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  • Sexy as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 3
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

Brett Hunter’s life isn’t unicorns and rainbows, and it sure isn’t sparkles. He’s a businessman, a disciplined man, a money man, and if he ever believed in magic, it was a long time ago. He’s not a hero, and he doesn't play one on TV. Oh, and he really doesn't like the water. What’s he doing, then, on an Australian beach in a custom-made Italian suit, up to his waist in the waves and helping a red-haired mermaid save the day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best yet!

  • By Charlotte on 11-29-18

The Odd Couple

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

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.

Man, afraid of the ocean, meets woman being stalked by a shark. Willow and Brett, the odd couple. Willow is an artistic person, sort of a hippy type, free and easy. Brett is the uptight businessman worried about money and property development. Yet, somehow these two come together and Rosalind James makes it work.

The affection and interaction between Willow and Brett was just dear. It is truly an odd couple story of the Armani suit meshing with rainbows and butterflies, and it all comes together. Quite honestly, Willow was the hardest character for me to really like as she was so different than any of Rosalind’s other characters.

The setting for the story was great. I enjoyed the scenery of Australian as seen through the author’s eyes. Needless to say, Emma Wilder does a fantastic job with narration. She brings all of these books to life.

  • Wish Me Home

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara's heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone - on foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so thankful for a good, positive, clean story.

  • By Christi on 06-18-17

Hard to Put into Words

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Hard to put into words how I feel about this book.

Loved the story idea; an interesting premise. A young woman in some mysterious kind of trouble is moving cross country on foot, with under $300 in her backpack. She is found by a stray dog and they become inseparable. Such possibilities!

What I liked: Interesting premise, and I love a story that includes a dog. Loved the people she met in the Georgia diner, the old man on the beach and everyone in Key West. Loved her home at Hadley House and the whole dog rescue scenario.

What I didn’t like: Too much reverie. Every time the story got moving, she harkens back to her childhood in foster care. I don’t doubt the trials and tribulations of our inadequate foster care system, but to be honest it seemed like very page Cara was whining about her childhood situation. The book could have been as good with just a paragraph or two of her childhood situation. Do I doubt that a set of twins could have been treated so abominably in foster care, or that it would affect every day of their adult lives? No I do not, but do I want to read it for pleasure? No. It was disrupting to the flow of the story.

Cara is damaged from her page gobbling childhood. She is hesitant, distrustful, and suspicious of everything. That got really old. I understand it given her childhood, but this is fiction and I could have done without all the constant angst.

Cara trusts no one, but oddly enough except for one homeless man, and a few teens looking for trouble, everyone she meets takes her home and treats her like a queen. That’s a little hard to swallow-not that there aren’t kind people out there, but rather that there are people willing to take home a strange young woman and her dog, no questions asked.

The male lead was much like watching an actor on TV whose face is blurred out. He was there, he had some good qualities but I didn’t feel invested in his character at all. I never really got to know him.

Overall, good premise but I would have liked the main characters to be a little more likable. This book could have benefited from some serious editing on the over abundant reverie and angst about the protagonist’s horrid childhood.


  • The Substitute

  • Wedding Pact Series #1
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's time to come clean - a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable & Fun Story

  • By Amy M on 10-23-16

Loved the Idea

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This audiobook has a fun premise. Josh, a genial (and, of course, handsome) man, helps a damsel in distress on a plane to Kansas City. He ends up posing as her fiancé. The damsel, Megan, is heading home for her wedding. She's been afraid to tell her family that she and her true fiancé broke up six weeks prior. The family mistakes Josh for the fiance and so it begins...

Loved the idea. The scenario is as far-fetched as it can get—but it’s fiction so that’s okay in my book. It seemed like a light, humorous read.

But, I have never met so many unlikable characters. Out of all of the characters, there were only 4 that I could stand. Josh, the male lead was kind, considerate and according to the book’s description tall, dark and handsome—though I don’t consider 6 feet very tall. Megan was okay too, though the fact that both her witch of a mother and her witch of a best friend dominated her to the point that I wanted to scream made me like her less.

Libby, her one care-free friend was likable. Lastly, there is Megan’s gram, an eccentric octogenarian, who ends up naked at every turn. She was fun but it seemed too forced, She was over-the-top outrageous like she had escaped from a locked nursing home unit somewhere.

The rest of the characters were unremarkable and-or obnoxious. Nicole, Megan’s mother was intolerable, controlling and there wasn't one thing likable about her. Bart, the father was mostly absent and spineless, and Megan’s brother Kevin needed anger management. Megan’s best friend Blair was so obnoxious that I disliked listening to any part with her in it. All of these characters serving to highlight Megan’s tendency to be a doormat were hard to listen to.

The book does have some funny moments and funny dialogue. But overshadowing the humor, for me, was the sadness of our leading lady having a mother that treated her like she was never good enough. That ISN’T funny.

I also have to say that the sex scenes were too graphic for my taste. I don't need all the specific details of each encounter and there were many.

For me, the narration ruined it. I was thinking as I listened that it was poorly written. So I picked up the book after the audio so that I could see if that was the case. The writing isn't exemplary but it isn't horrible. It seemed in the narration that the reader placed emphasis in the wrong places, or just read very flat. Both Blair, the best friend and Nicole, Megan's mother, sound and act exactly the same (sort of an upper crust east coast vibe even though they are in Missouri). There was very little variation in voices for the different characters.

The next book in the series is about her obnoxious friend Blair. I’m going to pass.

