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  • Change of Address

  • Hartsbridge Island
  • By: Jordan S. Brock
  • Narrated by: Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog Kaylee resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail - where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset - and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island. There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story

  • By Meg on 02-04-19

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This is a beautiful story. The writing flow is smooth and the characters are very well developed.

I fell in love with the MCs. It's an insta-attractin story, but a slow burn to the romance. One MC is dealing with the aftermath of an injury from military duty, while the other has body issues, which you don't find very often in books.

I thought the author did a fire job with both characters and showing how they both cope with the other's problems.

The narrator is very good. I haven't heard him before, but I hope to hear from him again. His characters are very well differentiated, and he does accents well.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from getfreeaudiobooks.com.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zorban's Destiny

  • A SciFi Alien Romance
  • By: T.J. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

About to ascend to the throne...Prince Zoban loses everything. Where has his soul mate gone? In their world, Thalia, soul mates are real. From birth, they search for each other, and when they connect, the depth of their understanding how it should be removes any doubt. When “the one” for Prince Zoban disappears, chaos reigns in the kingdom. Is it his uncle who took her? The prince can’t be king without his mate. The royal line is threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed

  • By Amber N on 02-05-19

A sweet SciFi romance

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This is a sweet romance story. The storyline is well thought out, and the characters are fairly well developed. There are sexy times, but nothing I would call erotica. There is some action toward the end of the book, and of course we get our HEA.

The one thing that really got on my nerves was the constant use of dialogue being described as "in a cold way" or "in a cold manner" or some other variation using the word "cold."

I thought the narrator did a very good job. His inflections were spot on, his characters were differentiated well, and it was a very smooth performance. As with a lot of male narrators, his female characters were not quite as easily identified, but he did as well as some I have heard.

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. *

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Watching the Alpha’s Omega

  • Alpha Omega Lodge, Book 3
  • By: Emma Knox
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

I was faced with another problem. I found my mate. But he only wanted the baby. Not me. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent storyline

  • By Meg on 01-17-19

Decent storyline

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

The storyline had the potential to be a good book. However, I did not enjoy the author's writing style most of the time. There were parts that were decent, but others just seemed juvenile. But, like I said, the plot of the story was pretty good.

I did not enjoy the narration at all. The secondary omegas sounded like women, not much different than the Omega MC's little sister in fact. There were too many starts and stops; the narrator did not seem to know how to pace himself. There was character differentiation, but I could not connect to any of the characters' voices except for the omega's family.

Very disappointing.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from getfreeaudiobooks.com.

  • 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

Great second book

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This second installment of the Gravidum series picks up just following the events of Incubus Adored. A promise was made at the end of book one to find the missing incubi, so Hadrian and Lucifer set out to find them; starting with Hadrian's long lost love, Pheo.

What they find is a bitter man who doesn't trust or want to go home. Trust must be earned, and a new relationship with Eden rebuilt. Both of these are hard won, with pain and loss along the way.

In the end, we get our HEA, and a setup for the next book.

The narrator did a good job. A couple of hang-ups I have bothered me throughout the book, however. I really dislike hearing a narrator swallow when they are reading. This is easy to edit out. Second, there are a couple of common words mispronounced. He does a really good job, but the swallowing thing knocked him down from a 4.5 to a 4.

Happy listening!

* I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. *

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Incubus Adored

  • Gravidam Series, Book 1
  • By: Ki Brightly
  • Narrated by: Ken Solin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Peirs had accepted his life of servitude to an angel. His keeper asked only for a willing body, and in exchange his needs were met and he was fed and clothed. Peirs might have served the angel forever - it was the only life he knew - but one day Peirs discovered something he had no way to plan for. After two millennia, he was pregnant. Peirs now must summon the courage to escape his master and the unbendable divine law that declared no half-breeds should live, but running into an angelic soldier in the back room of a bar wasn’t part of his plan. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story of angels, demons, others

  • By Meg on 12-13-18

An interesting story of angels, demons, others

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This is a story about the battle for the ultimate power over all beings, in the end. Yahweh has created the angels, and decides who becomes a fallen angel, or demon, of which Lucifer is the leader, of course.

However, there are other creatures, not created by Yahweh; the succubi and the incubi. During the wars, Yahweh orders their destruction and the destruction of their creator and home. The catch? Angels are selfish, and they also miss a few.

In modern times, one incubus prisoner, pregnant with his captor's baby, escapes and must find ways to feed himself and his offspring.

An angel, who was created for the purpose of destroying demons, meets the incubus; but he is ignorant to the truths that Yahweh has been hiding from him.

The story of these two leads to a miracle, and the start of the next adventure.

The narrator is not as bad as others have made him out to be. I have heard MUCH worse. He is very soft spoken; not quiet, just soft. The main thing I had to get used to was that the physically stronger MC has a much softer, weaker voice, than the much physically inferior MC; but that's me stereotyping. So.

Not a bad listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twice Bitten

  • By: Preston Walker
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

When Alistair Hall lost his mate, he lost everything. To cope with the heartache, he’s thrown himself into supporting his pack. Finding strength in his work helps him forget, until he comes face-to-face with a complicated omega who could change his mind about everything. Matthew Norris sells fantasies - a jaded omega peddling shallow dreams at Hearts Connected. He doesn’t believe in love, but if it makes money, he can pretend. When a chance encounter puts him in the path of an irresistible alpha, Matthew begins to question his outlook on life...and on love.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winner!

  • By kp on 02-17-19

Not one of Walker's best

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I was looking forward to Matthew's story, but although the story was alright, it just wasn't quite up to par. This is a 3.5 star rating rounded down. The main reason I can't give that extra star is because of the sex scenes. This is not an ABO series; therefore, no possibility of natural lubrication. There is little to no foreplay that would be a natural part of the situation, and absolutely no preparation. And, there is no mention of pain or discomfort. This is not a BDSM story. This completely turned me off of the sexy times altogether. They just didn't seem realistic.

And as with the first book in the series (if I'm remembering correctly from when I read it), there is no explanation and/or reference to the fact that men, human and werewolf alike, can get pregnant. And, given one of the MC's past, knowing the possibility of a pregnancy, no protection was used or even mentioned until the other MC was already pregnant. This is a big plot hole to me, but that could just be my personal hang-up.

The narration was good. A little more differentiation between the characters would be good, but it doesn't detract from the story. The cadence and inflections were done well. Although at times, he seems a little too upbeat for the situation at hand. But from the beginning, the narrator is a very upbeat kind of performer. I will be happy to hear from him again in the future.

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. *

  • A Wish Upon the Stars

  • Tales from Verania
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 299

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed. The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best series ever. Seriously.

  • By Jen on 11-29-18

An Epic 5 🌟 Story and Performance!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I have to be honest: I have owned both the Consumption of Magic (ebook and audiobook) and the ebook of A Wish Upon the Stars since they were released. However, I could not bring myself to read/listen to them until this came out in audiobook. It just wouldn't have been the same experience.

This is the Devastatingly Beautiful, Hysterical and Heart-shattering Conclusion of the Tales of Verania Series; and, yes, that was capitalized, so you know it's true 😉. TJ Klune is the master of manipulating my emotions to the point that I don't know if I'm happy or angry, laughing or crying, or all of the other rollercoaster of emotions along the way. This has been a fantastic series, but I KNEW that I had to listen to the last two books back to back or my heart would never be the same. I'm sure the book was just as powerful, but this brings me to the second part of the review.

Michael Lesley.
I have actually heard him "narrate" audiobooks for other authors, and he is excellent. I have heard him "perform" other TJ Klune series, and he was amazing.

This. This was a production. I cannot imagine the amount of time and creativity he put into creating this...audio... movie in my head. The characters have remained true throughout four books. The reason I cannot bring myself to actually READ the books is because I can't replicate the personalities he has created for the characters in my head. I am SO glad I waited for this to be released because I cannot imagine any better way to experience this story.

To Mr TJ Klune and Mr Michael Lesley, I thank you for your hard work and beautiful interpretations.

