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  • Best Laid Plans

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588

Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? I might be sweet as cherry pie, but I'm also bold and damn curious. And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and - bonus! - willing to give me lessons. But to guarantee it won’t ruin our friendship, I have some specific requirements for his instruction. I want these classes to be hypothetical more than hands-on. So what if he’s hella sexy? I can handle that, no problem.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Laid Plans

  • By Pam Audio-Fanatic on 05-08-19

Get ready to fall in love... hard

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

This book was everything I needed for so many reasons.


I’ve been reading a lot of dark, heavy books lately and I desperately needed a break. I needed something light, something that made my heart soar, something that made me swoon and laugh and fall in love.

So… I turned to Lauren Blakely.

We all have our go-to authors for certain things. If I want a slow burn, it’s Mariana Zapata, if I want to laugh out loud and swoon, it’s Lauren Rowe, if I want beautifully crafted mega steam, it’s Sierra Simone, if I want twisted darkness in the most beautiful way, it’s Trisha Wolfe.

If I want to fall in love? It’s Lauren Blakely.

I absolutely adore authors who understand the power of a good audiobook, and Lauren truly appreciates us audiobook readers … and it shows. She’s active in the audiobook community (I posted in Aural Fixation after reading my first of her books asking which books I should read next by her and SHE commented on my post!)

It’s obvious that she puts a lot of thought into the production of her audiobooks. She wrote the first full-cast romance audiobook I ever listened to: Birthday Suit – which was an absolute delight to read – and now this book, which was narrated duet-style, is growing in popularity and I’m absolutely living for it.

Most of my all-time favorite narrators have narrated Lauren’s books, and Best Laid Plans featured two of my very favorites: Erin Mallon and Joe Arden.

These two narrators did so much justice to such loveable characters.

I recently wrote a post listing all the authors I wished were my best friends, and it was Lauren Blakely who inspired the post. Just from reading her books, I felt her warmth and charisma come through the characters.

I never wanted to hug an author so much after reading a book. Particularly this one.

I’ve been having kind of an awful few weeks and while reading dark books let me brood a bit, I needed something light to take me out of the gloom – and this was absolutely perfect.

This book made me genuinely happy and I was so in love with Arden and Gabe (also – how perfect are those names, tho?!?!)

I also love when authors take a common trope and put their own spin on it. I’ve ALWAYS loved the whole friends-to-lovers/teach-me-how trope, but they can be a bit repetitive. I loved this take on the trope, how Arden treated her “lessons” as a “dress-rehearsal” rather than the actual performance.

Also – that meetcute of sorts was so freaking epic.

And can we talk about how badly I want Arden’s bookstore to exist? And how much I want to join that bookclub?!?!

And Gabe’s relationship with his family… SWOON!

Also… he’s a firefighter. It’s like she plucked all of my favorite things out of my brain and crafted this novel.

And I couldn’t be more grateful.

(If nothing else, you need to listen to this audio because at the end there is an EPIC interview between Joe Arden and Erin Mallon in which, among other things, they read a grocery list as a couple having sex for the first time… and it’s hilarious and on point.)

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  • Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance

  • Knitting in the City, Book 3
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Devra Woodward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'page turner'

  • By Lauren on 01-26-17

All About Those Hot Hackers!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

After reading King of Code by C.D. Reiss , I wasn’t sure anyone else could pull off what I’ve deemed as Hot Hackers like she could, but Penny certainly did!


CD and Penny have two completely different writing styles and I loved that I was able to compare the two and enjoy their unique approaches to such a complex and secretive world.

I have to admit, much like in King of Code, I was intrigued by this hacker’s world, particularly Bitcoins, and if I had an infinite amount of time, I’d do more research into it and maybe read a few books about it.

Instead, I took the easy road and asked my Cute Nerd of a husband about bitcoins and got some great insight from him.

Speaking of Cute Nerds, Alex was such an odd character … and I mean that in the best way possible. I honestly wasn’t sure what to think of him at first and because of that, it took me a little while to warm up to him.

But once I did, it was a wildfire.

The age gap between Alex and Sandra was done really well. I mentioned in my review for Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas that age gaps aren’t really my thing, but it’s hard for me to say anything isn’t really my thing with any certainty because plenty of amazing authors have proven me wrong time and time again.

I think the only other book I’ve read in which the female character was older than the male character was Outlander, but like this book, it wasn’t the most significant part of the story.

Like the rest of the series, I very much enjoyed this book. I appreciate that each of the books I’ve read so far are different enough to keep me interested in the entire series… and excited to see what is next.

  • With Ties That Bind

  • A Broken Bonds Novel, Book 2
  • By: Trisha Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Anna Riordan, D.C. Cole, Aaron Landon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 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

Detective Ethan Quinn has questions. The Arlington Slasher case is closed, the UNSUB no longer a threat - but Quinn can’t quiet the suspicion he harbors toward his partner and the young, attractive ME. Not only does he loathe his uncertainty, he’s torn between doing his job and protecting his team. Burying himself in cases no longer works. He’s restless. On edge. And tired of fighting his compulsions. Quinn has always viewed the law in black and white. Only now his world is swirling with a murky gray that threatens to devour him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo gooooddd

  • By Dinah Thompson on 03-01-19

Trisha Wolfe Is The Best Writer In This Genre!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Quinn and Avery are no Colton and Sadie, but I enjoyed diving back into the world of Broken Bonds.


I read the first book in this series as an eBook, then went back and reread it when the audiobook was released, since the audiobook version of this series combines all three books into one.

This series, like With Visions of Red, works as a series or as a completed book. The physical and ebooks give you little breaks if the darkness is a little too much for you all in one sitting.

It isn’t for me. Not at all. Give me all of Trisha Wolfe’s darkness.

In fact, Avery and Quinn were almost a little too “light” for me (which isn’t saying much, trust me) in comparison to Sadie/Colton and London/Grayson (Darkly, Madly Duet).

One of the best things that TW does is dig deeply into the dark minds and Avery and Quinn are much more “normal” than the previous characters of hers that I read.

By the second book, I started losing interest a bit, but by the third book, my interest spiked again. I loved the ending of this series, particularly how London was briefly mentioned. It made me smile hearing her name. I love knowing what I know now about Sadie after having glimpsed her in Born, Darkly.

I pretty much have loved all the female characters in TW’s books that I’ve read, and that, unfortunately, is pretty rare for me.

The female characters here are strong and fierce without being obnoxious. They are subtle in their dark badassery and I appreciate that.

Seeing Sadie and Colton from Avery and Quinn’s POVs actually made me love them more. I love seeing how others view Sadie after being in her head in With Visions of Red. It’s obvious that she doesn’t realize just how intimidating she is.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Avery, too. I loved Avery in the first book. But Sadie is certainly a much more interesting character.

Quinn isn’t necessarily my cup of tea, he’s a little too much of a stereotype for me, but I really liked him with Avery.

Overall, these books are worth reading, especially if you were a fan of the Darkly, Madly duet and the With Visions of Red trilogy.

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  • White Knight

  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, Xe Sands
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

Catherine Barrington is a rich girl. Chris Cartwright is a poor boy. He left her to make something of himself. A man she could be proud of. A man she could bring home to her parents. A man she could marry. On the trading floor he became the man he knew he could be. Now, it’s time to return. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So romantic!!

  • By Beautifully bookish on 07-16-18

New Favorite Author & New Favorite Book

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I loved King of Code… I’m obsessed with White Knight.


CD Reiss’s bio on Goodreads says that she’s known as the Shakespeare of Smut, and I couldn’t agree more.

In all honesty, I actually don’t think that her books are all that smutty, but maybe that’s because I’ve read a lot of steamy romance novels in my time.

I devoured White Knight all in one sitting and I was absolutely not expecting to!

While I was excited to read it after reading King of Code, I figured it’d be one of those books I’d eventually get to, like, 2 years after adding it to my TBR. (As is the unfortunate norm.) Especially since it is an eBook and I rarely have time to actually sit down and read.

The day before, however, my husband and I went to the beach and I decided to start the book. Little did I know it would consume me and I’d obsessively read it to the very last page.

Fair warning to anyone who reads this book on their Kindle and has the percentage read feature turned on… this book has a few chapters from two of her other books at the end, so even though it says you’re only halfway through, you’re actually almost finished at that point.

That threw me off so bad because I kept thinking to myself, “Oh my goodness, this HEA is wrapping up, but I’m only halfway through! Something horrible is going to happen!”

