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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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  • Yellowstone Heart Song: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peggy L Henderson
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    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
  • The 13th Floor: A Dark Dreams Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Laci Paige
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Luciana Mendez is a hard working editor for a fast paced, high-end fashion magazine in the city. Perhaps it's the stress of an upcoming deadline for the biggest edition of the year that's giving her nightmares. It might also explain the strange visions of the non-existent 13th floor in her office building. Whatever it is, she starts having a hard time differentiating between what's real and what's not. If the dreams are real, she's in big trouble, because something incredibly fast, large, and paranormal is stalking her deep in her sleep.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great read, story could be stronger."
    "Great read, story could be stronger."
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    I really wanted to love this book. It has a great concept but it is all over the place.

    I feel like there is more still to tell in this story. It felt like it really wanted to be a menage not a couple. Perhaps it was because Luciana spends more time getting busy with Nick than with the hero Ethan. Maybe there will be another book that ties it all together.

    The book is a short read, that makes it jump the timeline. It really felt like it could have been expanded and really fleshed out. I liked what I was reading, and wanted more show, less tell.

    The steamy scenes are hawt!!! Luciana is in charge of her sexuality and is not afraid to scratch her itch!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Meghan Kelly, who I have enjoyed on several smexy reads! She has a great quality to her voice that draws you into the story. Her voices are distinct and consistent throughout the swift read. She puts just the right amount of energy into the smexy scenes, really brings the heat! She is always a delight and I can not wait to have happy ears with her narration!

    Overall, this was a good read, it just needed more. I could see threads of a series and hope to see more of the 13th floor!

    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
  • Centaur Legacy: Touched, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nancy Straight
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Camille and Drake are on the run from the head of the Centaur Council, seeking the mythical pasture of Thessaly and a family heirloom that may keep them safe. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, Cami learns more about her mother's secrets, including a twin brother and a Centaur legacy that puts a death warrant on her entire family.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great second book in the series"
    "Great second book in the series"
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    Book two of the series picks up right where the first left off. The recap is done through a phone conversation between two supporting characters. I enjoyed this because we had a chance to see more of their personalities and get a swift catch up on events.

    This goes deeper into the centaur mythology and more of their interactions with the Gods. Really great story telling and world building. It is a rich world with wonderful levels, that slowly reveal themselves.

    The focus of this book is more on Cami and Drake, with their quest to find Hercules arrow, and on Bo and Daniel, with their budding friendship. Most of the mixed narrative comes from these four characters, but there are a few others tossed in here and there. It is a great device for getting into the head of many characters, making a more enriching read.

    The romance heats up but still stays PG, no sexing for these two! The dynamic between Cami and Drake is always brimming with angst, but it is well done drama.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated again by Teri Schnaubelt, She has a wonderful quality to her voice that suits the read. Her swift read helps move the action along. I really enjoy her voices and how distinct she keeps them. There could be a little more accent on the Southern characters, but that is nitpicking. I hope she stays with the series!

    I really enjoy the way this story weaves together. I am excited to see where it headed 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
  • Blood Debt: Touched Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nancy Straight
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    Her whole life it had just been the two of them. Before her mother's last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus. As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake.

    Rodger W. says: "I am so glad this series is on audio now!"
    "A different kind of paranormal"
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    This is a fresh new take on paranormal reads. Not a lot of centaurs out there, not that I have read. This takes elements of mythology and wraps them into a modern setting. Really fantastic world building.

    Cami is a great character. I love that even though she comes from humble beginning she is pretty solid in her background. To be thrown into a suddenly rich lifestyle but to keep yourself, is tough. I like that she wasn't letting it change who she was as a person.

    The romance is really well done. At first I was a bit wary, cause he was attached to another lady. Fortunately this is a mixed narrative and you get to see how it shapes up.

    This book has a great supporting cast, many of then take over the narrative for a bit. It is a little jumpy at times, but it helps get make a fuller story. There are a lot of elements to keep track of throughout. The mixed narrative helps you understand everything and keeps the story pooping.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Teri Schnaubelt. She does a fabulous job with all the voices and accents. There was so much to do, with all those narratives. She keeps it consistent and distinctive. Her pace is swift and really helps move the story along. I enjoyed her energy and am eager to hear her in the rest of the series.

    I am very eager to see where the story goes next, This is definitely a series that is connected and needs to be read in order. This book ends on a happy note, not a cliffhanger but not a happy ever after.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By J. Jeremy Wisnewski, William Irwin (editor)
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    With edgy writing and a great cast, 30 Rock is one of the funniest television shows on the air, and where hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy ethical heroes? Kenneth redefines "Goody Two-shoes", but what does it really mean to be good? Dr. Leo Spaceman routinely demonstrates that medicine is not a science, so what is the role of the incompetent professional in America today?

    K. April Holgate says: "More non-fiction than humor"
    "More non-fiction than humor"
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    While I really enjoyed this book I expected a much funnier book. There was far more Philosophy here than I expected. Still a great lesson in how you can apply different theories can be applied to the show. It gives a better understanding of the old school Philosophers.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tom Dheere, who has a great read. His tone is terrific for the material. He has the matter of fact tone but keeps things interesting throughout. Sometimes Philosophy can be dry, but he keeps in from dragging. I enjoyed the energy he infuses into this non-fiction read.

    I am a fan of the show and really enjoyed the breakdown of the characters and scenes. It is not imperative that you watch the show, but it will make more sense if you have a working knowledge of at least the first season.

    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
  • Honey House: KC Carmichael, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Harner
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Former con artist Katherine "KC" Carmichael inherits the Honey House, a Bed and Breakfast located in the tiny town of Juniper Springs, AZ, a hotbed of the paranormal tourism industry. It doesn't take her long to discover that both the town and the House are keeping secrets. The town plays up its over-the-top paranormal reputation with fake werewolf photo safaris and psychic vortexes. It's all in good fun until an investigative journalist is found murdered in KC's backyard.

    Beatrice says: "Phenomenal story"
    "Great first book in the series!! Give me more!"
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    I came into this book a little blind, didn't read the blurb just before reading. I ended up pleasantly surprised! What a great story, and hopefully start to the series!

    I loved KC and her snarky sass! She has a slightly jaded outlook, but she has earned it through life. Seeing the layers of her story peel away was fantastic. It wasn't a shocking reveal, but definitely kept me engaged. You really get a feel for what has shaped her.

    The whole book is from her POV, which limits things a bit. I really wanted a peek into the supporting characters heads, especially Quinn and Owen. Just to have an inkling of how they feel would be great.

    Hello smexy scenes!!! Heck yeah the bedroom door is kicked open!!! And not to give anything away, it gets steamy more then once!!! This girl has some serious attractions happening with a few hotties!! Triple Fan Face!

    The paranormal elements of this story could be stronger. The world is still loosely defined. I am interested in seeing it progress with the series. There are many unanswered questions still about KC, the Honey House and the town in general.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sonja Field, who is great. I love her the sassy raspy to her voice, it really sells KC's attitude. The men were also very well done, she hits just the right amount of depth to carry them. Her pace is swift and the read is energetic. Can't wait to find more of her reads!

    Overall, I am thrilled to have found another author to stalk...I mean follow. She has a couple other series I need to check out. I really hope to see more of her work in audio...soon!!

    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 Reason to Stay: Oak Hollow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By June Stevens, DJ Westerfield
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can't stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over. A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find a reason to stay?

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Quick Read"
    "Yummy Quick Read"
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    Such a quick yummy naughty read!! I love a curvy gal and a dishy firefighter!!!

    The story is compact but holds a great smexy punch! A few steamy scenes that will have you begging for a cold shower. Oh la, that is some hot dish! Good lord the shower scene alone will have you loosing your panties!

    The story is a typical best friends who are in love. It is great because it reduces build time for the feelings. I can totally believe that Ellie and Jake are in love.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Meghan Kelly, who is terrific. She has a wonderful tone to her voice and keeps a steady pace. She added extra umph to the smexy scenes!! Oh my, did she every put energy into that part of the read!

    This is one of those books that you wish were longer, you want to savor the delightful story. I really wanted more and can mot wait to see them again in the series!

    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
  • Bundle of Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara Bretton
    • Narrated By Christa G. Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Everyone in town knew Caroline and Charlie just weren't meant for each other. But nobody had figured on Caroline and Charlie getting locked in a storage vault with an automatic timer set for the next morning ...and Caroline and Charlie definitely hadn't figured on the little surprise they got a few months later when they discovered there was a baby on the way!

    K. April Holgate says: "Sweet romance!!"
    "Sweet romance!!"
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    I really enjoyed this story, one of the classics themes done just right. Who can resist opposites attracting and an unexpected pregnancy? Not me!

    I love a mixed narrative, getting POV from both leads is key. You get a fuller picture and a more enriching read. This book needed those glimpses of insight to help you feel the story.

    Caroline and Charlie have a very interesting dynamic. They each have a wrong idea of who the other is, it makes them fight the attraction. Once they do get together it is delightful to see them fall in love. Sometimes it is the little things that make a romance.

    The bedroom door is closed-ish. You have hints of detail, and that is enough to warm a gal up.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Christa G. Lewis, who is wonderful. She always does a great job with bringing the emotions to life throughout the read. I loved her tone and appreciated the swift pace. She knows how deliver a sweet romance!

    Overall, I enjoyed this book, I just wish I had read the first book in the series before picking this up. Lots of references were made to that romance and how that couple got together. Now i need to find it to really appreciate the events.

    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
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Dead: The Bree MacGowan Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kate George
    • Narrated By Sara Mackie
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
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    Bree MacGowan is back...and in just as much trouble as ever! It takes a lot to shock Bella Bree MacGowan these days, but that's what happens when she goes to Planet Hair and discovers a dead guy with diapers covering the bullet wound that killed him, and not a drop of blood anywhere. Bree takes things into her own hands... while bumping heads with sexy, stubborn federal agent Richard Hambecker. Can she get the goods and get out without getting in over her head?

    K. April Holgate says: "Serious breach of trust. I could not continue!"
    "Serious breach of trust. I could not continue!"
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    NO, No, NO!!!!!! I refuse to finish this book. Here is a nasty spoiler kids, the animals die in a house fire. Almost all the menagerie we have come to love over the course of three books is sadistically whipped out. This is what makes me wish I never started the series. I am not ok with this turn of events as all. It was a needless event that rips your heart out.

    The book is a bit all over the place like the second book in the series, but it stayed with the plot better. I just can not write a proper review because I am so distraught about the pets. It is such a breach of trust for the author to make you love animals through a series and then kill almost all of them and make you grieve with the main character. I was unprepared for this in a book that had been a cozy mystery. I am far from cozy now.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. I tried to continue because i like her read, but it just became to difficult with the subject matter.

    This is pretty much the end of this series and possibly this author for me. I have a hard and fast rule about animals and kids, never ever do I want to read about them being hurt or killed. It is sad because I enjoyed the first book and had hope the series would improve.

    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
  • California Schemin'

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate George
    • Narrated By Sara Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Most people can relax by an idyllic riverside without fishing a dead body out of the water; Bree MacGowan is not most people. And as luck would have it, it's not just any old corpse she's tripped over this time. It's the late wife of Senator R. Carl Wallace, a paragon of upstanding American citizenship to anyone who looks...unless they look too closely. Which is, of course, exactly what Bree does, and what she finds is definitely more trouble than she bargained for.

    K. April Holgate says: "All over the place!"
    "All over the place!"
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    I have no idea what happened between the first book and this one, honestly it is a total different feel. The story is all over the place, hard to follow and the plot made little sense.

    It is mostly a series of Bree getting kidnapped, escaping only to get nabbed again. It was never ending and disjointed.

    Where was the sleep resort town angle of the first book? We popped in for a visit but didn't stay, cause Bree was kidnapped.

    I wanted to like the book and really tried to stick with the plot. There are some fun supporting characters who will have you in stitches. Unfortunately that is it for what i liked about his book.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. She is probably the main reason I kept listening well after I lost interest.

    Oh, please let the next book be back in town with that awesome supporting cast! And her feisty pet menagerie!!

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlighting in Vermont: A Bree MacGowan Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kate George
    • Narrated By Sara Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Bella Bree MacGowan is your average country girl. She works two jobs to support her farm and the menagerie of stray animals that accumulate there; she's almost always covered in mud; and everyone in her small town of South Royalton, Vermont, feels free to comment on everything from her love life ("That Jim just isn't right for you!") to her expired inspection sticker ("Better get that car looked at!"). Is there any such thing as privacy anymore?

    K. April Holgate says: "Great first book in the series!! Give me more!"
    "Great first book in the series!! Give me more!"
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    I love a good cozy mystery, Bree definitely has potential for stepping in it Jessica Fletcher style! The only thing that bothered me in this book it that it could figure out if it wanted to be a romance too.

    Loads of great characters here, with just enough story building to keep you in the loop. I see plenty of potential for more mysteries in this sleepy resort town.

    The dynamic with her BFF Meg is perfect. Reminds me of my BFF and I, always pals but telling it like it is, possible getting in mud fights!

    The mystery wasn't overly taxing, it had enough twists and angles to keep me on my toes. I was guessing right until the dead giveaway, then it was obvious who the murderer was, if not the motive.

    The whole book comes from Bree's POV, which isn't a bad narrative. I love her quirkiness and her menagerie of pets! She gets some lovin throughout the book, but the bedroom door is barely cracked open.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Sara Mackie, who is excellent. She has just the right touch of snark in her read to really sell the character. Great pace throughout the book and terrific energy. I could have used a hint more bass with the men, but that is just me being picky!

    I am eager to see what happens next for this cozy mystery series! Fun story kept be giggling!

    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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