Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Narrator: Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron, Therese Plummer

Title: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Format: Audiobook (17 hrs and 26 mins)
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Literature
Published By: Atria Books
One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter’s marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds.
three-stars
I started this book already having experience with Jodi Picoult’s writing, so I knew I was in for an intense experience. She is so methodical and expressive but I always find her stories disconcerting. I appreciate that the author told the story from Zoe, her new wife Vanessa and Zoe’s ex-husband’s point of view. It gave me an opportunity to empathize. I’ll admit it that I found the story a bit preachy and definitely advocated a viewpoint, but the story felt real especially in today’s political and religious climate. Zoe and Vanessa’s court case against Max made me examine my own views about this controversial issue. But the author’s writing was remarkable in that I could empathize to all three main characters even if I didn’t quite like them.

The story began with Zoe and Max struggling to conceive. What the reader never got to experience was any real tenderness, happiness or the power of their love. Their relationship was that of a woman determined to have a baby and the man she needed to make that dream a reality. It should have come as no surprise to the readers that Zoe and Max broke up. Unfortunately, Zoe’s new relationship didn’t resonate with me either. What did resonate with me was Zoe’s desire to have a family and the stress the struggle caused her, Max and Vanessa.

I would have loved this story more if the author had delivered multifaceted characters instead of Max, an alcoholic turned bible thumper fighting a music therapist and an atheist school counselor. The characters were over-simplified in such a way to make you either love them or hate them. The stereotypes were written in such a way that I felt led by the nose to the conclusion, which was a typical Picoult ending.

Audiobook Review: Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Narrator: Therese Plummer

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Title: Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Format: e-ARC (320 pages) Format: Audiobook: (9 hrs and 39 mins)
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Published By: St. Martin Press
Purchase Links: Amazon US Barnes & Noble

Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.

Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Almost Missed You is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

four-stars

This book was definitely a page turner. I had no idea what to expect and I listened to the entire audiobook in one sitting. At the center of this book was a missing three-year-old boy and his frantic mother desperately looking answers to help her find him.

Violet and her husband Finn took their three-year-old son Bear to Florida for their first big family vacation. Finn takes Bear out so Violet can catch some sleep but when she wakes up, Finn and Bear have vanished. The question became, why would Finn take Bear and disappear.

I knew something wasn’t right after I heard how perfect Violet and Finn were. Those kinds of comments foreshadow some unfortunate revelation that the only insiders would be privy to know. Then there was Caitlin, Finn’s best friend but also a close friend to Violet who was caught in the middle.

The author weaved this tale using the viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin both using the past as well as the current situation. I was able to follow the audio without getting lost because each person has different voice and different motive. As the secrets began unraveling, the true fear and driving force behind each character’s actions were exposed.

This story reminds me that communication is the foundation of any lasting relationship. These characters didn’t divulge some seriously important facets of their pasts and those secrets came to threaten their shallowly built future. It was well written and completely absorbed in the story.

I was desperately trying to figure out what the mystery at the heart of the abduction of a little boy. The author did a job of creating sympathy for Finn, Violet, Caitlin and George. They were all flawed but were redeemable. This book was quite intriguing and it had a lot more depth than I was anticipating. The ending was satisfying and I would recommend this book to those who love suspense thrillers.

The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

The Newcomer by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #2
Pages: 368
AmazonB&NNarrator: Therese Plummer
Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another.

And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure...but they are not going down without a fight.
four-half-stars

This series is quickly becoming my favorite.  Book 2 was even better than book 1, and I didn’t think that was possible.   I do suggest that book 1 is read first, because this book does tie up quite a bit of loose ends.  There are a couple of stories going on, which I really liked.  Supporting characters also had a role.

The primary story was Mac and Gina’s.  This couple had been best friends for years and finally has gotten together.  Mac’s ex-wife comes to town requesting to see their children.  Since she has not been around for 10 years, the kids and Mac really aren’t interested.  Another side story was Gina’s daughter Ashley who had a major meltdown over a boy.  This story was so real and a little scary.  Ashley also met her biological dad, Erick.  Ashley is one strong young lady.

Sara and Cooper, who were the main characters in book 1, continued with their story.  Pressure from Sara’s job created issues along with one of Cooper’s ex. girlfriends.  This issue created a life changing event for both Sara and Cooper.  Sara’s brother Landon and Mac’s daughter became much closer.

