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Prairie Girl

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  • Transcendence

  • By: Shay Savage
  • Narrated by: Chris Chambers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Ehd's a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He's strong and intelligent but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful, young woman in his pit trap, it's obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. Elizabeth doesn't know where she is or exactly how she got there. She's not at all interested in Ehd's primitive advances, and she just can't seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive but beautiful man is a constant - and often hilarious - struggle.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • **Loved this Book**

  • By Kelley dvm on 07-21-18

Different take on time travel

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Most time travel stories seem to hurl the protagonist back to an amazing point in history ... Tudor England, the battle of Culloden, Deadwood, MT. This author manages to strip out all of the trappings in the genre and leave something totally elemental. I enjoyed it. Especially the singular perspective of the hero who struggles to understand his mate but loves her regardless.

  • The Vow

  • By: Linda Lael Miller
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

After 12 years, the headstrong Annabel McKeige is back in the frontier town of Parable, Nevada. Back to face the husband she left behind...the son she never saw grow to manhood...and the home where her heart broke when she lost a beloved daughter. But her intentions regarding their marriage are soon clear - even if her motives are not. Gabe McKeige loved Annabel too fiercely to let a chance like this slip away. So, Gabe sets out to woo Annabel the only way he knows.... Annabel is finding the man she once left is unbearably hard to resist....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but not all that memorable

  • By Prairie Girl on 08-07-18

Entertaining but not all that memorable

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I am a huge fan of Linda Lael Miller so I’ll read anything she writes set in the historic west. This story was not her best offering but still proved an enjoyable read. I do enjoy Pilar Witherspoon’s narration style and that certainly makes up for any shortcomings in the plot. This story had a bit more spice and the hero and heroine were a bit older which I found to be a refreshing change of pace. All in all, no regrets surrendering a credit and I’ve already given up another for the latest LLM title released this week.

  • Silver City Seductions

  • A Western Cowboy Mail Order Bride Romance
  • By: Laura Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Julie Hoverson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Victoria Nolan is on the run. She hightails it out of town on the next stagecoach, changes her name and settles into Lettie's Boarding House temporarily. Once that task has ended she needs to find a new job or leave, but she has come to appreciate Silver City. Samuel Flynn needs a new cook for his ranch and the lovely Tori fits the role. She is not only a good cook and hard worker, but she is so appreciative of life. He is drawn to her naive ways and finds himself seeking her out more often than he should.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Improvement from the last story and performance

  • By Prairie Girl on 07-28-18

Improvement from the last story and performance

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I gave this author a second read following the disaster that was “Love Against her Will”. This was a definite improvement but the bar was low to start.

As one reader commented, this is not a mail order bride story but the genre was otherwise in the historical western romance category. The plot was fairly typical with little to distinguish it from other offerings in the genre. The narrator was also an improvement but still a bit over the top in terms of dialogue delivery with one exception. Her Scottish accent was spot on. In fact, her performance would be better if she adopted the same level of speaking normalcy in performing the rest of the characters.

All in all, happy this was included in the romance lovers package so that I could explore new authors and narrators without surrendering one of my precious 2 credits per month!

  • Love Against Her Will

  • By: Laura Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Dan Carroll
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Wealthy, spoiled debutante Kate Donahue wants nothing more than to be married to her fiancé, Walter Sayan. And to live out a long, quiet life in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. But when she is kidnapped and held for ransom by a notorious mercenary, David Buckmeyer, she finds herself fighting for survival and against herself, as her feelings begin to arise for her captor. Will Kate make it back to safety or will she succumb to the wiles of a Western American rogue?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fan

  • By Prairie Girl on 07-27-18

Not a fan

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The mysterious ‘bad guy’ was pretty obvious from the onset. The storyline was weak, predictable and neither character was overly appealing. I frankly didn’t care if they lived happily ever after. The intimate scenes were just plain ‘icky’ and I finished this one simply because it was so short. I didn’t return it since it was included in the ‘romance lovers’ package. Had I used an Audible credit, I would have requested a refund.

I’m giving the author another try with a second book from the ‘romance lovers’ package mainly because it’s more or less free but only because the narrator is different. I don’t think I could have endured another three hours of this sort of performance. The narrator does the one thing that I find the most irritating ... delivering female lines by adopting a ridiculous falsetto voice. I might be able to overlook that flaw if the narrator actually narrated the story. He didn’t though; he read it. More precisely, he recited it in much the same manner as a student giving an oral report.

  • Crossroads

  • The Chance City Series, Book 3
  • By: Robin Deeter, The Chance City Series
  • Narrated by: Jay R. Smith Audio Publishing
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Four people come to important crossroads in their lives. Will they travel down the right path that leads to happiness, or will they take a wrong turn and end up lonely and heartbroken?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly original!

  • By Prairie Girl on 07-22-18

Refreshingly original!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

How do I even start to describe this series? In a word, it’s ‘original’, refreshingly so. This author has a way of portraying the least likely of heroes as sexy, masculine and oh so desirable. I’ve read a lot of historical, western romances but never have I stumbled across a series with a cast of characters that included a male prostitute who dreams of opening a bakery, a man confined to a wheelchair with a spirited monkey for a companion, a Comanche detective who relies on a Pug to assist in his investigations, a female deputy and mayor, and more! And the storyline is so straightforward. It’s not dependent on the usual plot formulas although my favorite elements form this genre are also included ... a mail order bride, cattle ranches, men reaching for love with women far above their stations, Indians living in the white man’s world, saloons and brothels too.

I eagerly await Audible to release the next installment as soon I finish the last. Each time I’m tempted to buy the Kindle format but I resist because I think Jay R. Smith is responsible for at least 50% of the series appeal. As much as I love the storyline, I don’t think it would be nearly as entertaining without this narrator’s talented delivery of the dialogue and backstory.

Worth a credit? Most definitely
Heat factor - some spice but nothing gratuitous and the scenes with ‘Wheels’, the paraplegic are sensitive and sexy.

Please hurry Audible with the next installment... there are so few titles like this - must we wait between releases?

  • Texas Destiny

  • Texas Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

He’s fallen for a woman…​ Anxious to meet her soon-to-be-husband, Dallas Leigh for the first time, mail-order bride Amelia Carson is en route to Fort Worth, Texas. When she steps off the train and locks eyes with her betrothed, she immediately feels drawn to him. But the cowboy standing before her isn’t Dallas. Instead, Dallas’ brother Houston has been sent to accompany her on the three-week journey to the ranch where she’ll begin her new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better late than never!

  • By Prairie Girl on 07-17-18

Better late than never!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I really loved this tale and was surprised to learn it was written in the 1990’s. I hope Audible is already working on the next two installments in the series. It had everything on my credit worthy must have list:
1) Strong but still vulnerable and determined heroine - check
2) A damaged hero who is all the more attractive because of it - check
3) Brothers, ranches, and travel by horseback - check, check, check
4) Mail order bride - check
5) Forbidden love - check
6) Talented narrator - BIG check
7) A bit of steam - check
It’s only missing two things ... sequels 2 and 3!

  • Marry Me by Sundown

  • By: Johanna Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Summoned back to Philadelphia from the social whirl in London, Violet Mitchell never expected to find her brothers living on the edge of financial ruin while their father seeks new wealth in Montana's gold fields. With the family's home and social standing at risk, Violet makes a drastic decision.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorru Pilar Witherspoon

  • By Darlene on 07-15-18

Read it by sundown too

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I actually didn’t realize that this was a continuation of the Callahan-Warren series of which I read the first two books a few years back. By my count, two more Callahan brothers have yet to get ‘hitched’ so I’m holding the author to remedying that ... soon!!!

Good storyline with a buffet of my favorite genre tidbits ... mining; a saddle weary, pampered heroine; difficult and brooding hero turned thoughtful, kind and chock full of love; a big and boisterous family of brothers lead by a strong but warm matriarch ... the plot wasn’t overly unique but neither was it predictable and “formularic”.

There was some steam but by no means was it gratuitous. I am not a fan of the overly sanitized romances but I don’t particularly enjoy bedroom scenes for the sake of filling in the pages either.

Pilar Witherspoon gives her usual stellar performance ... I had no idea she could master British accents and Irish brogues too! She is quickly becoming a must listen narrator for me.

Credit worthy? Surely - give one up for this tale.

  • Summer Moon

  • By: Jill Marie Landis
  • Narrated by: Kathy Garver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The tender tale of a woman without choices who risks everything for one last chance at happiness. "Rancher Seeking Wife" - for Kate Whittington, the modest words in a newspaper ad are the answer to her desperate prayers. Daughter of a dockside harlot and raised in a bleak orphanage, she has no prospects in the unforgiving Maine village of her birth. Correspondence from the lonely Texas widower looking for a mail order bride sparks tempting dreams of a house, a family and a future in a land filled with possibilities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read - not too sweet

  • By Prairie Girl on 05-06-18

Enjoyable read - not too sweet

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I liked this book ... I confess to enjoying a good mail order bride story but it's difficult to find one that strays from the typical plot sequence along the way to HEA. I knew the direction this one was heading but I wouldn't call it predictable. It wasn't too spicy but it had a couple intimate scenes that were integral to the storyline rather than gratuitous. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy a spicy romance and I am not a fan of the 'sweet' and 'inspirational' versions that seem to be overrunning the western historical romance genre that I love. But, I don't really enjoy stories that seem to be structured around a plot that reads like 'insert bedroom scene here'. I've noted in prior reviews my disappointment in some of the inaccurate classifications offered by Audible. I've found a number of historical romances classified as 'contemporary' and now that Audible has their steam factor rating system, I am finding issues there too. I would not call this 'sweet' and I probably would have passed it by entirely were it not for the review of another listener who lamented the existence of scenes that I prefer authors to include.

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  • Moon Racer

  • By: Constance O'Banyon
  • Narrated by: Jaicie Kirkpatrick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Somewhere in the lush grasslands of the Texas hill country, three brothers and a sister fight to hold their family together, struggle to keep their ranch solvent, while they await the return of the one person who can shed light on the secrets of the past. Abby learned to ride and rope and wrangle as well as any of her brothers, but Major Jonah Tremain is looking for a lady.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay but nothing memorable

  • By Prairie Girl on 04-29-18

Okay but nothing memorable

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

The headline truly covers it ... the book was okay but I doubt I’ll remember much about it next week. The narrator made most of the characters sound like children, hicks, or robots.

  • No One but You

  • By: Leigh Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Alone in the world and struggling to make ends meet, Texas war widow Sarah Winborne will do anything to keep her two small children safe and her hard-won ranch from going under. She hasn't fought for so long to lose everything, and if that means marrying a stranger to protect her family's future, then so be it. She never expected anything but a business arrangement, but something about Benton Wheeler's broad shoulders and kind eyes awakens emotions she's long since buried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 11-27-16

Don’t judge a book by its author’s gender!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I’ve seen this author’s works on Audible for years and (upon learning that ‘Leigh’ Greenwood was actually ‘Lee’), I’ve always passed. Lesson learned. The concept of gender equality works both ways. It turns out that men are equally capable of spinning a great historical western romance ... or at least this one is.