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K. April Holgate

Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

Moosic, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Her Heart's Divide

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kathleen Dienne
    • Narrated By Gina Cedarwood
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    (33)
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    Jack was Lila's boss, not her husband - why was he claiming her as his own? Lila had been passionately happy with Ryan for more than seven years. Yes, there’d been a moment when she’d first been attracted to Jack, but then she’d met his best friend, Ryan. They’d fallen in love and married. Jack claimed that in his world, their attraction had led to the altar. And now she was caught between two men - two husbands - in the wildest situation Lila could ever have imagined.

    K. April Holgate says: "Steamy Sci-fi"
    "Steamy Sci-fi"
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    A quick and interesting audio book listen. The story line is rather thin, but the steam is deliciously hot and heavy!! Loads of kinky fantasy and a cold shower worthy menage scene!!

    The narrator, Gina Cedarwood is amazing!! She really brought the characters to life and made the story sing!! I am not usually turned on by women's voices but the way she read the steam, all husky and sensual, girl...I needed to take a little break! Multiple eargasms galore!!

    If you are looking for lots of sexy, sexy and not a lot of story, this is the book for you. Very well written even with the almost no existent plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (111)
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    Jasper Bond turns (female) heads wherever he goes. He can’t dance, isn’t known for his restraint, and his blood heats whenever he’s near his latest employer, the unwittingly sexy Eliza Martin. She insists no one will believe an intellectual like her could be seduced by a man of action like Jasper, but the combination of his desire and her mystery makes the case one he can’t resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it’s his pleasure to prove he’s just the man she needs after all....

    CAROLYN says: "A DEFINATE PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO"
    "Delicious Bodice Ripper"
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    Oh my, that was a deliciously naughty bodice ripper!!! Loads of steam to burn your kindle up!!!

    I loved Eliza's forthright attitude and the way she was so flustered by Jasper! Ya gotta love a gal who knows her mind and is ready to be a blue-stocking spinster if that is where being independent takes her. Fortunately, she meets her perfect match in Mr Bond. I love their dynamic!!

    The book is a mixed narrative, which gives you insight into both leads POV alternating through out the book. I love this style because there is just so much more you can learn about them and the relationship. It was wonderful seeing them fall in love and work out how much they wanted each other.

    The steam is off the charts hot!! Not your typical Historical read, this one has some hot erotic detail in the bedroom!! These two have serious chemistry from the start. Oh lordy, that first coupling is so dang hot it will have you begging for a cold shower! Oh yes, Mr. Bond has a bit of a dominant streak that comes out to play!!

    The underlying story is really well dome and full of intriguing characters. There are so many suspects it is tough to keep track. And well, the conclusion was unexpected to say the least!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Justine Eyre, who is always a delight. Like most regencies this one is delivered with a British accent. It is a light touch, very easy to understand and enjoyable to listen to throughout. She does a fantastic job with the naughty bits, managing to put heaps of energy into the action! A delicious listen!

    I hope we are going to see Lord Westfield get his HEA. And perhaps something for poor Jane. I really need to look for more of Ms Day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wagered Bride: The Clearbrooks, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Teresa McCarthy
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Lord Stephen Clearbrook loses at cards to a rich city merchant, he finds himself trapped into an engagement with the man's daughter. But Miss Elizabeth Shelby already has plans to elope with Stephen's arch-enemy! As the couple battle each other, they soon discover that nothing is safe from the outlandish wager...nothing, including their hearts.... This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.

    reviewer1 says: "Love this book!"
    "Nice second book in the series"
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    This is a very sweet romance that flows nicely. Totally clean, no smexy stuff going on here.

    I generally liked the story but found Stephen to be arrogant most of the time. Had I been Elizabeth, I might have slapped him a time of two. Fortunately things work out nicely in the end.

    Really great cast and I expect to see some of the supporting characters as leads in other books in the series.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pearl Hewitt, who does a great job. She has a really lovely voice that makes the read more enjoyable. Her pace is swift and really moves along keeping the pace steady. Her voices were fabulous and really consistent. I will definitely look for more of her work.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Tilt: Rock Star Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Creston Mapes
    • Narrated By Troy Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    After being acquitted of murder, former rock star Everett Lester has left his famous metal band, DeathStroke, and is ready to take the message of his 'new life' to the masses through his music. But when Everett's brother gets in deadly debt to the mob and his son becomes mixed up with a meth-addicted psychotic, Everett finds the tentacles of his dark past reaching up to strangle him - and derail the long-awaited Living Water tour.

    K. April Holgate says: "Good second book in the series"
    "Good second book in the series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As genres go this is not one that is for me. That is not the books fault, it is mine fore jumping out of my usual reading box. However, fans of Christian reads will eat this up with a spoon!


    If you’ve listened to books by Creston Mapes before, how does this one compare?

    It is very similar to the first book in the series in that there is a lot of Christian content. It is even more here because Lester is now looking to testify. It is deep and makes you think. I am sure many will find it very inspirational.


    What aspect of Troy Klein’s performance would you have changed?

    I enjoyed his read for the most part, there were some weird pitch things he did that were annoying. I was also not a fan of his deep pauses between sentences. I was a fan of his rich tone and would be interested to hear more of his work. I will give him credit for staying consistent throughout the read.


    Any additional comments?

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts,opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol: Rock Star Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Creston Mapes
    • Narrated By Troy Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    Everett Lester is the troubled millionaire frontman for the world's most famous heavy metal band, DeathStroke. In his desperate, drug-induced search for peace and meaning, he contracts the services of psychic Endora Crystal to travel with the band and provide him solace.

    K. April Holgate says: "Interesting read"
    "Interesting read"
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    What did you like best about Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol? What did you like least?

    This was a very different sort of read for me. I do not do a lot of Christian based books, they get preachy at times. This one gets that way at times, message based reads generally do. That was something I did not like about the book, but expected when I went into the read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was engaging and believable. Despite my dislike of some parts I found my self avidly listening and eager to see how it would all pan out. This is a credit to the wonderful storing telling and dynamic characters.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Troy Klein?

    I enjoyed his read for the most part, there were some weird pitch things he did that were annoying. I was also not a fan of his deep pauses between sentences. I was a fan of his rich tone and would be interested to hear more of his work.


    Was Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol worth the listening time?

    It was definitely worth a credit and has me interested in seeking out more of the series. This is a new author to me, I will have to see how the next book goes.

    While it was not my cup of tea, there are fans of this genre who will eat it up!


    Any additional comments?

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts,opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Captive Bride: Stolen Brides Series (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
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    (51)
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    (52)

    Kidnapped by a mysterious warrior, she's swept away to a hidden island paradise filled with pleasures…and secrets. Abducted from a trade fair, Lady Avril de Varennes awakens on Asgard Island, an enchanted paradise cloaked in mists and mystery, kept secret from the world for centuries. Against her will, Avril weds her arrogant captor, Hauk Valbrand - even as she vows to escape. Hauk believes himself beyond the reach of love, until his fiery captive bride begins to melt his heart of ice.

    Starlet says: "True love has no boundaries"
    "Yummy Historical!"
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    What made the experience of listening to His Captive Bride the most enjoyable?

    I was taken away by the whole captive of a Viking angle. Sometimes a gal just has to go with that fantasy!!


    Have you listened to any of Julia Motyka’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to her throughout the series and really enjoyed her tone and pace. She has very distinct voices that are consistent throughout. I would definitely look for more of her work in the future!! She can only get better with time!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I always get choked up at the end when they confess their feelings!! It is the key moment for me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Forbidden Touch: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    She may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her. Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright - if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.

    Zeee @ I Heart Romance says: "Simply Amazing!"
    "Great second book in the series"
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    Would you try another book from Shelly Thacker and/or Julia Motyka?

