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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: February 16, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BG0XRJ8
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I actually liked the female protagonist to a point, but found the other characters grating, unrealistic and over bearing.
This girl just traded one controlling dominant male who wouldn't put her first (Casey, her brother) for another (Grayson). I never got that either person (or Grayson's seriously annoying and terrible family, that I suppose you were supposed to find charming) ever saw her as much more than a possession to be used at will. I think the icing on the cake was when Grayson and his grandmother got in a fight over getting her haircut. Neither pointed out that she is a grown woman capable of making her own decisions but fought over who had control over her. Some people might find this type of "ownership" cute, but I do not.
Ivey and Gray thought they have a chance at happiness. They thought wrong. Evil people are relentless. They took seven years out of the lives of these two. In that seven years Ivey has stopped running, had parted ways with Casey, her misguided brother. He got her back before, but now he is careless.
I am elated to see this slip of a girl get rich, and get a family like Lash and Brutus.
Series of events, coincidences and misfortunes connected the ex lovers together. I love the way the truth came out quickly without any procrastination on the part of the author. I also love how the story wraps and the pleasant surprises we got. Of course this is Kristen Ashley. She is a Master at what she does. The narrator of the audio book was very talented. I enjoyed reading and listening to the story since this give me no break in my enjoyment of this book. Awesome.
All the hallmarks of the KA novel are there: gorgeous heroine (with a great head of hair) who doesn't know how gorgeous she is, an alpha male hero, detailed descriptions of clothes, decor, and how people lay next to each other in bed (no, that's not a joke). But why it works for me this time is because everything has been dialed back. Yes, the heroine calls the hero "honey," but not ad nauseam. Yes, there's talk about "giving beauty," but only a few times near the beginning of the book. Yes, the hero has that specific KA way she has her males speak, but there are fewer run on sentences that I have to repeatedly read in order to decipher. Yes, the epilogue spans years (six I think?), but that's one thing I've never really minded about her novels. Oh, and there is not one parenthetical in the entire thing. I don't know if she had an editor for this one (other than to proof read), but if so, I think this person did an excellent job of dialing back the KA-ness of the novel while still making it very much a KA novel.
I really liked both Ivey and Gray. Yes, they are both very much in the mold of a typical KA heroine and hero but again it's dialed back and some of things that make really grit my teeth aren't there. Ivey is 22 and 29 in the novel and she acts appropriately for her age. No constant refrains of
Oh. My. God. like she's 15 and not an adult. No throwing fits or being "sassy."
And Gray must be one of the two, maybe three, KA heroes that I have not wanted to punch in the face at least once. This guy is an alpha, but he's not pushy or aggressive. He doesn't have the "it's my way or the highway" attitude most KA heroes have. When he and Ivey fight he doesn't infantalize her or make it seem like her opinions aren't valid.
I have just a couple of quibbles about the plot. Ivey has been a pool hustler since she picked up a cue stick at the age of 15. She had no lessons, no training, she was just immediately good which is a little eye-rolling. I also wish that when knew more about her feeling on playing pool outside of the hustling aspect. I don't think she played once during the seven years she was away. Does she enjoy it? Does she just not really care?
The other quibble has to do with Ivey's job when she leaves Mustang. This girl, with zero dance training, becomes the biggest and most popular burlesque queen in Vegas and in the span of a couple of years. Really? Not that you have to be a professional dancer, but it seemed a bit far fetched.
But over all, I really did enjoy this one. This is my 31st KA novel and I honestly thought I was done with her books, but this one has pulled me right back in.
If the H had remained celibate like the h did, this would have been nearly perfect. At least he didn't marry someone else, thankfully!
The bad guy is suitably bad, and for a dumb reason. But it does get explained so we do finally understand why the H and the h were lied to and forced apart. There is a jealous ex girlfriend who ends up married to the bad guy, which she deserved. He was mean to her and cheated apparently. She was a horrible person so she got what she deserved too.
The love story was actually very nice and I really loved the main characters, especially the h, Ivey.
I liked this one although the separation was a tad too long for my taste.