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  • The Dating Game

  • The Parker Sisters, Book 2
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

From a Readers' Favorite Award-winning author and "queen of the family saga" (Aherman) comes The Parker Sisters, a new spin-off series of the Married in Montana series. Twenty-six-year-old Ivy Parker is a nurse by day, but an unlikely attraction with a mysterious man will turn her world upside-down as she finds herself in The Dating Game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This got all of my emotions involved.

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 11-10-18

This got all of my emotions involved.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

The Dating Game is the second book in the Parker Sisters series. You could probably read this without reading book one first, but I think you'll enjoy them more if you read the series in order.

I'll start off with the narration. Teri Clark Linden has narrated a few other books by Ms. Eckhart. She really does a wonderful job and made listening to this story very enjoyable. I'm really picky about female narrators and she is one of the good ones.

I really loved this story. Ivy feels like she doesn't measure up to her sisters – her two older ones are now married – and she's self-conscious about her weight (she's – //sarcastic OMG// – a size 12) and hasn't dated anyone in a while.

She now finds herself being pursued by a doctor at the hospital where she works and a man (Chris) she met at her sister's wedding. She gets very confused about her feelings for both men and it takes her a while to realize which one is right for her.

Chris is attracted to Ivy and is very disturbed to overhear her sisters saying unkind things about her weight. He wants to date her but he won't play second chair to the doctor who also wants to date her. Chris has his own business and things aren't going well. This complicates things between him and Ivy and he decides to step back.

Even though it makes me a bit sad that at a size 12 Ivy is considered to be plump, I love that Chris thinks she is perfect just the way she is and lets her sisters have it when he hears them saying negative things about her size.

Everything doesn't go smoothly for Ivy and Chris but they get their HEA in the end and this is my favorite book in the series so far.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me at no cost but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
#HappyEnding #Heartfelt #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Unexpected Consequences

  • The Friessens, Book 14
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

 

Chris and Danny Friessen return in a short sweet novella about unexpected consequences in their young married life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Consequences... Lorhainne Eckhart

  • By Babs on 11-04-18

This one really tugged on my heart and I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

For such a short audio (1 hour, 27 minutes) Unexpected Consequences sure packed a punch with me. While you might be able to enjoy this story without reading any of the others in the very enjoyable The Friessens series, I really suggest that you read books 12 (Danny and Evie) and 13 (Chris and J.D.) first. I say that because Unexpected Consequences is about both of these couples.

The blurb for the story lets you know that J.D. has taken a home pregnancy test but there is so much more to this short story. This one really tugged on my heart and brought on all kinds of tears, some a bit sad, others because parts of this story were just so darn tender.

If you are a fan of The Friessens series you really won't want to miss this one.

Regarding the narration…Teri Clark Linden also narrated book 13, In the Charm and, like with that one, she did a great job with Unexpected Consequences. I've been a bit critical of some of the narrators used for other books by Ms. Eckhart but Teri Clark Linden really does a wonderful job and made listening to this story very enjoyable.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
#HappyEnding #Heartfelt #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Thrill of the Chase (The Parker Sisters)

  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Conlon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

To everyone who didn't know her, dependable Taz Parker the towns EMT is strong, capable and confident. Except the fact everything about her job terrifies her, she lives in a small Wyoming town, has five sisters an overprotective father, and no prospects of dating on the horizon, considering the lack of available men in the area. Until one rainy night while transporting a patient to the next town she stumbles upon an accident. Jerry O'Rourke is only passing through town when he witnesses a roadside accident. When he stops to help at the grisly scene there is only so much he can do and flags down an approaching ambulance. When the pretty EMT stops to help, Jerry encounters a woman he is unable to resist. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrill of the Chase By: Lorhainne Eckhart

  • By Babs on 11-04-18

I loved everything about this book!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Thrill of the Chase is the first book in the Parker Sisters series and I loved everything about this story. The narration by Mary Jane Conlon was fantastic and the writing by Lorhainne Eckhart was great.

I'll talk about the narration first. This is my first audiobook performed by Mary Jane Conlon and I loved her voice. I tend to be hard on female narrators as I usually find their voices just not as pleasing to my ear as a male voice. Mary Jane Conlon is one of the three or four exceptions for me so far. Her phasing was perfect, the inflections in her voice match the text and she did a good job of differentiating between all of the character's voices. I'm pleased to learn that she also narrates another one of the books in this series.

Now, I'll talk about the story. I'll say right up front that this is pretty much an insta-love story so if you hate that then this book might not be for you. I don't mind insta-love at all especially since I know a few real-life couples who ended up being married for over 40 years after knowing each other a very short time.

Jerry O'Rourke is a businessman passing through town when he stops to help at a horrible accident he witnessed. Taz is an EMT and she stops her rig, even though she was transporting someone to the hospital, to see if she can help. Neither of them expects to ever see the other again; Jerry lives in another state. When they run into each other later at a diner they both know that they want to see each other again.

There are complications with Taz's family and also some fairly funny scenes where she and Jerry get caught in a compromising position more than once. In what I think of as Lorhainne Eckhart's trademarked style, Thrill of the Chase has all of the close-knit family elements that I've found in her Friessens series. This is a great start to a new series and I'm looking forward to reading/listening to the rest of them.

I won a copy of this audiobook from the author in a giveaway but no review was requested or required. My review is voluntary and not influenced by the author.

  • Don't Stop Me: Vic

  • The McCabe Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Jaclynn Michelle Elfring
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Successful billionaire contractor Vic McCabe is a man every woman wants, but he gives his heart to no one. However, one day a reporter shows up, asking questions about a past he's buried, a mistake he made 15 years ago that could destroy his future and that of the woman he's tried to forget. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vic is an alpha male all the way–and swoon worthy

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 10-29-18

Vic is an alpha male all the way–and swoon worthy

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Ever since Lorhainne Eckhart introduced us to Vic McCabe in Leave the Light On, a book in her popular Friessens series, I've wanted to read his story. You definitely don't need to read Leave the Light On before reading this one as Vic was a minor (but memorable) character in that book. He is a very wealthy man and owns a construction company with locations in multiple states.

In Don't Stop Me we learn that Vic's past wasn't so stellar. That past comes knocking on his door in more ways than one. A reporter has dug up information on something that happened in Vic's past that also affects the only women he ever loved. They haven't seen each other in 15 years and now Vic must find her so that he can protect her from what the reporter wants to print.

Wow! I loved the little bit of Vic that we got to see in Leave the Light On and he's even more alpha and yummy in his own story. Don't Stop Me has a bit of mystery and intrigue as well as lots of heat between Vic and Fiona. We also get to meet one of Vic's brothers, Chase, and I'm looking forward to reading his story soon.

About the narration…This is the first audiobook I've listened to by Jaclynn Michelle Elfring. She did a great job with different voices for the characters in the story and she has a pleasing voice. The main reason I only gave her performance 3 stars is the phrasing was off in way more than a few places. It didn't exactly take me out of the story but it was definitely noticeable. She only has two book on Audible so I'm hoping that she's new to audiobook narration and that she will improve with more experience.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
#HappyEnding #Heartfelt #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #Tearjerker #Suspenseful #PastMeetsPresent

  • In the Charm

  • The Friessens, Book 13
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

When stubbornly independent Chris Friessen decides to pack up and travel the country on the back of his Harley, he doesn’t expect his decision to see the “real USA” will cost him in ways he can’t imagine. He soon finds himself facedown on some back road, cuffed by small-town cops. To make matters worse, he’s told to keep moving, but when he meets the incredibly sexy daughter of the sheriff, Chris can’t resist doing exactly the opposite - even after realizing the sheriff’s deputy is head over heels in love with her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun story in the Friessen saga.

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 10-29-18

A fun story in the Friessen saga.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I've been enjoying listening to several audiobooks by Lorhainne Eckhart recently. Even though I haven't read the Friessens series in order it really hasn't taken away from my enjoyment of the stories at all. This is my first audiobook performed by Teri Clark Linden and I thought she did a great job.

In the Charm is a pretty short book, just perfect for one evening's enjoyment. This story is about Chris Friessen, younger brother to Danny who was featured in In the Stars. You can enjoy In the Charm without having read In the Stars. In the Charm has a bit of an "insta-love" feel to it, which doesn't bother me although I know that it bothers some readers.

Chris is seeing the U.S. on his Harley, wanting to see everything he can before settling down. He's traveling back roads and visiting small town America when he's pulled over by two small town law officers. They take exception to his riding through their town and have him down on the ground when JD (short for Josephine Denise as we eventually find out 😊) comes along and tells her daddy (one of the officers) to let him go.

The story just gets better from there. It's a modern-day version of a shotgun wedding that had me smiling at times and really enjoying myself as I listened to it. I also had to feel a little sorry for Chris and JD and how they ended up together but it all worked out in the end. I'm looking forward to reading Unintended Consequences which is about both Danny and Evie, and Chris and JD.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
#HappyEnding #Heartfelt #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Chance Encounter

  • A MM MPREG Romance
  • By: Chris Savage
  • Narrated by: Jack Noble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Braiden and Trey once shared a burning passion for each other when they were younger. Because their fathers were bitter rivals, they had to keep their relationship a secret. Upon turning 18, Braiden wanted to take their relationship public and declare their love for each other to their families. Trey, however, was not ready for this and this led to a huge fight and them breaking up. Fast forward 20 years and neither have seen each other since that fateful evening, until they run into each other at a local diner.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was just OK for me.

