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  • Secrets on the Sand

  • The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay, Book 1
  • By: Roxanne St. Claire
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Best-selling author Zeke Nicholas has turned his mathematical genius skills into a mountain of money. But Zeke sits on that mountain all alone, longing for the one thing money cannot buy: a lifelong partner and true love. Enter Mandy Mitchell - the maid at his thousand-dollar-a-night resort. The minute they meet, Mandy knows he's exactly the kind of trouble she should avoid - but Zeke does have one thing Mandy needs to gain the independence she craves. Will he give it to her?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By CrazyBookNerd on 10-11-16

The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay, Book 1

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay, Book 1. I was not sure about this book at first but ended up loving it.

  • The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she 'meets' an old lady in a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change. Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she'd hoped - and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

  • By Jan on 09-18-18

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman. I had this in my library when it came out months ago as I automatically buy most of Milly Johnsons books. I started to listen to it and thought it's boring so left it. Lately I have not been able to find my favourite authors on here Jill Mansell, Milly so I started to have a look through my books. I noticed this book and in desperation started to read it. After the first couple of chapters was not convinced then I got into it. I absolutely loved it. I had trouble putting it down. I will not describe it as it is not quite your normal story. It is a bit unreal in this day and age. I wish it could have gone on for hours. Highly recommend. No sex for a change just a good story like most of Millys .

  • Half Empty

  • First Wives Series
  • By: Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 329

Trina Petrov’s marriage-by-contract was only meant to be temporary. But when tragedy strikes, Trina is left one of the wealthiest women in the world. To recover from the shock, she takes some time off in Italy, swearing not to fall for any men while there. But that doesn’t mean she can’t fall for anyone on the trip home. Country-music superstar Wade Thomas is lying low in a hotel bar when he gets the cold shoulder from the woman next to him. He’s used to fans fawning at his boots, and Trina is a refreshing change - so is the fact that she has no idea who he is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By faerea on 08-02-18

Half Empty

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Half Empty. Loved this book loved the characters, the story, the narrator was fine. The book started of as a romance which was good but ended up a mystery which kept me not wanting get to the end. Hope there are more to follow. Love Catherine Bybee books.

  • Isobel's Wedding

  • By: Sheila O'Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Four hundred and twenty pearls hand sewn onto the wedding dress. The Mediterranean honeymoon booked for months. A pile of presents bigger than Everest. And her lovely Tim, the most perfect bridegroom a girl could wish for. Except, two weeks before the wedding, he changes his mind...Isobel's wedding is off. Her world in tatters, Isobel turns to Spain, a new job, a new life and as many men as she can decently manage. Including the very appealing Nico with whom, she feels, there could be a long-term future. But part of Isobel knows that she will have to go back home some day. And that, despite all that's happened since she left, she still has unfinished business....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Isobel's Wedding

  • By Jan on 09-02-18

Isobel's Wedding

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Isobel's Wedding. For a start got caught this is an old book maybe 20 years old. It is not a new book from the author. Realised I had already read it after a few paragraphs. Narrator is excellent. Story initially is interesting then you go through many chapters where Isobel goes on how much she loves her ex fiancee. She moves to Spain has some one night stands and goes back and forth with deciding what she wants until you have had enough. Then the story ends up with an ending that is not satisfying. You listen for 16 hours and then after all the carry on you have to assume the outcome. I like an epilogue so you actually know exactly what is supposed to happen. Not saying anymore so not to spoil it for anyone who reads it.
You need to be careful as some books are being rereleased with a different cover Jill Mansell a good example.

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  • Red Hot Christmas

  • Pride, Book 6
  • By: Jill Sanders
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Amber is new to Pride. As the new manager of the Golden Oar, she has big plans for helping make it one of the finest restaurants along the Oregon coast. But when she moved into town, she hadn't count on running into, and almost killing, the most gorgeous man she'd ever laid eyes on. Luke thinks he knows what he wants out of life. That is until the woman he's been waiting for all his life takes him down. Literally. Now he's out to prove he's not just another man-boy, but someone Amber can trust and come to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Red Hot Christmas

  • By Jan on 08-30-18

Red Hot Christmas

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Red Hot Christmas was a really enjoyable book. A relaxing read not full of repetitive sex scenes just a nice romantic one.

  • Coming Home for Christmas

  • By: Jenny Hale
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

Christmas is a time for family... isn't it? Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate - which includes organizing the Marley family festivities - she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be? As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out... Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a romance for me

  • By K. April Holgate on 12-27-14

Coming Home for Christmas

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Coming Home for Christmas. Quite enjoyed this book The story was easy to listen too narrator good.

  • Christmas at the Castle

  • Christmas at.... Book 2
  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Life at Caldoon Castle in the Highlands of Scotland isn't easy for Catriona Fraser and her two children, especially since her husband died. So, when Iain MacNeice and his two daughters book the castle for the Christmas holidays, Catriona's prayers seem to be answered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a sweet short story of Christmas

  • By Martha on 01-18-16

Christmas at the Castle

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Christmas at the Castle. I loved this book a lovely Christmas story really was enjoyable.

  • I'm in No Mood for Love

  • The Writer Friends Series, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Gibson
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

What is Clare Wingate doing? One minute she's suffering in a pretty-in-pink gown she'll never wear again, and the next thing she knows, it's morning and she has the nastiest hangover of her life. To make matters worse, she's wearing nothing but a spritz of Escada and lying next to Sebastian Vaughan, her girlhood crush turned sexy, globe-trotting journalist. Somewhere between the toast and the toss of the bouquet, she got herself into a whole lot of trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By jodiod on 07-25-15

I'm in No Mood for Love

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I'm in No Mood for Love. I enjoyed this book kept interested until the end.

  • Natural Born Readers

  • The Book Lovers Series, Book 3
  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Ben Stratton and Bryony Nightingale. Everybody thought they’d be together forever. But when Ben leaves the small market town of Castle Clare to travel the world, Bryony is heartbroken, seeing his departure as the ultimate betrayal. Throwing herself into her work, Bryony is determined to forget Ben. Then, after six long years, the unexpected happens, and Ben returns, determined to win Bryony back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Natural Born Readers

  • By Jan on 08-18-18

Natural Born Readers

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Natural Born Readers. I read the first two books by Victoria but this one did nothing for me and I struggled to finish it. Skipped a lot of it. Found Bryony quite unpleasant to Ben and the baker.

  • Strollers & Stilettos

  • In Stilettos, Book 4
  • By: Nana Malone
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Chronic list-making, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux Westhorpe, envisioned a fairytale ending once she married hotel magnate, Alec Westhorpe - complete with a steamy, extended honeymoon and an eventual family. What she didn't expect was a baby on their doorstep and a family-phobic husband. When reformed playboy, Alec Danthers Westhorpe, married the woman of his dreams, he thought he'd finally found his happy ending. But a long-hidden secret threatens to jeopardize what he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome story!

  • By Must Read... on 05-26-16

Strollers & Stilettos

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Strollers & Stilettos was not for me, usual romance package. First words are sex as usual not a story.