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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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  • Motor City Mage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Cindy Spencer Pape
    • Narrated By Julie Francis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    As a cop who keeps paranormals in line, Des has a hard time trusting them. So why does he want the beautiful werewolf Lana more than his next breath? She's mouthy, flamboyant and distractingly sexy - not the type of woman for a reserved mage like him. Lana admires Des, but she can't be with someone who won't take her seriously, no matter how much she'd love to rip off his dress shirt. When a dangerous new drug shows up in Detroit, Des must locate the source, and Lana is determined to help. But their plan goes awry, trapping them in a demon dimension.

    K. April Holgate says: "Sexy Fantasy"
    "Sexy Fantasy"
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    The last book in the series really brings thing together, and wraps things up beautifully. I have truly enjoyed this whole world, it is a bit sad that it is now over. Perhaps we get a jump forward in time and have the children's stories.

    Lana and Des are a great pair. They are drawn to each other and have more a friends with benefits joining. The feelings develop over the extended time and tense situation they fall into. I lived their witty banter and fun dynamic.

    The story this time is really great, I would have lived to see more dimensions. The pace was fantastic and never felt rushed or a lull. The mixed narrative definitely helped keep you in the loop of what both characters are thinking.

    Yummy steamy action, I love it when passion just explodes. Even on the run they manage to sneak in smexy time, going so far as to break a bed!!!

    I listened to the audio book an the narrator is terrific. She helps the story move along and take life. She gives you very happy ears!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pears and Perils

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Matt Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Most people would be overjoyed to win $50,000 and the chance to star in a nation-wide commercial, even if it was just for a fast food joint like Camelot Burger. Then again, Clint Tucker has never been like most people. Ushered to the tropical paradise of Kenowai, he and the other winners undertake an island tradition for the cameras, one meant to free a local imprisoned deity. One with very specific requirements that have yet to be met. One that might just be a bit more authentic than any of them expected.

    K. April Holgate says: "From Eargasms Audiobook Reviews"
    "From Eargasms Audiobook Reviews"
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    This was a really interesting read. It is a little all over the place with the narrative. I love a mixed narrative, getting into many character's heads and POV. The problem here is that there are so many characters and the transitions are not always smooth. It makes things a little jumpy.

    I did enjoy the story once it really began moving. The beginning is more of a slow build, which makes it a slow read. It is predictable, but not in a way that makes it unpleasant to read. I liked the characters and really enjoyed the whole group dynamic.

    This book is a mix of island myth and modern reality tv, not so much a show but it has a reality show feel.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Matt Armstrong, who does a great job with all the voices. The voices of the island people are tricky, because their accents are tough to get at first. After listening for a bit your mind does get a feel for it and translation becomes easier. I really liked the tone of his voice and the energy he put into the read. His pace keeps the story moving, even when it is slow.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book and would be interested in reading more from this author. It wasn't a book I would rave about, but I would definitely recommend it as a good read.

    Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.

    *** If you found this review at all helpful, please take a moment to let me know. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog ***

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  • Understudy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carole Bellacera
    • Narrated By Angie Hickman
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Robin Mulcahey has always dreamed of being a big-time actress. As a college student, she took endless drama classes and finally snagged the lead of Maggie in Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, six years later, she's one of the country's hottest soap-opera stars. She's just won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of South Riding's bad girl, and now when it seemed life couldn't get any more perfect, she's wed Declan Blair, an up-and-coming Irish film actor. So what's the problem? Robin Mulcahey is dead.

    Irene Banuelos says: "In this family everyone has a secret"
    "Interesting, but slow moving"
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    This is a really interesting story and a great concept. It just moves so slowly!

    It starts off with the accident and how the mix-up occurred. Then we move to the flashback of their first meeting and everything leading up to the accident. This took a lot of time building, maybe too much time. Really I can't pick anything I would cut, it has meaning, it just drags.

    Moving forward the story has many other flashbacks to give meaning to the scenes. It really is a great story and such a dilemma. There are many morally grey areas, especially concerning the relationship with the brother. It is borderline taboo.

    I was intrigued with everything, it is so hard to do this without spoilers!! In the end I felt the resolution was real-ish and worked. My favorite part of the is book was dishy Declan, and I loved his ending!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Angie Hickman who does a great job. She is challenged with the task of having to voice one character two very different ways. First as herself, then as the mimic of her friend. As Amy she has a nice down to earth tone, really solid and like-able. As Robin, she is kind of annoying, but that is toned down after the accident, thank goodness. Ms Hickman has a great pace and keeps the story moving, even in the slower parts. Loved her accents!!

