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Publisher's Summary

As a behavioral scientist, Professor Nicole Hathaway's work strips away the foolish mystique that surrounds the human mating dance. When her academic tome is treated as a viral "love manual" her ecstatic publisher books her to appear all over the U.S. and Europe. Worse yet, her quiet, managed life has been shattered by a series of incompetent assistants. And she's certain this Lily Smith creature isn't going to be any less a burden than the last assistant they sent her. Or the one before that. Or before that...
Lillian Linden-Smith needs this job. With a relentless TV lawyer and public mob still out for her blood for crimes committed by her "American royalty" parents, getting out of the country is her only hope for anonymity. If that means cleaning up and presenting an antisocial know-it-all PhD for bookstores, clubs and lectures, fine. Dr. Hathaway may have succeeded in driving away all the others, but not this time.
From their first meeting the sparks fly, and each is thinking: She has no idea who she's dealing with.
It's hate at first sight in this love adventure from the author of Above Temptation, Roller Coaster and dozens of other best-selling, award-winning novels.
©2012 Karin Kallmaker (P)2013 Bella Books Inc.
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By Karen on 08-14-13

Kept Me Interested to the End

Where does Love by the Numbers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one I won't forget. I've listened to several books, and about half of them I couldn't finish. This one kept me interested and made me really look forward to my drive to/from work.<br/><br/>The narrator is fine and the story is good. It's not super complex and there isn't any other major plot line going on aside from the relationship between the main characters. Which I was totally fine with! One of the characters is an academic, so there were moments where the book taught me something interesting.

What other book might you compare Love by the Numbers to and why?

All I can think of is Snow Falling by Gerri Hill, but that's mostly because of the subject matter. This one developed the characters better and the writing was smarter.

What about Kathleen Roche-Zujko’s performance did you like?

The voices were well differentiated. And she was able to do a good job with the various accents and languages. And for the most part it didn't sound like she was straining to do them. I've listened to a book before where the narrator was trying to do a butch voice and it was agonizing.<br/><br/>There were times where the narrator was a little too into it and would laugh whimsically through some of the text (that wasn't dialogue). Someone above compared it to reading a book to a child, which it did have that sound to it here and there. Not unbearable, though. And the voices were consistent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed occasionally. There are some clever quips. There are parts of the story that made me yell at my iPod (mostly good reasons, but I won't spoil it). <br/><br/>This story has a LOT of buildup between the characters. If you're looking for hot and heavy action right off the bat, don't listen, But if you enjoy extensive development and seemingly unending/unconsumated sexual tension like I do, this will be a good read for you. It's a fun listen.

Any additional comments?

They travel a lot in the book, so it's a fun escape to listen to the description of the places they go.<br/><br/>The one thing that drove me nuts is there's a part where they get lost driving in Russia and that part of the story goes on way too long. It's about 6 hours in. You'll see.

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By Marek on 08-02-13

Very nice read

Where does Love by the Numbers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its good for what it is, a romance without pretending to be something else. It has no silly story that annoys you by being slapped over the main topic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love by the Numbers?

Having the characters working together on tour.

Did Kathleen Roche-Zujko do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

not really, It was bit like telling a story to small kids. Too sweet.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Please don't do it, it's sweet story, but it would be boring as a movie.

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By Alice on 03-07-14

Could be four stars but some probs

I don't like scoring low the hard work someone puts into a novel, but in this case there are some areas of improvement which would have made the story a 4stars. I have to say I am not sure this is the authors fault I my mind the editor and the person reviewing the audio could have helped her to make it a four story. First to say I like the story, it could be a perfect easy listing romance. The idea of a romance developing between two woman as the travel Europe and Russia to promote a book is a nice one. The characters in the novel are loveable and believable. The problem areas, are some jarring issues around - the accents used in the narrator for some of the people in the story, Any one reviewing this audio before release could have suggested not using them, I know someone else commented on them in a review in audible, but for the English (well welsh) they really are a odd dick van dick, voice coming from a welsh butch lesbian, kinda odd. The dialogue for this the UK uses words like "mate" or "love" and really no one in the UK says that anymore for the characters in the book. Is should not be a big deal but it loses a bit of credibility to the story. I think a bit more research or bit of watching of UK media might have helped here. To me the narrator is actually good, I like her voice, and the emotion she puts into it, the problem is just a few of the accents, and in some cases there is over emotional import for basic descriptions of surroundings, so maybe a bit more balance here. The author was good, but I think there is a bit to much description of basic "life" stuff, which could have been removed, because if it they a descriptive passages of just basic activities we all do,then we don't need really the detail. A few I found hard like "the rain danced on the road", kinda odd description of the rain, an editor could have commented on (I guess). In the end the romance is okay, and I do like all the little events in the story, its pleasant and friendly. But if its a light romance story, then really its missing the key event, when the famous three words are said, this is not a clear event in the story, but moves quickly to the next stage of marriage, So I guess I am saying if its to be a pleasant romance then it needed more the "I love you" part of story and how this plays out. A couple of other minor things, the author creates characters the characters "libedo" and (don't remember) and use them as inter thoughts, like, libedo says lets just do it", thats okay its an interesting device, but then its over used. This over use of devices was case with a few things in the novel, such as the when Professor Nicole, constantly resorts to medical terms to describe emotions, it great a few times, and we understand the need to clearly define the Professor is having hard time relating to her own emotions, but its over used as device in the love. So why do I write such a long review, because I like the narratior and I like the author, and I like the story. It just did not come togather well enough to allow for four stars and Im hoping a view points or even indirect thougths may help the author, because I want to hear and read more from Kathleen Roche-Zujko, Karin Kallmaker, but maybe with more help from editors and reviews.

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By tami-lyn on 09-04-13

England

What made the experience of listening to Love by the Numbers the most enjoyable?

The story

Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen Roche-Zujko’s performances?

No

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

No

Any additional comments?

As an English woman I was disgusted with the accent.was she trying to do dick van dyke in Mary Poppins. Please don't do an English accent again. I was looking forward to this book but I feel the narrator really let the book down

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By Rachel on 03-05-16

Light romance.

Unique writing for this romance made the book fun to listen to. The narrator was ok but her voices were sometimes difficult to listen too. She cannot do English/Scottish/Welsh accents and that can be forgiven. But to give the "butch" character a light breathy voice and the "fem" a strong deeper voice I found it annoying when trying to set the character in my head.
A good easy listen that doesn't really leave any great effect.

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