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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Melissa Foster
- Audible.com Release Date: October 28, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016MZWM7A
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Seized by Love: Love in Bloom: The Ryders, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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On top of that major character flaw, and the fact that Lizzie believed the same things, and so took him back with hardly any struggle, the whole novel was about 100 pages too long. There was far too much flowery language and repetition of how great their kisses were, and how much they loved each other - after three days of dating and sex! (full disclosure, I dislike stories that have the main characters falling in love at a glance, but if that doesn't bother you, totally your own call) - and how he was so jealous of random webcast viewers, and too much of her guilt. Another note, if Lizzie was raised so conservatively, and with such guilt over doing the right thing, to the point that she always did the 'right' thing, how is it she was able to engage in such free and uninhibited intimacy with Blue, after a few days? Doesn't work for me.
The story itself was well-edited, and did have a somewhat satisfying ending, if you can forgive the male lead for being a colossal ass. I did not. Not sure that I'd read more by this author if the other stories are just as bloated and full of jerk male characters.
I had trouble from the start, with the fact that Lizzie was too embarrassed by her webcast to tell anyone about it. If she truly had that many hangups, I find it hard to believe she'd be capable of actually performing in front of the camera. Furthermore, she found it surprisingly simple to express her sexual needs to Blue - not indicative of a person with issues of modesty. Then, to agonize so much about who to tell and how they'd react. It just seemed like much ado about nothing. It's not like she was putting on a live sex show!
The other thing that bothered me was the saccharine sweetness of the characters and the way they spoke to each other. It was very Little House on the Prairie, with sex. It got old to read I love you so much, and to see the love in their eyes, and I just threw up a little in my mouth. I enjoy romance novels and I'm not a cynic, but this, with its manufactured conflict and unrealistically corny characters, was too much for me. The writing itself was fine, with few grammatical errors, but the conversations seemed contrived. I'm sure there are many who will love this book. I'm not one of them.
"Blue wasn’t just more handsome than any man alive, but he was also a gentleman and probably the world’s best kisser." Holy hyperbole, Batman!
The conflict about a woman called the Naked Baker, who actually shows less skin than a beach bunny, makes a mountain out of a mole hill. Having her 'sacrificing' herself to put her sister through university grew old fast as did the donating of flowers around town and racing to help the homeless to show that the character was a Cape Cod Mother Theresa was over the top. Apparently firefighters love to get flowers that are just about to expire.
The book could easily have been two hundred pages less if all the gnashing of teeth and references to the heroine's complicated life were omitted.
To recap, Lizzie Barber runs a flower shop by day. By night, she transforms into "the Naked Baker", someone who bakes delectable treats while appearing to wear nothing but the apron (and with a wig) to the delight of viewers on the internet, so she can fund her sister's education. With no free time, Lizzie has no love, except her neighbor, Blue Ryder, who also fixes her kitchen. When Lizzie needed her kitchen renovated, Blue is there to help along, but when Lizzie's secret was revealed, Blue and Lizzie's relationship will be tested to its limit.
It's quite short and cute, but I don't feel much chemistry between the two. The plot seems unbalanced, with most that happened on Lizzie, with Blue just along for the ride.