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I liked the plot, the bad boy rocker and the regular girl and I liked that he was so broken in the beginning and he is looking for help (from the intro). I am not a fan of insta-love and I know these two have been talking for 4 year and just haven't actually met but it still felt like insta-love but not in an really bad way. This book has a lot of emotional ups and downs and this couple has a lot of issues that I felt should have been dealt with before the I loves you's started flying.
Eight minutes into this audiobook and I hated Blake. I knew it would take a complete 100% change for this character would redeem himself for me and honestly he got better and I felt for him because of what he had been through but I just couldn't come back from my initial opinion of him. He starts off as an arrogant douche,seriously! For example, he is contemplating the girl he's never met in person and says he's head over heals in love with her "someone who may likely be a 500lb yeti"and "Yeti or not he would always love her although his interest may change from the sexually charged emotions that kept him hard at night to a brotherly affection if she resembled an NFL linebacker". Sorry but I need a likable male lead and that is not the way to my heart. I know that I may be being a bit harsh on his characters and I do believe I might have felt different if I had read the book and not listened to the audiobook. Gabi was a fun and sweet character. I loved that she was from Australia and her past was heartbreaking. So in the end I have to say everything about this book is 50/50 for me and I truly believe the narration had a huge part in that. Maybe with a change in narration I would have felt completely different.
I thought Josie Minor did a great job. I enjoyed her accent and her male voice too. BUT... yes there is a but (remember 50/50) D.C. Cole in my opinion was the wrong casting choice for Blake. He sounds almost like an older cowboy (which is awesome) but not for a young hot rock star and his Gabi was not good, yes I'm sorry I had to say it (i'm usually not so harsh in my reviews of narration but I honestly couldn't come up with a nice word to describe how I feel about it) because I don't know what kind of accent he was trying to give her "WHEN" he gave her one but it was not Australian. While he is a really good narrator I just think he was the wrong choice for this book.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is a nice continuation in the "Reckless Beat" series. Each book focuses on a band member and "Passionate Addiction" shows the love story of Blake and Gabi. I liked that this couple built a "friend" relationship before becoming a couple. Their story is built on friendship, forgiveness, and trust.
This book (as well as book 1) is the type of book that I call a "reality escape". It's written well, keeps your attention, has likable characters, and yet is very predictable and has circumstances that feel a bit askew. Despite this, it held my in interest. Each of the characters have such unique personalities and this enhances the story.
The narrators read this book very well. I enjoyed the dual narration. Their accents weren't "spot on" but I can deal with that, however I get a kick out of the way D.C. Cole says the word "didn't". Most of us pronounce it like 'did-ent' he pronounces it like 'did-nent'. Very unique. I smiled every time he said it. Lol. 😋
Note: This book (and series) is definitely for adults only because of the sexual content and language.
My thanks to the author for providing me this audio book. It was a pleasure to review.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
Blake base guitarist for Reckless Beat & Gabi who he meet over the internet when he needed a drug guidance person & they had gotten to know each other and not just become great friends but they had fallen in love with each other, even though they hadn't met. So it's her birthday and the anniversary of her brother's death & here he comes & surprises her adverb he arrived a couple of days ahead from the rest of the Band.
Their connection you just see is full straight on & they just have to have each other. This we see how quick and intense things are in the space of a couple of days, which also takes a drastic turn of events when Blake's ex & the one who got him hooked onto Cocaine decides to blackmail him & send evidence to the media of his past, but the stupid ejit decides he will deal with it by himself and not tell Gabi anything about it & then he Fricken distance himself & makes matters worse he ignores her and this is where the tears where silently falling down my cheeks for the second half of this beautiful book & I just wanted to shake the ejit to tell him to waken up as he's going to spoil NOT just their relationship but their friendship.
Really Recommend PASSIONATE ADDICTION
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I loved Blake in Blind Attraction so I couldn’t wait to read his book! This was a fun and sexy book though I didn’t love it as much as the first book in this series. I actually started this book on audio but had to switch to ebook as I found the Australian accent by Josie Minor to be so grating to my ears. I am an Aussie myself and hated her overly done Aussie accent. I can assure you we don’t go around sounding like that. Skip the audio and just read the ebook!