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The Book Babes

Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
Series: Texas Heroes, Book 13-15
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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From New York Times and USA Today best-selling Texas romance author Jean Brashear: a boxed set of the three-part serial, The Book Babes of Austin, including Texas Ties, Texas Troubles, and Texas Together, another story in her popular Texas Heroes series.

The Book Babes reading group began as five women wanting to talk books - but now they've become family. There's romance author Ava Sinclair, organizer and backbone; happily-married mother of five Ellie Preston, the heart of the group; elegant art gallery owner Sylvie Everett; single mom and sociology professor Luisa Martinez; and ambitious attorney Laken Foster, the wild child of the bunch. For several years now, they've met monthly and discussed the current book a little - and dissected their lives and loves far more often.

But now change is rippling through the group, begun by Laken's restlessness with her freewheeling life of serial hookups and sent into hyperdrive by Ava's suddenly-hot career, while Luisa's abusive ex tries to reclaim their teenage son and Sylvie faces her mother's decline. But it's when Ellie takes her first step into life after her children fly the nest and falls under the spell of the sexy artist who's teaching her to paint that the group's orbit begins to wobble on its axis, and life - for all of them and the men they love - will never be the same.

And then there's the surprise Sweetgrass Springs connection....

©2015 Jean Brashear (P)2015 Jean Brashear

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So Good!

I listen to books while walking my dogs. It's a good thing no one was around me at times as I caught myself yelling at the characters. If I am yelling at the characters then you know it is well written and engaging.

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  • rani727
  • BROKEN ARROW, OK
  • 05-21-19

Another great read!

I really enjoyed this box set. It takes you on a ride with all the women and the choices that they make. Eric G. Dove does a marvelous job of narrating. I cried, I laughed, I got a little upset. Where can I find a "Wyatt"?

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The Book Babes

Well written trilogy by Jean Brashear. I always enjoy listening or reading her stories. In the audible I was not feeling connected to the other books in the Texas Heroes until one of the characters spoke of being related to Ian of Sweetgrass Springs. Otherwise, none of the other main characters were relatable to any of the other stories. Unfortunately, it did not hold my attention as much as all the other books. So, by the time it got to the middle of the second book, I had all the characters sorted out. It could be said that if I read the ebook, I would have referred back to previous pages to keep all the characters sorted out in my head. But in listening to the audible, it’s not quite so easy to just go back a few pages to pick up the names.
There are several characters, married and unmarried with displays of compassion, selfishness , anger, disappointment, jealousy, love, fear, and bravery. Friendships and marriages were tested. No matter how old one is there is always much to learn in life and relationships. That is the message these characters learned.
I received a complimentary copy of this audible. I choose to leave an honest review.

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Heartwarming, humorous and honest.

Heartwarming, humorous and honest. Brashear continues to steal hearts with her tales of courageous women and the men who love them. Ava, Ellie, Sylvie, Laken and Luisa are a sisterhood that inspires, conspires and fights back, whenever the need may be. I love the fact that even at their weakest, Brashear refuses to make these women victims. A heroine is a woman, not afraid to risk, determined to suceed and never afraid to ask for help. The Book Babes are a family in heart, if not by blood. Ironic that Dove is not afraid to be vulnerable when it comes to saluting a heroine. Brashear, chose well.

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First I want to say that I love Jean Brashear's books. I am so invested in her characters that I can hardly wait for the next book coming out. With that said....

These three books were not what I was expecting. They were well written, but the storylines were not a favorite. Although they are probably as real to life as one can get, the HEA for one couple is probably less than real life. But I'm THRILLED with the ending...and can't wait for Michael and Laken's story to continue.

