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  • Ain't She a Peach

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

An Atlanta ex-cop comes to Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet - but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met. Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything - but it seems rude to embalm them and not say hello. Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Molly Harper and her stories.

  • By Nancy on 06-15-18

4 ½ stars for the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.

This review is for all four books.

I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?

The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romantic relationship in each book, but there is more of an emphasis on the town and things happening to various characters than on romance. I liked the way this was done.

You can read each book as a stand-alone except for Book 1.5. That book is the beginning of Book 2. You will be unhappy if you read 1.5 without continuing on to 2. But you can read Book 2 without 1.5.

In the first three books there were no sex scene details, but maybe a few references to “staying the night.” The fourth book had two sex scenes, briefly described, no body parts named.

Book #0.5 Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck - 3 stars
novella, 136 pages
Carl the auto mechanic and Marianne who recently graduated college with plans to go to law school. Nice story but I wanted more relationship development.

Book #1 Sweet Tea and Sympathy - 4 ½ stars
307 pages
Margot lost her job as an event planner in Chicago. She comes to Lake Sackett for a while at the request of relatives. She meets her biological father Stan and Kyle the elementary school principal.

Book #1.5 Peachy Flippin’ Keen - 3 stars
novella 75 pages
Frankie the female coroner and funeral home director meets Eric the new sheriff, formerly a cop in Atlanta. Someone has been playing mean pranks and vandalizing the family business - funeral home and bait shop. When I read this I was angry at the way the story stopped. But I soon learned this is the first chapter for the next book #2. So plan to read them together.

Book #2 Ain’t She a Peach - 4 ½ stars
304 pages
Continuation of the story about Frankie, Eric, and the vandalizing of the funeral home - and other things going on in town.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Amanda Ronconi narrated all four of these, and she did a fine job. I think she changed the way she does voices, since she was not good in a couple other books that I listened to.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild and rarely used. I think the f word was used once. Sexual content: mild. Setting: current day Lake Sackett, Georgia. Copyright: 2017 and 2018. Genre: womens fiction with romance.

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  • Peachy Flippin' Keen

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 587

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack's ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family's business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfinished

  • By ashley on 04-23-18

4 ½ stars for the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.

This review is for all four books.

I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?

The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romantic relationship in each book, but there is more of an emphasis on the town and things happening to various characters than on romance. I liked the way this was done.

You can read each book as a stand-alone except for Book 1.5. That book is the beginning of Book 2. You will be unhappy if you read 1.5 without continuing on to 2. But you can read Book 2 without 1.5.

In the first three books there were no sex scene details, but maybe a few references to “staying the night.” The fourth book had two sex scenes, briefly described, no body parts named.

Book #0.5 Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck - 3 stars
novella, 136 pages
Carl the auto mechanic and Marianne who recently graduated college with plans to go to law school. Nice story but I wanted more relationship development.

Book #1 Sweet Tea and Sympathy - 4 ½ stars
307 pages
Margot lost her job as an event planner in Chicago. She comes to Lake Sackett for a while at the request of relatives. She meets her biological father Stan and Kyle the elementary school principal.

Book #1.5 Peachy Flippin’ Keen - 3 stars
novella 75 pages
Frankie the female coroner and funeral home director meets Eric the new sheriff, formerly a cop in Atlanta. Someone has been playing mean pranks and vandalizing the family business - funeral home and bait shop. When I read this I was angry at the way the story stopped. But I soon learned this is the first chapter for the next book #2. So plan to read them together.

Book #2 Ain’t She a Peach - 4 ½ stars
304 pages
Continuation of the story about Frankie, Eric, and the vandalizing of the funeral home - and other things going on in town.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Amanda Ronconi narrated all four of these, and she did a fine job. I think she changed the way she does voices, since she was not good in a couple other books that I listened to.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild and rarely used. I think the f word was used once. Sexual content: mild. Setting: current day Lake Sackett, Georgia. Copyright: 2017 and 2018. Genre: womens fiction with romance.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

4 ½ stars for the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.

