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This is not for the faint of heart. It is quite graphic both in action/violence as well as sexual situations.
This is my first-I may try another.
This is my first too.
No, the ends are all tied up.
Descriptive & graphic....not a 'feel good' romance.
I had no idea that this historical book was placed in what could be described as my back yard! While I'm from a more remote area of Maine, the ship building and logging industries Wendy Lindstrom describes are right out of the mouths of my grandparents (Great Depression era). Though this book is set years before that.
The opening scene includes a log jam on the river. Throughout the book the details of sea captain's, shipbuilders and lumber tycoons homes and MOST importantly to me (my heritage) the observations of the men tending their lobster pots, their attire, etc.
While technology has changed things a lot, the craftsmen of today's shipbuilding is still beautiful. The commercial lobster fisherman still haul traps and logging is still a way of life for many of my family, friends and neighbors. Wendy Lindstrom really did her homework - if not having lived in Maine for a time.
While the history and novelty of the book was a fantastic surprise, the story of Adam & Rebecca was just as impressive. I'm a fan of this series and could not wait for Leave it to The Rain to come to audio. However, I wasn't sure how the telling of Adam & Rebecca's story could be unique...was I ever wrong...right from the start is action and then the expected relationship progression takes a major twist.
The way that each character adjusts to this unexpected turn is everything you would expect a 'real' family and community would react. As everyone tries to recovery, we learn things of the past as well as the current circumstances-some good, some bad.
I want to write more but will refrain as I don't want to accidentally reveal 'spoilers', so I'll stop with this. While each of the Grayson Series books can stand alone, if you can, read the series from the beginning. You will know the background of the characters better (and they are great books) and that adds to the richness of each story.
Love, love, loved Leave it for the Rain.
She is very good, no matter where I had to shut the book off-the second I turned it back on I knew exactly who was speaking. This is not easy especially with such a large 'cast.'
NOTE: No 'warnings' necessary. Sweet romance with nothing inappropriate
Credit/$ Worthiness: YES!!!! While I willingly would have used a credit (as I did the previous 4 & purchased the novella on sale) I was *given a copy in exchange for my thoughts and review.* AGAIN, I would have happily used a credit and been satisfied if needed.
The Rough Riders Tied Up, Tied Down and Cowgirl Up and Ride as they both involve young kids as an important dynamic in the relationships.
No, I listen at 1.25X or 1.5X. I've grown used to Rebecca Estrella as the narrator of the majority of the series and I'll take it because I'm addicted to LJ Rough Riders.
NOTE: Strong language, descriptions of sex & a few violent scenes. NOT for anyone under 18!
Credit/$ worthy: At JUST under $10 YES on Credit or $ - I'm a fan & buy/use credit Rough Riders books as soon as they're released
Good girls can play rough too…Jessie McKay has accepted her marriage to Luke McKay wasn’t perfect. After two years of widowhood, she’s ready to kick up her bootheels - until Luke’s younger brother shows up to spoil her fun. But if Brandt thinks she’ll ever take orders from another McKay male, he’s got manure for brains.
Brandt McKay has avoided his sweet, sexy sister-in-law ever since the night he confessed his feelings for her weren’t the brotherly type. Unexpectedly faced with proof of Luke’s infidelity, Brandt is forced to ask for Jessie’s help in taking care of Luke’s young son. Jessie agrees on one condition - she wants Brandt’s boots exclusively under her bed for the duration.
The sexual heat that’s always simmered between them ignites. Brandt is determined to make the temporary situation permanent, proving to Jessie he’s a one-woman man. And Jessie is shaken by feelings she’s sworn never to have again for any man…especially not a McKay.
©2010 Lorelei James (P)2014 Insatiable Press
This is a 20 minute listen that left me wanting more, in a good way! It is basically 2 events... I want to know what lead Melissa & Jack to this point. Who are they? How did they meet? Any adventures that drew them together or pushed them apart?
Likewise, I want to know what is next for them? Will they get av HEA?
Mindy Wilde could add to this short story and make a full length novel. Everything is there; the writing is great, the descriptions vivid, etc.
Melissa is excited as when her boyfriend drives her up to his family cabin for a quick weekend getaway. A little tired from the trip Melissa is hesitant when Eric suggests they head out for a walk in the woods. Her mood quickly changes when Eric shows her the pleasure that can be found walking in a Winter Wonderland.