I'd say these are not standalone reads, which is great that this was a boxed set. There are five women and their stories are intermingled and told together. At first I kept getting lost on who was who. But I hung in there, and got to where I could keep them straight. It really didn't take all that long, but it was distracting at first. This box set reminded me more of daytime television and the soap opera's I watched. (Keep in mind that it's been since the 1990's that I've watched daytime TV.) In the books I read, it's one thing to have an "evil" character lusting after another who belongs to someone else, but the central characters lusting after another? Well, I had a hard time handling the "cheating" aspects of the story...emotional and physical. So heartbreaking. Because of that, I only cared for three of the female characters, and really, just not so invested in this group. I keep changing on whether I liked these books or not. There was more tension in the relationships, and some of wrong, but isn't that real? Life does get messy. But I guess when it's too close to home, it's no longer entertainment reading for me.

Eric Dove, once again, was an excellent narrator. His performance brings characters to life, give them heartfelt emotions, and helps draw a person into the story.

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  • Jennifer
  • HOLLANSBURG, OH, United States
  • 05-05-19

Brings real world to light

I wasn't sure about this box set when I started, but it ended up bringing to light every day troubles. I love how the book babes stuck together through the ups and downs. Each of them with their own issue to overcome. Jean managed to write stories that tug at your heart.

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Wow, What A Rollercoaster Ride!

I listened to this Trilogy via Audible. I think this is the best way whether you read/listen to it, having all the books at one time, flow from one to another.

In the first book, you get the background on the five friends. You can see the trouble brewing on the horizon. The second book detailed each person's issue. Every one of the Book Babes had a a significant issue in some aspect of her relationship. The third book ties everything together as an almost tragedy pushes everyone toward a resolution of their issue and ultimately to a HEA.

Eric G. Dove did an excellent job with the narration on this book. He made you feel all the feels. The book was chock full of emotion. Happiness, sadness, anger, grief, fear, uncertainty, vulnerability, and love. There were moments of suspense, a sense of danger, and feelings of distress.

Admittedly, there are so many people in this book that it was a bit difficult to get the right Book Babe with the right partner and situation, but it was well worth the effort.

There was also the tie to Sweetgrass Springs with Michael's character. I am hoping he gets a book and maybe we can see what happens with him and Laken.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and I only had to stop to sleep. Lol!

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed this book.

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A story of five women

This is Texas Ties, Texas Troubles, and Texas Together, and you must read all three for the whole story. It's about five women in a book club, but they spend the entire time talking and sometimes gossiping. Ava's children are grown, and she is moving upward as an author. Ellie has five children who are getting older, and she is freaking out about who she is. Sylvie owns a gallery and is struggling with the loss of her mother's health. Luisa is a single mother, raising her children, putting herself through school, and working hard to make ends meet. Laken is an attorney who never wants to settle.

Most of the women are selfish and refuse to see their own issues. I did not like Luisa's pain and subsequent revelation had to be tied to romantic feelings of Tom. He is a lawyer and friend, why make something that was not there and felt out of place. Her jealous coworker wanted to make trouble, and it should have been left at that. Ava then felt vindicated in blaming all her issues at Louisa's feet. Totally unnecessary. Luisa was also left out of the epilogue. Eric's narration was wonderful. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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Go Ladies!

This is a wonderful trilogy about a group of ladies who form a book club, though books rarely get discussed at their meetings, and share their lives with each other. Each of their stories is emotional and interesting and it is fun to discover that one of them develops a surprising connection to Sweetgrass Springs. I totally enjoyed all of these stories and these lovely ladies. I laughed and cried with them and for them. Each and every one of them found a place in my heart and I am hoping that they will each pop up in future books as many of Jean Brashear’s characters often do. As usual, Eric Dove never fails to make the audio experience absolutely enjoyable.

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  • Carrie P
  • 05-05-16

disappointed

loved every one of jeans books until this one , found it confusing as if 5 ideas of books had been slapped together

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  • Cas
  • 09-15-18

Wow

I read this series in a boxed set.
This series confused me at first, there was so many characters after my attention. And I wondered if I could get them sorted. But believe me, keep going, once you have them all straight the series drags you in with all the different dramas going on. Till the end when a tragedy brings every one and their lives back into focus. Just loved it.
Narration was awesome as always.