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Audio Review: Love Me Again by Jaci Burton

Posted September 18, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 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: Love Me Again by Jaci BurtonLove Me Again by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope #7
Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Published by Tantor Audio on May 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 3 minutes
Source: the Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

When Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after a disastrous marriage, she's determined to remain independent for the sake of her daughter. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox-the man she loved and walked away from years ago.

Since Loretta owns the bookstore right next to his current renovation project, Deacon can't escape the woman who broke his heart. Throw in her adorable little girl and one ridiculously oversized dog, and they're almost a family. Only he can't be that guy-what they had was once in a lifetime.

But love has a funny way of reopening a door you thought was firmly closed . . .


Review Loretta Simmons returns home to Hope, Oklahoma after her marriage collapses from a slow but miserable death. She’s determined to be independent, essentially raising her 9-year old daughter, Hazel, like a single parent. Things are awkward when the man she callously dumped for the man she married is renovating the building where her bookstore is housed. Deacon Fox keeps his distance but eventually life puts them on the same path.

The biggest conflict in this story is how Deacon and Loretta will resolve what happened between them as teens and that gets dealt with pretty early on. What remains is the slow building new relationship between the two of them, connected through Hazel who dazzles Deacon and he her. Add to the mix a new dog named Otis, a Great Dane who needs training, and you’ve got a delightful story. I also liked the narrator who interpreted the vibe of the town and these characters pretty well and added the requisite distinctions.

One of the things I love about this series is how the past characters are all connected. The new characters are introduced to the circle and the friendships that develop are heartwarming. Hope is a place I like to come visit to uplift my spirit and feel better about my community. These are good, hard working people who aren’t wealthy (well, one of them is) and experience the normal issues associated with work, family and friends. I like them, like visiting with them and I really liked Loretta and Deacon. I thought he let her off the hook too easily but it was true to his character. There are a few new characters introduced here so I’m looking forward to more stories and returning to this town.


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About Allyson Ryan

Allyson Ryan has narrated over eighty audiobooks, among them On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren, for which Allyson received an AudioFile Earphones Award. She can also be heard in commercials, animation, video games, and promos. She has an extensive stage résumé and can be seen as “Mom” in TV shows and commercials.

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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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Posted September 16, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

                     I was so blown away by Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography that I emailed two of my former English professors to recommend the book to them for their YA Lit classes they have for teaching majors. I believe this book should be added to all high school reading lists across the world!! Why was I blown away? Book Hangover: Autoboyography is one of those novels I will be thinking about weeks after listening to it. This rarely happens to me. Sure I stay stuck on a book for a day or two maybe but weeks?! I can count on one hand how many books have stayed with me that long. This novel is so beautifully written. They layers to […]

Audio: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Audio: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Posted September 15, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

                  I waited a long time to start Red Sister.  It’s fantasy which I never quite believe I will like. Fantasy can be dark, violent, even brutal with almost no humor. Audio is a way I slip myself into the story. I wanted to try this author. I’m so glad I did. The world-building here is huge. It has the fantasy standard of feudal groups fighting for power. There is royalty and there are peasants. Our girl is a peasant. We follow Nona’s life from small child to older child, I guess. There is a religious aspect which I usually dislike but this felt more political, which religion often is political. The backdrop of all the places in Nona’s life […]

Audio Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Audio Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted September 13, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

    The aftermath of the grudgingly put together merger of two publishers created two co-CEOs with their own personal assistants who sit adjacent to each other in silent (mostly) animosity. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are protectful of their respective CEOs and never miss an opportunity to one-up each other in any way. Things ratchet up when they’re placed in direct competition for a new job but when circumstances thrust them together outside of the office, Lucy and Josh are forced to see each other beyond the snarling and sneering.   Lucy tells the story and her perspective couldn’t be more entertaining. She’s smart, funny and clever but has a penchant for needing to be liked and that’s her driver. Joshua is moody, broody […]

Audio: Crossbreed Series by Dannika Dark

Audio: Crossbreed Series by Dannika Dark

Posted September 12, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

I love the team of Dannika Dark and narrator Nicole Poole. I’ve listened to Dark’s Seven series and own all of her Mageri series (which I will binge listen to by the end of the year). The Crossbreed series is part of the same world but you don’t have to have read/listened to the other series. I think reader who are familiar with one of all of the previous series will feel completely at home because you’ve been introduced to all the breeds in this series. New comers will still feel at home but without the back history of the world building involving the supernatural races Dark has made. Have no fear, Dark brings you up to speed on them without an information dump. Raven Black […]

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

Posted September 10, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

      read it, track reviews are a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short After finally popping my Kristen Ashley cherry with The Deep End, I couldn’t wait to listen to more in Honey series. Lizbeth Gwynn brought all the sexy and emotions with her narration of The Farthest Edge. Great author/narrator pairing! Things you need to know about this listen: Hot as fuck! You’ll need batteries, batteries, batteries or someone to help you get sweaty 30% story, 70% jacking, milking, sucking and any other ways of getting a hot alpha sub off in a playroom or bedroom. (Not that I minded at all!) Smoking narration to bring melt your ear buds You’ll wish you were part of […]

Audio:  The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

Audio: The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

Posted September 9, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

                          I listened to The Beautiful Ashes as a “reread” right before getting The Sweetest Burn.  I was able to get both in digital audio from the library. I was excited to see how they progressed with finding the second artifact. I expected Ivy and Adrian to learn and grow in their pursuit and to further their relationship as they worked together to save the world. These things sort of happened. Neither Ivy or Adrian seemed to learn or grow very much. Ivy’s whining about everything at Zach and her internal rambling were annoying. Adrian at least spent his time preparing Brutus for their mission. Both of them are so childish in their actions […]

Audio Review: Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Audio Review: Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Posted September 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Homicide Lieutenant Samantha (Sam) Holland and her partner Freddie Cruz are called to a scene where a body was found on the banks of the Anacostia River. As they begin their investigation, agents suddenly show up, surround Sam and whisk her away without explanation. A serious and credible threat was received against the Vice President’s family and that means more than just Sam and son, Scotty.   This was a solidly interesting case that went in some strange directions. I liked that the resolution came about through dogged police procedurals involving the entire team. It was engaging and allowed me to follow the case and make my own deductions that turned out to be on target. That works for me in a mystery. […]