Zane: The McKades of Texas #1 by Kimberly Lewis AudioBook Review

Zane: The McKades of Texas #1 by Kimberly Lewis AudioBook Review

AudioBook Review:

A contemporary small-town Texas setting is the backdrop for this romance.  Carrying a feel that is reminiscent of stories written 10 – 15 years ago, Kimberly Lewis brings us the McKade family and the ‘new girl’ Andi, just trying to adjust to the very different country she finds herself hiding in.

While there aren’t any great new reinventions of the wheel here, Lewis develops Andi (Kellan) and Zane with flair, and each of the secondary characters in town are just as fun and well built.  But of course, the reason Andi (Kellan) is there is to hide away from an evil ex, and well – this story would have been perfect without that rather over-wrought trope.  The solution to that situation was confusing and a bit quick to resolve, and while I understood the need to give Andi (Kellan) a reason to travel to ‘hillbilly hell’, I did not wholly buy into her fear or the threat.

But – that was a small niggle in the overall story, and while it was a diversion from the lightning fast, snarky banter and sparks flying between she and Zane, it wasn’t the focal point of the story.  And – Lewis managed to use the BEST Line EVER

“Screw you, cowboy!” she yelled after him, saying the word exactly as she had before. “And that horse you rode in on.”

Narration in this story is provided by Madeline Bundy, and like others that I have listened to recently, the performance was workable, but not outstanding.  Overly emphasizing each word to completely enunciate causes odd pauses and breathing moments that are not reflective of the text, and while her conversational moments and slight distinctions for different character voices were performed slightly better, and gave some variation in narrative speed and interest, the overall impression was an average one.  I love audiobooks for the little ‘oomph’ given by narrating a story, that bit of extra that a great narration can give to a story in their personification of characters and emotional emphasis.  Overworking or not doing enough can ruin a story: this narration was just average and workable, neither special nor horrible.

Stars:  Overall  4  Narration 3 Story 4  

Zane: The McKades of Texas #1 by Kimberly Lewis AudioBook Review

Title: Zane
Author: Kimberly Lewis
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western
Narrator: Madeleine Bundy
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: Author
Pages: 298
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 47 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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She’s looking for safety…

Kellan Anderson is in hillbilly hell—or at least that’s what it feels like. After enduring endless counts of abuse from her now ex-boyfriend, Kellan makes a run for her life and finds herself in cowboy country. Leaving her fancy clothes and expensive lifestyle behind her, she trades in her high heels for cowboy boots and changes her name to Andi Ford. With her painful past threatening to catch up with her hiding out in this small town seems easy enough—until one blond hair, blue eyed cowboy steps in the picture.

…Will she find it in the arms of a cowboy?

Zane McKade has sworn off women, determining that they are all liars and cheats—including the new waitress at the local bar. After a rather unpleasant first encounter with the beautiful brunette, Zane’s radar is set to high as he believes this woman is not who she claims to be. When his intimidation methods fail to break through Andi’s barrier he decides to turn on the charm to get her to tell the truth. But Zane’s plan begins to backfire as the more time he spends charming Andi the more he finds himself breaking his own rules and falling for her.

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 Kimberly Lewis

In November 2011 author Kimberly Lewis stepped into the writing world with her first contemporary Western romance, When the Heart Falls.

Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this country girl caught the creative bug at an early age, doing everything from drawing to writing short stories.

After rediscovering her love of romance novels, Kimberly found the inspiration to pick up a pen—or in this case a laptop—and began writing her first novel. Since then she has continued to write and credits her husband and her wonderfully crazy family and friends, who with their love and joking demeanor provide her with the ideas that inspire her novels.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her amazing family.

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