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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
    (75)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    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.

    Susane Kathie Hamilton says: "The Romantic beginning of a FANTASTIC SERIES!!"
    "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 Publicist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christina George
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileone
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan. Enter the star editor, MacDermott Ellis: Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Then there's Allan Lavigne, once a revered author - now as forgotten as last year's best sellers and his nephew Nick: Tall, gorgeous, sweet, single, and ready to sweep Kate off her feet.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great story, felt more fiction than romance"
    "Great story, felt more fiction than romance"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a very interesting read and entertaining throughout. I loved the inside look into the life of a publicist. I love those aspects of the book. The mixed narrative is fantastic, it gets you into the heads of the characters and adds plenty of insight.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christina George? Why or why not?

    Yes, she is a great storyteller. The character of Kate is fantastic. Definitely interested in seeing what happens next for her. The supporting characters were engaging and kept things popping for Kate. I loved the crazy authors she had to deal with.


    What about Lisa Cordileone’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!! She is a fantastic narrator with plenty of energy and enthusiasm in the read. I loved her pace which kept the story moving right along. I am eager to find more of her work, she gives good voice!


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I wasn't really feeling the romance angle. I thought it worked better as a fiction about a sassy chick in the publishing industry.


    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Margot's Hunger: Divine Creek Ranch

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Heather Rainier
    • Narrated By Audrey Lusk
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Margot Heston and Jake Redman have been red-hot for each other since the moment they met. She loves him deeply but fears that he'll never make a commitment to a hot-tempered woman. Jake has been enthralled with Margot since first laying eyes on her while she pleasured herself in her bathtub. He likes a woman with a fiery spirit and enjoys setting Margot off just so he can enjoy the view. But lately he's worried that she wants a happily ever after menage like her sister, Summer.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy smexy read!!! I wish it were longer!"
    "Yummy smexy read!!! I wish it were longer!"
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    This is a super yummy quick read in the Divine Creek series. I was a little disappointed, because all the other books in the series are a journey from beginning to end. One of the things I love about the series is how Ms Rainier will go back and retell events that occurred in other books that brought a couple together. The reader is filled in on everything that is unsaid in the previous stories. That is missing here. We only pick up where things are in the current timeline. I felt a little cheated, because the series has made me expect more. I was also really excited to hear what happened with the bathtub scene from an earlier book.

    The story her is very limited, it seems to be more about the hot smexy steam. It is especially hawt!! Oh yeah, you can expect all the naughty menage detail that Divine Creek is known for, oh lordy yes! It is all about the lady,the fellas are only friends.

    The narrative is mixed, give in you thoughts from all three characters. It is key for understanding where they are all coming from. Margot is a sassy curvy gal, just the sort I adore! Jake is a yummy cowboy who loves to bait his woman. Gil is a delicious peacemaker for the group! I adore the dynamic and wish we could have spent more time with them.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Audrey Lusk, who takes delight in the naughty bits. She has a great little rasp to her voice that fits the sassy read perfectly. Her energy is deliciously exuberant at times. Terrific pace, keeps the story moving smoothly. The accents were subtle, maybe a touch to subtle for Margot. It is a fine line sometimes. This was such a yummy read, I will definitely look for more of her naughty books!

    Overall, this is a great read that draws you more into the series. I wish it were the marathon read Ms Rainier is known for. I miss all the detail and the build of the romance.

    I am so very excited to see Siren Publishing getting into audiobooks. I can only hope the rest of the smexy series will be coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (694)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    Stacy Harp says: "Honest, Humorous and Coarse"
    "Great bio, very entertaining"
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    This was a great book. I have always been a fan of Amy Poehler. It was great getting her whole story and the journey she was on to SNL and everything after.

    The book is rather haphazard. It reads very much like the collection of notes she said she used to put it together. It is very much a patchwork-hodgepodge kind of read. Fun but rambling. It think that sums up many comedians biographies!

    I love the improv session at the end of this audiobook. It is a little bit of a cheat to fill time, but super fun to listen to. Amy Peohler reads it herself with several guest appearances. It makes it a super fun read that delights with its variety. I love having the person read their own biography, it feels like a conversation. Almost as though Amy and I are friends and she is confiding all.

    There are some very real moments along the way. She touches on drama in her life but mostly keeps things light. Definitely takes time talking about being a mom and being a celebrity. Tough balance, but she manages!

    If you are a fan of comedy, SNL or MS Poehler in general; this is a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Grim

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Holloway
    • Narrated By Kelly Collins Lintz
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake - and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper - and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great read! What comes next?"
    "Great read! What comes next?"
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    This book was a pleasant surprise. I went into it thinking it would be an angsty YA read. There was a bit of angsty, but it fit into the story. Everything else about this book drew me in and kept me on edge the whole time.

    The whole book comes from Libbi's POV, have sole control of the narrative it is important she is like-able. She is actually rather fabulous for a teen character. Thankfully, she is not boy obsessed like so many heroines in YA. She does have a bit of crushing going on, but it is not her whole world. I love her sass and snark. She is remarkably mature for a 16 year old.

    I love the supporting characters as well. They are complex and yet simple at heart. Everyone in the story helps to draw you in and make you wish things could work out. It is difficult, especially when you know what Libbi faces. Fortunately, the story is beautifully crafted and flows, keeping the reader engaged the whole time.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kelly Collins Lintz, who was lovely. Her pace was spot on, moving with the story and keeping the action flowing. She has a wonderful youthful quality to her voice that fit the main character, while still keeping her mature. She has a real gift for adding the natural sass of a teenager into the read. I will definitely be looking for more of her work!

    The end of this book leave you at a but of a cliff hanger. It is an unexpected turn of events and I have no idea where the story is headed from here. That is kind of refreshing. It is rare for an author to surprise me. I can not wait for the next book, really hope it will be in audio!

    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
  • Shopping for a Billionaire 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Julia Kent
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A confusing fight, a garbage-covered car, and a mom who shares her past as a stripper all drive Shannon to the edge of madness. When her big shot at mystery shopping luxury properties leads to another crazy toilet incident, it’s Declan to the rescue...but can they take the "plunge?"

    K. April Holgate says: "The end is here"
    "The end is here"
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    Last book in the series, or shall I say serial. It is the last chapters of the story. It picks up with the aftermath of "Twitter-gate". Welcome to the angst.

    Mostly I have loved this story, this takes a turn to the drama-rama. I always like how strong and secure, well mostly secure, Shannon has been. She becomes mopey dumped girl. Ugh!!! She still has the same fun attitude, but the woo is me, I don't have a Billionaire boyfriend anymore, gets old fast. Even with that, I still adored the story. It is just so engaging!

    I still love the supporting cast to pieces!! They are quirky and awesome and too fun for words!! I was also giggling like a loon through the hotel secret shop! Funny beyond words!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tanya Eby, who is delightful! She has the perfect tone for the vibe of this book. I love the way she adds energy and sass to the characters. She keeps the story moving right along with her swift pace. The men's voice are just masculine enough, without seeming like a caricature. Definitely a narrator I will be looking for more of in the future! She gives good voice!!!

    Very chick-lit kind of ending for the book. I really hope we get stories for the other yummy brothers!! Please let them and her sister, and her BFF all get HEA!! Possibly with each other!!

    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
  • At Last, Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Glynn James
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ten years after the apocalypse destroyed the world that she knew, a survivor returns to her home town, hoping to piece together the bits of her past that have troubled her so much ever since.

    A. Kessel says: "An Emotional Ride"
    "Great little read"
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    This was a really awesome short read. It is connected to a series that is set in a post Apocalypse zombie filled world. I do not think I would be interested in that series, but this short story is fantastic. It is so compelling and heartbreaking.

    The way the story unfolds, you get little by little of the end game for the story. It is all in first person narrative, like the narrator was talking to someone. It would be an interesting monologue if anyone were interested in performing it.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Andrea Emmes, who is terrific. She has a great tone with a hint of sass. Her pace is very conversational , which fits the words perfectly. The whole read is well done and flows beautifully. The end was a bit rocky for me, the emotion felt forced and a bit too dramatic. It will be interesting to see how this narrator handles a longer read.

    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
  • Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy: Wolf Rampant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Aimee Easterling
    • Narrated By Kelly Mccall Fumo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up. A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

    Caroline J. Baines says: "Loved it!"
    "Totally Entralled"
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    Wow, I was not sure what to expect from this book. It turned out to be a delightful journey. I was drawn in from the very start, such an engaging story.Great characters and storytelling.

    Terra is a totally fabulous chick. Which is great, because the whole book is from her POV. She has a great sassy attitude most of the time. There are a few times when she goes all girlie, but they are few and far between. I love her strength.

    The romance is more of a side plot. The issue with Terra's inability to shift to her wolf. And all the hubbub with her father and nephew. This was really interesting and had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. The ending was a bit anti-climactic. I guess I thought there would be some big face off battle. Totally clean, only a few kisses, nothing smexy.

    I listened to the audiobook that was narrated by Kelly Mccall Fumo, who is great. I loved her pace and the energy she adds to the read. Her tone fits the lead perfectly and making her come to life in all the best ways. The other voices are consistent and distinct throughout the story. I would adore listening to more of her reads. She moved the story along with her dynamic read.

    Overall, I was intrigued by this story and enthralled the whole time. I just wish the end had more drama, it just sort of fizzled. The epilogue leaves things open to more of the series. Very curious to see what comes 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
  • Hunter's Claim: The Alliance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. E. Smith
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters have lived a hard life on the streets of Seattle, Washington, for the past several years. Four years before, the Earth received its first visitors from space, causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, Jesse has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive. She has seen the savage side of human nature and finds they are not much different from the aliens who conquered the Earth.

    Melanie says: "SEXY ALIEN FANASTY ROMANCE"
    "Smexy first book in the series"
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    This book is the first in a series, and I am so very hooked already!!!! Yes, Yes, Yes to the alien hotness!!! Great story and plenty of meat on it for future books in the series!

    I love the feisty sisters, they are not sitting around waiting to be saved! Hell yes, they will go out and save there man if they have to, you go girl! While this is mostly the eldest sister, Jesse's romance, you have plenty of clues about what is in store for the other girls, when they grow up.

    Hunter is super yummy and really sweet for such a big lug! And his two friends Saber and Dagger are pretty darn hot too! Oh yeah, this is going to be an awesome series!

    The story is terrific starting out on Earth then moving off to Space. The Sci-fi elements are just enough too keep things interesting, without going all technical. The world building was great to a point, there could probably be more about the Alliance. It was mostly glazed over. I need more detail about how all of that works. Why is this Council in charge of everything? I expect the next book will bring much of what I am looking for in the details.

    The narrative is mixed, so you get both leads POV, alternating through the book. I love this style, because it engages you more in the romance. I also like the little rewinds that happen at the switch, you get a little of the same story from the other side of the conversation. It really shows clear distinctions between their thought processes. Venus and Mars, and all that jazz.

    The book is a bit smexy. Yup, open bedroom door, with some hot details!! Look out for all that combustible chemistry!!! It is more mainstream detail, than full on erotic. Still it will seriously warm you up!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by David Brenin, who is yummilicious!!! He has this smexy deep rumble to his voice that really works for the sexy aliens. Beware, the steam scenes are a little too hot for public listening, seriously, you will be in the grocery store in need of a cold shower! The man brings all sorts of extra levels to the smexy words!! Fan Face!!! He has a great pace that helps move the action along. I also like that he does not try to go too high with the ladies. He keeps them feminine without the nasal whiny qualities others employ. Definitely on my fav guy list!!

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book, even though the middle and end lagged a bit. It became a little repetitive in the plot. There was a whole lot of tell but not enough show in the action on the other planets. I like to be there when stuff goes down, not hear about it after. Even with those complaints, I am totally hooked! I need the next book in audio, like NOW!!! Seriously, do not make me wait, I will stalk David if I have to!

    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
  • His Unexpected Lover: The Thorpe Brothers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lennox
    • Narrated By Viv Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Their eyes first met across a crowded Georgetown bar, and an unexpected magnetism kept them together. There with her friends, Kiera Ward never expected the handsome, debonair man to be attracted to her, but Axel Thorpe had eyes for no other. With common interests, goals, and an intense physical charisma, they quickly fell in love. But a careless and perhaps misunderstood proposal by Axel drove a wedge between them.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy smexy read!!!"
    "Yummy smexy read!!!"
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    I really dig this series. It is great seeing all the brothers find love, pretty much at the same time!! This book is a reunited lovers trope, love that!!!! We get a flashback to college days and just meeting. Mix in a little of them together, and wham the big break up! Fast forward to the present again.

    I adore sassy Kiera, she totally stands up for herself. There are many times I wanted to smack clueless Axel in the head. Hello, she is not a wimp, she can handle business!! Once he started having faith in her abilities, he won me over.

    Little bit of yummy smexy time. Open bedroom door but not full erotic detail. Plenty of steam though to warm a reader up! For a short read you do get a few helpings of scrumptious smexing!

    The narrative is mixed, and good thing for that, cause without hearing Axel's thought process you might think he is a chauvinistic jerk. No, he is just a touch clueless and self absorbed. Kiera will break him of that! Again, we have a few stray POV from the supporting cast, a little less jumpy, but it takes you out of the moment.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Viv Williams, who is a delight! I love her energy and the sassy tone she gives Kiera. Her pace is swift and steady, love that! All the voices stayed consistent and distinct. She does a fabulous job of keeping it clear who is in charge of the narrative. This is something she excels at! Terrific read all around!

    I am ready to see what happens in the next book!! Will it be Riker and Cricket or Xander and Autumn. I hope they release 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
  • Breaking Free: Masters of the Shadowlands, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cherise Sinclair
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won't overwhelm her--the very ones who cannot arouse her. The Master of the Shadowlands gives her an ultimatum: accept the Dom he assigns or lose her membership. The last thing Beth wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom, but that's just what she gets.

    Jule Kijek says: "I love Master Nolan"
    "Love this series!! Thrilled to read it again!"
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    This book is one of my favorites in the whole series. Beth and Master Nolan are both a little broken, it is beautiful seeing them heal each other. This is one of those stories that really touches you. There is so much emotion wrapped into the read.

    The narrative is mixed, alternating between the two leads POV. It is wonderful getting insight into both their thoughts. They have had to overcome so much, each has a core of inner strength. Nolan is such a gentle giant, I can not resist his type.

    The story flows nicely and is a delight to read again. It just remind me how much I love these two. The connection they share is palpable.

    The smexy scenes are delicious!! Some yummy club scenes, it is really interesting to peak into that world. The bedroom scenes are uber hot too! I need a cold shower after re-reading all this smexiness!!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Noah Michael Levine. who is delicious!!! Oh yeah, he has a yummy gruff tone, with a smexy rumble. Dear Lord, do not listen while in public! You will be blushing from head to toe! TG, no more sound effects!!! He has a great pace that really compliments the story.

    I can not wait for the rest of the series to come out in audio!!! I can not wait for yummy Master Cullen and Master Marcus. Two of my favorite Doms!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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