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  • Embracing Her Heart

  • The Montgomerys, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at 4:30 in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again - ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smoking HOT and so much fun!

  • By Lisa M. Filipe on 06-27-18

Reed and Grace

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I read and reviewed the book first, then had the chance to listen to the audio. The audio is SO good! Narrated by both Andi Arndt and Sebastian York, the audio storytelling just went up a notch! It was so nice having a male voice for Reed and a female voice for Grace! If you get the chance, you should definitely listen to this one.

This is my book review: Do you remember high school? The rivalries? Such an intense time, those teenage years. That’s when Reed and Grace first got together, and with their schools being such heated rivals, they kept their relationship secret (well, mostly). Now, years later, Grace is home for a three week visit, and Reed is home for good. Life took them in different directions, but now they are back, and better than ever. But can they make it last this time? Will long distance really work? Will life get in the way, again?!

Melissa Foster writes good characters and interesting families. There is heat, sibling shenanigans, secrets, and fun. I am looking forward to what comes next! In the mean time, Grace and Reed have a story to tell, so get to reading it!

  • Hearts at Seaside

  • Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, Volume 3
  • By: Addison Cole
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident - except when she's around the man who stole her heart years earlier, Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother's new cougar lifestyle, Jenna's giving up on Peter - and is ready to explore other men. When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete's true feelings, and he's unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hearts at Seaside

  • By Amy on 10-03-18

Pete and Jenna

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Pete’s had a thing for Jenna for years. Jenna’s had a thing for Pete for years. So what’s the hold up? Well, Jenna is only a summer girl at Seaside, and Pete’s not exactly what he appears to be. This is a sweet story about two people who finally wake up, their friends, family and Seaside. The third book in this series, it’s definitely worth the read. You’ll enjoy the escapades, the fun and the friendships. And if you’ve read the first two in the series, you’ll catch up with old friends while you make new ones.

Melissa Moran does a great job narrating this story. She has the characters down pat, and it's easy listening.

  • Thrill of Love

  • Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, Book 6
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

World-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer Ty Braden never believed in second dates, much less heart-pounding, steal-his-breath love. But that was before a trip to Saint-Luc, where he met funny, strong, and entrancingly beautiful Aiyla Bell, a ski instructor and fellow photographer whose hopes and dreams, and love of the outdoors, aligned perfectly with his - and whose kisses alone turned him inside out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook

  • By Melissa Guerra on 12-09-18

Ty and Aiyla

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Ty Braden is a thrill seeker, photographer (I’m talking National Geographic here), and quite the lady’s man, if his reputation is accurate. He never thought of settling down with one woman until he met Aiyla Bell. She is an adventurer, and she’s also a photographer (of older faces around the world). They spent five amazing days together in Saint Luc, but agreed to let fate decide if they would meet again. Fate plays a big part in this story. Ty and Aiyla do meet again, and as any good romance novel dictates, they fall in love. But that’s not all there is to this story. In fact, that’s pretty much the beginning. All it takes is one life changing event…

Melissa Foster has written another wonderful, hot, heart-wrenching, love filled story that will make you believe in fate and the forever kind of love that seems so rare these days. When you read this story, be prepared to feel all the feels, cry the tears, laugh and love right along with the Bradens. This story runs so much deeper than most. Grab it and enjoy the ride!

B.J. Harrison narrates the audio version of this story so well. His voice and inflections so clearly bring this story to life. My imagination was pretty good when reading the book, but hearing someone else read it put a whole new spin on the story for me. Such a good one!

  • Dreaming at Seaside

  • Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summer, Book 2
  • By: Addison Cole
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene. Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his 14-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for - or even realized he was missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Trip to Seaside so Far!

  • By Amanda314 on 10-17-18

Bella and Caden

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Bella and her friends have been summering at Seaside since she was a kid. She’s a teacher without a school (she quit her job after dating and being dumped by another teacher); a curvy, fun-loving girl with a penchant for pulling pranks, and an idea that could land her a year-round job in her favorite place. Caden is a cop. He and his teenage son have moved to Seaside to put some distance from danger into their lives. Caden recently lost his partner and wants a slower pace. Bella and Caden have chemistry, but neither is looking for a relationship. Oops! They have one!

This is a fun story with lots of hijinks and lessons to be learned. Lots of sweet, only a little steam, and a really good story. Read this and enjoy!

Update - I listened to the audio version of this story - Melissa Moran does a good job with the voices and reads the story well. Nice for that long car ride!

  • 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 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

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

Lily and Rafe

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I got caught up in this story right away. Lily and Rafe were going to get together, but the conflicts were good (including an ex and a bear); there were lots of laughs (learning to ride, goat milking, etc.); a few tears, and a kid and a dog. You can’t go wrong with that! Rosalind James has written a gem. With settings from Montana to Australia, her descriptions paint such beautiful pictures that you can “see” every scene and wish you were there. This book is a stand-alone. It’s Lily and Rafe’s story. However, if you’ve read Guilty as Sin, you’ll enjoy revisiting characters and understand more of the backstory. I enjoyed this one.

I received a free copy of the audio version of this story (after I had bought and read and reviewed the kindle version). The review for the audio version is the same as the written version, except for the next couple of sentences. This is my opinion of the audio version. I was not compensated for this review, and this review is mine alone. It's wonderful. Emma Wilder does a great job with the voices. Very enjoyable on a long car ride!

  • Seaside Whispers

  • Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Having a mad crush on her boss's son, Matt Lacroux - an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy - is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt's life is hours away from Mira's home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matt and Mira

  • By taximom on 07-15-18

Matt and Mira

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

What’s a professor to do when he realizes he won’t be promoted to dean? Take a sabbatical to write a book, of course. And this is what’s brought Matt Lacroux back to the seaside area. He wants to write his book, but he can’t help being the hero and helping anyone and everyone. He falls for Mira, who has a mind of her own as well as a young son.

I’ve read several books by this author and have always enjoyed the books in her Seaside series. This book is no exception. The story moves at a good pace with plenty of backstory and visits from past characters. It’s almost like a homecoming in some scenes, but the book can totally be read as a stand-alone.

Who knew that libraries could be so cool? From libraries to co-ops, to building a raft, this story will make you want to have fun and maybe do some guy things (in kidspeak).

B.J. Harrison does an outstanding job voicing the characters in the audio version. He's smooth and his voices are believable. Enjoyable.

  • Read, Write, Love at Seaside

  • Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, Book 1
  • By: Addison Cole
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Best-selling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends 12 hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he's come to finish his latest thriller - that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt's best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt's as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn't even know the definition of the word organized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Melissa Moran brings rich character to life . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 12-10-18

Kurt and Leanna

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Book 1 in the Seaside Summer s series by Addison Cole. We meet the gang at Seaside, a collection of cottages on Wellfleet. First up is Kurt and Leanna. Kurt is a thriller writer and Leanna makes jam. Kurt is calm and organized while Leanna runs on chaos. Is it true that opposites attract? And is that enough? Throw in some really good friends and a little Pepper, and enjoy the fun!

I listened to an audio of this story narrated by Melissa Moran. She does a wonderful job with the voices and is entertaining and refreshing. The clear delivery with emotion and fun evident made this listening experience a fun one.

  • Seaside Lovers

  • Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he's misinterpreted their budding relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Jennifer Mitchell on 12-09-18

Parker and Grayson

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Melissa Foster writes steamy love stories. This story has it all, love, romance, heat, and a story that will keep you involved. Parker is a rags-to-riches actress. Grayson is a metal sculptor. They are an unlikely pair who met through their work. As readers, we get to see their relationship grow and seemingly implode. You know there has to be drama. The angst is palpable – oh, the feels! Real love? Family? Read this one and enjoy. And if you get a chance, listen to the audio. BJ Harrison does a great job of conveying the emotions of all the characters.

  • 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 305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

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

Marko and Nyree, and Ella

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I had previously written the below review for this story. I have since had the opportunity to listen to the audio version, and it is so good. Emma Wilder did a splendid job creating Marko and Nyree's world. Her smokey voice and spot-on accents brought this truly special story to life. I loved the story and the audio just enhanced it. Enjoy!!!

My original review:

Marko is a tough man raised in the New Zealand Alps. He’s also a rugby player and a steady family type. Maybe that’s why his niece chooses to run away to him when she finds herself pregnant. Way out of his depth, Marko hires Nyree to move in and help out, especially when he’s out of town with the team. Nyree is an artist and photographer, and she is so not Marko’s type.

Rosalind James has written another winner! When I realized this was another installment in the Escape to New Zealand series, I was ready for past characters and a fun story. This is so much more – a fun read with a good storyline and lots of quirks. Pookie and Precious, colors, and a tiny grey kitten – you’ll never forget them.

Get this one and plan for lots of feels. This one is truly special!

  • Seaside Embrace: Hunter Lacroux

  • Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

After working hard all day, creating his beautiful metal sculptures, sinfully sexy Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot, sexy babe - or two. But after spending a handful of naughty nights with seductive and beautiful Jana Garner, the woman who challenges everything he does and says, Hunter wants more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book

  • By Jennifer Mitchell on 11-08-18

Hunter and Jana

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Jana Garner is a boxer and a dancer. Hunter Lacroux is a metal sculptor. Both artistic, and both definitely not looking for a relationship, but boy did they ever have sizzling sex. Hooking up was the way to go – no baggage. Jana didn’t even spend the night – she snuck out. Between their brothers and their friends, how could they possibly manage to keep their non-relationship private???

Melissa Foster’s words and B.J. Harrison’s voice made this book come alive. As a stand-alone it’s good. But if you’ve met any of the Seaside gang, it’s better. Enjoy this story and catching up with the Seaside gang, too.