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  • Etna Station

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 11
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

Getting to Etna Station is all that matters. With the world rapidly collapsing around them, Mike and company make a desperate trek to reach what they believe to be a safe haven. Can they outrun the demons that chase them? Will they succumb to Knox and his tyrannical army or Payne, a revenge-bent vampire? New friends will be made along the way while some old ones will fall. If they make it, will it be all they hoped or just another nightmare?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ONLY GETS BETTER & BETER! BOOK 12, PLEASE!!!

  • By Tracy P. on 06-22-18

Love This Series

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I've been a huge fan of this series since I picked up the first one in the series. The narrator is awesome and does Mike Talbot's sarcasm brilliantly. The books are exciting, and the family relationships are strong and well written. Loved it and am counting the days until the next one in the series comes out.

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  • Lycan Fallout

  • Rise of the Werewolf
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763

The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!

  • By Theodore on 07-23-13

Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. I love his narration, and I love Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout series. Wanted to try this series, and I hate to say this but it bored me to tears and I had no desire to finish it. This book takes place over 100 years in the future, Mike's family is gone, and to me that's the problem. In the Zombie Fallout series, his family is paramount to him. Everything he does is with family in mind. With them gone, I didn't recognize this Mike except to feel bad for his grief that he's been nursing over a century. I think I'll stick to the Zombie series. Sorry Mark.

  • Zombie Fallout 5

  • Alive in a Dead World
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Laura on 07-10-15

Not My Favorite One in the Series

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I love Mark's Fallout series. I've read them all and am currently going through a second time. This one, book 5, is not my favorite. As mentioned in other reviews, this book has too many flashbacks--and they are long. The constant changing point of view from chapter to chapter is distracting and take the reader out of the story. I wondered if Mark had a plan when he wrote this one or just sort of let it fall where it may because it is all over the place as far as plot, action and execution. And, I have to admit, some of the death scenes are over the top graphic and gory. There are also some over the top paranormal crap going that is just too far fetched. Mike, to me, is likable as usual, sarcastic to a fault and is read and acted so well by Sean Runnette. If you want to get into this series, you must read them all. None are stand alone so keep reading, hang on. There are gems ahead.

  • Looking for a Hero

  • Marriage Wanted/My Hero
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Two classic stories of finding love where you least expect it! Marriage Wanted: As far as Nash Davenport's concerned, marriage isn't shelter from the storm - it is the storm. He's a divorce attorney, himself divorced, who believes no married couple can live up to their wedding vows. My Hero: Would-be romance writer Bailey York has already failed twice at love. She thinks men are wonderful to read and write about, but that's it. Which is probably why she has such difficulty creating a hero for her novel. What she needs is a real-life example.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved both stories 😍

  • By Jennifer on 02-23-18

Not for Me

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I have heard so much about Debbie Macomber books, I was looking forward to this. But I seriously can't tell if it is the narrator's juvenile reading and delivery or the writing--but other than subject matter, it feels like a little kid's book. I had to stop and take a break. I'll finish but am really disappointed.

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  • Just Say (Hell) No

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 11
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

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

Another Hit by Rosalind James

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Loved this one! I really enjoy the Escape to New Zealand series and this one is no exception. The characters were very likable and well written. The story moved along and I had trouble stopping...I'd say i had trouble putting the book down, but it was audio. Take a large, fit, ultra masculine rugby player, a needy kitten, a pregnant teenage cousin, and a not quite starving artist and put them all under one roof. It makes a great combination. Loved Emma Wilder's narration as well. Highly recommend.

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.

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  • No Kind of Hero

  • Portland Devils, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

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

Second Chance Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

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.

This is the second in the Portland Devil’s series. It focuses on Evan, and Beth. They had a relationship years ago and she left him. His life now is taken up with work, and raising his infant daughter. The baby is a nice touch—a man and the affection he shows his children is very sexy.

Beth is taking a break from her job as an attorney. Her stress level is through the roof and she goes home to her family to rest and recover.

Evan and Beth reconnect and sparks fly. Evan, in spite of trying, can’t let his bitterness over their break up go. And she can’t believe how this man makes her feel just being in the same room with him.

This is the story of them coming together and finding love after all those years apart. Rosalind James writes so well and this book is no exception.

For me, the book moved very slowly. There was a lot of inner dialogue and pondering over things. It was a little tedious. I found myself longing for some action. But the story is sweet and the ending very satisfying. Rosalind James does write a very satisfying ending to her books.

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  • 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 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

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 "Just Say Yes"

  • By EstherF on 04-07-17

Just Say Yes to Reading This Book

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Ballerina meets rugged rugby player. What more do you need for a good book? Rosalind James’s Escape to New Zealand series may be my all time favorite. Her female characters are strong and independent without being hard. Her male characters are kind and loving and masculine as….well you know where I’m going.

Chloe Donaldson has seen some hard times. Left at the altar and pregnant, she is facing a difficult life. Three years later, she finally feels contented. She and her son, Zavy, are making a good life.

Kevin McNicholl, thriving rugby player for the NZ All Blacks, is a conscientious family man and is trying to provide a good home for his sisters, and his brother and his family. He purchased the ideal house for just that. But he has one problem; he has to evict the current tenants of his upstairs apartment—Chloe Donaldson, and her young son.

That isn’t as easy as it sounds because there seems to be some kind of heat between them! Good stuff and the road to the finish is delightful. This is a wonderful love story. Rosalind never disappoints in these NZ books.

Side note, I love the narrator, Emma Wilder. She does an awesome job.

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.

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