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WiLoveBooks

Mom, blogger, and lover of books.

Wisconsin

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  • Video Vixen

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Sheila Book
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Welcome to Sodom's Crossing, just south of the equator - well actually downtown Manhattan! From her billboard in Times Square to her rare vertical photos in Playboy - the world was finding it easy to be Vixen-ized. Vikki had sworn to her fellow castmates on Always Tomorrow that she would protect their secrets by being the sexy, unscrupulous siren on camera and off - to the hilt. Making sure that investigative reporter Dan Falkner would focus on the illusion rather than the sweet, shy woman Vikki really was. There was just one problem - Vikki never imagined how easy it would be to enjoy being a vixen....

    Joan Reeves says: "Sassy, Sexy Romantic Comedy"
    "Fun and full of steam"
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    I loved watching Dan try to figure out Vikki/Vixen. When Dan comes to do a story on show, her castmates are afraid of their secrets coming out, so they try to distract him with Vixen, since Vikki has no secrets. And Vikki enjoys her role. There is lots of fun banter between them, and plenty of steam.
    Sheila Book has the perfect voice for this one. She is a great narrator, I just wish she would stop casting "aspirations" on people's character. She could also use a tiny pause sometimes when switching POV because it can get a bit confusing. Other than that, the narration is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Chance to Run

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dianna Love
    • Narrated By Adam Hanin
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    To an undercover agent, she’s a Person of Interest. He’s interested. Escaping the compound of a deadly international felon, elite athlete Angel Farentino has to make the most important run of her life. Literally. With her father in prison, where he belongs, and a prior undeserved conviction hanging over her head, she has nowhere to turn and no one to trust. Definitely not law enforcement who railroaded her through a judicial nightmare. One step ahead of lethal men and dogs on her trail, she runs into the arms of a dark stranger willing to help her if she’d let him.

    WiLoveBooks says: "Action, suspense, steamy romance"
    "Action, suspense, steamy romance"
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    Action, suspense, steamy romance. Everything you want in a romantic suspense. Angel is an ex-con who is trying to escape a dangerous man. Zane doesn't trust easily but can't help wanting to help the vulnerable woman who stows away on his plane. I loved the characters. I just loved this book. Kept me interested to the very end. Also sets up for a series, which I am definitely interested in continuing.

    Narrator for the audio is wonderful. He is perfect for the story. The pacing is excellent and really helps to build the suspense in the story. He does a great job differentiating between characters. Honestly one of the best narrators I've listened to. And while I normally find sound effects to be distracting, I thought they were a nice touch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason: The Single Daddy Club, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Donna Fasano
    • Narrated By Laura Jennings
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    For widowed police officer Jason Devlin. Taking care of his baby girl was usually a piece of cake - until his housekeeper quit, leaving Jason desperate enough to hire the first qualified person who rang his doorbell... runaway heiress Katie Smyth. The pampered debutante was about to take on her greatest challenge - her first job.... Jason was thanking his lucky stars that Katie had shown up. She was perfect for his little girl - and beautiful beyond belief, leading Jason to rethink his single status. But wait until he discovers who this nick-of-time nanny really is!

    Gaele says: "Laura Jennings & Donna Fasano = perfect casting"
    "Sweet romance, enjoyable listen"
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    Jason is desperate for someone to take care of his daughter while he works. Katie is desperate for a job. Katie finds her way to Jason's door and he hires her as his nanny. They are living in the same house and there is an attraction, but Jason is still attached to the memory of his late wife and Katie is keeping secrets. They become friends and things progress slowly. It is very sweet, except you know when someone is keeping secrets it is never easy. I liked this one and would definitely check out the other books in this series for a clean, feel-good romance read.

    Laura Jennings is an excellent narrator with the perfect voice for this kind of book. There isn't much difference between most of the characters' voices, but it is still easy to follow. An easy and enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sink or Swim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stacy Juba
    • Narrated By Funda Duval
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained national fame for starring on Sink or Swim, nicknamed SOS, a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship. She hopes the prize money will help to launch her dream of owning a chain of fitness centers. Not only does she lose the competition and have to walk the plank in the finale, but after the game show ends, the terror begins.

