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  • Her Darkest Nightmare

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only 16 when her own boyfriend, Jasper, imprisoned and tortured her - and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community, even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Shallow and Boring

  • By Carolyn L on 12-20-16

A Complex Mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Her Darkest Nightmare is book 1 in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. The events recorded in this novel picks up six months after the prequel, Hanover House.

The summer romance between Evelyn and Amorak has hit a snag. Evelyn is still struggling with issues of intimacy, which ended in her pushing Amorak away. Then one snowy night things between them changed, and I had the privilege to witness Evelyn be able to trust a man to love and appreciate her. Meanwhile, a killer is on the loose. Did a resident from Hanover House escape or is it a blast from Evelyn’s past? One thing for sure whomever it is, the person is smart and meticulous

There were parts of the story that moved slowly for my tastes. This was due in part to time spent explaining psychopathic behavior.
Figuring out the killer’s identity proved to be a challenge. There were several possible suspects, which made it difficult to pick the right one.
Not all the psychopaths in the story were incarcerated, as Evelyn would discover. The story showed that crazies often live and work among us.

Amarok had his work cut out for him as the only law enforcement officer in the town who had no experience with homicides. The town had not experienced a murder in ten years. Then to make matters worse the FBI did not believe the murders warranted their input and there was no help from law enforcement in Anchorage. I found this strange and unrealistic.

Evelyn had her share of challenges. Besides the killer taunting her, someone is determined to discredit her. I admired her tenacity, but her hang-ups regarding Amarok’s age became tiresome. A seven-year age difference is no big deal, but Evelyn did not see it that way.

Narration
This is my second time experiencing Therese Plummer’s narration. I enjoyed her depiction of the characters’ voices. The excitement, fear and suspense came through with clarity.

Conclusion/Recommendation
An intense read featuring likeable characters, a sweet romance and a complex mystery. Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this installment. I am looking to start the next book, as I am eager to discover what is in store for Evelyn and Amorak.

  • Hanover House

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don't they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? After having been kidnapped, tortured, and left for dead when she was just a teenager - by her high school boyfriend - she's determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little too short

  • By Terri on 02-10-18

Hanover House

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Hanover House by Brenda Novak is the prequel to The Evelyn Talbot series. I am new to Brenda Novak’s work, and I must say I had a good time with this book. It fueled my desire to pick up the next book in the series. Filled with nail biting suspense and a little creepiness, Hanover House kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Ms. Novak impressed me with the way she delved into the mind of both the victim and the villain, allowing readers to understand their thought processes.

The protagonist Dr. Evelyn Talbot was a victim of a psychopath when she was a teen. Now an established psychiatrist, she has made it her mission in life to figure out what make psychopaths tick. To aid her in endeavours, she created Hanover House where she can study these serial killers.

Persons close to her wanted her to give up her dream because of the danger it posed,, but she refused to allow her fears to control her. The trauma of the event never left her, which drove her desire to delve deeper into the mind of a psychopath. She struggled with socialisation and as a result, persons perceived her to be an ice queen. Sergeant Amarok will discover that this was not the case the more he got to know her.

Amarok had not been keen on the establishment of Hanover House in his district, but he resigned himself to accepting it. In the process, he found himself falling for Evelyn and would do anything to protect her. I enjoyed their interaction, which was steamy and humorous. I loved his patience with Evelyn.

The story featured two psychopaths, the creepiest one being Jasper, Evelyn's ex. He definitely had a sick mind. His obsession with Evelyn was his primary driving force and it fed his lust for killing. I enjoyed getting the POV of the villain as it gave me a bird’s-eye view of his mental capacity.

I enjoyed the pacing of the story. The romance and suspense were well balanced, which I found refreshing.

Narration
Being fairly new to audio books, I have been introduced to a variety of narrators. This is my first time listening to Therese Plummer. I believed she did a good job with the voices.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Despite this being a short story I enjoyed every moment. Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this prequel to what appears to be an exciting and chilling series. I am looking forward to reading Her Darkest Nightmare.

