Sunday, October 29, 2023

New Audiobook Release Review: The Burnout by Sophie Kinsella


The BurnoutThe Burnout by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I borrowed the audiobook for The Burnout from my local library, and I enjoyed it so much! (I especially enjoyed that the narrator pronounced the name of the female main character Sasha the same as I pronounce my name- Sash-uh!) Sophie Kinsella has long been one of my favorite authors, and I enjoyed the zany setting of The Rilston with all it's quirks and unusual employees too. Desk clerk Cassidy was a hoot (watch for her hilarious side job) and former surfing teacher Terry's motto "The ride is it." is one we should all take to heart. Sasha and Finn's slow-burn romance was sweet and tender and heart-warming and such a joy to read.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

New Release Audiobook Review: Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews


Bright Lights, Big ChristmasBright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bright Lights, Big Christmas was a delight! I borrowed the audiobook from my local library and really enjoyed the clean, feel-good romance that really put me in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. It was fun to get a little surprise reference to The Santa Suit, last year's holiday romance the author. This book had such a Hallmark movie feel (and Hallmark movies are my obsession)! Narrator Kathleen McInerney did a wonderful job and her performance added so much to the experience.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

New Audiobook Release Review: I'm Your Guy by Sarina Bowen


I'm Your Guy (Hockey Guys #2)I'm Your Guy by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm Your Guy is the second book in author Sarina Bowen's Hockey Guys series and we meet hockey player Tommaso and interior designer Carter. I enjoyed their grumpy/sunshine relationship and how much effort Carter put in to making Tommaso's place a home and getting it ready for a holiday visit from his ailing mom. Although at first glance it seemed that the two men didn't have much in common, it turned out that they were each what the other needed and fit so well into each other's lives. Although this book reads well as a standalone, it was nice to see Hudson and Gavin from the first book in the series. I listened to the audiobook and was excited to hear two of my favorite narrators, Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan. Both gave excellent performances. I listened at 1.3X and found it to be perfectly conversational.

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

New Release Review: I Wish I Knew Then by Jessica Peterson

I Wish I Knew Then by Jessica Peterson is now live!

My grandmother has a saying: what’s done in the dark always comes to light, especially in small towns with big secrets. And I was hiding the biggest secret of them all.

Every summer I spent growing up at my grandparents’ coastal estate was the same. Same cousins. Same chaos. Same long golf cart rides along the beach.

But everything changed the summer I turned eighteen, when my grandparents’ new housekeeper moved in with her son, Riley. With his big personality and head-turning looks, he was the local heartthrob.

We fell in love instantly. Riley was my first everything. First love. First time.

And my first heartbreak when he dumped me at the end of the summer.

Ten years later, I’m back on the island for my best friend’s wedding as her maid of honor. Who’s the first person I literally stumble into?

Riley Dixon. Even worse? He’s the groom’s best man, and a self-made billionaire to boot.

Being forced to spend an entire week together for wedding festivities quickly leads to more: hot hate sex, late nights of sneaking out, and unexpected revelations. The boy I knew a decade ago is gone, and the hate becomes…something else entirely. And I begin to wonder if Riley is hiding some secrets of his own.

I WISH I KNEW THEN is a small town, standalone romance. It is the first book in the Harbour Village Series. 

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Jessica Peterson writes romance with heat, humor, and heart. Heroes with hot accents are her specialty. When she’s not writing, she can be found bellying up to a bar in the south’s best restaurants with her husband Ben, reading books with her adorable daughter Gracie, or snuggling up with her 70-pound lap dog, Martha.

A Carolina girl at heart, she fantasizes about splitting her time between Charleston and Asheville, but currently lives in Charlotte, NC.

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by Jessica Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yay for a new series from Jessica Peterson! From the get-go I loved Riley and Lu together and their small-town second chance romance was FANTASTIC! Riley is pretty darn dreamy and I adored Lu's spunkiness and they were just so darn good together. The steam, the swoon, it was just perfection. All of the secondary characters were great, especially Lu's Aunt Lady who was a hoot and I so hope that Riley's friends will get their stories told in future books in the series.

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