Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Narrator: Caroline McLaughlin
Audiobook Length: 7hr 22m
Release Date: 02-10-2017
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Rescued Too from Narrator Caroline McLaughlin in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the narrator, author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
After serving as her sister’s Maid of Honor, Kellie Ramsey is ready for a new chapter in her own life. The only thing louder than the wedding bells in her head is the ticking of her biological clock. The problem–the guy she’s been dating is not the one. When she helps out at her sister’s no-kill animal shelter, Otis, an abandoned Pit Bull, and Lily, a three-legged kitten, find their way into her heart and her home. Two men also come into her life. The question now is—which one of them is the one? Is there another rescue in the making?
First Lines: “Three months after Alex and Evan’s wedding, Kellie stared at the man sitting across the table from her. Rob was handsome, had the body of a male model, and possessed a great sense of humor. And he was thirty going on thirteen—”
Caroline McLaughlin’s voice is my personal elixir. Smooth, with a bite. Eternally pure, with some rasp. Her voice is absolutely tantalizing. When I try to be sexy (*snort*) I channel my inner Caroline.
Rescued Too showcases the best attributes of Caroline’s voice. Her timbre is always perfect, but it’s the beautiful modulations in her speech that makes her one of my favorite narrators. While listening (and envying), her phrasing is almost poetic; like she’s a possessed master of prodsy and metre. #SheCantBeHuman Croon me to sleep with that voice, WOMAN!
Oh but don’t be fooled, my friends. Caroline may have the voice of an immortal, but GAWD she will inflict pain on your heart! I’m warning you now that Caroline McLaughlin will make your heart cry with every moment of conflict. If it makes you feel better, she has this effect on everyone. So don’t feel like you’re alone in this.
Take a good book, project it through Caroline’s voodoo magic, and it becomes an astonishing book.
Male interpretations, accents, her pain was my pain: check, check, and check.
Listen, and swoon, my friends.
What do you do when life presents you with three men?
Door Number 1: Rob. The man-child.
Door Number 2: Ford. The lawyer of sin.
Door Number 3: Howard. The Dr. of hotness.
I’d like door number 2 and 3, please.
Rescued Too engrossed my heart in perfect conflict. We are first introduced to Kellie Ramsey who envies her sister’s new marriage and she has no idea how she’s going to find that same happiness. Instead, she hates anything cute and fuzzy, and doubts that she’ll ever find a decent man with her poor judgement.
Speaking of poor judgement, Kellie is in an awkward situation. She’s also in an awkward relationship with an immature man. Sure, the initial rush of smutty feelings was fun, but now that her sister, Alexandra, is married and Kellie has a front row seat to pure emotional bliss, she is starting to take her future more seriously. So, the night Door Number 1 (her current boyfriend) decides to propose to her, she kicks him to the curb.
Ouch… we’re only in the first chapter!
Entering: Ford. Who is this devilishly handsome man with a sketchy agenda? Here comes Ford barging into their lives trying to claim stake of Kellie’s brother-in-law’s fortunes. GO HANG YOURSELF, FORD! This lawyer of sin is out for blood trying to stir problems within the family business.
Did I forget to mention Ford is related to Kellie’s brother-in-law? Oh yes. Technically, the family business is Ford’s business after all. Ford is absolute trouble, and off limits.
He’s bad news. Just showed up a while ago claiming he has rights to half of Primrose and saying he’s here on some mysterious business. I don’t trust him.
Why can’t Kellie just meet an ordinary (and boring) man?
Your prayers have been answered! We soon meet Dr. Howard Dennis who is a veterinarian. *swoon* Too bad Kellie hates animals… and too bad the doc used to fantasize about her sister, Alexandra. Talk about awkward. But Howard is safe. Howard is sweet.
And Dr. Howard sure does know how to kiss!
She expected his kiss to be sweet. She did not expect her reaction to his kiss. Warmth spread through her and an electric current zinged along her nerve endings. She moved closer, leaning into the kiss.
Kellie also doesn’t expect the thrill she gets when she argues with Ford…
You should at least give it a chance… you’re smart, and you could do so much better for yourself than this town will allow.
Who died and made you the expert on my life?
Two different chemistries with two different men; good thing Kellie isn’t a scientist because she would mix all sorts of toxic substances! (Back AWAY from the Bunsen burner… ) How is Kellie supposed to build a relationship with Dr. Boring, when there is Mr. Dangerous on her mind? And who is Ford, really? Why is he suddenly in town?!
Rescued Too is gripping, and riveting. Linda Rettstatt sure does know how to write a bittersweet conflict! As Kellie’s disdain for animals lessens, she concurrently discovers the path (and inevitably the man) who sets her heart on fire. #BunsenBurnMyHeart! This book is a vivid portrayal of love and transformation. The animals are the best undercurrent here; shaping the lives of their owners and almost guiding them to happiness. And yes, Kellie does find happiness… eventually. (Salvage my heart, Linda!)
Rescued Too is a rollercoaster of fate, and my heart holds 1000 tickets waiting in line. Forget sleep because Rescued Too will consume you. Let’s not even tie in Caroline McLaughlin’s audiobook narration otherwise I’ll die and go to a perfect audiobook heaven.
Who to choose… Sweet? Or Dangerous?
Is there maybe a Door Number 4 with no heartache involved? I’ll take that one, instead.