When playboy businessman Jonas Faraday receives a private note from the anonymous intake agent assigned to process his online application to an exclusive club, he becomes obsessed with finding her and giving her the satisfaction she claims has always eluded her, in order to fulfill his own desperate need for redemption.
Sarah : When I read Jonas Faraday’s brutally honest personal message on his application to The Club, I practically climaxed at my desk. I’m an idiot to risk losing my job but I couldn't resist contacting him. I knew my confession would be like dangling an irresistible carrot in front of his nose - but never in a million years did I think he’d actually hunt me down.
Jonas : I was shocked to get my intake agent’s email - I’d attached that note to my application on a whim, never expecting a reply from an actual person, let alone a reply as mind blowing as that. Her message was so alluring, so irresistible, I’ve been spiraling into a full-blown obsession ever since I got it. What’s her name? What does she look like? Finding her is my top priority.
In The Club, what starts out as an innocent exploration of attraction between two strangers quickly spirals into a steamy story of unbridled passion, obsession, heartbreak, and, ultimately, redemption.
**Age 18+ due to explicit language and adult situations**
©2015 Lauren Rowe (P)2015 Lauren Rowe
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"NO....NO....NOPE....JUST YEAH NO!"
I feel like I should go into a rant about all the wrong things with this book but that will take forever. Let me point this small part out:
Chapter 15 (approximately 14 mins 20sec until the end of the chapter)- This part is narrated by Lauren
"When he sees my eyes go heavy with desire, he smiles at me."
"I think I missed the word desire"
"When he sees my eyes go heavy with desire, he smiles at me..."
At first I thought I missed something, so i jumped back 30 seconds and sure enough Lauren's commentary is loud and clear! Someone definitely didn't do their job well on this particular day......
Next, let me point out the narration was just so lacking. I saw all the high reviews of John Lane's performance but nope I completely disagree. To me his narration of Jonas made him come across as such a tool I could not stand him. As far as Lauren Rowe's performance, I would really REALLY suggest she does not narrate. Yes, she can narrate a book but i would recommend she try some other genre, this is not it.
Finally, the book itself. The concept behind this book was exciting. I expected more though. More of everything from the chase to the dialogue to hot & sexy times but sadly this book just did not deliver the promise. I am no prude mind you. I enjoy well written romance including the erotica sub-genre but maybe this was really something meant for the '10%'. Where was romance? From the beginning, the book hits on sex, focuses on sex and tries to force lust turn into love? Of course now that I know Jonas is supposed to be this god of sex and fails, YES FAILS, to do his job on so many tries that to me he just comes across as a one-minute-kinda-guy. There is nothing hot about this kind of guy.
I think I will stop here. This is a listen with so many holes and so many issues that I really would not recommend. Save that credit for a better book.
"Man Whore meets Law Student"
While I believe Lauren Rowe has the potential to be a great writer, I found the "rich man whore meets younger naïve woman who teaches him how to love" plot has been done to death. The book starts when Jonas (age unknown) spends $250,000 to join an international sex club that would match him up with women who only want anonymous sex, no strings attached. What a guy!
Sarah (24), a smart & funny law student, works part-time for the Club screening male applications. When Sarah sends Jonas a smart ass e-mail pointing out what a jerk he is, they begin sparing electronically. Soon, Jonas uses all his assets to learn Sarah's identity and begins pursuing her. Jonas wasn't a bad person - blessedly not into sexual violence - but he was too arrogant about his sexual prowess.
The dual narration did not match the main characters as written. The person doing Sarah's voice was particularly grating - she sounded like a teenage drama queen, not an intelligent law student. Her "overacting" was extremely distracting. The male voice wasn't as bad but still not good.
Won't be reading any more of this story. Too many repeated lines. Didn't like it at all.
"Decent story but it has a cliffhanger"
not unless it's confirmed that the book doesn't have a cliffhanger ending
Lauren, no i don't like YA books and thats what her voice is better suited for
John yes he did a great job with what he was working with.
the story reintroduced me to two songs i forgot about but liked.
First off i would have given this book a 3 or 4 star rating but NOOOOOOOOOO the author wanted to jump on the serial bandwagon and drag this mess out and give this book a cliffhanger. FORGET THAT MESS!! I will NOT go on to the next books out of spite. The story was good, the premise was great. I can even over look the 24yr old girl and whatever year old guy who slips into 12yr old crushing girl mode more times than i can count. But that cliffhanger ending was a deal breaker for me.