Robyn  Carr always ensures that her characters are well developed, and the storyline is always so real.  I can almost smell the surf and the sea sitting on the deck of Cooper’s little pub.   This is such a heartwarming book.  I can’t wait until I get to book 3.

 

Dance With the Devil (Dark-Hunters #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Dance With the Devil (Dark-Hunters #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon)Series: Dark-Hunters
Pages: 343 Pages
AmazonB&NNarrator: Therese Plummer
Zarek's Point of View:

Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.

Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don't suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it.

Trust: I can't trust anyone...not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.

Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I'm tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.

Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?
four-half-stars

This was a fantastic read.  The story of Zarek’s life was heart wrenching and sad.  I thnk that I blew through a box of Kleenex.   Thank goodness I was listening to this on audio and had my phone away from me.  What I don’t understand is that Zarek is considered borderline inhuman due to his childhood past.  However, this reader saw Zarek as a kind hearted soul.  His actions to Astrd brings out the human side of him.   I liked all of the secondary characters including Astrid and was glad to see that they found each other.  Their relationship was steamy but also sweet.  As in the prior books, there is romance and sex, but the sex scenes did not take away from the storyline.

I love Simi and Sasha as secondary characters and would love to see more of them.  Sasha’s comments made me laugh out loud, which drew some stares from my family!  I am looking forward to reading more about Acheron and Artimis’ story.

The storyline is excellent and the book is well written.  Although this is fantasy, the story was made believable.  I stayed up late to finish this book, which is extremely unusual. I suggest that this series be read in order due to the establishment of the secondary characters.  I am looking forward to continuing with this series.

A New Hope (Thunder Point # 8) by Robyn Carr

A New Hope (Thunder Point # 8) by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #8
Pages: 288 Pages
AmazonB&NNarrator: Therese Plummer
After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment.

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.
four-half-stars

I love small town reads, and this one is no exception.  Although this is book 8 of the series, the book has it all.  The supporting characters have important roles, although the story centers on Matt and Ginger. Ginger has suffered through tragedy, but she is not portrayed as a helpless or weak female.   She is extremely strong and wants to be happy.  She has found that new happiness in Thunder Point.

With the help of Ray Ann (Ginger’s cousin), who has given her a place to stay and Grace offering her a job at the flower shop, Ginger is on the mend to recovery.  A heroine can’t be without a hero, and so we meet Matt.  Matt has demons of his own and never wants to commit to a relationship.

I found this book to be refreshing and have quickly come to love Ms. Carr’s writing style.  The narrator is the same one that is used in Virgin River (another series), and I love how she so easily changes her voice and tone to mimic the characters.  I don’t like to read a book out of series order.  However, without meaning to, I read this one before book 1.   I was never lost so I can safely say that this could also be read as a stand-alone or read out of order.  I am going back and starting this series from the beginning – it is that good!

If you have not read any books by Robyn Carr, I strongly encourage that you do so!

Happy Reading!

The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn Carr

The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #1
Pages: 377 Pages
AmazonB&NNarrator: Therese Plummer
Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home
five-stars

This is book 1 in Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point Series.   This is a very easy and fast contemporary read.   The story doesn’t take time to develop but the action does.  I felt that the slower pace was appropriate due to the storyline. I was riveted from the first page until the conclusion.  I really liked how Ms. Carr wove Virgin River (another series) into the first chapter.  This was only one name and one reference, but this reader immediately picked up on it.

The center story focused on Hank “Cooper” and Sarah.  Cooper did not like to establish roots and moved from one location to the next when he tired of the scenery.  One of Cooper’s closest friends died, and Cooper decided to head to Thunder Point to find out what happened.  Unbeknownst to Cooper, Ben left him all of his worldly possessions.  Cooper planned to stay for only a few days until he met Sarah and her 16 year old brother Logan.  Sarah was also Logan’s guardian since their parents passed away when he was younger.

This first book of the series also introduces the reader to other supporting characters, such as Joe and Lou.  Lou is the sheriff’s aunt who happens to be dating a black man 10 years younger than her.  She is 60.  Deputy Sheriff, Matt, and his long time best friend, Gina, are introduced.  The story did focus on this couple more than the other secondary characters.   I am really looking forward to their story.

