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  • Marked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rebecca Zanetti
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life....

    Gaele says: "HUGE twists, turns and surprises here with plenty"
    "Wonderful ending to this series."
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    Ah, the last book in the Dark Protectors series. Endings of series are always bittersweet. I love seeing how everything wraps up, but then I also sad to see the end of characters that I’ve come to love. In this series and in this book, the ending comes with the story of Zane and Janie. Janie is a character we’ve watched grow up throughout the series. When we first meet Janie in the first book, she is only four years old. I haven’t read many books where I’ve known the character as a child. I wasn’t sure how I would like a romance about a book when I read about them and stuff bear named Mr Mullett. Turns out, it didn’t bother me in the slightest.

    Janie is the chosen one. She is a very powerful seer. She sees the future. Always has. We see her do this in the first book when she is just four years old and tells her that her knew father is coming to get them. She also has the ability to create dream worlds. Not only create dream worlds, but to allow other people into them. In comes Zane, a boy that has grown up with Janie, but we don’t know what he is. Is he a vampire, shifter, a hybrid? No one knew. There is also Kalin, who is a kurjan that has been at war with the vampires since the beginning of the series. He also wants Janie.

    Zane has had a rough life. We’ve seen him in bits and pieces throughout the series, but this is the first time we really get to spend any time with him. He is very loyal and a great warrior. He’s done things he isn’t proud of, but he has done them to protect his family. He also wants to protect Janie and keep her out of this war. Problem is that she is vital to the war. There is no keeping her out of it.

    I really enjoyed the wrap up to this series. I thought it brought things to a great conclusion. I loved that there was plenty of page time with each of the characters that I’ve loved from the series. I loved watching everyone come together to win the war. While there are two potential love interests for Janie, there is no love triangle. Kalin is never a true potential lover for Janie, no matter how much he wants it. He is just too evil for he to ever willingly be with him.

    I think that this was my favorite romance of the series. I loved watching these two come together. I don’t know if it is because this is something that has been building since book one or what, but I really enjoyed seeing Zane trying so hard to win Janie. He really wasn’t what Janie was expecting when she finally got to met him in person.

    I also enjoyed the wrap up at the end with each couple. I thought that was a great way to end the series. I felt it gave it great closure. I will miss this world that Rebecca Zanetti has built. I will have to check out some of her other series to see what I’m going to try next. I’m sure it will be an adventure.

    Narration
    Once again, I really enjoyed the narration by Karen White. I’ve enjoyed it throughout the entire series. I was always able to tell which character was speaking. She had some wonderful accents, plus the demonic voices she had to tackle. There was even some revisit of the really young Janie, which she nails. If you haven’t tried Karen White, I recommend you try one of her audiobooks.

    **I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sam L. Amirante, Danny Broderick
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (705)
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    (710)

    “Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America's true-crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga - the story of a young lawyer fresh from the public defender's office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation's history. This is a gripping true crime narrative that reenacts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.

    A.R. says: "Ultimately an excellent listen"
    "Interesting read about this horrible human being"
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    I got this audiobook from Audible during a Two-for-One deal (the other is on Charles Manson). Yes, I've been in the mood for stories about cult leaders and serial killers (I've been watching documentaries on TV about Waco, Jim Jones and Warren Jeffs too). I'm really glad I picked this book up. It was very interesting.

    So, this book is written by Gacy's lawyer. He opens the book talking about the Constitution and the Sixth Amendment.

    --In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.


    He is a firm believer that everyone, even someone as horrible as John Wayne Gacy, deserve the right to an attorney. Now, he knew Gacy in passing prior to taking his case and didn't know exactly what was going on at the very beginning. Once he learned more, he stuck to his guns that even Gacy deserved counsel. Even when people issues death threats to him and his family, including his children (I do not understand how anyone can think issuing death threats to children would ever put you on the right side of history).

    He tells the story of Gacy's past by starting with how the final kill that got the cops following him. This boy was Rob Piest, fourteen years old. He was working part-time at a drug store when he learns that Gacy pays really well to help with construction work. Rob wanted to get more money to buy a Jeep that he's had his eye own. So he approaches Gacy about a job, saying he would do anything for money. Gacy took that as not just construction work but also sexual favors. When Rob turns him down on the sexual part, Gacy looses it. Prior to Rob Piest, Gacy took boys from the fringes that didn't have people with the resources to look for them. He was taking prostitutes and the like.

    The author goes into all the talks that he had with Gacy throughout the investigation and then the trial. It doesn't take long to figure out that Gacy isn't sane. At one point he comes to the office of his attorney and his co-counsel and goes into a drunken, rambling confession of everything that he had done. He would go into a tirade about how he wasn't gay (using a lot of gay slurs that I will not include here) and then quickly go into the first time he had sex with a man. A friend convinced him that a blowjob was the same no matter who was giving it. But he did have sex with men too.

    I know these are really long snippets, but I think it really gives insight into Gacy.

    After returning from Joliet and the bridge over the Des Plaines River, with Gacy incessantly begging to go to the cemetery, the next stop was Gacy's house. Gacy had admitted that there was at least one body buried on his property that was not in the crawl space, and the prosecution wanted to know exactly where it was. Further, when an accused person points out where the bodies are buried, whether figuratively or actually, it strengthens the State's case. In the event that the defendant later recants and denies his involvement in a crime, the prosecution has evidence that the defendant knew or was aware of information that only the perpetrator could possibly know.
    I had advised against all of this, of course, but Gacy was on his "frolic." No one could convince him that he should stop doing the job that the police are paid to do. Frankly, as crazy as this sounds to you and me, Gacy loved the limelight; he loved the attention. It didn't seem to matter that the reason that he had the limelight trained on him was that the prosecution was building a case for murder. He was in his element. How weird was that?
    Gacy's entire block had been cordoned off from all except public officials, cops, and those that were unlucky enough to have a house on it. There was a lull in the activity because jurisdictional concerns were being sorted out and new warrants were being obtained to allow a complete and extensive search of the house and excavation of the crawl space. We pulled up, and a brand-new flurry of activity was generated throughout the members of the press and others that were hanging around on the fringes of the crime scene.
    Gacy was brought into his garage.
    If you've ever wondered what your first concern would be when you are brought back home after being charged with the murder of a missing boy and you are the prime suspect in the murder of many, many others, well … apparently, if your name is John Wayne Gacy, your first concern would be the fact that the police that had been conducting a search of your home had left some things—some tools and some other items—out of place in your meticulously kept garage. Gacy immediately started bitching about this mundane issue as if he was going to be back in an hour or so and he was going to have to clean up the mess all by himself. He began picking up items and placing them gingerly into their predesignated spots on walls and in drawers. If not for the solemn gravity of the situation, which was completely lost on this strange little man, it would have been hilariously funny. What was wrong with this guy?
    Finally, someone reminded my client that he was not there to clean the garage.
    There were moments during this time, this experience, that stand out in my memory. It is all an incredible experience, of course, a tornado of activity. My first case as a private criminal defense attorney was becoming quite an interesting ride. But some moments stand out. What Gacy did next caused one of those moments.
    He took a can of black spray paint and drew a box on the concrete floor of his garage. Then he drew an X in the middle of the box.
    "Dig here," he said. It was like he was pointing out the spot where a buried water meter could be found. If the foreman of a crew charged with the responsibility of digging a trench for a water main was totally bored with his job, he couldn't have said it more nonchalantly, more offhandedly.
    "Do you know who is buried here?" one of the guys asked.
    "Yeah … Butkovitch."
    John Butkovitch had eaten dinner at John Gacy's house. This kid was a particular friend to Gacy's ex-wife Carol. Little John, she called him. There was Big John and Little John. What a kooky pair, always together. John knew this kid's father. John had helped decorate Little John's new apartment. Little John was a regular visitor, a valued employee, a friend.
    Now he was under concrete in Gacy's garage.
    What was wrong with this guy?


    As it turns out, Jack Hanley was a real person—sort of. Plus, he was really a cop. It seems that Gacy and Officer Hanley had met sometime while John was working at Bruno's, a restaurant where he worked for a while as a short-order cook after he was released from the prison in Anamosa. Of course, Officer Hanley's name wasn't actually Jack, but in John Gacy's wandering, lost mind, it was. Officer Hanley was not a homicide detective either. However, if you asked John, he would tell you that he was.
    Without explanation, John Gacy would occasionally use this name when cruising Bughouse Square. He always believed that it was much cooler to say he, John Gacy, was a homicide cop named Detective Jack Hanley, a suave badass who solved the unsolvable crimes, rather than the truth—that he was a dumpy, boring smalltime contractor who lived with his mother in the suburbs. Now in his defense, John Gacy was not the first guy in the world who has told a little white lie in an attempt to get laid. I have seen a lot of multimillionaires with really bad shoes and worse haircuts in meat markets and watering holes. Most of these stories fade with the morning sunlight as the alcohol is metabolized and eliminated from the body.
    For some unexplainable reason, though, John Gacy decided that it would be in his best interest to claim that Jack Hanley was his alter ego, his second personality. Unlike other men who have lied in pursuit of poontang, John seemed to adopt Jack as a second persona. So when John was flitting from cop to cop and prosecutor to prosecutor confessing his awful crimes like a bumblebee goes from flower to flower, he was telling many of them that John Gacy did not commit these grotesque acts—Jack Hanley did.
    Now please keep in mind that Gacy did not mention the name Jack Hanley during the endless drunken ramblings that spewed forth during his soul-searching confession at my office with Leroy Stevens. However, he suddenly had a second personality buried deep inside when he told his story to the police. This was simply Gacy being Gacy. John always knew best, you know, or so he thought. These were self-serving statements—a silly, uninformed attempt to set into motion some sort of flimsy departure from reality.
    What this accomplished, together with the fact that Mr. Gacy could not simply just keep his mouth shut, was to set in stone the only defense available to him. Motta and I would have no choice in the matter. We would be required to assert the insanity defense at trial. It was John himself that left us no other alternative. Oh yeah, there was one other reason why we were limited to asserting the insanity defense: John Wayne Gacy was certifiably, without a doubt, with all certainty batshit, bonkers, cuckoo, crazy, insane. This fact would become painfully obvious over time.


