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Christine Howard

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Morally hard to deal with despite the “nice” surface story line

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-12-31

I don’t like the lead characters approach to the difficulty in her marriage - she is understandably hurt but acts childishly and immaturely. Cutting off all avenues of communication is never going to allow any resolution and at no point does she allow herself to believe nothing but the worst of her “for better or worse” life partner and father of her children. However, it was the notion of her “options” only being hers to make or take independently without consultation with her husband and when she is supposedly in a committed marriage and also has all the support and resources available to her that really shocked turned my stomach. Maybe this idea of trying to make a marriage work together and of not being able to autonomously make such significant decisions without allowing your husband any day are old fashioned and outmoded but I don’t think I can ever read anything again by this author. If I could give this book negative stars, I would. I also think the lead character is blind to her own body issues, all while refusing to recognize the challenges that will bring to her marriage and again, jumping all over her husband if he ever hints at them in their discussions, all while trying to reassure her. If the lead character thinks those precociously intelligent girls of hers aren’t going to pick up on her own negative body attitudes and transfer them to themselves in the future, especially as everyone is always telling them how much they look like her despite them always telling them they are beautiful, she is deluding herself. I understand that none of these are simple issues and have long-standing mental health roots, but the approach is unbalanced and unrealistic. Heath can never be enough for MU because, despite her many talents and the reassurance of others (much like she tries to verbally give to her children), MJ never believes she is enough. This book was disappointing. It does have an HEA in which they gloss over all the previous problems, so it does work out okay (for now) - although I think the couple could use some therapy on how to deal with their marital issues as they are sure to arise again (other than just ascribing them to the medical issues that arise) and they don't discuss this. Could have been stronger even with the HEA.

Got better as it went - really bad beginning

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-12-19

The narration definitely wasn’t the strongest part of this book and at the beginning it was downright painful to listen to, especially since John Solo did such a great job with Promises in this series. I stopped listening a couple of times but it did improve significantly midway through and was tolerable by the end. Hopefully this signifies growth for the narrator as I want to listen to the next few books in the series which are also narrated by him

Sweet but SLOW

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-11-29

Even the “hot parts” are like a melty marshmallow - sweet, gooey - but the fire is kind of lacking and I’m not sure the narrator could handle it more than that anyway...the whole story is sweet but kind of meh...romantic but not what I look for in my gay romance (lots of descriptions of good and wine, slow describing scenes) - I guess I should’ve predicted it when the opening chapter said “and the sex was good too”...even the pace of the narration is slow

Unfortunately the weakest book of the series

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-11-25

I like the regular characters but Ian’s character comes off whiney, unrealistic and ridiculous to me. Who would give this guy a gun? He wants to go on the mission but he has NO training or experience - please! He also doesn’t seem like the intelligent guy they have portrayed him to be previously. And then the wrap up and attitude change in the antagonist is too sudden and instantaneous. I could barely get through this book and I have listened to the entire series. It was a disappointing ending to an otherwise great series.

Redeemed the last book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-10-01

Thank Goodness for the narrator change for this last book...after the amazing narration in the first four books, books 5 and 6 were so horribly narrated it was hard to even appreciate the ongoing story. Even though this book had nothing to do with Sam and Jory, the book was so good and the narration amazing! I’m also so glad Ms. Calmes took the time to tell us how Aaron so deservedly got his story and HEA and although Duncan is a more recent character addition, he is entirely perfect! Well done all around! A great and satisfying listen and well worth the credit as this series sadly comes to an end.

Such a great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-23

I can’t say enough good things about this book - a great story line with great characters and plot development. It’s very romantic and has a nice feel! I hope she writes more in this series! Can’t wait!

SLOW!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-14

This book is painfully slow - not only the narration (which I have increased) but also the story line and the narrator’s voice puts me to sleep and isn’t even great for the characters...

Too much YA angst

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-08

The storyline is okay but overall pretty shallow with too much alcohol, definitely bad judgement (à la title), drama for the sake of drama, and some ridiculous plot lines. It was okay but fluffy and just kind of dumb. As usual, Andi and Sebastian do a good job. Not Meghan’s best (and I’ve read almost all of them)...sadly

Heroine is whiny, immature and overly dramatic

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-14

I understand losing a parent is difficult, and anxiety is a valid mental health condition, but the amount of time and prose in this book dedicated to the “overwhelming and crushing” (lance of pain, agony, devastation, blah blah blah) nature of her grief and the lack of any confidence or self-esteem on her part is crazy. And the fact that she thinks you can’t balance a relationship with supporting her Mom through her treatment is ridiculous and childish. And then, for such a virginal and innocent character, that she would cheat on her boyfriend is disappointing and unrealistic. This story line is tedious and tiring...really hard to stay with the listening. Lily is so immature and such a cry-baby and her character’s voice, which shakes the whole time, is irritating and irksome...it’s too bad this character is so weak and allows others to make her so cowed...also she wants to take care of her friend but it makes her “weak” if she relies on the man who wants to take care of her, because she believes he will leave her, even though no one ever has before....it’s pretty ridiculous - this “I can’t tell him” thing...it’s too bad because we I enjoyed the other books in this series so far

Not as good as some of her other series

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-04

I’m not sure why Max and Amanda are attracted to each other. I’m all for an alpha male (loved the other Jeanne St James series) but didn’t love this character...he gives her no credit for even trying and berates her for things that aren’t her fault just because she didn’t “listen” to him...he’s being a jerky cop and he doesn’t even respect her...fans of strong alpha males and hot scenes should try the Down and Dirty and the Guts and Glory series instead...this one is weak unfortunately...