Audiobook Review: Designing Woman by Elaine Raco Chase

Who doesn’t love to be read to? I’ve always been a fan, so an audio version of a book is just the thing to relax with, to clean the house by, or even to use as commuting entertainment.   Today I am thrilled to present Designing Woman by Elaine Raco Chase.

Title: Designing Woman     Author: Elaine Raco Chase    Stars:  5

About the Book:  The romance for every woman who’s never had the nerve – a rousing passionate battle of the sexes takes place as each tries to outdo the other in a witty, contest of wills!
     Griffen St. Clair hadn’t meant to eavesdrop on the couple, but who could help but listen as the gorgeous woman was telling her companion that their affair was over. Griffen found he applauded her new-found values until she turned her considerable attributes on him!
     Brandy Abbott had decided to teach St. Clair a lesson when he assumed to know so much about her and pronounced her the queen of seducers. What she didn’t count on was the fact he was soon to be her boss and her lover AND a man who needed to be taught a lesson about women!
     What had come over her? Exactly who was she – Brandy the smoldering, uninhibited lady of the night? Or B.J. Abbott, brilliant young architect, whose dreams were filled not with erotic languor but with visions of concrete and steel. For the first time in her life, she didn’t know!
     And Griffen – who was he? A mixture of keen-eyed eagle and ferocious lion? He had conjured up a male fantasy and assumed she was a tramp! 
     Outraged, cast in an unfamiliar role, Brandy had chosen to play it to the hilt and loved the part … unaware that it would throw her into emotional chaos and force her to choose between two of the sweetest things life offered – surrender and revenge.

My Review:

One of my must have’s in any book is a plot – preferably one that has sharp-witted characters who are smart, independent and feel real.  Elaine Raco Chase did not disappoint in creating the characters to exist within the world of design, architecture and luxury developments.  I want characters to be exactly what Griffen and Brandy  were – alive, confident, smart and funny; nearly walking out of the story to stand before me.  Developed with just enough of the imperfections and quirks in character that create a personality, Griffen’s oft chin-dragging speechlessness at the brazen teasing he encounters from Brandy is quite funny.

This was not a book that just suggested I listen and not react.  It was laugh out loud funny at times, actually, I think I have a friend with a similar love of teasing men that Brandy displays in her interactions with Griffen.  She was real, full of confidence in her abilities that contrasted with her insecurities about being “enough” in the male dominated architectural field.  Griffen is a bit more tightly wound, a businessman with fingers in many pies, he doesn’t seem to be enjoying life as much as he should until Brandy walks into his life.

Where this story shines is in the dialog.  While there are two billion how-to articles on creating dialog that is both paced properly and sounds believable, Elaine has a book, full of dialog: fast paced, snarky, funny, businesslike, casual, even sexy.  And it ALL sounds like a conversation you could overhear at any time, in many situations.  That technique alone makes the book a worthwhile read – that it is combined and integrated into a tightly written, fast paced and sexy story makes this worth every one of the 5 stars.  The audio book was narrated beautifully, with words clear and pacing easy to follow.  I tend to listen at 2.5 speed, I talk fast too, but It wasn’t too fast to follow the story.  Whether you are looking for a break from television, or don’t mind the other commuters staring at you as you laugh, often, the audio book is well worth the investment.

Buy It Now:

Amazon  §  Audible  §  Barnes & Noble  §  iTunes/Apple  §  Smashwords  §  Kobo Books

To discover more about Elaine, and find out where to find her …read more 

About the Author:

I write sassy, sexy, LOL contemporary romance novels. Often they start with “love at first sight” (a few of my friends write “love at first bite!”) I was thrilled read some wonderful stats:    Match.com – 59% of men believe in love at first sight!
Prevention Mag. says 60% of Americans believe in love at first sight!
Prevention also noted that women see brooding men as significantly more
sexually attractive than happy guys! Is this the “bad-boy?”

I was never sure of “love at first sight” until my dad told me he fell for my mom as he watched her chase her dog down the street! I told him that was the silliest thing I ever heard they hadn’t even said a word to each other! He winked and said “sometimes you just know”…they were married for 57 years.  Hubby and I are headed for 43 years this October: he said it was “lust at first sight” – yeah! That works too!

So let’s say “attraction” at first sight and then what reviewers call the “slow burn” are the core of my contemporary romantic comedies. Some more erotic than others, but all with characters that are so believable they’ve received fan mail!

Her bestselling romance novels: Rules of the Game, Dare the Devil, Double Occupancy, Lady Be Bad, Calculated Risk, Video Vixen, Designing Woman and Special Delivery are on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Itunes, Blio, Sony, XinXii, and All Romance.  All have been updated and expanded.

Now available: Romantic Classics – One Way or Another, No Easy Way Out and Best Laid Plans – available as ebooks for the first time since 1981!

And if you want a sexy, sassy, earful – Head to Audible.com, Itunes audio or Amazon audio link for Video Vixen, Special Delivery, Designing Woman, One Way or Another. Your ear buds may melt!

When she’s not writing, or rewriting, Elaine also hosts a weekly radio show on Thursdays 8PM EST:  Author’s Corner at Triangle Variety Radio.  Also – you can find her at

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6 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Designing Woman by Elaine Raco Chase

  1. Thanks so much, Gaele, and Ronda – deeply appreciated. I was thrilled with Sheila Book’s narration of Designing Woman and she also becomes Vixen Mallory in Video Vixen…I’m not sure how people will be able to drive hearing either one!

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