Audiobook Reviews: White Trash Beautiful & White Trash Damaged (White Trash Trilogy #1 & #2) by Teresa Mummert

Posted January 13, 2014 by Melissa in Book Review | 9 Comments

 





Title: White Trash Beautiful
Series: White Trash Trilogy #1
Author: Teresa Mummert
Narrator: Grace Grant
Age Group:  New Adult
Genre: Contemporary/Issues
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes
Publisher:Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Available Formats: Paperback, E-book, Audio
Find it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Source: Publisher


Synopsis:

A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . .

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . .

My Thoughts

I’m not sure why I resisted New Adult book and issues books for so long.  From the moment I started listening to this one I was completely invested.  It made my drive to and from work just fly by and many times I’d have to force myself out of the car…I just didn’t want to stop listening. I didn’t know exactly what to expect based upon the cliche title (I have a bad habit of not reading a book’s synopsis before picking it up…just as I hate movie trailers) but this was not it…it was so much better than I expected.

Mummert paints a picture that is at once completely believable and yet totally horrifying.  I felt for Cass from the very start and completely connected to her.  As her whole situation was slowly revealed I couldn’t help but weep with sympathy and frustration at all that she went through.  Did she make all the same choices that I’d like to think I would have in her shoes? No…but that didn’t make me like her any less.

And Tucker, oh boy! I’ve always had a literary weakness for his type and he delivers –  tattoos, rock, smooth voice  and smooth moves and all.  But most of all…he is genuine…and that is what draws us and Cass in so deep.

This book is the perfect combination of sweetness and angst, love and heartache…I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t wait for more.

Narration Notes:   Grace Grant delivered perfectly.  I completely bought into her as Cass and couldn’t imagine a better narrator.

Was It Worth My Time?

 
4 Timepieces!

 

 





Title: White Trash Damaged
Series: White Trash Trilogy #2
Author: Teresa Mummert
Narrator: Grace Grant
Age Group:  New Adult
Genre: Contemporary/Issues
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes
Publisher:Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Available Formats: Paperback, E-book, Audio
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Source:  Publisher


Synopsis:

Rocker Tucker White saved down-and-out waitress Cass Daniels from everyone in her life who was hurting her—except herself. In the much-anticipated follow-up to White Trash Beautiful, Teresa Mummert’s New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Tucker and Cass are finally together, but does that mean they get their happy ending? 

Living on a tour bus with your boyfriend’s rock band is nothing like living in a trailer with your drug-addicted mother—except for the drama. After all the pain and grief that marked the beginning of Cass and Tucker’s relationship, they’re finally building a life together—just the two of them, his three bandmates, some groupies, and thousands of screaming fans. And not everyone is as happy about the couple’s reunion as they are.

The last thing Cass wants to do is create friction within the band—especially when Damaged is on the brink of achieving the success Tucker has worked so hard for. She’s thrilled to finally be with a man who loves and protects her as much as he does. But how can she carve out a place for herself in this new rock star world . . . without being swallowed by the shadow of Tucker’s fame?

My Thoughts

After loving the first in this series, I was a little let down by the sequel. I guess after all that Cass and Tucker went through in White Trash Beautiful…it would be hard to top.  White Trash Damaged deals with how Cass, Tucker, the band, and the new manager deal with life on the road.  I felt like we lost a little something from each of the old characters in this one.  The dynamic changed a bit and although it did enjoy this one, sometimes the plot just felt a bit too contrived.  I had a much harder time believing the low level angst here than I did the horror of book one.

On the plus side though, we did get to know the rest of the band and some other secondary characters a whole lot better which made for some very interesting listening. I look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy as I suspect that we’ll delve more into some other characters’ lives and deal less with Cass and Tucker who’s story really could have ended with book one.

Narration Notes: Grace Grant delivered yet again.  She is perfect for this series.

Was It Worth My Time?

3.5 Timepieces!

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9 responses to “Audiobook Reviews: White Trash Beautiful & White Trash Damaged (White Trash Trilogy #1 & #2) by Teresa Mummert

    • Melissa

      I didn’t think I would be a fan either, but I fiond them better than regular YA contemp or romance …more substance.

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