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K. April Holgate

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  • Honeymoon Bite: Golden Vampires of Tuscany, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sharon Hamilton
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Anne caught her husband cheating with the maid of honor before their wedding cake was cut. She decided to take her planned and paid for honeymoon in Tuscany, alone. On the evening of what was to be her wedding night, she gets bitten by a female vampire. Marcus Monteleone has waited 300 years to find his fated female, only to discover her dying in his arms. He saves Anne's life by turning her, and then works to gain her trust, to cope with being a newly-formed golden vampire.

    Conchita says: "Not the usual but I loved it the same!"
    "All over the place"
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    Just before writing this review I perused other reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to see where my opinion falls. Things are mixed, there are many who loved it and some like myself who did not. I kept being confused by the fans, maybe they saw something I did not. Hey it happens, there are plenty of books out there I did not like that became best sellers and have millions of fans. This is simply my two cents as an avid reader.

    The concept as outlined in the blurb is great. I was really intrigued by it and excited to read the story. I really liked the idea of Golden Vampires and wish that had been fleshed out more. I would have loved more world building. Things are very jumpy story wise. There are a lot of side stories going on that take away from the main plot. I think this book could have done with major editing down of the story.

    It would have been great to have more of the struggle Anna faced as a new vampire with out any guidance. Perhaps even go into how she felt about the people she drained while feeding. That felt glossed over. It almost seemed as though she were not bothered by those deaths, which bothered me.

    The story telling is non-linear at times and a little tricky to follow in audio. One moment I am in Tuscany then I am at a flashback of a gangbang the groom had before the wedding, then right back to the present. Several times I had to rewind the audio to figure out what happened. It was very distracting and confusing as a listener.

    The main story is about Anne and Marcus but that gets muddled with scenes in the POV of side characters. I just never got a proper handle on what was happening. Too much information coming from too many directions. Then when they finally did get together it was kind of a snore-fest. For all their heat and attraction things should have gotten combustible.

    Most of the steam happens with other characters or in a dreamlike state. Not exactly appealing. I like my romances hot and smexy, but will pass on reading a scene like the bachelor party night cheating menage. Not my kind of sexy. Cheating is always a hard limit for me.

    The narrator, J.D.Hunt is fantastic and really the biggest reason I kept listening. His yummy deep voice with a hint of rasp helps draw the listener into the book. He has a soothing and enjoyable tone, steady pace and great voices both male and female. I will definitely be looking into more of his narrations.

    This is one of those books that I really wanted to like, especially after reading the blurb. It just never connected for me as a reader/listener. There are however many here who loved it, so if you come across a copy and like vamp reads you might give a go. This is the third book I have read from Ms Hamilton and have come to the sad conclusion that our aesthetics do not mesh. While I often love her blurbs and cover art, the stories never resonate. But this is the beauty of art/literature it is purely subjective. Things I did like other love and things I love others may hate. I am one opinion among many.

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

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Razor's Traitorous Heart: The Alliance, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By S. E. Smith
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Kali Parks is a shadow in the war between two factions that are fighting to gain control of Chicago. Born and raised on the streets, she stands as a silent sentinel at her brother’s side as he battles to gain control. She will do whatever it takes to bring peace to those she has pledged her life to protect, including fighting against the creatures that came to their world almost six years before.

    Amazon Customer says: "Need More S. E. Smith!"
    "Love this series!!! Yummy!!"
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    I love this series! I was hoping for Dagger's story after reading Hunter. I can see why this was needed first. Razor is yummy and Alpha and a big teddy bear for his lady!

    Kali is a warrior in her own right, love her attitude. She is surviving and protecting those around her. Her sass matches her courage. There are a few moments when she is rash, especially when hooking up with her alien.

    Razor is every bit the warrior his race is known to be. I loved the conflicts he faces and how he struggles to make the best decision. When he finds his soulmate he has even more to worry over.

