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K. April Holgate

Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

Moosic, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wicked Weekend

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gillian Archer
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Why did Lauren Vaughn introduce her sister to the man she herself was crazy about? Now Lauren is watching the happy couple at their combined bachelor/bachelorette party - while Lauren sits all alone at the bar. Until she spots a hot stranger with the telltale black handkerchief in his pocket: the signal for "seeks no-strings affair with sexy submissive." Lauren can't take her eyes off him. So when he comes over, she kicks her inner good girl to the curb and follows Jamie Forman to his room, where he makes her scream with pleasure all night long.

    Lia says: "Boring"
    "A nice start to the series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A nice quick read


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The BDSM was handled very well.


    What does Felicity Munroe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Terrific characterizations


    Do you think Wicked Weekend needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The author page says it is the first book in the series. I hope to see more!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a quick steamy read. Lauren was a bit more insecure than I generally like and Jaime is too. Beyond that the chemistry is great and the steam is well steamy!! The BDSM is handled very well.

    I loved his best friend Sawyer and hope he has a book in the series! This was a good start for the new series!

    Cover Art - Deliciously wicked!! I could lick it, so yummy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead: Toad Witch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christiana Miller
    • Narrated By Marie Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

    Natosha S. Miller says: "A Terrifically Narrated Story"
    "Not what I expected at all"
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    I was not really sure what to expect for this book. It was more a paranormal read with twists and turns, than a romance or mystery. It was entertaining and engaging throughout.

    The characters are immensely likeable, Mara and Gus have a terrific dynamic. They have an awesome friendship and I really wish there were more of that and less of the underlying drama. The main plot with the doom and gloom could have more show and less tell. I found myself really wanting to know more of the build and ebb of the curse.

    There is a slight romance, but really not in depth courting and certainly not a HEA. The steamy scenes are mostly closed door, you have hints of detail but never any of the good naughty bits.

    It is all from Mara's POV, which limits things. The glimpses into peoples thoughts and dreams helps, but I would have liked a little more perspective from the supporting cast.

    I loved the banter throughout and found myself wishing for more dialogue. I am definitely interested in more from this author and would love to see this book have a sequel. There is so much more story left to tell. I loved the tarot reading and the witchy festivals, would love more of that.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by the delightful Marie Rose. I love her voice, she has a great little raspy that sells the snark. Her pace is perfect and she has terrific energy in the read. I also have to give kudos on the accents, just the right touch, not to heavy at all. Very smooth transitions from Mara to Lissette. Definitely a narrator I will look for again.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book, even though it was not what I expected. I went into it thinking it was a paranormal romance or a cozy mystery, it is neither of those things, but still a great read.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finders Keepers: New Reality Series, Book Five

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lacey Thorn
    • Narrated By Audrey Lusk
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Tomorrow the auctions will take place. Some women become brides, and some become nothing more than belongings who must do as they are told. Winter will have none of it. Taking the first chance of her life, she risks it all to escape, running into the desert and hoping to find something better.

    K. April Holgate says: "Smexy but not a lot of story"
    "Smexy but not a lot of story"
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    The story here is very thin, I wish there could have been more world building. It is difficult in a short book but it would have really added to the story. This is also not really a part of any series, just a stand alone in a collection of books set in a Dystopian landscape.

    This is not a romance, per se, it is more about the smexy time. There are feelings eluded too but way to soon to feel real. I will believe the lust and liking but not love, yet.

    Holy smexy time!!! Seriously, things get uber hot quick. There is plenty of mixing and every man gets in on the action. Look out for group lovin and be ready for a cold shower after this book.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Audrey Lusk, who does a great job with the hot and heavy. She has a steady pace that keeps things moving. She adds plenty of energy to the steamy scenes, be prepared to fan your face a time or twenty. The men sounded very similar, but that is just nit picking.

    I really hope to see more audiobooks from this publisher, Resplendence Publishing has some really interesting and smexy books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By MJ Fredrick
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    This wasn’t the adventure she’d signed up for…A sexy boss, a rough crossing, and pirates - all Brylie Winston wanted was a job to help her earn money to buy her own restaurant. She hopes to earn it by working as a chef on a cruise to Antarctica. But she’s slept with her boss, which throws her off-balance even more than the rough seas and warnings of pirates in the area. And he’s determined to have a repeat performance.

    Eleanor Hoyte T&T says: "Entertaiing, Fast Paced Adventure"
    "Thrilling contempo romance"
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    This is a really interesting contempo romance. There is a lot going on and it definitely keeps things hopping.

    The story kicks off with a little walk of shame. Brylie is a complex lady who both owns her sexuality and hides from it. She has a fun sassy streak and makes dishy Playboy Marcus work for her love.

    The bedroom door is mostly open but not hugely detailed. They definitely get frisky and steam a few times, but all were appropriately timed. I hate when there is a life or death situation and characters are having sex. None of that here.

    This is so much more than a romance though! It is also a thrilling adventure with pirates hijacking the cruise and our leads saving the day! I would have loved more detail on the hijacking a bit more interaction with the pirates.

    The story is a mixed narrative going back and forth between the two leads POV. I love this because it makes for a more well rounded romance. It is also a great way to get into their heads and gain perspective on their feelings and motivations.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Erin Mallon. She does a great job with the pace and keeps the action moving. I loved her ladies voices and most of the men. The one exception, and it is kinda major, is the male lead's Australian accent. It was heavy handed and difficult to listen to at times. It would have been so much better with a light touch or no accent at all.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book a great deal. There were several times when it felt like the story was wrapping up, when suddenly more tragedy or drama would strike. The end kind of dragged because of these turns. At one point I though my goodness these people have dome bad luck. Still I enjoyed the book and would be interested in seeing it become a series. Perhaps with the BFF Monica getting a HEA next.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing With Poison: Cue Ball Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Pool shark Jessie Hewitt usually knows where the balls will fall and how the game will end. But when a body lands on her couch, and the cute cop in her kitchen accuses her of murder, even Jessie isn't sure what will happen next. She also isn’t sure how to catch a killer, but she's about to learn.

    Janet says: "Fun cozy for a fast listen"
    "Interesting Cozy Mystery"
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    Let me start by clearing up what took several pages and a murder for me to get to. Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt, AKA Adele Nightingale, is not as the synopsis would have you believe a pool shark she is a historical romance writer and if the plot of her current story, which is intermittently laid out throughout the book, is anything to go by shes not a very good one. But don't worry the actually story in Playing with poison is well written.

    Jessie donned in her writing attire, a blue bra under a white men's shirt, is working on her new story when her neighbor Candy Poppe's boyfriend, Stanley Sweeter ends up dead on her couch. Jessie is quickly sized up for shackles by Captain Wilson Rye whether he has decided on prison or the bedroom for there location is the question.

    Jessie is accused of not only having an affair with the much younger man but also loosing all her money in one of his bad investments. to get her name cleared and the pesky reporter off her doorstep she needs to find who really killed Stanley. She enlists the help of two of her neighbors and best friends Karen Sember and Candy Poppe.

    As an easy to hate character Stanley's potential killers range from colleges to investors to Jessie's own ex husband but all roads lead to the Stone Fountain the bar across the street from Jesse's condo where she occasionally plays pool and the last place Stanley was seen alive.

    I had a problem with how little Candy Poppe seamed to care that her boyfriend was dead as well as how much Jessie's age, 52, was brought up and moped about as well as her fading good looks. Wilson tells Jessie she's a little scary several times but I have no idea why. The murdered was a surprise but to be honest there really wasn't enough information to actually solve the crime but it's still fun to try. I was pleased that the police did not come off as stupid and inept like they do in most cozy mysteries. Overall it was a humorous mystery with light flirtation between Jessie and captain Rye

    The book is narrated by Caroline Miller, who did a great job. She has a great tone and flow that adds to the read. It was easy to differentiate characters and I liked that she didn't try to go too deep for the male voices. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand. I like a nice brisk read and she gives it plenty of energy to keep the story moving.

    I am eager to listen to more of this series! Definitely giving me happy ears this week!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rejected Suitor: The Clearbrooks, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Teresa McCarthy
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Lady Emily Clearbrook secretly loved the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, years later, the man mysteriously reappears and battles Emily's four brawny brothers to woo her again. But the bigger battle seems to be with Emily! This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.

    Lisa says: "The Rejected Suitor wins my hand!"
    "A nice read but not love"
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    I really wanted to love this book, it just did not connect for me. There was something about the dialogue that felt flat. It had witty moments but they just did not fell light.

    Mostly I was annoyed with Emily, I know this is a historical but she was not to my liking. I wanted more fire and spunk from her. I was also not pleased with the hero, Jared married another woman and only came sniffing around again after she died. Nope not something I am generally a fan.

    The story is nicely done, it just feels dry and did not give me warm fuzzies. I am not really sure what to expect in the brother's books either. They were very overbearing and really ticked me off.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pearl Hewitt, who does a great job. She has a really lovely voice that makes the read more enjoyable. Her pace is swift and really moves along keeping the pace steady. Her voices were fabulous and really consistent. I will definitely look for more of her work.

    I already have the second book in the series, so I will give it a listen, but I am not sure if it is more like this. I really could have used more intrigue and less of the romance. Perhaps it was just my mood.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Games: Cassie Scot, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christine Amsden
    • Narrated By Melissa Reizian Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Evan broke Cassie's heart two months ago, and she still doesn't know why. She throws herself into family, friends, and her new job at the sheriff's department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him... irresistible. Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor's wife.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "Another Great Cassie Scot Tale!"
    "great 3rd book, ready for the last book"
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    There is just something about this series that draws me in and keeps my attention. This book has a bit of a slow start, I was a touch confused about where we were in the timeline. Thankfully things came together when Cassie picks up the POV narrative.