  • Darkness Dawns

  • Immortal Guardians Series #1
  • By: Dianne Duvall
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,018

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luscious, Enthralling & Sensual w/o being porn

  • By Linda on 08-16-11

Darkness Dawns

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This is my first time reading Dianne Duvall and I assure you it will not be my last. I had a great time listening/reading to Darkness Dawns, the first book in the Immortal Guardian paranormal romantic suspense series. I heard so many great things about this series, I knew I had to try it and I got a copy of the audiobook through the audible romance package to do so. Darkness Dawns is filled with enough steamy romance and action to keep you entertained.

The book introduces readers to a group known as the Immortal Guardians who spend their time protecting innocent humans from vampires. What made these guardians special was despite being infected with the vampire virus, their unique DNA makeup they a spared them the madness that normal humans experience from the infection

I enjoyed the unique world and interesting characters the author created. The sarcastic banter between the immortals and the humans who worked with them had me laughing whenever these moments occur.

The main characters Roland and Sarah were a treat. Sarah is a music professor. Because of her bouts, with insomnia, she sets out at dawn to prepare the soil for her garden. While she is busy turning the soil something moving at high speed crashed into her and knocks her to the ground. She believed it was a wild animal, but then on hearing the hunter’s conversation she realised it was not an animal. She took it upon herself to carry out a rescue, with, no form of backup other than her trusty shovel. I loved that scene.

She is smart, brave and strong. She could definitely held her own.


Roland, a member of the Immortal Guardians is an anti-social 900-year-old immortal who prefers to work alone. He has issues with trust having been dealt the sting of betrayal several times. Compassionate but, deadly, he has proven to be a worthy adversary. I loved seeing him in action.

Someone wants him dead, which was evidenced by the several attacks made against him by an army of vampire minions. He has no idea why, but he along with his team members are determined to find out and put a stop to it. Besides this, readers are treated to another story, which had no bearing on what was happening with Roland. I am curious to learn more.

The romance is what you would expect in paranormal stories, fast paced. Despite the quick pacing, I enjoyed it. I believed they were a perfect fit.

Narrator
I found the narration by Kirsten Potter to be excellent. She did a great job with the voices, especially the variety of accents. I enjoyed how she captured the emotions and expressions of the characters.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Darkness Dawns delivered an exciting, suspenseful, romantic story. Fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy will enjoy this offering.

  • Ascension: Volume I, Part I

  • By: Yolanda Hatcher
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Agbodji, Jason Clarke, Amanda Leigh Cobb, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Eleven years of Parker Stevens' life have gone by in the mental institution due to the murders he’d committed when he was 15. He is finally released and meets her. She awakens a power within his very being. Luna is trapped. She lives with the man who kidnapped her as a child and subsequently raised her. Now, she’s his lover, a role she is forced to portray and to accept. However, it doesn’t stop her from hating his guts. She remains because she is indebted; but then she meets Parker, the man’s nephew, and starts to want something...for herself...for once.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is SOO good!

  • By Jessie on 01-10-19

Ascension

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Now I am at the end of the story I am at a bit of a loss as to what to write that would aptly portray my opinion of this book. This is my first experience with the author and the narrators so I did not know what to expect. Based on the rave reviews I came across for this title and the synopsis I expected an exciting read/listen. Sorry to say I am in the minority with regard to the rave reviews as the story failed to deliver what I expected. I guess this one was not for me.
The narration helped to make the story bearable, but it was not enough to get me excited. Four narrators were used in the story’s narration. I thought they did a good job in capturing the unique personalities of the characters through their voices. The pacing and tones were good, and they captured each of the characters’ emotions well.

Conclusion/ Recommendation
I wanted to like this book, but it just did not work for me. Other readers Urban Fantasy may like this more than I did. I do not believe I will continue the series.

