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While I believe Lauren Rowe has the potential to be a great writer, I found the "rich man whore meets younger naïve woman who teaches him how to love" plot has been done to death. The book starts when Jonas (age unknown) spends $250,000 to join an international sex club that would match him up with women who only want anonymous sex, no strings attached. What a guy!
Sarah (24), a smart & funny law student, works part-time for the Club screening male applications. When Sarah sends Jonas a smart ass e-mail pointing out what a jerk he is, they begin sparing electronically. Soon, Jonas uses all his assets to learn Sarah's identity and begins pursuing her. Jonas wasn't a bad person - blessedly not into sexual violence - but he was too arrogant about his sexual prowess.
The dual narration did not match the main characters as written. The person doing Sarah's voice was particularly grating - she sounded like a teenage drama queen, not an intelligent law student. Her "overacting" was extremely distracting. The male voice wasn't as bad but still not good.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I feel like I should go into a rant about all the wrong things with this book but that will take forever. Let me point this small part out:
Chapter 15 (approximately 14 mins 20sec until the end of the chapter)- This part is narrated by Lauren
"When he sees my eyes go heavy with desire, he smiles at me."
"I think I missed the word desire"
"When he sees my eyes go heavy with desire, he smiles at me..."
At first I thought I missed something, so i jumped back 30 seconds and sure enough Lauren's commentary is loud and clear! Someone definitely didn't do their job well on this particular day......
Next, let me point out the narration was just so lacking. I saw all the high reviews of John Lane's performance but nope I completely disagree. To me his narration of Jonas made him come across as such a tool I could not stand him. As far as Lauren Rowe's performance, I would really REALLY suggest she does not narrate. Yes, she can narrate a book but i would recommend she try some other genre, this is not it.
Finally, the book itself. The concept behind this book was exciting. I expected more though. More of everything from the chase to the dialogue to hot & sexy times but sadly this book just did not deliver the promise. I am no prude mind you. I enjoy well written romance including the erotica sub-genre but maybe this was really something meant for the '10%'. Where was romance? From the beginning, the book hits on sex, focuses on sex and tries to force lust turn into love? Of course now that I know Jonas is supposed to be this god of sex and fails, YES FAILS, to do his job on so many tries that to me he just comes across as a one-minute-kinda-guy. There is nothing hot about this kind of guy.
I think I will stop here. This is a listen with so many holes and so many issues that I really would not recommend. Save that credit for a better book.
27 of 28 people found this review helpful
When I started listening to this, I was shocked to be Laughing out loud straight away, I must admit, at first i didn't know if I was laughing with the Author's writing or at it! But I soon discovered I was laughing with her and this character she had created, this man, Jonas, was going to keep me giggling like a school girl for the duration of the book! Total arrogant pig, who met his match in Sarah!
I enjoyed both narrators, the Author narrated Sarah and her complete knowledge of the character and how she wanted her portrayed came across, I loved her excitement and fun, it made listening a joy. I was driving around for the most part with a smile or a blush on my face.
There is a fair bit of inner monologues going on, I quite enjoyed it, I love to get know what the characters are thinking, and unless they are writing a diary, talking to other people, you don't get that any other way. A great Book, great listen. Loved that it ended how it did, with some drama from the Club!! A fabulous cliffhanger for Sarah and Jonas to deal with in Book 2.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved this book, can't wait to read the rest of the series, the narrators are also fab, really easy to listen to.
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What was most disappointing about Lauren Rowe’s story?
Just didn't capture me.
Any additional comments?
I purchased this with the intent of working through the whole series and into the next and then onto the standalone stemming from it. The other reviews on the whole were positive - not so much for me. Won't be continuing and that's a shame.