Audiobook Review: Stray

Author: Natasha Stories

Narrators: Sierra Kline and Jeffrey Kafer

Length: 7 hours 32 minutes

Publisher: Ashton Publishing Group

Released: Feb. 15, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

From best-selling author Natasha Stories.

Erin Timms took a new job as a veterinarian in Sunshine, Colorado, for two important reasons: to get away from her ex, and to give herself a chance at a new life. But when devastating news of her ex follows her there, she begins to think she has made a terrible mistake.

Tall, stunning-looking Jon Miles had only one goal: to save the mountain canyon where Sunshine is located from businessmen who want to exploit it. But how can he do that when he is already an outcast?

There was nothing to suggest they’d ever meet, much less strike a spark of red-hot romance. Except that Erin can never turn away a stray….

 

 

I’m Natasha, and I write romance and erotic romance stories. I love reading too, and some of my favourite novels are books like Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, the Fade series by Kate Dawes, as well as the Crossfire series.

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Sierra Kline – Programmer by day, narrator by night, Sierra Kline has more than 300 titles available on Audible. True to her Midwestern roots, Sierra got her degree in theatre from Michigan State University which she has been fortunate to put to heavy use both on the stage and in the booth. When she’s not recording in her home studio, she prefers the great outdoors and loves running, traveling, and backpacking.

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Jeffrey Kafer – Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator. He has narrated over 450 books in almost every genre for such authors Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, Gregg Olsen and many others. He has 2 degrees in cinema and broadcasting and spent the first part of his career as a video game tester for Microsoft before following his true passion of acting. He’s been on stage since he was 13 (his mom still has the bellhop costume she made) and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog.

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I liked it. And I liked it enough to give it a decent rating. To be honest, what set me back were the secondary characters, not the main ones.  Let me explain a little.

Erin and Jon meet on one bad evening for both of them. She is a vet who has to do almost all the work around the practice, as her tech is not of much help (her father being the owner and all that). So when Jon comes in on a late evening, long after closing time, carrying a stray dog in his arms, she pushes aside her tired muscles and treats the poor soul. But we learn that Jon’s evening has not been that good either. At least he has some real “action” when he gets home, while our doctor is left dreaming. They meet and he has a tough time convincing her he is for real. How can he? When everybody knows he has a girlfriend.

Jon’s attraction is quite visible and his intentions go beyond a one night stand. However, his current “attachment” needs to go first. He has an agenda. He wants control of his current business and he needs to win over the people of Sunshine. Erin is looking for a fresh start, after a relationship that left her disappointed. More so, when she’ll understand the reason behind her breakup.  She is cautions around men right now.  I liked how he wanted to be the best version of himself for her, I understood her frustration over the whole situation he has. The author has analyzed their feelings from different angles and I think she built a nice couple here.

Regarding the secondary characters, I did not like them at all. They were annoying and confusing at times. Especially Erin’s assistant, who was hysterical one moment, but in some other scenes she had her back… I didn’t get that. And there are others as well, of whom I will not speak because of spoilers.

The narration was nice, I was happy to recognize the narrators from some other books I’ve listened to and that was great. My complain is that her masculine voice did not match his tone. I mean, when listening to Sierra performing Jon, she made him more sensitive, kinder. But Jeffrey’s voice is rough from time to time and serious. It would have been better for me if each would have read the lines corresponding to their characters.

All in all, I liked this audiobook and I will try more books by Natasha Stories. Her way of building the couple really touched me and I would love to find out more in her other books. I hope you will ejoy it at least as much as I did. Happy reading / listening 🙂

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Sierra Kline. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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