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AudioBook Review: No Easy Way Out by Elaine Raco Chase

AudioBook Review:

Some of our most interesting awkward moments come when we take a chance and step out of our comfort zones.  Whether those moments become enjoyable or merely uncomfortable depends on your own ability to not take yourself too seriously.  This is exactly what happens to Virginia, but what could go wrong with a masquerade party where she isn’t expected to appear anyway.

Dragged to the party by her best friend, Virgina appears in a retro magazine-famous bunny suit, complete with fuzzy tail. Has a marvelous time too, after a makeover brings out her inner goddess, and indulges in more than a little flirtation with the Bandit, another masked party guest. When the moment of truth arrives, and guests are to reveal their identity, Virgina darts away from the party and the Bandit, leaving behind her fuzzy tail. 

For his part, Alex is less vulnerable to Virginia’s attempts at duplicity, he is attracted to the woman in the lab AND is smart enough to realize that one has to talk sometimes.  There is a curious sort of chivalry and old-world manners that he displays that are less chauvinistic and more alpha-like in his position in the relationship, and his obvious approval of Virginia’s curves are blatant and brilliantly included.

Conversations run from patently absurd topics to cleverly phrased and written banter that feels true to each character, and none better epitomizes the perky, pushy and often bossy best friend Diane, who is never at a loss for advice, even when some is badly thought out.   Narration in this story is provided by Katie McAble and the effects varied for me.  Her voice is young and fresh, and she did capture the delivery inflection needed to distinguish characters so important in an AudioBook.  I did have a few issues with the speed of her speech, adjusting the speed of the playback only seemed to diminish the qualities of her voice that I appreciated. I’d most certainly look for more titles that she is narrating, and not hesitate to listen to more.

From the clever set up to the final ending, this was an enjoyable, light story with some interesting perspective from Virginia about her struggles as a woman working in a traditionally male field, and her inability to find a balance between her professional life and the personal life and femininity that she longs to display.  While this story showed just how more of Virginia’s problems may be a direct result of her attitudes and beliefs that men are incapable of falling for women with brains and ambition, not all of her fears are irrationally based.  Even if she is proved wrong.

Stars:   Overall 5  Narration 4 Story 5 

AudioBook Review: No Easy Way Out by Elaine Raco Chase

Title: No Easy Way Out
Author: Elaine Raco Chase
Narrator: Katie McAble
Published by: Self-Produced
Format:Audiobook
Source: Author
Pages: 105
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 31 minutes
Rated: five-stars
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About the Book:

Engineering robots, and all non-living creatures, was easy for Virginia – not so much with people. So when her best friend dragged her to the company Halloween party, Virginia went kicking and screaming…well as much as her Playboy bunny costume allowed for any movement.

But with her mask in place and her normal reserve as tiny as her costume, Dr. Farrell suddenly let loose. Wild and wanton, she fell into the muscular arms of the costumed and masked Bandit. His virile charms and passionate kisses penetrated her reserve. But at the stroke of midnight, when the masks were to come off, Virginia fled, leaving her bunny tail in the palm of the handsome Bandit's hand.

Dr. Alex Braddock was determined to find the curvy ass that fit the tail. He was stunned when it appeared that his new boss, Dr. Farrell was his sexy rabbit.

But was it the prim, professional Virginia? She resembled oatmeal!

Or her wanton twin sister? She got turned on by the navel in an orange!

Which woman was the aggressor? Which woman ignited burning desire? Which woman - became the all-consuming question that needed an answer.

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Elaine Raco Chase

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.

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.