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  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ALL THE STARS

  • By Cyndi on 01-14-19

10 Big Fat Golden Stars

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

First of all, there are few words that will make this audiobook justice. I’m not skilled enough to write something that will reflect what this audiobook really is.

Birthday Suit is not only an amazing romantic comedy, it’s an ode to audiobooks. A love letter to romace audiobooks. Lauren Blakely’s love and passion for audio shines through. The idea to gather a cast of 12 amazingly talented narrators is simply brilliant. And it not only works, it elevates Birthday Suit to a whole new level.

Birthday Suit is primarily narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt, the best of the best. They alone could have delivered an amazing performance, and given life to all the characters flawlessly. Instead, we had the pleasure of listening to each character through the voices of 10 other extraordinary narrators. The way it simply flows is fantastic. It’s so natural it feels like listening to a play. It is simply magnificent.

Birthday Suit is everything you want a great romance novel to be. It’s trademark Lauren Blakely. It’s sexy, sweet, beautifuly written, simply flawless. It’s romantic comedy at its best. I enjoyed everything about this book. The characters are so real and likable, the story engages you from the start, and you just can’t stop listening. It’s a story of unrequited love between two longtime friends that will make you smile, swoon, laugh out loud, and crave chocolate. Even birthday cake.

I would give this audiobook 10 big fat golden stars because it is impeccable in its production and delivery, and the story truly makes it justice. Let’s hope Lauren feels the need to do this kind of thing again in the future because it was amazing!!!

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  • Fireworks

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Susannah Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map. Like it's her fault the traffic pattern that day created a perfect schlong? Skye isn't laughing. She needs this job. And that's the only reason she's agreed to chase down a story in her least favorite place - that hell on earth known as Vermont. Skye can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and get back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy. Except things go sideways even as she sets foot over the county line. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks

  • By Listening is Reading on 12-20-18

Fireworks shines

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I love this audiobook. It’s wonderful. Not only because the book itself is brilliant, but because both narrators do an amazing job. Zachary Webber and Susannah Jones are great as Benito and Skye. Listening to Fireworks is totally worth it.

Fireworks is the sixth installment in the True North series, and it’s as wonderful as the previous five books. It’s a standalone, but I recommend you read the books in order. You won’t regret it, they are all amazing. I love this series so much, and with each new book I love it even more. I sincerely hope Sarina Bowen keeps writing them forever.

This book is a little bit different than the previous books. First of all, the story unfolds both in the present and the past. The past being 12 years ago, when most of the gang were teenagers and in high school. Just so you know, the present is told from Benito’s and Skye’s POV, and the past is told from the third person POV.

Fireworks is the story of Benito Rossi and Skye Copeland. Benito is currently a detective for a special department of the state police, and as such, a member of Vermont’s drug task force. His job is to investigate the drug trafficking business in the state, specifically the flow of the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl. His main suspect is no other than former police officer Jimmy Gage, the bane of his existence. Benito has made it his life’s mission to put him behind bars to rot. He is completely focused is his investigation, until the love of his life reappears 12 long years after leaving without saying goodbye.

An unfortunate and completely unintentional but hilarious incident at work forces Skye to take a two week vacation, time she would rather spend anywhere else other than Vermont, a place she despises with her whole heart. She is returning after 12 years to spend some time with her stepsister Rayanne. But things don’t work out as planned, and after being ditched by Raye, Skye must face Benito again, and deal with her feelings for him. He is a grown man now, hot as hell, and two things remain clear to Skye. One, she’s still in love with him, and two, the feelings of betrayal and hurt are still there.

Once they face each other, they need to clear the air between them to understand what really happened twelve years ago. But at the same time, Benito needs to finish his investigation, and Skye’s sudden reappearance and her connection to Rayanne, Gage’s daughter, complicates everything.

“Even now I feel my world tilt subtly in his direction. Twelve years later and he still has his own gravitational pull.”

I loved Fireworks. First of all, Benito is such a sweetheart. He is tough as nails, sweet, hot and romantic. He’s such a good guy, he might as well be the perfect book boyfriend. Skye has had a very difficult life, and since leaving Vermont with a broken heart, she has made a life for herself in New York. She is driven to succeed, but her aversion to conflict makes it easy for others to take advantage of her. She still carries childhood scars that run deep. She is a loner but lonely, content but not really happy. Her return to Vermont forces her to face her past and discover her true inner strengh.

Sarina Bowen is a masterful storyteller. Her characters are real people with virtues and flaws. I like the way she shapes them in a way that show growth, depth of character and personality.

This story is a bit different than the rest of the series. It has suspence, both in the drug trafficking storyline, and the real reason that drove Skye away. I think the revelation of that particular bit of information is perfect, it may be a little slow for some very eager readers, but it keeps you turning pages like a maniac.

I love this series in a way that may defy logic, but quoting Sarina here, “Love isn’t always logical.” This is such a good addition to the series. Fireworks is pure gold.



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  • Boy Toy

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was 14, and I’m still not over her. Problem: She still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last 15 years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boy Toy

  • By Lisa on 08-25-18

Beautiful and Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I loved the audiobook. It’s an amazing performance. Both Teddy Hamilton and Tanya Eby are amazing narrators, and they did Liam and Sadie justice. Their timing and intonation were perfect. I love Teddy Hamilton’s voice, and he does the female voice very good. Tanya Eby’s male voice is amazing. It’s completely worth listening to Boy Toy.

Boy Toy is everything you want in a romantic comedy. First, you have a great storyline. Second, you have amazing characters. Third, it is hot. HOT. And four, it couldn’t be funnier. Boy Toy is the real deal. It doesn’t get any better than this. Seriously.

First of all, Boy Toy can be read as a standalone. You don’t need to have read either of the previous two books to enjoy it. Having said that, I totally recommend reading Man Hands and Man Card because this trilogy revolves around three best friends, and they are freaking awesome. Totally worth it.

Boy Toy is Sadie’s story. Sadie is a 35 year old, recently divorced, psychologist and mother of two-year-old twins, Kate and Amy. She has a full time job and a douche of an ex-husband. And twins. It has to be exhausting!
She is going through a very difficult time in her life. Her ex-husband did a number on her. He made her feel inadequate, undesirable and unattractive. He basically blamed her for his cheating. She has to deal with the loss of her marriage, single motherhood and the guilt for abandoning her daughters in daycare all day. At the daycare she meets Liam. A blast from the past, if you will. She was his babysitter for a summer fifteen years ago. The thing is, Liam grew up to become a hunk. And Sadie can’t help but want to eat him with a spoon.

Liam. Sigh... Liam is too good to be true. Right? Let’s hope not. Anyway. Liam is 29 and a hunk of a man. He is hot as sin. And he is great with kids. He is the toddler whisperer. I mean, seeing him interact with children will have you swooning. He is the ultimate book boyfriend. Hot, sweet, sexy, funny and he wants Sadie. He has had a crush on her since that long-ago summer she was his babysitter. And now he has the chance to fulfill his (14 year old) fantasy. And so the story begins.

I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, this book is hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing since the first line. But it is so much more. It has so much depth. You feel for Sadie because her issues are relatable to many women. Even if you are not a mother (single or otherwise), you can empathize with her situation. The age difference is not that great, 6 years is not something to frown upon, but it can be daunting for a woman dealing with body image issues and low self-esteem. It’s a story about healing, the meaning of family and love. And what a great way to tell it.

  • The Year We Hid Away

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he's housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it's only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loving this series!! Great 2nd book!!!

  • By Cyndi on 09-15-16

Five Stars of Pure Gold

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I loved the audiobook. This series has a wonderful pair of narrators. Both of them do an amazing job. It is very pleasing to listen to them. Everything about this audiobook is wonderful. Nick Podehl is a wonderful Bridger, and Saskia Maarleveld is fantastic as Scarlet. Totally worth it to listen to this audiobook.

Pure Gold. That’s what this book is. The Year We Hid Away is the second installment in the Ivy Years series, and it is as good as the first one. I’m completely in love with every book Sarina Bowen has written because I can’t get enough of her words. She has a way with words that fascinates me. Her style is wonderful, and her plots are usually very well developed. And I find really interesting that she tackles issues that are not very common in romance novels, like child molestation or drug abuse. But she does it with tact and sensitivity, and in a way that doesn’t alienate the reader at all, or turn the story too dark. But these issues are there, and make you think and feel. She doesn’t shy away from real life in any way. And in my opinion, that makes her truly special.

This is the story of Bridger and Scarlet, and it is really, really sweet. It has plenty of drama on both their ends, but their relationship develops beautifully from friends to lovers, and their chemistry is really hot. Bridger is so sweet, and hot, and wonderful. He’s going through the worst year of his life and hiding all his problems from his friends, avoiding them and doing what he thinks is best. But he wasn’t expecting to meet someone special.

Scarlet has her own secrets to keep, and is hiding in plain sight. Lying about who she really is, she tries to start a new life in Harkness College without the stigma of her family history. She refuses to open up to Bridger, choosing to fight her battles on her own. So when lies and half truths are exposed, they will need to trust each other and forgive mistakes to make their relationship work.

As I said, I loved this book. It’s sweet, romantic and has plenty of heat. Bridger and Scarlet are very well developed as characters and the plot is perfectly paced and though out. It has many sources of drama and angst, and the secondary characters are pretty awesome, as always. I specially enjoyed little Lucy, Bridger’s 8 year old sister, and Andy, Bridger’s friend and neighbor. It is truly a beautiful book, very easy to read and enjoy, and pretty impossible to put down.

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  • Speakeasy

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine, Lance Greenfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it. Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite!

  • By Listening is Reading on 11-27-18

Beautiful book, loved it so much!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I loved the audiobook. Both narrators are great, and were amazing as Alec and May. Specially May. Lance Greenfield’s voice is deep and intense, pretty much as I imagined grumpy Alec. Seraphine Valentine has a beautiful voice, raspy and smoky, and was beyond perfect as May. I enjoyed it very much.

I love the True North series. Sarina Bowen is my favorite author because I enjoy her writing style immensely. You can count on her to tell you a beautiful story with down to earth characters facing real life problems. It is easy to relate to these characters and come to love them. She creates a world you want to live in, and characters you want to be friends with.

Speakeasy is the story of how May Shipley and Alex Rossi fall in love. They are a very unusual match, if you take into consideration that May is a recovering alcoholic and Alec owns a bar. A match made in heaven they are not. On paper.
But.
There is no accounting for fate.

May is going through a rough patch. Her girlfriend cheated on her, her job is somewhat boring, she still has strong feelings for Lark, and finds herself forced to move back home. She is feeling embarrassed for staying in a bad relationship, and her family is not helping matters treating her like a ticking bomb about to explode. She is feeling vulnerable and lonely, and has been doubting her ability to form meaningful relationships. She is basically experiencing an identity crisis, and fears her sobriety is on the line.

Alec is a good guy. He is a loving son, brother and uncle. His reputation as a party boy precedes him, but he is trying to break out of the role eveybody has cast him in, and prove he is a capable businessman. He has goals in life, but those don’t include relationships. He is happy playing the field.

One day, Alec accidentally helps May deal with her breakup and feels the need to follow up with a favor to accompany her to a school event. He feels a strong attraction to her, and while hanging out, they form a connection that soon turns combustible.

Alec brings out May’s long-lost wild side, which helps her feel better about herself at first. They begin hooking up regularly, sneaking around, nobody the wiser. Or so they thought. They become friends, and soon realize they have many things in common, like the way the are underestimated by their families. They make them feel like fuck-ups. When their feelings for each other start getting complicated and real, they move in different and unexpected directions.

It can’t be easy dealing with subjects as sensitive as bisexuality and addiction, but once again, Sarina Bowen does a fantastic job. I really like the delicate balance she achieves between heartbreak and laughter. It is a heartfelt story with serious issues, but mixed with really funny moments that will have you laughing out loud. Grandpa Shipley definitely stole the show. It’s hilarious.

Seriously. This book is worthy of your time.

  • Once upon a Sure Thing

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy. Said no woman ever. Except me. My friendship with Miller is a sure thing - he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world. Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me. Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-27-18

Totally in love with this audiobook!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

OMG this audiobook is incredible. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York have an amazing chemistry together, it is just so damn good. It is sexy, intense and hot. I loved that Erin Mallon made an appearance as Macy when she was texting with Ally. I’m in love with this audiobook. Totally worth it.

I loved this book from start to finish. Once Upon A Sure Thing is a very sweet friends to loversromance. And so freaking hot. I simply couldn’t put it down. The story flows effortlessly, it sucks you right in.

