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Susan Winter

Western New York
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Waste of time

80% of the book was the main character seducing her hero. Nothing else happened. It was unrealistic for the historical period, and painfully repetitive. Finally, there is a plot, but it’s too little too late.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Love Cinderella stories!

Handsome prince saves Cinderella from poverty and evil step father. This was so sweet. The heroine wasn’t whiny or weak, but needed help. The hero was determined to rescue her, while he struggled with his own sadness. I just loved this story. Narrators were excellent. It is a bit of a fairytale... but I love a good Cinderella type love story. I’m going to listen to this one many times.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Boring... wimpy hero

Awful. No romance. Like a legal prenup story set in the 1800s. So bad, I can’t believe anyone would publish it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Irresistible

Charming Cinderella story, for which I can never get enough. High school drama, but not over the top. A simple story with heart breaking moments. Perfect ending

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-17

A hit from a hit-or-miss author

I am so skeptical that there is only one person writing all of the books under the names "Nora Roberts" and "J.D.Robb". The sheer QUANTITY of books, as well as the wildly varying quality of writing in each book make it almost impossible to believe she doesn't have ghost authors to sell books under her successful and popular names.

In "Come Sundown", there is a heart pounding mystery and multiple story lines... it's very long, and I lost a night's sleep because I had to find out what happened. Best book I've heard in a long time.

Oh how I wish I could get another Nora Roberts book and get similar quality. But, it's only about a 20% chance. Most of her books are romantic fluff, even when they are advertised as suspense. And I, personally, can't get through her J.D.Robbs titles- the whole futuristic setting is a distracting crutch which I hate, almost as much as all the vampire, dystopian, magic novels.

I was delighted to find none of these applied to "Come Sundown ". It contained wonderful characters, gut wrenching suspense and a satisfying ending. Highly recommended. Now, if only I could find more titles that were equally enjoyable.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-16

All erotica, no romance

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I was shocked at how much I hated this book. I used to enjoy some erotic scenes in a story, but more and more - ever since that stupid 50 shades craze - I find only erotica, no story at all. This was awful. I cringed every time they started ANOTHER bout of sex. I was so sickened by the lack of a relationship between the two characters. I felt like I was reading the script for a porn novel. PLEASE, editors, authors.... STOP with the overwhelming underwhelming sex. Give me some romance.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Predictable and slow

Love Julie Garwood, but I guess I've gotten too old and cynical to enjoy the innocent doe eyed heroine. The hero who feeds his clan by stealing from other clans was a big turn off. Maybe it's factually true that it was SOP back then, but I couldn't like that hero, couldn't get past it. He was a thief. Nothing lovable about that.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

The gold standard for true crime

I love the true crime genre. This was so far and above better than any other I have listened to.... it left me saying "YES!" This is what I'd hoped to find in most of the listens that felt shallow, that seemed to leave me without a deep understanding of the characters. I am going to listen again starting now. I'm afraid I'll be comparing all future tc books to this - and I know it will be a rare find that will be as good. In depth, excruciatingly detailed, brilliant following of the progression of events... do NOT pass this one by. I don't really recall the reader, which is high praise. It means he delivered the book without distraction.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-16

Sweet, feel good story

Predictable but lovely, I enjoyed this book very much. Reader was fairly good, men's voices were kind of distracting. I enjoy feel good stories, they're worth listening to more than once.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-16

So enjoyable

Loved this one. I rarely review books, I can't find the right words. The Girl Who Lied was charming. I'm a total sucker for the Irish accent, I've been to the town in Co Cork that is the setting for the story. I felt the characters and their lives and struggles in a way I rarely do. I enjoyed the mystery, the romance and the atmosphere. It's a light read, I suppose, by most people's standard. I, however, have listened to it twice in 2 days and enjoyed it second only to my favorite audiobook of all time, Can You Keep a Secret. I'm anxious to see if there are more books by this author available.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful