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  • Still Waters

  • Memoirs of the Human Wraiths, Book 3
  • By: F. E. Feeley Jr.
  • Narrated by: Marek Montoya
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Promise, Michigan, is very much like every other small town across the state. Built on the edge of a lake, the homes sit in neat little rows in cute little neighborhoods. During the summer Promise bustles with tourists who come to spend their vacation dollars and enjoy the lake's refreshingly cold water. But Promise holds a terrible secret. In the center of the lake is an abandoned island where a curse is rumored to wait for victims, unabated, and deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once again a well written and told book

  • By Shannon on 02-08-19

4.5 stars- A hauntingly beautiful testament to und

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I cannot really pinpoint what it is that sets this author’s writing apart, but every time I pick up a book by him, I have the hardest time putting it down. The way the characters’ experiences and feelings are described make you feel as though you are standing alongside them. Likewise, the scenery and imagery never fail to transport me. Perhaps it’s the author’s poetry background, but Mr. Feeley can convey so much in so few words, that I can’t help but feel involved in the story. Still Waters was a testament to that. I thoroughly enjoyed both the e-book and audiobook of the first story in this series. However, I hadn’t gotten around to continuing the Memoirs of the Human Wraiths series just yet. Luckily, these are all standalones, so I was able to jump ahead and listen to the audiobook for Still Waters soon after its release. I was quickly drawn into the story and captivated by the characters and unique plot. Still Waters proved to be more of a mystery with a paranormal twist than some of this author’s other works which have made me jump. So if you’re holding back because you don’t want to be spooked, there’s no need. That said, the story was wonderfully different and hauntingly beautiful at times.

The narrator for Still Waters was new to me and overall, I liked his delivery. He had a good voice for the characters and story and his rhythm fit the book’s pacing well. I did think his performance of the big suspenseful moments wasn’t as crisp or exciting as the scene playing out, but I certainly won’t hesitate picking up books he narrates in the future. Mr. Feeley has a propensity for matching the voice in his books with a narrator that can deliver that tone and I think this narrator’s quiet strength in his delivery fit Jeff and Bret perfectly.

I loved the characters of Still Waters and how they were woven together. The pacing is measured but up tempo and the flow between the narrative and dialogue very smooth. Though Still Waters is definitely a romance, the relationship is really the only aspect I thought wasn’t spot on. The author routinely writes quieter romances- they aren’t the star and there isn’t a big tada moment, but rather a palpable bond and love between the main characters I appreciate. That was true in Still Waters, but something was missing. I liked Bret and Jeff together and thought they were sweetly supportive of one another. However, the progression of the relationship felt odd- not so much rushed as underdeveloped or as though the warming up period was skipped. I wish I had seen the feelings build a bit between the men so the romance was as memorable as the story itself. That said, Still Waters is a fantastic book I’d recommend to any reader who enjoys suspense and mystery with paranormal and angsty elements.

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  • Long Time Gone

  • Hell or High Water, Book 2
  • By: SE Jakes
  • Narrated by: Adam North
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone - until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must've driven his lover away. Even with half a world between them, Prophet can't get the man out of his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And the greatness continues!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 09-22-16

4.5 stars- Fantastic end to the second book

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I'm continuing with my catch up of the Hell and High Water series. The second book in the series, Long Time Gone was a mixed bag for me . I thought the start of the book drug a little, especially with Prophet and Tom being distanced from one another. One of my favorite aspects about series including established couples is seeing/feeling the connection right from the start. The separation of the main characters made that impossible at the beginning of Long Time Gone. However, once the events surrounding the hurricane caused the pace to pick up and brought Tom and Prophet back together, I was quickly pulled back in and really enjoyed the story. The banter between Tom and Prophet, and even secondary characters, was more entertaining in the second book as well. As the relationship between the men solidified, I couldn't help but fall harder for this couple and series, and the end left me excited to jump right into the third book.

As with the first, I both listened and read Long Time Gone, but I really enjoy the narrator for the series and found myself listening more than reading as the plot intensified. That said, the Hell and High Water universe is one that whether you listen or read, the series is bound to draw you in.

