From the 'dust cover' of this book (bare chested man and dreamy faced woman) I presumed this book was hot and steamy with no storyline. How wrong could I be!
Yes the story was hot but it also tackled the distressing issue of domestic violence. The story followed Cassie Gambol as she attempts to get on with her new life after leaving a violent marriage.
While I wouldn't rate this book as my number one, it is a read that gets you in.
The Chase family and especially their mother Polly are a tight unit that care deeply for each other. The men of the family are all alpha males - buff and beautiful. The women are funny and gorgeous - the adult version the Waltens.
I guess the best part of this book is the fact that each character is so well defined that the reader is compelled to keep reading just to find out what comes next.
There is a storyline to this book - yes there is hot steamy sex - but there is also life, compassion, family and fun.
This is the first time I have listened to Aletha George and I am now her number one fan. I love Aletha's southern accent - her Polly Chase character had me in stitches.
Polly Chase - you rock!
Now that I have started on the Chase family series I guess I will download them all. These books are stories about a family (hot family I must admit). It is a pity that all the dust jackets for these books are bare chested hunky men because I'm sure some readers will give the books a miss thinking they are all sex and no storyline.
Diana Gabaldon and Amy Harmon (my favourite authors) have written some amazing books and I rank all of their books equally at the very top of my listening tree. Written In My Own Heart's Blood is a book I have been eagerly anticipating for four years and it is everything I hoped it would be.
At first I was going to say that I haven't read any other books that I could compare to this one but that wouldn't be true. The first one was named Outlander and was the story of a time traveler named Claire and a young Scotsman named Jamie.
I had many favourite scenes but there were a couple of notables that I keep thinking of over and over again. One would be when Bree was reading the letter she found from Frank Randall. It showed just how much he loved and treasured Bree and how he had done all he could to prepare her for the life ahead. The other scene would be the tragedy the family suffered just before leaving Savannah. Absolutely heartbreaking. And then there was William! Oh and of course Lord John.
This book is amazing in that it brings together so much of what has come before. I think I will need to listen to it a couple of times to pick up all it has to offer. Did I want to listen to it all in one session? Hell yes! I wanted to know it all. But realistically with a book that spans 48 hours of listening time that was never going to happen.
Any book that can leave you constantly thinking about what you have just read, about the decisions the characters made and the way their lives evolved is a gift to be treasured. But now I find that I need to go back to the beginning yet again because I realise that I didn't pay enough attention to what was written before! Well done Diana.
This book is set in June 1778 when Joan McKimmie travels to France to enter a convent. Joan is accompanied by Michael Murray son of Ian and Jenny. Michael is mourning the recent death of his wife and his father. I won't go into the story other than to say this book will answer many questions raised thirty years before and is the perfect book to listen to whilst you wait for the 10th of June. Absolutely fascinating!
Davina Porter's narration is amazing as always.
This series has been very cleverly written and I will be listening to this book many times. There are so many hints to what lies behind the story and another one comes to light each time the story is read.
At first I compared this book to Consequences but after reading this second book in the series I think it has a flavour of its own. It's obvious that JS has his own agenda and I am so intrigued to find out what that is. Lily is going to need to think so much smarter if she wants a chance to outsmart him. This man is ruthless.
Amy Johnson's narration is as intense in this book as it was in Uncovering You 1.
For me the most telling part in this book was in the early chapters when JS turned on the purple light to show Lily how easily he could control her boundaries. When he whispered 'run' my heart dropped - I almost gave up then. I thought 'this man is mad - how will you ever bring him down'.
Scarlett Edwards is an amazing talent. She has been able to continue the tension created in the first book through to the second and I am so looking forward to the third. I just hope our heroine keeps fighting back!
I was absolutely glued to this book from the very beginning. The development of the characters and the depth of raw emotion made this a one sitting listen.
I guess the only book I have read that would compare to this was Comfort Food.
Amy Johnson's performance was amazing. Her narration was full of emotion - making me feel like I was also living this nightmare.
This is a series of books - too early to make tag line. But when I do it will be something that conveys the battle that is about to be waged.
This was only a short listen but it was well worth the effort. Hopefully all other books in this series will be available on Audible.
Wow! Where do I start. It is difficult to review a book like this without spoiling it for others.
A Different Blue is a story with so many layers. We meet Blue as a twenty year old working her way through her graduation year of school. Her life takes a massive change when Darcy Wilson, a young history professor, comes into her life. His take on history - how it moulds who we are and where we going, forces Blue to confront her own past and future.
