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 had a hard time getting into this book for a couple of reasons. The narrator had a difficult job with so many characters, both male and female, and many of them were mentally challenged or handicapped in some form. I think she did a fairly decent job, considering the challenges she was up against. The story line was a good one - a ridiculously rich heiress, Kara, who was raised by a couple whose sole purpose was to preserve the rainforests of the world, finds out she was adopted soon after the death of her parents. She heads down to Florida incognito to find her mentally handicapped adoptive parents and get to know them without telling them who she really is (an heiress and their biological daughter). They're living on a ranch in northern Florida owned by a man whose brother has Down's Syndrome and has several other mentally handicapped individuals working there. I found the two main individuals in the story to be unrealistically altruistic, particularly Kara. She's a vegan and imposes her eating habits on the occupants of the ranch as well as the reader. I'm on the fence about whether to recommend this book or not. It wasn't one of my favorites, but it was entertaining enough that I didn't once consider abandoning it.
These Jane Jameson books just make me laugh! I love the way Molly Harper makes up all these rules for both the vampire and werewolf populations - I mean, who's going to dispute them? In this book, Jane continues her story adjusting to life as a reluctantly turned vampire. There's a lot of interaction with her immediate and extended family, including her best friend and his fiancée who just happens to be the only female in a family full of werewolves Preparing for the human/werewolf nuptials is a good part of the book and anything that can go wrong does indeed go wrong. In Nice Girls, the real evil comes from humans, not the supernatural characters. The mystery of Gabriel deepens in this story, making you want to rush out and read Book 3 in the series, so do yourself a favor and download all the books at the same time.
After listening to the first part of this book, I was so depressed reading about a 39 year old doormat married to a serial womanizer and then falling for an alcoholic with a severely traumatized daughter. But I couldn't stop listening to it. There was a message in the story and the ending could have been better. The best part of this audiobook was the narrator who did a fantastic job reading the story. I'm not sure I'd buy this author again after this book.
This book was so good I listened to it two times in a row and still loved it! Kristan Higgins writes the best scenes where the heroine is mortified and then digs her out of them. In the Perfect Match, Honor Holland embarrasses herself by showing up at her on-again-off-again lover's house in just her Burberry coat in an attempt to convince him that getting married is a good idea. Of course it doesn't go well and she finds herself single and alone at the age of 35 with no marital prospects in site. A couple weeks later she finds out her best friend is now engaged to that same ex-lover and the two girls get into a cat fight at the local bar. When the opportunity to meet her grandmother's pen pal's nephew arises, she sets up a meeting with him where they don't exactly hit it off. The story gets better and better from there and pretty soon you're totally engrossed in finding out if poor Honor will ever find happiness. I loved the hero of this story - he saves Honor numerous times from danger or humiliation. The part of the story where they found a snake in her grandparents' basement made me laugh hysterically just visualizing the whole scene. If you like romance stories that touch your heart, do yourself a favor and get this book, you'll love it!
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.
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