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  • September

  • Pride and Joy, Book 1
  • By: Robert Winter
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

David James is smart, successful, handsome...and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At 48, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Annika on 03-08-18

3.5 stars- 4 stars: Some hiccups, but still good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-18

This audiobook is proving a little hard for me to rate and review. I had some major hang-ups with some of the characters’ reactions, plot points, and some random details that rubbed me the wrong way. However, there were also some stellar parts that redeemed the not so loveable aspects; and that ending- wow! That alone was worthy of rounding up my rating.

September is a May-December romance by a new-to-me author. The writing flowed well, the dialogue kept the tempo upbeat and fit the characters, and I really liked the realistic aspects this couple faced considering their age gap and differing life experiences. While I liked both Brandon and David, and thought they complimented each other well, I struggled to really connect with David. This was exacerbated by David’s response to some external conflicts. That said, there were also conflicts that advanced the plot and developed the characters and relationship well, making September somewhat of a mixed bag. I had similar thoughts regarding the book’s pacing. The first part of the story was a little flat and slow, but that picked up as the relationship between the men blossomed. And again, the ending was just fantastic. I hadn’t expected some of the heartbreak and emotional aspects and those were developed and explained really well, leaving me eager to read more by the author, even though I had some issues with this particular title.

Although I hadn’t read this author before, I have listened to the narrator. Mr. Williams measured rhythm and voices worked well for the book and characters. This was definitely what I’d term an easy listen. Even though the story was emotional, the narrator didn’t overact or dramatize those moments, his enunciation was clear, and it flowed smoothly. I’d certainly recommend September to fans of May-December romances, or those who like second chance romances featuring a widowed main character.

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  • Wanted, a Gentleman

  • By: KJ Charles
  • Narrated by: Greg Patmore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Act the first: the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London, where lonely hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling. Act the second: a pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts) featuring a speedy carriage, sundry rustic, a private bedchamber. In the course of which are presented romance, revenge, and redemption, deceptions, discoveries, and desires - the particulars of which are too numerous to impart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A ridiculously good audio book

  • By Chris on 09-14-17

Different from my norm, but I really enjoyed it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

When this e-book first released, I skipped it because historical romances aren’t at the top of my list of must-read genres. However, I heard so much praise from readers who don’t normally read this trope that I added Wanted, A Gentleman to my to-read list after all. Once the audiobook released, I figured now was the time. Overall, I found the premise and characters incredibly unique and loved the sprinkling of fun moments and humor in a well-told story.

While I did end up loving it, I’ll admit I had my doubts at the start of the book and wasn’t quite sure how to take the characters, specifically Theodore Swann. The narrator was new to me, and though his accent, pronunciation, and performance fit the book’s time period quite well, it took me a bit to get used to the rhythm and language. I suspect this was somewhat due to the quirky characters, as well as it being a case of me being a bit out of my reading comfort zone. However, as the plot unfolded, I found myself very intrigued by the characters, their backstories, and the current events that thrust Theodore and Martin together. Even better, the book offered plenty of surprises that kept things interesting and left me eager to see how it all came together, or more precisely how it fell apart. For a relatively short book, Miss Charles packed a surprising amount of depth into the story and character development. I also really liked the brisk but measured pacing and the witty dialogue, which kept me engaged and even laughing at times. This was definitely a well-rounded book that I’ll listen to again.

Although I wish I hadn’t hesitated quite so long to read Wanted, A Gentleman, I am quite happy to have listened to the audiobook version because the narrator’s performance made the author’s characters and writing shine. I’d definitely recommend this title, even if you don’t typically read historical romances.

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  • Moment of Fate

  • Moments in Time
  • By: Karen Stivali
  • Narrated by: P. C.
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Bryan Dane's been living the dream - photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track, until he meets Oliver Newcastle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars- I expected more

  • By A T on 03-27-18

3.5 stars- I expected more

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Recently, I listened to a book with a narrator so good, I upped my rating. This time, the pendulum swung the other direction. I really enjoyed Moment of Fate when I read the e-book at its release last, so I was excited to listen to the audiobook, particularly since it featured a new narrator. After listening to the sample, I jumped right in. Sadly, this version was more of a miss than a hit for me.

