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Return to Audubon Springs

(Brothers of Audubon Springs #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When Emma Grant returns to her family's Audubon Springs beach house to fulfill the stipulations of her father's will, she has every intention of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She's never fit into her wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.

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Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published September 22nd 2013 by The Wild Rose Press
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Barb Han
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A contract brings Emma back to her family's summer home in Audubon Springs, but it's her big secret that shreds her heart. Ex-love (who is beyond-ohmygawd-sexy) Rafe is determined to make the half-house he inherited home, but can it ever feel whole without Emma?

I love a good reunion story, and this one was great!!

The sexual tension sparks off the page, but it's the heart of this story that kept me reading long past my bedtime. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable book by this debut author. There were many comedic moments to this reunion story that had me laughing out loud. Realistic conflict and heat between Rafe and Emma that has me looking forward to the next book in this series.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Funny moments, touching moments, great sassy dialogue! DeFranco's strength is dialogue, and it especially shines during "fight scenes" --and I don't mean physical fights, I mean the back and forth banter between the heroine and hero! I love a book with good side characters too, and just adore the hero's mama! Strong women, strong men, and strong mama's--what's not to love? ...more
Return to Audubon Springs is about a woman named Emma that wants her families house back and tries to mess with her ex-lover Rafe into giving the house back since her father gave it to both of them.

Let's start with Emma

She's a likable character that fell completely flat for me. I liked that she has a stable career, she seems like a kind mother, and her act of trying to be a spoiled brat was funny. On the other hand she's kind of annoying because she whines all the time. There really isn't much t
Joanna Shupe
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn and I loved the backdrop of the Jersey Shore (minus Snooki, of course). The conflict was believable and the dialogue is witty and fun. This was a great story by a promising debut author. I can't wait for more! ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

188 pages

When an author draws on humour within the first few pages and adds some spicy sexual tension I’m encouraged to read on.

Three years later Emma has reluctantly returned to her family’s seven million dollar summer home to stake half her claim in the property as per the conditions of her father’s will. There’s just a tiny problem, no actually there’s a big problem in the form of ex-lover and smexy carpenter Rafael Iuliano who now owns the other half. Emma has no idea why her father willed h
Bette Stanek
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Updating this to a solid 4 messy pancake stars based on cuteness, humor, history of relationship, and dialogue. There is some pretty funny stuff in here! This is a quick and fun read that's sorta reminiscent of Sweet Home Alabama.

The Iuliano family sounds super fun and I'd love to get to know them. The Grants? Not so much. At least not Daniel or Joan. The relationship between Rafe and Emma began when they were 10 and 7, went through lots of changes, and now has a chance to become what they once
Nia Simone
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With reunited lovers, a secret baby, returning to a small town, lovers from different socio-economic worlds, this book touched on many themes that I enjoy reading.

Emma returns to a beautiful family house left to her as an inheritance with a big catch. She has to live there for 2 weeks a year and share the house with her very sexy ex-lover, Rafe.

She tries to make Rafe leave by driving him crazy. Her ruse of being on a macrobiotic diet in order to drive him crazy had me laughing out loud. But des
Jaye Marie Rome
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Set at the Jersey Shore, it already had me hooked. The author sets the tone from the first page, that this is going to be a fun read. Great humor, sexy, hunky hero (and a regular guy, to boot). A heroine who is her own worst enemy in some ways, but with a heart of gold she is trying to protect at all costs. The one thing that keeps them apart more than anything else, but is also the thing that draws them together and makes them realize they belong with each other.

I really want
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun to read. Lots of light, fun moments but with serious issues at the core of the romance. While I'm normally not a fan of secret baby books, I thought this one was well done. I believed in the heroine's motivation for keeping the secret and was still able to like the character and root for her happy ending. I enjoyed the time I spent in Audubon Springs and I look forward to more books by this author. ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emma returns to the beach because she is obligated to spend two weeks every two years per her fathers will. But Rafe is living there. Cruel words were said and she left, returned to college and trying to forget Rafe. But now her force to return or lose her share of the house since her father had left the other half to Rafe. But she had another secret to why she could not return. Would it bring Emma and Rafe back together or tear them apart forever?
Melody Cox
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in RoseAnn DeFranco's series 'Brothers of Audubon Springs' and in my opinion the best of the three (although it has the lowest rating) with the second book coming in a close second.

I truly enjoyed this read and was drawn into the story quickly. I love most any book when a secret child is involved.
Shannon Godwin
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book. I laughed and cried! it does not drag along and boy it will keep you interested. I will be looking up more of her books. this is totally one of my favorite reads. I can't say enough about this book. ...more
Michele Mannon
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun read, especially the quick witty exchanges between the hero and heroine. Set at the Jersey shore, the story was well developed and entertaining.

Hope to read more by this author.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Leanne Davis
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really, fun, entertaining and heartful story. It's surprisingly hilarious. I didn't expect all of the disasters the characters planned for one another. They are fighting over a house that was left jointly to them and each of them is trying to drive the other from it. There were several laugh-out-loud moments for me with what they tried to do to each other. Loved that part. Rafe and Emma were childhood friends and teenage sweethearts. They separated on bitter terms when she thought he' ...more
Romancing the Book
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Allison
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Jersey Girl Emma Grant returns to Audubon Springs where some of her best memories were made, along with the man who broke her heart three years ago. She has to spend two weeks in the beach house she inherited from her father in order to fulfill the will’s stipulations. But the fly in the ointment: her dad also left the house to Rafe Iuliano, the heartbreaker in her past. Emma has sworn to harden her heart and no
Zee Monodee
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Part soap opera, part sitcom - that's a lot what the scenes in this book felt like. One minute it's a sweeping family saga, then the next, you're in the closed confines of the house...and a food fight breaks!

Over the top? Yes. Somewhat silly? Yes. Funny? Indeed. Interesting? Resounding yes!

I'll admit much of the conflict spun out of and around misunderstandings that a good, honest conversation would've cleared a long time ago, but the author makes this 'flaw' work to her advantage when
Diana Quincy
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, romantic read where the hero and heroine, Rafe and Emma, try to one-up each other in the battle over a beach house both of have inherited. Complicating matters is that these two were each others' first love and the romance did not end well. Some of the scenes are laugh-out-loud funny and the romance is both sweet and sexy. The stakes are raised when Rafe learns Emma's secret and what follows is probably my favorite part of the story. The secondary characters are very appealing and ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
For the most part I thought the book was well written. At times I did think the plot was moving too slowly. It did pick up for me about half way through. I think my frustration with the book was that I never really felt sympathetic towards Emma. In her mind she had reasons for what she did but I felt she took too long to reveal what she needed to.
I did enjoy Rafe's talks with both his dad, and his mom. The closeness of his family was a definite positive for me.
Teresa Rosenberg
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a little bit silly, and I couldn't relate very well to the characters (I thought they both made some pretty silly, immature choices that just made me shake my head in frustration), but all in all, it wasn't a bad read, and in the end, the story itself was actually pretty poignant. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of brain candy; it'd be a great beach read. ...more
Jessica Calla
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I loved about this book. It's a great romance read with a complicated couple. Neither hero nor heroine is perfect on their own, but together they seem to fit and it just works. Being a Jersey girl, I can relate to the characters' feelings about the house and the beach. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! ...more
Tina Gabrielle
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this debut. Emma is a great heroine and her motivations are strong when she returns to her family beach house to get rid of her former lover. Rafe is sexy and what every woman wants in a romance hero. A fun read!
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
very sweet book with the usual assortment of good and bad character. a fun book to read with an ending that is expected on many ways bit with a bot of a locker
Black Butterfly
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: BOOKBUB
Shelves: romance
Jean Browne
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice light read, I read it in one day. It didn't pretend to be more then it was. ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! great read!
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Predictable, trite, a couple so immature they won't make it this time, either. It was free, you get what you pay for. ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A fun romance with a few tugs at the heart when Emma & Rafe go through their struggles. Kept me interested to the end of the story. A delightful read
Joy Matteson
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, hilarious, weird
Not as cliche as some romance novels, but there was a lot of weird face licking that the hero would do randomly when he was talking with the heroine. Ugh. Just no.
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RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing funny, steamy romance with heart. A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family and would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town from her BROTHERS OF AUDUB ...more

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