    The plot is great and really moves the overall series along nicely. I loved everything on Earth and can not wait to see what happens in the aftermath. I really hope we get her brother's HEA. The last quarter of the book is centered on the search for Dagger and then life on Razor's home planet. Plenty of drama all around. All these hunky supporting cast warriors!! I am so eager for their stories as well!!

    The smexy time is plenty hawt. It does start out kind of abruptly, wasn't expecting it at that point, though there would be more getting to know you. There are several steamy scenes throughout and enough detail to raise your temperature and have you begging for ice cream to cool things off!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by David Brenin, who is yummy all on his own! Seriously, I could listen to the man read a cookbook,I bet that would be so hot! LOL This is a great read for his gruff voice, he makes smexy aliens even more delicious! Hold on to your knickers at the steamy scenes! His energy throughout the read is fantastic, a real compliment to the writing.

    I am not sure I can wait for Dagger's book in audio. I want to because I love David's narration, but I really want to know what happens next. That ebook is calling my name!! Let's see how long I can hold out...I was never great with patience.

    Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belonging to Them: The Daly Way

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brynn Paulin
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    On the run from her past, Rayna Halliday is devastated when her old car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. She soon finds that her ex has managed to block her credit cards, her accounts and even her cell phones in an attempt to exert his control over her. Giving in to him is something she refuses to do. When the owners of O’Keefe’s Gas and Repair come to her rescue, they make her an offer that tantalizes the forbidden desires within her - she can find a way to pay for the car repairs or she can belong to them for two weeks and they’ll see to her repairs for free.

    moon/delights says: "good"
    "I just love this series, addictive"
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    Oh boy, the Daly Way is yummy, naughty and so suspending reality! I loved this series in ebook and jumped at listening to the audiobooks. Here is the thing, as much as I love the stories, I do recognize there are major issues with some events. Super-fast love, jumping into ménage after a day, quickie resolution to the side plot and tons of sex. My response to this is, keep your reality to yourself! I cannot help loving this smutfest of a book, and series!

    Rayna is mostly fun and sassy. She is independent and speaks her mind. I love that she jumps into the ménage and has pretty much no regrets. She owns that naughty sexy diva inside! The only complaint I have for her is the too stupid to live decision she makes at the end. Thankfully, she smartens up again!

    The fellas are gruff and hot and yummy!! Jaime is the main fella to concentrate on, he is a touch damaged but oh that chemistry! There are three more guys in the mix including Patrick, who is a riot and existing couple Dave and Sean. Very interesting dynamics at play.

    Did I mention it is a smexy read? I am talking once things get started you cannot go far without them falling into bed, or on a stack of tires. Wherever the need arises, pun intended! Be ready for loads of hot and heavy action. Maybe you should listen while in a cold shower. With a bucket of ice cream. Oh my!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tatiana Sokolov, who is fabulous as always. I love her pace and energy through the read. She has a beautiful tone that suits this steamy read. Her characters are distinct and consistent throughout. I do not often feel frisky listening to a woman’s voice, however, she makes you forget you are listening to a chick.

    There is just something about this series that is appealing. The books could be longer and more detailed, but I just cannot help being addicted to them! I am ready to get out my GPS and take a forever roadtrip to Daly!!

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marine's Virgin Lover: The Denver Men Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Leslie North
    • Narrated By Dawn Ann Billings
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    A mother's worst nightmare comes true. Brianna's newborn baby is snatched from the hospital, before she even gets a chance to hold it for the first time. Trent hires Seth Jacobsen, an ex-marine, to track down their missing infant. But when Seth finds the baby in the hands of a privately hired nurse, Chelsea Andrews, he finds himself conflicted.

