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Isabel and Taylor were good characters and very likeable. the narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life . the thing that bothered me with this book was how long the ex-girlfriend caused drama for everybody.. I am looking forward to the follow up books from the series.
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After listening to Kiss the Girl by this Author and enjoying it I thought I would give this one a try. I was disappointed that it was practically the same story, just the names and places changed. The writing seemed to be more elementary. Narration was fine.
I have rated this four, but in reality, the story didn't grip me the way other Melissa Brayden stories did. Although, the narration from Melissa Sternenberg was very good. I think the reason I struggled with this one was because it was based on Hollywood, from the angle of writers and successful producers. The conflict, in the form of a jaded ex-lover also felt a bit one sided and it felt shallow of Tyler Andrews not to just confront her nemesis. There are reasons why she doesn't, but they didn't paint Tyler in a good light, ethically. Maybe I'm struggling to say why I didn't like this story so much, but I guess it was - the setting, I'm not a big Hollywood fan. But also, the unit of friends around Isabel Chase which are normally charming in Brayden novels, for whatever reason, seemed a bit forced, in that they became passionate friends too instantly and without this being earned. In addition, Chase suffers from anxiety, and I see this portrayed well, but as someone who suffers from GAD, Chase's anxiety was a bit too convenient and not as crippling as it is in reality; Chase didn't come across as the broken heroine who needed help, but rather someone with a minor problem which caused issues from time to time, meaning I didn't feel sympathy for her - she seemed to have everything she needed and was getting everything she wanted.
I realise this is a new set of characters Melissa is developing for future novels (and audiobooks). I hope I can somehow engage with this new Californian crew.
I listen to audio books a lot and Melissa Brayden is a perfect storyteller for me