From New York Times and USA Today best seller Vi Keeland comes a steamy new romance novel.
Rules were made to be broken, right?
Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. It seemed like a good idea at the time: a handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed. There were some rules, though - lots of them actually. I had to follow the script and avoid dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal. After my self-imposed moratorium on men last year, it wouldn't be hard to live up to my end of the bargain...or so I thought. Then I realized the deal I'd made was with the devil...and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.
Author's note - Throb is a full-length standalone audiobook. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for listeners under the age of 18.
©2015 Vi Keeland (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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I really loved this book! Throb follows Kate as she enters a competition like The Bachelor in order to win enough money to help her family. Lots of heat when Cooper enters the picture, and plenty of story and entertaining dialogue to make for a great read! I listened to the audiobook version and Sebastian York and Molly Glenmore were amazing!
"SHE BROKE EVERY RULE WITH HIM..... THE LUCKY LUCKY WOMAN"
As this new series called Life On Stage starts Kate wasn't interested in the fame or the chance of a romance with Flynn, the sweet, sexy, tattooed, long-haired Rocker, when she entered the Reality Show Throb - no, she was doing it for selfless reasons to help her family. She really liked Flynn and the sparks were there initially but shortly into starting the show she met Connor in her downtime away from the Show and was instantly drawn to the handsome, charismatic, hot, 29 year old Alpha man. Flirty banter followed but she had to reject him because of the damn rules but he never gave up. She had no idea who he was but she was insanely drawn to Connor, and he to her, the sexual sparks ignited then she found out he was the Tycoon owner of the Production Company heavily linked with the Show and half brother to the slimeball that was currently producing Throb and the slimeball brother was manipulating and calling all the shots.
There were rules of no dating, no sex outside of the Show and no disclosing the terms during the taping of the Show..... but she went ahead and heatedly broke all of the rules with Connor anyway - some happily, eagerly and willingly but some reluctantly because she always felt bad, emotionally split and torn as to what the right thing to do was. She liked Flynn and he was showing all the signs of being deeply into her but her heart belonged to Connor however, she still needed to win the show for the prize money even though Connor was possessive, dominant, jealous, eager and begging for her to give it all up and let him take care of everything. Then the decision was suddenly and viciously taken out of their hands when..... oh no, nuh-uh I'm not going to give it away but I will say that tears, heartbreak, shattered glasses and broken dreams followed.
Dual POV's, Connor, Kate and Flynn were such likeable selfless characters, the bitter-sweet story held my attention from the start and the dual narration was great. There was a lot of sex and Connor had a dirty mouth but he was such a loveable Hero who could have any woman he wanted..... except Kate and she was the only one he ever wanted.
Worth a credit? I initially had a few doubts about this listen based around The Batchelor type Reality Show but it turned out to be so so much more...... a sweet, hot, romantic, frustrating, entertaining, enjoyable and totally creditworthy listen. And the gorgeous Flynn? well he'll get to star in his own book Beat - hopefully following very soon...... pretty please Audible.
"absolutely loved it. another 5 ★ for via keeland"
this book was great. it kept you guessing who Kate was going to choose. did not disappoint. highly recommended.
"Narration is key...."
Dear Audible and every other company that produces these books on tape... be careful who you choose to read your books. Sebastian York is a 5 no matter what he reads, he is truly amazing. But, Molly Glenmore could not have been a worse choice. I could not take the raspiness in her voice one minute, leveling off to a normal voice and then diving into an altogether awful pitchy voice that drive me nuts. I wanted to return the book based only on this - please be mindful of whom you choose to read your books!! Again, anything Sebastian York reads is amazing. This book was okay, but not my favorite. Felt uneven and incomplete - yes it's a full story but it seemed like there were too many parts left unfinished or unaddressed.
I enjoyed the story and the realness of the banter between the main characters. At some point however Cooper's intransigence and lack of comprehension started grating on me. I did love Flynn's character and hope to get more of him in the future.
Sebastian York has the sexiest voice but he lacks a little depth, and Molly Glenmore kept a rather slow pace that sometimes drove me crazy.
All in all Throb is an entertaining and easy listen.
I read Beat a few months ago and I totally loved it. Loved Vi Keeland’s writing style, loved the story line and Oh. My. God. Loved obsessively Flynn Beckham. So I decided to read/listen to the first book of the series and I’m so happy I did it. Vi Keeland has definitely a style, she writes plots very real, very down to earth, not at all Perfect man + Perfect woman = Perfect love story. Throb is a story of a girl, Kate, who needs to win a reality show (something like The Bachelor) in order to take care of her family (with the money of the winning price, of course) but her simple plan is messed with the presence of Cooper, a very bossy, sexy and super cool guy who wins her heart before the guy in the reality show, who happens to be FLYNN BECKHAM!
