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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-18

Funny, mysterious & weird... in a great way!

This book may start off as a contemporary romance but if quickly takes a turn into the slightly mysterious and then the potentially paranormal.

Avery Nolan is a normal 31 year old woman who is rebuilding herself after a divorce. She has moved to a cabin left to her by her grandmother and is substituting at the local school, teaching first grade. Her pupils are delightfully quirky, as only first graders can be. Seems normal, right? Well that is hardly the case. Her 11 year old dog suddenly has a new lease on life and seems to get younger every time he disappears into the mountains. The father of one of her students seems to hate her for no justifiable reason. Then things get weirder.

I enjoyed listening to Kelley Hazen narrate ML Hamilton's sometimes funny, sometimes quirky prose. Avery Nolan's personality seems to really jump out at the listener. She is well written and the story is well narrated as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this listening experience. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-18

Western romance with an unusual twist!

This audiobook is quite entertaining. I love that several relationships between older women and younger men are featured amongst the supporting characters as well as Jackson and Annie. I enjoyed the surprise twists in the plot. I like how complex Annie and Jackson's are. Both are damaged by unfortunate pasts but willing to make a go at a different future. I especially enjoyed the way the book seemed to meander when appropriate and gain momentum at just the right times.

Overall a fun, action filled (though not packed), sweet romance that rates quite high on the feel-good factor.

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Short, sweet and action-packed!

Simone Carter is quite adept at writing sexy, action-packed, romantic stories that cut out the superfluous details that can weigh a plot down. Nick and Darcy's story literally starts with heated eye contact and speeds up from there. Their connection literally parallels the level of danger that surrounds them.

Of course, boy meets girl, girl is in danger, boy saves girl is too unsophisticated for this story. There is an element of that basic plot structure but also so much more, including bacon grease, a skillet, sneaky friends and a seemingly insurmountable personal history.

This audiobook is easy to listen to and entertaining from start to finish. Lissa Blackwell has a pleasant narrative voice as well.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

It is a Regency romance all the way!

What does one usually expect from a Regency romance? Perhaps a physically and mentally strong peer of the realm? An unusual damsel often in impoverished circumstances? Balls? Grand dresses? A little mystery? A little danger? A little talk of Napoleon? This book has all the above.

To be fair, there is nothing unusual about the story but it is a satisfying Regency listen. I liked the characters, even the supporting characters and I enjoyed the bit of mystery that didn't quite turn out the way expected.

Overall enjoyable and very easy to listen to!

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

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Snapshots of a special Christmas Eve

It is a little weird listening to a Christmas romance during the summer months but this story was filled with all the wonders of Christmas that I couldn't help being delightfully filled with Christmas spirit!

The story takes place on Christmas Eve when almost everyone is looking forward to the special evening service at church. It looks like it may be a white Christmas which can be wonderful yet hazardous for travellers. The plot structure consists of snapshots of the mundane and not so mundane moments with loved ones as they spend time together. But best of all, the characters lives touch each others, some strangers and others friends, in the spirit of Christmas giving and gratitude.

This book is delightful. It is short but brimming with the feel-good factor. It is probably a wonderful book for the busy Christmas season but it is equally wonderful otherwise as well!

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Emotionally rich street racing romance!

Jordan and Raelynn's story is rich with detail, street racing, street justice, history, trauma, family and love. Raelynn returns home to the illegal street racing community she has always been a part of, the man she has always loved ( but who rejected her), and to her family. Unfortunately she returns as a changed woman. She has emotional baggage and a visceral reaction to intimacy.

Turns out relationships between various characters aren't quite what they seen, including Raelynn and Jordan. As the air between them clears and lines are drawn, Raelynn and Jordan may have a chance to get together. Of course their union doesn't come without incident.

I didn't know much about the street racing culture and found this part of the story very interesting. Leslie Scott has also included a lot of emotional detail in the plot. Despite the incidents in this story taking place over only a few months, it is heavily influenced by the characters' shared pasts and has ramifications into their futures.

Overall the story was rich with detail and wonderfully romantic. It is really quite enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-18

Thoroughly enjoyable!!

First of all, Declan is my new book boyfriend. He really has swoon-worthy characteristics. He is firm but fair with kids. He is willing to go the extra mile for Elina. He prioritizes family first and respects Elina's need to put her kids first. In fact, Elina is a single mother and Declan couldn't be more supportive.

That said, M Garzon has really captured the reality of being a single parent. She hasn't softened the edges because parenting is demanding, messy and exhausting. Despite all that it is also fulfilling and incredible.

That said, Elina and her two children really deserve a wonderful man like Declan. After all, who doesn't love a man who works with his hands?

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-18

Another suspense-filled romance from Northstar

The Northstar Security Series is fairly typical for this genre. It has all its boxes ticked. Alpha Male? check. Strong female protagonist? check. Sexual tension and chemistry? check. A suspenseful plot? check. It is worth noting, however, that this book, despite all the sexual tension, is surprisingly clean. It doesn't mean the book isn't action packed. In fact it moves at a steady pace, when required, and increase in velocity when appropriate too.

Charles Henderson Norman has a wonderfully deep narrating voice. I think he does a fabulous job portraying the male characters. He is able to use the depth of his voice to reflect the importance of the characters to the plot and strength of the characters' personalities. I just don't think his voice works as well for the female characters.

Overall this book is easy to listen to and enjoyable. It has its sweet moments offset by bursts of suspense and action.

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

A Christian Thriller Romance

If you are a Rachelle Ayala audiobook fan, you will find this audiobook quite different from her usual style. This book is set in a small town in Idaho and reflect that sort of environment. The community seems to be split between two families. One consists more of hellfire and brimstone preachers and the other owns a bar and motel (making them the sinners). Amber is from the first camp and Nate from the latter. They have a secret friendship and share their hidden dreams to get out of town. Except that all changes when Nate looses his brother in an accident and Amber runs away and finds herself in the clutches of a criminal.

One year later Amber has escaped from her abusive boyfriend, has had a baby and comes back to town to visit her dying grandmother. She reconnect with Nate but before they can figure out what to do, the boyfriend makes an appearance.

This book focuses a fair bit on Christianity. It is central to the plot theme which mainly involves forgiveness and love. In fact, not really being a Christian fiction connoisseur, I found it fascinating and unusual how action packed and thriller-ish this Christian romance really is.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Not-so-perfect perfect match!

Both romance writer Jade and Navy Seal Aiden end up winning a paradise tropical island romantic retreat by lying in their profile. (To be fair, it was actually Aiden's mother and sister organising his profile.) Jade appears to be a bratty spoilt woman. Meanwhile Aiden seems to be a brash and cocky Navy man.

However, as Aiden and Jade's real personailities come through and as the reader learns more about them, the more it seems like they balance each other well. It is also evident that they probably would never have met without the Perfect Match situation. Before theycan achieve their HEA, there is the proverbial thorn in the story.

This book is exactly what it appears, a low-key, light, humourous, contemporary romance. It is easy to listen to and overall enjoyable.

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

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