Thursday, August 17, 2017

Play Right By Me, Paradise Cove Book 3, @PatriceWilton @AnAudiobookworm






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About the Audiobook
Author: Patrice Wilton

Narrator: Rita Page
Length:  8 hours 6 minutes
Publisher: Patrice Wilton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Paradise Cove, Books 1-3
Release date:March 14, 2017
Synopsis Book #3: PLAY RIGHT BY ME is a new riveting romance that will steal your heart and make you sigh with pleasure.

Brittany Holmes, heartbroken and pregnant, leaves the touring dance troupe and the glamorous life she led in Miami for home in Paradise Cove. Her mother and sisters are like a beacon at the end of the road, and their unconditional love and support is what her bruised heart craves.

Ashley Jordon Chase, New York advertising exec, is in Paradise Cove to pursue his lifetime dream of being a playwright. Family circumstances thwarted his earlier writing ambitions and his lucrative career doesn’t satisfy him.

When Brittany loses her baby, Chase offers comfort. Having experienced the same tragedy in his first marriage he knows how devastating a miscarriage can be. Brittany hides her insecurities behind a wall, but Chase breaks past it to see her most vulnerable side. Their friendship becomes more, and she trusts that he won’t let her down. Yet a family emergency pulls him away, leaving her alone. Again. Was she a fool to let him into her heart? Or can they turn their brief affair into a lifetime of love?

Reviews


Play Right By Me wraps up the charming 3 book series dreamily written by Patrice Wilton. Those who are dedicated to sweet and steamy contemporary romances, Paradise Cove hits the spot.  Starting with some sultry summer heat in Paradise Cove, loading the bases with Hooked on You, Play Right By Me had to deliver on a steadily improving game and knock it out of the park.  The question is, can Brittany's story deliver a home run?  The youngest of the 3 sisters, the flightiest and flirtiest of them all.  Can she really have a true blue, one-on-one romance that makes a reader jump up and cheer the team home? 

Brittany Holmes is a hot mess.  No, seriously - she's beautiful, talented and too awesome to be true. And she ran off to Miami to make her dreams come true  with a touring dance troupe and returned home, battered by an abusive ex and pregnant to boot.  Determined to lick her wounds and make a go at the small town life, she hold up with the family at the resort and plays the dutiful hostess.  Ashley Chase (whose momma you know had to be a GWTW fanatic as his sister is named Melanie to boot) shows up desiring only the peace and refuge of Paradise Cove to make his return into the world of great playwrights.  He is there in her darkest hour and becomes the only man to ever take the time to get to know the real Brittany.  And suddenly the dingbat sister becomes a full fledged heroine.  Her grief and pain causing her to wear a mask and hold everyone at arms length.  And Ashley Chase is the kind of man that truly makes a woman swoon - wooing, playing that cerebral game of cat and mouse, making a woman feel interesting and cherished.  How can she not fall for that?  Needless to say, there are no easy innings in this game and Chase has to pull out all the stops to make this woman his woman.  At the end of the day, theirs is the story that makes the whole ballgame worth the price of admission.  You must absolutely take the time to dip your toes in the waters of Paradise Cove - you will not be sorry in the least.  

This last installment was narrated by Rita Page.  The pitch and tone were perfect, providing a lead female as more relatable and less breathy dingbat and a lead male as smoothly Southern as a cool glass of sweet tea on a hot summer's day.  Moving from character to character fluidly, Ms. Page kept the pace and story flowing - providing enjoyable narration regardless of whether in an action packed scene or a sexy grownup interlude.  There are quite a few very hot scenes and rather than making them odd or awkward, they unfold organically. 

Pack you bags, audio peeps, and hit the Florida Keys anytime you need some sun and fun with Paradise Cove series.  And as a side note, while billed as stand alones, I highly recommend reading them in order - they do build upon each other and the backstories are less heavy handed in the last installment so when you hear Brittany's story, you get a completely different POV which makes for great character development of all the Holmes ladies and their tight knit bunch of friends and family. 

I give Play Right By Me, Paradise Cove book 3, 4 chocolate dipped strawberries. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.

Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.

She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.

She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.

