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  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too damn short

  • By ESP on 09-06-18

Dual narration

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Please, please stop doing dual narration! Amanda Ronconi is fantastic. Jonathan Davis is a great narrator, but I dislike it for this series. I feel that it leads to choppy story telling, and distracts from how great this book is.

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,560

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Duel Narrators Did This Story a Disservice

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi the dream team! Amanda delivers Molly’s humor and snark impeccable! I always pre-order all other their audiobook pairings! This is why I was so disappointed in this audiobook. My unhappiness isn’t a direct reflection of Jonathan Davis’ narration skills. I felt that the difference between the 2 narrator voiced was jarring. Where Amanda was fast paced and Jonathan had a slow southern accent. The story dramatically & emotionally slowed during Jonathan’s chapters for me. It just left me disappointed, in what was otherwise a light-hearted, fresh paranormal romance.

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  • Southern Spirits

  • Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650

When out-of-work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she's saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick - she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can't refuse from the town's bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland, Tennessee's finest former citizens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, Clean Cozy Mystery

  • By Cheri on 03-22-17

Well writen and wonderfully narrated!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

Verity Long can't seem to catch a break! First, she finds her fiance in an unforgivable situation. She leaves him at the alter, only to have her vengeful ex-mother in-law to be send her the bill for the extravagant wedding. To pay these bills, Verity has to sell everything, and will probably lose her grandma's antebellum mansion. She's also been shunned for Sugarland's high society for leaving her rich ex-fiance. And to ad insult to injury, she accidentally bound a prohibition era ghost to her property. Things can't get any worse for Verity, or can they?

Verity is in a pretty bad place when the story picks up. She's about to lose everything she holds dear, including her childhood home. Down to her last penny, Verity doesn't spend a lot of time wallowing in self pity. She picks herself up, wipes off the dust from her pretty sun dress, and fearlessly sets herself down a new path. She's smart and resourceful. She uses her gifts and pure grit to solve the mystery at hand. I also loved how she was willing to give Ellis (her ex-fiance's brother) a chance, even though she had every reason not to. Plus, how could you not love someone who has a skunk for a pet!

I really love the feel of this series. It is a fast paced, quirky mystery. It's all about small town, southern living. This book also has a snarky sense of humor to it. I really enjoy the mix of present day people and ghosts from different generations. It adds deep history, that the South is known for. It all just adds another level of depth to the story.

I have nothing but amazing things to say about Tavia Gilbert's narration. She has to be on my Top 3 Must Listen Narrators List. I picked this audiobook specifically, because she was the narrator. Not all female narrators can pull off a believable male voice, but Tavia is one of the best in the business. This audiobook really does sound like an ensemble performance, rather then just being performed by a single narrator. Her narration style lends well to this stories sense of humor. Tavia has a light hearted nature to her voice, but she can also handle the emotional parts of this story. And her pace and diction are beyond compare.

The combination of Angie Fox's sassy writing style and Tavia Gilbert's exquisite vocal performance, make for a one heck of a thrilling ride! SOUTHERN SPIRITS is funny, intense, and sweetly emotional. If you're a fan of Molly Hart's paranormal mystery/romance series, this book will be right up you alley. I finished this audiobook, and immediately ordered the rest of the series from Audible. I'm sure I'll love them just as much as I loved this one!




***Audiobook was provided by the author in trade for a fair review***

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  • Caught Up in Us

  • Caught Up in Love, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 516

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend, Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night, but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light, happy, fabulous!!

  • By RexyRomance on 08-24-14

Sweet, sexy, and well narrated!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Sometimes good can come from the broken heart of a first love. Kat Harper's first love, Bryan, actually inspired her jewelry line called, My Favorite Mistakes. This love for the fashion and jewelry business led her to a college mentoring course. Each student is paired with an alumni business mentor in their field. Unfortunately, Kat is paired up with her ex-Bryan who runs a men's cuff link company. Of course he's just as hot and charming as he used to be, and he still seems to have a thing for her. Her prof has a very strict no romance policy in his courses. So how is Kat to going to survive the semester? And you know Bryan isn't going to go easy on her.

I really enjoyed Kat's story. She is smart, caring, and sweet. I enjoyed getting to know her as an adult, and also as a teen via flashbacks. I love that she took something that hurt her so much, and turned it into something positive. Her ultimate goal was to make enough money to help her parents failing business, and that really touched me. She was also willing to try to put the love of her life on hold, to make her dreams come true. I adminred that she wasn't willing to take no for an answer, and in the end she got everything she needed.

I pretty much fell in love with Bryan the moment he first stepped into the book. He was young and immature when he first met Kat. And like most guys his age, he messed up his first love. Fast-forward to the present, here we have a intelligent, witty, and sexy business men. He does and says all the right things. He's just so charming, you can't help but fall for him. I mean the guy still remembers her coffee order. Also, he's smart and didn't push Kat into a relationship she clearly wasn't ready for yet.

I really enjoyed Emily Durante's narration of CAUGHT UP IN US! Her light, sweet tone lent well to this story, especially when it came to voicing Kat. Her character voices were distinct, and she did an amazing job voicing both the male and female parts. Emily brought real emotions to this audiobook, from it's heart wrenching lows to it's light-hearted humor. She really brought this story to life for me!

CAUGHT UP IN US is a sweet and sexy story about second chances. Though this book had plenty of heat, I really enjoyed how the author made us wait for the really thing. It made this book stand out so much more in a sea of instant gratification romance books. I had a lot of fun getting "caught up" in this in this audiobook! I really couldn't put it down, and finished the audiobook in two days. I was happy to see that it's only the first in the Caught Up in Love series, so I can run right out and order the next audiobook in this series.




***Audiobook was provided by the author in trade for a fair review***

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  • Breakaway Hearts

  • The Kelly Brothers, Book 2
  • By: Crista McHugh
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Hockey star Ben Kelly has retreated to his mountain cabin in the ski town of Cascade, BC, to recuperate from a season-ending knee injury and contemplate his future in the NHL. He never expects to run into the one woman who got away. Nine years may have passed, but nothing has dulled the explosive chemistry between them. Now he wants more than just one night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good listen!

  • By Theresa Webster on 03-04-15

Great wrting, fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Sometimes some comes into your life, and you know they are the one. And sometimes they are taken from your life for one reason or another. Sometimes you find out why, and sometimes you don't. Ben Kelly met the girl of his dreams, Haily Eriksson one night after a game. Their chemestry was off the charts. After a smoking hot evening in bed, a miscommunication tore these two apart. Ben want on to be one of the top NHL players, until possible a career ending injure sidelined him. And Hailey's dreams of playing for the national Olympic Women's Hockey team were also destroyed due to an untimely pregnancy. These unfortunate circumstances brought these two back into each others lives. Will their painful pasts and secrets, keep them from finding their way back to each other?

I totally fell in love with these two! I adored Hailey's heart, personal strength, grit, and willingness to not let go of the sport she loved. And Ben's transformations from NHL playboy to strong and compassionate man, was extremely endearing. No matter how hard these two fought, I cheered for them the entire way. I loved how strong, and sometimes stubborn, each of the characters were. They both were slightly broken, when they found each other again. It was like they were missing puzzle pieces. Neither were complete with out the other. In the end, they held each other up. These two has several misses, but they destined to be together. And not to give to much away, but the final scene was just so sweet. It had me wiping away tears.

Therese Plummer is one of the top narrators in the business. Having her narrate this series, is such a gift. Her dictation and pacing are astonishing, and her character voices are unbelievable!!!! As a female narrator, it's can be extremely hard to do convening male voices. She does it seamlessly! While listening to her narration, I tend to forget that it's only narrated by one person. It tends to sounds more like an ensemble performance. She was able to capture this stories deep emotions. And she truly brought this story to life for me.

This book is an emotional roller coaster for the listener. It was sweet, funny, and even tragic in places! I really couldn't put this audiobook down. I was amazed at how well flushed out these characters were for such a short story. The dialogue was smart and touching. This has to be my favorite book in this series so far! Christa McHugh and Therese Plummer hit this one out of the part! If you are looking for a short, sweet read this one's for you.




***Audiobook was provided by the author in trade for a fair review***

  • Watch Me

  • By: Shayla Black, Shelley Bradley
  • Narrated by: Sasha Dunbrooke
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

To stop a blackmailer and achieve her dreams, she has to do only one thing: seduce the enemy. Shanna York is set to achieve her glittering ballroom dreams and become a dance champion - until her dance partner gets tangled up in scandal and blackmail. With the clock ticking and all her ambitions at stake, the last thing she needs is the gorgeous owner of a sex club tempting her with the forbidden. Or maybe that's the very thing she needs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sizzling

  • By Catherine Shuler on 11-15-15

Short, but sex

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Shanna York is an extremely driven and talented ballroom dancer. Some might go as far, as to call her a bitch. The trouble is that she has the reputation for running through dance partners that don't suit her. She's pretty happy with her current partner, but unfortunately his extracurricular activities might not sit well with the straight laced judges. To bad someone has it out for her, and has decided to blackmail her with a video of her partner from a fetish club.

This was such sexy, short read. I tend not to pick up stand alone books or novellas. But WATCH ME really packs in a lot of storyline in such a short audiobook. I would have loved it to have been just a little bit longer, so I could spend more time in Shanna and Alejandro's world. However, I did have to look past the "insta-love" that is a necessity of such a short story.

The two main characters were extremely entertaining and had wonderful chemistry! Their heat jumped off the page. Even though Shanna could come a crossed as hard and sometimes difficult, she's got such a great heart deep down. I enjoyed how Alejandro saw straight threw her persona. He was able to break down her walls, and give her things that she never even knew she needed.

I know I'm dating myself by saying this, but it reminded me of the 1992 movie The Cutting Edge. I don't mean that in a negative way, since I loved this movie growing up. It's about a girl who blows through teammates, like it's her job. Just replace dancing for figure skating.

I only have one criticism for this story. I felt that the blackmail scene in the beginning was unnecessarily gratuitous and over the top. I am in no way a prude. I love my sexy book...EXTRA sexy! The scene just felt forced. I know it needed to be scandalous, but I felt like the author used every trick in the porn book to do it. It actually, almost made me stop listening. I think that for such a short story, the word count would have been better used on hot scene between Shanna and Alejandro.

This was the first time, that I've listen to Sasha Dunbrooke's narration. I'm extremely tough on narrators! If the narration doesn't add additional layers to the story, I might as well read the book for myself. So I was surprisingly impressed with Sasha! Her character voices were distinct and spot-on. I was specifically impressed with the way she portrayed Alejandro character. Her pacing and dictation were phenomenal. She really brought this story to life for me. Bravo Sasha! She has landed herself on my Must Listen list of narrators.

This was just a delightful short listen! Overall, I felt that the author pulled together deep story line in a short audiobook. I enjoyed spending some time in both the dancing and sex club worlds. I loved the juxtaposition between the two. I think that Shelley Bradley and Sasha Dunbrooke make a great pair! I would recommend this audiobook for anyone who's looking to escape into a sexy world for a few hours.



***Audiobook was provided by the author in trade for a fair review***

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  • Dare to Surrender

  • By: Carly Phillips
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she's been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insta-surrender

  • By Misty on 04-17-17

Cary Phillips + Sophie Eastlake = Sexy Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Say Isabelle Masters is having a bad day, is an understatement! She had just left her cheating, and emotional abusive boyfriend. She knew that no amount of money was worth staying in that kind of situation. On top of all of that, she ended up at the police station. Her scummy ex-boyfriend reported her Mercedes as stolen. Isabelle did have one thing going for her, she was arrested by Gabriel Dare's brother and he just happen to be at the station. She knew Gabe from attending society events with her ex. Gabe rushed to the rescue on his white horse, trying to help her. Immediately, Isabelle goes on alert. Is this knight in shining armor to good to be true? She's already been burned once by a guy that seemed to be a good one.

Isabelle was such an amazing character! I enjoyed that fact that she was written flawed. She came into the situation with Gabe with lots of baggage. She left one controlling relationship, and stepped right into a new relationship immediately. Those things let her question Gabe's motives. I appreciated that she was smart enough to take a step back to work on herself and her career. She was able to prove that she could make it in the world without a man. The entire experience made her a stronger women. It was such an empowering message!

Sophie Eastlake brought her A-game on this one. This book contained so many different emotions, from deep despair to heated passion. Sophie was able to pull them all off beautifully! Also her sultry voice and pacing, really set the tone for the sexy book. Her different character voices were distinct and clear. She made listening to this audiobook an extremely enjoyable experience. Sophie is an another narrator that is on my 'Must Listen" list, because of her amazing character voices and consistent performances.

Carly Phillips has done it again! I enjoyed this book's roller coaster of emotion, and the fact that the author wrote extremely realistic characters. She has a real talent, when it comes to writing truly broken characters. This book was also inspirational, I know I personally got a lot from Isabelle's journey. This audiobook contained a lot of story content, in such a short book. If I had one tiny complaint, it would be that I wished I could have spent more time with Isabelle and Gabe. But I'm pretty sure we'll get to see them pop-up upcoming in another Dare to Love book.

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  • Dare to Desire

  • Dare to Love, Book 2
  • By: Carly Phillips
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Quarterback Alex Dare had it all - an all-star football career and his choice of willing women - until injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he's intrigued, but there's a catch. He'll be working alongside the same woman he callously hurt when she got too close for comfort. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn't impressed by Alex Dare's wealth or charm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of heat and heart!

  • By NiceGirlsBkBlog on 03-10-15

Full of heat and heart!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

The glimpses of Alex we were given in DARE TO LOVE, drive me to pick up DARE TO DESIRE immediately. There is nothing I love more them a cocky, athletic, bad boy. It's a character flaw, I know. I can't help myself. I also loved his interactions with Riley. He couldn't have been all bad, seeing how much he cared for her as they grew up. I really enjoyed pealing back the layers of Alex's character, and seeing past the face he gave the world. He was willing to make amends for past bad decisions. I was really touched by the person Alex become. I liked Alex in the first book, but I really fell in love with in this one!

Madison is absolutely amazing and resilient! She wasn't so lucky growing up. She had to fight hard for to get where she is today. I was very impressed that she had made a career helping kids have a better life then she had. It took so much for her to let Alex back into her life. And I really enjoyed how she made him really work for it. He was able to give her the emotional support that she greatly needed in her life.

Sophie Eastlake's narration of this book really made Carly Phillips' world come to life. She has a deep, sultry quality to her voice that lends well to this genre. Her character voices were distinct and clear. And her pace and phrasing we spectacular. The emotions that she brought to this story, made this a truly enjoyable listen for me.

DARE TO DESIRE brought together a wonderful mix of heat and heart. Although this was a short audiobook, I felt that author really took the time fully flush out the characters. I loved how this book was really about second chances. I also think the storyline in DARE TO DESIRE, took the emotional depths even further then DARE TO LOVE. I really grew to care about these two, and the rest of the Dare family. I just wished that we had gotten more of their pre-injurey relationship. I can't wait for the next installment in this series!

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  • Bound by Flames

  • Night Prince, Book 3
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169

Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Snoopy happy dance!

  • By RabidReads on 02-02-15

Frost + Gilbert = Amazing Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

I got a new Night Prince novel, so I jump up and down in fan-girl joy. Jeaniene Frost and Tavia Gilbert are probably on of my favorite author/narrator combos EVER! Jeaniene's beautiful storytelling and Tavia's emotional delivery, really pack a very powerful audible punch. I recommend this series, and it's connecting series to all of my friends.

I really enjoyed how Leila and Vlad have become more comfortable in their relationship. I mean Vlad's is still slightly controlling, I mean he is still Vlad. But he takes steps to let Leila make some of her own decisions. These two are on more of the same level, because Leila's power and strength have grown dramatically. I love how Leila is probably the only person that stands up to Vlad. And that he finally lets her know how much she really means to him. I think I feel even more in love with Vlad in this book. He showed a more sensitive site of himself.

This series is really driven by it characters. I love the reoccurring cast from Jeaniene's other series. Any chance that I get to have more Bones, Kat, and Mencheres, is a real treat for me. I also really enjoyed Maxinus' storyline. I spent most of the book trying to figure out his game plan. As soon as I decided that I hated him, he would turn around and do something to counterbalance that. He has such an interesting history with Vlad, and the ending was emotional for me. And as much as Leila's sister annoys the living crap out of me, I was very happy to see that Leila was able to reconnect with her family.

