By the best-selling author of the Escape to New Zealand series. They're going to party like it's 1885.
Mira Walker is hoping that competing on a "living history" reality show will give her what's missing from her real life. Maybe she'll get closer to her boyfriend, who hasn't been all that nice to her lately. Get fired up about her job again. Who knows, she might even win a million dollars. Gabe Kincaid and his brother, Alec, are after that million, too, though. Mira and Scott are no threat at all, not when everybody involved is going to want to kill Scott after the first day. And there's no bond stronger than a twin's. What could possibly go wrong?
Note: Despite the TV cameras, things do heat up a bit in the Idaho summer. If you prefer your audio to remain unwarmed, this may not be the audiobook for you.
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"Reality TV Romance Done Well"
I'm not a huge reality TV fan but if I had to pick a "favorite" it would be "Survivor". Rosalind James puts a twist on reality TV by having the story center around a pioneer theme circa 1885. Without giving too much away . . . pairs on the show spend weeks living much like the homesteaders that settled the midwestern/western states. James does a brilliant job of giving insight into the struggles of daily life that settlers experienced while trying improve the land. She even addresses the injustices brought about by the Homestead Act. Of course, this is romance and James also does a fantastic job in this area. Twin brothers Gabe and Alec are selected for the show, as are couple Scott and Mira. Throughout the story of how the game progresses, relationships evolve including a new one between Gabe and Mira. However it's not just their story. James weaves the other contestants into the story so that we get a good picture of what they are like as well as helping to reveal the true nature of Gabe, Alec, Scott, and Mira. As always, James adds just the right amount of steaminess to the story. If you don't want some slightly dirty "encounters" (including a sizzling session of shaving down by the stream) done in a tasteful but provocative manner, this book isn't for you.
Emma Taylor does an outstanding job with the narration. She gives individual voices to each character (of which there are a dozen+) that are easily recognizable as their own. Her rate and inflection are very pleasant and she does a great job with the right amount of emotion--nothing unbelievable because it's so over the top. In fact, Gabe really comes alive and I liked him even more in the audiobook (I had also read the print book). She gave him just the right amount of "rakishness" while still preserving his "gentleman" tendencies. Her Mira came across as sweet but not in a sickening way while preserving her quiet strength. Characters I didn't like when I read the book REALLY annoyed me while listening--and not because of a poor performance but because Taylor does them so well you really hear them if that makes sense. The book is a great one when read but Taylor's performance really takes it to the next level, bringing everything to life.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own--If I didn't enjoy the audiobook, I'd have no problem stating so.
Good fun summer read. Narrator was good too. Not great but did a nice job. I am downloading the other books in the series.
"Armageddon; Setting of a Book is a Reality Show"
Vaguely reminiscent of CMT's Cowboy U, modern urban and suburban dwellers are living the pioneer life for cash and entertainment. The central characters in this drama are twin brothers Gabe and Alec Kincaid, and Mira Walker and her too obnoxious for words boyfriend Scott. As an obvious plot device the couples are split up and first friendship then love bloom between two of the central characters. Despite the trite predictable plot line we all ended up caring about Gabe and Mira and hoping for the best for them, especially Mira; Surely she deserved better than Scott. This is a first class romance and the beginning of an excellent trilogy about the Kincaid family.
"Such a Unique Storyline!"
I love romance novels and a lot of them struggle to have a completely unique storyline. This was so refreshing and so wonderful. It's definitely one of my favorites. I also love the tv show Survivor so it gave me a bit of that mixed in.
Mira because she really finds herself through the show and she finds her strength. I really love characters I can relate to.
Trying to pick one without giving anything away, but I'd say the dance was one of them and the different challenges.
Yes and I have a reread it a couple of times.
A reality TV show sends couples back to the pioneer days and force them to live like they did. Twists and turns of reality TV and a mix of romance and self discovery make for a wonderful time. I highly recommend!
I have my favorite narrator, but I did like and felt for the books justice,more then one narrator was needed, they did an amazing job,and hoping they were used for the next two books of RJ!
Mira,coming into the light and standing on her own with Scott!
Major expression,for so many different personalities,feelings!
I think it had me happy,mad sad,laughing crying and rallying for the good ones!! It was full of all kinds of expressions!
