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  • Hound's Bite

  • Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Volume 5
  • By: E.J. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony A. Bowlin
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong. In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force - The Wild Hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does it again!!!!

  • By donnie collins on 05-12-17

. I love this combination of story and narration

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5

From the first, I’ve been in Ivy’s corner as one weird and otherworldly element has appeared in her world, and she’s adjusted. It’s not enough that around every corner there is something new for her to encounter, adjust to or overcome, but her own personal growth has brought her own history, affected her friends, and brought endless challenges into her life. Stevens has brought fey, witches, fairies, vampires, ghouls and more into this little town of Harborsmouth, and Ivy has always managed to find some sort of solution or accommodation to keep the town safe. But now, a hoarde of unseelie beasts are threatening the city and Ivy must find a way to remove the threat while keeping the Lord of the Hunt and his hounds at bay.

Ivy has SO much to deal with: her father is Will o’ the Wisp, her mother is Mab, the child she adopted is a demon and her significant other is the King of the Kelpies. If that wasn’t enough, one of her friends has been bitten by one of the hounds from the hunt, and is now gone rogue, in all the worst ways. While each book has me empathizing with Ivy, and hoping she’ll pull something out from her sleeve that settles a problem, this book had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Much of Ivy’s path has been an ‘oops’ moment, where one of her actions unleashes something horrible, and then she scrambles to get back in control – this is nothing different, but you have to admire her determination and lateral thinking when she is trying out solutions. Her growth through this series has been exponential, and through it all – good and bad, she manages to hold onto a sense of humor and a belief that things will work out because the good should prevail.

Narration in this story is provided by Melanie Mason and Anthony Bowling and their dual narration brings the characters to light, adding appropriate emotion, tension and weight to the moments as they appear. Clear enunciation, pauses where required, never overstepping on each other’s performance and allowing the words and action to stand forward, even as music was added to bring an atmospheric influence. I’m not against music in stories, and there were some clever compositional choices that did add auditory interest. I love this combination of story and narration, and the series is a unique and interconnected series of events in one small town – a favorite of mine and a great treat for those looking for something different this Halloween season.

I received an audiobook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Wild Boys After Dark: Logan

  • Wild Billionaires After Dark, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: Robert Ashker Kraft
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Navy SEAL vet turned private investigator Logan Wild has a thirst for justice - and one-time flings. But when he meets Stella "Stormy" Knight, he finds himself craving more from the mysterious beauty….

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Like a bad porn movie!

  • By Brett R Froslee on 09-19-17

no real new ground broken in all the best ways

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

Starting with a bit of interior POV from the heroine, Stella, the story introduces us to her choices: moving to NY to avoid (and hide from) an abusive ex, cutting herself off from family, and keeping a low profile. She’s lonely, caustic and even a bit skittish, and all of that shows in her word choice. Of course, empathy for her is easy. Then she meet Logan: a PI after leaving the military, this man has a protective streak a mile wide, a need to fix issues, and his eyes on Stella. Their connection at first is electric, she’s mesmerized by the blue eyes and swagger: he likes her shape, her smile and knows there is more behind the bravado.

From first meeting to conclusion, their physical connection is off the charts: dirty talk, sexy moments and full-on abandon characterize these moments. But there is more: Logan is determined to protect Stella, he’s even finding it hard to justify the insta-love he has for her, even as she won’t fully open up and share her concerns and worries. He’s going to protect her though, and she blossoms under his attention: perhaps a bit quickly from the drastic measures she took at the conclusion of her last relationship, but she’s got hope. They shared hopes and dreams, background and concerns, and soon are winging their way to a happy ending – perhaps a bit quickly for my taste.

Narration for this story is provided by Robert Asher Kraft, and it was nice, after so many audiobooks from Foster to try a new narrator. My first encounter with his work, the influence from his acting was clearly present: emotions and moments of insecurity were easily distinguished as the story progressed. A pleasant voice, one that enunciates clearly and maintains a steady pace, what I did miss was a distinction between characters, either in pacing or tone, that would have made it easier to determine just who was speaking, especially in moments that were dialogue heavy.

