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  • Shamrock Spiced Omega

  • The Hollydale Omegas, Book 6
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Drew Bacca
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Greg may be an omega, but he doesn't let that define him. Aside from his almost compulsive need to clean, the most important thing to him is his job as the long-time bartender at The Big O. Greg is far from a delicate omega. In fact, he’s the same size as his best friend - an alpha who he always falls back into bed with when they’re between relationships.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Hollydsle story

  • By Kathryn M on 02-22-19

It starts with a Bromance

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This is a really sweet friends-to-lovers story with a miracle baby as a bonus. Greg and Braden are best friends that add benefits when their single and when Greg unknowingly gets his infertility probably fixed, they now have to figure out a way to become a family. I think Braden does a great job stepping up and trying to be the alpha that Greg deserves while Greg tries to prove he doesn't need an alpha.

Thanks to their Irish friend Seamus (that the other doesn't know about), they manage to get their HEA and be the family they both deserve.

  • Deliver Me: An Mpreg Romance

  • Silver Oak Medical Center, Book 1
  • By: Aiden Bates
  • Narrated by: Corey H. Bennson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Losing his brother at a young age sets Carter Idoni's future in motion. Dedicating his life to saving people, Dr. Carter will do anything for his patients. And when the medical center gets taken over by a national network of hospitals, Carter is instantly attracted to the new CEO. Finn Riley may be handsome and rugged, but his icy demeanor is a turnoff for a loving man like Carter. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • love this series

  • By Starwarslover on 02-22-19

Difference of opinions

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

This is a good story of what happens when a doctor that cares for his patients has to fight the new hospital CEO when he tries cutting costs. Carter Idoni is a well-respected doctor that could be working anywhere but wants to stay at Silver Oak. Finn Riley is trying to prove something to his mentor and his parents as he takes over as CEO at Silver Oak and has to work on integrating it into the corporation.

When their hormones get in the way, Finn recommends hooking up to work it out of their system. Of course, nothing really goes to plan. After pregnancy and miscarriage, it takes a while for them to get back to normal, but they finally get past it. Add in an ex-boyfriend, a new job offer, and a few media-worthy events, there's quite a bit going on.

This is my first audiobook by Corey and he did a really good job. It was easy to distinguish between the characters and he did a good job of voicing the frequent arguments.

  • Mating of Convenience

  • Second Chances, Book 1
  • By: Ann-Katrin Byrde
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Nathan and Raphael were friends first, then lovers, then...nothing when Raphael left to pursue his dreams of becoming a tattoo artist. But only one year after Raphael makes it out of his small-town home, bad news descends on him. His useless father has gotten their family into debt so deep, it would take 1,000 years to dig them out. With his siblings on the brink of becoming homeless, Raphael turns to his estranged but wealthy grandmother for help and receives a deal: If he settles down and marries, he'll free his siblings of the debt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story :)

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-22-19

Back to Oceanport

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Even though this is mpreg, just a trigger warning about miscarriage.

I really love that we get to go back to Oceanport. I may have to go back and reread all of the stories. The best part of this story is that it's the omega that seems tough and ready to take on the world and it's the alpha that is sweet and a little undecided on the future. John did a great job voicing these men and it was very easy to see who the romantic is. Even though she is a cranky old woman, you almost have to thank Raphael's grandmother for getting the two men back together.

  • Christmas Heat

  • By: Liam Kingsley
  • Narrated by: Max Tone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

I knew being an omega would get me fired one day, I just never thought hiding it would be the excuse they needed. Irony, you suck. For years I was their best employee, right up until their new alpha hire smelled me in heat. I could’ve kept my job by playing his game, but I’ve spent my whole life running from my biology. I have principles. I also have bills. Which is the only reason my desperate search for a roommate ended with a grizzled alpha veteran, Stefan. Brooding and damaged from years of battle. My biology and I are not on speaking terms now. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By save our wildlife on 02-16-19

A broken alpha that's not so broken

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This was a good story about an omega that tried to live as a human but ended up getting found out and fired for it. When he finally tries to get his life back in order, he needs a roommate to help pay the rent and ends up renting his room to his mate, an injured alpha. Of course, what alpha/omega book could be complete without a knotting and a baby on the way. Just as things start to look up for Tyler, it turns out his new job isn't as great as he thought and now he and Stefan have to fight for their safety as well as all other shifters.

Max did a good job of bringing the characters to life, especially Stefan. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Chocolate Spiced Omega

  • The Hollydale Omegas, Book 5
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Drew Bacca
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Kent crumpled the lame flyer in his hand and looked across the street at the Salty Stix bakery and thought to himself...this is war. Single father Pierre Duchamp has recently returned to Hollydale with plans to open Salty Stix, an authentic French bakery like the one he apprenticed at in Paris. The omega doesn’t have, need, or even want an alpha in his life - especially a provincial small town rube that doesn’t understand the concept of a little healthy competition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition

  • By Bookobessed on 02-18-19

Another great book in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This is a great addition to the Hollydale Omegas series. Amor comes along to help a small-town romantic alpha and a stubborn omega find each other again after a one-night stand. Of course, it takes a little misunderstanding and a food fight to bring things around.

While I usually like books narrated by Drew, this was not one of my favorites, though it was still a fun read. I highly encourage anyone that hasn't read the book yet to pick up the audio instead.

  • How Not to Blend

  • Lovestrong Book, 1
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

 

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his 15-year-old son Grayson being bullied, right? And what the heck is nonbinary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud! Best book in a long time!

