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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This is a Romance at its BEST!

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!

Highly recommend!
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- 1-Click Junkie "Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!"

A decent romance with too much plot.

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.**
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- Delta Stet

Book Details

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