Release Day Review: Fated by Sarah Ready

Fated
Series: Ghosted #3
Author: Sarah Ready

Narrator: Shakira Shute
Published: Today, July 16, 2024
Audiobook: 13 hours 36 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To:  May 30, 2024
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

She meets the man of her dreams in her dreams.

Fiona Abry excels at keeping busy, running her family’s Swiss watch company, and guarding her heart. She’s so busy she doesn’t have time for a vacation much less a love life.

But then she’s given a family heirloom rumored to let you dream your greatest desire.

Suddenly, Fiona is spending her nights on a tiny tropical island in a completely different life.
She’s married. She has two kids. She lives in a colorful cottage on the beach.

This dream life is so different from her hectic, busy life in the city that Fiona decides to live her dreams to the fullest.

Swimming in the turquoise sea. Picnics under palms. Star-gazing on the beach. It’s a slow, seductive dream life that conveniently stays in her dreams.

But after kisses and confessions and long nights on the beach, Fiona starts to fall hard for her dream husband and her dream life.

But what happens when opening yourself to love means falling for a life that isn’t real and a man who doesn’t exist?

Because in the end, it’s not fate, it’s just a dream.

Jessica’s Review:

This series: I am really enjoying it and I haven’t really been much of a romance reader! I am also becoming a Sarah Ready fan. 

Now Ready brings us the third in the Ghosted series: Fated.  Even though this is a series the books can be read as standalones.  The connection for Fated to the others  is that Fiona is the sister to Daniel, who was a focus in book one.  It does seem like possibly that this story occurs before book one.

I did struggle with this one, but I wanted to continue it. Once it got to about 80% the direction of the story changed and I became fully and 1000% invested! It even makes me want to start the novel again at some point, because… well…. Spoilers, so I can’t say! Part of my issue may have been the narrator with her accent. I did check and there have been different narrators for each book in the series.

I really have enjoyed this series and was very excited to see that there is a fourth book coming out October 1: Titled Wished and I hope it lives up to the others in the series. Ms. Ready, it seems like you are trying to turn me into a romance reader, which is something since I have just gone through a divorce!

And I have to say: I REALLY LOVE these covers!!!

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me an alc to listen to and review! I’m hoping to be able to get a listen in on Wished!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Audiobook Review: One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware

One Perfect Couple
Author: Ruth Ware

Narrator: Imogene Church
Published: May 21, 2024
Audiobook:14 hours 25 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To:  May 30, 2024
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

A high-tension and ingenious thriller following five couples trapped on a storm-swept island as a killer stalks among them.

Lyla is in a bit of a rut. Her post-doctoral research has fizzled out, she’s pretty sure they won’t extend her contract, and things with her boyfriend, Nico, an aspiring actor, aren’t going great. When the opportunity arises for Nico to join the cast of a new reality TV show, The Perfect Couple, she decides to try out with him. A whirlwind audition process later, Lyla find herself whisked off to a tropical paradise with Nico, boating through the Indian Ocean towards Ever After Island, where the two of them will compete against four other couples—Bayer and Angel, Dan and Santana, Joel and Romi, and Conor and Zana—in order to win a cash prize.

But not long after they arrive on the deserted island, things start to go wrong. After the first challenge leaves everyone rattled and angry, an overnight storm takes matters from bad to worse. Cut off from the mainland by miles of ocean, deprived of their phones, and unable to contact the crew that brought them there, the group must band together for survival. As tensions run high and fresh water runs low, Lyla finds that this game show is all too real—and the stakes are life or death.

Jessica’s Review:

If you have enjoyed reality show competitions, then this will be a book for you! It’s like a mix of Survivor and Lord of the Flies. We have a large cast, 5 couples competing and one narrator: Lyla.  Luckily, I was able to keep everyone straight. Lyla is a virologist and her partner Nico is an aspiring actor…So you know who wanted to go on the show! Each couple is unique, which is what helped to differentiate the characters.

We get a lot of buildup in regards to the reality show, and I really enjoyed the ‘behind the scenes’ on how the show was going to be put together. Our five couples are on an island in the Indian Ocean and after the first competition they all realize how things are actually going to go… Until a storm hits overnight and they are left stranded.  Then people start dying.

I really enjoyed this one and how it all came together with the villain worked for me. 

As always with Ruth Ware novels, Imogene Church is the narrator!  Ruth Ware’s books are ones I always have to listen to as Church is just brilliant in her narration!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th! If you are not in the USA, then Happy Thursday! I hope some of you are lucky and get a nice long weekend. Not me, I’ll be back to work tomorrow because July 5th is a Friday.

My new apartment is in the downtown area, so I will most likely get a great view of the fireworks tonight! Then even better, no traffic to get home as I will be able to walk to get there!  But the poor cats will most likely be traumatized.

Have a great holiday and stay safe!

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