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Heart of Ice: Araneae Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Hailey Edwards
    • Narrated By Leah Christine Will
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Reine knows marriage isn't about love. It's about making the best bargain you can with what you have and then living with the consequences. Wedding vows are alliances given voice, and I do is on the tip of her tongue. Ennis is a man on a mission to woo the future Araneidae maven, whether she wants him or not. Her clan is wealthy, prosperous and in dire need of the one thing his people have to offer-protection. But one look at her and all thought of his obligations vanish.

    K. April Holgate says: "An interesting read..."
    "An interesting read..."
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    I was really interested in this series, and thrilled to see it in audio. This is a quick story and, I hope, taste of things to come.

    It is a fantasy, the world isn't fully fleshed out, more of a rough idea. That is understandable because it is such a short read.

    I like the main character Reine, she really knows how to take care of herself. I love a girl with sass and deadly weapons. She doesn't let a smexy man walk, or kiss, all over her. Not without permission!

    Ennis is bold and sure of himself, perhaps too much, His lady is sure to take him to task and let him know his place. He only needs to learn that lesson once! He is so yummy though!

    There is a bit of steam here, not as much as I would like. But more than enough to get a gal hot under the...um collar.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Leah Christine Will, who is new to me. I liked the tone of her voice and her characterizations. My problem had to do with the pacing, it was quite slow. There were also times when she hits her consonant way too hard. With more practice she could develop a great read, but this is early times. It wasn't terrible, and playing it at double speed helped.

    I am interested in seeing more of this series. I know they are out in print/ebook, but i am going to dream of them in audio too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowlife-Hybrid: Shadow Vampire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Chase MacAdams is a hybrid with extraordinary abilities…Roxie is an Indian beauty, a shapeshifter on her mother's side and hales from a little known tribe in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Her father is an immortal - Scottish by choice and time.Thus, a friend, Nikki Walker thinks and rightly so, that Roxie will help in the fight against WB and his vampire clan. They need help because the vicious vampire now has Count Dracula on their side and all of Europe is in danger.

    Susan Newman says: "Loved This!!!"
    "I want more!"
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    Wait, what do you mean it is over? I was totally into this world!!! I want more books!!! Trilogies are never enough for me, I want more!!

    This was a really well crafted series, it took time to fully develop the world, but one it was in place it flowed. The mix of legends and new spins on them was intriguing. I am sad to see it all end. Can't we have a new big bad plot on the horizon? More lovely romances to develop? How about that fey stuff, I think it was still left hanging. Yeah, that's the ticket, let's follow that thread!

    I love Roxie and all her sass! She is an awesome character, it is great to see a gal who will not be cowed. She has an independent streak as wide as the Grand Canyon. Love her boldness.

    Chase on the other hand, really ticked me off for most of the book. He knew she was hiding something and then gets all self righteous when he is told the whole truth. He acted like a jerk and I really wanted her to kick him in the junk. Thankfully, he is charming enough to be forgiven, with appropriate apologies.

    Yummy open door bedroom steam!! Oh yeah, it had a much smoother feel than the last book. It is more along the mainstream smexy, detailed but not as detailed as a full on erotic romance. Things heat up quicker in this book than others in the series. Ya might need a cool drink and fan while reading!

    The whole big bad plot has a very nice resolution and a steady build. I love the side characters, especially Clara. Yeah she gets a little happy too! I have liked her almost from the first book and really wanted to see her find some sort of redemption. I wanted her to have her own book, but I will settle for this.

    The mixed narrative is my favorite style, giving the two leads POV really helps understand their motives. There are times when things get murky and unclear in the narrative. a line here or there from a side character. More omniscient kind of description, it was jarring. I do like hearing from other characters besides the leads, but it needs to be in clear sections not jumpy lines.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who has been with the whole series. Such a wealth of accents to keep up with, she really had her work cut out for her. The skill it takes to keep everything consistent and distinct, is really admirable. I love the smooth pace that flows with the story telling. She gives just enough energy to make the read sing. I love this combination of story and voice.

    The whole spin on Dracula was fascinating. I am not sure how I feel about that resolution. It wasn't awful, but it doesn't have atonement for past wrongs. It is a difficult call, because you do get the feeling he isn't evil, just driven to things by anger. In the end he is given a measure of peace and so is the world.

    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
  • Shadowheart-Slayer: Shadow Vampires, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Her name is Nikki Walker, and she is a vampire slayer. She never thought she would have to use her slayer powers…but she does. She is on the trail of an ancient and secretive vampire called Deadly Moon, and Nikki wants to destroy her. She has her reasons. His name is Damon Drummond who some of you have met before, and already know that he is a hunk of an unusual vampire. He is bent on keeping Nikki away from Deadly Moon.

