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The Mister audiobook cover art

Mesmerizing, steamy, exciting, and more

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

Reviewed: 07-26-19

Fifty Shades was a wonderful novel because I loved the underlying nuances of the story. But this... this is writing that showed a maturity that can only be gained from experience and research and heart.

Maxim Trevelyan was exactly the type of person I expected for his title. He was pompous and a bit narcissistic. He's also hurting deep down in a place he doesn't wish to go. He's experienced a loss that someone in his position doesn't generally allow to affect him as much as this does. Still, he works to bury it as the tragedy leaves him with a title he never wanted and never expected to have. But when a young maid walks into his flat and into his life, he experiences something else he can't ignore. She is beautiful and has a natural talent that sweeps through his soul. But there's also something else about her, something dark.

Alessia Demachi is a "cleaner," a maid, who scrubs floors and does laundry. But she is also beautiful in a subtle way, and when she sits down at the piano, magic happens. This is the magic that gets the attention of His Lordship. But she also carries a secret... a secret that could cost her not only the life she is leading but her very life.

Listening as these two navigate a tale that neither of them realized they wanted or needed was absolutely captivating. It stole my heart from the first, and it was impossible to stop listening until I reached the end. And even then, I wasn't quite reading for the end. The narrators were superb in their interpretations. The tale itself was fantastic, the writing incredible. As an editor, nothing pleases me more than to see an author's writing improve, and this story did not disappoint. Kudos, Ms. James. I'm not sure how you're going to top this, but I know to expect only good things from you going forward.

Of Blood and Bone audiobook cover art

An exciting adventure into magic and the unknown

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

Reviewed: 07-26-19

I loved the story. I love that the heroine was a strong woman who made decisions that she knew would matter for the future of not only the human race but that of the fae. She showed fear and exhaustion which was what made her real. Her name, Fallon, was something special because it was her father's surname, and I respected the idea that her mother and stepfather were so proud of her and of her heritage.

It was a crazy whirlwind of learning, training, and preparation for a battle that was imminent. And even when she wanted to give up, she found a way through it all. All of the people and beings in the story were interconnected on a deep level that not even they understood. And even with the love interest, she took her job as a leader seriously. It was a fantastic adventure that still has plenty of places to go.

That being said, I didn't like the way it was written. Leaving out the connecting grammatical language made some of the sentences staccato and distracting. The flow was disrupted by missing conjunctions and connectors in the sentences. The story was exciting and phenomenal. The narrator was fantastic and made me forget there was only one person speaking the different parts. But the writing itself felt unpolished and disappointing. Rules were broken that were put in place for a reason, and it took away the fluidity of the piece, sometimes making it simply annoying. Overall, it just didn't live up to what I expected from this author.

Going Haywire audiobook cover art

It was a sweet second chance romance.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

The story was rather fun until the last few chapters. It was a sweet and exciting romance with a sexy twist. Honey takes a trip with her children to visit her ex-husband in his hometown of Sapphire Falls for Halloween. She doesn't trust him after his overworking and leaving her and the children alone so many times. But, with the way he courts her on their vacation together has her thinking twice about the divorce.

Then, strange things begin to happen. Someone seems to be after her, threatening her and her relationship with her husband. But she doesn't know who would do such a thing. Max is acting a little weird, too, and she isn't sure what to think. Each day that goes by brings them closer together but makes her more suspicious.

I had a couple of problems with the audible version with the story. Though the male vocals were fairly decent, the female vocals got on my last nerve. It was loud and grating, and she tended to emphasize every other moment constantly. It was difficult to listen to her.

I had no idea about the ending, and I thought the strange explanation for the situations that occurred throughout the story until the last few chapters. And at that time, I thought it sounded like an explanation that was pulled out of the air as though the author was looking for a way to explain everything and finish the story quickly. It didn't really make sense to me. And I was completely blown away that the heroine never realized what was going on with her husband and that she'd hardly even met his family before. It was weird. But it was a cute story.

Tapping the Billionaire audiobook cover art

I'm on the fence about this one

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I have to say there was more sex than there was story here. In fact, it wasn't a story I haven't read in a dozen different ways before. Georgia and Kline weren't characters that stood out for me, and their situation comedy didn't really impress.

I'd heard so much about this book from others who read it, and I was really looking forward to being impress. It just kind of fell flat. The humor wasn't that humorous. There were a couple of moments that got to me, and those are the ones that kept me listening. I was surprised how tame Kline was for being called a "bad boy." He didn't sleep around and that's kind of what I expect from a bad boy. It was just middle of the road to me.

That being said, the male narrator had a good voice for Kline. I liked the way he read his part and even how he differentiated between characters. The female, on the other hand, raised her voice a lot. I found it annoying and had trouble getting through her reading so I could move on to the male POV.

It was okay for me.

The Hollows: A Midnight Gunn Novel audiobook cover art

As spellbinding as Sherlock Holmes

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

When Detective Inspector Arthur Gredge needs help finding a serial assailant, who leaves his victims' minds trapped in a void, and the last victim, Emmeline Rowbotham, is found dead, he has no recourse but to call on Midnight Gunn, a paranormal investigator who has a way of communicating with the powers Inspector Gredge would rather avoid if at all possible. Still, when he discovers one of the victims is an impoverished child named Polly, Gunn takes a personal interest in not only her but the other victims of the assaults, all the while concerned about the dark energy he has to call upon to assist in finding this mad man.