    K. April Holgate says: "Eh, not as exciting as I expected"
    "Eh, not as exciting as I expected"
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    After reading the first book, I eagerly jumped into this one. I thought it was going to be about another couple but following up on what happened with the baby. Here is the problem, it is that but it is also introducing another possible romance as well as jumping around between characters. This is a mixed narrative, however it is too mixed. So many voices telling the story makes things really jumpy and can get confusing.
    The bad guy as a bit of the narrative as well, this is strange, it feels like the author has not decided if we should hate him or pity him. I wonder if the series will see him redeemed eventually or if Trent will ultimately take revenge on him. At this point things could go either way.

    With everything going on and all the points of view, things are very crowded. This is a short read, it never has the time to gain proper momentum and show a relationship between the leads. Ultimately, I was disappointed and do not think I am going to keep going in this series.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Dawn Ann Billings, who does a great job considering all the characters she needed to connect with. There are so many voices, they are not always distinct. Her pace is nice and she has great energy in her read. I would love to try her on something else because I am not sure this really showed her abilities.

    Ms North is a newer author for me, I may have to give her a little time before trying another read. She had great premises and an interesting writing style, it just needs more story. I am a big fan of showing the details of a relationship, rather than telling about them after the fact. I might do the next book if it comes to audio, but I am not jumping around begging for it.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reaper and the Cop: Liberty, Oakwood Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Mina Carter
    • Narrated By Audrey Lusk
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Death's big business. For Laney Larson, it's a full time job. The latest in a long line of Reapers, Laney hits Liberty, Oakwood expecting the usual "reap and run" type of job. However the small town holds far more secrets than she expects, including a sexy cop who blind-sides her Reaper instincts big-time.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great start to the series"
    "Great start to the series"
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    Oh boy, this is a great little read, sorry it is so short! It is the beginning of the Liberty Oakwood series. I loved all the sass of the take no prisoner’s reaper!!

    The world building is brief, but you get a great idea of where things are headed. I was surprised to see things build so quickly in this short book. There are holes, but I am sure they will be patched in the next book.

    Laney is awesome in all her butt kicking glory!! She serves some serious attitude! Her banter with yummy detective Troy is super fun. This pairing has potential for many laughs along the way. I am excited to see things evolve in the series. I also love that she is a curvy gal, but she has confidence and there isn't a whole big deal about her being BBW.

    It is a mixed narrative where you get both lead’s POV. It helps move the story along and gives the reader great insights. The transitions are smooth and easy, yeah no choppiness.

    This is a smexy read, holy hawt-ness!! Get a cold shower, ice cream or your fella ready!! This is a scorcher!! Deliciously detailed and scandalous steam! Ms Carter certainly knows how to deliver the smut! Even if it is only one scene.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Audrey Lusk, who is always great. I have heard her on several other reads, which were terrific, but give her a gal with attitude and she really shines! Her slightly husky tone is perfect for Urban Fantasy! She has a really swift pace, some might need to slow it down to keep up with the action. Great energy throughout the book.

    I am so enthralled with this read that I may not wait for the next audiobook! I know the ebook is out, I think I may have to break my general rule and get it now. I just cannot wait to see what will happen next!!

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CEO's Pregnant Lover: The Denver Men Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leslie North
    • Narrated By Dawn Ann Billings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Trent Caldwell is the CEO of Caldwell Enterprises. He was the most arrogant, impatient, and rude man Brianna had ever met. Yet she finds herself madly attracted to him. At first, Trent didn't give Brianna a second look. The young woman who wore her hair like a 50-year-old, clothing that didn't fit her body, or compliment her natural coloring, and honestly had no idea of just how attractive she could be. But that all changes when Brianna fills in for Trent's personal assistant.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Good"
    "I wanted more show, less tell!"
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    So, this was interesting but way too short. The first day is pretty nicely detailed, but everything else seemed like it was on fast forward. I prefer books that show rather than tell events after the fact. I want to see the romance happen.

    This is a mixed narrative, you get both leads and a few bonus POV. While I like this, it does feel a bit choppy at times. Going from one voice to another is quick shots does not make for smooth transitions.