  • Black Diamond

  • Wilds of the Bayou, Book 2
  • By: Susannah Sandlin
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Godley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it's a place of refuge - one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her...or anyone else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By jsilva on 01-12-17

Black Diamond

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

The story began out on a chilling note. It gave me the chills, and of course, I had to continue, as I had to know how the story would unfold.

Jenna has been through so much and she bears the physical and emotional scars of her experiences. She has returned to fieldwork after the accident that left her with those scars. She gained a new partner, a new home.

A new drug has taken Terrebonne Parish by storm. This drug is addictive, and it makes users’ behavior violent and out of control. Jenna is invested in the investigation as someone close to her has been exposed to the drug.

Cole lives his life in recluse determined to escape his past. His story will break your heart. After hearing his story, I understood his reasons for choosing to live as a hermit.

There was literally no romance. This is one of biggest peeves when it come to this genre. It is classified as a romantic suspense but when you get between the pages, there is suspense served with a pinch of romance. The characters did not spend lots of time together, so there was no time for their romance to blossom. They were drawn to each other because they recognised they had emotional pain in common. I sensed the magnetic pull between them and I believed they had a connection.

The story moved at a pace. There was never a boring moment. At the eighty percent mark, the author stepped it up and at this point, the nail biting feeling came over me. I figured out the mystery from early in the story and as to the parties involved, this too came as no surprise. This however, did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. Instead, it piqued my curiosity as to what their next move would be.

Narration
I enjoyed the narration. The narrator’s voice was an easy listen. I loved her accents, and I felt she captured the voices of the characters well.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Overall, I enjoyed this installment. I will definitely read more from this author. Fans of the genre will enjoy Black Diamond.

  • All the Right Places

  • Riley O'Brien & Co., Book 1
  • By: Jenna Sutton
  • Narrated by: Ava Lucas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Amelia Winger is a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a successful designer. So when she gets a gig designing accessories for denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co., it’s a dream come true. Amelia can handle the demanding job, but she isn’t quite prepared for sexy CEO Quinn O’Brien. She’s doing her best to keep things professional, but the attraction sparking between them makes it personal. So does the secret project she's working on behind his back.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Wonderful 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Now I want me some Rileys’!

  • By Bette H on 10-06-18

All The Right Places

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I purchased the ebook as a freebie in August 2018 and I received the audiobook later in the year in exchange for an honest review. I took advantage of Amazon’s whisper sync feature by listening/reading this title.

Narration: Ava Lucas narrated this title and I enjoyed her narration. She captured the voices of each character well, which made it easy to distinguish between whom spoke at any given time.

Characters:
Amelia is designer, hired by Quinn’s sister to revamp the women’s department of Riley O’Brien and Co. Quinn believes she is there to design accessories. Amelia had a hard childhood. She grew up in an abusive home. Neglected by her mother and had no clue as to her father’s identity. She only had her best friend Ava Grace on whom she could rely. It would have been good if the author had expanded on Amelia’s childhood.

Quinn is the opposite of Amelia in that he grew up in a privileged environment. Currently, the CEO of the company as his father has taken ill. At times, he feels overwhelmed by the situation but he is determined to do what is right for the company. He faces many obstacles from persons within the company who are resistant to change.

The attraction between Quinn and Amelia is raw and passionate. Amelia tried fighting her attraction to Quinn knowing she was deceiving him, but he did not make it easy for her to keep her distance. He is determined to be with her.

I have to admit Amelia’s hot and cold actions proved frustrating. She wanted to be with Quinn, but her deception got in the way. It would make things easier if she came clean. When she decided to come clean, and he reacted negatively, she was disappointed. Seriously, did she really expect the man to say that is ok all is forgiven, please? SMH. These heroines can be so dimwitted at times.