Alas, it did not.

I think the thing I loved the most about this book, aside from the gorgeous prose, was how intense the sparks were between Catherine and Chris. Their connection was one of those rare instalove instances that I was wholly invested in.

CD spun the magic of young first love like the magician she is. It felt like the whirlwind it was meant to be. I was completely wrapped up in their love story and was just as hesitant and hopeful as Catherine was when they reunited years later.

This was such a gorgeous romance with the perfect amount of steam.

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  • King of Code

  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 525

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge. The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth. The edge of utter humiliation. He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it gets hacked. His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that. Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor's code, and if he does not get it back, he is going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life. Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He is not a guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER WORTHY WINNER FROM Ms REISS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-18-17

This book and this narrator... I can't even...

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Why have I waited so long to read a book by CD Reiss… Particularly this book?


I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am over finding so many incredible authors this year. Not just decent authors, but Autobuy Authors.

CD Reiss may just be one of them.

I’m going to give it a few more books to see, but so far, she’s impressed me.

She’s an incredible writer and storyteller. I was in awe of the amount of research she must’ve done to write this book effectively.

While I’m no hacker, I do know a decent amount of code, and I was getting all of her references. I was particularly in love with Taylor’s letter that he writes all in code to Harper.

Speaking of Harper and Taylor… they were both such unique, distinct characters.

Taylor is one of my favorites because his flaws and traits weren’t overly exaggerated for the sake of a bold personality. His growth as a person throughout the book was slow-moving but significant (and I mean that in the best way.)

He gradually realized just how misogynistic he was being as he realized that, yes, in fact, a woman can be a brilliant coder and, no, just because he can’t keep it in his pants doesn’t mean that’s a good reason to avoid hiring women.

And Taylor’s personality paired with Christian Fox’s ability to showcase the subtle, dry humor was absolute audio perfection.

Harper was straight up crazy and brilliant and seemed to have some social issues and I loved every second of it. She made me uncomfortable a few times, but I wasn’t mad about it. It felt right for her character.

I am so excited to read more books by CD Reiss!

NOTE: This book isn’t technically part of a series, however, a few of the characters have their own novels that tie into this novel. Prince Charming follows Keaton and White Knight is Catherine’s story.

This is the order I suggest reading them in:
1. King of Code
2. White Knight
3. Prince Charming

To be honest, the last two can be interchangeable, but I think King of Code makes sense to read first.

Audiobook Performance: 5 million stars
Could I be any more in love with Christian Fox? I don’t think so. He has the most gorgeous voice in the world. I could listen to him read the dictionary and be happy. I also like the subtle “effects” in this audiobook when it came to the codes that would otherwise be boring.

  • With Visions of Red

  • By: Trisha Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox, Kate Genevieve, Leo Barnabas
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she investigated gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers' heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. At least, that's how she's coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen. She will never be a victim again. Now, Sadie's honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG, Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie's head, turning the tables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christian Fox reading Trisha Wolfe's words is life

  • By Bree on 04-14-18

Christian Fox reading Trisha Wolfe's words is life

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Excuse me while I pass out from the intensity of this series.

I didn’t know what to expect from Trisha Wolfe after reading the Born, Darkly Duet. I also didn’t think her books could get much more intense than those two, but I was wrong.

Somehow With Visions of Red surpassed Born Darkly in intensity despite the fact that Born Darkly is … essentially … a serial killer romance. (New trope? Gimme, gimme.)

I discovered a few things about myself after reading these Trisha Wolfe, the most disturbing is how much I love seriously screwed up relationships involving seriously screwed up people. Also… I am not at all turned off by grisly details.

With that being said, Colton’s obsession with Sadie is the kind of alluring that is only possible in books.

In fiction, when Colton says things like, “I want to touch you…everywhere. Taste you all over. Devour you and consume you. And trust that this is merely a weak form of expression compared to what I’m feeling.” I find myself swooning and dying just enough to make me love it, but I am fully aware that if, in the real world, someone actually spoke to me like that, I’d quickly change my name and go into witness protection.

I’ve talked frequently about buy-in when it comes to couples in books. In order for me to enjoy a romance novel, I have to fully believe the chemistry between to characters.

Colton and Sadie have so much insane (literally and figuratively) chemistry, I am so all in with these two.

And, good Lord, the writing is so gorgeous I seriously can’t take it.

If you adore Sierra Simone’s sensuous writing style, you need Trisha Wolfe in your life. But like with Sierra Simone, you definitely need to have some thick skin and a willingness to walk on the kinky dark side to live in TW’s worlds.

As far as the storyline, I didn’t think I was into thrillers or mysteries, but goddammit I could not put these books down and it wasn’t just because of the gorgeously dark romance… it was because I needed to know what was going to happen.

I’m so in awe of TW’s ability to slip inside seriously disturbed characters and bring them to life…and my ability to love every second of it despite how horrific and unsettling it may be to see things from their eyes.

These characters felt so real, despite the fantastical circumstances.

Also… in the two series that I’ve read from TW, I’m totally into the twisted version of female empowerment she portrays.

All in all… I decided to combine my review for all three books because my feelings were strong across the board.

I loved them all.

I loved how they ended and flowed into one another. I loved that it was a trilogy that also felt like one solid book. I loved it all.

Again, this series, like most dark, erotic romances, is not for everyone. But it most certainly was for me.

Audiobook
The audiobooks for this series were released recently this month and I was so excited to re-read these books by listening to them on audio. I nearly passed the eff out when I heard Christian Fox narrate for Colton. I legit had to pause it after one sentence and gather myself before moving on. You NEED to hear this on audio.

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  • Hero

  • By: Lauren Rowe
  • Narrated by: Lauren Rowe, John Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker - my physical therapist - I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. She said she’d been assigned to fix me. But what I didn’t know...what I couldn’t possibly know...was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lauren Rowe you slay me!

  • By Mette Toft on 03-13-18

Really enjoyed this one!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Hero was a love at first sight romance that I absolutely didn’t mind.


I can’t tell you how excited I was to read Colby’s book. Of all the delicious Morgan brothers, he is the one that has intrigued me the most. In a family full of outgoing, huge personalities, he was the much more mellow, chill Morgan brother. The brief mentions of him in the other books painted him clearly as a thoughtful, caring person.

Also… he’s a firefighter. Swoon.

From what I’d heard from Lauren Rowe herself — as well as all the other reviews I’d only peeked at (because I didn’t want any spoilers) — I anticipated this book to be heart-wrenching and swoony and amazing.

And it was.

But.

And here is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5… I so wished that Colby was more different than his brothers (and even Josh and Jonas) than he turned out to be. He kept doing “out of character” things (I put that in quotes because it was mentioned in the book that it was out of character for him) and I really wish he would’ve … I don’t know … stayed in character.

I wanted more depth and maybe a little brood, but instead he wasn’t too different than most of Lauren Rowe’s other male characters.

Not that I have any issues with those characters — particularly with Keane, I feel like the over-the-top, crazy self-confidence was perfect for that character… but I wanted something much different from Colby.

I really liked Lydia’s character and I loved that she is biracial (Holla! Me too!). Typically, I tend to shy away from the single mom trope… but the kids all had such vibrant personalities and their interactions with Colby were so on point and pulled at the heartstrings.

As usual, LR fully had me believing that these two were meant to be… and that love at first sight was actually possible for them.

(Side note: The bitchy side character, Ramona, was way too one-dimensional)

All-in-all I loved this novel. It didn’t fully live up to my crazy high expectations, but it was well worth the read.

  • Misadventures of a College Girl

  • Misadventures, Book 8
  • By: Lauren Rowe
  • Narrated by: Lauren Rowe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Straightlaced freshman Zooey Cartwright has arrived at UCLA determined to have a heck of a lot more fun in college than she did in high school. What's the first item on Zooey's agenda before classes start in two days? Losing her pesky V card. She's definitely not looking for a boyfriend, so where can Zooey find the right guy to do the deed and move along without a backward glance? At a party thrown by a bunch of football players, of course. Enter Tyler Caldwell. A beast on the field and off, cocky as heck, and often wearing T-shirts with sayings like "God's Gift to Womankind".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Written in the Stars

  • By bookbruin on 04-09-18

My fav Lauren Rowe book so far!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

It’s official. I have a new favorite Lauren Rowe book.


After reading a few mediocre books, it’s always nice to read one that hits it out of the park. I sometimes tend to blame myself if I get into a reading slump and am not enjoying recently read books. But then… a book like this comes along and reminds me that, yes, I can fall in love with a book again.

