Published by Berkley on August 6th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Source: Owned Audible Book
For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt so right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash’s bad boy reputation is well-earned, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.
Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.
Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life—and for Olivia that’s much easier than letting go, and trusting him with her heart.
Includes a teaser from Everything for Us.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
HERE THERE BE SPOILERS, PROCEED WITH CAUTION
I’ve had this audiobook for awhile, and since it’s February I’m attempting to read more romancey type books. I liked the first book Down to You, it had it’s moment of cheese, but I was also just getting into contemporary romance. I did not really like the second book. First, I thought it was going to feature a romance for Olivia’s cousin with a certain dude, but it’s about Olivia and Cash.
And within the first few pages (or minutes), all the trust she’d managed to build in regards to her relationship with Cash start to crumble. Which she reflects on for the next 5 hours while: her cousin is kidnapped, while her life is in danger, while she has to deal with her crazy ass mom, while everyone’s life is in danger, and definitely while she’s working.
The only time Olivia isn’t worrying about her trust in Cash is when they are having sex at inappropriate moments… which is pretty much the entire book so far. Seriously it’s like, my cousin has been kidnapped? Let’s have sex. A certain someone you thought was dead shows up? Send them out of the office and let’s have sex. You’ve been shot and are thinking of ways to break up with me to “keep me safe”, hey, it’s just a bullet graze, so let’s have sex. I seriously began to worry for the state of her va-jay-jay.
Also, she must have taken a stupid pill, because Olivia in this book was not suspicious of Taryn, not particularly worried about her safety despite being entangled with the Russian mafia, and despite knowing what a crazy, bitter person her mother is, allows her to goad her into doing something breathtakingly stupid.
Also, she’s all like, Oh, what a normal looking nice boy, he looks lost, let me roll down my window and inhale the sweet smell of chloroform.
And Cash was worse. The dude who employs at least one woman he’s banged can’t handle if Olivia TALKS to a cute guy (who by the way she barely reacts to because of course Cash is so sexy that even a super hot guy can’t even register that much on her radar). He’s also always very macho, and it’s annoying. If he has feelings he’s all worried he’ll grow a vagina. The man went to law school, right? I imagine you had to have a basic degree to get into law school, so he should know that you can’t grow a vagina just because you have a tender thought for have a moment before you make some lame dirty talk with your girlfriend who thinks that you are the only man in the world. Ugh.
I like romance, but I need other stuff going on. It can’t be all internal thoughts and back and forth on the I love him, but he’ll break my heart or the I love her, but I’m way too cool for love. And there was some cool plot here- there were kidnappings and Russian mafia, and Marissa grew a conscious, but no matter what was going on, Cash and Olivia were all about what was going on between them. It was annoying.
The one bright spot was Gavin, who is Cash’s shady ass friend. He’s another bad boy though, so unless you have a magical hoo-ha, you just can’t tame this beast.
Even with the promise of book 3 featuring Marissa… I think I’m done with this series. Well, unless Audible has a really good sale…
The narrators are good, I’ve listened to them both before and enjoyed their narrations. I just wasn’t feeling this book, but I don’t think it was anything to do with the narrators. I will listen to them again in the future, just probably not this series.