I grabbed Buckhorn Beginnings on audio a few months back when it was on sale at audible.com and was saving it for a rainy day. So when I was starting to get a little burn out on all the UF books I've been reading and listening to I knew it was time to dust this one off.
It was just want I needed. Not one but two sweet and sexy contemporary stories in one audio. Buckhorn Beginnings is my first Lori Foster experience and before I was halfway through it I ran over to audible and grabbed the next audio, Forever Buckhorn. I knew I had to hear the other sexy brothers' stories.
Foster knows how to write a sweet, emotional and sexy story. And the fact that the Hudson family has 4 sexy brothers is a real treat.
Sawyer's story was a very sweet story about a normal town doctor living with his brothers and raising a son. His world gets turned up side down when a pretty little blonde wrecks her car on his property and he takes her in to nurse her back to good health. It was lust at first site for Sawyer but while he takes care of Honey, he starts having feelings for the stranger.
Sawyer's story is also as a touch of suspenxe to it as well. Honey is running from something or someone. Sawyer will stop at nothing to found out more about the beautiful blonde that has stole his heart.
In the second story about Morgan we get to see this hard as nail town sheriff fall in love. And it's a site to see. The bigger and tougher they are, the hard they fall and Morgan is no exception.
I knew when we find out in Sawyer's story that Honey had a sister that she would hook up with one of the other Hudson brothers but I was not expecting it to be Morgan.
Just like her sister, Misty has a secret when she comes to the Hudson ranch. While Misty is visiting Honey, she finds herself the center of attention among the other Hudson brothers. Everyone but Misty and Morgan know that she is off limits though. See everyone can see the two have a connection even if they don't want to see it.
After fighting their attraction to each other, Misty and Morgan start working together in Morgan's sheriff office. Morgan might look and act like a bear, but Misty starts seeing the caring and loving man he is on the inside. One thing leads to another and the two find themselves in love.
I can't wait to start the next audio, Forever Buckhorn to find out more about the other brothers, Gabe and Jordan.
Isabelle Gordon is the first female narrator I've listened to where I like her male voices better than her female voices. She does a good job with both but her males are one of the best I've heard a female do. I also like that her "reading" voice is different than her voice for the dialogue. Some narrators do not change their voice enough so you can tell when they are reading the non dialogue parts of a book but Gordon does a really good job with this. I never once thought, is someone saying that or is it their thoughts.
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.
This was a sweet and steamy listen about two strangers meeting in an elevator.
Both characters were likable and believable.
Narrator was really good and kind of reminded me of Renée Raudman.
I'm be checking out more from Laura Kaye and the narrator, Erin Jones.
All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire is a fun and sexy paranormal listen.
The narrator, Coleen Marlo did a pretty good job with the narration but I found her accents for the male character slip from time to time. A Scottish brogue would change to something that sounded Russian then back to Scottish. And I didn’t care for her voice for Phineas I thought it was cheesy and a little racist or stereotyping of a black man, which changed my narration rating from a B to a B-. I think this book/series would be a great fit for Robert Petkoff, who narrates Kresely Cole’s IAD series. If he had narrated I could easily see my rating for the narration go to an A.
All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire was a fun paranormal romance listen with just enough touches of the holiday season to put me in the mood for my very own Scottish Vampire for Christmas. The plot and characters are you typical PNR series format. Couple meets and there’s a push and pull with the romance to finally end in a HEA. Sparks weaves humor and just enough action/danger to the romance. This is the 1st series where I didn’t start with the 1st book in the series but like most PNR series I was fine. I was not lost in the plot since it was about one couple. I’m sure the other couples mentioned are in the earlier books of the series so I will go back and start from the beginning and I’m bet I’ll see Ian, the yummy Scot vamp before he grows a few inches (LOL).
While I was not a huge fan of the narration of some of the characters, I enjoyed All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire and I will be listening to the earlier books in the series. Each book has a different narrator so it will be interesting to see which ones I like and which ones I don’t.
Will I continue this series? Yes. I will continue this series by starting with the 1st book.
Would I read this author again? Yes. Sparks does a great job of mixing sexy and humor.
Similar Books/Series: Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
Cole is a master at delivering a dark and interesting dystopian world and I can’t get enough of it.
“Cannibals need love too.”
“Death wants to gank me. Must be Tuesday.”
Emma Galvin has the prefect voice for this series. She has a young and smokey voice that allows her to pull of both the female and male characters.
What I liked:
I’m not a huge YA reader and one of the things I love about Endless Knight is that it doesn’t feel like YA. Cole weaves a very compelling story of romance, action and mythology around the arcana to satisfy even non YA readers. Even though this world Cole has build is very dark she lightens it with great secondary characters and their snarky humor and she pulls off the YA romance without all the angst you get with some YA books. Sure there is a love triangle forming in Endless Knight but it’s a believable one that you would find in an adult novel.
Cole also does an amazing job with making me fall in love with the “evil” guy. And that’s hard to take a character that is seen as evil and turn him around to where you sympathize with him and want him to have a HEA.
The Arcana game is in full swing and Cole imagination is limitless and I’m in awe of the world and characters she has crafted.
What I didn’t like:
Having to wait for the next book.
I’ll still be thinking about this book for a few more weeks.
Will I continue this series: Yes. A thousand times yes!
Would I read this author again:
YES! I love her adult PNR series, Immortals After Dark and now this series. I will read ANYTHING that has Cole’s name on it!
JENKS!! Got to love a pixie that uses Tink (Tinkerbell) as a curse.
Rachel and Jenks hit the road in order to save one of Jenks’ sons. Oh and Nick (Pfft).
The last time Rachel saw Nick he was leaving town and wouldn’t tell her the whole reason he was leaving. Jenks’ son, Jax was living at Nick’s place to take care of his plants while he was out-of-town.
Jenks and the rest of his pixie family left the church that Rachel and Ivy share as their home because of a fight he and Rachel got into during the last book, Every Which Way but Dead. It’s been a long winter without the pixies around and Rachel is sick of Jenks not talking to her. So when they get word from Jax that Nick is missing and Jax needs help they drop their difference and hit the road to save them.
In true Rachel form this is no simple road trip. There are vampires and werewolves involved and Rachel fighting for her life but she has her trusty backup, Jenks. And Jenks is very much front and center in a big way.
We didn’t get to see of Trent this time about but my fingers are crossed that he will show up in the next installment, For a Few More Demons. Which that title has me a little nervous. I’m thinking we may get to see more of Al.
Rachel is a kick ass witch but at the same time she boarders on “too stupid to live” but in a funny and endearing way. With the help of her friends, Rachel learns why she makes some of the dumb choices in her personal life. And knowing is half the battle, right?
Jenks is a cocky and snarky pixie that’s always there for his partners Rachel and Ivy. He would die to save Rachel and his family. And I think he feels the same about Ivy but he hides it.
Ivy has it hard being stuck behind wanting to be Rachel’s friend and partner to wanting more from Rachel. Not to mention she is trying to fight off some personal demons.
Nick… is a turd and Rachel’s human ex-boyfriend.
Kisten is a sexy vamp who is dating Rachel and seems to really care for her. He is also Ivy’s ex and friend.
I’m not sure if it’s Gavin’s narration or Harrison’s writing that keeps me coming back. I think it’s a little of both. I can’t picture myself reading this series now that I’m hooked on Gavin’s voice for the series. She does an amazing job for all the characters. Her voice for Rachel and Jenks is the best.
JENKS!! One of the best secondary characters ever! And he summed up my feelings about Nick in this quote… “No one cares little green turds about you.”
Will I continue the series:
Hell ya! It gets better with each book. I’m really enjoying the snarky humor and the building relationships between the characters.
Eye of the Tempest was a little on the weird side. It felt like a bridge book; connecting the previous book and the next book. It’s a turning point in Jane’s life and I think it sets the tone for the rest of the series.
The weird part is the octopus-like creature that is hiding under Rockabill that has a powerful connection with Jane. Blondie is around a lot in this installment to help Jane with her inner and outer journey in becoming the champion. Actually most of the book is about Jane, Blondie and the creature. Definitely a different feel from the other books. But I felt like it was necessary in order to have a few questions answered even if it only made other questions pop up.
Even though Eye of the Tempest had a very different feel to it and it was not my favorite in the series, Jane True is still going strong in my heart and I’m a little nervous for the next two books. I’ve heard they have some tough moments. But when there looks to be a supe war in the gang’s every near future that is to be expected.
