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  • Saving Home, Book 1
  • By: E.J. Russell
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summer Kitchen

By: E.J. Russell
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
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Summary

The foolproof recipe for personal redemption and perfect love...

Take:

  • One former rock musician
  • One almost-MBA turned cooking school student

Add two heaping spoonfuls (each) of:

  • responsibility
  • familial obligation
  • regret

And a dash of:

  • misunderstanding (optional)

Stir together in:

  • one small Vermont town

Season with:

  • friends
  • family
  • foes
  • and one large ginger cat

Garnish with:

  • validation
  • laughter
  • just deserts (also desserts)

Simmer for one entire summer before serving up a delicious (well-deserved) HEA. Bon Appetit!

©2024 E.J. Russell (P)2024 E.J. Russell

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Fun listen

My first from EJ Russell and I really enjoyed listening . The characters were excellent especially Casey & Dev and the plot kept me listening . I don’t know if it’s a series but i will definitely listen to more if it is.

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Great small town romance

I loved the small town we've been introduced to in this story and cannot wait to meet more of its citizens and visitors and learn their stories. Casey and Dev are wonderful characters and watching them find their footing and figure out how to live their lives on their own terms, serve the town and build a relationship with each other made for a great story with a perfect HEA. Greg Boudreaux as always becomes all the characters in the book and lets us get to know them inside and out with his performance.

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Fantastic Story & Listen🎧A Heartwarming Delight!

This fabulous small-town romance is the first book of E.J. Russell’s new “Saving Home” series and what a wonderful start it is. I even loved the blurb, the foolproof recipe for personal redemption and perfect love and all the rest describe the book completely. I adored the two lead characters, Casey and Dev, some of the secondary characters are pretty amazing too, including R.S. the mystical ginger cat. Casey’s dad was a renowned and award-winning chef and his uncle wants him to follow his late father’s footsteps and bring back his restaurant and famous dishes. Despite practically growing up in kitchens, Casey is the worst cook ever, but that did not stop his uncle from enrolling him in cooking classes, but after getting thrown out of them all his uncle finds a school for him to attend in Home, Vermont. Dev is a rock star, but he left his band and his ex and returned to Home after a tragic accident took the lives of his family. He inherited the Harrison House and the town manager position, and he is struggling with keeping up with the books and finances. Casey’s uncle enrolled him in the Summer Kitchen cooking class for three months and is staying at Harrison House. The chemistry between Dev and Casey was electric, and I enjoyed watching them get to know each other. There is a hiccup in their budding relationship when Bradley comes to visit, making demands and stirring up trouble for them and the town. I loved how everything played out in this book, the writing, plot and world building are fantastic, as are the character growth and development. The story is captivating from start to end and has the perfect balance of drama, charm, humor, heartfelt emotions and a slow burn but worth the wait romance. E.J. Russell, thank you for another wonderful story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 Greg Boudreaux is a wonderfully talented voice artist, and he did an amazing job bringing the characters and story to life, from the pages to your ears. His character voices are fitting and I loved how he took each role and made it his own, sounding believable and just as I imagined the characters would sound. He set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and has you feeling every single one. Great Boudreaux is an entertaining storyteller and his performance elevates the story to another level. Thank you for another exceptional listen.

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Absolutely lovely.

I've your in the mood for a well written fluffy small town romance, this is the book for you.
This is a contemporary romance instead of the paranormal awesomeness I've read from this author before.
The lack of other worldly things happening, didn't bother me at all! I loved everything about this book. It was the right kind of fluff I needed right at that time.

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So good!

This was a wonderful and heartwarming story with very little angst. The writing was great and I hope there will be more books because there we a few vey intriguing characters that I want to get HEAs.

Greg Boudreaux was magnificent. Even if f I didn’t love the story, I’d love this audiobook just because I got to hear Greg sing!

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Gorgeous heartwarming story

Argh, why did this have to end? I don't want to leave Home.
I loved this book. I did a dual ebook/audio read but Greg Boudreaux's narration was excellent and ai found myself saving my reading time for when I could listen to the audio.
Dev is lovely, a man thrust into a role he never really wanted. His support network is excellent but he refuses to take advantage of it, determined to do everything himself. It takes Casey to make him see that it's not a weakness to accept help. Slightly hypocritical since Casey can't say no to his uncle, but his attempts to learn to cook are the things that nightmares are made of.
Apart from a blip early on the lads are pretty good at communicating and the story fairly skipped along once they got together.
Casey might not be able to cook but he can certainly save a town.

This book filled my heart with joy.

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I loved every minute

This was so sweet and comforting and the way the characters worked together to save the town and took care of each other was absolutely heartwarming. I adored Dev and Casey, the two main characters. They fit so well together and had wonderful chemistry. I connected with them instantly, I was fully invested in their story, not just the romance but also in their lives. I wanted them to grow and succeed and be happy. The side characters were amazing too and I hope they will get their own stories.
The narrator was fantastic. I loved how he voiced the characters. He really brought this wonderful book to life.

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MM Fun, sweet romance


A contemporary romance, typically from EJ Russell I listen to their paranormal, so this was an enjoyable change.

The main characters, Dev and Casey, are not just well-written, but their relationship is a captivating blend of chemistry and depth.

It kept me amused throughout, as most of their books do. Great side characters.
I love how there is always a fun/comical aspect to their writing.

The narration was on point, and Greg Boudreaux was a pleasure to listen to, as always. I increased the speed, which is typical for me. I recommend the audio version all day long.

Summer Kitchen
Saving Home, Book 1
By: E.J. Russell
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
Series: Saving Home, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins

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I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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2 Men who compliment each other perfectly

Story = 4.5 as I couldn't decide whether to rate it 4 or 5 stars. I loved it but I just can't see myself rereading it, which is my requirement to rate a book 5 stars.
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The narrator did a fantastic job. I love listening to Greg Boudreaux everytime. He has such a pleasant reading voice. He expressed all the emotions wonderfully. He seemed age appropriate for the characters and kept a gpod pace even though I did speed it up. He gave all of the characters distinct voices that suited each perfectly and really brought the story to life. It was a pleasure to listen to. He even outdid himself on the singing parts and sounded great. I personally could have done without the guitar intros, that was a bit overboard, but that's just me.

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Adorable! Marvelous Performance by G. Boudreaux

Oh my gosh, what an adorable new series from E.J. Russell! Summer Kitchen is the first book in their new Saving Home series. Hurt/comfort, and truly wonderful feels, I enjoyed this sweet romance and can't wait to see where Russell takes these characters next.

The audio version of Summer Kitchen is beautifully performed by Greg Boudreaux. His fans are going to really love this one!!

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