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Romance clashes with politics.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

I enjoy Scottish love stories, and I love Irish love stories, but this is the first Scottish and Irish love story I have encountered. Kier the Scot and Anwen, the Irish king's daughter, meet when Kier and his father are charged with transporting the king's daughter to a relative in Scotland while the king attempts to avoid a marriage contract to wed Anwen to the English king's relative. As fate would have it, the couple fall in love. And misunderstandings lead to a flight and a pursuit. Then there was real trouble! I took a couple chapters of listening to develop an interest in the story, because I usually don't read Jacobean period pieces. But it is a superb love story with fully developed characters, so I soon became hooked and was happy to lose sleep. Anwen was a typical young woman in love, but at least once I thought she could do with a spanking. Her father was infuriating, playing the distant parent willing to sacrifice his daughter for political harmony. Kier was a bibliophile alpha who wanted to serve his clan, but not in the way his father, the laird, insisted. My favorite lesser character was Kier's grandfather, who kept insisting all would turn out right. And Anwen's fiance is the guy you love to hate! Put them all together, shake-don't stir, and you get a great eight hours of listening pleasure. And the smooth, sensual Scottish voice of Andrew McDermott is an unexpected treat! I was intrigued by his ability to give voice to so many different characters so smoothly that I suddenly realized that one person was narrating. I voluntarily listened to a copy of this audiobook and the views expressed are my honest opinion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

"Come on. It'll be fun."

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

Whitney and Drew are still irresistible to each other twelve years after the annulment of their two-day teenage marriage. Of course, they won't admit it. And Heaven forbid they would be honest with each other, holding nothing back. Then they really mess up when they assume they know each other's minds and hearts. It will take a while to clear the tracks and get the True Love Express back on track.

This is a story you'll want to grab hold of and snuggle with. Drew is a dreamer, a techie who thinks he can learn to be a farmer by reading manuals. Whitney wants to switch from writing articles to running a camp for children of soldiers lost in combat. Both have goals and challenges. Whitney's godson, Kirby, and her friend Cassie's son, Jack, add a light touch and, at the same time, demonstrate the need for the camp. There's also an "Oh no!" moment that I took for a huge speed bump.

I voluntarily listened to an audio copy of this book and the views expressed are my honest opinions. I really enjoy Jim Cooper's narration, especially of children's and senior's voices. Each is distinct to the character. But every time I listened, I fell asleep in a different place and wasn't sure what I had missed. So, I bought the Kindle edition! Either way, you will enjoy it as I did,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Trying not to love ruins a marriage of convenience

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I listened to this story twice and came to the same conclusion both times. I really liked it! It was witty, passionate, and often frustrating. Terra and Cam thought they were solving each other's problems by marrying, but only compounded them. The children benefited initially. Terra and Cam rested easier initially. But assumptions and insecurities did them in. Terra had her secret; she was afraid to say the "L" word first and harbored insecurities stemming from her comparing herself to Cam's first wife. Cam was gun-shy, because his ex had suddenly walked out on him and the kids. Both Terra and Cam had good parenting skills, but I was struck by the children being almost too well-behaved. And Cam's ex-wife was a real piece of work. I quite enjoyed the narrator. He did not overplay Terra's part, but I had no problem identifying the different speakers. I appreciated that he didn't give Terra a high voice; that doesn't happen with us taller, less than willowy ladies. And the children's voices were appropriate. I look forward to another book in this series. I voluntarily listened to an audio copy of this book and the views expressed are my honest opinions.

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Past life, present solution

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I read this book as part of The Marshalls Boxed Set, then listened to the audiobook recently. Josh Marshall is a successful actor who rescues a runaway being accosted on a dark highway. A chivalrous gentleman, he convinces her to trust him enough to allow him to give her a ride to a safe venue. He soon recognizes Elena to be a kindred soul to his sister-in-law, who had been stalked and tortured.

I liked the slow development of trust, leading to friendship, then love. The mix of a previous life experiences with the present was a plus. The suspense was well written. What I did not enjoy was the stupid dangerous choices Elena insisted upon making, sure that she knew best how to handle the situation. It's hard to believe an abused woman would make such rash emotional decisions which could obviously set her back in the hell she had just escaped. Lucky for her, Josh was more patient than I am.

You will enjoy any and all of Ms. Brashear's Texas Heroes. And check out the audiobook, too! Mr. Dove does an excellent performance of all characters with a pleasant reading voice. His portrayal of the suspense is well-modulated, not overplayed.


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Texas Star: The Marshalls Book 2 (Texas Heroes 5)

Not recommended for a reader who has been stalked

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Quinn Marshall is an ex-cop who has a gift he doesn't want: prophetic dreams. Lorie Chandler is a widowed mother who doesn't know she needs Quinn's gift to protect herself and her son. Quinn resists his supernatural ability, insisting that he operate in the realm of "reality." Lorie's intention is to handle everything herself, even though she is in over her head. The only thing that gives her a reason to cooperate with Quinn is her love for her son.

The plot was very good, intense, suspenseful. Quinn and Lorie both needed a smack upside their heads: Lorie for thinking she had to face her stalker to protect her son and Quinn; Quinn for not accepting his gift and learning to use it before it was almost too late. Lorie's son, Grant, and Quinn's great aunt,Tia Consuela soften the sharp edges. Josh will have his own book.

As I noted in the headline, this is probably not a read for someone who has been stalked. I haven't, but I really didn't listen carefully the second time because of the feelings I had during the first listening. Readers of Nora Roberts books will enjoy Texas Refuge.

Mr. Dove has a pleasant voice that lends itself to both sexes, all ages. He does amp up the tension between the characters. Ms. Brashear continues to produce excellent reading and listening experiences.

Past revenge to future love

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Where does Texas Bad Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Texas Bad Boy is my favorite of The Gallaghers of Sweetwater series. It takes two star-crossed teenagers from their tragic past to the future fraught with misunderstanding, mixed with desire and love. This book gathers all the pieces of Lacy's and Devon's past to create a cohesive future, while finishing the series with the promise of happily ever after.

What other book might you compare Texas Bad Boy to and why?

Texas Bad Boy is perfect for listeners who have enjoyed Carolyn Brown's Happy Texas, Lucky Penny Ranch, and Burnt Boot,Texas series. Also of like mixed emotions are the Cupid, Texas and Twilight, Texas series. All combine a resolution of pain with the promise of joy in the morning.

Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

Lacy was my favorite character as performed by Mr. Dove. He has a voice that lends itself equally to either gender.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was especially touched by the scene in which Lacy meets the Gallaghers and find total acceptance for who she is-their sister. For someone so lost at this point, it was a healing point for Lacy. And the fact that Devon was willing to do all he could to facilitate this even though he stood to lose her touched me.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of the audiobook from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review; all conclusions are my own.

Trust to Love

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Would you listen to Texas Lonely again? Why?

I definitely plan to listen to Texas Lonely again. I enjoyed the emotional wordplay between Perrie and Mitch, and the sexual tension added hype.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

Mr. Dove has a pleasant, mellow voice that lends itself to all characters and situations.

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

A journey of three souls from a lifetime of pain to a future of love

This book has to be heard to be appreciated!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Even though I purchased this book in digital format almost four years ago, I did remember the plot and had enjoyed it. That being said, I listened to the audiobook twice and my appreciation of Ms. Brashear's characters has increased greatly. What I saw as a routine cowboy romance four years ago expanded to two people trying to trust each other while discovering they had not known the truth of the men they knew as their fathers. What I liked: Complex characters; strong, often humorous secondary characters; witty conversations; poignant revelations. Mr. Dove narrates with a mellow tone and presents each character with his/her own special voice. Listening to the audiobook illuminated what I had missed when I read the book previously. I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation.

Steph and Gavin: Oil & Water

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Gavin and Steph are a very unlikely match made by a friend, known for her group of "losers" she invites to her family celebrations. Neither Gavin nor Steph like each other and end the night with heated words. But Gavin pursues Steph, although she is adamant that she has no interest in a relationship with him. Gavin is a product of a loving family; Steph never knew love and doesn't believe in it. Even becoming friends is a battle. I really liked this book , because it's not an easy romance. The sexual tension is high, but they don't jump into bed immediately. That's because they're too busy fighting for control of the relationship. Oh, how I wished so many times that I could get ahold of Steph and shake her! Of course, they do split up when they can't resolve issues. I was most surprised by Gavin's "Aha Moment" near the end of the book. He evolved and Steph opened up. Mr. Dove does an excellent job of narrating; he portrays both male and female voices equally well. He has a quite mellow voice. I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Technology threatens love, makes trust difficult

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book included hot sex and witty banter while demonstrating Lexie's and Nicos' best qualities of loyalty, love and dedication to their family/ friends. Texas Magic sizzles!

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the action and intrigue surrounding video game espionage. And it hyped up when desperation forced the villain's hand.

What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Eric has a warm, mellow voice that makes listening enjoyable. He does not overact. And while listening to him, I can close my eyes and see the characters in action.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the villain was holding Lexie, Nicos came to full realization of what she meant to him. It took that moment to show him his true feelings for her. This was also a turning point in his relationship with the villain.