Raised by vegetarian hippies on an organic produce farm, Abbie Greenwood wants to save the world. But the L.A. TV station where she works as a consumer reporter won't let her do the globally important stories she wants to do, and now the guys upstairs are suggesting she mix a little of the nasty into her helping-people segments to raise the already-high ratings.
Afraid the TV biz is going to suck out her soul, Abbie agrees to take all the time off she's saved and housesit for her sister in the suburbs of Houston where conservatism and good barbequing skills are highly rated. But, it will give her time alone to reevaluate her life, or, at least, give the guys upstairs time to see how ratings plummet without her.
Once in Houston, Abbie causes a raucous uproar with a column she guest-writes for her sister's neighborhood newsletter and butts heads with the president of the homeowner's association from across the street. Rick's a real hunk (yum!) of a lawyer (yuck!) who drives a fancy pickup (wasting natural resources), is an ex-rodeo cowboy (too macho, but kinda hot) and has been known to vote conservatively on occasion (dead faint). Unfortunately, he's also irresistible and available since his wife took off, leaving him with their six-year-old daughter.
After some malicious neighborhood mischief followed by a hot encounter in his kitchen, Abbie decides she'd better stay away or this guy could change her life in a way she never thought she wanted. But when her volunteer job teaching English as a Second Language gets her arrested on suspicion of smuggling illegal aliens, who is the only emergency contact her sister left? Mr. Hunky-Annoying-Across-the-Street-Lawyer, of course. And as Abbie feels herself getting sucked in by Rick, she realizes life's decisions aren't always as black and white as she'd like them to be.
©2011 Nina Cordoba (P)2012 Nina Cordoba
I hate it when the narration of an audiobook ruins the whole experience for me. That's what happened with "Don't Make Me Make You Brownies." If I had chosen to read it myself, I would have been able to appreciate the humor and the romance Nina Cordoba created. It sounded like a really bad actress reading lines at an audition without any practice. Her performances were exaggerated and melodramatic. If you listen to the audio sample, you'll understand what I mean. Unfortunately, I didn't.
But I really did enjoy the story. So, I would just recommend buying the ebook on Amazon instead.
This book stereotyped women and their nature of "over thinking"
The narration was awful. At several points I could hear the narrator sighing and turning pages. The quality was awful.
Would get my money back if I could.
Normally, I only leave stars, but I had to comment when I saw the review blasting the narrator (that luckily I didn't see when I bought the book).
I almost didn't get the audio version of Brownies because I'd already read this book so many times and was afraid the audio would ruin it for me. I'm really glad I bought it anyway. It was so much fun, I didn't want to get out of my car when I got home from work! The narrator's performance was as good or better than what was already in my head. Stew was smarmy, Rick was hot, and Abbie was spot on. I don't know who could have done justice to her any better.
This puts me in a great mood on a crummy work day, so I'll be listening to it over and over again.
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