Monday, April 14, 2014

Audiobook Review: Weekends Required by Sydney Landon

Weekends Required

Author: Sydney Landon
Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Series: Danvers #1
Length: 6hrs 40min
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: December 31, 2012


Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant for three years, but he’s never appreciated her as a woman—until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.…

To support her ailing mother, Claire is forced to work a second job at a party-planning company. But when her handsome boss ends up with a front-row seat to the action, she’s mortified—and he’s intrigued.

With Danvers International in the middle of an important merger, Jason asks Claire to accompany him on weekend business trips—and suddenly all her fantasies are coming true. Her outspoken best friend thinks that getting a little “executive attention” will solve everything. But Claire sees more in Jason than just sex.

Jason is determined to know how the beautiful, sexy woman in the cake could also be his mousy assistant. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes how much fun it can be to mix business with pleasure. And how much he wants to offer her a happily ever after of her own….


UGH!!!This totally back fired!

Let me explain:
I am super busy and wanted to listen to something light and fun while I work in the studio.. but also getting my my cute&fluffy fix for the weekend. I was hoping to find a new series to listen to, so I could fill my studio time with some cute&fluffy, light fun for the next week.
I got this as an audio-expecting a fluffy romance.
But what I got instead was, well, annoying.

I couldn't only not relate to ANY character, there was also no character growth. In short the character building was lacking at best. Each character was so cliche, so predictable that they actually grated on my nerves.

The story line, well I kinda expected predictable- its a romance you know, so it comes with the territory. But I was wrong- it wasn't just predictable it was boring. VERY boring. The epilogue? OMG, are you serious?! Let's just not go there.

The worst thing though were hands down; the dialogues. They felt stiff, recycled and half the time just irritated me.
Though the writing style is not completely terrible, I am not a fan of it. It felt woody and unimaginative at times at other times it was repetitive and felt like Landon was trying way to hard.

The only part of this book I thought was actually any good was the smut! Yes, exactly! The SMUT- the only redeeming feature.
Now I happily read books without it- so I am happily rounding this down.

The narrator was ok. Honestly I would have DNFed if I would have read this myself. But saying that I am also not sure if I would recommend the narrator, since I didn't like the book. I think she made the reading more bearable, but I also have heard better narrations. It's quite hard to say, since I seriously loathed some of the dialogues and was all around unimpressed.

This book is to cliche and unimaginative for my tastes and it is the perfect example about everything I dislike in a romance novel. Well, except for that smut. That was actually quite yummy. Which is besides the point. Back to the issue at hand: My tenuous relationship with the genre has just been set back by at least ten books. I am not even sure I wanna dare reading or listening to anything in the genre for the foreseeable future.
I don't know if I should just ignore this and jump right back into cute and fluffy- cause I definitely didn't get my cutesy fix or if I should just go back to fantasy. Thing is instead of ranting right now, I really should be working. BUT Weekends Required just totally messed up my audio plans and my happy vibe. I am now forced to scour Audible for something to fix the mess my cute&fluffy fail has caused. Wish me luck or even better send me recommendations for really good audiobooks that I might like!

Needless to say I wont be going on with this series nor will I read any other books by the author.


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