I enjoyed Dent...he was broody, cranky and lovable.
I have read about 10 Sandra Brown books and plan on reading a lot more - this makes my top 5.
Probably, although I'd prefer a different narrator
Other reviewers complain about why a wealthy woman would write about a painful past under a pseudonym and be upset when she is discovered, blah, blah, blah - while some aspects are a bit of a reach IT IS FICTION and I felt it was a good book overall. It held my interest and there were a lot of twists.
It feels unfinished. We learned a lot about the characters but their individual stories didn't really mesh together for me.
In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself... In a daring imaginative leap, Lee Langley takes this searing moment as a springboard, sending Puccini’s characters spinning into a future undreamed of in the original.
No, but her performance was good.
Yes & no - I listened to it twice but do not think I'll listen again.
I bought this on sale and am happy with the purchase. I do not feel it is a good buy at full price or using a credit.
The constant suspense-did Jacob do it? The father's unending desire to protect his son.
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, and as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own - between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.
Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis - a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.
©2012 William Landay
The ending is one shocking turn after another-no spoilers!. I agree with the other reviewer DO NOT READ TOO MANY REVIEWS or it will ruin the experience for the new reader.
It was strong and perfect for the cast of characters-mostly male; Boston, Irish and other accents.
Andy, his protectiveness of his son throughout all the 'challenges'.
I got this as a Daily Deal for under $6 but it is CREDIT WORTHY.
This is a great fantasy, escape. Mama Conte is at it again-ready to know and do what is best for her daughter.
I liked that this delved into a darker past for Sawyer and Wolfe. It may be too much if you are used to Jennifer Probst's more light hearted (fun/silly) work in the previous Marriage Series books.
Use the 'O' word a lot less! It seemed to be the focal point when there was SO much more to explore.
Also, some minor timeline points...she mentions Sawyer's childhood and he (as a child) compares situation to Harry Potter. VERY minor points...
Unique, good & varied (although near the end Maggie started sounding like the men)!
Yes, but 2 sessions and getting NOTHING else done was how I did it.
NOTE: More graphic and descriptive than her previous books. Some sex and depictions of child abuse.
It is like a cozy blanket. A nice romance that tugs your heart in a few directions. It's nothing more or less than it is meant to be.
Josh Kowalski is tired of holding down the fort - better known as the Northern Star Lodge - while his siblings are off living their dreams. Now that his oldest brother has returned to Whitford, Maine, for good, Josh is free to chase some dreams of his own.
As the daughter of the lodge's longtime housekeeper, Katie Davis grew up alongside the Kowalski kids. Though she's always been "one of the guys", her feelings for Josh are anything but sisterly. And after a hot late-night encounter in the kitchen, it's clear Josh finally sees her as the woman she is.
Katie's been waiting years for Josh to notice her, but now that he has, she's afraid it's too late. Giving her heart to a man who can't wait to leave town is one sure way to have it broken. But Josh keeps coming up with excuses not to leave - could it be that everything he's ever wanted is closer than he could have imagined?
The push and pull as the family decides to do with the lodge. The ending is fantastic.
NOTE: Some mature scenes.
This is a nice set that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. The scene between Lauren's ex husband and Ryan regarding Lauren and her son's future and the fall out from that.
A second shot at first love...
After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal - and learns the boy is Lauren's son....
The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.
With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can't deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?
The narrator is great-though if I have to listen to a book with Haley as a main character I MAY go into a listening stupor! Fortunately, she is only a minor character in several books.
I'm not sure why these books are not included in the The Kowalski Family Series as they seem to be a continuation.
NOTE: Some descriptions of sex
This falls into the category of those written by Suzanne Brockman a romance dressed up as an action. Unfortunately it was not consistent-there was a lot of 'hot' romance in the beginning and not much action until the final chapters.
Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver is on a very personal mission. Her twin brother, an undercover officer, was murdered by a drug cartel, and she won't stop until she finds the man responsible for his death.
In the course of her own investigation, Olivia meets informant Rico Cortes. He's mysterious and sexy, and despite her reservations, the two share a night of passion. But Rico turns out to be more than a one-night stand. He's a DEA agent, deep undercover in Miami's drug world, and possibly the one man who can help Olivia find the justice she seeks.
When Rico realizes his cover is blown, he isn't sure whether it was someone in the cartel or an inside agent. Olivia is the only one he can trust, and together they venture on a dangerous, rogue mission to infiltrate a drug lord's inner circle... with Olivia as bait.
Sure, it is an above average book-don't be fooled into thinking it is an action book only.
She could have been a bit more animated. She did a good job with distinguishing each character-it sounded like she was bored.
No. The ending tied everything up. I may try another book by this author but I wouldn't run out to get it.
NOTE: Some mature content, strong language and some gore.
I got this book on a Daily Deal promotion for under $5. I would not have purchased it at full price or use a credit, as I like my books a bit more racy with more spice and 'bedroom' action.
That being said, this is a NICE, SWEET romance book, not raunchy or descriptive in the intimate scenes-leaving you to decide how to interpret. A lot of romance, several stories intertwined within the one book. The characters include a judge, her 'helpful' elderly mother, a couple young couples, a disappearing husband, etc. It is funny, feel good and the book does take on some heavy material, characters deal with the death of an infant, another with a miscarriage.
I look forward to reading more in the series-though I hope to get them on sale.
Dear Listener, You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets! I have to admit that my own secrets are pretty open. My marriage failed some years ago, and I have a rather...difficult relationship with my daughter, Justine. Then there's my mother, Charlotte, who has plenty of opinions and is always willing to share them. Here's an example: I'm a family court judge, and she likes to drop in on my courtroom. Recently, I was hearing a divorce petition. In Charlotte's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work - and I agreed. So I rendered my judgement: Divorce Denied. Well, you wouldn't believe the reaction! Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, the editor of our local paper (and a man I wouldn't mind seeing more of!), everyone's talking. Cedar Cove - people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it! See you soon...Olivia Lockhart, 16 Lighthouse Road, Cedar Cove, Washington
I enjoyed Charlotte-the elderly mother of the judge. She is clever and funny without meaning to be. She stumbles on to her own mystery and is determined to figure it out.
I felt the narrator was above average, though she did sound more believable with the older characters.
NOTE: No graphic content nor cursing. A nice, contemporary romance.
Probably, but I am on the fence about reading the others in the series-leaning toward reading them.
Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley or the historical romances by Maya Banks-I enjoyed the narration by those two series more.
Solid, adequate, steady
By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian.
Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire promised to conquer her heart...
It did follow a predictable model, however it was quite entertaining...a lot of cheeky humor-which you don't always get in historical romances.
NOTE: One minor description of sex. This is a new genre for me...I usually read contemporary, mature romances but have run out of books in this category. So please take this into consideration while reading my review.
I enjoyed it and I'll listen again. It's an easy, fun listen. If you are looking for a deep, meaningful book you probably want to pass. However, if you are looking for a sexy escape and far out scenario (some are kind of eyeball rolling, but fun) don't bother you-give it a go!
This is Chic Lit with adult content and a bit of action. I'd compare it to anything else by Shayla Black/Lexi Blake.
Yes, unfortunately my favorite authors seem to pick her for their books. She's adequate but there are more talented narrators out there.
With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, Kerry Sullivan can't face one more humiliating hang-up from the man she's begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country - and the only man who can prove her brother's innocence - but his phone manners are appalling. Too bad kidnapping the man isn't an option. Or is it?
There's nothing Kerry wouldn't do for her brother, and there are lots of things she longs to do to Rafe Dawson when he's lying tied-up and naked in her secret hideaway. But when the tables get turned, Kerry finds herself at Rafe's mercy. And the only way to get her way is to let him have his way - with her.
NOTE: Strong language and mature content.
Sure, it is a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery.
They are all well done, but my favorite is Ryder/Rider-as he is the most fun.
Sure, it is less than an hour of humorous 'who dunnit'
Free gift from Audible last Christmas...reminded me how much I love the classics.
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