Narrator Natalie Ross brings terrific pace, expressiveness, and wit to Susan Mallery’s fourth and final installment of her Lone Star Sisters series. Ross makes the most of the fast-paced, snappy dialogue, as well as the satisfyingly rich emotional foundation that is the trademark of Mallery’s storytelling.
The hero and heroine are both tough, smart, and fearless. They also share a sense of themselves as outsiders whose childhood traumas left them with thick layers of emotional body armor. Ross’ perceptive grasp of their fears and vulnerabilities around love gives their romance, with its two-steps-forward-one-step-back tension, a deeply satisfying depth and intimacy for the listener.
Ross captures the complex thrill of a first kiss that also carries the realization that these two people’s hearts are suddenly in danger. Then she turns around and brings laugh-out-loud hilarity to the makeover scene where our heroine makes her first horrified encounter with shapewear.
Hot on Her Heels brings the three heroines from the previous stories back together, and Ross effortlessly differentiates between the four women. She moves easily between izzy’s boundless energy, Lexi’s warmth, and Sky’s big-sister protectiveness. And she gives depth and richness to heroine Dana Birch’s tough, self-protective determination as all four women deal with careers, family, love, and life.
it’s also a pleasure to hear how she finds satisfying variations in the raft of Texan voices, and brings a particularly light touch to the voice of Kathy, the hero’s mentally handicapped mother.
Ross conveys the emotional richness of the characters without sacrificing the dramatic tension of the suspense elements in the plot. Her pace slows nicely when characters are challenged to grow and change emotionally, picking up speed and urgency when they must take action against a villain out to destroy anything that gets in his way, including his family, friends, and his country.
Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first three books in the Lone Star Sisters series, Hot on her Heels is a wonderfully satisfying standalone story made all the more enjoyable by a clever and talented narrator. Nancy Carter
Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take care of herself, and protect those she loved. Especially her best friends, the Titan sisters.
Twenty years ago, Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now he's back to fulfill that promise, even if Jed's daughters get caught in the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is Dana, her gun, and a growing passion that can't be denied...
©2009 Susan Mallery; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is the fourth installment in the "Lone Star Sisters" series and is finally a book worth listening to. I loved the characters of Garth and Dana, and this book nicely wrapped up all the loose ends that had unraveled during the series. The narrator was outstanding and brought the story to life.
I much preferred Susan Mallery's "Buchanan" series, but this book (and the one before) helped in making this series a little more bearable.
I have enjoyed listening to this series so I purchased the last book to complete the series. I never thought to check the narrator. Why would they change the narrator for the last book in the series. You get so used to the voice, the characters. This narrator doesn't even sound at all like the other one, to breathy and so far most characters sound the same. Very dissapointed! I have to listen to hear the conclusion to the series but it's not going to be enjoyable!
Good overall entertainment.
Good but the narration was inconsistent in tone and volume. The men's voices were so low in volume and pitch, I often had to try to adjust my radio to hear them at all. It was very frustrating - it went from loud to very soft.
I was looking forward to this last story in the series but the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to. She sounds sort of whiney and Garth's voice is pretty high pitched. Talk about emasculating the hero. The cadence was difficult to get through as well. She sort of pauses after every 3 or 4 words. Who talks like that? As you can tell, the most of what I recall is about the narrator and not the story. I quit listening after about two hours and have purchased it from Barnes & Noble to read it instead.
I am a Serial MultiTasker. Pretty much daily while I am at work I listen to Audiobooks. Some books I have listened to 3 to 5 times. Luv it.
Read it 4 times. I love it. I will read it again. This series is really special.
strong, honest, finally
In the motel room with Jed and Kathy.
When Garth Realizes he loves Dana.
Not necessarily. It was very good but dod not quite have the grip the other books in the series had.
I liked this book a lot. May even listen to it again. It lost some of the intensity that the other three books had in the series though. I am really glad however that Dana got a story too and it was really interesting to see how Susan Mallery brought Garth into the fold.
I would have preferred to stick with Julie Francis for continuity of the series, but I don't mind Natalie Ross like others do.
I do have an issue though with the sound levels. Whether it is Ms. Ross' interpretation of male voices (they go too low for the microphone?) vs. female (they're loud) or the sound engineer not adapting for it, there are times when I have to turn up the volume to hear it. The audio is too loud in some places, and too quiet in others. Rather like watching a tv show that switches to too loud commercials. Unfortunate.
Love the series but hate the narration change! It change the whole feel of the series and the characters you have come to know.
Yes -- the change in narrator change the feel of the series and not in a good way.
Yes, you need to finish a series.
I was disappointed in the change in narrator for the last of the series.
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