This review is for all four books.

I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?

The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romantic relationship in each book, but there is more of an emphasis on the town and things happening to various characters than on romance. I liked the way this was done.

You can read each book as a stand-alone except for Book 1.5. That book is the beginning of Book 2. You will be unhappy if you read 1.5 without continuing on to 2. But you can read Book 2 without 1.5.

In the first three books there were no sex scene details, but maybe a few references to “staying the night.” The fourth book had two sex scenes, briefly described, no body parts named.

Book #0.5 Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck - 3 stars
novella, 136 pages
Carl the auto mechanic and Marianne who recently graduated college with plans to go to law school. Nice story but I wanted more relationship development.

Book #1 Sweet Tea and Sympathy - 4 ½ stars
307 pages
Margot lost her job as an event planner in Chicago. She comes to Lake Sackett for a while at the request of relatives. She meets her biological father Stan and Kyle the elementary school principal.

Book #1.5 Peachy Flippin’ Keen - 3 stars
novella 75 pages
Frankie the female coroner and funeral home director meets Eric the new sheriff, formerly a cop in Atlanta. Someone has been playing mean pranks and vandalizing the family business - funeral home and bait shop. When I read this I was angry at the way the story stopped. But I soon learned this is the first chapter for the next book #2. So plan to read them together.

Book #2 Ain’t She a Peach - 4 ½ stars
304 pages
Continuation of the story about Frankie, Eric, and the vandalizing of the funeral home - and other things going on in town.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Amanda Ronconi narrated all four of these, and she did a fine job. I think she changed the way she does voices, since she was not good in a couple other books that I listened to.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild and rarely used. I think the f word was used once. Sexual content: mild. Setting: current day Lake Sackett, Georgia. Copyright: 2017 and 2018. Genre: womens fiction with romance.

  • Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

Molly Harper brings her signature "clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists" ( Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can - with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought. Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends, Marianne panicked and bolted....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as impressed with the story

  • By SuchetA on 11-07-17

4 ½ stars for the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

A nice escape - being in a small town for a while.

This review is for all four books.

I’ve read two Molly Harper books in the past and was not wowed enough to buy more. They were both told in 1st person. But when I saw this new series being told in 3rd person I thought I’d try it. And yes, I really enjoyed it. Why is it that I feel like I can relax and enjoy a 3rd person book, but 1st person seems stressful?

The setting is a small lakeside town in Georgia. There is a romantic relationship in each book, but there is more of an emphasis on the town and things happening to various characters than on romance. I liked the way this was done.

You can read each book as a stand-alone except for Book 1.5. That book is the beginning of Book 2. You will be unhappy if you read 1.5 without continuing on to 2. But you can read Book 2 without 1.5.

In the first three books there were no sex scene details, but maybe a few references to “staying the night.” The fourth book had two sex scenes, briefly described, no body parts named.

Book #0.5 Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck - 3 stars
novella, 136 pages
Carl the auto mechanic and Marianne who recently graduated college with plans to go to law school. Nice story but I wanted more relationship development.

Book #1 Sweet Tea and Sympathy - 4 ½ stars
307 pages
Margot lost her job as an event planner in Chicago. She comes to Lake Sackett for a while at the request of relatives. She meets her biological father Stan and Kyle the elementary school principal.

Book #1.5 Peachy Flippin’ Keen - 3 stars
novella 75 pages
Frankie the female coroner and funeral home director meets Eric the new sheriff, formerly a cop in Atlanta. Someone has been playing mean pranks and vandalizing the family business - funeral home and bait shop. When I read this I was angry at the way the story stopped. But I soon learned this is the first chapter for the next book #2. So plan to read them together.

Book #2 Ain’t She a Peach - 4 ½ stars
304 pages
Continuation of the story about Frankie, Eric, and the vandalizing of the funeral home - and other things going on in town.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Amanda Ronconi narrated all four of these, and she did a fine job. I think she changed the way she does voices, since she was not good in a couple other books that I listened to.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild and rarely used. I think the f word was used once. Sexual content: mild. Setting: current day Lake Sackett, Georgia. Copyright: 2017 and 2018. Genre: womens fiction with romance.

  • Behind the Curtain

  • By: Beth Kery
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago - and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he's soon transfixed by the lyrical voice and sensuous body of a woman who performs behind a thin, shimmering veil. The veil gives Moroccan American Laila Barek the anonymity she needs since she has never been able to reconcile her family's values with her passion for music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulously rich and sexy!

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 05-07-17

Interesting premise, but not enough story.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Mostly angst about wanting and not having someone.

They fall in love at first sight, but they can’t be together because she feels she must please her parents. It’s mostly about their feelings. Not enough other stuff happens. It was too slow. I was impatient for things to happen. There is a happy ending many years later. I’ve enjoyed some of B Kery’s other books, but not this.

The audiobook narrator Maxine Mitchell was good.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Includes several sex scenes. Book copyright: 2017. Genre: contemporary romance.

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,601

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

Boring story, no interesting character development

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

THE STORY:
Will Robie is a hit man working for the US government. It starts with two interesting action scenes. Then his next hit goes bad. There is a mystery. One of Robie’s superiors give him a temporary badge stating he is DCIS. (I don’t know what that means, but I guess it doesn’t matter.) For the rest of the book Robie is investigating and talking to many different people. Each time he meets someone he shows his credentials as DCIS and then asks questions. This was one long police procedural. The hit man background is irrelevant. He’s like a police inspector. Soon he teams up with FBI agent Vance, a woman. Together they investigate and look for evidence. The bad guys are omniscient. The bad guys seem to get or have knowledge of everything - for example they bug almost everything including an FBI safe house before Robie and Vance go there. They kill people before Robie gets to them to ask questions.

It would have been more interesting if we were in the minds of the bad guys. I would have liked seeing how they got their information. Apparently they bribe FBI and other government agents. But that is not shown. There is a big tell-all at the end saying who did what and why over many years.

I prefer John Grisham over Baldacci. Grisham’s characters show emotions while things happen. More often than not I find Baldacci’s characters are more like normal everyday people trying to solve a mystery - but nothing is figured out until the very end.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS:
Ron McLarty was ok, but I immensely disliked Orlagh Cassidy. I believe it was her idea to give agent Vance a Brooklyn accent. It was not written in the text. I’m ok with an occasional Brooklyn accent, but not an entire book full of it. She said hah (instead of her), heah (here), yowa (your), and kuwime (crime). I cringed........ I also did not like her voice for 14 year old Julie. Cassidy’s voice is that of a middle aged woman and did not fit a teenager. Other narrators do teenagers well using tone of voice. Cassidy does not.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: strong but rarely used. Sexual content: one scene mentioned, no details shown. Setting: current day mostly Washington DC area. Book copyright: 2012. Genre: mystery suspense.

  • Divine Evil

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

Sculptor Clare Kimball has captured the attention of the New York art world. But big-city success cannot burn away the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. These phantoms of the past have drawn her home to Emmitsboro, Maryland, to the small town where she grew up and where her father died in circumstances never really explained.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one of my favorite books!

  • By Anne on 08-13-04

Interesting but not enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

It was frustrating and long and drawn out.

Two main problems.

1. Plot
Sheriff Cam was a good guy. I liked him. But the whole story was learning little bits of mystery and bad things happening with no answers. He eventually suspected a cult but had no knowledge of anyone in the cult. Examples: His mother found pictures but she burned them. Later in the story she told Cam about the pictures but it didn’t help him solve things. Someone found a missing girl’s bracelet but wouldn’t tell Cam where she found it. Cam looked through old property records but found nothing because key records were missing.

