First let me say I normally love Brenda Novak's books. This one is about two sisters who grew up in horrible circumstances with a negligent (to say the least) mother. Cheyenne, the younger daughter, is desperately trying to make an honest worthwhile life for herself in Whiskey Creek, but has serious doubts about whether her dying mother is really her biological mother. She has two love interests in the story and I hated the way she treated one of them (Dylan) - assuming since he had a troubled adolescence and he lived on the wrong side of the tracks, that he wasn't good enough for her. I couldn't understand why Dylan didn't tell her to get lost multiple times in this book.
On the other hand, Cheyenne's sister, Presley, succumbs to easy sex, drugs and living a life more like their mother's. Her part of the story is hard to listen to. Cheyenne's group of friends are annoying busybodies more than caring friends in this book. Despite all these negative elements, I couldn't stop listening to see what happened with the characters. I thought the narrator did a good job as well.
The fourth installment in the Anchor Island series is definitely one of the best! Teri Osburn weaves humor in with the romance as she unravels the tale of Sam Edwards, who has inherited two hotel properties on Anchor Island under the condition that he continues to reside there for at least three years; and Callie Henderson, who has been hired to oversee the reformation of one of Sam's properties. There's a history between these two as their respective ex-spouses were running off together when they were both killed in a car accident. Sam and Callie spent one intimate night together shortly afterwards and haven't seen each other since. Callie's job gets more demanding when Sam signs on to host a wedding party at the inn and pushes the timeline that Callie has to transform the 100+ year old inn to less than 4 months. Taking the characters on Anchor Island, Callie's mother and best friend, and throw in a talking circus parrot make for such a heart-warming funny story that you won't be bored for a minute during the entire book! I read this book after finishing one of those stories filled with angst and tension, so this was a much-needed delightful diversion. You will love it too!
If you like to watch the Bachelor or you've never grown past high school maturity, you'll enjoy this book. It's filled with all kinds of drama, big (like domestic abuse) and small, like petty jealousy and playing games. And don't even get me started on how irritating it was for these characters to wink at everyone in the story in just about every paragraph. In Broken, Whitley Reynolds just up and moved from New York City where she was in a very abusive and controlling relationship, to Llano,Texas with her best friend intending to start their lives over. Right off the bat in Llano, she gets involved with Layton Morris, who was damaged by being abandoned by his father as a teenager and then lost his brother in the war on terror. In addition his old girlfriend, Olivia, who left him for a good friend just when he was dealing with his brother's death decides she wants him back.. Layton and Whitley end up together despite all this accumulated baggage. I had a hard time believing any of these characters were real. I did manage to finish listening to this book, although I nearly abandoned it about 5 times. I'd suggest this book to the high school crowd except the foul language and sex scenes are clearly not appropriate. One high note in this audio book is the two narrators. They both did an excellent job despite the reading material.
The story in Game for Love was a cute (but highly unbelievable) tale of a good girl school teacher who was frustrated at being the only one of her sisters not married or even in a relationship, and a playboy football player whose dying grandmother wanted to see him settled down with a wife and kids before she died. Of course they meet in a bar and end up married that same night. To really enjoy this book, you have to be in the mood to read or listen to graphic descriptions of sexual acts, which seemed rather overdone to me. The two main characters are likeable and the story isn't bad. Just be aware of the content before you start the book and you'll enjoy it.
I had high hopes for this book and maybe that's why I was disappointed. The main character kept hearing puppet voices in her head, which initially made me think she was schizophrenic. The hero was strange at the beginning of the book and it almost seemed as if SEP wrote him one way, then changed him about a third of the way through the book. Some parts of the story were funny and there is a thread of mystery running from the beginning to the end. The little mute girl was a nice addition to the novel. If this is your first SEP book, don't judge her by it. There are some awesome earlier books that are much better reads.
