SPOILERS : Perry’s Take on Wanderlust w/ #RichardArmitage


First – I don’t know much about modern romance novels of this sort.  If there are romance novels that are better written, I’ll be happy to take suggestions and read one more just to compare. Second, long story short, most of this short ( 7 1/2 hour) book was a snooze-fest, poorly written and 50% poorly narrated. I only gave one listen to  most of it , so I’m afraid I may be a little vague or incorrect on some of the details. But then, so was the author.

The Plot – Joy something or other is a chemist, living in Austin  before she takes a job for a fragrance company in Paris. She doesn’t speak French, so her new company arranges for a professional translator to shadow her. Initially, the reader doesn’t know what her job is.

Griffin is a British/French hunk who works as a translator for a company. He’s on the verge of collecting his last bonus and taking off for Indonesia to run a marathon. The bonus is cancelled and he gets a different assignment – to translate for an American scientist.

In Paris, Joy meets a British man in a boulangerie (bread bakery) who helps her order a croissant ( really? she couldn’t say croissant?)  [ ETA – actually, pan a chocolat. The croissant comes later) She’s immediately bowled over because of his British accent (and he’s gorgeous). She tries to guess his name, and comes up with Daniel. ( Daniel!). He tries to guess hers, and and never gets it, settling on Judy. The joke here is that they’re selecting typically British or American names. Really quite silly. The physically attraction between them is hot, (“because, breasts” and British accent) and after talking about and eating croissants, they depart.

He bumps into her again just before he’s supposed to meet his client, the lady scientist. They have coffee together, start to talk and because the attraction is so strong, decide to go on a date.  She asks him to text her his real name. Oops – turns out, Griffin is her translator – she’s the lady scientist. She’s a fragrance specialist in Paris to work for a fragrance company and develop new scents.  Despite their mutual attraction, they both determine that it would be inappropriate for them to have an affair under the circumstances.

Joy is red-headed, green eyed and has long legs and great tits. Griffin is tall, dark-haired, clean shaven, exceptionally well built ( 6 pack abs) and has wonderful blue eyes. Later we learn he also has a nice cock. That’s all we know.

So, the next 1/3 of the book is how they spend their days working, fantasizing about being with each other sexually, masturbating when fantasizing, exploring Paris and learning about each other. In addition, Joy convinces Griffin to give her private, immersion-style French lessons.

There’s a lot of talk about flowers and floral scents ( turns out Griffin’s sense of smell was diminished after spending so much time with his dying brother in the hospital).  Hey Joy – there are more than floral scents in perfume! Throughout the book, in different locations, they stop to smell the flowers – but the scents are never really described. This was probably beyond the author’s ability. Chocolate, ice cream and pastry also play a big role. Cheese – not so much.

Eventually, they do sleep together and they become a couple. The problem is that Griffin has made a promise to his dying younger brother that he would fulfill their bucket list, which includes Griffin running a marathon in Indonesia, and then traveling around the world. He’s already got his ticket.  He’s given up his apartment. He’s made his promise. He doesn’t know if he’ll return and the clock is ticking.

As it turns out, Joy’s Paris boss tells her she has an opportunity to run the perfume lab at their Austin, Texas parent company – her dream job. So now she has to decide whether to leave Paris or not. Why not? After all, Griffin is leaving and she’s not going with him.

They say good-bye with the understanding that he will give her some space while he’s away (?) and then probably get in contact – after all, there is always email.

Mind you – they have both declared their undying love for one another – pure bliss.

Instead of going to Austin, Joy arranges to stay in Paris to develop her new scent for her current employer. Although she’s claimed before that honeysuckle was her favorite floral scent, she doesn’t think of adding it to her concoction – until they go to the Monet gardens and she finds some. Voila. Perfect new perfume.

Griffin runs his marathon in Indonesia and realizes that his dying  brother gave Griffin the  bucket list to help Griffin live without him, and to fulfill his own dreams. Joy planted this seed and Griffin came around to her theory.  He wasn’t really imbued with wanderlust anymore.  Having tossed the idea that the bucket list was actually his and not his brother’s, he decides his dream is to be with Joy, so  he’ll go to Texas to be with her. Presumably, by now he knows her last name, because I don’t.