  • Wet Heat

  • By: R. D. Hero
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at 42, he’s stopped going into heat, which means he’s expired goods - no longer a fertile, young omega that alpha wolves drool over. So Lee scams free samples of Wet Heat, a synthetic pheromone, by pretending to be a happily mated test subject at Wet Heat headquarters. There, Lee spends two years being interviewed by the reserved alpha scientist, Cain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story

  • By WMG on 01-04-18

3.5 stars- Different story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I enjoy shifter stories occasionally and with Wet Heat receiving recommendations from some book friends and the audiobook featuring a favorite narrator, I decided to give it a try. The plot of Wet Heat is wonderfully unique and quickly captured my attention. The characters were likable and the protagonist Lee had loads of personality.

While I liked the different plot premise, I did think it was a little complex for a novella. Consequently, the pacing sometimes felt rushed and the plot lines/conflicts underdeveloped. This was especially true of the relationship between Cain and Lee. I wanted to see a tad more from them but only got a hint of what this couple’s life together would look like at the end of the story.

What made Wet Heat truly enjoyable though was the narration. Mr. Russo never disappoints with his performance, keeping a good tempo and injecting just the right amount of emotion into each scene. If Wet Heat has been on your radar, I’d definitely recommend the audiobook to deliver a unique story with great narration.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

  • Catch a Ghost

  • By: SE Jakes
  • Narrated by: Adam North
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Everyone knows that Prophet - former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass - works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph's past. Suddenly he has to confront both head-on. Tom Boudreaux - failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck - is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Thunderella on 12-23-15

Addictive start

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This series has been sitting on my "shelves" for over a year since they were recommended multiple times and noted as a highly anticipated upcoming release by an online book group. With the recent release of the fourth book in the series, I decided to finally dive into the Hell or High Water universe.

Catch a Ghost is a romantic suspense that follows privately contracted mercenaries Prophet and Tom as they adjust to their new partnership, work a case that's a little too close to home, and explore their intense physical chemistry. I liked both characters and found their closely held secrets intriguing. Though we learn some of those secrets in Catch a Ghost, I imagine there's plenty more to come over the course of the series. The action scenes were fast-paced and held my attention and the case offered up twists, making this one that was hard to step away from. Add to that the incredibly sexy scenes between Prophet and Tom and some good banter, and I consider myself hooked.

I ended up doing the audio immersion reading for the bulk of Catch a Ghost. The narrator delivered a good performance, injecting just enough emotion into the scenes and changing up his voice enough to recognize the different characters without overacting it so much that I lost interest. Whether you go the audiobook or e-book route with this series, you're in for an enjoyable story.

  • Repeat

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095

When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she’s forced to start over. Now she has figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before. Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can’t seem to let her go again. Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Love

  • By Marcelle Ellis on 01-09-19

Unique take on second chance romance

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I’m excited anytime this author releases something, but when I read the blurb for Repeat and realized just how unique the story would be, that excitement heightened. Repeat is an Audible Originals release, meaning fans of audiobooks are in for a treat because they get a chance to hear it first for once. For those who prefer e-books, not to worry, this amazing book will be available early April and I promise it’s worth the wait.

Repeat is more than your average second chance romance. The book explores the interesting premise of a former love suffering a traumatic injury that leads to amnesia, and the opportunity for a do over that event may provide for a couple. The characters were all well-developed and likable with many layer and flushed out histories. I appreciated that both characters acknowledged their flaws and strove to correct missteps. I also really liked Clementine’s way of approaching her memory loss. It was different and really interesting watching how she embraced both her past while choosing to move forward with her life; and her snark and gallows humor made it all the better. The romance and connection between Clementine and Ed simmered below the surface from the start, but the way it developed over the course of the story demonstrated the couple’s saying power while telling a wonderful and entertaining story.

As is often the case with this author, Repeat boasted a smooth rhythm with plenty of fun banter to highlight the characters’ personalities. The story was further brought to life by the narrator, who injected just the right emotion into every scene to make them pop. Honestly, there wasn’t much more I could ask for in a book by a long-time favorite author, and Repeat is certainly one I’d recommend.

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  • Closer

  • By: F.E. Feeley Jr.
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Hayden Moore's life was destroyed when his husband, Malcolm, was murdered. Giving up his job as an assistant district attorney in Boston, Hayden moved to the little burg of Maplewood to recover. A new life. A fresh start. However, something underneath the water is stirring. Something rotten. A deadly secret wakes underneath the black waters of Lake Veronica so disturbing it haunts the nightmares of the local residents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling, Chilling and absolutely Amazing

  • By Kathryn M on 11-07-18

Easily one of the best of the year

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I’m not quite sure where to begin with this review because I don’t think my words will do it justice, but I’ve sat on it long enough now. I’ll lead with this, Closer is easily one of my favorite books of the year, maybe ever. I first read this author a couple years back and he’s been an auto buy for me ever since, especially his mysteries/paranormal books. And yet, despite having this novel on my device since it first released, I hadn’t gotten round to reading Closer until the audiobook release. Happily, that worked in my favor because I was able to simultaneously read and listen to an incredible performance of a fantastically spooky and gripping novel.

Although Closer follows an underlying romance between two characters as well as highlighting the love stories of a number of secondary characters, this book focuses more on the perplexing history and current happenings in a small lakeside town in Vermont. The omniscient multi point-of-view narrative flowed surprisingly well, and I was especially impressed with the narrator’s ability to differentiate the voices of characters so it was as easy to follow along with the audiobook as it was when I was reading. The haunting events left me with goosebumps regularly, which was only amplified by Mr. Bastian’s performance, making this a title that was next to impossible to step away from. I enjoyed all the players in Closer and loved how interwoven their stories became. I especially loved the main couple and their fast but steady romance, particularly the strength of them as individuals and the lengths they were willing to go to in order to protect their love. As I’ve come to expect from this author, the twists and sudden, surprising moments were unexpected and made me jump and my heart race. If you’re looking for something a bit different than the standard romance, Closer is an easy choice.

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  • Dead Speak

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 1
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Demoted to the cold case squad after shooting a suspect in the line of duty, Detective Ronan O'Mara knows that his career with the Boston Police Department is hanging by a thread. His first assignment is the case of Michael Frye, a five-year-old boy who has been missing for seven years. With no new leads or witnesses to interview, Ronan has to start from scratch to solve this mystery. When he sees a handsome local psychic on television, Ronan figures he's got nothing to lose in enlisting the man's help to find Michael.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Premise Squandered

  • By Brian Kyle on 09-06-18

3.5 stars- Ups and downs but a good narration

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Dead Speak and the entire Cold Case Psychic series caught my eye a few times, but when the audiobook released with a narrator I’ve listened to and enjoyed before, I decided to hesitate no longer. Overall, this was a good story with solid characters and an interesting enough case to hook me for more.

I have a soft spot for law enforcement romances and romantic suspense books and also love a good mystery or forensic crime novel. However, because I’ve read a lot within these tropes, I’m a bit picky. For me, Dead Speak fell a bit on the cutsey side of the genre. The case itself was a solid idea, but there really was no mystery as to the perpetrator, just how it all would work out. For the most part, I liked that aspect of it and there were a few surprises along the way, but the action scenes never had my pulse racing or frantically listening for the big reveal or apprehension. Instead, a lot of the police investigative work, and even some of the psychic aspects, felt a bit convenient and almost trite (e.g. repeatedly referencing TV police procedural dramas). That said, I did like Tennyson and Ronan as a couple and partnership. Their personalities conflicted just enough to promise some good banter and an interesting working relationship; and despite the insta-love romance, the pair made a cute couple. I wish we could have seen more of that emotional chemistry develop between these two in Dead Speak, but I’m hopeful that will be explored more in the subsequent books. I was also pretty confused regarding Ronan’s ex-husband. That connection and relationship really never made sense, and much like some of the psychic aspects, it was glazed over rather than explored adequately, making it hard to really accept and embrace.

In the end, I was back and forth about my feelings on Dead Speak. I liked it, but had some issues with it, and yet, I’m definitely considering revisiting the series. I do think the narrator brought a good bit of life to the story and delivered a solid performance. The reading was smooth and Mr. Pauley enunciated clearly while inserting the appropriate level of emotion for the scene. If you are considering this series, I would certainly recommend giving the audiobook version a try.

*Reviewed for LesCourt Author Services. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*

  • The Haunting of Timber Manor

  • Memoirs of the Human Wraiths
  • By: F E Feeley Jr
  • Narrated by: Tony Stone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly's estranged aunt turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Daniel's need for family compels him to visit. Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart. Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds and vows to protect the young man who captured his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Wonderful

  • By Jason Moses on 12-21-18

If not for production errors,this would be 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I first read the second edition of The Haunting of Timber Manor last spring and liked it so much that I quickly picked up the remainder of this series, Memoirs of the Human Wraiths. When I heard the creepily perfect narrative sample of this audiobook, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be spooked by this ghost story a second time.

