Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She's made mistakes in the past, and now she's trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle's done with being nothing more than someone's good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing - and who's just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.
Tech mogul Travis Cochran's hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he's come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who's been in his head for months. When Stacy's choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis's mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn't just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive....
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"Loved this book. Not your typical romance."
I liked this book. I am a romance genre fan and it is hard to stand out in the crowd. This one does. There was suspense and the resolution worked for me! I tend to shy away from too much suspense but this book walked the fine line perfectly. It had intrigue romance and humor.
It is third in the series, yet can easily be listened to alone or out of order. A lot of books say you can do that, but with this one it's true.
I don't like it when I am interested in a book, only to realize I need to read a slew of others before I can understand what's happening. Kudos to Ms. James for making that happen with Turn Me Loose.
The story focuses on Rochelle, who is assistant to the Dean of Engineering and Travis, a part time professor and tech mogul. They have a quick, intense encounter in the past and the heat is still apparent when they meet up again. But it is not just about their relationship. It covers a crime ring with a premise that I hadn't even thought of, yet it makes complete sense. Rochelle's sister Stacy has gotten herself into its web and the complexities are intriguing and very entertaining.
The ending was a surprise for me and I loved the relationship development as the characters grow throughout the book and finally reach the dramatic conclusion.
I listen to a lot of audio books and I am in awe of Claire Bocking. Each of her voices is distinct in tone, dialect and cadence. She does what other books would need 3 narrators to accomplish. She could read my bills and I would enjoy them.
It is a great book with outstanding and one I will probably listen to again, which is rare for me.
I received a free copy in return for an honest review. It would have only cost me $1.99 and I wish I had bought it so it wouldn't shade someone's opinion of my honest review.
"Excited by Her Bruises"
In the first 2 books, I liked Zoe's best friend Rochelle - smart, sassy and independent. She didn't seem like the pathetic type who would allow a man to slap her around and not kick him to the curb. It's so annoying when an engaging female character becomes stupid the moment she meets an attractive man.
It was disturbing when Travis got excited by seeing the bruises he'd left on Rochelle's body during "rough sex". What kind of man enjoys knowing that he caused a lover pain? Travis was portrayed as a devoted son and brother, yet he casually hit the woman he claimed to love. Travis even lied to her father, swearing that he would never hurt her.
Except for several incidents of physical violence, the plot was an interesting mix of romance, family drama and suspense. Unfortunately, the happy ending was contrived and unrealistic, since Travis's actions didn't match his supposed character. Perhaps Rochelle should have asked Kayla (book 2) about the dangers of domestic abuse.
"Only So! So!"
This one was not as good as the other two- Did not like Claire Blocking at all for this book. I enjoyed her so much in the Australia series but not this one. Some of the scenes in the book were to unbelievable.
"Romance and a little bit of suspense"
I feel as though both the audio and print versions are amazing. Claire Bocking did bring a wonderful element to the narration of the story and brought the emotions of the book out perfectly.
I don't want to give away the ending to the book, but of the most memorable moments is in the end when Rochelle helps get the bad guy. She may not have a college education but she's smart and she protects her family and herself.
The elevator scene was great, I feel as though Rochelle and Travis learned a lot about each other.
This book made me laugh and cry. Ms. James is an amazing storyteller and Claire Bocking does a wonderful job narrating her stories bringing the characters to life!
This is romantic as well as suspenseful book. The suspense is just right it's not too much and Ms. James brings up yet another important topic that a big concern in our world today. I love how she brings genuine characters to life through her writing and she doesn't shy away from hot topics.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated I any way and was not required to write a positive review.
"Great book, love the characters!"
Oh, absolutely. I love the characters and Claire Bocking brings them to life! This is an amazing third book in the Paradise, Idaho series but it stands alone. This book has suspense, drama and and romance. It takes the subject of prescription drug abuse and brings it to light in a very dramatic way.
The elevator scene. I loved that scene, but I won't spoil it by giving too much information!
I loved her performance. The only thing that I didn't like was the pronunciation of Spokane, which she pronounced just like it is spelled and it is actually pronounced by leaving off the e. But, it was pretty easy to overlook that flaw!
Oh, absolutely yes! This book captured me from the first word. I didn't want it to end!
This is a great book, just like all of the books I have read and/or listened to that were written by Rosalind James. She is an amazing author who keeps improving with every book she releases!
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for providing an honest review. All of the opinions in this review are mine and I was not required to provide a positive review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
"Great listen and great story!"
