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  • The Puppet Master

  • Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series
  • By: Ronald S. Barak
  • Narrated by: Edward Bauer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Three prominent political leaders in Washington, DC, murdered in as many days. Capitol Hill panics. Who will be next? Others whisper that our political leaders are only getting what they deserve. Anxious to see who will be next. And why. Crafty DC homicide Detective Frank Lotello is tasked to find the killer. Cliff Norman, a local businessman with ample motive, is arrested. Politicians breathe a sigh of relief. However, when Lotello discovers a disturbing White House connection, he suspects Norman may not be what he appears to be. Things may not be what they appear to be. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous police/political procedural...riveting

  • By Cat on 03-23-19

fabulous police/political procedural...riveting

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

I am going to give this book to ratings. A 4 for the actual book because it was so long and wordy, pus so many characters it got overwhelming and hopped around. Now having said that... I listened to the audio and the narrator was amazing. he voice acted the ook ( which I love and each character even the females had a clear, unique voice. You could even tell when there were thoughts being voiced as happens a lot in Lotellos and Brooks' parts. That is skilled. So I give a 5 adding in the narration.
This is book two and marked a prequel. I have not read book one and do suggest this one first since we meet Brooks and Lotello'
First, we meet Lotello, a newly widowed police officer with two kids, contemplating if he should stay on the force and keep his career or find something else so he can spend more time with his family. Mr. Barak found an unusual way to endear us to Lotello by his speaking so much to his deceased wife. It really touched my heart and made me really like him.
There is a wide array of characters, too many to mention and all have a depth to them.
Te book kinda has two parts the police procedural than the political part. After the person is found and put on trial then we get in depth of the trial and that is where we meet Brooks, the judge, and the DA and prosecuting attorney as well.
The story is engaging, thrilling and page turning and I can't wait to see what the next book has in store. but I will choose the audio.
If you like crime thrillers, police procedurals, political procedurals, and allover page-turning suspense this is for you. I highly recommend the audio.

  • Far From Home

  • Belladonna Ink Series, Book 1
  • By: Lorelie Brown
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

My name is Rachel. I’m straight... I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt. My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for a beautiful book

  • By Aimee on 03-20-19

The series title doesn't do it justice

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

The series title Belladonna Ink, in my opinion, has no place here. Neither Pari or Rachel are connected to Belladonna Ink, Rachel's friends are and they are barely mentioned as is Belladonna Ink. If I hadn't read the blurb I would never have chosen this book, but I was intrigued by the anorexia. I am glad I took a chance on this book. There are two covers. I prefer this one as the other is misleading and like Rachel, the blonde is far from home.
I loved all of the characters, right down to Pari's mom. I was happy to see that through a different nationality and culture she was accepting of her daughter's sexuality. the story had a very realistic feel, the anorexia disorder was handled well and the sexual tension was hot.
This is a very good, well written, thought-provoking story.
This is my first narration by Jill Smith. I enjoyed it a lot. Her voice is clear, her inflection and pacing is good. It never felt like she was just reading the story. Her voice for Pari and her mom had just enough dialect to give them a unique accent. I loved it.

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  • Promise to Shield

  • Personal Protectors, Book 2
  • By: Brittany Cournoyer
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 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

Life hasn’t always been easy for Brice. With his own mother abandoning him when he was a teenager and his father having a dangerous job, life has been lonely. That is, until his father decides he needs a bodyguard he doesn’t want. So why does he find himself noticing how attractive the broody bodyguard is? And why does he want him to stay, after all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • intriguing and sexy

  • By Cat on 03-15-19

intriguing and sexy

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19


This is my first book by Brittany Cournoyer but won't be my last(really want to read the first book in this series) This is the second book in this series but it does work okay out of order. I followed quite well however I would have liked to have known a bit more about Carter and why he was guarding Brice, and Larry Brice's dad. All that was probably covered in the first book and didn't really take away from this.
Carter has been living with Brice as his built-in bodyguard for a year or more now. Brice doesn't like it and is quite the brat.
I like the Growly Carter and Bratty Brice. I loved the back and forth fighting that led to hot sex. I thought the story was a perfect mix of tension, intrigue, mystery, suspense, and romance. I loved it!

Kenneth Obi added a great flair with unique voices for each man. You could hear Carters growls and grunts and the snark in Brice's voice. and the sex? OH MY! if you have the opportunity get the audio, it really does bring the book to life and make boring chores much more fun.

  • Salt Magic Skin Magic

  • By: Lee Welch
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father's isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can't leave. His sanity is starting to fray. When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairy tale, where all the rules of magic - and love - are changed.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical fantasy. I loved it!