One of my favorite aspects of Moment of Fate as the emotion and palpable chemistry that built between Oliver and Bryan. When I saw the book on audio, I was hopeful the narrator would deliver and maybe even enhance those moments with his performance. Unfortunately his style made the narrative monotonous and unemotional, and I quickly lost interest in reliving Bryan and Oliver’s unexpected romance. The flat tone and narration also affected my other favorite feature of the book- the fun dialogue and snappy banter. Miss Stivali’s style and humor in the written version made the characters pop and come alive, but the narrator’s measured pace and detached delivery substantially muted that aspect.

So often when I pick up audio versions of books I’ve read and enjoyed, I worry the voices the narrator chose won’t match up to those I previously envisioned, but that wasn’t the case here. I thought the pacing and voices P.C. used fit the book and characters well, I just wish he’d delivered all the emotion and bright dialogue that made the book memorable for me. Although I still enjoyed the story and reliving some great moments with this couple, it simply didn’t wow me like I hoped.

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  • Nothing Serious

  • The Bound Series, Book 4
  • By: Jessica Jarman
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Aaron Stevens likes his life the way it is. As a surgical resident, he doesn't have the time or inclination for a serious relationship. So the fact his lover lives halfway around the world and is fine with jetting off to exotic locales a couple times a year is as close to perfect as he can get. For years, Jack Hayes has been at Aaron's beck and call, satisfied with submitting to him whenever Aaron and his busy life allow. But after a change in his family's company, Jack has begun to examine what he really wants in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration and steamy story

  • By Cassi on 02-19-18

3.5 stars, rounding up for the 5 star narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I heard some praise about the Nothing Serious audiobook in and online group, so when the chance to listen and review the title became available, I was excited to see if it lived up to the hype. In many ways it did. I had never read a book within this series or even by the author before, but this title reads perfectly well as a standalone.

In general, I quite liked the characters in Nothing Serious. The pairing of Aaron and Jack was somewhat unexpected and the history of them and their interrelationships made things that much more interesting. I liked these two together and thought the emotional connection, though not as intense as the physical side, was present and developed more as the book progressed. Though the Dominant/submissive trope may not be my favorite, the scenes in Nothing Serious were hot, well-written, and their sexual relationship didn’t overshadow their developing romance nor decrease my interest in their story. My issue with Nothing Serious was twofold. Generally, I try not to judge plot devices or an author’s choices for their characters because it’s not my place as the reader, but every so often it’s unavoidable and that’s what happened here. The reasons for Aaron’s choice to stay closeted didn’t really fit with the character presented, especially considering how long he’d been in some sort of relationship with Jack. Try as I did to just roll with it, this plot point took me out of the story leaving me with more questions than answers, and when I did get answers they weren’t all that satisfying. The other aspect that kept me from loving Nothing Serious was it all got a little too easy in the end. For so much of the book, the communication between the men and Aaron making a choice to pursue a relationship with Jack was like pulling teeth, then the tipping point occurred (which I did really like), and it was just a quick fix and dismissal. Overall, I’d describe Nothing Serious as good, but not great.

What was great about this audiobook was the narration. Mr. Boudreaux’s tone, pacing, and character voices/accents brought the story to life and kept me fully engaged even when I grew frustrated with the characters and some plot points. If you’re at all considering this title, I highly recommend choosing the audiobook version because the performance definitely enhances the book.

*I was provided a copy of this audiobook. The publisher and author had no influence over this review*

  • Leaning into the Fall

  • Leaning Into Stories, Book 2
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He's made a fortune in the competitive high-tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut. And he believes in karma. It’s the only thing that makes sense. People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor’s daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn’t relationship material.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite book by a favorite narrator means a ver

  • By A T on 03-11-18

A favorite book by a favorite narrator means a ver

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Leaning Into the Fall is my favorite book of the series (my review of the book), so I was eagerly anticipating the audiobook version.When Miss Hayes announced one of my favorite narrators, Nick J. Russo, would be the one to bring Nick Jorgensen’s story to life, my excitement level ramped up. Happily, it was everything I hoped it would be. Seeing as I read this book before listening to it, I'm going to incorporate some of my original review of the book into this review of the audiobook.