    Narration
    The narration of this book was really good. I know from talking to Lorelei King about her narration of Ted Bundy's book how hard it is to read about the horrible stuff these people have done in their life. I'm sure Robin Bloodworth would feel the same way. He did a great job.

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  • The Secrets of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. T. Phipps
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1239)

    Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy (TM), is back with even bigger problems! How far will he go to fix his wife's current state of being a soulless vampire? Can he ignore his growing feelings for Cindy, despite their difference over the new Star Wars movie? Can he survive the wrath of the president of the United States (whom he accidentally stole billions from)?

    erobbins33 says: "Excellent and multilayered!"
    "Not my favorite in the series, but still fun"
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    Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy (TM), aka Gary Karkofsky along with Cloak have their hands full in this book. Gary is trying to fix an issue with this wife that happened in the previous book. He has also, once again, found himself doing things for the side of good. Gary has always wanted to be a supervillain, ever since his supervillain brother died. Now that he has that chance, he keeps finding himself on the superhero’s side.

    This time, he is fighting President Omega. Of course, Merciless has his helpers. Little Red Riding Hood aka Cindy, his favorite henchwench and best friend is there to help. Diabloman is there to help as well. Then there is also the superhero, Ultragoddess, aka Gabrielle. Oh, and she is Gary’s ex-fiancee. There are some new supervillains too, Fruitbat and Nicky Tesla. I really loved Fruitbat (but then I really I love fruit bats in real life (they are just so cute).

    I was a little surprised by the bit of a love triangle. Gary does seem to have some relationship drama with his wife’s current issue, his henchwench is in love with him, and his ex-fiancee all fighting against President Omega. Oh Death makes a couple of appearance too. She gives Gary some pretty difficult choices to make.

    I will say that I didn’t like this story quite as much as the first two books. I thought Gary had a little too much relationship drama and was throwing himself a bit too much of a pity party. I did still enjoy the story. There are a ton of one-liners that I loved. There is also some good action scenes. As always, there are great pop culture references. I’m excited to get to the next book.

    Turning back to the Merciless Mobile I hit the remote on my keys and the vehicle lowered into a secret alcove beneath the streets. I then headed to the front gate that open automatically at my presence and walked to the front door. Diabloman headed off to his unmarked white van.

    “See those diamonds get to the Children’s Relief Fund.” I called out to Diabloman.
    “I would not steal from children’s mouths.” Diablo Man called back. “Everyone else, yes.”
    I chuckled.
    “Do you think he is going to take any?” Cindy asked.
    “Nah.” I said. “He’s skimming off the top from all the other businesses, just like you.”
    “Only for good causes” Cindy said, putting her hand over her breast. “I being a very good cause.”

    Narration
    Jeffrey Kafer continues to do a great job with this narration. He always adds the correct inflection needed for the scene. I think he does a really great job with the male and female voices. Kafer has quickly become one of my favorite narrators.

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  • Hunting in Bruges: Hunters' Guild, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By E.J. Stevens
    • Narrated By Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling
    Overall
    (13)
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    (13)
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    With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter. Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions - but some secrets are best left buried.

    Adriana B says: "Excellent Fast Paced Urban Fantasy"
    "Ivy Granger fans will enjoy this spinoff story"
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    I’ve been a fan of the Ivy Granger series for a while. This spinoff series follows a character we meet in the Ivy Granger series. It takes place after book three in Ivy Granger, but can be read as a stand alone series. Jenna is a hunter. She works for the Hunter’s Guild and can see ghosts. She really likes to kill vampires and strings their fangs on a necklace as a trophy.

    So, Jenna is shipped off to Bruges, Belgium to help them find out why so many people are turning up dead. Most of the hunters are in Brussels for a big meeting, so the Bruges guild is running on a skeleton crew. The man left in charge is quite the ass. He doesn’t like women and doesn’t think they should be hunters, so him and Jenna get off on the wrong foot right from the start.

    I should back up a bit, on the train to Bruges from Brussels, Jenna meets a man named Ash. He shows her around Bruges just a bit before she goes to the guild. During this time, we get a good picture of Bruges. The descriptions are really great. I loved hearing about the architecture of the old buildings.

    So, back to the guild, there is Simon Chadwick who is in charge of the guild for right now and he is an ass. There is also Celeste, who is a witch that is also a bit of a junkie. She smokes stuff that would be toxic to a human, but just gets witches high. It can also cause them to lose their memory and not be very good with magic any more. Aleksey Zharkov is a one-handed guy that is the demolitions expert for the team. He likes his job a little too much. Darryl Lambert is a blind librarian who gets around pretty well, even with his handicap. Last, but not least is Benjamin Martens, the doc.

    So Jenna has to find out who is killing people in Bruges and just leaving them on the street and with this ragtag group of hunters. And while Ash is trying to sight see and socialize with her.

    This is a fun story. There is a lot of action and, as I said, the descriptions of the town are great. It is a bit predictable. There are a few things that I figured out pretty quickly, but I still enjoyed the story. I would love to read more stories about Jenna. She really took control and grew in this story. I didn’t love this story as much as the Ivy Granger stories. While, I enjoyed the secondary characters in this, I didn’t like them as much as Jinx and the gang back in Harborsmouth. I do think this is a great addition for people who are looking to start learning about this world or for people already familiar with Ivy Granger.

    Narration
    This audiobook is recorded in a format called duet. It features a female and male narrator. In this book, the female does the majority of the narration, because this book is told entirely from the woman’s POV. She does all the narration for the female dialogues and the non-dialogue pieces of the story. The male just read the sentence from the male POVs. This is not my favorite form of audiobook. I find it a bit jarring at first when the male narrator comes in during the middle of a chapter (so far, this is the only series that I listen to that is recorded in this format). The more I listen to the story, the more I’m okay with it, but at the start of each book, it always takes me a bit to get into it. I know people who love this format and prefer it over anything else. So this is a person thing for me. If you haven’t tried this format, I suggest you give it a try sometime and see what you think of it.

    I will say that I do like these narrators. I think they both do a really good job. I like the voices that they use for each of the characters. I did think that this sounded a lot like Ivy, though it is hard for me to say for sure because it has been over a year since I listened to my last Ivy Granger book. I would listen to this pair again.

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  • Last Dragon Standing: Heartstrikers, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
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    Overall
    (1200)
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    (1135)
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    There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

    Dustin says: "An amazing ending to an even more amazing series!"
    "I can't believe the series is over, but great ride"
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    I can’t believe this series is over. It has been such a fun ride. I grew to love all of these characters, even several of the minor, secondary characters. If you are even a little bit fond of dragons (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love dragons), you have to try this series. These are some of the best dragons that I’ve read.

    Now fans of the series will know who is on the cover. Yes, that is Brohomir (aka Bob, the seer of the Heartstrikers). He has had his hand in things that will come out in this book since before we were all born. We will also learn more about his pigeon companion.

    How to write this review without spoiling this series for those that haven’t read it (or need to get caught up)? The previous book ended with quite the cliffhanger and this one picks up where that one left off. Julius and his friends are trying to save the world. And he is again able to do something that no dragon has been able to accomplish in centuries. He brings all the dragon clans together to fight for a common goal.

    So I’m not going to get further into the plot of this story, because spoilers, but I will tell you some reasons why I think you really need to pick up this series. First, DRAGONS. I mean do you really need more reasons? Okay, second. The characters in this series. They are so diverse in personality. There are the dragons, Julius, Amelia, Bob, Chelsie, Fredrick, Justin and I can’t leave out Bathesda, their mother, and that is just listing the major ones in the Heartstriker clan. There’s also the Chinese dragons, the daughters of the three sisters and some others that we will meet in this book. There is also Marci, who has been Julius’s best friend and sidekick throughout this entire series. She is a mage and a pretty kickass one too. There’s spirits like Ghost, Raven, Algonquin and more. I also have to mention General Jackson, who is a very unique character who works for the UN. Myron is another mage that works with UN too. All of these characters are amazing.

    Julius and Marci are the two main characters in this series. Their relationship grows throughout the entire series and comes to a climax in this book. I loved watching them support each other as they both accomplish things that one would think was impossible. So many people looked down on both of them, but they still were able to stand together to makes things happen.

    The world that Aaron has built is pretty awesome. It is set in the future. Magic has made a comeback and Detroit (Detroit Free Zone, aka DFZ), which plays a major part of this story. It is almost a character in its own right. This book pretty much plays out entirely in the DFZ.

    If you haven’t read this series, I can’t recommend it enough. It has action, suspense, humor, a little romance and DRAGONS. If you like Urban Fantasy series, this is one of my favorites.

    Narration
    If you even remotely like audiobooks, then this is a series that is a must listen. Vikas Adam does an amazing job with the narration of this entire series. He voices a large collection of male and female voices and does an amazing job with them all. He really puts passion into the voices of these characters and brings them to life. You feel their sorrow, their anger and every other emotion that the characters feel throughout the entire series. I really love his voices for Bob and Amelia.

    **I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Delicate Freakn' Flower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Eve Langlais
    • Narrated By Tillie Hooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
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    Dammit , just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a delicate freakn' flower? Naomi doesn't want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest-thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five testosterone-laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and Krazy Glue was bought by the case.

    S. Lacey says: "Brilliant!"
    "I love Eve. I love Tillie. Together they are great"
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    I read the first three books in this series years ago. I was enjoying it, but then they came out on audio and I love Tillie Hooper, so I knew that I wanted to listen to them. I got backed up on new releases and just never got these into my queue. Then I had an Audible $20 credit from a promotion, and since I had the Kindle versions, I was able to add these on really cheap, so now I’m revisiting the first few books. Then I will tackle all the ones I haven’t read.

    So, in this series, we have several different species of shifters. They do have fated mates where they are instantly attracted to their mates as soon as they meet them. They can also have more than one mate. In this book, Naomi, a wolf, has two mates, Javier, a jaguar, and Ethan, a Kodiak bear. So, yes, this is a menagage, but both men with the woman. They are best friends and enjoy sharing, but nothing between the two of them.

    Naomi sees herself as a delicate freakn flower. She doesn’t like violence and all the rough housing that her brothers do all the time. She wants to be a normal human, instead of a shifter. She really wants a human for a lover, again, she thinks they are less violence. Imagine her surprise when she has, not one, but two, shifter mates, who are professional lacrosse players, at that.

    What Naomi doesn’t realize is that: One, they will do anything to keep her happy. Two, she has quite the temper and isn’t nearly as non-violent as she would like to think. That temper really comes out when someone threatens her by destroying her car, which is her baby. Her temper flares even more when some guys beat up her brother as a message to her.

    This story does have the humor that I always expect from Eve Langlais. I don’t think this is her funniest series, but it does have several of those chuckle-worthy lines. This series also ramps up the sex compared to series like Welcome to Hell or the Kodiak Point/Bitten Point/Dragon Point worlds. I would say, this is more along the lines of Princess of Hell series, which also has menagages too. A lot of the really funny quotes are sex related too (there was one quote I really wanted to include, but I thought it was a little more R rated than I wanted to include in a review.).

    Fun quotes:
    “I am a delicate, misunderstood flower, goddammit,” she yelled. “Why does no one see that?”

    Towering taller than she’d imagined a body could stretch with thick fur, a heavily muscled frame, and great big teeth, Ethan was absolutely magnificent. And kind of freaky in a he-could-totally-kill-me-with-a-swipe-of-his-paw kind of way. She took a step back, then, sat hard on her ass when the great, big, scary bear waved a paw at her and grinned by pulling his lips back to show some teeth.
    Her anger, having receded during her hunt of Javier, became completely replaced with mirth as the Kodiak bear sat down and cocked his head, looking like a cuddly teddy.
    She shifted back and shook her head. “How’s a girl supposed to stay pissed when you’re acting like the world’s cutest carnival prize?” she snapped, her rebuke tempered with a smile. Ethan lifted hairy paws and shrugged. Naomi couldn’t help giggling. A furry head butted her from behind and she peered sideways to see Javier’s slick feline shape.
    She let her fingers rub the fur between his ears, the hair softer than expected. Mischief made her scrub him hard behind the ears while crooning, “Who’s a pretty kitty? You like that don’t you.” A loud purring met her ministrations and she giggled. “Look who’s a big suck. Oops, I mean ferocious man eating panther.”

    Narration
    Tillie Hooper is great with this series, which didn’t surprise me at all. I knew she would be great with all the sex scenes and with the humor of this series. I’m a little disappointed in myself for taking so long to get to this series. I mean, Eve Langlais is a favorite author and Tillie Hooper is a favorite narrator. Why did I wait years to start with two favorites? I have no idea. Just know that Tillie Hooper is great with male and female voices (and there are a lot of male voices in this book between the two heroes and the heroines brothers and father). I highly recommend trying Tillie if you haven’t yet.

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  • Agent G: Infiltrator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. T. Phipps
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    In a world where virtually any death can be bought for the right price, follow the path of a high-tech assassin searching for answers to questions he shouldn't be asking along with his next target. Agent G is a Letter, one of the Society's 26 weapons for hire.

    Cyn says: "Powerful thrilling, exciting, and chilling read"
    "Really loving this author and narrator pairing"
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    Agent G is an assissign for the International Refugee Society (there are comments about it have the same initials as the IRS, and because of this, it is always referred to as the full name in the book. There is also a death and taxes joke, because it is needed). He doesn’t have a name and they wiped his memories. After ten years of service, assuming that he survives the full ten years, he will be able to get him memories back and go back to the family that he dreams about. He kinda like a cyborg. He has brain implant that can download information, much faster than learning the old fashion way, among other things.

    So, G is sent on a mission to infiltrate the Carnevale, a rival to the International Refugee Society. He has to have surgery to change his looks, so that he can be undercover for Agent F, who G killed when G figured out that F had turned traitor. G has a hard time figuring out who to trust. There is his wife (at least in name, but not really in heart), S. He also has a girlfriend, who happens to be his assistant, Marissa. Oh, and then there is the adult daughter (and assissign in her own right), of Carnevale leader, Lucita.

    “The Letters”, as they are called, all are programmed to suppress their emotions. This is to make it easier for them to do their jobs. G has issues because he has formed an attachment to S and Marissa, though in different ways. He also has been searching for his elusive past, though that is forbidden. He even gets attached to Lucita. He has a really hard time knowing who to trust, as they all come under suspect at one point or another. Everyone seems to turn on everyone else.

    James Bond type stories really aren’t my thing. But, when the author offered me a review copy of this book, I decided to give it a shot. I’m a huge fan of the narrator and I really like the author’s supervillain series. I never would’ve picked this up on my own. I did enjoy it, but not as much as the supervillain books (I think it more because that is more my genre, than this book is any less than the others). I will continue the series, especially want to learn where G goes from here. He finds out quite a few things at the end of this book (I think “cliffhanger” is too strong of a word, but maybe leaning towards that direction).

    “Well, I’ll find out soon enough”, I muttered. “Dead men tell no tales, but the about-to-die are remarkably chatty.”

    Narration
    Jeffrey Kafer has really cemented himself as one of my favorite narrators. He continues to nail every piece that I listen to. He continues to do a great job with this book. What can I say, that I haven’t already said about him. He always picks the best voices for each character. His women’s voices are great. I think he does dry tones really well, which is great for an assassign who suppresses emotion. If you’ve never listened to a book with Jeffrey Kafer, you are really missing out.

    **I like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • How to Date Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (2976)
    Performance
    (2777)
    Story
    (2775)

    Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

    Kristi says: "As someone from Louisiana..."
    "Harper & Ronconi are Gold. Davis a great addition"
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    So Audible has been doing some straight to audio books lately. I’ve listened to a few short stories from some favorite authors of books that went straight to audio in the past, including I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas. But, I had only listened to short stories. This is my first full-length novel that was audio only. Since I mostly just listen to books anyway, audio only isn’t a problem for me. If you’re not a fan of audiobooks, I would expect that this will be released as an ebook eventually, I just don’t know when. I would recommend you give this a try on audio though. I think it might surprise you.

    As a HUGE fan of Molly Harper, I jumped on a chance to try a new series, especially in the paranormal worlds (I swear I will try her contemporary romances one day). The fact that Amanda Ronconi is the main narrator didn’t hurt either (Again, I’m a HUGE fan). So, this story takes anthropologist Jillian Ramsay to a small town in Louisiana called Mystic Bayou. There, she is to talk to and observe the people and how they live together. Mystic Bayou is a town full of supernaturals. They live out in the open and have learned to put their differences aside and become a community. There are bear shifters, thunderbirds, fae, witches, etc. And yes, even dragons.

    In addition to Jillian, there is also Bael. He is the hero of the this story and also the sheriff in these parts. He is a gruff man, who doesn’t have a large number of friends. He is also looked down upon from his family because he isn’t dragon enough. He is also half human, which doesn’t do him any favors in his family’s eyes. The fact that he is down courting a human is just another black spot too, but he doesn’t care. He is good friends with the mayor, and bear shifter, Zed. Zed is very much a character that I would expect in a Molly Harper novel. He was funny, flirty and just a all around good guy. I really hope we will get a story with him one day.

    So it isn’t long after Jillian shows up into town that people start dying. Of course, there are people looking in her direction. But Bael is trying his best to protect her. The suspense of the this story was a lot of fun, if you could say it was fun as people are dying. The romance is really sweet, though there is a lot of communication issues because Jillian doesn’t understand dragon culture. Dragons are very secretive, so she had no idea of the meaning of some of Bael’s moves, which he then sees as rejection. But they eventually work that all out.

    This book has the humor you would expect from a Molly Harper novel. There were many chuckle-worthy moments and times that I was really glad I wasn’t drinking something, or I would’ve sprayed it everywhere. Let’s just say, don’t even try to force unwanted pony play on a unicorn. At this time, it does not appear that this story is set in the Half-Moon Hollow world. The supernatural creatures in this book are not out in the open. There is also no real mention of vampires. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if there wasn’t a tie-in later in the series, the same way she did with the Naked Werewolf series. Either way, this is a fun series. If you’re a fan of any of Harper’s paranormal works (I can’t speak for any of her contemporary romance, they are still on my TBR), I would highly recommend this story.

    UPDATE: per author, ebook will be out in about 6 months.

    Narration
    As I said, I’m a huge fan of Amanda Ronconi. I think she is the perfect narrator for Molly Harper’s stories. She is great at bringing out the humor and snarkiness of the characters that Harper creates. I love her male and female voices and her pacing and tone are perfect. This is the first Molly Harper story where they’ve brought in a male narrator to do the male POV chapters. I know that the addition of a new narrator to a beloved series can be prickly with some. I’ve listened to a few where a new narrator was added similar to this one (Silver Silence by Patricia Briggs being the most recent). I am not completely adverse to the idea. I also didn’t mind Jonathan Davis as a narrator. I thought he did a good job with the gruff Bael. The issue that I had with him (I didn’t notice this issue with Amanda Ronconi at all), was that I could tell when he had to go back rerecord a sentence here and there. His tone would change or the volume was different for just a sentence or so and then go back to the original tone. When that happened, it was distracting and would pull me out of the story. If that was done smoother, I would’ve given this narration 5 stars. But because of this issue, I just can’t do it. I really hope that this issue is resolved before they start book two (I’m already eager for the next story in this series).

    UPDATE: I’ve been told that the audio issues have been updated. Downloading an updated copy from Audible should fix this issue.

    **I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • The Games of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By C. T. Phipps
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1758)

    Get ready for the action-packed follow up to The Rules of Supervillainy. This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, super-science, a dragon, a giant Nazi robot, a Greek demigod, and so much more! Gary and Cloak have returned from the supervillain prison on the moon only to discover the city he plans to conquer and rule with an iron fist has been overrun with the living dead.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Merciless is back!!!!"
    "This series continues to be really funny."
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    So, this book starts out right where the last book ends. Gary Karkofsky and Cloak (which gives him his supervillain powers), aka Merciless, The Supervillain without Merci (yes, he is aware of the redundancy) returns to Falconcrest City to find it vacant of people. Or well, of at least living people? The city is overrun with zombies. Again, Gary finds himself working with heroes to save the day.

    I really enjoyed spending more time with the characters. Mandy, Gary’s wife, is one of my favorite characters. While she is tolerant of Gary’s idea to be a supervillain, it is not her favorite thing. She wants to be a hero, but she allows Garry him villainous ways, but with some rules. I still enjoy Cindy, Gary’s ex-girlfriend and henchwoman. Diabloman continues to be a fun character, as a former A level villain, who has moved to a low D level with age and ramifications of his powers have caused on his health.

    This series is really fun. It is full of dry humor and stock full of pop culture references.

    “I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids”

    “I’m sorry, did I break your concentration?”

    The author even fits in a reference to the song, Walk the Dinosaur by Was Not Was, how can you go wrong with that?

    I will say that I thought book one was better. I gave The Rules of Supervillainy 4.5 stars and I’m giving this one 4 stars. It is still a very enjoyable story. I still had a ton of laughs. I just think that the first book was a bit better. I enjoyed the plot of that story better. I will still be continuing the series. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Gary.

    Narration
    I think this is a book that you really need to listen to. I just think that Jeffrey really brings out the humor in this book. I love the voices he’s picked for each character. I think he does the deadpan humor perfectly. There are just not enough great things for me to say about the narration of this book.

