Overall... 4 star
Performance.... 4.5 star
Story... 4 star
This is a series that has been on my reading radar FOREVER, so when it came time to pick out another audio, it came to mind. I'm so happy that I chose to listen to this audiobook. These aren't really long books, so on audio, they last about 6 hours. That's PERFECT for me because I don't get a whole lot of audiobook time.
This was a good one. I thought the romance was really sweet and the narrator did an amazing job with the inflections and voices. Maddie has been burned both by men and the McCarthy family. It was a great conflict for the book set-up as Mac quickly falls for her, but she is REALLY reluctant to get involved with him.
I liked how Mac was all in and she wasn't. I really like that set-up for books, and thought it was especially effective in this book because Mac is the rich, hunky "catch", whereas most people really look down on her on the island. I thought Maddie was a great character. She's been so incredibly wronged, you just can't help falling in love with her and the strength she exhibits. She's extremely proud and independent and strong and you have to admire her gumption in the face of everything she's gone through. I liked her and I loved Mac that he immediately saw that everything the island says about her is so wrong. He SEES her and knows that she's so much more. It's almost an insta-love for him which rarely works for me as a reader, but I'll admit, it definitely worked for me in this book.
I'll admit when the book started, I loved Mac, but I know that Marie Force has written a whole series about the McCarthy family and was immediately worried about the rest of the series....because early on, the McCarthy's DO NOT make a good impression. Seriously, mom is NOT a nice person. *ugh* I really, really, really disliked her. But as the book moved along, I discovered more and I'm sold. I can't wait to read/listen to the whole series.
Overall... 4.00 star
Performance.... 5.00 star
Story... 3.75 star
Finally, after 5 books, we finally get the showdown between Gin and Mab...although at times in this book, I definitely wondered if it was ever going to happen.
There were parts of this book that I loved...
*the opening scene with Gin trying to kill Mab
*the scenes between Gin and Owen. I like where things are going with them.
But there were other things about this book that drove me nuts...
*I'm sorry...is there a single person who reads book #5 in a series like this who hasn't been reading all of them?? I'm so tired of the same repeated information over and over and over again....every single book, and usually several times throughout the book. What happened to Gin's family, how she got her spider rune scars. Enough already. I don't want to hear it anymore. If I was reading this series, rather than listening to it, I think I would have abandoned it several books ago for this reason entirely.
But it does work for me on audio because it's like a soap opera...I can come back into it a couple of weeks later and it's absolutely no issue to pick right back up where I left off. Now that things are resolved with Mab, I'm REALLY hoping that the series picks up a little bit with some new story lines. I feel like the last three books have stalled out a bit in the style/creativity of the writing.
Overall... 4.50 star
Performance.... 4.75 star
Story... 4.50 star
This is a short book for an unabridged audio, but it is not short on story. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Sadie has been promised her boss's job. It's a done deal. He's retiring and has been training her to do it, but she gets blindsided when the state brings someone else in for the job. She's not happy. Her boss isn't happy. The only one that is happy is Josh, the new guy. But her boss comes up with a plan. They both need to come up with a marketing campaign for the KY State Fair and they will let the people of Kentucky decide who gets the job. Needless to say, things become VERY contentious in the Kentucky Tourism Department which is tough because this is a small, close-knit group of people.
For Sadie, these people and this job are her life. This is all she does from sun-up to sun-down. Her coworkers are her family and they have a very unusual work relationship. Throwing Josh into that mix upsets the balance of everything. He doesn't understand their eclectic group of people....he's most definitely the outsider.
But on the other hand is Josh and you can't help to feel for him too. He had no idea what he was walking into. He moved here for this job, thinking it was a done-deal. It's not his fault that he wasn't aware of the politics at work. He's had his own really rough road and his backstory is heartbreaking.
This book is a perfect example of why I love Molly Harper's books. It's witty and fun. I can't tell you how many times I laugh out loud when listening to them. Amanda Ronconi is the perfect narrator on M. Harper's books. She gets the humor and always uses the perfect inflections at just the right time. There is one scene in this book that is so cruel to Josh, but omg, it was so funny! I spent my whole day cleaning my house just so I could listen to this book all the way through in one sitting...yes, it's that good.
I highly recommend it and now am feeling like I should take a trip to Kentucky.
