This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. A restless wanderer with a dark past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. Yet sometimes fate has a plan of its own. Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...
©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Captures the charisma and earthy charm of Ireland." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fiacre Douglas characterizes the icy, beautiful Brianna Concannon, recently jilted, with subtle nuances and tonal shading mixed with a thick Irish brogue." (AudioFile)
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If you have read any of my past book reviews, you will know that I don’t believe in spoiler alerts. And following that sentiment let me tell you that Book 1 is good. I mean it is Nora Roberts…right? However, for some reason, I didn’t love the narration. The Irish accent was, as far as this South Texas Girl would think…spot on. The problem for me, I believe was the way the narrator seemed to rush through the female dialogue, making it seem somehow, cut off and thus, her withholding expression. In some ways, it was difficult, in Book 1, for me to connect with the family, Concannon. Relatable characters are what will invest a reader into the story. Don’t you agree? In fact, I am not sure that I would have continued the trilogy, had I not already owned the next two books. What a treasure I found, though.
It was in Book 2, BORN IN ICE, and narrated by the same gentlemen I might add, that I really was able to fall in love with this family. Oh, and fall in love, I did. What an amazing surprise it was for me too; enough, that is, to want to share my experience with you. I am not sure if I adapted to the narrator’s tempo, or if he slowed his pace and dynamics, but I loved him too.
I only just completed Book 2, and between you and me, I didn’t want it to end…and so it doesn’t…on to book 3 I go!
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Sara A :)
I don't usually like romance novels but this was entertaining! The narrator made it even better. I use audiobooks to exercise to so needless to say, I didn't miss my morning walking and even followed up by walking in the evening! LOL
I am easily amused!
I loved, loved, loved this book. I am crazy about this series so much so that I paid full price for the next in the series because I couldn't wait for my monthly allowance from audibles. Nora Roberts created a real treasure with this book. The heroine runs a bed and breakfast in the Irish countryside. She gets a guest from America who is a famous writer that has no home base and a mysterious past. It was fun to get a glimpse from the writers perspective. It is the usual Nora Roberts formula but it adds up to a terrific tale. The narrator makes it extra special with his beautiful Irish brogue and his easy transition between the "yanks" accent.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
The second of the Born In trilogy, also set in County Clare, Ireland. Brianna Concannon is the younger sister of Maggie from Born in Fire. Unlike Maggie, she has a cool temper and an almost distant demeanor, though she engages warmly with her community and the visitors to her B&B. Grayson Thane is a writer of thrillers who has arranged to stay at Blackthorn Cottage while researching his latest book. He is, on the surface, very amiable, but when his writing gets him by the throat he can be rude and withdrawn. Their story is one of breaking down barriers put up to protect wary hearts.
The narrator is adept at catching the different accents - Irish, American, and upper-crust British (with a little Scottish thrown in as well).
When the mysterious Yank arrives at Blackthorn Cottage In the midst of a stormy night and sees Brianne for the first time.
I was surprised to hear an Irish reader and felt it added to the story telling since this book is set in Ireland.
It was a compelling story even though I have read the book several times before.
This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts books, and listening to it made it seem new.
The characters are well developed. I felt like I knew them like my own family.
I immediately purchased the third book. I wasn't ready to let go of them yet.
When Grey returned and was able to admit that he was in love.
I fell in love with them. It was a roller coaster of emotions.
I don't know if it was my imagination, but it seemed like Fiacre slowed down for this second book in the series. With the slower narration, there weren't the annoying breath sounds like there were in the first one. Great job.
The story was good, but the reader almost killed it for me. There is a lack of emotion in the reading although the characters were clearing defined in voice, something was missing. I wonder if the reader is used to doing non-romanace stories because his voice is great, but not for a romance. As far as the story, Nora Roberts does it again. I think I'll purchase the book and read if for myself.
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