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  • Fatal Affair

  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Chrystal on 08-02-11

Great Mystery and Romance Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I bought the Audible version of this book because I just LOVE this series!! Nick and Sam are wonderful main characters with a strong supporting cast of detectives, family members and friends. Since I live in the VA suburbs of Washington DC I appreciate the accuracy of the roads and landmarks etc. The back story of Sam and Nick's relationship is interwoven with a terrific mystery. The writing and story line are GREAT!

My problem is with the narration. There is NO southern accent in Arlington, VA or with a woman who grew up in Springfield, VA (Where I live). This area is a true melting pot of people surrounded by military bases, the Pentagon, Gov't agencies, International groups etc. There is No real accent unless MAYBE you go to Leesburg(far western suburb of VA) and that would would not be the accent the narrator used. So Terrific book, not so great narration for some of the characters.

  • Riptide (A Renegades Novel)

  • By: Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When pro surfer Zach Ellis isn’t traveling the world-wide competition circuit, he works as a Renegade stunt double for the hit TV series, Hawaiian Heat. After years of tangling with the ocean, his body has paid the price. So when he gets a shot at a star role on the show, Zach’s all in. He celebrates the career opportunity by taking a chance on a woman who’s not his usual island-girl type, only to discover he can’t bear to let her go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great ride!

  • By Kim C. on 04-15-18

What a great ride!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Another terrific book in this wonderful series by Skye Jordan. It's an opposite attract story that is started with the need for a signature on adoption papers for the child Sophia. Zach is a surfer and stuntman who makes ends meet between competitions and stunt doubling. He has no idea he has a child. Tessa is a tightly wound DC attorney who is an advocate for veterans health. She's working hard to have a bill go through Congress to help veterans and at the same time trying to formally adopt her best friends child Sophia. The story starts out with an exciting night for Tessa and Zach which wouldn't have happened but for a mistaken identity. Much of the story is the tug of war of emotions for both Tessa and Zack . How to meld their worlds for Sophia. Once Tessa realizes who Zach is ,is there a sustainable relationship for the two of them? It is a good character study of both Tessa and Zack. We also reunite with some of our favorite Renegade friends and meet Abbie who is the 21 year old nanny for Sophia. I highly recommend this book. It has all the things you need a good story, a good romance and a lot of heat!

  • Just Say (Hell) No

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 11
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 89

Marko Sendoa isn't a beach man. He's not an Auckland man. He's a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It's not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he's done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he'll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung. He doesn't need a kitten. He doesn't need a pregnant cousin. He definitely doesn't need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of James’ best

  • By Virginia on 04-27-18

Best Yet in New Zealand Series

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Any additional comments?

A multi-dimensional book. Nyree is an artist/cafe worker struggling to have an artistic breakthrough without true family support. Marko, a new player for the Blues ,gets bad PR after trying to rescue young rugby player Tom from making a big mistake. Nyree volunteers at the animal rescue league where Marko is sent (with Koti hanging around for fun) to introduce him to the area and help his PR. A friendship and romance develops between Nyree and Marko as Nyree becomes more involved in Marco's life. There is a secondary story of Ella, Marko's 16 year old pregnant cousin who comes to him for support and a "change of scenery" while pregnant. Ella is a wonderful character, mature for her age, yet so vulnerable. She is funny and sassy when you add that to the verbal sparing of Marko and Nyree the book has some really fun elements. This book takes on teen pregnancy without making a statement either way. Beloved characters from previous books in the series reappear in this book, some in a big way. I loved Marko's mom and her daily tarot cards plus his strong family support. This book made me laugh so hard at some points and cry at others. Just so much to listen to and take in. Rosalind James as I say every time is the master in character development, making them so real that we feel like we are part of the story. Emma Wilder's narration was "spot on". I can see future books coming our way with a few of the new characters we met in this book. I can't wait for more visits to New Zealand from Rosalind James.

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

  • Guilty as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin. Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily's run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It's not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. How hard could it be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen... mystery, laughter & tender romance

  • By gdbkescape on 12-13-17

Guilty Pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

The more I read Rosalind James's books, the more I realize that no other author that I read writes descriptions that draw you in and make you feel as if you are part of the story.