    WiLoveBooks says: "Mystery kept me guessing"
    "Mystery kept me guessing"
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    I loved this book about the aftermath of a reality show. Cassidy finishes second on Sink or Swim and goes back to her real life. She didn't win the million dollars, but she quickly realizes that things are different anyway. She has lots of fans and admirers and has picked up a stalker. Other contestants from the show start dying. Cassidy doesn't know what to do or who to trust outside of her family. The mystery kept me guessing. I recommend this one if you like mystery and suspense.

    The audio was very well done. The narrator has a great voice that fits the story nicely. The pace was good and it was easy to get lost in the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns. Annie also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients has died. The police believe his death was suicide, but Annie believes he was murdered.

    KarenB says: "Enjoyable story, annoying narration"
    "Light, historical mystery"
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    I really enjoyed this historical mystery. It is set in San Francisco in 1879. Annie is a young widow who owns a boarding house and poses as a clairvoyant to make money. She is very intelligent and resourceful and unconventional for her time. I really liked her character. There are other great characters as well, including Nate, the lawyer she works with while trying to prove that a client's death was murder. A fun, light mystery with just a touch of romance. I look forward to reading the next book. I am curious to see how things work out with the characters.

    The audio was great. The narrator, Cynthia Wallace, has a nice voice and gave the characters distinct voices. She also did an admirable job with the variety of accents. Overall a very enjoyable listen. It is split into two parts for easier downloading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Merry-Go-Round

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donna Fasano
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind...stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she's not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren's personal life isn't chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can't stay on the right side of the law. What's a woman to do?

    Gaele says: "A great 6 hour escape from a dreary day!"
    "Funny and entertaining"
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    A funny and light-hearted book that starts with a divorce. Greg and Lauren seem to be complete opposites. Lauren is angry and ended their marriage after 12 years and though Greg didn't want the divorce, he is very patient with her as she attempts to move on. There are some funny, laugh-out-loud moments and a satisfying ending that had a smile on my face.

    The audio is very well done. The narrator, Margie Lenhart, has a nice, expressive voice and uses distinctive voices for each of the characters. It is very easy to listen to and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Accidental Family

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Donna Fasano
    • Narrated By Laura Jennings
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Jonas Winslow knew nothing about fatherhood, yet he was determined to keep his orphaned nephew. But the boy's aunt, Robin Hampstead, wasn't about to let go of her only remaining family. The solution: a temporary - strictly platonic - marriage…or so they thought. Their agreement was to share the house and all child-rearing responsibilities, which seemed an uncomplicated arrangement until…Jonas began seeing Robin in a new light, not as a pretend wife, but as a very real woman whose bedroom was enticingly close to his.

    Gaele says: "Heartwarming and heartwrenching ..."
    "Sweet and heartwarming"
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    Jonas and Robin had only met a couple of times and didn't get along. Then his sister and her brother die, leaving their young son, so they get married in order to take care of their nephew together. This book really shows their struggles as they try to get along with one another while also adjusting to being parents and grieving the loss of their loved ones. There were some funny moments as well as some heart-breaking moments.

    The audio is very well done and easy to listen to. The quality of the audio and the pace are both very good. The narrator Laura Jennings has a nice voice for the story, including a bit of a southern sound to her voice. The character's voices were differentiated just a bit with the inflection of her voice which was subtle but enough to tell who was speaking. She also did a great job with the voice of the baby trying out some early words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best-Laid Plans

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Jill Arehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Meet Amanda Wyatt - she had an eight-year plan and accomplished so much more. Attractive, talented, she was a success whether she was designing high fashion or running her own elegant shop in New Orleans. And she had a friend-with-benefits relationship with Lucas Crosse, her lawyer and the brother she never had, for 12 years. He knew her intimately - well almost. Now, he's decided he wants that, too. And he's ready to fight for Amanda with Wade Lloyd. He entered Amanda's life by accident. Now he wants to be a permanent fixture. But can he handle her success?

