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K. April Holgate

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  • Dating a Cougar: Never Too Late, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Donna McDonald
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
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    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    After several decades of looking for true love and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer, Alexa Ranger, has finally given up the search. A couple of years ago, she got tired of the game completely and just stopped dating. Now friends and family keep her mostly content, so it's shocking at 50 years old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It's even more shocking to be attracted to a much younger man this time. She definitely thinks Casey Carter is sexy, but not handling her own age well, Alexa just can't get passed their 12 year age difference to even consider a fling.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW!!"
    "Interesting but slow"
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    Oh my, what to say. There were elements of this book that I really enjoyed, but somehow it just felt slow. I really liked the premise and the characters, they were engaging and interesting. It just never went anywhere, the story line was drawn-out and lacking major conflicts. Well, not until the end.

    Alexa is a sassy mature woman, I really liked her throughout. She was confident and sure of herself. I loved her attitude and casual self esteem. Casey was a great match for her, on the surface. Most of the time I loved him, but his attitude was annoying. She was personable and charismatic, he saw it as flirting. That was a point I was not in love with. Fortunately, he chills a bit, I would not have been happy with the pairing if he had not relaxed.

    The steam is delicious!! Oh yeah, they get seriously smexy!! And Casey is a giver, if ya know what I mean. They get some hot and heavy action going, girl have a cold shower ready!!

    I love the supporting cast. They have serious potential for stories in the series. Each was interesting and really want to see them get their own HEA. There is a lot of story here.

    It is a mixed narrative, switching between the lead characters POVs and even a few side trips into the supporting cast. It gives great insight into all their thoughts and motivations. The switches are always smooth and clearly defined.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Anne Johnstonbrown, She does a lovely job keeping the voices distinct and consistent. I really enjoyed her smooth and sassy tone, it really worked for the book. She adds plenty of energy to the smexy scenes! There were time when the dialogue sounded stilted and a touch odd. Mostly when it was Alexa or her daughter. It was a touch distracting.

    Overall this was a really enjoyable read, it just needed a bit of editing down. Some of the day to day scenes slowed the momentum down. Still, I am interested in seeing what happens with the rest of the series. The books have a lot of potential.

    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
  • Mistaken Gifts: Castle Mountain Lodge, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elena Aitken
    • Narrated By Jennifer Drake Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Eva Andrews would do anything for her best friend, even if it means dropping everything to plan a last minute wedding at Castle Mountain Lodge. Especially when the last thing she feels like doing is celebrating love now that she's sworn off men. And with Jeff Michaels, the rugged and all too good-looking ranch hand determined to get in her way, it won't be easy. Jeff's never wanted more than the life he has at the Lodge, but an exciting new job opportunity and the arrival of a beautiful - albeit frustrating - woman have him second-guessing everything.

    K. April Holgate says: "Not my favorite heroine."
    "Not my favorite heroine."
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    I generally enjoy sweet romances. Not a lot of thinking needed to enjoy them. This one is sweet ans sassy.

    Eva is not my favorite kind of character. She is just too high maintenance for my taste. I often found her spoiled and childish. She isn't un-likeable, just annoying at times.

    Jeff is such a great guy!!!! Super sweet and yummy. He excels at the playful banter. I came around to him and Eva having chemistry in the end, but I will not say it is a love match yet.

    The story tends to drag a bit, perhaps because of my dislike of the heroine. It is a mixed narrative and I found my self far from loving her POV. It was the whole spoiled brat attitude.

    The story is a totally clean romance, all they do is kiss a few times. There is chemistry and they talk about hooking up as a possibility but they never get close to a bedroom scene.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jennifer Drake Ford, who is lovely. She has a terrific pace ans adds energy to the read. She delivers Eva with less whine than the character deserves, and I thank her for that! Many would have taken her too far. I have very much enjoyed her read and hope to find more of her in the future!

    Overall, this was not my favorite book in the series, but it was still entertaining. I hope to see the other supporting cast find their HEA soon! In audio of course!

    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
  • Hidden Gifts: A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elena Aitken
    • Narrated By Jennifer Drake Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (5)
    Story
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    When you're looking for a little escape to the rugged mountain landscape that's as beautiful as it is wild, unwind at Castle Mountain Lodge. Morgan's looking to hide out from her life, but what she's not counting on is Bo, the handsome and rugged mountain guide at The Lodge who has his own heartache to bear and his troubled little girl who sneaks her way into Morgan's heart.

    K. April Holgate says: "Sweet romance!!"
    "Sweet romance!!"
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    This is another super sweet romance in the series. Things are mostly light and fluffy between the two characters. They each have something deep to deal with and work out. I do love they way they find that even though they are both flawed, they are perfect for each other.

    Morgan has a lot on her plate when she comes to the lodge looking to escape. Life has a way of messing up those plans and she finds herself taking care of the kids, something she was running away from. You really feel her heartache and it is easy to love her.

    Bo is they typical ladies-man player who also falls into life's trap. An unexpected daughter can really make a fella grow up. He has stumbling blocks, but have faith in him to see the error of his ways! I do like his playful banter.

    The story has ups and downs, but mostly stays sweet and endearing. Having the mixed narrative with both leads POV really helps understand them. It is key to getting inside Bo's head.

    The steam factor is low, flirtation and some kisses, but that is as hot as things get. They have chemistry but never end up in the bedroom. Very clean read.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jennifer Drake Ford, who is a delight. She has a smooth sweet tone that really compliments the story. Nice pacing keeps the story moving along. She has a lovely way of adding emotion into the read. I definitely teared up at one point.

    Overall, I adored this read and appreciated the sweetness of the romance. I love my smexy books, but sometimes flirtation is enough! I am eager to see others in the series find love. Carmen, Jeff and Astrid are just begging for HEA!!

    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
  • Dance of the Winnebagos: A Jackrabbit Junction Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ann Charles
    • Narrated By Lisa Larsen
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    When Claire's grandfather and his army buddies converge in the Arizona desert to find new wives, it's her thankless job to keep them out of trouble with the opposite sex. But when she finds a human leg bone and partners with a reluctant geotechnician to dig up secrets from the past, trouble finds her. If she doesn't stop digging, she could wind up dead.

    JulieM says: "Fun beginning to a series"
    "Awesome read!!!"
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    I really enjoyed this book!! I have read other books by Ms Charles, and this is right on par with what I expected. She has a gift for crafting towns with lots of quirky fun characters, snarky leading ladies and yummy fellas!

    I love Claire and her relationship with her grandfather, hid cronies and his dog! It is so much fun to read her. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Because she is so likeable, I was willing to forgive her too stupid to live moments. She has gumption, that's for sure.

    Enter the tall dark and studly love interest, Mac. He is a serious sort of guy, but still knows how to have a little fun. The dynamic between the two is great. The banter is rather like a well played ping pong match. He is just the sort of solid thinker she needs to help her out of all the jams she is sure to fall into.

    The book is a mixed narrative, giving both leads and the villain's POV. Okay, after you read her for a bit you find the villain isn't all that bad. She is kind of likeable, the killing and stealing aside. I was kinda hoping for a solution that would make things work out for everybody.

    There is a but of heat in the story. Loads of chemistry and flirtation lead to some smexy scenes. More closed bedroom than detailed. Plenty of illusions to what occurred but not the down and dirty blow by blow.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lisa Larsen, who is fabulous! I loved her swift pace and all the energy she puts into the read. Great voices and smooth transitions from character to character. I will definitely be looking for more of her reads.

    I adore all the supporting characters, they are hilarious!! The book flew by and I am eager to see what happens next in the series!! I hope we see more of Jackrabbit Junction!!

    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
  • Unexpected Gifts: A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elena Aitken
    • Narrated By Jennifer Drake Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
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    (12)

    When you're looking for a little escape to the rugged mountain landscape that's as beautiful as it is wild, unwind at Castle Mountain Lodge. Christmas represents everything Andi Williams is supposed to have, and doesn't. Running away to a remote mountain lodge in the Canadian Rockies, sounds like the perfect way to escape, until a mix-up finds her sharing a villa with sexy, rough around the edges, Colin Hartford. Colin's determination to enjoy the holiday he's missed for the last five years, sweeps Andi into a season of joy that she's not sure she's ready for.

    K. April Holgate says: "Sweet romance!!"
    "Sweet romance!!"
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    This is a very sweet little romance! It has the feel of Harlequins of old. I miss the easy themes sometimes.

    Andi is sassy and fun to read! I loved seeing her find a match in Colin, he is great at teaching her to enjoy fun again. They both have things to work out and it is heartwarming to see them find their way. I really felt for Andi and her situation. While it was sad, it didn't weigh the story down.

    There is plenty of chemistry, but things stay pretty much PG-13. Some steamy kisses but nothing past that. It is a very cozy romance.

    The story flows nicely and is sweetly engaging. I love the leads and the supporting cast. I hope we get their HEA through the series!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jennifer Drake Ford, she is a perfect fit for the read. I loved her smooth and easy tone throughout the book. She has a consistent pace and great voices. The combination of sweet story and lovely narration is a delight!

    I am eager to see what happens next in the series! The characters are engaging and have potential for more happy ever afters.

    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
  • Pride and Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    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
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    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.

    K. April Holgate says: "Nice second book in the series"
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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)
    Story
    (6)

    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)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
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    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

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