PUT UP A DAMN DISCLAIMER AUTHORS!!!!
story 3.5 honestly but I refuse to rate it that high due to my issues stated above
narrators - 1.5 for the girl 3 for the guy.
Dear Ms Rowe, there is a reason why it's ill advised for authors to narrate their own books. No offence meant, but you made your character sound like a high school girl instead of a woman. Your voice is more suited for younger characters in a YA book filled with teens, not a sexually active adult woman who's exploring sexuality with a very sexualy active man. Your words on their own are not bad but your words paired with your voice make it a bit difficult to get through (sorry). My advice is to keep writing, do not narrate your own books except if you write a YA, and do not drag a story out and leave cliffhanger endings. Most readers do not like that and think of it as a cheap ploy to keep us reading. If your story is good, your characters loveable, and the writing is good we will keep coming back i promise. But as for me, if you do go on to write other books outside of "The CLub Series" then I will not be buying until someone can confirm it's a solid book with an ending.
BUT, to add something positive in this review, you made me fall in love with two songs I've long forgotten, so thank you for that.
ps - no 24yr old says holy moly that much if at all (I'm putting my money on not at ally by the way). Things like that had me feeling like this was just Twilight fanfic and I didn't get the memo yet.
"This book was HOT!!!"
What a fantastic book! This book was so good, I read it straight thru in 1 day! This is my first read by the Author Lauren Rowe and it won't be my last. While it is an Erotic Romance, it is also a suspenseful love story. At one point It even brought tears to my eyes.
Sarah a young woman age 24 is going to law school by day and works for a match making service by night. One night a application came in from an arrogant studly man who sounded so good, Sarah swore he must be lying. It is Sarah's job to screen the applicants and check up on them to verify what they say is true. Sarah is shocked to learn that everything her new applicant Jonas has said is true. Sarah want Jonas for herself. You have to read the story to know what all happens through out this book. It is exciting, romantic, dangerous and hot, yet twisted at the same time!
The author Lauren Rowe did a fantastic job writing this book. The excerpt caught my interest and the story itself held my interest. The plot was excellent and for an added treat, Lauren also narrated this book along with narrator John Lane. I love John's deep voice, the one he used for Jonas. Both Lauren and John did a great job delivering this story to us with so much energy , excitement and desire too! This is one book everyone should read in audio format! Lauren is a natural at narrating! Indeed, this is a great book! Kudos to both narrators! I look forward to the next book and PLEASE make it in audio format too!
"WFT! Is This The Same Book"
First I bought this book because of the good reviews. But I have to say I do not agree. The couple don't even meet until 40% into this book. And up until when they do meet there is about six lines of actual dialogue between anyone. This author repeats herself SO much; I've never listened to an author who takes it that far. BORING! The same repetitive sex scenes over and over again. A good sex scene should take pages and should be different and exciting. I started skimming a third of the way through the book and I never stopped.
Another thing that got redundant very fast was the amount of internal dialogue that takes place in this book. I started to get worried when there were 45 minutes of internal dialogue at the begining of the book. There wasn't enough character interaction outside of the dynamic duo. Even when Sarah and Jonas were interacting with one another, it wasn't long before the inner chatter would strike again for pages to come.
Another thing that got old very quickly was the use of the words “lick” and “oh my”. I could hardly finish the book and then a cliff hanger end just finish me off. I am not going back for anymore of this torture.
Lauren Rowe , John Lane were OK with the delivery of a very bad story.
"5 HOWLING MONKEYS STARS!"
Oh the culmination of human possibilities! I loved this! I love it when I find a book that so unexpectedly turns out to be awesome! I swear it makes me giddy! This is my first book by Lauren Rowe and damn it was awesome! We have Jonas Faraday (love that name) he was a cocky bastard asshole son of a bitch motherfucker with so called sad eyes and luscious lips, who doesn't have an ounce of humility or charity in his body and I loved him! Sarah was hilarious (I love funny books) and both main characters were well developed and believable. From their computers all the way to the rain forest their connection was intense and honest. From the very first page all the way to the end I was hooked on this book. There was just enough and not too much hot sex, the storyline was good and kept me interesting thru out the whole thing. The cliffhanger was kind of a turn in the storyline and I cant wait to see what happens next!
"really really awful"
The book lacks any real character development plot or motivation. This is one of the worst books I read in the past 5 years; I couldn't finish it.
"This book is raw"
When it first started, I thought it was just going to be a sex book, but I sick with it because of the reviews I read. Man, I'm glad I did. The author brought out some real pain and real love.
