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Bringing Trouble Home

Lost and Found in Thorndale, Book 1
Narrated by: Matthew Keyes
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Romance, Westerns
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Summary

Widowed rancher Heath Wolfe worries he's making a big mistake by bringing Willow McAllister home to his ranch. A known troublemaker around town, she can't seem to keep a job or avoid skirmishes with the law, so the town marshal implores Heath to help. While Heath agrees to employ Willow, he certainly won't allow misbehavior, and he's even prepared to take the willful young lady over his knee for a sound spanking if warranted.

Orphaned and alone for several years, 19-year-old Willow is used to taking care of herself. She sleeps wherever she can find a soft surface and roams freely. She doesn't drink whiskey every night and she only steals when she has to, so it doesn't seem fair when the marshal insists she give up her freedom to work for Heath. She suspects that the rancher is as humorless as he is handsome. 

Heath and Willow are as different as two people can be, but a tentative friendship forms. Old habits die hard, though, and it doesn't take long for Willow to engage in familiar shenanigans. When problems arise, will Heath regret bringing trouble home, or will he get to the bottom of it, once and for all? 

Warning: Bringing Trouble Home contains sexual scenes and domestic discipline, including punishment spanking. If you don't like these themes, please don't buy this audiobook.

©2019 Amelia Smarts (P)2019 Amelia Smarts

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I love trouble

I adored this book! A story of a strong confident man that takes in a young lady who has had to become one of the boys to try and protect herself. Heath gives Willow the guidance to become a confident woman. She's able to drop her persona and become comfortable in her own skin . I appreciate that this story, while being steamy and fun still has an important message. The narration was excellent. Matthew Keyes was able to give such a convincing performance with each character including the children. If you don't mind a Dominant man and some light spanking you'll want to listen to this book. I requested to review this book and I'm so glad I did! I look forward to more.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 20-10-19

Trouble is in the house!

In the old west, what do you do when you have children and your wife dies? You bring home trouble! Heath finds himself in need of help around his house. When the marshal suggests he bring home Willow, a young woman who finds trouble, he is hesitant. Willow is far from interested in this arrangement, but to stay out of jail, she is willing to give it the offered month and see how things go. What we have is a a romance you can't resist. I love Amelia Smarts. I know I will get a book full of tension, domestic discipline and love. But there is something about this one I really fell for. I think Heath is a great character, a loving father, a devoted husband and Willow took him by surprise. It was Willow for me that stole the show. She is not your typical old west girl. She is tomboyish in dress, crass and destined for disaster, and the way she matures and changes is so endearing. I also love that this story has interconnecting characters from When he Returns, getting a look at things prior to that book. It gives us that homey feeling, and adds to the enjoyment. Matthew Keyes does a wonderful job with the narration of the story. He has a slight twang, and he gives Heath that alpha sound. I love that he also has a "father tone" when the marshal comes in. As Willow he could have a little more distinctive female voice, but it is distinguishable from the others. I enjoyed his performance.

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  • Sara B
  • 27-04-20

Excellent story

Bringing Trouble Home, the first book in the Lost and Found in Thorndale series, is a Western historical romance, and I absolutely loved it. It's beautifully written, well-plotted with captivating characters. Amelia Smarts's delivery is excellent; the story captures the attention from start to end. The narration by Matthew Keyes is outstanding. His ability to produce a broad range of tones is fantastic. Despite the various characters, I could tell each one apart. Bringing Trouble Home is a beautiful love story, and I highly recommend this audiobook. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Vicki
  • 28-03-20

Heath and Willow

Heath is a stern but fair rancher. This is shown in the way he interacts with his children. He agrees to hire a wild, free spirit Willow to help take care of them and their home. Initially Heath seems like a very stern man but after punishments and getting to know Willow, he warms in a very pleasant way. Matthew Keyes did a very good job with the narration. He nailed the way I think Heath would sound. I received this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Marybeth
  • 09-11-19

love this narrator

Matthew Keyes does an excellent job narrating this western. His voice is one of my favorite reasons for getting this book on audible. I read the book as an ebook, but he brings the story alive!

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  • JP
  • 10-08-20

Heath & Willow (aka Trouble)

Audible review. So good. Thankfully Bitty's portion of the story was short. The narrator's version of a little girl was not a good one. :) JP

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  • Island Girl
  • 12-04-20

Good western

Another great story by Amelia Smarts. I think she did a great job with the characters. We see Willow grow and mature. Heath is a strict disciplinarian, but he is still gentle and loving with his children and Willow. A good weekend listen/read.

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  • Knitter in DM
  • 02-04-20

Enjoyable

The book is set in the old west. A widower is asked to take on the town hellion to take care of his kids and house. She has a bit of trouble settling down and her insecurities get the best of her. It was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. The narrator took a little bit of getting used to, but once I did, I thought he did a good job. I have read other books by Amelia Smarts and have enjoyed them all. I received a free copy of the book, but the review is my honest opinion of the book.

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  • Melbelle
  • 29-02-20

Western love

This was a first for me for the time period in the story. The western manners, talk and lifestyle was really a nice change to my usual stories. It was a steamy one at that. The struggles of both the H and the h was real life and you could relate to their trouble. The kids were sweet too especially his daughter! The narrator did a great job. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. AudiobookObsession AudiobooksUnleashed

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  • Renee
  • 04-12-19

Loved this story so hard

This is a sweet, sweet story. Great narration that really added something to the story. I just loved how Heath handled Willow. He gave her the space to be who she was while encouraging her to try something new. And the ending was just perfect. If you like sexy, sweet westerns, this is the book for you

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  • J. Allen
  • 07-11-19

Western romance with a touch of BDSM

This is the first book I've read / listen to of Smarts but I have to say I hope it won't be my last. I very much enjoyed this storyline, a troubled young woman rescued by the eligible bachelor everyone wants. I also loved these characters. Willow is defiant and head strong which I loved and Heath is strong but gentle. Great steamy scenes with just a touch of dominance and submission that is oh so swoon worthy. My only problem with this read / listen was the narrator made Heath sound slow - he changed his speech pattern when portraying Heath and it just made him sound daft but he did great when just narrating or portraying the other characters. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.