Lia Langola's performance was believable. While there were only two characters, Jack & Melissa, she did both very well. It is always a surprise to hear a woman portray a masculine character without overdoing it. (Or a male performer portraying a female lead without a lisp.)
Lia Langola did each character extremely well. I hope to hear more from her...perhaps a full length version of Winter Wonderland.
NOTE: Mature themes
Credit/$ Worthy: I do not buy or use credits on anything less than 6 hours long. However, *I was given a copy of this in exchange for my thoughts and review.* I WILL be looking for lengthier books by Mindy Wilde and Lia Langola.
If you enjoy a quick listen than you will be missing out if you don't go for this.
No. If you want scene after scene of graphic sex then this is the book for you.
There was a skimpy plot line but not enough to make me happy. I need to hear some sort of plot that runs through the story and it was not there for me. This flimsy one was not enough and perhaps I was turned off by the pairings as everyone seem to sleep with everyone.
In my opinion, if you want something that is raunchy and very, very graphic (tasteless porn), this may be the book for you. For me it was actually too much & you can see from other titles I've listened to, I'm no shrinking violet.
The narrator did a good job as she had to do both male and female voice.
NOTE: Mature themes, vulgarity & strong language
Credit worthy: no
Cash Worthy: no
To younger friends or family. It brings Jane Austen's work in a contemporary setting. It is a clever play on words and develops points in [the real] Jane Austen books.
I rolled my eyes at the first part until I realized and Stephanie Powers was NOT trying to rewrite or knock off Jane Austen's originals. It was when I discovered the comparisons and characters referring to JA's original work that I began to see the appeal and cleverness that would draw the Young Adult' audience.
It would be interesting for Jr. High and High School students who are required to read J. Austen to read this book as they rad the classics.
Andrea Eamme's performance was spot on. She was required to perform male and female as well as English and American accents. The characters sounded age appropriate as well.
This would not have been my usual pick as it really was written toward a younger audience (YA.) *I was offered this free copy in exchange for my thoughts and review.*
This was a sweet, clean romance though somewhat juvenile for my normal listening. However, I think it was well performed and will appeal to the younger dynamic.
This categorized as a Religion/Spiritual book, WAY outside my normal genre and would not have chosen it on my own. However, *I was offered a copy in exchange for my thoughts in review.*
This was an interesting listen. While I do not believe in many of the methods that the author does -such as vibrations, astrology, reincarnation, etc., she is able to eloquently describe how they apply to HER methodology.
Lo Ann Mayer explains her experience from her mother's death to opening and keeping a journal with questions directly to her. The first entry to her mother was answered by Mayer's own hand, however she is 'out of body' as she records what is coming through her mind. Only after the thoughts are recorded is Mayer able to come back and read her mother's reply. (It is not as complicated as I am making it sound.)
Mayer shares how these experiences continue and prepare her for emotional trials on earth and reveals her loved ones thoughts of the afterlife.
Whether a believer in eastern religions, or not, this book explores those and traditional western religions (I believe the author calls herself a Catholic) in a way that is caring and not offensive.
Here is the Publisher's Summary.
One morning Lo Anne Mayer wrote a letter to her mother, who had died a year earlier. Despondent over the strained relationship they had endured in life, Mayer started the journal because she still longed for healing. So began a remarkable soul-to-soul correspondence that restored their bond. When her own daughter died, Mayer started a new journal that soothed her grief. Now she shares her story and simple technique with bereaved people everywhere.
©2012 Cape House Books (P)2014 Cape House Books
I have not listened to Pam Dougherty before. I found her narration/performance VERY slow. I listened on a faster speed and it was much better. I'd have fallen asleep if I had listened at the regular speed - no judgement, just fact.
This book was SO MUCH fun. In this day of no privacy due to hackers & nefarious, evil doers - this accidental, email eavesdropper's (Lincoln) thoughts about his job and co-workers kept me in giggles.
However, there was enough seriousness to make the book multi dimensional. I liked it and will listen again when I need a lift!
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be an Internet security officer, he pictured himself protecting the newspaper from dangerous hackers - not sending out memos every time somebody in Accounting forwarded an off-color joke to the person in the next cubicle. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help being entertained - and captivated - by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you?”
With snapping dialogue and irresistible charm, Rainbow Rowell transforms an ordinary IT guy into a lovable and endearing romantic hero and proves that falling in love never happens the way you plan it. Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a fresh and energetic debut that marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction.
