2015 Romance Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Romance Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Loupe from Hot Listens. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:


  • The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller; Narrated by Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale from Hachette Audio

“The Bridges of Madison County could have been just an average read for me, but Steven and Kelli’s interpretation gave the novel another dimension, and they turned the story into a truly engaging listen.

Their acting skills are efficiently utilized to bring depth to the characters. Not easy to fit such a complex story in a short audiobook, but the narrators’ pleasant voice, expert pace, and right depictions gave me a new appreciation for Francesca and Robert Kincaid’s romance.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listen’s Full Review

  • Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews; Narrated by Renee Raudman from HarperAudio

“In a world where magic is the most covet commodity and the ultimate ranking for social status, we get introduce to a run off the mill Private Investigator, Nevada Baylor, at the time when she is about to embark in a case that’s way above her head and expertise – thanks to the forceful insistence of a powerful individual.Until now, Nevada’s firm has only handled small fraud and cheating spouse cases, but the case in hand will demand extraordinary measures that will reveal an extraordinary heroine.I’m a huge fan of narrator Renée Raudman. She’s fantastic with every genre; she has no difficulties in bringing a meet-cute romance as well as a nail-biting suspenseful listen to life with full credibility.

I can’t imagine any other narrator who would be me more appropriate to perform this material despite running the risk of sounding a little too close to the other Author’s novels, in this case, Kate Daniels.

Well, my fears in this case were totally unfounded. In just in a few minutes of listening Ms. Raudman became Nevada Baylor and Mad Rogan, and I immediately got transported to a world of magic in Huston, Texas.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listens’ Full Review

  • First Love by James Patterson; Narrated by Lauren Fortgang from Hachette Audio

“Even though the book didn’t work for me because the story has a really YA feel and  the similarities to Fault In Our Stars worked against it, I can’t forget to mention Lauren Fortgang, a favorite of mine. Lauren’s performances are always aces, and her interpretation of these two young characters and their love journey wasn’t the exception, and while I didn’t find anything particularly exceptional in the story that showcased her talent, she’s just an excellent narrator that easily brings you into the story with the skill of a professional and  of a reader that truly has a grasp of the characters.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listens’ Full Review

  • Just This Once by Rosalind James; Narrated by Claire Bocking from ACX/Rosalind Iiams

“Narrator Claire Bocking does an excellent job of bringing the Zealand feel to the listener in Just This Once. I love when the backdrop of a novel feels authentic. In this, I have to commend the narrator’s performance.

Her New Zealand accents give authenticity to the novel and helps transport the listener to this light-hearted romance that with just a small amount of heat keeps things interesting while the author takes so much care in converting New Zealand into another character in her story.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listens’ Full Review

  • Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis; Narrated by Karen White from Tantor Media

“It’s not hard to see why Karen White keeps getting all these nominations. She’s excellent at bringing the mood of the novel to life; from a suspenseful scene to a happy, playful scenario, Karen White puts you there.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listen’s Full Review

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