  • By Cat on 03-15-19

Magical fantasy. I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Lord Thornby has been literally trapped on his father's estate for a year. Whenever he tries to leave he physically can't as if magically tethered to the land. He is about to go insane when a guest arrives stating his father invited him. John Bake is a strange man. One day he is following Lord Tornby to be surprised that he sees him, thinking he is under an invisibility spell. the two men go from despising each other to desire. But why is Jogh really there and why can Lord Thornby not leave?
This story is a very well developed, mystical, magical story. I love to read something that is out of my box on occasion and this was right up my alley.
Joel Leslie is the master at bringing stories to life with a unique voice and inflection. I think I enjoyed his narration much more than I would have reading this on my own.
If you love magic, deceit, potions, spells, unique creatures, fantasy, and suspense you will love this.

  • Going Hearts over Heels

  • My Country Heart, Book 3
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Hairdresser Ginger Myers is fed up with the noise and stress of city life. What could be better than a Valentine’s vacation in Sapphire Falls with hot and hunky country boys? Marsh Wolff is as country as they get. A son of a farmer, he dutifully stayed home to work on his family farm. It’s his turn to spread his wings, and what better way to start than letting Ginger Myers spiff up his style before his Valentine Day’s trip to New York City?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun. Romantic. Sexy

  • By Cat on 03-15-19

Fun. Romantic. Sexy

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19


I loved this series. Ginger is tired of the hustle and bustle of New York and after being in Saphire Falls where two of her sisters are now enjoying life with their men, she is a bit wistful and wants to experience that country life herself.
Marshall loves his life but wants to experience more, and meet new women. He has always wanted to go to New York and has the chance to go for valentines and hopes he runs into his sister-in-law Ginger until she shows up right before his departure.
Fun. Romantic. Sexy. That is how I would describe this book. What else do you need? For me, it's a hot cowboy and I am all in!
I loved this book and cannot wait for Amber and Chad's story.
Tor Thom and Charley Engel bring a great book to life. It is like experiencing it in 3-d. Of course, you can't beat Tor Thom's sexy voice and Charley has that chipper voice that was perfect for Ginger.

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  • Rocking the Cowboy

  • By: Skylar M. Cates
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Long before he was a superstar, Remy Sean had a secret crush on Jed Riley. But Jed sees Remy as a spoiled pop rocker and an extension of his father’s control. Still, Jed is willing to let Remy hide from the press on his ranch - but only as a way to get his father out of his life and business for good. Used to being admired and fawned over, Remy keenly feels the sting of Jed’s dismissal. Can he make Jed see him as more than a pain in the ass? Or is Jed too tangled up in his ranch to see past his old hurt?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot cowboys and sexy popstars.

  • By Cat on 03-06-19

Hot cowboys and sexy popstars.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Colin Darcy did a great job voice acting this book. Each character had a distinctive voice which is a must for me and man oh man did he make the sex scenes hot. (fans self) I highly suggest listening to this if you get the chance!
This story hit on so many of my lists. I didn't mark May/December though it is stated that Jed is older than Remy but not how much and second chance though they never were in a relationship before, Remy had a crush on Jed from when he visited the ranch as a teen.
Remy is a pop star that has hit a snag. He needs to hide and recuperate from a mishap in Athens on a world tour. He fears he has lost his music. Buddy his manager and Jed's father, has just the place for Remy to hide.

Jed has plans for his ranch but is in a bind because in actuality the ranch is his father's land even though his father left years ago for California to manage stars. Jed has nothing to do with his father and wants no part of keeping his father's spoiled pop star on the ranch. But his sister wants her father to walk her down the aisle and Jed wants the deed so he makes a deal with his dad.

The story is a slow burn as Jed keeps Remy at arm's length at first, but Remy soon grows on him and they manage to become friends, then lovers.
Remy and Jed are a new favorite couple for me. I love how though opposites they just seem to fit, how Remy through the smaller and more effeminate looking was tough and went for what he wanted. I loved Jed because...Hot cowboy, that cooks? DUH! The storyline is good and keeps you interested.
My only issue was the ending felt rushed. The last chapter has so much packed in, I wish it had been separated out into a couple of chapters and showed us the visit from Remy's mom and the other things that happen here than a quick explanation. Having said that, I got the real feel of a happy ever after not just the impression of one.

If you like Cowboys, pop stars, opposites attract and an allover good romance this is for you

  • The Nerd and the Prince

  • By: B.G. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Seb Yarrick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Small-town business owner Jason Brewster has big dreams: world travel, adventure, and, most of all, a passionate romance worthy of a fairy tale. But he doesn’t believe fantasies can come true until Adam moves in next door. He’s handsome, cultured, European, and, best of all, interested in Jason. It’s like something out of the stories Jason loves. But Adam - whose real name is Amadeo Montefalcone - has a secret. He's royalty, prince of the small country of Monterosia. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a prince and nerd romance

  • By Cat on 03-04-19

a prince and nerd romance

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Jason loves all things mythology related. He dreams of being swept up in Eagle wings like Ganymede. He runs a bookstore that is part restaurant. and writes books as well. He longs for a true romance but knows its hard to come by in his little town in Missouri.

