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Publisher's Summary

Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. She hasn't laid eyes on her great aunt Abigail since she was eight, so she's stumped when she inherits Abigail's house in the small hamlet of Alpine Grove.

Kat's uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn - with a touch of antique skunk - and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that's before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey.

When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools). Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders, and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul. And why she can't she stop thinking about Joel?

Note: Chez Stinky is a full-length novel that is the first book of the Alpine Grove romantic comedies. It's a feel-good novel that appeals to people who enjoy a little light romance and quirky animal stories.

©2013 Susan C. Daffron (P)2018 Susan C. Daffron

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This was a fun book to listen to.

Chez Stinky is the first book I've read by Susan C. Daffron and I've had the Kindle version in my library for quite some time. I have to admit that the main reason I requested an Audible review copy was because I love Pam Dougherty's audio performances. I've listened to three other audiobooks she's done and absolutely loved all of them. Her voice is so easy and pleasant to listen to and the various inflections and tones she uses really enhance my listening experience.

As for the story, it was really cute and funny. I liked the characters and I love books with rescue animals (these critters weren't exactly rescues but I loved them just the same). This is a very clean romance with only fade-to-black/behind closed doors sex, very few damns/hells and not one f-word.

The only somewhat negative comment I have is that I felt the book ended too abruptly. There is a nice epilogue but that still didn't really make up for how abruptly things ended in the last chapter. The story had a lot of build up for various things happening and the one major thing kind of just ended. Chez Stinky is part of a series, although reads as a standalone, so perhaps Kat and Joel will show up again in another book.

I would read more from this author and I will definitely listen to more books performed by Pam Dougherty.

An audio review copy was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 12-11-18

Okay

I was gifted this audiobook with the understanding that I would leave an honest review. I was drawn to this book because it said it was a romantic comedy. I found the book made me smile but never really laugh. I will say that the romance was very tastefully done. I tend not to read romance novels because they can be very explicit but this book was very clean. I did find the characters to be one dimensional. I found myself thinking really Kat just stand up for yourself. All in all the book was entertaining (main reason I like to read). Pam Dougherty does a very nice job of narrating this book. Her voice is a smooth voice and really kept me interested. Another big plus for this book was all the animals in the story.

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endearing

very adorable romantic story The Simplicity of it was what endeared me so much the story was very sweet and very cute I just loved it very much the narrator was good to

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Wonderful Cozy Romantic Comedy

This was such a fun romance... It reminded me of the cozy mysteries that I like with the writing style and it had a good amount of comic relief throughout the story. Based on the content I would say it's a young adult read although it it was a movie it could be PG to PG13 in rating. The author does a wonderful job of closing the bedroom door quickly so there's no descriptive sex scenes. I thought Pam Dougherty did a great job with the narration and was easy to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Beautiful

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I loved this story from beginning to end. The narrator really made this story. The humor was evident and compelling. The secondary characters added so much to the story especially the heroine's best friend. Her boss was the bomb and the animals. Man oh man. this story had it all.

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Recommended

Overall a good story. It got a little long at times with all the details. At first it felt a bit like chic lit or maybe women's fiction, the animals and property taking the highlight. About half way through it turned more toward a romance. The romance moved quickly and after all the details the end just happened with a epilogue. It was like we were building up to the climax but ended before it was complete then told what happened. Disappointing.

The characterization was on target tho some of the real life details were just not there. In a small town like that the aunts friend should have known Cindy and Joel. The allergic reactions Joel did or didn't have.

Pamela Dougherty did a excellent job with the narration.

I was given a free Audible copy of this story, at my request, in exchange for a honest review.

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  • Melanie
  • NORTH LIBERTY, IA, United States
  • 11-28-18

Cute simple romance

Let me first say that I absolutely loved all the animals in this story! The author gave great detail to each pet and their characteristics so that it was easy to see the story take place. The characters are every day people with simple problems that helped make the story relatable. This is a great book for when you are in the mood for something nice and easy. Unfortunately, I was not a huge fan of the narrator for this story. I have never heard Pam Dougherty narrate before, and while she had a good voice and was able to differentiate between characters I just wasn't relating her voice to the characters in the story. Without being about to connect the voice to the characters, it was very difficult to really get into the story and appreciate the quirkiness involved.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Lighthearted and quirky

This is a great easy romantic comedy read. It's nice to take a break out of the day, and listen to a Great book. I love the dogs, I love the characters! and the narration was perfect!
If a good rom/com is your thing, you will enjoy this book.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Very cute!

I liked this book a lot. As a cat lover the cats were described to perfection!
Loved Linus!

Very cute good clean fun romantic comedy with lots of surprises!

Narration was excellent!

Can't wait for the next one!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 11-25-18

Fun Listen!

Chez Stinky is absolutely original and lives up to the blurb. Susan C Daffron is a new author to me, who writes light romance with comedy, some unexpected twists, and feel good characters. I was pulled into this book by the wonderful narration by Pam Dougherty. She gives the various characters (including the four legged variety) their own distinguishable voice. I can't recommend this book enough, other than to say that although I received this review copy at my request and have voluntarily written this review, I will purchase more books by this author and narrator. Definitely a feel good listen worth listening to.