2. Heroine
Claire was no fun to watch. She was constantly in denial and a coward. She refused to believe logic which made her look stupid. When bad things happened she would say things like “Oh it was probably just kids doing a prank.” She refused to believe Ernie was a threat even when others pointed out evidence to her. She said “he would never do that.” She found some cult books in her dead father’s things. She doesn’t tell Cam because she didn’t want her dad to look bad. When she was a child she saw the cult doing a ceremony in the woods with naked men and women. For the rest of her life she tells herself it was just a dream and doesn’t want to tell Cam about it.

I would have preferred the characters do interesting or smart things. Instead this was mostly bad things happening to the main characters, and watching them wonder what was going on.

There was a happy ending for the good guys and some justice for the bad guys. But afterwards I was sad thinking about some of the people the cult had killed.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Kimberly Farr was excellent. I’d be happy to listen to other books she narrates.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: strong but rarely used. Sexual content: about two sex scenes for main characters but no details shown. A few scenes about raping women on the altar briefly described. Setting: around 1992 Emmitsboro, Maryland. Book copyright: 1992. Genre: romantic suspense.

  • The Rana Look

  • Loveswept, Book 136
  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

The modeling world called it the Rana Look: the exotic, one-of-a-kind allure that only supermodel Rana Ramsey could deliver. With her green eyes, olive skin, and wildly lustrous auburn hair, Rana posed for ad campaigns and strutted down runways all over the world, naming her own price to sell everything from cosmetics to women’s lingerie. But all of that suddenly ended one day when she looked her demanding mother-manager and said, “Enough.” That was the day Rana left New York - and modeling - forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Romance Story

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-08-13

Guy falls in love with an unattractive girl.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I read the paperback in 2010 and gave it 3 ½ stars. I listened to the audiobook in 2018 and changed my review to 5 stars. The narrator made it better.

It’s a feel good story. I liked someone in disguise and a couple getting to know each other based on what’s inside not outside. I’m glad there was no big misunderstanding. There was some conflict when he learned her true identity, but it wasn’t drawn out into a long, frustrating separation. There are some sex scenes, but they are done with no sex words.

STORY BRIEF:
Rana had a dominating and unloving mother who pushed her into beauty pageants and modeling. Rana became a famous model. Due primarily to her mother’s actions Rana left the business. She moved to Galveston,Texas, where she rented a room in Ruby’s house. Rana gained weight and wears baggy clothes and tinted glasses. She wears her hair in a way to hide part of her face. She paints pictures on clothing which she sells. She feels peaceful there.

Ruby’s nephew Trent is a professional football player with a shoulder injury. He comes to stay with Ruby while his shoulder heals. He’s used to having any woman he wants. He loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Rana wants to avoid him but has a hard time doing that living in the same house. She’s the only woman around, and he sees her as a challenge. But then they start to fall in love. He still doesn’t know who she is. She never lets him see her without her glasses on.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Eliza Foss was wonderful. I’d be happy to read other books she narrates.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 226 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 6. Setting: 1986 mostly Galveston, Texas. Copyright: 1986. Genre: contemporary sports romance.

  • Sunny Chandler's Return

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Beth McDonald
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Sunny Chandler always said she'd never go back to the tiny town where she grew up. It was just three years ago that she was at the center of a notorious scandal, and the good folks of Latham Green, Louisiana, made it clear they'd never let her forget it. So Sunny packed up and headed for New Orleans, and now she wouldn't give up city life for the world. But when she's invited to her best friend's wedding, Sunny has no choice but to go home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sunny chandler

  • By Deb on 01-30-04

Fun paperback, awful audiobook narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Beth McDonald:
I feel like this narrator is mad at the world so everything she reads has an irritated or negative tone. I read the paperback several years ago and enjoyed it. But the audiobook was bad - due solely to the narrator Beth McDonald (BM). I wanted to quit listening. Here are the problems.

