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  • Sexy as Sin

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

Never to Sexy!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I just can't get enough of the James/Wilder Combo!!! I love how Ms. James writes, it's beautiful, meaningful, and touching. She has a way that draws you in right from the beginning and keeps you there right up to the end and when it's over- you want to cry b/c you don't want to leave the characters. Ms. Wilder seamlessly narrates Ms. James' books with ease, she nails the characters and does a wonderful job with the accents and children's voices as well.

Brett is an American visiting Australia on business. He had no idea he would fall for an Aussie, shark fighting, chef. Sexy as Sin is Brett and Willow's story. Brett showed up in Books 1 & 2 and has been a little bit of a mystery. Willow brings out his playful less serious side and we get to see a different Brett. There are some fun moments and some very touching moments, I love the way Ms. James speaks to us through the characters, so beautiful. This book will definitely be on repeat!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Tempting as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana Series, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Rafe Blackstone may play the sexiest werewolf superhero to ever melt a woman's...heart...on the big screen, but Lily Hollander has already been bitten once by an actor, and once was enough. When she's fooled all over again, it's time to put that wayward heart in lockdown mode, especially once Rafe starts aiming his overprotective streak at her identical twin. Lily may seem like the softer side of the twinship, but nobody messes with her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mmm ever so tempting!

  • By Lolli on 07-27-18

Tempting yet super sweet!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Tempting as Sin, brings us Rafe and Lily. We met them in Book 1 when their siblings came together and are engaged to be married. Rafe is an actor, Lily is done with actors (she was married to one) Lily is softer than her twin sister, but she's working on becoming stronger and braver. Rafe needs to escape and prepare for his new role so he goes to his brothers cabin in Sinful Montana to get away, he's also Lily's neighbor.
Lily befriends Bailey a 8yr old girl who lives with her grandmother, but seemingly does not have a great upbringing. Along with Bailey comes a crazy fun dog. The story of Rafe, Lily,and Bailey is heartwarming and fun. The love in this book between Rafe, Lily and Bailey just pulls at the heartstrings.

Listening to this book was just as amazing as reading it. Emma Wilder does an amazing job switching voices is outstanding! She makes Bailey even sweeter than she already is. Ms. James, and Ms. Wilder are a winning combination. I can't wait to hear the 3rd book.

"I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

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  • 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 399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

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

Beautiufl- grab the tissues!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Another perfect addition to the Escape to New Zealand series. I have fallen in love with each book and Just Say Hell No is no exception.

First, I love that a few characters from previous books made an appearance in this book and it was great to catch up with them. Marko's pregnant teenage cousin falls on his doorstep and he takes her in while she plans for her future. Marko runs into Nyree who he is attracted too and convinces her to move into his house and help care for his cousin Ella since he'll be away with his Rugby commitments, toss in a cute kitten and you have one interesting story.
Just Say Hell No, is full of life, some super sexy scenes, and some really emotional scenes. Make sure you are not driving or around others for the last 40-60 mins of the book and get those tissues ready. I loved Marko and Nyree's story, I loved the supporting characters and especially Ella's strong personality. Emma Wilder does another fantastic job narrating the story and bringing all the characters to life. I love the James/ Wilder combination is works so well!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • 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 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

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

Mystery, Romance, and an Aussie fella

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Would you listen to Guilty as Sin again? Why?

Yes, Emma does an outstanding performance in Guilty as Sin. She moves from one character to the next with ease. She brings all the emotions to the story. When I read Guilty as Sin I had a hard time with the first two chapters, but had a much easier time grasping the story line listening to Emma tell the story.

What about Emma Wilder’s performance did you like?

How she brings all the emotions from each of the characters out in full. You feel them and the story, she's very good at tell a story. It's pleasure to listen to her tell the story.

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

When Paige and Lily reunite, the bond they share not only as Identical twins, but sisters. The emotions are high and so real in the book and in the audio version. It was very moving for me.

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy Ms. James' books, I loved it. Suspense/mystery with a great romance wrapped around it. You laugh, you cry, you wonder who it could be. Emma does a fantastic job telling her stories through audio. I am looking forward to Lily's story next!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

  • 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 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

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 must listen- Evan and Beth's Story

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

What did you love best about No Kind of Hero?

The real life touching moments between Evan and Gracie. You often don't see, hear or read about single dads, and certainly not single dads like Evan. He would move the moon for her.

What did you like best about this story?

Rosalind James always finds the right words for her books, and conveys her message so realistically and sweetly. I loved the real life honesty, boy from the wrong side of town falling in love with the girl who should be untouchable.

What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

Tanya was able to move from each character with ease.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me feel all the emotions, I laughed, I cried, and I smiled an awful lot.

I just loved Evan and Gracie's connection, and how Beth returned to their world almost as if she hadn't ever left.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book when I read it, and I loved it just as much listening to it. This will be on my replay list often!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Just Say Yes

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 10
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Kevin McNicholl may be a brutal force on the rugby field, but off the field, the star New Zealand All Black is a famously nice guy. His new tenant, though, arouses more than his protective side. She sets him on fire. Pity he's evicting her. Every woman deserves her dreams. Chloe Donaldson can't afford dreams, though, so she's given them up. Marriage, her ballet career, and now, her beautiful tower apartment with its view of the sea. Her new landlord is kicking her out, along with her three-year-old son, Zavy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Say YES to "Just Say Yes"

  • By EstherF on 04-07-17

A Ballet dancer and a Rugby player.. perfect match

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Any additional comments?