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  • Ostrich and the 'Roo

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eve Langlais
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    FUC is going down under, so prepare for a wild ride with a 'roo and the chick he rescues. Something strange is happening to Mari. She's not the same since her rescue from a mad scientist's lab. Still, her blackouts aren't reason enough to put her in a cage. Yet, what else is Jax to do when confronted with a giant ostrich terrorizing suburbia?

    Michelle says: "I love Eve Langlais, but this story....."
    "So glad to be back in the FUC world."
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    I love being back in the world of F.U.C. Jaxon is sent to contain an ostrich which is wreaking havoc on the suburbs. He is told that he is going on the orders of the father of the bird and that she has been in a cult. So Jax goes in and kidnaps her, knocks her out and puts her on a boat to take her back to her father. He thinks he is saving her from a cult, so he has his heart in the right place.

    Mari is sure that she doesn’t have a father. She also hasn’t been in a cult. She was a former prisoner of Mastermind, the on-going villain of this series. She isn’t the same since she left the compound where she was held prisoner. She has problems shifting since then, among other issues.

    So this series is really cute. I love how there are so many unusual shifters. I mean, how do you not love a series where you pair and ostrich and a kangaroo shifter? Oh, when Mari gets scared, she lays an egg. How funny is that?

    Fun book quote
    Would I taste like chicken? Then it occurred to her what meal these people planned, which brought on an even more evil realization. They’re going to shove their hand up my butt and fill me with stuffing. Squawk.

    Narration
    Abby Craden continues to really nail this series. I think she really brings out the humor of the story. I like her voices for all the characters. Her men and women’s voices are great. There are a ton of sounds that are included in this story, like in the quote above, she did great with all of those. I can’t imagine reading this series after have listened to her narrate it.

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  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2490)
    Performance
    (2324)
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    (2312)

    A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. Now Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction.

    RetiredHsMom says: "I absolutely freaking loved this book!"
    "Charley at her best"
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    This series is a favorite of mine. I’ve loved it since I started with First Grave on the Right back in 2012. I started this series because I thought the story sounded interesting and I really love Lorelei King. Now, eleven books in, and I’m still in love.

    As per a usual Charley Davidson story, this has two cases in it. One, Charley is investigating the Fosters, the two people who took Reyes from his “birth” parents. She’s even hired by another of the Fosters’ kids to find out if he was taken as well.

    There are also some secrets between UB and Cookie that are causing problems. On more than one occasion, Cookie calls Charley saying that UB was having an affair because he’s acting weird. There’s also something going on with Amber. Charley and the gang are trying to keep UB alive because there is someone who wants to kill him. There’s just a lot of secrets all the way around.

    As per most of the recent Charley books, this one ends with quite the cliffhanger. There are parts of the story that wrap up really well. There are many questions answered. There are also some new ones that pop up (one that was left hanging and have me scratching my head). We learn a lot about Charley and Reyes. I don’t know that I can say much more without spoilers.

    Charley, Reyes, Cookie, UB and Amber have worked their way into my heart. They are a really fun cast of characters. We also get some time with Swope, Angel and Osh. Amber has a lot more page time in this book than previous books. The characters are my favorite part about this series. I think I could read anything with them in it.

    The other thing that really draws me into this series is the humor. Yes, this series has some amazing plots, some really great suspense and some really interesting cases for Charley to solve. But it is the humor that I love the most. I know that Ms. Jones will make me laugh (though she has made me tear up on more than one occasion). The little one liners that come out of this series are always so much fun. The t-shirt, bumper sticker and meme sayings at the beginning of the chapters are always chuckle worthy. The banter between the characters are also great. Let’s not forget about some things that go through Charley’s head.

    Fun book quotes
    “On a scale of one to Kanye, you don’t even register”

    A lot of people are only alive because I shed way too much hair to ever get away with murder ~ meme

    Life isn’t a fairytale. If you lose a shoe at midnight, you’re drunk ~ meme

    “How better to learn to control this than to give you dire consequences if you fail”
    Male logic at it’s finest, ladies and gentleman.

    Narration
    Since I told you that I started this series specifically because Lorelei King is the narration, then you should know that this is an audio only series for me. King’s ability to bring out the different aspects of each character and their personalities to a tee. She’s able to make Reyes scary when he needs to be. Charley is, well, Charley. King is able to make me laugh and cry throughout all the different scenes in this series. I once tried to read a short story (Shimmer) and had the hardest time. Nope, audio only for me. If you haven’t tried this series on audio, I can’t recommend it enough.

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