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Incite is book one of the four-part Sphere of Irony series, a spin-off of Heather C. Leigh's Famous series. I hadn't read any of the previous books by this author, but Incite worked well as a stand alone. It is a rock star romance, which follows the story of Adam and Ellie over a period of ten to fifteen years. They meet in their last year at school when classy, posh Ellie has to move to the East End of London after her father becomes unemployed. Adam is a street-smart kid who grew up in this drug and crime ridden area with a violent father, an addict mother and a drug dealing brother. Together with his mate Dax, he plays guitar and writes songs hoping to escape his deprived surroundings. Adam and Dax save Ellie from being assaulted and over time, a sweet romance builds up between Ellie and Adam. But every time when you think there is finally something positive coming their way, another obstacle is thrown in their way. They end up spending a lot of time apart with Adam pursuing his music career in the US and Ellie trying to cope with problems in the UK.
The plot started out really strong, and I was loving it. But then a few things started to irritate me a bit. The main thing being the overly long timeline, which started to jump around with several flashbacks. Following an "incident", the story would suddenly jump forward a few months/years, but then flashback to include additional information. It felt disjointed and could have been done more smoothly. The other thing that I couldn't quite buy into was the premise that in this day and age it was so difficult for two people to keep in touch or keep track of each other. However, if you can forget about those things, then you have an emotional love story with all the usual ingredients, some interesting side characters and sharp dialogue.
What made this book more special for me though was the narration. Henrietta Meire with her clear voice and very proper English accent was absolutely perfect for the character of Ellie and really brought her to life in the way the author portrayed her in the book. Adam Croasdell, probably better known for his TV appearances, did a great job impersonating Adam's and Dax's East London accents and switching back and forth to do the two American accents of the other two band mates. Both narrators had great pacing, intonation and expressed emotions believably and appropriately. Great listening.
A very good listen for fans of New Adult contemporary romances, especially if you like some troubled musicians. Includes some sex and a few swear words.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this audio to a friend. I really loved the story! It was fun, and engaging, and interesting. It's a story that spans several years and there was a lot that happened during those years so there was always something going on.
What other book might you compare Incite: Adam to and why?
I don't like comparing one book to another. This book was fantastic and I really enjoyed it and I will leave it at that.
What does Henrietta Meire and Adam Croasdell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
It took a few chapter to get use to the British accents but after awhile I grew to love it! The character are from England so it's natural for them to have an accent and I love that about the story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There were several laugh out loud moments along with a few "gasps" because of the suspense through out the story.
Any additional comments?
The author did a fantastic job writing the story. I love reading about rockstars and this has become one of my favorites. The story had everything...funny, drama, suspense, angst, and several steamy scenes! The story flowed and kept me entertained from the start. I loved the narrators! They did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! I highly recommend this book!