Not quite a 4 because the heroine was a bootleg reporter. How can Sophie be an I-Team reporter when she was so naive, dense, unobservant, passive and just slow on the uptake?
Great narration. This guy has done a great job telling this story.
Sophie Alton and her brother grew up with her grandmother after her parents died in a car crash. In a spontaneous act when she was 16, she had sex with her high school crush, a senior guy she only knew as Hunt. Hunt left for the military the day after, and Sophie never heard from him again.
12 years later, Sophie worked as an I-team reporter and she was working on a story with drug addicted inmates and the pregnancies behind bars. One of her subjects Meghan went missing with her newborn baby and drugs were found in her cell. A man hunt ensued for the missing convict and the newborn baby. Meghan's brother decided that this interested reporter, Sophie, would be his key in finding his sister. So the convicted murder Marc Hunter set up an interview with Sophie and then held her hostage and escaped.
During this hostage situation, Sophie found out that Marc Hunter was her "Hunt". He told her his story and she had to figure out if she trusted him enough to jeopardize her career and get to the bottom of who framed him, Meghan and what was going on in that correctional facilities.
What I enjoyed about this series is the author tackles pretty serious topics. And the author goes all in. Not the fluffy stuff. The series is also well written. The heroine was a bit slow, but I loved Marc. He was a stand up guy.
This story featured comic lover and artist Jordan Carson and his jock/wrestler best friend Owen Nelson. Jordan knew he was gay from 7yrs old, but Owen was straight. They did everything together until junior year when Owen gets a girlfriend named Emily. Then 3 became a crowd. Can Jordan handle being around Owen or Emily, or will he finally make make his move for Owen?
This one was okay. I don't expect too much from novellas. It was a typical youthful coming of age and coming story with a artisty friend and a jock.
This is my first time hearing the narrator Macy Sterling, and she did very well. I enjoyed her voice and it added to my enjoyment of this one. It was sweet, and a little sad but so full of hopeful moments.
Cheyenne just broke up with her boyfriend Gregory for cheating on her. She asks the local bad boy, Colt, to pretend to be her boyfriend, to make Gregory jealous and also get Gregory to leave her alone. What started out as a charade became much more as these two lost college students found out they had much more in common, and they became an anchor for the other as they faced their fears.
In the end, the charade ended up making them stronger and better people as they learned to rely on each other and find new reasons to persevere.
It wasn't too painful or angsty, it wasn't overly drawn out. It was sweet, and well written. Colt and Cheyenne were really strong and trying to deal with the hand life dealth them. I liked how they let the guard down around each other and showed vulnerability. I really liked Colt's mom and her words to Chey about Chey's mom. Very sweet and thoughtful of her to leave those lasting words to a young woman who need to hear that so badly. Really good book.
In this book, Mark Jennings seemed to be barely making it emotionally. His mom is dying in the hospital of liver disease, his boyfriend Brian Jacobs left him for another man and his nonprofit job was about to go belly up.
His only stress relief was getting a bi-monthly massage by a guy named Antonio Roberto.
During these massage therapy sessions, Mark and Antonio got to know each other. Antonio was going through a divorce with his wife and was scared to loss his son in a custody battle. Mark was dealing with the loss of his mom and the return of his boyfriend Brian.
Both were overwhelmed. Its no wonder both started feeling a little attracted to each other. But Antonio was straight and Mark would never cheat as he knows how that betrayal felt. But life has its own plans and Mark, Brian and Antonio's lives begin to mesh and we see that despite Mark's uncomfortable place, both guys genuinely care for him. Who will be Mark's HEA?
This book had a roller coaster of emotion. This Mark really needed a hug. It had sad parts and happy parts. I also really liked the family angle as well as the non-profit Hope home addition to this story. It still touches me that family can discard their own children because of who they love.
The writing was paced well, but the narrator wasn't quite right for this story. His faux southern accent grated my nerves at times, but then he'd forget he was supposed to have a southern accent and we were cool again. Over all, it was a good story. Little to no angst.
Please read my review of Book 1: Something Like Summer for a background. This book was Tim's POV on his relationship with Eric. It gave insight to how Tim met Eric and the years after Tim broke up with Ben. Tim was still self centered but one thing was clear, he loves Ben. He made some poor choices but he grew especially Jace showed him how a real man does it.
The audiobook gave me a different feel from book 1. I could hear the whine, the excitement, the pain etc in the characters voices. I think Kevin Free did a great job making me empathize with Tim. It was hard, but the narrator made him real to me.
Tim and his family's opinion of gays really affected how Tim felt about himself. He grew in a Catholic family, and they were also sports jocks. Loving another man would not fly in that kind of circle and so Tim tried his best to be what others wanted him to be. The consequence was that he hurt the guy he loved Ben and he hurt himself. He wouldn't completely let go, but he wouldn't give up either. Tim was just a mess for a long time. I felt him though. I understood his need to avoid being shunned by family and friends. Ben was lucky because his family accepted his choices but it isn't that easy for others. Tim's battle was much harder.
Jay Bells writing is really smooth to me. It was emotional and the characters had depth. I can't wait to read about Jace before Ben in book 3.
Another action packed installment of the Elemental Assassin. It's Gin's Birthday book, Happy Birthday Genevieve Snow!
I love Lauren Fortengang's interpretation of the Spider so I had preordered this book at audible. Definitely a wise decision if I may say so. This audiobook was all that I had hoped it would be. I had been waiting for this enemy for awhile and this book resolved many issues and paved the way for a new war.
Someone is dealing drugs, a new kind of drug called Burn, and it is worse than anything Ashland and South town had seen in a long time. When the Pork Pit waitress, Catalina, was accosted by her friend and forced to sell drugs, Gin stepped in to help Catalina. Of course, this inserted the Spider into Ashland's underworld, and again forcing her to clean up the mess the Ashland PD couldn't.
What I liked about this book was that Gin finally reached a comfortable place in her tenous relationship with Bria, her baby sister. Bria is a judgmental, self righteous cop (the female Donovan Caine) and everything was just black and white with her. In this book she finally saw the shaded areas Gin lived in and she was finally humbled (or smacked her off her high horse).
My favorite part was the fact that the focus of this book was on the Spider and that is when Gin is at her best--Kicking Ashland underworld butt. Everyone connected to Gin makes an appearance and we finally get to meet MM Monroe. It's sad but I am excited because MM is definitely her mother's daughter. There is another surprise to MM Monroe too. I am excited for where this series is going.
This book and series was an utter disappointment. It was needlessly sad and depressing. Pain drawn out over 3 books and just stretched out. There is no reason for this much gloom and I felt bad for Evan and Sarah because the umbrella of pain covered them as well.
This book was way better than book 1. It definitely rescued this series for me.
Lady Philippa "Pippa" Marbury is the fourth daughter of the Marguess of Needham and Dolby. She doesn't believe in luck and she believes in scientific explanations for everything. Logic and Truth always wins out in Pippa's world.
She is engaged to the Lord Castleton but decided she wanted to do research on what is necessary to be a proper wife. Pippa deals with her nerves by gathering knowledge so she can feel prepared. She decides to go to the most notorious gaming hall in London, The Fallen Angel, because the owner Jasper Cross is notorious rake.
Pippa asks him to help her with her research on how to please her fiancee as a wife, and thus opening up a pandora's box with Cross.
Cross wasn't nobility but he seemed to be the only one in London who didn't find Pippa to be a nerd, geek or odd. He actually enjoyed engaging her in discussion but he couldn't offer her a life like she could have with Lord Castleton.
What I loved about this one was Pippa's honesty, her strength, her resolve and her curiosity about everything. She made being smart look fun, not odd. I chuckled at her a number of times. She said things people were afraid to say, she was a really good heroine.
Jasper finally met his match and she kept him honest. I liked this story much more than the Pippa's sister in book 1. I look forward to book 3.
I was so disappointed with this one. It was so predictable, cliche and weak in plot and writing. I don't know if I will listen to book 2, but I am not excited about this one.
I think Tavia Gilbert did a good job, her voice is much better suited for his series than Night Huntress. I am intrigued by Lucian and Browyn, but I see I will have to wait to book 3 to get sanctification.
Alexander Roman was out hunting blood when the Dawn approached rapidly. He found himself trapped and managed to crawl up the steps to a random person's house before passing out.
Dr. Sara Donohue came back from her shift at the hospital to find a man in front of her house. She dragged him inside and quickly found herself facing one of her former patients who was stalking her. As the stalker tried to kidnap her, Alex recovered enough to save her.
This incident catapulted Sara into the battle between pure and impure blooded vampires.
This book was definitely okay, but it suffered from all the usual issues you expect from 1st in series. I like that it had all the cliche stuff like flying vampires, wiping memories but it had a little different twist with the vampire communities that sounded like cults. The writing was okay as well, I wasn't blown away by the characters or the world building, but I entertained enough to keeping listening to it. I will continue this one
I am one of the few that don't enjoy Anne Flosnik's narration, but she did this book justice. Her pace, and her voices matched the characters. I dare say I enjoyed her on this one.
Soldier Samuel Hartley has returned from war branded a coward for running way during the slaughter of his squad. He has been disgraced and he moved to the States.
Now he was returned to England, in search of the man he believes betrayed his battalion to the Indians and the French. His investigation brings him to the home of a fallen comrade Reynard Gordon where he meets her sister Lady Emeline Gordon. At first Lady Emeline was weirded out by this gentlemen who dresses inappropriately and doesn't follow the rules of the ton. Then Samuel hires Emeline to tutor his sister in the ways of a genteel bred lady and Emeline gets to see past the stories she has heard of Samuel.
Even though Emeline is engaged to Jasper Renshaw, her late brother Reyndard's friend, Emeline finds herself attracted to Samuel and she is drawn into his investigation to find the traitor. Emeline is forced to make a hard decision between a family friend, now turned fiancee whose touch feels brotherly versus a man who is everything the ton shuns, but drives her mad with passion.
I have tried to read this book twice before and found it a tad boring. This time, I couldn't put it down. I listened to it in two days. The narrator isnt as good as Rosalyn Landor, but it was a well written and entertaining book. I loved Emeline, Samuel and even Jasper. Jasper was a good guy, just not the right one for Emeline. The mystery to find the traitor forced to two suitors vying for her to work together and they found that they actually got along. I think I enjoyed the author creating the situation where Jasper and Samuel kind of became friends. It made the story a little more angsty because there could only be one winner of Emeline's hand.
I can't wait to read book 2
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