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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Incredible

Lauren Blakely, Erin Mallon, Joe Arden and a second chance romance had me grab this book immediately, but this book is so much more. A change of pace for Blakely, this beautifully written story had me enraptured from the first scene. Andrew has been dealing with loss and struggling to keep afloat. He is lashing out and using his grief to be excused for his behavior. He has found out some information about his brother he didn't know and it is bothering him. Holland is back temporarily, and she may be the balm he needs to work through his grief and find the answers that he seeks. The two go to Japan and begin Andrew's journey. Blakely has written this story with heart rendering sadness at times, that it clawed at my heart, and then turns around with a revelation bringing a smile to my face. The relationship she created with Holland and Andrew while includes Blakely's trademark banter, shows truly beautiful way. Holland does not baby Andrew, or let him use her as a crutch as he finds his way, but allows him to discover and grow. She is there for support and shows her love with just being there. The lesson of living a happy life is one that we all should follow and this book puts it all into perspective. I loved taking this journey with Andrew and Holland through every emotion and came out with a smile on my face.

The narration team of Joe Arden and Erin Mallon is impeccable. I don't think a better Andrew could have been chose. Joe has a way of voicing Andrew so you feel his pain. Every crack in his voice broke my heart, and every smile was felt to my toes. Erin always gives her all to a performance, and Holland is perfect. She gives as good as she gets, Erin gives her the spunk along with the comforting feel that Andrew needs. Loved every minute of it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Will one night be enough?

One night stands are something that can end up changing your life. With some ingenuity, Allison Gatta has written a short romance for Antone and Tess, full of fun banter, lots of passion and a stubborn streak to protect the child they are having. At first I thought it was going to be a story similar to The Princess Diaries, making Tess into the perfect woman to help Antone rule his country. While there is a thread of truth in this, there is so much more. Gatta has shown us a relationship of compromise. I really enjoyed the exchanges between Antone and Tess, and loved watching them get to know each other. This is a fun fairytale type of story that kept me engaged and wanting more of their lives. It's a fun listen and has me grabbing book two for the next part of the Royal family's journey!

I have listened to several books narrated by Audra Cook, and I thoroughly enjoy her performances. She has a very pleasing tone to her voices and I love that she is able to differentiate between male and female characters easily. She made this listen go quick!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Sweet romance!

This is a wonderful series and after meeting Jennie, I was anxious to meet her sisters! This one highlights the story of Hattie. Hattie is extremely unhappy when brought to Deadwood, and quickly uses her father's moonshine as the escape she needs from her reality. When given the chance to leave with Roy, she jumps on it, thinking this is it, she will be married and find her happily ever after. Boy was she ever wrong! After being sold to the local brothel, Hattie's alcoholic tendencies grow, and she is trapped in her own nightmare. Until Hugh Bradley comes to find her. This story is one of addiction, hardship and unconditional love. Kari Trumbo is able to compose a story with the underlying theme of family, faith and love as we get to see Hugh and Hattie's relationship start and blossom. It's a tough road, but these two are determined to get to their destination. I can't wait to hear about the next sister!

Meghan Kelly is amazing with historical romances, and she brings this story to life. Her beautiful narration of Hattie and Hugh is full of the emotional and physical turmoil that Hattie endures, as well as the struggle Hugh deals with to bring her home safely. She provides a wonderfully entertaining performance.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Short and sizzling

The combination of Virginia Sexton and Ruby Steele paired with narration by Ruby Rivers and La Petite Mort is one that will leave you happy and satisfied. This is a wonderfully written story of Tobias, coming home for leave from the Seals to be bombarded with family and friends on a huge camping trip. While he is happy to see everyone, all he wants is some peace and quiet. When Casey comes to the campsite with her daughter, she too is looking for some quiet time, and who better than with Tobias. There is incredible chemistry between them, but more importantly there is a feeling of camaraderie and comfort. These two have obstacles that are huge, between a surprise daughter, a possible long distance relationship and fear of the unknown while Tobias is away. There is so much to take into account. Sexton and Steele wove this short beautifully, with steamy scenes, fun loving banter, and even a little angst to go with it. Throw in Jenna, Casey's daughter and this instant family is one you enjoy listening about!

La Petite Mort and Ruby Rivers also have the chemistry, much like our main characters. You can feel it portrayed in their narration giving Tobias and Casey a real life feel. I think that is what makes this story so wonderful. And as always, their hot performance as well as great storytelling is something I love to hear!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Love these books!

