It was supposed to be a simple mission. Locate a kidnapper’s vessel. Rescue the woman. Return her home. Collect a reward. Instead, the first mate of the Gypsy Moth finds himself married to a galactic crime lord’s daughter and fighting off those that would make her a widow. Busy watching his back while keeping her safe, Damon misses the deadliest attack of all. The one on his heart. She’s taken it, and he’s got to decide whether giving up his freedom is worth the price of love.
The first thought I had when I started this audiobook is that the caveat was actually read about the story and characters being fiction and not real. I had to snort, knowing that anyone thinking that something dreamed up from the mind of Ms. Langlais might resemble someone/something. That a floating octo-creature speaking in blurps might be mistaken for someone you know made me laugh. From there, the story just got interesting with all of the characters and twists. I loved how Michi's family was family no matter how bad or good they were. And the CHOCOLATE!! OMG, it was a great take on the chocolate. Damon was perfect as the First Mate and his attitude towards Michi.
Logan McAllister did a fine job with the narration, the different voices, tones and such. The narration did start off a little on the slow part. I'm a 1.0 speed listener. But as the action got moving, things were good. There were parts where when it was more narrative, that the story did seem to flatten out while listening.
Overall, the humor and wit that I've come to expect from Ms. Langlais' stories was definitely present with a side of space opera romance. I enjoyed listening to the First Mate's Accidental Wife.
Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt is better at risking her life than her heart. Not that she expects to do either when she flies to Maui to help her special forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not such an easy job, because she’s forced to work - and live - in close quarters with smoking-hot army hero Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night stand she can’t forget - he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.
Jake is down right, take home to momma drool worthy. Ella was a darling. Her conflict and her back & forth with her fox was drawn out and dramatic. There was quite a bit of action with the story. It was a good way to wrap up the series. There was a tidbit of each of the guys and their mates. While there was a lot more that we could have learned about the bad guys, I was happy that the story wasn’t dragged down with details about the hows and wheres of the bad guys.
Kelsey Osborn continues the streak as the awesome narrator in bringing these stories to life. She creates the story in front of you bringing the words off of the pages in story teller style. Drawing the listener in as if sitting in front of her.
As the last in the series, it was still completely stand alone. Hopefully we won’t have to leave the beaches of Hawaii for long.
Eoin Grant hasn't encountered a female of his race in decades, and this crazy person's scent declares her unmated. Fate set her in his path, and he won't let this opportunity slip through his claws. No matter how wary she is of him. After all, how many chances does a dragon have at finding love? But fate can be a crueler mistress than his perfect mate. Of all things, she thinks she's human. But she's been around enough shifters to know the look, and she won't go down that road again.
This was the perfect book to start off in audio for the series! Okay, it's also the first in the series. BUT, OMG! You have to listen to this, it will leave you in a perfect mood. Have a commute to work – listen to this! Have house work, listen to this!, Have family you want to ignore - listen to this! The narrator, Diane Lehman, brought the perfect inflection and tone to life. Just as it would sound in my head if I were to read it myself.
And the book, what a riot! A mean ol' dragon that that wants to be loved for his art meets his match with a sassy business woman. Angie is perfect as the woman who is just getting by, doesn't need anyone to give her any crap & doesn't want someone to see any of her real issues. Her spunk and level of sarcasm are just perfect to take on a dragon.
I felt a connection to Angie from the opening lines. After all, her day started much like a normal day rush that we all contend with everyday! From that point forward, I kept cheering for her and could certainly see how "life gets in the way" This was a fun romp with hawt shifters, misunderstandings, and flip-flops.
Dragons, duty, destined mates, and a deadly rival... Silas Llewellyn, the last of a once-mighty dragon clan, doesn’t have time for anything but work and duty. He certainly doesn’t have time for love - not with a ruthless enemy plotting to destroy everything he holds dear. When a priceless diamond - one of the legendary Spirit Stones - surfaces in New York, Silas knows the jewel is nothing but trouble... just like the alluring woman who refuses to relinquish the gem.
FINALLY - Silas' story! I have been waiting for this since the first book. There is no way that I imagined how Silas was going to resolve his love with Moira. Not only did I love how this played out, but there turned out to be more depth in both Silas and Moira than expected. Cassandra is such a strong personality, it is no surprise that she ends up in the middle of a dragon war. I really enjoyed her interactions with the others and her addition to Kao Point.
The narrator, Kelsey Osborne, has recently become one of my new favorites for the way that she spins the story in a true storyteller manner – as if you were sitting in front of her listening as she draws the magic of the words out. When I started listening I did find that I wanted to slow the speed down. (I'm generally a 1.0x speed listener). The beginning of Love of the Dragon was like when a someone is over excited and wants to get something out as fast as they can to you. It got better as the story progressed. It was still fast paced when there were points of danger or heightened awareness. As the end of the story built up and was resolved, everything was at a pretty good pace for me personally. I enjoyed the overall story and narration.