1. For the hero and heroine (Ty and Sunny) most of their dialogue sounded like they were irritated or angry. When I read the paperback I read Ty as desiring her, wooing her, being sensually suggestive. BM made him sound arrogant, angry, scowling, irritated, and mean. One part of the text said “his voice was laced with so much suggestion it seemed tangible.” But BM read it like he was arrogant and angry. For Sunny, BM made her sound haughty, sarcastic, disgusted, condescending, unlikeable. In the paperback I read her in a softer way.

2. For general narration I felt like BM was LECTURING ME. She did not read with interest, wonder, or curiosity.

3. At times BM’s voice sounded like a 50-year-old chain smoker. She made Sunny sound elderly, not a 29-year-old woman.

THE BOOK:
Below is my review of the paperback from 2010.

3 ½ stars. I’m shocked at how this guy doesn’t take no for an answer! But he was irresistible to her. It was fun but short.

STORY BRIEF:
During the wedding ceremony, when asked to say” I do,” Sunny said “I don’t” and walked out of the church. She then moved to New Orleans. She never explained why, and the town has been full of gossip and conjecture ever since. It is three years later. Sunny’s best friend Fran is getting married and asked her to come home for a week to help. On Sunny’s first night back she meets Ty at a pre-wedding party. Ty moved to town shortly after Sunny had moved out.

The entire book is about Ty wooing Sunny and winning her over. Secondary stories were discovering why Sunny walked out of her wedding and what bad things happened in Ty’s past. It’s shorter than most romance novels.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I recently read Night Angel and enjoyed the guy’s “gentleness and restraint” in wooing and having sex with an abused woman. Ty in this book is as opposite as you can get. He is oblivious to the words “no” and “go away.” I’ve read about a lot of guys who give orders in the bedroom, but I don’t recall reading about someone as “forceful in flirting” as Ty outside the bedroom. For example: When he first meets Sunny, he walks up to her, chats for a minute and then says George “bet a new fly-casting rod against a case of Wild Turkey that I couldn’t get you into bed with me by the end of next week.” He then puts his arms around her and starts dancing with her, even though she said she didn’t want to dance. She’s almost in shock from his words and actions. Although she keeps saying no, Ty keeps showing up. He touches her and kisses her against her will, but each time she melts. I couldn’t stop thinking about or comparing this to date rape, but Ty’s actions were somehow positive, not negative. It didn’t hurt that he was gorgeous and women swooned over him. And he never raped her. He forcibly kissed her and touched her, and she was welcoming in her responses, and then he would say goodbye – and then she was mad at herself because she didn’t wanted him to stop. I think it worked because Ty wanted her to be happy and wanted things to be good for her. I wouldn’t want a guy to read this book and get ideas thinking this is the way to treat women, but for a woman to read it, it’s ok. It’s a definite change of pace, and it was fun. It’s light reading, no suspense or bad guys here – other than picking the right mate.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 227 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 2. Setting: current day Latham Green, Louisiana. Copyright: 1987. Genre: contemporary romance.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,048

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Expected more depth in story

  • By Anonymous User on 06-14-18

Boring book. Great audiobook narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This book was slow and trudging until about halfway when Holly the Mumbler joined the cast. I was eager to read about her. I loved her. She was a main character in Mr. Mercedes (The Bill Hodges trilogy). Her parts in this book were good, but other characters and events were dull.

One example of how this book differed from Mr. Mercedes (MM): A fun thing in MM was when the bad guy Brady would go nuclear with rage when his plans were thwarted which happened more than once. In this book we never see anything emotional from the bad guy. There is no showing of his thinking or feelings.

The best part of The Outsider was the ending. It was happy for the good guys.

I feel like S King was tired as he wrote this. Like he wasn’t inspired.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators. He did a great job narrating.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: strong but not often used. Sexual content: No specific scenes shown but there are descriptions of rape-torture-murder of a boy. Setting: current day Oklahoma and Ohio. Book copyright: 2018. Genre: Supernatural mystery suspense.

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