Erika: His name is Michael Crist. My boyfriend's older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college's basketball team and now gone pro, he's more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.
Michael: Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika. My brother's girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven't had her body, I know that I have her mind. That's all I really want, anyway.
Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college. In my city. Unprotected. The opportunity is too good to be true. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they're out. We've waited. We've been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.
©2015 Penelope Douglas (P)2016 Tantor
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This book surprised me. In a good way. I mean, I DON'T read YA. Hardly ever. Too much contrived drama. Too much of a reminder of my kids and the college students I teach each semester, each day. I do enough eye rolling with my classes. A LOT OF EYE ROLLING. So, to read YA? No, thanks.
But this one had an interesting premise, so I decided to proceed cautiously. I was prepared to stop once I got bored. You see, this is my second book by Douglas. The first, Misconduct, was disappointing. It, too, had seemed interesting, but the plot was not engaging and the big reveal at the end fell flat. So, I wasn't sure if this one would be any better.
BUT it was! Oh yes, it was!
It had it all: interesting premise, complex characters, suspense, unpredictable plot, multi-layered themes, and solid secondary characters. It even had constant flashbacks and they weren't annoying. I was kept curious and guessing, wondering WHY.
I thought this showed expert plotting. Quite fascinating, actually. And oh, so erotic! Very. And dark. Very.
The male narrator? *sigh* Jeremy York has a yummy voice. And the female narrator? Must you ask? Tatiana Sokolov? It IS Tatiana! That goes without saying. She is second to none! NONE.
This was an overall superior experience. This is the quality of audiobook that spoils you. It wrecks you so that you can't endure audiobooks that aren't as well executed. It left me searching desperately for a similar listening experience.
So ... Kudos to Ms. Douglas!
"Not for me!"
I'm glad that's over! All of the characters in this book were immature and idiotic to say the least. I didn't see the point of anything they did. Maybe it's because it was about bored rich kids who have to find something to do with their lives in order to feel anything! Maybe that's why I don't get it. Had such high hopes for this one since I love all of the other books by Penelope Douglas. This one was not for me.
"love Penelope's stories!!"
I have enjoyed all of the books so far . I can't wait for the next story to come along. I really enjoy the way each character has a story to unfold and the raw emotion . The relationships are passionate, sexy, hot, loving, aggressive, and complicated. The storylines are always good and interesting. This writer just has a way of pulling you in and wanting more with every chapter. I finished this one in 2 days. Loved it!!! please continue to write Penelope Douglas. I will gladly buy them all. !!
"I Just Can't"
I guessI am in the minority when I say that this was okay. I couldn't finish it due to awful narration. Michael sounded as if he were her father. His voice did not as if he was someone in early or mid 20s. Female narrator has one of the MOST annoying voices in the world. I have tried books read by her and had to return. I just couldn't. Female lead character also weak, letting male characters push her around. Again, I just can't, so returned.
"I like the story line"
the storyline was good and the thressome with the guy was hot - with the girls not so much.
"stick with it... it's worth the wait!!"
Thought I was going to give up after a few chapters but I stuck with it and it was so worth the wait... it just gets better, then hotter, then when you think it can't get any better......... so worth the read!!!
"THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT"
I love it and it had me from the first word. I have not enjoyed any of P Douglas books but this one is above the rim. I can listen to this book over and over again. The depth of the characters the hotness level and the mystery is so well written and not YA like her others. GET IT NOW
Although I enjoyed this audio book, the author took us to a very dark place with low morals and questionable characters. I did not like this book as much as her previous works, however I found the narration to be spot on.
I just love all of P.D. books and this one doesn't disappoint!! Great story and wonderful characters!!
Not only is the female voice on this book one of the most annoying sounds I've ever heard, but the story is weak and it's pretty much porn. And the author uses the word "fisting" ALOT. I'm not a prude, but if I wanted to listen to porn I'd expect it to be labeled as such. Don't bother, there are better ways to spend 20 hours.
"Amazing!! A must read or listen!! Beautifully Dark"
only issue. I wished the narrators did their own speech in eachothers chapters. Peneolpe rocks!! You won't be disappointed. Its captivating and dark, very sexy.
Absolutely amazing. Gripping storyline, not to mushy. I just can't wait for penelopy to write another.
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