An Ali Audiobook Review: The Palisade (Lavender Shores #1) by Rosalind Abel and Kirt Graves (Narrator)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.

Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew’s and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t have been a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of time. That isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.
I think this book is the kind people will love or hate.  It’s either your cup of tea or not.  The story is insta-love and full of sugary sweetness.  I tend to gravitate towards more gritty stories but this was a nice change of pace for me.  The small town the story takes place in is charming as are the characters.  I really enjoyed both of the the main characters and I loved seeing them get together.  
 I generally don’t care for insta-love story but something about this one was fun and made me happy.  There was something really romantic about many of the scenes.  It was also a very sexy read.  That’s not something that I necessarily look for in a book but I have to admit that some of these scenes were smoking hot.
As I noted from other reviewers, this author is a pen name for author Brandon Witt.  I haven’t read anything by him yet but I understand that this is different than his usual work.
This audiobook was narrated by Kirt Graves and I thought he did a very good job.  I thought both MC’s were well done and they were distinctive enough that I never had a hard time telling who was talking.  The narrator also did a good job on the many side characters.  I think the narration added to the romance of the story.
If you’re looking for a no angst, sweet, romantic story you should check out this book.  This is apparently going to be a multiple book series and I think you will all enjoy your time in Lavender Shores.
Cover:  I like the cover a lot.  I feel it’s visually appealing and I think the colors and flowers set the romantic tone of the story.
Sales Links:  Amazon | Audible
Audiobook Details:
Published September 13th 2017 by Wings of Ink Publications, LLC (first published June 20th 2017)
Edition Language English
setting California (United States) 

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