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  • Tempting as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana Series, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Rafe Blackstone may play the sexiest werewolf superhero to ever melt a woman's...heart...on the big screen, but Lily Hollander has already been bitten once by an actor, and once was enough. When she's fooled all over again, it's time to put that wayward heart in lockdown mode, especially once Rafe starts aiming his overprotective streak at her identical twin. Lily may seem like the softer side of the twinship, but nobody messes with her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mmm ever so tempting!

  • By Lolli on 07-27-18

Loving Summer in Sinful, Montana

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Welcome back to Sinful, Montana! I always enjoy a new book by Rosalind James and Tempting as Sin (Sinful, Montana Book 2) is no different. In this audio version of the novel, it was fun to view the world through the eyes of the more gentle twin, Lily Hollander, who actually has a steel core of her own. Rafe Blackstone, movie star or not, is a good man who has more depth and a stronger moral code than Lily originally gives him credit. This is the norm for main characters of Rosalind James’ books: the women are strong and the men are good, honorable men. I found the first part of this book a bit slow going but became totally engrossed as it progressed, unwilling to turn it off as I listened to the last half of the book nearly nonstop. I was especially taken with eight year old Bailey, struggling through a nightmarish childhood, and the goofball pup, Chuck. I also appreciated the way that Lily and Rafe worked together to do their best to support and protect Bailey (and Chuck). I loved the book’s ending; so sweet, so romantic. 

The narration by Emma Wilder is excellent. The inflections she uses as well as the different voices she employs add depth and shading to an already enjoyable book. 

I recommend this book to those who love a feel-good story and a sweet, occasionally spicy, romance. Four stars. 

I was given a free copy of this book’s audio release in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions stated are solely my own. 

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  • Just One of the Guys

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be. So when journalist Chastity O'Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it's time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: one - she's five feet and 11 inches of rock-solid girl power; two - she's cursed with four alpha-male older brothers. While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor, and things start to look up. Now there's only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she's never quite gotten over....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and sigh worthy all in one!

  • By CrazyBookNerd on 02-26-16

Love this Book

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Kristan Higgins is a master of bringing characters to life. Her books are filled with warmth and this is no exception. I’ve read or listened to many and will look for more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just Say (Hell) No

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 11
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 173

Marko Sendoa isn't a beach man. He's not an Auckland man. He's a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It's not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he's done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he'll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung. He doesn't need a kitten. He doesn't need a pregnant cousin. He definitely doesn't need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of James’ best

  • By Virginia on 04-27-18

Unabashedly Romantic and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Any additional comments?

Unabashedly romantic, unapologetically sweet, absolutely wonderful. What more truly needs to be said? Actually, not much. With “Just Say (Hell) No,” Rosalind James uses her extraordinary gift for storytelling and returns to New Zealand making all things right in the world—or at least a bit brighter and happier for the reader who happens upon this book. This is the eleventh entry in the “Escape to New Zealand” series and that’s exactly what the reader is able to do: escape every day troubles and worries for the beauty of New Zealand and the joy to be found in reading a book that brings nothing but happiness to the reader. The only tears shed are those of joy. Lucky Reader!

One of Ms James’ talents is being able to create believable and likable characters and this is especially true in Just Say (Hell) No. Like a starburst, the story begins with Marko Sendoa and grows to include Nyree Morgan, his young, pregnant cousin Ella, a tiny kitten and a host of others, some from previous entries in the series. I loved the interaction between the three main characters. Ella, in particular, touched me as she walked a difficult path. I loved the resolution of her story—it brought tears of happiness to my eyes. When fictional characters can touch one so deeply, that says a lot. The emotional depth of this book similarly expands and deepens as the book progresses. 

Emma Wilder does a wonderful job with the narration. She ably finds a voice for each character and bringing each to life. 

I obviously loved this book and I highly recommend it. In a world where the news isn’t so happy, I say buy this book for the sheer joy found in it and the happy endings that come to so many.  Five Stars!

I was given a free audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.  


  • To Cache a Killer

  • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Geocaching isn't supposed to be about finding dead bodies. But when retiree Frannie Shoemaker goes camping, standard definitions don't apply. A weekend in a beautiful state park in Iowa buzzes with fund-raising events, a search for ninja turtles, a bevy of suspects, and lots of great food. But are the campers in the wrong place at the wrong time once too often?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 5

  • By med c on 03-30-18

Find Fun Camping with Frannie

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Any additional comments?

To Cache a Killer, the latest in Karen Musser Nortman’s Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery series is a fun, if lightweight, read. The book is fairly standard for the series with lots of good natured bantering between the lead characters, the Shoemakers and the Ferraros; lots of campground cooking and activities; and, of course, a murder to be solved. Though Larry, Frannie’s husband, is the retired detective, it is Frannie who is driven to solve the crime, albeit with the help of Larry and their friends. It is this core group of four that bring such charm to the series. 

I like that the book makes clever use of geocaching and does a reasonable job of explaining the hobby to those readers unfamiliar with it. So successful is Ms Nortman in her use of geocaching that after reading the book, I told my husband that we’d have to try it once he retires. 

While I really enjoyed the geocaching element of the book and always enjoy the interaction of these retired couples, I came away feeling that this book was a bit lacking in depth and was too repetitive. I also felt that the secondary characters were written too one dimensionally.

The narration by Michelle Babb is well done and consistent with previous books in the series. It is always nice to be able to easily recognize from a narrator’s voice which character is speaking.  

This is a fun series and I recommend this book for fans of the series and those readers looking for a light read. People who enjoy camping would especially enjoy this mystery. 

I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are my own. 

  • Now That You Mention It

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 million stars!

  • By jodiod on 12-28-17

Loved this Book

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Kristan Higgins is an outstanding writer who brings so much warmth and depth to her books. The pacing of the plot and character development is excellent. I highly recommend this book. Narrator did a great job.

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  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • A Caribou King Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Linda Crowder
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Alaskan fine arts dealer Caribou King has closed up shop for the season and is looking forward to a peaceful winter, capped off by the birth of her sister's first child. When she discovers the body of Angela Nash, an elderly woman, in the old Tilamu house, Cara can't help poking her nose into the investigation. When Alex Tilamu shows up at Mrs. Nash's funeral, drunk and ranting about murder, Cara is convinced there is more at stake than a dilapidated house on the edge of the bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • By April H. on 02-15-18

Enjoyable Little Mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Any additional comments?

The Deadly Art of Love and Murder: A Caribou King Mystery, Book 2 by Linda Crowder is a nice little mystery in an offbeat and enjoyably setting. I truly enjoyed the small town Alaskan setting and the book, though I found the book a bit lightweight and not particularly memorable. I liked the main character, Cara, but was not a fan of her mother as written, who is just too over-the-top bossy and interfering for my taste. I really enjoyed the rest of Cara’s family, pregnant Melody, her husband Bent, and Cara’s father.  

The mystery itself was decently plotted and the solution was not too obvious early on. The writer made good use of red herrings and didn’t push the reader in a specific direction too early on. 

There are also hints of romance in the book, which is nice, though I hope the writer puts an end to the dual potential romantic interests of Dan or Frank, in the next book.

The narration by Michelle Babb was dependably solid using distinct voices for each character, as well as providing good pacing of the book. 

In general, I enjoyed this book and would definitely read future entries in the series. 

I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.

  • Mrs Pargeter's Principle

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst his many bequests, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve, she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs. Pargeter, my favorite Simon Brett character.

  • By Chris Geschwantner on 01-29-17

Repetitive and Tedious

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I have enjoyed past entries in the Mrs. Pargeter series but found this one very difficult to listen to—boring and repetitive. The series has lost its charm for me.

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  • An Irish Country Practice

  • An Irish Country Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 127

Once, not too long ago, there was just a single Irish country doctor tending to the lively little village of Ballybucklebo: Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Now his thriving practice is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only has O'Reilly taken a new trainee under his wing, Doctor Connor Nelson, he's also added a spirited Labrador puppy to his ever-expanding household at Number One Main Street. Meanwhile, his trusted partner, young Doctor Barry Laverty, finds himself wondering if he's truly ready to settle down and start a family with his lovely fiancée, Sue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the wait!

  • By Kerry on 10-16-17

Love This Series

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I love this series and regularly look for the newest release. I love the way different narratives interweave and how, even in the midst of some sadness, the positive side of human nature and heart shines through. The narration is outstanding.

  • Guilty as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin. Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily's run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It's not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. How hard could it be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen... mystery, laughter & tender romance

  • By gdbkescape on 12-13-17

Great Book Even Beter in Audio Form

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Any additional comments?

I originally read “Guilty as Sin,” Rosalind James’ newest release, in written word form. I found it to be a bit slow starting with a twin switching places hook that I didn’t initially love. Ultimately, I found the book to be very entertaining, well written and I enjoyed it very much. Not a big surprise as Rosalind James is a very capable author whose books are uniformly enjoyable.  I have now listened to the book in its audio form and I have to say, I enjoyed it even more. Emma Wilder’s reading grabbed me from the beginning and turned what I thought of as a four star book into a five star book in its genre of romance and romantic suspense.

As the book opens, twins Paige and Lily Hollander each have their own problems. Lily, owner of a lingerie store in Sinful, Montana, is receiving a lot of pressure to sell her personal residence and sanctuary to make way for a resort that could breathe life into Sinful’s anemic economy. Paige, a police officer in the San Francisco Police Department, is awaiting the verdict concerning an on-the-job shooting and recovering from an injury sustained at that time. Paige, who has always considered herself to be the tougher of the twins and her sister’s protector, comes up with the idea of taking Lily’s place. Complications ensue when the pressure on Lily is far greater than Paige anticipated and when Paige meets Lily’s “scary” neighbor Jace Blackstone, a former Aussie commando and thriller writer, with baggage of his own—a stalker. His nameless nemesis starts out as just plain creepy but, as the book continues, increases his/her threat level far beyond sending Jace pages with erotic and vaguely threatening scenes featuring the two of them.  

As the novel continues, the readability factor increases from “I need to go read that book” to “I can’t put this book down.” The dual plots of both “Lily” and Jace being menaced ups the ante of suspense substantially and it isn’t quite clear to them or the reader if the threats are separate or somehow intertwined. Paige (though he knows her as Lily) and Jace become increasingly close as they battle their faceless adversary (ies). While Sinful, Montana is a small town, there is no shortage of suspects who could be menacing Paige-as-Lily and Jace. How the twin switch is dealt with is credible. Though Paige struggles to live as the more feminine and tactful Lily, she is able to pull off the subterfuge because no one knows that Lily has an identical twin. This includes Jace, though he senses there is something off about Lily. 

The resolution of the novel was well done and satisfying. I am deliberately vague so as not to give anything away. 

As previously stated, Emma Wilder does an outstanding job with the narration. She truly brings the characters to life and adds an extra something to this already entertaining novel

This is a very entertaining listen and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the dual mysteries and the fact that the book, while full of suspense, wasn’t too dark. 

I was given a free copy of the book in its audio form in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and the opinions stated are solely my own. 

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  • Sisters First

  • Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
  • By: Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush, Laura Bush - foreword
  • Narrated by: Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just 12 years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Memoir

  • By Jean on 11-02-17

Wonderful, Warm and Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I highly recommend this book. The love and respect the sisters share is amazing—but the anecdotes add much enlightenment to lives lived in the spotlight. These are admirable young women.