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Freeze Frame: Snapshot, #1 Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B06W5KYNHW
- Publication date : March 29, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4560 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,067 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In Freeze Frame, Ben and Isla are a brand new couple so we still get to see them learn and grow as a couple, and see them fall more in love.
If you want to read about their beginning, and I highly recommend it, you can read the novella that shows how they met in Shutter Speed.
What I loved best about Ben and Isla was the maturity they displayed. Isla has a tendancy to react first before she thinks, but she also recognizes it immediately and works to fix it. Ben was so up front an honest with her that there was no miscommunication with these two.
This book just made me very happy. I liked this couple. I liked how they were with each other, and I liked how they handled everything that was thrown at them. It's starts out low angst but then builds to some drama that shows how well these two worked together to handle that conflict. Awesome couple!
The characters are spot on. Realistic, mature (that the are over 40 thrills me to no end) and funny. The sex is hot and believable. The plot is lovely, with some good action. I was able to suspend my disbelief in a couple of areas. I also forgive the surprise pregnancy because I love the H and h so much.
Freya's writing is the absolute best. Rarely does she slip up, or suddenly add new characteristics to write herself out of a hole. Can't say I was overjoyed with a mentally ill "bad guy" since that's too easy. Again, the story is so sweet and the characters so good, it's kind of a blip.
Read this series. It's great!
OK, confession time: when I finished Shutter Speed, I liked it but I didn't love it as much as some of Ms. Barker's other books. The heroine Isla was a particular challenge for me, so when it came time for me to crack open Freeze Frame, I did it with no small amount of trepidation especially since a new author was being added to the mix and my last few reads in general had been a bit of a mixed bag. I am happy to say those fears melted away from the very first chapter! The story flowed easily and the integration of two writing styles was fairly seamless.
Before starting Freeze Frame, I do definitely recommend reading the prequel novella so that you have an understanding of how Ben and Isla arrived at the place they are in at the start of this story. Ben has left his old job behind and is looking forward to settling into a different life with Isla, but the reality is that although he is certain where he wants the future to lead, they have only actually known each other for a short time and there is still a lot of unknowns between them.
They find a comfortable routine and enjoy a honeymoon phase for a while, and Isla is startled but thrilled to see her photography turn from a hobby to a fledgling business. She never expects one of her photos to dredge up a ghost from Ben's past while bringing danger to their newly constructed doorstep though.
Freeze Frame has all of the suspense and action moments I have come to expect from Ms. Barker's stories, and there is no shortage of steamy times complete with sexy alpha male attitude and sassy female responses either. I am still not a complete Isla fan but she worked her way into my good graces a bit more in this story. She still tends to overthink and overreact but I could live with it. As a fan of the Cedar Tree series, I loved the subtle nods to landmarks and people from those books throughout the story, and crossover appearances from some of my favorite guys like Caleb, Gus and Neil brought a smile to my face. Have no fear though, you don't have to be familiar with the other books to enjoy this one. FBI agent Damian Gomez is another familiar face who is slowly growing on me and I am looking forward to his eventual HEA when the time comes. Isla's Uncle Al returns, and a few of Ben's family members are introduced who I am hoping to see more of in the future.
While there was one particular aspect of the story late in the book that I raised an eyebrow at in terms of real world practicality and a smidgen of predictability, it was written in the spirit of providing the characters with the HEA they needed to have so I rolled with it. All in all, Freeze Frame is a great story and I am looking forward to more from this writing duo.
This is my first time listening to either of these narrators. They both did a great job of pulling me into the story. Each character, male and female as well as secondary characters had their own distinctive voice. I enjoyed every minute of this audio.
I loved this full novel of Isla and Ben as they move forward in their relationship. There is a lot of establishing their ideas of what they each want, not only as a couple together, but for the future. As they begin to work towards a happy ever after, Ben’s past comes back to torment them. From that point on, things really picked up as far as drama and I couldn’t stop listening. It was so good.