Audio Excerpts


Audio Sample



Friday, August 11, 2017

The Long and Winding Road by @tjklune @dreamspinners #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

The Long and Winding Road, TJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press
Bear, Otter & the Kid #4
Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.

As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.


REVIEW:
We have come to the end of the saga that is Bear, Otter and the Kid and I think that TJ brought this beloved series to it's fitting end.

This addition to the series had everything that I had come to expect and love. There is the high angst level, softened by the love and caring and shaken up by the absolute hilarity. We are back in Bear's head for this one and while some things are the same, you can definitely see the growth both the character and the author have experienced since we first met them six years ago.

I am a big fan of books that run me through the gauntlet of emotions, the real visceral feelings that happen in life. There is some retelling of events that happened in the previous book but from a different POV, so it doesn't feel rehashed but shines light on a different perspective. There is also the most fabulous part of any BOATK book.....a family dinner!!! OMH, seriously my favorite part! Seeing the whole dysfunctional family together again and being "them" brought a smile to my face. I totally think Creed is the best dad ever!!! LOL

TLAWR brings us closure and happiness and hope. These characters are real for me and I will miss them. Thank you for sharing them all with us Mr Klune!



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RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the Dreamspinner.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Paradise Cove tour, #Hooked On You, @AnAudiobookworm @PatriceWilton






Buy Links
Buy Paradise Cove on
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Buy Hooked On You on AudibleAmazon
Buy Play Right By Me on AudibleAmazon






About the Audiobooks
Author: Patrice Wilton
Narrator: Cynthia Vail; Rita Page
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes; 8 hours 40 minutes; 8 hours 6 minutes
Publisher: Patrice Wilton⎮2016; 2016; 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Paradise Cove, Books 1-3
Release date: April 19, 2016; July 13, 2016; March 14, 2017
Synopsis Book #2: This riveting romance is the second book in the Paradise Cove series set in the Florida Keys. Three high-spirited sisters inherit Paradise Cove Cottages, and each story is a stand alone. Taylor Holmes has a lot on her plate--running a family owned resort, planning a wedding for her sister, and now the added worry as she opens her dream café. Throw in a hurricane and a sexy boat captain who doesn't take no for an answer, and this book will keep you glued to your Kindle. Romance, passion, danger, and hot, hot nights guarantee reading pleasure.


Reviews


Hooked on you returns readers to Paradise Cove in book 2 of Patrice Wilton's charming series of 3 sisters and their adventures in life and love.  While book one set the tone, book two brings the stories of the sisters and mom running the resort and side characters they make into family back to life.  And without extensive world building and descriptions of every person, place and thing, book two has more juice...and is much juicier with the romance between Taylor and Colt.

The Holmes family has a real routine going - Paradise Cove is doing well and Taylor now has her own namesake Café.  Opening day comes and all is quiet until her good buddy Colt shows up to lend support and pans in traffic to fill her seats and get the word out that Taylor's Café is the place to brunch.   Having turned him down repeatedly, theirs is a friendship with flirting and caring until an old flame shows up and sends him into a jealous tailspin.  Turns out the old flame is a bad guy and Colt happens to be there to save the day.  The classic romance trope friends-to-lovers is successful for a reason - we always want to like the one we love, not just jump his bones (although that helps)!

Naturally the course of true love never runs smoothly and Taylor is unbelievably stubborn and closed off, but Colt manages to persevere.  The best part is the chemistry that this pair has - and with a fair amount of meddling from Anna and the rest of Taylor's team, theirs is a hard fought romance win at the end!  Who doesn't want an HEA from their summer beach read, right?  Having fixed many of the issues that seemed to pop up in book one, book two of Paradise Cover series, will truly have it's readers "hooked".

As for the narration, book two was also read by Cynthia Vail, who again did a  nice job voice acting this story.   Her slightly huskier female voice for narration and there were no major accent inconsistencies as in book one.  Ms. Vail carries the story with strength and delivers characters both male and female that are unique and interesting and keep the reader wanting to keep tuning in chapter after chapter. 

I still highly recommend this fun, summer perfect series if you're looking to take your brain on a sunny getaway!

I give Paradise Cove, Hooked on You, Book 2, 4 chocolate dipped strawberries. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



About the Author: Patrice Wilton



Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.


Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.


She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.


She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.





Thursday, August 3, 2017

Paradise Cove tour @PatriceWilton @AnAudiobookworm






Buy Links
Buy Paradise Cove on
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Buy Hooked On You on AudibleAmazon
Buy Play Right By Me on AudibleAmazon





About the Audiobooks
Author: Patrice Wilton
Narrator: Cynthia Vail; Rita Page
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes; 8 hours 40 minutes; 8 hours 6 minutes
Publisher: Patrice Wilton⎮2016; 2016; 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Paradise Cove, Books 1-3
Release date: April 19, 2016; July 13, 2016; March 14, 2017
Synopsis Book #1: This new heartwarming contemporary romance takes place in the Florida Keys and promises romance/passion, and plenty of adventure. Cardiac surgeon, Sean Flannigan, lost his daughter to a rare form of leukemia; he can mend broken hearts, but his is beyond repair. Kayla Holmes, along with her sisters, inherited guest cottages in the Keys after their stepfather died. Their high spirits and positive energy are a beacon of light that directs Sean's sailboat into Paradise Cove. Can Kayla's compassion find a crack in Sean's armor? Sometimes love isn't enough to heal a wounded heart.

Reviews


Paradise Cove kicks off a charming 3 book series penned handily by Patrice Wilton.  There are a lot of really great elements of these stories and a few less than favorable, but nothing that detracts completely.  I adore the premise of family series - stories that unfold around a group of siblings as they each fight for and against the fate of true love.

The Holmes family moves to Paradise Cove when their step dad passes away and they decide to make an honest go of his retirement fantasy of a Key West beach resort.  The Jersey shore has nothing on these lovely ladies - mom, Anna, and her three girls: Kayla, Taylor and Brittany.  They charm their guests with mandatory happy hours and tasty nosh every evening.  Kayla, the eldest, takes charge of the daily routine; Taylor, the chef, whips up delish dishes to serve to guests every evening and Brittany, the youngest, um flirts basically.

Kayla's life takes a sharp turn when a mysterious stranger arrives and rents a cabin for 3 months.  A seeming glutton for punishment, Kayla foists her charms on him repeatedly.  Just as Sean starts to show some interests, he shies away, taking off in his boat and returning with a half drowned family of Cuban refugees and hides them in his cabin.  Even this potential legal disaster doesn't deter Kayla's desire for the grieving doctor and she makes it her personal mission to help him return to the land of the living.  Theirs is a sensual and passionate connection.  Ms. Wilton manages to craft some seriously sexy moments in an otherwise light-hearted romance.

The big downsides for me were first, the repeated reiterations of how much these sisters loved each other - even when they were intentionally needling the others, there were constant mentions of their sisterly bond.  The other moments involved the over-riding angst displayed by Sean and Kayla both.  The classic failures to communicate and need to hold onto pain of the past by both in this couple was a bit frustrating at times.  However, it wasn't enough to dissuade me from moving on quickly to book two, which I highly recommend.  Ms. Wilton takes a fair amount of time in book one with world building and back story but not as much on character development, but readers who persevere will be rewarded in book 2 which has much more character driven story arcs (or maybe I just liked Taylor and Colt's story better).  More on that next time!

As for the narration, book one was read by Cynthia Vail, who for the most part did a very nice job voice acting this story.  I enjoy a slightly huskier female voice for narration and most of her female voices were quite enjoyable to listen too.  There were some inconsistencies with Sean's Australian accent and that tended to throw me out of the story a bit.  As with the writing, it wasn't so significant that I was ever tempted to leave the Island life of the Keys in search of other stories. 

I highly recommend this fun, summer perfect series if you're looking to take your brain on a sunny getaway!

I give Paradise Cove, Book 1, 4 chocolate dipped strawberries. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



About the Author: Patrice Wilton



Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.


Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.


She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.


She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.

Audio Excerpts


Audio Sample

Guest Post
Voicing Kayla and Paradise Cove: Cynthia Vail
Cynthia Vail is a fulltime professional voice actor with more than a dozen years of experience and national clients such as McDonalds and Starwood.

