Just as good the second time around!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😭😖😔🤐😥
The book was narrated by Joe Arden and Jill Redfield. Joe Arden is one of my top ten narrators. He has a nice voice, fairly deep and he does a great job on something like this where he has to do more than one voice. Jill Redfield kind of bothered me at first. She starts narrating in chapter two and it is funny because she was talking about the fact that she (Brooke) was listening to an audiobook and wasn’t getting what was being said and had to keep rewinding it an listening to parts over again. No lie, I had to do the same thing a few times while listening to her. She has a clear voice but sounded bored and a bit above it all, which bothered me even if that was how she was supposed to sound. Though as the story went on it didn’t bother me anymore.
I have really enjoyed all the bossy brothers books I have read so far. I started them out of order, reading Alonzo (Book 5) first and though there were a few small references I missed, it was a true stand-alone so I really didn’t feel like I was missing out on any important information. This book, however should really be read after book 1. There were some things that happened in book one with the Boston Brothers (Jesse, Joey and Johnny) in the Bossy Building where Jesse and Joey grew up and used to live and Johnny still lives, that are important to the mysteries in this book surrounding what sort of nefarious activities the family is involved in.
Actually it really is just Johnny because he took over after his uncle died and then more so even after their Dad died and Johnny told Joey to move as far away as he could and never come back. Then after Joey moved to Tokyo, Johnny used the youngest brother Jesse’s partying and drug addiction and the fact that the paparazzi loved to hate him in order to give them stories about Jesse to keep the focus on Jesse and away from what he was doing.
During the time Joey was away in Tokyo he also partied almost as much as a Jesse, just a bit more discreetly. He also got a girl pregnant five years ago. Joey had wanted to step up at the time and be a father, but the woman had another boyfriend and didn’t need or want him. Fast forward five years and the little girl calls Joey and her Mom is missing, so Joey decides he wants to get his daughter.
However, in the intervening 5 years, the mother had gotten remarried and had another child, and the stepfather has custody of both girls. The stepfather, Michael, wants to keep it that way and he has the money to back it up. So Joey and his two best friends hire a girl named Brooke, who just happens to be a professional liar and con woman with no past to speak of in order to play his fiancé. Brooke is lonely and just wants to be loved, but breaking into the tight knit group of three guys who have been such close friends “and more” to each other for so long is not easy.
This book was smoking hot and extremely emotional. It was funny at times, as all the bossy brothers books have been. It really had a lot of depth because both Brooke and Joey were struggling with issues of acceptance and both wanted to be loved so much. All of this was intertwined with the story of the custody of the daughter as well as Joey’s family and what they do or what they are. Mafia? Secret government organization? Something more sinister? Johnny’s story is next and that should be great.
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