    Book Nook Nuts says: "Will she or wont she?"
    "Great second book in the series"
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    This second book in the series is better than the first, really building on the world that was created. I am enjoying this rich world that the author has created from known myth, giving it her own spin.

    We get to know more about yummy Brit Damon in this book. Oh sigh, he is a tall, dark, delicious drink of water! I wish we had a bit more of how he was turned, everything else was great. Things are given as piece mail throughout the book, it really is work pulling the whole story out of him.

    Nikki is kick butt and kind of awesome. She does have moments when her heart overtakes her head and she does seriously stupid things. You want to tell her to get her act together, she is a Slayer after all! She should not get caught in the too stupid to live trap. I love her sassy attitude.

    Damon and Nikki take turns with the narrative, having both their POV is key to understanding the dynamic. They have a great banter that keeps the relationship light. There are a couple guest POV as well, puts you into the villains motives as well. I like that turn, it makes the whole story more engaging.

    There is of course a smexy element to this story, bedroom door is open. For me these were the only scenes that didn't really work. They felt strangely worded. It wasn't so much to put me off reading, but it was a bit odd. But I do read a lot of seriously naughty books, so you may not have the same issues.

    There seems to be a theme in this series, loads of training and then a fight scene that is kind of a fizzle. I guess after all that build I expected more of a battle royale.

    This book also sees the introduction of several supporting characters. It was great getting their stories and seeing how they all fit into the puzzle. I know Clara is meant to be a bad girl, but I kind of want her to get a HEA, I don't think she is beyond redemption. I am also on the fence about Dracula, he seems to have mellowed or is he really still a big bad, time and the next book will tell.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who is a delight! So many accents to manage in this book, she really does a great job of juggling them while keeping them consistent and distinct. He pace is spot on, keeping the story moving and adding to the action scenes. I love the smooth even tones to her voice and how beautifully she fits this series.

    The first book in the series had some shaky moments for me, but i am really happy I stuck with the series. I can not wait to see what happens next and where this will all lead.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ShadowLove Stalkers: Shadow (Vampire) series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    What do you do when your father wants to turn you into a vampire and the man who offers you protection has his own, dark agenda? Shawna Rawley has no choice but to run. Pentim Rawley, one of the most evil vampires who has ever lived, has just discovered that she is his daughter. Now he's obsessed with finding and turning her. She doesn't want Pentim to find the people she loves and use them to get to her. She doesn't want him to find and turn her. She has only one ace up her sleeve.

    Xaxony says: "Vampires, Witches, and Intrigue, OH MY!"
    "Intriguing first book in the series"
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    This is a really interesting read. There were a lot of eh moments, but plenty of great spots as well. My biggest gripe about this book is it was confused about how much of a romance it wanted to be. Mostly it was a great Urban Fantasy read, with patches of romance. The romance felt awkward in the first half of the book. Too much coming at you, I guess. Later it evens out, but the heat factor is odd.

    I loved the mix of legends. There are a lot of great elements here pulled from other paranormal, supernatural and fae legends. Little bit Vamp, little bit Highlander. I loved the marriage of these elements and cannot wait to see where the series leads. There are many pots cooking here, which can also be a touch confusing. You have loads of information to sort through, not always pertinent to the present story. I am sure it will come into play in later books, but right now it was a lot to take in at once.

    I loved Shawna and all her sass! She is a great character to read and mostly had her stuff together. Only a few moments where she forgot her common sense at home.

    It was great trading POV with the leads and even getting insight into the big bad. It is always great for the reader to be on the inside and know everyone's motivation. It really makes the whole story more engaging.

    There is a bit of steam, open bedroom door, but not full on erotic play by play. Plenty of heat though.

    The big battle was a little but of a fizzle for me, so much build to have ended with a whimper.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who is fabulous! I love her voice on this series, a perfect fit. She adds great energy to the story and some very delicious accents as well. I loved listening to her and she keeps the story moving at slower moments. I think this may be my favorite read of hers, so far.

    I am eager to see what happens next in the series. There is a yummy Vamp I can not wait to see get a HEA!

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammer It Home: Powertools, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Morgan is happy that her best friend Kate is expecting the crew's littlest member, but helping renovate a room for a nursery is more than she can bear. Baby furniture and pastel paint are a painful reminder that she and Joe can't - and will never - conceive. There's no hiding it from the rest of the close-knit crew, either. True to their unique brand of love, the gang rallies to find a non-traditional solution to alleviate their friends' suffering.

    Christine says: "Amazing ending to a great series =D"
    "Smokin Hawt Lovin and some deep drama"
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    Woowza!! This is a smokin hot ending for the series. Also, loads of drama and angst!! Hold onto your hard hats kids, it gets bumpy!

    I read this right after the last book, so it was easier to keep up with the individual couples and who what with who. All those bodies and names are a lot to keep track of!

    The steam is plentiful and uber smexy! Baby making and physical therapy!! Oh lordy!! You will need multiple cold showers!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Gregory Salinas, he is fabulous and just as yummy as the smexy men in the series!! His voice is always a delicious treat!! Girl, do not listen while in public, you will be blushing like a school girl! He is a perfect compliment to this series and has kept the voices remarkable consistent throughout. The pace is spot on and really moves with the action of the story.

    I have enjoyed this series, it is a little bit menage, a lot a bit swingers and loads of group lovin. Pretty much any combo you can think of is here MF, MM, MMF, FF, MFMM, MFMMMM and some serious voyeurism! This is a definite acquired taste, but if you are into it, the writing is fabulous and the smexing is hawt!

    This book leads you into the next series, Hot Rods, and has you panting for those delicious characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (818)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "Amazing!!! Love the movie and the book!!!"
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    What a wonderful first read of the year!! And a terrific way to bring me out of my reading funk!

    I have loved this movie for so long!! So very quote-able!!

    Listening to the wonderful Cary Elwes tell the tale of how this move was made and all the behind the scenes info, was a delight!! To think this movie almost didn't get made and then was packaged all wrong! The beauty of the script and talent of the cast made it rise above the terrible studio marketing. There is so much to love about the book, the movie and this insider look!

    While this is 80% Cary's POV, we also have snippets of the other stars like Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Christoper Guest, Carol Kane, the wonderful author William Goldman, fabulous director Rob Reiner and producer Andrew Scheinman. It is delightful to hear their thoughts as well, even better when the actual person was speaking!!

    I love biographies read by the person, it is like a wonderful chat with them. Cary has a beautiful speaking voice and is a fantastic storyteller! After spending a few hours together with the cast, I feel we are friends. I also feel my old crush for Cary returning!! There are some better sweet moments, especially concerning Andre the Giant. Such a sweet mountain of a man! I will admit to getting choked up at the wonderful words his fellow cast members had to say about him. Such a beautiful soul.

    If the rest of my reads this year are this wonderful, I shall feel blessed!

    Now I am off to watch the movie for the 1000th time, with a whole new perspective!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diner Tales: A Contemporary Canterbury Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Andy Bunch
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Published in Middle English near the end of the 14th century, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, became an important part of literature and history because it captured the people and the stories of an era. Author Andy R. Bunch has compiled a modern equivalent of his own tales. Like the original, this is an opus and destined to meld with the fabric of history and literature.

    K. April Holgate says: "A very interesting read"
    "A very interesting read"
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    What a cool retelling of some of my favorite classic literature. Way to spice up the old tales with modern twists. This could be a wonderful supplement for teens reading the Canterbury Tales for school. Might make some of those Old English themes make more sense.

    I listened to the audio book narrated by Fred Wolinsky, who a new voice to me. I loved his pace and the slight rasp to his voice. At times there is a bit of a sloppy feel to his read, the only way I can describe it is an abundance of saliva. He tends to hit a few consonants a little too hard. Overall it was an enjoyable read even with the other issues. I would be interested to see how he progresses and grows with more reads under his mic.

    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
  • Coming Home for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jenny Hale
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Christmas is a time for family... isn't it? Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate - which includes organizing the Marley family festivities - she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be? As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out... Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas.

    med c says: "A christmas story"
    "Not a romance for me"
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    ZZZZZZ...oh hey thanks for waking me up for the review. This book could have been so interesting, but it gets lost in the drawn out story and confusing romance.

    Here is why I say the romance is confusing. You have no idea which brother to route for. Allie starts off crushing on Robert, then later meets Kip, has a flirtation with hims and kind of dating , definitely kissing, the whole time thinking about Robert. This kind of thing does not fly for me in romances. I like one clear couple, no kissy-face of thinking about somebody else. It just smacks of cheating to me.

    This would have been better as a simple fiction about the family and the internal struggle about selling the house. There were too many plot points to pick-up and it was very slow going.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Teri Schnaubelt, who to her credit kept me listening long after I was bored with the story. She has a terrific pace, she picks up the speed of the story as best she can. It was because of her I kept listening, even though I no longer cared what happened with these people. He voices were distinct and consistent throughout.

    If you are looking for a holiday romance, this isn't it, but it might fit the bill as a fiction.

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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