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Jennifer Garcia

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Los Angeles, CA USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Big Cherry Holler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    It's been eight years since the town pharmacist and long-time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her newfound belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn't count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband.

    Jennifer Garcia says: "LOVE"
    "LOVE"
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    Wow, this was so real and so true to married life. We could all learn a few lessons from this story. But honestly, all her books have messages and they're so true that they touch you deep down inside your soul. Adriana has a way of really getting deep inside someone and creating all of these feelings and emotions. Her journeys are more emotional and not full of action and predictable problems. I always find myself crying through the majority of every book.

    In every one of her books, she paints pictures so vivid and realistic that the pictures stick with you. This story was about the loss of a child and it's affect on marriage. A marriage that necessarily wasn't strong to begin with. Add in a husband stealing woman and a handsome mysterious man in a foreign country and that could spell more disaster for their marriage.

    I found myself wondering throughout the whole book how they'd make it and if they'd make it. I think it ended the way it should have and some of those lines ... "I didn't choose you. You chose me. But now I choose you!" Something like that, but it had a huge impact on the resolution. There was a lot of soul searching and it made me look into my life. I just couldn't help it. The story was so relatable because it could happen to any married couple.

    Another great book by Adriana Trigiani.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Into Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (301)

    When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn't the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle's death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.

    Jordy says: "Phenomenally written, and utterly captivating...."
    "Gut wrenching and Inspiring!"
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    I accidentally posted this review to the first in the series and don't know how to change it. So, I'm here posting the review to Falling into You. :( Sorry. When I learn how to fix it, I will.


    When people gush and gush about certain books and say they’re heart wrenching, I decide I want to read it so badly, but my heart makes me hold off. I finally gave in and, wow, am I glad I did.

    This story, this journey, started off with high school kids being best friends and falling in love, and you think it’s a great love. BUT … and there’s always a but, stuff happens. Life happens and it sucks. And this stuff, hurts and had me snot sobbing for most of the book.

    This was part of Kyle and Nell’s turning point.


    “And now we’re learning how to fall in love together. I don’t care what any one else says. I
    love you. I’ll always love you, no matter what happens with us in the future. I love you now and
    forever.”

    There are real life issues and they gut you. As it says in the summary, her first love dies… and it’s so tragic.
    Kyle, during his last breaths can’t stop telling Nell that he loves her.


    “You can’t Nell. Just… hold my hand. I love you”

    Oh, boy. After his death, the pain and heartache. Jasinda writes these emotions so well. It made me feel like I lost someone. I could feel the pain so vividly. Her characters are well formed, more than, and the words are beautiful.

    So, two years later we meet up with Nell again and see that she hasn’t healed, forgotten, or moved on. She’s still stuck in her pain and heartache. And with that pain comes serious issues that are dealt with. Again, Jasinda tackles these issues so well.

    But Colton wants to help her, he feels a connection to her. She does also but does not want to admit it.

    These are Colton’s words to her.


    “I’m still trying to find the words to heal you,
    To take your pain and make it all my own
    So your beautiful eyes can smile,
    So you can be at peace.
    And now that Fate has intervened,
    Conspired to draw us together,
    I can’t resist the lure of your eyes,
    The temptation of you beauty,
    The siren song of you voice
    Whispering my name
    In the dark comfort between my sheets.
    I can’t resist you, baby,
    Because I’m falling still,
    I’m falling into you.”

    This story and these characters will leave an imprint under your skin. It’s a must read. It’s also the first book in a series, but can be read alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling into You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (597)

    Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself.

    AudioAddict says: "Hard to categorize this one!"
    "Gut wrenching but inspiring"
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    This amazing sequel to Falling into You was just as heartbreaking and incredible. At first I was expecting a continuation of Colton and Nell’s story. Although they did make appearances, they were the main characters in the story, and that was more than all right.

    Becca and Jason were best friends with Nell and Kyle since they were little. As we know in book one, Kyle dies, and we get to see how the two best friends deal with it.

    In a story that takes us from high school to adulthood, we have a great read.

    Becca and Jason had their own problems to deal with on top of their best friend’s death. It was a difficult road and every time things started to go good for them another disaster would strike. They went through so much. My heart broke for them each and every time something happened. I could barely keep my chest from tightening and my throat from constricting. But through it all, they had each other and their love never faltered. It kept them going.

    Wilder did another great job building these characters and their relationships, thoughts, struggles, and fears. It’s always a special reading experience when reading a book and you can feel what the characters feel.

    Becca expresses part of her daily struggles here:


    “That’s me
    The silent girl
    The stutterer
    The prisoner
    The smart girl
    The valedictorian scribbling maledictions to no one”

    And here is a part of Jason’s thoughts:


    “You’re my woman. Of course
    I’m responsible for you. It’s my highest duty in life to take care of you, protect you.”

    Here is both of them:


    “Promise me you’ll love me forever. No matter what.”
    “I can’t promise you forever, Beck. I can’t promise you forever, because that’s not long enough.”

    So many stories I read are with the bad guy gone good when he meets his love. Well, Jason was always good. Becca was always good. Regardless of their struggles and pains, they were good people, good to each other. That was how they got through it all.

    However, I think the performance lacked a bit. The man's voice could have been a bit more in touch with the character's emotions. It almost felt monotone throughout.

    I recommend this story to those that enjoy some sexy times, struggles, angst, love, romance, and great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gladstone

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Miller
    • Narrated By Deren Hansen
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Jack Saunders just wants a new start after a messy divorce. He doesn't bargain on a wrong turn and a breakdown in the Arizona desert. A beautiful girl coming to his rescue on a classic Indian motorcycle might mean things are looking up. Or, they might be turning really strange in a town that time forgot, with friendly people willing to die for a cause...to save a founder's statue.

    Robert says: "Great Book, I loved it within 5 minutes"
    "Historical Western? No ... It's just an illusion."
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    This was a fantastic story. Set in current day, but feels like it goes back, almost historical. It's just an illusion and part of the mystery of the story. It's a wonderful plot with a great romance in the background. Truly had me hooked the whole time I listened.

    The narrator did a wonderful job with the narrating. Each character had its own voice and I enjoyed the pace in which he spoke. His voice was almost hypnotic.

    It's a small town, western, gun slinging, camaraderie, and take care of each other type of book. I truly enjoyed. There's not much more I can say without giving it away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Way or Another

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Janina Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Meet Abby, computer killer and prickly proprietress of the Cove Bookshop in Camden Cove, Virginia. She's a woman with many secrets, a mother and sister she fiercely protects, and a secluded, quiet life that has become a bit boring. Enter Nick Maxwell, a man determined to bring Abby to her knees and into his arms - but he had more than a few secrets of his own.

    WiLoveBooks says: "Sweet, classic romance with heat"
    "True Love"
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    I enjoyed this story very much. It was sweet and endearing.
    The many characters were strong and well done. I'd grown to love them all in such a short amount of time. The story itself was cute and I'd read it again.

    However, I did not like the narration of the audiobook very much. I listen to tons of audiobooks a year, last year alone over 150, and I found this narrator to be bland and monotone. She would try to use inflections but they seemed at the wrong times. Most of the time, it came out in the same tone all the way through. There was not much of a difference in the voices of the different characters. While listening, I wished for the story to finish and also wished I had the ebook so I could finish it myself. It may just be me, and I do suggest you give it a try for yourself.

    BUT, don't let this take you away from what's really important, which is the story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves contemporary romance/ rom-com/chick-lit type books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Favorite Son

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Uvi Poznansky
    • Narrated By David Kudler
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This story is a present day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us. Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we understand the bitter rivalry between him and his brother.

    James D. says: "Beautiful and Haunting"
    "Sibling Rivalry"
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    This was a lovely story written about a set of twins fighting for the birthright. Of course the one born first got it, and the second one spent his life jealous of it and finally tricked his brother out of it.

    It was beautifully written and flowed so well. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. The narrator was great and did a wonderful job with the voices and narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Money & Murder: Books 1, 2, & 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Sue Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (76)

    Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy.

    Parajunkee says: "Great Mystery!"
    "Such an incredible ride"
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    I am a romance reader through and through. But sometimes I come across a different genre and give it a shot. Quite a few years ago I found The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and was surprised by how much I loved it. I'm glad I asked Mike Wells to allow me to review an audio copy of this book. Lust, Money, & Murder was equally as good. I was on the edge of my seat rooting for the heroine. Elaine was a kick-ass heroine too. She was likable, smart, determined, successful, and strong.

    Wells did an amazing job with the suspense and mystery. I was highly entertained and as a bonus there was a little romance that I didn't expect.

    The audio version was pretty great. The voices and accents the narrator had to do were done so well. She tackled all of the voices incredibly and I enjoyed the whole experience.

    I will definitely keep my eye on Wells and, perhaps, take a dive into more of his books.
    I recommend this for anyone who enjoys strong female characters, murder, mystery, and suspense.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of The Rose: Author's New Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kathryn Meyer Griffith
    • Narrated By Amanda Friday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Bronwyn is kind and resourceful, a healer and a woman ahead of her time who cares for her aging father and two young sisters. She can entrance a man with her sweet voice, the beauty of her face. However, she's an impoverished peasant who lives in the dark, suspicious times of fifteenth-century England where such a woman is feared. Witches are believed to be everywhere, waiting to ensnare a powerful man…like Edward the Fourth of England, who comes across her one day singing in a tavern and makes her his mistress.

    Caprisha says: "A Fantastic Escape!"
    "Great Journey during the War of the Roses"
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    I would like to thank the author for a copy of the audible book in exchange for an honest review.

    This book was right up my alley. I had recently read The White Queen and am also watching it on TV, so I was totally in the mood for more War of the Roses time period.

