Series: Grayson Brothers

Secrets Rule in Kissing in the Dark by Wendy Lindstrom

Posted September 4, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

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Secrets Rule in Kissing in the Dark by Wendy LindstromKissing in the Dark by Wendy Lindstrom
Series: Grayson Brothers #4
Narrator: Julia Motyka
Published by Rustic Studio Publishing on December 4, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours, 36 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
four-half-stars

Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson¿s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke¿s decision to marry Faith. But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core. He built his life and career on a foundation of fierce integrity, and his marriage to Faith is based on trust and a love deeper than any he has ever known. As Duke uncovers her secrets and former life, the truth about his wife rocks their new marriage. Can he forgive Faith and put everything on the line¿his badge, his family, his heart¿to save their marriage and protect the woman he loves?

Quick summary

Duke Grayson, the third brother in this series, meets widow Faith Wilkins when her brother is caught stealing from the general store. He’s immediately attracted to this beautiful woman who is understands the healing, medicinal properties of plants and, together with her three “aunts,” has a murky past.

 

What I liked

The characters all exhibited some serious flaws and, at times, behaved pretty badly. Faith’s secrets were explosive, adding intrigue and presenting what appeared to be a no-win situation. Even stalwart Radford, the oldest brother, showed some unattractive sides of himself. Even the children had some challenging moments. In spite of this, they were all very likable people who you rooted for and felt the pain of their circumstances.

 

The narration

Julie Motyka may not have the most distinctive voice but she’s a strong storyteller and I never had issues distinguishing characters. For me, she’s become synonymous with the series.

 

The bottom line

I really liked this story, probably my most favorite of the series so far. There are moments that will rip your heart apart and times when you’ll laugh out loud. I never wanted to stop listening and loved how the issues were rough and the resolutions not always wrapped with a neat bow. Well done.

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.


Audio Review: Lips That Touch Mine by Wendy Lindstrom

Audio Review: Lips That Touch Mine by Wendy Lindstrom

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

  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 […]


Audiobook Review: The Longing by Wendy Lindstrom

Audiobook Review: The Longing by Wendy Lindstrom

Posted January 9, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

The set up Kyle Grayson, fresh from being spurned by his fiancée for his older brother, goes to visit Tom Drake, his friend and competitor. Tom has dragged his feet in repaying his debt to him and Kyle thinks he might be purposely trying to ruin him. He confronts Tom who gets so upset that he has a coronary…literally. With his dying breath, he asks Kyle to take care of his wife and his daughter, Amelia. Amelia is a teacher, resigned to being a spinster because of a moment of passion with someone she thought loved her but moved on. The issues Kyle looks to make certain Tom’s family is taken care of financially but finds a mountain of debt. Though he has no interest […]


Audio Review: Shades of Honor by Wendy Lindstrom

Audio Review: Shades of Honor by Wendy Lindstrom

Posted November 5, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    The set up When Radford Grayson returned home to New York at the end of the Civil War, he was a troubled man. As the oldest of the four brothers, it was expected that he would help his father with the family sawmill business but he left soon after. Now he’s returned home after five years with his four-year old daughter, Rebecca, but his younger brother, Kyle, doesn’t receive him with open arms. He’s had to manage the business following their father’s death and resents Radford showing up now that the business is healthy again.   The issues Kyle is now engaged to Evelyn Tucker, his childhood best friend who is running her infirmed father’s livery business. Radford is sent to help Evelyn […]