I surrender. I have given up on Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich on Chapter 8. I was trying to listen to this on audio - and let me tell you, big mistake. Huge mistake! I even have the book in my TBR (I got it at RWA last year), but I thought, "Hey, I'll listen to it on audio! One less book in my TBR that way."
I am a colossal dumbass.
The problem is the reader. C.J. Critt has actually narrated some of the Stephanie Plum novels by Evanovich. She should not have been allowed to get her hands on this book. The issue here is the hero. In Metro Girl, the hero is a Texas NASCAR driver. Critt makes hims sound like a moron. I'm not kidding. Her Texas accent sounds so bad and lazy that the hero comes off sounding like the "slow kid" in your high school math class. He's sort of like the rednecks in Deliverance without the homoerotic tendencies. I hated him with every fiber of my being. Every time his "voice" came through my MP3 player I wanted to start banging my head on my steering wheel.
To make matters worse - Evanovich's talent for guy dialouge was obviously on vacation during the writing of this book. The hero does not talk like a guy. Even worse, he constantly refers to himself as "NASCAR Guy." This is sexy how? It would be like The Boyfriend referring to himself as Salesman Guy. Not only would I laugh in his face, I'd feel his forehead to make sure he hadn't spiked a fever.
As for the rest of it - it wasn't good enough for me to overlook my problems with the hero. The heroine seems OK, but she's so going to be be boinking the dumbass hero pretty soon and I just can't stand it any longer. I know my older sister read this, and I seem to recall she found it "OK." Which I guess is a lesson that you should read it and stay far away from the CJ Critt read version of the audio book.
Oh, and yeah - I've got Alison's contest for today. Which explains the weird title that doesn't have much to do with this post - other than the fact that I think "NASCAR Guy" was supposed to be a "Bad Boy." Bleck.