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Dear Readers, let me assure you before you begin August’s reviews that any one of these books will be a welcome break from the chaotic times we are living in. There is no war, there is no Pandemic, and there are definitely no politicians. There is a storm, but it’s no Ida! Before you begin to wonder what could possibly be driving the storylines, let me assure you that the everyday drama and machinations of human beings can be just as chaotic as world-changing events. We have a dark tale of twisted love and revenge sweetened by a book about a prank that turns into a love story. For books 3 and 4, we have stories about two very different business empires – one deals with the medical field and the other deals with wine. What they have in common is unscrupulous owners and just plain old greed. I promise you suspense that won’t keep you up at night tempered with romance and endings that will be satisfying.
By J. T. Ellison
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
Before I dive into my review, let me just say that Brittany Pressley does a superb job of narrating and giving voices to these complex characters. From the “valley girls” to those with distinctive accents, each one has his or her own voice. An elderly friend of mine once said “when you die, you’re dead and you’re not coming back.” Apparently this sweet lady never knew the Compton family. Well-acquainted with death under suspicious circumstances, is it possible that not all their dead are truly gone? J. T. Ellison has written an imaginative and convoluted tale of twisted love and revenge. Jack and Claire just want to get married and build a life together, but can that happen when there are so many secrets, and when dead bodies keep turning up all around them? Whether you are surprised by the ending or not, the author has at least one twist I don’t think you will see coming.
By Vi Keeland
The Invitation is certainly an apt title for this steamy tale by Vi Keeland. Who knew what a chain of events would unfold when Stella and her friend Fisher find a wedding invitation meant for Stella’s skanky ex-roommate and decide to crash the wedding as a unique form of payback. Stella gets busted by none other than the bride’s brother, Hudson, and the entire cast swoons and says “Let the drama begin!” The storyline is sweet and humorous with just enough steam and angst to keep you out of sweetness overload. Sebastian York and Andi Arndt are just the right narrators for this type of work. I did think the ending was a bit abrupt, but it was a happy one and that’s what counts if you’re looking for light-hearted romance.
By Linda Keir
Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt
I don’t think I’ve ever started a review with the word “wow” so this is a first! Wow!!! What a ride! The Three Mrs. Wrights by Linda Keir has such a creative storyline. Despite the intriguing, yet benign sounding title, this is a very different psychological thriller. Our sociopath in this one isn’t a serial killer, but a serial philanderer and I don’t meant a man who has a bunch of one-night stands . . . I’m talking about a man who has real relationships with numerous women all while running a multimillion dollar business enterprise, inspiring love and respect on many levels, and sucking in some really smart women. It is utterly fascinating! The good news is there is a HEA and it’s one of the best ones I’ve read! Brava Teri Schnaubelt for skillfully navigating and narrating these captivating characters.
By Susan Mallery
Narrated by Tanya Eby
If you are a wine lover, The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery will not only give you insight as to how a favorite beverage is made, but will also entertain you with the inner workings of how a family-owned business can run terribly awry . . . especially if you’re like Mackenzie Dienes and the family isn’t your family, but your husband’s family. Characters fall in and out of love while they are working hard to ruin each other financially and personally. When the truth about long-standing relationships comes out, it will be life-changing for the characters and will break your heart as a reader. Tanya Eby gives a captivating performance of a story where there is a HEA, but not for everyone.