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Editorial Reviews

Narrator Natalie Ross brings terrific pace, expressiveness, and wit to Susan Mallery’s fourth and final installment of her Lone Star Sisters series. Ross makes the most of the fast-paced, snappy dialogue, as well as the satisfyingly rich emotional foundation that is the trademark of Mallery’s storytelling.

The hero and heroine are both tough, smart, and fearless. They also share a sense of themselves as outsiders whose childhood traumas left them with thick layers of emotional body armor. Ross’ perceptive grasp of their fears and vulnerabilities around love gives their romance, with its two-steps-forward-one-step-back tension, a deeply satisfying depth and intimacy for the listener.

Ross captures the complex thrill of a first kiss that also carries the realization that these two people’s hearts are suddenly in danger. Then she turns around and brings laugh-out-loud hilarity to the makeover scene where our heroine makes her first horrified encounter with shapewear.

Hot on Her Heels brings the three heroines from the previous stories back together, and Ross effortlessly differentiates between the four women. She moves easily between izzy’s boundless energy, Lexi’s warmth, and Sky’s big-sister protectiveness. And she gives depth and richness to heroine Dana Birch’s tough, self-protective determination as all four women deal with careers, family, love, and life.

it’s also a pleasure to hear how she finds satisfying variations in the raft of Texan voices, and brings a particularly light touch to the voice of Kathy, the hero’s mentally handicapped mother.

Ross conveys the emotional richness of the characters without sacrificing the dramatic tension of the suspense elements in the plot. Her pace slows nicely when characters are challenged to grow and change emotionally, picking up speed and urgency when they must take action against a villain out to destroy anything that gets in his way, including his family, friends, and his country.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first three books in the Lone Star Sisters series, Hot on her Heels is a wonderfully satisfying standalone story made all the more enjoyable by a clever and talented narrator. —Nancy Carter

Publisher's Summary

Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take care of herself, and protect those she loved. Especially her best friends, the Titan sisters.

Twenty years ago, Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now he's back to fulfill that promise, even if Jed's daughters get caught in the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is Dana, her gun, and a growing passion that can't be denied...

©2009 Susan Mallery; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Mead P.
  • Fairfield, CT USA
  • 02-16-13

Unhappy with the change in Narrator!

I have enjoyed listening to this series so I purchased the last book to complete the series. I never thought to check the narrator. Why would they change the narrator for the last book in the series. You get so used to the voice, the characters. This narrator doesn't even sound at all like the other one, to breathy and so far most characters sound the same. Very dissapointed! I have to listen to hear the conclusion to the series but it's not going to be enjoyable!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 02-08-10

Finally!

This is the fourth installment in the "Lone Star Sisters" series and is finally a book worth listening to. I loved the characters of Garth and Dana, and this book nicely wrapped up all the loose ends that had unraveled during the series. The narrator was outstanding and brought the story to life.

I much preferred Susan Mallery's "Buchanan" series, but this book (and the one before) helped in making this series a little more bearable.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Nice conclusion to this series

Where does Hot on Her Heels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good overall entertainment.

What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s performance?

Good but the narration was inconsistent in tone and volume. The men's voices were so low in volume and pitch, I often had to try to adjust my radio to hear them at all. It was very frustrating - it went from loud to very soft.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A narrator sure can ruin a good series!

I was looking forward to this last story in the series but the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to. She sounds sort of whiney and Garth's voice is pretty high pitched. Talk about emasculating the hero. The cadence was difficult to get through as well. She sort of pauses after every 3 or 4 words. Who talks like that? As you can tell, the most of what I recall is about the narrator and not the story. I quit listening after about two hours and have purchased it from Barnes & Noble to read it instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • Forest Hill, MD, United States
  • 06-08-10

OK I loved this one...

This book was so fun.... This is a great summer read for your ipod...

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 12-19-15

I don’t know what this was,

but there was no filling out details of the plot.

This was a strange book. It’s people having conversations. People talk about people, and things that happened, or might happen, and maybe why things happened. It’s telling not showing. I didn’t feel any emotion because no one is doing anything that causes feelings. Three sisters talk to Dana and the group decides Dana will follow Garth for a while. Dana shows up in his lobby. When he sees her he invites her to his condo for dinner. She tells him she will be following him. But we don’t see him go places with her behind in a car or whatever. They have dinner three nights in a row. They have sex. The surveillance was something to say, but I didn’t see any surveillance being done.

I listened to more than half the book and was bored. So I skipped to the last two chapters. Even they did not interest me.

I bought the audiobook because I love the narrator Natalie Ross. She is one of the few female narrators who can do men well. But even Natalie couldn’t make this a better story.

Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: contemporary romance.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Mallery great, Ross annoying

Enjoyed the entire Lone Star series. Ross as narrator was awful. She whisper talked the whole thing with a few loud exclamations. I was constantly having to alter the sound level. The whole point of an audiobook is to listen while you do something else without having to pull your iPod out of your pocket and change the volume 5 times in a couple of minutes. I won’t buy another book she narrates.

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  • Kathy
  • Lansing, MI, United States
  • 09-09-17

Cute end to series!

I enjoyed it thoroughly! Sometimes I need mystery/thriller and sometimes romance. Susan Mallory is one of my favorite romance writers.

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New Narrator

I recommend listening to a sample before buying. ...Midseries narrator change.

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Last book and they changed narrated, not smart.

I loved all these books and the narrated was great up tell the last book. This narrated was trying to hard to be, I don't no, maybe seductive. The voice for Garth was so off the mark.