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K. April Holgate

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  • Three Early Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By J.D. Salinger
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    A young and ambitious writer named Jerome David Salinger set his goals very high very early in his career. He almost desperately wished to publish his early stories in The New Yorker magazine, the pinnacle, he felt, of America’s literary world. But such was not to be for several long years and the length of one long world war. But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent, a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness....

    Trish says: "Wistful, deep stories of early Catcher in The Rye"
    "Great narrator, plotless stories"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was very well written but the scenes lacked a point. The stories felt like they were pulled from a bigger book. There really was no real detail of where the story was going or even why the reader should care.


    Would you recommend Three Early Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

    It you are a fan of Salinger's prose, then you will love it, I was not a huge fan so it did not work as well for me. The stories flow nicely, they just never go anywhere.


    What about Mike Dennis’s performance did you like?

    He has a awesome voice that really kept me engaged, even after I was bored with the story. Such a yummy deep timber that was a joy to listen to throughout. He had clear voices that stayed consistent in each story. I would love to hear more of his reads, especially on smexy books!


    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Mating Brand

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By G. C. VanCoudts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Brand meets his dream girl in college - a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies, but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.

    karen says: "“Mine” she whispered against his skin “Fuck Yes""
    "Yummy smexy read!!!"
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    I was really hoping the next book in the series would be one of the brothers. Brand is delicious, but I was digging all those smexy siblings.

    The book is slightly non-linear, we get the back story and then jump forward nine years. My major problem with the plot is that they were together and she leave him to mate with someone else. In my world that smacks of cheating. I know there are circumstances, aren't there always.

    Brand is delicious and Alpha and oh so protective. I kind of like that he was all about forgiving and getting his woman back. I was expecting that to be a bone of contention, but he was awfully sweet and understanding.

    Charma is great in the beginning, then that mating takes a lot of the spunk out of her. It is nice to watch her grow and get back to who she was before. It is a tough journey.

    Again with the insta hate between shifters. I feel like that is strange. I know they are basically dogs and cats, natural enemies, blah, blah, blah. The problem I have is that they are humans as well, they live in our society, so general rules should apply. Trying to kill someone on the street or fearing you will be killed in a college classroom, seem extreme. Okay, so I guess I have two complaints.

    The rest of the story flowed nicely. Plenty of action and movement in the plot. I love the mixed narrative, it really helps you understand the two leads. Hearing their POV gives you greater insights into their motivations and feelings.

    Oh course the steam is yummy and oh so detailed. Reunion smexy time is hawt!! What I wouldn't give for a smexy dominant wolf!! They really know how to talk naughty and follow through!!! Have a very cold shower ready!!!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by G. C. VonCloudts, who does a great job. Plenty of variation in the voices and consistency. She has a great tone that leads itself to the material. I loved her energy throughout the read, especially in the naughty bits! The girl gives good voice!

    I do enjoy this series and I can only hope there will be more. I think it is kind of on the back burner because of Ms Dohner's other more popular series. Fingers crossed there will be more to come and all the siblings get HEA!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magick Provoked: Pentacles of Magick

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eliza Gayle
    • Narrated By Johanna Fairview
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As a demon hunter, Noah has seen and done it all...until his twin sends him to rescue a woman he wanted to forget. Noah Scott is a mercenary hell bent on ridding the world of evil, one demon at a time. He walked away from the family prophecy determined to do things his way. Until one woman had tempted him then left without a trace. Jessie has spent her whole life hiding her darker side from those who would never accept her. When she met gorgeous Noah she knew he would be different and their passion ignited a connection neither of them understood.

    K. April Holgate says: "The end of the series..."
    "The end of the series..."
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    Sigh, the end of a series is always bittersweet. I was really loving the stories for the smexy twins. I could have used a but more in the resolution of the major plot, but it was great in the romance.

    I love yummy alpha types like Noah. He is all boss and Dom voice. Jesse really does not stand a chance. They have such awesome chemistry and the history makes the feeling believable.