I have read many of this Author books, this is different then the NZ seriers but awesome in America just the same. I am one who does not like to put out much on the book because it spoils it for others. as a reader of 5-6 books a week. I found I so couldn't put this book down but I also did not want it to end . the only disappointment I can really say is the book was finished , AS FAR AS AUDIO:
What great narration, being use to one narrator,I was pleased that this book there was more narrators to capture the characters!
The Audio still made me want to ring the next of Scott but Mira maintained a woman who is verbally abused in a passive aggressive way!
It first I saw Mira as a puppet ,but she was in control she just didn't think she knew how to handle Scott without messing up what she promised him and the game.
The way she handles the love scenes have you in tha wow or as in the book hitting the target! You won't be disappointed!
She nailed the details of it all, the passion,the way Mira is treated is so easily played out hearing the difference in tones and expressions ,were very well done!!
Rosalind was far passed doing this story line,with the TV show coming out! Seeing how RJ played it out before even on TV!
This Author gives us an incredible fresh writing skill,that not been seen in a long while! Now a days we see copy cat writing,now with RJ writing! You will fall in love with her romance and the way romance novels use to draw us in!.RJ is going to be the next top Author!
I loved a Bad guy part LOL lips sealed. I promise you will Love it ! And at an amazing price made it that much easier to read, its refreshing that we can get a good read under a few bucks vs 15-20 bucks.
thank you to the Author for allowing me to yet Escape to a place away from the day to day life . You did a wonderful job !
hope your fingers are typing as I type ,I need more :)
This is a three book series, and reading one then three doesn't matter the order you read, you will just not want them to end!!!!!
"A Fun and Entertaining Listen"
Return to Paradise is a fun listen written by one of my favorite authors, Rosalind James. It has an interesting setup involving a reality television show which tries to recreate frontier life in the year 1885. The book includes the playing of the game, romance and a great deal of character interaction. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved that Ms James capitalized on the ongoing fascination with reality television in such an entertaining fashion. The romance developed gradually over the course of the book, though the sparks were instantaneous. By and large, the secondary characters and the interaction between all the characters were interesting. There were a few characters who were more one dimensional than I would have preferred, but I also recognize that it would be very difficult to fully develop a large number of characters and, within the framework of an elimination game, not necessary. Most notably was Melody who came across as too stupid to have graduated from college. That said, it was clear from the beginning that Melody and her partner were unlikely to go far in the game. It also seemed that the narrator amplified Melody's negatives. Not unusual for any real broadcast reality TV show, the imaginary game in the book had a clear villain. That said, other secondary characters were very well written, fully rounded and people that would be nice to spend time with.
Again, I thought the concept of writing a book centered in the world of a reality television show was clever, amusing and quite entertaining. I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
"Just shy of the fence"
I can see how giving a voice to that many characters could be a challenge, but I've heard some narrators (best example Susan Ericksen) do 10 to 12 very distinctive voices naturally and smoothly. In my opinion Emma Taylor had a problem trying to accomplish that and putting some heat into the more passionate scenes which sounded awkward and unsexy.
As for the story, I've read all of Rosalind James' NZ series and enjoyed most of them thoroughly, but in this case it felt like too little of too much. The concept of the reality show was interesting, however we dove into that world really fast without much prior development of the main characters which made them, especially Mira, very inconsistent. I can see a woman not having a lot of options and being so insecure, dependent and afraid she stays with a man like Scott. The way Mira is portrayed from the start, a professional woman from an upper-middle class family, does not make her being with such an asshole believable at all. I have no doubt having an anti hero helps, but you don't need to go that far to make someone dislikable unless you're willing to build a credible story around it. Rosalind James is a good writer but I really felt she introduced too many things and thus lost her focus and some of my interest.
"Very interesting plot"
Loved this unique story. Much better than expected. Rosalind James writes deep and loving characters. Secondary characters were good too.
"Very Good Story - Reality TV done well"
Welcome to Paradise, for me, is the best in the series. I have listened to the book a couple of times now. Good story and very good narration. Emma Taylor is one of my favorites. The story and the narration makes you want to listen to the other books in the series, which I have.
"wind up felt like, oh I've reached my word count"
Well worth while overall and has laughs, education, drama, suspense and tastefully juicy romance.
It is as seems to be a bit of a pattern that detracts possibly only for me as I have been loving the detail of all aspects then the climax sort of slinks in rather than being bold and detailed and that's the only reason I didn't give story full 5.
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