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Summary

Naomi Winters will be 40 soonish, and she’s only been with one man. One night. One time. Long ago. She believes everything happens for a reason, and the universe spoke about Nathan Ryder.

Nathan Ryder isn’t the same man who hightailed his bike out of Green Valley, 18 years ago. As a rule breaker, women are one area he acts a fool. Case in point, the local librarian. He can’t get a read on her, but she’s one risk he’s willing to take. Again.

What do an eccentric librarian and a sexy silver biker have in common? 

More than you think. The due date on their love might not be expired, after all.

Love in Due Time is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy that can be listened to as a stand-alone, and is book one in the Green Valley Library series.

©2019, 2020 Smartypants Romance (P)2020 Smartypants Romance

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  • Laura
  • 28-04-20

Female narrator deals death blow

I stumbled across L.B. Dunbar one day looking for my next book. As a woman in my forties, I loved listening to romance between couples who have a little more life experience than highschool or college.

With that said, this book was a disappointment. I just could not relate to this heroine constantly touting mother earth, the goddess, the power of three, and her Wiccan faith. It was almost its own character. There was also this "I'm stuck on you" mantra and once uttered aloud it was used over and over again by both characters in dialog AND inner monologues. I never want to hear that phrase again.

There was also a danger element to this book involving a kidnapping plot that I found just ridiculous. Unfortunately, it completely detracted from the poignantly sad and tragic past of the two main characters and their path towards forgiveness and healing.

With all of that said, the biggest problem with this book was with the narration. Let me first say my problem is only with Beth Tucker. Chris Brinkley narrates the chapters told from the hero's POV - a solid 4 star performance. Beth is a completely different story. I imagine she was chosen for her southern twang and mature voice. Her performance is not a performance at all. She reads in a monotone. There is little distinction between characters. Her pace is painfully slow. Honestly, I cheered when the POV switched to Nathan's character. Without Chris' narration, I never would have finished this book.

In the end, this book just wasn't credit worthy. I say that with a heavy heart because I have loved the other books I've listened to by this author and until she began using Ms. Tucker, the narration has always been great.

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  • C.Lee
  • 20-07-20

Not the Green Valley I'm used to

This was a cute book - not the Winstons for sure - the male narration was great, the female narration wasn't my favorite

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  • Kristina
  • 06-07-21

Could Not Get Through This Book

I love Penny Reid and The Winstons. The books by Smartypants Romance are usually really good. I love Chris Brinkley and his narration is always on point and great. Beth Tucker was the reason I could not finish this book. Her narration was dry and monotone. No distinction between characters and I felt like someone was just reading and bored. The narrators are the ones that paint the picture with the author’s words. I want to read this book on my own. The only reason I rated this because I’m sure it’s probably good as a book and Chris Brinkley.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-21

Cringe.

If you can get by the female character’s narrator reading like you’re sitting in class taking turns then by the character herself being irritating then it’s ok

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  • Melimae
  • 23-08-21

Only made it to chapter 5

I can’t listen to Beth Tucker. She is awful. I hate that I wasted a credit on this.

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  • Kathy Brandt
  • 23-02-21

Beth Tucker shouldn't be reading out loud

Beth Tucker should stick with owners manuals or just not read anything for an audience. Her reading is pitchy, stilted, and dry. She essentially ruined this book for me. I couldn't make it past chapter 3 despite Chris Brinkley reading the make character.
I really like Chris Brinkley, he has an amazing way of connecting with his characters.

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  • Dubus
  • 19-05-22

Chris Brinkley is great!

Beth Tucker…. Is not a good narrator! Her infection, what little there is, is placed weird and off sync. A lot of this book feels like a grandma reading to a child, but not in a good way. Just to say it doesn’t sound like a professional. It’s distracting. It makes me stop listening in frustration.
Chris Brinkley is fabulous! I love his narration. I have listened to many Green Valley books (all the others by Penny Reid) and Chris is fantastic in all of them. He’s the only reason I have kept listening.
This book isn’t on par with the rest of the Green Valley books. I’m going to listen to the next one as it has a different female reading it, hopefully this book just wasn’t as good because because of Tucker!
Chris Brinkley is the only reason I gave 3 stars for this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-22

Not sure

I would like to hear it again with a different female narrator… see what I think
Chris Brinkley- amazing as always

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  • Amanda M Stephens
  • 10-04-22

female voice actor not good

the first book I've read by this author. I'm not certain how I feel about the choice in voice actors. Chris Brinkley is great, nuanced and believable, however the female actor sounds like she is reading text for the first time and fishing through it. Her reading is stilted and she misses the emotional elements of some of the text. I do appreciate her believable accent though.

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  • michelle s
  • 13-03-22

Reads like a first draft

This title doesn’t fit with the rest of the series.
Story: Vague storyline , stuttered pace, unrealistic characters - all have total personality changes
Narration: Male narrator is excellent and an asset to the series. Female narrator reads too slow and deliberate to help the story flow. Made a dull book worse.