Would I listen to A Different Blue again? This book is awe inspiring and I know I will listen to it again and again.
We all remember that special teacher at school - the one who made learning seem worth while - the one who made a difference. Darcy Wilson was that person and more. For Blue he was the one who made it all make sense.
I have listened to other books narrated by Tavia Gilbert and I think this was on of her best, although I do think she could work on her British accent.
I did have an extreme reaction to this book. A Different Blue ran the full gambit of emotions. Without spoiling it for others this is a book that will leave your heart full whist at the same time giving your emotions a heavy going over.
This is a story that can be read by old and young adults. Each of us will take something different from it. Amy Harmon has has bravely written a story that that confronts some of society's saddest and happiest events. Well worth the credit.
I guess I would rate Making Faces as one of the top ten books I have listened to this year. The book has substance, characters are well developed, the story is intense and thought provoking.
Making Faces tells a story of how we see ourselves and how others see us.
This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Rob Shapiro and I was very impressed. The character I will remember the most was Bailey - his love of life despite his difficulties was inspirational.
Life is what you make it!
Making Faces is my first Amy Harmon read and it won't be my last. This book is a romance but not 'hot and sweaty'. This book has left me thinking about my life and how I sometimes take my fortunate life for granted. Well worth a credit.
There were no Audible reviews available and so I downloaded this one on the reputation of the authors other books. BIG mistake. The story in this book is slow, the characters are poorly developed and the narration is ordinary. In future if there isn't an Audible review I will check out the reviews for the print editions on Amazon.
These journals are integral reading with the Inside Out Trilogy. Journals 1 - 4 give the background to Rebecca's life and a greater understanding of what was going on in her life at the time she wrote the journals. Journal 5 is written from the Master point of view and for me to review that journal would spoil it for all listeners. I read Rebecca's Lost Journals on my kindle before I listened to 'If I Were You' and 'Being Me'. I would recommend listening to Journal 5 after 'Being Me'.
Rebecca's Lost Journals are the story of Rebecca's journey into the life of a Master and submissive. They share her thoughts, her triumphs and her regrets. I don't know what books I would compare them to - they were a much more in depth read than Fifty Shades.
I wouldn't call it a favourite scene but for me it was the most telling. It was when Rebecca finally decided not to sign another contract. Rebecca knew that while she loved her Master deeply he was unable to give the same back to her. It was only ever going to be a contract - never a relationship.
Not every book series should be made into a film and I think this is one of them.
The narration by Grace Grant and Sebastian York was brilliant as always. I was pleased to see that these novellas had finally been released as an audiobook.
Would I recommend this book - absolutely. Even though Drew Evans was the type of man that most clear minded women would flick to the kerb I must admit that I really enjoyed this book. Sebastian York's narration was superb as always - listening to his rich gravelly voice is like being immersed in dark chocolate and red wine!
My favourite character would have to be Drew Evans. Other reviewers hit in on the head when they called him a man whore - but then he fell in love. Listening to him trying to come to terms with that love felt like karma.
Apart from the first scene that gave the listener a true insight into Drew Evans, my favourite was when Drew's family were sitting around the table talking and Drew's niece innocently dropped in one of Drew's favourite sayings. So funny!
I would love to see this made into a movie but I can't think of an appropriate tag line.
This book is romantic with a happily ever after. It does have a sequel but it doesn't finish with a cliff-hanger. Worth the time and effort
I need way more than three words to sum up Out of Turn. But if I had to try I guess it would be 'Love Them Both'. Kathleen tries so hard to not come between Blane and Kade but in the end she hurts both herself and the men who mean so much to her.
This story was all action. At times I wondered how Kathleen would survive. As in the other books in this series Blane was his usual pompous, arrogant, self-centred self. Still blind to the dubious intentions of some of those around him. Kane on the other hand, though still full of self-doubt was more willing to show his soft and vulnerable side.
I have listened to many of Angela Dawe's performances and I think this series is one of my favourites. The voice of Kathleen Turner suits the character so well - the presentation is almost clinical. It is like 'well this is me and my life - I may not be much but I like who I am'. I guess if I have any negative comment if would be that Blane always sounds like he has a sore throat - but then I guess that's how I pick his voice.
I got so frustrated with Kathleen with her blind faith in Blane. Thank goodness she recognised her real feelings for Kane by the end of the book - saved me throwing something!
I am really enjoying this series. I see the next instalment won't be available until May 2014. Hopefully Tiffany Snow will give Kathleen a Happy Ever After - even if it is one that involves one women and the two men she loves!
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