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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 


Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.


A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish


updated July 9, 2015

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Progress: 27 %

#Audiobook Review: Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

Everywhere and Every Way: The Billionaire Builders, Book 1 - Jennifer Probst, Sebastian York, Madeleine Maby, Simon & Schuster Audio

Caleb Pierce has lived under his father’s thumb, working for the family construction company, biding time until it is his turn to take over Pierce Brothers Construction. So when his father dies suddenly, Cal must convince his two estranged brothers to come home and help him with the business or face losing everything.


Morgan Reins is a self-made interior designer for the stars. She has what it takes and does whatever needed to get the job done. Now that her A-list clients want a custom home, she knows that Pierce Brothers is the only company for the job. Convincing Cal to take on her project will test her limits.


Everywhere and Every Way is the first in a new series and my first experience reading a Jennifer Probst title. I enjoyed the light-hearted, small town feel of the story and got wrapped up in Morgan and Cal’s relationship. Generally, I liked both Cal and Morgan and found their romance, once it kicked into gear, sexy and fun. Their individual struggles were realistic and intriguing. I especially liked watching each deal with his/her demons and troubles, and finally coming through on top in the end. 


My biggest complaint about the title is that it just took way too long for Cal and Morgan to finally connect. At well past the halfway mark in the book, I found that while I liked the story, I was having trouble getting into the relationship because Morgan was working so hard not to have one. There were no sparks or steam. They had shared one kiss, and I was annoyed with the lack of progression, as well as some silly, unnecessary side stories. Yet once the connection was made, sparks flew, and I was completely engrossed in both the romance, as well as the efforts the Pierce brothers were making towards reconciliation. 


Everywhere and Every Way is mutually narrated by Madeleine Maby and Sebastian York, with Ms. Maby covering the sections told from Morgan’s POV and Mr. York performing the sections shared from Cal’s POV. Overall, the narration as okay. I liked Mr. York’s performance slightly more than Ms. Maby’s. I felt his heat and warmth suited Cal perfectly, while Mr. York’s voice for Morgan had a good edge of southern perfection. He was able to convey emotions a bit better than Ms. Maby. Meanwhile, Ms. Maby’s voice for Morgan was good but lacking real emotion. I felt she had the cold southern perfectionist down but not the rest. Her narration was enjoyable and easy to listen to, but I wanted more passion from her characters’ voices. I think her narration lead to some of the frustration I was experiencing during the first part of the book when everything was moving slowly.


Overall, I enjoyed Everywhere and Every Way, even more so after the sluggish start. I loved Cal's toughness and his bit of alphaness, but that he was sweet and always ready to apologize if he made a mistake. I loved watching him fall in love with Morgan. Morgan was a bit tougher for me. She was cold and hard to relate to, and I wanted to get more from her at times. But in the end, she and Cal were a great match, and the story was both enjoyable and entertaining.


Story: B

Male narrator: B-

Female Narrator: C+


Review copy provided by publisher