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  • Rainy Days

  • Four Days, Book 1
  • By: A. S. Kelly
  • Narrated by: Kevin L. Knights
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Tormented rock star Liam O'Reilly left Dublin and achieved success, hoping to build a new life free from the demons of his past. Now that it seems he's gotten everything he ever wanted, why isn't he happy? Is it because he's realized the most important thing in his life is the promise he never kept? Once a popular and lively schoolteacher, a car accident has wrecked Rain O'Donovan's life so that her only pleasure is walking in the rain, and her world revolves around mundane tasks, devoid of hope for the future. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Something More

  • By Listening is Reading on 12-20-18

Disappointing narration

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I finished this one with mixed feelings. The story is an emotionally charged romance, and the angst is so thick that it's almost palpable. Liam and Rain's story certainly tugs at the heartstrings, but it all becomes a little overwhelming at times. Given the length of the book combined with so much angst, it started to feel like nothing good was ever going to happen for this pair. Even so, I felt like this one didn't quite live up to its potential, but that is due in large part to the narration. From the beginning, it feels almost mechanical with little to no feeling coming through. That, in itself, kept me from connecting to either the story or its characters. So much so that I stopped listening several times before finally finishing. In the end, I think this one would've been much better had I just read it myself, which I may do to see how I feel about the book that way. As it stands, the narration was disappointing at best and leaves me with something that I can't say I'd recommend.

  • Vanilla Clouds

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michał enjoys most in life. His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person. A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day - tall, shy, and charming. If Michał can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chocolate is the best side dish to making love

  • By Shin Mon Thway on 01-03-19

Lighthearted listen

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Vanilla Clouds is a low-angst, lighthearted friends to lovers romance - kind of. Michal and Magnus are online friends until one wants more and the other is afraid of it. The story flows well for the most part with the exception of the online messaging. There is quite a lot of it at the beginning and while I was able to follow it, the rapid fire back and forth of this pair's online relationship doesn't come across as well as I would've liked in the audio format. I don't think that was any fault on the narrator. He did a good job with the characters and story. I feel like it was more due to the fact that it is in the beginning of the story, so I was just getting to know the characters, which made it hard to get into those parts of the book. Once Michal meets a new customer at the chocolaterie, things pick up, and it's easy to see where things are headed. The characters are likable and I did enjoy the romance, but I didn't find anything to set this romance apart from any other like it. What little angst there is comes just as I expected and is resolved very quickly, especially when considering Michal's relatively recent past. Overall, the story is worth the listen and is a good way to while away a couple of hours road trip.

  • The Gathering: The Ivy Blackwood Chronicles

  • By: L.A. Fiore
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers. From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned, and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy wow! Intense and nail biting!

  • By Paula DeBoer on 12-24-18

Paranormal, Romance, and chills

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I read this one when it released and enjoyed the story, but the audio version takes it up a notch or two. Tracy Marks and Aaron Shedlock add a nuance to the story that pulled me in and held me from the very beginning. There are a lot of characters to get to know, but once they were worked out and sorted in my head, it was easy to pick up with each person's point of view. The story has a haunting feel to it from the very beginning that keeps a listener guessing about the what's, who's, and why's. The author blends the paranormal, a bit of folklore, and that edge of your seat element wonderfully to create a steadily rising tension as secrets are revealed bit by bit. The character development, especially considering the sheer amount of characters involved, is astounding. Love them or hate them, each character is interesting and adds something to the story. The creep factor is pretty high at times, but there are also moments of levity with some brilliantly witty dialogue, and we even get some romance in the mix. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a few chills with the supernatural, and appreciates a love story that stands the test of time. The conclusion is rather open-ended, leaving the future open for this unlikely bunch of heroes. I don't know if another Ivy Blackwood Chronicles story is planned, but if so, I'll certainly be checking it out.

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  • The Best Laid Plans

  • By: Lauren Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo, Lia Langola
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn't far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple is just one strike too many for the powers that be. When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first but gradually warm to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surprise!

  • By karina Larson on 06-29-18

Heartfelt and emotional

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The Best Laid Plans is emotional, heartfelt, and absolutely scorching hot. It's a rare thing to find a story like this one with so much chemistry between the characters, but Lauren Gallagher pulls it off perfectly. Gabe and Kendra are great together from the start, but that spark seemed to be missing between Kendra and Shahid in the beginning. That said, watching that spark flicker and grow slowly as the story progressed was one of my favorite things about this romance. And make no mistake, this is a romance. Everything may start with an arrangement, but little by little, this trio builds a bond of trust, friendship, and finally, love. The story does have its share of angst, but it's not overdone, yet certainly pulls at the heartstrings. Between the author's superb writing and the narrator's equally wonderful delivery, this one's a must listen. It's a fan yourself sexy story of hope lost and found, friendship, faith, and love.

  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Belen on 08-06-18

Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

From the title and cover, I expected this one to be funny, and I certainly found that. What I didn't expect was the level of emotion and the complete sweetness of Robby and Trace together. The whole story is just absolutely brilliant. Some things, like the Crabtree family's table manners, may have been over the top, but somehow they were just right for this story. And the characters! Each and every one felt real enough to reach out and touch. Eli Easton has taken handfuls of humor, drama, emotion, scorching hot sexy, and a bit of danger, mixed them all up, and created a charming story that is absolutely unputdownable. Then she put it in the very capable hands of narrator, Matthew Shaw, who did a wonderful job conveying all the emotion and excitement this one deserved. This may be my first experience with this author, but it certainly won't be my last.

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  • The Master Will Appear

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins. Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees. What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration peeve

  • By SassiKassi on 08-01-18

Emotional, engaging, and sexy

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I read this one when it released and thoroughly enjoyed it. Given its length, I was impressed with how truly compelling the whole story is in addition to being absolutely scorching hot. I also love age-gap romance, so that was a huge plus for me. Misha and Ryan are both likable and they have great chemistry even with the difference in their ages. It is an emotional read, and I was interested to see if that emotion came across as well with the audio and if it would be as engaging as I remembered. Happily, those elements were all still present and I quite enjoyed the listen. The only drawback on the audio was the way Misha was read. The chapters go back and forth between Misha and Ryan, and while Ryan sounded the same throughout his chapters, Misha's were a bit disconcerting for me. He speaks with a Russian accent, but that accent is missing from his chapters other than when he actually says something. It kind of felt like he spoke with one accent and thought in another. It did take some getting used to, but other than that, this one is a thoroughly entertaining read with lots of emotion and boatloads of steam.

  • Zen Alpha

  • By: Sionnach Wintergreen
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bradley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

More than anything, struggling tech support specialist Bradley Evans wants an alpha male lover. He thinks he's found his perfect match, but when his domineering stockbroker boyfriend goes too far, Bradley wonders if his flexible, mindful neighbor might be just what he needs. Ward Linden teaches autistic middle schoolers and is sexy and kind; but he isn't quite the alpha Bradley's been looking for. Do nice guys always have to finish last? Bradley explores what it means to be alpha male in this steamy, humor-laced gay romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First by this author

  • By GiniSue on 07-24-18

Sweet, sexy, and engaging

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Zen Alpha is perfectly titled. Ward is about as zen as it gets. The story starts off a bit slow as Ward and Bradley meet and get to know each other, but it does pick up and even those slower parts of the story are interesting. Bradley is something of a contradiction - high-strung and quick to lose his cool in most things, but timid and submissive in relationships. Ward is calm and easy-going, even when he's taking charge, so these two make for quite the pair when they do finally admit their attraction. And once they do come together, it is nothing short of scorching hot. There is some angst and Bradley gets a much needed eye-opener by way of tragedy, but there is also humor and sweetness between this sexy duo. Hugh Bradley does a wonderful job with the narration, making this one an entertaining and enjoyable listen.

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  • With a Kick: Collection No. 1

  • By: Clare London
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This collection includes the charming London-based novellas of the With a Kick series - A Twist and Two Balls and Slap and Tickle. Also included are two short stories featuring the characters in these titles.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories, amazing narration!

  • By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 07-13-18

Delightful romances

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The stories in this collection are charming, lighthearted romances. The angst level is low and they're a good mix of sweet and sexy as we go through the beginning stages of romance with these couples. The characters are engaging and likable and we get the added bonus of witty dialogue and chuckle-worthy situations. I would've enjoyed this one in eBook format as well, but I have to say that the narrator, Joel Leslie, really sets this one apart with his accents and individual cadences for each character. All in all, this collection is a delightful listen and I thoroughly enjoyed the stories.