Overall... 4.00 star
Performance.... 4.5 star
Story... 4.00 star
This series is a prime example of why I like to listen to Urban Fantasy on audio rather than reading the books. These books have a lot of mental dialogue within Gin's head. There is also a lot of repeated information from both the other books and within this single book. If I was reading the book, I think that would drive me nuts, but for me and listening to audio it works for me. This is a series that I can listen to an hour or two at a time and be okay leaving it for up to a week in between chores where I have the time to listen to audio.
And I liked where this particular book within the series took the series. OMG, I love Owen and how all-in he is with Gin. The scenes with him and his little sister, Eva, in this...LOVED!! I also like how things are developing with little sister Bria. And was completely and totally shocked about the revelations about Fletcher in this one....I did NOT see that coming.
The danger side of the story lacked a little bit on this one for me and looking back I'm not quite sure why because I liked the whole LeFleur/Mab dynamic. For me, it seemed like Gin just wasn't as smart with some of her choices in this one as normal. She only lived because LeFleur made mistakes, not because Gin was the better assassin....I'm used to Gin being the best, most kick butt assassin. I didn't like seeing that she truly could have died in this one and that she only lived because of LeFleur's mistakes. Also, I don't think she gave Bria the credit she was due for the fact that they both lived.
So overall, I rate the story lower for the action/adventure part of it, but I give it HUGE marks for the emotional/relationship part of the story. All in all, it was another great installment to the series. The question...will Mab go down in the next book? And Finn's new hook-up, I'm intrigued. hmm...
Overall... 4.00 star
Performance.... 4.75 star
Story... 3.75 star
Another great, fun book by Molly Harper! This one features a witch, Nola, who is visiting the states from Ireland trying to track down the family artifacts that Grandma gave to her baby-daddy and he took back to the states. No one ever met the missing granddaddy, and unfortunately he's died, which complicates the recovery of the artifacts even more. But Nola has managed to secure a rental in one-half of his house and quickly moves to make friends with Jane Jameson who bought granddaddy's bookstore. Nola's witchcraft takes the form of healing so she's also a nurse, but her powers fluctuate wildly.
Living in the other half of granddaddy's house is Jed, a good old boy who never seems to wear a shirt, something that Nola appreciates a LOT, even though she has a boyfriend back in Ireland.
There's lots of madcap mayhem in this book...rogue witches after the artifacts, bounty hunters after the artifacts, dead relatives making inopportune appearances, wild lust over Jed's very nice chest, and a screwball family in the form of Jane, Dick Cheney, and Andrea. It really was an incredibly entertaining book. While not my favorite of Molly Harper's stories, I honestly cannot see that I would ever hate reading/listening to one of her books. Her sense of humor always shines through and makes every one of her books a blast and so freaking enjoyable.
I have to note here about Amanda Ronconi's narration...WOW!!! Nola is Irish, but lived for many years in Boston so she has a combination of the two accents. Ms. Ronconi NAILED that accent...she did it so incredibly well. On the flip side of that was Jed with his Louisiana good-old-boy drawl. Really, Amanda Ronconi is absolutely one of the best narrators out there. Bravo!
Overall... 4.75 star
Performance.... 5 star
Story... 4.75 star
Loved, loved, loved this book. It should be noted that I listened to this audiobook on a road trip to my teenage son's new college, so he had to listen to it, too. He also LOVED the book...to the point that I have the first full-length book in the series on audio too and he immediately told me to start it when this one ended.
There is never a greater odd-couple than Miranda and Collin. Seriously, if something bad is going to happen, Miranda is going to be right in the center of it....and it is going to be big, and destructive, and completely unexpected. Collin is extremely regimented to the point of being completely anal retentive and OCD. He does not deal with chaos well...to the point that he hasn't left his house in 65 years. He's a recluse and as such doesn't have great people skills. Miranda never met anyone she doesn't like, except maybe Collin. She's perpetually optimistic. He's not and at first they clash on every level possible, but then they begin to get to know each other and the magic begins to happen.
Truly I loved this book. I can't tell you how many times we both were laughing out loud. My son was exhausted and kept trying to go to sleep, but couldn't when the audio was playing because the story was so riveting and entertaining.
The narrator on this was incredible too!! Her accents were spot on and never once did they slip. Even if I didn't know who was talking because of the text, her inflections were perfect and so distinct for each character that there was never a question.