I love Ms. James' new series set in Sinful Montana! I don't want to spoil the story so I'll just give you the basics. This story revolves around a divorcee in rural Montana being pressured to sell her land by a developer and locals, a reclusive author who was a past Australian Special Forces member who has a stalker threatening him. Throw-in identical twin sisters who are opposites in so many ways, but would do anything to help each other, then add romance, suspense, and some really funny lines and you have yourself a terrific story.
Emma Wilder is a terrific narrator who captures the essence of the characters Rosalind creates and makes them come to life with her Audible presentation.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • No Kind of Hero

  • Portland Devils, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Beth Schaefer isn't just on the partnership track at her Portland law firm, she's in the lead. Unfortunately, she's about to fall at the finish line. When she makes a list of breakdown destinations, she can't even manage to choose between them. Which means she has to come home to Wild Horse, Idaho, for her breakdown. She has exactly 18.5 days of accumulated vacation time to devote to it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real people fall in love . . . again

  • By Michigan Reader on 08-30-17

A single hunky dad who loves to dress his daughter in bunny onsies...who can resist??

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

2 people, 2 different social worlds, young love lost, adult love and respect found

Beth is a burnt out attorney who returns to her home town in Idaho to recalibrate. She has always been a "people pleaser" especially for her parents. Evan has had to recalibrate his life several times in the last 9 years. He still works in the same" blue collar " business he did when he and Beth met, but is now part owner and the single father of infant Gracie.

Evan and Beth are still very attracted to each other and decide to start a "vacation fling" to get each out of their systems. They soon become involved again with Beth stepping out of her comfort zone and being who she truly wants to be. Evan begins to trust Beth again and respects her kindness, caring and intelligent ways.

There is just enough of love, sweetness, angst and hotness in this book.

Rosalind once again delivers a terrific story! I love her descriptions of the surrounding area and the characters feelings. I enjoy revisiting some of the characters from the previous book in the series and meeting new interesting secondary characters.

The narration was excellent with good inflection of voices and changes in characters.

Thanks Rosalind...you keep getting better and better!

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is my own."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Can't Buy Me Love

  • Butler, Vermont Series, Book 2
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Joan Delaware
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Mary enjoys her predictable, satisfying life in Butler. If it's a little lacking in excitement, that's okay with her. But after meeting Patrick and getting to know him better at his daughter's wedding, Mary is intrigued by the well-known, sexy billionaire businessman. Patrick is equally intrigued. For the first time since he lost his wife 30 years ago, he has met a woman who makes him feel less lonely, and all he wants is more of his Sweet Mary from Vermont. Flirty phone calls become a weekend away together that takes his relationship with Mary to the next level.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-17

LOVE AT LAST

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Mary and Patrick finally found love after so many years! It's a breath of fresh air to have a love story about middle aged couples. Don't get me wrong I love all of Marie's books, but I believe this resonated with me more because of their ages. I will not be a spoiler, but highly recommend this book. I can't wait to see what Elmer and Linc are up to next!!
Another hit for Marie!

  • Just Say Yes

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 10
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Kevin McNicholl may be a brutal force on the rugby field, but off the field, the star New Zealand All Black is a famously nice guy. His new tenant, though, arouses more than his protective side. She sets him on fire. Pity he's evicting her. Every woman deserves her dreams. Chloe Donaldson can't afford dreams, though, so she's given them up. Marriage, her ballet career, and now, her beautiful tower apartment with its view of the sea. Her new landlord is kicking her out, along with her three-year-old son, Zavy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Say Yes to Reading This Book

  • By Patricia on 04-10-17

Wonderful addition to this series!!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Can't get enough of this NZ series. Rosalind James does it again.
Chloe and Kevin meet up again in this book which tells their story. The prima Ballerina Chloe who puts her life on hold for her young son, Zavy. Kevin the All Black rugby player who is all about family. The attraction between the two is apparent from the start even if Kevin is evicting Chloe from her lovely seaside apartment. Kevin is sweet,patient with just enough of the "red hair" temperament. Chloe is cautious, but loving. They both love their careers, ballet and rugby. They both love their families even if they present challenges.
This book has evil exes, meddling mothers, sibling rivalry, natural disasters, and the cutes little boy, Zavy!
Emma Wilder is a master narrator. I love the inflection, accent changes she accomplishes, perfection!
I highly recommend this audio book!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for my review and I was not asked to write a positive review. All opinions stated here are completely my own.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Episode 1: Victoria & Shannon (Gansett Island Series)

