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K. April Holgate

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  • Yellowstone Heart Song: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peggy L Henderson
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she's from the future.

    Shirl says: "Love in the Wilderness of the Yellowstone 1810"
    "Sweet Time Travel Romance"
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    I tend to have a love hate relationship with time-travel books. This one falling it the love category. Really well crafted story with great twists and turns.

    I loved the way it started, it picks up with Aimee in 1810, as she wanders you get the whole story of how she came to be here rather than 2010. Thank goodness she actually has some survival training, too bad she did not prepare better. I loved her spirit and energy. She does a great job of rolling with the punches.

    Daniel takes a while to warm up to, he has issues and acts tough to protect his heart. He has the whole Alpha wilderness male down perfectly. Once you get to know him better he will win you over. But it really too me some time to get to like him enough to fall in love.

    This is in a mixed narrative style, you get the POV's of the two leads, most of the time it is Aimee. There are also a few scenes from other character's POV, it helps give a fuller story and greater understanding of motivations. This style really goes a long way in making Daniel like-able, cause he comes off jerky from Aimee's side of things.

    The romance grows over time and develops naturally. I enjoyed the dynamic between Aimee and Daniel once they sort out their issues. The story gets a little steamy, not full on erotic detail but some very smexy lovin occurs with an open bedroom door. You won't need a cold shower but a fan for your face might be a good idea to have handy!

    I listened to the audiobooks narrated by Alexandra Haag. She does a nice steady read with distinct voices. I generally like a swifter read, even at triple time it felt slower. She has a relaxing tone that lends itself to the story. During action moments there is a feeling of energy and urgency instilled into the read. I enjoyed her read, just wish I could have sped it up a touch.

    Overall, this is a really entertaining read. I can't say that any of the events surprised me, but it still managed to make me cry at a couple points. I am a sucker when it comes to romances!! I hoped the next book would be her friend Jana, but that seemed to be wrapped up in the Epilogue. I am eager to see what happens in the next book, it will be interesting to see what happens in the time travel.

    Disclosure - 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
  • Three Odd Balls: A Humorous and Romantic Cozy: A Cue Ball Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Murder meets menopause. Take a guess which wins. A romantic vacation for...five? This wasn't exactly what Jessie and Wilson had in mind when they planned their trip to the tropics. The fun begins when Jessie's delightfully spry mother, Wilson's surfer dude son, and Jessie's rabidly hyperactive New York agent decide to tag along. What kind of trouble can these three oddest of odd balls possibly get into? Take a guess.

    K. April Holgate says: "Cozy Mystery"
    "Cozy Mystery"
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    GUEST REVIEW FOR EARGASMS - BY KIMBERLY HOLGATE

    Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt AKA Adele Nightingale and her Beau Captain Wilson Rye have planed a Christmas get away to Hawaii thanks to the ill gotten gains from the last murder, that surprisingly she was aloud to keep. But there plans are quickly interrupted by the addition of three to there party Jessie's mother Tessie and her agent Louise as well as Wilson's son Chris. Wakilulani Garden the hotel the group is staying at is the setting of most of the book.

    On there first night there the Bartender stumbles into Tessie's room, where a shirtless Chris is also visiting, and dies. Unlike the other books the islands police officer is inept and only ever arrests tourists for crimes so as the lone guests at the Gardens, minus two annoying ukulele players, he tries to pin it on Chris and Wilson regardless of more obvious suspects. So off Jessie and Wilson go to investigate some humor ensues when Tessie and Louise also go off to investigate unfortunately the story is in Jessie's point of view not Tessie's which in my opinion would of made for a better story.

    Pool really isn't a big part of this book they do learn how to surf though. Chris spends most of the book not there but when he is all his time is spent being rude to Jessie with not a word from Wilson on his behavior and worst than that not a word from Jessie. At least now we don't have to listen to Jessie wine about her age because Chris is doing it for her. Jessie dose have other things to bemoan though starting with wanting to know all Wilson's deep dark secrets and her apparent, although this is the first time we heard about it, fear of insects as well as harassing Wilson on his choice of shirts.

    I had so many problems with the plot i really don't know where to start and at the end there were still unanswered questions. Like the first book you are not given enough information to actually solve the crime and even when the killer is unmasked you still don't understand the reasoning of the killer. The atrocity that is Adele Nightingails story's continues threw out the book but when put next to the rest of the story don't seam so bad. The story is still humorous and the closed door action between Jessie and Wilson still continues but overall the story was a disappointment.

