Monday, October 15, 2018

Audiobook Reviews - Royal Heir and Hollywood Heir by Ruth Cardello @RuthieCardello

Royal Heir by Ruth Cardello
Narrated by Teri Clark Linden
Series: Westerly Billionaire #3
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Date Read: October 1, 2018
Length:  7 hours 45 minutes
Source: Kindle Unlimited
★★★☆☆
Ruth Cardello, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Up for Heir, turns a fairy-tale romance into a sizzling bedtime story.

Rachelle Westerly needs a break. After years of acting as the family peacekeeper, she’s finally ready to take a step back. Her movie-star brother has offered her the perfect escape. But on the very first day of her vacation, she steps onto a red carpet and straight into the arms of a real-life prince - and the promise of just the kind of flash and fortune that tore her own family apart.

As the soon-to-be leader of Vandorra, Prince Magnus de Bartelebon always gets what he wants - and the regal bad boy wants the sweet American schoolteacher. Although he should be announcing his engagement of convenience to a neighboring princess, Rachelle is the one he desires in his bed and by his side.

While the drop-dead gorgeous Magnus might be almost everything she craves, Rachelle can’t help but think that falling for him would be a royal mistake. He may be ruling a kingdom one day, but she’s in charge of her heart. And he’ll have to win it with more than a lap of luxury - as inviting as it is.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I liked this one but I think that it was the weakest book in the series for me.  I don't usually look for royal romances and I am not really sure if I am a fan of the trope or not.  I like the idea of a royal romance but I can't really think of any that I was excited to read either.  I wanted to read this book because I really enjoyed the first two books from the series and wanted to see what would happen to the other members of the Westerly family.  I was never completely hooked by this story but I did find it to be a decent listen.

I must say that I missed the family drama from the first two books.  This book takes Rachelle overseas to be with her brother, Eric, who has been largely absent from the series.  Many of the characters that I loved from the first two books were not even in the country for this one.   Rachelle wasn't my favorite from the earlier books in the series so I really missed seeing the rest of the group.  

I can't say that I really liked Magnus.  I can see that he had some good qualities but I was never completely won over by him.  I did like seeing Rachelle and Eric grow a bit closer and I thought that the charity work that the characters were involved in was quite touching.

I am glad that I listened to this book.  Teri Clark Linden did a great job with the narration handling a large cast of characters with ease.  She added a lot of excitement to the story.  I think that readers who are fans of royal romances might like this one a bit more than I did.


Hollywood Heir by Ruth Cardello
Narrated by Teri Clark Linden
Series: Westerly Billionaire #4
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Date Read: October 11, 2018
Length:  7 hours 41 minutes
Source: Kindle Unlimited
★★★★☆
A billionaire silver-screen hero finds a real-life heroine in this sizzling romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello.

Sage Revere follows her instincts, which have led to an oddball career as a plant psychologist. As a side project, she also helps strangers find happiness. Sage has a gift for knowing who needs her help, and the brooding hunk of a loner she meets in a coffee shop certainly fits the bill. She can feel it.

On-screen, Eric Westerly is the hottest superhero there is. Offscreen, he’s out of rehab; incognito in London; and reevaluating his life, his career, and his broken family ties. All he wants is to be alone. Then along comes some daft plant whisperer who gets under his skin. She’s also sweet, sexy, and irresistible. But what’ll happen when she finds out who he is—that underneath the gray spandex, he’s just a regular guy with a Batcave?

But Eric isn’t the only one with a few secrets. And when the masks come off, Sage and Eric are going to have to trust each other if they want a Hollywood happy ending.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I did like this romance quite a bit.  I was really curious about how Eric's story would go after finishing the previous book in the series.  He is a really interesting character and I was looking forward to learning more about him.  I ended up having a great time with this audiobook.

Eric seems to have everything.  He is wealthy and everyone seems to love him.  He is a well-known actor that is best known for his portrayal of the superhero Water Bear Man.  He is somewhat lost and is having a hard time figuring out how to move forward.  Sage comes from a wealthy family but she takes care of herself.  She works to help people through her chosen career as a plant psychologist.  

Eric is hiding in plain sight as an average guy named Wayne when he meets Sage.  I liked these two together from the start and thought that they had a lot of chemistry together.  Eric / Wayne does have a few moments where he makes some pretty bad decisions and doesn't always treat Sage in the manner she deserves.  Some of that blame could be placed with Delinda who is busy making things difficult and interfering in things that really should be left alone.  I was pleased to see the Westerly family back together before this book came to an end.  It was great to check in with the characters from the earlier books and to see everyone start to come together.  

I would recommend this audiobook to others. I thought that Teri Clark Linden continued to do a great job with the series.  She is able to cover both the male and female parts of the story without any problems.  I think that she has a very pleasant voice and I was able to listen to the book for hours at a time.  I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more from this narrator or pick up another book written by Ruth Cardello.

Westerly Billionaire Series
Book #1 - In the Heir - My Review
Book #2 - Up for Heir - My Review
Book #3 - Royal Heir
Book #4 - Hollywood Heir
About the Author

Ruth Cardello is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing about rich alpha men and the strong women who tame them. She was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She's lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York, and Rhode Island (again) before moving to Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for two decades, including eleven years as a kindergarten teacher.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

14 comments:

  1. can't the author name him something cooler than water bear man? how about The Nightingale?

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    1. It didn't really make too much of a difference what the superhero was called but I would have picked something else myself.

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  2. I'm glad one of the books really panned out for you. I think I'd be more inclined to pick up a royal book rather than a movie star one. But, like you, I want to see at least some family interaction if they've been a part of the entire series.

    Great review, Carole.

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    1. I did like both of the books but the family issues in the first two books were a lot more fun to read about.

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  3. ah yes that's an author I heard great things about there

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  4. Its good that you enjoyed listening to both books although the first one didnt fare out so well.

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    1. I consider 3 stars to be good and I did enjoy both of the books.

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  5. Royal Heir reminds me of some of those romance movies I have seen over the last couple of years. Royals aren't a particular draw for me either (unless it is fantasy), but sometimes they make for a nice change of pace. Hollywood Heir sounds fun too! Teri Clark Linden sounds like a great narrator.

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    1. I am really liking Teri Clark Linden's narration.

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  6. Hmm as billionaire romances I don't think I would choose this right now. I'm off those. I'm not sure I was ever on those, but I've read some as they came up by favorite authors and such. I'm glad you enjoyed some of them. You are also making great use of your KU subscription and I am not. At all. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I really didn't feel like the money was a big issue in this series. The family is pretty down to earth and use their money to help others. It worked for me overall.

      I am trying to get the most out of my $0.99!

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