    I was a bit disappointed in the end of the plot with the uncle, I just wanted more. There was so much build during the series, then it just kind of ends in ten minutes. I would love o see this book expanded, giving us more of the voodoo priestess and coven. I feel like there is so much story there that could be told.

    The narrative is a great mix of the leads and the bad gut. Mostly you get Noah and Jesse's POV, which gives you insight into their true feelings. There are many more layers at play here because they were together before and the issues with her demon half being secret.

    The steam is delicious. This series has rode the edge of BDSM, there are elements of Dominance and submission, without the scenes and protocols. Really hot and smexy lovin in this book. Oh yeah, Noah is definitely the roughest brother in the bedroom. Leaves me fanning my face.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Johanna Fairview, who does a great job with the read. She has a deeper raspy tone to her voice. It really works for the smexy scenes and the men's voices. She also added just the right touch of softness to the women's voices. When it comes to the energy of the smexy scenes, this narrator really gets into things! You can feel the action and tension of the moment in her enthusiastic narration! I loved her work throughout the series. I will definitely be looking for more of her reads. She gives good voice!

    This was a really interesting series, just short. It would be great to see the stories expanded, because there is so much that could be played with. With all the combustible relationships and quick love, I missed some of the natural build. Some of the couples had great banter, it was sadly cut short. The BDSM elements could be enhanced as well. This is all nit picking, at the end of the day I was entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Force of Magick: Pentacles of Magick

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eliza Gayle
    • Narrated By Johanna Fairview
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Dennison Scott is destined to succumb to his dark magick unless he finds and takes his empathic mate, a female born into the prophecy. But this earth witch has already forged a bond with his current lover, Jake that he has no intention of breaking. Curse or no curse.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy menage read!!!!!"
    "Yummy menage read!!!!!"
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    Oh yeah, this is an uber smexy read!! The third book in the series is all about the steam!!! It does continue the on going story line, but mostly is is about the smexy time!!

    The narrative is mixed between the three leads and of course the bad guy. The is also a whisper more with a couple other supporting character's POV. It really helps keep the events of the series moving. Denn is yummy, Jake is a dream boat and Raven is surprisingly sweet. They make a great triad, if they can get past the distrust and past indiscretions.

    The smexy time takes up a good chunk of this book. You get plenty of variety with MM, MF and finally MMF. Oh yeah, this one is sure to stoke the fires of many a reader!!! Holy hot and heavy!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Johanna Fairview, who does a great job with the read. She has a deeper raspy tone to her voice. It really works for the smexy scenes and the men's voices. She also added just the right touch of softness to the women's voices. When it comes to the energy of the smexy scenes, this narrator really gets into things! You can feel the action and tension of the moment in her enthusiastic narration!

    The ending of this book is also a chunk of the beginning for the next book. Really smart way to draw the reader in if they are not already invested in the outcome of the series. I can not wait to see Noah get his HEA and find out how the series will end!!! Looks to be a really interesting twist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magick Ignited: Pentacles of Magick Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Eliza Gayle
    • Narrated By Johanna Fairview
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Cash Scott has drifted for years, abusing his magick and playing the bad boy. Now as his time as a free witch is coming to an end, he plans a last ditch effort to save his brothers. What he finds instead is himself on a collision course with Selene, a hot little firestarter with a death wish, unable to control her power or escape her past. The perfect woman. Selene's accidental contact with a dark force she can't define, throws her into a situation unlike any she has seen before. But the last thing she needs right now is an all-consuming attraction to a man she can't trust.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Quick Read"
    "Yummy Quick Read"
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    Another smoldering hot read, not just because she is a fire-starter!! This open is just as quick with the smexy lusty action as the first book. I am forgiving, because I understand the insta-connection the author is trying to establish. I generally like more build, but with the length of the story, I see the need for getting to the steam right away.

