writer and I will definitely be downloading more.

Country music star h, who was dumped when she was 16, alone and pregnant, finds that the child she gave up for adoption is actually being raised by her ex, the biological father. She is wealthy and successful, but never stopped longing for the child she was forced to give up. Her ex meanwhile, had seen his family fortune destroyed, and was struggling to keep his family farm afloat, while raising his teenage son.

This is a second chance romance for a couple who were torn apart by misunderstandings and the manipulation of their families. It features many wondering side characters, including the wildly unconventional mother of the h, who frequently embarrasses her with her antics but still manages to be loving, supportive and protective. The book also has a secondary romance, that of the teenage son and his tentative first steps into the world of dating. I particularly loved the cringe worthy depiction of his first date, which includes a gloriously uncomfortable first meeting with the parents that will take most listeners back to their own memories of angst filled teenage years.

Nothing about this book was as it first appeared. The successful music star felt rootless and longed for home and stability. The single dad was hiding his financial struggles from his son, while desperately trying to keep the family business going. The unbending, cruel grandmother who forced the adoption on the young h, was haunted by the music career that she had never had, due to her own teenage pregnancy.

The romance in this book was mature and realistic. While acknowledging their physical attraction, both H and h had past issues that made them both reluctant to consider anything serious. These past misconceptions were gradually cleared up throughout the developing romance. I have to admit the book did drag a bit in the second half, it was like the writer had concluded the main romance and then realised she needed to fill a few more chapters, so the focus shifts to the romance of the son and his new girlfriend. However overall this is a good book with several “laugh out loud” moments and a very likeable couple. I did like the way in which the disparity in their wealth was dealt with. The H had his pride, naturally, and worked hard to keep his farm and family afloat, but once their relationship was acknowledged to be a permanent one, I am glad the writer did not revert to a pointless “my pride will not let me accept money from a woman” sort of scenario. The money issue was dealt with sensibly and logically and not allowed to spoil the romance.

Great book, worth reading and highly recommended.
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- Susan

Truly lovely

I did this wrong in that I listened to Getting Lucky the second story in this series first, however as every story stands on it,s own with only slight character overlap it in no way spoilt this book. I cried listening to this book which only goes to show just how good an author Katie Graykowski is and what a fabulous narrator Pam Dougherty is.
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- Misty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Katie Graykowski