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A contemporary twist on the pretty woman story, Sky Corgan has given us Pepper and Dmitri. This book has some dark elements in it, which definitely is a big draw for me, it's one of my guilty pleasures. Dmitri is a rock star, turning actor who is trying to change his image. Pepper is a student trying to get by and gets a job as an escort. You can imagine how the two meet, but Dmitri is not your typical wham, bam, thank you ma'am kind of guy anymore. There are some really sweet characteristics to these two as we get to know them and the way their relationship grows is almost a slow burn. When the book started, I really thought it was going to be similar to The Flesh series in it's erotic fashion, but Sky Corgan has melted this couple together, shown us what it's like to have the paparazzi around you, how to deal with childhood sexual abuse, what you would do to get ahead and what caring is truly about. I loved Dmitri's character, he had a true conscience with a lot of love and compassion even he didn't know he had. I loved Pepper's character as she was sorting out her life and trying to get herself into a position that would allow her to better herself on her own. The two together were explosive both with words and chemistry. Truly a fun listen.
Marie Smith is the narrator of this serial, bringing all the different moods together to perfection. She has a vast array of voices which is helpful with the many characters we meet throughout the book and her cadence is easy to listen to.
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Pepper an actress wannabe who ends up like most Hollywood starlets and resorts to using her body in order to survive. James Sumner is the slummy owner of an escort service who offers Pepper $500.00 dollars an hour to work for him. With aspirations of going to college to get out of her current situation the 💰 is to tempting to pass up. Dmitri is a rockstar trying to cross over into films. After completing his first starting roll his friend John uses James service for a private night of fun Dmitri won't forget. What John doesn't know is Dmitri is tired of meaningless sex. When Pepper shows up late the orgy is already underway. With her nerves in full swing she steps out on the balcony where Dmitri takes notice. After some polite conversation Dmitri realizes Pepper isn't aware of who he is. Dmitri ceases the opportunity to be someone else and uses his character name Brody Grant. After Dmitri and Pepper leave the party in favor of going back to his hotel to get to know each other. Dmitri's urges sleep with Pepper are replaced by his compassion for helping her. But Pepper is stubbornly independent with plans to do
it on her own. After a few complications these two find their way into HEA. I really enjoyed this listen the only thing that would have made it better is if a
male narrator would have been added. Since this
book is told in the first person POV by two primary characters a male voice would have been nice to
hear on Dmitri's parts. Marie Smith did do a good job portraying Pepper but did not change her voice
to act out Dmitri. That's why I took a star away. I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest
review. I do think its still worth a credit though.
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STRIFE to me is one of the best of Sky Corgan's pieces, so not just having read it as when it was first released as a serial, then I re-read it when it became a stand alone & now just listened to this fantastic book between Rock/movie Star Dmitri & poor desperate movie/health visitor wannabe Pepper, who see's that the only way out of her situation is to become an escort & this is how these 2 meet & we see what happens between these two fantastic characters 💕💞💕