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  • Spirit of the Witch

  • Witches of Keating Hollow, Book 3
  • By: Deanna Chase
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Yvette Townsend’s life was perfect, right up until her husband fell in love with someone else. Newly divorced and still reeling from her broken dreams, Yvette’s sworn off men. Now she’s determined to lose herself in her magic and her beloved bookstore. There’s only one problem - she has an unexpected new business partner who’s driving her crazy both at work and after hours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spirit of the Witch

  • By Steph on 02-12-19

Spirit of the Witch

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

The witch in question is none other than Yvette. We were introduced to Yvette in the previous stories and are aware she is going through a divorce. Losing her husband has taken a toll. At her sister's wedding, Yvette finds herself with a one night stand.

Yvette loves to escape to her beloved bookstore, that is until she finds herself with a new business partner. This isn't some stuffy old person either, it's her one night stand. Jacob is a rather successful business man. Too bad the same can't be said about his relationships. Yvette can't seem to catch a break, especially when her business partner has some drastic changes in mind for her quaint little bookstore. Will a one night stand have negative consequences or will Yvette and Jacob balance one another out?

I voluntarily reviewed Spirit of the Witch as an advanced copy from the author.

  • Rebel Wolf

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Series, Book 4
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Sophie Wilkins - bookworm and smoothie chef extraordinaire - has moved to Maui for a reminder of all the beauty and love in the world. And love is what she gets from the shy, retiring, and utterly gorgeous man she meets. Chase is everything her lonely heart has ever yearned for - quiet, unassuming, and kind. Mysterious, too, with a raw, animal intensity that appeals to a wild side she never knew she had. But evil forces from Sophie's past are ruthlessly hunting her down. Can she escape that world of hate and fear before it is too late? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebel Wolf

  • By blue_river @AudiobookObsession on 01-17-19

Rebel Wolf

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Rebel Wolf is the fourth book in the Aloha Shifter series. I will admit I had higher hopes for the story of Chase and Sophie. I am not sure what I was expecting. In the end their story was cute and unique to them. Chase has been raised by wolves, not shifters but 'real' wolves. Sophie is the smoothie queen of the island. Both quiet and reserved, it takes an explosion to get them to realize tomorrow may never come.

I do look forward to Cynthia's story! I received a copy of Rebel Wolf from the author.

  • The Shifter's First Bite

  • Witch Island Brides, Book 3
  • By: Deanna Chase, Love Spells
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Zinnia Franklyn met the love of her life when she was just 15 years old, and then lost him to Hollywood three years later. Now he’s arrived on her island, hotter than ever, and ready to pick up where they left off. There’s only one problem…he’s supposedly engaged to his costar. Reed Sinhawk, television star of Engaged to a Werewolf, has only ever loved one woman. And the moment he walks back into her life, he’s determined to make her his. But will the tabloids, a jealous costar, and his overbearing father succeed in destroying his one chance at happiness?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Love

  • By mathwizard on 01-24-19

The Shifter's First Bite

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The Witch Island Brides is a great series to listen to while driving home from work. It is fun, witty and light hearted! The Shifter's First Bite brings a bit of drama to the set of Engaged to the Werewolf. Zinnia finds herself confronted with her past love, Reed. Reed storms the small town with his reality TV show, bringing along his fiancé. Reed is hoping that Zinnia is willing to give him the chance that they never had...fifteen years is along time to be away from the one you love.

  • Hand of Miriam

  • A Bayla and the Golem Novel, Volume 1
  • By: Eva Gordon
  • Narrated by: Doro Jillings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or "knowing eye". Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem - a mythical man of clay who protected the Jewish community more than three centuries ago. The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom - by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet Bayla challenges his mind, body, and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Golem!

  • By bluepits73 on 01-25-19

Hand of Miriam

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Hand of Miriam is a steampunk gothic urban fantasy, which takes place in Victorian England. The story has a rich Jewish background, but it does not take away from the story. Bayla finds herself branded with the Hand of Miriam. As a result, Bayla awakens Gesher, the man of clay. Bayla's character overall is strong willed. Gesher, however has a long and complicated past which dates back to over 300 years, as an avenging angel. As the story evolves, so does the relationship of Bayla and Gesher. Will Gesher become the avenging angel he once was or will he chose Bayla? Caught in an evil war, relationships struggle to survive while attempting to save the world from the evils lurking.

Sometimes I find the narration difficult, as what I think the opposite sex should sound like, is lacking. With Hand of Miriam, it went back and forth. I wasn't in love with the narration but it is far from the worst I have listened to. I am still on the fence.

  • Rebel Lion

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire, Book 3
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Lion-shifter Dell O'Roarke has never been serious about life, but life is about to get serious with him. The beautiful stranger who has just arrived in Maui isn't looking for just anyone - she's looking for him. And that's not just any surprise she's brought along - it's a baby who looks a hell of a lot like Dell. Soon, he discovers there's more at stake than his lifestyle as a swinging bachelor. Vengeful shifters are hot on the stranger's heels, making Dell wonder - are they after the woman, the baby, or him?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebel Lion

  • By blue_river @AudiobookObsession on 12-12-18

Rebel Lion

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I enjoyed listening to Rebel Lion. The story of Dell was a change from the norm. Anjali's life has been turned upside down. She just lost her best friend and is now on a quest to find her daughter a home. Anjali finds herself in none other than Maui, seeking out the infamous ladies man Dell O'Roarke. Ready to find the baby a home and return to her very well manicured life in Chicago, Anjali had no idea how much of a paradise Maui could be.

