This book never really got off the ground for me. Normally Johanna Lindsay's books grab you and pull you into the story completely, but this book had way too many soon-forgotten characters and dull dialogue. I listened to it the whole way and there were a few chapters that were better than the rest. I'd recommend you skip this one and go onto one of her other novels.
I've read several books by Kristan Higgins and have yet to be disappointed. This one wasn't the best of her books, but it still captured wonderful characters that will touch your heart and make you laugh, and cry. I have a collie exactly like the one in this book and, well, I can't say any more without spoiling the story.
The lead character, Maggie Beaumont, owns and runs the local diner in a small harbor town in Maine. She lives alone in a small upstairs apartment with her devoted collie. The story starts out with the whole town knowing about her crushing on a handsome newcomer to town who turns out to be the new local priest, Father Tim. After a public drunken love confession to the priest, he decides he's going to help her find a romantic interest. Father Tim isn't the best matchmaker, but the blind dates he sets her up on are a very funny part of this book. Gradually she starts seeing the mysterious, solitary, silent lobsterman, Malone. Their relationship is strange at first and the rational part of my brain said they would never last. Much of the book deals with Maggie working out her issues as a result of the estranged relationship she has with her mother and from a humiliating breakup with an old boyfriend.
The narrator did an excellent job in this audio version. If you're looking for graphic erotic content, pass this one by. It's a great book to indulge in a book with more story, more character development and more emotional investment. Ms. Higgins manages to get the point across without the detailed erotic descriptions that you find in so many books these days.
In this western historical, gutsy, city-bred Laura Cheney is left alone and penniless to give birth and fend off all kinds of danger by her no-good husband in the wilds of Colorado. He is killed by a band of comancheros who come looking for Laura and end up stealing her baby instead. Determined to find her baby, she hires Deke Sheridan, a tracker who was raised by Cheyenne Indians and is known for his gunning and tracking skills. Cheyenne Amber is the tail of their quest to find her baby and how they fall in love along the way. Catherine Anderson does know how to keep the reader engaged and captivated for the entire story and the narrator did an excellent job. I had to forcibly stop myself listening to this book at night so I could get some sleep. This is definitely worth a credit!
When I bought this audiobook, I was expecting a nice easy-to-listen-to book, but I just couldn't buy into it. The two main characters were continually arguing with each other which made me dislike both of them. The narrator's method of speech drove me crazy as she stressed the first word of every sentence and then dragged it out. I found myself actively trying to drown out her voice while trying to concentrate on the plot, which was as thin as the watered down syrup in a cheap diner. There are so many other good romance stories out there, do yourself a favor and skip this one.
I love the way Kristin Higgins writes, especially her character development. In Somebody to Love, James Cahill is 5 years younger than Parker, but so wonderfully troubled and competent that you have to fall in love with him. Parker has father issues (justified in her case) and is struggling to make ends meet when she's left destitute with a 5 year old son and a decrepit cottage in Maine after her father is imprisoned for insider trading. James comes to her rescue and slowly shows Parker that he's not just one of her father's minions - the fact that she calls him "Thing 1" tickled me at first, then irritated me after he did so much to help her. Still the fact that you get involved with these fictional characters is a great tribute to Ms. Higgins' writing skills. Use your credit and you won't regret it!
Maybe I got spoiled reading Julie James' other books, but this one was just not as good as her previous books. The characters were very likable, but very predictable. The younger half brother wasn't in my opinion a believable or realistic character. Overall this is a pleasant read, but her prior books are a much better bet.
I love Kristan Higgans' stories! They're so real, totally believable plots with lots of love, tears, and humor. Follow Faith Holland as she returns to her family's east coast vineyard from San Francisco to save her dad from falling into the clutches of a tacky gold-digging woman. Once there she runs into police chief Levi Cooper who was the best man who she blamed for her fiancée leaving her at the altar a couple years prior. The complicated lives of these two create a wonderful story where you'll cry, laugh, and just feel terrific while Faith finds herself and maybe even finds out who the best man really is.
Molly Harper's writing and Amanda Ronconi's narration are both in top form in this book. Iris Scanlon, concierge to the vampire community, stumbles (literally) across a poisoned vampire (Cal) and ends up taking him home with her while he recuperates. The main story is about them trying to discover who was out to destroy Cal, while Iris continues to perform her services of planning vampire weddings and keeping them stocked with donor blood and various other requests. The witty dialogue between Iris, Cal, and Iris' little sister Gigi would be hysterical to read, and when Amanda Ronconi starts to put her voices to the characters, they come alive like a recently turned vampire. I was in stitches when Gigi's date gets the third degree from both Cal and Iris and the whole piece about Booty Call Paul was funny, too. You'll love this book, whether or not you've read Ms. Harper's other novels about Half Moon Hollow!
I just couldn't get into the story or the characters in this book. Seemed too highly implausible, even for a fantasy storyline. The narrator did a good job, but that's about the only good thing I can say about this audiobook.
The book, Highland Surrender, is set back in the 1500's in the Scottish Highlands. Normally I'm not that crazy about books from this period in time (maybe because I'm not really good with European history before Jane Austen), but this book grabbed me and really made for a captivating getaway from the 21st century. I have to give the narrator credit for much of my enjoyment - her Scottish and French accents were dead on and I found myself mimicking that lovely Scottish lilt. I don't know if this book is part of a series, but I will definitely look for more books by this author and this narrator.
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