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I read Beat a few months ago and I totally loved it. Loved Vi Keeland’s writing style, loved the story line and Oh. My. God. Loved obsessively Flynn Beckham. So I decided to read/listen to the first book of the series and I’m so happy I did it. Vi Keeland has definitely a style, she writes plots very real, very down to earth, not at all Perfect man + Perfect woman = Perfect love story. Throb is a story of a girl, Kate, who needs to win a reality show (something like The Bachelor) in order to take care of her family (with the money of the winning price, of course) but her simple plan is messed with the presence of Cooper, a very bossy, sexy and super cool guy who wins her heart before the guy in the reality show, who happens to be FLYNN BECKHAM!
So, the plot of this book is great, well written, very interesting, although it was a little fast paced. The characters were very great developed, some were so easy to love and other were so easy to hate. Kate and Cooper were so easy to love. Kate was strong, determined, intelligent and very funny. Cooper on the other hand was serious, straightforward, dominant, bossy and had a stamina just like how I like it in my book boyfriends. They both are so selfless people ready to do anything for the people they love. I was so afraid I wasn't going to like Flynn in this book, because he was the bachelor but I was so wrong. Thank god all his awesome sweet personality was well defined in this book and fully developed in Beat. I won’t mention the characters I hated, but please let me know when you read this book who did you hate and we’ll discuss how to cut his balls off.
Did I mention I loved reading more of Flynn? *sigh* and his lyrics? He’s so amazing! I’m so in love!
Sacrifice the past, give me today.
Walk to me, don’t walk away
Hear the music, my words are a plea
Open your heart and let love sing.
Sadly, the narration of Molly Glenmore wasn’t that great. I had to repeat chapters like three times because I couldn't connect with her performance, and her male voices were awful. Thank god Sebastian York did Cooper’s POV, otherwise I wouldn't have finished the audiobook.
Story: 5 throb stars
Audiobook Performance: 3 stars all for Sebastian York
Overall: 4 stars
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
As this new series called Life On Stage starts Kate wasn't interested in the fame or the chance of a romance with Flynn, the sweet, sexy, tattooed, long-haired Rocker, when she entered the Reality Show Throb - no, she was doing it for selfless reasons to help her family. She really liked Flynn and the sparks were there initially but shortly into starting the show she met Connor in her downtime away from the Show and was instantly drawn to the handsome, charismatic, hot, 29 year old Alpha man. Flirty banter followed but she had to reject him because of the damn rules but he never gave up. She had no idea who he was but she was insanely drawn to Connor, and he to her, the sexual sparks ignited then she found out he was the Tycoon owner of the Production Company heavily linked with the Show and half brother to the slimeball that was currently producing Throb and the slimeball brother was manipulating and calling all the shots.
There were rules of no dating, no sex outside of the Show and no disclosing the terms during the taping of the Show..... but she went ahead and heatedly broke all of the rules with Connor anyway - some happily, eagerly and willingly but some reluctantly because she always felt bad, emotionally split and torn as to what the right thing to do was. She liked Flynn and he was showing all the signs of being deeply into her but her heart belonged to Connor however, she still needed to win the show for the prize money even though Connor was possessive, dominant, jealous, eager and begging for her to give it all up and let him take care of everything. Then the decision was suddenly and viciously taken out of their hands when..... oh no, nuh-uh I'm not going to give it away but I will say that tears, heartbreak, shattered glasses and broken dreams followed.
Dual POV's, Connor, Kate and Flynn were such likeable selfless characters, the bitter-sweet story held my attention from the start and the dual narration was great. There was a lot of sex and Connor had a dirty mouth but he was such a loveable Hero who could have any woman he wanted..... except Kate and she was the only one he ever wanted.
Worth a credit? I initially had a few doubts about this listen based around The Batchelor type Reality Show but it turned out to be so so much more...... a sweet, hot, romantic, frustrating, entertaining, enjoyable and totally creditworthy listen. And the gorgeous Flynn? well he'll get to star in his own book Beat - hopefully following very soon...... pretty please Audible.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
Enjoyable, easy read. The story follows Cooper and Kate, who meet while Kate is just starting out on a reality to production that Cooper's company is funding, although it is being managed by Cooper's half brother (the one with the chip on his shoulder). She is competing against a number of other women hoping to win the attentions of a certain rock star, Flynn Beckham. Even though Kate is not planning on starting a relationship, least of all because it's against the show's rules, things do however start to escalate and Cooper and Kate and they quickly become 'more'. Kate though, needs the prize money from the show and is not willing to give it up, even for Cooper. I instantly Fell in love with both Cooper and Flynn. Kate at times did annoy me with her choices, but overall a wonderful and well written story that I highly recommend. Going to start Beat next, can't wait, don't know if it's to get more Flynn or Sebastian!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I love Vi Keeland books they are a mix of serious and funny and sad just what I love . Thank you