    Cash is delicious and tortured. Those are the sort of Alpha men you just cannot wait to see fall for the right lady. Selene is his perfect match. She may play the tough girl but she goes all soft and squishy for her man. I love their banter, makes me wish there could have been more time spent in that stage of the relationship.

    This book is a mixed narrative, giving the two leads POV and a couple bonus supporting character's perspective as well. It helps you get to the heart of the matter and draws you more into the story. I prefer this style because it enhances the world building and lets you know the leads on a more personal level. I adore getting into their heads and seeing both sides of the romance.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Johanna Fairview, who does a great job with the read. She has a deeper raspy tone to her voice. It really works for the smexy scenes and the men's voices. She also added just the right touch of softness to the women's voices. When it comes to the energy of the smexy scenes, this narrator really gets into things! You can feel the action and tension of the moment in her enthusiastic narration! Really great pace as well, keeps things moving right along.

    As I suspected the stories are all tied with the connecting thread of the curse. I expect that will not be resolved until the last brother gets his HEA. Definitely eager to know more about dishy Denn and a certain coven witch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed Magick: Pentacles of Magick

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eliza Gayle
    • Narrated By Johanna Fairview
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    His perfect match - or the woman destined to steal his soul? Graelen Scott has lived his entire life under the shadow of a prophecy - a curse that gave him unlimited power guaranteed to seduce him to an early grave. When a Tarot historian shows up with stolen family cards and a theory of balance, all hell breaks loose. But his insatiable lust for the blue-eyed beauty clouds his judgment, making it difficult for him to separate fact from fiction.

    K. April Holgate says: "Quick smexy read"
    "Quick smexy read"
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    This is a very interesting story and loads of yummy steam. There is insta-lust that has connected feelings. I do not hate that aspect, it is just something you have to accept in this series.

    The background story is spaced out in the book. It takes a bit to really get the gist of what is happening with the magic and the world that is being created. I expect more will be revealed as the series continues. With four brothers, two sets of twins, I am thinking things will be very connected.

    Graelen is very dark and delicious!! He is a serious Alpha guy, oh good lordy! Rena really does not stand a chance against all that power and sex appeal. They are a great pairing, once they get past the distrust.

    The steam is uber hot!! There are some very interesting moments here, a bit of a psychic menage, totally hot!!! There is also some BDSM type play, not serious protocols, but definitely tied down with ropes! For a short read there is a real smexy punch!

    The book is mostly from the two leads POV, giving you great insights into their characters. There is also a brief moment of the bad guy's perspective. It is a great way to make the read more engaging.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Johanna Fairview, who does a great job with the read. She has a deeper raspy tone to her voice. It really works for the smexy scenes and the men's voices. She also added just the right touch of softness to the women's voices. When it comes to the energy of the smexy scenes, this narrator really gets into things! You can feel the action and tension of the moment in her enthusiastic narration!

    I can not wait to jump into the next book, yummy twin brother Cash! Oh yeah, I expect plenty of heat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Purrfect Mate: Mating Heat, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By G. C. VonCloudts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (329)

    Shannon is a quarter puma but can't shift. She's just a human with a few extra genes. But she knows how dangerous shifters are and now she's their prey. Then she's rescued by the biggest werewolf of them all. He's the sexiest male she's ever seen - jet-black hair, muscular body, piercing dark eyes and a growl that heats her blood. As the future alpha of his pack, Anton knows a cat will never be accepted. There'll be hell to pay. But it's mating heat, and he’s about to lose all control to that driving sexual need.

    BluBumbleB says: "Super Steaming Alpha Hotness!"
    "Yummy smexy read!!!"
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    Woowza, that is another uber hot read for this series!!! Good lord, warn a gal so she can have a cold shower ready!!!

    I love yummy Alpha to be Anton. He is just scrumptious!!! A gal could do worse than a smexy bossy wolf. Sure he was a player before, but once his wolf decides on a mate, all bets are off!!!