The narrator’s performance- complete with sound effects, voice distortions, and some very good timing brought this story to life more than I would have thought possible. Even knowing what was coming, I was once again gripped by the ghostly tale, so much so that I jumped a few times while listening. In fact, this book was almost better the second time around. I appreciated Hal and Daniel more as they faced off with an angry, other-worldly entity set on harming them and their loved ones. I also found myself catching onto the simmering connection between the men faster this time, and the romance felt even more significant. Sadly, as much as I’d like to give this audiobook 5 stars, there were a few blatant production mistakes that definitely took away from the spellbinding storyline, including repeated sentences, mispronunciations, and even two missing chapters (which had previous chapters in their stead). Obviously this edition isn’t perfect, but there are so many elements which made The Haunting of Timber Manor audiobook a real treat that I most definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good ghost story guaranteed to make you jump.

  • Upending Tad, Bundle 2: Volumes 4, 5, 6

  • Upending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery
  • By: Kora Knight
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51

Volumes four, five, and six of the Upending Tad series. With Tad's reservations firmly on the 180, he's finally more at ease exploring this intriguing new part of himself, especially where his attraction, and affections, for Scott are concerned. But when their evening plans get cancelled, Tad winds up watching the guy in action at the gym instead. Kickboxing lessons lead to sparring, which in turn leads to a face-off more erotic than Tad could have ever imagined. With huge new boundaries crossed, both men are floored like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Burning Hot!

  • By Virginia on 02-15-19

3.5- 4 stars- Definitely hot, but missing depth

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This is a difficult book to rate. The story was definitely addicting, the scenes sexy as sin, and the narrator did an outstanding job. However, it took me forever to finish the book because I had to be in the right mood to read it. If I was looking for story and character depth/development to get lost in, I looked elsewhere. If I wanted something to pass the time and was in the mood for steamy- Upending Tad was perfect.

As far as erotica goes, this was great; romance wise, I'm more on the fence. I got tired of the back and forth after a while and just wanted them to move forward as a couple or as individuals. The characters were interesting in their own right, but I didn't really get to know them as much as you'd suspect, so I wasn't all that attached to them by the end of this bundle. I'll definitely finish the series because the couple does intrigue me enough to want more from them and the narrator really is great, but I'm not as eager to get to it as other audiobooks in my library and I don't know if/when I'd read more by the author.

  • A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Simon had always expected love to feel different than this. Whether it was his Catholic upbringing or the poetry he’d read - Simon had thought that true love would be uplifting, fulfilling, that it would give a meaning to his loitering, and add joy to his leisure. But not this kind of love. This love was a flesh-eating monster, sharp-clawed and evil-eyed, ravishing his mind with medieval cruelty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need to recover after this one

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 08-05-18

The narrator elevated an emotional story

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

The blurb for A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat intrigued me because it seemed so different than the typical romance and offered a chance to try out a new-to-me author and narrator. This audiobook definitely ended up having a unique vibe- not so much a hurt/comfort, but rather a melancholic, almost pessimistic underlying sentiment right up through the final chapters. While the heavy, emotional aspect of this title makes it one I couldn’t rush through, the writing was thoughtful and articulate, demanding my complete attention. Paired with a narrator that only enhanced the author’s words, I would definitely recommend this title for people who like stories that are rich in emotion, even if they aren’t filled with lovesick moments.

I suspect some readers may struggle with A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat, especially because the characters aren’t what I’d consider overtly likable and they certainly aren’t the type I usually encounter in romances. That said, they also weren’t the type of character I cringe over or can’t root for. Simon and all the secondary characters were very interesting and many of Simon’s struggles and cynical thoughts were relatable enough to resonate with readers, even if a bit morose. His character is well flushed out and develops over the course of the book, which made it especially poignant to see some of his defenses come down a little with those he loves, particularly his former student Matěj. I aslo loved having a different setting for this book. The author includes a multitude of vibrant visuals and scenes that allow the reader to experience Prague and its culture, making it easy to immerse yourself in the background.

As for the narrator, I will not hesitate to listen to more from him. The writing in A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat was rich and detailed, both in setting the scene and describing Simon’s complex emotions and experiences, and Mr. Bastian was the perfect fit. He brought life to the author’s words, delivered the emotion as the scenes demanded without it feeling overacted or forced, and spoke with a rhythmic, unhurried pace that made for a great listen.