I'm a pawn, a piece of chattel, a toy - used and forgotten. When you're done with me, you can walk away with no regrets. That's how my husband sees me. I try to be the best wife possible for him. After all, he took me on when no one else would. Now - he's in debt and owes more money to the loan shark than we can possibly repay. But, don't worry, he's come up with a solution, it's just not one I was expecting. I've been traded.
Content warning: this book contains adult language, sexual situations and situations of emotional abuse. This book is meant for 18+ only.
©2015 Rebecca Brooke (P)2016 Rebecca Brooke Publishing
I was fortunate to given a free copy of this book for an honest and unbiased review.
When Elena married her high school sweetheart Dominic, she never realized he'd end up being such a hateful man. He is constantly saying hateful and degrading things to her and has caused Elena to think she doesn't deserve better. When Dominic ends up not having the cash he owes the loan shark he's bored money from, he trades Elena for three months. Ashton is astounded that any man would treat his wife that way and only allows the trade to happen in order to teach Elena she's worth more. During the time Elena spends with Ashton, they get closer and closer and both fall for the other. What will happen when the three months are over and Dominic makes it clear he wants his wife back?
I loved Ashton. He may be a loan shark, but he also owns several restaurants and was a great man. He cares for Elena immediately and did everything he could to teach her how beautiful she was and show her the ways a woman should be treated. Poor Elena had been brainwashed by her husband and thought everything she did should be for him. What's sad is that you know there are really relationships that exist like that.
This was a standalone story where Elena slowly learns about herself and what she's worth. It was a story about finding love where you least expect it and for Elena about second chances. It's told from dual POVs and has a happy ending.
The dual narration was outstanding. Honey Scarlett read the female dialogue and Leeroy Will read the male dialogue a great combination.
"Fall in Love with the bad boy... or is he?"
Traded by Rebecca Brooke
This is a fascinating story. The main guy in the story comes across as the bad guy. Ashton is the son of a loan shark who is collecting from her husband who owes his family a lot of money. Elaina is an emotionally abused woman who is traded by her husband for time to get more money together for debt. Ashton decides to take the deal in order to get her out of the situation and show her she deserved better. The author does a wonderful job showing the inner turmoil of the woman thrust out of an abusive situation into the unknown.
This narration duo does an incredible job. I love how they read with inflection – like they truly care about the story they are reading. They aren’t scared of the sexy scenes but also put true caring and inflection following the story of an abused woman.
Definitely give this book a chance but be aware if you have triggers regarding abuse it is not one to pick up lightly.
Disclosure: This book was provided to A Little Turtle’s World free of charge through Jayne Err for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
I loved the way Ashton was with Elena. He was so sweet and caring, made you just fall in love with him.
Ashton, he is the sweetest bad guy you will ever meet! I loved the way he empowered Elena to stand on her own.
Yes I have, I love this duo they are truly amazing together. I cant wait to hear more from them.
I tried, but it was a little long for one sitting. I can say I never wanted to turn it off.
Rebecca did an amazing job writing this book. I look forward to more work by this Author
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review
"Loved it sooo much!"
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This was my 2nd audiobook by Honey and Leeroy, I really enjoy the rough quality to Leeroy's voice. Well done
"Another awesome Romance"
I first heard Honey and Leroy in Burning Ember. They really know how to move you to get lost in listening to a good book and this one was another great performance. They really know how to pick good books to work with. The story with this was steamy and great and had me wondering when Dominick would make his appearance again. You were left looking over your shoulder waiting for the shoe to drop and finally it did and although I was hoping for a little more battle with him, I'm not disappointed.
"Different than expected."
I think the duel narration was Fantastic and definitely added a missing element that the print version doesn't have.
Ashton's overly sweet and kind treatment of Elaina.
I haven't but I will in the future because they were excellent narrators.
It was hard at times to listen to the self abuse that was brought on by her husbands abuse. But having known someone who was an abuse victim it was very realistic in some aspects as to how victims see themselves, and ultimately stay in those situations.
