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Sucks to Be Me

First Fangs Club
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Series: First Fangs Club, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.7 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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When 49-year-old Belladonna Barrone’s mobbed-up husband does her the favor of dying in a car accident, she thinks she’s finally free of the crime family she unwittingly married into. Then the boss tells her that she has to complete her husband’s last job before that freedom is truly hers. 

No big deal, she figures. Until things go south in ways she never imagined. Suddenly she’s thrust into a whole new world that makes the mob look like kindergarten. Vampires and werewolves are real? How is that freaking possible? 

Her dreams of a new life disappear faster than wine at book club as more problems arise from her husband’s dark dealings and the unbelievable complications caused by her supernatural entanglements. Only her strength and determination (and some wild new friends) will see her through this next chapter, but the odds are against her. 

How much more can her life suck? She’s about to find out....

©2020 Kristen Painter (P)2020 Kristen Painter

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Couldn’t fully invest in this book

It was well written, paced and thought out. Still, it didn’t really enthral me. I assumed it was the male narrator (which seemed wrong to me for a 100% female character POV), but when I moved over to the written version, I still only thought it was good, but not great

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I really enjoyed this book it was serious ( in some places ), funny in others with some romantic undertones. A great read

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  • reallyjenreally
  • 20-02-2020

Fun, funny and relatable new heroine!!

I just finished listening to Sucks To Be Me and I really enjoyed it. B.J. Harrison does a great job narrating the story. This book is very “clean” on the content for those who appreciate that sort of thing (no lurid sex scenes or cursing etc). I usually go for a little more spice in my reading preferences, but Kristen Painter creates lively characters and fun plot kept me more than entertained!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-2020

Meh

While many people found this book a fun read, I find the main character entitled and childish. Every problem she comes across just requires her to give a stern talking to someone to solve (or magically erased). She's basically a "Karen." She whines about having a mob husband who drapes her in riches and then conveniently dies. She whines about being at a normal weight and having to diet (and now is magically skinny on top of being gorgeous). She whines about being magically gifted and being immediately adored by powerful and handsome men who she can't bang because it would be wrong. The system always works for the main character. Everyone who meets her admires her and wants to be her friend. The friends she makes solve all her actual problems and there is a man who wants nothing but to serve her and bask in her glory. I can't say I identify with her. I actually want someone to punch her in the nose. I held out to the end of the book to see if it became more interesting or complex... but sadly no. There are elements in the book that are promising and posed a different way may be a good premise for a fluffy fun novel... but that would be an entirely different book.

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  • Candydiva04
  • 13-03-2020

male narrator?!?!

I dont understand why a man is narrating this book when the main character is a woman.

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  • Mathew
  • 23-04-2020

Boring

I know the title says boring but that's giving this book too much credit. Calling it boring would mean that I invest some time into Cari g about the story. The main character spends so much time thinking about stuff that I don't care about. I do t care that you need to work and look good for your mobster husband, I don't care about the make overs or nail salons. I don't care that you can move because your kids are gone. (That's something she mentions at least five times a chapter). Most of all I don't care if you eat the cheesecake. I came here because of the paranormal angle and for far I'm on chapter 7 and I haven't found it.

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  • Trudy
  • 24-02-2020

Just plain F-U-N!

For Belladonna, being a mob wife was not what she wanted but it was so easy compared to being a vampire, another life she fell unwillingly into! What she does have though is experience and a whole lot of just go with it! Her two worlds have collided and turns out even her sister knows more about it than her. Let midlife begin. A great cast of characters, lots of twists and turns, full of laughs and just plain F-U-N.

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  • Lisa Guertin
  • 27-02-2020

Awesome new series!

I love this first book in a new series by Kristen Painter. It’s wonderful to have older heroines that I can relate to. This story of a mafia wife’s struggle to get free complicated by her accidental conversion into a vampire is by turns scary and hilarious. Add in a potential love triangle and I can’t wait for book two. BJ Harrison does an amazing job narrating and adds even more layers to the characters.

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  • Sandy M
  • 29-04-2020

Different take on over 40 books

I really like B. J. Harrison, and have listened to many books by this author. This book was just okay for me. I was excited to have a female of a mid-age, and some of this was funny, but the constant reminder of her age, and the "perfect body" now that she is a vamp totally negates the "it's okay to be 40". But, on the other had, it was great that Bella was totally fixated on sex, All the time. I liked the first fang club, and the friends. Bella’s sister is great also. ** just re-listened to this book and liked it much better the second time. 😊 Kristen Painter does a perfect romance novel for my liking. Romance, but not graphic sex porn. I have many of her books.

