Book Review: Whispers At Midnight

Title: Whispers At Midnight

Author: Karen Robards

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Version: Audio CD, Narrated by Pamela Steele

Source: Public Library

Short Summary: (from author’s webpage)

Carly Linton is hell-bent on starting over. After a bruising divorce, she moves back to her tiny hometown of Benton, Georgia, to start up a bed-and-breakfast in the old house she inherited from her grandmother.

Matt Converse, the town’s former bad boy, is now the local sheriff and a pillar of the community. But he hasn’t forgotten his wild days, or the magical night of the senior prom he shared with Carly years ago. When Carly’s dog unearths a missing woman’s purse on her property, Matt is forced to spend time there, and Carly decides to use her newfound wiles to seduce him.

But when someone breaks into Carly’s house and tries to take her away, Matt is the only person who can protect her from a mysterious enemy who’s making it all too clear that Carly should never have come back to Benton.

Why I Read/Listened To This Book:

As my youngest daughter and I were getting ready for a road trip we picked an author we both like. Karen Robards had been one of our favorites for years. Also, we both like romantic suspense.

What I Liked:

  • The bad-guy was a complete mystery. We didn’t know him until the end. It was also a mystery until near the end as to why the bad-guy was after Carly.
  • The characters of Carly and Matt were just right and I really liked Carly’s friend Sandra and Matt’s three sisters.
  • Carly’s cat was also a great character. Then the little lost dog she found was so sweet. They both fit in well with the story.
  • The narrator, Pamela Steele, was perfect. She was just sassy enough that it worked.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Too much detailed sex. If I were reading the paper version I could have skipped all that.
  • Too much use of the f-word for my taste.

My Rating: B-

I hope you liked my review in List Format. I’ve enjoyed this format on other blogs, such as Staci’s at Life In The Thumb. I thought I’d give it a try. What do you think?

I borrowed this book from the library but it is also available at Amazon.

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11 Responses to Book Review: Whispers At Midnight

  1. Cerrin says:

    I have to agree with the Didnt like. I felt that the F word was used more then anyone I know normaly uses it. And well the sex was great…but maybe a little too graphic for a suspense/mystery…but then again maybe it was because I was listening to it with my mother.

    Other then that the book was a great story to listen to while on a long car ride.

  2. I like this format a lot. I am starting to “borrow” it occasionally as well.

    As for the “f” word, personally, I could go totally without ever reading it and not be unhappy…

  3. caite says:

    I never thought of it, but maybe the inability to skip a bit you don’t like is another reason I don’t really like audio books.

  4. Beth F says:

    Sometimes the list works well — and I think it did here! Please considered linking this up to audiobook jukebox.

    I love audiobooks but I don’t love all genres in audio.

  5. Tami says:

    I like your list format. It cuts right to the point and is easy to read. You can also mark me down as anti f-bomb. If I never heard it again, I would be a happy camper! In most instances, the same point can be made with a less offensive word. As for the detailed sex – yeah, probably not comfortable listening in the car with my mother or daughter, but I wouldn’t skip those pages in print. 🙂 Margo – if you prefer to use your imagination, that’s ok, too.

  6. I think I like the review format — but I’ll have to wait until its a book I’m interested to know for sure. I’m too tooo old for this kind of book, but to be fair to my ancient self, I’ve never enjoyed the romance genre! (My grand-daughter likes them though ;>)

  7. Belle says:

    I like the list format – very easy to read and get all the salient points. I really like a books where cats can be included as characters, and also mysteries where I can’t figure out who did it until the author tells me.

  8. Arielle says:

    Sounds like a good book, but I wouldn’t be a fan of all the F-words either.

    Oh and the list format is great, to the point and very easy to read!

  9. Staci says:

    Well, you know I love the list format!! and I’m glad to see that you’re using it at times too!! Reading the f-bomb and hearing it are such different things…that’s the bad part of audio. I read a book where the f-word was dropped 23 times in 3 paragraphs…totally turned me off and made me rate the book low because of it.

  10. kaye says:

    I do like this format to review. But I also like the way you usually do it, I like the way I see you in your reviews.

  11. stacybuckeye says:

    I tend to skip the explicit sex parts in print too. It’s one disadvantage with an audio book. It fun to change up your review style once in a while 🙂

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