There’s no real new ground broken here in this story, with the exception of the erotic content being amped up from other works from Foster – and believe me – it is steamy, sexy and oh so dirty: in all the best ways. But, the hero is rescuing the damsel in distress: she’s in need of affirmation as a woman, as desirable, and to reconnect with her life before she met Logan, and she gets that chance here, with the full support of a loving and caring man.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the AudioProducer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Love's a Bitch

  • By: Morgan Leaves
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Ashley Jordan set out to hike the Appalachian Trail with the hope of finding herself along the way. But one dark night Fate, and a dog called Hope, crossed her path. From that moment on, Ash rides a wild rollercoaster that takes her from the dangerous backwoods to the royal heights of English society. Ash must tangle with a one-eyed monster, an ostentatious Duchess, and her own sense of self, as she strives to fight for abused animals everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Suspense?

  • By Audio Audits on 05-17-17

nice but nothing new here romantic moments.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration 5 Story 3

Newly graduated from Veterinary school, Ashley is heading off to hike the Appalachian Trail and find herself, decide on a direction before returning to real life. From first to last, the hike is never smooth: she meets a British man, Will, and their chemistry is off the charts. Then things start to move in unexpected directions. From Will and Ashley’s chemistry and growing relationship that is a serious Cinderella story, to the dangers and action as Ashley finds that rescuing dogs is her new passion, the story has a mix of romance, suspense and a dash of stranger in a strange land as it progresses. Ashley is intriguing, if a bit simply singleminded in her approach to life, love and choices, partly due to her age and partly her inexperience with actually living after a long stretch in academia. But, her heart is in the right place, and the connection that is almost instant between she and Hope, the rescued pitbull is adorable, and Hope’s transformation with a bit of love, acceptance and kindness are remarkable. Then we have Will, possibly ‘slumming it’ on what is hoped to be his last ‘rebellious moment’ from his family expectations, is also intriguing. A bit heedless when it comes to realizing the extent of his family’s questions about Ashley and their match. He’s not dismissive, per se, to her concerns, but isn’t quite realizing that all of the differences that attract him to Ashley instead of the women he’s previously met are also bound to be noticed (perhaps not favorably) by his family. But, the relationship moves on from hiking to the drawing room in the estate of the 23rd Baron of Whiteshire, and Ashley is desperate to keep a piece of herself and her own passions, even as she wants to keep her relationship with Will.

What Leaves has done, and not always evenly, is mixed a Cinderella-like theme with that of dog rescue and a character trying to find her passion. A bit uneven in pacing and in character development, what stands out is her love for dog rescue and the character of Hope is perhaps one of the better drawn and compelling characters in the story. Ashley is intriguing, more for what she learns and how she puts her attention, energy and heart into the rescue: Will is a supportive and encouraging character, but not solidly intriguing. Will’s family is as expected, with no real surprises there despite the opportunities to show more. As far as strength in the plotting arcs, the story of Hope and the rescues shines strongest, with a solid line of suspense elements that drove the novel forward to the nice but nothing new here romantic moments.

Fortunately for Leaves, her choice of Grace Grant to narrate the story was genius. Grant’s voices are always clear and distinct, she embodies Ashley in her pace and tone of speech, and gives emotional emphasis to moments that required it. Her ability to bring the most from the words on the page, adding nuance that emphasized the important moments and allowed the heart to shine in moments where it was required were wonderful, reaffirming my decision to snap up any book that she has narrated.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Sea of Love

  • Love in Bloom, Book 7
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Lacy Snow wasn't looking for love when she met strikingly handsome and seductive Dane Braden. But how could she ignore the six-foot-three, darkly handsome god who tagged and researched sharks for a living - and made every nerve in her body tangle into an overly sensitive knot? Even her fear of sharks could not suppress their intense attraction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Braden men are solidly good guys –

  • By Gaele on 10-19-17

Braden men are solidly good guys –

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration 4 Story: 4

Lacy and Dane first met 15 months ago at her sister’s wedding: but distance and careers kept them apart. They’ve managed to keep in touch via telephone, Skype and email: but each loves the job they have, and neither is particularly ready for a full-on relationship. Lacy is working in her dream job: marketing and promotion, and she’s completely comfortable doing just that. Sure, she’s attracted to Dane, and she does dream of him, not to mention being totally turned on, but his job (and his commitment to it) scare her to death. Dane makes his living tagging sharks and educating people about them. He’s obsessed with sharks and probably has more than a mild streak of adrenaline junkie. He doesn’t know of Lacy’s bone-deep fear of sharks, or her concerns about a relationship with a man who not only won’t put her first as he works all the time, but works around such danger.