Joy emails Griffin asking him to return. Griffin misses the email, but is on his way back to Paris instead. He gives her engagement ring, in front of her apartment building which has a  hot pink door, and they get married.

That’s all folks.

Thoughts– The story is plainly ridiculous for a few reasons. For one, the author manufactures a conflict, forbidden love, which I don’t think exists under the circumstances. He’s not employed by her directly. There’s no particular reason why they can’t be a couple if he’s her translator. About a third of the book is spent on this sort of sexual repression/tension, which isn’t successful. Hence, they’re left with the option of masturbating to fantasies of each other. There is a very uncomfortable ( but somehow erotic) scene where Griffin masturbates in the shower while fantasizing about Joy. More about this later.

And anyway, eventually, the two of them also agree it’s ridiculous to be apart and start a full blown public romance.

Also ridiculous, in my opinion, is the second conflict which is supposed to prevent them from being together despite their love – he has to fulfill the bucket list, and that means, not only going to Indonesia to race, but also spending a good part of his life  traveling the globe. I mean, get real. He could do a lot of that and still arrange to come back to her. She could visit him. There are so many ways to stay in contact. The author sets up a deadline by which they have to make their decisions – all based on the plane ticket he’s already purchased. There is no tension or suspense about this. It’s plainly obvious, or was to me, that they would end up together.

In which case, it means the whole book was nothing more than steamy sex and very unsatisfying descriptions of Paris, not to mention, I don’t think we even ever got Joy’s last name! A better author, or maybe, just not a modern romance author, would have given us scrumptious descriptions of the cheese shops, patisseries, tourist sites ( they hit most of them) their flats ( all I know is Joy had a green lamp) their clothes.  There was next to nothing. The author hit the highlights – cafes, the river, the Monet’s gardens, Paris in the rain, Paris at night, Paris in the morning, a view of the Eiffel Tower – but no real flavor of Paris or its neighborhoods. What there was, was trite.  I was left with only imagining Griffin as Richard Armitage.

I thought it was trash. There have to better Romance novels than this one.

The bright pink door doesn’t play a very big part in this. Joy loves her building because of this door. Griffin is amused and charmed by the colorful things Joy loves, like the bright pink door. The door,  as a bright pink entrance must  be, as another fan noted, a vagina. But that doesn’t really work, because Griffin gets into Joy’s apartment a few times before they ever have sex so, I don’t know.

The Narration:

The book alternates between Joy chapters, read by Grace Grant, and Griffin chapters, read by Richard Armitage. Most of the time, each character is relating conversations he or she has had with the other. This means that Grace Grant does both Joy’s voice and Griffin’s, and Richard Armitage does the same. So there are four voices for two main characters. This was a problem for a number of reasons, primarily because the voices were dissimilar, as was the manner of speech and the personalities given by the readers to the characters. In other words – they didn’t match up. I don;t know if the narrators had an opportunity to listen to each other – but even if they did, I don’t think Grace Grant could have matched Armitage and he probably didn’t want to match her. But the upshot was that the personalities of the characters were different on account of accent, cadence, and overall reading.

Ms. Grant’s rendition of Joy is youthful, unsophisticated, perky and lacks acting ability. She sounded like some California high school cheerleader. She is often over excited about trivial matters – like pronouncing a French sentence or negotiating the purchase of a piece of chocolate.  She can pop up with a “Yay” when she gets a French word correct and her texts back and forth to her sister in the U.S. are like high school nonsense. Even worse is her attempt at Griffin’s voice and his British accent. Of course, it’s an impossibility for a woman, (or maybe even a man) to come close to Richard Armitage’s voice, but I found her British accent to be terrible – at times just not there – and she chose an upper crust dialect, which Armitage did not. He seemed to be speaking very close to his own voice and  accent. additionally, Ms. Grant seemed unable to get to a lower register a lot of the times, so I was often confused about which one of them was talking ( Joy or Griffin).

Richard Armitage, on the other hand, master of narration, gave me a more convincing Joy than did the female narrator. I thought this one of his best attempts – completely successful in my view, of an American accent. Moreover, he gave Joy a better voice. His Joy was not perky, too youthful or immature. She sounded more sophisticated ( despite the terrible writing) more like a real business woman in her 30’s, and much more convincing – again, despite some terrible writing. The male voicing of her was sexier than the female’s attempt.

