Social Media by J.A. Huss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Six books in one audiobook!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👩🏻🧑🏼🦱👩🏻🦱👱🏻♂️🦸🏼♂️
The heroine: Grace @FilthyBlueBird – After her parents died, she was adopted at 16 by her best friends mom. She goes on an all inclusive honeymoon with the same best friend who won the trip in a contest. She lives in Denver and is an event planner that just got a promotion. Her and her friends are into filthy tweeting especially on the accounts of hot male celebrities. Grace only ever sends her dirty tweets to one man, her dream guy, movie star Vaughn Asher.
The Hero(es): Vaughn @VaughnAsher – he grew up the son of a very famous actor and was a successful child actor as well. He is now one of the most famous A-List movie stars. He is also a dominant who makes all his women’s sign an iron clad non-disclosure agreement. He is not into lasting relationships and prepares for the end of every one before it even begins.
The Story: Grace was in paradise sitting at a tropical bar and still couldn’t keep her head out of her twitter account. So she is upset when some arrogant interloper comes up beside her and tells her what drink to order. He walks away before she gets a chance to see who it is, but gets all up in arms about his high handed manner.
Nothing could have surprised her more than when she found out it was none other than the prince of her steamiest dreams and fantasies, Vaughn Asher. She agrees to go out with him and finds that they clash over just about everything but she loves it still. Vaughn sees Grace as a natural submissive and wants her much more than he cared to think about.
I really enjoyed this series. It made me uncomfortable in places but really kept my attention throughout the entire series and every book had different things going on. At first I thought it might just be 20 hours of back and forth between him wanting full control over her and her not wanting to give in. Granted some of the things he wanted from her would make me cringe if I was in those situations. He liked to come right to the edge of humiliating her in a few scenes, but the storylines got much more interesting than just BDSM and steamy scenes. Though there was plenty of that.
As for the narration, I liked the fact that it was dual POV and had both male and female narrators. I saw some reviews that didn’t like the male narrator for this dominant of a character, and I did have a bit of an issue but his voice reminded me of David James Elliot from that old TV Show “Jag”. I think what bothered me was the cadence of his reading, but it really didn’t bother me much.
The female narrator sounded exactly like Lyndsy Fonseca who played Alex on the TV Show “Nikita”. Her voice was perfect for the character of Grace. She sounded age appropriate and intelligent and I really enjoyed her parts. Though I hated her voice as Grace’s best friend, but it seemed sort of appropriate for a girl in her twenties who loves social media.
I loved the story arc and how this series take you to places you wouldn’t think of for a Movie Star romance. It was romantic in places, funny in places and dark in places and not just because of the BDSM.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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