    Yes, it was a winning combination!! Julia Motyka is a delightful compliment to Ms Thacker's lovely prose. It as a very wise pairing!


    Did Julia Motyka do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She has a wonderful tone and really kept the characters distinct. I loved her pace and energy throughout the read. Her smooth voice worked very well for the leads.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I am touch and go with these sort of historical reads. I really enjoyed the characters in this book and the supporting cast. It drew you in and managed to keep me engaged in a story that wasn't always dynamic. I am interested in seeing where the third book will take us in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody's Wife: The Jackson Brothers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jasmine Haynes, Jennifer Skully
    • Narrated By June Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Three years ago, Lou Jackson, eldest son, died in a work accident. And nothing has been the same since for the Jacksons. They lost their heart and soul the day Lou died, even as matriarch Evelyn tries to keep them together. But things are changing and the family will either find their way back to each other. Or they’ll be torn asunder.

    K. April Holgate says: "Smexy end to the series!"
    "Smexy end to the series!"
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    I really enjoyed this book, despite the married couple drama going on. It is easy to skim over that part and get right to the smexy!!

    The mixed narrative is nice, it lets you in on both sides of the conflict. Some of the segments are short and can feel choppy when bouncing between Mitch and Connie. There is also added narrative from supporting characters. I did love that treat!

    The book is mostly about a married couple rediscovering their groove!! Oh boy do they ever!! Sex toys and handcuffs can really bring the ole spark back!!! Better read this one in the cold shower or with the hubby near by! It is a scorcher!!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by June Wayne, who was a delight! She has a great energy throughout the read and really steamed up the smexy parts. Steady pace that moves with the story. I enjoyed her smooth tone and the consistent voices. I would love to hear more of her work! She fit this book perfectly!

    I like the way the three stories tied together and showed different elements of the brothers. Each member of the family had their own things to overcome after brother Lou's death. While it is a hot and steamy series, there is also a sweet story here about a family healing.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Dearing's Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elena Greene
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the town's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from London's Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she'd thought long dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Historical!"
    "Yummy Historical!"
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    What did you love best about Lady Dearing's Masquerade?

    This is a fun easy historical romance. The story is nothing major, but delightful none the less. I can appreciate a sweet read that doesn't tax my brain. This book was an enjoyable journey from beginning to end!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Wonderful narration by Robin Rowan. She has a terrific pace that moves with the story. As with many of this genre the author has a British Accent. It is a smooth tone that never felt overdone. I adore the easy energy of this read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It can easily be done in one listen. I took my time with it and separated it over a few trips to work and back. It made the travels fly by!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vampire's Lament

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Edward Petty
    • Narrated By Jim Morris
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    This poem, although it was written by gay author Edward Petty almost 12 years ago, still captures Halloween's chilling and scary feel, and depicts how some spirits can remain restless. A Vampire's Lament speaks about how monotonous and mundane it can be trying to sustain a sense of life, even in an not-so-dead state.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very quick little read"
    "Very quick little read"
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    This is a quick listen and great for this time of year. It is an intriguing poem. I am not always a fan of the pattern of rhyme.

    I really enjoyed the delivery of the narrator Jim Morris. His tone and pace kept it from sounding too sing-songy. I would be interested in hear more of his work! Great energy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayed: A Protector Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Nana Malone
    • Narrated By John M. Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    Cassie Reeser is a bona fide superhero. But what did she have to give up to get that way? Her brother Peter's experiments might have saved her life, but now she's little more than a weapon in his eyes and he'll use her how he wishes. Before she was a Protector, Cassie was her brother's personal lab rat. Can she break from his tyrannical rule or will she sacrifice herself to save her friends?

    K. April Holgate says: "Interesting teaser for the series"
    "Interesting teaser for the series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It would have been great if it were a touch longer with a bit more detail.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was a great lead in to the series, definitely makes you curious to see what happens next.


    What three words best describe John M. Perry’s performance?

    Great pace and a smooth tone. He has a great energy in his read that fits the action.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Not much romance here, more of a flirtation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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