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  • Just Come Over

  • Escape to New Zealand Series, Book 12
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

Rhys Fletcher is not in love with his sister-in-law. That would be a very, very bad idea, and he doesn’t entertain bad ideas. He also doesn’t lie to himself. Both of those things can’t be true, so he’ll do what he’s done since the long-ago night when his brother, Dylan, turned up in an Auckland bar after a brutal rugby match between their two teams, and introduced his new girlfriend - a dark-eyed, much-too-young girl named Zora. He’ll lie. Now, his brother’s gone, and Rhys is back in New Zealand and settling into his new job as the head coach of the Auckland Blues

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He meant what he said and he said what he meant!

  • By eeebailey on 03-07-19

I Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Rosalind James is one of my favorite authors and I'm not surprised that I love this latest installment of her "Escape to New Zealand" Rugby Romance series. This novel features recently retired All Blacks player Rhys Fletcher, who is now coaching for the Blues team. One rainy night, he literally runs into his late brother Dylan's son Isaac and his mom Zora. There had always been a forbidden chemistry between Zora and Rhys, but neither of them had acknowledged it, much less acted upon it, when Rhys' brother was alive. Now, both of them are single... But add in the plot twist of a secret six year old American daughter with Rhys' name on her birth certificate, and who knows what will happen! This is a story that has many twists and turns, but it was really well written and very heartfelt. Emma Wilder's narration adds a real depth to the story and nails many different accents and voices well. It is a lot of fun to see the relationships between Rhys and Zora, Casey & Isaac, develop, and to see love and a family blossom.

While this is the 12th book in a series and you do recognize characters from other books, it can stand alone. There are some explicit sex scenes, so I'd recommend it for adults, only. The scenes are part of the plot -- it's not an erotica book. Overall, I really loved this book. It brought me to tears a few times and I'd recommend it wholeheartedly! I look forward to the next book by Ms. James.
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own."

  • 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 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

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

Funny AND Sexy -- you will love it!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Oh my goodness, where do I start?! Ok, Rosalind James is definitely one of my favorite authors. Her books are on my must purchase list, usually for both the kindle and audio format, and this was no exception. Sexy As Sin is the story of Brett Hunter, an American businessman who is in Australia scoping out a new housing development his company has in the works. He takes a quick walk on the beach in the morning and notices a slim strawberry blond surfer. After a brief tangle with a shark (!), Brett meets Willow, and they share a lovely flirtatious morning together. What a surprise it is for them both, when she turns out to be the chef catering his big event later that day! The story goes from there...
This is book three in a series, but really doesn't feel like that. The main characters from the first two books are briefly mentioned and make brief appearances, but this book really can stand alone. There are some sexy scenes, so I'd recommend it for adults only, but it's not erotica, in my mind. Themes of pregnancy loss, grief, sexism, and divorce are throughout this book and I cried more than once, but I laughed a lot, too. The narrator, Emma Wilder, is amazing, even doing great American, Australisn, and Egyptian accents. Give Sexy As Sin a try, you'll love it!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, not was i required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

  • The Duke and I

  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585

Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry - though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it a lot

  • By bebe on 10-03-16

Such a lovely start to an amazing series

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I will confess to being a huge fan of Julia Quinn and the Bridgerton Family series, really is the best. When I saw that t
The Duke and I was out on Audible, I was thrilled! It felt like a chance to check in with old friends: Violet, the sceming, yet beloved mother; Anthony and Benedict, the well meaning, but overprotective and blustering older brothers who needed to spend more time finding wives of their own. Plus Simon and Daphne, the lovers who agree to pretend to court one another. This pretend quickly turns very real, at least for one of them...
There are modern threads about children with special needs, infertility, child abuse, feminism, and some more adult love scenes (within marriage, but adult appropriate). Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. I've read the rest of the series, but I'm going to make sure I haven't missed any of them in Audible! Well done!

  • Someone to Care

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune - except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness - until quite by accident her path crosses once again with that of the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous story with mature H/h

  • By Cate F. on 05-09-18

Another Fantastic Story!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I love Mary Balogh, I love Rosalyn Landor, and I LOVE the Westcott Series, so I was so excited for this book to come out, especially the audio version! Well, I was not disappointed -- it was great! This is the story of Viola Kingsley, who we met in earlier novels when she was revealed to be bigamously married to the late Earl of Riverdale. Now, stripped of her title, so there of her children now beating the shame of illegitimacy, she struggles to find her way amongst the ton. Quite by happenstance, while at a country inn alone, she meets up with a former acquaintance, with whom she had had brief mild flirtation many years before. While talking with Marcel Lamarr, now the Marquess of Dorchester, it becomes clear that the attraction is still there for them both. What if they acted upon it...?
Read the story, listen to the narration -- I can't wait for the next in the series!

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  • Little Beach Street Bakery

  • Little Beach Street Bakery Series #1
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Veida Dehmlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favorite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been great.