His Griffin seemed to me to be in his own Richard Armitage voice, or very close, using his own dialect. He came off ( oops) more like a regular bloke than did Grant’s version. Also, and not surprisingly, he acted better and he did all other voices much better than did Grant.

His narration of the sex scenes – well, what can I say? When the best sex scene to listen to in the entire book is Richard Armitage as a man jerking off, what does that say about the sex scenes in general? I found this particular scene so difficult to listen to. Here was Richard Armitage in his own voice describing his character masturbating to a fantasy. I thought it interesting ( and a little disappointing) that his fantasy focused on shoving his cock into Joy’s wet mouth and thinking of her fabulous tits. His words. My skin crawled – all 6 times.

I haven’t read many romance novels – especially modern romance. I was laughing to a friend that I hoped there weren’t too many references to “throbbing manhood” – I shouldn’t have worried. This author likes to go for every day and modern words -progress ? Griffin is definitely a tit man – only one or two references to Joy’s long legs or ass. On the other hand, there are also a number of scenes where he was more than willing, and did, use his tongue expertly to eat her. ( I want to eat you, he ate me, I want to taste you,  he went down on me, etc.) These are the author’s words.

I also found it interesting that throughout the sex scenes in the book, the characters referred to doing and thinking “filthy” and “dirty” things. The word filthy just kept coming up. Perhaps it has a new use these days to mean erotic. IDK.

There some fun call backs in this book – for one, Griffin loves ice cream, Joy loves chocolate – both favorites of Richard Armitage. Joy’s love of the male British accent – which is what attracted her to him in the first place, is something many Armitage fans share. At one point they go to Monet’s gardens, a call back to Monet, starring you know who.

My recommendation – Well, this is a terrible book that I might have liked better had I read it, so that I could give Joy my own voice and reading instead of Grace Grant’s. I would have imagined the male voice as Richard Armitage anyway. It’s got lots of steamy sex that didn’t really move me – maybe because there was no sexual tension between the characters – no successful build-up to their coupling ( no wall sex, though it’s mentioned) – just lots of tingling, sweating, sucking, licking, cock talk, kissing, eating  and one actual  blow job for good measure.

On the other hand, I think Richard Armitage fans should give it a try. It will be a novel experience as he’s done nothing remotely like this either in audio or otherwise. Further, as Richard Armitage fans, a listener can picture Griffin as RA himself, though you won’t get much description of Joy – so you’ll have to use your own imagination to fill in the blanks between long-legged, long-haired, big titted,  green-eyed redhead. Sounds a little like the actress who plays Abby on Scandal or maybe Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Demelza in Poldark.


Darby Stanchfield


Eleanor Tomlinson




Why, Richard Armitage? Why? Why would Richard Armitage agree to participate in this project? Why we would he want to read porno trash, poor writing and be teamed up with an inferior partner? One reason may that he’s now under contract with Audible for a specific number of books – they certainly know he’s a winner – and another is that he just wanted to have fun while shocking his fans. Maybe he even wanted to give some of his fans what they’ve been pining for – another romance. From Audible’s point of view, so far, they’ve given Richard Armitage only public domain classics and direct to audio by Audible Studios books. This may have given them best-sellers, but a good part of that audience was probably Armitage fans. By having him narrate a book by a big-selling romance writer, Audible and Armitage might reach a much larger audience.

I want to think he was obligated to do it, but who knows? I’m disgusted that he took on this project as I think it’s 10 steps beneath him.

69 thoughts on “SPOILERS : Perry’s Take on Wanderlust w/ #RichardArmitage

  1. Thank you, Perry, for taking one for the team — at least as far as I’m concerned. You just saved me $27. (I prefer romance novels that make me use my imagination.) It does make me want to have Richard whispering in my ear again soon, though. I think I may give The Lords of the North another listen. It’s been a long time; it was my “first”, and is still my favorite (masterful!), What can I say? I’m old!


    • Well, others may have better things to say – but, if you don’t want to waste time on poor writing, which you probably don’t, then let it pass. Unfortunately, I think I am going to have to pass on The Tattooist. Will see whether I give in or not.