Ally is an audiobook narrator who is fairly successful, and a singer sensation in You Tube thanks to the videos where she sings with her brother. She has been her niece Chloe’s legal guardian since her sister died six years ago. Her immediate goal is to provide for Chloe, so she needs to find a way to earn more money.

Miller is Ally’s best friend and has been for the past six years. He is single and has enough money he doesn’t need to work. He is a good guy. And hot. His only problem? He is bored. He needs to find something to do he is passionate about, so he decides to follow hos brother Campbell’s advice and start a new band. But this time, he wants to sing with a woman.

After they start singing together they discover their chemistry is off the charts, and find themselves unable to resist the attraction they feel for each other. They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, that soon becomes too intense and could risk their friendship. They will need to decide what is it they want, and if they are willing to risk everything to get it.

Well, this very well may be one of Lauren Blakely‘s best romantic comedies of all time, and that is saying a lot because all her books are awesome. I loved this book so, so much. It’s sexy, so freaking hot, intense, funny, sweet, so... everything. It is perfect. I loved both Ally and Miller, their banter, their dirty talk, their personalities. I would totally recommend this book to anyone. It is so worth it.

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  • Temporary

  • By: Sarah Mayberry, Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Emma Wilder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The most beautiful man I've ever seen is the same one who can ruin everything. The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he'll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent, and thousand-dollar shoes, he's just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants. And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle's estate. I can't afford either one. I'm the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 words... Callan Walker!

  • By Monica M. on 06-16-18

Loved everything about this story

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I loved the voices of both characters. You can’t beat an accent. It so sexy. The story is well paced and really enjoyable. I liked the audiobook very much.

I loved this book. Temporary is everything I love in a romance novel. It is romantic, steamy, and funny. The story has a really nice pace, the main characters are well developed and likable, and the secondary characters add substance to the story, which is always a plus. It is very well written, and I couldn’t put it down. Didn’t want to, either. I find it interesting that, since it was written by two authors, you can’t really tell who wrote what or when they switched. Their voices are seamlessly blended together.

Temporary is the story of how Callan Walker met Grace Kerrington.

Callan Walker is an Aussie 31 year old millionaire playboy who has dedicated his life to enjoying his money and maintaining his status as the black sheep of the family, a rebel without cause. That is, until he finds out by pure chance that his uncle Jack has died, and nobody in his family felt the need to let him know. He then embarks on a mission to find Uncle Jack’s latest will to prevent his mother from taking control of his estate, a quest that puts him directly in Grace Kerrington’s path.

Grace Kerrington is a 25 year old recent college graduate who has a very difficult family life and really bad luck. She is solely responsible for her 15 year old sister, and her primary concern right now is to turn her temp job with Walker Holdings into a permanent one. To do so, she needs to impress her boss. When she gets saddled with inventorying Jack Walker’s estate, she sees an opportunity to do so. What she doesn’t count on is Callan Walker getting in her way. Suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a family feud, torn between her attraction and developing feelings for Callan, and her need to fulfill her obligations to his mother and securing a permanent job that would give her the financial stability she so desperately needs.

I loved this story from start to finish. Callan and Grace are perfect together, their witty banter had me laughing and smiling, and their chemistry is combustible. It starts like a sort of enemies to lovers romance, two people supposedly working together but in Callan’s case, with a different and hidden agenda. It’s fun to watch Callan trying to manipulate and seduce Grace at first, and Grace doing everything in her power to resist him. With very little success, though. But then, inconvenient feelings develop and agendas change. So besides the fun times, there is also plenty of emotional turmoil, too. All the family drama gives depth to the story, making it more interesting and heartfelt.

I honestly hope the authors decide to keep them coming, not only because it was damn good, but also because they decided to end the book in a very weird cliffhanger. The ending hints at the possibility of a story featuring Callan’s sister Claire rather strongly. Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking.

  • Bountiful

  • The True North Series, Book 4
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules. Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara's bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling - a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. Two years later, she's made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found - until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 06-16-18

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Teddy Hamilton and Seraphine Valentine are amazing in general, always awesome, so it’s no wonder they made this story shine. It is an excellent audiobook.

Bountiful is a standalone, you can read it whithout having read the first three books in the series, but it is better if you have. First of all, because Sarina Bowen does an amazing job of developing the secondary characters in each book. We have glimpses of Zara in all three books, so if you read them in order, you are somewhat familiar with her background story without actually knowing anything specific.

The first twist comes in a very nice crossover with the Brooklyn Bruisers Series. There is also no need to read that series first, but it is very cool for those who have. Dave plays Hockey for the Bruisers, so it is a very smooth way to link both series. I liked it very much.

The story is beautifully written, is witty and heartfelt. It is a second chance romance with a surprise baby in the mix. I am not a fan of the surprise baby trope, but Bountiful works for me. I actually love it. I think is wonderful and very much worth it.

It is a very emotional story. Zara and Dave come from different places and backgrounds, but deep down they both have emotional scars that have influenced their approach to romantic relationships. Zara is tough as nails on the outside, but insecure and vulnerable on the inside. Dave believes he is destined to be alone, so he doesn’t do relationships. But despite their reservations, they develop a bond that will forever link them. They will have to figure out if they are willing to risk their hearts and embrace the love they feel for each other, or keep pretending they are fine with the way they have been living their lives.

One of the things I love about Sarina Bowen’s books is that you get lost in the story but at the same time appreciate the writing. I enjoy reading her because I can’t help but admire her talent, how she creates a world you want to be a part of, and characters you want to be friends with. All I think about when I read this series is that I want to live in Vermont, or at the very least, visit.








  • Show Me the Way

  • Fight for Me, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567

Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful. The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he'll let into his heart is his little girl. When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he's in trouble. She's gorgeous and sweet and everything he can't trust. Until she becomes the one thing he can't resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent well written correct grammar well edited what a refreshing change from so many books out there now!

  • By Bones And Cat Fan on 11-13-17

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This audiobook was awesome. Totally worth it. Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber are always awesome, and wonderful, and amazing, but I just fell in love with his interpretation of Frankie Leigh. OMG! It’s the sweetest, most adoeable thing I’ve ever heard. Beautiful.

I loved the story and the characters. It has plenty of angst and heartbreak, but I liked that you don’t really know what happened to them in the past all at once. You learn their backstories at the same time you get to know them. Tiny bit by tiny bit. I enjoyed the pace, too.

This story is about Rex and Rynna. Both of them have gone to hell and back, and feel an instant connection, an irresistible attraction, since the first time they meet. Rex is too tortured and a little too harsh for my taste at first, but it gets better later on. My favorite character is Frankie Leigh, Rex’s daughter. OMG, I loved every single minute of her.

So, as the story progresses you think everything is straightforward and suddendly you get steamrolled by a massive plot twist. And the heartbreak increases tenfold. Maybe it was obvious, but I didn’t see it coming. And I was left mind-blown. All in all, I really enjoyed the story.

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  • Keepsake

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

Lark Wainright, 23, has nightmares. She used to be fearless. But while overseas for her nonprofit employer, she was kidnapped and held at gunpoint in a dusty shack. Everyone has an opinion about what might have happened to her there, but she's not saying much. She's too consumed by guilt to talk about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Listening is Reading on 11-25-18

I’m totally in love with this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Both narrators are awesome. It’s a beautiful book, but Teddy Hamilton and Erin Spencer are perfect as Zach and Lark. I love the story so much, I’m really happy the audiobook makes it justice.

I love this book. I love this series. This is the third installment in the True North Series and it keeps getting better and better. This is the story of Zach and Lark, a mismatched pair made in the beautiful wilderness of Vermont. Both vulnerable and hurt by their past, they develop an unexpected connection, a friendship fueld by a powerful attraction that, soon enough, leads to fireworks. The timing couldn’t be worse though, and each of them will have to confront their past to be able to forge a future together.

I love this book for the exact same reason I love Bittersweet and Steadfast (and all of Sarina Bowen’s books, really). She is a masterful storyteller. Her writing is flawless and manages to charm you with her witty sense of humor. Keepsake has plenty of depth; it deals with serious matters such as abuse and mental health (PTSD), but at the same time has a freshness and lightness that comes from its ingenious narrative. Sarina Bowen created an ordinary world and made it feel extraordinary, and her characters feel like people you can relate to. They are regular albeit beautiful people you can empathize with, precisely because they are authentic, real. She has the uncanny ability to convey a myriad of emotions through her characters that will make you feel all the feels, and leave you craving more of her beautiful Vermont.