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The guy who wants to settle down. The girl afraid to lose herself again.

Showing her hand, showing his heart, and a chance to have forever

Jessie Wilde survived an abusive boyfriend and now just wants to live her own life. Her enthusiasm and expertise sell the environmental features of the idyllic town of Cypress Corners but she doubts her own worth, often hiding behind her glasses and bulky clothes.

Former beach bum Noah Brady builds houses but he wants to make a home for himself and his young son. He doesn't know if he has it in him, though. He's never been a commitment or future kind of guy.

When he meets Jessie, and gets to know the sweet, smart girl inside, he has to figure out how to do this relationship thing. He's starting to think she just might be his forever.

Can Noah show Jessie there's more to life than just surviving?

Or will her fear of the past keep her from reaching for her future?

©2016 JoMarie DeGioia (P)2016 JoMarie DeGioia

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Another great installment

This was the first book that wasn't about one of the original members of our Cypress family. I though the author did a good job in keeping the story alive with these new characters, while still including the old. It sort of gravitates from the Chapmen family to include the broader family of Cypress Corners. Another satisfying read given life in audio by the wonderful Wendy Rich Stetson. I heard some different ranges in characterizations that I hadn't yet heard from her in this book. Always a delight to listen to her.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Showing Jessie

Another great addition to The Cypress Corners series. It so wonderful keeping up with the whole Chapman family and their friends. As always Lettie is a bonus to this series. great narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Quick love story

Would you listen to Showing Jessie again? Why?

Yes, it took me no time to complete.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the scenes with Noah and his son.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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More Cypress Corners!

After listening to the first 4 books in the Cypress Corners series, I was anxious to listen to the next one. It was, of course, just as good as the rest. I love the well-developed characters that JoMarie DeGioia writes about. I feel as though I personally know the family and really enjoy keeping up with the characters from the previous books. If you like a book with mystery, romance, suspense, fun and laughter, then this is the book (or series) for you.

I have listened to several audio books narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson and they seem to get better each time I listen to a new one. She has one of those voices that you could listen to forever.

I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Great Series!

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This is a great book; this is the fifth book in the Cypress Corners series written by JoMarie DeGioia and narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson. Jessie Wilde survived an abusive boyfriend and now just wants to live her own life. Her enthusiasm and expertise sell the environmental features of the idyllic town of Cypress Corners but she doubts her own worth, often hiding behind her glasses and bulky clothes. Former beach bum Noah Brady builds houses but he wants to make a home for himself and his young son. He doesn't know if he has it in him, though. He's never been a commitment or future kind of guy. When he meets Jessie, and gets to know the sweet, smart girl inside, he has to figure out how to do this relationship thing. He's starting to think she just might be his forever.

The narrator Wendy Rich Stetson did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.

If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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Another great Cypress Corners book!

I have enjoyed each of the Cypress Corners books. As in the other books, the heroine and hero meet through their involvement with a "green community" in Florida. Jessie has tried to avoid the very handsome Noah, but that comes to an abrupt halt when she discovers him one night at the tent house she lives in enjoying nature and a beer. There's a mutual attraction, but she's had a bad experience and doesn't plan on getting involved.
Noah has a son, Max, from a very brief (it couldn't get any briefer) encounter with a woman who lives somewhere else. He's not exactly your forever kind of guy. However, the two enter into a kind of pseudo- relationship. They both have stuff to work through, but the first step is deciding if they even want to or if they should just call it quits.
This was a light, but definitely sexy read. Wendy Rich Stetson did a great job with the narration. I'm hoping there is a Cypress Corners, Book 6!
I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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I’ve become quite a fan of Cypress Corners. Showing Jessie is the fifth book in this delightful series. Each story in this unique setting has been an enjoyable read. When Ms. Stetson asked if I would be interested in listening to this recording, I immediately accepted the offer. Showing Jessie is an excellent addition to this series. I’m glad I had an opportunity to listen to it.

As with all Ms. DeGioia’s books, Showing Jessie is an easy read. The pacing is fast, and I love the small town atmosphere of Cypress Corners. Not only did I enjoy the hero and the heroine, I had the chance to find out what the Chapman siblings are doing.

