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Looking for a steamy, no angst, pure swoon-fest?? Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby was a very sweet love story. The first in the With Me in Seattle series. The flow, the writing style, the feel of the story, the characters, everything just instantly hooked me.The perfect blend of sweet, angst-free romance and super hot sex. The story starts off when Natalie first encounters Luke while she is taking pictures one morning on the beach. Luke approaches her and demands that he give him her camera. The thing is, Natalie is unsure why this handsome stranger is enraged with her. Frankly, she thinks she is being mugged. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, Luke realizes that Natalie has no idea that he is a famous actor (or was one) and she really was taking pictures of the scenery. Needless to say, the man becomes intrigued. So ensues the beginnings of their sweet romance. Luke loves the fact that Natalie is not with him due to his fame and fast becomes smitten with this beautiful sassy woman. Natalie also falls fast and hard for the charming and utterly gorgeous man who has her heart beating faster. This book has no external drama or bad guy. No cheating, major stupidity, long separations or anything will make you threaten bodily harm. Its solely focused on the romance between Luke and Natalie! Their story is incredibly steamy and this is an erotic romance that has a lot of sex scenes. So, what made it 4 stars instead of 5? A few times I wanted to roll my eyes because of how unrealistic some parts were but this is fictional romance so I have no right to complain. I felt their relationship progressed super sonic fast. And lastly, and this might sound weird, but some parts of the story just felt a little ‘too’ perfect at times. Too many endearments, too many 'perfect' scenes. However, this book was still a gem! The characters were fantastic! I feel like the author put a lot of time into writing the perfect details, details that you actually want to know, not boring ones. I'm really looking forward to the other books in the series! If you love steamy romance without excess drama, then definitely add this book. Can't wait to enjoy the next book, Fight With Me!
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Narrator Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Jennifer Mack was very good. She added to the story and made it more tolerable. She's high on my favorite narrators list!
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cheesetastic stars, baby (It’s not great but not so terrible I couldn't finish it.)
No tension, lots of sex, stupid drama and everyone is beautifully jealous. Enjoy!
If you're looking for a light romance novel with lots (and I do mean lots) of sex with zero buildup of sexual tension, you happen to love beautiful people who whisper sexily, jealous assholes, you don't have an issue with over usage of endearments and forced conflict then this is the book for you. Otherwise don't waste your time or your money!
Maybe I'm cynical from all the rip your heart out and stomp it into the ground books I've been reading lately but this book was super tacky to me. 'Baby' 'honey' 'beautiful' are the main endearments set on auto repeat throughout this book. Then there was the whispering. I absolutely did not like being persistently reminded how much she adored Luke's whispering! Did I mention Luke is beautiful, Natalie has a beautiful body (even though she has horrible body image) and everyone is beautiful, baby! Ugh!
"“I've fallen in love with a beautiful, sexy, sweet, jealous control freak.
― Kristen Proby, Come Away with Me"
Luke was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of jealous assholes. He automatically assumed the worst of every situation! If you are freaking out about your boyfriends reaction to finding out that you met with a single male client in a public place then dump him immediately!! He was too sweet then in your face jealous. It seemed like an issue the author forced to create drama, angst and/or conflict.
"“I want to kiss him for caring enough to be jealous, and smack the shit out of him for being so jealous he’s almost blind with it.”
― Kristen Proby, Come Away with Me"
Natalie's character wasn't terrible but she seemed a little childish to me. Her reaction to the big secret was a little too dramatic and juvenile. She thought Luke's jealous streak was hot and worst of all she thought it meant he cared! This just made Natalie's character weak and stupidly naive to me.
Conflict between the characters all seemed artificial and unnaturally written to create drama. I felt the book would have been a better read without it.
There was a lot of sex! It was on the verge of being too much. Some of the scenes were ridiculous but overall I enjoyed the hotness of the book. The problem was there was no buildup or flirty sexual tension. They met, fell in bed, fell in love, add some stupid drama, more sex and there’s your book!
I plan to read the next book in the series (I'm a glutton for punishment), mostly because I want to know what happens with her best friend, but if it’s the sugary sweet sex fest as this book I will be stopping there.
I listened to the Audible.com audio version. The narrator was very good, would give her 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Stay away from this author! The longer I listened the more annoyed I became. Here is the book: Girl meets boy in the first few chapters then 10 hours of nothing... prattling on and on with very dull sex thrown into the mix. Where is the story? Where is the punch line? I can't believe that with so many good books out there this one has been turned into an audiobook.
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What did you like most about Come Away with Me?
everything had amazing story and great storyline in each chapter
Loved how romantic it is and Luke is on my novel dream character guy list for sure
What other book might you compare Come Away with Me to, and why?
love unscripted by Tina Reber
It's also about a female who doesn't get the big deal with fame and she meets the very famous actor Ryan and unlike come away with there's two novels and the books are much more longer and in depth the storyline
What does Jennifer Mack bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
she's seems the perfect voice for Natalie forever now I will always see her at the voice of the main character well done
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
many here's a few without Spoilers
1-Luke asking a very romantic question in the best way to make you Ryan happy tears
2- the moment Natalie found out Luke was famous from her roommate wow I was upset and understanding for Luke and Natalie both
3-the first time they said the words I love you
4- the first time they called each other boyfriend and girlfriend
and there were fun my moments
Any additional comments?
this book is perfect if you want a romance and th perfect rich ex-actor dreamy guy who treats the girl with a past twist like every girl deserves
I was so blown away as this story was just a pure love story without a doubt ... Loved it can't wait to read about Juliana next ...
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Nothing really happens in the book - they meet, fall in love, and basically live happily ever after. I kept waiting for a big event as is the norm to shake it up.
Easy listen and a nice romance if you've been listening to the darker ones lately. The next book has better reviews so I'll give it a go.