Publisher: Recorded Books

The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 18, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 0 Comments

The Sweetest Thing by Jill ShalvisThe Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #2
Narrator: Celeste Ciulla
Published by Recorded Books on February 15, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours and 4 minutes
Source: Audible Romance Package
Audio | Goodreads

Two Men Are One Too Many . . .

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Tara as the heroine in The Sweetest Thing. She was over the top stereotype for a Southern (I’m really picky when it comes to southern characters since I’m a southern myself) in Simply Irresistible but the “Steel Magnolia” shtick was toned down. (I don’t think Steel Magnolia when the person is from Texas. Georgia maybe.)

The Sweetest Thing is a great second chance romance between Tara and Ford who were teenage sweethearts the summer she visited her mom in Lucky Harbor. I thought there was going to be a secret baby theme, but that was not the case. Ford and Tara’s story was fun, sexy and sweet.

The issue I had with Simply Irresistible with the long pauses in narration must have been a production thing because they were not present this time around. I think Celeste Ciulla delivered a great performance for The Sweetest Thing. I wasn’t crazy about her voice for Chloe, the youngest sister so I’m kind of glad her book, Head Over Heelswhich is next in the series has a different narrator. Here’s hoping she does a good job.

I can’t wait to read/listen to more books in the series.


About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: three-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 10, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

  I’ve read or listen to most of Shalvis current books and been meaning visit her backlist. Lucky Harbor series is a long one, but I’ve been told that it’s set up in threes. I figured I could tack it in behind other series by reading three at a time. My library has all the books, some in ebook and others in audio, but then I saw a few of the titles offered through the new Audible Romance program. I also decided to try the title on audio because I’ve never listened to Celeste Ciulla narration work.  She reminded me of one of favorite narrators, Marguerite Gavin. For the most part I enjoyed the narration, but there was a lot of “dead air”. By that I mean […]

Audio Review: My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse

Audio Review: My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse

Posted October 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Rosie Tipcott is married with two young daughters, Naomi and Leona. She works part time as a hotel housekeeper but her main role in life is taking care of her family. She’s pretty content with her life until one day her husband, Phil, suddenly announces he’s leaving as he’s met someone else. The “other woman” is wealthy, beautiful and can still wear skinny jeans. In that moment, Rosie’s comfortable world is turned inside out along with her identity. Who is she if she’s not her husband’s wife?   Such an authentic story! I really liked Rosie, even though she’s quite different from the enlightened woman with whom I normally identify. She loved taking care of her girls and making a home for her […]

Audio:  Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet  #JIAM

Audio: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet #JIAM

Posted June 27, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 6 Comments

             The first book in the Kingmaker Chronicles series, was quite the sensation. I reviewed Promise of Fire on audio and was excited for more. Then Jennifer had real trouble with Breath of Fire. But when the audio was available, I had some mixed feelings. But I loved the mythology, gods and creatures. I wanted to see what happened with the characters. The politics and battles were a suspenseful mystery. Perhaps being on audio, it was easy for me to get absorbed and enjoy. Mia Barron really infuses emotion into the story. I noticed the distinct character voices without it being a distraction. I did listen at 1.25 speed, which was a first for me. I had never tried a […]

Audio: Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey  #JIAM

Audio: Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey #JIAM

Posted June 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

          I received the ebook from Tor in a nifty program they have called book of the month club. It seems to have freebies of older award winners, often the first book in the series. Perfect since this is where I want to start and from their perspective, it gets me hooked on a series or author. But I preferred to try the audiobook which was available at the library. I discovered this is a very popular space opera series which is now a TV show on syfy called The Expanse. I watched the first episode and it follows the book closely, except for the character’s physical looks. It looks like each season is one book. Since it follows the book, […]

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Posted May 26, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

                     WHY did I wait so long to listen to Menagerie?!?! I love how Vincent took creatures from all kinds of folklore like Greek mythology (centaur, satyrs, sirens, etc), fairy lore from Ireland (changelings), Islamic mythology (ifirt/jinn) and some fantastic mixing of other supernaturals (werewolf, phoenix, chimera). All these non-humans are called cryptids. Which is actually a real term. Menagerie is about a girl Delilah, who finds out the hard way that she is not a human after an incident where she defends a little girl. The little girl just happens to be a werewolf. In Vincent’s world these creatures are monsters and have no rights. Humans fear them because of the Reaping that happened in the […]

Audio review: The Dead Seekers by Barb and JC Hendee

Audio review: The Dead Seekers by Barb and JC Hendee

Posted April 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

            This new Dead Seekers series is related to the Noble Dead Saga series,  (actually 3 series with a total of 14 books), which I have not read.  I have read this author before, a husband and wife writing team, and liked them, so when the opportunity came up for this audio I got it. This is slightly against my OCD of doing everything in order but I’m dealing with it. I have a bit of an aversion to historical and fantasy and horror, but I am finding that with the right story and / or right narrator, I love it. I am unable to determine, as yet, why some work for me and some do not. This one works, so […]

Audio Review: The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Audio Review: The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Posted March 28, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Emma Shay’s idyllic life shattered overnight when her husband was arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme (think Bernie Madoff). Even worse, most of the world believe she knew what was going on and has secretly stashed away millions of dollars. With nowhere to turn, Emma goes back to Santa Rosa, California, the hometown she left over 15 years ago. She’s almost penniless and virtually unemployable and with the help of one of her childhood friends, has a place to stay and a minimum wage job. But, her toughest challenge is yet to come…confronting Riley Kerrigan, the woman who was her best friend until she committed the ultimate betrayal.   This is primarily Emma’s story but it’s also Riley’s as well. Over the […]