  • By Linzel McBride on 12-08-15

Unexpected and Delightful

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

What a fun treat to discover a new series and to have it be so wonderful! In Little Beach Street Bakery, we meet Polly Waterford, whose life is in the process of falling apart. The business that she owns with her long-term boyfriend Chris is failing, their apartment is in receivership, they are breaking up (are they?) -- everything that she thinks about herself and her future is in question. Polly ends up in a water-logged flat in the somewhat quaint, somewhat moldy town of Polbearne. What happens next is a story of lufe, love, hope, perseverance, baking, beekeeping, fishing, and puffins.
I cannot wait to dive into the next book! Five stars for sure.

  • 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 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

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

Such a great story!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Off the bat, I need to say that I was given a complimentary audio book to review, but my opinions are my own and no other compensation was offered. That being said, I love this fantastic story & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!
Nyree first met Markus when she was an awkward 15 year old, living with her mom and new stepdad in an unfamiliar place and he was a 19 year rookie rugby player on the cusp of a new career. Fast forward many years and Nyree is an under-employed artist who still has a massive (and unwelcome) crush on Markus, still the professional athlete, who doesn’t recognize her when they literally bump into one another while jogging. Other than the regular themes of second chances and other “standard” romantic themes, there are also some pretty serious topics in this book — domestic violence, teen pregnancy, racism, sexism/misogyny, infertility, and adoption. There were a few sex scenes that would make me rate this book for adults only, but it’s not erotica, the scenes are few and definitely part of the book — it would make it an R rating, in my opinion.
This book is part of the Escape to New Zealand series and there are characters that you will recognize from previous books, but it can easily stand alone. All in all, it’s another winner from Rosalind James. Loved it!

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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,738
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,741

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Compelling...

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I am not usually a fan of the true crime genre, but I got drawn into this book and ended up really liking it. There are many twists and turns and it made me think a lot about the small town I live in, the way I look at people, the concept of “justice.” I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I’ll just say that I recommend it. Great story, great narration.

  • Guilty as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin. Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily's run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It's not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. How hard could it be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen... mystery, laughter & tender romance

  • By gdbkescape on 12-13-17

Another Winner from a Favorite Author

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Let me start out by saying that Rosalind James is one of my must purchase authors. I buy her books in both kindle and audio format and usually enjoy them both. This time, I was provided a free copy of the audio book in exchange for my honest review -- my opinions are my own. With that out of the way, let me tell you, I loved it! Guilty As Sin is the first in a new series from Rosalind James and we are introduced to Paige, a SFPD officer who is recovering from a gunshot wound, while pretending to be her identical twin sister Lily. They may look alike, but police officer Paige has little in common with lingerie-shop owner Lily and when Paige meets Lily's handsome Australian neighbor Jace, things get even more complicated!
This book is funny, there is a bit of a mysterious subplot, a few spicy love scenes, and some great characters, overall. Looking forward to visiting Sinful, Montana, again!
Great narration by Emma Wilder, as always, love her, too.

  • 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 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

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

Another WINNER from Rosalind James

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Before I start this review, I'd like to say that I was was given the audiobook for free, in exchange for a fair review. This is my own opinion. I loved this story! I had already purchased the story the day that it was released on kindle and am a huge fan of Tanya Eby's, too, so I may have also purchased the audiobook on my own, too, but getting it for free was a nice treat. This is the story of Beth Schaeffer, a type A, small town, good girl, lawyer who specializes in estate planning. She realizes that she is heading quickly for a break down, so she goes home to Wild Horse, Idaho, taking an unplanned leave of absence from her job in Portland. Once there, under the watchful eye of her overbearing mother, she promptly runs into her first love, former college football star-turned commercial painter Evan O'Donnell, who is now the single dad of an 8 month old baby girl. The heat between them is still there, but... What about her job? The baby's mom? Their unresolved issues? There is LOTS of heat in this book and lots of heart, too? As always, I give Rosalind James 5 stars and can't wait for her next book!

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  • Montana Mornings

  • The Wildes of Birch Bay, Book 3
  • By: Kim Law
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Gabe Wilde has never been more ready for a change. Thirty-three and in the midst of a divorce, he's packed up his second-grade daughter and come home to Birch Bay, Montana. New house, new career, new life. Only, with changes come stress. His daughter is struggling with the transition to their new norm - and Gabe is out of ideas as to how to help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series.

  • By Fran on 02-07-18

Fun Second Chance Romance

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

This is the story of Gabe Wild, new high school teacher and newly separated dad of Jenna, a second grader. Imagine his surprise when her teacher goes out early on maternity leave and is replaced by his college sweetheart, Jenna Bird, also now single. They renew their acquaintance and sparks immediately fly, but life is not as simple as when they were in college. Jenna has behavior issues, Gabe's not-quite-ex-wife is lurking on the sidelines, and Jenna's ex-husband is also suddenly calling. It is a sweet, yet spicy, romantic story, but with some weighty plot lines, too. Natalie Ross does a great job narrating. This is the third in a series, but stands alone well.