I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook. It's nice because the book is officially a novella so the audio runs just a bit over 5 hours...PERFECT for a road trip. If you were ever considering breaking into listening to audio books, this would be a good one to start with!
Overall... 3.5 star
Performance.... 4.0 star
Story... 3.5 star
This is one of those books that I honestly think I would have enjoyed more if I'd read it rather than listened to it. And I can honestly say that I think this is the first book that I've found that I felt that way about. There's a lot of emotion to this book and listening to it on audio, I think that I lost some of that emotional connection I would have found if I'd been reading the book to myself. I'm not sure why, but it was something I noticed for the first time when listening to this audio.
And there is a lot of emotion to this book. Sydney lost her entire family, two children and a husband, in a car wreck. When she got involved with her husband, she broke Luke's heart. At the time, she was looking for someone with more ambition and money than Luke brought to the table. It hurt him horribly because Sydney was the girl for him. Now that she's back on the island, he can't resist the allure of her.
I had a hard time with Sydney at times. She broke Luke's heart and so many times throughout the story, it almost felt like she was toying with him. I loved Luke's character and hurt so much for him when she would pull back.
There are several close call/emotional points in this book, but there is one point that I really had an issue with where Sydney put her dog in front of Luke. They are both hurt and I understand why the dog is important to her, but I still think she should put Luke first.
I didn't find this book as riveting as the other two I've listened to in the series, but it was still an entertaining read.
Overall... 4 star
Performance.... 4.5 star
Story... 4 star
I liked it. I liked it a lot. Janey was off-island when her heart was shattered, so she called the nearest friendly face, Joe. The problem is that Joe's been in love with her for years and Janey has just chosen not to see it.
There is a lot coming into play in this book. Janey is a McCarthy...the only girl in the family. Joe and her big brother Mac have been friends for years. Mac knows about Joe's feelings for her and worries that Joe is going to get his heart broken. I liked that aspect of it. Normally in this type of book, there would simply be the older brother worried about his sister. While there was definitely that too, I got the feeling that Mac was really more worried about his friend's fragile heart. Not a normal story line twist for the brother of the heroine.
Janey has given up a lot by being with her boyfriend for the last thirteen years, so it was fitting that she was a little leery about immediately throwing her heart to someone else. I felt that was realistic and honest, although I'll admit, my heart kept breaking over and over for Joe...as she dealt with her indecision. I didn't know how the story was ever goign to work out, but loved the way that Marie Force wrote it.
Another great book in the series. I'm ready to see more of the other brothers.
This was such a fun book with such an interesting world....both they mystical side and the small town side. The book opens with Liv unhappy with her life. She's been in love with Tobias for years and he doesn't want anything more than friendship. Her father abandoned her mother early in Liv's life and her mother never recovered from that heartache. She was a shell of a woman and Liv can honestly foresee that in her future, so she's decided she has to do something drastic to change things....she's moving to Europe. But then a strange woman comes into the diner where Liv works and EVERYTHING about her life changes. No longer can she say she leads a boring life, but she's soon wishing that she did as everything she holds dear, most especially this small town that she loves is in danger.
The most honest thing you can say about this book is that NOTHING is as it first appears...except the true feelings between Tobias and Liv. Yes, he's holding her at arm's length, but as a reader you can see how much he doesn't want to be doing that. Honestly, I'd say his feelings for Liv were even stronger than hers. It's painful to watch the two of them together...but this is a romance novel, so there's hope there too. I loved that Liv was so normal...she's every woman you know, with hopes and dreams and worries about her life. As her magic comes in, she finds new friends....Gibson, OMG!! I loved the little snippets in the story with her and Gibson. So sweet and it just shows what a wonderfully caring person she truly is. I loved that you could see Tobias's true feelings even when he's pushing her away. The mystery behind him was awesome and definitely kept me reading. You have to love a mysterious bad-boy and Tobias is one of the best I've ever read.
There's a whole slew of characters here and so many of them were amazing. I'm not going to detail each of them (although I'm really tempted to) because then I might tip you off to some of the twists and turns in the story line. Just know, it is a great cast of characters. And honestly, this is where the narrator in this book shone! Wow, she was awesome with her inflections and she managed to give each character such a wonderfully different voice. I loved her voices. Seriously, the narrator on this book was incredible!!
I'll admit, I keep debating going and buying the print copy of it just because I love that cover so much...seriously fun!! And I will definitely be looking forward to more in this series and from this author!
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