    I really liked the look into Evan's mind, but it probably would have worked better somewhere other than the very beginning of the book. There is much intrigue revealed in the start of the book, I ended up going back and reading it a second time when I finished. There was much that made sense with the re-reading.

    The plot has a lot going on, almost too much at times. There are many intrigues to keep up with and plenty of players to keep track of. I was happily surprised to see a few unexpected twists. Definitely eager to read the final book in the series when it releases!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Melissa Reizian Frank, who has been with the series from the start. She really has a great feel for Cassie, love the sass and angst she can instill into the read. Terrific pace that moves the book along and helps the story flow. I will have to look for more of her reads after the series is finished.

    The story was really great, it just had a very slow start. I know that is weird to say when the book begins with a bit of action. It just felt slow motion because I was trying to catch up with what was going on in the story line. Things picked up and really moved later on, it was just a climb to get there.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision in Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    As soon as Lily opens her recently purchased trunk of old clothes, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death. Then Lily's familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back - including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past.

    Kenna says: "Can it GET Any Better??"
    "Another great book in the series"
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    I adore this series, a witchy cozy mystery. It is a very enchanting with plenty of great charters to charm and entertain.

    I love Sailor and Lily together, I wish we could get more of their dynamic. Again great supporting characters. The mystery this time was a touch darker. I was on the verge of solving it, Ms Blackwell throws curve balls into the mix.

    I expect things will soon come to a head with Aiden. Definitely curious about all the loose threads at the end of this one. The major plot is resolved but there are plenty of things to carry on into a few more books.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Xe Sands, who is always great! She has a terrific pace that keeps the story moving along nicely. Great voices that stay consistent throughout the book and the series. She has a wonderful way of adding energy to the read and bringing actions scenes to life. One of my favorite narrators.

    I love this series and am more than ready to see what happens next for everybody.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Early Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By J.D. Salinger
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A young and ambitious writer named Jerome David Salinger set his goals very high very early in his career. He almost desperately wished to publish his early stories in The New Yorker magazine, the pinnacle, he felt, of America’s literary world. But such was not to be for several long years and the length of one long world war. But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent, a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness....

    Susan says: "Brilliant listen and wonderful narration!"
    "Great narrator, plotless stories"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was very well written but the scenes lacked a point. The stories felt like they were pulled from a bigger book. There really was no real detail of where the story was going or even why the reader should care.


    Would you recommend Three Early Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

    It you are a fan of Salinger's prose, then you will love it, I was not a huge fan so it did not work as well for me. The stories flow nicely, they just never go anywhere.


    What about Mike Dennis’s performance did you like?

    He has a awesome voice that really kept me engaged, even after I was bored with the story. Such a yummy deep timber that was a joy to listen to throughout. He had clear voices that stayed consistent in each story. I would love to hear more of his reads, especially on smexy books!


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper Cape, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Griscom
    • Narrated By Shelley Baldiga
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end? Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite. Whisper Cape is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father's sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very intriguing first book in the series"
    "Very intriguing first book in the series"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend this book to friends who enjoy a bit of mystery in their romance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Griscom? Why or why not?

    Yes, she crafts great characters and is a fantastic story teller. I really enjoyed reading Cael and Addison's romance. She did an excellent job of creating a full world and infusing the story with mystery.


    What about Shelley Baldiga’s performance did you like?

    She has a terrific range of voices throughout the read. I loved her pace and the energy she adds to the read. Definitely a narrator I will look for again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trooper #4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Noah Chinn
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It's the end of the world, but not as we know it. A woman wakes up in a motel on the outskirts of a remote Oregon city with no memory of who she is, a gun at her bedside, and a state trooper uniform. As she explores the world outside the motel it seems that civilization has come to an abrupt end, and whatever caused it is still out there, looking for the survivors.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very interesting read"
    "Very interesting read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trooper #4 the most enjoyable?

    I did not know what to expect coming into this book. It was a surprisingly interesting listen. The story starts out slow but really picks up and keeps you on edge as it progresses.


    What other book might you compare Trooper #4 to and why?

    It is more like the TV show The Walking Dead, very Dystopian and zombie heavy. There are a lot of great twists and turns that easily keep a reader enthralled.


    What about Barbara Benjamin-Creel’s performance did you like?

    Awesome read, I loved her pace and tone. She has a terrific rasp to her voice that helps bring the main character to life. Her energy throughout the read makes the book move at a really steady read. I will definitely be looking for more of her reads.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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