#AudioBookReview #ContemporaryRomance -- A Building Passion by Sandra Kyle -- #Giveaway Inside
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Vanessa moves to Savannah to pick up the pieces of her once very certain existence after her fiancé cheats on her. An independent and self-sufficient accountant, Vanessa also has a knack for DIY. When she purchases a ramshackle property in need of repair, she crosses paths with Daniel, a sexy and skillful carpenter. Daniel is a ladies’ man who plays the field and has his own romantic issues to conquer. As Vanessa embarks on a journey to embrace her new community and rehab her new home, she enlists Daniel’s help. Tackling the house is the easy part, but can two do-it-yourselfers find a way to work together to fix their love lives as well?
Disclosure: I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Oh my goodness! What can I say ... the narrator's voice was annoying.
The pitch changed with the story, sometimes at appropriate junctions, for character’s voice changes and mood changes. But for a romance novel, the sex scenes possessed not gentility. Where was the soothing voice to get the reader to feel the emotion the scene described??? I wanted to enjoy the story, but because of the narrator I just couldn't do it.
I went back try to listen to the story again to see if I could pick out some of the elements of the story. We meet a young lady who grew up in Baltimore. She decided to go to a small town and get this fixer-upper house. She decides to take a bookkeeping job, since she an accountant (or CPA, it pained me to go back and listen to this story). She begins a relationship with her boss and the story just follows the two of them having frequent sex.
This book, and I hate to say this, is 1.5 stars for audiobook production. The story itself is about 3 stars.
I'd recommend the physical book it to my friends who like romance descriptive sex scenes. I may recommend this book for fans of Janet Evanovich audiobooks. While her narrator isn’t annoying, the narrator of this book did remind me of her.
Born to Italian parents, Sandra is a “first generation” American. Her parents came to America in search of a better life. Along with their dreams they brought with them wonderful tales that Sandra recalls told time and time again around the kitchen table. Though not sure where her love of writing originated, she can admit to having penned stories (i.e., fanfic) about New Kids on the Block back in the late 80s – scribbling pages and pages in notebooks shared before school by lockers and passed in between classes. It was fiction that included classmates and heartbreaking romance only a teenage girl filled with unbearable angst could summon. An avid movie lover and introvert, she reads anything from Austen to King. She is an east coast gal and currently resides (when not immersed in the fictional worlds that occupy her headspace) with her husband and bipolar feline.
Kelley Hazen is an actress, blogger and audiobook narrator living in Los Angeles with her husband and their two awesome dogs. The Los Angeles Times describes Kelley’s work - "...listen to Kelley Hazen, so poised and well spoken, so in command of this room full of strangers you wonder why she isn't off winning Oscars...." Kelley received recognition from Audible.com as ‘Best New Audiobook Talent’. She twice received the Audiofile Magazine ‘Earphones Award’ for her narration. She holds an MFA from The Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training. Kelley is a lecturer in astronomy for the world-renowned Griffith Observatory. She was recently invited to participate in “A Celebration of Mark Twain” as part of the annual HEAR NOW Festival in her hometown of Kansas City, MO. Kelley owns and operates Storyteller Productions, an intimate, boutique, recording studio carved into a San Gabriel Mountain hillside.
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