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  • Misadventures with a Rookie

  • Misadventures, Book 10
  • By: Toni Aleo
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Winning has always come naturally for stud ice hockey defenseman Gus "the Bus" Persson. On the ice or off, he's never had any trouble scoring, racking up goals - and girls. As the best player in his rookie class and the number-one draft pick of the Malibu Suns, he's taking his game to the next level and is justifiably full of swagger. So why does one of the Suns' ice girls treat him like he's invisible?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love you Jacob Morgan!!!!!

  • By Captivated Listener!! on 10-06-18

Awesome like a game 7 playoff win

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

Reviewed: 07-19-19

What a fun and funny romance! The dialogue between Bo and Gus is so good. Even dinner with Gus’ mom. The humor and wit makes this book so enjoyable, I want to listen to it again and again.

The love story between Bo and Gus is flawed, but in that sort of way that all the cards are on the table, but not all the hands have been played. Each person has their own hang ups with love. When they finally make a play, it’s their own demons making them doubt it, especially for Bo. Still the interactions and backstory really help it all come together.

How I wish Gus’ parents would get a book! Love them!

Andi was great as Bo. Her inflections were slight, but added so much to the character. It was if I could really see Bo, when I was just hearing her. Jacob once again adds just a little charm into an already charming enough character. It’s like a little side of “brat” to go with his growing up adulthood. I know that sounds weird, but it makes sense to me.

I just really loved this book!

  • Plan B: A Secret Baby Romance

  • Best Laid Plans, Book 2
  • By: Jana Aston
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Mistakes were made, okay? The moment I laid eyes on Kyle Kingston I knew he was a mistake. A satisfying, toe-curling, hair-pulling, best-night-of-my-life mistake, but a mistake all the same. I didn’t yet know his name, or who he was, but I knew he was a bad idea. I’m pregnant...and did I mention my baby daddy is both heir to a retail empire and impossible to get ahold of? I do what any girl would. I break into his grandfather’s retirement gala by telling the prissy gatekeeper Kyle’s my fiancé.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny surprise baby with so much heart!

  • By Sin2sea on 07-18-19

Another reason why some diets don’t work.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

So this is Daisy’s story, Violet’s much freer and carefree twin. If you read Sure Thing, you have a little idea of her. This book expands on her story. It’s a stand-alone, but it does take place when Violet was working Daisy’s job.

Now that we got that out of the way, I really really liked this book. The banter. The timing. The everything. It was such a fun and satisfying read. Daisy’s character is so good! Not saying Kyle wasn’t, but she had a kind of attitude that was just there. I can’t explain it. She was great.

Erin and Jason’s narration was awesome. They honestly worked out so well with this book (and the first part). I really enjoy when an author (or production) makes thoughtful choices into audio casting and this was it.

My only issue is when the HEA was just a little too played up. It didn’t need the extras, but overall a great book.

  • Surprise, Baby!

  • By: Lex Martin, Leslie McAdam
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

There’s a fine line between lust and hate. I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem. His mouth is. And the stupid things that come out of it. But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his damnedest to take care of me.... Let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on. And it doesn’t involve talking. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better in audio!! Aural ecstasy!

  • By Anna F on 07-06-19

Such and fun and pleasing story!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I was a little wary on this because I wasn’t a huge fan of another Lex & Leslie book, but I took the chance because I enjoy the narrators and a few reviews were very positive.

I’m so glad I did. This book is fun, sassy and sexy af. While I did feel a few parts were a little “meh,” the narration pushed it higher.

I have to say, Jacob was the real highlight for me here. He’s a go-to narrator (along with Erin) and I enjoy his style, but he really knocked it out of the park in this. Just hot and animated. He flow was easy and it matched the character really well.

  • Hard Knocks

  • By: Ruby Lang
  • Narrated by: Eunice Wong, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

 

Neurologist Helen Chang Frobisher is on a mission to ban hockey from Portland to prevent the kind of concussive brain injury that plagues her father. Oregon Wolves player Adam Magnus is desperately trying to secure his career and his retirement despite the team's dismal record. But while the two spar in public over the future of a sports franchise on the brink, in private, they battle an impossible attraction. When their no-strings-attached fling turns into the real thing, Helen and Adam must decide what's really important to them. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Totally not for me.

  • By Cheryl on 07-11-19

Totally not for me.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This is one of those books that I feel is a lot better as a book than an audiobook. The narration with the author’s prose was difficult for me to wrap around my head. I think it was the use of the third person.

The narrators did their best though and I cannot totally fault them for that, though I’ve heard Zachary do better and I have nothing against Eunice Wong since I’m new to her. Together I felt their voices really worked despite how I feel about the book overall.

Now to the actual book. It’s an interesting premise. Brain and head injuries are serious and it has some potential here, but having a billionaire owner and having a hockey player turned PR tool just didn’t feel like it fit all together. I think the coupling was nice. Their honest attraction was hot, but that third person hopping in drove me crazy.

  • Sexy Motherpucker

  • By: Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

When the family dog trots in with my diaphragm in its mouth - in front of my date, his parents, and his adorable little girl - you would think I'd hit rock bottom. Wrong. Let's back this up a sec. Brendan Daniels is the sexiest man alive. The captain of the Badger's NHL team is also clever, kind, funny, and was my good friend...until we cruised out of the friend zone one weekend with a red-hot fling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hockey romance

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 08-28-17

Sexy and pleasing book

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

I needed something hot, but kind of vanilla and this fit the bill for me. Laura and Brendan were that kind of coupling that you just knew they were gonna fall hard, but you had to see them go through it.

And that’s good! I loved that Laura fell for Brendan’s kid. Something about the pure emotion of just caring for a child. It almost felt as if Brendan was the bonus and not the prize. I really like that.

I love Lili’s work, so I might be a tiny bit biased, but it wasn’t one of my favorites of hers. Still a good book though and the narrators were great.

  • Tap That

  • By: Jennifer Blackwood, RC Boldt
  • Narrated by: Brooke Bloomingdale, Christian Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Callie: I have a secret. It’ll get me fired if my boss ever finds out...which shouldn’t be a problem except for one thing: my coworker, Reid Morgan. He’s cocky, aggravating, and that hot-as-sin mouth simultaneously makes me want to slap him and melt into the mattress. Now that he’s discovered my secret, he’s doing everything in his power to take my job. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Cute

  • By Mandi on 09-26-18

Beer and chemistry.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

Callie and Reid are the kind of soft enemies to lovers that I want more from, but didn’t exactly get. Not that they didn’t have chemistry, I might have wanted a little more conflict. That’s really on me though.

It’s a good book and I really liked the narrators. The handling of some situations were done well by the writers and the sex scenes were good. It just wasn’t all that for me.

  • How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours

  • By: Sara Ney
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

No doubt about it, Sebastian "Oz" Osborne is the university's most celebrated student athlete - and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn't give a sh-t about what you or anyone else thinks. Jameson Clarke may be the university's most diligent student - but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags - and Oz Osborne is all three. She's smart, sarcastic - and not what he expected....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So unexpected!!!

  • By ANTONIO on 10-11-17

Patience to those who date...

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I have a new heroine in Jameson. She’s such a great character and it’s really simple. She’s not innocent, nor is she guilty, she’s a woman who just is. She may dress sweet or conservatively, but she just likes it. It bears no reasoning for her sexual desires or perceived reputation.

Then we have Sebastian. A popular and accomplished wrestler. He has a reputation as a ladies man. Not necessarily a good one either, but underneath that is a man who is trying to be a difference in a world in which his family was affected. It’s something he keeps to himself, but somehow he opens up to Jameson.

This friends to lovers story is well done. I love how their friendship grew. How they kept lines drawn.

I also enjoyed how they fell.

This was such a pleasing read for me.

I also listened to some of the audio and Josh Goodman and Muffy Newtown were great. I’m a big fan of Muffy and I thought she was perfect for James. I’m new to Josh and he did good.

  • Payback: A Hot Sports Romance

  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock, Erin Mallon, Will Watt, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

On and off the field he’s at the top of his game. Roan respects hard work, dedication, and follow through. He’s not a one-and-done kind of man, and he’s far from being done with Allie Harris. One sexy night and two years later, Allie’s job brings her back to town. An opportunity for the perfect replay Roan has been fantasizing about since they slept together. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ ALL THE STARS ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi Marie on 06-25-19

NOW DROP

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

I love love love this book. I savored pages. I repeated passages in the audio. It’s been a while since I just really enjoyed a book and took my time with it.

Allie is so great. The character is flawed and Daws writes her in a way that not only gives you an idea of why, but also why she hesitates in finding joy when it is so blatantly in front of her.

At the same time, Allie goes forward and moves on. Embracing her family and embracing Roan.

Roan is just... so dreamy. How he handles his welfare and his mom and sisters is just so sweet. And how he meet-sexes Allie is one for the books, to say the least.

Daws just gets it when writing sports romance. It’s refreshing and sexy. Well worth both the book and audio.

Side note: the audio is EPIC. Aaron Shedlock and Erin Mallon narrate duet style with multicast characters by Will Watt and Charlotte Cole. Aaron’s Roan is HOT.

  • Tease

  • Songs of Submission, Book 2
  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Jo Raylan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

I'm willing to give him my body and my time, but I find myself giving up pieces of my heart. My career is on track, and even though I can't write a thing, I can sing. So I'll go to the art opening with him, because his ex-wife will be there. I feel this need to protect him from hurt, though in bed, his domination brings me to my knees. This man is going to break me into a million little pieces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get ready to binge!

  • By Cheryl on 06-28-19

Get ready to binge!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-19

Hot, blunt and a little bit of a mess, but in the dramatic life way. Since this is a part of a series, these books end in a cliffhanger, so be prepared for that.

The writing is good with dashes of wit. I also like this coupling a lot. The build up to their story is not smooth and at the same time I want more. The side characters are interesting. It’s as if life swirls around them instead of with them, if that makes sense. There’s a fear and desperation that at any moment, darkness will come. In more ways than one.

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  • Hey, Whiskey

  • By: Kaylee Ryan
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

It’s been years since I’ve been back in this small town of West Virginia for more than a day or two. Spending time here brings back a lot of fond memories. When I stopped by an old friend’s bar, I was expecting to grab a drink and catch up. What I didn’t expect was her. We share an undeniable attraction, but we continue to fight it. Until one night in Vegas changes everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it just as much in audio as I did in print

  • By Alyssa Soliz on 08-31-18

Falling for a (found) family.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

The story of Rhett and Saylor is a slow burn romance, but what really stood out to me was the found family trope. Sometimes I feel like it is not mentioned enough in romance. Maybe because it really isn’t about the couple, it’s about the people as well as the couple.

Let’s start off with Rhett. A confident man who is with his father’s side of the family business. His grandfather is in ailing health and he goes to his business to get it moving again. There’s some distance between them. They were essentially best friends until the businesses pushed them further apart. This was a time for healing that.

Saylor is a woman who was dealt a bad hand in life. A foster kid who was saved, only to lose her only family - her foster mom - suddenly. At the same time, her college boyfriend breaks up with her. Without a family or a home or even friends, Saylor tries to move on.

Fate lands her at a bar and meeting Molly and Jake. Insta-friends with that couple. Molly helps Saylor start anew even though she treads carefully because she’s alone now. Molly won’t have it. And the found family is born.

I really love when friends become family. Sometimes blood doesn’t guarantee a connection. Saylor knew this with her foster mom, but she also didn’t embrace it. It’s a learning curve and this book let’s her find her path. Sure we have plot devices (drunk men in bars are horrible to waitresses) and Vegas, but we have this love story that goes beyond the couple. I found it to be special and warm.

The narrators did well. I’m personally not a huge fan of Maxine’s male voices, but I really like her females ones. Teddy is great, even though I did expect a little bit more out of the Grandpa Rhett chapter (that’s just me, I know it).