This series is highly touted as a great m/m series so I decided to give a try.
What a snoozefest. The hero Adrien English didn't have a personality, at least, not an interesting one and the plot just dragged on with the mystery of who killed his friend/employee Robert.
I think the writing style was just too dry for me. There was minimal drama and some serious homophobic cops.
the narration was decent because I am not sure the narrator could have done anything to improve the story. I am unsure if I will even bother with book 2 but I can say this one wasn't enjoyable at all.
Very Disappointed. This one was just meh!
This one was kind of boring to listen to. She was a great narrator for the House of Commare series by Kristin Painter. Her male voices in this book were awful. i have book 2 and I think I will read the ebook instead of listening to it.
It started with Ali Morgan being mugged and followed by someone. She turned to Nate “Ghost” Weller and the Black Knights Inc, her late brother's co-workers. Ali had a suspicion that whomever was after her had something to do with her brother's death and the Black Knights were the best equipped people to protect her.
Black Knights was a covert military ops team posing as a motorcycle club. They do jobs that the CIA or military wanted plausible deniability on.
Of course, Ali has had a crush on Ghost for ever but he always kept her at arms length. Well, except for that one time on the beach (a phrase repeated over and over and over again till I thought I would just scream), Ghost had tasted of her nectar but since then he barely acknowledges her existence. Very cliche stuff because it was quite clear Ghost was nursing a similar crush on his best friends little sister.
Anyway, Ali was in possession of some files that her brother sent her before his last special ops job where he was killed. And someone was willing to kill in order to get those files back from Ali. What was on it? Who in the government was conspiring with the enemy? Nate was going to find out before they got to his Ali.
I listened to it and I am cringing because I bought books 1-4 on both audio and e-books. I will try book 2 before I give up, but the writing was very average, the story has been done and done much better than this. I didn't really feel the connection between Ali and Nate.
It was not what I was expecting and it wasn't the usual, run of the mill romantic comedy. What a pleasant surprise. The narrator made all the difference...took this story to the next level.
This books starts off with Julie Seagle, leaving home in Ohio, arriving in Boston Massachusetts to attend Whitney College. Upon arrival, she found out the apartment she rented on Craigslist, didn't really exist and she had no where to go. Luckily, her mother's college roommate Erin Watkins lived in Cambridge, so Erin offered Julie a place to stay until she found accommodations.
Erin's son Matt came and picked her up, and thus began Julie's introduction to the Watkins Household.
This family was definitely a circus and it takes the entire book to unravel. see Erin was an attorney and also a scholar. Her husband Roger was another scholar who researches ecosystems involving algae etc. Oldest son Finn wasn't there but was supposed to be gallivanting the globe during humanitarian work. Matt was a double major at MIT and youngest sister Celeste carried around a cut-out of her older brother Finn because she missed him so much.
This family was really smart and really strange, and soon Julie's arrival began having profound changes in the family dynamics and forced the family to confront issues long swept under the rug.
This book was layered yet so enjoyable. It seemed that Finn was the family connector when I started the book because he was the golden child. But as the book progressed, it became clear that Matt was the glue that held the Watkins family together. I loved the individual as well as the family growth as everyone had to face the issues they were running from. By the end of the book, everything made more sense and I was blown away. I loved it. The narrator was awesome. This was definitely YA-NA with a bite.
If you want a YA book with some substance and was more about familial love than romantic love, then give this book a whirl. It has romantic love but this book was about personal growth and continuing a journey.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.