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Narrated by Christy Sassman

*Mild spoilers possible in discussion

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat level: sweet/flirty


Cathy Matthews wants to prevent some woods near her house from being turned into a shopping mall. The developer, Danny Marsden, is young, handsome, and rubs her the wrong way at every turn.

Additional Comments:

  • It’s a fairly typical illogical romance story. The heroine spends 90% of the book claiming to hate the hero before declaring herself in love. He spends 90% of the book doing his thing, trying to be a nice guy, getting into verbal fights with her, and then does something really nice in the end.
  • The blurb makes it sound like he’s got an attitude problem, but it’s not really coming through clearly.
  • Characters 3/5: Cathy’s attitudes and actions come across as reckless and stupid. I like how she’s passionate about saving the animal shelter she works (volunteers?) at, but the random friends she has and their grand plans are highly irresponsible.
  • Side characters 3/5: They kind of even out. Everybody connected to Cathy came across like a cardboard cutout. But Danny’s parents and Amanda both came through like real people with realistic struggles
  • Plot 3/5: Danny’s reaction to her scheme seems nonchalant. That would likely have cost him a lot of money. I get the whole turn your life around and get priorities straight, but it would have been more realistic to have him genuinely be angry. I think he showed anger like twice in the book. Cathy concluded he’s sweet but can fly off the handle easily. Just didn’t seem genuine or natural.
  • Performance 3.5/5: The narrator did fine, but I’m pretty sure this was a story set in England and there was no hint of a British accent in the story. While fine, it feels like a missed opportunity. I would listen to the narrator again. She’s got a nice voice.
  • Romance isn’t my go-to genre, so you may conclude that my take is biased by just not being into this kind of story. There’s a turnaround in one of the character’s actions, but there’s no great mystery or action throughout the story.


If sweet romance is your thing, this is a decent story to check out. Not exactly heart-pounding action, but it’s got some family drama.

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