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Narration - Piper Goodeve - Fabulous! One of the better narrators out there (IMHO) She has several characters of both sexes and they all sound legit with nothing over the top.
This book...oh this book...
This is a hard listen. It's almost a stressful listen.
Candace suffers a brutal attack and like many victims she finds a way to make it all her fault. I think that one could listen to this and probably whine and complain about Candace and the actions she took (or didn't take) or the choices she made or you could listen and feel your heart breaking over and over again.
My heart is sort of aching, but I've found an author who I will definitely read/listen to again. This is just really a book filled with emotion from start to finish. The characters were just delicious, the pain was real (partly thanks to the narration, I'm sure) and the relationships were beautifully portrayed (both the good and the bad)
Why not 5 stars? Well, it was close, oh so very close, but I just couldn't get over the handsome and incredibly sexy Ryan calling Candace "Babe" all the the time. Never anything else and it grated on me a bit. He was amazing and loving and sweet and fun and romantic and such a gentleman. But the Babe just didn't do it for me.
Otherwise, this was 13 hours and 41 minutes of painfully emotional perfection.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a book I have read on my Kindle a year or so ago; it's not the best book I've ever read but it's a pretty strong story with a female lead (Candace) who, for pretty good reasons, cries and sobs most of the book. I got tired of that. However, Piper Goodeve so brought her to life for me that the audio version was a standout. Candace, the victim of a horrific incident, is plagued with self-doubt and insecurity. Enter Ryan who slowly wins her trust and eventually, her love UNTIL she discovers information that he has withheld from her. The book is primarily Candace's struggle to work through, process, deny, hide from and otherwise NOT deal with what happened to her and Ryan's efforts to bring her to life. I was so impressed by Ms Goodeve's interpretation of all the characters, her nuanced reading of the dialogue and her emotional connection with both Candace and Ryan that really made this listen a worthy one. No amount of great narration could help with a rather rushed ending but I can live with it. Now on the the second book in the series...I sure hope it's as well done as Fading and I have NOT read this one (Falling).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story starts off well - tension, anticipation - it's all there. As it unfolds, it loses some pace.
There are many, many books just like this out there. Beyond patches of brilliant writing, the rest is flat. The opportunity to really delve into a rape victim's pain isn't fully explored and the love interest (I've already forgotten his name) is wooden and one dimensional. Even the 'betrayal' is inconsequential, its only purpose appearing to be the opportunity to write about the make up sex.
Overall, it is entertaining but really, there are better books out there if you're looking for mild, bland erotica. If you're looking for drama and angst promised by the rape victim, you'll get some, but not enough to make you snivel, let alone have a good cry.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful