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Lori had always planned to get out of tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado, but when her late dad left her his beloved auto body shop, she'd stayed. Now, according to her crazy best friend, Molly, what Lori needs is some excitement, in the form of hot, no-strings-attached sex...and lots of it.

Quinn Jennings has buildings on the brain - not love and romance. A serious architect, he's delighted to discover that Lori is willing to skip dating protocols and head straight for the sheets. And aided by the steamy books on Lori's bedside table, he's busy indulging both of their wildest fantasies.

But when life in Tumble Creek takes a dangerous turn for Lori, Quinn's protective instincts kick in. Suddenly, he cares - more than either of them ever expected...

©2009 Victoria Dahl; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Stephanie
  • tucson, AZ, United States
  • 02-06-12

HOT, SEXY, EXCITING.

GREAT NARRATOR, AMAZING STORY LINE, FUN CHARACTORS. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ASK FOR? I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING LIKE ALL OF VICTORIA DAHLS BOOKS. THE ONLY THING I DIDNT CARE FOR WAS THE END. IT HAD A GREAT ENDING BUT I WAS EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS. WORTH LISTENING TO. I WILL BE LISTENING TO IT AGAIN.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Third one's the charm

I read the third one first because I like the narrator, and decided to try the previous ones in this series. After listening to the second one, I know I won't be listening to the first...the narrator makes all the difference in the world. The storyline was just as fun, but the ho-hum narration isn't as enjoyable to listen to.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Better Than Book 1

I enjoyed Start Me Up more than book 1 in this series (Talk Me Down). Lori and Quinn made a good couple. I especially enjoyed Quinn's role as the successful, absentminded architect. And Lori's ability to really understand Quinn brought some humor and realism to this story. Their relationship developed slowly, naturally. The book definitely takes you on a wild ride as Quinn helps Lori to explore some of her deepest fantasies. Their encounters are explicit, with Quinn mostly playing a dominant role. The suspense angle of who killed Lori's Dad, added in for interest, isn't really a major part of this book. But I knew from book 1 it wouldn't be. This is a light romantic suspense novel with likeable characters and pretty hot love scenes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lajuan
  • Idabel, OK, United States
  • 03-13-10

Forgetable

I enjoyed Lead Me On so I purchased this one. Didn't care for the narrator. The story wasn't as interesting to me. It is just an okay book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 11-19-13

Part of a sexy series

For some reason, I started this series with the third, then moved on to this one, which is the second. The order really doesn't matter, though, as each could be a stand-alone. This story is about Lori, the town mechanic in Tumble Creek, CO, and her best friend's brother, the sexy, absent-minded architect Quinn Jennings. There is a mystery involved, as well as the evolving no-strings-attached sex relationship between Lori and Quinn. And sex there is, and though it definitely qualifies as erotica, it is tastefully depicted. I enjoyed the time I spent with these people. They grow in positive ways, and are actually nice people dealing with their situations sensibly. There are a few laughs, and no horribly sticky angst. I'll probably give it a re listen when the mood for a light, sexy story hits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • MAGNOLIA, TEXAS, United States
  • 08-01-10

Very Frustrating!

Throughout the story Lori is incredibly lonely but she fights her relationship with Quinn tooth and nail. How does it make any sense when you are lonely, have chemistry and serious feelings for a person that you would continue fighting it? I enjoyed the first book in this series much better, at least those characters embraced their relationship in the end. I had no sense of closure with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ruined by Narration

I found the story okay; it was a typical romance-with-a-little-mystery novel, which I'm more than okay with. It had a good combination of emotion and "steam", and while the mystery was a little weak, it was entertaining enough.

I'd have rated the book a 3 if it weren't for the narration. I found the narrator's style reminded me of my second grade teacher - not exactly the best thought to invoke when reading romance. It sounded as if she were reading solely to get every word across comprehension (every word equally enunciated) rather than providing any meaning to anything. There was little variation in her voice and style between the romantic scenes and the tense scenes, which was very frustrating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alesha
  • Eliot, ME, United States
  • 03-14-10

LOVED IT

Absolutely loved this series...wish there was more

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Romantic mystery avoids stereotypes

Enjoyable romance and mystery with interesting characters. I liked that the lead woman was a mechanic and the male an artistic architect.
The narrator's voice was pleasant to listen to, but occasionally she was not paying attention, and the sentences were harder to follow because she put the stress and pitch in the wrong place, as if she were surprised that there was more to read.

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Was disappointed, expected better!

What disappointed you about Start Me Up?

Wasn't expecting this to be more of an erotica novel. Story was weak.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing from Victoria Dahl

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wanda Fontaine?

Not sure, but Wanda Fontaine voice remind me of an older lady that killed the mood when listening to the explicit details in the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment especially for the price range.

Any additional comments?

None, for the first time reading a book by Victoria Dahl I was very disappointed. She young and I expect better.