Initially I was not a big fan if Quinn although I felt bad for him in regards to the deception perpetuated by his sister Teagan and by Amelia. I understood his sister‘s desire to take the company to the next level, but the steps she took to achieve this was downright horrible. As the story progressed, his sensitive side came to the forefront.

Now when these two finally got together, it was not at all, what I expected. Yes, there were some sexy moments, but I had a difficult time connecting with them as a couple. Their relationship was based on sex rather than on emotions.

Secondary Characters
I am intrigued by the supporting characters and would love to learn more about them. I got a little taste of Teagan’s personality and possible romantic involvement. I would be interested to read her story as long as denim is not mentioned.

Story
I had a difficult time getting through the story. The story was built around manufacturing of denim while the romance took a back seat. I am not interested in how jeans are made; all I need to know is that they fit. As a result, I found myself skimming pages.

Conclusion/Recommendation
I wanted to like this one, but it was just an average read for me. If love your romance steamy and do not mind graphic description of the bedroom scenes, then you like All the Right Places.

  • Seeing Red

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews - until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm no prude but...

  • By Pat on 09-08-17

Suspenseful but narration could be better.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Sandra Brown had always been one of my all-time favourite authors, so I had high expectations for Seeing Red. She did not disappoint. Ms. Brown took me on a ride filled with suspense, mystery and has jaw dropping twists, served with a side of romance. This is a story that will keep you up through the wee hours of the night as you need to know how it will all end.

John Trapper and Kerra Bailey are the focus of this fantastic story. Kerra, top-notch journalist is on the verge of boosting her career if she lands an interview with town hero Major Franklin Trapper. Numerous attempts to secure the interview proved futile. so armed with the reluctant assistance of the major’s son along with an important piece of information from an incident which occurred twenty-five years ago Kerra set out to secure the interview. However, her attempts to gain the interview set into motion events that place her life and that of the major in jeopardy.

John Trapper has been living in the shadow of his father’s heroism for the past twenty-five years. He believes there is more to the incident than they led people to believe. His determination to prove his theory led to his personal and professional life spiralling out of control. This did not stop him from continuing his investigation if anything it spurred him to further to try to prove to all he was not delusional.

I loved both Kerra and John. Initially, I had a difficult time warming up to John, but as I peeled away his layers and delved deeper into what made him tick, I found myself drawn to him. Yeah, he was rough around the edges but he cared and determined to protect those he loved.

I admired Kerra’s professionalism and ethics. She never allowed her desire for a story to take precedence over what she considered being the morally correct thing to do.

Kerra and John together was a forced to be reckoned with both professionally and intimately. I thought they worked well together in their pursuit of the truth.

When I stated earlier that Ms. Brown took me on a suspenseful side, it was no exaggeration. From the start to the end. Figuring out what was going on was no easy task. Then there were the jaw dropping twists that the author revealed near to the end. I never saw that last one coming. That was the doozy of them all. That reveal was devastating for quite a few persons.

Narration
I could not distinguish between the voices of the male and female characters. I switched between reading and listening as the narrator's voice lapsed into boring monotone on several occasions.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Fans of Sandra Brown will love Seeing Red. If you love romantic suspense, but read none of Ms. Brown’s work this would be a good place to start.

  • Winter Princess

  • Paranormal Reverse Harem (Daughter of Winter, Book 1)
  • By: Skye MacKinnon
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

As a demi-goddess, Wyn has always stood out from the human crowd. And now, on her 22nd birthday, her magic finally surfaces with a bang. A big bang. She'll need the help of not one, but four (sexy) Guardians to control her destructive powers. If only they weren't so distracting.... Her mother, the Winter Queen, waits for Wyn in the Realms of Gods, but there are enemies who will try and prevent her from ever reaching the Realms, even if that means going to war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different for me

  • By PATRICIA on 03-30-18

Winter Princess

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I purchased the e-book format of the Winter Princess in September of this year because there was mention of magic and demi goddesses. To be honest, I never read further than those two words so I did not know that this was classified as a reverse harem paranormal. It was not until the opportunity came for me to review the audio book I realised this. Therefore, I was skeptical about reading/listening to this title. Anyway, I moved past my skepticism and hoped I would have no regrets.

