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  • Crazy Sexy Love

  • A Dirty Dicks Novel
  • By: K.L. Grayson
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Three-time world-champion bull-rider Rhett Allen has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. Hard work, sweat, and determination have gotten him where he is today - and that's holed up in a hospital room, wondering how he let that damn bull buck him off. Rhett has a million reasons to come home to Heaven, Texas, and only one reason to stay away. That reason comes in the form of a sweet and feisty girl who stole his heart long before he ever thought to give it away. The only problem...that girl has turned into a stunning woman. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Second Chance at First Love

  • By bookbruin on 10-18-18

A Second Chance at First Love

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Overall 3 stars
Performance 4.5 stars
Story 2.5-3 stars

I really love second chance romances (especially childhood friends to lovers), but this one just didn't quite hook me the way that I'd hoped. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross were fantastic however, and I loved all the emotion and feeling they put into these characters. The duet style was amazing, especially for the more heated scenes. Even though I had some issues with the decisions the characters made/were making, I couldn't wait to find out how Mo and Rhett's story was going to end. I also really loved Mo's relationship with her father and some of those scenes had me reaching for a tissue to dry my eyes.

I think the biggest issue for me, is that I found myself more frustrated and annoyed at Rhett and Mo for their lack of communication than in love with them. So much heartbreak could have been avoided with some honesty and a conversation. I understand that they were young and that young love is often all consuming and explosive, but I still found it hard to believe that they wouldn't have fought a little harder to at least have closure/tried to reach out to the other in the 6 years that they've been apart. I also had a hard time with Mo essentially groveling and begging for Rhett's forgiveness. Mistakes were made by both of them, but it was Rhett who got angry and acted like he was the only one who had been wronged. Add in the fact that Rhett enjoyed all the buckle bunnies he wanted while Mo abstained completely, and I just had a hard time believing in their love. I did like that as the story progressed, both characters grew and matured. Mo started thinking about her dreams and how to go after them, while Rhett stopped only thinking of himself/acting selfish. Overall, this was an enjoyable listen and I liked it enough to want to continue on with the series.

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  • Once upon a Wild Fling

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116

There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn't the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three: He's friends with my brother; he's a single dad; and he's a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don't-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign. And there's one more little itty-bitty thing - he's never asked me on a date. That is, until he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion. It shouldn't be a big deal. After all, we're just friends, and no one is giving us our own hashtag. Except me....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Chicken Magnet Stars!

  • By bookbruin on 10-17-18

5 Chicken Magnet Stars!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Lauren Blakely saved the best for last with Once Upon a Wild Fling! I absolutely loved Miles and Roxy's story! It was sweet, flirty, sexy, and adorkably fun! Even though these characters were introduced in the previous books in this series, it can certainly be enjoyed as a standalone. Sebastian York and Andi Arndt bring Miles and Roxy to life so well. They were the perfect duo for the Heartbreakers series and I loved experiencing each of these stories in audio.

One thing I love about the Heartbreakers series is that the characters are a little older and more mature. They've already lived through some of life's ups and downs and have come out stronger (though somewhat scarred) from their battles. The characters know what they want and there isn't any unnecessary drama or back and forth. Once Upon a Wild Fling was part friends to lovers, brother's little sister taboo, and single parent romance. Miles and Roxy had amazing chemistry and I loved how devoted they both were to their families and friends. I loved their sexy banter and innuendo and how their attraction was always simmering under the surface. Ben was absolutely adorable and I have to say stole the show any time he was on the page. There is some angst, but it's understandable considering the baggage and history that Miles and Roxy have when it comes to relationships. I loved that the drama wasn't overblown though and that both recognized their errors and worked quickly to make their intentions clear. The epilogue was incredibly sweet and was a wonderful ending for this blended family. I wouldn't mind an extended epilogue further down the road though with updates on all of the Hart siblings. ;)

Another thing I love about these audios is that the text messages are read in duet style narration. Sebastian and Andi's voices mesh seamlessly! The bonus novella Little Big Rock performed by 4 (YES, 4 narrators) in the duet style at the end of the book was a fantastic treat! Each character had their own voice and you really can't get any better than hearing Sebastian York, Andi Arndt, Joe Arden, and Erin Mallon all together.

Once Upon a Wild Fling is a light and feel good rom com that you're sure to love!

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  • Pucked Up

  • By: Helena Hunting
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Miller "Buck" Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed-up front teeth. After five years in the NHL, deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies, Miller has decided he's ready for a girlfriend. A real, nonbunny girlfriend to take on dates and not jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation. Miller thinks he's found that woman in his teammate's sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect audiobook to embrace the Yeti

  • By Angelica Quintero on 05-21-16

Hello Yeti

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This was another laugh out loud romcom by Helena Hunting with amazing narration by Joe Arden. He was perfect as sexy and slightly clueless Miller. Normally I love have dual POV in books, but this time having the entire book in Miller's POV was an added bonus. Joe Arden captured Miller's unique blend of sexy and vulnerable and also voiced the female characters wonderfully as well.

The story was hit and miss for me. As much as I loved Miller, he really did make some questionable decisions that had me rolling my eyes. It was the heroine Sunny though that almost tanked this one for me. She was sweet in a deer in the headlights sort of way, but her immaturity and lack of communication with Miller were beyond frustrating. Miller is in no way perfect, but he was trying. Sure he stumbled, but I liked his character growth throughout the book. Sunny on the other hand, repeated the same mistakes over and over again. I understand these characters are young and are still finding their way, but I never truly felt the connection between them and couldn't figure out what flipped the switch for Miller to go from a bunny lover to monogamy. There just didn't seem to be a lot of substance between them, besides physical chemistry. The best part of the book was definitely Miller's relationship with Violet (though the Yeti jokes were a little over the top) and I also liked getting to know Randy and Lily better. Alex unfortunately acted terribly in this book and I was proud of Violet for standing up for Miller. I'm really hoping Alex redeems himself as the series goes on. Honestly, I'm not even sure Sunny and Miller's happy for now ending will even stick since I'm not sure Sunny has really changed. Overall, this was an enjoyable listen thanks to Joe Arden, but all the back and forth, jealousy, and insecurity got old pretty quick.

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  • Us

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 971

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He's living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves - Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There's just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FAVORITE

  • By LAXMAMA on 02-07-17

#Wesmie FOREVER!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Absolutely loved it! #Wesmie FOREVER! I'm embarrassed that it took me this long to listen/read Us (especially since I've read both books in the spin off WAGS series), but it was everything I could have hoped for and more. Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton are two of my very favorite narrators and they truly shine in this duet. They completely embody Wes and Jamie and bring a vulnerability and passion to both of these characters. Morgan is sinfully sexy as Ryan Wesley, but he also guts you with his incredible performance. You can hear every quiver in his voice and the desperation and grief are almost palpable. Hamilton also gives a stellar performance as Jamie, portraying all the confusion, frustration, and anger so well as Jamie struggles to find his place in this new city, new job, and new relationship. There really couldn't have been two better narrators for this audiobook.

Us picks up pretty much where Him left off and listeners/readers are able to witness the triumphs and struggles of this new couple. The happily every after is tested and it's the honest portrayal of these stumbles and missteps that make this story and its characters so endearing. I think everyone can relate to at least some of the fears and insecurities these two face and it only makes the story more powerful. Add in an amazing and hilarious cast of secondary characters (oh, Blakey I love you so!) and of course the ever incredible Canning clan, and you have pretty much a perfect book. I loved Ryan's teammates (green gingham forever!) and I already know that I will be doing a re-read/listen of Good Boy and Stay. There isn't much else I can say about the story that hasn't been said before, but this truly is such a wonderful love story. This duet is worth a hundred credits! Don't miss it!

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  • Once Upon a Sure Thing

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy. Said no woman ever. Except me. My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world. Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me. Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-27-18

Let's Make Beautiful Music Together

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Friends to lovers is one of my very favorite tropes and Once Upon a Sure Thing did not disappoint! Sebastian York and Andi Arndt once again are amazing and I loved their performances as Miller and Ally. It was fun to have them voice such playful characters. They balance the sweet so well with the sexy! The cameo by Erin Mallon was such a treat too! I was completely surprised to hear her voice during the text exchanges between Macy and Ally. Such a wonderful gift for listeners!

Ally and Miller were such a sweet and sexy couple. I loved their banter and all the little things they did for each other. Their chemistry was always simmering right under the surface and it made the eventual boil over so delicious. The easy nature of their relationship and the deep love they shared for each other made them such a wonderful pair. Miller's dirty mouth didn't hurt too ;) Yes, there is some push and pull as these two wrestle with their feelings and fears of ruining their friendship, but I really liked that the drama wasn't overblown and resolved in a way that felt true to their original relationship. Above all else, Miller and Ally are friends through it all.

Once Upon a Sure Thing was a sweet and light friends to lovers romcom and I'm excited to see what Lauren Blakely has in store for us next with the youngest Heartbreaker, Miles!

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  • Dirty Talker

  • A Single Dads Club Romance
  • By: Piper Rayne
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Turn-ons: party girls. Platinum blondes. Zero expectations. I used to think if you could combine all three into one female, you'd have the perfect woman. Then why the hell does Ava Pearson - an outdoorsy girl, a brunette, and a woman who screams stability and responsibility - seem to be the only woman on my mind lately? It's the cupcakes. It's gotta be the cupcakes she bakes that keep me coming back for more. After all, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, right? Did I forget to mention she's my buddy's daughter?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Treats and Dirty Talk

  • By bookbruin on 09-28-18

Sweet Treats and Dirty Talk

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

This was an easy and sexy friends with benefits romance. I hadn't read/listened to the previous book in this interconnected standalone series, so this was my first exposure to our hero, Dane Murray. Even though this is book 2 in the series, it can be enjoyed without reading the previous book and I had no problems getting wrapped up in the world of Climax Cove.

Dane is the classic no strings and no commitment alpha, but as the story progresses we see that there is much more to this arrogant single dad. I liked that he was open and honest about what he wanted (and didn't), but I did feel that his epiphany at the end of the book was out of character and came out of nowhere. The ending and epilogue made up for it though and left me with a smile on my face. I may not have particularly liked him in the beginning, but I found that Dane had wormed his way into my heart by the end. The twist regarding Toby was not one I saw coming and certainly helped change my overall opinion of Dane too.

Wen Ross was perfect as the sexy and cocky Dane. He had me swooning one moment for Dane and then squirming in my seat the next! I love how both Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott give each character a distinct voice too so that I never have issues figuring out who's speaking. Duet narration always makes a story stand out and flow more naturally for me as well. This was an enjoyable listen and has me very interested in reading/listening to the next book about Garrett!

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  • Once Upon a Real Good Time

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out, he's my son's new teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar - like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we're both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don't just have chemistry in bed - we connect over everything. That is, until I learn he's the man who'll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son the best music lessons money can buy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GENUINE & DELICIOUS SLOW-SIMMER TO PERFECTION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-14-18

Fun and light romcom!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This was a fun and light romcom that is superbly narrated by the ever talented duo of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York. Sometimes narrators sound too young or old for a character to me, but these two fit Mackenzie and Campbell perfectly! Sebastian York as the sexy former teen heartthrob Campbell, was just the right amount of alpha and doting dad. Andi Arndt's performance as the quirky trivia loving Mackenzie was also fantastic. The playful banter and sexual tension between these two really came to life in the audiobook. Though this is not a duet narration, I did love that the text messages between Campbell and Mackenzie seemed to all be performed by their respective narrators. Because of this, it gave the feel of duet narration for those portions of the book.

I really appreciated that though Mackenzie and Campbell both wanted more from the other, their first priorities were always the happiness of their children. Having them both be single parents was a twist on the trope I haven't seen often and I found it really refreshing that the hero and heroine were both mature and responsible adults with established careers and lives. Once Upon A Real Good Time was low on angst and drama and was a wonderful single parent love story with a touch of forbidden thrown in for good measure. Fans of Lauren Blakely will not be disappointed! I can't wait for Miller's story next!

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  • Niccolaio Andretti: A Mafia Romance Novel

  • The Five Syndicates, Book 2
  • By: Parker S. Huntington
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, D. C. Cole
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Minka Reynolds has never been liked, but she doesn't care. Struggling to earn custody of her little sister, she is on a mission to gain the only things that will get her there - money, a home, and a stable career. Unfortunately, she has none of those three, but she's close. It's just within reach...until she meets Niccolaio Andretti, the former heir to the Andretti mafia family, and everything she thinks is right becomes wrong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🎧AudiobookObsession

  • By Brandie on 08-13-18

Slow Burn Mafia Romance

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I really enjoyed the narration by DC Cole and Lacy Laurel in this slow burn mafia romance. There was just the right amount of steam, angst, and action to draw listeners/readers in. Though characters from the previous book Asher Black do appear, this book can be enjoyed as a stand alone.

Our hero and heroine, Niccolaio and Minka, are not easy characters to like. They are broken, angry, and trust almost no one. Their pasts have left them unfortunately bitter and alone. As their paths cross though, they recognize the familiarity of their pain in the other and begin an unlikely friendship/arrangement. I liked that both held no punches with the other and that no matter how ugly the truth, they let it all show. The sexual tension and chemistry was amazing and continued to build until it exploded between them. Minka and Niccolaio might drive each other crazy, but they are the perfect crazy for each other.

