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Adorable Fairytale Take

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

Reviewed: 08-29-19

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The storyline was original enough that the ending wasn’t cliche or overly predictable. My only
Issue was with the male narrator. He just didn’t sound like a teenage boy to me. But I’m sure that’s not an easy role to fill. He still carried enthusiasm and wit with the reading. My teenaged heart would have done cartwheels over this story! I’d even read the sequel.

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Great second book for Hoang

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Being a huge fan of Hoang’s first novel, I waited for baited breath for this jem. I really enjoyed this story and the characters that came from it. I found the narrator particularly good and distinguishing voices and age throughout the dramatization. Overall, the largest difference for me about Hoang’s first and second book was the sex. There is definitely not as much in The Bride Test and it isn’t as graphic. This storyline is much more focused on the path to finding love. However, I found myself wishing for more interactions and character development from Kai’s family. If this story was going to be about connections then I really wanted them in it more. They were all such great introductions to characters, but nothing deeper. I believe Hoang is trying to decide where her writing lands. I was honestly a bit sad with the change in the sex scenes, but it was still a great (albeit more light hearted) romance novel. I did feel that the ending happened very fast and was almost too neatly tied up. So this is a perfect read for those who only like happy endings. Overall, I really liked the main characters and I’d likely read/listen to this again.

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Defied my expectations

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

I wasn’t expecting much from this book. I hadn’t heard of the author or the narrators and it was pretty short on time. However, I liked this more than I anticipated. There were some genuinely laugh out loud funny moments and the humor ran throughout the storyline. The concept wasn’t bad, but I would have preferred some smoothing out. Maybe more character development, including the side personalities more. I would likely try reading another story by this author.

Here were the negatives for me:
Narration. Woah, was it bad. Both the male and female narrators were terrible. The woman sounded like mini mouse most of the time and the man’s voice was so deep it sounded fake. Like it had been auto tuned. It was very strange. The narrators also spoke interchangeably, which I’d never listened to for a whole book before. It wasn’t the worst, but I think I prefer when they switch off chapters instead. Less to jar you out of the moment. I never got used to the narration like I have for some lackluster performances, so listen at your own risk.

My second issue stemmed from Holly’s issues surrounding hook up culture. The sex scenes were pretty empowering (for the most part, a lover story would have really helped these scenes, though) but her hang up really was a buzz kill. She said some horrible things about herself for participating in this trend and I didn’t really understand why it was such an issue when the whole storyline hinged on the couple meeting this way. It seemed odd to have her hate it so much. Again, more character development could have assisted in this plot choice.

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Shocking Second from Thorne

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This book was not what I expected. After falling in love with Thorne’s characters from The Hating Game I waited desperately for her second novel. This was a much different note than I expected. While THG was fun, flirty, & steamy, 99PM was...kinda sad. The majority of the novel is spent recapping the pain Darcy felt the majority of her life. It was heavy to listen to. Not necessarily in a bad way, but not what I expected after Thorne’s rather light hearted first book. I did like Tom and Darcy as a couple, but I honestly thought their relationship required A LOT more discussion or even a talking through before jumping in. They just spent a lot of time dancing around each other and not really saying what they felt. I don’t believe any adult relationship should be like this. Let alone the fantasy ones we engage in.

I’d also like to say, in light of this book having a special Epilogue included for THG, that I DONT need all my romance novels to end in a marriage proposal. It’s so cliche. Just because people are married doesn’t mean they are happy. I am perfectly fine with a couple being brave enough to open their emotions to one another as the end of the book.

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Great MM Series

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I was excited to read another male/male series by Bowen after having enjoyed HIM so much. That book can get it. Overall, Goodbye Paradise was a good read and I’d go back to it again sometime. There was character development and a real bond between Josh and Caleb. I also appreciated watching their relationship change and grow. Sex scenes had great descriptions and were plentiful.

Issues:
My biggest issue was having to listen to Dake Bliss narrate. IT WAS SO BAD. Lacked emotion, did a bad job of changing voices, and there was no continuity if Hamilton had given a character an accent or twang. I felt bad Teddy Hamilton was paired with this guy! Bliss was truly unemotional and dry. I also felt that the whole story could have come from Josh’s viewpoint as I found him the more compelling counterpart.