Tavia Gilbert's performance really takes this BOUND BY FLAMES to the next level. This series could have been a very complicated read for most narrators. It's full of all kinds of varying emotions, and characters with extremely different and difficult accents. She pulls it off like a pro! Her mastery of the diverse accents was superb. Tavia is the Night Prince series! Her voices created such a vivid picture in my head, that it sounds like a movie. Her pace and dictation are astonishing. She is a real pro, and a "must listen" narrator for me!

This story was extremely fast paced, heartbreaking, and full of soul stealing love. It really kept me on my toes. I enjoyed how Jeaniene wasn't afraid to take the story to another level. There were scenes that just completely broke me into pieces. The book does contain some graphic scenes, and isn't for the faint for heart. This series get better with every book! So I am super excited that the powers that be, have decided that we'll get one more book in this series. I will be waiting very impatiently. This series is a must read for those looking for in-depth PNR world building and emotionally charged characters! If you haven't read Jeaniene's Cat and Bone's series, I recommend would starting there first.

  • The Sweetest Seduction

  • The Kelly Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Crista McHugh
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Lia Mantovani has created one of the hottest restaurants on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, but all that could disappear if she loses her lease with Kelly Properties. Having had her dreams ripped away from her before, she'll do everything in her power to keep her restaurant. Her fate hangs on the whims of the frustratingly handsome Adam Kelly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smart contemporary romance, with deep characters

  • By NiceGirlsBkBlog on 02-12-15

A smart contemporary romance, with deep characters

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Meddling mothers might just be the biggest thing that chief Lia Mantovani and real estate mogul Adam Kelly have in common. The two mothers decided to trick Lia into cooking an marvelous, authentic Italian dinner for Mrs. Kelly and her boys. They hoped that Lia would find a love match with one of the Kelly boys. After meeting Lia and trying her amazing cooking, Adam isn't sure which he like more her flavorful food or her sexy body. Sparks fly between these two from the very beginning. To get away from the prying eyes of their family, they decide to escape on the Kelly family boat. Then things escalate quickly, until the two are interrupted by passerby.

Adam's having one heck of a week. He meets this amazingly interesting women, while also working on a deal to bring world famous chef, Amadeus Schlittler, into one of his Chicago properties. To bad the only place chef Schlittler is willing to set up a restaurant, is right where Lia's restaurant is currently located. Adam had no idea that he held the lease for Lia's restaurant space, until he walked in with eviction papers. Now that's the way to a women's heart! Adam and Lia have two big even bigger problems. He isn't the kind of man that mixed business with pleasure, and she isn't the kind of women who would rely on man.

I picked up this book expecting a light hearted, run-of-the-mill contemporary romance, but this book was anything but cookie cutter! Although this was a short audiobook, the author took the time to create rich characters and storylines that hooked me in. I fell in love with Lia and Adam right off the bat, and their chemistry heated up my headphones. I liked how Adam was this confident, powerful male, but he didn't feel the need to control Lia. And I love how Lia had so much passion for her cooking, that she wouldn't let anyone get in the way. Both characters made mistkes, but over all they were good people. I loved how both characters were smart, talented, driven, and family oriented. From the outside they seemed so different, but underneath it all they were very similar. They both went about doing things in very different ways, which lead to many of their misunderstandings and miscommunications. I really enjoyed the sweet HEA ending in this book.

I will admit, that the biggest reason I picked up this audiobook was fact that the narrator was Therese Plummer. She my might just be my all-time favorite female narrator. When it comes to narrating romance titles, she has a magic touch. Her voice had a sweet tone to it, that lends well to this genre. She has a wonderful ability to give such an emotional performance, that totally captures the listeners attention. Therese takes the time to give each character their own very specific voice. Not to mention that she creates such wonderful male voices, that the audiobook almost sounds like it has narrated by a male and a female. I got so lost in her fantastic performance that finished this audiobook in one day!

Overall, THE SWEETEST SEDUCTION had a lot of heart for such a short book. The storyline kept me hooked from the first chapter. This was a smart contemporary romance, with deep characters and great dialogue. This first book in the Kelly Brothers series, sets the readers up for a real treat. I can't wait to see what kid of mischief Adam's brothers have in store for us. If you're looking for new romance series, with a spectacular narrator, this is the one for you!



***Audiobook was provided by the publisher in trade for a fair review***

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