    WiLoveBooks says: "Fun and steamy"
    "Fun and steamy"
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    Amanda and Lucas have been best friends for twelve years. When Lucas comes to visit after not seeing one another for two years, they start to discover feelings they never noticed before. But will getting together ruin their friendship? Then a new guy steps into the picture and Amanda has some decisions to make. This was a lot of fun, with 80's fashions and decorating, bantering between comfortable friends, and plenty of steam. They were both great characters and I was rooting for them to get together, waiting for them to get their act together already. But they had to adjust to seeing one another in a new way.

    Jill Arehart did a nice job on the narration. She has a great voice for it. She brings the characters to life and does an admirable job with the French that is thrown in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Occupancy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Destiny Landon, Lee James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    All Casey Reynolds wanted was peace and quiet and a long vacation from covering the crime beat in Boston. That's why she agreed to borrowing a villa in Mexico to rest, be alone, and work on her novel. But then he showed up - Travis Craig. He said he was offered the villa to recover from a serious illness. She agreed with his plan to share the house - but on her terms. Soon rest and relaxation were a thing of the past when their double occupancy proved too erotic to control.

    Gaele says: "Narration allows the words to breathe"
    "Fun, steamy listen"
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    This was a fun book. Casey is escaping her life and goes to Mexico to work on her novel. Then Travis shows up. They are instantly attracted to one another, but she has too many insecurities to get involved right away. They become friends, but they find it impossible to stay that way for long. I enjoyed the fun banter, and of course there is lots of steam.

    The narration is easy to listen to. There are two narrators and it makes the male and female points of view easy to distinguish. They both have very soothing voices. The music at the beginning of each chapter is a nice touch.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fake Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna Fasano
    • Narrated By Christa G. Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    "Mom, get a life!" Her teenage daughter's words were daunting. True, struggling single mom Julia Jones hadn't had a date in over a decade, but she could still catch a man - if she needed to! So Julia, who claimed not to want a husband, found herself entangled in a fake romance. Ryan Shane was tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome. And he just so happened to need a no-strings date himself. Their plan was perfectly thought out. Until a conveniently staged good-night kiss turned into very inconvenient passion....

    Janit L Johnson says: "We worth the time & money"
    "Sweet and funny"
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    Fake romances can be fun. Neither Julia nor Ryan is interested in a relationship, but they both have their reasons for making a deal in which they pretend to be a couple. They were attracted to one another from the moment they met, but each has to get over their issues before they can move forward and have a real relationship. It is a sweet story with funny moments. I enjoyed it.

    The narrator for the audio has a soothing voice. She does make an effort to differentiate voices and is particularly good at the teenager. It does seem a bit slow at times, with pauses that last just a beat too long. Overall an enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Before Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stacy Juba
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Dawn Christian has been psychic since she was seven years old and has always considered herself an outcast. Even her own mother discourages her talent, so Dawn has kept her abilities quiet and feared a lifetime of loneliness. When she gets involved with a fortuneteller and two teenage girls who share her mysterious perception, Dawn finally belongs to a group. As her intuition strengthens, so does Dawn's self esteem. However, when she learns her new friends may be tied to two freak "accidents" in town, she has an important choice to make....

    WiLoveBooks says: "Intriguing paranormal mystery"
    "Intriguing paranormal mystery"
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    Dawn is adjusting to a new home, new school and new family. Her mom doesn't want anyone, including her new step-father and step-brother to know about her abnormality. Her psychic ability has kept her from having friends in the past and she is hoping to start over. Events occur that once again make her an outcast, but she is able to find some friends that have the same type of talents. Finally she fits in, but her inner voice is telling her to stay away. And for good reason. There are some very common teen issues in this book, but with a paranormal spin. There were a couple of twists that surprised me. An intriguing and mysterious story. I recommend for anyone who enjoys YA paranormals, including older adults.

    The narrator for this story was spot-on. She was just right for the part of a 16 year old girl and also did a fantastic job differentiating between the characters, including the males. I was impressed. An enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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