Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Performance (Marnye): ★★★★★
Performance (Sam): ★★★★ ½
Storyline: ★★★★ ½
Narrator: Marnye Young and Sam Smith
Audiobook Length: 6hr 47m
Release Date: 08-03-2017
Reading Time: 6 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Ripple Effect from Marnye Young and Evan Grace in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author, narrators and/or publisher’s generosity.
Ripley Brown had the kind of love that would last a lifetime.
Until the night it died a tragic death, leaving her reeling and obliterating her ability to trust another man with her heart.
Brock James grew up in a home filled with violence and hate.
He vowed never to be like his father, until the night he became even worse than the man. The night he destroyed everything.
Now, Brock is out of the military. He returns home, not expecting to see Ripley. He hasn’t laid eyes on her since that fateful night, but even after six years, he knows exactly what he wants.
It’s time for Brock to face the demons of his past. The same demons that have been haunting Ripley all this time. Brock is determined to win Ripley back, but can she open her heart back up to the man who broke it?
And even if she does – will Brock be able to forgive himself for hurting the only person who ever mattered?
First Line: “’Hey baby.’ My girl, my heart, the love of my life climbs into my beat-up old Ford pickup truck.”
Narrator Review (Marnye):
Marnye Young is one of the best female narrators. Period. Romance, clean, you name it—I want it.
Is it selfish of me to want everything Marnye has? Yes, and someday I will claim her voice as my own.
Marnye’s voice has a spectrum of emotion. No one can make me cry like this woman. This is a very dangerous talent particularly because these crying spells are sudden and VIOLENT. I’m sobbing at work. I’m sobbing at the gym. I just can’t keep it together.
Ripple Effect showcases Marnye’s vocal flexibility. Every time I start listening to her newest narration, I just can’t believe it’s her—she’s like a chameleon and someday, I hope to take that from her too. She’s doing vocal gymnastics and Sam Smith is her judge (and he likes what he sees). Hur hur.
Marnye, you’re flawless. Stop making me cry.
Narrator Review (Sam):
Sam Smith. Staaahp. I could listen to this man’s voice all day. In fact, I did. Repeat all day long, baby!
My favorite aspect of Sam’s voice is how conversational he is. Yet again, I was caught talking to myself while listening to an audiobook. What’s wrong with me?! (I can’t say…) Check me into an asylum—I have no problem with that. Just don’t take away my audiobooks.
Together, Marnye and Sam encapsulate Ripley and Brock so perfectly. I felt each word, each heartbreak, and I didn’t want it to end.
Unfortunately, the happy ending comes and the audiobook shall end. This is an easy fix: rewind, and repeat.
This is a second opportunity heartbreak novel. Yes, heartbreak. Did the last book you read not tear you up enough and you need one final stab in the chest before that inevitable happily ever after? Evan Grace knows how to do it right!
We are first introduced to Brock and Ripley and their love is innocent, pure and perfect. But…Brock is a runner.
“I need to leave, and I need to do it to protect Ripley…”
There he goes! That sweet, sweet man. He’s forever ruined.
Years later, Brock comes homes a different man. Changed. Well, Ripley isn’t the same person either. A dormant desire is instantaneously reignited and these two must find their way back to each other after having lived separate lives. They challenge themselves to learn how to trust again.
I went from hating Brock to loving him—I was obsessed. I wanted to send Brock James on a 10k run into the Wild West to be hung…just so I could eat his FACE and resuscitate him back to life. What. Happened. I could never—and I mean never—forgive like Ripley does. She has unfiltered, unconditional love for this man.
With me, there would be red flags for days!
There are two things that I absolutely can’t tolerate:
- The protagonists break up and the hero starts dating someone else
- The hero stays in contact with his ex
Like, gag. Go away!
These are present in Ripple Effect—albeit they are inky dinky conflicts compared to the slew of bad juju surrounding our leads. I wanted to throw this book across the room (except I couldn’t because it was audio…besides, I was pretty much in love with Sam Smith’s voice at this point). Evan Grace sent me on a wild ride straddling hate and love for our hero!
After seeing their perfect romance at the start of this book, I was dangling off the edge of sanity waiting/wishing/hoping for them to find that happiness again. Gah! So much for me “absolutely not tolerating” parts of this book. Eye roll. 🙄
Ripple Effect did not make me feel good; this was Evan Grace’s intention, I know it. I was uncomfortable, and the scenarios were…real. Brock is not my cup of swoon, but by Gaawd I couldn’t stop. Evan Grace is likely the only author to make me love a man who thoroughly disgusts me.
Brock had a tourniquet around my heart and slowly—very slowly—released the pressure. The text is flawless. The characters are real. I cried my face off.
Evan Grace tore me up.