    Shannon is sweet, if a bit naive. I understand she is fighting deep cat instincts, that is the only reason I did not find her a wimp. She has plenty of sass and gumption, if she could just get those instincts under control.

    The narrative is mixed between the two leads, really smooth transitions from one POV to another. You really get into their heads with this style. I think it helps make them more engaging and real to the reader.

    I generally enjoyed the story, but feel the animosity is exaggerated. I know they are shifters, but they are human too. How is it okay to just attack some one because they are in your territory. Seriously, you own the supermarket? Every time an new wolf met poor Shannon they threatened to kill her, not a single word spoke, just straight up death threat with no introductions. Sure, that is how things run in a civilized world.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by G. C. VonCloudts, who does a great job. Plenty of variation in the voices and consistency. She has a great tone that lends itself to the material. I loved her energy throughout the read, especially in the naughty bits! I am super thankful she did not take Shannon to a whiny place, she kept her anxious without being nasal. The.The girl gives good voice!

    Overall I enjoyed the read, once I set aside the annoyance at the insta-death threats. It was another great book in this little series. I hope we get a HEA for each brother and that yummy cousin!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Harner
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    By all accounts, Crease Martin was nothing but a homeless drunk and a lousy informant, but Dani counted him as one of hers. Now she'll stop at nothing to find his murderer. With a red silk handkerchief under the body as her first clue, Dani wants a quick break. When a handsome stranger practically strolls up to the crime scene, Dani can't help but notice his expensive Italian suit, red silk tie, and empty breast pocket. Could he be who she's looking for?

    K. April Holgate says: "Grown up Romeo and Juliet with a side of thriller"
    "Grown up Romeo and Juliet with a side of thriller"
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    This is such a great engaging read. The romance is combustible, meaning there is not a lot of time between the first meeting and smexy sheet time. While the feelings are rather quick, I loved seeing them fall.

    Dani is kind of a tough chick, ya gotta be to be a detective in the same precinct as you father. Her no nonsense attitude rocks! It is great that she can fall for a tough gut but stay true to her independent spirit.

    Hawk is yummy, most bad boys are, there is just something about them. He is mostly reformed, which puts him as a sort of good guy. I am fine with the grey area. For such a toughie, he has no trouble laying his heart bare.

    The smexy time has just enough detail to keep things naughty. Plenty of hot and heavy time for these two, serious lust at first sight. The romance is heavily built on that chemistry and leans to more feelings.

    The overall story was engaging and dynamic at times. The great thing about it is the mixed narrative. You get the leads POV, but you also get a host of other supporting characters, including the bad guy. Definitely makes for a more rounded tale. Some very intricate relationships, the story keeps you on your toes and guessing!

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, who is excellent. Her energy and pace really make the read move through the action and smexy scenes. She has a delightful tone that worked for all the characters. All the voices were consistent and distinct throughout the read. I would love top hear more or her work as she added to the enjoyment of the read.

    I wasn't sure I would enjoy this cop and bad boy romance, but I really was swept away with the leads. Great story telling and a nice little thriller mixed into the romance.

    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
  • Chances Are: Paradise Point, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Bretton
    • Narrated By LC Kane
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Three weeks to the day after Maddy Bainbridge announced her engagement to Aidan O'Malley, she found herself stripped and held hostage in the bridal department of the Short Hills Saks in front of her family, her future in-laws, and a PBS research assistant named Crystal whose tattoos were outnumbered only by her piercings. Maddy is no bridezilla and Aidan is starting to talk about eloping, but they're no match for their wedding-obsessed families.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great second book in the series"
    "Great second book in the series"
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    As I was ambivalent about the first book, I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. The great thing about this book is that it takes up into the HEA, you get to see them working out the real life snags. There are some really wonderful moments with the supporting cast that make the book sing! I was really into this book, which is unique because I generally like my romances to have new leads each time around.