In the other books of the series, Nick comes across as slightly oblivious to social cues and generally self-involved. Oft-referred to as “the absent-minded professor” by his friends, it’s clear his attitude isn’t mean-spirited on his part. However, it didn’t necessarily endear him to me either. While I always expected there was a lot more to his character, I hadn’t anticipated just how well developed his character would be in Leaning Into the Fall. The raw emotion, confusion, and frustration Miss Hayes tapped into telling this story was incredible and the narrator gave life to each and every one. I found his delivery of Nick’s frustration over his self-perceived flaws and Geordie’s grief particularly poignant. Nick’s character come alive over the course of the book, and the listener experiences his ups and downs right alongside him. I don’t know that Nick was technically a character in need of redemption, but it felt a little like that. The amount of growth he went through in this book made it a story that will be impossible to forget. Although Nick stole the show for me, I can’t deny Wes was an equally incredible hero with an interesting story. I loved how he approached Nick’s moments of genius and uncertainty, and the steady presence he provided proved that he was the perfect partner for Nick. Beyond that I liked hearing his personality really shine as he and Nick found their way together. I enjoyed the ebb and flow of this romance so much. Though this wasn’t a love story teeming with angst, it certainly felt like every good moment was earned.

Speaking directly to the narration, Mr. Russo maintained a nice rhythmic tempo throughout the audiobook, making this a smooth, easy read. Sometimes when I listen to a book after reading it, I struggle with the voices or accents the narrator chooses because they don’t fit with how I originally envisioned. I was very happy this wasn’t the case in Leaning Into the Fall. Mr. Russo’s voices for the characters were pleasant and distinct, ensuring I could follow along with the narrative and dialogue without any difficulty and without ever feeling it didn’t measure up to my imagination. I loved reliving my favorite parts of the book and think fans of this book, series, or author won’t regret picking up the Leaning Into the Fall audiobook at all.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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  • Between Ghosts

  • By: Garrett Leigh
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul. Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace - anything to ease the pain of his brother's death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Brilliant

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-27-16

Gripping, memorable story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Every time I pick up a book by Miss Leigh, I know I’m in for a story that will touch my soul. Reading the blurb for Between Ghosts reaffirmed this would be an intense hurt/comfort romance, and honestly I stalled listening to the audiobook because it hit a little close to home. However, once I started, it was impossible to stop listening until I knew how it would all play out.

Between Ghosts had an interesting approach to a military romance. Not only did it take place during war and with the deployed troops, but it also featured a civilian imbedded within the unit giving Miss Leigh the perfect opportunity to present two views of the action overseas without feeling like a political commentary. I liked that the hardships Connor and Nathan faced weren’t glamorized or glossed over. Though that meant the story was hard and often brought an ache to my heart or had my stomach bottoming out, it was memorable and honest.

I liked Connor and Nathan as individuals and as a couple, but with all the action blazing around them, there was a lot of story to tell and the romance was a little sporadic and felt slightly less important than the men’s personal journeys. The ending was intense, nerve-wracking, and ultimately well-done, but again the development between them felt lacking. I wish the resolution between Connor and Nathan wasn’t quite as rushed, because this could have easily been a 5 star read for me. I had become invested in both men, and I wanted that in depth conclusion. That said, I’ll undoubtedly listen to Between Ghosts again and would definitely recommend it to fans of military stories or hurt/comfort romances.

The narrator for Between Ghosts is one whom I’m familiar with thanks to other audiobooks by this author. Mr. Beck’s smooth, unhurried rhythm was a perfect fit for the intense story, allowing me to catch all the details even in the frantic battle scenes. Of course I loved his accent and appreciated the proper pronunciation of English words and turns of phrase, but it was his measured delivery that was most notable. He added just enough emotion to convey the mood in the scene, but the performance never felt overacted or took away from Miss Leigh’s narrative. If you’re a fan of audiobooks, I highly recommend trying this version of Between Ghosts because the narrator pairs perfectly with the story.