  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Joan Delaware
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Gansett Island midwife Victoria Stevens loves taking care of people, in her job and in her personal life, especially when it comes to her boyfriend of one year, sexy Irishman Shannon O'Grady. Fueled by combustible chemistry, her relationship with Shannon has been H-O-T from the first night they met. But she's begun to wonder whether theirs is destined to be a short-term fling or possibly the love of a lifetime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Pleasant Visit to Gansett Island

  • By URSULA G on 03-23-17

As Always, Marie doesn't disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Marie brought up another hard to deal with subject within this book. I appreciated the novella injecting the importance of professional help after dealing with a traumatic event into all the excitement of love, lust and babies, babies everywhere! My only minor criticism is that Caro seemed to an Irish accent in the narration in Audible (maybe that's just me??)
Thanks Marie for Victoria and Shannon's story.

  • Take Me Back

  • Paradise, Idaho, Book 4
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Hallie Cavanaugh's late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can't dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father's manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise - and not sleep with her old flame?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 06-12-17

Intrigue and Love

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed Take Me Back. It is the second chance story of romance for Jim Lawson and Haley Cavanaugh combined with a story of greed with a good dose of mystery. Haley returns after 5 years to the home she grew up in with a selfish, greedy, uncaring father for his funeral and the reading of his will (which she had been told she was left out of). To her surprise her father has included her in the will with an interesting stipulation. She also finds she has a 1/2 brother. The book begins with a death and a mystery person who was present at that time. The mystery person escalates his/her attacks on Haley in an attempt to get her to leave town. In the midst of the all this romance resurrects itself between Haley and Jim. I liked seeing that since they were teenagers the "bad boy" made good and the "meek girl" grew strong. The supporting characters added depth to the story. As I have said in reviewing other books by Rosalind, she is the master of capturing attitudes of the young, in this case a 15 year old boy.

The suspense part of the book is believable and engaging and the steamy parts were truly STEAMY! I highly recommend this book.

A quick note on the narration, Brittany Pressley did an admirable job narrating. This book had many characters with which she kept consistent and distinct in her interpretation.

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Found

  • Not Quite a Billionaire, Book 3
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

There's that phrase, though. "How's that working out for you?" The answer, when it came to Hope Sinclair, was, "not so well". She might be little, she might be sweet, and she might be young, but if I'd thought she'd be compliant anywhere but in bed, I'd learned my lesson. To keep her, I had to let her go. To hold her, I had to turn her loose. To have her in my life, I had to accept that she was 9,000 miles away in New Zealand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What happens AFTER the Happily Ever After?

  • By EstherF on 02-18-17

Wow, GREAT Trilogy Finale

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

If you could sum up Found in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful, Steamy, Selfworth

What other book might you compare Found to and why?

FIERCE because it's a continuation of the story except we see so much growth of Hope, Hemi and Karen as characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved Rosalinds description of the ocean from Hope's perspective. I could almost hear and see it. It was so perfect.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Taming Te Mana...

Any additional comments?

Found is the third book in the trilogy of Hope and Hemi. This book jumps right into a tense scenario which makes you hold onto your headphones because you can't put down the story. Hope has had to deal with many challenges in her young life and this book begins with another, but resourceful Hope keeps her head together to address her latest challenge. In this book we watch Hope learn to "take the reins" of her life, become more confident and finally feel comfortable with her future path. Hemi is perceived as an emotionally and patiently controlled person, but Hope has his emotions and control on a rollercoaster ride. This forces Hemi to look inward at his life in regards to his work schedule, lack of love from his parents and first wife and wanting to share his Maori values with Hope and Karen. Hope and Hemi share with each other their own special strengths that have helped them in their lives so far, I perceived it as throwing life-lines to one another.

Rosalind James is a master of describing different age groups. This time she is spot-on with how Hope's 16 year old sister acts. I am always enamored with the Maori family dynamics and respect in all of Rosalinds NZ books.

Emma Wilder is the first narrator of an audio book that I felt captured each characters essence with her change of voice, inflections etc. Wonderful job!!

Disclaimer: "I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful