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Heather K

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

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  • 42 reviews
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  • Dirty Laundry: Cole Mcginnis Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole's closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems-most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms.

    T. Henry says: "Another winner! More tears!"
    "The narrtor ROCKED this one out!"
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    I dare you, I double dog dare you, I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU to find someone who is not obsessed with this audiobook. This audiobook makes all other audiobooks want to crawl into a hole and cower. All hail Greg Tremblay, master of the Cole McGinnis narration, and Rhys Ford for giving him such a fabulous written, nuanced script.

    I'm suuuuuper choosy about my audiobooks. I listen to a ton of them and I have very particular tastes.

    I need my audiobooks to feel natural and I NEED a wide range of voices for each of the different characters. Greg Tremblay did a seriously masterful job with this book. It was like listening to a movie featuring a dozen different actors. Greg must have play dough for vocal chords because he managed to make each character sound perfect and unique. This book now makes my favorite audiobook list, up there with the Adrien English series (Fatal Shadows) and books narrated by Holter Graham and Bahni Turpin.

    I mentioned this before, but a huge portion of the reason that the narrator was able to shine was because Rhys Ford really pulled out all the stops with this one. Not only was I kind of able to follow along with the Korean names for once (yay!), but I was totally taken with the plot. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made it hot... GOD it was awesome. The mystery was great and the chemistry between the MCs was even better. The tension, the love, the emotions between Cole and Jae left me feeling raw and vulnerable. I was so into the story that I felt like I personally was in the thick of it.

    And these poor men... holy crap do they get put through hell. One person after another gets shot or hurt. I swear, Cole's life is a huge tangled mess of pain.

    But it is also SO funny. So funny. I alternated between laughing and crying and just smiling manically to myself on my commute to and from work, listening to this book.

    If you are a fan of audiobooks, mysteries, Asians, M/M, hell, even just ROMANCE, you have to try this series. It just keeps getting better and better.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3094)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2528)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "I'm in the minority- this one didn't work for me"
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    DNF at 70%

    There was nothing wrong with this book, other than the fact that I was bored out of my mind and I felt no chemistry between Maggie and Nick.

    Hmm... well I guess something was wrong with this book after all.

    I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator, Amanda Ronconi, really puts her all into her characterizations. She is lively and tries her best to make the book funny and entertaining. However, though she does awesome male voices and I liked her female voices overall, her Maggie voice, combined with Maggie's tomboyish persona, came across as sort of... how do I put this... butch.

    Okay, I'll just come out and say it, Maggie seemed like one giant lesbian.

    If the author didn't repeatedly tell us that Maggie was interested in Nick, I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised if Maggie started hitting on that hoochie waitress at Mo's diner and got it on with her in the parking lot. She came across as super not interested in men, and the sort of deep audiobook voice of Maggie didn't help matters.

    I also thought that the plot dragged and, honestly, I just didn't care to finish it. I didn't actively dislike it but it was nothing more than blah for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trouble with Elves

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Therese Woodson
    • Narrated By Ryan Kennard Burke
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Cal Martin loathes Christmas music, especially the cliched carols pumped through the mall speakers on endless loop. Even worse is the holiday-themed hell of Santa's Village that looms right in front of the sports store he manages. It's yet another hurdle for Cal as he tries to survive the world of retail during the soul-sucking holiday season... until he catches a glimpse of one of Santa's elves and becomes infatuated with the cheery, gorgeous guy dressed in candy-cane tights.

    Heather K says: "So cute! I really liked it!"
    "So cute! I really liked it!"
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    This little gem is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours.

    I'm a sucker for an adorable holiday story, and this totally fit the bill. I had a huge goofy grin on my face the entire time I was listening.

    This is a simple, cute story about a ex-jock finding romance while working at the mall. The chemistry between the two MCs was "awww"-worthy, and Cal and his brother were winning combination. It was just the kind of story that wiggles into your heart and gives you those warm, fuzzy feelings.

    And the narrator, newbie Ryan Kennard Burke, did an awesome job! He was age-appropriate sounding and did a fantastic job with the range of voices. Very nicely done.

    All in all, you can't go wrong with this one. It is the perfect story for Christmas-time, or if you don't mind people looking at you like you're crazy because you are singing carols in September.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Can See for Miles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lisa Worrall
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald's sight, he's faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he's not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh's friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper.

    BMW says: "A Big Sigh!"
    "Had some MAJOR issues with this one"
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    4 stars for the narration, 1.5 stars for the story, I can't give more than 2.5 stars overall.

    I have to start my review with a rant. Authors, don't put false medical information in a book. It is pretty easy to fact check, and when you get a reader with medical knowledge, it may set them off when they read a story with medical information that is so far off base.

    Charlie Cooper is going blind, slowly overtime. Now, the author of the story says that it is due to reoccurring cataracts. This is an impossibility. Because a cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, and cataract surgery entails removal of the natural lens, a cataract cannot come back after surgery. It takes only a moment to figure this information out online. Now, there are many other ailments that cause blindness or vision impairment, so why the author chose to not fully research vision impairment is beyond me. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

    To top it off, this story features two of my biggest pet peeves: Instalove and "I'm breaking up with you because I'm doing what's best for you." Honestly, unless it's a shifter/mating story, I don't want to see instalove ever again. I mean it. And the "break-up to do you good" plot device just makes me want to RAGE. So tired, so irritating.

    Now, the story did have lots of nice features. It is sweet, and there is something very satisfying about two men with disabilities finding each other. However, the negatives far out way any good, in my option.

    The narrator of this audiobook, Chris Patton, is one of my favorites from his narration of the highly addictive Adrien English series (Fatal Shadows). However, his narration here was not quite as strong, without as diverse a range of voices and less passion. I'm not sure if it was because of the material, but I wasn't as moved by him, though his performance was the only thing that got me through this story.

    Totally irked me, I can't recommend.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Deeds: Cole McGinnis, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min's blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover's door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility. While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness.

    T. Henry says: "The best series on audio"
    "This author/narrator duo never lets me down!"
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    Of course I loved this one! I mean, it's Greg Tremblay and Rhys Ford! Greg Tremblay is a MASTER at audiobooks and Rhys was on her game, giving him a kick-ass story. It was blissfully, awesomely perfect.

    I swear, Greg Tremblay gives me a book hangover each time I listen to him. The next audiobook after one of his can just never, ever compare! He is at the tippy top of his game, and he shows off his skills here in book #4 of the Cole McGinnis series. I know I always fan-girl all over this narrator but he is just that good! Chills, honestly chills. Why can't all M/M audiobooks be at this level?

    Okay, now that my gushing is over, I'll talk a little about the story. For the first time since I started reading this series I knew each character and didn't get anyone confused! <--- huge milestone. I followed the mystery easily, and I loved every second of it. It is amazing how attached I've become to these characters. I feel like they are my little, insane, zany M/M romance second family. Does that make me weird?

    I think that Cole and Jae's relationship reached a new level of maturity in this book. They felt in sync, cohesive, and it was lovely to witness. I'm also obsessed with Bobby and what the next book has in store for him *rubs hands gleefully*.

    I give up. I don't think I'll ever be able to say anything critical of this series because it has such a huge chunk of my heart. Rhys Ford has made a die-hard fan out of me and Greg Tremblay has ruined me for other narrators. And I love them both for it.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When One Door Opens

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jd Ruskin
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Logan Sellers' parole officer has issued three commandments: Stay sober, stay employed, and stay out of trouble. At first, Logan thought those three simple rules would be easy to follow. But that was before he accepted a side job assisting his boss' housebound agoraphobic nephew Caleb. Caleb is deceptively normal for a guy who hasn't left his apartment in three years, and his friendly, caring personality tugs on heartstrings Logan didn't know he had.

    Enid says: "Romance with a touch of butter... and maple syrup"
    "Not nearly as good as I had expected."
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    *Audiobook edition*

    So boring that I DNF-ed at 90%.

    This book might be one of those cases where the e-book outshines the audiobook. This book is pretty universally liked by my friends, and the premise sounded really interesting to me. An agoraphobic dating an alcoholic ex-con? Sign me up! However, this book draaaaged on and on and, in the end, I couldn't listen for one more dull minute.

    Normally, the narrator for this book, K.C. Kelly, is a sure thing. I ADORED his narration of Brute and really enjoyed Love, Like Water, but for some reason I didn't love his voice with these two characters. He has a slow, deep, atmospheric reading voice that is very well suited for fantasy and also worked well with cowboys, but didn't really mesh for the characters in this one. It wasn't a bad narration, but it didn't enhance the story.

    Now on to the story itself. I usually love a slow burn, angsty romance, but here it took FOREVER for anything interesting to happen. I also didn't mesh well with the characters. I hated the over-the-top character of the bitter, man-whore, evil woman character from work, and the MCs felt flat for me. In terms of Caleb's agoraphobia, the treatment for it felt like a cop-out. It was all too convenient and too easy. I'd recently read an excellent book with an agoraphobic as the MC (Curio) and that was much more enjoyable, so I couldn't help compare the two books a little bit.

    While this audiobook wasn't bad, I didn't particularly like it either. It was blah-central and I'm sure I won't remember it in a few weeks.

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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When Love Takes Over

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jacob Z. Flores
    • Narrated By T.J. Jamesin
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Zach Kelly's life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He's expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.

    Heather K says: "This book didn't work for me but it might for you."
    "This book didn't work for me but it might for you."
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    *Audiobook edition*

    Okay, I'm just going to come out and say it: I hated this book. In fact, the more I listened, the more infuriated I become.

    Zach was a weird character. He oscillated between this clueless, dorky, clumsy (BTW, I'm so sick of "clumsy characters" that trip like, once, and then are labeled as "the clumsy one" to be cute) character and this user, judgmental man-whore. Now, I'm all for sexual freedom and, well, man-whoring, but Zach was this strange mix of liberated and self-loathing. He would be like, "yeah, I can have sex right on the dance floor!" and then would whine, "oh, that's really not me! I'm not like that." He was supposed to be shy but then was sometimes this exhibitionist... it went back and forth and didn't mesh well. Zach was annoying and made no sense to me as a character.

    Also, like I said, he was sooooo judgmental! GAH, I wanted to nads punch him sometimes. When Zach hooked up with a guy with a third nipple, he went on and on about how gross the guy was and how much he repulsed him, and then banged him anyway. He was a user and not very nice, in my opinion.

    I also hated the whole "She's All That" makeover scene. Supposedly Zach and his ex-boyfriend had issues because his ex tried to change him, but five seconds later he is willing to embrace the skimpy P-town clothes and go hog wild? I don't think so.

    I didn't like the insta-love (one meeting and the guys barely talk yet they want to change for each other... bleh), I didn't like the side characters, I didn't like Van, I didn't like the cheesy dialogue... this book made me so crabby!

    The only think I liked about this book was the narration. It says that the narrator is T.J. Jamesin but I could have SWORN it was Tristan James. Whoever it was, he did a very nice job with the different voices and styles. The narration was the only thing allowing me to continue this story.

    I don't know if this author and I don't mesh well together or it was just this particular story, but I'm going to avoid all things Jacob Flores for the time being. Maybe it's just me and my tastes but this book and I were not compadres.

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cast Off: Toronto Tales, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By K. C. Burn
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Thirty-five-year-old Rick Haviland is a well-respected speech pathologist, but while his friends are all settling into relationships, he refuses to give up his no-strings-attached club boy sex life. For him, relationships are dangerous; he's got a secret to hide. When he meets Ian O'Donnell, an account manager with a local tabloid, Rick figures his personal rules for relationships should be enough to keep him safe from more than a one-night stand.

    Heather K says: "Not nearly as good as the first in the series."
    "Not nearly as good as the first in the series."
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    I'm beginning to think Cop Out was a fluke. I loved that book and was SO excited to read all the others in the series. Sadly, neither of the two other books lived up to the first.

    I'll start with the positives. I have a thing for the audiobook narrator for this series, Tristan James, and his wide range of voices. Though he was slightly off his game in this book (kind of lacking emotion), I still enjoyed his take on this story. I also liked re-visiting the Toronto Tales world, seeing the MCs from the first in the series, and seeing Ian's big family again. It felt sweet to me, like coming home.

    I think that the story was pleasant enough, with lots of potential, but it had some missteps that made my rating go way down.

    First of all, I hated the whole "mystery" element. It was dumb and, in the end, really made light of a serious series of criminal acts. It also came out of left field, and I was left with more than a few questions about logistics and motivations. I won't say much more because I don't want to give away spoilers, but it just didn't work for me.

    Aside from that, I wasn't feeling Rick and Ian together. I'm all for slow burn romances (they are my favorite) but this book dragged on and on for me. It took forever for anything real to happen between the two MCs, and I was a bit bored, to be honest. I thought that all of Rick's hangups were irritating, and I know he was supposed to be a sympathetic character but I didn't really "get" him. In reality, I really felt bad for Ian for having to maneuver through all of Rick's crap.

    Though it wasn't a bad story, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I was expecting to. Rick was too immature and Ian was too "blah" for me to get emotionally connected.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brute

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Fielding
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute's life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

    Vazzy says: "Wow"
    "Excellent!"
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    4 stars for the book, 5 stars for the narration, 4.5 stars overall! This was an excellent listen!

    Just from those first moments of the audiobook sample, I knew it would be a hit for me. K.C. Kelly did a gorgeous job narrating "Love, Like Water," so I had the utmost confidence that he would kill this one. And he did. With a rumbling bass for Brute and a perfect stutter for Gray, the narrator nailed it.

    I happen to have a tender spot for stutterers, so listening to K.C. Kelly narrate Gray had me almost in tears. I come from a long line of stutterers. My father, brother, and grandma all stutter, but my brother's stutter is by far the most pronounced, affecting his daily life. Listening to Gray try to get out his words really moved me, and the narrator did a perfect job getting that intonation down-pat. I think K.C. Kelly might be known for this because he is also the narrator of "Ethan, Who Loved Carter," which also features a stutterer.

    I also sussed out the narrator's home country from the way he gives many of his characters a New Zealand accent (I'm not that good, I knew it was Australian-ish sounding and then I looked it up!). I loved the range of accents and voices from Mr. Kelly. He did such a fabulous job giving this story character and body.

    The story itself was also incredibly lovely. Brute is a tall, ugly, kind-hearted man who has been mistreated since childhood, and Gray is a prisoner, a condemned witch and traitor. The way they are thrown together and the way the romance develops slowly over time was really well done. I love slow burn romances, and this story really allowed things to happen organically between Brute and Gray.

    Beware readers, this is a VERY angsty read. Brute was knocked down time and time again, and it was painful at times to read about the gentle giant being abused. Also, Gray's story is one that will break your heart. This story is also very light on the sex content, so strictly erotic romance readers, be forewarned.

    My only complaint is that, at times, the story's pace dragged a little. There were many quiet, slow moments where nothing in particular happened, and I found myself growing a tad impatient in the middle of the book. However, the magic, the romance, the beautiful and careful way that the story was written, all make up for any faults. This was a book that will stay with me for some time.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6821)
    Performance
    (5037)
    Story
    (5033)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    You know when you are reading a story and you are thinking, "There is just NO way the characters can get out of this jam!! They are for sure going to die!!" And part of your brain knows that they can't die, because there are like, a bajillion more books in the series, but the action is so intense that you are at the edge of your seat, trying to figure out how the MCs are going to get out of that mess? That is what this book was for me.

    I'll admit, this one has a rocky start. The story takes off in the middle of an action scene and then backtracks and explains how Harry got there a few pages later. However, I think this was one of the most intense books in the series, and I was totally riveted the entire time.

    A HUGE factor in my rating was the AWESOME narration by one of my faves, James Marsters. He is one of the few narrators that I love, even though he doesn't do separate voices for each of the characters. He is so emotive, so intense, so perfectly Harry Dresden, that I am spellbound by his performance.

    Honestly, I don't know if I would like this series as much in ebook or paperback form. There is a magic to it in the audiobook format that I think would be very hard to replicate.

    Excellent, just excellent. Can't wait for the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7741)
    Performance
    (5785)
    Story
    (5767)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Awesome!"
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    I can't review this properly. Harry Dresden took me right out of my book funk. I mean, who can be in a funk while listening to James Marsters??? No one! It is a proven fact.

    I don't even care that James Marsters makes all of his characters sound almost the same. I don't care that he swallows and clears his throat all the time. His voice is perfect for Harry Dresden and I love him for it.

    I love Bob the skull, I love how Harry cries when he is injured like a real person, I love the world that Jim Butcher created. My only wish is that there were fewer misunderstandings, especially between Harry and Murphy. Silly misunderstandings ranks up there among my most hated pet peeves.

    Can't wait to read the next. Rock on, Harry Dresden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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