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Rebecca Brooke outdid herself with this chilling, thrilling and sizzling tale of an abused wife and her unlikely savior who tentatively showed, enthusiastically encouraged and eventually convinced her to take back her life. It wasn't a light easy-going listen but it was easy to get caught up in this well described emotional story as two strangers slowly find out they're perfect for each other. But the true perfection of this story, IMO, didn't come from its remarkable well written chapters.. no, it came from the duet narration by two actors whose voices skilfully brought scenes, characters and emotional chapters to life. Conversations flowed easy as they each stuck to their own gender's voices and I'll be checking out more books narrated by this real-life couple.
It was meant to be a normal day for Ashton - he was in his private box at the game which is where he usually carried out the family's shady Loan Shark business.. but there was far more to this handsome businessman because he was a Restauranteur and a Chef too. Ashton thought he'd seen and heard it all - but when his next debtor came shuffling in with a very mousy downtrodden woman in tow, and then offered her to him for three months as his own personal sex slave, Ashton saw red. But he also saw the way she was cowering and just about holding herself together because he'd seen abuse before so he took pity on the woman and swore to change her life and her future. Which he slowly, tenderly, thoughtfully and very patiently did.. and he also changed his own future too because this timid woman was going to suit him, and his desires, in every way.
Elena had unknowingly married Dominic, her high school sweetheart, during a drunken night in Vegas five years previously and had been 'conditioned' into becoming a robot wife by years of verbal and mental abuse which had alienated her from everyone and everything except her Diner job. Elena accepted her life without questioning it, but when her gambler/douche husband Dominic exchanged Elena to wipe off some of his debt, it was the scariest day of her life.. but it would prove to be the best day too. Because it was going to open her eyes to kindness, caring, thoughtfulness, freedom, sexual bliss, a new career and love.. and those gifts would come from one man - the drool-worthy sexy Ashton Hawes. He would show her, spoil her, tell her and teach her a new way of thinking.. but it wouldn't all be plain sailing because Ashton's life came with problems and Dominic wasn't going to let his wife go that easily.
It was a hard listen at the beginning and I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it.. but very quickly I was put at ease by Ashton's obvious care and protection of Elena which, day by day, grew into love. And hearing how Elena blossomed and thrived due to Ashton's never-ending encouragement was sweet and he opened her eyes to a whole new sexual world.. one filled with an alpha Dom who liked to play and wanted to share his toys!!
Worth a credit? Definitely.. but it is a work of fiction because sadly we all know that in the real world abused women aren't as lucky as Elena was.
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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. At first I wasn't sure I would like this story since the husband is such a verbally and emotionally abusive douche. Then he trades his wife to a loan-shark for his $200k debt, which doesn't seem to be any better situation for her. You want to not only hate the douche husband, but you want to hate the loan-shark for accepting the trade. But the more you listen to the awesome narrating duo perform the characters and bring to life their story, you find that the loan-shark may not be such a bad guy. In the end, I loved this story and the HEA for the main character regaining her confidence and Independence, along with the chance at being loved by a deserving man. I highly recommend this audiobook.
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Traded<br/><br/>I voluntarily listened to, and reviewed the audiobook version of this book. <br/><br/>It is definitely a book that draws you in. I liked the premise of the storyline and was interested to see where it went. A lot of the storyline was a little predictable and 'too good to be true'. Also I'm no prude, but there was a little too much detail in some places...sometimes less is more!! I'm not really a fan of sex scenes in audiobooks...it all feels a little wrong, like you're invading someone's privacy!! <br/><br/>I've seen some other reviews describe this book as a 'dirty fairytale' and I think that's a great description. I think there are some areas in the book that could've been explored more than all the sex and lust but that's probably my fault for not understanding the genre of the book. <br/><br/>I give this book 3*.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Traded to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print version but I can't imagine how it would be better than the audio which was fantastic. I really loved the dual narration. Both narrators were excellent and they really brought the characters to life for me.
What did you like best about this story?
The image on he cover suggests that this is a dark romance and it made me think twice about listening to it as I am not a huge fan of that genre. However, this is not dark at all. It is actually quite sweet and a feel good kind of romance. Ashton has a temper but he is a real sweetheart where Elena is concerned and he doesn't do anything to hurt her. Her husband on the other hand is a complete tosser and a nasty piece of work.<br/>I loved Ashton's family and how they rallied round in support of Elena and encouraged her relationship with Ashton. <br/>I also enjoyed the drama that Ashton's career choice brought, as well as the tension and suspense Elena's husband, Dominic, brings to the story. This was a book I wanted to listen to in one go. It makes me want to dive straight into book 2!
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I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.