Mail order bride books can sometimes become redundant. Bride comes west, falls in love and lives happily ever after. I love that Vivi Holt does not follow this method, but each time she writes a mail order bride story, it is a fresh new story with a twist that is not expected. This story is about Hattie, a debutante from New York who's family has fallen on hard times and is forced to go to California to marry a miner. On her way there, the stagecoach is held up, and little does Hattie know who the outlaws are. She arrives in Coloma and is immediately taken with the sheriff, but since she is betrothed and then married, that romance is not possible. And then the twists in the story begin. Between her husband and her boss, there is much for Hattie to work through. I loved the characters in this story, even the ones I loved to hate. The outlaws were not only surprising but horrible men, easy to dislike right along with Hattie. Ed is a man of integrity, and it's easy for Hattie to fall for him.I have to say the stand out for me in this one though, other than Hattie and Ed is Daisy. I loved her, from her growing friendship with Hattie to living the life she does to get by. She is a woman of intrigue, and I would love to see more of her!

The perfect narration by Meghan Kelly brought this story to life. She is so good at this genre, that as she tells the story, you feel like you are in the town with the mail order bride. She brings emotions and just the right amount of angst for what is going on and made this a wonderful listen!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Trick or Treat!

Certainly don't want to trick Sabrina & David, they will catch you! This 6th installment to the Daley Buzz series continues it quirky humor and murder mystery in the town of Treasure Cove. This small town does not get a break! This time, the story starts with the burning of a local business, followed by a murder. Are the two intertwined? Sabrina and David are out together again, gathering evidence and interrogating suspects. These two are relentless, and hope they catch their culprit! And what is Jake's next move? I love the interactions of all the characters, but I really enjoyed Sabrina and Jake in this story. Their banter is priceless and in the end, we know Sabrina is going to keep her town with it's home town feel. Potts continues to entertain me with her cozy series and I look forward to the next one.

Lisa Beacom is amazing. I turn the story on, and I know exactly which character is speaking. I love her ability to act through the story, her consistency from book to book and the fact that she can make me laugh even during dire circumstances. She is great!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Hot & Sexy!

Short, steamy stories are some of my favorite to listen to, just long enough to get a chore done or a walk in. Put together four shorts and it's a winner. Add a little paranormal to the mix and it makes it even more interesting. I enjoyed this collection, each with it's own subgenre, including aliens, time travelers, vampires and wolf shifters. The stories are a lot of fun, include some humor along with the hot, sexy scenes and some very alpha males! I loved how she gave each one it's own personality, while the thread of the strong man winds the collection together. It's full of spice with just enough sugar to keep me happy!

Honey Scarlett and Leeroy Will narrate this book to perfection. Each character had the voice you would expect. Honey sets her female voices with just enough vulnerability, yet the women are strong, and Leeroy certainly can create the growlie, dominant sound of a territorial man. There is definite chemistry in their narration and it comes through making the romance realistic.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Asher & Gen

When I saw the title of this book, I thought it was going to be dark. But to my surprise, this story is full of suspense, love, passion, and strong family values. Asher has returned to civilian life after a serious leg injury. It has not been an easy road, and when journalist Genevieve approaches him for a story about an inmate that was recently executed, he had no idea that she would turn his world around. This story is the first of 6, focusing on the relationship between Asher and Gen, how two broken souls together can heal. But it's not just about their budding relationship. The disappearance of the Creed's daughter Claire has left the family with an open wound. We get to take the journey, meeting this family and their hunt for Claire. The brother's though not close have a bond of love that shines through, making me want to continue to listen to find out the next step of their trek for answers. Shauna Allen has sucked me in waiting for Levi's story!

DC Cole is a talent like no other. His ability to bring this story to life is incredible. He provides not only a variety of voices, but the emotions of each one. His voice is sexy for some scenes, and others will bring tears to your eyes. There is a lot to this story, and with a narrator like DC Cole, we are sure to get the full impact of each one.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Investigating with cookies!

After listening to the first four books, I found that I have been taken with these characters and couldn't wait to listen to this one. With so much going on in this little town, when David is called to see a body dug up in an empty lot, it's only a matter of time before Sabrina is on the scene wanting the details. But these are details she is not ready to hear. Once she finds out what this case entails, she and David are off and running, trying to solve a cold case that hasn't had a lead in 11 years. These two work so well together, a little good cop, bad cop at times, but the truly raw questions that Sabrina always brings up makes the suspects squirm and makes each one a viable culprit. I love the way Meredith Potts write these cozies, with a touch of humor, the warmth of family and the feeling a whodunnit til the very end. And this one is so satisfying giving closure to all affected by this one.

Continued narration by Lisa Beacom keeps the story going with her voices. I love that in each story, she uses the same voices for each character, so as we get to know them, we know exactly who is speaking. She really gives the story a feeling of familiarity for a great listen.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Merry Christmas!

A quick listen, and a little early Christmas present, Hope takes us on another investigation. This one has an interesting cause of death, strangulation by Christmas lights. But who has it in for George? With her brother, Hope interrogates a variety of suspects each with their own motive. I love these short cozies, they give me a little escape with true entertaining value.

Rachel Carr nails the narration as Hope as she continues to do the series. I can't imagine any other voice with this series, bringing exuberance and life to each character.

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