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  • Big Rock

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481

My dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I've got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte's up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big, Hot, Sexy Mess!

  • By erobbins33 on 06-06-16

Liked the male POV

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

I read Lauren Blakely's Seductive Nights series which I enjoyed.

I listened to the Audiobook. I thought the narrator was good, but, the book was ok. There were a few humorous moments. Lots of steamy moments, all moments told from a male POV. That was cool.

Spencer thoughts about himself were the height of arrogance, but he showed his vulnerability to Charlotte. Charlotte had his
game all along.

I just wasn't feeling this book. It was kind of meh. I don't know if it would have been any better if I had read it instead of listened to it. Somehow, I don't think so. I would give this 2.5 stars.

I'm glad I was able to listen to this book via my Audible Romance subscription.

  • Issued to the Bride: One Sniper

  • Brides of Chance Creek Series, Book 3
  • By: Cora Seton
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Jo Reed watched two of her sisters marry the men her father sent to help them on the family ranch, so when Hunter arrives, she's ready for him. She doesn't want a husband; she wants a house of her own where she can call the shots - and if the Navy SEAL wants to stay, he'd better build it to her specifications. More to the point, he'd better stop kissing her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Sniper

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-22-18

Hunter and Jo

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

I listened to the Audiobook for this one. The narration was ok, but the story was interesting. I really enjoyed Hunter and Jo. There was a little action, not too much angst, and a few steamy scenes.

I thought Hunter was sweet. He tried to be in tune with what Jo wanted and needed. Even after she would get angry with him, he tried to step back and objectively look at what happened. Jo seemed to provide Hunter with that soft, safe place to land.

After Hunter was hit with a few truths he was unaware of about his mother, and after his friend made his revelation, he didn't react like I expected him to react. That was a pleasant surprise.

I hope as the books move forward, we will finally see the end of the Reed sisters problems.

I was able to listen to this via the Audible Romance subscription.

  • Issued to the Bride: One Airman

  • Brides of Chance Creek, Book 2
  • By: Cora Seton
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Airman Connor O'Riley never believed in love until he saw proof of it in the most unlikely place - a battlefield in the middle of the Syrian civil war. Now he's in hot water with the Air Force, and if he wants to clear his name he'll have to put his new-found belief in love to the test-by convincing his superior officer's daughter to marry him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love an Airman!

  • By Amy on 05-03-18

It Was Ok

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

I listened to the Audiobook. This was not one of my favorites. I didn't really care for either Sadie or Connor. The whole flirting thing he had going on was irritating. I don't care if flirting is second nature to you, you know when you are doing it, and you know if you are trying to have a serious relationship with someone, you shouldn't be doing it.

I will give Sadie being able to communicate with nature, but when she discovered the connection with Connor, it felt like she was trying to use him.

There was action, suspense, some intrigue, romance, and steamy scenes. The narration didn't do much for me either. I feel badly about it, but it made me want to pick up the book and just read it.

I was able to listen via the free 1st month Romance subscription through Audible.

  • Whispered Promises

  • By: Brenda Jackson
  • Narrated by: Pete Ohms
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

When Halston Parker calls his daughter Caitlin to his deathbed, she's shocked to discover that her ex-husband, Dex Madaris, has been summoned as well. It's been four years since Caitlin felt the heat of Dex's touch, the urgency of his kisses and the promise of an everlasting love that never was. As a flood of bittersweet memories warms a cold and lonely night, Halston's real motive for the unexpected reunion comes to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed.

  • By mortay on 10-27-17

Decent Book. Narration Not So Great

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

When the narrator does the straight narration vs the the individual characters, he wins. He has a very nice voice when not reading the individual dialogue. His speech is clear and flows smoothly.

The individual character narration leaves so much to be desired, it takes me out of the story. The Dex Madaris' narration does not flow as a conversation. Every single word is so distinct, it sounds like a script is being read. There are also two words the narrator reads, that I am unsure if he using a dialect, or if mispronunciation is the real culprit. He repeatedly says "thing" and "can't" as "thang" and "cain't. It is disconcerting, as almost everything else he is reading is so precise. Clayton Madaris sounds goofy. I won't waste my time going through each character.

The story was interesting. Dex seemed to blow hot and cold. He was arrogant, unforgiving, and irritating through a good part of the beginning of the book. To hold something against a 21 year old, fresh out of college, experiencing an intense romance with a man 11 years her senior, really speaks to Dex's character, and not favorably.

Caitlin was too excepting of the games he was playing. She seemed a little desperate. There is a bit of suspense and intrigue. Caitlin and Dex eventually work through their issues to reach their HEA.

  • Texas Christmas Bride: The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs Book 6

  • Texas Heroes, Book 12
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

It's the first Christmas in Sweetgrass Springs, Texas for several newcomers who have found a real home for the first time - or found home again. As Jackson Gallagher works to save his hometown from withering away by relocating his business empire there, the only gift he really wants is to marry the teenage sweetheart he thought he'd lost forever - but Veronica Patton Butler has other hearts to care for, however much she loves Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching base with everyone

  • By rani727 on 04-13-19

Loved the Audio version!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I read the book a year before I listened to the Audiobook. Both versions were excellent.

This book pulls Texas Rebel and Texas Blaze together. It can be read as a standalone, but reading the two books that precede it makes it so much better.

The story emphasizes what the people of Sweetgrass are all about. Everyone gets their HEA, and the kids in the book are really sweet. You also get to revisit the Gallaghers of Morning Star, and the Marshalls.

Update 3/24/19
Listening to the Audiobook is even better. How the narrator managed with all of the different characters is amazing.

There is one thing I loved about the narration that I may not have clearly realized when reading the book. You not only get to revisit the characters from previous books, but if you have not read many, or any of the previous books, Jean Brashear gives very clear descriptions of individuals back stories and how the characters are all connected.

I listened to this book in during one day and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed this audio received provided by the author.

  • Texas Blaze

  • Texas Heroes, The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs, Book 5
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Stilettos and pencil skirts are more successful, ambitious Pen Gallagher's style than the jeans and boots of the ranch where she was raised. She's fought hard for her success and spared no time for love, certain that marriage and family are not her lot. Now everything she's worked for is jeopardized as scandal brews around her after she fell for a man who prized his own ambitions more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sparks & Snarks!

  • By Theresa on 03-05-19

Bridger and Pen

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I loved listening to this story with Bridger and Pen. They had such great chemistry. I enjoyed the snarky, witty back and forth they had even more, hearing it. The relationship with Pen's siblings was on point.

The narrator takes you through the book and is so adept at his job that each character has a distinct personality. The storyline is well written, but I imagine it takes a distinct talent to bring that storyline to life.

I hope there are future books to answer the questions I have after this book. What is going to happen with Jeanette? Is Jackson really going to make that move with his company? Will Bridger find his siblings? Will the Lady ever be released from what is keeping her in Sweetgrass?

A sweet, steamy small town romance full of love, loyalty, and friendship.

I voluntarily listened and reviewed this audiobook received from the author.

  • Texas Rebel

  • The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs, Book 4
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Jackson Gallagher's teenage rebellion cost him everything: his home, his family, and the girl who could only love him in secret. Seventeen years later, a wildly successful multimillionaire, he is drawn back to Sweetgrass Springs to confront his past: the father who banished him, the town that turned its back on him…and the woman he has never been able to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The runaway returns

  • By rani727 on 01-28-19

Jackson's Return

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Jackson is back in Sweetgrass to the shock of the town. Jackson and Veronica have a ton of baggage to overcome as he tries to melt her icy wall of defense, mend fences with the his siblings, and come to accept how the people in Sweetgrass feel about him. The kids also help to make you smile on this story. This book also provides a little intrigue and suspense regarding Jackson's company.

The narration was great. I am continually amazed at Eric G. Rove's talent. I had read this book about a year ago but listening to it was like experiencing it for the first time. I was so caught up in the narration, my sister would periodically ask me why I had a certain expression on my face, or why I was sitting there with a silly grin.

Eric makes each character an individual. You forget it is the same person reading. You can picture the different adults, the kids (twin girls and a teenage boy), each with a distinct personality. Listening provides for a relaxing time, or for motivation to help getting through housework, or enduring a long commute.

I plan to try one of the books I haven't read before I listened to the audio book to see if there is a difference.

I would recommend this one because both the story and the narration are good!

I voluntarily listened and reviewed this audio book.

  • Texas Dreams

  • Texas Heroes, the Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs, Volume 3
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Take two reluctant brides and two frustrated grooms, mix with both clans of Gallaghers, and season with a SEAL or three, a movie star, a Hollywood Barbie, and a country music giant - and you get a recipe for family mayhem, laughter, and a tear or two. Watch as Sweetgrass Springs matriarch Ruby Gallagher and her granddaughter Scarlett, aided and abetted by the irrepressible Maddie Rose Gallagher, try to pull off surprise wedding plans for each other in the worst-kept secret in Texas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story

  • By Michelle Eriksen on 08-22-14

Surprise Weddings!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I'm wondering if this should have been called Texas Secrets instead of Dreams, but that is another Jean Brashear book.

This book was full of secrets. Secret weddings, secret conversations, secret meetings, secret feelings, etc. But, it was also a book full of humor, family, friendships, love, and loyalty. There is still the underlying mystery of exactly what it will take to ease "the Lady's" sorrow.

Ian and Scarlett. Arnie and Ruby. Will either wedding go on as planned? What will be the reaction to the mystery guest? Will Jeanette get a man of her dreams, and a career she would excel at given the chance?

This is a standalone with a HEA. So many other stories can evolve from it. I read this a few years ago in a Sweetgrass Springs Box Set, and I recently listened to the audio book. The narration was excellent, and just serves to enhance the enjoyment of the story. It is so interesting to me that a book I already read and enjoyed can be refreshed and enjoyed again by the audio version. I guess that just proves that the narrator, Eric G. Dove, is good at what he does.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed the audio book version.

  • Texas Wild

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs, Volume 2
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Hollywood's hot playboy stuntman Randall Mackey replaced the adrenaline rush of his career in the SEAL Teams with another life-courting danger, but that existence is jeopardized by injury. The sexy bad boy of Sweetgrass Springs returns to the town where his teenage exploits made him a legend, only to find that his buddy's tomboy little sister has grown up in very interesting ways....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild Hearts or Wild Horses?

  • By Theresa on 11-17-18

Mackey and Rissa

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I enjoy visiting Sweetgrass Springs. You can't beat the feeling of love, family, loyalty, and safety.

Mackey and Rissa had demons to put behind them. With the support of family and friends, plus the trauma Rissa had to endure, they found success in breaking down the last barriers to their HEA.

The narration on this book was excellent. Eric Dove was able to provide each character with their own voice and personality, so that you could do nothing else but be completely engaged in the story.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed this audio book received from the author.

  • Texas Roots

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

When scandal and an ambitious prosecutor wreck talented chef Scarlett Ross' life and she learns of a grandmother she never knew she had, she flees the notoriety to pay an anonymous visit to Sweetgrass Springs, Texas, a town kept alive only by her grandmother's determination and carried on the strong shoulders of sexy Texas cowboy Ian McLaren. There she is surprised to discover a yearning to sink roots deep in the Texas Hill Country - but she is terrified that the secrets she's hiding will endanger everyone she's come to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Zena on 07-01-16

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I loved Ian and Scarlett. Both were able to free themselves of issues from their past. Ruby was able to get a little closure along with the love of a granddaughter. Both Ruby and Scarlett had sassy characters that were fun to read about.

Great beginning to the Series. A quick, engaging read for of love, romance, loyalty to family and friends, and a strong sense of community. The chemistry between Ian and Scarlett didn't hurt either.

Once again, Eric Dove brought life to an already excellent story. It gave an enhanced feeling to the characters and the overall feel of the story.

I voluntarily listened and reviewed this audio book received from the author.