Adam is really a prince from a small foreign country. He doesn't want to rule and marry and become king and produce an heir. He has his brother help him find a place to hide and find himself. His little house needs lots of work and is behind Jason's.

I loved this story. I loved both Jason and Adam. I loved the chemistry. Tim was such a big character but suddenly just disappeared I would have liked either more of him or something more conclusive.

There is a lot of foreign language in the book though most are explained. There is also the mythology. Normally I would complain about so many big words and stuff but it all worked in this story.

There are some twists and things I didn't see coming. The story is not predictable, it is sweet, charming and hot. Very entertaining!
The book was good to read but it had a lot of Italian in it. Seb Yerrick gives both men such great voices. I especially loved Adams Italian it was so sexy.
If you can get the audio I highly recommend it. It is much better hearing the Italian than trying to sound it out (unless you can read Italian).

  • The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever

  • Dreamspun Desires, Book 60
  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

How can heartbreak turn into happily ever after? Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after - until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet little story

  • By Aerielle on 02-05-19

A fun friends to lovers story

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Audio review
This was a fun story. I love friends to lovers and Andrew Grey wrote the perfect story. Tommy is left at the altar when he is jilted by his money-grubbing fiance. His Best friend Greyson suggests Tommy go ahead and go on the honeymoon trip to get out of town and away from prying eyes and chances of running into the ex. Tommy agrees only if Greyson and his son Petey go along.
The way Andrew Grey describes Bon Aire it's like going there with Tommy, Greyson, and Petey. Petey makes the trip even more fun.'
I liked that Tommy and Greyson don't just jump in the sack or declare their love right away. There is some slow burn. there is some action and adventure along the way and just enough heat to make the story sexy.
If you like millionaires ( you barely even know Tommy is one) friends-to-lovers, cute kids and sexy destinations you will love this.
Jon Solo really brought the story to life adding a unique voice and you could hear Petey's excitement and feel the emotions of both men. I recommend grabbing the audio to make mundane chores so much more fun in you can!

  • Love You So Special

  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Ry Forest
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks - like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he hears at a concert hall while he’s fixing the bathrooms - and the fact that he’s never come out as gay and probably never will. But when he’s hired to build a guesthouse for the pianist whose music enchanted him, Artie is swept up into an unimaginable world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely LOVE this story. Highly recommend.

  • By A Butterfield on 01-25-19

A sweet romance

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

Arty is a macho plumber and skilled handyman. He also loves his fish and beautiful music. An odd combination for a burly, tough, Alpha Guy.
Francois is a famous pianist and composer and openly gay though he doesn’t go out. He has a fear of people and crowds and does as few concerts as possible making him more sought after.
Arty and Francois are a cute couple in this opposites attract type story. Two opposite classes but two men that get each other so well. Even all of the side characters are fun, such as Artie’s family and his friend Don, his younger brother ( I hope we get his story soon) and even Francois mom wasn’t what she seemed.
The story is just pure fun and fluffy though there is a bit of action thrown in from nowhere near the end that neither added to or took away from the story.
This is like the others in the series just a fun, flirty, feel-good story.
Ry Forrest does a great narration on this book. His voice is soothing and I loved listening as I did chores.

  • Forging the Future

  • Change of Heart
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Jin Church is back where he started, alone, wandering, and uncertain of his path. It's not by choice but by circumstance, as he remembers he's a werepanther...but not much else. He knows one thing for sure - he needs to find the beautiful blond man who haunts his dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5+ Stars!!!

  • By Belen on 10-10-15

I want more!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

No No NO! I don't want this series to be over! I am not going to recap the story because it would bee too hard to without a spoiler.
I have to admit at first I thought I missed a book. This story seems to take place around 5 years later. But as I read on everything was explained and things fell into place. I have to admit I would have liked to seen a book between Crucible of Fate and this one that actually showed some of these events developing but the book was still amazing.
The characters are all awesome, the story line shocking as heck. When you don't think you can get surprised in this series Mary Calmes pulls the rug right out from under you.
There are some major twists, plenty of action, drama and some hot man-sex. You do need to read these stories in order in my opinion, though there is plenty of backstory you may be able to follow. But this series is so good and intense I highly recommend it all! I do hope there are some spin-offs since there are some characters that deserve stories.
Sean Crisden is amazing. He brings each character to life with unique voices and shows excitement and angst in his voice. It is like being in the story not listening! I suggest the audio if you like listening to books.