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From best-selling author Natasha Stories.

Erin Timms took a new job as a veterinarian in Sunshine, Colorado, for two important reasons: to get away from her ex, and to give herself a chance at a new life. But when devastating news of her ex follows her there, she begins to think she has made a terrible mistake.

Tall, stunning-looking Jon Miles had only one goal: to save the mountain canyon where Sunshine is located from businessmen who want to exploit it. But how can he do that when he is already an outcast?

There was nothing to suggest they’d ever meet, much less strike a spark of red-hot romance. Except that Erin can never turn away a stray....

©2014 Natasha Stories (P)2018 Natasha Stories

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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 03-28-18

Stray

I have mixed feelings about this story and its characters. It worked because it has a plot, intrigue and conflict, characters that I liked and some I wanted to smack into next Sunday. I liked Jon, despite him doing some questionable things, I felt sorry for him after finding out his backstory, the guy couldn't get a break. He gets quite a few shocks in a short time. And the dog... Max was great, glad Erin was able to save him.
There was a lot of drama, a bit much for my taste, small town gossip and entitled rich girls but I guess it added to the conflict in the story. Erin didn't help either, she is not among my faves either, a bit wimpy and a lot gullible. I am not a fan of weak female leads.

Mr. Kafer is among my fave narrators and it is always a pleasure to listen to. Love the voices, Jon and especially Doc. My first listen from Ms. Kline who for the most part did ok and had some good variations for the many characters, I found that for Erin some parts sounded overdone to me or overly soft for the situation.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and this review is voluntary.

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I loved it!

This book was so much more than I expected. I loved the premise of this story and found myself pulled in by the stray Golden Retriever (Max) and Erin (Vet) and Jon. The book has many facets from lost love, need to heal, redemption, new love, corporate takeover, water rights, tourist vs. local residents, land development, grudges, and happiness. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. This book was given to me for free at my request and I have provided this voluntary review. Both narrators did a very good performance with this book and they each put so much emotion into it. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and both narrators.

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Save the town that hates you. . .

This was a listen that surprised me and delighted me all at the same time. I got more from Erin and her strength and convictions. I found something to look for in Jon. The dynamics of the town-folks and the resort people was interesting enough to have you wanting to know how it all went down. The narrators did justice for this read and kept me hanging on to the very last words.

Both narrator did a good job. I found the audio to be smooth and complementary to the story.

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Loved this!

Fantastic and well written story of two unlikely people and the loveable stray dog that brought them together. Plenty of small town drama and romance. Fantastic narrators as well, they really made the listening experience. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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2 Souls and a Dog, Seeking Love and Redemption!

2 Souls and a Dog, Seeking Love and Redemption!
This is a standalone, HEA, NO cliffhangers!

Content Warning: This has SEX! So if you do not like that sort of stuff, then you should avoid.

♥ Story ♥
I think just about every character in this story is a stray in one way or another. The story takes place in a small town with a touristy vibe. There is deep history that is at the root of things. A lot of closets to shake out skeletons.

Theo Miles is the one who betrayed the town, but his son Jon is the one paying the price. He has inherited his father’s shares of the company and wants to undo the wrongs to prevent more damage to the local area. He knows it’s not going to be easy, but things get tricky as the secrets start to spill out.

Erin is trying to make her dreams come true, despite her current and past set backs. She is trying to save up to buy the vet clinic she works for, but the boss’s daughter is trying her patience and making her question her decisions. Jon brings an injured stray to Erin at the clinic and all of their lives are forever changed, including the dog.


The large number of subplots are a doubled edged sword to me. They are set up, explained, then solved, nothing is left unanswered. I just need more! Just a little bit, to make it feel complete. Its not a biggie kind of issue, it just keeps it from being a five stars listen for me. I’m going to forever wonder about Minerva’s health and if Maharajah is ever found. Not to mention the question poised at the end as to how. Can’t really say more but when you get to the epilogue, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Doesn’t change the outcome of anything, it just perplexes the mind!


♥ Author ♥
This was my first listen by Natasha Stories, and won’t be my last. Great characters. Max totally stole the show!


♥ Narrator(s) ♥
Jeffrey Kafer was great. Both with voices as well as the general story narration. He is an excellent performer with a long list of titles. This is not my first, nor my last. Several of his titles are on my wish-list.

This was my first listen by Sierra Kline. She was great at evoking the emotions. I would listen to more titles performed by her.


♥ Audio Production ♥
The original speed was not consistent. Some chapters seemed slow with others being a bit too fast. I ended up settling at 1.05 speed. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Audiobook obtained at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

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My Thoughts on Stray

This book had a lot of firsts for me. First time reading a book from this author. First audio with Jeffrey Kafer. And first time experiencing a one 180 about a main character.

I found that for my first book by Natasha Stories it was a good one. It held my attention. It had good twists and character building. It was just a very enjoyable story and I want to check out more by her in future.

Both narrators did a great job, and this being my first audio by Jeffrey Kafer, I was very happy with it. I absolutely want to listen to more audio books by both of them.

While I ended up enjoying this book and the writing was really good, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the leading man at first. His behavior was so conflicting as to what his true character was as some of his actions seemed unforgivable. But I guess it's also the mark of a good author that by the end of the story I'd firmly landed on being a fan of him and felt he'd really redeemed himself.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Who can't resist a stray?

This is the 1st book by this author and these narrators that I have heard. I can say that if it wasn't for the narrators, I'm not sure how quickly I would of gotten through the book reading it. I didn't feel a real connection with the two main characters, Erin and Jon. There were a few things in the story that I felt were off, especially when it came to Max. I enjoyed the location of the story and was able to visualize the mountains. There were a lot of surprises so that helped, but it was kind of slow moving for a while. It didn't feel like things were going anyplace, but the two narrators did such an awesome job keeping the story alive it kept me listening and I found myself not able to turn it off. The overall sound quality of the the book was great. I will be looking forward to listening to more by these narrators. I will read something else from this author because overall this story did have some good plot twist that I enjoyed and didn't expect.

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A Wonderful love Story

Erin Timms finds herself starting her life over in the small town of Sunshine, Colorado. She’s a vet and after a breakup with her ex she’s left Dallas, Texas and is trying small town life, which as she comes to experience is very different. She encounters Jon Miles one evening when he brings a stray dog he’s just hit with his car, now Jon’s really hot. Every time Erin sees him she gets tongue tied, or rubbish comes of her month.
Jon is bowled over by Erin and is definitely interested. Unfortunately both parties have a lot of unresolved issues, which keeps them apart. So there lots of unresolved angst from Erin, which the Sierra brings to life all the emotion and especially Erin’s evening with BOB to life very realistically. Wow Jon voice is brought to life dripping with sex appeal by Jeffrey that has all the female listeners sit up and  take notice. The star of the story for me was Max the golden retriever who was the Stray in the title or was  he. 
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Sierra Kline. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Don't Be Fooled By Title

Where does Stray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I don't compare one book to the next. Unless I were to compare it to other books that this author has written. Since this is the first book that I've listened/read of Ms. Stories, I have no other book to compare it to.

What does Sierra Kline and Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
They both do a great job at bringing the characters they portray to life. Ms. Kline has a way of adding in accents and changing tones that was perfect when trying to think what the female characters would be like. I certainly would not have been able to do that if I were reading this book on my own. If I ever came across Jon somewhere else, I don't think that I could picture any other voice but Mr. Kafer's. Ms. Kline and Mr. Kafer were the perfect pair to keep me entranced with this story. I can see myself looking for other books that they have worked on together.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
If I were to consider it an extreme reaction it would be how I felt about Megan. Were you to look up the word brat in the dictionary there would be a picture of her. The only thing is that she can distract you from the actual story that's going on. She has that type of personality where she's looking for attention - always acts like she's entitled because of her parents. There were times that I just couldn't help the eye rolls. If I were to come up with a disappointment it would have to be the amount of time that Max makes an appearance in the story. It also had me wishing I had a little cuddle buddy to snuggle with as I listen to the story.

Any additional comments?
This is one of those stories where your reading and listening experiences would be totally different. I have a copy of the book but after listening to the story I don't know if I could go back and read the book again without thinking of our narrators. They are the voices for the characters that Ms. Stories has created. They show us the emotions that the characters are feeling.

At times we get pulled away from the true story because of what Jon is trying to do and how it's affecting Erin's job. Then we have the scenes where Megan makes an appearance. She has a strong personality that requires our scrutiny. Then we have what's going on in Jon's life. It's like we go off in different directions and need something to pull us back in. You have to be careful when the story seems to go off point that you don't get distracted and stop listening to what is being said. On the whole, this was a good listening experience.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 04-03-18

Great narration, a bit too much happening though

Stray has all the makings of a fantastic book. I think the storyline had a bit too much going on. Sierra Kline and Jeffrey Kafer. They were fantastic together and really had some good chemistry! Both voices were so expressive. I was incredibly impressed with Sierra Kline. She portrayed all of Erin’s feelings perfectly.

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  • Book Addict
  • 04-04-18

A Wonderful love Story

Erin Timms finds herself starting her life over in the small town of Sunshine, Colorado. She’s a vet and after a breakup with her ex she’s left Dallas, Texas and is trying small town life, which as she comes to experience is very different. She encounters Jon Miles one evening when he brings a stray dog he’s just hit with his car, now Jon’s really hot. Every time Erin sees him she gets tongue tied, or rubbish comes of her month.
Jon is bowled over by Erin and is definitely interested. Unfortunately both parties have a lot of unresolved issues, which keeps them apart. So there lots of unresolved angst from Erin, which the Sierra brings to life all the emotion and especially Erin’s evening with BOB to life very realistically. Wow Jon voice is brought to life dripping with sex appeal by Jeffrey that has all the female listeners seat up and  take notice. The star of the story for me was Max the golden retriever who was the Stray in the title or was  he. 

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  • A D.
  • 03-17-18

A little of everything!

What an interesting audiobook! Like an onion it has layer to its plot structure. The romance aspect of the story is fairly typical with the initial attraction and the several obstacles that need dealing with before the two protagonists can find their way to each other. However the story also includes a bit of humour, suspense, corporate-drama, small town dynamics, complex family relationships, several spoilt brats, a few interesting pets, conniving exes and several twists in the plot.

Erin Timms is a vet who, motivated by the need to get away from her awful ex, moves to the small town of Sunshine to act as a locum for the local vet. Jon Miles is forced to use her services when a dog is badly hurt in a collision with a car. The attraction is almost instantaneous but so is the suspicion. As it turns out Jon is part of the corporation that has over developed the mountains surrounding the town with ski resorts. More importantly the townspeople hate the resorts. Ever more importantly, there is a history of betrayal associated with the development and the townspeople have long memories.

Of course nothing is quite that simple. For instance Jon isn't just a part of the resort corporation, the relationships between the characters aren't as clear as it all seems, and the cat lady isn't as dotty as initially considered. Jon has to balance his new found attraction to Erin with his long term corporate strategy. Decisions need to be made and realised before Erin and Jon can even consider their HEA.

Overall, I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It is brimming with details that quickly carry the audience from start to finish.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.