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 10-28-18

This was just OK for me.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I really hate leaving reviews that are less than 3 stars but if I go by what Audible says, a 2-star review means the book was "It's okay" and that describes how I felt about Chance Encounter. I was provided a free copy from getfreeaudiobooks dot com with the expectation that I would leave a review.

This was the first book I've experienced by this writer and also this narrator. I liked the blurb, I'm a sucker for second chance stories, and I love M/M and MPreg so this sounded like a good fit for me.

I thought the book started out pretty good. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. I'm familiar with non-shifter omegaverse stories but this one was pretty different. There was no explanation of the world so I was a bit surprised that one of the characters had a mother and father and the other had two fathers. None of the omegaverse stories that I've read had any female characters so I was confused. I actually had to refer to my ebook to make sure I was correctly understanding what I heard.

The main conflict in the story, and the reason for Braiden and Trey's breakup, was that their fathers were bitter enemies. Braiden and Trey were secret lovers during high school and are about to graduate. Braiden wanted to come clean and tell their parents that they were in a relationship; Trey was not willing to do this so Braiden left town.

Fast forward 20 years and Braiden has returned to take over his father's company. Trey has already taken over his father's business. While Braiden swore he'd never get back together with Trey he just can't seem to resist him. Trey swears things are different now and he's willing to tell their parents about them.

The way the story was written seemed a bit juvenile to me. Trey and Braiden are about 30 years old, still living at home, and still worrying about what their parents will do if they find out about them. This just didn't seem to jive with the fact that both of them were now businessmen running companies that their fathers started. There also wasn't much to the MPreg part of this story; it came near the end and just wasn't what I'm used to in MPreg books.

The narration didn't really work for me either. There was no consistency to the voices and it was very difficult to distinguish one character from another. Most of the times they spoke with a (I think) British accent but other times the accent seemed American to me. This made it somewhat difficult to follow the story. I noticed that Jack Noble doesn't have a lot of books available on Audible so perhaps he's new to narrating audiobooks. I actually love listening to a British accent but the lack of differentiation between the voices kind of spoiled it for me. His speech pattern was also a bit halting at times. I found his voice pleasant to listen to so I hope he improves as he narrates more books.

Overall, if I'm being really honest, this might have been a DNF for me if I hadn't agreed to do a review when I received a code for the audiobook.
#LGBTQIA+ #ragsgiving #sweepstakes

  • In the Stars

  • The Friessens, Book 12
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Jeana Rich
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Evie and Danny have been friends forever, and neither has considered the other in a romantic way. Then, one day, in drives Charlie Adams, the sexy, gorgeous daughter of the town banker. When she sets her sights on Danny, he just can't resist her charms. Little does he know that Evie is about as down and out as she can get, working a dead-end job with less than 20 dollars in her bank account. Her future and options are bleak, and to make it worse, as she watches from the sidelines, she realizes she has loved Danny forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In the Stars...Lorhainne Eckhart

  • By Babs on 10-27-18

Ahh, young love!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I've been enjoying listening to several audiobooks by Lorhainne Eckhart recently. Even though I haven't read the Friessens series in order it really hasn't taken away from my enjoyment of the stories at all. This is my first audiobook performed by Jeana Rich and I thought she did a great job, much better than some of the other narrators of books in this series.

In the Stars brought back memories of falling in love when I was young. Danny and Evie seem so young but at that age you aren't just listening with your heart at times, if you get my drift. Danny and Evie have been friends forever but he is slow to realize that things are changing between them.

Evie is just a simple girl and she doesn't feel like she can compete with someone as sexy and gorgeous as Charlie Adams, who also happens to come from a rich family whereas hers is struggling. She steps aside and stops hanging around Danny.

What's that saying about not knowing what you had until it's gone? It takes that type of event to get Danny to wake up.

Like other books in this series, I could feel the family love the Friessens have for each other and I can see why readers can't get enough of this series. In the Stars is a sweet, but sexy (not explicit), story that's not too long but just right to listen to over a couple of evenings.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
#HappyEnding #Heartfelt #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Not Quite Married

  • The Wilde Brothers Series, Book 4
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Julia and Logan are getting married. Theirs has been a whirlwind romance: First, her daughter Trinity was abducted, but Logan found her. Julia can no longer fight her feelings for Logan, even though, deep down, she worries about the former marine and the nightmares he carries. However, when she finds out she’s pregnant, causes a car accident, and is served a child custody suit by her lying and cheating ex-husband all in one day, Julia feels that her life is spiraling out of control. She begins to question everything - including Logan’s love for her. But Logan can never let her go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book very much.

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 10-18-18

I enjoyed this book very much.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I enjoyed this book very much and I think Daniel James Lewis narration of this one was better than he did for Friendly Fire.

So, for the story… this is another rather short book but we know the characters from earlier Wilde Brothers stories. I look at Not Quite Married as an extended epilogue to Friendly Fire or maybe a bonus short story. It's probably better if you read Friendly Fire before Not Quite Married.

In this book we see how well the Wilde Brothers work together to help solve a problem for Julia and how close their family is. Pre-wedding nerves nearly have Julia backing out but Logan remains calm and saves the day.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

  • Leave the Light On

  • The Friessens, Book 8
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: K. Richardson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When the unthinkable happens, a family's life is changed forever. Katy and Steven have settled in their new home, with a new job, a new life, and a baby on the way. Everything for this young couple is perfect - that is, until the night Steven makes a quick trip to the grocery store for his pregnant wife. As the sun rises and Katy wakes, she soon discovers that Steven never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story!

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 10-16-18

Wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I'm a somewhat new fan of Lorhainne Eckhart's books. I actually have about all of them in Kindle format but just haven't made time to read them. As a fairly new audiobook addict, I've jumped at the chance to receive some of her audios in exchange for a review, including this one. The only problem with this is that I've listened to her series out of order. It didn't matter for some of the books but I really wished I'd read books 6-9 in order.

That being said, Leave the Light On was a wonderful book and I don't regret listening to it out of order. I know this sounds like I'm contradicting myself but just because I prefer reading/listening to series in order I don't want to discourage anyone else from picking this up even if they haven't read the preceding books.

Because I'd read In the Family (book 9 or 10 depending on what list you are looking at) I already knew some of what happened in this story. What I didn't know is how things happened or why. This story had a lot of suspense to it for me and I was kept on the edge of my seat waiting for things to happen.

While this is a relatively short audiobook it really packed a punch. I'm so delighted that I finally have experienced the stories in this series. My one disappointment is that they all aren't yet available in audio format.

I almost forgot to say anything about the narration… Leave the Light On is the first book I've listened to by K. Richardson and I liked it. One small criticism is that I thought her voice sounded almost too happy in some places; like the character was grinning and it just didn't fit for me at times.

I'm finding it a bit strange that this series has so many different narrators. In other favorite series this would have bothered me but it hasn't seemed to make a difference in The Friessens and I'm really enjoying it.

  • In the Family

  • The Friessens, Book 9
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Melanie Taylor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Christmas has always been a happy affair for the Friessens, but this year, as the family returns home, they are faced with more than a few challenges - from the crazy whirlwind of an on-again, off-again romance to a fairytale marriage now on the rocks, with more secrets than the family knows what to do with. Can the Friessens pull together this holiday season, and will the gift of love be all they need?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book, just like I love all of her books!

  • By JL on 10-18-18

I loved this one!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I'm a somewhat new fan of Lorhainne Eckhart's books. I actually have about all of them in Kindle format but just haven't made time to read them. As a fairly new audiobook addict, I've jumped at the chance to receive a few of her audios in exchange for a review, including this one. The only problem with this is that I've listened to her series out of order. It didn't matter for some of the books but I really wished I'd read books 6-9 in order.

That being said, In the Family was a wonderful book and I don't regret listening to it out of order. I know this sounds like I'm contradicting myself but just because I prefer reading/listening to series in order I don't want to discourage anyone else from picking this up even if they haven't read the preceding books.

In the Family, as you probably guessed from the title, is all about the Friessen family but the primary focus is on two young couples, Katy and Steven and then Becky and Tom. I knew about both of these couples from listening to First Love and In the Moment.

In the Family really got all of my emotions involved. For a while I thought it was going to be too depressing for me but it didn't turn out to be that way at all. I actually think that it's one of the most realistic Christmas season books I've ever experienced. Christmas isn't always wonderful every year for all families and this year the Friessens are coping with things they never really imagined would happen. I don't want to say too much else because it would give the story away.

While a lot of In the Family dealt with unhappy things there were also light-hearted moments. I cried both happy and sad tears while listening to it – and this is my favorite kind of book. If you are already a fan of The Friessens series you absolutely will want to read/listen to this book.

I almost forgot to say anything about the narration… In the Family is the first book I've listened to by Melanie Taylor and I liked it very much. She's great at doing different voices, including the male ones, which I think a lot of female narrators have trouble with. The only thing that kept me from giving the performance 5 stars (and this quite possibly was not her fault) is that there was almost no space when going from chapter to chapter which was a bit disconcerting. I also hate it when audiobooks have too long of a pause between chapters but I think I prefer that to having almost no pause at all, which was the case for In the Family.

I've been somewhat critical when reviewing the performances of a few of Ms. Eckhart's books but Melanie Taylor was really, really enjoyable to listen to.