These two are cute together – and Lacy’s certainly got plenty to decide on: is it worth her effort to get attached to a man who works with the thing that scares her most – especially when he’s ALWAYS working? And what about that – is he running away from potential commitments, finding it easier to hide out with the man eaters? Oh Dane does appear to truly enjoy Lacy, and he cares for her – but he’s got a streak of spoilt and isn’t willing to discuss compromise. But neither can forget the electric connection, the steam that rises between them in every interaction – and what steam it is. With plenty of moments from other characters, including plenty of sisterly advice, the two do manage to both open up and be honest, and just maybe Lacy can overcome some of her fear, just as Dane is willing to open up to the possibility of being hurt by love.

Narration for this story is provided by B.J. Harrison, and while his performance was adept and acceptable, my ears and heart yearn for some dual narrative performances for this series, adding that palpable touch of feminine energy that Lacy so required and deserved. His performance of Dane and the other males in the cast felt natural, but there was a clear element missing with the women: it wasn’t for a lack of tone / pitch /delivery changes but a sense of energy that was less male, more feminine and softer, more an iron fist in velvet glove feel than I got here.

Each of these stories works alone, and while previous characters appear and influence the story, the listener is provided with enough information to understand the relationship in the moment, and becomes a treat for listeners familiar with their stories as they are allowed a moment to continue their own stories. The Braden men are solidly good guys – even when they misstep, and are sure to be favorites of many.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Friendship on Fire

  • Love in Bloom, Book 6
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 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 98

Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks, he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered. Josh and Riley's friendship heats up. Every steamy kiss and every erotic caress stirs a love they cannot deny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh the tensions were strong in this one.

  • By Gaele on 04-24-17

Oh the tensions were strong in this one.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 4

Josh Braden always was a bit different from everyone else in his family, he sees life through the eyes of a designer, a fashion designer. He’s got a successful business, a full staff, a growing reputation as a designer and women falling at his feet. What he doesn’t have is the ability to ignore the new assistant, a part of a family that has been embroiled in difficulties with his own back home in Colorado.

Riley Banks has her own dreams of design, and a gentle (or not so) push from Rex and Jade convince Josh to look at her work. He’s surprised at her talent, and knows that she just needs a mentor and some help to learn the ins and outs, before launching her own career. Even though she’s intrigued (and hides a long- standing crush) by Josh, she’s completely surprised when he offers her a chance to learn the business from the inside – and work her way up. He’s got an assistant perfectly poised to help her in Claudia, and it won’t be that difficult to help someone from ‘home’.

Oh the tensions were strong in this one. Let’s completely ignore the forbidden “boss / employee” angle, especially in the media heavy world of design and just focus on the prevalence of models, media and sycophants all willing to suck up to the boss in order to rise to the top. Then add in the less than welcoming (and often devious) machinations of Riley’s mentor Claudia, and the repeated barbs and ‘first to the story’ moments that Claudia has with Josh. Oh and add in an electric attraction to Josh, the chemistry smokes between these two, and mix in a bit of “keep it secret”. You can’t help but see Riley’s concern that the relationship, while hidden, is most probably more intense because they are keeping it secret. But, to Josh’s favor, when the plot comes to crisis point and Riley is accused of stealing designs – he’s willing to look at everything and everyone, not giving Riley a pass but a chance. While the mystery isn’t difficult to solve, the increase in tension and the use of that crisis to bring the characters to their tipping point, where every step will determine their future is well done, and shows the power of the connection between Riley and Josh for what it is: true, honest and palpable, despite the difficulties in situation and appearance.

