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What was most disappointing about JA Huss’s story?
Here is the thing-- I normally like JA Huss's writing style. I loved the 1st book in this series and I liked the second even though it was a bit more controversial-no problems there. This book though.....Oh how I struggled to finish this book. I would not have finished it had it not been part of a series that I want to see to the end. I also figured I would miss some Easter eggs if I skipped it. I was right. So the most disappointing part of this book was the character of Victoria Arias. Not only was she maybe the most annoying character I have ever come across but the constant use of her full name drove me nuts. It was used 40 times. I did a search on my Kindle just to see. It was very annoying.
What does Abby Craden and Ryan West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narration was great. I had no problems there. Although I have to say that Abby's narration was also spot on bitchy for Victoria. I can't say that it helped me to like the character any better, it was performed as written.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I could not stop myself over and over from thinking "what an utter bitch" when it came to Victoria. I found everything about her to be childish and sullen instead of confident and independent as she wanted to be perceived. Oh and the constant slapping and hitting that she did of Weston while they were on the island. Enough already. I honestly cannot think of one redeeming quality for this character. I could go on and on about her negative traits and I cannot think of one positive one. So yeah, worst heroine ever and I use that term in the loosest form.
Any additional comments?
I am continuing with the series but this book was a definite fail for me. I would not read it again and I cannot recommend it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I am a fan of the Mister Series, and now that I'm listening to the books the stories and characters are more appealing to me. The series is about five men who, as college students, are accused of a crime they didn't commit. All five men are hot, successful, and have secrets that unfold a little with each new story.
Mr. Corporate is the most "edge of the seat" mystery to me so far. There is the major story arc through the series regarding what happened in college and why. Who is behind the accusations and why do they want to hurt these particular men? There is also the second chance romance between Weston Conrad and Victoria Arias.
Weston and Victoria (Tori) are on again, off-again lovers since college. When the relationship is good, it is on fire and works for both West and Tori. However, Tori takes offense to everything West says and does romantically causing problems.
Tori is a major witch with a "B" in the beginning. What I like is that as the story moves and the characters develop we learn some of Tori's secrets. These revelations soften the readers' judgment regarding her actions.
The narrators did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. I enjoy the way Abby Craden has the tone of a "Queen B" in the beginning then as the story unfolds, she softens, and we feel Victoria's love for West.
Ryan West does an excellent job narrating Weston Conran's point of view. His contradiction of strength and weaknesses come through his voice and give me a complete picture of the character. I love how Ryan conveys Weston's inner conflict regarding Victoria. Weston knows that Victoria is the woman for him but also faces the fact that their union may never happen.
The narrators gave me new insight into this couples' story, and, while I like the book when I initially read it, the audio gives me the opportunity to see the events from a different perspective. The mystery and the secrets these friends hold are cause for more anxiety. Also, this time listening to the story, I feel more fear for the group, not just this couple.
I can't wait for Mr. Mysterious. Great job!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Ohhh my. Could the main female character be any more of an annoying, whiny, female dog, horrible and unlikeable character?! Don’t really know what West liked about her - other than his kink obviously being for a damsel who slaps him around and plays hard to get. Really struggled to finish this book. Reallllllly struggled. Only because I like the series did I keep going.
In addition, the whole story was based on people having secrets and going round in circles and not talking. Not so much plot, but repetitive arguments about the same old stuff. I think it was supposed to build up intrigue and mystery but it just fell so far from that mark. When you break down what ACTUALLY happened in the story, the conclusion is - not a lot. I could summarise it in a few sentences no problem, but then this review would be a spoiler. I know the point of the series is for the tangled web of lies and events to gradually be revealed but this book was an EPIC fail.
Plus, why you would think marriage is a good idea when you’ve never even talked about yourself to your intended, I do not know. Obviously I have higher expectations about what marriage is about.
Narration was good. Abby Craden was cast perfectly to capture the utter idiot that was Victoria.
Eughhh. Now I’ve got to get over my book grump and try and choose another book to listen to. Feel like it’s a nest of vipers and any of them might be awful despite high ratings. How has this book got 4.5/5 when it’s so rubbish?!?! How can I trust any other ratings for other books? I’m hoping the rest of the series will be ok because I like JA Huss, and the other books won’t be about Victoria - already, that’s a major plus. Still going to wait a while before getting Mr Mysterious because I need to get over my book-hate first.
I'm really enjoying these MR books and can't wait to read MR Mysterious , Mr corporate was really good .
Mr Perfect is one of those books I turn back to whenever I want a good laugh. Mr Romance is irony at its best, with the tragic elements of the Misters' story making it a far darker read/listen than Book 1. In Mr Corporate the danger levels are turned up, aided by the way the narrating team of Abby Craden and Ryan West inject such an awesome sense of urgency into the audiobook. It's hard not to love this series, and each of the audiobooks so far has been just outstanding.