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  • Lord of Darkness

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger. Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!

  • By J-9 on 03-01-13

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Setting: London, England 1740
Genre: Romance
Margaret Reading’s brother arranged her marriage to Godric St. John after her lover was murdered and she needed a husband for her unborn child. At that time she retreated to Godric’s country estate, but she subsequently miscarried. She has lived in the country contentedly for 2 years, but has decided she needs a baby, so she returns to London to get Godric to do the deed. She also wants to bring the Ghost of St. Giles to justice for the murder of her lover. For his part, Godric had married Megs under the condition that it would be in name only. He is still mourning the death of his wife of 10 years, even though he has now been widowed for 3. He is also one iteration of the Ghost, and he knows that Roger was killed by someone else. He agrees that he will impregnate Megs, but then she has to return to the country and leave finding Roger’s murderer to him. So that makes two aspects of this story, but there is a third. As the Ghost, Godric is hunting for the “lassie snatchers” who have been kidnapping little girls and using them to make clocked stockings, often working them to death.
The plot of this story is good, both the romance and the interlinking mystery/adventure of the Ghost of St. Giles. The characters are well-rounded, the action is dynamic, and the dialogue is believable and moves the story along. Even the sex senes, while graphic, are tastefully written. Overall, this is a wonderful story. Definitely 4 - 4 1/2 stars. However...
While Emma Taylor isn’t the worst narrator I’ve ever heard, this particular performance comes close. Though she doesn’t do a bad job of differentiating genders, her accent overall is just horrible. A very fake sounding accent. Out of curiosity I checked her other work, and the majority is contemporary romance and she uses a North American accent. I don’t know where she is from, but her reading of this book is horrible. For instance, every time she said a word ending with Y was comical. It reminded me of Mike Myers playing Fat Bastard in the Austin Powers movie - “get in my bell-ay”. Baby is beb-ay. Lady is led-ay. Etc. Where was Ashford McNab, who read all but one other of the books in this series? Really, they should re-record this with her. Or just about anyone.

  • The Devilish Duke

  • Saints & Scoundrels Series, Book 1
  • By: Maddison Michaels
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Devlin Markham, the notorious "Devil Duke" of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can't woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune good-bye. But he's always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm. When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage is in imminent danger, she will do anything to save it. Even marry a ruthless rake who takes what he wants in business and pleasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • INTERESTING TWISTS AND TURNS

  • By 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵 on 01-03-19

Good romance

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Setting: London 1855 & 1856
Genre: Romantic mystery/suspense

Devlin Markham, the Duke of Huntington, needs a wife as a condition of the Queen signing a contract with his company to lay a transatlantic telegraph line. Lady Sophie Walcott, bluestocking patroness of Grey Street Orphanage, is the Duke’s choice of bride. She, however, has no desire to marry, perhaps especially him, no matter how charming he is. Then he offers to help the orphanage in exchange for her hand in marriage, so she finds herself engaged to the Devil Duke. Meanwhile, there is murder afoot which somehow involves both Devlin and Sophie. Mystery and suspense accompany them on the way to their HEA.
The plot is engaging, and Michaels’ execution is good. The dialogue is well-written and often witty. The characters are well-developed and mostly likable. I did have a bit of a problem with Sophie’s often obstreperous behavior, but at least she wasn’t stupid. Also, the Duke is exceedingly sexist. I know, I know. Chauvinism was the norm in the 1850s. But since Sophie comes across as more modern in her attitudes and expectations, one would expect the same shift in the Duke. Or at least for her to show him that her independence is an advantage. Instead, the author falls back on the damsel in distress and rescuing hero. That was disappointing. As to the mystery, it really wasn’t that compelling. One should at least be given a few suspects, some suspicious behaviors, a red herring or two. It isn’t that the reveal wasn’t a surprise, but my thought was “who? Oh, okay”. It wasn’t exciting, despite the bit of moustache-twirling explanation provided by the villain. Another issue I had with the story is the character of Nicholas, Devlin’s 7 year old ward. He holds no purpose in the story. He did not add anything to the plot. He resembles Devlin, but the question as to whether he is his son does not become a plot point. Maybe it’s just that Devlin taking on the responsibility is somehow proof of his inherent goodness?
The true focus of the story is the development of the romance between Devlin and Sophie. The way they go from seeing their arrangement as a mutually beneficial business arrangement, both of them resistant to emotional attachment, to the development of a tendré. The book is worth it just for that, the mystery being no more than background noise.
The narration is fair. Justine Eyre gives a good performance of the characters and is consistent throughout. However, I just do not like her narrative voice. She is too laconic and she sounds nasal.

  • A Duke in Shining Armor

  • Difficult Dukes
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!

  • By Millicent j Hill on 12-13-17

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Setting: Various sites, England June 1833
Genre: Romance
Lady Olympia Hightower, a 26 year old spinster (known in the Beau Monde as the most boring debutant), finds herself inexplicably engaged to the Duke of Ashmont (AKA His Grace with the Angel Face). Society is astonished and Olympia’s family is ecstatic. Olympia, on the other hand, is climbing out the window in her wedding finery. The Duke of Ripley, one of Ashmont’s best friends, had been charged by the groom to make sure the wedding goes off without a hitch. When he catches Olympia trying to make her escape he goes after her. What follows is a road trip kind of story, filled with hilarious situations and funny dialogue. Over the course of a few days they find themselves falling in lust — and maybe even love.
This book is a delight. The plot is tight, the prose effortlessly correct, the sex scenes are well done, and the characters are fully fleshed out and likable. Even the secondary characters are engaging.
Kate Reading is a wonderful narrator. Each character has a distinct voice that is consistent throughout, and she performs both male and female characters well.
The only thing I regret about reading this is that it is the first book in a trilogy and the second isn’t coming out until later this year. But at least I didn’t listen to it in 2017 when it first came out, because a 2 year wait would have been frustrating. I just hope it isn’t 2 years between the second and third books!

  • Brave New Earl

  • By: Jane Ashford
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Widower Benjamin Romilly, earl of Furness, lives a melancholy life. The loss of his wife in childbirth four years before has robbed him of all happiness. He can barely look at his son, who resembles his mother so strongly and is a constant reminder of her loss. But Jean Saunders, a relative of Benjamin's late wife, erupts into the grief-stricken household to restore order and take Benjamin's son away. From all Jean has heard, she assumes he won't care - but she doesn't know how wrong she is. As they come together to raise Geoffrey right, their budding attraction is undeniable.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and narration

  • By karen on 08-06-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Setting: Somerset, England
Genre: historical romance
Unsure of the date ~ Regency era or thereabouts.
Miss Jean Saunders erupts into the life of Benjamin Romily, the Earl of Furness, demanding to take his 5 year old son away. Benjamin has spent the past 5 years sitting in his study, staring at the portrait of his wife who died in childbirth. The boy, Geoffrey, is wild and unmanageable and it is difficult to keep nursery staff. Unbeknownst to Benjamin (at least until Jean arrives) Geoffrey’s current caregiver is a drifter named Tom. Jean’s arrival makes Benjamin see that he has been neglecting his son, and that relationship develops at the same time as the connection between the protagonists.
I thought this book would never end. Seriously. It could have been edited down by at least a couple of hours by taking out all the empty rumination and long-winded descriptions. Stylistically, this book was more than disappointing. The narrative was confused by there being multiple points of view. I’m not talking just the alternating h/H you usually find in romance novels. Aside from the 2 protagonists, there was also the POV of Benjamin’s uncle, the Earl of Macklin (spelling?), Macklin’s valet, Jean’s lady’s maid, and the kid. That many points of view isn’t just sloppy, it’s lazy work. Surely limiting the POVs would have provided a tighter, more enjoyable story.
The premise of this story is interesting, but the plot itself is thin, and the characters are one dimensional. It isn’t a good sign when the secondary characters are more interesting than the protagonists.
The fact that this was narrated by Rosalyn Landor is probably the only reason I kept listening. That, and I spent a credit on it.

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  • Catching Heat

  • By: Alison Packard
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she's kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she's laid off...and pregnant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice sports romance

  • By Kimberly on 10-29-18

Nice sports romance

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Setting: San Francisco/Sacramento Contemporary
Genre: Romance
Baseball players have always been on Angie DeMarco’s no-go list. So why did she end up going home with San Francisco Blaze backup pitcher JT Sawyer? Now she’s pregnant, and to top off her her troubles she has been laid off from her accounting job. When JT suggests marriage, she refuses several times, then when she finally acquiesces she places the conditions that it will be a marriage in name only, and that they will divorce after 2 years. At any rate, that “in name only” condition falls by the wayside pretty quickly, and the 2 year expiration date looks in danger as their feelings for one another grow. The situation is complicated by JT needing to concentrate on his training so he can get a starting position, and the fact that Angie’s father was a philandering baseball player so she is predisposed to believe the worst of anyone in that profession.
The characters are well written. They each have strengths and weaknesses. Even the secondary characters are engaging. Only Angie’s mother is a one-dimensional caricature of bitterness. It was, however, easy to forget the who’s who among JT’s brothers, because all the Sawyer brothers have first names beginning with J. While the premise of the one-night-stand-with-consequences isn’t new, it is handled well here. The situations are largely believable, and the dialogue is dynamic. This is a nice character-driven story.
I will say that this came close to being an early DNF for me because indicators were that Angie was too stupid to live, with her repeatedly refusing JT’s offers of help. She didn’t have a job or health insurance, and she wasn’t going to be able to afford to take care of herself on unemployment, so why wasn’t JT’s offer a no-brainer? It was like she was trying to martyr herself. Luckily, the story moved past that and the concentration turned to the relationship development.
The narration is good. Although there is some difficulty differentiating make characters, Maxine Mitchell does a creditable job giving voice to the protagonists.

  • Spooked

  • By: Ruby Madden
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Clementine, an in-demand sketch artist who needs an escape from her hectic, stressful, and busy city life decides to take a much-needed one-year sabbatical. She welcomes the chance to move to a small town in the South and inhabit the old, Victorian mansion that, upon her aunt's recent passing, was willed to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's about love

  • By Jan on 11-03-16

That accent

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Genre: Contemporary paranormal romance
Clementine Jackson, a mixed-race woman (apparently that is important) has inherited an old house from her (White) aunt. She is a witch who practices benevolent magic, though there isn’t a lot of that going on. A handyman named Gabe shows up sporadically (though he really doesn’t do much handyman-ing aside from repairing the toilet). She is attracted to him, and he seems to show attraction for her. The first time he comes over, he is driving a truck which he allows her to use because she has a flat, and he rides as passenger. This is confusing given who he turns out to be. She starts to investigate the house’s history, which creates a mystery as to who the inhabitants, aside from her (white) ancestors were. She is having dreams about being a (Black) servant in the house having an affair with a guy who looks exactly like Gabe.
This is a simple ghost story, and is actually an interesting, though not unique, premise. I wish it had been better. However... There are some details in the story that are totally unnecessary, such as the description of her urinating - including the sound of the urine hitting the bowl. And the fact that her sh*t stank. Really? And then there’s the mention of the librarian, Jeremy, being her “new gay best friend”. Frankly, I found the qualifier of his sexuality totally out of line, given that it added nothing to the story. Plus, the whole thing was passive, with more telling than showing.
Now, the reason I gave the narration one star is because I couldn’t give it zero. First, it was a reading, with no differentiation of characters. No changes in timbre, inflection, or pacing to indicate which character was speaking. No difference between narrative and dialogue. And it was all in this horrendously exaggerated Southern accent that was almost Gumpish. If the story had not been so short, it would have been a DNF. I got this through the Romance Package and it still felt like a waste of money.

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  • Vampires Like It Hot

  • An Argeneau Novel
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

“Vampires...” When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate for whom he’s been waiting....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh

  • By Atina on 09-23-18

Surprisingly DNF

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Genre: paranormal romance
I preordered this book as soon as I found out that it had a scheduled release and I counted the days until it dropped into my library. I usually enjoy the books in the Argeneau series, which I generally rate 3-4 stars (however, the narrators on some were so horrible I had to purchase the kindle edition). So I expected this to be at the very least, an average listen. I was disappointed. First of all, it is __b o r i n g__. Then there is every indication that stupid-as-a-plot-device is in the offing. Can’t stand that. I tried and tried to listen, but it was impossible. So despite my enjoyment of this series, I did not finish.

  • Their Second Chance

  • BBW Romance
  • By: Milly Taiden
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

After five years with a man she loved, Ariana Parker held divorce papers in hand. From the moment she met him, Nick was the only man to make her body burn and fill her heart with joy, but somewhere along the way, they lost their ability to communicate - in any language. Nick Parker lost the woman he loved to the trials of conception. Their inability to cope with their failure broke down their relationship and their friendship. And now, he's left with a woman he lusts after, longs for, and doesn't know how to reach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • inspiring story

  • By Blackwindstar on 12-22-15

Average love story

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Genre: contemporary romance
Ari and Nick Parker meet up at their lawyer’s office to sign divorce papers. While the lawyer is out of the room there is an earthquake that traps them in the conference room. This gives them an opportunity to talk about their issues. The problems started when they decided to start a family, but they ended up needing to see a fertility specialist. The stresses of trying to conceive and the miscarriage of the fetus, had been too much and their marriage of 5 years suffered. They ended up separating, but it turns out that neither want a divorce. This is a character-driven story that revolves around the the couple working through their problems. There is interference in the person of Nick’s mother who keeps going to chat with Ari about how she should let Nick go so he can have a family.
There are a variety of emotions in this story, including anger, sadness, confusion, a life-threatening situation, and ends with a happily-ever-after. There are even a couple of instances of humor. This is billed as a BBW romance, but Ari is described as having had stress-related weight loss so it doesn’t really fit the category. As is common in this sub genre and with this author, there is erotica involved. Although explicit and gratuitous, the sex does not preclude plot development. While the characters are not fully three-dimensional, they aren’t totally flat either. The mother-in-law is a bit of a caricature, and other supporting characters are not particularly well written. Overall, the grammar, plot, and main character development are on the plus side of average, and it isn’t bad for a short listen. Given the length, it isn’t worth the price or even a credit. It’s best borrowed through the Romance Package.
Where this audiobook suffers is with the narration. While Nick was voiced okay, the women not so much. Ari’s best friend and the M-I-L were particularly grating. I’d probably have enjoyed this more with a different narrator, or if I had read it myself.

  • Gray Back Bad Bear

  • By: T. S. Joyce
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Harte
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Matt Barns is on a mission. The goal of this mission? Find a mate before his broken bear drives him into madness. He knows exactly what he's looking for, but when his bear finally settles for a mate, she dumps his world upside down. She's funny, sure, but other than that, she's not his type in any way. Or so he thought, because Willa is breaking down his walls and opening his eyes to a new life he thought he might never find.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator would have made this better

  • By Kimberly on 10-24-18

Different narrator would have made this better

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Setting: Saratoga
Genre: Shifter erotic romance
Willa Madden is the nerdy friend to a trio of “bombshells” she has known since elementary school. Back in junior high they had made a pact to take a girl’s trip after college graduation and, even though she had grown apart from her 3 friends, they remembered to invite her along when it was time to take their trip. But instead of going to the beach as was Willa’s had assumed they would, they convinced her they wanted to go camping. Unbeknownst to her, the bombshells’ real plan was to have “bucket list” sex with a Shifter, and they made reservations at a nice hotel. Matt Barnes is a grizzly Shifter who is messed up by his horrific experiences being experimented on by a quasi-governmental agency when he was a child. His bear is difficult to control, and he thinks the only thing that will settle him is finding his mate. To that end, he hangs out at Sammy’s Bar every chance he gets, looking for the tall, big-breasted woman he is sure is out there somewhere for him. When the bombshells strut in, he makes a bee-line for them, and doesn’t notice Willa until she runs smack into him. After an initial (funny) spat, they end up deciding to be friends because, you know, she’s not his type. At any rate, the relationship develops apace, leading to some gratuitous and explicit sex, though it is not too raunchy. The emotional development is a slow bloom into mutual recognition of their importance to one another. I enjoyed the characters, and the repartee between Willa and the guys in the crew is funny.
So, the positives of the story are the witty dialogue and the development of the characters. The protagonists are nicely written, and the secondaries are pretty rounded as well (as they should be, given that this is the first in the series, and they’ll be showing up in their own stories). Matt himself was a minor antagonist in the Saw Bears series from which this is spun, so it is nice to see him in a more positive light.
The negatives of this experience are some internal inconsistencies. It may not bother some, but when they first meet, Matt offers Willa his arm to lead her to the bar. Later in the same scene, he gets upset when she touches him. Also, when they first meet she consults his social media page to see what kind of Shifter he is, but gets upset the next day when he hasn’t accepted her friend request so she can see his page. How could it be both ways?
Another negative, in my opinion, is the narration. MacKenzie Hart does not differentiate between characters. The women sound the same, and none of the men have distinct voices either. Overall, there wasn’t much inflection to bring the story to life. Perhaps my opinion is affected by the fact that I have read this book (several times) on Kindle. Was I expecting a more dynamic reading because the characters already had voices in my mind’s ear? Ehh, I don’t think so.
While I enjoyed the story, I wouldn’t say it is worth a credit (or the $10 member price) given that it is less than four hours. My suggestion to anyone wanting to listen to this is to go to Amazon and get the Kindle for 99 cents, and add the Whispersync for $1.99.

My suggestion to Audible would be to offer all the T. S. Joyce books as part of the Romance Package.

  • Talk to the Paw

  • By: Melinda Metz
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Jamie Snyder is 34 and single but not ready to mingle. After suffering through the Year of the Non-Committal Man, the Year of the Self-Absorbed Man, and the Year of the Forgot-to-Mention-I'm-Married Man, Jamie's ready to celebrate the Year of Me - and MacGyver, of course. MacGyver is an adorable tabby with a not-so-adorable habit of sneaking out at night and stealing things from the neighbors. That's right, MacGyver is a cat burglar. MacGyver knows his human is lonely. He can smell it. It's the same smell he's noticed on their neighbor David....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jess on 02-03-18

Cute

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Setting: Los Angeles, CA Contemporary
Genre: light romance
MacGyver is a wily cat who has moved with his human to LA where they live in a small enclave called Sorybook Court (where all the dwellings resemble places out of fairytales, and even the street names match the theme. Jamie, a high school teacher, is using the inheritance she received from her mother’s passing to spend a year looking for something that will make her happy. Throughout the book she takes pictures and interviews people who are happy in their jobs, from a guy at the pier who gives bad advice for a dollar, to a character impersonator working the street near Graumann’s Chinese Theater.
MacGyver perceives that his human is not happy. The man next door also “smells sad” so he decides to help these two lonely people form a pack (something he knows people need). David is a baker who has been widowed for 3 years and his friends are pressuring him to get back out there and start dating. He is reluctant. He knows he’s lonely, but he’s doing fine with his
mutt Deogee.
Mac decides that the best way to get these two together is to bring items of clothing from one to the other. Surely they will be able to smell the lonliness too. Surely they will be able to find one another. Unfortunately he finds they are a little slow on the uptake. But while he’s out and about, he decides to help others.
Eventually Jamie and David meet. They become friends and decide to “fake” date. This will keep David’s friends off his back about dating, and Jamie can deflect her nosy landlady and her friend from trying to set her up. As the friendship develops, both have personal issues to deal with to clear the way to deeper feelings.
This is a cute story. It alternates points of view among characters, mostly MacGyver, Jamie, and David. The plots on which the romance hangs - Jamie’s search for a meaningful occupation and David’s working through his grief and guilt - are well developed and interesting. The characters are nicely fleshed out, and even the secondaries are realistic and essential to the plot. I did find one character - a washed up actor still wearing the persona of his one big role - irritating enough that the book came close to being a DNF. He was just too over the top, and not once did anyone tell him to get a grip when he decided he would decide who was stealing stuff in Storybook Court. He is sure Jamie is the guilty party.
The narration was nice. Ms Arsenault does a good job differentiating characters.
Overall, this is a fun listen.