Tiger shifter Cruz Khala doesn't trust humans. He doesn't trust destiny, either - not even when it sends him the one woman capable of saving his tormented soul. But there's more than love at stake as merciless shifter forces gather on sunny Maui, intent on stealing a priceless jewel with mysterious powers. Before he knows it, Cruz becomes the last line of defense between pure evil and the sapphire - and the only one capable of saving his destined mate's life.
Grumpy Cruz finds his mermaid! Cruz was a hard nut to crack. He's always been a gruff man that doesn't trust well. In prior books, he is always the sullen one that doesn't like or want to be around people. This book gave a new view of him. I liked this Cruz the best of all versions we have seen. Kelsey Osborn continues to bring these stories to life in vivid imagination color. I can't imagine discovering Cruz through another narrator.
Cruz is holding on to his past. Jody is pure sunshine. No matter how bad the stakes or the obstacles, she shines and reaches out to the future by living now. It might be that opposites attract, Cruz's dark and stormy persona and Jody's bright and happy attitude. This book definitely brought out the best. The only sad part is that with one more shifter finding his love, the closer the series is to the end.
We also get a bigger teaser about Silas.. happy jazzy hands! There is enough meat on the teases to make you want to beg for Silas' story. Which I have been waiting for since the very first book.
Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.
This book was great. It was a gentle and charming tale of a mature woman and how she deals when life gets in her way. I appreciated that it wasn't about some fresh 20 something. This is a lady who has those mean relatives that we all have, a marriage that isn't so spectacular and a daughter that thinks she knows more than her mom.
The slow roll of the story was soothing and made for an excellent commuting drive. I was a little unhappy with the conversations and reactions of Trudy and her daughter at Christmas time. Overall, it was a good portrayal of getting up and dusting off when life hits.
Coolheaded Georgia Taylor dreams of becoming a police officer. But her orderly world goes into a tailspin when she and her friends answer an ad looking for egg donors and she winds up the intended bride of an honest-to-goodness alien. Georgia is convinced she can leave the brave new world behind and get back to her life plan, if she can just keep Rocky at arm's length. If only he weren't so infernally good-looking and thoughtful.
Rocky reminded me of a hyper kid at some points. And at others he was the strong protective male. His attempts to make a relationship with Georgia were sweet. He had to find his way into her heart without understanding her. Georgia is a woman with a goal in mind for her future. And that goal isn't falling for a man. Georgia was a great mix of independent kick butt with just enough softness and gentleness. Mason Lloyd is an excellent narrator choice for these stories. Rocky is the second in the Stargazer series. It can be listened to in any order with the other two without missing much.
There's not much that can get this grizzly shifter worked up - except a threat to the woman he has secretly loved for years. Then, all bets are off, and he's willing to risk anything - including the most closely guarded secret of his lonely shifter soul.
Officer Meli gets her man! And what a bear of a man! Hunter is so painfully shy around Dawn. He carries a lot of scars from childhood and Dawn has her own painful issues. It's a wonder that these two manage to get a first kiss let alone a date. Thankfully they both have really good friends. Dawn and Hunter were sweet but tough &amp; savvy.
There was a depth to all the characters in the story to make the twists enjoyable. Not too much was given away but it all came back together. When you are wondering how things are going to tie up and make it, you find yourself at the end and wanting more. Kelsey Osborne did a superb job of narrating through the all the turns to keep you interested.
This is the third book in the Aloha Shifters series, it can be listened to without missing out from anything in the first two books.
Ruwen NaNaran knows he's a goner. The curse of his alien species has put a countdown on his life, and he'll be dead before the month is out. Unless he finds his denya, the only woman in the universe who can save him.
What is a girl going to do when she's a victim of mistaken identity and abandoned? Survive until she finds Ruwan (Ru). This story had Lis thrown from alien to alien situations. Lis only had survival in mind but Ru had a whole lot more on his. I enjoyed that the story didn't just end with Lis and Ru flying off and being all mated. After they are stuck together, we still get a story that has action, fire fights, evading everyone and has a happy ending. Zachary Michael was a new narrator for me. He was easy to listen to, smoothly told the story and represented the character voices well.
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Posey Quinn has always believed there was more to the world than what she could see. So when she arrives in Stargazer with her head full of conspiracies and high-end hairspray, she isn't entirely surprised to learn that instead of donating eggs for tuition money, she is being asked to make an alien fall in love with her and become an ambassador for humankind. What she doesn't expect is how irresistible Bond is, and how hard it will be not to lose her own heart to the man who plays her body like a violin.
Yum, the first in a series of hot men that are looking for their mates. We are introduced to all the men and ladies that will be in the first three books. However this is Bond and Posey's story. Bond is so refreshingly honest with his questions on behavior. Posey goes through all the ups and downs that a woman would in this situation. The town that is built around the story, the names for everything and the people we meet were a joy to hear.
There was a fun nod to Tarker's Hollow, other books from Tasha Black. I did have a little stumble in listening to the beginning as I didn't realize that it was an opening scene. Reading this might have made it a little clearer. Bond was a quick listen with Mason Lloyd narrating with his reverberating tones. He happens to be one of my go to narrators for this type of story.