  2. Do you have a time on the shower / masturbation scene? I might want to listen to that just for laughs.

    There are so many good things to read that I just can’t afford to waste precious hours of my life on this type of thing. At least not right now. Maybe in the fall when there’s nothing new again.


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  4. Thank you for this, Perry. Knew it was a definite pass for me, just based on the description alone. And you and I are in agreement – this is so beneath him.

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  5. I’m new to commenting here, but have read your blog for a while. I enjoy it. Thank you for your thoughts. But, I just feel the need to defend the romance genre a bit. I have never read anything by this author, but I do read a lot of romance, both explicit and clean. From your description, this does sound like a poorly written book. I’ll wait to see if my public library gets it, rather than buying it.

    I’m not an expert on romance, for that, I’d suggest contacting “The Ripped Bodice,” the only brick and mortar romance bookstore in the US (and it’s a feminist bookstore). I’m not affiliated with them. One of the owners has a graduate degree in English, and her thesis was on the romance genre.

    There are many good romance authors out there. I think most anything by Nora Roberts is a good starting point for contemporary romance. I’m not a huge fan of her books about witches, just because I think the “spells” she comes up with are not very sophisticated, but I do enjoy the stories. If you like a lot of accurate historical description, I suggest Amanda Scott. She writes historical romance set mainly in Scotland. She has a graduate degree in Scottish history, so story-lines and details are accurate. I also enjoy Mary Balogh for regency romance. Romance readers aren’t dumb. We know history. We read other books as well, and when a book is not accurate, it does get panned.

    Yes, if this is your first foray into romance, a written book may have been better, for the reasons you mention.

    I hope if you decide to explore the romance genre again that you have better luck. I always suggest asking your local librarian for book recommendations.


    • Welcome. Which of these would you say was closest to what I described in Wanderlust, in terms of graphic sex – because I think something like that would be the closest comparison. I have read “bodice-rippers” years ago, when I was less particular – the kind where some pirate, highwayman or other swashbuckler would be some women who was, maybe his prisoner, and there’s be an almost rape in it- but I think that sort of thing won’t stand the test of time and the recent criticism of depicting rape. But at the time, I foud some of them sexy.


      • Thank you. None of the authors I recommended above would qualify for the graphic sex as you described. Mary Balogh may be closest, but even her’s are still not incredibly graphic. It doesn’t make them any less sexy, though, in my opinion. I was suggesting them as an entry into the genre for newcomers who might be a bit put off by graphic sex. I also would like to point out that graphic =/= sexy, necessarily.

        You are correct, the older, almost-rape doesn’t cut it today. They are a product of their time. I can’t think of any standard contemporary authors who are all that graphic. I tend to read more historical or paranormal. Also, unless I really love the book, I tend to forget the author. I do read romance as an “escape” but I still like them to be well-written. The closest I can think of who is good is Jennifer Crusie. I like her books “Bet Me” and “Anyone But You,” and even those aren’t all that graphic. Sexy yes. I also think Suzanne Enoch, Victoria Alexander, and Grace Burrows are good, though they write historical.

        If you are looking for something more graphic, and can handle paranormal storylines, I’d suggest Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander books, Gena Showalter, Sherrilyn Kenyon, or maybe JR Ward. Steer clear of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s book Acheron as a first read – it has a lot of abuse in the first half to explain how he becomes who he is, it’s a difficult read. And, although I like JR Ward, her language is not always feminist-friendly. The “insults” between the men in her books can be seen as anti-feminist.

        Sorry to hear that you have no local librarian. I used to be a librarian, so when I have more time I’ll try to dredge up some websites that may be more helpful with the romance genre recommendations.


        • Thank you. It’s not that ‘m looking for something as graphic. I’m looking for a better done example of Blakely’s genre. I think I may have read Nora Roberts once.


    • Believe me, there’s no way this author can be placed in the same category as quality romance novelists such as the ones you mentioned. It doesn’t even categorise as well-written erotica such as Robin Schone’s.

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  6. Thanks, Perry! I believe there is a time and place even for a somewhat trashy romance 🙂 How would I say it… I find that if one is rather horny at the start, one tends to overlook plot holes and narrator mistakes somewhat 🙂 Might be enough to make it a nice listen. I’m going to give it one of my credits.

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    • But, aren’t there some better written trashy, sexy, horny romance novels? Is this is a good example of one? I don’t know. But, listening won’t kill you and might amuse you – especially for a credit, which is what I used.

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  7. OH, I so agree with your description of Grace Grant against Armitage she came off like a novice reading. Her acting was not good at all. Was so monotone. At least when RA speaks even describing simple things he brings what he says to life. All in all I did not enjoy that he did this type of book. There are so many good romantic novels out there. Sometimes I believe he does things to try and shake his fandom up ( like the RedDragon) . This is a pass really I am almost done listening to the ending of it and it is taking me some time to get through it. I fell asleep during part of it and had to go back…lol shows how interesting.


    • I agree about most of what you said. They did give her last name a few times. It was hyphenated. At the end, Richard’s character even commented on her keeping her hyphenated name and his name after they were married. The female narrator was a horrible choice in my opinion. Her voice grated on my nerves and she was really boring. I fell asleep during portions of her readings multiple times. Also, the female character was from Texas. A slight southern accent would have been nice. That’s just my southern opinion, though.😉 Not a great story, but I love to just listen to Richard’s voice, so I made it through. Richard did a much better job of being Joy than she did, so maybe they should have just had him read the entire thing.


      • Welcome. I must have fallen asleep or faded when they mentioned her last name – hyphenated , no less. I think she mentioned that she had tried to lose her Texan drawl.


  8. As I feared, this sounds so trashy and terrible. Are there really 6 male masturbation scenes in 7 1/2 hours?? I thought she said this was going to be more romance than sex? I don’t really read romance, personally. Some women’s fiction, but not romance.


  9. Spoilers or not, I couldn’t resist reading your assessment. I am only at chapter 5 at the moment, and as I said in my comment elsewhere, I already find my lack of curiosity/urge to continue reading, quite telling. (The last audio book I listened to was “My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece” read by David Tennant, and although a different genre and therefore not quite comparable, I still could not *wait* to keep listening.) Even the promised “hot scenes” – which I admittedly have enjoyed when reading erotic romance novels before – are not bait enough to get me to listen urgently to this audio book.
    Much of your criticism resonates with me. I don’t have a massive problem with the female narrator as such (although I find her accent strangely ‘mechanical’ for want of a better word – but it’s still early in the book for me), and Armitage narrates well. It’s the character’s “voices” that do not convince me. Particularly Griffin does not sound authentic to me. I keep thinking “a man would never say that. That’s what a woman *thinks* a man would say”. So far I find that there is too much recounting of dialogues, not enough plot as such. And the bit of plot that there is, even at this early stage, feels contrived to me – the coincidence of Joy and Griffin meeting at the boulangerie, the toxic relationship backstory, the bucket list task. Some of the text has had me snort loud – “breasts” – but like you, I wonder whether that is because I am *listening* rather than read it myself. With previous romance novels, I was fairly tolerant and didn’t mind occasional lapses. With this thing, I (unfairly?) expected more, probably because of RA’s involvement. However, having read yours and other people’s verdict, I fear that the first impression is going to inform the rest of the book, too…


  10. Thank you for this review. I ordered this with an Audible credit and I’m relieved I didn’t have to pay full price for it. It’s so poorly written I find myself cringing inside with what must be second hand embarrassment for him when he reads. It’s so unlike the quality of his previous audio work….why Richard, why?!

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  11. I never ever thought the day would come when I would actually be disappointed in a project of Richard Armitage. I might not like some but disappointed? Actual disappointment? Today is the day. I’m not a prude – but to think that someone with RA’s talent is squandered narrating a masturbation scene for an audio book fantasizing about ‘tits’ is incomprehensible to me. I don’t know what to think about what he was thinking agreeing to do this and then actually going through with it. What the hell is he doing?

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    • No. I was waffling whether to listen or not. I saw the clip of him reading some of it during the interview he did – for Audible I think? That sealed it for me. The text he narrated in the clip sounded as awful as I had imagined. I kept thinking my thoughts on this project might be unfair since I was uninformed about the writer but your review sealed it for me – I will definitely not be purchasing this to listen to myself. I’m actually appalled that he has done this – and I try to be as open minded as possible. Why he took on this project I can’t fathom. There is no reasons presented yet that seem worth this – growing his fan base, trying new things, ‘shocking’ his fans, just for fun – none of these reasons seem worth having this on his CV. I’m not knocking Romance novels – quality work is quality work regardless of the genre. This sure doesn’t seem like quality work. I am really disappointed in him. Surely there are better romances he could have done – even much better erotica if that was his goal. I’m just dumbfounded. Your description of the sex scenes left me squirming. I can’t even muster up amusement about them. Or curiosity. I haven’t listened because I’m afraid that if I do I can never ‘unhear’ it.

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        • I still have listened to it! Burning curiosity about it I confess but like I said before – I won’t be able to ‘unhear’ it if I do. One must have standards, lol. I guess we all have an image/fantasy of RA in our minds as no one knows the ‘real’ RA. I’ve decided to keep mine intact for a while longer by not listening to Wanderlust. (I see from your comment on this today that I’m not the only one who reads old posts to catch up from time to time. lol).

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            • Yeah I got that from the rest of your comment. I’m in total agreement w you. I don’t know what is happening w him right now. Some buzz today about him reading The Bible? Say it isn’t so…


              • The Bible reading was a spoof on a blog – it was really very funny. I think it may have been this blogger actually.


          • Yes I enjoy the past blogs to kind of find out what I missed. I do recommend Richard’s narration in the doc The Great Sperm Race b/c he says vagina and cervex w the same enthusiasm shall we say but not the smaught of Wanderlust and it is like no other doc I’ve ever seen. It’s on YT just type in Great Sperm Race. I wish that doc had been around when I was in high school. 👏👍I think you’ll like it.


  12. Sorry you made me laugh so hard i nearly cried! Tonnes better than listening to this will be… as expected. I’ll suffer through it out if curiosity and then go watch Capotondi’s wall and thighs walking scenes for some balance 😁. The story has no appeal sadly from what you confirm. In term if romance funny enough i listening on audible to a recent i think Nora Roberts one Sundown which i am thoroughly enjoying even though I’m not into cowboys at all! But her female characters rock and I’ve enjoyed quite a few of her books before. This Paris thing will have to wait until I’m done with Montana, a beautiful horse and a bad guy gets caught. I’m in no rush 🙂

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    • The Pink door is a bust. When Griffin goes with her to hep her negotiate her lease, because the landlord is now offering her something different from what was promised, they discuss her looking for a different building – but, when she gets to the building, it has a bright pink door, and he offers her a 7th floor flat, which she loves and takes. He is charmed by the fact that she is a girl who loves a hot pink door. FF to the end, and he proposes to her in front of the door. And that’s it. If there was anything else, I missed it.


  13. Wow, I asn’t going to buy it anyway, but now I don’t have to feel guilty about it. Thank you for your candid review. I can’t imagine how something that’s supposed to be erotic can be a snooze fest. Wait, because it is poorly written and acted (at least by one person)?


  14. I said that contemporary romances were hit and miss for me and this one was a miss. If RA hadn’t been a narrator, I would have stopped listening after chapter four. I didn’t enjoy the writing, and the story and characters didn’t do much for me. It’ll get returned to Audible and I’ll get my credit back. There are so many more talented romance writers out there. For me, it’s too bad he wasn’t paired with one of them. A lot of people like Blakely’s stories, but they aren’t for me.


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  16. I think Richard was really trying to give us a Valentine’s Day gift, as with Classic Love Poems. He just didn’t know any better.

    He does now.

    I had originally thought that the male character was a Special Forces soldier, or something like that, and saves the girl. I thought there would be some mystery or action or suspense, or SOMETHING! Imagine my disappointment at having to slog through absolutely NOTHING for 8 hours.

    I also felt somewhat embarassed for Richard having to read the graphic sex scenes. But this is probably just projection on my part. He is a grown man, after all.


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  18. “Presumably, by now he knows her last name, because I don’t.”
    “I don’t think we even ever got Joy’s last name! ”

    I guess you were so unhappy with a woman’s voice (the same here) that you just missed that moment. They both introduced themselves to each other in the 7th chapter, at a cafe, when they realized that they were in for an official relationship, and they also joked around their last names – Joy Denvers-Lively and Griffin Tomas.

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  19. I avoided this review before now, not wanting to color my own opinion too much. So funny- laughed out loud. And it brought back so many of my own eye rolls! I assure you there are FAR better romances out there!


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