Just about every book Ms. James has written in the New Zealand series is my favorite then she writes another, and well I then have a new favorite! Just Say Yes, had me from the first few chapters. Ms. James wrote Just Say Yes so beautiful. If you've read her previous Escape to New Zealand books you are used to her well written and wonderful description of both New Zealand and Rugby, well this time she out did herself with her ballet descriptions, she made you feel as though you were with Kevin standing there watching Chloe dance, truly beautiful!!

In Just Say Yes, Chloe is a single mom to a 3 yr old Zavy. She is a former ballet dancer who owns her own dance school and was stood up at the alter by her son's father. Kevin is a Rugby player who has recently purchase the house she was renting. Kevin and Chloe have met a few times previously but both times Kevin was with another lady. From the moment Kevin sees Chloe dancing his smitten with her. Kevin quickly falls for Chloe and her Zavy wanting nothing more than to have them with him, he's Zavy's hero on more than one occasion. Just Say Yes, is about family big and small, believing in yourself and overcoming your fears!

Emma Wilder's performance was great. She transitions well from one character to the next, I did have some minor issues with her reading Zavy the 3 yr old, I felt sometimes she made him sound very babyish. It truly is a pleasure to sit back and listen to her read the story. I was sad that it was over, this will definitely be a book I listen to again and again!

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Take Me Back

  • Paradise, Idaho, Book 4
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Hallie Cavanaugh's late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can't dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father's manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise - and not sleep with her old flame?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 06-12-17

Second Chance at love with a twist

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

What did you love best about Take Me Back?

I love that Take Me Back was about second chances at love, moving on past the mistakes and the mystery who the murderer was kept me guessing till the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really loved Mac she is wise for her age

What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?

I really struggled in the beginning listening to Brittany. She had a husky/southern sounding voice when doing Hallie. I also felt at times her voice changed while reading Jim's part throughout the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried while listening to this book. Ms. James did another amazing job telling this story.

Any additional comments?

Another win for Ms. James!!

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and nor received any compensation for writing a review. The opinions stated are solely my own.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Found

  • Not Quite a Billionaire, Book 3
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

There's that phrase, though. "How's that working out for you?" The answer, when it came to Hope Sinclair, was, "not so well". She might be little, she might be sweet, and she might be young, but if I'd thought she'd be compliant anywhere but in bed, I'd learned my lesson. To keep her, I had to let her go. To hold her, I had to turn her loose. To have her in my life, I had to accept that she was 9,000 miles away in New Zealand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What happens AFTER the Happily Ever After?

  • By EstherF on 02-18-17

Amazing ending

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Any additional comments?

Found completes the Trilogy with a very beautiful ending. Rosalind James took a chance stepping out from her norm with this series and she hit the ball out of the park. Found runs through so many emotions, from angry, happy, frustrated, and scared. In Found, Hope finds her self and strength more, Hemi learns to listen to Hope rather than to take control of the situation. Together they learn how to be better together. I loved seeing more of Hemi's life before he met Hope, and the wonderful description of New Zealand.

Emma did an outstanding job narrating the story, bringing all the characters to life.

The ending has to be one of the most touching, sweet moments ever. Not to spoil the ending but oh Hemi, I LOVED the airplane scene it was so touching and emotional I cried.

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

  • Fractured

  • Not Quite a Billionaire, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

When I'd taken Hope Sinclair and her sister to New Zealand to meet my grandfather, I'd known I'd be making the return journey as her husband. I hadn't reckoned, though, on the demons of my past coming back to threaten our future. And, as always, I hadn't reckoned on Hope. I had hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of employees to tell me I had better judgment and more self-discipline than most people, and neither my self-control nor anything else I possessed had been won the easy way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!!!

  • By Kathleen B on 01-26-17

Fractured, but can it be mended?

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Any additional comments?

Fractured is part two of a three part series. It is a cliffhanger, but the last installment is close behind the end of this book. Hemi and Hopes story continues from New Zealand and then back to the USA. There is a lot of turmoil throughout this book. Hemi finds out he can't marry hope yet due to still being married to his ex-wife or who he thought was his ex-wife. Hope returns back to NY struggling to find her way working at Te Mana. Hemi and Hope are trying to work through a lot of conflict and giving up control. There is a lot of heavy steamy moments in this book and it was done so well! Karen continues to be apart of the story line and I just love the way she is growing up and how Rosalind always keeps family focused in her books.

Emma Wilder does another wonderful performance. I LOVE how she does Hemi so deep, and sexy. She covers all the characters voices so well!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Silver-Tongued Devil

  • Portland Devils, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717

Blake Orbison's pro football career with the Portland Devils may have come crashing to an end, but not calling the signals anymore just gives him more time to devote to his business enterprises, including the latest and greatest: the opening of the Wild Horse Resort in scenic north Idaho. And that other one, too. Blake's on the marriage track now, and he's got a game plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Blake is a smooth Southern dude!

  • By Michele Z on 01-26-17

Not the Plan

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

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

Yes, this book is fun, lighthearted, and also soul searching. While Blake is an Ex-NFL quarterback this book isn't oozing sports lingo. It's a story about Blake and Dakota finding themselves, over coming fears and working for what they want. I love how Blake doesn't back down from a challenge and Dakota doesn't change herself for someone, she holds on to her true self and follows her dreams.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Blake, he really was a good ole country boy who just wouldn't stop until he got what he wanted, but not in an obnoxious way. He was smooth and patient with Dakota and never was flashy with his money.

Have you listened to any of Tanya Eby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first time listening to her work. I was pleased and thought she did a great job moving from each character.

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

Not the Game Plan

Any additional comments?

I absolutely love Rosalind James' work. This new series is a bit different from her other work but I found it very enjoyable. Ms. James is extremely talented I don't think she'll ever write something I don't like. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful