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  • Cuddling Sucks in Coffins

  • The Slayer's Reverse Harem, Book 2
  • By: Holly Ryan
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, would give anything for a simple night of patrolling on her own damn terms. But the graveyard is crawling with creeps with hidden agendas. Not to mention the dark unknown that wants to take her out. And we’re not talking dates here, people. Good thing Belle has three panty-melting vampires to help her. Except one of her guys has a past that’s catching up with him. Violently. Belle’s fairly certain she can save him. But if she betrays him, she’ll gain a wealth of knowledge that could help her survive the dark unknown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is getting better and better.

  • By N. Mahoney on 12-08-18

This series is getting better and better.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This is the second book in The Slayers Reverse Harem series and it picks up where Vampires Don't Give Hickeys left off.
Ramping up the action, this instalment was high on fantasy horror and fear packed, tension. The graveyards terrifying prowlers are still out to take the slayer down.
Belle is offered the chance to learn things that could save her, but at the expense of one of her Vamps. They have shown her such security and support (not to mention intense passion.) You will have to read / listen to this to discover whether Belle can betray one of her loyal lovers to save herself.
Once again I cannot fault the narration by Melissa Schwairy. She maintained the high level of vocal acting, with the same distinct character voices and fabulous narration. I imagine that as a narrator, it must be hard to walk the fine line when doing intimate scenes, and boy, are there some steamy scenes, but as with Vampires Don't Give Hickeys these scenes were sensual and flowed with the story.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Holly Ryan. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Vampires Don't Give Hickeys

  • The Slayer's Reverse Harem, Book 1
  • By: Holly Ryan
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

"Marry the devil...or die." That's the ultimatum Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, just received from a demon. Belle has only one response: To hell with him. Turns out it's not that easy, though - apparently the devil doesn't know the meaning of the word no. Lucky for Belle, three pantie-melting vampires come to her aid. Three hot vampires she can't resist. Hey, we all have our vices. Hers just happen to have fangs. She's going to need these three to help her thwart the devil's marriage proposal and defeat the terrifying dark force that wants her dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good quick read but lacks world building

  • By Raina on 09-24-18

Reverse Harem with a great plot.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I am always wary of reverse harem books but I read the synopsis and the title and thought I would give this one a go. I am so pleased that I did. Holly Ryan has given the series an intriguing start with Vampires Don't Give Hickeys.

There is so much story and the intimacy seems to flow with the story. There is a really good plot and lovers of sexy Vampire / Slayer fantasy stories should give this one a go. Obviously as a reverse harem story there is plenty of lusty moments and to be blunt, they are sexy not sleazy.

It was a story that captured my attention from the first to last word and I am now going to listen to the second in series.

I cannot fault the narration by Melissa Schwairy it was so well voiced with distinct character voices and fabulous vocal acting, scene setting, and intensity. The sexy scenes sound sexy and flowed with the story.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Deadly Shadow

  • A Paranormal Suspense Thriller (The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1)
  • By: Kim Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Robin Siegerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI Agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio's serial killer, "The Wrapper". When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the secretary of defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful. Derrick has a secret: He's a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find the Wrapper. But can Victory trust him?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to series

  • By Deborah on 08-11-18

Great series Introduction

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Rating. Writing 4 / Narration 3.75 / Overall 3.75

This is an original story concept to me. Not entirely new, but definitely not one that I have read/ listened to a lot of. It is a police procedural, that includes people with paranormal abilities.

Victory was a likeable, interesting FBI agent, who is mourning the loss of her husband and has a close relationship with her college aged daughter, and a few colleagues.

Victory is investigating two apparent killers. One is a serial killer who has a cruel and unusual method of killing his victims. The other killer is making kills that appear to be impossible. For me this had so very much potential to be a great story with an epic finish.

I didn't form any strong opinions on the other principal character, Derrick Lynn. He was an interesting character, with a fascinating story-line that was imperative to the story. I just felt that a little more knowledge about him could have made me care either way about his character.

I definitely got the great story but I was left feeling unsatisfied by the way the book finished. (This may be just me, and there are further books to come so there is a good chance that it may improve.)

I would still read/ listen to further books in this series and am interested to see what direction this book series takes.

Robin Siegerman did a good job with the narration, the characters had recognisably different voices and they were maintained throughout. Being completely honest, I feel the book could have benefited from the addition of a male narrator as I did find some of the male voices to be harsh in their tone and not pleasing to the ear.

I look forward to the next instalment in the assassin chronicles series.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kim Cresswell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • The Hunted

  • Hunter Circles Series, Book One
  • By: Jessica Gunn
  • Narrated by: Shannon Condon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

I'm Krystin Blackwood, and I've only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness. But at 24, I'm about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters. They don't know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I've been carrying, they'll definitely decide it's safer if they don't know me. But unfortunately for them - and me - Darkness has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Urban Fantasy Series

  • By KRLGA @Smada's Book Smack on 10-28-18

Has potential to be a great series.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Rating 3.75
Writing 3.75
Narration 3.75
This is book one in the Hunter Circles Series and it feels very much like scene setting. When the story first opens you are hit with a whole lot of information. Too much for me to take on board completely without having to replay the beginning. Having said that, this was a fast paced, intense and gripping, story with magical Demon hunters, pure evil and those that seem to fall somewhere in-between.
There is a prophecy and a prophesised, Krystin Blackwood, who is one of the main protagonists and powerful magically. Ben is the other lead character, he is a father looking for his child that was taken as a baby. If he doesn’t find him then there is a strong chance that he could be used for evil. (if he hasn’t already) Honestly that is all that I can tell you about the actual story without spoilers.
Shannon Condon did a good job with the narration, she had the intensity and urgency of situations expressed really well and maintain momentum throughout. Her voice was clear. and her speech concise. My criticism is that the voices of the character were not always clearly defined and caused confusion at times.
The Hunted ended on a cliffhanger, and while cliffhanger’s are annoying, I feel that the series has real potential to develop into a fantastic Urban Fantasy series and that Jessica Gunn has put as much as possible into this first book in the Hunter Circles Series. The Hunted has set the scene well and left the reader/ listener with plenty of questions that need answering and scope for more exciting action.
My reason for this particular rating was that for me, The Hunted and the narration felt higher than a 3.5 but fell shy of a 4 star rating.
I was given a review copy of The Hunted by Jessica Gunn and Audiobookworm, in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Semester Aboard

  • More than Magic, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Kirke
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Jen Maddox is a few days into her summer study-abroad program. She sees something that isn’t humanly possible. Jen would have thought that it was all a dream if not for the fact that Charlie, Dani, Mariana, TS, and Thomas are making every effort to cover it up. Suddenly, the five of them are everything but normal, and Jen is determined to figure out what they’re hiding. There’s something on the ship. Something dangerous. Suddenly, everyone on board is threatened by a creature that Jen never even believed existed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME BEGINNING TO VAMPIRE SERIES!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-20-18

Fantastic YA Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

When Jen joined the summer Study Abroad Programme, to travel on a cruise ship from country to country, the last thing that she could have imagined was that she would find out that she was a Witch – A Magic and that several other students on the ship were also Magic’s of varying types.

As the story develops the cruise takes a far more dangerous turn…

Elizabeth Kirke has woven a wonderful YA paranormal adventure. I don’t read or listen to many books in the YA genre but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Semester Aboard has all of the elements that make a paranormal adventure great!

I really liked all the main characters in this fabulous story. Each character was well developed and interesting. I like that the paranormal character each have their own unique aspects that I have not encountered before.

Starla Hutchton was a great fit as the voice actor on Semester Aboard. Starla’s character voices were easily recognisable and there is a lot of dialogue between the main 6 characters, so I feel that this is the sign of an exceptional voice actor. The voice’s also sounded age appropriate and really well suited to the individual characters. I found her easy to listen to and she was consistent throughout the whole story.

I am so looking forward to further audiobooks within this series.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Elizabeth Kirke. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Their Vampire Princess: The Complete Series

  • Their Vampire Princess series, complete series
  • By: Harlow Thomas, Anastasia James
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

This is a bundle of all four of the episodes of the Their Vampire Princess series with never before published material. As the vampire princess of the Night Court, it's my duty to choose my prince from four human men, willing to be mine. All I have to do is choose one to crown. I never expected to fall in love. Not with one. Certainly not with all of them. Do I abandon my destiny in order to keep my men, or do I risk it all and rewrite the rules?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ascension!

  • By PATRICIA on 04-24-18

An adults only Vampire reverse harem.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I listened to the audiobook version of this book, which has also been released as several smaller books. The switch from boot to book was seamless and the characters penned by Harlow Thomas were interesting, with the main characters being well fleshed out. The world building was reasonably well done, but at times I felt a little confused about where things were taking place.
As is typical with reverse harem stories there is a lot of sex, it is quite explicit but that is to be expected with a reverse harem, so this is definitely an adults only book.
With plenty of twists and turns, suspense and action and an interesting plot this was an enjoyable listen.

Lacy Laurel’s narration was clear and pleasant to listen to and she maintained a good flow to her narration. I do feel this was more narration than voice acting and there is nothing wrong with that, in fact I preferred it for this book. It was always made clear by the writing who was talking and the intensity of situations. Sometimes with erotic audiobooks the narration can sound a little uncomfortable but Lacy narrated those scenes with the same easy to listen to reading style.

I received a copy of this book from Lacy Laurel and Audiobookworm. This is my honest review.

  • Fury's Kiss

  • New England Furies, Book 1
  • By: Nicola R. White
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Tebb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her - and of the evil that stalks her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fear the fury in the alley . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 08-17-18

Outstanding. I want more!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Wowzers! Nicola R White has completely impressed me for the second time! This book really couldn't be more different than Man's Ruin yet it has an author in common and she is an incredible talent! 

I absolutely loved this brilliantly, well written, paranormal romance that started out crazy wild and maintained that level of surprise and intensity throughout. The characters are outstanding and all so well developed and each is interesting in their own way. 

I don't want to give any more away than you can glean from the synopsis because this book really deserves to deliver every punch that it packs. With shocks, surprises and Tara's fabulous dry sarcasm in the face of everything she has to face, this audiobook really is the gift that keeps giving! 

Elizabeth Tebb is an outstanding voice actor. While maintaining individual and recognisable voices that suited each character, Elizabeth draws us into the excitement of the story that Nicola has written. She brings attitude, intensity and completely drew me into this brilliant story.

  I truly did not want this audiobook to end and I hope that Audible don't hang around and that the rest of this series is available a.s.a.p! I will be the first in the queue when they become available.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nicola R. White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Wicked Dance

  • Chronicles of a Dancing Heart, Book 1
  • By: Olivia Boothe
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Former dance student Sara Hart had aspired to grace the stage on Broadway, but a reckless decision forced her to renounce that dream. Years later, while struggling with an unsatisfying job and an even more unsatisfying love life, she literally stumbles upon a dangerously sexy stranger who sends her heart - and her body - into hyper-drive. His touch makes her feel alive again and sparks a desire to rebuild her dance career. But Sara is still haunted by the demons of her past. One dark lie could cost her everything. Real estate mogul Tom Wright caters to the rich and famous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasing romance

  • By N. Mahoney on 07-07-18

A pleasing romance

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

First of all I would like to note that there were half points in my review, unfortunately they are not yet possible on Audible.
This is a hard review to write because usually I really like a book or really dislike a book. For me this story was ok.

I did feel like I'd had enough at one point because of something that Sara witnessed  and then had a sensual experience of her own. I just felt this was completely unbelievable.

Overall I think that this is a romance that other people would adore but for me it plodded on. I tend to prefer a faster paced read.

Olivia Boothe does deal with some delicate issues really well and they fit well within the story-line. The romance between Sara and Tom is, on the whole, well penned and enjoyable.

Vanessa Moyen does a good job with the narration. She expresses thoughts and emotions well and has a pleasant voice that works well for the characters in Wicked Dance. The narration is clear and precise and the different character vocals are well done.

Ok, this book didn't blow me away, but considering that it is a debut novel it is still impressive and I would definitely read/listen to more of Olivia Boothe's work.



I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Olivia Boothe. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Oshun Rising

  • Trinity Forest, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Oshun has everything a young pop star could ever want - fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there's something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there's no going back. Ember is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she's been having - prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. Maddie is barely staying afloat with her best friend Ember still missing, presumed dead. Then she learns a pop star may be involved in Ember's disappearance....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oshun Rising

  • By ZOE R on 11-29-18

Wonder Second in Series

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Overall: 4.5
This is the third book in the Trinity Forest series by Jennifer Alsever and was every bit as good as Ember Burning.

I would certainly say that these books need to be read in order because they will make little sense if read out of order. 

This story picks up where book 1 leaves off and switches between the Trinity world and the everyday world. We spend a lot of time with Embers brother Jarrod and Maddy, her best friend. Jarrod is obsessed with finding his missing sister who has been missing for 3 years and makes the connection between her and Oshun. This is a really difficult book to explain, as it is very involved. Major things are happening in the Trinity world but again, I don't want to give any spoilers.

This is a very cleverly written and hugely imaginative story and I am so eager for the third book in this trilogy.

My opinion on Moira Todd's narration in Oshun Rising is every bit as impressive as her vocal acting in Ember Rising. The narration is clear and crips, she sounds age appropriate, her performance captures the characters personalities and emotions with every word spoken. Both Male and female voices are well acted and easily recognisable. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily curl up with more work by Jennifer Alsever. I would also like to listen to more work by Moira Todd.

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

  • Clutch

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Becker
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing Romance

  • By N. Mahoney on 07-03-18

Amusing Romance

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Clutch is an amusing journey through, friendship, life, dating and handbags.
Caroline's Aunt Mimi inspired her love of all things handbag and encouraged her to chase her dream of making wonderful but affordable handbags. She encouraged her to go to Harvard in order to pursue her dream.
Probably my favourite character in this story is Mike, he is sweet, supportive, funny and he owns a bar so keeps our leading lady, Caroline topped up with wine as she stumbles from one disastrous man to another.
I found Caroline initially annoying, but her wittiness and intelligence had me really liking her after that initial irritation.
The plot was not one that we haven't seen before but the technique of chapters being named after bags that are associated with the men is unique and fun. I would class this as an enjoyable summer listen that will keep you amused but be warned about probable laughter. (if reading in a public place with headphones on)
Suzanne Barbetta didn't do a bad job with the vocal acting but she didn't blow me away. I found her to be consistent and clear in her voice acting and I think that on other books she could be outstanding but for me this wasn't a great match between book and narrator. That is the only criticism that I really have. For me it just wasn't the best pairing.

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