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***fair warning, this review has a few small spoilers but nothing major***
This was an alright story. TBH, I was enjoying it at first but the ending wasn't to my liking and really brought down the story for me.
Liv is an intern at a newspaper that she's hoping to get a permanent job at. She has always loved writing and it's been her plan to be a writer since she was a kid. Liv used to tutor Vince when they were in high school but for some reason (that never seems well explained to me) Vince left Liv and after recovering from the heartbreak, Liv learned to move on.
Vince is a MMA fighter that's getting ready to fight for the championship title. Vince's mom is a drug addict that couldn't take care of herself, let alone take care of Vince. From a very young age, Vince had to take care of himself and his mom and it was a rough life. Vince has a lot of anger issues and got in fights in high school until one of Vince's teachers got him to start working with Nico in the gym. It helped because it gave Vince a place to work out his aggressions and stay off the streets.
As an intern, Liv is competing against another woman (a spoiled rich skank who only got the intern position because her daddy is rich) for the permanent position at the newspaper. They're both given assignments for articles to write in hopes of doing well enough at them to land the job in the end. Liv is given an assignment to write an article about a fighter that also teaches women's self defense classes and doesn't look at the info before rushing to one of the classes to take part and hopefully speak to her intended interview subject. She's shocked to find that the instructor is her high school crush, Vince. Since he broke her heart back in high school (and he's obviously still a huge man whore) Liv wasn't very thrilled about being near him again and tries to get out of her assignment...not that's she's very successful thanks to Vince.
Vince has slept around a lot and treats women like crap but once he sees Liv again, he can't forget about her. He decides to pursue her and once he makes an effort, Liv has trouble staying away from him. They come together as a couple but there are some issues that make things difficult for them. The main issue is her job because she's put in a horrible position where they want her to use her relationship with Vince to get a story. There's also issues with Vince's mom and her drug problems to deal with and ties into other crap. They deal with those issues and more and end the story with a HEA together.
So...this story wasn't great and I'd already been planning to rate it around 3 stars but it was going to be a high 3 star rating that I was still planning to recommend. But then I hit the 87% mark in the story...Vince and Liv have a big fight and the story makes it seem like he slept with a skank...one that disgusted me so much that I almost DNF the story right then and there. I did continue and Vince later claimed that nothing happened between him and the skank but I don't really know if I believed him or not. Regardless of whether he slept with the skank or not, I just couldn't get into the relationship between Vince and Liv after that. Overall, I ended this story feeling a cross between disappointed and "meh" so I can't recommend it. :P
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I really wanted to like this book and I DID stick with it until the end, however, it left a lot to be desired...
This is my first Vi Keeland read/listen and I've heard good things about her books so I was disappointed to find a very simple storyline, lack of depth in characters, and poor narration from the female narrator in particular.
Without giving any spoilers, I'll address my gripes:
1) The story had a lot of potential but the author fell short of giving the detail that could have made these characters really come to life. Vince, the male protagonist, had a lot of "issues" in his past (and present) but they were mostly glossed over with sparse detail. I think Keeland was attempting to create a sense of anticipation but there was no big reveal that I would call satisfying after drawing out my curiosity. I did not listen to the first book in the series (because the reviews talk about how bad the male narrator's performance was in attempting the Italian accent of Nico), so I can leave a little room for incontinuity since Vince may have appeared in the previous book.
2) Normally, I can overlook a lot of missing depth in trade for hot sex in my romance novels - but this book just didn't do it for me in the heat department. There were a few sex scenes that were good, but again, so many missed opportunities in the story department.
3) I will not listen to Tatiana Sokolov narrate a book again. Her voice isn't unpleasant, but her inflection did not match the emotion of the characters. It reminded me of a news anchor reading from a prompter, describing a tragic accident with a smile on her face. She also has a midwestern accent, so if that's not your thing then definitely skip this book. The male narrator wasn't offensive, but he wasn't great either.
All to say, it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good in my opinion.
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