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packs a punch

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-2021

wow, this really packs an emotional punch...which i wasn't quite prepared for. though you can guess, and then have confirm early, what the trigger was for the breakdown of the relationship, which is a hard thing, its really the leads' journey back to each other and emotional maturity that really pulls the heart strings. while its told as a romantic story, with elements of humour, personally I think there is a very real story of how many young couples or individuals don't have great emotional development or literacy, which a relationship can skate by on until tested - while love and chemistry can scaffold it together, the ability to feel and deal constructively together with difficult emotions is really what will see a couple through the hard times, and this is where Audrey and Grant needed to get through, and that journey was shown really well. their love and chemistry was what made them believe in and motivation for trying again. narrators were great, only minor issue is for male narrator, when I often struggled to know when Grant was speaking or thinking something.

quite the emotional ride

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2021

a somewhat sweet and emotional story, with funny moments delivered by male lead Lucas's- quite an adorable character. For the most part did enjoy this read, and it was well narrated by both narrators. my only minor points of issue are that it is really unlikely that someone who had been through what Lucas's had as a child and growing into adult would be so well adjusted and in touch with his feelings (parental neglect leaves so much more damage), and where he confronts Trinny about her dysfunctional sister - I really hated her response (maybe because it was so crushing to Lucas's, but really just because of her outright denial of truth). glad they got their happy beginning.

not really worth credit

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-2021

kind of weird. I understand setting up plotlines for future books, and that was kind of good, but for most part found lacking in details that would have hung things together more, including relationship development. too short a book to give that relationship the details it needed for it to make more sense, and often felt like things were missing. narrators were pretty good, though female narrators version of Lynn did coexist well with male narrators voice, so ended up feeling like two different men.

fun, funny and clever

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-2021

Really enjoyed this addition to series. ms breene has a way with characters and dialogue that is highly entertaining. honestly, the magical element is only backgound/content to hang the development of Jacinta's character for me, and to present a varied and funny cast of characters. I adore Edgar the vampire, and the house visit scene was priceless and brilliantly narrated by the narrator - she does an amazing job!

enjoyable old time romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-2021

think it's a 3.5 for its rom-com genre. Read this many years ago and remembered enjoying it and on looking for light audible listen took chance on this, and was pleased I did. while a little dated, still felt it stood test of time. yes, nothing new in hockey champ meets "plane" Jane plot, but Jane isn't really plane, she just keeps it simple, and she's trying to make her way as female reported in male dominated world. the points of view are well done, light but not lacking depth, the chemistry feels real, and dialogue often funny. narrator did a great job - not over doing male voices, and for most part well differentiated.

not worth credit

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2020

I may have liked this better with a different narrator...I should have remembered from a later book in series I read first. she makes the lead men sound stupid, and the women sound weird. This is not kf breeze at her best, her other sin series and magical midwife series are much better/smarter/interesting- and really great narrators. the storyline in these ones, particularly later ones in series are pretty boring, but this maybe especially so - and the whole "pain is sexy" is just not my cup of tea, and don't see how it could be for anyone with good mental health.

Another good addition

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-2020

Really enjoying this series..fun but clever writing, hysterical characters (love the old vampire). I think though that I am enjoying the narrated version more than I would written, narrator is fantastic and really beings all characters to life. Intro of parents is a fun plot twist, and slowly simmering chemistry between Jessie and Steele is a nice change.

a good start

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-2020

I enjoyed the premise...having the heroine be 40, and discovering a whole new side to life and purpose for herself. magical storyline well thought through and not too crazy, very entertaining support cast, great narration. have to say though, I don't think author needed to make 40 sound almost decrepit- its not my personal experience. honestly, made her physically sound more like closer to 70. 40 isn't old any more!

predictable, average

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-2020

This wasn't awful, just not worth a credit, or even the time spent listening. author tried to create drama with background plot some real ideas tension base on misunderstanding and past experiences between leads, but did do much to make more engaging. Alsp dislike a lot of the make dialogue (especially for some reason, the parts told from female pov) felt too unrealistic, and like what author thinks every woman wants to hear - but no man actually says, and just sounds out of place. whilst I think two narrators are good, Sebastian y can deliver all voices really well, I found they just didn't work together. especially when female narrator was reading male lines...was like a completely different person to when it was read by Sebastian. Might have been to do with lines when in female point of view, but not convinced.

Ok, needed different narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-2020

For a short story from this writer in this genre, it was ok. It did cover a lot for relatively short one and storyline held my interest. Relationship development happened super quick, but expected with such short length, and think helped by background story.I just think it would have been improved considerably with the addition of male narrator for Charles' POV atthe very least, or if not two narrators then have a male read the whole thing - one good with female voices. I found the males voices in this quite stupid sounding and not suiting there characters, though differentiated well. Some female narrators can do (adult) mens voices well, this was not one. Made worse with significant parts being from Charles' POV.