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  • Friendly Fire

  • By: Cari Z.
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job, his lover, and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he'd ever dreamed. He thinks he's put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats, and realizes it might not be as over as he'd hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By WMG on 08-14-17

3.5 stars- Good twists, lacked some depth early on

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I’ve enjoyed the romantic suspense series Cari Z co-wrote, so I decided to try one of her solo books. Friendly Fire had a lot of the hallmarks I love- interesting characters, punchy dialogue, fast-paced action scenes, and some hold-your-breath suspenseful moments. Sadly, although I loved a lot about this book, it did take a while for the characters to grow on me and I felt there were some missed opportunities.

Elliot’s past sparked my interest from the get go and as he filled Lennox in on the full story, I was even more intrigued. Similarly, I liked the idea of an ex-military soldier dealing with PTSD while adjusting to civilian life and being a good, reliable father to his daughter. Though both characters had interesting backstories, for much of the book they lacked some depth- both individually and then as a couple. Even the romance felt a bit superficial- the men got together fairly quickly and their relationship seemed more lust-fueled than a budding chemistry. As the story progressed, I could see Elliot and Lennox working as a couple, I just wished it had more time to fully develop. I did really enjoy the intensity of the action scenes in Friendly Fire, as well as the unexpected twists as the story wrapped. Overall, I liked the book and would definitely look for more of this author’s solo projects going forward.

Friendly Fire was narrated by Mr. Russo, who did a great job keeping a smooth rhythm and delivering the scenes with just the right amount of emotion without overacting. I’d certainly recommend this audiobook for fans of romantic suspense looking for an exciting read.

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  • Can't Hide From Me

  • By: Cordelia Kingsbridge
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Charles Hunter’s team is on a mission to extract an unidentified ATF agent from an undercover job gone wrong. All they’ve got to go on is the rendezvous location — until Charles recognizes the ex he hasn’t seen in years. Their "simple rescue mission" is about to get a lot more complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So exiting!

  • By Jessica on 08-19-17

3.5 stars- Hot physical chemistry, lacking romance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I love suspense mixed in with my romance, so Miss Kingsbridge has been on my list for a few months. Can’t Hide from Me is my first book by her, and I’ll definitely be reading more of her works. That said, while there were some things I loved, there were others that didn’t quite work for me in this book. Overall, I liked the writing style, found the physical chemistry between Angel and Charles crazy hot, enjoyed the bulk of the suspense, and really liked the action scenes.

Can’t Hide from Me started really quickly, with the first scene being an intense extraction for undercover ATF agent Angel. While the action was well-written, the barrage of character names and aliases coming at me quickly in audiobook form was a lot to make sense of. I think this less than ideal start was one of the reasons it took me a while to really commit to the story. However, I thought the second chance romance plot between agent Angel and one of the agents on his extraction team was promising.

Angel and Charles were a couple years ago, but with Charles still in the closet and a dramatic break-up, the bad blood and tension between these two was intense from the get go. Unfortunately, this was where things got a bit dicey for me. There was an obvious physical pull between them and, when they hooked up fairly quickly in the book, the simmering anger led to an explosive sex scene akin to an enemies-to-lovers romance. While there was no denying the author can write extremely sexy scenes, I failed to see any real promise for them to be a functional couple until the tail end of the book. I also grew really frustrated with their refusal to discuss their past and Angel’s constant prowling for bed companions. So, while I didn’t dislike Angel or Charles, I struggled to root for them to make it together.

The suspense aspects were up and down for me as well. I ascertained the correct identity of the stalker right away, but there were enough twists and well-done action scenes to keep things interesting. However, some of the law enforcement operations of the plot and the agents’ actions were a little unbelievable- sometimes unprofessional, sometimes just not safe or all that smart, and it ended up taking me out of the story a bit.

I will say Mr. Russo did a great job narrating the audiobook, injecting the appropriate emotion into the scenes and dialogue, and ensuring his pace matched that of the scene. All in all, Can’t Hide from Me was a good listen that ensured I’ll be checking out more of Miss Kingsbridge’s romantic suspense. I just wish I got more romance and emotional connection in this book rather than an intense physical chemistry that, while hot, had me repeatedly questioning the couple.

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  • Afraid to Fly

  • Anchor Point, Book 2
  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It's been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain. Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he's sober now and getting his life back on track.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By WMG on 09-02-17

Just about 4.5 stars for these two silver foxes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-17

Afraid to Fly is the second in Miss Witt’s Anchor Point series. There is some overlap of characters from the first book, but it can easily be read as a standalone. Once again, I was quickly pulled into the story with Miss Witt’s easy, fast-paced writing style. The characters were interesting and likable, and their lively banter and interactions entertaining. Sometimes second books in a series pale in comparison to the first, but I didn’t feel that with Afraid to Fly and I’ll definitely be continuing this series.