This is a seriously GOOD book - it contains plenty of suspense and romance, and it is very well written and narrated very well by the talented Claire Bocking. I truly enjoyed this novel from start to finish! The characters felt very real to me, and it was hard to stop listening for the evening - I wanted to continue to the end once I started the book. The beginning is very suspenseful and intriguing, and the author Rosalind James sets the tone immediately and continues on through the end of the novel. I loved the two main characters, Travis and Rochelle, as well as the supporting characters - all in all, this is a book I would highly recommend!!
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”
Every once in awhile you accidentally pick book for the wrong reason and find out you got a winner this series had it all some romance,mystery , action and more but the parts I enjoyed and hope who ever read this review is that life can and will get you down but it up to you if you won't to get up and keep on fighting or give up and reach for a crutch this was a great series I enjoyed it and you will to.
"I'd Love to Be Turned Loose in Paradise, Idaho"
In Turn Me Loose, Rosalind James has once again written an engrossing book that tells the story of a sweet and hot romance while at the same time delivering a serious message. In this case, Ms. James deftly weaves a story line involving the dangerous increase in abuse of prescription drugs into her book. The book also explores the hopeful message that youthful mistakes don't have to permanently ruin one's life. The importance of honesty is frequently repeated throughout the novel, as are the themes of flexibility when it comes to facing life's challenges (Plan A, Plan B, etc.), and facing challenges head-on. Ms. James is quite adept at bringing depth to her books that ratchet them above a typical romance novel and such is the case in this engrossing read, which I great enjoyed.
Rochelle and Travis are likable lead characters and share a palpable chemistry. Stacy, Rochelle's younger sister, is well written and her character adds necessary depth to Rochelle and the book. Paradise, Idaho and its surrounding area bring so much to the book as to almost be another character. I can picture the area in my mind and would love to visit there.
Claire Bocking does good job with the narration, though I did hear her Australian accent come through now and then, especially with lesser, male characters, and her mispronunciation of Spokane, was a bit distracting.
I read this book in written form before listening to it and, as usual, I found that listening to a book after reading it gave me new insights and also highlighted things I may have buzzed by during my first read.
I recommend this book for lovers of romance, romantic suspense and for fans of Rosalind James. It is a very good book. Four and a half stars.
I was given a free copy of the audio book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions stated are solely my own.
"Amazing book under $8.00"
In Turn Me Loose, we return to Paradise, Idaho for another suspense filled adventure.
We meet Rochelle (she also appeared in Books 1 & 2 of the series) a hard working 30 something who has pulled herself up by her bootstraps to make a good life for herself. She is also trying to help her college age sister, Stacey. Rochelle gets a shock when Travis, a one-night stand from 9 months earlier, appears in her life after promising to call and then disappearing.
There are two stories going in Turn Me Loose, there is the romance between Rochelle and Travis and a murder of a young woman in the community. Ms. James does a fantastic job of weaving the two story lines together and tying everything in with Rochelle's commitment to her family.
I enjoyed Rochelle as a character. She's a fantastic example of someone who battles the social stereotypes to carve out the life she wants. Life hasn't always been easy, but she is making progress to get where she wants to be. I also appreciated that even though her attraction to Travis was present from the moment he stepped into her office, she made him earn the second chance.
Travis is a fun guy and it was fantastic to watch him woo Rochelle and make the effort to do things right for her. He had some fantastic romantic gestures, both big and small.
The suspense story line is intriguing and keeps you guessing right until the very end. As we moved through the story, I think I had at least different theories on what was going on and I was completely wrong!
Turn Me Loose is a well written story with great characters and a good balance between romance and suspense so that both story lines are evenly represented. This is another great installment to the Paradise franchise!
Claire Bocking was very good with the delivery of most of the story. However, she did tend to pause for during the narration a lot which became a little annoying, but she still did a good job.
"Great story, lousy performance"
I am extremely disappointed with the performance given to a very good story.
The reader is not credible at all, has the voice of a 5-year old, no feelings coming through. She reads as if she is bored to death which makes it ver difficult to follow the story. The characters all have the same intonation so you don't know if its a female or male reading the line.
The first two books had wonderful readers which prompted me to buy the third one in the series which reading is failing to keep interested in the book.
If I could ask for a refund, I would.
"You just never know what your getting in life"
Slightly disappointed in this story as it started off as a thriller type story which I expected then turned into a romance and the thriller part was lost. It came back periodically until it surfaced properly in the last 20% of the story. Overall it's a good well written book and was worth listening to. Narration spot on .
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