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  • Texas Refuge

  • Texas Heroes: The Marshalls Book 1
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Quinn Marshall is haunted after nearly dying in a failed attempt to save his sister. The last thing the former Houston homicide detective wants is another woman to watch over, but someone important to his brother Josh is in trouble, and Quinn's basic nature is to protect. Soap opera star Lorie Chandler has already lost her husband to an obsessed fan and now her son is the madman's new target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart Wrenching!

  • By Just My Opinion on 01-05-18

Visions of a Stalker

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

The narrator, Eric Dove, was very good. He manages to keep you so engaged in the story that you forget he is reading all the characters.

I read this book a few years ago, but listening to the audio book made it seem even more suspenseful. This was a good story on its own merit. Quinn and Lori had a strong connection along with the intense chemistry they shared. I enjoyed Quinn and Grant's relationship. Quinn's gift was an interesting addition to the story. Having Tia Consuela and Lori helping him to embrace it, made me wonder if they noticed that Grant seemed to have a gift of his own.

I love an audiobook because I don't have to miss out my reading. I can continue to do other things while listening to the book.

I voluntarily listened and reviewed this audiobook.

  • Texas Bad Boy

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Morning Star, Book 3
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

The final book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling Texas romance author Jean Brashear's TEXAS HEROES: The Gallaghers of Morning Star series—stories rich with emotion, ripe with secrets, scandals and sexual tension. Everyone thinks Lacey DeMille is the next thing to royalty, a society girl with beauty, brains and money-but sexy Texas bad boy Devlin Marlowe knows better. Twenty years after being exiled in disgrace for daring to want her, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks has sweet revenge in his grasp...for only he knows that her whole life is built on a lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Texas Heroes

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-01-18

Dev and Lacey's Secrets

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I read this book a couple of years ago. Listening to the audiobook was an interesting change. The narration pulled me into the story in a much different way then reading it did.

The narrator did an excellent job verbally capturing each personality. I could completely forget that Eric Dove was Maddie's and Lacey's voice as well as Boone, Dev, and Mitch.

This was a good read on its own. It hints at a mystery. Has its own car share of secrets and angst, but up to had the same foundation of family, love, and support as the other Morning Star books.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed the audiobook, but I own the ebook.

  • Teach Your Heart

  • Bounty Bay Series, Book 3
  • By: Tracey Alvarez
  • Narrated by: Rosie O'Toole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about fixing broken things and being responsible. His motto? Rules are helpful boundaries. Rules can be fun. But when he’s temporarily put in charge of three precocious kids, chaos reigns, and his list of household rules gets tossed out the window. Except one. Under no circumstance will he get involved with the kids’ tempting new nanny. After four years flitting around Europe, waitress/dog-walker/au-pair Gracie Cooper returns home to Bounty Bay for her brother’s wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Nati on 06-14-18

A Sweet Romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This was a story of two people with very opposite backgrounds. Their adult lives were very different than their upbringing, but, they managed to find common ground while caring for Owen's nieces and nephew.

Gracie was able to tap into the fun loving, relaxed part of Owen that allowed him to not only open up to the kids, but to Gracie as well.

Owen and Gracie's friends helped her to recognize that she was more than a flighty female.

This was a pretty light hearted romance that was sweet, sexy, and funny. Definitely low level angst. The narration was pretty good. Normally this narrator immediately makes me forget the book is being narrated and pulls me into the story. For some reason, this time I spent some time listening more to her voice than the story. I'm not sure why, but I found it to be a bit more distracting than normal. It was probably just me. I was able to get right
back into the flow after a bit.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed this Audio Book.

