Unlucky-in-love Sophie Perez knows her divorce won't be easy - but she doesn't expect it to be dangerous. So when things get ugly, she agrees to move in with Pete Nicos, her commitment-phobic best friend since childhood. Pete has always been there for Sophie, just like she's been there for him. At first, taking her in seems like the best option, but soon her tantalizing proximity blurs the lines of friendship. With their high school reunion on the horizon will they find closure, forgiveness, and new beginnings?
When Sophie's divorce takes a dark turn, she turns to her best friend Pete for help. Sophie and Pete have been best friends since middle school and tell each other everything, or so they think. Pete has been consumed with memories of his high school girlfriend, although he never shared the extent of their relationship with Sophie, and Sophie hasn't shared her own feelings with Pete. With their ten year reunion just around the corner, they both have a second chance to find closure.
This was an addicting listen, a really well written romance that had me hooked. I loved the writing style and the flashbacks to middle and high school days. This is one of those books with a great cast of side characters you want to read more about. I really rooted for Pete and Sophie, two damaged people who've found a way to stay strong together. I'll definitely be keeping an out for more by this author.
The narration was done well and easy to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
The summer before senior year, 17-year-old Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran's charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents' impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages.
Chloe is spending the summer between her junior and senior year interning at the local paper. After her father and mother's separation, her father moves out and her mother is too busy self-medicating to notice Chloe. With her best friend at camp, Chloe thinks she'll be alone all summer. Then she meets Kieran. Kieran is charming and charismatic, and Chloe's never met anyone like him. When she falls for him, she falls hard.
In the beginning, their relationship is perfect. Kieran is older and wiser, advising her about her parents and showing her new things. But Kieran has a temper, and things take a turn for the worse. Chloe is forced to decide between saving Kieran and saving herself, but it might be too late for either of them.
I thought this book was amazing, a must read for any woman. It was intense and a little challenging to read at times, but it laid out the warning signs of abuse in a way that made it easy to spot without being preachy. It's wonderfully written. The way abuse is typically portrayed in movies, the abuse is constant and the abuser has no redeeming qualities. Someone watching would think, 'That could never happen to me'. Christina Hoag showed how it could, how the cycle of abuse could be used to keep a victim coming back, how Chloe's support system was slowly undermined, how an abuser could gaslight a victim into thinking the abuse was normal. It's portrayed so well in this book.
The narration was really spot on, and pulled me right into the story. I only listen to audiobooks while I'm at work, and I found excuses to keep working late so I could continue listening. That is the mark of a really good audiobook. I requested a copy of the book, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
Two Men. One Choice. When the handsome and charming Marquess of Oakham, Julian Wareham, turns his dark-blue eyes her way, Rosalie Curtis cannot believe her luck. Wealthy, titled, and well loved, the marquess is a man who could secure not only her future but also that of her family. It seems impossible that he would look to her, a shy and insecure woman, quickly approaching her prime; but here he is, the answer to her family's prayers. Yet no matter how handsome the man or how decent the match… there is another who also stirs her heart.
Rosalie Curtis returns home after her second failed London season to a disappointed mother and an angry father. When an estranged aunt offers to let Rosalie live with her in London, Rosalie agrees, hoping to find a man that sparks her interest. In London she meets Peter Farrell and his precocious daughter Abigail, and Rosalie is immediately attracted to the kind man. But he's hiding the truth about his past, and when the Marquess of Oakham begins to court Rosalie, she's torn between the two men.
I enjoyed this sweet romance with a bit of mystery. It's a clean read with no cliffhanger. My favorite character was, of course, Lady Lynch, the old schemer. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters, and as an older sister I think the author really pegged that sometimes tempestuous relationship. Rosalie's a strong woman who knows her own mind and doesn't let the opinion of others sway her, I thought she was a great heroine.
The narration was really well done, with distinct voices and a performance that brought me into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'm keeping an eye out for the sequel!
Enjoy three passionate novellas, Emma Untamed, Master of Penlowen, and To Recapture a Rake, starring dashing men and fiery heroines in this romantic Regency collection.
This is a collection of three Regency novellas, each an hour and a half to two hours long. They're steamy reads that all end with no cliffhangers, although the first story is a prequel that ties into another novel. Each heroine faces a choice between a respectable life or a life of true happiness, and as the wise Mr. Howard said it best, it's better to be happy than proper!
1. Emma Untamed: Emma is a poor widow taking care of a relative when she meets Romani Chal Pannell. Chal is searching for the half-Romani boy that Emma's family sent away to a foundling home. When Chal offers to take Emma with him to find the boy, she must decide between a man who rouses her passion, but will ruin her reputation, or a loveless marriage to a cruel man.
