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A story chock full of emotions!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-19

What to say about Karen and Jax story. Definitely not what I was expecting, but that is why Rosalind James is such a great writer… every book is so unique. Karen (who we met in the Not Quite A Billionaire Series) is all grown up and dealing with challenges other than her health this time. She goes “home” to NZ to help Hemi look at a potential investment. Jax is a member of NZ Defence Force and a recent amputee due to a bomb attack in Afghanistan. Karen and Jax have an interesting meeting at the beach and then again meet when it comes to the investment properties. Needless to say, it is attraction “at first sight” and it becomes more heated as the book goes on. Jax must now deal with recuperating physically and mentally from his Afghanistan trauma. Karen is dealing with the heartache of romantic and business breakups. They both help each other deal with their present situations and to see what the future has to hold for them. This book is filled with so much emotion and feelings I felt like I was holding my breath at times listening to Rosalind’s unbelievable descriptions’.

I love Emma Wilder as a narrator and I guess I am so used to her doing the "Male" dialogue too (and doing it well!) that it took me a while to get used to John Hartley's narration. That being said they did a good job on bringing Kiwi Rules to life.

As always, Thanks Rosalind for another terrific book! It was worth the wait because I know when you do release a book, it is a quality book that is spectacular!!

Tempting Morsel!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I loved Lily and Rafe's story. While In San Francisco Lily and Rafe meet each other and hang out under alias names, not knowing that their siblings are the ones getting married. They have a terrific time and want to meet for dinner one more time. A misunderstanding makes each of them view each other through blurred Hollywood eyes.
Lily returns home to Sinful, Montana and Rafe escapes to his brothers cabin in Sinful after a bad video regarding him is released. Lily befriends a needy girl, Bailey and her motely dog, Chuck. Rafe and Lily find out that they actually have more in common than originally thought including generous hearts, helping hands and enough love to share. Add in some returning friends and relatives and Rafe's assistant and you have a wonderful story.

Emma Wilder is such a great narrator. I listen to many books and she is far and away my favorite narrator.
Thanks Rosalind for another wonderful book where you capture the essence of all the characters especially children.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided this book in advance to give a true, honest review. I was in no way compensated for a positive review and this review is my honest, personal opinion of this audible book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great Mystery and Romance Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I bought the Audible version of this book because I just LOVE this series!! Nick and Sam are wonderful main characters with a strong supporting cast of detectives, family members and friends. Since I live in the VA suburbs of Washington DC I appreciate the accuracy of the roads and landmarks etc. The back story of Sam and Nick's relationship is interwoven with a terrific mystery. The writing and story line are GREAT!

My problem is with the narration. There is NO southern accent in Arlington, VA or with a woman who grew up in Springfield, VA (Where I live). This area is a true melting pot of people surrounded by military bases, the Pentagon, Gov't agencies, International groups etc. There is No real accent unless MAYBE you go to Leesburg(far western suburb of VA) and that would would not be the accent the narrator used. So Terrific book, not so great narration for some of the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

What a great ride!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Another terrific book in this wonderful series by Skye Jordan. It's an opposite attract story that is started with the need for a signature on adoption papers for the child Sophia. Zach is a surfer and stuntman who makes ends meet between competitions and stunt doubling. He has no idea he has a child. Tessa is a tightly wound DC attorney who is an advocate for veterans health. She's working hard to have a bill go through Congress to help veterans and at the same time trying to formally adopt her best friends child Sophia. The story starts out with an exciting night for Tessa and Zach which wouldn't have happened but for a mistaken identity. Much of the story is the tug of war of emotions for both Tessa and Zack . How to meld their worlds for Sophia. Once Tessa realizes who Zach is ,is there a sustainable relationship for the two of them? It is a good character study of both Tessa and Zack. We also reunite with some of our favorite Renegade friends and meet Abbie who is the 21 year old nanny for Sophia. I highly recommend this book. It has all the things you need a good story, a good romance and a lot of heat!

Best Yet in New Zealand Series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Any additional comments?

A multi-dimensional book. Nyree is an artist/cafe worker struggling to have an artistic breakthrough without true family support. Marko, a new player for the Blues ,gets bad PR after trying to rescue young rugby player Tom from making a big mistake. Nyree volunteers at the animal rescue league where Marko is sent (with Koti hanging around for fun) to introduce him to the area and help his PR. A friendship and romance develops between Nyree and Marko as Nyree becomes more involved in Marco's life. There is a secondary story of Ella, Marko's 16 year old pregnant cousin who comes to him for support and a "change of scenery" while pregnant. Ella is a wonderful character, mature for her age, yet so vulnerable. She is funny and sassy when you add that to the verbal sparing of Marko and Nyree the book has some really fun elements. This book takes on teen pregnancy without making a statement either way. Beloved characters from previous books in the series reappear in this book, some in a big way. I loved Marko's mom and her daily tarot cards plus his strong family support. This book made me laugh so hard at some points and cry at others. Just so much to listen to and take in. Rosalind James as I say every time is the master in character development, making them so real that we feel like we are part of the story. Emma Wilder's narration was "spot on". I can see future books coming our way with a few of the new characters we met in this book. I can't wait for more visits to New Zealand from Rosalind James.

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

Guilty Pleasure!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-17

The more I read Rosalind James's books, the more I realize that no other author that I read writes descriptions that draw you in and make you feel as if you are part of the story.

I love Ms. James' new series set in Sinful Montana! I don't want to spoil the story so I'll just give you the basics. This story revolves around a divorcee in rural Montana being pressured to sell her land by a developer and locals, a reclusive author who was a past Australian Special Forces member who has a stalker threatening him. Throw-in identical twin sisters who are opposites in so many ways, but would do anything to help each other, then add romance, suspense, and some really funny lines and you have yourself a terrific story.
Emma Wilder is a terrific narrator who captures the essence of the characters Rosalind creates and makes them come to life with her Audible presentation.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

A single hunky dad who loves to dress his daughter in bunny onsies...who can resist??

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

2 people, 2 different social worlds, young love lost, adult love and respect found

Beth is a burnt out attorney who returns to her home town in Idaho to recalibrate. She has always been a "people pleaser" especially for her parents. Evan has had to recalibrate his life several times in the last 9 years. He still works in the same" blue collar " business he did when he and Beth met, but is now part owner and the single father of infant Gracie.

Evan and Beth are still very attracted to each other and decide to start a "vacation fling" to get each out of their systems. They soon become involved again with Beth stepping out of her comfort zone and being who she truly wants to be. Evan begins to trust Beth again and respects her kindness, caring and intelligent ways.

There is just enough of love, sweetness, angst and hotness in this book.

Rosalind once again delivers a terrific story! I love her descriptions of the surrounding area and the characters feelings. I enjoy revisiting some of the characters from the previous book in the series and meeting new interesting secondary characters.

The narration was excellent with good inflection of voices and changes in characters.

Thanks Rosalind...you keep getting better and better!

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is my own."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

LOVE AT LAST

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Mary and Patrick finally found love after so many years! It's a breath of fresh air to have a love story about middle aged couples. Don't get me wrong I love all of Marie's books, but I believe this resonated with me more because of their ages. I will not be a spoiler, but highly recommend this book. I can't wait to see what Elmer and Linc are up to next!!
Another hit for Marie!

jJust Say Yes to reading book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Every time I think Rosalind James has hit the top of the bar with a terrific story she tops the one before. This story has two strong, but loving characters in Chloe and Kevin. We've met them in previous books in this series,but they finally have their own story.
Kevin , the sweet family-oriented, but protective All-Black with red hair and Chloe , The Once Upon a Time, ballerina who has her own personal challenges. Their relationship starts out on bad footing when Kevin is doing something great for his siblings and Chloe and her three-year-old son Zavy get caught in the crosshairs. Even with the stress of the situation the chemistry between the two is obvious from the start. Despite her angst and anger Chloe is attracted to Kevin for both his professionalism as an All Black , his dedication to his family and of course he can be just too sweet ! Kevin is in awe of Chloe from the start, but once he sees her dancing ballet at her dance school that clinches it. And NO ONE can resist Chloe's son Zavy. Rosland is so on point with her characterization of a three year old. Every single detail is perfect especially to all of us who have been there as parents.
This book has it all : The awful EX ... Single parent struggles ... Sibling rivalry ... Meddling mothers ... Natural disaster ... and of course a great love story and the All Blacks.
Emma Wilder is the best narrator I have ever heard. She captures each character so authentically. Emma's accents, tones etc are so perfect and add so much to the narration.
Just a terrific book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

As Always, Marie doesn't disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Marie brought up another hard to deal with subject within this book. I appreciated the novella injecting the importance of professional help after dealing with a traumatic event into all the excitement of love, lust and babies, babies everywhere! My only minor criticism is that Caro seemed to an Irish accent in the narration in Audible (maybe that's just me??)
Thanks Marie for Victoria and Shannon's story.