I’ll confess. I enjoy Nora Robert’s romantic suspense novels immensely. No matter that they are somewhat predictable or that they often have interchangeable characters, they are a guaranteed good time. So when The Collector was released, I, of course, snapped it up. And while I didn’t enjoy it as much as the past few releases (The Witness), nor do I think it’s as good as some of her previous efforts (Honest Illusions, anyone?), I still had a rollicking good time listening to it.
Crossing the Ice is the story of Courtney and Josh, figure skaters who dream of representing the U.S. at the Olympic Games. Will their budding attraction get in the way of their dreams?
Mark and Courtney have been skating partners for the past nine years. Four years ago, they tried and failed to make the Olympic team. Now, they’re beginning their final year of training, determined to see it end with them claiming one of the two spots on the team. Both are dismayed to learn that Stephanie and Josh, their biggest rivals, are moving to Cape Cod to train with them.
And it’s time to share our Third Place Winner’s entry for our Build Your Ideal Romance Audio contest!
Participants were asked to share with us their ideal romance audiobook. We announced our winners on Monday and ran Elaine’s first place entry. On Wednesday, we ran Julie’s second place entry. Today Kelley Raver has center stage with the romance audio she built for our contest.
Kelley wins three Tantor downloads of her choice.
Thanks Kelley! Enjoy your downloads. We’d love to know your download choices.
Kelley Raver’s Third Place Winning Entry
My Perfect Listen:
A dark, brooding, alpha hero tasked with “babysitting” – sigh, eye roll – a prominent archeologist’s daughter on a trek through the jungles of the Congo.
A shy, bookish heroine, oblivious to the surrounding dangers and unaware of her own inner strength, intent on joining her father at his excavation site to further her Phd research.
Alone and amidst torrential rains, sweltering heat, insurgent’s gunfire, and deadly jungle inhabitants, the hero and heroine are stranded in the steam of the jungle running for their lives in this Romantic “for your burning ears only” Suspense…with a possible twist…
….the hero, a black panther shifter, can’t believe he’s found his “beloved” behind a pair of wire framed glasses.
….the heroine, gazing into the hero’s eyes says, “I don’t know why I keep sneezing. I’m allergic to cats, but I haven’t seen one since I left Boston.”
Narrators to perform your Ideal Audiobook:
Xe Sands and Robert Petkoff
Three of Kelly Raver’s favorite romance audios:
Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole Narrated by Robert Petkoff
On Thin Ice by Anne Stuart Narrated by Xe Sands
It Happened One Wedding by Julie James Narrated by Karen White
Would you want to listen to Kelley’s Ideal Romance Audiobook? Then pay special attention to her three favorites. Identify with another listener’s tastes and find solid recommendations for yourself.
And the prizes keep coming…
During 2015, AudioGals will occasionally publish selected entries (other than the first, second, and third place winners). Spot your entry and contact us within 48 hours of its publication and you win a Tantor download of your choice!
Our thanks to Tantor Audio for sponsoring this event. We want to remind you that during the month of February, all Tantor romance downloads are $9.99. Tantor downloads are easy these days and the selection is large. Brenda has a new Gal Tech leading you through downloading Tantor titles to iTunes. Tantor has also recently introduced new mobile playback options. On a trial run this new option worked smoothly from Brenda’s iPhone.
Suzanne Brockmann’s Out of Control, book 4 in the Troubleshooters series, is appropriately titled. The lightning pace of this romantic suspense with multiple story lines and intriguing characters can leave one rather breathless.
The main romance is between Ken “Wildcard” Karmody, US Navy SEAL, and Savannah von Hopf. Chic heiress/lawyer Savannah has been asked by her uncle to deliver $250,000 to him in Indonesia. Savannah—who happens to be friends with Ken’s ex-fiancee—seeks Ken out for help.
A truly unique listen! This dark romance is heavy on the mystery/suspense and will leave you feeling like you have gotten a clandestine look into the minds of killers. I absolutely loved the attention to the psychology underlying these characters’ actions; perhaps the most shocking is the resilience of the human mind to conjure up such extreme measures to survive. Moreover, the damage that such a world of violence can cause on the human psyche, particularly where matters of trust and ultimately the heart are concerned, is also vividly examined and ultimately questioned and challenged, providing the listener with a deeply satisfying experience.
The Governess Affair may quite possibly be the best novella I have ever listened to. This was my first experience with Courtney Milan, and I guarantee it will not be my last. I’m extremely impressed that Ms. Milan was able to deliver an original, well developed, believable, and touching romance in just a little short of four hours. Further rounding out this well made audiobook is Rosalyn Landor’s expert narration which masterfully brings this emotional story to life. Although this is an older title, for those historical romance enthusiasts who have not yet had the pleasure of listening to it, this is a great time to get The Governess Affair, as Amazon is presently
What are the Gals listening to this weekend? If you are looking for your next listen, consider trying out one of these along with the reviewer.
Ripped by Katy Evans
Narrated by Sebastian York and Elizabeth Louise
The Will by Kristen Ashley
Narrated by Hollis McCarthy
The Fire Inside by Kathryn Shay
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
Rivers of Gold by Tracie Petersson
Narrated by Laural Merlington
Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivien Arend
Narrated by Tatiana Sokolov
This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Narrated by Anna Fields
Hot Target by Suzanne Brockmann
Narrated by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank
Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose
Narrated by Hillary Huber
Inevitable by Angela Graham
Narrated by Xe Sands
We’d love to know what you’re listening to too.
Editor’s note: Although William Dufris narrates One Silent Night, Audible lists Scott Brick as narrator. We have verified – this is a Dufris narration. Narrated by William Dufris I am a reader of series books – love them – and look forward to the next book in any of the sagas that I follow. There …View full post
Narrated by Paige McKinney and Kevin Scollin I went into this listen knowing it was an unusual subject – heroine Rebecca O’Neill is a former sitcom star who suffered a stalker attack which almost killed her, leaving her scarred for life; hero Michael Warner’s partner was killed by a drunk driver almost a year before, leaving …View full post
Narrated by Karen White Each of the contemporary romance/romantic comedy authors I love to read have a totally different way of approaching the genre. My first love, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, has a sort of wacky way of looking at the world through the eyes of her rather oddball protagonists: a circus manager and a rich …View full post
Narrated by Xe Sands I wasn’t sure I was in the mood for a Pirate romance (I never did get that excited about Pirates of Caribbean), so when the option of this review book came across my iPhone, I hesitated for a moment. But I have loved Anne Stuart since I read some of her …View full post
Narrated by Kate Reading From the Diary of Leonie Noirot: The perfect corset should invite its undoing . . . Leonie is the youngest Noirot, of the dressmaking shop Maison Noirot, whose older sisters found their HEAs in the two previous books in the Dressmakers series. She is the business woman of the trio, and her mind is …View full post
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor Smuggler’s Moon is the first new book from Cynthia Wright in around twenty years, and is the first in a new series called The Raveneaus in Cornwall, set at the very end of the 18th century. Brother to a marquess, Lord Sebastian Trevarre has recently resigned his navy commission and returned to …View full post
Narrated by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank I’ve been a fan of Suzanne Brockmann’s SEAL Team 16/Troubleshooters for a long time and Sam and Alyssa were my very favourite of the romantic pairings. I jumped at the chance to review Gone Too Far. The first six books in the series were originally read by other …View full post
Narrated by Kate Russell If you have never read Kristen Ashley and you enjoy contemporary over-the-top alpha heroes, you simply must give her books a try. Self published until recently, she has dozens of books on her backlist and most are available for very reasonable prices in eBook format (although it looks as though the …View full post
Narrated by Derek Perkins Knight of Desire is a medieval romance set in a period that I haven’t come across very often in historical romance – the time immediately following the usurpation of the English throne by Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV). This story of a young woman who is forced into marriage not once, but twice, …View full post
Narrated by Heather Wilds I was impressed with Lauren Smith’s historical romance debut, Wicked Designs. Weaving elements of suspense around a well-developed romance, this story grabbed my attention from the start and kept me captivated throughout. I also enjoyed Heather Wilds’ narration, making this a good choice for an audiobook listen if you enjoy historical …View full post