Secret Passages: CUTTING LOOSE by Susan Andersen

Cutting Loose

Cutting Loose  CoverBook 1 in the Sisterhood Diaries series
Author Susan Andersen
Narrated by Emily Durante
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Jun 7, 2016
Running time 10 hrs

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.



Jane thinks nothing can make her lose her cool. But the princess of propriety blows a gasket the night she meets the contractor restoring the Wolcott mansion. Devlin Kavanagh’s rugged sex appeal may buckle her knees, but the man is out of control. Jane had to deal with theatrics growing up—she won’t tolerate them in someone hired to work on the house she and her two best friends have inherited.

Dev could renovate the mansion in his sleep. But ever since the prissy owner spotted him jet-lagged and hit hard by a couple of welcome-home drinks, she’s been on his case. Yet there’s something about her. Jane hides behind conservative clothes and a frosty manner, but her seductive blue eyes and leopard-print heels hint at a woman just dying to cut loose . . .

My Take Oblong Shaped

I really enjoyed this book. I listened to BENDING THE RULES, the second book in the series, first. and, while I found it intriguing and entertaining I had trouble with some of the tropes and I had a real issue with the way the compact discs were formatted. I also felt I had missed some backstory.  I recommend that you read or listen to the series in order.

I liked this one a little more. The discs was formatted for an easy download to my I-Tunes set-up.  The characters felt a little more real but the set-up of the story was a little obvious.   I certainly liked the relationship between the characters: the friends are close, but still have a real relationship with the occasional barb and argument.

Jane, the love interest in this story, is a museum curator, has an immediate attraction to the male love interest, Devin. That lust turns to aversion as she thinks he’s drunk. He’s more “punch drunk” from a combo of let lag and a family party. 

But, things heat up as these two discover they are very attracted to each other, despite their very different backgrounds and lifestyles.

The crisis is somewhat obvious, possibly more so as I had already read the second book.  But, it didn’t really detract from the book. I wanted the couple to make it through their tough-ish times. And, while I had an idea of the crisis it was still suspenseful.

The narration only had one note that I didn’t like and that was in the portrayal of  a police detective who only appears briefly. Emily Durante’s voices for the characters seemed pretty spot on.

I think this a good start to the series and I enjoyed listening to it.


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