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I have mixed feelings about this story and its characters. It worked because it has a plot, intrigue and conflict, characters that I liked and some I wanted to smack into next Sunday. I liked Jon, despite him doing some questionable things, I felt sorry for him after finding out his backstory, the guy couldn't get a break. He gets quite a few shocks in a short time. And the dog... Max was great, glad Erin was able to save him.
There was a lot of drama, a bit much for my taste, small town gossip and entitled rich girls but I guess it added to the conflict in the story. Erin didn't help either, she is not among my faves either, a bit wimpy and a lot gullible. I am not a fan of weak female leads.
Mr. Kafer is among my fave narrators and it is always a pleasure to listen to. Love the voices, Jon and especially Doc. My first listen from Ms. Kline who for the most part did ok and had some good variations for the many characters, I found that for Erin some parts sounded overdone to me or overly soft for the situation.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and this review is voluntary.
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This book was so much more than I expected. I loved the premise of this story and found myself pulled in by the stray Golden Retriever (Max) and Erin (Vet) and Jon. The book has many facets from lost love, need to heal, redemption, new love, corporate takeover, water rights, tourist vs. local residents, land development, grudges, and happiness. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. This book was given to me for free at my request and I have provided this voluntary review. Both narrators did a very good performance with this book and they each put so much emotion into it. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and both narrators.
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Erin Timms finds herself starting her life over in the small town of Sunshine, Colorado. She’s a vet and after a breakup with her ex she’s left Dallas, Texas and is trying small town life, which as she comes to experience is very different. She encounters Jon Miles one evening when he brings a stray dog he’s just hit with his car, now Jon’s really hot. Every time Erin sees him she gets tongue tied, or rubbish comes of her month.
Jon is bowled over by Erin and is definitely interested. Unfortunately both parties have a lot of unresolved issues, which keeps them apart. So there lots of unresolved angst from Erin, which the Sierra brings to life all the emotion and especially Erin’s evening with BOB to life very realistically. Wow Jon voice is brought to life dripping with sex appeal by Jeffrey that has all the female listeners seat up and take notice. The star of the story for me was Max the golden retriever who was the Stray in the title or was he.
What an interesting audiobook! Like an onion it has layer to its plot structure. The romance aspect of the story is fairly typical with the initial attraction and the several obstacles that need dealing with before the two protagonists can find their way to each other. However the story also includes a bit of humour, suspense, corporate-drama, small town dynamics, complex family relationships, several spoilt brats, a few interesting pets, conniving exes and several twists in the plot.
Erin Timms is a vet who, motivated by the need to get away from her awful ex, moves to the small town of Sunshine to act as a locum for the local vet. Jon Miles is forced to use her services when a dog is badly hurt in a collision with a car. The attraction is almost instantaneous but so is the suspicion. As it turns out Jon is part of the corporation that has over developed the mountains surrounding the town with ski resorts. More importantly the townspeople hate the resorts. Ever more importantly, there is a history of betrayal associated with the development and the townspeople have long memories.
Of course nothing is quite that simple. For instance Jon isn't just a part of the resort corporation, the relationships between the characters aren't as clear as it all seems, and the cat lady isn't as dotty as initially considered. Jon has to balance his new found attraction to Erin with his long term corporate strategy. Decisions need to be made and realised before Erin and Jon can even consider their HEA.
Overall, I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It is brimming with details that quickly carry the audience from start to finish.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.