  • Kiss Me Slowly

  • First Time Love Stories Bundle
  • By: Romeo Alexander
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Falling in love is an intoxicating experience, and this collection of four unforgettable short stories will show you that love can come into your life in a variety of ways, but no matter how it finds you, happily ever afters do come true. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By Donna Hirsch on 01-27-19

Interesting collection of short stories

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is a collection of four short stories with simmering heat level, if that; some more than others.

Snack Bar: This was a fun and cute story. Very light, but without much substance.

Method Actors: I think this could have been a decent story if it had been more fleshed out. It is an mpreg story, quite a bit longer than Snack Bar, and a lot steamier. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no world building, therefore, no real explanation for the situation. You have to be willing to use your own imagination to make this story work. And, BTW, I'm a huge mpreg fan, so this is even hard for me to wrap my head around. Just saying...

Building Hearts: I think this is probably my favorite of the four. It is definitely more fleshed out than the first, and more realistic than the others. I would have liked to read a full story, or at least a novella with this storyline.

Terrible Gambler: I could not make any connection to this story at all. It's extremely short, and I didn't feel like the MCs had any chemistry at all.

The narrator did a great job. His intonation and inflections were spot on. He paced the stories well. The only flaw I have heard from either of the books performed by Randi Johnson is differentiating between the characters. I think that once I can tell when one character is speaking rather than another, without the he said/said he input, Mr Johnson will definitely be a five star go-to narrator.

* I received an ARC of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. *

  • The Bride's Brother

  • By: J.P. Oliver
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Is it wrong to be attracted to the groom in a wedding? Or, I thought he was the groom! No, this guy is open and single and...into me? Is he into me? He'd be the first for quite some time. I have to admit, seeing all these weddings come and go can be a bit much when you go home all by yourself. But is it ethical to date a client's brother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and sexy read

  • By Drifter on 02-16-19

A cute light story

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is a fun shorter story. Toby and Hunter get off to a rocky start based on a misunderstanding due to mistaken identity. However, this is eventually resolved, and the relationship evolves from there.

The bride, Julia, is a royal pain in the behind. She causes a lot of stress between the two MCs, but her actions only spur the bigger problem in Toby's mind.

Toby has to decide if Hunter is strong enough to be the man he needs, or if he needs to just cut his losses. In the end, we wind up with a HEA. This is a light hearted story with just a little angst on the side and a spoiled brat of a bride.

The narrator is very enthusiastic throughout the book. His intonation and pace are done very well. There were two things that could have been better, IMO. His characters did not have much differentiation in their voices, which at times caused a bit of confusion; there are times when the two MCs carry on conversations without indentafiers. The second issue I had, and this may not have been his fault, were the sex scenes. The passion just wasn't there. However, I feel like it was almost as much the way they are written as the way they are performed. Overall, I thought he did a pretty good job.

" I received an ARC of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. *

  • Fred and Ginger: A Christmas M/M Romantic Comedy Short Story

  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Patisserie Chef Christopher Miller works for Big Boy Cupcakes, London’s only gay bakery. His boss had closed the bakery on the 23rd of December, and Chris was looking forward to some well needed time off, and Christmas alone. But then his boss calls him with a last minute order - the order of his dreams - to bake for his movie idol, actor Jason Beck. Just as he is about to deliver the order, Chris’s dreams are turned upside down by an explosive, fateful meeting with Fred, an errant Chocolate Labrador.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good

  • By wendy ballard on 12-05-18

A Fun Christmas short

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

First, I have to say this. I absolutely adore Gary Furlong. I really, really do. Unfortunately, I don't think he brought this book to life the way he usually does. I honestly think this is the first time I haven't given him a five star rating. His characters were awesome, but this was a comedy, and (IMO) he needed to liven things up a bit.

The story was still funny. Just the bakery itself is hilarious, and I wish we had one around here! You get the main idea of the plot from the blurb, so I'm not going to go into much detail. However, when Chris finally allows Robin to help redeem his most recent screw up, the "cleanup" he makes Robin do in the front of the store is priceless.

This is not an erotic short; there is a sexy time, and plenty of sexual tension. But, if you're looking for a fun holiday short, this is a great place to start.

* I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. *