Second issue came from the ending confrontation that almost kept Caleb and Josh apart. Without giving anything away I will say...it was a stupid plot device. Really and truly a dumb story choice. I was literally rolling my eyes and waiting for it to end. It wasn’t in line with Caleb’s character or previous choices. I just wish authors wouldn’t see this conflict as a necessary “fake out twist” in romance plots. We know the characters will end up together!

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1st Bowen Book I’m not a Fan of **SPOILERS**

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I was shocked to admit it, but I was not a huge fan of this book! Most of my qualms comes from the storyline and the fact that it was supposed to be a “Hot Damn” on the romance scale—it was not. My favorite SB books have been Him, Man Hands, and Goodbye Paradise. Not sure why I haven’t enjoyed the Bruisers or for that matter the True North series. To be fully honest, I will likely attempt to read more books in both series because of particular character interest. So not a total loss, but I really did not enjoy Georgia and Leo as leads.
*SMALL SPOILERS NOW*
I thought it was really odd they hadn’t spoken in 6 years and just jumped into bed with each other. Especially considering the huge emotional impact that had forced them to separate. Plus they both had unresolved feelings from their previous relationship. It really made no sense and was frankly a let down on Bowen’s part to allow an emotionally fragile couple ‘just happen’. I also don’t like it when adults act like kids and refuse to talk about something.That’s just immature. I’m here for a healthy relationship and good sex. I was let down on both counts. The sex scenes were not only short, but lacked exciting description. Not what I’m used to from Bowen’s other works. I’d say this book falls more into the line of “Sizzling”—but just barely! I found I had the same experience when I read the first of the True North series. except the sexy scenes in that book were far better.

Overall, I craved more character development and a real reason that Georgia and Leo needed to be together other than that they liked sleeping together.

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I may be a convert

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This novel was the first supernatural romance for adults I’ve ever read. I was a little surprised that the narrator was a male, but I got used to his voice. Harrison was surprisingly good at female voiceover. I’m just used to this genre being done by women or multiple narrators. While the storyline was a little stretched, I did still enjoy the murder/mystery aspect. I’ll likely have to read the second book to see what happens with the other characters. Getting to hear the first chapter of the second book helped me to make that decision, though.

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Unexpected surprise

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I ended really enjoying Joy and Griffin in this story. This is the very first Lauren Blakely novel I’ve read/listened to and I would likely do so again. Her characters falling in love was so fun to listen to. And I feel that they were a little more quirky than your normal romance couple. Add in the background of Paris and it’s hard not to remember I once had fantasies of falling in love abroad. The narrators did a great job with all the accents! I would listen to either of them again.

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If your love language is underwear, this book is for you

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I very much enjoyed this book. It was my first by Helen Hoang and I will certainly be reading more of her work. I read some iffy reviews that almost made me doubt giving it a try. I’m now writing a glowing one to knock those out of the water. Sure there are some silly romance storylines are play here—an escort falling for one of his clients—but, overall, I feel a story like this is very unique in the romance world. I loved that Stella is on the spectrum and is a strong, smart woman who stays true to herself. I love that The Kiss Quotient featured a biracial man as the love interest. And I love that Micheal’s heritage was a big part of the storyline.

Someone else mentioned that there was—ahem—gratuitous sex scenes. I’m going to be honest, what else are we all here for? I mean as a romance package member I can see how “steamy” it is...it’s literally info provided in advance. Not only did I really enjoy the writing for the sex scenes, I found them all rather new and necessary. Stella isn’t the only one who likes her partner to take their time. This theme is normally totally lost in romance novels. The leads kids once and the woman is expected to find the Fountain of Youth in between her legs. Not very realistic, right? In the end, the majority of the scenes are actually foreplay. What’s so wrong with that?

I also enjoyed Carly Robins narration. Would listen again.

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Decent follow up

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I read Dirty English and was very excited when I saw Filthy English was included in the romance package. Overall, the story was pretty good, nice twists that kept the listener on their feet. And the character’s emotional turmoil never became over redundant as some romances tend to. However, my big reality break was the male narrator’s ‘female’ voice-woah, was it bad. I mean...WOW. I eventually got over it, but I did start to wonder if I could. Such a pity since his normal voice is pleasant. I found that I enjoyed the first book in the series more, but I like that Madden-Mills takes the time to make her female leads smart. That will likely keep me coming back. Also she is pretty great at writing sex. I’d read again.