This was a quick listen at an hour and a half, and full of passion. I liked both main characters, and would listen to the follow up books. I'd like to hear more about Romani customs, and any story that inspires me to keep reading along the same lines is a good one.
2. Master of Penlowen: Arabella is rescued from highwaymen by the reclusive Richard Acherton and taken to his home. Arabella is mystified to see Richard is terrified by his home and the ghosts inside. It isn't until she comes face to face with them herself that she begins to understand his fear.
This one was a surprise for me! It ended up being my favorite. I usually avoid any book that could possibly be considered horror or a ghost story, but I really enjoyed this one. I thought the imagery was well done and could practically feel what Arabella felt, the writing was so vivid. Really good story.
3. To Recapture a Rake: Caroline and Vincent met in Bath before Vincent inherited his title. He immediately fell in love with the beautiful debutante and she felt the same. When they met again later, after Vincent became the Earl of Blackthorn, Vincent proposed and Caroline rejected his offer, not knowing that he loved her. After Caroline was assaulted by another suitor, Vincent nearly killed the man and offered to make Caroline his mistress now that she was ruined in society's eyes. Fearing that Vincent would duel every man who spoke to her, and still in love with him, Caroline accepted. After hiding Caroline away as his mistress for several seasons, Vincent finally told Caroline he that loved her. When this story begins, Caroline throws Vincent out on his ear after his declaration of love, and a meddling friend, Mr. Howard, works to bring them back together.
The background of the story was a bit confusing, so I've laid it all out above. For most of the story the main characters seemed to be having a competition to see who could mistreat the other more. I did really like Mr. Howard, and I'd definitely read more of his brand of matchmaking!
The narration was awesome, with distinct voices for each character. Her performance always pulls me right into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
Jack is a young, poor boy living with his widowed mother and a dairy cow, on a farm cottage. The cow's milk was their only source of income. When the cow stops giving milk, Jack's mother tells him to take her to the market to be sold. On the way, Jack meets a bean dealer who offers magic beans in exchange for the cow, and Jack makes the trade....
This was a funny and refreshing version of Jack and the Beanstalk, perfect for a bedtime story for your little ones. While the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk wasn't one of my favorite fairy tales growing up, I think it would have been if I'd heard this version. In this story, Jack isn't lazy, he just has his head in the clouds, which makes him very likable.
The narrator had me smiling through the story, it was well done with accents for each character. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Four score men and four score more, Could not make Humpty Dumpty where he was before!
I didn't know Lewis Carroll wrote this amusing little story about Humpty Dumpty's son, but I was glad to find it. I can just imagine Carroll making up the story to entertain his young friends, and I'm sure it'll entertain this generation as well. It's perfect for a quick bedtime story.
The narration was clear and easy to understand. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
Mr. Bennet dies, and Mrs. Bennet's desperation to secure her daughters' futures reaches new levels. When Elizabeth Bennet's home is lost to her, she finds herself in the clutches of a wealthy widow with too much time and money on her hands. Stuck between an obstinate mother and an eccentric woman intent on creating mischief, Elizabeth's only comfort is in Mr. Darcy and his ever-present handkerchief.
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Mr. Bennet passes away on the day of the Meryton assembly, leaving his five daughters nearly destitute. Mr. Collins offers marriage to Lizzy and she refuses, knowing that her family will be forced to leave Longbourn, but also that her father would never have consented to the match. When Lizzy finally meets Mr. Darcy, his kind acts and manner endear him to her. She longs to know more about him, but Lizzy and her family are forced to leave Longbourn soon after. When Lizzy takes a position as a companion to a kind but eccentric woman, she's thrown into Mr. Darcy's company, but can he still befriend Lizzy now that her station in life is so far below his?
This was a very sweet variation that I've listened to twice now. I love variations that allow for some character growth for the rest of the Bennet family. We don't get to see Mary or Kitty, and Jane is already perfection itself, but I loved the evolution of Mrs. Bennet's character. There's an all new character, Lady Rutledge, a meddling but kind woman who leads to some hilarious scenes. I can imagine Jane Austen writing a character just like her.
There's not much angst between our couple, just plenty of very sweet moments. Lizzy's spirit was a bit muted in this story, she's drowned in feelings of sorrow and guilt which were portrayed very well. Darcy was so kind and understanding, relating his own experiences with his parents and showing her that life can still contain joy. I loved every moment they were on the page together.
The narration was perfect, as always, Stevie Zimmerman IS Lizzy and Darcy for me. She has the perfect voice for both of them. This was my second time listening to this one, and I'll be visiting it again soon!
