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Heather K

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

United States

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  • 45 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 111 titles in library
  • 76 purchased in 2014
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  • Brute

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Fielding
    • Narrated By K.C. Kelly
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    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
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1245)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Loved it but I now I need to read the real thing"
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    Wow, what an awesome listen! The only problem? I have to go back and get the ebook because the BBC cast version was abridged and I feel like I missed huge chunks of the story.

    This is my first experience with an audiobook that is more like a theater production. I felt like I was at a play with my eyes closed. There were sound effects, at least 4 or 5 people in each scene talking, and lots of times where there was action and no words. It was strange for me, as an audiobook lover, to hear an author's words interpreted instead of spoken to the letter. However, it was a pretty amazing introduction to this format.

    The story itself was awesome. Tons of action, tons of drama, tons of tension... I was totally sucked in. It was borderline horror at times, which I don't tend to like, but I was overall really enamored with it.

    I'm going to have to get me some more Gaiman, STAT. And maybe listen to James McAvoy some more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (824)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "Ugh, a fail for me."
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    DNF at 50% (7 hours of listening). I give 1 star for the book plus an additional star for the narration, which was actually pretty good.

    If you are a hard-core, die-hard Kristen Ashley fan, look the other way! Shield your eyes from this review because, I promise you, it will only make you mad!

    I honestly don't get the appeal of KA. This is my 4th book from her and they ALL feel the SAME! The SAME! Those staccato sentences, the way the heroines are always wrong and figure out that the man was right all along, the helpless females... I actually think that her books have turned me off from "alpha males" for a long time.

    Aside from the recycled plot, my biggest issue with this was Indy. I haven't met a heroine that personified "Too Stupid To Live" so perfectly in... maybe ever. How many times can a person get kidnapped? How many times can someone run into danger all for some coffee-weilding acquaintance? How many times can someone try to "leave the cops out of it" because she wants to handle it on her own? I just can't any more...

    I wasn't even interested enough to see how Indy and Lee got on as a couple. And I can't stand how KA leaves in so many mundane details. This book was hours/100 pages too long. Just endless boring scenes...

    I'm going to have to wait a couple of years before attempting another book by this author. I risk dismemberment by her fans and disownment from my friends who love her work every time I try to read another one of her stories.

    Sorry, guys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Racing for the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Nick J. Russo
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Staff Sergeant Jasper "Ace" Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn't going to take him up on his offer of "anything", that doesn't mean he isn't tempted. Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they're in the service and making plans with him when they get out.

    Riva says: "Blue Collar Wonderful"
    "Maybe my least favorite Amy Lane yet."
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    **2.5 stars**

    This is a totally bananas review because I'm a HUGE Amy Lane fan and everyone else loves this book. I'm so bummed right now.

    On paper, this is an Amy Lane book that I would adore. I love her angsty, saga-ish stories (The Locker Room, Chase in Shadow), and with a whopping 22 Amy Lane books under my belt, I can safely say that I know my type. However, this book was all sorts of wrong for me.

    I'm just going to come out and admit it: I was pretty terrified of Sonny. He was borderline psychopathic, in my opinion, and I sort of wanted Ace to just cut and run. From the ultra-creepy "mark me or I'll kill myself scene" or the super-jealous interactions with everyone else, Sonny read as almost abusive to me. Despite his messed up past, if this book was M/F, I don't know if as many readers would have been a fan of Sonny's manipulation and neediness. The relationship between Ace and Sonny was co-dependent at best, and I never got behind them as a couple.

    I also was not a fan of the insta-love. One look and they were practically devoting their lives to each other. I wasn't buying it. Insta-love is a no go for me.

    As usual, I loved the secondary characters. Amy Lane does a fabulous platonic best guy friend, and her supporting cast always shines. I thought that they all had personality and felt anything but ordinary.

    As far as the narration goes, I think that Nick Russo did a very nice job. I liked his accent for Ace and his more manic voice for Sonny. You could tell that he was throwing himself into the roles, and I really enjoyed his efforts.

    All in all, I wish I liked this as much as my friends did. I think this is the first Amy Lane that I have actively not enjoyed, though it had enough nice qualities that it didn't dip below 2 stars. I think I'll go mourn in my well-read copies of Christmas Kitsch and Truth in the Dark now.

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

    0 of 1 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
    (3133)
    Performance
    (2556)
    Story
    (2561)

    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
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    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
    (41)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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.

    JC says: "Not as good as the last book but not bad either."
    "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

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