Cillian works for the mysterious Special Branch 20: an organization that runs black ops commissioned by the British government. His specialty is deep undercover assignments with virtually no support. He's been alone for so long that he no longer knows anything else. Mal's also used to being alone. Wanted in several states and even more countries, he's not allowed in the vicinity of any of his former Navy SEAL teammates. And his current assignment is to track Cillian in order to discover the spook's endgame. Except he's no longer sure which one of them is getting played.
Ths is a book one in a series but feels like its deeper in. I admit I was a bit at a loss in the beginning but started following better as the story went on and more backstory is dropped. The characters are from the Hell and High water series and another of S E Jakes series. I do suggest you read them first so you know who Prophet and Tom are and the man that both Cillian and Mal are chasing.
The story is short so I am not going into depth because it would drop spoilers. All I can say is this is a great build up into a new series. I can't wait for the full-length story. There is lots of hot-steamy sex, sex clubs, murder and mayhem, some shocking revelations and twists galore in such a short story. My jaw aches from dropping so much!
Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company - no relation. But he keeps the "no relation" part to himself when he meets dashing architect Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn't exactly lie, but he figures it can't hurt for Neal to believe he's a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn't want Neal thinking he's a gold digger.
So I am usually no huge fans of billionaire romances but this being a Dreamspun Desire I know it's about the tropes and May/December IS one of my favorites. I will admit I fell in love with Neil and Hayden. There was something about Neil that didn't hit me as the typical billionaire. I loved both characters and the story line. There was a lot packed into a short story and it really worked.
Colin Darcy brought both Neil and Hayden to life. He showed lots of emotion and passion.
Software engineer Cruz Guthrie needs money for his sister's cancer treatments. He needs it so badly, he's willing to stand in for a ghost hunter friend and investigate a millionaire's supposed specters. It should be an easy gig - after all, nobody thinks the haunting is real. Neurological researcher Brody Weber is furious that Cruz would take advantage of Brody's father. But his mind changes when spirits manifest - and he realizes Cruz genuinely wants to help. When they learn the paranormal activity centers on Brody, Cruz is willing to fight to free Brody from the entities determined to make his life miserable. With a little help from friends and family - both living and dead - they must figure out why Brody is attracting spirits and how to banish them. Only then can they pursue a future together.
A Charlatan's Conquest is a fast-paced, fun story. I found it a breath of fresh air.
Attiene has asked his friend Cruz to step in for him on a ghost cleansing. He knows there are no ghosts there and made it clear to the client he felt this way. Loren is adamant there are ghosts so Attiene throws a large sum thinking Loren will back down but he doesn't. in the meantime Attienne is injured so he offers Cruz the job knowing he needs the money for family issues.
Brody, Loren's son, comes in when he hears the news that his dad has hired a ghost hunter. as they get to know each other he begins to trust Cruz, especially when a twist occurs and we find out more about the haunting.
Though there are ghosts the story is still light, fun and sexy.
Bridging the hatred of centuries did not come easy for Freyrík Farr and Ayden Vaska. As prince of a war-torn human province, Freyrík could ill afford to fall for an enemy. And Ayden, an elven warrior with 300 years of bitterness in his heart, wanted no part of love. Yet they came together despite themselves and the wills of their peoples, joining hearts and minds to fight a race of Dark Beasts threatening the extinction of mankind.
This is book two in a series and it needs to be read in order, as this book picks up after the other.
I will admit I liked the first book better. I had high expectations for this one and it sort of drug out in spots. Don't get me wrong it's still a great book. There is a lot of twists and turns and shocking times that made me cringe. Poor Ayden goes through so much in this book. Both Ayden and Freyrick go through a lot to try to be together. I was a little disappointed that we follow these guys on this epic journey then the battle is slightly skated over. I would have liked to see more of the battle, and had a few loose ends I would have liked answers too. However, the epilogue was cool.
If you like epic fantasy, Elves, and some twists this is for you! Giles Barron gives such a great narration that brings so much to the story. He adds such passion and action that makes this book a hard to put down once you start it.
Ayden's life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he's captured in battle, he is enslaved in the service of a human prince, Freyrik Farr. Freyrik's always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Teetering on a dagger's edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world.
I don't read a lot of high fantasy but on occasion one catches my attention. I do like an occasional story of elves. I was glad to get a chance to listen to this.
Ayden is an elf and he and his sister get captured by humans. He finds himself a slave to the prince to save his sister.
Freyrick is enamored with the elf that was captured on their land. He takes the elf as a slave and finds that Ayden is not an enemy.
This is an exciting well-written fantasy with Elves, humans, kings, princes, slaves. There is a lot going on. I liked the slow burn of the relationship between Freyrick and Ayden. I like the dynamics of the story. I will warn you there is violence.
Craig Beck always is a great narration of a story. I loved the way he gave each character a distinctive voice. He also makes the story exciting and I didn't want to stop listening. It's a long story so hard to listen in one day but I made it in two. You may want to have book two handy since this ends in a cliffhanger and you will want to dive right into the next!
Hearing those words from his very straight, very ex-best friend doesn’t put Nate in a helpful mood. Not only did Kellan Brooks’s father destroy Nate’s family in his quest for power, but Kellan broke Nate’s heart back in high school. Nate thought he could trust his best friend with the revelation that he might be gay, only to find out he was horribly wrong and become the laughingstock of the whole school. Kellan must be truly desperate if he’s turning to Nate now.
