Special Delivery

Narrated by: Destiny Landon, Lee James
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Roxanne Murdoch took the place of an absent employee to deliver a belly-gram, she never expected to spend New Years Eve locked in a bank with the vice president shed been sent to surprise. Yet here she was, a respectable businesswoman, dressed like a harem girl, barricaded against a howling blizzard with handsome Bram Tyler. Soon he'd cracked her icy facade and melted her reserve. But what would happen at blizzards end when passion faced reality?

Explicit language: The entire book is the story of Roxanne and Bram - the dialogue and verbal sparring between these two is a standout with sexual tension to spare.

©1984, updated ebook edition 2011 Elaine Raco Chase (P)2012 Elaine Raco Chase

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Loved It!!! Loved It!!! Loved It!!!!

If you could sum up Special Delivery in three words, what would they be?

I Loved it!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was a very realistic story with Roxanne (main character) struggling between being the highly successful entrepreneur and succumbing and admitting that she may possibly have fallen 'in love' with a man she has only just met. My least favorite part of the story would be the sarcasm between the characters was a bit heavy and tiring and I thought Roxanne should lighten up a bit. But then, that is me mirroring my own personality into someone else's I would guess.

What about Destiny Landon and Lee James ’s performance did you like?

I love Destiny Landons voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She totally took the character of Roxanne and made it her own. She "IS" Roxanne! Lee was a perfect romantic counterpart, angling her combative nature with the right playfulness in his tone that the writer expertly devised in their dialogue.

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

Absolutely! I wanted to find out if Bram actually did get to kiss Roxanne on New Years Eve! (No .. I won't tell anyone) and I wanted to find out where she ended up after the 'wonderful climax'. There are a few turns that make you sad for the couple, but all ends well .

Any additional comments?

This is a must "listen" to all you fellow listeners who really enjoy well executed, combative foreplay and well written/descriptive literature.

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Sparkling Contemporary Romance

If you could sum up Special Delivery in three words, what would they be?

Sassy, Smart, FunnyMs. Chase has a real gift for presenting heroines who are intelligent women and who can hold their own with any man. Roxanne can out-think and outsmart just about any guy, but the handsome and personable Bram is just as clever.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroine Roxanne Murdoch. She's smart and funny and sexy with just the right amount of vulnerability. Oh, but I loved Bram too. He's not just a pretty face either -- he has the greatest sense of humor.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene where you have Roxanne and Bram talking. Great dialogue.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Special Delivery will heat up the coldest winter!

Any additional comments?

Loved this story.

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LOVIN' THE STORY****LOVIN' THE NARRATORS *****

I've gotta say one thing first - Whatever you hear in the "audio sample" on these audio books, is pretty much what you're going to hear throughout the book. And that has been the case with every book I've purchased so far. Special Delivery is a perfect example of this. The audio book sample is humorous, clever and has both the male and female verbal and mental foreplay which is the pattern in this book from author, Elaine Chase.

Elaine's characters are thoroughly developed; they all have heart, some sort of emotional wall up, baggage, shortcomings, strengths, a sense of humor and attributes that make you both hate them and adore them.

Destiny Landon has a melodic and exceptionally pleasing and deeply rich voice as she narrates the career-minded, stubborn Roxanne Murdoch, with just the right amount of sexiness that sounds quite innate and unaffected, which I really do find to be a huge plus in a romance story. In romance genres, it is important that the author choose the right voice 'range', and lower registers are always the best choice to add to the warmth of the narration, just as Destiny possesses. Lee James' performance was a nice contrast with his grittier, masculine narration. The chemistry was strongly felt in this audio book and parts played out really well. Bram was entertaining and humorously witty.

The title was cleverly woven into the story's ending, which made me 'laugh one big guffah'. You will not have guessed this in a million years. Guaranteed!

My favorite part was new years eve, of course, and Bram's clever escapades in an effort to win Roxanne's heart - permanently. It was admirable how Roxanne never seemed to take the easy way out. She wanted to do what she thought was right; not taking advantage of people, and working her way up to the top. The book is full of conversation, and 'one-upsmanships' between the potential lovers (see .................. I didn't ruin for the rest of you guys!!)

What girl doesn't look her best in a man's shirt!

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I could not punish my ears any longer!

To be fair I had to stop listening to this book. The female Narrator’s voice was whiny at least she was better than the male.The male narrator sounded like he was drunk or I don’t know what? The story seems pretty good ,I’m going to have to just get this and read,it the narration was just too hard to listen to. They also sounded like they were in a can. On the positive side some of the extra sound effects were nice but not enough to endure hours of these voices.

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Dnf

Story had promise to be a cute, fun, quick read. But I didn’t make it past 1 hour. Characters were supposed to be younger (30’s) and felt like it was my grandpa and great aunt narrating. Big romance vibe killer there. Also sounded like they recorded via speaking into tin cans. First time ever not finishing an Audio book.

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Lively conversations and steamy interactions

Elaine Raco Chase’s work is perfectly suited to the audiobook form, her conversation is so alive, so quick witted and responsive that you will feel as if you are overhearing the interaction from your seat. This book flips the traditional “romance” feel on its ear: Bram is the one who is open, direct and first to admit to being smitten with Roxanne. While Roxanne is more reserved, dragging her Pullman car of baggage and fear from her last relationship forward.

Bram is the vice president of the bank that extended Roxanne a loan for her business: telegrams delivered in costume. When her employee couldn’t make her assignment, Roxanne steps in to fill the appointment: a Belly-Gram that the employees of the bank have ordered to celebrate Bram’s new promotion. Roxanne appears and presents a sensual belly dance that impresses everyone, especially Bram.

Unfortunately for both Roxanne and Bram, the mild snowfall turns into a massive blizzard, and they are stranded in the bank while Minneapolis digs out. Then the sparks begin to fly. Slowly but surely Bram convinces Roxanne that there is no “standard time frame” for falling in love, and taking the chance is more than worth it all.

Like all of the books by this author, the characters are well defined, voiced and always clever. Conversational patois and pacing are among the best out there that I have read, with moments that will have you laughing out loud or reaching out to whap someone in the back of their head for being so stubborn. The chemistry in this book was slower to grow than in others, but that just made the scenes that much more steamy for the palpable sexual tension.

The dual narrations of Destiny Landen and Lee James worked well for the characters: Lee has a voice that is fine-grit sandpaper smooth, and always has the hint of a smile behind it, while Destiny manages to fall into a voicing for Roxanne that is fitting and pleasant. I particularly liked the musical interludes between chapters, they enhanced rather than distracted from the storyline. I did have a few moments with some mispronounced words, but those were minor and did not distract overall from the storyline. I will admit that I am a fan of this author’s work, and really do enjoy her work translated into the audiobook format.

I received an audiobook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Pure Fun

First, Roxanne has to dress as a harem girl to deliver a message because her employee gets hurt. Then she and the recipient of the message get snowed in and it is just the two of them, lots of funny banter, steam, and the question: How long does it take to fall in love with someone? The two characters were great and this was just a fun, entertaining story.

The audio was very well done. The two narrators were entertaining to listen to and the music and sound effects were a nice touch.

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Terrible narration!

I can't comment on the story line because the narration was so bad that I couldn't get past the second chapter. Corny music and unbelievably caricaturish voices were beyond irritating!

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Can’t give full review can’t get over narrators voice

Story line seems interesting and catchy but I can’t get past narrators voice honestly I’d prolly never listen to another book narrated by destiny London, her voice is like nails on a chalk board for me..... is it just me or anyone else feeling the same?

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Narration was awful

The book was good but the narration made me want to yank my eardrums out of my ears! The characters were 30 & 38 not 90. Maybe other 90 yr olds could have done a better job. Thank goodness it’s in the Escape Package.

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