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  • A Glimpse of the Dream

  • By: L.A. Fiore
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart, Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Teagan Harper is barely ten years old when she finds herself orphaned and sent away to live at Raven's Peak, a Gothic estate on the seaside cliffs of Maine. Soon, though, her heartache and loneliness are tempered by a blossoming friendship with the only other child living at Raven's Peak: Kane Doyle, only two years older than Teagan and abandoned by his mother. Over the years, the pair grows inseparable. First they're pranksters and confidants, but eventually their feelings change, and best friends turn into soul mates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Words CANNOT explain how good this book is

  • By Candyce on 07-20-15

Makes me dream of living in Maine...

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

First off, this is a sappy, angst-y, with all the feels to an HEA. Yes this could be a Lifetime Movie, it made me tear up while I was getting my nails done (so beware, coz I had to pretend-yawn to hide it). But every once in a while, I am in the mood for a book that delivers the epic romance, the lush setting of an island, a villain to hate, redemption, second chance love, make-me-smile moments, the secrets - lies - deception, and all the corny elements of a "telenovela." I think this book packed so much conflict (and after listening to over 3K romance books - "cliches"). It could have turned into a bad book, had it not been for the way L.A. Fiore brought all of the elements together in a well-narrated book. When I say well-narrated, it is a combination of the story-telling both by the author and narrators, Chris Dukehart and Will Damron.

I am not going to rehash the plot so I can make this review short but the story, the characters developments, and the conflicts resolutions culminated into a very satisfying ending. In addition, I borrowed this book through KindleUnlimited and debating whether to buy it or not. For now, I am leaving a review to remember that I borrowed this book and enjoyed listening to it.

Disclaimer. My use of the word "cliche" is from my point of view. I recognize that what I consider as "done before" maybe a new to someone else.

  • I've Got Your Number

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • i enjoyed it.

  • By leah on 02-16-12

Another 'hot-mess' Rom-Com Heroine

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I'm losing patience with rom-com heroines who are protrayed as "hot mess(es)." Not a little bit of a hot mess in the beginning but a hot mess throughout the whole book. Sure Bridget Jones pulled it off, but I think this rom-com schtick is getting old.

Unlike the Samantha in another of Ms. Kinsella's books The Undomestic Goddess, Poppy in I've Got Your Number seemed to make one unwise decision after another. I couldn't relate to this heroine. I don't remember my 30-year old self being such a push-over as she is. Don't get me wrong, I have a number of chic lits but everytime I read one I hope to come across stronger heroines like Rachel in Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians. I also have several of Ms. Kinsella's books and appreciated heroines like Samantha Sweeting. Lately, I seem to appreciate books in which the h has a backbone and common sense.

I didn't find anything special with the narration either. I think I was just too busy wanting to smack Poppy upside the head to even appreciate the narration.

Anyway, I got this in a 2 for 1 sale, essentially getting this book for free. I'm returning it, even after sleeping on it, I'm still annoyed that I wasted my time on this. Why did I finish the book? I thought I was eventually going to like Poppy, but nope that didn't happen even with a cute ending.

  • Boomerangers

  • By: Heather M. Orgeron
  • Narrated by: Jillian Macie, Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

Boomerangers [boo-muh-rang-ers] - noun, informal: an adult who moves back home to live with a parent after a period of independence. Spencer: I love sex. I love the power, the intimacy, the euphoria it brings. Too bad I'm not having any . . . You'd think as New Orleans's most renowned sex therapist that I'd be swimming in single men. In a way, I am . . . except for the fact that one is in diapers and the other two are drowning in preteen hormones. As a single mother of three, my days are devoted to my clients and my kids, and my nights are spent with Fabio, my vibrator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sweet second chance, single mom story

  • By Darcie on 08-17-18

'Savage' and 'Pooper' made me LOL... on the train

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is my first book by Ms. Orgeron that I bought from one of the Audible sales but it sat in my library unread for a long while. Today however, I was looking for something light, funny, and short so I finally listened to this book. It definitely delivered. I took the commuter train home today and had the hardest time controlling myself from bursting into giggles.

Ms. Orgeron's characters Spencer and Cooper aka 'Pooper' were developed well. Unfortunately, the conflict was not that original as it is about a mother who is afraid to commit. Nonetheless, it was still enjoyable listen as portrayed by Jillian Macie (new narrator for me) and Eric Summerer. Loved, loved Savage or Kyle who brought the comedic relief to the story. Well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Softhearted

  • Deep in the Heart
  • By: Kim Law
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Heather Lindsay loves falling in love - even though her blueprint for romance has failed her time and time (and time) again. But now that she’s signed on to design an outdoor-wedding venue for her friend’s home renovation show, Heather’s found a new focus: her career. Only it’s not long before she’s being distracted - by the hunkiest man who ever swaggered down the streets of Red Oak Falls. The show’s new ranch manager, Waylon Peterson, a.k.a. Prince Harry in a cowboy hat, has every woman swooning. He’s also got a bad-boy rep that’s made him the hottest mess in town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Softhearted

  • By NRMc on 04-10-19

Heroine too “soft” to trust in anything

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I listened till the end because I’ve already invested in the book wanting to give the heroine a chance to redeem herself. Also, Natalie Ross gave a 5-star performance. I can’t get over the heroine’s unwillingness to believe in herself, in the hero, and in the relationship until the last 20 mins. Instead of finding the “softness” endearing, I just found it annoying because it somehow turned into stubbornness. 2 star story turned around by narration. Btw, Kim Law is usually a 4-5 star listen because I couldn’t get the softhearted premise of the plot - I think it would have been aptly titled, “Unsure”

  • Anything for You

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

For 10 years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard - it's the perfect time to get married. When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait

  • By Tarri on 12-30-15

Unfortunately, 'A Reader Beware' for me

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I love Kristan Higgins and pretty much have given 4-star reviews for all the books in the Blue Heron series. Ms. Higgins is one of my go-to authors when I am feeling nostalgic and need a light "listen." I have had "Anything For You" in my Wish List but have avoided getting it because I was wary of the not so flattering reviews about this book and didn't really want to dislike Connor nor Jessica - characters that were introduced in some earlier books. The writing as always is solid, hence my 3 star review.

