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AudioBook Review: Special Delivery by Elaine Raco Chase

Today I am pleased to present an AudioBook Review – the fourth from this author.  Please read on to see all about Special Delivery by Elaine Raco Chase

Elaine Raco Chase

Special Delivery
Elaine Raco Chase
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
ISBN:  978-0440181644
200 Pages / 4 Hours 26 Minutes
Buy Now:  Audible UK  §  Audible US § Amazon § All Romance § iTunes § Smashwords
§ Barnes & Noble § Kobo

Stars:  5

About the Book:   

When Roxanne Murdoch took the place of her absent employee and delivered a ‘belly-gram’ herself, she never expected to spend New Year’s Eve locked in a bank with the vice-president she’d been sent to surprise.

Yet there she was, a respectable businesswoman dressed like a harem girl, barricaded against a howling blizzard with the devastating Bram Tyler, trying to extinguish the fire he’d ignited within.

Soon he’d crack her icy facade and melted her cautious reserve. But what would happen at blizzard’s end when passion faced reality!

The entire book is the story of Roxanne and Bram – the dialogue and verbal sparring between these two is a standout with sexual tension to spare.

An explicit love story guaranteed to heat up any night!

My Review:   

Elaine Raco Chase’s work is perfectly suited to the audiobook form, her conversation is so alive, so quick witted and responsive that you will feel as if you are overhearing the interaction from your seat.  This book flips the traditional “romance” feel on its ear: Bram is the one who is open, direct and first to admit to being smitten with Roxanne.  While Roxanne is more reserved, dragging her Pullman car of baggage and fear from her last relationship forward.

Bram is the vice president of the bank that extended Roxanne a loan for her business: telegrams delivered in costume.  When her employee couldn’t make her assignment, Roxanne steps in to fill the appointment: a Belly-Gram that the employees of the bank have ordered to celebrate Bram’s new promotion.  Roxanne appears and presents a sensual belly dance that impresses everyone, especially Bram.

Unfortunately for both Roxanne and Bram, the mild snowfall turns into a massive blizzard, and they are stranded in the bank while Minneapolis digs out.  Then the sparks begin to fly.  Slowly but surely Bram convinces Roxanne that there is no “standard time frame” for falling in love, and taking the chance is more than worth it all.

Like all of the books by this author, the characters are well defined, voiced and always clever.  Conversational patois and pacing are among the best out there that I have read, with moments that will have you laughing out loud or reaching out to whap someone in the back of their head for being so stubborn.  The chemistry in this book was slower to grow than in others, but that just made the scenes that much more steamy for the palpable sexual tension.

The dual narrations of Destiny Landen and Lee James worked well for the characters: Lee has a voice that is fine-grit sandpaper smooth, and always has the hint of a smile behind it, while Destiny manages to fall into a voicing for Roxanne that is fitting and pleasant. I particularly liked the musical interludes between chapters, they enhanced rather than distracted from the storyline.  I did have a few moments with some mispronounced words, but those were minor and did not distract overall from the storyline.  I will admit that I am a fan of this author’s work, and really do enjoy her work translated into the audiobook format.

I received an audiobook copy 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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