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DIY Romance Series: The Complete Contemporary Romance Collection

Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
Series: DIY, Book 1-2
Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
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Indulge in this sweet and sexy contemporary romance set in the beautiful backdrop of Savannah, Georgia. The entire DIY series is included in this collection! This box set contains strong adult sexual content.  

A Building Passion - Vanessa moves to Savannah to pick up the pieces of her once very certain existence after her fiancé cheats on her. An independent and self-sufficient accountant, Vanessa also has a knack for DIY. When she purchases a ramshackle property in need of repair, she crosses paths with Daniel, a sexy and skillful carpenter. Daniel is a ladies’ man who plays the field and has his own romantic issues to conquer. As Vanessa embarks on a journey to embrace her new community and rehab her new home, she enlists Daniel’s help. Tackling the house is the easy part, but can two do-it-yourselfers find a way to work together to fix their love lives as well?  

Passion Project - Marly’s been doing the best with what life’s dealt her. Losing her husband a decade ago and raising two kids on her own made her self-reliant and unapologetic. When she’s pushed to the limit after losing her job, what’s a girl to do? Audition for a spot on a DIY show, naturally. Jack is a down-on-his-luck television producer trying to catch a break. When an offer comes along to get a fledgling DIY show up and running, he jumps on it. Little does he know that Marly is about to give him a run for his money as Handyman Dan’s sidekick.   

Restoring Passion - Happily ever after seemed a guarantee for Vanessa and Daniel. Then, the photos dropped into Vanessa’s lap, sent from an unwelcomed part of her past. Everything changed in an instant. With their world turned upside down and their lives subject to investigation, how will they restore the passion that brought them together?

Return to Savannah and catch up with the characters of A Building Passion and Passion Project for the final installment in the DIY contemporary romance series: Restoring Passion.

©2019 Sandra Kyle (P)2019 Sandra Kyle

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A Great Series

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator and found it very entertaining even though I don't usually listen to contemporary romance. The main characters are well written and the story moves along well with a bit of humour and suspense. Renovating has never been so much fun. I found myself chuckling as I drove down the road. With the complete series, listen to the whole thing without stopping. It's well worth a listen.

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Great Collection of Books

DIY Romance Series: The Complete Contemporary Romance Collection was a great read by Sandra Kyle. This collection consists of; A Building Passion, Passion Project and Restoring Passion. They follow Vanessa and Daniel after Vanessa moves to Savannah, Georgia after she finds out that her fiancé is cheating on her. They cross paths as she is looking to do some DIY projects. I absolutely loved reading Vanessa and Daniel's story and can't wait to read more by Sandra Kyle. Kelley Hazen did a great job of bringing life to the characters.

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  • Jan M
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  • 06-10-19

Awesome Series!

DIY Romance Series by Sandra Kyle, narrated by Kelley Hazen
A Building Passion: I thought this second chance at love was well written and the performance was so good. I really enjoyed the humor in this story and how it was delivered. I found this book to be sweet, and loved the fact that main characters learned to trust each other and deal with their issues
Passion Project: I really enjoyed this listen. It is fun and unexpected and for adults. The premise of the story is reminiscent of a television show, but the characters are very endearing. I enjoyed the various distinguishing voices the narrator performs. The story is a standalone listen and part of a series.
Restoring Passion: A Picture Says a Thousand Words. Vanessa and Daniel had it all until a picture appears and tears them apart. Restoring Passion is such a great story. Things are not always what they appear, and this book is perfect at that. I loved the twists the author, Sandra Kyle wrote. Kelley Hazen was spot on in her performance. She brings the characters to life with distinguishable voices and realistic emotions. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series.

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Not bad but could have been better...

My general rating for the stories in individual books in the set:
A Building Passion - 2.5 stars
Passion Project - 3 stars
Restoring Passion - 4 stars

Spoilers alert!

I really wanted to like the books more; the premises of all three stories sounded interesting, with main characters trying to build their lives anew, facing difficulties on the way to the proverbial happily ever after... But I just didn't like them as much as I'd thought I would.

The first two parts feel as if nothing really happens in them; they feel like a really long introduction to book three (which I really liked, by the way). Book three has everything I want in a romance: strong emotions, real tension between the main characters, a serious obstacle / problem they have to solve and a test of their love they have to pass to stay together - and a bit of a criminal investigation to make matters more interesting:)

This kind of tension is what the first two books lack. OK, in "A Building Passion" theoretically Vanessa and Daniel must overcome their fear of entering a new relationship (both experienced bad heartbreaks in the past), but I just don't feel that anxiety in the development of their acquaintance and even the "stalking" plotline doesn't help - it isn't scary at all. In "Passion Project" Marly and Jack end up together - and I don't really know why; there are no clues as to how they gradually fall in love with each other...
Both "romances" lack the "romance" part - at least for me. In both cases it's instant sexual attraction and allurement, almost instant hot sex and then boom, the H and h are madly in love - but how do they fall in love? how does lust evolve into true, deep-felt love? I don't know... or maybe I just missed the clues because things happen "behind the scenes"? It's possible, as in both books we have time jumps between chapters - sometimes days, sometimes weeks pass between one scene and another without much of a warning...

Book three is the best of the three - it's shorter, with a definitely faster pace and the plotline more concise and emotionally tense. If the other two books were more like part three, the whole set would be much better.

Narration by Ms Hazen is very good, as usual. She does well most of the voices (you have to get used to some of the male voices she does in her interpretations but with time they stop bothering you). She is good at acting out dialogues and impartial in the narrative parts. Generally it's a very good interpretation of all three stories.

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

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The complete DIY Romance Series!

A sizzling series set in Savannah. From moving to the area and buying a fixer upper, to a DIY home show... this series follows the possible relationships of a few couples.

A well written series by Sandra Kyle made even better with a fantastic narration. Kelley Hazan does it again!

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

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  • A D.
  • 06-27-19

Romance and a little mystery with some DIY!

What an interesting series filled with interesting characters! I will admit to thinking the first book started a little slow but I feel like the setting and style are perfectly matched. They reflect a certain southern American charm.

The stories are focused around the budding romance between Vanessa and Daniel. Vanessa moves to Savannah to rebuild her life after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. She encounters ladies man Daniel in her DIY efforts and they connect. But before they can consider a romance, they have plenty to work through, including careers that take them in new and exciting directions.

This series gets a little more twisted with each subsequent book and, as such, gets more interesting. The characters are simultaneously ordinary and quirky, making them more relatable. A HEA is guaranteed but the journey there is marred with plenty of ups, downs and round-abouts.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It is best read in order as the plot develops and thickens with each additional story. Kelley Hazen's performance is excellent. She successfully brings each character to life and adds depth and dimension to her narration.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.