Sound Advice by L.B. Dunbar

July 17, 2014 Review 2 ★★★★½

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Sound Advice by L.B. DunbarSound Advice by LB Dunbar
Series: Sensations Collection #1
Published by Self-Published on 2nd June 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 249
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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“Nana’s Rules to Live By”

Gentlemen should always open the door for a lady.

I was busy and I didn’t have time for a vacation, let alone a weekend away. When a frantic phone call from an old neighbor brought me to my grandmother’s summer home, I wasn’t prepared for an extended stay. And I especially wasn’t prepared for the man holding the door open to the radio repair shop who made a lasting first impression.

In attempts at a relationship, a gentleman should always make the first move.

Calling Jess Carter’s clenched jaw and denim-colored eyes part of his standoffish manner was an understatement. His brooding exterior bordered on being downright rude. From the moment I bumped into him, quite literally, our lives began to intertwine in a way that made me question what I wanted.

Children should be seen and not heard.

Jess had secrets and I was determined to get to the bottom of them. Even he didn’t know the solutions to all his problems, I wanted to help. In doing so, I might have drawn too close to the truth, forcing Jess to risk something he wasn’t sure he could chance again. I had decisions to make for myself and it’s hard to know whose advice to take when so many questions remain unanswered.


Reviewed by Shannon

*an E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for review*

“You know what I always wonder though is why does the girl always have to be saved by the boy. Can’t the woman save the man instead?”
“Oh Emily, dear, now don’t start that again. The prince saves the girl, period. Rags to riches.” Nana waved a hand in the air, pretending to fan herself as she dismissed my modern rant on fairy tales.

HA! I love that! I agree with you completely Emily. I always ask myself this very question when I read books where the guy always has to come to the girl’s rescue. And this book actually has a continuous stream of various fairy tales that Emily questions or thinks about and I love it!

Sound Advice features what I consider a very sad story…actually stories. I’m not one for really sad stories but this one was done really well and luckily I didn’t have to whip out tissues…maybe just a few hand wipes, haha! This début from LB Dunbar starts off with Emily returning back to Elk Rapids where her grandma lives to temporarily take care of her. When she arrives she helps her grandma and meets Jess. And let’s just say Jess doesn’t take too kindly to Emily…at first. From there, things happen…secrets are revealed…and lives are changed.

I loved Emily. For someone so young she had a lot of responsibility on her shoulders and I thought she acted wise beyond her years. Same goes for Jess as well. But I did wish Jess was better at expressing his feelings at times…can’t expect Emily to read his mind all the time, haha! Emily’s grandma, Nana, was interesting. She was a really sweet person but some of her ideas and thoughts were old fashion. Each chapter actually starts with a rule from “Nana’s Rules to Live By,” which I thought was an interesting way to start each chapter especially since it gave a hint about what may happen during the chapter. While I may not have agreed with everything Nana thought, she was super sweet and cared for Emily so of course I liked her.

I also loved how music played a part in this book. It wasn’t so much about specific songs or lyrics but more so what kind of emotions the music brought out of people. The same went with sound, in general. If you didn’t know before, this is the first in a series about the five different senses with each book being a standalone featuring characters from previous books. Quite a cool concept if you ask me. This book was about sound and I thought it portrayed that beautifully.

The only slight complaint I have is that I felt the end was a little abrupt. Up to a certain point during the ending it was great. I just wish it was stretched out a little longer or had more pauses if that makes sense. But all in all, this was a great début and I can’t wait for the next book about the sense of taste.

About LB Dunbar

I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?

As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.

I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.

So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.

I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.

2 Responses to “Sound Advice by L.B. Dunbar”

    • Shannon

      Aww thanks. Glad my review helped. It’s currently $0.99 right now so it’s a great time to pick it up :).

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