Lincoln, of course...he's just doing his job.
NOTE: A few passages of semi-raciness
CREDIT WORTHY/$: Yes for Chic Lit fans
$:I took a chance on this book at $5.95-worth every penny.
I will keep an eye out for other Robin Rowell
This was an attempt of modernizing the Greatest Story Ever Told (Jesus' birth) - it begins with a single, very pregnant, young woman - Mary Jo Wyse...I WILL give kudos to Debbie Macomer for not trying to recreate the Immaculate Conception, but....
Mary Jo takes off from the family home to look for the father of her unborn babe. His family lives in Cedar Cove but he can't be found nor can any of his family.
She rolls into town and feels faint at the library. The fire department and the young, handsome, single fireman/EMT comes and helps her through her swoon.
A bunch of strangers offered to help the pregnant woman and she is amazed by their goodness and benevolence. One of them has an apartment above her barn and offers it to her for the night (because all the Inns and B & B's are full.) It just so happens there's a bunch of animals; mule, sheep, horse, A CAMEL, etc. (a camel in Washington State in December at an individuals residence, come on, now!) hanging out in that barn-from the live Nativity the preceding weeks.
Mrs. Macomber tries to make analogies throughout to the real Christmas story, but it's really cheesy. Mary Jo has three brothers (whose business is 3 Wyseman Builders) who frantically look for her in Cedar Cove-an island, etc.
Anything else I say will give away and spoil, if you are a diehard Debbie Macomber fan, you may like this.
For me its a miss...I'll stick to the original
Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....
So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals - including a donkey and a camel - for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!).
When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers - the three Wyse men - show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love...
What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?
©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Something heavy and meaningful - maybe a Marc Cameron book
The narrator matched the material.
It was SO cheesy...is that a reaction? Eyeball rolling, disappointment.
I really do not mean to be such a downer on Debbie Macomer. I really enjoyed the first book that I read "16 Lighthouse Road"n - it was catchy, romantic and clever.
I picked up 3-4 other titles as they were on sale, as I listen I've determined I'm not a fan.
Macomer has a lot of fans and I'm not sure why I don't warm up to her material as so many seem to. Perhaps it's a generational difference. As I said, I really enjoyed the first book that I read but the others after that have fallen flat. That is not to say she is bad most reviews are to the contrary of mine.
NOTE: Completely 'safe' to play with kiddos around
CREDIT/$ Worthy: In my opinion, no on all counts
Yes, I really enjoy the Grayson Brothers series. I've actually started listening to Leave it for the Rain... Wendy Lindstrom cannot write these fast enough for me.
However, this novella was a bit different than the rest of the series. I think that is because the story is told from YOUNG Adam's perspective. There are insecurities of school, trouble making, being 'replaced' in the family by another boy.
This book isn't necessary to the series but it is a sweet story with a good message.
NOTES: No worries about listening with the kiddos in the room or car.
Credit Worthy: Depends on your dedication to the series. It is expensive for a 3 hour listen, I held off for that reason but finally gave in.
Anything He Wants was one of my first erotica thriller and I was SO MAD to be left with a cliffhanger! Finally we have the next part in Castaway, but be warned it's another cliffhanger ending. How long must we wait for the next? LOL
The end twist, based on Anything He Wants I knew SOMETHING was coming but wasn't sure what...
NOTE: Descriptions of sex, strong language
Creditworthy: Yes -Hint from my pal Dawn- buy THIS combined 2 books instead of separately
A powerful billionaire who always gets what he wants. An innocent protegee who will explore the darkest reaches of her own desire. Experience their intoxicating tale - now available for the first time as a complete saga...
Anything He Wants Lucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. But everything changes when the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn't nearly enough to satisfy his need.
Castaway As the billionaire pulls Lucy deeper into his world of high stakes business deals and ruthless takeovers, he demands nothing less than her complete surrender. But Jeremiah has no place in his life for love, and as Lucy falls deeper for him, she risks having her heart shattered. Making matters worse, Jeremiah's fiercest rival is determined to steal Lucy's affection... and to do it, he'll show her the sinister side of Jeremiah's opulent world. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, there's only one thing Lucy knows for sure: she'll never be free from Jeremiah's sweet possession.
©2014 Sara Fawkes (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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