After making a bad decision when she was very young, Kia Clementine finds herself in hell. Then, suddenly, within the time it takes for a shotgun to blast, her hell changes. Completely. Then, out of the blue, she sees Sampson Cooper, her celebrity crush. A man the whole world knows is decent. A man the world knows is loyal. A man the world knows is good. All of these very unlike her now dead husband. He's sitting at a table right next to hers. And she catches his eye. Terrified of the interest Sam shows in her, Kia finds the courage to go out with him. Not long after, she shares her dark secrets, and Sam shares that he'll stop at nothing to gain her trust. As Sam leads Kia to heaven, Kia realizes that Sam is living his own hell. Although he gives her beauty and she gives him everything, he withholds his trust. Even with all the beauty Sam shows her, Kia wants it all. But Sam forces Kia to make a heartbreaking decision, and only she can decide. It's all or nothing.
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The only reason I didn't request a refund was the brilliant narrator. Sophomoric writing, offensive characters and NO story development. Don't bother waiting for something to happen- there is no plot - no intelligent vocabulary- It is extremely hard to believe that a modern woman wrote this. It was more likely penned by a 70 year old "John Wayne" fan. Who still thinks it is sexy to bully their love interests to win them over? Coming out of an abusive relationship the main character is "saved" by an equally abusive man with better looks and more money. Terrible message to send to young women. The entire book was hell.
Heaven and Hell (Heaven and Hell 1) Kristen Ashley/Felicity Munroe
This audiobook is awesome. You will laugh, and you will cry. There are some nice cameo appearances from other KA books (Rock Chick and the 'Burg) which is always cool. As with KA's work in general, it's a good, solid, sweet, sexy, heartbreaking, awful, fantastic, amazing and life-affirming tour of hell, then heaven, then hell, then heaven. When I heard, "Epilogue," I was sad it was over and wondered how it was even possible to "already" be at the end of an almost-20-hour book. Our heroine's a pretty cool chick who has been kicked around and brought low but is neither a doormat nor a bitter shrew. I liked her a lot. Our hero's a super-hot, alpha bad*ss, ex-NFL player, ex-Army Ranger, with fabulous abs, a wicked protective streak and a squishy soft center that's REALLY tough to get to but is so worth the effort, and the "supporting cast" consists of very cool people you would totally want to hang out with.
The narrator, Felicity Munroe, is quite good. I thought she had a good feel for and fit with the story. She did a good job with the many characters, both male and female, and was easy to listen to. She did accents well (Southern, Italian, French and British), and overall, I really liked her performance. I listened at 1.25 speed, but I think that most audiobooks sound a little more natural at that speed because good narrators take the time to enunciate clearly, give the right inflection and pronounce words correctly, and in order to do that, they have to speak a little more slowly than normal. My ONLY criticisms are that she used a semi-Southern accent for Kia, though she is from the midwest (Indiana) and mispronounced Raleigh as "Riley." Seriously though, no biggie because it wasn't mentioned that often. (Having lived in North Carolina for more than a decade, I think I understand how she came up with "Riley." Here, oss=ice, far=fire, non=nine, tarred= tired, etc. Basically, they avoid the long "I" sound like unsweetened tea. SO, if a Southerner told you they went to what sounds like "Rollie," I can see how you might translate that as "Riley.") Other than those very minor anomalies, I think FM was a perfect fit for this book, and I hope she is available for future sequels in this series.
Creditworthy? Abso-freakin-lutely!! But, you can get a pretty good deal if you go the Whispersynch Kindle/Audible route. I got the Kindle version for $1.99 on sale and then the Audible companion for only $3.49, but I would have happily parted with a credit or cash for this gem.