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  • Marshal's Law

  • By: Maddie Taylor
  • Narrated by: Gideon Welles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

When Janelle Prescott is thrown from her car as it careens off a slippery road, she expects to wake up in a hospital. Instead, to her utter disbelief, she wakes up in a jail cell that looks like something from an old Western movie set. It is there, hurt and alone, with no idea what happened or how she will get back home, that Janelle first meets Aaron Jackson. As she regains her wits, however, Janelle realizes something is terribly amiss, and her worst fears are confirmed when she learns Aaron is the marshal of Cheyenne County, Wyoming...and the year is 1878.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romance through Time Travel.

  • By cosmitron on 06-10-18

Time Travel and a sexy cowboy

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Wow! This book had my emotions in a whirlwind. I really wasn't sure what I would be getting into with the whole domestic discipline theme, but I did try to go into it with an open mind. My feelings about Aaron and his discipline were quite mixed. In truth, it almost felt like two different people at times. On the one hand, he's all alpha male with his protective streak and big, sexy cowboy persona. He's so open-minded about Janelle, where she's from, and her education, and he's unusually insightful at times. On the other hand, when he feels that Janelle needs to learn to "behave," he's overbearing and what I would consider abusive. I realize that domestic discipline is a real thing that some couples enjoy, but I can't say that it did anything for me. So, with that in mind, I put my focus on the rest of the story. I will say that when Janelle and Aaron were in sync, the chemistry was off the charts with lots of steamy goodness.

As far as Janelle's time travel, I don't read much with that theme either because they so often get bogged down in the explanations, so I wasn't at all bothered by the lack of that here. We never get the reason for Janelle's leap into the past, so if you're looking for a magical, mystical, or scientific plot, you won't find that here.

The story here, at least for me, was about Janelle and her assimilation into a time without the modern day comforts. Her frustration with learning everything expected of a woman in 1878 and finding not only love, but a whole family willing to accept her with open arms. On that, the author certainly did a wonderful job of conveying her confusion, her longing, and finally her contentment. We also get a bit of wit and humor as she and Aaron pick up the phrasings and their different meanings from one time period to the next. I also loved the way things were wrapped up in the epilogue with Janelle's parents in modern day.

Since I did listen to the audio version of Marshal's Law, I have to mention our narrator, Gideon Welles. If I were going to pick a voice for this one, he would be it. That drawl and bit of gruff in his voice was absolutely perfect. In fact, I'm pretty sure his wonderful narration played a big part in my falling a bit for Aaron in spite of my feelings for his discipline.

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  • Changing Plans

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

After being stood up at the altar, compulsive over-planner Elliott Chandler decides to turn his honeymoon on Oahu into a vacation for one. Fate puts a hitch in his plans, however, when the airport is snowed in and his flight is delayed. In the terminal, the jilted groom catches the eye of another stranded traveler: the laid back and very sexy Derek Windsor. Derek breaks the ice and strikes up a conversation, and as the temperature drops outside, the heat between them rises.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oldie but goodie

  • By L. Antoine on 03-24-17

Lighthearted and engaging

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Rebound relationships rarely work out in the long run, but the romantic in us can't help but hope for the best. That's exactly how Elliott and Derek start. I'll admit that I was a little bothered in the beginning with how quickly Elliott seems to bounce back from altar, and I even had to wonder why he would have been getting married in the first place, but that aside, this pair is just so darn good together that you can't help but want to see them together. The story is instalust and pretty darn quick love, but it works for this couple. The chemistry is obvious from the start, even when they're both insisting that it's just a couple of weeks and on with their lives. There is a lot of steam, and I do mean a lot, but there's some witty conversation as well as some fun banter as Derek shows Elliott around Maui and introduces him to friends and acquaintances, who are some pretty interesting characters in their own right. The three books should be read in order as it is a continuing story, but each one does have at least a happy for now conclusion. We do a bit of angst in the third book, but it's not over the top and for the most part, all three books are lighthearted and engaging reads. I listened to the audio version and Charlie David did a wonderful job with the narration.