- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 4, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077VX4S4W
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Bentley seems at first of be an ass of the highest kind, but perception changes as the novel goes on. There is that "it" feeling with him that goes beyond good looks and permeates his soul. His honesty is most important to him, and what his career hinges on. It doesn't matter if it hurts, as long as it's the truth.
Actresses need thick skins and Andi has it, unless it concerns one critic in particular. From her first performance to her last, she's been slammed and shredded by Bentley. It hurts that he made a name for himself critiquing her first show and it's even more bewildering that he manages to be in every theater she has a play in. Why single her out with the hundreds of actresses in the New York/New Jersey area? What's so special about her?
Finally Bentley writes the critique that puts Andi's role in jeopardy and she decides that's the last time he'll rip her up. After a blazing confrontation that ends with Bentley offering her his help, Andi decides that her career is worth the risk of letting her worst critic into her life.
I love how the characters develop throughout the story, there is an actual feeling of growth not only in their relationship but within themselves. Their conversations aren't stilted or forced. And the love scenes are exactly that - steamy, sexy, and romantic. They're hot in themselves without needing to rely on graphic details.
The Critic is one novel I can read again and again so it's going straight to my favorites shelf, Joanne Scwehm. I'll be keeping my eye out for your next book.
What I really liked about this book -
- Andi and Bentley, together and separately. They were great, intelligent characters.
- The interaction between characters was interesting, especially Andi and Bentley.
- The story and dialogue felt real and fresh, for the most part, the characters and back stories honest.
What I didn't like -
- Bentley's name - took me awhile to get the automobile image out my head. This is one of my personal pet peeves - I often will not read a book if more than one of the characters (especially in a contemporary setting) has a very odd name.
- This was the big one - there seemed to be a million "ya knows." It seemed that every other paragraph, one of the characters was using this phrase and it irritated me so much, that I nearly didn't finish the book. The author could have easily eliminated this overused phrase, which IMO is used by linguistically challenged people, similarly to the word "like" or "ums, ers, uhs" in conversation.
In all, The Critic was a good read, but could have been great, ya know?
Bentley is a critic, he has a job to do and one that he does quite well. Fighting to find the words to portray the best review he can, he finds himself in a difficult situation.
Time passes, paths cross and one woman stays on his mind.
Andi, loving the stage life she has chosen, felt she was giving her all...but was it enough?
People come into our life for a reason, a purpose to show us a direction that otherwise we may not have taken. This story was incredible and I loved every page. I was drawn to the two main characters and enjoyed how the author intertwined characters from 'our' past.
Well done Joanne Schwehm.
Bentley and Andi jump off the pages and become real. Their happiness, sadness, struggles, and triumphs. I loved their story of love, but the underlying context that this man who she believed to be tearing her apart was actually her biggest cheerleader and the one who made her whole...made her see her worth. He made her reach for her dreams and not be conventional. Fabulous job.