All good things must come to an end. Anjali comes roaring into Dell's life. Now Dell finds himself the father to a little lion cub, only it isn't his. Dell now has to make one of the biggest decisions of his life, give the child up or raise it like it is his own. Not only that, his lion claims to have found his mate! I received a copy of Rebel Lion from the author.

  • Soul of the Witch

  • Witches of Keating Hollow, Volume 1
  • By: Deanna Chase
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

At age 18, after a spell tragically backfired, Abby Townsend left Keating Hollow and her magic behind to find redemption. Twelve years later, after being summoned by her family, she’s back. As soon as she drives into town, she’s already plotting her inevitable exit, but she can’t quite escape the pull of the tightly knit magical community or the soulful gaze of the one man she’s never forgotten. And when a nine-year old witch not only leads her back to her magic, but also steals her heart, Abby’s about to learn what it means to embrace the soul of a witch.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • next book please

  • By donna on 01-04-19

Off to the west coast

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Slightly different from Deanna's usually quirky fun loving characters. The Soul of the Witch brings a slightly more serious feel, never fear though, it's a great story. With a past she cannot escape, Abby has some reckoning. Not even a day back in town and she has a run-in with her former love, Clay. Home to help with her father, Abby realizes she has lost her way and not just with her magic.

A great start to a new series, looking forward to more of the Witches of Keating Hollow. I enjoy this narrator, she seems more in tune with the story. I voluntarily reviewed Soul of the Witch as a copy from the author.

  • Rebel Bear

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire, Book 2
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Up-and-coming supermodel Hailey Crewe can’t wait to escape the limelight and return to the anonymous lifestyle she once led. Escaping literally? That was never part of her plan. But when an unwanted suitor - and her scheming mother/manager - go a step too far with a surprise Hawaii wedding, Hailey becomes a bride on the run. Before she knows it, she’s not only being hunted by a greedy oil tycoon, but by his creepy security force, too. It's a good thing she bumps into her very own Lancelot at exactly the right time.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebel Bear

  • By blue_river @AudiobookObsession on 11-17-18

Rebel Bear

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Rebel Bear is the second book in the spin-off series Pearls of Desire. The Koa Point Shifters have found another potential mate. This time grumpy bear, Tim has found his match. A skeptic at best, wasn't too happy when his brother Conner found his mate. A damsel in distress, Hailey is the runaway bride of Jonathan. Jonathan is lacking all that is good with the world. Tim finds himself drawn to helping the runaway bride, especially when he realizes shifters are after her. I received a copy of Rebel Bear from the author.

  • Rebel Dragon

  • Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire, Book 1
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

Off to Maui for a relaxing vacation? Surfer Jenna Monroe can only wish now that she’s on the run from a stalker who lusts after her blood. Instead of combing the beach for lost treasures, she’s forced into the terrifying world of shapeshifters. There, even the good guys are hard to trust - all except for one hot rebel. Connor Hoving and his band of Special Forces shifters were planning to leave trouble behind by moving to Maui, but destiny has other ideas. His whole future - and that of his brothers - depends on acing his new job as head of security at an exclusive seaside estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG I love this

  • By Pam louis on 04-28-18

Great spin off

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I like when spin offs bring back characters from the previous series. It creates a more believable timeline. Rebel Dragon is a spin off from Aloha Shifters Jewels of the Heart. With a new group of shifters on Koa Point, boundaries are tested and a hierarchy needs to be established. This is the story of Jenna and Connor. Full of fun, flirty romance and action. Fans of dragons and mermaids are sure to enjoy. I received a copy of Rebel Dragon from the author.

  • The Warlock's Enchanted Kiss

  • Witch Island Brides, Book 2
  • By: Deanna Chase, Love Spells
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 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

Carrie Carmichael excels at creating the perfect wedding. But when it comes to romance, the wedding coordinator is always on the sidelines. After years of pining for the town warlock, she’s finally ready to take her shot. But an old love spell might just derail her plans. Austin McKee has the magical touch - literally. His kisses are enchanted. And when an old flame shows up on the island to marry another man, suddenly the old enchantment rears its head, and she’s ready to pick up where the two left off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Curses

  • By mathwizard on 07-12-18

Cute

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I loved the story. However after several books with this narrator, I have decided that she takes away the light, fun-ness of the book. The voice seems far too serious for any of Deanna's stories. I recieved a copy of The Warlocks Bride from the author. Cross posted from Amazon: The Warlock's Enchanted Kiss is just as cute and funny as the other Witch Island stories. A cursed that lasts year and unable to kiss the one he loves. Poor Austin doesn't know what to do, but its been seven years and he can no longer resist Carrie's charms. Never mind Carrie has been day dreaming of him for 5 of those 7 years! Can the curse be broken or is Carrie doomed to never kiss Austin?

  • The Vampire's Last Dance

  • Witch Island Brides, Book 1
  • By: Deanna Chase, Love Spells
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

She’s a witch who carries a family curse, destined to never get her happily ever after. Felicia Patterson has come to terms with the fact that she’ll never get to be with her one true love. But when the sexiest vampire she’s ever seen walks onto Witch Island, she can’t help her fluttering heart. He’s a vampire who’s been burned before, destined to never love again. Christoph Parks has sworn off relationships. In the century that he’s walked the earth, he’s only known heartbreak and disappointment. But one smile from the island’s sassy florist has his icy heart melting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Vampire's Last Dance

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-20-19

Curses and Fangs

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

The Vampire's Last Dance is the first book in the Witch Island Brides series. Fun and sassy florist Felica had been cursed by her vengeful cousin, who just so happens to have disappeared. After lifetimes of being disappointed and destined to never love, Christoph finds himself drawn to Felicia. Can Felica and Christoph save a wedding, break a curse and find love? I voluntarily reviewed an audio copy provided by the author.