The Hollows: A Midnight Gunn Novel is a historical Gothic detective mystery set in 1860's London, and drew me in from the moment I opened to the first page and discovered where Midnight Gunn got his name and his paranormal powers of deduction. This is an exciting and frightening adventure that takes us places we aren't sure we want to go and leaves us hoping for more Midnight Gunn mysteries when we reach the end. I believe this author is onto something huge here, and look forward to her next exciting exploits into the paranormal.

The narrator was fantastic and had me forgetting that she was the only narrator. Her voice is captivating, and I enjoyed the reading so much.

Colton audiobook cover art

This was the perfect second chance romance.

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I love second chance romances, and this one was just as sweet as it was sexy. Skylar's chance meeting with Colton on the beach after not seeing each other since they were just teenagers is a fluke neither of them could have counted on. She has been running from a past that could mean so many horrifying things while he has been searching for her since that night in Colorado when they were just teenagers, neither of them experienced and neither of them prepared.

While she fights her attraction to him because of the past that has taught her to be wary of men and what might really be happening under the surface, he fights to get through all of the pain she has endured to show her that he has never forgotten her, that the feelings he has held for her all of these years have not only stayed with him but multiplied at seeing her again. Will he be able to get through to her before fear makes her decide to leave the life she's made for herself and ghost him again?

I loved reading this story more than listening to it. There is an abundance of background romance and heartfelt moments that the heat the author brings to her stories is just an extra bonus. There's a psychological issue that holds the characters apart, always a fear of something that could very well make them take another turn. And her background characters mean so much to the story and beg to be written.

That being said, there were some nuances missed in the narrators' interpretations. The male narration wasn't too bad, but the female read it with incorrect breaths, breaks and emphasis. She mispronounced words that a narrator shouldn't have trouble with. I actually went back to my Kindle copy of the book to make sure the words were spelled correctly, and they were. I don't know if she simply wasn't prepared for the reading or if she just wasn't meant to read this story. I just found it disappointing.

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This is a fantasy love story for the ages

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

If you could sum up Demons in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Unpredictable, Magic

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way Celestia and Eirik find each other. They are both discovering new abilities and need each other not only for the support they eventually give each other but to find themselves and where they fit in this new world of theirs.

Which character – as performed by Gary Furlong and Kelsey Osborne – was your favorite?

Eirik and Celestia

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the whole thing. I enjoyed watching this impossible love story unfold. And I looked forward to seeing what would happen next in the story.

Any additional comments?

I originally read the book last year, but these narrators truly brought it to life.

Impulse audiobook cover art

Exciting and Unpredictable

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Would you listen to Impulse again? Why?

Yes. I love this story. I look forward to rest of the series.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how strong the heroine is. She has a lot of attitude, and she isn't a push over.

Which character – as performed by Zachary Michael and Thurlow Holmes – was your favorite?

Lex Fitzgerald - I like how take charge and mysterious he is.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

I love this story and can tell that the entire series is going to be exciting and intriguing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Indelible: Beneath His Ink audiobook cover art

Raw and Powerful

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Would you listen to Indelible: Beneath His Ink again? Why?

The story was intense from the very beginning. We learn who Trent is right away. Though he has a past that isn't anything he'd like to brag about, he is working to overcome that past and make his life better. It's such a coming of age story for a grown man, raw and emotional.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Indelible: Beneath His Ink?

One of the first most memorable moments was the bar scene when he punch Jake in the face for messing with his woman. He was working so hard not to see color but it was so difficult when everyone around him kept pointing it out, every time they referred to Teal.

What about Michael Pauley’s performance did you like?

Fantastic. His inflections and vocal changes made the difference between character voices obvious. I could almost see what the people looked like by listening to his voice. He fed the vocals humor when necessary and hesitations when the moment called for them. Other than a mispronounced word or two, and I'm not sure those weren't written into the original manuscript, I thought he did an excellent job of differentiating between the characters. He has a wonderfully smooth and convincing voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Depravity audiobook cover art

Captivating Beauty & the Beast Adult Version

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Where does Depravity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was such an intricate and captivating take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I love the way Melissa Haag takes me in a direction that I don't expect to go. Her characters are full of depth and you immediately get a feel for them. I've always loved this story, but she ramps it up into an adult version that draws you in and doesn't let go. Although it includes some adult situations, I found it more readable and intriguing. It is filled with danger and magic, gives you chills and makes your heart pump faster.

Ms Haag weaves a colorful story, helping the imagination to take us into the tale, becoming a part of the scene. I found myself looking forward to the scenes with Benella and the Beast, my mind capturing the dynamics of the strong young woman and this powerful beast and wondering when her heart might weaken toward the beast and her responses might become more submissive to his nature.

Though I'd read the book before, this audible copy really brings life to the story. I can't wait to hear subsequent books.

Have you listened to any of Sierra Kline’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never heard her narrate before and was quite impressed. She has a very flexible voice and does the male parts well. Her inflections and the changes in vocals for each character are well emphasized. It is not an easy job, and she did it well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful