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  • Texas Secrets

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Morning Star, Book 1
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father's life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed - by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. A former SEAL, sexy cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he's ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn't want it, and he must keep her there for 30 days - or it will be lost to them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets can sometimes reveal a treasure

  • By Kathy on 11-26-14

Secrets can sometimes reveal a treasure

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

Reviewed: 11-26-14

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

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook, and tell these stories until I order the paperback! I share my books with family and friends!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't know who my favorite character would be. Maddie just wants a place to really call home but she doesn't want to "cause waves", but Boone is such a "man" and seemingly unforgiving. He's melting slowly and unwillingly.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

He makes me want to laugh in the proper places and cry in the others, his narration is fantastic!!

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

I guess there were a couple parts in the book that moved me. Finding out about Maddie's father and Boone's realization of family, that can really come true!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Eric's narration of this romantic and a little suspenseful book. A great "read"!

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  • Texas Lonely

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Morning Star, Book 2
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling Texas romance author Jean Brashear's TEXAS HEROES: The Gallaghers of Morning Star series—stories rich with emotion, ripe with secrets, scandals and sexual tension. Mitch Gallagher is a loner, down to the bone. Banished at sixteen from everything and everyone he held dear, he's an intensely private man whose rusty, unused heart long ago gave up on love. Fragile Perrie Matheson is on the run to protect her beloved son. Too ill to travel further with a winter storm on the way, she has no choice but to gamble her child's safety on a man who wants only to be left alone. But during days spent together in the mountain cabin, Mitch and Perrie each find surprises in store...and all the reasons they should stay apart battle with the yearnings of hearts too long denied love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two untrusting hearts collide

  • By Kathy on 11-26-14

Two untrusting hearts collide

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

Reviewed: 11-26-14

What made the experience of listening to Texas Lonely the most enjoyable?

I enjoy the imagery of the whole story, you want to jump in and shake sense into them as well as help them through their journey.

What did you like best about this story?

The sneaking emotions that they try to conceal and find each other through turmoil.

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first Eric G. Dove's performances, but I did enjoy it so much that I bought the book and will get the other series books narrated by him.

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

Davey the courageous little boy stumbling through every new and terrifying experiences to bring a family together

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this narration and have once again found another author to enjoy!!

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  • The Rancher Takes a Bride

  • The Burnett Brides, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia McDaniel
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Rose Severin, speaks to the dead or at least she pretends to until she can earn enough money to make her way to New York and become a famous actress like her mother. Travis Burnett is resolved to rid the frontier town of imposters like Rose. But Eugenia thinks the fiery Rose is just the woman for her obstinate son. She schemes to keep Rose at the family ranch where Travis soon realizes that the supposed spiritualist is more than just a pretty swindler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Western Romance!

  • By SIMARA on 02-23-15

Pride can blind you to the Truth

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

Reviewed: 08-23-14

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

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good love torn story. I love old west stories especially set in Texas!!

What did you like best about this story?

I like Rose's strength and honest conviction! She endured Travis' narrow unrelenting distrust and saw the man he really was and could be. She tried to do good for everyone she came in contact with and to face her fears to rescue and console. She is a lady without all the adornments.

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

This is the first book I have listened to narrated by Robin Rowan, I enjoyed her portrayal of the characters!

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

I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction to the book. There were several instances that made me laugh and some that made me want to slap Travis and tell him to get off his "high horse".

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this story of love catching even the most "stubborn" man unaware. That believing and protecting your family blindly may lead to unexpected awakenings. Now I will have to get the next book in the series, as well as print edition!! Great read!!


  • SEAL the Deal

  • Seal Brotherhood, Book 4
  • By: Sharon Hamilton
  • Narrated by: J.D. Hart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Special Operator Nick Dunn gets the call he has been dreading since before his last deployment. His sister is in her final stages of cancer. He and his Team 3 roommate drive up to Sonoma County from Coronado to help her shut down her failing nursery business and tie up her final affairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Deborah Close on 08-14-14

Trust so hard to obtain

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

What did you like best about SEAL the Deal? What did you like least?

I like that the Seal team are a band of brothers that puts family first. I guess the thing I liked the least is that maybe there was more sex than story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was an enjoyable story, just not enough of the story versus the sex

What does J.D. Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I haven't read the book myself....I enjoyed J.D. Hart's narration.

Did SEAL the Deal inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to not take anything for granted. No one knows what tomorrow will bring!

Any additional comments?

I would still buy more books in this series by Sharon Hamilton because I enjoy the military aspects of all my romance books and a portion of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior project...I can always skip pages if they are superfluous to me.

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  • The Enforcer

  • Taskforce Series, Book 3
  • By: Marliss Melton
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

ATF Special Agent Tobias Burke is undercover in West Virginia, infiltrating a militia led by Captain Dylan Connelly, suspected of murdering the Secretary of Defense. Dylan, once the Army's battalion leader of Mortuary Affairs, now works as a physician at the local Veterans Hospital, while leading her late-father's Seventh Amendment Militia. When Tobias Burke shows up to enlist, with his ladies-man humor and lovable Labrador retriever, Dylan knows his killer charm hides an ulterior motive. As evidence against Dylan mounts, Tobias's instincts-and then his heart-betray him into wondering if Dylan is being framed. Now, with Dylan's militia locked in a stand-off with the FBI and the nation watching the drama unfold on television, Tobias stares down the barrel of the most difficult choice in his life: expose the real killer and clear Dylan's name, or follow orders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burn and lots of heat!!!

  • By yasmine32068 on 02-27-14

What is the truth? What you've read or see?

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Enforcer to be better than the print version?

I liked the print version better, simply because I am paper phobic!! I envisioned Toby "huskier" and Dylan a little more "feminine"

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enforcer?

PTSD is evident in several of the characters and some were able to work through them better than others. Just as in real life, every individual works through their disorders differently.

What does David Brenin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't know that David brought anything to the story that I would miss....since I tend to read and re-read my books, just in case I might have missed something the first couple of times around. David does good narration on the books I've listened to that he has narrated. I just had the characters envisioned differently.

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

I felt sorry for the actual "terrorist", since he/she should have seen that their thinking was skewed, even if they were just trying to "help"

Any additional comments?

This is a great series!! Love that so many authors are directing their efforts toward our military and other stress related issues!

  • The Bounty Hunter: Rafe's Story

  • Redbourne Series, Book Two
  • By: Kelli Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Tayla Hawthorne finds herself far from home with no memory of her past - her only connection an ornately carved locket. But when a dark and dashing stranger triggers a familiar yearning inside her, she discovers that the key to her future lies in her past. Rafe Redbourne has a lock on his heart. For eight years he has carried the weight of his past on his shoulders, immersing himself in his life as a bounty hunter, tracking fugitives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Talent!

  • By Lady M on 07-06-13

Memories and Resentment collide into Trust

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

Would you listen to The Bounty Hunter: Rafe's Story again? Why?

I would listen to Rafe and Tayla's story again so I could see what I didn't "hear" the first time I listened to their story. And, to figure if the female sheriff is in another story to come.

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

I listened to The Rancher, the first book in the Redbourne series. I love the story set in 1876, which, led me to order The Bounty Hunter. The narration is a little monotone but he does a great job of "telling" their stories!

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

There are several twists and turns before coming to the realization of who the true "bad" man is in the story. There are several moving parts in the book...when Jake is injured and Rafe has to doctor him back to health....Tayla slowly getting her memories back...the twister tearing through town and Rafe finally letting go of his resentment toward Tayla

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  • The Rancher

  • Redbourne Series, Book One - Cole's Story
  • By: Kelli Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Abby McCallister can ride and shoot better than any man she's ever met, but when the threat of losing her ranch forces her to find a husband, she is unprepared for the mysterious stranger who takes her hand and evokes in her a sudden desire to be a lady fit for his arm. He'd sworn to protect her. He couldn't do that if she married someone else.... Cole Redbourne, immersed in guilt over the accident that claimed his best friend, discovers there was nothing accidental about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to a series....I hope!

  • By Kristin on 03-11-13

Protection is not keeping secrets

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rancher to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version yet....will have to order the books...now that I know I LIKE them!!! Very good read!!

What other book might you compare The Rancher to and why?

Maybe A Lady of the West by Linda Howard....only because they each have secrets that they think they are protecting the other by keeping it to themselves. The "old" west which I love!! Strong willed women and handsome and equally strong men!!

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

This is the first one I have listened to.

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

Charcoal and spitfire tangle

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this audiobook tremendously and once again I have found another author that I am going to buy the "paperback" book. Only, because I am a paper addict :)

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  • The Guardian

  • Taskforce Series, Book 2
  • By: Marliss Melton
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

When the Patuxent River prisoner-reintegration program-known as "Gateway"-falls under suspicion as a terrorist training ground, FBI Special Agent Jackson Maddox is sent in to investigate. Adopting the name Abdul, Jackson fits right in, until his cover is threatened by a sexy bombshell taking his picture. An accomplished crime journalist, Lena Alexandra is on her own under-cover mission. Determined to send the man who raped and murdered her 15-year-old sister back to prison, Lena is interviewing Gateway's former-felons for a prison conversions book she's allegedly authoring. And not even the gorgeous ex-con named Abdul can derail her. Until he gets in her way by acting as her guardian. About to expose a home-grown terrorist plot reaching deep into the nation's capital, Jackson knows that he and Lena face a choice: figure out how to trust each other with their secrets and their lives. Or die in silence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smexy thriller romance

  • By K. April Holgate on 03-04-14

Not everything is at is seems

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

Reviewed: 06-24-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Guardian to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version yet...bought the print version because I enjoyed the audio so much....just had to read it for myself!!!

What did you like best about this story?

It was very intriguing...did not figure out the true bad guys until near the end. It is humorous
and sexy without going over the top.

Which character – as performed by David Brenin – was your favorite?

I liked all the characters but enjoyed the fact that Jackson got his own book and was able to open up from his character in the Protector. I probably would have given a different accent to Jackson though!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I try to listen to them in one sitting but after work doesn't lend enough time to sit and listen to it in one sitting. But when I'm gardening and cleaning house I do listen non-stop!!!

Any additional comments?

I was introduced to audio by Wendy Lindstrom and have enjoyed trying out authors I haven't read yet. I just happened along Marliss Melton and thought I would give her a try. I love the Task Force series and have ordered those books in print....I will continue to read her as well as Wendy Lindstrom!! I am a big fan of "paper" so that says a lot about how well I liked these audio books to order them in print!!

  • The Protector

  • By: Marliss Melton
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Embracing the solitude of the Blue Ridge Mountains, former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun thought he'd left the War on Terror far behind, until he's contacted by an old friend. Now Ike's stuck shielding Eryn McClellan from ambitious federal agents and crazed jihadists. Worse, the charming, blue-eyed beauty is shattering his much-needed isolation. As Ike's restraint erodes like a mountain in a mudslide, and the FBI keeps trying to use Eryn as bait, Ike wages a one-man war to protect the woman whose passion and faith fuels him to rise above his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not worth it

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-26-14

Always a protector

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

What did you love best about The Protector?

Two fragile souls unit to help save themselves from their demons

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Ike because he knows he has PTSD issues and slowly comes out of his self imposed isolation to be the man he IS!!

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

No, this is the first one, but I have ordered the next two in this series!!

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

I guess you would call it extreme....I'm forever a "paper" person....so I am going to have to order these in paperback!!!

Any additional comments?

I am enjoying entertaining new authors to me by listening to audiobooks, I have to thank Wendy Lindstrom for introducing me to them!!!

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  • Sleigh of Hope (Grayson Brothers, Book 5)

  • By: Wendy Lindstrom
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Adam Dearborn has just been adopted into the Grayson family when he comes upon two boys huddled inside his sister’s warm greenhouse. Adam had hoped to have time alone with his sweetheart, Rebecca, but December snow is falling hard and the poorly clothed, hungry boys need his help. Adam takes them home never expecting the arrangement could become permanent. Being an only son is not a position Adam wants to give up, not does he want to share Rebecca’s affection with the older boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding Hope through letting go

  • By Kathy on 02-25-14

Finding Hope through letting go

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

What made the experience of listening to Sleigh of Hope (Grayson Brothers) the most enjoyable?

Being able to listen to the flow of the story and remembering characters from the previous books

What did you like best about this story?

That no matter what your age letting go of your past and being able to see that others have had as rough a life if not worse than you have.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several scenes that I enjoyed but the end where friendship shines through the hurtful words was my favorite.

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

Riding a fine line between envy and hope

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable story of young love and belonging!!! Being able to recognize that your feelings based on your past and moving forward a step at a time. Owning up to giving and receiving forgiveness. Honor is earned not just from your name but through your actions.

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