Narrated by B.J, Harrison, the continuity in narrator is commendable, allowing for a familiar feel to each character’s voice, my ears are screaming out for variation and a bit more of the interplay in the back and forth that comes with a two-person narration. It’s not that Harrison’s ability is lacking, his female voices are credible and not overdone, the male voices are clear and each character does present as distinct in pitch and tone, but the pacing, the speed at which someone speaks or responds, is calling out for more variation. Fast paced moments in dialogue weren’t as rapid-fire as expected (or often needed) simply because the switch between characters doesn’t allow for that transition. The narration as it stands is workmanlike and consistent, never stretching to great or stooping to average, but I do believe that a change that incorporated another narrator into the mix would benefit this story greatly.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

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  • Destined for Love

  • Love in Bloom, Volume 5 (The Bradens, Book 2)
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Rex Braden is wealthy, hard-working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over 40 years, moves back into town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story!

  • By Happyreader on 02-01-15

Stories of the Bradens are not to be missed

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4


Rex Braden knows that managing a ranch, while occupying much of his time, is not everything. He thinks he wants more, just defining that ‘more’ isn’t the easiest part of the decision. That is, until he runs into Jade, recently home after some drastic life events. Her family’s land borders the Braden’s property line, and the unexpected meeting with Rex due to an injured horse makes being home just a little more interesting.

But a family feud between the Bradens and Johnsons, over a reason that no-one can even remember, could be the monkey wrench in Rex’s plans, before he even gets a chance to make one. When you add in Jade’s ex who can’t take no for an answer, Rex’s horse Hope, who like all of the Bradens has her own way of thinking about things (perhaps not as the family would wish), the families and their own bluster as the ‘existence of the feud’ is more relevant than the actual reasons, or overcoming them…..

Rex and Jade are wonderful together, and their path to a romance, with or without family intervention, is perfectly paced and keeps listeners engaged Fast-paced dialogue, demonstrable connections and a wonderful horsey inset that adds humor and a sense of reality for anyone who has ever known a horse, the story just flies along.

Narration for this story is provided again by B.J. Harrison, who presents the characters, story and adds emotional context without getting in the way with overacting or dramatic vocal alterations to present unique voices for each character. The care in delivery, the staggered pacing and subtle tone changes that help provide character distinction and emotional impact are there. What I am finding is that I believe this book would have benefited from an additional narrative voice to provide contrast and auditory variance.

While each of these books work as a stand-alone title, the people, writing and stories of the Bradens are not to be missed.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • The Passionate Queen

  • Dark Queens, Book 2
  • By: Jovee Winters
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Once upon a time a dragon dared to fall in love with the Queen of Hearts. Zelena Hermosa wants only one thing, to be free. But for a morphling like her freedom will never be possible. Bought by a witch as a baby, she's been raised in a household that knows no kindness or love. She's a broken, dirty child the day she meets her prickly little dragon boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engaging, enchanting and full of hope and promise

  • By Gaele on 01-09-17

engaging, enchanting and full of hope and promise

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 4 Story: 5

I adore this series, a nice twist and turn mix of fantasy and fairy tale mixed up just for adults. Jovee Winters has taken her unique view on love, ever after and the struggles to get there, deconstructing the wicked queens to show us their softer underbellies. The Queen of Hearts never really wanted her role, as we meet Zelena, raised without love or kindness, the witch who purchased the infant did so only to use the magic buried within her. And from early days, Zelena has been living a half-life, without love or kindness until she meets Ragoth.

Ragoth is heir to the throne of Drakon, and alternately favored or punished by the gods. After stealing an apple from Zeus’ orchard, he runs off with the treat to wonderland, where he meets a very angry, boastful and dirty Zelena. As children are wont to do, the two reveal their secrets in several successive meetings over the years, and form attachments that are based in friendship and some tender feelings of love. But Ragoth is a temperamental boy, and his reluctance to be steered in productive directions often lead to his changing form into a dragon, all the better to rain fire on that which displeases him. But Zelena is not even remotely cowed by his change, or his anger – in fact the two have a rather prickly relationship that is peppered with boastful dismissals and statements.

