Friday, August 17, 2018

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Where There's Smoke by Kathy Coopmans

Author: Kathy Coopmans

Narrators: Lacy Laurel & Lorenzo Matthews

Length: 8 hours and 1 minutes

Publisher: Kathy Coopmans

Series: Sweet Sin, Book 2

Released: May 22, 2018

Genre: Romance

From a USA Today best-selling author comes a standalone in the Sweet Sin series.

The lives of Dean Wagner and Tatum Fields have been ruled by the hand of fate.

The past six years of my life have been consumed by guilt. Since we lost Landon to a fire, I’ve done everything in my power to protect my daughter, Leila, from finding out the truth about how her twin brother died. Nothing in my life means more to me than her.

Not my band, not my reputation. Nothing.

Until I see Tatum, the woman I saved on the beach the same night she dealt with a loss of her own.

The daily routine I’ve settled into is what keeps me going. Work at my chocolate shop, pay the bills, repeat. I don’t date. I don’t trust. And I have never forgotten the man who walked away from saving my life without allowing me to thank him.

I know how to reach him, but I avoid him at all costs.

Until fate decides to make another appearance.

This is a story of how destiny ends up bringing these two souls back together, and how fate, the word very little people believe in is really their friend, after all.

USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband, Tony. They have two son's Aaron and Shane.
She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football.
She has recently retired from her day job to become a full-time writer.
She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is "I got this."


Narrator Bio

Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love - reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.


I did not go in prepared for this book. I needed more of a warning for this book. I feel like I walked in on a life altering moment that crushed my heart. This was the beginning of Dean’s heartbreak. I’m not going into what happened… it isn’t fair to ruin any of this book for any other reader. Ugh, Kathy Coopmans broke ME a bit with this story. This brings one of my biggest fears right out in front and shoves it in my face. I felt physical pain in my heart for Dean. So walk into this book knowing it’s going to hurt! There’s just no other way around this. You’ll cry, if you don’t I’ll be totally impressed.

This might be the story of a drummer of a super band but he’s barely living. Tatum owns a chocolate shop. Her life has also been a bit rough. I loved Tatum. This is a story of survivors, of overcoming things in life that shouldn’t happen… at all! This book is just FULL of the feels, it’s so raw and exposes everything. I feel like Where There’s Smoke takes an upclose and personal look at family, at love, at heartbreak and heartache, at friendship, and even hate. You have broken people; you’re going to get real feelings. 

Goodness gracious! These narrators were so perfect! As always Lacy Laurel’s voice is like smooth silk that just glides over your body. She was perfection for Tatum. You could feel that woman that has been a bit broken and hurt… is oozes out of her voice, her tone! Lorenzo Matthews was the BEST Dean! Dean was a strong man and you could feel that with Mr. Matthews voice. But he was more than that and Matthews still put that through. I loved how you could feel the difference when he spoke with his daughter and when he spoke with Tatum. You could hear the delight and just charm with his daughter. Then there’s the heat and lust, quickly turning to love. They were great!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lacy Laurel. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


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