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Publisher's Summary

Preacher's daughter Lauren thinks that she is going to work for wealthy Olivia Lockett as a secretary. Instead, the matriarch makes Lauren a scandalous offer to marry her son in name only. Lauren has strong feelings for him but are they strong enough?

©2014 Sandra Brown (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Characters too extreme

The overall story is compelling, however the characters are a little over-the-top in personalities. Way too innocent or way to mean-spirited making them less believable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I'd love to hear it read with a different narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think the book would have been 2 hours shorter if he didn't pause every couple of words.

Any additional comments?

I'm a Sandra Brown fan through and through. I stuck with it, in spite of the narrator, because it's a nice story.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Virginia, United States
  • 10-28-15

Loved This Book!

Sandra Brown is one of my favorite writers. Hidden Fire is one of the many great books written by Ms. Brown.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Alot of lusty sex jargon, annoying after awhile

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

At certain parts of the book it was a good read. But alot of talk describing sexual encounters between main characters. I skipped ahead a number of times, heard that last chapter!!

Would you ever listen to anything by Sandra Brown again?

Yes I like the author, and rarely disappointed in her books, but I am with this one. I would not recommend it to anyone.

How could the performance have been better?

Yes

Was Hidden Fires worth the listening time?

Yes, but not sad that came to the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very predictable. Terrible stilted performance.

This is a $2 read at best. Disappointed in the pricing of this story & performance. I normally like this author, but felt like I way over-played for this Audible book.

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Could have been better

The story plot was not bad. The structure of the story, if I'm saying this correctly, was off for me. I liked Lauren until she said she loved Jared after Jared had been nothing but horrible to her. Her love for him did not make any since. I could see how he could love her but not the other way around. I wanted to like Jared, but the author took too long in the book to make a case for me to like him. He was mean, really mean, to Lauren when it was very clear she was a good person. Jared's character needed to have been devolved into a likeable person earlier on in the book. It seemed like Lauren was victimized by everyone except the Mexican and Spanish people. They were the nicest people in this book. I'm disappointed in this story by Sandra Brown. She is a great story teller, but this book was my least favorite of her books.

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LOVED THIS BOOK

This book transported me into the story. The narrator was really good detailing sites and places. Sandra Brown did a SUPER job !! I would listen again!

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  • A.
  • Merritt Island, FL, United States
  • 01-19-14

Enjoyed this one

You can seldom go wrong when reading Sandra Brown. This one held my interest and I loved that she mercilessly killed off a few bad guys that so deserved it.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A little too much ...

the story was ok. sometimes I found myself talking to the female character to get a backbone already! and, there was just too much sex.

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A Classic Ruined by Reader

What made the experience of listening to Hidden Fires the most enjoyable?

This is an old classic romance Ms Brown wrote in her early days. I have been a fan of hers since late 80’s and have awaited the audio version. A good classic but this was the wrong reader.

What did you like best about this story?

Since this was written before the feminist movement, beware of dialogue and content if good old boy and old fashioned values offend you.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Reader doesn’t have a deep enough voice for our hero Jarred who author portrays as the quintessential macho cowboy! His cadence is also poor and not smooth when other characters are speaking.
I purchased this book due to author, but had not listened to reader. This reader reads Invisible with my new fave reader January LaVoy, and I had to skip all the parts when he was on, just plain creepy as per the story!
No more of this reader for me, no matter what author is chosen to be performed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a great classic love story, and if you love the old core romances, then read it.