The Veranda (Audio Review)

Title: The Veranda (Lavender Shores Book 3)
Author: Rosalind Abel and Kirt Graves (Narrator)
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications
Release Date: June 4th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Donovan Carlisle helps countless people in Lavender Shores with his skills as a therapist. It seems, however, that his ability to enable others to live their happiest life only works outside of himself. Donovan truly loves his life but isn’t able to find a relationship that satisfies his heart’s craving. Maybe the problem is that the only man he wants is off-limits.

Spencer Epstein came to Lavender Shores to find himself. Instead, he married one of the local town beauties. He’d thought his prayers had finally been answered. Then he met his pregnant fiancée’s brother. It turned out those answered prayers were just cruel twists of fate.

A decade later, after a divorce and the crumbling of all Spencer thought was set in stone, he sees his brother-in-law at a masquerade sex party. He takes full advantage of the anonymity and acts on the desires he’s held at bay all those years.

The problem is those silent and frenzied moments didn’t satiate anything. The fire and heat between the two men only grows as secrets are uncovered, and they must determine if the cost of their passion is too high….

Lavender Shores is full of interesting characters, and I’ve been looking forward to Donovan’s story since listening to The Garden.

After a rocky beginning in which I had some confusion about who was speaking and who’s POV I was listening to at the time, about two hours into the audio I finally got everything straight and was able to settle back and enjoy seeing Spencer (who had been through so much) and Donovan finally start their relationship.

I appreciated the angst level in this wasn’t high, because there was certainly opportunity for Abel to ratchet it up, but instead there was a lot of communication, and both Spencer and Donovan tried to get, and stay, on the same page.

I liked the narration, though timing and pacing were issues until I got used to them. Kirt Graves performs different character voices, but I found I had to pay particular attention to the beginning of the chapters when the character’s POV was announced to know who’s POV I was listening to so as not to become confused.

I love the supporting characters and the town’s ambiance. I’m really looking forward to stories featuring Lamont and Connor, but wouldn’t be in the least bit upset if I never heard from Erica ever again.

The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3) is a dual POV, low angst (especially considering the plot), on page sexy times, with a truly sigh-inducing, lovely HEA ending.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of The Veranda provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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