Monday, August 29, 2016

Showing Jessie by JoMarie DeGioia (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson
Cypress Corners #5

♥ ♥ ♥ ½  This is the first book I have read by Ms. DeGioia. I liked the community feel she had to the little town of Cypress Corners. There was a few chuckles here and there, and the secondary characters were a lively bunch.  I did find the starting a bit slow, however it picked up about halfway and I enjoyed how Noah couldn’t seem to get his mind off of Jessie. I do wish I had felt the chemistry more between the two leads though.

You can tell Jessie had lost her self confidence and self worth and it seems Noah will have to work hard building her back up which, sadly for me, made Jessie a bit too ‘woe-is-me.’ I understand having been in a previous abusive relationship making a person wary of them… but Jessie seemed a little too reluctant with Noah and I felt she made it all a bigger deal than it was. Noah took a bit to realize that he loved her, but at least when he did, he went after her. He gets props for that!   

The Narrator Wendy Rich Stetson had a clear voice and enough variety for the characters, that I found her easy to listen to.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*

Here's the blurb:

The guy who wants to settle down 

The girl afraid to lose herself again 

Showing her hand…showing his heart 

And a chance to have forever 

Jessie Wilde survived an abusive boyfriend and now just wants to live her own life. Her enthusiasm and expertise sell the environmental features of the idyllic town of Cypress Corners but she doubts her own worth, often hiding behind her glasses and bulky clothes. 

Former beach bum Noah Brady builds houses but he wants to make a home for himself and his young son. He doesn’t know if he has it in him, though. He’s never been a commitment or future kind of guy. 

When he meets Jessie, and gets to know the sweet smart girl inside, he has to figure out how to do this relationship thing. He’s starting to think she just might be his forever. 

Can Noah show Jessie there’s more to life than just surviving? 

Or will her fear of the past keep her from reaching for her future?

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