Years pass and the two become very different people from what their early connection would indicate. Zelena is cold, calculating and more than self-aggrandizing. Taught by example to become the worst version of herself, when widowed Zelena is barely recognizable as the girl Ragoth once knew. But he’s not had an easy time – since claiming her as a child his lack of another mate and pointless existence without one have made him cynical and untrusting – most of all, he wants to punish Zelena for leaving, for changing, and truly for hurting him.

Can these two find a better version of themselves than the ones that send people running in fear? Winters answers that and many other questions in a story that is engaging, enchanting and full of hope and promise.

Narration for this story is provided by Shiromi Arserio who presented the characters with flair, both as adults and children, with the perfect undertone of hurt, angst, flippancy and daring that was required to capture their personalities as the story moved along. Distinct tones and delivery made distinguishing the characters easy, and the variations in tone revealed moments of reflection, bravado or quiet conversation clearly. Not overworking dialogue, she presented the back and forth with flair, and never missed a beat, keeping the story flowing nicely to the end. A solid performance from this new to me narrator.

I received an audiobook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Lovers at Heart

  • Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazement

  • By Laura on 03-02-17

there was a TON of back and forth with these two

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

A story that best works after reading the Snow Sisters series, but can stand alone, Lovers at Heart focuses on Treat and Max’s stories, and the aftermath of a destination wedding. Max is the organizing guru with more than a dash of neuroses and ocd, and while helpful with her planning work, is often detrimental to her personal life. She’s clever, driven, outwardly self-confident and wholly in charge of her life. Treat owns several resorts, is always bouncing about and around, and he’s got a serious case of wedding hangover after a memorable, if not his best, moment at the wedding.

Together – these two get another chance to make things right DESPITE their both having serious reservations and issues. Treat is very metrosexual – he’s a solidly good guy who I seriously hoped would find some emotional control. His own dedication to his family and to seeing them happy and settled, often to the detriment of his own forward progress and growth wasn’t over the top, until you add in his bone-deep fear of finding that “love” and then losing it. There’s plenty of growth that needs to happen for Treat, and while I like characters that are in touch with their emotions, there was a bit of “not again’ with each new emotional revelation for him.

On the other hand, Max is almost closed off from her inner voices, until or unless she encounters someone who reminds her of all the bad moments with her ex. Unwilling to stand for any critical judgments from any man, she just shuts down and pushes people away from her, with an almost angry overtone. We do see that her self-confidence from her work, which she does near perfectly, isn’t always translating over, and that makes her very defensive. Oh – and when she’s angry or feeling pressured by anything BUT work, she’s a horrible listener, and refuses to ask questions or hear explanations. So there was a TON of back and forth with these two. And, I kind of have to give Treat kudos for sticking in there, making it clear that he wanted her and her alone, and that he wouldn’t stop pursuing her. In the abstract, for a story, it’s pretty damn romantic…although I can see how it could dance over the edge to stalker if their connection wasn’t so palpable and obvious to everyone else.

Narration is again provided by B, J, Harrison, who again does a lovely job in presenting characters, story and emotional layers without overworking the emotion or getting in the way of the story as it unfolded. But it is less a critique of performance than musing over the ‘rightness’ of this narrator for this book. I would have liked a dual narrator team for this title, while Harrison does a wonderful job in separating and distinctly presenting both male and female voices, I would have appreciated the addition of a female to narrate the women’s parts. There was just a little something not quite fitting with the characters as I envisioned them – and having read and listened to this story (I own the title) there was a piece missing, some youthful edge, that would have added to the performance here.

I received an Audiobook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Sisters in White

  • Snow Sisters
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Danica and Kaylie Snow are about to celebrate the biggest day of their lives - their double wedding - on an island in the Bahamas. But no wedding is complete without a little family drama. The two sisters aren't ready to face the father they haven't seen since he divorced their mother and moved away to marry his mistress and live with Lacy, the half sister they've never met.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hiighlights the relationships between the sisters

  • By Gaele on 11-28-16

hiighlights the relationships between the sisters

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

Melissa Foster brings the story around to the double wedding for Danica and Kaylie, and each sister reacts to their family dynamic and issues just as we would expect. Danica is the “get along and make it work’ sister, determined to do the right thing. Kaylie would far prefer to have all the attention and ignore anything that takes away from her shine, or causes her to look more deeply at her own buried issues.

