• No More Wasted Time

  • The Mathews Family, Book 1
  • By: Beverly Preston
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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By: Beverly Preston
Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
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Publisher's Summary

After losing her husband to a sudden heart attack, Tess Mathews escapes to Bora Bora to lay her husband and sorrow to rest. What she doesn't expect is a new beginning.

Tom Clemmins is an A-list actor whose life revolves around work and an onslaught of women. He travels to Bora Bora for a much-needed break. Tom has a few ideas of how he'll enjoy his vacation, but love isn't one of them. Until he sees Tess.

Reserving a private shark-feeding excursion to scatter her husband's ashes into the lagoon, Tess is furious when Mr. Hollywood bribes his way onto the boat, leaving her no other choice but to share the boat ride.

Tess is torn between tremendous guilt and zealous lust when their boat ride turns into a week full of romance and desire neither thought imaginable. Utterly smitten with a woman for the first time in his life, Tom casts his commitment phobia aside and whisks Tess off to Malibu where he introduces her as his "girlfriend" on the red carpet.

As the paparazzi besiege, can Tess survive the media blitz that ensues in order to find her second chance at love?

©2012 Beverly Preston (P)2016 Beverly Preston

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The story is about finding love twice in a lifetime. Tess was fortunate enough to fall in love and stay in love for 25 years with her husband. But a sudden heart attack took all that away from her. Yet she is blessed enough to find it again with someone very unexpected and very special one.

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a true love story

this was the most beautiful love story I have listened to. it truly was heartwarming, witty and inspiring to know that it's never too late for a happily ever after...

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Great story

This was such a refreshing change! I love romance novels, but sometimes they get a little to graphic.

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No more wasted time

What a great story. I really enjoyed it. Tess and Tom are adorable. Definitely worth the read!

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A dandy escape read!

I was prepared to feel pretty snarky about it, but found it to be really good. I mean, to afford to just fly off to the South Seas to scatter the beloved husband's ashes and get swamped by a Hollywood idol? But it turned out to be well done and a really lovely escape read that I recommend wholeheartedly!
Probably the best reason for my own enjoyment is that I have the audio interpretation by Valerie Gilbert who always adds so much to a book's characters.

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Finding Love Again...

This was my first Beverly Preston work and I enjoyed her writing style. This is a story of finding love after heartbreak and it pulls on your heartstrings and pulls the reader in from the first chapter. I loved how Tess was strong but also vulnerable at the same time. She just lost her husband and trying to hold herself together for her kids but willing to find love again.
She wasn't giving up on life and still wanting to find smiles in life.

The narration was okay for me. The tones and inflections were done okay and I could usually tell the difference between the characters but at times I felt it was rushed and that there wasn't as much emotions in the characters. I think this would have better been done with both male and female narration rather than just a female narrator.


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

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Sweet Opposites Attract Romance

Tess Mathews suddenly lost her husband after 25 years of marriage. Now a year later, she is leaving her 3 grown children to spread his ashes alone at the place they both loved. It was a very emotional scene but the man who hijacked her tour made it easier for her. This man turned out to be Tom Clemmins, a very famous actor. He was attracted to her from the start but she wasn't as smitten at first. He is everything Tess's husband wasn't but everything she needs. They start a whirlwind, passionate romance and learn to navigate each other's lives along the way. Valerie Gilbert did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. Her voice changes for each character were effortless and her inflections engaging. This is a sweet, sexy, fun romance with very little drama or angst.

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Fantastic!!!!

I absolutely loved this second chance at love romance! Tess and Tom were perfect! This is the first book I've listened to by this author and I can't wait to check out more - especially if Valerie Gilbert narrates - I loved her voice! I can't wait to listen to book 2!


**I voluntarily listened to this audio book in exchange for an honest review**

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Love a Second Chance

Where does No More Wasted Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This definitely ranked higher on the list of the books that I have listened to.

What about Valerie Gilbert’s performance did you like?

This was my 1st Valerie Gilbert performance and would definitely listen to her again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, the book definitely kept my attention and was a joy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Truly a winner!

I truly love Beverly Preston's work!
I didn't read the stories in order, but that didn't harm the story in any way!
This story was truly a great love story and I was in love with Tess & Tom!
The story has so many facets to it... A strong woman who has to remain strong after a sudden tragedy. A mother who has to keep up a smile while her children worry if she will be ok. And children who are worried about their mother and want her to get that smile back.
And then there is Tom who is living the life of a STAR and just trying to get in some relaxation. He is on vacation in Bora Bora and runs into Tess.

Finding love after tragedy is the journey that Tess is on. It isn't something she expected, but she finds a way to start the day anew.
I loved how the story was told. And the narrator brought the story to life!
Definitely looking forward to listening the rest of the series.

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