Both DC Cole and Lacy Laurel captured the pain and heartache of our characters so well, but they also nailed the laugh out loud moments too! The scene where Jax is telling Niccolaio that he will name all of his future offspring after him was the BEST! I love the mix of humor, action, and emotion in Parker S. Huntington's books. The ending of the story brought everything full circle, and was such a wonderful way to bring it all together.

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  • Simmer

  • By: Stephanie Rose
  • Narrated by: Inés del Castillo, Joseph Discher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

My life was always at a simmer… only stewing, never going anywhere. I was left to fend for myself when it came to affection or love, so I learned to go without. I refused to let them see how broken and lonely I was; it was much easier to hide behind a false reality. I didn't want anyone's pity. I didn't need it. Pity wouldn't put food on the table or keep a roof over our heads. That was all me. Now, I have a second chance at a dream long forgotten. It demands hard work and sacrifice - with absolutely no distractions. A recipe I already know all too well, raising a daughter on my own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Slow Burn Romance!

  • By bookbruin on 08-31-18

Amazing Slow Burn Romance!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This was such a beautiful and delicious slow burn romance! I had already enjoyed Simmer when it was released on ebook, but listening to it on audio took it to a whole new level! Yes, this is an older woman/younger man romance, but it's also so much more. Sara is a complex character and the book focuses just as much on the romance as it does on Sara's journey of healing and moving on from her past. Drew was everything you hope a book boyfriend will be and could not have been more incredible. He was supportive, considerate, sexy, patient, loving, and just the right amount of alpha. The build up between Drew and Sara was so perfect thanks to their amazing chemistry. Even though Sara was introduced in the book Rewrite and some previous characters do appear, Simmer can be enjoyed as a standalone.

This was my first time listening to Ines del Castillo and Joseph Discher and overall I was impressed by both of their performances. Joseph Discher especially nailed it as the sexy and swoony Drew. He truly made me fall in love with Drew all over again! Ines del Castillo had a slightly more youthful voice than I imagined for Sara, but I felt like she captured the vulnerability of the character so well. I didn't find her character voices (male and female) as distinct as Joseph Discher's though, so there were a few times that it took me a second to figure out who was speaking (except for Victoria). I still enjoyed both narrators and look forward to listening to more of their work.

Truly a wonderful book that shows that it really is never too late to listen to your heart and change your future.

Overall 5 stars
Performance 4.5 stars
Story 5 stars

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  • Triple Trouble

  • Found in Oblivion Series, Book 2
  • By: Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliott
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Juliet Reece grew up in the shadow of her seemingly perfect older sister, Margo Reece. While Juliet's wealthy, blue-blood parents dealt with infidelity, Juliet fought for normalcy. Now she's the bassist in Warning Sign, a band on the rise, and she finally feels like she's making space for herself in the world. It's her time to shine, and she's ready to have fun and focus on her career. Until Randy "Sparks" Pruitt nearly blows up her life. Literally. She can't stand the guy. She definitely hasn't fantasized about gripping a handful of his hair and - no. Not happening.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sexy MFM Romance!

  • By bookbruin on 08-27-18

Super Sexy MFM Romance!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

This was a super sexy MFM rock star menage romance. I haven't had a chance to read/listen to any of the authors' previous books, but I didn't have a problem enjoying this one as a standalone. It's clear that characters from previous books appear however, so I may have enjoyed this one more if I had already been familiar with this world.

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross were amazing as always in this duet narration. There are also a lot of secondary characters in this one, but I never had an issue distinguishing who was speaking (both male and female characters). Wen Ross especially shined as both dominant and demanding Tristan, as well as more sensitive and gentler Randy "Sparks". Both characters are alphas in their own right, but with Juliet, this triad really explodes with sexuality and chemistry. The sex scenes are plentiful with this book and the growly grumble of Wen Ross will surely have you hot and bothered. As much as I loved these scenes though, I almost think that it was too much (gasp!) and made the book unnecessarily long. The actual plot/story really didn't evolve until late in the book and the major conflict didn't quite flow naturally for me. The emotions and concerns were foreshadowed, but the actual push and pull felt too forced. I'm glad it resolved quickly and the epilogue left me smiling. It may not be conventional, but I felt that for these three it really worked. I'm definitely curious about Juliet's band mate, the mysterious Malachi, and I hope to see more of Juliet, Tristan, and Randy in future books.

Overall 3.5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 3 stars

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