Meg, the main character is delightfully offbeat. Dialogue is witty, setting is unique, themes are contemporary, and erotic scenes are well-written. Shannon Cochran really brings the story to life with her characterizations of the nasty Texas women that Meg has to cope with after her BFF leaves the town's mayor at the altar. Length is just right for the plot. No dead spots...listeners won't need to fast forward.
I enjoyed Shannon Cochran's various Texas accents. Susan Phillips' cast of characters were entertaining. If you liked the TV show Dallas, you'll like this. Won't change your life, but won't bring you down while you're laying by the pool.
I always like S.E.P but this one wasn't quite as fun as some of her others, this one was a bit too sinister at times. Mostly well written and funny and fun but occasionally not so much. would still recommned it and most likely listen to it again or get the book and read it myself this time.
If you like any of the charcaters in Texas from other books, like "Lady be Good", then do not listen to this book. Nothing is worse than having favorite charcters trade their charm for hypocrisy. This is a story about an entire town forcing a woman into an undesired sexual encounter with a snake of man, just for financial security...wait, isn't that basically pimping a woman out? How could SEP made such a severe misjudgement?
I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.
Typically wonderful! I love these books for pure enjoyment. I wish it didn't take her so long to write each book. I would like a new one each month!
I really enjoyed reading this book. So many characters from previous stories. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is great, she never dissapoints me. I can't wait for her next book!!!
I was worried about whether I would like the new reader who replaces the late Anna Fields. Anna/Kate had such a remarkable voice and had read so many of Ms. Phillips books. I wasn't sure I would adjust to a new voice.
I needn't have been concerned. Shannon Cochran is excellent and remarkable in her own way. I'm glad her voice is low pitched as Anna's was. I don't think I could stand hearing a high-pitched voice for these books. Ms Cochran is amazing with her range of voices & accents. She nails the Texas twang pretty darned good if this old Texan may say so.
And the story itself is fine as wine. It took me a bit to get past how everyone was so mean to Meg and what a pity party she had going. However, it was fun to watch her come out it and grow into the woman she needed to be. I was more iffy about Ted Beaudine. He comes across as a cruel person for awhile. But all is well at the end. I thought this book was better than "Natural Born Charmer". I just didn't care for Blue Baily there. To each his/her own, I guess.
Where SEP comes up with her ideas for a story line are beyond me and that is why I personally LOVE THEM. And the author's tongue-in-cheek runs satisfyingly high in this novel. Expect to laugh, snicker, guffaw, and even cackle through out the listen. The romance builds up in a unique and satisfying development. The heroine is spunky but not smug. No excuses are made for her flaws; real life flaws that we can all relate to --- so you can't help but champion the heroine's endeavor to overcome.
Adding her own distinct mark, Shannon Cochran fills in beautifully for the dearly missed Anna Fields. In my humble opinion, should now and forever be THE voice of an SEP audio production. Her voice is natural and she is very adept of giving each character their own unique tone. She conveys ALL the emotions, especially humor with excellent timing.