    The audio portion was good, the accents were decent, but it took me a while to get used to the voice. However, once I did, I could enjoy the book more.

    The first thing I enjoyed was Bronwyn. She was strong, a fighter, and never a victim, regardless of her experiences. She suffered many pains, but never let them hold her back. She was also a very lucky peasant in some ways and in others, one of the most unlucky people I’d ever read about. But the way she carried on was what really impressed me.

    This story was different than The White Queen, because it is in the Point of View of, let’s say, the mistress and not the Queen. Any reading I have done during that period was usually more sympathetic to the Queen and not any of Edward’s mistresses. But after liking Bronwyn, it made it easier to sympathize with her side of things. And I rooted for her the whole way. I also like the change of impression this story gave me of certain real life characters. Warwick was still his cruel self, Queen Elizabeth was painted as ambitious and selfish, and I honestly think she and Warwick had more in common than they would have ever admitted. Kind Edward was kind, fair, just, and very loving. George was himself, selfish and self-centered. But Richard was very sweet throughout it all and especially the end. I enjoyed not feeling so zeroed in on one look at the whole situation. This story definitely gave me another look at what people might have been like and how things may have happened.

    Bronwyn, truly made the story and was such a genuine character, true to her heart.
    The history based around the fiction seemed mostly accurate and written in an interesting way. There were so many times, I cringed, cried, got angry, upset during the book, but the last quarter of the book was the best for me. I think it was Bronwyn’s journey up until then that made her who she was and she finally got what she deserved and it made me so happy. I cried so much during the ending as it was very sentimental and sweet.

    This was a great story for anyone that likes historical romances with many bumpy roads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (443)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Amazing! Beautiful! Incredible! WOW!"
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    Wow!! Colleen Hoover has done it again. She has managed to write the most perfect book boyfriend ever, besides Will in Slammed. :)

    So, this book starts with a prologue that left me about 99.9% confused. I could tell something was going to happen, something big–profound. Half way through the book, I thought I had it all figured out and, BAM!, I was only half right. I had no idea, didn't see it coming, what was going to happen. What the big secret was until it was revealed and it shocked me. But it was a twist and it was a great and well thought out one.

    Hoover is excellent with character development. Even in her Slammed series, I found that I felt like I knew ever single character. In this book, Holder and Sky were just amazing. Sky's friends were incredible and they weren't even in the story that much, but even without their physical presence we knew about them, heard from them, and related with them.

    The name of the story is just super clever and has so much more to do with the story than just being Hopeless. These two main characters were dealt a shitty ass life, hand, and were strong and they survived. They'd never be "right" again, because what they endured was just too much, but would survive together.

    Holder, his name means something as well, at least to me, he held on her to Sky all his life. He's a holder/Holder. He loved her and wanted her and ached for her, for the life she led, for the pain she felt, for the suffering, and for ending up with a decent, good life. He was a misunderstood gentleman, young but so in tune with his feelings. He felt, felt hard and strong, and wore them on his sleeve.

    And Sky was so likable and relatable and kind and she grew so much in this story.

    I laughed and cried with these two. It was a beautiful, heartbreaking story.

    For this and more reviews please go to Italian Brat's Obsessions

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (246)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Another Great read"
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    Well this was an interesting read. As Binchy's strong suit, always weaving tales of the lives of many, she managed to tell a tale of love and heartache and healing. This was a very interesting story of two young loves, a husband reaching for the stars and the wife following his dreams. However, all of the dreams that were reached weren't enough for this bright, handsome husband and he still wanted more, while the wife was left dependent and longing. Friendships were important in many aspects and not all what they seemed either. It was a very crazy web of relationships but written so well that it was so easy to keep up.

    I love stories with happy endings and great romances, and this had some of that ... but I think the ending was subjective in its happy ending. I did enjoy this story very much though and the way Binchy writes. Her style and ability to keep up the stories of so many lives is unbelievable. She was very talented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (420)

    When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

    Jordy says: "Highland Romance at its Best"
    "Sweet"
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    I enjoyed this book very much. I'm very weary in reading romances about Scotsmen because of my love for Gabaldon's books, but this was quite good and different.

    I love men that are intelligent, gruff, manly, demanding, yet so gentle loving. Gabriel, the heroine's love interest was all those things and more.

    The book started out a little slow and sad but once Johanna got to the Highlands, her demeanor and adventures changed. Things became more exciting. However, I found a lot of the story line predictable and dragging, I did enjoy it very much. I loved watching Johanna grow some gumption and find her place. I love how she brought people together and became a part of the clan. The camaraderie was touching. The love story itself was nice and slow and quite realistic.

    Alex, Gabriel's illegitimate son, was adorable and how I enjoyed reading about him and his adventures. Cute kids in books are always fun to me, it's the bratty ones I can't stand. :)

    All in all, this was a great romance story and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a handsome Highlander.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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