Afraid to Fly features two naval officers as the heroes, both with potentially career-derailing issues. I liked that aspect and enjoyed seeing the characters work through their concerns on their own and together when they affected their relationship. There was a lot of straight-forward communication between Travis and Clint, and I loved that. Due to the men being active in the military, Afraid to Fly contained more military life details, but I was pleased with how accurately the author portrayed these aspects. Though these elements were plentiful, they didn’t feel excessive or impertinent to progressing the characters’ stories. Beyond the conflicts involving military life and careers, there was a major side plot of Clint dealing with family and custody issues. While I liked the realism, it felt a bit redundant at times and I didn’t get as much of a resolution as I was hoping to in the end.

The romance between Clint and Travis progressed quickly without feeling forced or rushed, and I liked these two together. That said, I can’t help but compare books and the chemistry wasn’t quite as palpable as with the series’ first couple, though it improved as the plot progressed. The physical connection was definitely existent and what initially brought these two together, but their sex life was hampered by Travis’s injury so it progressed a bit differently than most romances. I thought this was a really interesting and unique element and liked how positive it remained with these two. However, like Clint’s family issues, it did get a bit redundant with Travis constantly worrying his physical limitations might hamper the relationship with Clint. So, overall, I liked the characters in Afraid to Fly, enjoyed their unique stories, and appreciated the amount of honesty in this book. Comparatively, I don’t know that I loved it as much as Just Drive, but if this were the first book in the series, I wouldn’t hesitate to come back for more.

As with Just Drive, Afraid to Fly was narrated by the talented Mr. Russo, who never fails to deliver a solid performance and make the book come alive. Now my only debate is whether I wait for the third book to release in audio form or go back to Anchor Point even sooner. If you’re a fan of military romances or older characters, I definitely recommend this title and series.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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  • Wrapped Up in Chains

  • By: Cindy Sutherland
  • Narrated by: John Anthony Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn't believe in romance, and has never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie. Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was 16. He's still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom. When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, not so good narrator

  • By Diane on 12-20-17

2.5 stars rounded up

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I’m not completely sure what went wrong for me in Wrapped Up in Chains, or rather I’m not sure if it was more a case of the story or narrator that made me struggle with this audiobook. I rarely read books with a BDSM theme, but after reading reviews that this was a fairly tame BDSM book and primarily a sweet romance, I decided to try it. Perhaps my lack of enthusiasm for the trope was a reason I didn’t fall in love with this story, but it simply never secured my full interest.

This is the first book I’ve read by Miss Sutherland, and I found her writing okay with well-flushed out characters and an interesting plot. Wrapped Up in Chains had a hurt/comfort vibe to it and the author did a good job balancing the difficult, sometimes traumatic things Devon and Chase faced with the positives they experienced together. I also liked how Chase grew and matured over the course of the book. Though much of the conflicts were interesting and added a nice element of angst, toward the end of the book the resolutions felt simple at times, only to surprise me with an over-dramatized twist. The up and down momentum of the conflict felt odd, though I think part of that was my lack of connection to the story overall.

The narrator for the Wrapped Up in Chains audiobook was new to me as well. John Anthony Davis had a good tone and rhythm to his performance, but I didn’t much care for the voices he used for the characters - particularly Chase. The voice Mr. Davis chose for Chase was reminiscent of the 16-year old naïve boy Chase was when he first ran away. With Chase being a 23 year old man who lived through a number of traumatic experiences, it simply didn’t fit and it made the sex scenes particularly awkward to listen to as the BDSM play came back into Devon and Chase’s relationship.

Unfortunately, there were a number of aspects in both the story and narration of Wrapped Up in Chains that didn’t quite work for me and prevented me from ever feeling a strong investment in the story. As I tend to not be a huge fan of the BDSM trope, I’m rounding up because that certainly could be where I lost some connection to the characters and there were enough positives and hurt/comfort elements to make this a good choice for other readers.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*