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Charlie is an unknown Sculptress making weird and wonderful pieces of garden art out of scrap metal and metallic rubbish and she's also a part-time Welding Teacher too. She has a disabled Mom living in a Care Home so, when the sexy gorgeous and charming Sebastian turns up at her Studio to commission her and makes her an offer she can't refuse, she thinks how much this will change her Mom's life..... but the handsome Billionaire is going to rock her world too.
Charlie is very independent, caring and loving and, as soon as she sets eyes on Sebastian, she's drawn to him but past relationships are making her tread very carefully. Sebastian is generous, thoughtful, supportive and kind but he has emotional demons haunting him from his childhood so, even though Charlie has mezmerized him from the start, he wants to take their relationship slowly because he feels Charlie could be 'the one'. This starts a beautiful relationship where he simply can't stay away from Charlie and becomes entwined in everything to do with her life - and Charlie's just as attracted, just as captivated and just as willing to please and support Sebastian.
A really nicely paced love story where the H and H are both struck with Cupid's arrow from their very first meeting but they actually take time to get to know one another before jumping into bed (not very graphic sex scenes) and there's a maturity about all their thoughts and interactions. But Sebastian's constantly tortured by his memories and this makes him question whether they are right for each other or whether they're relationship will become toxic. He is also keeping something back from Charlie but, in both cases, they discuss the problem like two adults and eventually reap the rewards of a HEA ending. Dual POV's, the narration was good and the rest of the Maverick Billionaires make an appearance too.
Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for an easy going light Contemporary romance with just a couple of little blips along the way then you really can't go wrong with this very enjoyable and creditworthy listen.
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Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 3.75
The Maverick Billionaires are a group of five friends that bonded over rough childhoods and have seen one another through near everything. This book is Sebastian’s story – the uptight yet sexy man with control issues that are deep rooted in his childhood, and a surprising lack of self-confidence that makes him work harder in his quest to succeed. Catching sight of a sculpture that spoke to him at the end of the first book, he is determined to commission work from the artist for a featured piece in his new building. A man of contradictions, he’s a media mogul who rarely will willingly share his own story openly.
Charlie Ballard makes beauty from discards: her sculptures are constructed with reclaimed bits and bobs. Watching her mother Francine deal with debilitating pain affects her life and her mood, but the grin and bear it is strong in this one. Despite her talent, she’s always felt that “those who matter” will never accept her, and that eats at her confidence. She is easy to like – cheerful, open, good natured and funny – with a real honesty in her presentation and personality.
Oh how I wish these two had actually TALKED to one another more, instead of use their red-hot attraction to speak for their deepest feelings. Mired in his own questions and insecurities, Sebastian was all too willing to take Charlie’s “I’m okay” as truth, when connecting the dots would have shown him she was anything but. Oh, their attraction was red-hot, and their moments were spectacular, but a bit more demonstrated understanding would have made me believe more in their potential.
Eva Kaminsky is the narrator for this book, and like the first, workmanlike is the best descriptive I have for her performance. It isn’t often that I feel an audiobook needs two narrators, but this book fairly screamed for the interplay and emotional component that would be present with a male voice in the mix. Not a bad performance by any means, it was solid and I always knew who was portrayed, but I wanted a bit more emotional inflection and variation. I couldn’t stop listening, however, hoping to see these two find a connection that felt as real emotionally as it did physically.
I received an audiobook copy of the title from Audible Customer Relations for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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