For Miranda, Newark has nothing to offer except a dead-end job, a crummy apartment, and an abusive boyfriend. But when her younger sister signs her up for an online dating website to prove to her the kinds of guys who would be interested in her, she starts an online connection with the perfect guy. He's handsome, he's a real-life cowboy, and... he's in his 70s!
Miranda steps off the bus to find the man of her dreams waiting for her, only he doesn't know it. His elderly father, concerned that his six sons are isolated on their highly prosperous 800,000 acre ranch signed up one of his oldest boys and did a little matchmaking behind their backs.
Now Miranda and Casey have a choice to make, but will they be willing to put aside their mistrust and give this a shot, or go their separate ways?
©2013 Amelia Rose (P)2014 Amelia Rose
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"What a fun cute read"
The author touches on abuse, getting out of it and starting over. Casey’s father is ready for his boys to settle down but none of them seem to be in a hurry. He isn’t going to live forever, he has worked so hard to make a good living on this piece of dirt he calls home. He wants grandkids why he is still young enough to enjoy them plus he wants to see he name to live on. His father decides to place an ad for a mail order bride on a dating site hoping it works out as good as it did years ago. What you end of with is one surprised groom to be and one lady that feels all alone.
I loved the humor this story brings with it and a few twists. I would have liked to have known what happen to her ex. Miranda isn’t your normal abusive women she may have been meek and mild at one time but with leaving her ex she grow a backbone. The last straw for her gave her the strength to stand tall and move her sister right out of that life style.
I have slowly but surely fell in love with this narrator she gives so much of herself to her performance with such passion and emotion. This audio isn’t one of her best performances but it is right up there at the top. The only problem I have when she does Mr. Carson voice it doesn’t flow as natural as it should. Beside that this is a top of the line audio with a powerful performance of real emotion giving the listen a totally delightful listen. You can hear the fear in her voice, along with the caring, happy and sad that comes along with life. If any breaks where taken I could not tell, there are not any background noises or any places where the audio volume changes. I enjoyed her different character voices with strong sexy male to her sassy women who won’t back down. I did not have any trouble picturing the scenes in my minds that way laid out before me by the author and narrator. This is a clear, clean audio that hooks you from the start.
Miranda thought she had been getting to know her groom to be but finds out it was his father. The son isn’t too happy about all that has been done behind his back. Having listened to book 3 first and getting to know Mr. Carson I can easily picture him doing what he did. My heart really went out to Miranda and all she has gone through. The author touches on this but doesn’t go into a lot of detail just enough to give you the true meaning of it. Her little sister plays a big role in her taking the steps she needs to walk away from the bad relationship. On meeting Casey doesn’t show his best side he thinks if he is mean maybe she will leave. His father isn’t willing to give up that easy and makes her a deal that will insure she stays at least for a little while. Slowly the story builds up it is a case of I don’t want her but I don’t want anyone else to have her. This makes for some very interesting read.
I thought this was a very cute read not one of the best of this author but very good. I think I enjoyed the audio more than reading it but still both are fun reads. I loved the baiting between the brothers and the slow build up of the relationship between these two. Once it took off there was not stopping them it moved pretty fast. The author gives you a great build up for the books to follow with some wonderful characters I can’t wait to get to know better. This was a very enjoyable list. I can’t wait to start the next one.
"Not Her Usual"
70-year-old patriarch with 6 sons decides that the oldest four need wives. They own a ranch in Texas that takes up over 800,000 acres. His wife died ten years ago and the house has lost the feminine touch. He gets on the internet and sets up profiles for each man. He is 50 years older than the oldest son. This is book 1 and he not only secures a wife for his surly oldest son but she brings her sister along and low and behold they fall in love. Wow! The narrator did not help this story and the story was stilted which made the narrator sound stilted as well. The concept was good but I am not sure about how the story was written. It is a modern day mail order bride series. The online dating turned out pretty good not like the horror stories that many online daters go through.
