I have to start off with saying how much I love the narration of this series. After listening to all the other books in the series I can't bring myself to read the new releases even when I have a chance at an ARC. Lorelei King just brings Charley to life in such a great way that I now have her voice in my head and cannot enjoy reading the books.
Fourth Grave is my favorite in the series so far.
Charley and Reyes relationship gets more involved now that he finally has a physical body when they are together. But it's not all sexy times with the couple. They are still dealing with the Earl Walker fall out from the events in Third Grave.
Charley has been hiding from the world in the two months after the events of Third Grave and trying to deal with what Earl Walker did to her. How is she coping? Buying everything she sees on the home shopping network. Really, 12 turkey basters?
Cookie has cut off Charley credit cards, so she is basically broke between all her shopping and not working for the last two months. So when a PI job comes her way she takes it even though it means she has to leave her apartment.
So in true Charley fashion she is working a PI case and trying to stay alive while fighting off demons that what to use her as a doorway to hell. And Charley is only getting stronger and coming into her powers as the Grimm Reaper.
I can't wait to listen to Fifth Grave to see how she deals with the new power and the new neighbor that moved in to her apartment building. Should be interesting times ahead for Charley.
I’ve been waiting for Liz and Drew’s story since they hooked up at Mitch’s wedding in book 4, All He Ever Needed.
Liz is the only girl in the Kowalski Family and she’s been living away from home for about 15 years. She moved across country from the family’s home, Northern Star Lodge in Maine to New Mexico with her loser of an “artist” boyfriend that none of her brothers liked.
After Liz returned home for Mitch’s wedding she saw that her brothers and cousins were moving forward in their lives with weddings and babies and she got home sick. She already gave the boyfriend the boot but instead of staying in Maine she went back to New Mexico. But her homesickness and Rosie’s (the lodge’s live-in maid and second mother to the Kowalski brood) asking her to come home got to her. So she packed all her belongs into her car and drove home.
Drew has been dealing with his life after his divorce from the wife. Drew has always wanted a family and Mallory (ex-wife) kept putting him off. She lied to him about wanting kids and 10+ years of marriage was wasted with a woman who lied to him. Drew would have been ok (he thinks) if Mallory had been honest with him from the beginning of never wanting kids.
Everyone in the small Maine town knows everyone else’s business. So they know that Drew is looking for a wife to start a family with. That’s when Liz comes walking back into Drew’s life. They both have thought about that one hot time they spent together a few months back at Mitch’s wedding. With them both coming off long-term relationships they thought they only had a shared encounter to help them get over their hurts.
But their feelings for each other start becoming more. Can Liz and Drew find love or is Drew just looking for a baby momma? You’ll have to read Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey to find out.
As far as the narration I can’t really say much more than Stacey and Fortgang are a must listen team. Stacey writes great characters and Fortgang brings them to life like no else can.
Vampire, werewolf or just plain human, Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi never fails to entertain me.
Why I listened:
Hello, it’s Harper and Ronconi.
Saddie’s boss is getting ready to retire and what should have been a sure thing for Saddie to get his position turns into a funny romance where she has to work with her competition for the Director position with the Kentucky Tourism Commission, Josh.
And of course there is an attraction between Josh and Saddie at first site until they find out who the other person is and then it’s a race to see which one can out do the other in childish pranks. But once they realize that the pranks are getting in the way of their work they call a truce and let the best man/woman for the job win. All the while they are falling for each other.
I liked the reference to Harper’s other contemporary romance, And One Last Thing. Which if you are a Harper fan you should really give that one a read as well. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Paranormal or not the team of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi is on the top of my auto-audio-buy list.
“Besides if we went to jail I would sell you for cigarettes.”
Hot romance with the right amount of suspense.
Seraphine Valentine does a good job with the reading and Becca’s voice. But like many female narrators her male voices were just ok. Other than that she did a good job with the over all narration of Hard As It Gets.
I had a little problem with the production of part 2 of the audio. There was some choppy parts where it sounded like they may have went back and re-record a few scenes and they didn’t edit the recordings together well. It sounds like a few words were cut. It was a stop and start recording that sounded like when your cable or satellite skips when there’s a storm. It bugged me but it didn’t last too long so I stuck with the audio.
What I liked:
I’m enjoying dipping my toe into romancing with military men and suspense. Laura Kaye did a great job with balancing the thrilling elements with the romance. The leading characters were interesting and there was some great secondary characters that I can’t wait to read more of.
What I didn’t like:
Nothing really. Like some series the 1st couple is good but might not be my favorite.
Will I continue this series:
Yes. But I'll be reading book 2.
While White Trash Zombie Apocalypse was not my favorite of the series it’s always fun listening to Angel.
Angel is on my auto-buy audio book list and it’s all due to Allison McLemore. I LOVE Allison’s narration of this series. It is one of the best southern accents I’ve heard. And being from the south I’m very peaky about the “fake” ones. I was surprised when I looked up Allison to find that her NOLA accent might be put on it’s not that far of a stretch for her because she is a native of my very home state, Arkansas. I enjoy Allison’s narration so much that I plan to check out other books she narrates.
