The men of the Marsh family have spent their lives riding hard, in and out of the saddle. None of them has any plans on settling down. Falling in love just isn't for them. Or so they thought.
Book one: Feels Like the First Time
When Clint Marsh pulls a woman from an overturned semi on a county road in Florida, he expects only to do a good deed then get back on his motorcycle and head home.
The woman turns out to be Lily Ridenger, his first love, and the one woman who has the ability to turn his thoughts to sin with a single look. She's in need of a place to stay and he has room to spare. So what if there are still unresolved feelings? Chances are they'll hook up, have sex hot enough to start a fire, and go their separate ways. At least that's what Clint thought....
He thought wrong.
Book two: When You Least Expect It
Cam Marsh figured he was following in his older brother Colton's footsteps. A confirmed bachelor. Not that he had anything against settling down. He'd just never met a woman he wanted to settle down with.
Then out of the blue the first girl he ever loved shows up next door. Ellie Whitehorse has inherited her father's ranch, such as it is, and seeing her brings back feelings he'd all but forgotten, along with inspiring some new ones.
Book three: Colton's Memory
When Colton Marsh gets a call about a classic car that's broken down near the belly dancing school run by his best friend's mother, he figures he'll get the car up and running, collect his pay, and then head on back to his ranch.Wrong. Memory Wells lights a fire of lust inside him stronger than anything he’s ever experienced, and she makes it quite clear that she’s as hot for him as he is for her.
After reading the Amazon reviews I thought that this book sounded interesting, hot sexy Cowboys, the paranormal AND it's narrated by Eric Dove - so I took a chance. Yes, it was an okay listen about three present day gorgeous brothers who each quickly find love but two of the brother's stories were similar - High School sweethearts, taken virginities and second chance romances. However, all of them soon turned into the paranormal world with a Fire-starter and two women who find out they're from the Fae realm, their gifted and there's going to be a battle with the Dark Fae. One of the brothers knows he is 'gifted' too but the other two don't.
There was hardly any 'romancing' needed to get these women into bed (I don't blame them as these guys were h.o.t... hot) but they weren't sexy stories at all because the main focus was on the building supernatural plot running through them and, by the third story, they all became linked. There was drama with a broke ex whose deadly Loan Sharks came after the heroine for the money and a Billionaire who became obsessed about getting the land that the heroine had inherited. But the tension and talk of a battle between the Dark Fae and the Light Fae was actually anti-climactic when it happened and was over in a flash.... quite literally.
Worth a credit? I love the paranormal genre so, for me, this was an okay turn to the storyline but I didn't think it would end up overwhelming the romance element and I think Eric's narration brought it up to the 3 star rating but creditworthy..... uh uh, nope and no - unanswered questions, not enough romance or passion, the sex ended up being bland, blah or only hinted at and the Fae story belonged more in a kid's Fairy Story Book.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
A bit of fantasy mixed with hot cowboys. It is a pleasure to get lost in Ciana's stories. Men with worth, character, aa honor and a lot of love for women who have almost given up on finding true love . A mystery surrounding a family and a purpose greater than themselves. A Great read. Having the audio book along with reading is also a treat cause you don't miss anything.
It got a little weird, with Fairies, good and bad, special powers, etc. Does not blend real well, with the Cowboy Theme. I do really like the book cover, though... Haha!
This is an awesome series! I laughed and cried and LOVED the narrator's ability to bring every character to life. Each couple had that special bond that sizzled and you could just imagine yourself in their circumstances. What a great audio book! You won't want to miss this one.
Any additional comments?
Points for making me curious enough to research Florida Ranching.
Yep, that's how I'm starting out my review. I totally had to look it up because I've always imagined Florida as 95% swamp & alligators, and 5% Mickey Mouse.
*(I know. I'm sorry Florida!)
That said. This book was different. I read the reviews beforehand, so I walked into this one expecting hot cowboys with a paranormal theme.
Silly me, I read "paranormal" and was expecting werewolves.
There were no werewolves (this is fine, I get my shifter fixes aplenty) BUT there were semi truck wrecks, explosions, fires, vindictive loan sharks, bad exes, dead exes, cows, dreams, horses, bizarre deaths involving planes and hot air balloons and then there were treasure maps and deadly billionaires and fae and cowboy & cowgirl sex all narrated by the super smooth voice of Eric Dove.
If you're tired of... whatever the heck you were reading previously, this book won't be anything like it, I'm pretty certain. Was it super hot? Nope, for those who prefer their romance to be lite on showing bedroom action, you'll feel comfortable with this one.
Overall was it a good listen? It was okay. The storylines certainly strove to be different and interesting, but I never quite reached emotional investment in the characters or their relationships.
Let's talk narration. Eric Dove has a nice voice. Perfectly fit my mental image for a cowboy's voice. His delivery reminded me a bit of Jim Frangione, but imagine a more relaxed, natural cadence to the reading. Nice.
As a side note. Rating narrators is difficult. Is the audio quality good? Yes. Is the voice good? Easy to listen to? Paced well? Yes, yes, yep. What's the hang up then?? Well, I am simultaneously listening to an audio with Sebastian York and I've got to rehaul the way I rank narrators because Eric Dove has a perfectly nice voice, but when you compare to York... see? Those of you who've listened to him know what the problem is: Unfair to compare to other narrators. So! Heretofore, Sebastian gets his own category, and I'm going to say great job Dove, full stars for a beautifully done audio. (And even though I haven't written a review for it yet, I can tell you Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G voiced by York and the fabulous Erin Mallon is AWESOME, I fuhreakin' LOVED listening to it)
***Courtesy of Audioblast/the publisher/the narrator, I received this Audiobook free in return for my honest review***
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love books like this. will read more by this author
I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I couldn't put them down! I want to buy the actual books to keep now!
--I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Ciana Stone again gives a very enjoyable listen. I love these 3-story romances. The Marsh brothers bring us a variety of personalities with good looks, interesting women and hot sex. Beginning with Clint and Lily, second chance romance is alive and well. Little,did we know that Lily's estranged husband was crazy! And Lily has fire power...literally. This story was fun, fast paced and just enough suspense. Bringing us to Cam and Ellie, another second chance romance. Who would have thought after so many years, these two would come back together. I loved the puzzle Ellie put together and finding out her heritage. Again, a little paranormal, and just enough suspense. Lastly, Colton and Memory bring them all together. Memory had the most interesting of the powers, and I loved her immediate chemistry with Colton.
I especially loved the cross reference of the Nash family from The Whisperers trilogy. It is always fun to bring old "friends" back in.
Eric G Dove is an amazing narrator with any book he does. He as usual brings it all to the table and makes for an wondeful listen.
Is there something like true love and destiny? These characters and their lives sure does make you want to believe in a predestined love which will come your way when it is time. With danger and lust swirling around these people's lives, one cannot help but be pulled along, hoping for a HEA.
Three short but enjoyable stories of love finally found and the security of the world as we known it, relying on these lovers finding each other.
Like all of Eric G Dove's other narrations, I cannot fault it.