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Emma Wilder delivers a 3D story with good character differentiation and credible inflections. It's always a relief to me when the narration matches up with a book I enjoy. We have a winner here!
I’ll confess – this is not my favorite book by Rosalind James (if you haven’t read/listened to her “ESCAPE TO NEW ZEALAND" series, you really, really should!!) but I enjoyed it thoroughly both reading and listening.
Rosalind does not depart from her trademark multifaceted, well-developed characters in this first book of a new series. This book brings it all – mystery, laughter & tender romance. I don’t have any personal experience with “the twin thing” but what I read was very believable and I loved having a peek into that relationship dynamic.
While it wasn’t all love at first sight between them, (good thing!) the conflict in Guilty as Sin was handled by the H/h the way I like it best…TOGETHER. The mystery rang true throughout, the double mystery I should say, and I really didn’t know “who done it” until the end which is quite unusual.
There always seems to be a secondary character in Rosalind’s books that steals the attention, Tobias did not disappoint!!
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I originally read “Guilty as Sin,” Rosalind James’ newest release, in written word form. I found it to be a bit slow starting with a twin switching places hook that I didn’t initially love. Ultimately, I found the book to be very entertaining, well written and I enjoyed it very much. Not a big surprise as Rosalind James is a very capable author whose books are uniformly enjoyable. I have now listened to the book in its audio form and I have to say, I enjoyed it even more. Emma Wilder’s reading grabbed me from the beginning and turned what I thought of as a four star book into a five star book in its genre of romance and romantic suspense.
As the book opens, twins Paige and Lily Hollander each have their own problems. Lily, owner of a lingerie store in Sinful, Montana, is receiving a lot of pressure to sell her personal residence and sanctuary to make way for a resort that could breathe life into Sinful’s anemic economy. Paige, a police officer in the San Francisco Police Department, is awaiting the verdict concerning an on-the-job shooting and recovering from an injury sustained at that time. Paige, who has always considered herself to be the tougher of the twins and her sister’s protector, comes up with the idea of taking Lily’s place. Complications ensue when the pressure on Lily is far greater than Paige anticipated and when Paige meets Lily’s “scary” neighbor Jace Blackstone, a former Aussie commando and thriller writer, with baggage of his own—a stalker. His nameless nemesis starts out as just plain creepy but, as the book continues, increases his/her threat level far beyond sending Jace pages with erotic and vaguely threatening scenes featuring the two of them.
As the novel continues, the readability factor increases from “I need to go read that book” to “I can’t put this book down.” The dual plots of both “Lily” and Jace being menaced ups the ante of suspense substantially and it isn’t quite clear to them or the reader if the threats are separate or somehow intertwined. Paige (though he knows her as Lily) and Jace become increasingly close as they battle their faceless adversary (ies). While Sinful, Montana is a small town, there is no shortage of suspects who could be menacing Paige-as-Lily and Jace. How the twin switch is dealt with is credible. Though Paige struggles to live as the more feminine and tactful Lily, she is able to pull off the subterfuge because no one knows that Lily has an identical twin. This includes Jace, though he senses there is something off about Lily.
The resolution of the novel was well done and satisfying. I am deliberately vague so as not to give anything away.
As previously stated, Emma Wilder does an outstanding job with the narration. She truly brings the characters to life and adds an extra something to this already entertaining novel
This is a very entertaining listen and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the dual mysteries and the fact that the book, while full of suspense, wasn’t too dark.
I was given a free copy of the book in its audio form in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and the opinions stated are solely my own.
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A really interesting and engrossing audiobook. A really interesting take on a twin swap story. Lily and Paige teach each what the other is missing,an open heart and how to be independent. Throw in a stalker or two and a hot Aussie with a bad ass dog and you have got yourself one hell of a ride.
Great story really good narrator and interesting characters
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own"
This is one of THE best audiobooks I’ve listened to. Emma Wilder has fast become one of my favourite narrators, and she is a perfect fit for Rosalind James’ fabulous books. I’d read the ebook of Guilty as Sin and loved it - hello, it’s a Rosalind James book, what’s not to love? A romantic suspense story, with a couple of mysteries to keep you guessing along the way; identical twins switching places, one of whom is a feisty, female cop. Cue a trying-to-be reclusive, Australian ex-commando turned thriller writer and his trusty canine sidekick. All set in Sinful, Montana, a small town with more than its fair share of interesting characters, who may or may not be what they seem! The book has Rosalind James’ customary quality writing and humour, and is such great fun to listen to. I love the banter between Jace and Paige. Ms James also writes wonderful epilogues, this one being no exception. Emma Wilder’s narration switches seamlessly between accents and male/female characters. You’re never confused about which character you’re listening to. She’s not just reading the text, she’s telling you the story, her warm voice teasing you in until you’re fully immersed. Which is exactly what you want to happen with such a great story. This is book one in a new series. I can’t wait for book two.