What I liked:
Even though Angel’s body is stuck in time (as long as she continues to fuel it with b-r-a-i-n-s) she is not the same person as in the first book. She continues to grow as a character and person. She might see herself as white trash but she is working hard to get her GED, she continues to hold down a job she loves and is proud of and she is earning the respect of people all around her.
What I didn’t like:
The series arc is moving a little slow but I think it will pay off in the end. I’m just impatient and Apocalypse seemed a little slower to me than the other books. Don’t get me wrong it was full of action, blood and gore that I’ve come to love in the series. There was just something missing this time around for me.
Will I continue this series:
Yes! I’m ready for the next book, How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back
Rachel Caine’s Revivalist Trilogy
I’m still pretty new to audios with more than one narrator. One Week Girlfriend is narrated by Kate Rudd and Luke Daniels. With the story switching between the two main characters’ (Fable and Drew) point of views the narration switches. Kate Rudd narrates for Fable’s POV and Luke Daniels for Drew’s POV. But both narrators do both characters’ voices. This is where it was different for me.
Kate Rudd’s narration was very good for both Fable and Drew. She really pulls of the male voice while making Fable sound very different and feminine. Honestly I would have enjoyed the narration with just her as the narrator not to say that I didn’t enjoy Luke Daniel’s narration.
Luke Daniel has a great masculine voice but with Drew only being 21 I felt like his voice was too old sounding for the character and his female voices had me laughing at first. But then I got use to them and thought a man with that deep of a voice can only do female voices so well and he did do an ok job with them.
Over all I enjoyed the narration job of both narrators and I’m interested in seeing how the narration for the second book, Second Chance Boyfriend goes since there is a third narrator. Ok enough about the narration let’s move on to my thoughts of the plot.
Why did I purchase the audio for One Week Girlfriend? I received the 2nd book for review on audio and I wasn’t about to start the series there. Also I’ve been looking for more contemporary romances to enjoy and One Week Girlfriend has been getting some great ratings by other bloggers I follow so I thought why not give it a try.
The story is about Drew a college student at a small university that’s the football star. It’s Thanksgiving break and he doesn’t want to go home to visit his dad and stepmother. So he gets the idea to ask the pretty girl who works at a local bar to be his girlfriend for the week, Pretty Woman style. He pays her for the week, not for sex but just to play his girlfriend so that he has a buffer between him and his family.
Fable the bar waitress is a townie and the same age as Drew (21) but she doesn’t attend college because she doesn’t have the money. She may only be 21 but she is the only thing keeping her family together. Her mother is a drunk that moves from one lousy boyfriend to another so that leaves Fable being the mother to her 13-year-old brother, Owen.
Fable agrees to Drew’s crazy plan because she needs the money he offers to pay her for the week but she has no idea what she is getting herself into.
Just when Fable thinks her family is messed up she gets a look into Drew’s dark family past and it breaks her heart. Drew is so damaged from his past that Fable wants no needs to help him and the two end up falling in love with each other by the time their week is up. But because Drew has a ton of stuff to work through he is always pushing Fable away.
One Week Girlfriend is not a sweet and happy romance and don’t read it thinking you will get a HEA. BUT there is hope for a HEA later with the couple and I’m hoping they get it in the 2nd book, Second Chance Boyfriend which I will be starting very soon on audio so look for that review coming soon.
Wicked Cravings brought more of the humor, sexy times and fantastic characters that I’ve now come to expect from the Phoenix Pack series.
Favorite Quote(s)/ Scene:
I really enjoyed Taryn’s birthing scene. It was great to get an update on the alpha pair from the 1st book.
“No, I’m done! I’m tired, I’m sweaty, I’m in agony, and why do I feel like I need to shit?”
“It’s totally natural to feel that way,” said Grace in a placatory, calming voice. “Some women even have one during labor.”
“What?” The word dripped with horror. “Women can shit when they’re in labor? Tell me that won’t happen to me! Don’t you let me shit, Grace!”
What I liked:
I love it when a girl finally gets that guy she’s been crushing hard on. Jamie and Dante is another strong couple. Both have their own past issues that keep them from bonding. Dante protects his heart in a major way after a pass love screwed him over. Jamie is dealing with her damaged wolf after the death of her parents.
It was heartbreaking to see the couple over come their issues. But Suzanne Wright infused the characters with humor to help lighten the darker moods to keep a great balance.
What I didn’t like:
Jamie kept calling Dante, Popeye. Either I missed it or it was never explained where the nickname came from. It really bugged me that he never questioned why she kept calling him that.
Another detail that was not explained or I missed it was Jamie’s hair color. In the last chapter it’s mentioned that she had sable colored hair. I like to have character details up front to help me picture them in my head. I don’t know why but I kept picturing her with red hair.
Jill Redfield is a great narrator. She can deliver both the female and male characters in an enjoyable way. And she really gets into those sex scenes. I don’t know that I would find them as hot if I read them. LOL
Wicked Cravings is an entertaining addition to the Phoenix Pack series.
Will I continue this series:
Yes. I can’t wait to listen to Shaya and Nick’s story!
For readers that like strong female leads and is into a lot of sex with their shifters and is ok with a dominating beta male that is into booty duty.
I’ve found a new author and series to add to my auto buy list.
“Oh yes, Sean Kowalski. Your amazing kisses have made all rational thought fly out of my besotted brain. If only you could fill me with your magic penis, I know we’ll fall madly in love and live happily ever after.”
I love Lauren Fortgang’s narration of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep so I wanted to check out some more of her work. I listened to books 1 & 2 in the Kowalski Family and loved the narration and writing so it was a no brainer for me to listen to this one too.
What I liked:
Everything really. Shannon Stacey knows how to write a sweet, fun and sexy romance. I love how this series is built around a family so that we get to see past couples and get glimpses of future leading characters. The Kowalski is so heart warming and fun to read that I wish I could be part of their family. From the older generation to the even the kids, Stacey has created a great world within the crazy, fun-loving family.
What I didn’t like:
Shannon Stacey and Lauren Fortgang is another great author/narrator combo that goes on my favorite list.
Will I continue this series:
YES! I’m totally hooked and already have the other books waiting for me to devour them.
Would I read this author again:
I’ve already read 2 other novels and 3 novella by Shannon Stacey so it’s safe to say YES I will continue to read her books.
Things I’ve come to expect from Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series.
- Sexy and over protect werewolf
- Spunky heroine
- Sassy snark and pop culture references that keep me smiling and laughing
How to Run With a Naked Werewolf is werewolf love story that starts with Anna saving Caleb after being shot and almost ran over in the street near her job as a grocery store cashier. Anna has no clue who Caleb is but she can’t stand by while he’s hurt. She manages to get him into his truck and they speed away to start a sexy and funny road trip across the cold Alaskan country side where the unlikely pair find love.
When we meet Anna we find out she’s a cashier at a local grocery store with a questionable past. She’s always running and changing her name and hair color. So what better job for her mysterious patient to have? Bounty hunter. Being a hardcore Molly Harper fan I knew when I found out that sexy werewolf, Caleb was a bounty hunter there would be a Dog the Bounty Hunter reference somewhere.
Anna is running from her past life and she happens to know all about werewolves, something she keeps from Caleb. This leads to funny situations where Caleb tries to hide what he is from Anna. And in turn she loves to make little jokes that if Caleb just paid attention to he would figure out that Anna knows what he is.
The couple couldn’t be any different from each other. Anna is very petite, pale, and blonde where Caleb is very large, olive skinned and a dark haired. Both of course are lookers and they find the other one attractive but Anna tries to keep her distance because she doesn’t trust people (most of all men). Caleb tries to take things slow with Anna fearing she will run if he doesn’t.
Slowly over the course of their road trip Anna helps Caleb with bounty hunter job by becoming a kind of assistant to him, doing the paperwork while he grabs the guys/gals that he is trying to bring in for the bounties. Some of Caleb’s bounties doesn’t sit well with Anna because she sympathies with why they are running and some of the wrong choices they made to get their names on Caleb’s hunting list. So the couple butts heads a few times over his job.
How to Run is easily my favorite book in the series so far so if you’re looking for a werewolf romance with heart and humor you really should check out Molly Harper’s How to Run with a Naked Werewolf. You could safely read this installment without having read the other two but I highly recommend the whole series.
Holiday Sparks is part of the Naughty or Nice anthology and last year Audible had this novella as a free download to audible members so I grabbed it. Free audio, why wouldn’t I? I’m glad I did. Holiday Sparks is a short 2 hour audio that is full of fun, light-hearted, sweet romance listening enjoyment.
I really like contemporary romances that have a couple that’s known each other for a while and even better when they knew each other and then years later meet again. Scott was the thin geeky guy in high school with a crush on the pretty popular girl, Chloe.
Scott’s not a geeky looking teen now. He’s a hot electrician that shows up on Chloe’s parent’s doorstep when she calls for an electrician to fix a blown fuse. Chloe has no idea who Scott is but Scott is all to happy to fix Chloe’s whatever.
Things spark with Chloe and Scott when she hires him to rewire her parent’s home as Christmas gift to them while they are away on a trip. The couple spends three weeks together as Scott does the job. But they have a hard time sticking to the agreement that their time together will only be a fun (and sexy) holiday fling when the three weeks is up.
I really enjoyed the writing and narration of Holiday Sparks. I will definitely be trying out more of Shannon Stacey’s books and narration jobs by Savannah Richards.
Nothing like coming home from college to enjoy Christmas with your extend family full of vampires.
I hope we get more of GiGi and her mystery man.
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