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AudioBook Review: Double Occupancy by Elaine Raco Chase

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Double Occupancy 
Elaine Raco Chase
Destiny Landon and Lee James, Narrators
Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
ISBN:  978-0440117322
210Pages / 5 Hours 29 Minutes
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Stars:  Overall: 5   Narration:  5  Story:  5

About the Book:   

Meet Casey Reynolds – she is NOT thin, petite, clueless, virginal or submissive. Which is exactly why Travis Craig wanted to, “kick down her door and throw her on that bed.” Meet the Keurig killer who makes one tough alpha male go down on his knees and a few other positions as well!

All Casey Reynolds wanted was peace and quiet and a long vacation from covering the crime beat in Boston. That’s why she agreed to borrowing a villa in Mexico to rest, be alone, and work on her novel.

But then he showed up – Travis Craig. He said he was offered the villa to recover from a serious illness. He had just lost his teaching job and had no money to leave. She agreed with his plan to share the house – but on her terms. Soon rest and relaxation were a thing of the past when their double occupancy proved too erotic to control.

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My Review:

 

Meet Casey, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist for a well-regarded yet financially strapped Boston weekly.  Daughter of a renown sports journalist, the 6’1” beauty is on the edge of a burnout breakdown, her emotional fragility is apparent to all who encounter her.   After resigning her long-term position with the paper, the editor / owner, more family than friend, provides her with a villa in Mexico, all expenses paid, as she decides her next move.

Barely a day passes when Casey’s tranquility and isolation are breached by the strappingly handsome intruder, Travis.  A friend of her editor’s son, Travis is also in need of a break, and has been offered the same villa for time to regroup as he strategizes for the next takeover.

Sparks fly, initially ignited from annoyance at intrusions into personal time and space, later from the realization of the sexual attraction.  While Travis is very confident, and very tired of the ‘femme fatale’ types, and is instantly drawn to Casey’s beauty, lack of pretention and brains, his mission is to get her to realize all that she is.  Casey is incredibly insecure and unsure, her height, lack of experience and two failed romantic interludes led her to believe that she is incapable of competing at that level, wishing instead to be tiny and helpless.

As the two interact with witty repartee and a great sense of freedom that comes with those “vacation’ romances, the sexual tension and not so veiled innuendo flows freely.  Narrated with a sense of the character’s personalities and allowing the rhythm of the written word to guide their delivery, the dual narrations of Destiny Landon and Lee James fit the characters beautifully, and the delivery helps to reinforce the emotions conveyed in the text, as clearly as if the reader / listener was in that situation.  No one paces or crafts dialogue as well as Elaine Raco Chase, and the narrators do not miss a beat throughout the story, those natural pace changes in conversation, emphasis on specific words, trailing off softly in confusion – all performed with aplomb.

With a liberal addition of erotically tempting details and scenes that fit both the timing and the characters, the relationship arc moves in a solidly real trajectory, even as we know that Travis is instantly gobsmacked by everything about Casey.  And, for those of us who want, no need that “happy ever after”, this has that, and more moments that will bring a smile to your face and a sparkle in your eye.

I received a copy of the audiobook from the author for purpose of honest review.  I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author: 

I write sassy, sexy, LOL contemporary romance novels. Often they start with “love at first sight” (a few of my friends write “love at first bite!”) I was thrilled read some wonderful stats:    Match.com – 59% of men believe in love at first sight!
Prevention Mag. says 60% of Americans believe in love at first sight!
Prevention also noted that women see brooding men as significantly more
sexually attractive than happy guys! Is this the “bad-boy?”

I was never sure of “love at first sight” until my dad told me he fell for my mom as he watched her chase her dog down the street! I told him that was the silliest thing I ever heard they hadn’t even said a word to each other! He winked and said “sometimes you just know”…they were married for 57 years.  Hubby and I are headed for 43 years this October: he said it was “lust at first sight” – yeah! That works too!

So let’s say “attraction” at first sight and then what reviewers call the “slow burn” are the core of my contemporary romantic comedies. Some more erotic than others, but all with characters that are so believable they’ve received fan mail!

Her bestselling romance novels: Rules of the Game, Dare the Devil, Double Occupancy, Lady Be Bad, Calculated Risk, Video Vixen, Designing Woman and Special Delivery are on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Itunes, Blio, Sony, XinXii, and All Romance.  All have been updated and expanded.

Now available: Romantic Classics – One Way or Another, No Easy Way Out and Best Laid Plans – available as ebooks for the first time since 1981!

And if you want a sexy, sassy, earful – Head to Audible.com, Itunes audio or Amazon audio link for Video Vixen, Special Delivery, Designing Woman, One Way or Another. Your ear buds may melt!

When she’s not writing, or rewriting, Elaine also hosts a weekly radio show on Thursdays 8PM EST:  Author’s Corner at Triangle Variety Radio.  Also – you can find her at

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