This can be read alone, although I do recommend Shutter Speed to learn how they came to be. This also sets us up for the next book in the series.
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The setting of this book, like the prior novella, totally appealed to me. The written picture created in the setting by the lake and the trailors nestled in the surrounding tiered woodlands, was to my mind very very beautiful (and affordable :) ).
I envy the life being left for them to live in their home over looking the water and the work in finishing the house off. It's an ordinary conversation in my head as I read wondering what the finished house would look like and if he'd get the table made before the end.
The mystery of the nutty bad person ( trying not to say too much here) was a smashing supporting back drop to the couples story and seeing my favourite man Gus and some of his team participate gave me that familiar feeling I love. These couples and their surrounding cast aren't written just as characters. .they're book friends I really get to care about and a credit to the authors skills.
I don't think there's anyone who's into this genre *romance/thriller/mystery* that couldn't really really enjoy and be exquisitely satisfied with this story. It's sumptuous in its sexieliciousness without the fan fare of brand name clothing and shoes, or hair styles that remain miraculously perfect.
It's ordinarily fantastic in realism with the necessary enviable yumminess that you just have to have to keep us coming back for more.
I've said it before and will repeat...Freya Barker has way way surpassed a certain lady author she's always admired ( I think she'll know who I mean)...Well done and I've happily lived vicariously through the pages of this authors words and long may it continue.
5 very easy well deserved stars
...and I'm moving my caravan in my driveway in Cedar Creek to the lake to have Als sloppy Joe's.
loved loved loved this!!!! (enter fireworks here) ;)
Freeze Frame catches up with Ben and Isla who are now starting a life with each other having fallen for each other. Most of this book was about them setting up home together which I found painfully slow I’m afraid. It was nice to see them working towards a future together but apart from some sexual scenes, placed I felt to add some pizazz to the story, it wasn’t until the drama with Jahnee that the book started to capture my attention. When Jahnee’s character came into being, the story took a sinister turn but even this wasn’t used to its full advantage and scenes which could have been more drawn out to add drama and an edginess to the story were all too simply skipped over.
I enjoyed the various extra characters which were added to this story though, especially the men Ben turned to in his hour of need. I also really enjoyed the inclusion of Ben’s sister, Stacie and her daughter, Mak. I hope that there is more from them in future.
From the start, this story felt like it was free-falling towards an inevitable HEA and despite the elements of danger faced by Ben and Isla, this never felt in jeopardy. It was a safe story and an even safer read which felt like it had been drawn out to become a full-length novel.
I really enjoy Freya Barker’s writing (I’m not sure who KT Dove is) but this story just wasn’t for me. However, I’m sure the next instalment, if it’s about different characters, will be refreshing and hopefully more intriguing.
I was soooooo bloody excited when I found out that Ben and Isla's story, which started in Shutter Speed was going to be explored more!
Freeze Frame was amazingly brilliant!!.
There wasn't a thing I didn't like ( there are not many books you can say that about)
I've made no secret of the fact that Freya is easily one of my favourite authors since I discovered her writing back in 2015. Therefore I did wonder if I'd like having another author writing with Freya but I must say reading it I didn't know who had written which parts, the whole book was flawlessly written.
I'll look forward to reading more from KT Dove now too!
There was so much going on in Ben and Isla's life right from the start of Freeze Frame.
There were twists and turns, surprises and Oh! moments, sex that was so hot it threatened to ignite the screen, laugh out loud moments and Aah! melt your heart times too.
Nail biting, wanting to slap someone and feeling your stomach drop to heart soaring, smiling like a cheshire cat, feeling all warm and fuzzy are just a few of the emotions Ms Barker and Ms Dove bring out in you in this book.
Shutter Speed should definitely be read before Freeze Frame.
You'll want to read as much about Ben and Isla as you possibly can I guarentee it!
Congratulations ladies on a fantastic book.
Amazing read that I couldn't put down.