"Erotic Romance at it's finest!!!"
Wow! Where do I begin with this? This book had my attention from minute one, till the end. This book was read in one day. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! What a way to keep an audience interested.
This book was about Jonas, who was "too screwed up to love" so he decided to join a sex club (or so he thought) and he spent a ridiculous amount of money to not find love, but he would have his pick of any girl every night for a whole year. Until he starts interacting with his "beautiful intake coordinator"- Sarah.
Sarah, is a law student just trying to make it through the first year of law school to get the scholarship for the rest of her School years so she picks up a highly classified job to make ends meet for now. She has no idea what she is signing up for, but it "pays well" so she asks no questions and signs on the dotted lines. She is sworn to secrecy and rules but she breaks one of the rules when she comes across Jonas' application and the lines become blurred. One broken rule becomes ALOT of broken rules and all hell breaks loose for both of them.
This was a great read. I have already pre-ordered book two. I can't wait to listen to it. The author (one of the narrators) and John lane did a great job with the narration. I felt like I was a fly on the wall listening to them. Definitely worth the purchase/credit and then some. Loved it!
"Wasn't expecting to Laugh....."
When I started listening to this, I was shocked to be Laughing out loud straight away, I must admit, at first i didn't know if I was laughing with the Author's writing or at it! But I soon discovered I was laughing with her and this character she had created, this man, Jonas, was going to keep me giggling like a school girl for the duration of the book! Total arrogant pig, who met his match in Sarah!
I enjoyed both narrators, the Author narrated Sarah and her complete knowledge of the character and how she wanted her portrayed came across, I loved her excitement and fun, it made listening a joy. I was driving around for the most part with a smile or a blush on my face.
There is a fair bit of inner monologues going on, I quite enjoyed it, I love to get know what the characters are thinking, and unless they are writing a diary, talking to other people, you don't get that any other way. A great Book, great listen. Loved that it ended how it did, with some drama from the Club!! A fabulous cliffhanger for Sarah and Jonas to deal with in Book 2.
"Fantastic book, really gripping and sexy!"
Loved this book, can't wait to read the rest of the series, the narrators are also fab, really easy to listen to.
"Formulaic, predictable, implausible"
The 50 shades of grey formula is now well understood: arrogant male protagonist aged 30ish, successful entrepreneur, so handsome that women swoon when they see him, some dark secret in his murky past which the female protagonist will have to uncover... and of course, suitably well endowed and always ready for action; independent and feisty female protagonist early 20s, slightly ingenue, stunning (although of course she doesn't realise this), well educated... This book doesn't stray too far from the plan.
Law student, Sarah, has lost hope that any knight in shining armour will ever be able to deliver the big O for her, but wealthy playboy businessman, Jonas, thinks he is certainly the man for the job, and he has a cunning plan...
It isn't awful - I've read worse rip-offs of 50 shades (which for the record, I actually did enjoy), and despite the opening chapter, in which Jonas reveals himself to be a complete jerk, he does become more likeable. Narrative alternates between Jonas and Sarah (would have been better to start with Sarah I feel). The author narrates Sarah, and I think does a pretty good job - after all, she certainly knows what emphasis to give to the character. I didn't particularly like the male narrator, finding his brusque style a bit dull.
There was some humour, and I quite liked the witty email banter between them (although not a patch on the exchanges between Christian and Ana). Of course it's explicit, but it fails to build up any real erotic tension, possibly because of the extremely short time frame, which doesn't allow development of the characters or their relationships, so when Sarah continually asks herself 'why oh why does this man have such an effect on me?' (or words to that effect), it is wholly unsurprising that she never finds an answer... maybe she's ovulating when she meets him, and it will all be much more rational in a week's time?! There certainly seems to be some considerable confusion between 'in love' and 'in lust'... but then I've never been a believer in love at first sight.
I won't spoil the story by revealing any more. I wouldn't mind knowing what happens next, but actually I'd rather spend my credits on something different.
"Sexy and romantic"
The club is a sweet narrative about two screwed up people who find happiness together. If you like Fifty Shades then I certainly would recommend. Having the story narrated from both lead characters works really well, so as a reader you can enjoy the journey they make together. There's a fair few sex scenes, so not the sort of book I'll be recommending to my mother-in-law, but overall I thought the book was sweet, I liked both characters and wanted them to find happiness together. Having a male and female read the book also made it great to listen to.
when Sarah was spying on him
i got to say i preferred John lanes out of the two
can't think of one
loved this book looking forward to book 2
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