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Cole wasn't a man controlled by anyone, let alone the little spitfire trying to lure him to the alter. He decided who he married. He decided when. So when Tessa shows up for church one Sunday, she enters as Miss Bowers and leaves as Mrs. Bridger.
Right from the start, Cole dictates his expectations of Tessa, who quickly realizes married life is not as she imagined. Willful and disobedient, she fights against the humiliating and shameful things he demands. With the help of the town doctor, Cole begins to train Tessa to be the proper wife. It is a difficult task, but he'd waited years to tame her - mind, body and soul.
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By ReadMeAStory on 02-08-16
Want to Punish Yourself?
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READ THE REVIEWS for this one before you buy.
I promise you, this is important. Go to Amazon, start at the 1 stars, and if the book STILL sounds like you'd read it, go for it.
The description made it sound like it could be a dom/sub western historical, right? That's how I took it.
READ THE REVIEWS. Oh, how I wish I could spare others. But, if you want to punish yourself for a couple of hours, add this book to your cart.
I love good steamy scenes. I love romance. I love heroes that make me swoon, and heroines I can admire. Since this book has none of these things, you might wonder why I rated the overall with 3 stars. I did it solely because this is great Self Punishment Material. Sick of what you've been listening to? Sick of your genre? In a book funk? THIS ONE WILL KICK YOU OUT OF IT. You'll be making that "dog listening to a high-pitched sound" face, your attention will be pulled from your task, you won't be bored. What went wrong with this one? Well, the story. It isn't written so that it makes sense, it isn't written with a hero so wonderful you wish he'd walk off the page/audio, and even if those two failed, it could have been saved by really good sex - but that's a big fail too.
Let's talk narrators. Rita Rush; your voice is great. Perfect sound, perfect age for the character, you read well, I would absolutely listen to you again - may you find many other opportunities for voice work because you've got what it takes and boy, I felt like after the showers you probably took in an attempt to wash this book from you that you deserved a good break into GOOD stories. Good luck to you!
David Beroff voiced Cole. Poor, poor David Beroff. First off, his voice is nice. Really nice! I should check, but if he isn't a Radio DJ, he could be. He has the Radio Voice.
This was both nice to hear, and odd. Nice because a smooth, pleasant male voice is audibly enjoyable. But odd because he had to read what was virtuatlly a (BAD) porn storyline and he did it using the voice delivery of a game show host. Keep the upbeat tone and emphasis but replace the words from "And weee have a winnnnner COME on Doooownnn!" with "And Cole GRAAABBED her by the arm and HELD her down as he unnnnnbuuttned his..."
I felt sorry he had to read this drivel. But that his voice was matched to this story? ...Kind of odd for a romance book and definitely not the voice (delivery) I'd picture for a domineering cowboy. However, this book is six kinds of strange and the voice is the last thing you'll be blinking at as the story unfolds.
As they introduced more and more characters - a town full of women who keep the secret from unmarried women, of women who are kept naked and drugged - I kept thinking this would make a much better dark thriller. It sure didn't work as a romance. I am all for reading dominant alpha males but you have to have a guy who balances out with caring, tender, charming and Cole wasn't it. And how about the times she tells him NO? He just does it anyway - and it isn't written in a sexy way that makes the listener/reader believe this is just as good for her as it is for him - more like a way that would be serviceable for a villain in a criminal minds episode.
And what was with the odd responsibilities? It'd be one thing if they were kept to have sex all day but to... well, I won't give the secrets away not because I am afraid of spoilering this one, but because I think writing the words out in this review would get me flagged. Just do yourself a favor and READ THE AMAZON REVIEWS, okay?
***I received a free copy from Audioblast in exchange for an honest review**
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By Cyn on 03-06-16
Sad over the top
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I listen to the first book in this series and was so hoping this one would be better. Since I promised the publisher I would listen to both audios I have and this does start out really good until they bring the cork out in church and plug her in front of the members. To really be able to relate to a book even of this type it must first be believable which this is not. Had there been cults back in this time period or even one family maybe it would be a believable story but a whole town that gets off on watching women being treated this way and do not even prepare them for this kind of treatment no way.
This is really a strange weird listen from start to finish. I really wish there was something positive I could post but I couldn’t find anything likeable about this audio. To take an untouched woman and make her stand nude before her brother in laws telling her how things are going to be and they will be helping him take care of her. NO NO they will not be having sex with you, you are all mine but they will be helping with the corks and things. Dom/Sub relationships are based on trust this story was not. First they have to drug their wives up their butts with corks and plugs to even get them in the mood to do the deed whenever the husband wants. Then they have to keep them drugged for the rest of their lives so they can do the deed whenever and wherever they want no matter whatever people might be around. There is no trust this is all about control and getting all they can get whenever they want by drugging the women his reply is I won’t do anything to hurt you or anything you do not like. You already did in church when she begged you not to. I found no romance in this story. This story is not believable yes it is fiction but it is not believable
David Beroff is a really good narrator and does some wonderful audios this just isn’t one of them. You can tell he just isn’t into this story as most of us are not. His tones are off there is no passion in his voice. I thought Rita Rush did a really good job of narration you can hear her surprise, pain and sorrow throughout the listen.
With that said it is just time to take my eyes somewhere else and close this series down. I am sure some will find this highly entertaining. There really is no story but controlling a women by embarrassing her. There is no equal agreement by two adults but men pushing women to do things that if they had a choice would not do.
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