REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 6, 2014 Narrator: Amy McFadden
McFadden was horrible here. The story was more about the aftermath of a disaster with...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 6, 2014 Narrator: Amy McFadden
McFadden was horrible here. The story was more about the aftermath of a disaster with a romance thrown in the mix. After what I felt was long boring first chapter about A Day in the Life of an ER Nurse, I thought the book would pick up steam with the introduction of the Barefoot Pilot, but nada. It just turned into another disaster-type movie turned into a book and where the locals are called 'natives'. Really? "Natives walked along the side of the road without their normal wave and smile." and complete with bright white teeth against their dark faces..."Their team leader, Dr. Donald Klein, introduced the Jamaican native. Reynard offered a smile, his white teeth in direct contrast to his dark skin. The smile was brief." Yup. Really.
When the narrator laughed during a sex scene, for some reason the sound of that squicked me out. I couldn't continue after that. I'd already skimmed what I could of the rescue scenes but it was too late. Many readers love the rescue/action scenes as the backdrop for the romance so this book worked well for them. I find disaster movies and books boring and when it comes to romance, I prefer the background to be of a "quieter" sort - a murder rather than a massacre; a police procedural rather than a mop-up operation; and even if it involves high-tension action like the rescue of Laura in the heart-pounding prologue of Pamela Clare's Striking Distance, the focus must be sharp and directly on the MCs. In NQE, the hussle and bussle of the rescue effort intruded on what should be the main point of this book - the romance. I didn't care about the rescue efforts that much and what the nurse-cum-heroine had to contend with because I hear it everyday - my son's girlfriend is a doctor at trauma center and regales us with ER cases and a doctor friend does a lot of work with rescue missions so I have rescue stories coming out of ears.
I'd ask for a refund from Audible just for the narrator but I paid only 1.99 for it so I'll let it be. I am so disappointed with this book after enjoying the first in the series:((less)
I was in a mood for a light contemporary romance and this one delivered:) Bybee is a new author to me and I...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 5, 2014
I was in a mood for a light contemporary romance and this one delivered:) Bybee is a new author to me and I bought two of her Not Quite books after I read the Audiogals' review of the third one, Not Quite Enough which features Monica, the sister of the heroine, Jessie, of Book 1.
NQD is the kind of romance I enjoy reading when I feel relaxed or am on holiday. I don't need to concentrate on it to know what's going on like I do when reading a murder mystery. I've bought similar books but most have been DNFs and even when they've been popular with others, like the Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series, they didn't take with me.
NQD's plot is simple and uncluttered (and well-covered in the other reviews) so, it's left to the author's writing skills to bring the story to life. While I did not experience the same level of pleasure that I get from Julie James' non-FBI romances, I am satisfied with this new romance author enough to keep her on my radar.
NQD left me feeling happy and I'll always have room for these rags-to-riches/Cinderella romances:D
Now, if only I could find one in MM...
Not much I can say about the narrator, Amy McFadden. She hasn't joined my list of favorite female narrators (Susan Denakar, Elisabeth S. Rodgers, Emily Durante) as her voice is too high-pitched for me. Other than that, she did alright and her narration didn't mar my audial pleasure in any way. (less)