I was afraid to try this audiobook because some of the reviews said it was too short and wasn’t as good. I was also afraid to venture out of HR where you reign supreme. But you came through again, making me fall for yet another series and another dysfunctional family—The Nolans.
Single Mark Nolan was thrown for a loop when his sister Victoria suddenly died in a car accident and left a will naming him guardian of her 6 year old Holly. Mark not knowing the first thing about kids coerced his younger brother Sam to join him in raising their niece together. It was challenging since the trauma of her mother’s death left Holly mute. But the brothers tried their best to be there for the little girl.
One day, as Mark was perusing a toy store, the owner, widower Maggie Collins began chatting with Holly, and for the first time since his sister’s death, Mark heard Holly speak. That is when this wonderful journey to a new beginning commenced.
It’s a short book so I won’t even get into the details but I will say the narrator did a great job in delineating the characters. The writing was great, the story was great and I was really pleased with the growth in each character. LK has a way with words. She can take a seemingly familiar story, but deliver it in such a way that you are completely taken in. I smiled a lot as I read this story and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Sam and Alex (Mark’s other brothers). I can’t believe I only discovered LK a year ago. She is an amazing writer.
I loved it as much as book 1. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head as the narrator took me on this ride. A lot of drama but I loved every minute. As in book 1, the narrator gave Carmine a sarcastic quip and Haven a vulnerable sound. Great job.
Corrado's voice was edgy and just right. You know what, Corrado stole this show. He stayed consistent and was true gangsta to the end.
This book picks up after Carmine DeMarco pledges loyalty to Salvatore (salamander to those who don't respect him) and La Costa Nostra in exchange for Haven's protection. When it's time for him to report to work (from Durant, NC to Chicago, IL), Carmine decides it's best for Haven if he lets her go. That way she won't be tainted by what he knows he will have to do for La Costa Nostra, and he will be giving her freedom to live her own life on her own terms.
This book details their individual journey to make peace with the choices others made for them, and the ones they made for themselves. Of course, in the background the puppet masters continue to maneuver the pieces making individuals think they have control of their own lives and choices, when it is clear higher forces are at work.
The truth about Mara DeMarco's death has a profound effect of both Vincent and Corrado, as we see those men attempt to get justice for what what stolen from them. Dominic and Tess and Dia stay the same, but in this book we see the wear of the crown isn't necessary the most powerful player. No, it's behind he scenes man who is truly the Don of La Costa Nostra.
I hate to say it but Carmine doesn't grow up that much, but Haven truly comes into her own. She restores him like he restored her in book 1. There was never a doubt in my mind as to their future, it was only a matter of how they got there. I loved the names Carmine called her "la bella ragazza" or "Tesoro". I also love Corrado calling Celia "Bellisima". It had a sweet sound and one thing I found out about the DeMarco-Moretti men, when they love, they go all in! It's Sempre for them.
Great story, great audio. I felt satisfied with the conclusion of this one. Carmine and Haven were just meant for each other.
A really good audibook. Excellent book to start the month with!
This book starts of with Detective Matthew Bennett getting a missing child call. After the police has a taken a look around, Matt hears a little girl. He follows her voice and eventually her to discover her body and is quickly placed on administrative leave by his superiors. They also order him to see the department psychologist because they think he is losing it.
See, 15 months ago, Matt lost his work partner of 3 years, who also was his romantic partner. He never took time off to properly grief, so Matt's vision has to be the grief he is feeling. Only, Matt's sister in law and best friend Sheila thinks supernatural things occur and that he shouldn't dismiss what happened to him as crazy business. She takes him to see renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick and the two of them set off to solve the mystery of why the dead girl Abby chose to appear to Matt AND who hurt this little girl. It was definitely off the record as Matt was on leave and the medium is not part of the police department.
The subject was a sad murder, but solving it became a form of catharsis for both Matt and Kiernan. Damage from the past has kept them from truly connecting with others, but their sisters (Shiela and Aidan) were the pillars that kept the guys erect.
I love the way the story was written. even though it wasn't a love story, there was revelation and justice and love in this story. It kept me interested from page one until the end and I felt very satisfied at the conclusion. I would love a sequel to this one!
I like angsty books, but Amy Lane often skates that line between really angsty or just painful. this book was painful like Chase in the Shadow, while I enjoyed Chase, I didn't Deacon's descent into depression hell.
Plus, I think I am one of the few that don't enjoy Sean Crisden other than as Ty & Zane. I am not sure why, but I only like him in Cut & Run. If I get book two, I will read it not listen to it.
This audiobook was 200 pages too long. I came in really excited because of the kid angle and I got a book of 5 matyrs.
17 year old Derek "Bear" as his baby brother Tyson couldn't pronounce Derek came home one day to find a note for his mother. She was leaving with her latest loser boyfriend for parts unknown. Since the loser didn't want her kids, she was leaving Tyson "Ty" in Bear's care. She had the presence of mind to print ouf a power of attorney form from the internet, and signed it (though it was incorrectly executed). Then she so graciously left him $137.50...but drained Bear's bank account because she and loser needed start up money.
Luckily Bear was turning 18 in a couple of weeks, and had been planning to go away to college. Now he was stuck with an 8 year old boy and he was petrified. Thus began Bear's journey as "Brother-parent" as well as finding himself as a man. Luckily, he had some friends who stood by him and pitched in where they could. Bear's best friend Creed, Creed's older brother Otter, Anna--Bear's girlfriend, Mrs. Paquin, Bear's neighbor all became an adopted family that rallied around Bear and Ty. In the process Otter became more than a best friend's older brother too.
I don't know if there was much that I really enjoyed except Otter's longsuffering and patience. He was awesome. I actually liked the kid too. I mean seriously, how many 8 year olds religious watch Anderson Cooper and are vegetarians based solely on his own research into animal cruelty. He was wise beyond his age.
What I didn't like: Everyone was a matyr..well except for his deadbeat mother. Also, there was a lot of flashback, going from first person narrative to third person and a lot of monologue. This story could have been told in 150-200 pages. It was way too long. It wasn't angsty at all. It was just meh for me. I wouldn't be reading book 2.
Loved this novella. Rosalyn Landor is THE QUEEN when it comes to these historical romances. She gives life to the stories.
This one featured Hugo Marshall, "The Wolf of Claremont" (I hope I am spelling it correctly since I listened to this book) and Serena Barton.
Serena Barton was fired from her job as governess and she camped out in front of the Duke of Claremont's estate demanding justice for her termination. But she wouldn't say what he did because she wanted the silence to fuel all sorts of speculations which may be more harmful to the Duke's reputation. The Duke retaliated by sending his "wolf" to solve his problem. What Hugo encountered was a woman unlike any he'd ever known, now his job became very unpleasant.
Loved the writing, love the couple. It was a good introduction to this series. I look forward to book 1
I find that enjoy the author's storytelling, but I didn't enjoy the narrator as much as I did in book 1. I still plan on continuing this series on audio. I don't know what Corrie James did differently but I liked her better in book 1.
This HR wasn't too sappy but it was kind of predictable. Isabella and Victor Cale were newlyweds after a very quick courtship when Isa's sister tricks Isa into committing a crime.
Isa makes imitation jewelry and Victor works as a security guard. When the Duke & Duchess came to their town, Isa's sister tricked Isa into making an imitation and swapping the Duchess's real stones with the imitation. Since Victor was the guard on duty, suspicion feel upon him for the crime. Victor was sent to jail and Isa's family told Isa that Victor left her.
Isa's sister & brother in law convinced her to change identities and move.
When Victor gets released, he can't find any traces of his wife, thus he spends the next decade looking for her. When he finds his thieving wife, he finally gets his chance for answers and revenge. But is revenge what he really wants or does he want his wife back?
This one was full of mystery, suspense and love. Good writing, and a very interesting story. I found the both hero and heroine to be likable and interesting. It appears they were immature in the beginning of the relationship and the separation allowed their individual characters to evolve. Thus when they came back together, both characters had more confidence and inner fortitude. I found that each character stayed true to themselves too, so I really liked them.
Way better job on the narration. The last book was awful. The narrator at least announced who was talking as he alternated POVs.
What I really liked was that this book wasn’t as superficial as book 3. It gave us real insight to what drives Jonathan Kechter and Cole Fenton, and it was a pleasant surprise to see them in their own light, and not from Zach or Jared’s perspective.
Jon was an accountant trying to stay above water in a company struggling with economic woes. He just got back to Phoenix from a tense visit in Vegas, with his ex-Zach and Zach’s new love Angelo, Zach’s friend, Jared, and Jared. When Jared learned that Jon lived in Phoenix, he mentioned that he had a friend there and that his friend Cole would be a great match for Jon. Jared forwarded Jon’s information to Cole, who decided to ask Jon out.
Thus began a slow trot to love. In the beginning of the “relationship”, I kept thinking, what are these two doing? They don’t fit; they don’t seem to like each other that much because they keep trying to change the other person and their personalities seem to disconcert the other.
Then the walls slowly started to come down, and even though they were opposites, they seem to fit a need for the other. Jon was a workaholic, but Cole liked to take it easy. Cole loved to cook and pamper people, Jon loved to eat and receive the attention. They both longed to be accepted and belong to someone. Their lives began to mesh well and they formed a routine. But of course, Jon’s job decides to transfer him to another state. Though he gets to choose for a list, this transfer will affect his relationship with Cole. What should Jon do? What are his priorities?
What I loved most in this book was the out pouring of emotion when the barriers had come down. Both men were emotional with each other and I love the strength in that vulnerability. Unlike the last book that gave me whiplash, this book was primarily a 2-person POV, with Cole and Jon, as the main voices. I loved Jon’s father and his growth. He was a stellar secondary character. The hug he gave Cole after a particular meal gave me goosebumps.
This book redeemed the series for me because after The Letter Z, I was done. But now, my interest was reawakened and I am ready to continue with series.
*Sigh* I was already biased against Maggie from book 1.
Maggie was such a mean, angry, antagonist, petulant...I can really go on but I won't. I just pictured a woman who has the need to dominate everyone. CHYNA, THE WRESTLER.
In this book, we get to hear Maggie's voice. She is more warrior princess than disturbed fighter. I even like Nick, but Maggie's personality just dwarfs everything and everyone. She is alpha, responsible for protecting the pack etc. so now she is XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS.
Amanda Ronconi does well as always but it was hard to get over the distaste I had for Maggie. I do like her now, but her story wasn't as entertaining as her brother Cooper's book. But the again, this series isn't as entertaining as Half Moon Hollow. I will listen to book 3 next week though.
I didn't enjoy this one. If I can be honest, I don't enjoy the writing style as much as book 1. I like the narrator's voice, but considering this book was written in a four person POV, the narrator didn't even bother trying to differentiate the voices. I ended up rewinding a few times to see who was talking since it featured Zach & Angelo and Matt & Jared. My enjoyment of this series really plummeted with this book.
This book started with Zach giving Angelo a free pass to be with another man, with the agreement that Angelo come home to him afterwards. Considering how hard they fought to be together 4 months ago, I was surprised that Angelo would quickly jump at the opportunities.
The main problem that I had was that Angelo throws a conniption fit if someone looks sideways at Zach. It just seems hypocritical, and I was unsure of Zach's true motivations for allowing the free pass. If I really got why, I might have been able to accept it more.
I completely with Jonathan's assessment that it would appear that they had an open relationship, but it only works one way. I mean, Angelo is getting a handjob on a public dancefloor in front of Zach, but Angelo attacks Jonathan for kissing Zach. Can you say hypocrite?
I don't think Jonathan owed Angelo an apology, maybe an explanation but Angelo didn't even have the decency to offer Jonathan an apology and explanation back. Angelo was just a taker and Zach a doormat in this book, and I didn't like it at all.
Jared and Matt have been together for a little over a year, but Matt talked about how going all the way felt wrong. I am confused. In the prior books it seemed like they couldn't get enough, but Matt explains they do "other stuff". I want to know if Matt is really gay because his feeling of guilt or that it doesn't "feel right" should concern Jared.
I just don't get these relationships. I know everyone has what works for them, but right now, neither couple's interactions are working for me. I will try one more book in this series before I give it up.
I listened to this book and the narrator was fantastic. This book read like a movie. It was descriptive, concise, and paced evenly. I was apprehensive about the book when I saw the page count as well as the audiobook hours, but it flowed so well that I didn’t even notice the length. It wasn’t just a story about two damaged kids falling in love, but about choices and responsibilities. It was about freedom and redemption too. This wasn’t just Carmine and Haven’s story, this was Vincent & Mara’s story as well as a cautionary tale about “The Life”.
This book was much more than a tale about child slavery. It was a story of people trying to grow and move out of the shadows of their parents.
Haven and her mother grew up as slaves in the house of Michael Antonelli until the day her mother convinced her to run away. Her mother Miranda overheard the lady of the house asking master Michael to get rid of Haven, so Miranda asked Haven to run for help. Her attempt to escape her slavers led her to Dr. Vincent DeMarco.
Dr. Vincent DeMarco was an angry man. He was a physician who had been forced into serving La Costra Nostra, the Chicago Italian Mafia. His wife was murdered and his youngest son Carmine was acting up from grief. He was now a Consigliere, but now the mafia wants son Carmine. Dr. DeMarco is trying everything he can to protect his son Carmine, but had to follow orders as they were all dispensable. The addition of Haven to their lives complicated everything.
From the moment Haven moved into the DeMarco’s household, Carmine was mesmerized by her. Haven, on the hand, did all she could to avoid everyone in the household. She was used to living in the stables or basement, and she did not trust that the DeMarco household would be different from her prior home. Hope was a dangerous thing for slaves like her.
As the story began to unfurl, it became clear that Dr. DeMarco’s taking of Haven was not a coincidence and there was more to Haven’s identity than even she knew. Haven was a pawn in a dangerous mob agenda, but then so was Carmine, the mafia Principe. Now the
Slowly, the DeMarco family thought Haven how to live, and a year later Haven and Carmine were in love. That’s when the past came to catch up with Haven, and the DeMarcos.
The author did a great job with laying the foundation, and keeping the story interesting. I really appreciate the fact that there weren’t these huge emotional swings. Yes, there was sad events, but there was happy events and even funny scenes. The author mixed things up by interjecting characters like Dominic and Nicholas, Dia and even Aunt Celia, so there was a continual break in the serious tone of the novel.
I had a love-hate relationship with Vincent DeMarco, but I came to understand him as the novel went on, and I also came to find compassion for his actions. Carmine’s father was forced into “the life” by love and by his father, but he really loved his wife and sons. I was blown away by how well adjusted Dominic was and it was nice to see him be understanding of Carmine’s plight. Carmine was an impulsive kid that you wanted to smack on the back of his head and give a high-five at the same time. Carmine’s smart mouth was source of many chuckles from me. The narrator did a great job in giving each character very distinct voices, and I loved that about the audiobook.
If you want a New Adult book that isn’t wrought with cliché drama and dialogue, then this book is for you. I want to read the sequel but it isn’t out on audible. I don’t think I can just read it after enjoying this ride on audio, so it is likely that I will wait until the audiobook is offered at audible. But I really enjoyed this book and look forward to sequel.
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