    The book is again Narrated by Caroline Miller which was the only saving grace. She makes it easy to differentiate characters and i liked that she didn't try to use a males voice just her own in a different tone. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Shot: A Cue Ball Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Jessie Hewitt thought her pool-hustling days were long gone. But when uber-hunky cop Wilson Rye asks her to go undercover to catch a killer, she jumps at the chance to return to a sleazy poolroom. Jessie is confident she can handle a double homicide, but the doubly-annoying Wilson Rye is another matter altogether. What's he doing flirting with a woman half his age? Will Jessie have what it takes to deal with Tiffany La-Dee-Doo-Da Sass and solve the murders? Take a guess.

    Terri B. says: "Anothery exciting mystery!"
    "Great cozy mystery"
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    GUEST REVIEW FOR EARGASMS - BY KIMBERLY HOLGATE

    Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt AKA Adele Nightingale's new beau, because shes to old to say boyfriend, Captain Wilson Rye needs her help apparently besides himself there's not a good pool player on the force and hes in desperate need of a shark to help solve two murders so naturally he asks his girlfriend to go undercover for him. Jessie in turn enlists the help of her best friends Karen Sembler and Candy Poppe.

    The Wade on Inn is the last known whereabouts of both the victims.and after a quick makeover for Jessie, who apparently is to recognizable from all her publicity over the last murder, unfortunately to much time in the dye leaves her looking like a Munster no worries a push up bra from Candy Poppe and no one will be looking at her face not even her beau.

    Most of the story takes place at the Wade on Inn with its cast of unique characters. there's a bible toting bouncer, two blue hared old lady's and Avis Sage one of Jessie's fathers old colleges to name a few. Jessie who is now using her moms name as her cover plays pool most of the time she should of just staid home though because Candy and Karen are the real investigators in this one.

    We are introduced to Jessie's mother in this book. Unfortunately Adele Nightingale is still telling her story's threw out the main story and Jessie is still bemoaning about her age and now how Wilson is 5 years younger than her. And now we have to listen to her incessant jealousy over Tiffany Sass a young police officer that is working closely with Wilson.

    The murderer is more obvious in this book and you can most likely guess. The book is all from Jesse's point of view. Overall not as good as the first book but still a humorously good read with behind the scenes action between Jessie and Wilson.

    The book is again Narrated by Caroline Miller which I thought was a good choice. She makes it easy to differentiate characters and i liked that she didn't try to use a males voice just her own in a different tone. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ink Reunited - A Midnight Ink Novella: Montgomery Ink, Book 0.6

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carrie Ann Ryan
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Sassy Bordeaux is the Midnight Ink receptionist, honorary godmother, best friend to many, and matchmaker expert. In the past two months, she's watched eight couples fall in love, make mistakes, and find their happy endings. Though she might have had hand in each of those, she's yet to find the peace she's desired. When the men from her past come into Midnight Ink, she's forced to face what she left behind and what could happen if she lets go of her pain and finds a future she deserves.

    K. April Holgate says: "Smexy Menage"
    "Smexy Menage"
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    Oh yeah, Sassy gets a menage!!!! Delicious story and some serious MMF action!!!

    I love Sassy throughout the series and was thrilled to see her story! A serious "you Go Girl" for snagging two smexy heartthrobs!! Rafe and Ian are uber sexy, and into each other two! God lord, a girl needs a cold shower after their kissing scene!!

    For a short read Ms Ryan certainly does not skimp on the steam!! A couple very hawt scenes with some variation on positions!! Oh, fan face, that was.....yeah!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Gregory Salinas, who is sigh worthy! He makes you want to do very naughty things!! I love his gruff tones for the guys and he puts just the right touch in the female voices. Listening to his read will give you multiple eargasms!!

    I am eager to read the rest of the series, but it appears I have to crack open the ebook, cause this is it for the audio of the box set! :( Good news though, Ms Ryan is working on more books in the series and they will be released in audio too!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ink Inspired: Montgomery Ink

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carrie Ann Ryan
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Shea Little has spent her life listening to her family's desires. She went to the best schools, participated in the most proper of social events, and almost married the man her family wanted for her. When she ran from that and found a job she actually likes, she thought she'd rebelled enough. Now though, she wants one more thing--only Shepard stands in the way. She'll not only have to let him learn more about her in order to get inked, but find out what it means to be truly free.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Smexy Series"
    "Yummy Smexy Series"
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    Oh yeah!!! Give me a big burly tattoo artist any day of the week!!! Yummy!!! Sigh! I am all about this smexy book!

    Really quick read with a great couple. Shea is more reserved on the outside but ready to break free, she needs delicious bad boy Shep to help her out!! They have a great dynamic and is is a really fun read.

    The time jumps are a bit abrupt, I know it was a novella gotta keep it short. Still I would have loved spending more time with them.

    This book certainly delivers on the smexy!!! Oh Hells yeah!! For a short read it packs one heck of a steamy whallop!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by the always yummy Gregory Salinas. He has a smexy voice that infuses the hawt scenes with even more heat! Great tone and pace throughout the read. I was not sold on the mom's voice, kind of grating, but then so was she.

    Give me more!!! This is such a hot series, I need to read the rest of teh box set to get the scoop!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dogboy: Danger on Liberty Pier: Dogboy Adventures, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Meeks
    • Narrated By Nathan Beatty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Dogboy, aka Bronson Black, is Colta City's 13-year-old superhero. After defeating the Guild of Thieves things have settled down for the mangy masked crimefighter… until he sees local businessman Dexter Stonehouse gunned down on Liberty Pier. When it appears an old family friend might be involved, Dogboy jumps into action to unmask a killer. Does he have the guts to expose a man from his past, or will he ignore the evidence to learn more about his strange powers?

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "Superboy?"
    "Very quick second book"
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    This is a great follow-up book to the first book in the series. We are getting more back story and exposition. I can not wait to see where this is all headed.

    Bronson and Cindy are a dynamic duo, sort of, every couple has issues. So she is hiding the fact she has super powers, I have faith they will stick it out.

    The overall story this time gets more into the underbelly of the city, still not fully clued in on the Mayor. I expect this will be dragged out through a few books.

    I really like the added supporting cast and can not wait to see more of the AV crew!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Nathan Beatty, who does a great job. The voices this time around were all distinct and consistent. I enjoy the energy he infuses into the read. Great pace makes the story really flow.

    I would recommend this book for both middle grade boys and girls. It might have more of a boy feel, but there is plenty engage girls as well.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Father: The Vampire Diner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Vikki Lawrence
    • Narrated By Al Kessel
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Driven by a need for human blood and a love for modern technology, Jovan and Ivana opened a diner. Humans enjoy made-to-order fast foods in a funky atmosphere with free wi-fi and complimentary drink refills, with techno music lightly drifting from the jukebox. And after Jovan clinically draws blood from the healthiest of the humans, the vampires drift in for their feast. Who will they choose next? The solitary man gnawing on a turkey burger, or the arguing father and son?

    Terri B. says: "An Interesting read!"
    "A real tease"
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    This is a really short teaser book, gives you a hint of the world and characters. If it were food I would call it an amuse-bouche, a taste of things to come.

    Not a lot to review here,but it definitely has me intrigued about the reset of the series! Here's hoping a full book will release soon. I love the idea of Vampires running a diner and that is how they get blood donations.

    All single POV, which makes things limited. I would love to see things switch up in a full book and get a taste of other characters as well. Give us a broader picture to view.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Al Kessel, who has a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed his tone and pace in this all to brief read. He has a great quality to his voice that lends itself to the character. Terrific job of keeping voices consistent and distinct, especially during the dialogue between two males characters.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In for a Penny: The Granny Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nancy Naigle, Kelsey Browning
    • Narrated By Pam Dougherty
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Lillian Summer Fairview's husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot mess. While Lil was busy being a proper Southern lady, Harlan squandered dang near the whole family fortune on lottery tickets. To keep her financial skeletons in the closet and give him a decent burial, Lil made a deal that has now landed her in prison.

    Terri B. says: "A witty surprise!"
    "Fun fiction read"
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    For some reason I thought this was a cozy mystery, turns out it was more of a standard fiction read. Really enjoyable, it was fascinating to see the whole thing unfold.

    I adore a mixed narrative, this one has multiple POV easily changing form one character to another. Every transition was smooth and flowed with the story. It gave the story a very full and well rounded quality.

    I loved all the wonderful characters, such great supporting cast! I hope to see more of these wonderfully eccentric folks. There is great potential for all of them in the future!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pam Dougherty, she does a terrific read! There are many characters to keep track of and voice. She is wonderful at keeping them consistent and distinct. I never had to wonder who was speaking. She has a nice swift pace that keeps the book moving.

    I really enjoyed this book and all its little idiosyncrasies. You even have moments where you get to know the bad guy and find he isn't that bad. Such a delight and I can only hope there will be more to come!

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Crystal Jordan
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Lynx shifter Farah has never been interested in limiting herself to a single mate, though she’s instinctively drawn to the unrestrained lust of The Wild, her people’s mating time. She’s particularly aroused by the sight of two men pleasuring a female together. But as she gives in to her desire with Ryan and Eric, Farah begins to suspect the impossible: that both men could be her mates….

    K. April Holgate says: "Holy hotness!!!"
    "Holy hotness!!!"
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    Wow!!!This is a super hot read!!! It is mostly smexy scenes that will scorch you reader!! Fortunately it has a great little story mixed in as well. I am intrigues by this world and would love to read more of this series.

    Super hot menage, voyeurism and a touch of domination. Sigh, have a bucket of ice or a cold shower handy!! Lordy, Harlequin Spice is not playing when it comes to the smexy!!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Emily Cauldwell, who is great! She has a delightful rasp to her voice, especially when she reads the men!! She had a really swift pace that fit the read perfectly. I would love to hear more of her reads, she had great energy and movement in her voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dogboy: Den of Thieves, Dogboy Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Meeks
    • Narrated By Nathan Beatty
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Dogboy, is Colta City’s 13-year-old superhero. When his parents die in a car accident he’s left in the custody of his mysterious Uncle Randolph. Using his magic kit and a strange precognitive power he protects the city from Andrus and his Guild of Thieves. Along the way he befriends Cindy McNeil, a wannabe reporter with a secret of her own, and Mr. Horum, his boss at The Old Curiosity Shop. When the guild captures Dogboy he must decide whether to join them or take them down once and for all as he embraces his destiny as one of the "good guys."

    Amazon Customer says: "A grand adventure for young and old alike!"
    "Interesting Middle Grade read"
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    This was a great middle grade read for boys. Really interesting story with plenty of twists and turns.

    The narrative switches between several characters, it helps make for a more well rounded tale. You really get to see what each person's motivations are throughout the book.

    There are several plot points that are lefts vague, no real explanation of the powers. Where do they come from? Why do only some people have them? What was the back story of Bronson and Cindy?

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Nathan Beatty, who does a great job with the pace. I enjoyed his read most of the time, it was just the villains I had a problem with. It would have been more of a surprise twist if the voices had been different. It was too obvious for my liking.

    Overall this is a fascinating series and has great potential for tween boys and girls. Most of it comes from Bronson's POV but the parts with Cindy really mix in well. I cannot wait to see what happens next for these kids. There are loose ends still out there, but I am sure they will be tied in the next book.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back Agnes: With Bonus Story: In This House

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kathryn Meyer-Griffith
    • Narrated By Lesley Ann Fogle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Agnes Michaels is coming home. Home to her childhood town of Fairfield and the house her father lovingly built for her mother. A house surrounded by the woods where Agnes’ two childhood friends and her boyfriend, Tyler, were all murdered twenty summers ago when she was just seventeen. She was the only one who escaped, but not without emotional and physical scars.

    K. April Holgate says: "Lovely tales!! Did not want them to end"
    "Lovely tales!! Did not want them to end"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect coming into this book, I confess I skipped reading the blurb. It is a delightful ghost story that gets spooky but never frightful.

    Agnes has come home and this is more about her exploring a place she left and reconnecting. The tragedy in her youth kept her away from her hometown and mother.

    In order to settle in again she has to go back to that tragedy and help set things right. Ghosts and killers make a showing in this delightful story.

    I loved the story and the interactions with her mother. It was beautiful and I really hoped it would have evolved into a series. There are more stories to tell here.

    There is also the short story In This House, it is a sentimental journey. While I knew where it was heading I willing fell into the trap. I confess I was sobbing in the end. A very bitter sweet tale.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lesley Ann Fogle, who is a perfect fit for the story. She has a warmth and texture to her voice that lends added depth to the storytelling. Her narration moves seamlessly through the stories. I was enchanted all the way through!

    I am eager to read more of this author. She has a delightful voice and a way of enchanting the reader.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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