Lay It Down

  • by Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by Alexander Collins
  • 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paradise can be hell.
Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn't such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn't one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.
Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel's failing local businesses - enterprises left to Dalvon's inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.
Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel's path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.

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Customer Reviews

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Great story killed by narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Can't say I would. I was extremely disappointed with the narration.


What other book might you compare Lay It Down to and why?

Lay It Down is classic Mary Calmes. It's a contemporary fairytale romance with real danger thrown in for extra drama. If you enjoy reading Mary Calmes, especially her more recent works, you'll absolutely like this book.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

To be fair, Alexander is a great job with the voices. Any time a character was speaking, he did really well. My problem was with all the extra information in between the characters' discussion.Alexander has a way of dragging out the last syllable of a sentence a fraction of a second too long, at a slightly higher pitch, that gives the implies there should be more coming instead of just ending the statement. It's extremely subtle, but it gives the impression of over-the-top suspense, like there's an ellipse at the end of every sentence, instead of just stopping. It was incredibly distracting.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was until I started listening to it.


Any additional comments?

I highly, highly recommend reading the ebook. Pass on this audiobook. It doesn't do the written story justice.

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- Kestrel

Well written story - Narration - not so much

Would you try another book from Mary Calmes and/or Alexander Collins?

Yes on both counts. Mary Calmes is one of the best writers in the genre. Alexander Collins is hit or miss for me. So I will always give his audiobooks a go because I have liked his narrations in the past. This one, sadly, fell flat for me on the Audiobook side.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Lay It Down?

When Hudson finally admits to himself that going home may no longer be an option.


Would you be willing to try another one of Alexander Collins’s performances?

Yes, see above


Did Lay It Down inspire you to do anything?

Read more Mary Calmes!


Any additional comments?

e-book review April 2016

I just finished this one, it is SO good! But of course, it's Mary Calmes, but it's a little bit different for her. It's a dialogue driven story with several key secondary characters. It's an ethnic breath of fresh air with a lot of passion and soul searching. I loved it!! Highly recommended.

Audiobook review September 2016

While I loved this short, sexy story, I didn't care as much for the narration. Alexander Collins is hit or miss with his narration, sadly, this one was a miss. His voice was very monotone and mechanical and it took away from the passion within the story arc for these two characters.

e-book 5/5 stars
Audiobook 3/5 stars

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- Tams (TTC Books and more) "Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC