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Heather K

Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Cover Up: Toronto Tales, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By KC Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he's also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical - this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department.

    Libros Lover says: "Disappointed"
    "Not nearly as good as the first in the series."
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    A swing and a miss.

    I'm SO upset that this book didn't rock like book one in the series, "Cop Out." I love the narrator, Tristan James, but even that deep, sultry voice couldn't make this story interesting... or make sense.

    The biggest problem with this book is that the concept is so far removed from reality that it was almost painful to read. I honestly have no idea why Ivan agreed to the undercover op in the first place. Who would ever think that going undercover to investigate a suspected POT dealer in COLLEGE would be a good idea?? And with no proof, no evidence. And pot dealers in college are SO rare, right? *snorts* The entire set up for the book made no sense.

    And, honestly Ivan, you should consider going into a different line of work because you SUCK as a cop. I almost felt bad for the guy. He got caught all the time! He was caught snooping, did a crappy job searching Parker's room (left everything in different places, you idiot!), followed Parker to class with just a baseball hat (like no one is going to spot the old guy in the crowd of 18 year olds??)... the list goes on and on.

    I know Ivan was suffering from emotional trauma after being involved in a shooting but it didn't make watching him bumble through a nonsensical investigation any more enjoyable.

    Ugh, and the miscommunications?!!? *Groan* How much time would have been saved by just a simple conversation between Parker and Ivan? SO MUCH. This book dragged and dragged, and even though I liked the chemistry between Parker and Ivan, this story got on my last nerve.

    Parker was adorable as the androgynous twink, but he was seriously TSTL. However, I understood him a bit. Having once been the chubby friend myself and then losing some weight, I know what it's like to be totally clueless when someone finds you attractive. However, he was do-goody and innocent to an almost comical degree.

    Though this was a slow-burn romance (my favorite kind!), it just didn't deliver the goods. Combine a plot that didn't make sense with a story that dragged and you get a underwhelming result.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Days

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions. Takeo's life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight.

    Heather K says: "Ehh on the story, but a great narration."
    "Ehh on the story, but a great narration."
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    When I saw that this audiobook was narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Greg Tremblay, I KNEW that I had to get my grabby hands on it! When I saw that this book had an Asian, MC, it all made sense. Greg Tremblay is a white guy that can do Asian voices. Really, really well. He doesn't make them sounds like caricatures, he just makes them sounds... correct. Now, I'm a white Jewish girl who knows diddly about Asian accents, but in my very uneducated opinion, Greg really nails them.

    The best part of this book, by far, was the narration. Greg puts his all into it, as he does in every story, giving each characters a distinctive voice and feel. I enjoyed the narration so very much.

    The story, however, was muuuuch less successful. I thought that these guys moved way too fast once they made the first move, going from making out to looove in a hot second. I also wasn't into how Takeo went from unable to read social situations to a social maven by the end of the story. Everything wrapped up in a neat little bow, and I was scratching my head as to how that happened. Huge decisions are made and huge problems sort of magically disappear by the end of the story.

    This wasn't even close to my favorite Mary Calmes story, but I think that the audio narration pulled this one out of the trenches.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebound

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Scully
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    For Emmett Byrd, spending the holiday season with his old college friend Terry in San Diego is supposed to be about mending his broken heart. But when Terry deserts him at the last minute, leaving Emmett alone in his condo for Christmas, it's just the icing on the cake of a crappy year full of betrayal and lost love. The only Christmas spirit this Scrooge is feeling is the alcoholic kind.

    Heather K says: "Cute Christmas story!"
    "Cute Christmas story!"
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    *3.5 stars*

    Really sweet Christmas novella, rounded up because the narrator, Michael Stellman, was so freakin' cute!

    I'm not sure why this narrator worked so well for me. He doesn't have much vocal differentiation between characters, that's for sure, but he sounded age-appropriate (which is hard to find sometimes) and there was something really attractive about his voice. I've looked him up (I tend to do that- stalker alert!) and though he is older than I had pictured, he has a clear, 20-something voice which was perfect for this story.

    The story itself was also super sweet. It is about finding hope and the Christmas spirit, even when you've given up. I really liked Emmett, who was grumpy and jaded but warmed up over time. Sky was more of a mystery to me, but I enjoyed his optimism and mix of hippy/traditionalism.

    My only real issue is that I wasn't completely sold on the ending. Calling it a HFN would even be a stretch. It is left pretty open ended, though I've heard I MUST read the bonus chapter on the author's blog.

    If you like holiday stories that focus on the start of a relationship, then pick up this little gem!

    *Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bamf

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sjd Peterson
    • Narrated By Adam Dort
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole badass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone's hero. Alex, a mild-mannered library assistant, has moved to Slater, a quiet college town, hoping to hide from his past. He keeps to himself, but that doesn't save him from catching the unwanted attention of the campus bully. But not all is as it seems.

    Heather K says: "Didn't really enjoy it..."
    "Didn't really enjoy it..."
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    This book seems to be love it or hate it for most readers. Me? Yeah, I'm for SURE in the second category. 1 star for default plus 1 star for dirty talking... I'm being generous here.

    I had so many issues with this one that I'm not quite sure where to start? The lack of character development? The telling vs showing? The sub-par audio narration? Where do I begin?!

    I'll just jump right in. Was I the only one who thought that Ridley was sort of insane? And not fun insane, ACTUALLY crazy? First of all, he stalks Alex relentlessly, spending time and money that he says that Alex better appreciate to look good for him, visiting the library where he works for MONTHS with no backpack or books and pretends to read while staring at him. Did that strike anyone else as odd???? And later, when things start to fall apart (no spoilers here!), Ridley is just happy as can be to do whatever Alex says? He is also extremely underdeveloped as a character. Sure, I know he has lots of tattoos and likes rough sex, but other than a few tell-y details, I knew nothing about him. He felt like a creepy shell of a person.

    Alex was only marginally better. It is hard to talk about him without giving away any plot spoilers, but I wanted to shout, "This isn't a freaking 80's movie!" It felt as contrived as one.

    The sex. Well, sure it was hot. Lots of really rough sex, lots of bruising and sort of BDSM-y but less formal. But, please, can we stop with all the dry fingering? Having three fingers shoved up you completely dry has felt good for no one, ever.

    The plot. Ugh. It was muy loco. I'm not a romantic suspense lover and when my hot contemporary morphed into something else, with a plot that felt thrown together, I was not a happy camper. I also never felt the love between the MCs. It was like a 80s buddy caper, with biting.

    I'm also going to spend a brief moment discussing grammar and editing. When you are listening to an audiobook, sometimes grammar mistakes become more apparent. They did to me here. I'm not a grammar Nazi, but hearing "he" when "him" should have been used and adverbs/adjective errors irritated me.

    Lastly, the narration. This narrator wasn't the worst I've heard but he was NOT good. He used the same exact voice for both MCs and had a very monotone way of delivering dialogue. He voice got a little "gruff" during the sex scenes but that was about it for his range of emotion. It didn't help make a book that I was already not enjoying any more enjoyable.

    Another book for the "everyone else loves it shelf."

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Mountain: Pack Collection, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cardeno C.
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home. A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone.

    Donald says: "Loved it, too short..."
    "Excited about a new CC series!"
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    *3.5 stars*

    3 stars for the story and another 1/2 star for the narration, very nicely done by Sean Crisden!

    I've read stories like this one before... but I keep coming back to them. You know what I mean. The big bad alpha male shifter falling for the formerly abused, more submissive mate. There is insta-love and insta-"MINE"... but I keep coming back! It is a theme that never gets old for me.

    Cardeno C. does shifters often and does them well. I really like this author's HOT, uber-masculine guys that often border on romantic enough to be sappy. This story is no different. It was very sweet with some light angst and a fairly slow burn love story for a shifter book. I think that there is a lot of potential there, but there were some plot holes and details that left me wanting more.