This book captured me from the first pages all the way to the end. It's the story of Finn McBain, FBI agent, and the little girl next door whose life he saved when he was 14 and she was 6. All grown up, they meet again at his brother's wedding just after she narrowly escaped bodily harm from her sexual predator boss. The main story, the side story of her sister and the resort manager, and the backstory of Debbie, the malicious cousin, were enjoyable throughout the book. You will love it too!
This book had a nice story to it and I wish I had read it on my Kindle instead of listening to the audio version. The narrator had a weird method of speaking, very much like the "one-up lady" that used to be on Saturday Night Live. Just listen to the sample and you'll understand what I mean. It was almost comical, but distracting from the actual storyline. In the book, a young football player finds out he is a father four years later when the mom threatens him with a paternity suit. She is broke and nearly homeless after her dad gambles away all the money and then passes on. The reconnection between these two makes for a nice easy romance.
What can I say that hasn't already been said about Outlander. The author's detail on life in the 18th century, a storyline that never has a dull moment, and the characters that jump out from the pages make this one book you don't want to miss! I read this book in written form when it first came out and just listened to it again. It was just as wonderful the second time around. Do yourself and favor and get the audio version even if you've already read it.
One additional note - I was listening to it on my older ipod and the last 6 hours wouldn't play. I switched over to my phone and it was just fine. I suspect the length of the 33 hour book was just too big of a file for my older player.
I had a hard time finishing this book. The author wrote the book in first person narration jumping from Matt to Bryn's point of view frequently. The voices of the two narrators became irritating after about 20 minutes. The main heroine was a total idiot who supposedly looked like Angelina Jolie, but had the self confidence and street smarts of a twelve year old, but her love struck boss wanted her to partner with him in running the vineyard?? If you get this book for $4.95 or less, it's okay, but definitely not worth the price of a full credit.
I've read Tessa Dare before and really enjoyed her books. This one didn't disappoint. I loved the two characters who were really not suited to be together, but managed to fall in love anyway. Pauline is the spirited barmaid that Griff picks out in Spinster Cove when his mother, who is desperate for grandchildren, kidnaps him and demands that he select any young lady in the local bar to be his duchess. In a deliberate attempt to thwart her plan, Griff picks the least likely candidate, the barmaid. After he agrees to hire her for a week to prove that she is totally unsuitable, he takes her off to London for her duchess-to be-training. Pauline agrees to this as it will provide her with the money she needs to open a circulating library for young women and give her the means to get her and her mentally challenged sister away from the mistreatment they're receiving at home. Pauline tries her best to be a catastrophe in London, but manages to reach the Duke's heart anyway. The Duke's devious mother made me chuckle over and over again, especially when she calls together the entire servant staff to find out who wrote in the family Bible, or when she's knitting some unfortunate piece of attire. The narrator did a nice job, except that sometimes Pauline's accent tended to sound more Irish to me than Cockney. This book is definitely worth the credit and then some!
This story had me captivated from the first spoken word. It was full of highs and lows and you live every minute of them with the two main characters who find each other by accident. Molly is a young girl in foster care who is almost old enough to age out of the foster care system and seems to be her own worst enemy. Vivian is an elderly wealthy lady who appears to be all alone in the world living in a large mansion in Maine. Molly commits a minor crime and is sentenced to do hours of community service which she fulfills by helping Vivian clean our her attic. Together they uncover the story of Vivian's life as they go through the boxes in her attic that contain items from each stage of her life. Vivian, a recent immigrant from Ireland just prior to the Great Depression, was orphaned at 8 or 9 and placed on the Orphan Train from NYC out to the Midwest. There the orphans were given to families who applied for a child, whether the home they were being placed in was safe, clean or not. Her story is compelling, having so many downturns that you can't understand how this plucky little girl could go on (that squirrel hunter guy and his family creeped me out from the first minute Ms. Kline described him).Once she winds up in a stable family where she is loved, the story doesn't end there.
Meanwhile, Molly is facing her own issues and as she works for Vivian, her life starts to turn around. However, the foster mother she currently has resents her and the tension at home continues, even as she turns her grades around, cleans up her appearance and starts growing up.
Don't miss this book! It would make a wonderful movie.
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