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K. April Holgate

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

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  • Wolf's Glory: After the Crash, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Maddy Barone
    • Narrated By Clementine Cage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    When goth-girl Glory Peterson's plane crashes she walks to find help. What she finds are people living in teepees like it's the Old West. Wolf's Shadow knows Glory is his mate. Glory's happy to take a roll in the hay with him while she's waiting for transportation back to civilization, but when she finds out she's gone fifty years into the future and Shadow is a bossy werewolf who thinks he owns her, her attitude changes fast. Shadow is used to giving orders that are obeyed. Glory hasn't obeyed an order since kindergarten.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great second book in the series"
    "Great second book in the series"
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    This is the second book in the series and really expands on the survivors tales. Mostly we focus on Glory and Shadow, but there is a lot to tell on the other women as well. We also meet many supporting men, definitely see some future plot lines.

    I really liked Glory and all her spunky goth attitude. She is just the sort of spicy gal I love reading. She is mostly okay with her curves, the low self esteem moments were sparse. She is a perfect match for big bold domineering Alpha Shadow! Oh boy, do they have some passionate chemistry!

    The story here is narrated by the two leads switching smoothly between the two points of view. The transitions are great and seamless. I love this style because you get a more well rounded story in the end.

    The steamy is chart toppingly hot!! OMG, I will forever associate NIN song Closer with this book! The details are delicious and just hit the spot erotically.

    I listened to the audiobooks narrated by Clementine Cage, who is once again awesome. She has such a great tone to her voice that adds to Glory's snark. She is wonderful at adding energy to the read in all the right places. Definitely could leave you panting on the steamy parts! So many voices to keep track of, she does a great job of making them each different but they could be a touch more distinct.

    The story this time is very involved, it gets more into the other survivors and surrounding areas. It is a great setup for the rest of the series but tend to make the main story feel dragged out. I understand why it had to be this way but it did slow down the pace of the story with all the exposition. The big plus is that it makes you hungry to know the other couples stories!

    1 of 1 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
    (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)
    Performance
    (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)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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
  • Somebody's Ex: The Jackson Brothers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jasmine Haynes, Jennifer Skully
    • Narrated By Shana Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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. Randi Andersen has a thing for bad boys, tall, dark, sexy, and handsome. But bad boys invariably make for bad relationships.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Quick Read"
    "Yummy Quick Read"
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    Whoa Mamma!!! That was a hot little read!!! Seriously smexy!! I don't like caviar, but I might try it id delivered in that manner!

    David and Randi have lust at first sight. Things move pretty fast. The whole book pretty much takes place over three days. But I am fine with that. More yummy steam earlier!!!

    Great mixed narrative, I love getting both leads POV. It makes for a richer more fulfilling story!

    This is mostly a fun and light read, a little angst, but not much. They work out their issues and all is good. Just what you expect in a quick romantic read!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Shana Savage, who does a wonderful job.She does a fabulous job with the hot scenes, really great energy! Swift pace in the read adds to the movement of the story. She definitely gives good ears!!

    I can not wait to see how things end up with Mitch and Connie!

    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
  • Redemption: Alchemy Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Donna Augustine
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Up until now, I've done everything wrong. Deserted, and feeling more alone than ever, I need to lead my people in this new barbaric world. I've got to defend them against the power-hungry senator and shield them from even themselves. All this while my heart is being ripped to shreds. Sometimes, redemption is found in your darkest moments.

    K. April Holgate says: "Is it really over?"
    "Is it really over?"
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    There is a lot of drama in this book, Jo and Cormac just can not be happy for more than a minute. Seriously, if it isn't her angst, it is his.

    Once again everything is from her POV, so we have no idea what the big lug is thinking. It really limits the reader and leaves you to wonder, until Jo is told what is happening.

    I really wanted to love this book, but there was more drag in the story than I generally like. We could have skipped much of the moping and posturing, it has all been done before. Jumping to the last third of the book brings the whole thing to a head. The battle could have been longer and more in depth. I was fine with the final resolution.

    There is a bit of smexy, but not much. Just enough detail to make it NC-17 but not as far as an erotic read. The romance has build to this point, I would have liked a more hot bedroom action!! Cormac has definite Dom tendencies!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Laurel Schroeder, who is great. I love all the sass she add to Jo and the gruffness of Cormac. Great pace that keeps the story moving and accentuates the action scenes. She is terrific and a real credit to the series. I loved the emotion she was able to infuse into the read. I will definitely look for more of her work!

    Overall I enjoyed the series, I just wish there were more of the aftermath. Fill us in on all the supporting characters we have come to love.

    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
  • Bad Traffick: Leine Basso, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By D. V. Berkom
    • Narrated By Kristi Alsip
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity, while at the same time fighting her desire for Detective Santiago Jensen; a game she knows she can't win.

    A. Mosa says: "Action Packed"
    "A real nail-bitter!!!"
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    Wow!! What a great second book, really involved story line. Warning: There is a very raw scene of a rape. It is a tough bit to read.

    Again, there is a bit going on in the story other than the main plot of the sex traffickers. That main plot is actually a fantastic plotline. There are plenty of different angle coming at Leine. Good thing she has all that experience from her old life. Too bad that past is catching up with her too.

    The narrative is mixed going from several points of view. It is a terrific device for letting the reader in on all the intricacies of the plot. The switches are very well done and always clear when a new narrator is driving the tale. It is in large chunks, which keeps things from getting jumpy.

    There is a bit more smexy time with Leine and yummy Santiago. A fair amount of detail to make a gal hot! Not as much as an erotic romance, but no where near closed bedroom door. While the love seems rather quick, I am willing to follow the lust and attraction between them. I can believe love later on in the series.

    I really liked the supporting cast and all the dynamics between them. I can not say I was surprised by any of the turns in the plot. Sometimes that doesn't matter in a great story. I was riveted from beginning to end. I fell in love with shallow actor Miles, especially as he grew and found depth. It is really easy to feel for him and Mara the young runaway. You even feel for Selena, she isn't bad, just doing what she has to in order to survive.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kristi Alsip, who was fantastic. I was very happy with the change of narrator. She has a swift pace that adds energy to the read at key moments. I loved her voices and the consistency in them. She had great accents and choices to keep the voices distinct. I really hope she stays with the series. Her tone is slightly raspy and hold all the jaded world weariness of the lead character.

    Overall, I was thrilled with this book. I did not want it to end. I was on the edge of my seat at the end of the book! Seriously a nailbitter! I hope there are more books to come!

    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
  • Serial Date: Leine Basso, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By D. V. Berkom
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show - an ex-con billed as a serial killer - but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure. When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is.

    Brian says: "Great Satirical Suspense Novel"
    "Great gritty suspense"
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    What a wonderfully engaging surprise this book was. Well written perfectly paced mystery. Leine is a real kick a$$ chick!! Plenty of wonderful twists to keep you on your toes. I love the book from beginning to end!! High suspense!!I would love to read more from this author!

    The book is fast paced with a mixed narrative coming from several POV. Mostly it comes from Leine, who has a whole different sort of perspective! She is a tough as nails kind of gal, which is awesome!!! She really has a lot to work out from her past and the details of that past are handed out piece mail throughout the story. I really hoped for more info sooner.

    The supporting cast is really great. A yummy homicide cop, a snarky daughter and a crazy serial killer. There are several dramas going on here other than the main plot, it is tricky to follow which intrigue is happening. lots of possible suspects along the way as well. It gets to be a bit much every now and again.

    There is a bit of smexy action that is definitely open bedroom door!! Not full on erotic romance detail, but enough to get a gal hot 'n bothered. I could have done with a bit more of that action. It is a little early for the feeling though.

    I would have liked more about this reality show. It has serious potential for chaos. There was also so much going on with Pete and the Senator. That probably could have been tabled to another book. It was distracting from the main plot of the serial killer. More with his crazy thought process and a bit of show on the taking/killing of the girls. It was pretty much all tell and no show.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by James Killavey, who I heard in other books. I enjoyed his read, but his bad guys sound very similar. Great pace that keeps the movement of the story, especially at points where things are slower. While I did not hate this read, it wasn't my favorite.

    Overall, this was a great read and I am eager to see what happens next in the series. There is a whole lot of potential here. I can not wait to see how everything pans out in the next book.

    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

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