After leaving high school, with a hard-won diploma and the title of most likely to break hearts, Alexander "Nix" Pierce has left his wild, out-of-control years mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself in the fight ring and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he's never met, Nix's life is going smoothly...until Scotlyn James, the object of his obsession, walks into his shop.
Ever since a tragic accident killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn't spoken one word. Up until now she didn't care that she had no way of talking to people. Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond, the arrogant, selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles, wouldn't hear her words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist Nix Pierce. And now she longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear her.
©2013 Tess Oliver (P)2015 Tess Oliver
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Everything was my favorite part from the beginning and the end of this book.
Scotlyn, because she was going though so much with the lose of her family. I'm happy that Nix got her to open up on why she has not talked since the death of her family. I'm very happy they are happy together.
When Scotlyn finally got to talk. I was crying though the whole story and i love it.
I mostly cried , this book touch my heart and i couldn't get enough. The audio mad it very real to me. thanks Dara for making this book come to life with your voice.
Love this book so you guys should read this book too.
"I love Tess Oliver's work"
Custom culture rocks!
I'm so glad the love story ends happily!
Almost teared up.
Keep up the awesome work Tess! I'm crossing my fingers for the rest of the series in audible!
"Freefall Custom Culture #1 Loved it!"
I loved that since this is the beginning of a series we are introduced to a few of the people that will be in all or at least some of the future books! Love books in a series!
When Scotlyn who hasn't spoken for a long long time, after she lost her family, speaks to Nix! it was really a moving moment. Up to that point she had to write down everything, and did not care to speak to anyone anyway.
I liked how she put a lot of emotion into the voices of the different characters, Admittedly it is hard for a woman to do a man's voice, but she handled it just fine!
The Tattoo Artist gets his Girl!
This book is the first in a series of books and they are all well written! I loved this book particularly not only because it was a great first of a series, but because the characters are well developed and you feel like you get to know them, their true nature, their wants and desires; and all of the men in this series are alpha , bad boys, but with hearts of gold. It is fun to read or inn this case listen to how these men are slowly but surely learning about the true meaning of love and happily ever afters!
"Love Nix & Scottlyn's story!"
The love story between Nix & Scottlyn. I read the book first and it was my first book by Tess Oliver. I've loved every book of hers since! Such a sweet love story!
I love when the author writes the story in both main character's POV - especially the guys. I like to know what's going on in their head.
Her reading was good, even when switching between male and female characters.
Tattoo artist, pin-up girl - a romance story that was meant to be!
Love the Custom Culture guys and girls - I look forward to more from Tess Oliver!
"I hated all the "fillers""
No I would not because I do not really care when the authors spends almost equal amount on secondary character stories as she does on the primary characters
Dara Rosenberg is a great narrator, but I think when the author writes a book with dual POVs, there should be a male and female narrator.
If I read it, I would have been skimming a lot of it. When the story focused on Nix and Scotlyn, it was worth my listening time.
It was a nice story when it was Nix and Scotlyn. I liked both main characters, What I did not like is the side "romance" stories between Clutch and Taylor, and Dray and Cassie. I would have read Clutch's story if Taylor was not the heroine. Taylor is a spoiled little girl constantly seeking attention. She is a tease and came across to me as a slut. Then that last scene when she stole Clutch's Pontiac that he has been trying to sell and crashed it. She was a brat. Why would Clutch or any guy want Taylor???
I guess Dray and Cassie were fine, but I just did not feel it and I bought this book to read about Nix and Scotlyn, not about two other couples. Their side stories felt like fillers.
Nix was supposed to be this bad boy, but I never got that impression. Ever. He always seemed like the guy that did the honorable thing.
Also, I did not buy the ending of the story. Bottom line the secondary characters felt like fillers and the ending with Lincoln felt too good to be true.
OMG, It was very disappointing to listen to the narration of this book. I could barely tell the difference between the characters and no feeling was put into any of the characters. These guys were alphas, why wouldn't a great male narrator like Sebastian York be used. Very disappointed with the performance, which made the book a drag. Not sure if I could listen to the rest of the series. It was a struggle to listen to this book, in fact skipped over several chapters.
"Good Listen, Despite Need for Male Narrator"
Story: This is a short, new adult romance, full-length novel with no cliffhanger. It has both H and h POV's in a series that promises to be interesting and entertaining with well-written characters. Here, we have two people who have family tragedies in common and who feel drawn to each other, in spite of difficult obstacles in their way. Set in Los Angeles with cool supporting characters, I am glad to have found Tess Oliver and am looking forward to seeing how these crazy kids grow and change from here.
Narration: Despite the fact that there are usually up to 7 unhelpful votes for reviews that are critical of Dara Rosenberg's narration (if you doubt this - as one example- go to Kristen Ashley's Raid, and scroll down to the dozen or so reviews that are at the bottom of the helpful list), I'm gonna continue to keep it real. I actually do like DR's overall style which is why I have no problem listening to books narrated by her, even though there are some problems. Here's the deal: While her pronunciation definitely leaves something to be desired, this is usually not too big a deal (though Porsche has 2 syllables, especially considering these are car guys - just sayin'). She is AWESOME at young female dialogue as well as narration from a female POV, and that is truly a great asset to an audiobook with a primarily female POV. Sadly, bless her, she is CRAP at male dialogue and narration from a male POV. Now, hold on! She's not at all alone in this and would get nothing but glowing reviews with dual male/female narration. That would have been SO the right choice for this book, but instead, Scotlyn and Nix had the exact same internal voice which can be confusing, especially if you have to pause the audio and come back to it. In fairness, she did make an effort to deepen her voice in times where there was dialogue. I have nothing against DR, but in this particular book, where the male POV is prevalent and THAT narration is delivered in the voice of a young girl, the overall experience for this book is 50-50, so that's why only 3 stars.
(BTW: 1= I need ear bleach, 2= yikes, 3= good, 4= great, 5= perfect. )
Verdict: Worth it? Absolutely. The book is GREAT, and the audio is GOOD. Worth cash or a credit. Get it on sale or a Whispersynch deal, even better
"Narration: Everybody Sounds Like the Same Person"
I had to stop listening to this one because the narrator never changed her voice. Everybody sounded the same and I was always confused about who was who. I spent the first couple of chapters thinking a main hero was a girl. For the most part the narrator sounds like she is just reading a book with no voice acting. At chapter 4 I deleted the book and will be completing the story on KINDLE.
not great not bad....pleasant easy listen. narrator good, didn't try too hard to sound like a man which can be hard to listen to, especially men trying too hard to sound like women
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