  • Texas Lonely

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Morning Star, Book 2
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling Texas romance author Jean Brashear's TEXAS HEROES: The Gallaghers of Morning Star series—stories rich with emotion, ripe with secrets, scandals and sexual tension. Mitch Gallagher is a loner, down to the bone. Banished at sixteen from everything and everyone he held dear, he's an intensely private man whose rusty, unused heart long ago gave up on love. Fragile Perrie Matheson is on the run to protect her beloved son. Too ill to travel further with a winter storm on the way, she has no choice but to gamble her child's safety on a man who wants only to be left alone. But during days spent together in the mountain cabin, Mitch and Perrie each find surprises in store...and all the reasons they should stay apart battle with the yearnings of hearts too long denied love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two untrusting hearts collide

  • By Kathy on 11-26-14

Mitch and Perrie

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I felt badly for both Mitch and Perrie. The experiences they had, the pain, the fear, and uncertainty they felt was very well written. As they both started to open up, the narrator easily conveyed the writer's descriptions of their hesitation, their leap of faith, and resulting happiness. The love and care for Davey was felt felt from the very beginning.

This was a well written, fast-paced story that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Really good narration allows you to accept each character's personality. Eric Dove seamlessly carries you through the story until there is somewhat of a resolution to Mitch's family issues and an HEA all around.

I liked the first book Texas Secrets, but I enjoyed this book more.

  • Know Your Heart

  • By: Tracey Alvarez
  • Narrated by: Rose O'Toole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Kicked off a movie set, actress Savannah Payne flees to her vacation house in Bounty Bay to prepare for the audition of a lifetime. Only a stubborn, sexy lawyer is currently renting it and he won't budge an inch. Not even when she uses every weapon in her arsenal to drive him out of his mind. But all's fair in love and war, including his kisses that make her want to surrender. Glen Cooper needs a distraction-free month to finish writing his first novel and he's found the perfect spot. As a lawyer he knows his legal rights, and the self-absorbed woman who doesn't remember the night he once saved her won't weaken his resolve. Too bad he's fighting a battle of attraction that he just can't win. With Savannah returning soon to Hollywood, could falling in love could be the truce needed for her to stay?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD TITLE, BECAUSE SAV HAD TO UNDERSTAND HERS.

  • By sheryl beauchemin on 04-20-18

I liked Glen better

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I normally enjoy Tracey Alvarez's work. This book was not bad, and I really liked Glen's character.

The beginning moved a little slowly, and Savannah managed to stay pretty obnoxious through a good portion of the e-book. She didn't redeem herself until Tom arrived in Bounty Bay. She fell off track again when she took advice from someone she had just met.

The narrator was very good. She managed to convey Savannah's character very well. You completely forget there is only one person narrating. You sense Glen's pain, his love and concern regarding Tom. The audio book allows you to be more sympathetic of Savannah's behavior than the ebook does.

I guess I felt like I was missing some things, but that was from the storyline, not the narration. The story of Glen and Savannah's past was confusing. He remembered her, she didn't remember him. Was she self centered or was she in pain? She had an issue with her father, but their reconciliation was seamless.

At some point, this book picks up speed and becomes more engaging. Ultimately the HEA makes an appearance. The last chapter was the best because of the HEA in the ebook. The audio had a few good chapters.

For this particular book, I liked the audio better than the ebook.

  • Hide Your Heart

  • Far North Series, Book 1
  • By: Tracey Alvarez
  • Narrated by: Rose O'Toole
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Hiding in plain sight just got complicated. Lauren Taylor and her young son have fled back to her hometown to escape fame's cruel spotlight, and all she wants to do is start over. No press, no pictures, no problem. Until Nate Fraser, a sexy photojournalist, moves in next door. Resisting his kisses and keeping her secrets soon become the hardest thing she's ever done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love in New Zealand

  • By Nan on 04-24-18

Sweet Romance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This was a quick read, a sweet romance. Nate and Lauren had a little heat. I really liked Drew. The pace was pretty steady, and the storyline was interesting.

The narrator did an excellent job. She manages to capture each characters personality. It was easy to forget that there was one person narrating.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed this Audiobook.

  • Texas Secrets

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Morning Star, Book 1
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father's life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed - by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. A former SEAL, sexy cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he's ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn't want it, and he must keep her there for 30 days - or it will be lost to them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets can sometimes reveal a treasure

  • By Kathy on 11-26-14

Conflicted

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

I had previously read Boone and Maggie's story on my Kindle. In this instance, I preferred the book to the audio. But, believe it was because I already knew the story.