I like how Ms. Carr has introduced so many secondary characters, which will establish their future books.  I listened to this on audible, and love the narrator.  She was the same narrator as the Virgin River series, and I could listen to her all day.  She made the characters come to life and made you forget that you were simply listening to a book on tape.  I can’t wait to read the second book in this series!

 

Wildest Dreams (ThunderPoint Book 9) by Robyn Carr

Wildest Dreams (ThunderPoint Book 9) by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #9
on 2015-08-25
Pages: 368
AmazonNarrator: Therese Plummer
Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he's never had. In the quiet coastal town he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes.

Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks' house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie's health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn't want to answer.

When Charlie enlists Blake's help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.
three-stars

Robyn Carr is one of my favorite writers in this genre and this series is one of my favorites. This book fell short of her normal excellence. In fact, this was my least favorite Thunder Point installment because Lin Su made it hard to truly enjoy her perseverance and tenacity. The characters make this series so engrossing and Lin Su made me want to shake her a bit.
Lin Su:
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Lin Su was definitely a survivor and hard worker, but she took the “Lone ranger” thing to the next level. Life had dealt her some blows and she found herself a single mother estranged from her adopted family. She found a job as a home health care nurse for Winnie (Grace’s mom) and it was a good situation for Lin Su and her young son Charlie. Charlie has respiratory problems similar to asthma which causes problem breathing when he overexerts himself. Lin Su became over protective out of fear. Also, I suspect, Charlie is the only one she has, so fear of losing him made her so controlling.

When Winnie rents out one of her condos to a famous Triathlete Blake Smiley, young Charlie finds a hero and champion.
Blake Smiley:
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Blake had to overcome much to become the best in his sport, and he begins mentoring charlie much to Lin Su’s dismay. Lin Su resented Charlie listening anyone else but slowly she loosened the reins of Charlie enough to see him blossom under Blake’s guidance.

Also, Blake began showing romantic interest in Lin Su, but she tried o shut him down gracefully. After all, with her work helping Winnie deal with the effects of her ALS, and her son, she doesn’t have time for love.
Can Lin Su learn to let someone else into their lives after the betrayals she faced in her past?

She is my least favorite heroine in the series and they are my least favorite couple. Blake was everything I love in a hero. He was handsome, athletic, hard working, sexy, smart, generous and loved mentoring the disadvantaged. I kept thinking “girl, you need to snatch that up!” Blake was a really great guy and frankly speaking, I didn’t see why he had to have Lin Suh since she was prickly. I supposed he had to conquer the challenge. I didn’t feel the chemistry at all. I actually liked them better as individuals because they are both hard working and self sacrificing. I like Blake in Charlie’s life, but the romance with Lin Su was undercooked and lacked that hotness that I am used to in this series.

*Special Thanks to Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley for the e-arc given in exchange for an honest review.

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A New Hope (Thunder Point #8) by Robyn Carr

A New Hope (Thunder Point #8) by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #8
on 2015-07-01
Pages: 400
AmazonNarrator: Therese Plummer
After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding. In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment. But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.
four-half-stars

Robyn Carr did it again. Another couple born from two broken people that found hope in each other.

Book 8 is the second chance at love for two characters previously mentioned in book 7. Ginger Dysart moved to Thunder Point to live with her cousin Ray Anne, following the loss of her 4-month son and the dissolution of her marriage. Ginger was deeply depressed and her family hoped that the change of scenery and time with her cousin Ray Anne would help Ginger find the will to continue to live.

Ginger began working at Grace’s flower shop and slowly started finding a reason to get out of bed every morning. Her wedding assignment was Peyton Lacoumette’s wedding (The Promise, Book 5), and Ginger was having a good time until she had a run in with a drunk Matt Lacoumette.

Matt was one of Peyton Lacoumette’s younger brothers and the only one in the family to have gotten a divorce, which made him feel like a failure. He withdrew emotionally from the family and nursed his broken heart with drink. When Matt hit on Grace, it turned into an embarrassing debacle at the wedding reception that ended with Matt being knocked out. To redeem himself, Matt showed up to Grace’s flower shop to apologize to Ginger and her graciousness struck a chord. Matt resolved to get to know Grace as friends, as both were kindred spirits trying to rebuild their lives following painful losses.

One of the things that I love about this series is that while it’s formulaic and a tad predictable, each character has their own story about overcoming the obstacles in their life. The support of family and friends in the backbone of this series and the community definitely add levity to each story.