Now up on completion of the book I had mixed feelings about this story.

For, the first half of the book the story moved so slow that I was tempted to give up on it. However, as someone who does not give upon things easily, I stuck it out and was rewarded with a change in the pacing by the second half of the story. Despite the change in the pace, I had a few issues. We see Wyn learning to use her magic and fighting demonic forces. The fight scenes were decent but not memorable. For someone who recently came into her powers she learned to use them quick, which I had a hard time wrapping my head around. Bearing in mind, she had several abilities and in less than a day, she learned how to use them. Then for someone who has no training as a fighter she was a pro on the battlefield.

At first, I had a hard time liking Wyn but the more time I spent with her I found myself drawn to her. Wyn is demi-goddess who does not understand the great power she would come to wield when she hit her 22nd birthday. Raised by her human adoptive parents she knew of her magical powers, but what she did not know was that those powers would grow making her a powerful being. She did not have a relationship with her birth mother, the winter queen and she lived for the day when all this would change. Now that she has attained the age of 22 she may get her wish as her mother has sent for to enter the God realm and she would have four gorgeous guardians as escorts.
Unfortunately, these guardians did nothing for me. I am still trying to figure out what was their purpose in the story. They never seem to be around whenever their charge is in danger. I never had the opportunity to know the guardians and so I did not know what made them tick. They had no chemistry between them but somehow they were attracted to each other. Their moments of intimacy, which, thankfully were few (they made me cringe) felt forced and unrealistic due to their lack of chemistry.

I must admit I am curious to discover why her mother had left Wyn to be raised by humans. There were other intriguing events occurring that have me considering continuing the series as I am curious to know how these would unfold.

Narration
I had a few issues with the narration. When it came to Wyn’s voice, I thought she did a good job for the most part. However, the switch between Wyn;s voice and those of her guardians was not seamlessly done. There were times when the distinction between Wyn’s voice and that of a guardian was not identifiable. This mostly happens when Wyn speaks immediately after a guardian. Despite this, I found that the narration contributed to me sticking with the story even with the issues I encountered.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Overall, although not a favourite I would continue the series if the romantic element is excluded, as I found the world intriguing and I am curious to know how the story unfolds. I believe this story could do without the romantic element, as it adds no value to the story.

  • Karma's a Killer

  • A Downward Dog Mystery
  • By: Tracy Weber
  • Narrated by: Anne James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal shelter, she believes the only damage will be to her reputation. But a few downward-facing dogs are the least of Kate’s problems when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning. The police arrest Dharma, a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother, and charge her with murder. To prove Dharma’s innocence, Kate dives deeply into the worlds of animal activism and organizational politics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun dogie mystery

  • By cosmitron on 04-04-18

Karma's A Killer

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Karma’s A Killer by Tracy Weber is the third book in the Downward Dog series. I requested to review this book as I believed it was unnecessary to read the series in order as each book focuses on a different mystery. However, on completing this installment I feel it would have been best if I had read the books in order, as this would have provided me with better insight into the development of the main character.

This book failed my expectations. When I hear the term cozy mystery, I am expecting a small town mystery mixed with humour and served with a side of romance/love interest. Well, humour permeated the story, the love interest had developed significantly, but the mystery was severely lacking. This installment focused on the principles of yoga and the drama surrounding the characters while the murder mystery played a minor role in the whole scheme of things. There was so much yoga in this book that even the dogs were learning yoga.

My favourite character was not the protagonist but her best friend Renee who was the life of the story. She had me in stitches for most of the story. I enjoyed watching Kate build a relationship with her mother even though it was not under the best of circumstances. There were instances, however, when I found Kate’s actions frustrating. Her refusal to communicate with her boyfriend about issues, which affected her and would ultimately affect their relationship.