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  • MichaelS
  • 16-05-2020

Protagonist is a complete tool.

The majority of the book seems to be poorly thought out middle-class haughtiness the woman directs toward her husband and others near her. Some illusory stature in society as a "good" person would seem justify any betrayal. The protagonist is a combination of self indulgent and virtue signaling that I found myself despising almost immediately.

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  • Lyndenia
  • 17-04-2020

wow, great first book

It starts a little slow, but when it gets rolling, boy does it go. If a fun and sexy romp. Worth the credit.

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  • Nedra S
  • 22-03-2020

Slow start but worth it

I love the characters. Great storyline. Beginning is slow but builds. Can't wait to read the next book. And I love, love, LOVE the narrator!

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  • *Flora*
  • 12-05-2020

A Wonderful New Series I can Sink My Teeth Into.

I've read and enjoyed a few other books by Kristen Painter but this one felt slightly different: less light-hearted. This is a good thing as the setting for this book needed more weight. I love that Kristen can tweak her writing style to accommodate different reading genres and I absolutely love that her main character in this new series is a middle-aged woman. I did chuckle and smile, recognising many nods to women of my age, although, I wish some of Donna's trademark middle-aged qualities hadn't disappeared - I wear my middle-aged trademarks as badges of honour. As with the other books I've read, I found this book very easy to read and loved Kristen's writing style. I engaged quickly with our protagonist, Belladonna aka Donna as she demonstrated all the personality traits that I crave in a main character; she was intelligent, resilient, resourceful and had plenty of gumption. Although Kristen wasn't breaking the mould with any of her characters, I enjoyed that she created a wealth of them with various personalities and roles to play to progress the story. I really enjoyed the plot with all its twists and turns, and enjoyed how some of the story threads were satisfactorily concluded by the end while others were left to continue into the next book. I downloaded the narration and enjoyed B.J. Harrison's performance; the story is written from the point of view of our protagonist, Donna, and I think the pace of his narration captured her maturity and personality. I liked his vocal variances during the dialogue for the different characters in this story, however, for me, he didn't seem to capture the mood in the narrative from scene to scene. I don't think that there's any offensive content within these pages - language, violence or sex although some of the implied violence linked with the mafia theme is frightened - so I would recommend this book to lovers of second-chance stories, about standing up for what's right and creating your own destiny even if the paranormal genre isn't your usual thing.

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  • Bennett
  • 13-10-2020

Already downloaded part 2

very good story with good characters and very easy to listen to and we'll read by B.J. Harrison. Look forward to hearing more in this series.

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  • deborah
  • 08-09-2020

A story not just a sex romp.

finally, a book that holds my attention from start to finish. Loved the reader. Full marks from me.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 24-08-2020

Fantastic

I’ve had this since release and only just got around to listening. I loved every minute of it and although I was a bit wary of BJ Harrison narrating especially as the MC is female he was excellent at all the voices. I enjoyed listening so much I bought book 2 and now I am eagerly awaiting book 3 🙂

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  • william
  • 22-05-2020

heading optional?

I found it difficult to like the main character,but overall an interesting story, if a bit predictable.

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  • Gillian
  • 13-05-2020

Thoroughly Recommended

Yet another brilliant story written by Kristen Painter. I thoroughly enjoyed the telling from start to finish and can’t wait to start on the next one. Her characters always burst off of the page and you fall into their lives completely. Thank goodness these books are converted into audible files as I can never put them down and being able to listen to them while I get on with my daily life is fantastic!! The narrator has the sexiest most velvety voice too so the book is a winner all round for me. Book 1 is a great start to a great series from Kristen. I am really looking forward to more.

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  • AthenaNI
  • 18-04-2020

This book sucks

I hate having to give this book such low stars but I really can't mark it any higher. I bought this since Kristen Painter is a must buy author for me. I thought I was going to love that the main character was older, not model slim and not athletic at all but. ***************SPOILER************* apparently getting bitten by a Vampire rectifies all that instantly and the MC goes from newbie vamp to boss in just a few short pages. This is one series I will give a miss to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-04-2020

Good listen

I really enjoyed this first in series and looking forward for more to come! I hopefully won’t have to wait too long...

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  • Miss belle
  • 23-03-2020

Loved this story.

Loved this book. Great story, fun characters and just the right amount of back story. I’m looking forward to the next instalment. This new genre is so enjoyable.

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  • S. Lacey
  • 15-03-2020

Brilliant!!!

I loved this book! It was funny and I loved the collection of characters!! I can't wait for more in this series!!