“When I read Slow Heat in Heaven a few years ago, it was at most a four star book. I had real problems with both the hero and heroine. But listening to it on audio recently, I realized that the only way for a die hard romance fan to truly enjoy this book was to read it as a book of fiction rather than romance. Here is the review I wrote for the Speaking of Audiobooks column in June, 2010.
Narrated by Dick Hill
I really enjoyed this one but that statement carries this disclaimer – it’s best to read Slow Heat in Heaven (originally published in 1988) as general fiction rather than romance. In today’s romance community, the lead male character is unlikely to make the grade as a romance hero and the heroine’s actions may disqualify her as a romance lead as well. Although there is a sensuous love story within, I viewed Slow Heat in Heaven more as a sultry contemporary Southern tale of a wealthy family on the verge of losing it all. Numerous conflicts both within the family and among other secondary characters abound as well as just plain misery. But regardless of what one thinks of the content, this is a superb audio presentation. Dick Hill’s performance is one I’ll long remember, especially his portrayal of Cash – complete with a strong, convincing Cajun accent. I actually accepted Cash in audio much more readily than in print. The numerous Louisiana accents of the multiple characters are easily distinguishable providing the ability to recognize a character by voice alone. As the storyline shifts and gains traction, appropriate emotion and purpose ring true in each character’s voice. Dick Hill gains new respect from me with this narration.
Lea AAR wrote this review Wednesday, June 23, 2010.