Despite it playing a minor role, I thought it was well done. Figuring out the identity of the villain did not come easy. I figured it out the same time Kate and Renee did, which occurred near to the end of the story.

I took some time to get through the story. I believe this was due to the slow pacing and the minor role the solving of the mystery played in the story. Added to that, the yoga principles and terms went over my head.
Narration
This is my first time listening to Anne James and I would definitely listen to her again. She did a great job in bringing the characters to life. Her narration of the characters’ voices were distinct, making it easy to identify each of the characters.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Overall, I found this to be an average read, but I believe it could have been much better. Fans of cozy mysteries may want to try this book.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Burnt

  • A Single Dad Small Town Romance
  • By: Lacy Hart
  • Narrated by: Juliana Solo, Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

After the accident, the chief was pushing me to retire. Being a firefighter was all I had ever wanted, what I lived for. Well, other than my 12-year-old daughter, Abby. Raising her as a single dad, much less a busy firefighter, wasn't easy, but life never is. Then a call came in from an all-too-familiar area code. I was being beckoned back to my hometown, back to Canon. I had left that small town years ago, leaving behind a lot, including...her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Second Chance Romance! 4.5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • By Bette H on 10-11-18

Burnt

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Burnt by Lacy Hart is a 2nd chance romance featuring a schoolteacher and a firefighter. Can you imagine waiting fourteen years to re-unite with the love of your life? Well, this is exactly what happened with Sophie and Travis.

Sophie and Travis dated in college and everything was going well until the moment Travis decided he wanted to quit school and pursue his dreams of becoming a firefighter. Unfortunately, his plans differed from the one Sophie’s mom had for. her, which led to their separation. Fourteen years later Sophie is 8th grade teacher at Cannon middle school living a life void of dating and steeped in memories of the man she allowed to get away. Meanwhile, Travis is in the big city and raising his twelve-year-old daughter living his dream until an accident forced him into early retirement. He had no idea what his next move would be, but an unexpected phone call will lead to him returning to his home in Cannon where he reconnects with his past and reunite with the woman he left behind fourteen years ago.

Narrated from alternate POVs the story gave me a bird's-eye view into the minds of the character. I am not too sure what to make of Sophie. First, she chooses her career over love, and then spent the next fourteen years single and lonely. Then when the opportunity came for her to reclaim what she gave up, she was willing to leave it to chance. I would have expected her to be quick to cease this moment.

I admired Travis’s dedication to raising his daughter. The authenticity of his struggles made it easy to connect with him. Faced with the prospect of changing careers, dealing with work-related injury and single handily raising his daughter could not have been easy but he did so, anyway.

The story took a while for me to get into because of its slow pacing. It was not until around the 65% mark I saw Travis and Sophie rekindle their romance. Regrettably, I did not buy into the romance. Separated for fourteen years with no contact, yet within days after reconnecting they were all over each other. It was as if they were separated for months instead of years.

Narration
I have mixed feelings regarding the narration. Juliana Solo and Daniel James Lewis narrated Burnt. As I am new to the audiobook world, I am not familiar with their work. I had expected Juliana to perform each of the female parts and Daniel the male voices. However, that was not the case. As the story was narrated from both characters POV depending on, which character is, speaking at the time the narrator representing that person will perform all the voices in that scenario be it male or female.

I enjoyed listening to the female character. I thought she did a good job, capturing the voices. She made it easy to distinguish between the voices and she captured their expressions and emotions perfectly. The male narrator did nothing for me. His narration sounded flat and had some difficulty separating his male and female voices. Unlike his female counterpart, he failed to capture the expressions and emotions of the characters.

Conclusion/Recommendation
I was expecting drama angst due to their history, but the story did not deliver on this front. It would have been great if the author had included an epilogue providing details of the main characters' lives after their reunion. Despite this I found the story to be okay and I would read more from this author.