Thursday, January 8, 2015

I 'read' my first Audiobook!!!! Carolina Blues (Dare Island #4) by Virginia Kantra (@BerkleyRomance @audible)

Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department.  He’s learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world.

Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad.  She’s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story. However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that’s too hot to ignore, and it’s igniting an affair too combustible to resist—or quit.

But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Woots! I read my first audiobook all the way through!! It took me dang near 3 weeks but I made it! And....I kinda liked it. So never thought I'd say that about an audio book. But I really did. Carolina Blues was one of those reads that was just...comfortable. It kept giving me that feeling like...ah, I'm home. If that makes any sense? It was an easy relaxing read as Lauren comes to Dare Island to find her writing mojo and finds one deliciously sexy cop along the way that fires her all up in the best possible ways.

I really enjoyed these two. Lauren is a very likable heroine. She's sweet, likes being busy and helping out and was just pleasant. I liked watching her work through her issues from the past and dealing with her writing career. Seeing her opening up to people and finding her place. And Jack *swoons* I loved Jack. He doesn't play games, isn't a jerk, is thoughtful and when he does flub up he apologizes. I liked his almost innocent ways at times. Hrms, not really innocent...inexperienced? Or well, relearning things? His ex had messed with his head right good when it came to women so with Lauren so often it was like he was doing things for the first time. Getting past how he thought things would go because of his ex. It was just kind of sweet and endearing. He's got a soft spot for kittens too and is just a solid man that you could so see feeling safe and sheltered by.

She tilted her face up, her hair tickling his jaw. "You're smiling," she observed. "That's good, right? It was good."

He slanted a look down at her. He'd figured a woman like Lauren--smart, articulate, college educated--would be a talker during sex. Obviously, having skipped the play-by-play, she was ready for the post game analysis. 

Her hair was mussed, her lips swollen. He wanted her all over again. Wanted her hot and slippery, yielding under him...
"There is no bad sex," he said. "But there are different kinds of good, you know?"
She nodded, her eyes dark and dilated like she could see inside his head. God, she was so fucking beautiful.

"Like sometimes you're hungry, you get a steak and a nice bottle of red," he explained. "And sometimes you're on the go, you grab a hamburger. Either way, you get fed, you're lucky."

Her expression shifted subtly, the warmth more projected, less personal. A therapist's face. "So, are you saying this was like fast-food sex for you?"

"No." He cupped her jaw. His thumb traced the arch of her eyebrow, skimmed the soft pout of her lower lip. "I'm saying that it's like all my life, I've been going to the wrong restaurants."
Gah he's sexy too. Things do heat up and while being on audio it was kinda weird sometimes listening to sex scenes and I couldn't help but snort and laugh a little--I swear I am NOT 12 and am 32 lol--I did enjoy the heat and passion between them.

Overall, Carolina Blues, was just a sweet heartwarming read of finding your place in life and the people you're meant to be with. I'm really loving  this little island and enjoying all of the characters that live there.

FB Update: Dammit! All the sudden there's an erection and they're nekkid and I don't know how that happened! Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. ‪#‎AudioBooksAreKillingMe‬
So...yeah.that was me during a LOT of my first real audio listening experience. ::snort:: I rewound a lot. A whole lot. I do better when listening in the car but at home I get distracted a little too easily. Getting better though.
Narration: Sophie Eastlake

Since this was one of my first real attempts at audiobooks it took me a little while to get into things. I liked Eastlake's voice overall. It's pleasant and comforting which made the ongoing narration very easy to fall into. While the female voices were pretty easy for me from the start--other than when a bunch of them were together and talking quickly which totally made my head go loopy--the male voices took a little adjusting too. They blended a little too much for me at the start and I had a hard time differentiating them--again it was when in groups--but as things went I liked them more and more and rather got to like Jack's kinda gravely voice. I'd not been sure about a female narrator taking on male voices and if it would work for me but, yeah, by the end it was great. Overall, I was really pleased with the narration and added Eastlake to my list of authors to keep an eye on for future listens.

ETA--I've actually started another by Eastlake that's part of this series and am really enjoying it as well. She's definitely one I would recommend.

Have you read Kantra? Do you have a favorite of hers?
Have one of those series that just feels comforting like being home?
Do you have a favorite narrator to listen to?

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