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For 18-year-old orphan Callie Broderick, going west as a mail-order bride seems to be the only hope she has for a decent husband. But when she sets out for the gold-mining town of Sacramento with nothing more than the clothes on her back and a stagecoach ticket, she quickly discovers that the trip will be quite a bit different than she expected.

As a former soldier and an experienced coachman, Jude Johnson is used to difficulties and dangers of all kinds during the arduous journey west, but he has never had to deal with trouble like Callie before. Not being the kind of man to kick a penniless orphan off his coach, he puts up with the sassy, disobedient girl for as long as he can, but when Callie's antics put the lives of his passengers at risk Jude is forced to take matters into his own hands and spank her soundly.

The stern punishment leaves her thoroughly chastened and promising to behave, and Jude soon realizes that when she puts aside her foul-mouthed, defiant façade, the real Callie is as sweet and kind as she is beautiful. As the days pass, he takes it upon himself to guide her, care for her, and give her the loving discipline she so desperately needs, as often as she needs it. But when they reach their destination, will he be able to give her up?

Publisher's note: Corralling Callie includes sexual scenes and spankings. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

©2016 Stormy Night Publications (P)2017 Amelia Smarts

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Mail order spanking!

This book from the start was so good, I couldn't stop listening. Amelia Smarts can take a naive girl and a dominant man can create the hottest stories while keeping the storyline enjoyable and believable. Callie, an 18 year old orphan has been corresponding with her soon to be husband and has to get to Sacremento to marry him. Jude, a coach driver, is convinced to take her on his wagon while he is making the trip. Through her naïveté, spunk and bravery, she creates all kinds of havoc during this trip while trying to keep his paying customers happy. Her misbehaving results in blistering spankings and Jude's feelings developing to love. The slow burn between these two is hot it has to end once Callie reaches her fiancé. Or does it?

Gideon Welles has an incredibly low voice, that rasps perfectly for an old west character. His portrayal of this book is nothing less than perfection.

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A ROLLICKING WILD WEST AUDIO LISTEN!!

Where does Corralling Callie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is very high up there because of the pure entertainment value and the authenticity of the narrator's depiction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jude the hero was my favorite character because he was such a strong and stalwart, ruggedly sexy man of the west .He was tough yet tender and had am exquisitely gentle touch!

What does Gideon Welles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator Gideon Welles breathed so much flesh and blood life into the beloved characters of Jude Johnson and Callie Broderick that I truly felt like I was transported to the Wild West and was a passenger on the long, dusty journey from St. Louis, MO to Sacramento, CA! His rough-hewn, rumbly baritone and raspy western drawl was perfectly suited for the role of gruffly sexy former soldier-turned-expert-coachman Jude Johnson, and Mr. Welles did a very admirable job of portraying sweet, native Callie as well!I found myself so immersed in the story and the vivid emotions of the characters that my heart was palpitating, my girly parts were tingling and my belly had flutters throughout. I literally could not stop swooning, squirming and giggling in girlish delight and kept smiling from ear to ear.

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

Yes! This was most a definitely binge listen for me and left me positively giddy!

Any additional comments?

CORRALLING CALLIE gave me WARM FUZZIES and SWOONY feels throughout!!! So if you have a hankering for a high-spirited and homespun western romance chock full of love, drama, heartache and yummy bottom warmings, then I highly recommend this AMAZING audiobook!!

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OLD FASHIONED SPANKING... AT FIRST!

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I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.<br/><br/>I was thoroughly entertained listening to this story. Callie was so adorable, mixing tall tales with stretched and unbelievable but true claims. Jude stood no chance against her willingness to please him. Spanking for discipline was customary in those times but when the feelings go beyond platonic, well... touches usually do, too. I wanted to see a bit more heat in those alone times, though. The HEA had a twist thrown in that was unexpected. <br/><br/>Narrator had a good "Western" voice. Worked well with the story.<br/><br/>Two Thumbs Up!

