Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Member Since 2011
Another solid addition to the Virgin River series. I liked how the romance between Katie and Dylan developed. I really liked Katie. She was a mother that put her kids as priority. She showed she had standards, values and wasn't willing to settle for a little attention. As female characters go this has been one of my favorites of the series (behind Mel of course). My issue here was Dylan. His character and the plot points surrounding him where quite implausible. A former child star that has been away from Hollywood for over 10 years and he gets a movie deal just by asking? Are you kidding me? And then he was a famous child star and his grandma is uber rich and yet he is almost broke? His business is failing and yet he goes away to VR for a month? No decent business man does that. And he survived being mauled by a bear with no significant injuries. I don't know. I guess you should just take the story as it is and enjoy the romance without rationalizing it.
Narration: Therese Plummer is just the best. No other narrator makes such distinct voices for each character. Even her characterization of the twins is wonderful. She is the type of narrator that enhances a story by adding life and believable feelings to the story.
I loved this book!!! The characters are complex, the conflicts are real and it's written in a way that you get to care for the different characters. This is a rich story that handles intense subjects such as political influence, human rights, mental illness and epilepsy. And the thread that binds all of those subjects are two great love stories. By the end you feel satisfied and happy because you see that love conquers all.
Narration: Rosalyn Landor is one of the most experienced and amazing narrators I've ever listened to. She adds intensity and passion to the story and has an uncanny ability to make very different voices to all characters (and this story had lost of characters). She nails every characterization (men, older men, young women, old women).
If you enjoy historical romances then you must add this title to your collection.
I really enjoyed this book. It was really funny, realistic and a very well developed romance. I felt like I really got to know all the different characters and saw them as realistic because they were all flawed. I can even see this book becoming a really fun rom-com movie. I definitely recommend this book.
This wasn't my favorite Lisa Kleypas book. I guess the fact that the heroine is just 18 years old and the hero is 34 didn't do it for me. I know it happened a lot back then but I like my heroines over 21. The hero was very much an alpha male and I didn't see the build up of the romance as the author usually delivers. It was an ok historical romance for me but not one that I wanted to listen to in one day. Tante narration was ok too. Didn't really like the Russian accent she did though.
I can't recommend this book. As a mother, my children are my number one priority. You reject them and I'm out of there faster than you can say bye. Heather had a baby and never told Todd. When the baby is 3 years old she feels overwhelmed and decides to look for the baby daddy. That's when my issues started with this story. Your child is your responsibility. How can that character even consider dropping the baby with her father just so she can have an easier life and pursue acting. That's selfish. Then Heather arrives at Whispering Wind and Todd rejects the kid over and over again. Even after the paternity test he still said he didn't want custody only wanted to pay child support and Heather stayed there and insisted?!?! And even through that she had sex with him?!?! OMG! That character has no pride and doesn't really value her own daughter. I don't get it. If Todd didn't want to interact with his daughter then Heather needed to move on, get the child support and hire a nanny or sitter and continue her life trying to be the best mom. I know that the author's justification is that Todd had a past experience that made him be afraid to be near kids but why not simply say it or request to be accompanied by the mother when e interacted with his own daughter.
I've read and enjoyed other "secret baby" stories but in all of the others the heroes were always willing and happy to spend time with their kids. Their issues would only be with the mother. Although I really disliked this story I must say that the narration was very good. Maybe that's why I finished it.
The main problem with this book: bad narration. Michelle Ford wasn't able to make this story come alive. Her Scottish accent and her male voices were terrible. This is a historical romance with a fantasy twist since our heroine has some healing powers that come from a blue energy ball she's able to create at will. That combination didn't work for me. Their romance wasn't really passionate either so there really wasn't anything good enough to keep my interest.
This book was disappointing. I felt like I've read this same book a few times before. But in this case the dialogue was un realistic and the characters were not well developed. The whole one night stand and dream girl thing didn't do it for me. This was almost a young adult book. There is only a mention of the couple having sex towards the end of the book but zero description. It was boring and un romantic. On top of that the narration was TERRIBLE!! Abby Craden whispers too much, she made Max's sisters all sound like children. All secondary female characters sounded either drugged or too young. Only the last hour of this book was mildly interesting. Total disappointment!!
PS- if you like the blurb (the storyline) I highly recommend you listen to Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson. It's very similar to this book in terms of the storyline but it's a gazzillion times better.
First: please note that this is a series and in this case I highly recommend you listen to the books in order so that you understand the dynamics of this group of friends. This story is almost as good as the previous ones. I guess my issue with this one was that it revolved too much around sex and the emotional part wasn't as intense as in the previous books. But yes it is a very intense passionate story that I would listen to over and over again. The author is truly talented and somehow always has a very emotional situation that makes me cry.
Narration: Lee Angel was not the best choice for this book. Each one has had a different narrator (I prefer the same narrator for the whole series). I guess she was chosen because a good American accent was needed but when it came time for her to do the Scottish accent, it was terrible! I didn't really like the way she did male voices either but not so much as to make me stop listening.
Considering how good the story was I recommend you overlook the ok narration and enjoy it. Hopefully Samantha Young will continue to add to this series and maybe bring back the original narrator.
Keeping in mind that this is a young adult romance I found it a good book. I did find some situations and reactions a bit immature but the couple is 19 and 21 year olds so I guess it was understandable. They both had some serious issues with their mothers and that was pretty emotional and sad. By the end I really liked how this couple overcame their circumstances and found a way to help each other and make their lives together much better.
The narrator was ok as well. She did read a bit slow for my taste so I found myself increasing the speed to 1.25 at times. She did add the intensity and sadness that some parts needed and that was enjoyable.
Considering the story and the narration I'd say I recommend this book if it's on sale or if you're young and still in college.
Do yourself a favor and skip this book. Hanna was raped when she was 15 years old. Her circumstances gave her no other choice but to become a prostitute. Apparently a very good prostitute because in a few years she had saved enough money to buy the bordello and become a Madame. And this is when the story starts to get ridiculous. This experienced prostitute could give Mother Theresa a run for her money. The only reason she kept the bordello is to earn money to keep up an orphanage. She is such a good prostitute/person that her best friends are duchess. The whole story has only one very mild sex scene almost at the end. Hanna and Rafe fall in "love" at first sight yet they spend months sharing a few kisses now and then. At age 30? Oh please!! Yes our hero Rafe is a vicar but towards the end after all the morality talk he still has sex with her before marriage. Only once. The dialogue, the plot, the characters were all unrealistic, ridiculous and predictable.
The narration was ok and it's the only reason why I actually listened to the whole book but if I had know the story would be so implausible I would have saved my time and money.
Another passionate, powerful and amazing story by Lisa Kleypas with perfect narration by Rosalyn Landor. This is a must buy for anyone who likes historical romances.
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