On Voicing Kayla and Paradise Cove

I fell in love with Kayla the moment I started reading Paradise Cove. She is a wonderful blend of being unassuming, stubborn, and sharp. It was a joy to get those nuances of her character and really grow with her as she comes into her own. She can be so stubborn and sexy at the same time. I won’t give anything away, but she makes a wonderful centerpiece for the story and a perfect way for the amazing Patrice Wilton to start her heartfelt series about these three different sisters.
People are always curious about my steps to voicing a novel. First, I block off time to get cozy and read the whole book to myself. Then, I read it again in a “work” frame of mind… making notes, highlighting the heck out of individual lines, and using about 100 sticky notes to flag certain sections. Plus, I always have questions about pronunciations of local spots… just to make certain I say things the way a local would. For Paradise Cove, Patrice was my guide to saying things like Islamorada! Once this process is done, I have a really well-rounded feel for each of the characters. For Kayla, I was able to understand her motivations, fears, and loyalties—and infuse them into her voice right from the start.
Now it gets really fun! You know how it is when you read to yourself and you can actually hear certain voices are in your head? I’m fortunate enough to be able to let those voices out! Contrary to what some people might think, reading the different parts really isn’t difficult. Each voice, whether it’s male, female, old, young, from different parts of the world can be varied by pace, tone, and accents. You never want the accents or pitches to get too crazy because then the listener will be just hearing you-- and not the words. Subtle is best, even with variations in character. It’s the author’s words that are important… not the voiceover artist’s range of talent.
I read aloud several chapters a day, then I go back and edit where it’s needed and upload the chapter files so Patrice can hear them. She’ll catch errors or want me to re-do certain sentences that don’t sound quite right. As needed, I’ll go back and redo the sections and edit them back into the chapters and re-upload them. This is a great system so that the final product that you hear is free of flubs!  
There’s always a sense of accomplishment, but also of wistfulness, when an audiobook is completed. I felt so connected to Kayla and her whole family. Fortunately, Hooked on You was right around the corner!
It’s a lot of detailed work, but as Kayla would tell you… hard work is always worth it in the end.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Garden by @rosalind_abel #REVIEW

The Garden, Rosalind Able
Lavender Shores #2
Beautiful Gilbert Bryant designs jewelry for the rich and famous, and he made his escape from his gossipy little hometown of Lavender Shores. However, with so many friends and family, he keeps getting pulled back. When he attends his best friend’s engagement party, Gilbert can’t help but sample one of the new men in town. It’s just some innocent—or not so innocent—fun. Nothing that will even cross his mind once he gets back to his everyday life.
Walden Thompson dreamed about living in Lavender Shores since he visited as a child. He finally gets his chance, and he embraces the opportunity to start over, to become someone new. He leaves both hurts and dangerous habits in the past, where they belong. When Gilbert crosses his path, Walden gives in to his baser instincts. He can indulge in the carnal pleasures this once and still be okay.
Their few hours together haunt Gilbert, the two-hundred-mile buffer from home no longer shutting out the past or the sexy man he left behind. Walden is just beginning to recover from the smoldering encounter with Gilbert when they are thrust together once more. This time, neither of them can walk away, no matter how hard they try. But when their pasts crash into each other as surely as the magnetism that pulls them together, walking away may be the only option.




REVIEW:
This second installment to the Lavender Shores series was quite different from the first. These characters were both flawed and damaged in very different ways.

Gilbert is a member of one of the founding families of LS, but would prefer to never set foot in the small idyllic haven. Every time he sets foot in town he is confronted with a past he can't seem to get over.

Walden thinks of LS as his safe place. The place he came to as a child for family vacations became the one place he could be himself and escape his problems.

When the two men meet they both thinks it's a scratch an itch, one time hook up. It's only after that they realize it could be so much more if they can forgive themselves for their past mistakes.

I liked so many things about this book, I appreciated the growth and time that the author took with these two characters and that it wasn't all "fixed" by love. The chemistry is there from the beginning and it's off the charts hot but the trust took longer to come.

All the wonderful secondary characters from the first book are there and a few new ones are thrown in. I am excited to see where this series goes next because the first two stories were so different I think it could be anywhere!



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RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author.

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