"SWEET & SAPPY"
I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
Fluffy romance without much heartache or drama. Casey was pretty shallow going from dislike to love in a heartbeat. They faced so many issues and they all resolved so quickly that it made the story in cohesive or choppy. It would have been nice to have one or two problems develop deeper with more costly resolutions.
All in all, it's a quick & fun listen for those who don't care for darker or grittier romances.
Good story but not her best . I enjoyed this book and always enjoy this author writing. Give her books a chance you will enjoy them.
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I typically don't read contemporary western romance, but I decided to give this one a shot. Well worth the try, pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Iwas voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Carson Hill Ranch, Book 1"
While this is a cute clean romance story it's not one of my favorite Amelia Rose books. A modern mail order bride story with HEA. The story itself is entertaining but for me it just didn't flow well. It has the feel of a historical western but it's set in the present. For me the two worlds just didn't fit together smoothly.
The heroine Miranda's speech seemed old fashioned for a modern woman.
There are "working girls" in the saloon. Exchanging hides for credit at the store. The store owner takes the cow hides, finds a buyer in the leather market, takes his cut then gives the rest back to the Rancher. Ranches are not run like this. Ranchers don't need a middleman. Then suddenly someone would mention a computer and you'd be jarred out of the story and reminded this was not a historical romance.
The chemistry between the characters just wasn't there for me.
I have read/listened several of Amelia Roses books which I enjoyed very much. This story fell a bit short unfortunately.
Valerie Gilbert did a really good job with narration. Clearly spoken. Pleasant voice. Smooth even pace. Good character voices.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
It was a good book, but the author clearly doesn't understand the difference between a farm (where you raise crops) and a ranch (where you raise livestock).
Also kept feeling like it was a 1900/2000 cross and mixed all up.
If you can tolerate the inconsistency of the time then read the book.
"Enjoyable but strange plot"
I have not read the print version, but I enjoyed the narration of this book immensely. Any discrepancies I have are more about the story plot and pacing.
I enjoyed Casey. He was a bit witty and though he seemed more immature in the beginning of the book he seemed more adult by the end.
Valerie did a great job performing this audiobook. I liked her clear pronouciation and her speech timing was excellent.
I enjoyed the father. He was a well meaning meddler but his personality was fun to listen to.
The only issues I found with this book is that the characters conflicts switched multiple times, jumping back and forth made it harder to invest in their struggle. The multiple conflicts were then dealt with and sown up so quickly in the story line that it felt a bit pointless or rushed. Perhaps if the multiple conflicts were introduced throughout the story at various points to add to the underlying plot and tension, and then all dealt with in the ending or close to the ending the story would have felt more suspenseful or exciting. Also there were time that the speech patterns of the heroine Miranda seemed more 1800's than modern day, and it did cause some confusion as to what time the story took place in for me initially until I got used to it. This book was provided free from audiobook boom for my unbiased review.
Narration, Valerie Gilbert - Pretty Good.
This is a cute story, nothing too deep, There's confusion with the couple as Miranda's little sister put her on a dating web site without her knowing it and Casey's dad put him on the same site without him knowing about it. Miranda ends up communicating with her 'cowboy' finding him charming and decides to come to meet him. Little did she know she'd been communicating with his 70-something year old father and when she meets Casey, he's anything BUT charming.
As I said, it's cute. Nothing really ground breaking or new if your a regular romance reader. There's some drama with an Ex and a crabby farm hand that all gets bundled up tidily. When they do finally start communicating, it gets a little quick and when they inevitably declare their love to each other, I was kind of thinking - maybe - "I think I'm crazy about you" would have been more appropriate than "I love you" at that point, but its a romance, so I guess they have to fall in love. Like I said. It was cute and an enjoyable audiobook.
I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from AudiobookBoom in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Learning to Love: Carson Hill Ranch, Book 1"
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A new series from Amelia Rose. A new spin on mail order bride, internet dating site bride, but not quite what you might expect. This is a sweet western romance. We get complications, romance, suspense , and family. I look forward to more books in this series !!!!!!
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.There was plenty of emotion.
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