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Oh Gawd, this book puts you through the ringer!! Starting off with Alabama's early years. This is not a book for people with triggers!! Be warned things start off rough and child abuse is prevalent. Alabama does not have a very nice begging. It was not happy reading, but necessary for understanding where she is coming from and why she is so shut off.
Abe is a great match for her, it is great seeing him work for her love and trust. Too bad he does something severely stupid and messes things up. I really like that it is not an easy fix for him. She makes him work to gain her trust again.
The interactions between the two are great. The only issue is that the story is rather slow at times. We have too many scenes that are not needed, loads of day to day. It is not a fast paced action read like the first book in the series.
The bedroom door is open and has some nice steam. It isn't the hottest book I have read, but it is far from lukewarm.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stella Bloom, who has a nice read. She has a wonderful quality to her voice and an appealing tone. She does a fabulous job of keeping voices distinct and consistent. She puts so much energy into the read, you can hear the emotion at key points. Her read was spot on and kept me listening at slower moments in the story.
I read this and Protecting Caroline back to back. I found a few inconstancies in the description of Caroline in this book. The point of the last book hinged on the fact she was very plain and forgettable, suddenly she is beautiful? I guess you could chalk it up to marriage with her SEAL?
*** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I held off reading this one as the blurb warned of abuse to the main character. I like to get lost in a book and normally don't enjoy "heavy" emotionally draining books.
Stoker did a very good job and although parts were hard to read ... the early abuse suffered by Alabama at the hands of her mother.... it was a good story and had well developed characters.
Narrator does a very good job.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have all 3 ebooks so its great to have them in audio.
Looking forward to the next book.
Great book story great well read hard to to put book down can't wait for next book 😃 be sure to read protecting Caroline first another great book