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I bought this book when I received the next in the series to review since I don't like reading a series out of order and I'm so glad that I did!
Narration - Pam Daugherty - Just perfection! She has just the right amount of a southern lilt, so perfect for Betts, full of emotion, great humorous timing and her mama Cherie was hilarious! It is whispersync available, so I just pulled up my Kindle version to double check the spelling for Cherie and as such, had to read around a bit to find it and just as I read several sections in my own head, I have to say that her performance really enhances the enjoyment of this book. Super!
I can't say enough about this story and these characters. Maybe it's the whole high school sweet hearts, the second chance at love, the mirroring of the life events with the teens story line, I don't know, but I am just sitting here kinda bummed that it's over and really wanting to just start right in and listen to this again.
There are parts that become a little typical of a romance and you think things are going to happen a certain way, but this has a few fresh twists and turns in how things play out. I chuckled, I swooned, I fanned myself and I cried. This is a romance at its best!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I thought the plot was pretty interesting with a twist on your traditional secret baby plot. The characters were over-the-top, something I'm coming to expect from Graykowski. I did have some major issues with the story line, mostly because there was so much going on that big gaping plot holes and rushed explanations were littered throughout. Just a list of what I'm talking about:
*A super-famous country singer moves into the country when she's suppose to be writing an album - agent tells her to finish ASAP and you never hear about it again
*Two friends stick with Betts for seventeen years - mysteriously have other plans when meeting the secret baby
*The two lovers have hated each other for seventeen years - manage to have sex and talk civilly before talking about the past
*The son's girlfriend gets pregnant - we never hear what happens with her parents
The list goes on and on. However, if you can put this aside and try not to think about it, it's a decent story about two flames coming back together. Although, the steamy scenes are not all that steamy and put me off more than once.
I must say that I'm falling in love with Pam Dougherty's style. She definitely puts the Southern charm into every book she reads and she's got the sarcastic comedy down. In fact, she was the reason I picked this book up in the first place. I would recommend listening to everything she narrates.
A decent romance with too much plot.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
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.