I really love all of Lorelei's books but this one was a bit more difficult to finish. Loved Chase - liked Ava a whole lot until the last 1/4 of the book and then not so much.
If they keep the same narrator then yes
I didn't get through enough of it
I had listen to all 10.5 books before it and when I got to Chasin' Eight it felt like my grandmother was reading to me and that was just uncomfortable.
Avid reader for 45 years
Chase, the youngest and shortest McKay brother, wasn't that interesting to me. He's a rodeo star who gets as much attention for his sexual escapades as his athletic ability. Since he's over 21, I expected a more mature and engaging hero - maybe someone who appreciated having a loving family and financial security. I did like his non-violent and respectful attitude toward women
Chase meets Ava, an actress (from a rich & caring family) who was just embarrassed by having her boyfriend publicly announced he was gay. Ava also seems a little immature and whiny - she had artistic talent, good health, and the freedom to pursue interests but choose to dwell on minor problems.
To me, the best parts of Chasin' Eight were the details about cowboys & rodeos, the down-to-earth people involved in the sport, and glimpses of small town life. Might have liked this book more when I was in my late teens or twenties.
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Some of the books in the Rough Riders series have been a lot more sexually graphic than this book. Chasin' Eight focused more on the story and the characters (although they definitely had some really hot sex going on, too). So for this reason, I would say that Chasin' Eight was a bit more balanced than some of the other books in this series. I didn't feel like I was being constantly bombarded with one sex scene after another.
I liked how Chase and Ava grew as people throughout their relationship. Their internal conflicts didn't feel manipulative or overly angst-ridden. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was a "believable" romance, but it definitely was not a Cinderella story like so many contemporary romances are. They were both at a crisis point in their respective lives, and their relationship was basically the catalyst that got them both to move on to better things.
I also liked the introduction of an unexpected relative in Chase's life towards the of the story. It felt very real to me, and I hope to find out what happens with that relationship if Audible ever gets the rest of the series on board.
So all in all, I liked the story. It wasn't as over the top as some of the other ones were; wasn't so all about sex; actually felt like real people dealing with real issues.
As for Vanessa Caine's narration, the first hour or two was very, very bad. Somewhere along the way, though, her voice mellowed out, and she did a much better job. Sometimes I don't know if it's the recording/engineering/sound people who screw up the audio, or if the narrator is really just that bad, but Vanessa Caine started out bad and ended up halfway decent.
Prior narrator, Rebecca Estrella, is just too flat and boring. Plus she mispronounces words all the time, which drives me crazy. For example, she pronounces "pinged" (think "ping pong") as "pinjed" (think "hinged"). I had to stop and rewind the first time she said that, trying to figure out what the heck that was all about. Thereafter, I understood what she meant when she said "pinjed".
Of course, the best narrator for Lorelei James's books is Scarlett Chase, but she seems to be only on the Blacktop Cowboys series so far. Wish she could have narrated this series as well.
Anyway, I liked Chase and Ava's story. The price of it was just about even with the cost of a credit, so I just put it on my credit card rather than use a credit. However, if you're not in a big hurry to go from Book 7 to Book 11 (since #8 through #10 are not available at this time), then wait for a sale or drop some big hints to friends and family that you'd like Chasin' Eight as a gift! :)
Yes but Lorelei James needs to keep using Rebecca Estrella to narrate this series. It would keep you interested
Chase. He learned that going back to basic is always the best way to learn your mistakes
She just didn't keep my interest. the narrator that did the other books in the series Rebecca Estrella did a great job.
I cried when the guy died. He was so young
I hope the rest of the books in the Rough Rider series come to audible soon.. I went on amazon and downloaded the books so I can see what happens to the the McKay boys, I love the books so far. I enjoy them on audible because I listen to them while I work and it makes the day go by faster.
Yes, the narrator was so awful that it totally ruined this book. I have no idea if it was a good story by Lorelei James because I could not make it past the first chapter. If you can stand an irritating, gravel, fake southern TWANG accent, then go for it. I couldn't take it. Sorry Lorelei James. I love your books, but this one is ruined for me.
The story was hot and steamy, but it did touch on some very important subject matter. I appreciate learning a few new facts within my fiction.
It fits into the series, but I don't really don't compare it to any other book. I just like learning more about the characters.
This was my first, and she did pretty good.
Yes, but life does not permit such enjoyment sometimes,
I had read most of the books in the series, but I had never gotten to this one, so it was a treat. I hope Audible will release all the books in the series. I'd like to hear them all.
Great story and the narrator was fabulous
The moment Chase and Ava first meet.
Vanessa Caine really brought the characters to life. Her interpretation was wonderful.
Yes I laughed and cried/
Love the Rough Rider series, however where are the first 10 books?!! Wyoming cowboys, the McKays and Wests, all have special stories to tell and are must reads. A better narrator would be nice, but I'll buy and listen to the series no matter who narrates. I check Lorelie every day hoping for more Rough Rider books.......
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
It was a nice love story
None that I've read thus far
She did a good job giving each character their own voice
Danger is the biggest part of the thrill for the rider and the spectators.
It annoyed me when the 'preaching' about safety in bull riding started; the pressure to wear vests and helmets...why don't we just bubble wrap the bull riders so there is no chance anyone gets hurt.
Great book-would love to listen to the rest of the series Audible!
Warning: Some sex & strong language