Miss Estelle Darcy is running from her past. Everyone believes she drowned in a shipwreck off the French coast, and many times she wished she had. The smugglers who rescued her are not the sort of men one crosses. Still, London is a vast city with plenty of unsuitable places where a lady might hide. Lord Trevane's pledge to find Miss Darcy has him in a quandary. The only woman ever to haunt his dreams is dead. Renowned for being the most dangerous lord of the ton, ladies are scheming to bed him. Jealous men are plotting to drive a blade through his cold heart.
Lord Trevane thought he'd lost the love of his life when Estelle Darcy was lost in a shipwreck off the coast of France. Her loss was even more painful to Vane as all signs pointed to her running away with a lover. For eight years, Vane tried to dispel the ghost of Estelle's memory. When her brother insisted that she was alive and that Vane join in the search for her, Vane refused. But Fate intervened when Vane came face to face with Estelle in a dark alley.
This was a wonderful ending to the series. It was nice to catch up with two of the other couples and especially to see so much of Christian, he was my favorite hero from the series, with Vane a close second. This was a steamy read with explicit scenes tastefully done. It can be read as a standalone but I do recommend reading the rest of the series!
I really liked both Vane and Estelle as the main characters, but I fell in love with Estelle's protector and friend, Mr. Erstwhile. What a sweet kind man! Vane had some great qualities, his determination, his loyalty, his obvious love for his sister. Estelle was passionate and loving, and I thought they were great together. The mystery of where Estelle had been, and what her new admirer had in mind, kept me hooked and listening.
The narration was done well, with different voices for each character and a lot of spirit. It kept me captivated! I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
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Miss Jane Deveraux is in a bind; her brother, Viscount Jarvis, has married and his new wife does not want her bookish sister-in-law encroaching on their wedded bliss. The Viscountess makes it very clear that Jane must find a husband, but the confirmed spinster doesn’t have many suitors lining up to claim her hand. What Jane needs is a large sum of money, so that she can buy the local boarding house, and live out her days holding intellectual saloons for the egalitarian set. Though where she’ll find this money is anyone’s guess…
After Jane Deveraux's brother marries, her new sister in law makes her dislike of Jane obvious and has no intention of sharing her home with a spinster bookworm. Jane is used to a lifetime of insults, but when her brother goes a step further and bribes a man to marry her, it's the last straw.
James Fairweather's father, the Duke of Hawkfield, is tired of his son's wasteful ways and threatens to disinherit him unless he shows he's matured. James has a scheme to prove to his father that he's matured, he and Jane will pretend to be engaged for the season. That way, James will prove to his father that he's matured, and James will save a building Jane loves. But James finds himself falling for the no nonsense Jane and wishes their pretend betrothal could be real.
I really enjoyed this sweet clean read! I didn't read the first book yet, but this one can be read as a standalone. I finished it in a day, although it took me longer than 4.5 hours because I re-listened to the sweet parts and funny bits so many times! There were so many laugh out loud moments, the banter between James and his father and sister got me every time. I liked Jane, not only because I love a bookworm heroine, but because she was such a sweet person despite the emotional abuse she's had to endure. And James, the romantic rake who valued Jane from the beginning, describing her as the softest of souls... Oh, my heart!
The dual narration, with the male and female narrator alternating chapters and narrating the male and female speaking parts, only took a few minutes to get used to and was seamless. Both narrators perform with vigor, which really matches the tone of the book, and made the whole thing enjoyable. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd recommend this sweet novel, and I'm going back to read the first book in the series!
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When teenage best friends, Callie and Avery are kidnapped from a tent in their front yard in a sleepy Midwestern town, the entire population of Newell is rocked to its core. But when one of the girls returns 24 hours later, her body covered in injuries and zero recollection of what happened, the search is on for the girl who didn’t get away. Callie is still missing. As Avery attempts to piece together an impossible puzzle, she stumbles upon the terrifying realization that her best friend was harboring a dark secret, and she may have paid the ultimate price for it.
During a sleepover in their front yard, fourteen year old girls Avery and Callie are kidnapped. A day later, Avery is found naked in a totaled car by the side of the road. Henry, the man who found her, is lauded as a hero, but he's keeping secrets of his own. As she recovers in the hospital, Avery tries to piece together her memories of the night leading up to the kidnapping, hoping to remember in time to save Callie.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat, it was suspenseful and engrossing. It was written in a Dan Brown style with each chapter ending in a cliffhanger before switching to the other person's point of view. It kept me hooked and reading late into the night. When it comes to mysteries, I like clever revelations that make me rethink the entire story, rather than being bamboozled by an unreliable narrator. While I did feel a bit cheated by that, I think this one was well worth the read and I'll be checking out more of the author's books.
I liked the dual narration style, each narrator brought their own flavor to the performance. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
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