I admit I was reluctant to listen to this one because of the "cowboy" and "Ghost" themes (two of my least favorite romance underscores...but
I LOVED IT. Really entertaining. I had bought it based on my cost per hour calculation and was thrilled I did, One of the few audiobooks I will probably listen to again.
This book could have been written by another of my favorite authors, Jennifer Crusie. It is a departure from her regular series about Troubleshooters, INC., which have become formulaic and preachy. If anyone who is a regular of Ms. Brockman doesn't know that she has a gay son they have certainly not paid attention. Though honestly, every book has a particular message that she hammers home, sometimes endlessly! This book was more story than preaching though and showcases her talent for romance and authenticity very well. I enjoyed it very much!
This book is written with a great sense of humor and family connections. At first I thought, Oh Sure, but you quickly become interested in this story and waiting to see what will happen next. I like romances, putting it mildly, but this one is not only romantic, but fun and suspenseful. I don't want to give anything away, but trust me when I say this is written with an eye toward actual current events and how they have affected so many people. I found myself tearing up on my commute as this book ended because I liked all the characters so much, I knew I was going to miss not having them with me every day. We could all use a Grandfather like "Jamie" in our lives!!
The story was funny and entertaining and worth it. Will read more by Ms. Brockmann. The narrators were great as well.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I've never listened to anything by Suzanne Brockmann before though I had heard of her. I am going to download more of her books after this good listen.
I almost didn't buy the book because of some of the reviews and I'm so glad I did. It was exactly was I was looking for. Lighthearted enough that it didn't take itself too seriously and enough things going on that I didn't fell like I was trudging along.
Story is simple enough. AJ Gallagher is visited by the spirit of his great-grandfather Jamie Gallagher, who was an American Western "outlaw" and he is tired of all the lies about him and convinces his great-grandson to crash the movie set of a film being made about his nemesis US Marshall Silas Quinn to finally set the record straight. Once there he confronts Alison Carter, the film's historical consultant and the author of the definitive book about Quinn praising him for the "hero" he was.
Its pretty obvious how that plays out. They clash ,they bond. They fight, they love. They want to, but can't. They do, but shouldn't have. Even though the main focus is AJ and Alison, what I really enjoyed were the other characters. Jamie Gallagher is the funny man to AJ's straight man. Hugh is Alison's gay "boyfriend". Rob and Charlotte are the other "how is that going to out?" Melody is the other "heroine" with her own struggles to overcome.
I can only assume that seasoned Brockmann readers found it overwhelming because it wasn't like her other novels. Sure there was a lot going, different subplots, story lines and back stories but I found it refreshing. It has its fair share of steamy sex scenes but wasn't drawn out and not all of them were about AJ and Alison.
A few times Mrs. Brockmann got a bit preachy but I found them to be so minor that I wasn't fazed. I figured she was aiming at an audience closer to her age.You don't have to convince me to be more accepting of gays. But I did find it odd that it was even mentioned because she apparently known for writing about gay characters.
All in all, I really liked it. It had a little bit of everything that at times I found myself asking, this is a romance? But by the end I was reminded that, indeed, it was a romance. Let's be honest, I'm not really giving anything away when I say AJ and Alison end up together.
So if you're looking for a story that you know is going to end well for everyone and what you're really looking for is that drama and suspense in between, I'd recommend it.
Angela Dawe , Patrick Lawlor were good with the delivery of the story
I decided to try this book because of the 4-star reviews. Well, I learned that Susan Brockmann fiction is definitely NOT for me. I've listened to a ton of audio books and this is by far my least favorite listen of all. Instead of an interesting story, you'll have to listen to one graphic sex scene after another. Lots of gratuitous language. The male narrator's voice was gratingly gravelly and cartoon-ish. Conservatives beware of the strong liberal undercurrents. Take out the sex and foul language and there's not much left. Certainly not what I consider quality entertainment. Like I said, not for me.
I was quite bored throughout the entire book. Even the narrators got on my nerves by the end. Did not enjoy.
I just couldn't get through the male narrator. His voice was scratchy and every character he spoke through sounded the same, like an old time cowboy. Even the male sexy character sounded like "an old time cowboy" . I think a male romantic lead should sound sexy. This one didn't! Every person is different so perhaps you may like this audio book.
The story includes romance, intrigue, filming on location stories, and mystical happenings. The overall story is fun and interesting, but the narrators almost made the story stressful to listen to. While they are usually pretty good (see other books they narrated), they put too much stress in the narration of this book. Too bad.