Now that it looks like Jane and Anyan might be moving to having a future together I can’t wait to see how that part of the story ends.
I was so freaking excited when I found out that Khristine Hvam was narrating the rest of the series. She has breathed new life into the Jane True series. Peeler’s writing is great but the narration for books 1 -3 was not letting it shine. But the team of Hvam and Peeler is the right fit for bring Jane and crew to live for audio listeners.
Not your "classic" zombies but still an interesting concept.
Why I Listen
I've had Working Stiff on my TBR since it's release day and after listening to a sample of the audio, the narration sounded like one I would enjoy. And I was right. The story and narration both kept me entertain. Julia Whelan get a great job with the voices and timing of the narration. I've already purchased the next book on audio.
Bryn Davis has the worst first day on a job ever.... She dies and then comes back as a "zombie".
After serving in the military and dealing with dead bodies, Bryn thought she would be a good match in the postion as the new funeral director at Fairview Mortuary. But little did she know that her sales training was not going to help her when she stumbles upon a secret side business her new boss is running from the basement of the mortuary.
Bryn quickly finds herself wrapped up in government and corporate red tape and plans to take over the world, while still having a little time for romance.
Issue(s) I Had
The only real issue I had with Working Stiff is that I had a hard time believing that Bryn, who was over in Iraq for 4 years would be so "helpless" and naive at times. I'm hoping after the events toward the end of the story that we get a tougher Bryn in the next book, Two Week's Notice.
Will I Continue the Series?
Yes. I enjoyed the world that Caine has created and I look forward to seeing what's next for Bryn.
Looking for Something Similar?
White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland
Still loving this world!
The Set Up:
Gage was outted to his friends as a warlock in Angel’s Ink and now not only is Gage in danger of the White Tower but so is his friends and family.
Reaver, the dark fae mobster in Low Town is blackmailing Gage with the threat of doing harm to Bronx so that he has to work for him. So not only does Gage have to worry about the witches and warlocks he has the glorified thug on his back too.
Then there’s Trixie’s pass that comes to town and the Elves’ of the Summer Court is threatening to take Trixie back home so she can be the King’s baby maker.
Gage is doing is best to run his tattoo shop, The Asylum, keep himself alive and protecting his loved ones. All while trying to solve the Elves’ of the Summer Court’s baby making problem. It’s just another Tuesday, what could go wrong?
Gage really steps up his game in the magic using way. He already owes one year of his life because he killed someone with magic in the last book. How many years can he rack up?
Issue(s) I had:
NONE! I’m loving this world and these characters.
It took me a little while to get into Urie’s narration of the first book, Angel’s Ink. But now I can’t see anyone else doing the narration. He does a great job with pinch, timing and he is Gage! I still wish he would do something a little different with Trixie’s voice but she is the only character that’s not perfect IMO.
I’ve really enjoyed seeing a story through Gage’s POV. I’m going to seek out more UF series with male main characters. I think I’ll revisit the Sandman Slim series and give Harry Dresden a go while I want for the next book in The Asylum Tales series by Drake.
Will I continue this series?
YES! I can’t wait for the next book. Really, when’s the next one coming out? I know that Dead Man’s Deal was just release but I need more Gage!!
Looking for Recommendations
Do you guys have any favorite series with a male main character? Let me know in the comments.
Jane gets to take a trip across the pond to Great Britain but it’s no vacation. While she and her libido would love nothing more than to hold up in a posh hotel room with the bad puppy, Anyan, tasting wine and stinky cheeses and doing it doggy style they are on a mission.
I’ll stop right here and say that I miss the fun and light feel of books 1 & 2. Jane and the group have been thrown into some serious and dark places since book 3 and it only gets darker. Sure there’s still some funny and snarky moments but I guess with the gang being away from Rockabill the feeling of the series is definitely different. And the whole creature thing and Jane’s connection to it has me going uh?!
So the things I did like about Tempest’s Fury is that we get to know Anyan on a personal level. Like his history and how he feels about Jane. I really think Anyan and Jane make a great couple. It took so long to get them there and I wish the two could really catch a break and just be able to have a quiet weekend getaway. Maybe after they save the world from the Red Queen and the White King.
Now I’m off to start the audio of Tempest Reborn and I can’t wait to see how Peeler brings this series to an end. Especially after that (I saw it coming) cliffhanger.
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