I guess it’s kind of like going on a bunch of spark-less dates, then suddenly going on a date with someone with immediate fireworks.

This book was that date.

Like every book I’ve read by LR, I was all in with Tyler and Zooey. I bought their relationship from the start.

LR is quite possibly the best of any romance author I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot) at developing relationships. She has pulled off insta-love (quite a feat), slow burn, and even romance between two people that never met.

Like I mentioned earlier, this was my favorite of all her books that I’ve read so far. I didn’t think any could top Ball Peen Hammer, but my God she did it.

I have to say, this isn’t a book that I’d normally be drawn to, however in a recent livestream chat, she gushed over this book and how it’s the virgin trope that people who don’t like virgin tropes will love… and I happen to be one of those people… and I loved it.

In LR I trust.

  • Nico: A Mafia Romance

  • Ruin & Revenge Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Castille
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

Las Vegas Mafia boss Nico Toscani is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off.... Sexy computer hacker Mia struggles to break free of her ruthless father's Mafia ties...but she can't resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN EXCITING & STEAMY BLOCKBUSTER

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-28-16

Amazing Reader, Fantastic Story

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

If I gave half-stars, this would be one. This was very close to being a 5 star read, but it did include a few of my least favorite romance novel cliches. It also included one of my current favorite romance novel tropes (couples who are forced into a relationship in some way and end up falling in love) almost canceled out what I didn’t like about the book.

Nico was my first mafia romance and it did not disappoint.

I’ve been kind of “over” the whole alpha male thing lately and while Nico was definitely an alpha male, he was still very respectful of Mia… and his reason for being an alpha male makes a lot more sense because he’s, well, a Mafia boss. I mean, you don’t have a better excuse than that. He wasn’t an alpha just because he was rich or a CEO, he’s a freakin’ Mafia boss. It’s life or death if he shows weakness.

The author did a great job balancing both characters really well: a strong, feminist female and a badass alpha male.

I loved that the fact that Nico had a conscience and a heart despite his lifestyle didn’t take away from his ultimate character. He didn’t suddenly become a whiny, lovesick boy drooling all over the woman he falls in love with, which was nice. He was stubborn and strong, but he was also in love and extremely respectful toward Mia. I appreciated that.

As for that one subtracted star…

The steamy scenes included so many of my least favorite words and phrases, but mostly, what almost ruined the whole thing for me was the opening scene. Nico and Mia wasn’t quite instalove, but it was definitely insta-attraction, which normally isn’t too bad, but I guess I’m just over romance novels that harp on how hot and perfect and sexy the characters are.

I will say I am amazed by how many ways authors figure out how to describe how attractive a human being can be. (insert subtle eye roll).

The book easily redeemed itself and those are just personal preferences and definitely have more to do where my mindset is lately, not necessarily with the quality of the book.


Audiobook Performance:

FIVE MILLION STARS. Aiden Snow’s deep, rumbling voice and incredible voice acting skills were beyond perfect for this book. Yummmmmm.

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  • Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys, and a pain in the butt, depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn't one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band's merch girl, she isn't exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy. But with no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents' house in Dallas, it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Love Story...narration was not the best ....

  • By Denise on 11-15-15

Not My Fav Mariana Zapata, but Still Good!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is the first Mariana Zapata book that wasn’t 5 stars, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I certainly did. I think the reason why I ultimately took away one star was because I just wasn’t as invested in the main characters as I’d been in her other books.

I found a few of the things that Gaby did pretty immature and nonsensical for a 26-year-old. Particularly when it came to her ex-boyfriend. I also wanted more swoony moments with Sacha singing, but that could just be because I am a sucker for musicians. :)

Otherwise, I still really enjoyed this book and didn’t find that I was overly annoyed with any of the characters (just rolled my eyes a bit at Gaby a few times), I loved her relationship with her brother and his bandmates, and it was a fairly interesting story, if somewhat unoriginal.

Mariana is great about writing fun, down-to-earth friendships and relationships and this story was no different. If you love Mariana Zapata books, you’ll likely like this one as well. Definitely worth a read!


Audiobook Performance
The audiobook reader wasn’t bad, however, I couldn’t stand the male voices she did.