Amy Rubinate's narration raised my overall rating to a 3. It was the 2-star plot that spanned 20 years of "push and pull" on Jessica's part that disappointed me. I seem to remember Jessica to be a strong character in one of the earlieer books. Unfortunately, in her own book she seemed to have become indecisive, while Connor letting Jessica do this to him for 20 years did not endear him to me either. The HEA wrapped the story up nicely (hence the 2 star) but I disliked Jessica for almost 75% of the book, I couldn't fully enjoy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shark and I

  • By: Cara Lockwood
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381

They tell you there are plenty of fish in the sea, but nobody mentions the sharks. Plunge into this hot, hilarious audio-first romance by USA Today best-selling author Cara Lockwood!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mantuition. noun. It's raining men, Hallelujah!

  • By CatDWoman on 11-11-17

Mantuition. noun. It's raining men, Hallelujah!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This book is LOL funny and witty and relate-able. The plot reminded me of the movie “Bad Moms” wherein the heroine tries to make the best of life after divorce - ex stuff, teenage kids, sarcastic mom, and dating. It makes light of serious topics via witty dialogue and banter. Lori (h) is such a strong character in spite of her insecurities that i wished the book had been longer. One thing that I thought was unbelievable though was the “insta love” from Peter(H). But, I’m not complaining. I believe that the h totally deserved her H and HEA.

Amanda Ranconi’s delivery was spot on, enhancing my experience making my commute through bad traffic (due to accident) bearable. Really, I didn’t mind my almost 2 hour commute home on a Firday.

I’m raving about this book as a must read especially if you can listen to it for free through the Audible Romance package. Definitely, worth your time. If you are a reader who think mid-30 to 40 is too old, you may want to stay away. Otherwise, worth the credit. Happy listening!

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Air He Breathes

  • By: Brittainy Cherry
  • Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209

I was warned about Tristan Cole. "Stay away from him," people said. "He's cruel." "He's cold." "He's damaged." It's easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn't do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular... except for one little thing

  • By Jessica on 04-12-16

I cried and cried and cried

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Two broken souls who find solace and a second chance at love. Narration by Brian Pallino and Erin Mallon enhanced the story and better than if I read it myself. I highly recommend for those looking for a moving love story. It's worth the credit and my time devoted to it.

  • Debt Inheritance

  • Indebted, Book 1
  • By: Pepper Winters
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt, Kylie C. Stewart
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Nila Weaver's family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors' past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter. She is no longer free. Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his 29th birthday. Her life is his until she's paid off a debt that's centuries old. He can do what he likes with her - nothing is out of bounds - she has to obey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By princess hall on 07-07-16

6-book cliffhanger! Stopped listening to book 1

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

Thought this was a trilogy-didn't realize it was a 6-book series until I checked Amazon. I stopped listening because not all books are out on audible and had no warning whatsoever. I will hang on to this since I bought it on sale but will not get the rest until I can listen to all one after the other. Audio is not good quality either. So I may just read it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Tempt Me

  • Fallen Women Series
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

When kidnapped English heiress Zoe Lexham daringly escapes from captivity, her problems have only begun. After 12 years in a harem, she knows far more about erotic practices than how to conduct a proper conversation in civilized parlors. Enter Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont. Lucien is no knight in shining armor; he's cynical, easily bored, dangerous to women, and utterly indifferent to popular opinion. But good looks, combined with money and title, make him welcome everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me chuckle while getting my nails done.

  • By CatDWoman on 06-08-16

Made me chuckle while getting my nails done.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

The couple made this book thoroughly enjoyable. A Duke and a "Duchess-that-is-to-be" both with great sense of humor made the chemistry between this couple well-developed and believable. The conversations were easy to follow and very natural. It's so refreshing to find a couple with really bad pasts (one was kidnapped and sold/lived in a harem and the other abandoned by deaths in his family), who weren't traumatized to the point of being overly dramatic or angsty. Both of them have "glass half full" personalities. The book wasn't a tear-jerker per se but this likable couple made this book engrossing. I was glued to this book and slowed down the listening pace to 1x - because I didn't want to miss anything - especially the dialogues. It was that good!

Kate Reading is always superb. Her male voice (especially of Lucien) is very appropriate to the protagonist's character. Kate's characterization of Zoe is a bit mature for her age (24 I believe), but believable nonetheless. It's been a while since I've had to press my rewind icon so many times because I just didn't want to miss a dialogue or a description. Perfect historical romance audio listen, in my opinion. Well-executed by Ms. Chase and Ms. Reading.

This book comes highly recommended by someone who has amassed over 2K audio books, rated 515 and written only 26 full reviews and made it a point to write her 27th audible review for this one.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Listen to Me

  • A Fusion Novel
  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236

Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim one-fifth of the credit. She's determined to make it a success and can't think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she's in trouble.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • so disappointing ..

  • By Diane on 06-22-16

Not angst-y but I laughed and cried, nonetheless

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

I rate every book but don't always write a review. I must say that this is worth my time and credit. Witty banter between H/h is what makes this listen worth my while. I highly recommend. By the way, fun read if you're in the mood for light, fun, easy-breezy romance.