Kellen and his dad have a falling out leaving him homeless and penniless. He turns to his once best friend for help both in making his father mad and a place to live until he finds a job. It is hard to like Kellen. He is spoiled, lazy and seems to want a lot form Nate.
Nate has always had a crush on his friend until in highschool Kellan turned on him and made him a laughing stock now he has turned up wanting Nate to play boyfriend for revenge.
The story did have a good premise. I never really connected to either character but with a side character Eli. This book was Ok. It started off slow but did get better. Chet Daniel gave a good narration.
If you like frenemies to lovers, revenge on daddy, fallen from grace, and a fair romance you may like this one.
Victory should be sweet for pro quarterback, Cade Prescott. He's won the Super Bowl MVP, has a baby on the way, and is marrying the love of his life, librarian Andie Wales. Raised by foster parents, Cade yearns to be part of a real family. Unfortunately, his mother is running from the law, and Andie refuses to plan the wedding unless her future mother-in-law is included. Meanwhile, their enemies have not given up, and unbeknownst to Andie and Cade, they are on their way to exact revenge.
This is book six in the Intercepted By Love ( The QuarterBacks Heart Series) As I mentioned before you do have to read this series in order. The first 5 books were amazing. In my honest opinion, this book could have been tied up in the last one. There was an exciting twist with some action though. All in all, it is a good book and Chris Abel makes it interesting and you don't want to quit. Another plus is it is short enough to listen in one sitting!
Cade is arrested and thrown in jail. To save Andie from danger, he tells her they're through, done. Instead of abandoning Cade, Andie is drawn into a sting operation to prove his innocence. Andie disappears on Cade, sending him on a desperate search. Can Andie and Cade unravel all the forces conspiring to keep them apart and intercept the love they both deserve? Small cliff-hanger. Andie and Cade's love story is complete in Part Five, but will their wedding come across without a hitch? Find out in Part Six where wedding jitters and lurking danger threaten Andie and Cade's future happiness.
This is book five and you do have to read these in order as they each pick up where the other left off. This book has so much going on, lots of action, twists, and turns, blackmail, a touch of finality as a lot of the loose ends get tied, BUT there is one more book so I wonder what twist will be next!
I read the book and it was very good, but These narrations by Chris Able make it even better. Chris Able brings the characters to life, even gives Andie a voice. The audios are just over 3 hours so easy to listen in an afternoon or whenever you choose. They make chores go much faster as they pull you into the story!
I highly recommend this series and don't worry if you're not a sports fan... it's more smoking hot romance.
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Chubby geek Jimmy Zebulon’s heart broke the day his high school crush, Danny Parker, looked on as his teammates tormented Jimmy. Fifteen years later, Jimmy is long gone, and from his ashes has risen Graham Swann, a movie-star-handsome law firm owner. Graham thinks Jimmy and his past are long forgotten - until attorney Dan Parker shows up for his first day of work. Getting injured playing college ball was the best thing that ever happened to Dan. It turned his future in a better direction and allowed him to emerge from the closet that trapped him.
Graham has a secret past that he wants to keep hidden. He is no longer the geeky, fat, pimply faced boy that was picked on in high school. He is now trim due to his marathons, triathlons, and training. He is a successful attorney with his own growing practice. When he meets dan at a triathlon there is a niggling of familiarity but he can't place it. Then he finds out his new hire is none other than Danny Parker the football player that did nothing to help him the day he was shoved in the mud by Dan's peers. The reason he swore to change and never be That boy again.
Having torn his knee in college football was the best thing could happen to Dan. He wasn't happy playing football. He went on to be a successful attorney, marry a man and adopt a lovely daughter. Now a single dad he needed more time with his growing daughter so when a colleague from law school contacted him for her firm he moved from New York and a little closer to home.
This is a sweet take on the ugly duckling trope and office romance. Its a sweet story with some twists and a few sad moments. I fell in love with both men but little Lacey stole my heart.
The narration is good and I really enjoyed listening to the story. Since I read the book too, I think I liked the narration even better.
Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he's adamant that they don't need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes. Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon's novels and begins to woo the vamp.
Fallon is a vampire and is the silent partner of the Dead and Breakfast a B & B for paranormal beings. His partner Tanner is a bear shifter and with winter coming on he is feeling sluggish and wants help. Fallon likes being left alone to write his books.
Carter is a Mountain Lion shifter and happy to get an interview for the famous dead and Breakfast as day manager. Tanner likes him and hires him. He is a boon to business as he is a very outgoing and enthusiastic.
But as soon as he meets Fallon he realizes they are mates and begins wooing him. Fallon isn't as quick to accept that they could possibly be mates. And then things really start going wrong.
I thought this as a fun book to read. There are so many kinds of paranormal beings, each one fun in itself. I especially liked Tom the werewolf. There is a lot of worldbuilding and it really works for this story. I liked the authenticity. I had one issue. Carter is introduced as a Moutain lion shifter, then Fallon calls him a puma a few times and cougar once then back to Moutain Lion. I got very confused and had to keep going back. Other than that, the story is sweet and fun with a bit of spice.
I listened to this in Audio and the narration by DorianBane really made the story pop. He gives each character a unique voice, I enjoyed the audio version much more than the book.
If you like Vampires, Cat shifters, werewolves, other paranormal beings, and an allover fun romance this is for you.
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