Noah is an awesome hero. He’s of course good looking, but he’s also a genuinely nice guy. He’s uncomplicated, and he’s just perfect for Jessie. While his son was definitely not planned, but instead the result of a one-night stand, Noah has accepted full responsibility for him and did right by the boy’s mother. It would have been easy for him to just do the minimum, as many men would have done in this situation, but Noah is a great father instead. Just loved his character from start to finish.

Now Jessie, her character is much more complicated, which worked well for this story, creating a good bit of conflict for her to resolve. At times I did get a bit frustrated with Jessie. She struggles so much with accepting that Noah really cares about her. The ex really did a number on her self-esteem. All in all, I did enjoy her character, but just not as much as I enjoyed some of the other heroines in this series.

Now, I listened to the audio version performed by Wendy Rich Stetson. As always, Ms. Stetson truly brings the characters to life for me. From the delightful southern-bred older lady, Lettie, with her scandalous comments, to the young receptionist at the sales center where Tammy and Ben work. She gives each character a distinct voice, making it easy to recognize who is speaking, even if the author didn’t use many dialogue tags.

The author does that very well, by the way. That’s so important in an audio recording. Too many he said, she saids, become tedious to listen to, but that is definitely not the case with Ms. DeGoia’s books.

This is not the first performance I’ve listened to by Ms. Stetson and it will definitely not be the last. I love Ms. Stetson’s smooth voice and well-modulated tone a great deal. With each performance, her skill as a narrator shows amazing growth, and I’ve enjoyed seeing her brilliance only become brighter.

If you enjoy light-hearted, witty contemporary romances with plenty of heat between the sheets, then you will enjoy Showing Jessie. I highly recommend this book, along with the other four books in this great series. Happy reading!


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Showing Jessie by JoMarie DeGioia (Audio Edition)
Narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson
Cypress Corners #5

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This is the first book I have read by Ms. DeGioia. I liked the community feel she had to the little town of Cypress Corners. There was a few chuckles here and there, and the secondary characters were a lively bunch. I did find the starting a bit slow, however it picked up about halfway and I enjoyed how Noah couldn’t seem to get his mind off of Jessie. I do wish I had felt the chemistry more between the two leads though. You can tell Jessie had lost her self confidence and self worth and it seems Noah will have to work hard building her back up which, sadly for me, made Jessie a bit too ‘woe-is-me.’ I understand having been in a previous abusive relationship making a person wary of them… but Jessie seemed a little too reluctant with Noah and I felt she made it all a bigger deal than it was. Noah took a bit to realize that he loved her, but at least when he did, he went after her. He gets props for that!

The Narrator Wendy Rich Stetson had a clear voice and enough variety for the characters, that I found her easy to listen to.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*

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great fun story

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I have not read anything by this author and found her writing style to be delightful filled with humor, a little excitement and some wonderful scenes. What a great story of starting over, learning to trust and finding your place in life along with your family. I had no trouble reading this the author does fill in the background so I didn’t feel lost since I had not read the other books in this series.

Ms. Stetson narration was wonderful she gave the characters voices and emotions that you could feel. At times I felt sorry for them and other times I was really happy for each character. There is no background noise, no volume change or any repeating of words. You have no trouble knowing what each character is feeling the narrator gives wonderful emotion to her voice. You are never left guessing and it was easy to know who was talking. Her female voices were as good as her males. Ms. Stetson has a very strong rich voice which is smoothing. She made this a wonderful listen as she takes you through each page making you feel like you are part of the read. It was a pleasure listening to her narration.

I really loved the plot and how it unfolds pulling the reader in giving a very entertaining read. The characters are wonderful, the bosses make each one feel like family. They really know how to build up their employees. I like the romance, the issues they have and how their relationship unfolds. The little town of Cypress Corners is just a lovely town. The story is written very well the author gives lots of detail to her scenes and the beautiful view around them. It is a romance I feel most will enjoy.

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enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of Showing Jessie to be better than the print version?

Yes, it was easy to listen too, and that enhanced my experience.

What other book might you compare Showing Jessie to and why?

I would compare it to one of Jill Shalvis' books. She is another contemporary romance writer with equal talent.

Which character – as performed by Wendy Rich Stetson – was your favorite?

Jessie, because the narrator did a little better with the female roles.

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

Yes, any good book, I don't want to put down.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange of an honest review.

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