  • By ILoveBooksSue on 01-31-19

Great story made awesome by narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I read this book right after it came out and was excited to get it in audio.

While the story has wonderful funny parts, it also has a wonderful plot of a father that really wants to connect with his son and is willing to do just about anything. I love how Corbin is quite clueless but is willing to learn. Other than trying to give up so much of himself to help his grandmother, Andy is a great young man. I love Andy's sassiness paired with the responsible, single-dad Corbin.

I also love how Grayson is able to adapt to the new facet of his dad. Even with him being non-binary, it's not every day you learn something new about a parent's sexuality.

I look forward to the next book in the series. Hopefully soon we will get Larry's story.

Michael Pauley has always done a great job on fun stories and this is no different. He did a great job voicing Andy's southern charm as well all the snark of each of the characters. This author and narrator are a great combination.

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  • The Boyfriend Recipe

  • By: Alex Miska, V. Soffer
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

DAVID - I watched in horror as my sister shattered yet another poor guy’s heart… only this time, I can’t get sweet, sexy, straight Hunter out of my head. My daily latte runs to Moore Delicious, the bakery where he works, aren’t helping. And now I’m in a bind: my favorite cousin insists that I attend her wedding. With a date. So she whips up a half-baked scheme that will piss off the family that disowned me and secure an ally by my side: ask my sister’s ex to pretend to be my boyfriend. The question is, will Hunter agree to play along? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By hussfan on 01-20-19

Gluten free and non-GMO! :)

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

If you haven't read/listened to the Moore series first, I would start with this one because it is a standalone and happens during the middle of A Chance for Moore.

This was such a sweet story. When David approaches Hunter to act as his boyfriend for his cousin's wedding, he just thought it would be a great way for them to get back at David's sister for cheating on Hunter, again. It turned out far better than could be expected but of course, it took a little bit of help from friends and family.

While I think Nick did a great job narrating the story, it was a little weird to listen to at first because I had listened to the Moore series first, which are narrated by someone else, so it took a bit to adjust to different voices for Logan and Julian Moore.

  • Incubus Lost

  • Gravidam, Book 2
  • By: Ki Brightly
  • Narrated by: Ethan Holdan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Hadrian made a promise to the new creator of Eden: find the scattered incubi and bring them home. But his intentions weren’t completely pure. Two thousand years ago, he lost his own incubus when he made the biggest mistake of his life. Now that he’s free from his involuntary service and seen the restored Garden of Eden, he’s convinced his incubus could be alive. He’ll do anything to find Pheo again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incubus Lost

  • By Gabrielle on 12-17-18

A really good continuation

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

After meeting Hadrian in the first book, I was really hoping he would get his happily ever after. He was such a good friend to Peirs but definitely had a past. In this book, He does what he can to find his lost love and trying to prove himself to Pheo, including putting his life in danger. Pheo has little patience for his angel and his excuses. He's a really strong person that doesn't seem to need any help.

I wish Pheo was a bit more understanding as Hadrian really seemed to regret his past. I'm surprised by the level of devotion Hadrian had toward Lucifer, especially after losing Pheo the first time and finding out about the lost baby.

I'm thrilled they were able to work things out and hope to see them help Lucifer get his happy ending.

  • Champagne Spiced Omega

  • The Hollydale Omegas, Book 4
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Drew Bacca
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Ian’s entire adult life has been spent climbing the ladder to partnership at his law firm and squeezing in a little fun with omegas in his spare time. Settling down with one and starting a family is so far from his thoughts, it’s laughable. So why does he find himself sticking around to help an adorably awkward omega as he struggles to keep a tiny human alive? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do not let the length of this book fool you.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 01-23-19

Playboy finally settles down

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Based on Ian's commitment to his work and his inability to make it work with Tom over the last three years, it's nice to see Ian finally settle down with probably the one other person that is even less likely to want a family. I love how Cecil steps up to take care of his friend's child after he's orphaned just a couple days after his birth. Take lots of sleepless nights and a good dose of attraction and end up with a pleasant surprise.

This is probably one of my favorite's in the entire series (and I've read them all), and it's even a pleasure to listen to. Drew does a great job, especially with all of the wonderful, colorful, characters.

  • Contract Baby: An Mpreg Romance

  • Hellion Club Series, Book 2
  • By: Aiden Bates
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Ty Cunningham comes from old money, but he's never been content to live on privilege. He's the youngest partner in his firm, and the only omega partner. He's worked hard to get where he is, and he's proud of what he's accomplished. One thing is missing - a child to share it with. Carter Bowman has it all. Drop-dead looks, a fantastic career, and the title of All-Star pro baseball player. The one thing he doesn't have is money sense. When he falls prey to a scam artist posing as a financial adviser, he's close to broke. A buddy suggests he marry for money...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Alpha and Omega story!

  • By Crystal on 11-30-18

First comes marriage

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This was a really great story about a lawyer that wants a baby and a baseball player that needs money. I love how Ty and Carter came to love and lean on each other despite all the road blocks that Ty’s parents and Carter’s job create. Since I haven’t read the first book in the series, I will need to go back and see if I missed anything.

Ty’s brother Keegan is awesome and I can’t wait to read his story. I really like the story and thought it was well written and look forward to more.

I was not a fan of the narration and may pass on the audio version of any other books done by the narrator but everyone has their own faves. I recommend listening to a sample first.