Therese Plummer is perfect for this series and her voice is so melodious, it feels like poetry. She makes me want to listen to every book she has narrated and at the same time find other series by Robyn Carr.

At first I found Matt to be self-righteous and lacking insight into his own shortcomings whereas Ginger was too nice and indulgent. But as each character evolved, they began growing as individuals. It’s always a pleasure to see characters develop and make better choices. This book was another hit in the series and I can’t wait for the next one.

*Special Thanks to Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley for the review copy.

 

The Chance (Thunder Point, #4) by Robyn Carr

The Chance (Thunder Point, #4)  by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #4
on 2014-03-01
Pages: 400
AmazonNarrator: Therese Plummer
With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.
four-stars

There is something so endearing about this series and it starts with the narrator Therese Plummer. Her voice feels smooth and velvety. When I am listening to this book, I feel relaxed and chilled out– like I am sitting on a hammock with a glass of wine. Her various voices fit the personalities so well, her pace is excellent, her cadence is soothing and her chuckles make me chuckle. The narrator makes the story come to life!

The Chance picked up right after the raid on the compound from Book 3, The Hero. FBI Agent Laine Carrington was still recovering from the gunshot wound she sustained while being held hostage by the cult leader. She was successful in rescuing Devyn and the other members and as a result, she was getting a commendation from the FBI. She wasn’t sure what direction her career would take after that, so she decided to come Thunder Point to recuperate and also get closure. There, Laine met ex-con and local garage owner Eric Gentry (also the father of Gina’s daughter Ashley) and she was instantly attracted to him. They were both trying to find solid ground and they had fun together.

Laine was hilarious as she was such a cavewoman. Me see, me want, me take. Good for her. It was really cool to see a woman not playing games or pretend coyness. Instead, Laine was aggressive, vocal and upfront about what she wanted from Eric. I also loved her devotion to the father who inadvertently hurt her so much over the years. She got a chance to bond with him as well as closure while starting a new life with Eric. Eric was redeemed in this book because we finally see the dependable man he has become. He paid his debt to society and now cherishes his responsibilities to his loved ones.

I really enjoyed the side story with Al, Ray Anne & Justin. Ray Anne has been a permanent fixture in all the prior stories as she is the local relator extraordinaire. She’s had some epic battle with Lou Anne but we finally see the softer side of Ray Anne. I loved the “make up” regime and Al being nonplussed about it. I also loved Justin’s unwavering devotion to his family and how his tenacity made the runaway Al finally put down some roots.

This series is becoming one of my favorites. It’s everything I enjoy in Contemporary Romances. It has a great plot, great writing, and such likable characters. It has been a fun ride so far. I look forward to the next one.

The Wanderer (Thunder Point, Book 1) by Robyn Carr

The Wanderer (Thunder Point, Book 1) by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #1
on 2013-03-26
Pages: 384
AmazonNarrator: Therese Plummer
From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point—the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.
four-stars

Every engaging audiobook. What a great kindle book deal for $1.99.

A nice contemporary romance, in the vein as Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis.
This story follow Hank Cooper who went to Oregon after the murder of his friend Ben to find out what happened. In the small town of Thunderpoint, he got to know a young football player named Landon, who was being bullied. That led to the meeting of Landon’s sister and guardian Sarah Dupree.

Another storyline introduced us to Deputy Sheriff Roger “Mac” McCain and his bestfriend Gina James. This was a case of best friends with feelings but too scared to act because they didn’t want to lose the friendship.

A smaller romance was Joe Metcalf & Lou McCain. This was one was amusing because it dealt with a “cougar” situation as well as the fact that Joe was a Black man. So Lou kept Joe hidden even though Joe wanted to claim her publicly.

I was engaged from the moment I started listening. It started slow as the author built the story up. It was very descriptive and made me long to visit this place. The author took time to develop the characters and really let the reader to get a feel for their personalities. I was impressed with this story. I liked all the characters except for Jag, the bully and his gold digging mama who enables Jag’s sense of entitlement.

normally, I like for action to happen fast, but the pace of this story was appropriate for the foundation the author wanted to lay. It wasn’t angsty but there was definite sexual tension and feelings of anticipation. A good dose of humor kept me smiling through the book. I think Mac and Gina’s exchanges were hilarious. I really rooted for all the characters trying to find love in this small town. I can’t wait to read book 2.