This story has some triggers, it also has a mild D/s elements but not enough that Ibwould classify it as that genre. It has some very dark points and some great lighter points, but their were moments that the down trodden demeanor can become annoying and redundant, other than that the story was enjoyable, just not exactly what the blurb leads you to think, in a good way. I was given this audiobook for free from audiobook boom for my unbiased review.
"My FAVOURITE audio duo!!!!"
Honey Scarlett and Leeroy Will bring so much life to all the characters in TRADED, a story of love, betrayal and trust. Ms. Scarlett's voice is beautiful and soothing as she seamlessly takes on each female character in this book. And Mr. Will is a master of voices, his raspy voice sending shivers up and down my spine as he takes on all the male characters with gusto. I always feel like I am experiencing a movie unfolding with this dynamic narration duo. Their ability to make the reader FEEL each scene is AMAZING!!
"GREAT STORY — NOT AS DARK AS EXPECTED"
I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
First time listen to this author and she impressed me. I expected a bit more of the down-and-dirty side of a Mafia Romance but was given a real love story. And I loved the story.
Honey Scarlett and Leeroy Will were awwwsoooome! I have heard them once before (quite recently) and hope the continue to do a lot more narrations in their perfect duo voices.
TWO ENTHUSIASTIC THUMBS UP!!
"GREAT premise with Catherine Anderson-esque style"
Not long ago I listened to JT Geissinger books, and I was warned that I wouldn't like the heroines, yet I would enjoy the stories. It was true. There are some books that as long as you walk into them knowing this or that is going to be a certain way, then you can move on and enjoy the rest of the story.
I haven't read a Catherine Anderson in years, but this book reminded me of her sugary sweet heroines + HEA style. Yes the heroine starts off as a Mary Sue Doormat. I mean she is *Mary Sue* and I kept wishing that this book went full BDSM and explained her as the ultimate broken in full slave, or that the story was set in a barbaric time period or even an ultra repressed Victorian era romance because I needed a reason for her to be soooo devoted to her crap bag of a husband, sooooo good in all things, and yet stay with him and put up with that, working outside the home, positive outside influences unable to talk her out of leaving him for years and years.
Then I thought... you know?? Props to the author for NOT making her parents the brainwashed members of an uber religious cult etc etc and NOT making any excuses -- this woman has been systematically emotionally abused. Her husband wormed his way into her confidence and didn't stop chipping and as much as I despised that yes I know it happens.
Such a relief when the hero begins the battle of reprogramming her. SUCH. RELIEF.
This girl NEEDS it.
I came to like her. Her revelation about his role in the business is actually... really cute. ;)
I liked the hero for her. She needed a guy that loved her and didn't mess with her head, didn't do games - just figured out what he wanted, and activated a plan to make it happen. And he realizes what she needs and works with her to make things easier, better. Really nice.
There were a couple of scenes I bookmarked in this audio because they were really touching. I loved the premise LOVED it. Fascinating, horrifying premise to walk in blind to find out the man you've devoted your life to just traded your body to a criminal for a few months.
AND THE NARRATION. It must be said. Dual Narration: was never a fan of it. Didn't finish a book that had it until I heard Honey & Will in another book, Burning Ember. I'M A CHANGED LISTENER. Their voice acting is AWESOME and I really, really was surprised how much and how fast I fell in love with her doing all the female and him doing all the male lines. It's - well, it's like a riveting play for my ears and I'm afraid they've spoiled me!!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Wow this book absolutely sizzles"
This was a really steamy read. I enjoyed the dual narration and the story line was OK. I was voluntarily provided a review copy by the author publisher or narrator
I voluntarily listened to, and reviewed the audiobook version of this book.
It is definitely a book that draws you in. I liked the premise of the storyline and was interested to see where it went. A lot of the storyline was a little predictable and 'too good to be true'. Also I'm no prude, but there was a little too much detail in some places...sometimes less is more!! I'm not really a fan of sex scenes in audiobooks...it all feels a little wrong, like you're invading someone's privacy!!
I've seen some other reviews describe this book as a 'dirty fairytale' and I think that's a great description. I think there are some areas in the book that could've been explored more than all the sex and lust but that's probably my fault for not understanding the genre of the book.
I give this book 3*.
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