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Audiobook: The Palisade – A Lavender Shores by Rosalind Abel Narrated by Kirt Graves


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 Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business transaction and a final stepping-stone to the position he’s been working towards his entire life. It was supposed to be nothing more than one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.
Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so, that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure gets extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t be a big deal. You can’t fall in love in such a short time, that isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, destiny may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.

The book has been previously reviewed on this site.

This is a very sweet romance with a dash of angst.

Andrew and Joel are instantly attracted to each other when they meet at a restaurant (Andrew is with his family, Joel is at the bar). They hook up for one night, after which they go their separate ways – or so Andrew thinks – (Joel plans to try and track Andrew down before he leaves Lavender Shores).

They unexpectedly meet again the following day due to business and they find themselves falling for each other. However, when the true nature of why Joel is in Lavender Shores he breaks Andrew’s heart. After some soul-searching, Joel realises that Andrew means more than a business deal and goes after him. I was glad to see that Andrew didn’t just wait for Joel or take him back that easily.

There are lots of funny moments in the book, especially with the interesting cast of other characters – Andrew’s parents and their married friends, Lamont (Andrew’s bother) and Gilbert (the best friend). The last 2 may have their stories told if this becomes a series. And there are lots of intimate moments that show how hot both Andrew and Joel are together.

Though I’m not a fan of insta-love, it was well done (not too unrealistic). I really liked the book.


Kirt Graves is fairly new to me as a narrator, but I will keep an ear out for more of his work. The narration was enjoyable. There was not a lot of distinction between the characters, but this did not detract from the audio experience for me. I really liked the pacing and Mr. Graves voice. I am looking forward to listening to more from him.

Overall Impression 3.75 round to 4 stars 


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