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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Most definitely! I love this series for bringing together many talented authors writing about a small town setting and a variety of situations. This anthology is a good showcase and chance to catch up with some and set up others.
I will say that this should be read/listiened to in order to get the most out of it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Oh boy, that is tough. I'm going to go with Nash Holly from ZA Maxfield's I'll Be There, but he barely edges out Nascha from Amy Lane's Nascha. Nash has a splendid dry wit, but he's sweet and protective, too. Nascha (oops, just noticed that both picks are names with 'N') was an old man who had really lived, but is now vulnerable and sad that he is a burden to his loved ones.
Which character – as performed by Nick J. Russo and Dorian Bane – was your favorite?
The answer to this one is pretty much the same as the above question.
But I will add that no matter that even if it was characters that didn't do it for me, the narration for both these audio actors was fantastic and spot on. Nick J. Russo read four of the five and his voice worked for an old man liked Nascha to a young guy like Anne Tenino's Lucas.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Ugh, this is not my talent, but okay,
Love on Valentine's Day Comes in Many Ways and Form!
Any additional comments?
As I mentioned earlier, this anthology works best when read in order as two stories are follow ups and two more are set-ups for the stories immediately following.
I received this book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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Just Another Day by LA Witt narrated by Nick J Russo
This is a SUPER CUTE “epilogue” to Starstruck with Levi and Carter NOT celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s light-hearted and sexy and reminds us that relationships still take work even though the ILYs have been said. This was easily my favorite in the bunch!
Nick Russo did a great job with his narration, just as he did with the original Startstruck. He gives Levi a gruff, rumbly voice and Carter a lighter, but not effeminate voice and it works PERFECTLY!
5 of 5 stars
Helping Hand by Anne Tenino Narrated by Nick J Russo
This, by itself, is a very unsatisfying look at first love and coming to grips with one’s sexuality until you realize it’s the prequel to Wedding Favors and helps to set the tone for that story. By itself it’s kinda sad (romantically ) but very hopeful in that it lays the groundwork for Lucas’ own growth and that of his family. Since we get to see their HEA later, I still give it good marks.
Nick is great at giving us manly men and Gabe is VERY manly. I hope he narrates the full length novel as well.
4.5 of 5 stars
I’ll Be There by ZA Maxfield Narrated by Nick J Russo
If you enjoyed the original story, Hell On Wheels, you’ll like this little peek at our couple later on in their relationship. It shows some really heartwarming moments between our guys and gives us a peek at Healy and Ford, too.
Nick, who also did the original, did another wonderful job and I was so, so glad he got to do these continuation stories!
4.5 of 5 stars
Nascha by Amy Lane Narrated by Nick J Russo
This is a prequel to Amy’s The Deep End of the Sound and while it gives a lovely look into the background of Cal’s family, it was sad and hard to read/listen to (especially given the overall light-hearted nature of the other stories and it being a Valentine’s Day book and all…) While I love Amy’s writing and her angst, this just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Nick did a great job – especially with the heartrending emotional moments in this story.
3 for the story, 5 for the narration, overall 4 of 5 stars
No Easy Way by SE Jakes Narrated by Dorian Bane
This is it’s own story and the longest in the anthology. It’s about two lovers who re-unite and learn that history isn’t always what we remember. It’s got the most “steam” of all the stories and in SE Jakes’ way – it’s HOT!
Because it’s a short story there isn’t nearly as much relationship building as most of it is devote to explaining their past, but by the end we get a solid HEA. I’m hoping we see these guys again in a full length novel.
Dorian Bane narrates this (his only in the anthology) and he does a great job with the dialog and giving each character their own style.
4 of 5 stars
tags: anthology, audio, Bluewater Bay, Valentine’s Day, established couple, historical, m/m/f , m/m, prequel, epilogue, riptide, gay, virgin, second chance at love, snowstorm, coming of age, reunion
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