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Delightful

Callie needed taming. She is an 18 year old orphan/mail order bride on her way to Sacramento to get married but nobody has taught her how to behave in polite society. Her punishment for misbehavior in the orphanage up until the beginning of this story was to be locked in a closet for long periods of time.
Jude is the coachman taking her to Sacramento and he cares for her and teaches her a thing or two about life.
They begin to have feelings for each other and ... You will either have to read the book or listen to the audio version to find out what happens.
It is a delightful story and the narration by the gravelly voiced Gideon Welles is great.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
I was supplied with the audiobook version by the author and this is my unbiased and honest review.

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Sweet western Spanking romance with a bit of humor

A wonderful story that makes you laugh. I've only read/listened to a few of Amelia Smarts books, but she's becoming a favorite of mine.
The narrator has a wonderful deep western sound, but he doesn't quite get the females across right. Though I did enjoy him otherwise.
This audiobook was given to me for free at my request from the publisher or author or narrator and I provided this voluntary review.

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Narrator Pauses A Lot and Callie Acts Young

Would you try another book from Amelia Smarts and/or Gideon Welles?

Gideon Welles is a good narrator. If he doesn't do this pausing thing in other works I'm good with checking him out. Smarts wrote an interesting story, however her characters need more work. If she has progressed in that department I would check out more of her material.

Would you recommend Corralling Callie to your friends? Why or why not?

It depends. If you can get past Callie and the pausing in the narration, yes. If you want more from the characters, then no.

What about Gideon Welles’s performance did you like?

He had a nice deep voice that would work well for a romance novel.

Was Corralling Callie worth the listening time?

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favorite audio book experience.

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Hey Guys! Today I'm reviewing the audiobook Corralling Callie by Amelia Smarts and narrated by Gideon Welles. <br/><br/>Let's start with the narration. Gideon Welles has a deep voice. It is steady and sexy. However he pauses a lot. He pauses so much I thought my app wasn't working or that my phone had broken. When checking that my phone and app were working I became a little frustrated by how much he pauses. He would say a sentence like this: Well I don't...know....but well I....guess that's....fine. Now I'm from the south and I know we can talk a little slow, but people don't just pause for seconds in the middle of their sentences. And I highly doubt they do that over in Texas! In the last forty minutes of the audiobook he redeems himself and stops the annoying pausing habit. So the audio gets a 4/5.<br/><br/>Now for the plot. The plot itself is interesting. Callie is going on a month long trip to San Francisco to meet her fiance for the first time. On the way she has a thing with Jude, the stage coach driver. They fall for each other, but can't have each other. The story though is a tad boring. Nothing much is described. We are told what happens. I would have liked to see more scenes like the one where Jesse James comes to rob them, or Callie sitting in the dark humming. I didn't feel like I traveled with them, just heard about it. <br/><br/>There also was not much romance. It was only in the last thirty minutes, and it was definitely not graphic. For a book that said it was 18 plus I figured there would be more sex? But I guess not. <br/><br/>Callie was an issue. She acted like a ten year old most of the time and a five year old when she had tantrums, but she's supposed to be eighteen. I don't believe for a second she is 18 years old. And the fact that Jude, a 30? something year old man, is interested in her is just plain gross. It has to be for the fact that she is young looking. She doesn't really have a personality outside of her temper tantrums and naive and ignorance. I understand she was locked in a closet during her time at the orphanage when she would act out, but was she locked in their from 5 to 18 years old? Because she has not grown up at all! The only times Callie was somewhat redeeming as a character were when Jesse James came to steal from them and when she was in the dark humming to herself. The rest of the time she was too young for her age and didn't really do much in the story except wreck everything for everyone. <br/><br/>Overall I'd give the narration a 4/5. Story 3/5. And total experience 3.5/5.

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Sweet, naughty stagecoach ride

Callie Broderick is an orphan who is ready for a big change in her life. She’s masterminded a plan to ride a stagecoach out west to California where her fiance Albert awaits her. She’s willing to be a mail-order bride to get away from her poor life and past. However, as she comes to know the coachman, Jude Johnson, she starts questioning her choice to marry this unknown Albert.

