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Audio Review: Finding You by Jo Watson

Posted June 20, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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

Audio Review: Finding You by Jo WatsonFinding You by Jo Watson
Series: Destination Love #3
Narrator: Carly Robins
Published by Hachette Audio on May 2, 2017
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 42 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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When you go to Greece to meet your family but end up making out with your smokin' hot tour guide #sorrynotsorry

Being adopted never made Jane Smith feel unloved, just unlike the rest of her family. As her twenty-fifth birthday approaches, she is struck by an overwhelming longing to finally find her place in the world. So in a very un-Jane-like move, she books a last-minute ticket to Greece to find her birth father and the real Jane. All she knows about him is it that he was a tour guide named Dimitri. Armed with this knowledge and several surprise boxes of condoms from her mom (not embarrassing at all), Jane takes off.

Within minutes of landing she makes two important discoveries. First, everyone in Greece is named Dimitri, and second, fate might be playing a sick joke on her when a sexy tour guide called Dimitri comes to fetch her from the airport. He offers to help Jane with her search---if she'll go on an adventure with him. Stable Jane would never risk a steamy vacation romance. But real Jane might finally be ready to listen to her heart. Will Jane find her biological father, or will she end up finding something else entirely?

 

 
As Jane Smith’s 25th birthday approaches, she suddenly has a compelling need to find her biological father. Though she’s never questioned the love of her adopted parents, she’s always been acutely aware of how different she looks from them and her adorable twin sisters. She knows her father’s first name and is Greek (thanks to her bio mother), responsible for her height, eyes of separate colors and dark coloring. So, off she goes on a sudden trip to Greece to find him, picking the island of Santorini simply because it “called” to her.

 
After reading Almost a Bride, I vowed to listen to the rest of the series because I figured it would be outstanding on audio. My instincts were dead on as the humor was expertly translated. Jane is the most stoic of the group of friends so her decision to suddenly step outside her comfort zone was completely out of character. As imagined, her journey was loaded with missteps, misunderstandings and hilarious moments.

 
But Jane’s most extraordinary encounter comes when she meets the gorgeous man she discovered in the island’s travel magazine. His name is Dimitri (coincidentally the same as the father she’s trying to find) and he’s the man who will be her guide for her stay. I loved Dimitri and how he got Jane to find herself in the process. He was the perfect foil to the self-deprecating Jane.

 
This was a cute story with lots of fun moments, even when Jane’s pessimistic attitude could be wearying. Just when I thought it was getting to be too much, the story took an incredible turn and became one of substance and insight. That turn brought balance to Jane’s search and in finding him, she found herself. You will absolutely love the ending and the wonderful trek through a Greek island that is so descriptively presented. This series nails the comedy and great travel.

 

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About Carly Robins

Carly Robins is an actress and voice-over artist. She can be heard on commercials, video games, and promos. Carly comes to narration with a passion for performance along with the capability to span several genres, from romance to children’s literature and thrillers.

About Jo Watson

Jo Watson is an award-winning writer of romantic comedies. Burning Moon won a Watty Award in 2014. Jo is an Adidas addict and a Depeche Mode devotee.

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Audio Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Posted June 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    I listened to this story without reading the book blurb and highly recommend doing it this way as I think too much is revealed in the setup. It’s enough to know that this story involves the Bodine family of Western Montana, which includes four generations of women. The main character is Bodine Longbow, the youngest who runs the family’s high-end resort. Her older brother runs the adjacent family ranch. Her childhood crush, Callen (Cal) Skinner returns back to the area following a stint in Hollywood and begins working for the family.   The span of the story begins in 1991 and transitions to the present day for the first half of the book. It begins with the 1991 disappearance of Alice Bodine, Bodine’s […]


Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton

Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton

Posted June 16, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Brady Connors recently returned to Hope after a self-imposed hiatus following his brother’s tragic death. He and bakery owner Megan Lee were sort of thrown together by well-meaning friends at a couple of events but nothing developed. Brady’s not interested in any kind of meaningful relationship, including close friendships, but Megan’s sunny disposition and easy personality makes it tough to keep his distance. It also helps that she serves up the best morning coffee and sweets at her bakery.   This is one of those stories where you just sit back and enjoy listening to a fairly uncomplicated relationship develop slowly and naturally. You know there will come a point when Brady’s wall around his emotional compartments will reach a meltdown climax but […]


Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

Posted June 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 7 Comments

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Audio Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Audio Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Posted June 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

    Lindsey Nash was living her own private nightmare in her own home. Husband Andrew seemed perfect, loving and attentive to everyone, including Lindsey’s family. But alone with her, he was controlling, threatening and hypersensitive to every move she made. When things escalated, she found her moment to escape to freedom but it came at a high cost.   This story had a slow build, starting provocatively so that you knew early on what was to come next. I liked the approach used to portray the situations, beginning in the past and transitioning back and forth to the present. It’s not a unique storytelling device but it was executed effectively with good timing. The tension was always there but gradually heightened as things progressed […]


Audio Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Audio Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Posted June 5, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

    The story begins right before the German occupation of France in 1940 and continues through the Allied liberation but told retrospectively by one of the two main characters in 1995. The focus is on two sisters, Vianne Mauriac and Isabelle Rossignol, who couldn’t differ more in disposition and outlook about the war. Through their eyes and voice, we’re given a unique view of life in occupation for French residents who weren’t Jewish and their roles in the Resistance.   Most are familiar with the cruelties of the Nazi SS and the Gestapo but this story’s focus was on how ordinary French people reacted to the takeover of their livelihood and liberties. Isabelle’s and Vianne’s differences in approach probably best represented most of their […]


Audio Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

Audio Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

Posted June 2, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Lightstruck by Liz Crowe: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Lightstruck by Liz Crowe: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Posted May 31, 2017 by Jonetta in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 6 Comments

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