    I wanted to know a great deal more about the pack and pack structure. This felt like the intro to a longer book in a lot of ways. The way that the pack reacted in the beginning of the story to the news of a male omega in the territory was very different from how Mitch assures Simon that they will treat him. I'm curious as to what their reception of Simon will be and what challenges that would bring someone as skittish as Simon. Also, Simon hinted at a history of abuse of many kinds, and I thought that once his relationships with Mitch finally became physical, we would see some kind of trauma from that abuse peak through. It didn't happen. It was strange to me how Simon morphed from super shy/reluctant to mini porn star so quickly.

    However, despite some issues, I enjoyed this novella. A great deal of that is surely from Sean Crisden's awesome audiobook narration. I loved his voice for Mitch (familiar from those used to listening to Crisden but no less sexy!), and I thought he did a great job bringing this book to life.

    **Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Housekeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kim Fielding
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    When Nicky Hauser walks in on his restaurant-owner boyfriend having sex with a waiter, Nicky loses his lover, his job, and his home all in one night. Although he’s nearly thirty, he’s never settled on a true career, and he has nothing to show for his years with Tom. Depressed and unable to find work, Nicky ends up couch-surfing with friends until he lands a house-sitting gig for a wealthy family.When Nicky’s clients discover that he loves to clean, demand for his services skyrockets.

    Heather K says: "A nice listen but not my favorite Kim Fielding"
    "A nice listen but not my favorite Kim Fielding"
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    *3.5 stars*

    Good, light contemporary story about an aimless man finding purpose as a housekeeper for a newly out divorcee.

    The story was easy listening. Sweet, no sex on page (drat!), and tender, I enjoyed this novella. However, I had some minor issues. First of all, I thought that the content was too heavy on the buildup to the relationship and less on the delivery. Almost the entirety of the story is the lead up to Nicky and Spencer getting together. There is a lot of focus on Nicky's breakup with Tom, which would have been great except for the fact that it made the back 1/2 of the story feel rushed and underdeveloped in comparison. I liked Nicky and Spencer together and I would have loved to read more about them and their dynamic. I also wanted to know more about Spencer, who remained somewhat of a mystery to me.

    In terms of the narration, I thought it was just okay. I really like K.C. Kelly, but I'll admit he was an awkward fit for this story. His voice is too old and he had too little vocal differentiation between all the characters. He is a better match for stories with more mature MCs or something more soulful, with his deep, resonating voice. I would have liked someone more fresh who could have matched Nicky's personality better.

    All in all, a decent listen and a nice way to pass the time.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By LE Franks
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn't as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette's flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson - a beautiful blond giant of a man - Kris is ready to chuck it all.

    Heather K says: "Cute but I had issues"
    "Cute but I had issues"
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    I'm a sucker for a man with a disability, especially a verbal sort of disability like our MC in this story.

    Kris has form of Tourette's where he says adjectives out loud about whatever he is thinking. It was pretty fascinating to read about, and as the sister of a stutterer, I immediately connected to the MC. I really enjoyed the first part of the story. It was Christmas-y, touching, and just gave me the warm fuzzies inside! I was melting hard and fast for this story.

    But then... it sort of lost me. I starting to have some issues with POV changes and then their relationship took off at lightening speed. I wasn't quite on board with it, and when the drama started up, I started to disconnect from the story.

    Another issue that I had was with the audiobook. Now, the narrator has a great speaking voice, to be sure, but he is clearly not American. I kept rereading the blurb and re-listening to parts of the book, waiting to see if this book was secretly taking place in Scotland and the blurb and the story just didn't get the memo. At least, I think it was a Scottish accent... Anyway, it was distracting because it wasn't what I pictured for that locale and those characters. Also, I could have used a bit more vocal differentiation between the MCs. I found the dialog hard to follow at times because the two guys sounded alike to me.

    A cute Christmas story that had the potential to be more.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1209)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "A fun, touching, easy listen"
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    *Audiobook edition*

    How fabulous was that?!

    I was expecting this book to be funny and quotable, but I wasn't expecting it to be so touching.

    I think when I heard the concept for this book I expected Sam Halpern to be kind of a dick. A funny dick, but a sort of mean and grumpy person. Though he is really direct, I was shocked at how kind and loving Sam Halpern was. Hilarious and supportive, that is how I would describe him.

    This book was like a humorous lesson in valuing family. As a parent, I related to SO much of this story. And as a kid of parents who are still very much involved in my life, I also related to Justin, too. I really got the dynamic between Sam and Justin, and I found myself smiling and nodding along the entire time I was listening.

    As an audiobook, this was excellent. Sean Schemmel really killed the narration, getting all of the characters' voices perfectly and with nice inflection and cadence. This was a super easy listen, perfect for when you are kind of busy and can't focus on a long story, but still want something to entertain you.

    High recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prairie Dog's Love Song

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Michael Stellman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star - in porn - he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.

    Riva says: "Short and sweet"
    "Not my favorite Eli Easton but it was decent"
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    Maybe 2.5 stars for the story, 3.5 stars for the narration, averaging to 3 stars overall.

    Gah! I'm so bummed. My first Eli Easton story that I haven't gone gaga for. I guess it was bound to happen sometime.

    *pouts*

    I honestly think that this story tried to do too much in too short a span of time. Imagine a story successfully blending cowboys, friends-to-lovers theme, porn stars element, and coming out all in 95 pages. It's hard, right? And picture that story with minimal sex content and a holiday backdrop to boot. My head was spinning trying to keep up.

    I think my main problem is that though the story was fine, I didn't actually care about any of the characters. I though that the switch from friends to lovers was way too fast with too little buildup. I didn't get to know these guys as people and I didn't care much about them as a couple. I like more slow build, more character development. I feel like I got just bits and pieces of that instead of something more complete.

    As far as the narration goes, I think that Michael Stellman did a nice job. He didn't have a large range of voices but I liked his expressiveness and how he sounded age appropriate. I enjoyed listening to him and I would get another audiobook by him.

    Overall, an easy listen but not what I expected from this author.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mending Noel: North Pole City Tales, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    All is not sparkly snowflakes and sweet candy canes in North Pole City. Office workers Tim and Noel do nothing all day but antagonize each other - petty fighting that might be based on hatred… or a heated mutual attraction. It's up to Jack Frost and his elf-friend Rudy to broach the hostilities and introduce some Christmas kisses, but is the Frost Prince up to the challenge of launching a new romance when someone's trying to break his holiday spirit?

    HaloLove says: "Happy Holidays!"
    "Cute story but not amazing"
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    A very sweet holiday story... but was I the only one that thought Noel should have done way more groveling?

    I love holiday stories. Little seasonal tales of love and forgiveness never fail to put a smile on my face.

    This was a really cute audiobook about two North Pole workers. I was actually pretty impressed at the amount of world building involved in this story. This wasn't just a bunch of elves and Santa in the North Pole. There was a whole class system, a more sinister underbelly, and a police-type force in this fictional world. I enjoyed the whole light tone of the story, made even better by a very nice narration from Dave Gillies.

    My small issues with the story came with Noel's behavior. I thought that he was grumpy and juvenile to the point where I didn't see Tim's attraction to him at all. I wanted more emotion and more begging for forgiveness from Noel. I also thought that Tim was a bit of a wet noodle. He sort of took everything that Noel dished out and didn't have much of a backbone.

    Though the relationship dynamic between the two of them wasn't the strongest, I was still swept away by the story. It was fun escapism and a very nice way to spend an hour or two. It was a cheery listen and just right for the beginning of the holiday season.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Turkey in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Since Hank Calder's four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank - and for Josie - Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for.

    Heather K says: "Lovely holiday story"
    "Lovely holiday story"
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    Some stories work better in audiobook than in print, and I think this is one of them. The main complaint of most readers seems to be the over-the-top language of Justin, but in audiobook form, he was positively charming. If sweet, family-centric love stories with a butch/fem pairing are your thing, than this is the audiobook for you!

    This was an unusual Amy Lane for me. It has almost no sex content whatsoever, which is REALLY rare for this author, and it was pretty low angst. Apparently, this is Amy Lane: Holiday edition. And, I'll admit, I enjoyed it. It was an adorable, quick listen (nicely narrated by Gomez Pugh), and while it lacked a bit of relationship development and a lacked a lot of steam, it was a very satisfying novella.

    If you are looking for a little something to put you in the holiday spirit, then you can't go wrong with this one.

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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