The storyline was still good, but the pace seemed really slow. Boone seemed to be more of a whiner in the audio version than in the Kindle version.

I love audio books because I can get things done while still enjoying my books. I am rating this audio book the same as the Kindle for the reasons stated above. I still enjoyed the story.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this Audio Book.

  • Be My Midnight Kiss

  • Texas Heroes, Book 25
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Steph Hargrove was a bombshell, a sexy, intrepid woman operating in the business world with guts, brains, and daring. She was accustomed to going after whatever she wanted, until a man she called a friend betrayed her. Gavin O'Neill is an artisan with wood, a gardener, a restorer of battered homes, and a savior of strays. When first he meets the wounded woman who postures as invincible and worldly, the sadness in her eyes draws him even more than her lush figure does.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can the carpenter get the corporate woman?

  • By Darcy on 03-13-18

A Feel Good Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I didn't like Steph at first, and then I did. The characters are so well written, that I completely got Steph's fear and Gavin's frustration.

Neither of those things kept me from rooting for their HEA. Jean Brashear made her characters come alive. Eric Dove's narration helped to enhance the personalities that grew from Iran's writing.

Stephanie's vulnerability stood out like a beacon, and you couldn't help but feel her pain. Gavin was strong, patient, and caring, but still able to stand up to Steph's sarcasm.

I enjoyed the secondary storyline with Michael and Laken, and getting to revisit the people of Sweetgrass.
On top of all of this, the book was funny. I spent so much time either laughing or smiling. This was definitely a feel good book. The wedding scene with Georgia and Maisie was too cute.

I have no problems recommending this book. I loved being able to listen to this while I did other things. I voluntarily listened and reviewed this audiobook.

  • Texas Magic: A Sweetgrass Springs Story

  • Texas Heroes, Book 24
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Empire builder Dominic Santorini is surrounded by women angling to share the luxurious life his wealth will buy. Eccentric, colorful tomboy Lexie Grayson encounters a hot guy in a hotter classic car broken down on the side of the road, and an afternoon as his mechanic leads to a scorching night with a man she knows only as Nikos - but when dawn arrives, he's vanished, never to be seen again. She buries her heartache in her new job, but when she meets her new employer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite of this series.

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-22-18

Mystery and Suspense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This was a good story in its own right. If you are looking for the same feel you get with a Sweetgrass Springs story, you will not find it here. Jackson Gallagher, Scarlett, and Spike are mentioned, but that is pretty much the extent of the Sweetgrass connection.

That being said, this was a romance novel about computer espionage, loyalty vs. disloyalty, honesty vs. dishonesty, love, friendship, and vulnerability.

The last couple of chapters were somewhat exciting and suspenseful. The narration was ok. There wasn't quite the same energy that I have picked up on other Sweetgrass books, but that may have been because this book had a different energy than the others. I still found the narrator was able to take me to the dome, the mansion, the gala, etc. with no problem.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed this book.

  • Be Mine This Christmas

  • Texas Heroes, Book 22
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Gib Douglas has been on the road a long time, with no place to really call home. When he pays a Christmas visit to relatives in Sweetgrass Springs, the last person he expects to encounter is the girl he loved with all his heart, the girl who'd promised to marry him and love him forever...until she betrayed him and married someone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas in Sweetgrass Springs!

  • By Diane Blaser on 12-12-17

Enjoyed the Narration, Loved the story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

This was such a sweet story. The narrator we do good that you could tell which character it was by his voice. I have listened to audio books that don't come close to that quality. It is one of the reasons I stopped.

With Be Mine for Christmas, I will definitely be going back to audio. I could listen while I cooked, decorated the tree, etc.

Gib and Dulcie's story was filled with so much emotion. The sacrifices Dulcie made for her kids, and Gib's willingness to step in when she needed him, just touched your heart. Also Knowing that neither of them ever stopped loving the other took the romance factor over the top. Even Dulcie's secret was a blip on the radar.

In this story, you also got to revisit so many
Sweetwater characters. And the icing on the cake was that all of this occurred during the Christmas season.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this Audiobook.

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