Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel-blue eyes. "The Fixer" who can make or break you in this city. Oh, and my new husband.
That's me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. But then he caged me. Kidnapped me. And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up. Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings. I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he'll ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.
Sparrow is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.
©2016 L.J. Shen (P)2016 L.J. Shen
My first book by L.J. Shen and loved it! The characters and story were gritty, raw and oh so hot. I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to find out how these two characters were going to end up! And the narration by Michael Pauley was amazing, my first of his but definitely not my last!
"Fantastic gritty romance with amazing narration!"
Wow, wow, wow!! I just finished this audiobook and it was INCREDIBLE! It's been a while since I've listened to a book that made me happy SoCal has such craptastic traffic. I just wanted to keep driving because the story is phenomenal and the narration is spellbinding.
L.J. Shen knocked this out of the park IMHO. If you like gritty romance novels, you need this book. This is no flowers and hearts story. Troy Brennan is an a-hole, but good luck holding on to your heart with him. Sparrow is an amazingly tough warrior of a heroine while still being fragile and broken. She may be one of my favorite book heroines ever.
The narration is done in a perfect Southie Boston accent and it took me a couple chapters to buy in and adjust. After that, I couldn't stop listening! Michael Pauley did an INCREDIBLE job. 😍😍😍😍😍
P.S. Not a cliffy, thank goodness!
This book surprised me. I wasn't sure about it after reading the intro, but it was such a beautifully twisted story that I listened to in one night. I thought it was fantastic. I am a huge reader and audible listener, so I am extremely picky on what books I like. This is one of my favorites by far. I recommend this book. I was sad when it was finished.
This one is hard for me to review/rate because in the beginning I wasn't any more than interested in the story by the middle I was getting annoyed with the characters but by the end I truly liked the characters and how they had grown. So I'm giving 4 stars for the character growth and story line.
I enjoyed this book. The story line was pretty original which is a huge plus. It wasn't incredibly hot but it was angsty and suspenseful. The characters were a little rough, he is "mob" like and she is oh so sweet and innocent with a lot backbone. Once getting to see just how tough she really is, I still can't understand why she agreed to the arrangement so easily. He comes off as a complete jerk, but by the end of the book you can understand his reasoning for sure. I love that it is stand alone too!
I personally couldn't see the chemistry between these two until almost the end of the book. This is a hate-love romance which is usually one of my favorites but I needed a little more love or at least niceness between them to even begin to see where the love comes in. For example, the first time these two really even act like they like each other (besides their thoughts) was towards the very end when they are on the phone, they show a playful side towards each other that I needed to see before I decided that they even liked each other. I loved that scene because it was the first time in the book that either one of these characters really smiled and teased or even laughed.
The narration was 50/50 for me. I loved his voice for Troy with the great Boston accent. I didn't love his voice for Sparrow because it was almost exactly the same as Troy, there were a few parts that I was confused for a minute as to who was talking. I think Michael Pauley was great but I also think he needs to co-narrate with a female narrator.
"Don't let the innocent cover mislead you..."
Funny, sexy, hot, unique, captivating and romantic in the best possible way!
The narration was great, although a dual narration would have been better.
• Contemporary • Standalone • Happily Ever After • First-Person Narrative • Her POV • His POV
The romantic theme:
• Mafia Romance • Outlaw Romance
• Page Turner • Made Me Laugh • Touching • Twists & Turns • Sexy • Provocative
• 3 / 5 (Includes hot and explicit sex scenes) • MF scenes • Dirty Talk • Vanilla Sex
• Cat And Mouse Games • Instant Clash • Witty Banter • Opposites Attract • Fake Marriage • Heroic Rescue • Big Secret • Billionaire Lifestyle • Mystery & Suspense • Violence • Brutality • Sexual Abuse
• Alpha Male • Bossy • Cocky • Possessive • Emotionally Unavailable • Hot • Fit • Billionaire • Manwhore • Bad Boy • Outlaw • Troubled Past
• Pretty • Sassy • Strong • Unconventional • Model Figure • Fit • Virgin • Troubled Past
Absolutely loved this....I had to finish it. This was my first by LJ Shen, just couldn't turn it off. Michael Pauley 10 stars, he bought this story to so much life...just awesome!!
The Book, absolutely yes!.... not the audiobook. The Narrator is wrong for the character.
The story was great
Get a different narrator. I'm sure the current narrator is good for other books but not this one. Sebastian York or Jeffrey Kafer would be better.
Only because the story was good but narrators ruined it for me. No offence to the narrator.
"If I could give it 10 STARS I would"
Top 3 without question, maybe even my #1
Everything , not one thing I didn't like it was beautifully written .
Michael Pauley brings the whole story/characters to life , I have only on very few occasions felt so pulled into a story that I couldn't stop listening . He is without doubt one of my favourite narrators .
Completely blown away by not only the story but by this brilliant voice actor . Most definitely will be seeking for more audio books by Michael Pauley , outstanding work .
"Enjoyed it, worth the credit"
I have been trying to branch out a bit from my normal go to listens, and this one looked interesting. I liked the realistic characters in this story. The bad guy didn't magically turn into prince charming,not saying there is anything wrong with that. but in this story they are who they are. Sparrow and Troy were great for each other. Narration was pretty good too. I would recommend this one.
"Oh my Goodness! What a terrible story!"
Based on the reviews of other listeners I tried to give the book a chance. I've got as far as chapter 9 but then the stupidity of the book was too much for me. The story wasn't only far-fetched, but simply too stupid for words.
The main characters had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He was just a brute and she was a spineless, naive young girl, who, if you have to believe the story, grew up on the darker side of Boston.
The author was trying to convey some sort of budding romance or at least lust, but for me it was just not something I could belief.
There are better books of the genre out there, so keep your money in your pocket and look for something else!
"Weak Herione ..Overbearing Hero"
This is the first and last book I will ever listen to by this author. The author tries tediously to get the reader to like this heroine but I just can't. I listen ro audiobooks to escape and this book just didn't do it for me.
The author attempted but failed. The author wanted to make the herione normal and average but she was described below average in the looks department & weak in ever other department.
Maybe I am superfical but I am reminded in ever chapter how undesirable she is ..nothing at all was appealing about her. She's attracted to him and he's not into her at all. The author could've made her pretty with low self-esteem, no she's basically below average. But of course he is stunning and uninterested in her. He has to be with her for reasons other than attraction.
The hero is not a likeable person. He is a mean unlikeable person and knowing he is not into her makes the book really boring. I didn't feel any of the sparks from the herione or the hero, it feels forced and unreal. There's no build-up to the romance, it just happens and that was that.
Now lets start on the narration... why 'o why did the author not have a male and female narrating. The story is told from both POV. The male narrator did great on his part but absolutely SUCKED on the female parts.
IMO this is a very weak unlikeable couple..much so I wasn't invested in a HEA for this couple..
Buy at your own risk.
"Brilliant story but that voice is awful"
So I have abandoned this at 13 minutes in. The book I have already read was brilliant but this audio version is awful. The narrator is trying to do the broncs/southie whatever accent and it is gawd awful, to the point that I completely missed the words just stuck on the horrible voice.
Thank god I paid 2.99 and kept my audio credits for something worthwhile
"A Great Listen"
This is a great story.
My only problem is I wish there was a female narrator as well as I think that would've of added to this audiobook.
Really enjoyed this book and great narration added to the listen
I happily give it 5stars
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