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It started with good potential and likeable characters but by the end my eyes rolled at every sentence. There were too many farfetched plot lines to deal with in this book. Even more farfetched was the emotional reactions to these plot bombs, from blasé to a tempest in a tea pot. The emotions didn't match the significance of the scenarios. Then, the heroine is supposed to be some messed up, bad girl but the highlight of her "criminal" career is an elementary prank or two. I don’t like giving any spoilers (not really because it is irrelevant to the plot), but just to put the icing on the cake for the unbelievable twists in this story we have to cheer when the little boy is suddenly the next Messi in the last two pages of the book? Really? Why? Less could have been so much more with this book. Finally, the narrator, while not horrible, sounded like she had a head cold throughout the whole book. It made every character sound like they needed a nasal decongestant - stat.
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This had a few good twists to it but I’m not so sure I like the characters, any of them except Josh and two and a half year old Haley. On the other hand I liked the characters a lot. It was such a screwy story at times. What it amounted to was: Meg came back to town, her jerk of a father told the whole town they were not to help Meg in any way, even Meg’s brothers and sister, and everyone went for it because dear-old-dad ran the town. Then Meg finds out the family, all of them, lied to her her whole life. And she was really mad at them, for about a second. Josh, our hero, lied to her because he was undercover and had to leave her to save hers and Haley’s lives and then he came back and she fell for him all over again and when she found out he lied she told him to move out because he lied to her and she would think about him seeing his daughter Haley. WTF? The author mad Meg seem so stupid. I got the other books in this series and I will move on to the next. I just hope the heroines are written better than Meg was. This was somewhat of a mystery so that made it more enjoyable, much better than just the same old romance that’s pages and pages of angst and misunderstandings.
There was explicit sex in this book but not really any sexual tension. And there was swearing, too. But it wasn’t too bad.
And, I must admit, I cried at the awesome ending.
As to the narrator: I know that 99.9% of female narrators who do men’s voices pretty much have all their men sounding alike, and I’m sooo OK with that. I couldn’t care less if they sound alike as long as they DO sound like men. AND I like the way Ms. Rudd’s men sound. The women all sound different, from old to slutty, whatever is called for. But mostly I love Ms. Rudd’s emotions when she reads. I mean, she really, really laughs when it’s called for, whispers, yells angrily, it’s just amazing. I’ve always said that Katherine Kellgren could give lessons in being an excellent narrator but now I have to add Kate Rudd to my on-going list. I don’t know about too many older audio books because I’d start to listen then the men would sound just like a woman and I’d have to stop. From 2014 forward some of the female narrators got better but some really don’t care if their men STILL sound like women or not.
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Very easy read/listen parts were unpredictable but I really enjoyed it. Meg meets a man who seems like the man of her dreams Josh. The next thing she knows she falls pregnant, he disappears. To get away from her heartbreak she moves back to her hometown that has kts own secrets that start to surface. She was a troublesome child and her father has lost all faith in her. To prove she has changed she is given a challenge that she must complere on her own. She is starting to heal from her broken heart then Josh shows up......he has a big secret of his own.
Not overly schmaltzy, funny, strong female characters, realistic men and most of all an absolutely brilliant narrator, able to perform a great range of female and, even more impressively, male voices. Looking forward to next books in the series.