    We get to see the whole family dynamic and how it is changing with Maddy and Aiden's relationship. There is drama, there is angst and most of all there is love!! Alright, so it is more drama than anything, but that was what I was in the mood for today.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by LC Kane, who is great. I love her sweet even tone, it really fits the read. Great pace keeps the story moving along. I also like that she did not try to go too deep for the men. I enjoyed her energy throughout and the emotion she was able to convey. This read smoother than the first book in the series. Just watch those hissing "S"s, I had to adjust my earphones at one point. I will be looking for more of her work!

    While this was a great visit again with Maddy and Aiden, I would love to see other supporting characters take the lead in the next book. I am a sucker for everybody getting their 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
  • Shore Lights: Paradise Point NJ, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Barbara Bretton
    • Narrated By LC Kane
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Maddy Bainbridge left her Jersey Shore home town right after high school, determined to put as many miles as possible between herself and her many meddling relatives.

    Rio says: "Not just a romance"
    "Sweet romance!!"
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    This is what I have come to expect from Ms Bretton, a sweet romance with loads of family drama to sort out. I generally enjoyed the story behind this sweet romance. There are many levels to delve into.

    This is more of a mature romance, not my typical fav. I like things with more action all around. Still a sweet single mom and a smexy fire-fighter single dad is a treat. There is much story here, so many wonderful supporting characters. While it is a romance there is a great deal of fiction in the story as well. It takes you on a slow ride through their lives.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by LC Kane, who is great. I love her sweet even tone, it really fits the read. Greta pace keeps the story moving along. I also like that she did not try to go too deep for the men. I enjoyed her energy throughout and the emotion she was able to convey. The only negative is that it gets breathy at times, I am not a fan of hearing the narrator take large breaths, but that is more of an editing thing. I will be looking for more of her work!

    Overall this was a sweet book that kept me entertained at work. I was not over the moon in love with it, but that had more to do with my mood than the storytelling. For fans of inter-generational stories, and mature couples in romance, this will be a great read. The story continues in the second book of the series, following the same leads.

    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
  • Me and My Ghoulfriends: Larue Donavan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rose Pressey
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    There's always fun to be had on a ghoul's night out. By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she's a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won't leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he's in charge of her lovelife. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It's the living who drive her crazy. When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door.

    Pamela says: "Good Story ..."
    "Interesting read"
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    This was a very interesting read. I would also like to say it highlights my point about finding the right narrator for the audiobook. This book has some dialogue that can seem juvenile if not presented properly. The narration was performed in a mature manner and helped elevate the book. I read another series with similar dialogue but with a very youthful narrator, that was unsuccessful all around. This is why it is crucial to have the right combination of story and read for the audio. It really can make it or break it.

    I generally enjoyed the concept, I am usually a sucker for the ghost themes. This one has some fun turns, President Lincoln is a real hoot! I was also intrigued by the other spirits she encounters. I wish more of the book were about the ghost hunting and helping, less about the moping around because of a guy.

    Larue is a great character, most of the time. She does see a bit immature at times. I love her banter with her BFF Mindy, although they are a little slow on the uptake. I would have loved to see more hi-jinks from them. Mostly it was a case of tell about events after rather than showing them while they are happening.

    The whole book is from Larue's POV, which limits things a bit. I under stand why we can not get some of the other characters, I just wish there were more narrative insights.

    This is a pretty light romance, and bedroom free, totally clean. I expect there will be more romance in the next book, this one was mostly angst.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Klett, who does a fantastic job. She has a great tone that transcends the youthful dialogue. Had she not kept the maturity in her read, this could have been a very different review. Her pace is terrific, just swift enough to keep the story moving when it lagged. Her voices were great, she didn't try to butch it up for the men but she did give them a masculine touch. I will definitely be looking for more of her reads!

    Overall, this was a good read and entertaining. The beginning is engaging, the middle lags, and then the end kind of leave you hanging. Not a huge cliff hanger, but definitely not resolved.

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

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