Audio Review: Lips That Touch Mine by Wendy Lindstrom

Posted March 13, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

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

Audio Review: Lips That Touch Mine by Wendy LindstromLips That Touch Mine by Wendy Lindstrom
Series: Grayson Brothers #3
Narrator: Julia Motyka
Published by Rustic Studio Publishing on November 5, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hours, 47 minutes
Source: Author
Audio | Goodreads

Saloon owner Boyd Grayson is intrigued by his new neighbor, Claire Ashier, and considers her temperance crusade to shut down his noisy tavern nothing more than a game. While matching wits with the beautiful, aloof widow, he uncovers her torturous secrets that shock him to the core. Her pain affects him deeply. He wants to free Claire from her self-imposed prison, but she guards her heart with a gun and memories she can't forget. As the battle intensifies, so do their feelings for each other. Their unexpected friendship changes the game-and also Boyd. Can he disarm Claire with his love and show her he is a man worthy of her trust...and her love?


The setup
Claire Ashier runs a respectable boarding house located near Boyd Grayson’s saloon. She’s a widow trying to support herself but can’t keep boarders because of the noise from her business neighbor disturbing her customers late into the night. She wants to shut down the saloon. Boyd is sympathetic and taken by the lovely Mrs. Ashier but has no plans to close down his thriving business.

The issues
There’s so much more going on here than a noisy saloon. Claire’s deceased husband was an alcoholic and an abuser. When a group of women from the church begin talk of a temperance movement, Claire’s enrolled into leading the effort. When the campaign strengthens, she’s threatened and Boyd takes steps to ensure her safety. As they grow closer, they are at an impasse on how to move forward with a relationship while Claire associates alcohol with spousal abuse and marriage as a loss of independence.

What I enjoyed
There were so many layers to this story. What starts out as a simple issue regarding the noisy saloon evolves into situations regarding spousal abuse, the inequities between men and women’s rights, alcoholism and family secrets. These subplots were seamlessly interwoven, making this a rich reading experience. Claire and Boyd’s romance was complicated by her past and her baggage from her marriage. While there were moments where her stubbornness was irritating, it was true to her nature and the story. Boyd has his own issues, despite his affable and charming outward nature, and they have a place in this conflict.

The bottom line
I don’t often find meaty and tough issues in historical romances that have contemporary relevance. This story offered so much more than the traditional romance and it was very well presented without burdening the love story. The narration continues to be subtle and understated, not overpowering a riveting story. Each book in this series seems to best the last so I’m excited about starting the next one. The Grayson brothers keep surprising me.





About Wendy Lindstrom

Wendy Lindstrom is the winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards. Romantic Times BOOKclub dubs her “one of romance’s finest Americana writers.” Romance Reviews Today calls Shades of Honor “A perfect ten…one story that should not be missed!”

Lindstrom’s first attempt at storytelling was in English comp class at SUNY University at Fredonia. Her professor said she had a voice for storytelling and hoped to see her work in a bookstore one day. She never finished that particular story, but an idea began to form. While researching, she came across a Civil War memoir by George K. Collins, titled “The 149th NY Volunteers…” and knew she’d found the premise for her first book, Shades of Honor.

The award-winning Grayson Brothers, series set in 19th Century Fredonia, echoes the sounds and smells of her childhood. The characters are driven to understand what it means to be alive to each experience and fully embrace the unknown.

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