Je Suis Prest – An Outlander Tailgate Party – Countdown to Outlander

Outlander

A STARZ photo of Jamie and, uh, some other person in the background…

ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE? JE SUIS PREST!

It’s common in the southern United States for people to get pretty dang excited about some sports game or other, and throw a party where everyone gets together and eats and enjoys the show. It’s called a Tailgate Party if it’s being held in the parking lot of the sports arena. I figured we should have a celebration for OUTLANDER A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES early premiere in the States Saturday, August 2, so the Gals are hosting a virtual Outlander Tailgate Party, showing how Ready we are to rumble with Jamie and Claire! Je Suis Prest!

While I was putting together the virtual affair, I wondered – what are the other Gals planning for their first time with Jamie? I’m going to be enjoying his company in the solitude of my very dark, very comfy back den. Are their husbands and kids being banished so they can enjoy some alone time with their hunky Highlander book boyfriend? (Note – I do know it’s Claire in the photo, BTW) Read the rest of this entry »

Something Sweeter by Candis Terry

Something SweeterNarrated by Xe Sands

Something Sweeter is Book 3 in the Sweet, Texas, series, featuring the Wilder brothers who live on a Texas ranch with their widowed mother. It’s another entry in the vast array of small town romance, where (like Cheers) everybody knows your name and your business, and the lovable but quirky seniors manage to step in and save the day. Mind you – although it comes across as snarky when I write it – I genuinely like Candis Terry’s voice and her writing. In today’s world of often poorly edited self-pubbed books, her writing is clear, her characters well thought out and interestingly drawn, her stories entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

Compromised by Kate Noble

compromisedNarrated by Rosalind Ashford

Compromised, originally published in 2008, was Kate Noble’s début novel, and while a little rough around the edges in some places, is nonetheless competently written and strongly characterised.

Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine, is heir to the reclusive and controlling Earl of Longsbowe, who, at the beginning of the story, threatens to disinherit his son if he does not marry within the next three months. Max, who has chosen to make his own, rather modest, way in the world rather than submit to his father’s manipulations and dictates, is forced to take the threat seriously, although actually, it’s rather a big plot hole. The earl threatens to have Max declared Read the rest of this entry »

Fueled by K. Bromberg

FueledNarrated by Tatiana Sokolov & Sean Crisden

Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for Driven, the first book in the Driven Trilogy.

Fueled continues the emotionally charged story of Rylee Thomas and Colton Donovan, two people trying to learn how to overcome their pasts in order to figure out if they can possibly share a future. With over 17,000 ratings on Goodreads averaging a 4.6 rating, it’s safe to say that this story has captivated and captured the hearts of many romance enthusiasts. Add in the talented narration by Tatiana Sokolov and Sean Crisden, and you have a solid listen for lovers of contemporary romances, particularly those who enjoy today’s vastly popular “billionaire with emotional issues” scenario. But be forewarned, in addition to ending in another explosive cliffhanger, this second book Read the rest of this entry »

The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

the unsung heroNarrated by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank

The Unsung Hero is Book 1 of the enormously popular (and sometimes controversial) Troubleshooters Series, AKA TSS. Brockmann first wrote about Navy SEALS in her earlier series, Tall, Dark and Dangerous, AKA TDD, a Silhouette series released in the 1990s.  She expanded the concept for the Troubleshooters, using a longer format and multiple storylines that crossed over multiple books, although each one features a prominent hero/heroine who get their HEA at the end. She started the series with a trilogy that includes a secondary WWII romance/storyline, neatly woven into the current plot. The result is a more complex story, with a strong adventure core as well as a romance. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Five Ways to FallNarrated by Elizabeth Louise and Deacon Lee

I highly enjoyed Five Ways to Fall, a New Adult contemporary romance which features an unlikely romantic duo comprised of a rebel heroine who sports purple hair and multiple strategically placed piercings, and a former football star turned lawyer who is a perpetually confident, playboy hero. One of the most memorable features of this special story is the underlying message that we are all shaped by our parents’ relationships, and that recognizing this fact is essential to opening the doors to the changes that are sometimes required to finding true love.

Although this is the fourth book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, it is not necessary to read the prior Read the rest of this entry »

Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

Scandal Wears SatinNarrated by Kate Reading

Loretta Chase is one of those authors I’ve heard about for years, but just never got around to reading. A couple of months ago, I listened to Silk Is for Seduction, Book 1 in The Dressmaker series, and fell in love with everything about it. I was thrilled to move on to Scandal Wears Satin, second in the series.

Sophy Noirot has been keeping herself and her sisters out of trouble for as long as she can remember. She’s quick-witted, pretty, and extremely loyal to those she loves. Sophy is a very busy woman, working in the dressmaking shop the Noirot sisters own by day and supplying the London scandal sheets with bits of gossip by night. She’s glad her older sister has found love, but Sophy has no time for such frivolity. Read the rest of this entry »

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