So, the plot of this book is great, well written, very interesting, although it was a little fast paced. The characters were very great developed, some were so easy to love and other were so easy to hate. Kate and Cooper were so easy to love. Kate was strong, determined, intelligent and very funny. Cooper on the other hand was serious, straightforward, dominant, bossy and had a stamina just like how I like it in my book boyfriends. They both are so selfless people ready to do anything for the people they love. I was so afraid I wasn't going to like Flynn in this book, because he was the bachelor but I was so wrong. Thank god all his awesome sweet personality was well defined in this book and fully developed in Beat. I won’t mention the characters I hated, but please let me know when you read this book who did you hate and we’ll discuss how to cut his balls off.
Did I mention I loved reading more of Flynn? *sigh* and his lyrics? He’s so amazing! I’m so in love!
Sacrifice the past, give me today.
Walk to me, don’t walk away
Hear the music, my words are a plea
Open your heart and let love sing.
Sadly, the narration of Molly Glenmore wasn’t that great. I had to repeat chapters like three times because I couldn't connect with her performance, and her male voices were awful. Thank god Sebastian York did Cooper’s POV, otherwise I wouldn't have finished the audiobook.
Story: 5 throb stars
Audiobook Performance: 3 stars all for Sebastian York
Overall: 4 stars
"Perfection! Vi Keeland,Sebastion & Molly Fantastic"
Kate agrees to do a reality show similar to the Bachelor. Cooper is a movie man with a younger brother who is producing this reality show. Cooper is seen nothing but a bank for Milo, so when he needs money for the show...
During the taping of the show, Cooper plays poker with some of his dad's friend. There is one exception, the dealer is a beautiful woman named Kate. Yes, that Kate.
They are instantly attracted to one another, so the games begin. Cooper doesn't realize that she is on the Bachelor style show that his brother, Milo is producing until he decides to sit in on the planning meeting because of the amount of money invested in the show on Milo's behalf.
Now, real and reality clash!!! Cooper wants to get to know Kate better, however she has signed a contract not to date anyone during the recording of this TV show and for several months after.
What are they do? Especially, as Kate finds her bachelor to be someone she could love.
So many are writing in both the female and the male point of view. Dual narration is becoming more popular and these two performers, Sebastian York & Molly Glenmore, are exceptional
I've read several books by Vi Keeland, this is my first standalone and it is fantastic! I have no hesitation recommending it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance.I cannot wait to add more of my of her books to my library.
Note: However, due to strong language and mature themes, it is for an adult audience.
Five stars across the board
I purchased this book while Audible was running a three books for two credits promotion. I am happy with my purchase, it was a great deal.
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"What a Great Creative Story"
I read Book 2 before Book 1, but that didn't make a big difference. This story is so creative. The life of the rich and famous vs. the every day person struggling to make ends meet. There was intrigue and romance in this well written story. Vi Keeland does it again. I am growing to like her books immensely. The narrators did a great job portraying the characters and not detracting from them. The one word title is misleading because this book is way more than just a superficial story. Loved it!
Easy book to listen to. I finished it in 1 day. The plot was very predictable. I liked the characters but didn't get emotionally involved. It's a good book but I've listened to better. I will not be reading Beat. I don't think either book is worth the credit or the money. Wait to see if it goes on sale.
I really like Sebastian York the woman's voice was ok. Story was just so so.
"Reality TV Romance"
Good story, hot scenes were v.good. I had just finished listening to a dark romance so this made for a welcome genre change. Not quite 5* but still v. entertaining.
As usual Sebastian and Molly were excellent narrators
Enjoyable, easy read. The story follows Cooper and Kate, who meet while Kate is just starting out on a reality to production that Cooper's company is funding, although it is being managed by Cooper's half brother (the one with the chip on his shoulder). She is competing against a number of other women hoping to win the attentions of a certain rock star, Flynn Beckham. Even though Kate is not planning on starting a relationship, least of all because it's against the show's rules, things do however start to escalate and Cooper and Kate and they quickly become 'more'. Kate though, needs the prize money from the show and is not willing to give it up, even for Cooper. I instantly Fell in love with both Cooper and Flynn. Kate at times did annoy me with her choices, but overall a wonderful and well written story that I highly recommend. Going to start Beat next, can't wait, don't know if it's to get more Flynn or Sebastian!
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