I joined this blog tour on a whim because I do like a good western from time to time. Plus there’s spanking, which I always find both amusing and potentially erotic. This book was fun though there’s not much depth to it. Callie feels like she’s 16, though the description puts her at 18. She’s got this rough past as an abused orphan and yet she seems to lack some street smarts. Her character could have used a bit more to it.

Then we have Jude Johnson. He’s an ex-soldier and an experience coachman. He provides a steady, and sometimes stern, hand for Callie to clasp on to…. when he’s not using it to smack her bottom. He’s a decent guy and he felt like twice Callie’s age. I wanted to know more about him and his past. He carries a confidence that is attractive.

The main premise of the book was good. Callie wants to leave her old life behind and this chance to be the wife of a man with a stable income in far off Sacramento seems like a dream come true. She’s exchanged letters with Albert over the past several months and he appears to be a decent person. I did wonder how Callie came to read and write so well and how she came about the paper, ink, and postage to exchange so many letters. It’s these little things that would have made this a really good story had they been included.

So let’s talk about those spankings, because that is honestly why some of us picked this book up. The first few spankings were chaste punishments for Callie doing something that she shouldn’t. Her relationship with Jude really does start off with this older man in charge punishing a young disobedient pup feel to it. But then things start to shift as they become friends. Plus Callie is afraid of the dark and needs comforting nightly in order to sleep. That puts them in an intimate if still chaste position on a regular basis.

Eventually, we get 1 sex scene. It’s over quickly and lacks in description. While the romance and anticipation leading up to it were sweet, the actual love scene needed more page time. A lot more page time. The ending for Jude and Callie was a nice one and I can see how the author may well build upon this. Perhaps there will be a sequel. After all, there’s plenty more than spankings for the two to explore.

I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.

The Narration: Gideon Welles can read to me any time he wants to. This is one of the sexiest voices I have heard in some time. He is excellent as Jude Johnson. He’s got just the right amount of gruffness to his voice. His female voice for Callie was decent. He also had distinct voices for the other characters in the story. I liked his regional accents as well.

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Nice read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

make the speaking rate faster, and add a female voice

Did Gideon Welles do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

mostly, he is really good, just not amazing with female voices. But I like his style

Was Corralling Callie worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I got a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review

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Good

“ I voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book

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This Was A Nice Surprise

Would you consider the audio edition of Corralling Callie to be better than the print version?

Since I haven't read the book, I cannot answer that question. But I can tell you that it was a surprise and I would listen to it again. I would even purchase the book.

What other book might you compare Corralling Callie to and why?

For me it would be hard to compare an audible book unless I listened to one exactly like it. I would also then have to decide if I liked it just as much as the other book. And then there's the opposite side of the coin - did I like it less. Maybe it's a case of if I liked this author more than the other author. Or maybe I liked this author less. I would not disrespect either author that way.

Which character – as performed by Gideon Welles – was your favorite?

I would have to say Jude Johnson. Mr. Welles does a great job of bringing his character to life. I wasn't sure in the beginning if I would enjoy having him read to me but it wasn't long before I changed my mind. I wouldn't have been able to envision what Jude was like without Gideon's voice to put pictures in my mind.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

One thing that may be off-putting to some is how Jude handles Callie at times. Is he treating her like a child? Is he trying to teach her a lesson? Or is it an adult male showing an adult female what they can enjoy together than just straight vanilla sex. I think you have to have an open mind and get past that he is not abusing her in any way. And living the type of life he has led, he's not had a woman like her in his life before.

Any additional comments?

I loved how this author took me on an adventure back into the old west. It's a story that made my trips in the car much more enjoyable. And it had me wishing I was in a stage coach with horses in front of me instead of under the hood. I'm glad that no one asked what I was listening to because there are certain scenes I wouldn't want to explain. Not because I didn't enjoy the story but you just never know how the other person will handle the explanation. Our author does a great job of creating a character that I truly hated - one nice word, bully. Would I recommend this author? Without a doubt, yes. Would I listen to this author's work again? Without a doubt, yes. Would I read a book of hers? Yes.<br/><br/>I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.