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This is a hard book to review! I loved a lot about it but I didn't love a few things too.
I'll start by saying I loved the basic story line. The author did an amazing job telling this story. I loved Parker when she first met new people, she was snarky, honest and fun. The time line in this book is what I think made it hard for me. If this story took place over a few years I would have LOVED it but it was really only a few months and that made it very hard for me to get on board with the love story. I do not like insta-love and this book has it times 2!! About 4 hours into this book I was wondering if it was supposed to all about the shock value. Because yes, there is "I didn't see that coming" in a huge way but I couldn't see where the book was going from there with 5 hours left to go. I found this book to be pretty depressing most of the time. And don't get me started on the sex scenes lol I was getting whiplash, either you have closed door sex scenes or you have details, you do not have graphic details then SLAM the door closes, that was a little odd for me.
I think if I had known before starting it that this book was sad and it had a shocking moment I would have loved it and like I said above If it had a longer timeline I would be screaming from the rooftops about it but instead I was left feeling a little unemotional about the characters because I couldn't get on board with the love they had for each other and after a huge WOW moment in the middle, the rest of the book fell a little flat for me.
The narration was great, She was perfect for all the characters and spot on the entire time!
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My first comment is about the writing because my review about the storyline is going to take some time. So the writing is excellent. The plot and characters are intelligent and well thought out. Jewel E Ann painted such vivid scenery in my mind, I was so impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed the flow and pace of the book as well.
When thinking about the meat and potatoes of the story, I have a lot to say that might save the next listener from the surprise, shock and awe I experienced while I listened. While the blurb and the little one liner on the front of the book talk about falling for the neighbors husband... it's kind of misleading. If you were to take like 50 steps back, yes. I can see how it is about that. But up close and personal, no. Not really. I won't go into detail what it is about, but just be prepared for there to be so much more.
Also, be prepared for about 70% of the book to be sad. There are some pretty intense highs and happy moments but mostly it's navigating through a lot of pain. I was really surprised, necessarily in a bad ways I just wasn't expecting.
Tia Rider Sorensen did an amazing job. This is a straight third person book, which means that Tia always had to be on. The sound quality was good with no outside noise or swallowing or popping. I really was impressed with the narration, all the way around.
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