    Brianna seems sweet, but I wanted to see more of her sass. I would have loved a scene where she loses her temper. Trent is a typical billionaire type. I really wanted more from these two. More story would have helped.

    It is an insta love kind of romance. Not the most believable. Again, if it were a longer read things could have built and progressed more naturally. I just wasn't buying into this, not so quickly without seeing the interactions.

    This is an open bedroom book, nice detail, but not as involved as I expected. It was spicy but not scorching hawt.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Dawn Ann Billings, who has a nice read. Her pace is steady, but I like things a little quicker, I punched it up to double speed and things were great. Her characters are distinct and the men are just deep enough to be masculine, without being over done. The read is a but stilted on the regular speed, it is part pace and part the choppy writing. She is a newer narrator for me, my ears will need a few more listens to decide how they feel. I gather she is newer, so this might just be the growing stages.

    For the most part I enjoyed the story, I just wish there were more of it to be read. This does end on a cliffhanger. The romance part is settled, but a major even occurs at the end, leading into the next book. I was annoyed at the abrupt ending, but curious enough to pick up the next book right away.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Bride: DiCarlo Brides, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Heather Tullis
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When Gage learned that George DiCarlo thought he would make a great match for his youngest daughter, Gage was not interested. Not even if she was beautiful, talented, kicked butt on hiking trails and could challenge even his love of skiing. When Jonquil's learns about it a year later, her reaction is exactly the opposite. After watching the rest of her sisters fall in love with the men her father hoped they would connect with, she is curious about the one he had planned for her.

    K. April Holgate says: "So much going on in this story"
    "So much going on in this story"
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    There is a lot going on here. Seriously, tons of things, almost too much. We have the regular issues with the romance, him fighting being matched and her attracted but not knowing why he is gun shy, same as the last book. That pretty much resolves itself on its own, with a few nudges from their friends.

    Both of them have family issues going on, both with a younger sibling and a parent's health. I found both younger sisters unlike-able. Neither one of them appealed or felt like they belonged in the same family. Both were bratty and spoiled. I also felt Jonquil was disconnected from her Philly family.

    Add on top of everything, Gage is having troubles at his resort. A pushing guy trying to get him to sell, loads of sudden repairs and his sister needing money for her gambling debts. Then things go down with the debts and his sister, so convoluted. The part with his mom could have been more detailed too. We didn't get much time to know her and decide about her personality.

    Jonquil is a happy go lucky kind of gal who just wants to take care of people and flowers. She is a nature girl and loves hiking and sports. She is a perfect match for Gage, once he gets over himself.

    This is a sweet romance, meaning closed bedroom door. Plenty of kissing and they do sleep together, but no details. Not sure the Christian Romance readers will be okay with the premarital sex. It is fairly clean though and rather fluffy.

    All the drama in the story detracts from the romance. It is far more complicated than it needs to be and so busy. Personally, all that crazy family stuff drags down a full romance. They have a witty banter and great dynamic.

    The narrative is split between the two leads. This really helps put you into their heads and get a fuller story. I prefer this for my romances because I love knowing both sides of the story.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who is one of my favorites. I love her smooth tones and the energy she puts into the read. She is always a joy to listen to and this was another happy journey. Her pace is swift enough to keep the story moving in slower moments. She is a compliment to the the story and well suited to the whole series.

    This is the end of the series for me. I did not like Jonquil's sister and am not interested in reading her romance. My cousin feels differently, she is eager for the next book. It is all subjective! :)

    Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Hearts: The DiCarlo Brides, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Heather Tullis
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Delphi Gifford has nearly given up on finding someone she could love as much as her dead husband, Fallon, who had died while they were still in college. Certainly local photographer Jeremy Litster wasn't at the top of her list, egomaniac that he is - even if he did drive the hottest racing motorbike she'd ever touched.

    K. April Holgate says: "Loved this pairing"
    "Loved this pairing"
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    Delphi and Jeremy have all that playful banter I was looking for in the last book. I loved their whole dynamic, once he stopped fighting his attraction for her.

    Delphi is a Wild Child under those button downed suits. I loved seeing her let loose. I did not expect these elements of her personality and or her back story. She really is a complex gal! I adore the match with Jeremy and all they shared. They have some of the best scenes in the series here in this book . Motorcycle shopping was a riot!

    There is a side danger, story. That was more predictable but no less enjoyable. I saw it coming a mile away, but it worked to keep the story moving along and be more than a simple romance.

    While this is a romance and character's have sex, it is strictly closed door. No details for the naughty readers. I don't mind the cleaner romances, so no problem here. The fact that they do sleep together knocks it out of the Christian Romances. It is a pretty clean read though, plenty of kisses but no erotic details or thoughts.

    It is a mixed narrative, so you get both sides of the story from the leads. It makes for a well rounded story. It is great getting to see Delphi struggle and grow, it is rather like the growing pains Cami went through with the sisters.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who is definite favorite. I always enjoy her reads and the energy she puts into the read. She has a nice brisk pace, I never have to speed things up when listening. Her voices are varied and consistent, it is always a pleasure to see what she is going to do with a book. The women are great and the men are just deep enough without going into a false tone. She is a perfect for the series!

    One thing that bothered me about the side plot, what happened to the gold and the mine? If it was said, I missed it. Who has rights to that bounty?

    One more sister left and one yummy fella to go!

    Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Creek Alpha: Texas Pack, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jo Ellen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Lisa is a snarky witch using humor to navigate her new 'normal'. Rafe is an alpha male, growling one moment, then grinning the next as he tries to corral his stubborn, defiant witch. Lisa has no idea that magic actually exists until she is threatened by a powerful dark fae - and until she meets the alpha of the East Texas wolf pack. Rafe is in charge of guarding the pack's magical pond. And, now, he's in charge of guarding Lisa too.

    sarah says: "vanilla and slow paces"
    "Just not my cup of tea"
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    I really wanted to love this book, but there was just too much going on to follow. I like a complex read, but this was all over the place at times. I had to have my full focus on reading to not get lost.

    The characters were kind of one dimensional. I wasn't getting a ton from them. I did like Lisa and all her sass. I liked her banter with Rafe, most of the time. For some reason I just wasn't vibing with this one. It happens, not every book connects with every reader.

    The fae elements are way too vague. I felt the world building was haphazard, at best. I cannot say I have any understanding of how this shifter and fae world works. There are also major holes in the plot.

    Part of my problem may have been that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jonathan Waters. His read was oddly paced and not happy ears. I listened at every speed setting available, really hoping one would be great, sadly none of them worked out. The women's voices were an issue, big pet peeve with going too high and making them whiny.

    Overall, this was disappointing on so many levels. I did finish the book, so it wasn't all bad. I don't think I will be getting the other books in the series, not for me I guess.

    Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Protecting Fiona: SEAL of Protection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Susan Stoker
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Cookie "Hunter" Knox was good at his job, infiltrating behind enemy lines was one of his specialties. His SEAL team relied on him to do his job, just as he relied on them to do theirs. Ever since two of his teammates found a woman that completed them, their dangerous Ops seemed a bit more intense. Cookie knew if he had a woman who belonged to him, he'd never let her go. Little did he know the SEAL team's latest mission to Mexico would change his life forever.

    K. April Holgate says: "I liked it, but..."
    "I liked it, but..."
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    This third book in the series is a tough read. The subject matter is deep and has loads of emotional impact. I enjoyed the story, but there we a few issues along the way.

    A constant issue with this series is the lack of pronouns. Almost every paragraph starts with the character's name. It was a minor annoyance in the first two books, with this one it almost had me stopping. It has a weird feel and totally takes you out of the read. Especially when it is Cookie this and Cookie that and Cookie Cookie Cookie!