See, the girls’ father left when they were young, he remarried and started a new family. Now they have a fabulous destination double wedding planned, and Danica (being the good girl) invites her father, his wife and their half-sister Lacey. Of course, Danica wanting to keep the peace, and Kaylie still holding on to those resentments and anger al play into the story: and more often than not, Lacey is the one who gets the angry teenager from Kaylie.

Oh this was fun – the shifting alliances, the maelstrom of emotions always bubbling below the surface in every family gathering are only heightened when you add in someone thought to have done ‘wrong’, in this case the father who’s affair led to him leaving the family to start another.

Emotional with plenty of moments that highlight the interactions, the boys do take a more supporting role. This is, no doubt about it, a story that highlights the sisters’ relationships, their interactions and how they settle the past before grabbing hold of their futures. It’s never one clear path to the reconciliations, and as with life, everything isn’t neat and clean – but it’s entertaining as hell, with a few steamy moments, plenty of emotion and an actual ending that leaves everyone smiling.

Narration is again provided by B.J. Harrison, and he’s done a lovely job in keeping the characters distinct and unique, using pacing and small variations in pitch and tone to distinguish them. Never over-reaching for a ‘female voice’ yet sounding wholly appropriate for each character, his presentation is clear and appropriate, gently guiding readers through the story, allowing the emotion, characters and words to present themselves.

I received an AudioBook Copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Bad Cop

  • Heroes of Henderson, Book 2
  • By: Liz Kelly
  • Narrated by: Charles Lawrence
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When Vance Evans tracks down Piper Beaumont, the little blonde who saved his life back in fourth grade, he doesn't just find the sweet, delicious, curly-haired Tinkerbell he remembers. He also finds a complicated woman who proves to be way more than he's bargained for. Though she's still Perfect Piper with the soothing touch, now she's also "The Lawyer Beaumont", a defense attorney carrying a personal grudge against every cop who crosses her path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously sexy!

  • By Diane Blaser on 09-26-16

Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5

Focusing on the second half of the friend-duo introduced in the first book, this story is Vance’s tale. And I’ll admit, of the two friends, he was the one I found needed the most time to grow up and leave his childish behaviors behind. He had few redeeming features, and his competitive streak with his more mature and honorable friend Brooks tilted toward too much too often.

But here we have Vance’s chance to redeem (or bury) himself, and hopefully show some growth and maturity along the way. Brooks and Lolly have softened him, and she’s made him want more from life and to change his reputation. Lolly knows this is an uphill battle, but she’s determined to believe in this former himbo’s desire to be better.

Vance is struggling with what he ‘should’ do juxtaposed with what his ‘instincts’ tell him, especially when it comes to the woman who got away, in fourth grade, Piper. When his mother left his family, Piper became his best friend, his solace and his comfort. Even when Vance moved on and through a cavalcade of women, she’s kept an eye on him, if quietly. But she hasn’t remained static: now a successful defense attorney, she’s got a bit of the defense attorney’s bias toward police, and most especially toward Vance. Of course, seeing Piper all grown up now, he realizes that he met, and dumped her years ago at a bar- so he’s got lots of ground to make up.

Like the first, this was a clever feel-good read, this one having a bit more substance with Vance’s issues and Piper’s attitude toward him, and in terms of her determination to defend ALL of her clients. She’s the same feisty, take charge and protective woman that was foreshadowed in the feisty little blonde fourth grader, and there’s plenty of laugh out loud moments as she gives back as good as she gets…repeatedly. The interplay with Vance and Piper shoots sparks – fueled by attraction and old insecurities, finally coming to a head when they both let down their guards.

Narration in this story is again provided by Charles Lawrence, and his skilled and nuanced use of tone, delivery and pitch perfectly suit this story. Never overreaching for a voice or a moment, the characters come alive in his presentation, and his ability to add subtle pauses that serve as moments to digest the humor, impact and subtext in the conversations impacted the story and provide a wonderful listen.

A solid follow up to Good Cop, Kelly did manage to flush out Vance’s character and add depth to this humorous and enjoyable story. A bit more substantial than the first, this story gives readers and listeners a great getaway, make you smile story.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the narrator for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


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