Author: Jaci Burton

Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton

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

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Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci BurtonDon't Let Go by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #6
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Published by Tantor Audio on August 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hours
Source: the Publisher
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three-half-stars
four-flames

Brady Conners is hardly the settling type, but when tragedy strikes in his family, he has no choice but to return home to Hope, Oklahoma. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass the time, Brady has no intention of letting anyone get close-until he meets Megan. Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart-unless she can convince him to let go of the past . . .

 

 
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 in the meantime, you’ll just appreciate two really good people finding their way. The first step to that takedown happens when Brady rescues a stray dog who he eventually names Roxie and decides to keep. Yeah, she often steals the show and that worked for me (and them!).

 
What also worked for me was the inclusion of the characters from past stories. Their updates were meaty and helped instill the strong theme of friendship and community in a meaningful way. I loved the narrator as she seemed to adeptly capture both Megan and Brady’s personalities, as well as those continuing characters. I love this town, the series and my decision to switch to the audio version. It was just a very nice listening experience. Oh, and including dogs in each story was an unexpected bonus.

 

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About Saskia Maarleveld

Saskia Maarleveld comes from a large family where audiobooks were the only way to get though car rides without fighting. She attributes this to her love and understanding of reading books aloud. With a full, warm, strong and expressive voice, Saskia is the perfect fit for a variety of audio book genres. Raised in New Zealand and France, her ability with accents and dialects is excellent, with many of her books being narrated entirely in accents other than her own (which is tough!). Based in New York City, Saskia spends her time narrating and trying to stay out of the restaurant business. In addition to this she creates video snacks called ‘Kevin and Phebe’ – very funny for a slow day at the office.

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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Audio Review: Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Audio Review: Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Posted August 24, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Audio Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

Posted July 24, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted September 27, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

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Posted April 28, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Review: Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton

Review: Hope Smolders by Jaci Burton

Posted April 23, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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