    I really like Fiona and Cookie's dynamic, however, reality has to be suspended a bit. There are very serious issues that were ignored at first. I did like the way it was handled later, but it only had the last 1/4 of the book to delve into the real issues facing the relationship. The very real issues Fiona was facing were handled very well. You had a glimpse into the reality of PTSD. She knew it wasn't real and yet she did not.

    Ugh, insta love is not the way to go!!! it just did not read as true. You felt it growing but they were not at "I love yous", more of a dependency on her part than anything. If the book had been longer and we had the PTSD earlier, things could have developed with a more natural feel. I wish we could have had more of the time that built up to the epilogue. That would have been the real meat of the story.

    There was a bit of steam here, which was kind of rushed and felt awkward under the circumstances. I am talking about the heavy petting throughout the story not the epilogue. The epilogue was totally appropriate and allowed you to see where they are now.

    I felt the author went too far in making the senator's daughter a spoiled brat. I get it was to show a contrast, but it was not realistic. I can not believe anybody who was in that situation and victimized as she was would act as she did. It made her beyond unlikable and hurt the integrity of the story.

    I have been reading this series in a little marathon, so my memory of characters from the first books is still fresh. Caroline seems to have had a full personality overhaul. She is now brash, loud and apparently stunning. Big changes from the average timid chemist we know her as from her story. Maybe being kidnapped and tortured turns you into an extrovert? Maybe she needed reconstructive surgery from the beating and now she is gorgeous? Or maybe this is how the author wishes she had written her? What ever the case, the inconsistencies make me dislike her. I liked the quiet strength she had in her book. Too bad she didn't keep herself.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stella Bloom, who has a really enjoyable read. I like her voice and the emotion she shows with her tone. Her voices are varied, only a couple consistency issues her and there. The pace of the read is kind of slow, I needed to punch it up to double speed to accommodate my fast ears. She is a newer narrator to me, and I am interested in hearing more of her reads in the future.

    All that griping and complaining makes it sound like I did not like the book. I did enjoy it, just saw some many places where it could have been better. I still want to see where the other SEALs romances happen and hope Tex is included in the ranks. He steals a piece of your heart with his actions in this book.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

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  • Family Matters: DiCarlo Brides, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Heather Tullis
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Rosemary Keogh considers herself pretty adaptable-she dealt with her father's death-bed edict that she move across the country to work at his latest hotel with five half-sisters, (most of whom she hadn't known existed) hadn't she? She settled into the routine, even grew to like most of them, but when tragedy leaves her birth daughter parentless-and she is named as the guardian - her world spins again.

    K. April Holgate says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I was really excited for Rosemary and Harrison's story. I loved them through the series so this should have been a slam dunk. It just seemed to be lacking in the fun banter they have had through the other books. There was a but of it but they seemed more watered down. I like a bit a sassy banter in a relationship.

    Rosemary was very different than I expected. I liked her, she just seems more from from the outside looking in, I guess. Harrison is a great match for her, I just wish they were truer to their initial impressions. I thought they had a fun dynamic. I would have loved seeing the quips turn more playful rather than going away.

    This is a mixed narrative with a bonus POV. You get the two leads as well as young Cleo. It really gives for a fuller picture and brings you inside their insecurities. There are a lot of insecurities! Thankfully they work things out pretty well in the end. The side plot wasn't what I expected, but it added a touch of drama.

    This is a sweet romance, meaning closed bedroom door. Plenty of kissing and they do sleep together, but no details. Not sure the Christian Romance readers will be okay with the premarital sex. It is fairly clean though and rather fluffy.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who gives happy ears. I love her upbeat energy and the sass she gives Rosemary. She does a great job with the guys and kids, not trying to go too far. Her pace is swift and the none of her voice is very appealing. I am loving her in this contempo series.

    On to the next sister, what new surprises await us?

    Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.

    *** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

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