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  • How Not to Blend

  • Lovestrong Book, 1
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

 

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his 15-year-old son Grayson being bullied, right? And what the heck is nonbinary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud! Best book in a long time!

  • By ILoveBooksSue on 01-31-19

Great book even better in audio!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I loved this story of Andy and Corbin, attracted to each other even before they decided to pretend to be in a relationship. Andy needed someone to help him make sure his grandmother didn't try to set him up, since she was worried about him being alone. Corbin needed to show his son Gray that he was approachable, hoping that Gray would begin to open up about his own life. Everyone could tell right away that this relationship was not as fake as it was supposed to be - except Andy and Corbin.
Most of this story was funny and sweet, but there were definitely moments that were painful for the characters and the reader/listener. I was angry and/or sad several times. Thankfully, the friends and family here were incredibly supportive, and they turned every upset back to joy. This book had the three things that can sometimes go wrong in a romance: kids, a dog, and an old lady. I think those all worked fantastically well here. The addition of drag queens was especially fun, and I loved Candi's drag mother.
The performance of a terrific narrator made this excellent story even better. I loved the inflections and attitude that came through for each character due to the performance. I already loved this narrator, so I"m not surprised that he did such a great job.
Everything about this was just right. I loved this audiobook and recommend it highly to others who enjoy a rom com with a lot of heart.

  • Home in Austin

  • Lone Star Brothers, Book 4
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

After accidentally getting pregnant by his best friend and occasional hookup buddy, Owen Grant finds himself on his own...again. After being abandoned at birth and growing up in the foster system, he’s used to having to say good-bye. If he's learned one lesson in life, it's this: People don't stay. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this family

  • By save our wildlife on 02-16-19

My favorite audiobook of the series

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

This has been a great series, and I am fond of all the characters. I feel that this book where Austin, the final Logan brother, unexpectedly finds love, just pulls everything together. Omega Owen has always been alone and lonely, with only his best friend to count on. Now that he finds himself pregnant with nowhere to turn, he literally runs into Austin. That's when Austin, who has never felt much like an alpha, suddenly becomes the protective and dependable hero to Owen. And even more sweetly surprising, Austin's OCD and germaphobe tendencies slowly begin to ease just a bit. These men turn a marriage of convenience into a beautiful friendship with appealing possibilities. I absolutely love their story! I also appreciate the interaction they share with all the other brothers and their mates, who are there to welcome Owen into the family he never expected to find.
This sweet, funny, and emotional story is enhanced by a performance that is just right. With the large cast of characters, I really appreciate how the narrator is able to make me aware of just who is speaking almost every time. I have previously called some of the accents over the top, but I think I've changed my mind. He is able to clearly define the characters and fill their voices with the humor and concern the author's writing calls for. I have zero complaints or criticisms about this story, and I know I'll be enjoying the entire series again soon. Wonderful!

  • Master Wanted

  • Rent-a-Dom, Book 2
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Troy Sullivan is the current owner of The Palisade, one of the most popular casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. With more money in the bank than he could spend in a lifetime, and surrounded by yes-men more interested in staying in his good graces than helping him improve his business, Troy craves what he can’t have - someone to tell him “no”. When he discovers Rent-a-Dom, he’s convinced he’s found his solution: a master decades his junior who specializes in financial domination and who won’t so much as let Troy see his face.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Master Wanted

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 02-13-19

Financial dominance with a younger dom

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This was a fun story. As when I read the book, I did have issues with Robin acting as dom to a man he didn't like. That made me uncomfortable until the feelings began to change. This book also features financial dominance, which I can't relate to at all, but still find fascinating. I liked the characters of Troy and Robin, and I enjoyed the humorous moments here. I also appreciated the narrator's performance. This is the only book I've read or listened to from this series, but I will be checking out the others.

  • The Boyfriend Recipe

  • By: Alex Miska, V. Soffer
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

DAVID - I watched in horror as my sister shattered yet another poor guy’s heart… only this time, I can’t get sweet, sexy, straight Hunter out of my head. My daily latte runs to Moore Delicious, the bakery where he works, aren’t helping. And now I’m in a bind: my favorite cousin insists that I attend her wedding. With a date. So she whips up a half-baked scheme that will piss off the family that disowned me and secure an ally by my side: ask my sister’s ex to pretend to be my boyfriend. The question is, will Hunter agree to play along? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By hussfan on 01-20-19

Fun and sexy

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I am a fan of the Moore Romance series, so I was excited to listen to this short story that takes place in that world. Hunter and David were both adorable; and their tale was at different times funny, sad, sweet, and sexy. I was impressed by the amount of story I was able to enjoy in under three hours! I felt the nerves and excitement along with David and Hunter as they planned for their weekend as fake boyfriends, and I loved the antics of the secondary characters. The narrator is a favorite who never lets me down, and his performance was great. I loved this terrific story!

  • Join the Club

  • Four Kings Security, Book Three
  • By: Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

Eduardo “Lucky” Morales is a fighter, from his childhood days in Cuba to his time as a Special Forces Green Beret. Scarred by the wars of his past, Lucky has learned nothing lasts forever. Guarding his heart is second nature, and getting emotionally involved is not an option.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 01-27-19

Lucky and Mason made me swoon!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I adore this series, and I've been so ready for Lucky and Mason to figure things out and just decide to try to make each other happy. When Mason ends up temporarily working at Four Kings with Lucky, the men impress each other with their skills. Lucky surprises Mason with his calm take-charge attitude, which contrasts greatly with his off-duty emotional demeanor. They begin sharing the secrets of their pasts, which is an especially big deal for Mason, who hasn't told his backstory to anyone. The jobs the men take on are interesting and bring them closer and closer. All the Kings are here, and their brotherly bond is as strong as always. I love this self-made family and the devotion they have to each other and to the families of their lost brothers.
While there are many laugh out loud moments, there is also so much sweetness in this series, and definitely in Lucky and Mason's story. The narrator's performance is perfection, as is the author's story. This is one of my favorite audiobooks, and I will listen to it again many times, I'm sure. It's wonderful!

  • Secret in Houston

  • Lone Star Brothers, Book 3
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Cody was held captive by insurgents after his helicopter went down. When he finally gets home a year later, he’s battling a severe case of PTSD along with partial amnesia. He has no memory of being involved with his buddy’s sexy little brother with the cute-as-a-bug baby. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the series

  • By HockeyfanT on 01-11-19

Great addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This is a fun series with a lot of heart. Mixed in with steamy sex and fantastic humor, there are stories that tug at my heartstrings. This one includes a hero with PTSD, as well as a character with a scary health issue. And of course Houston, the omega diva with a heart of gold. Houston and Cody are terrific together, and I really love the scenes they share with adorable little Baxley. The story is painful to hear at times, but there is still snark and humor in almost every conversation Houston has with anyone else. I love him! And Cody is the exact alpha needed, supportive and strong, never trying to tame or change Houston in any way.
I love that all the brothers and their partners play a big role in each book. Kyle, Gideon, and especially Lukas are great friends to Houston; and their interactions are wonderful - and often very funny. This is a family, and they love and annoy each other as family does. They also offer nonstop support and encouragement.
Though I still find some of the accents a bit too much at times, I really do enjoy the narrator's portrayal of most of the characters. I loved hearing Houston sing a bit of the birthday song and wished for more!
This is a really great addition to the series, and I can't wait to hear Austin's story next.

  • A Dance for Two

  • By: Colette Davison
  • Narrated by: Neil Macfarlane
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Adam and Luc used to be close. At least they were before Luc distanced himself from Adam at 14, then eventually left home. Adam never got over the sting of betrayal, or the loss of his one-time best friend. When Luc is invited back home to help get his parents' failing dance school back on track, Adam isn't sure he can cope with having his stepbrother back in his life. Especially when he discovers Luc's decade-old secret. Luc left home because he was sure no one would understand that he had fallen in love with his stepbrother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration definitely made the story better

  • By R Keebler on 12-19-18

Luc and Adam

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I read and enjoyed this book six months ago, and now I think I like it even better in audio. The author introduces the emotional story of stepbrothers Luc and Adam, who've been estranged for several years. Now they're reconnecting, and Luc drops a bombshell on Adam about his reasons for mistreating him in the past and then leaving home. I enjoy seeing Adam struggle to accept his feelings and begin to work with Luc to become something more to each other than stepbrothers. I don't find their love perverted or wrong. I think it's beautiful, especially when they are emotionally open with each other. I appreciate that each man has a good friend to talk things over with, and I hope that sweet Mason's story is eventually available in audio format as well.
The talented narrator's soft spoken performance makes Adam's and Luc's feelings and actions even more real, and I will definitely look for more from him.

  • Meant to Be

  • By: Jea Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Lori Prince
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Twenty years ago, best friends Alice and Misty shared a kiss, and then their entire relationship unraveled. Alice Cavanaugh has spent the past 20 years trying to forget her best friend's betrayal. She moved on with her life as a single mother and librarian in her hometown. But when Alice finds out Misty is coming for their high school reunion, she can no longer hide her feelings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lucky for both women that neither moved on!!

  • By Kara on 12-26-18

Good story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This story of Alice and Misty reconnecting after twenty years is sweet and funny, as well as occasionally sexy. I liked both women, though I found it a bit unrealistic that neither had managed to have a romantic relationship in their many years apart. Their interaction was a lot of fun when they stopped arguing, and the secondary characters added a great deal of humor and heart.
While this might not be my favorite book by this author - that would be Must Love Chickens - I did enjoy it. The narrator offered a great performance and made me appreciate it even more. I liked the romance, friendship, and love of family here, and I found the ending sweetly satisfying.

  • His Best Man

  • Accidental Roots, Book 7
  • By: Elle Keaton
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Santasier
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Rod Beton and Travis Walker have known each other almost all their lives; since the third grade, when Rod was the new kid in town and Travis befriended him with Pokémon trading cards and a fruit snack. Apparently Rod’s easy. Since that day, they've had each other's backs. Along the way, Rod fell in love with Travis. He's been hoping for some kind of signal from Travis that he returns Rod's feelings. When Travis announces his surprise engagement over Thanksgiving dinner, Rod decides he's done waiting for the impossible. He packs his belongings and heads for Skagit and a new life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best friends to lovers - one of my favorite tropes

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 12-26-18

I'm conflicted.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Rod and Travis have been best friends for most of their lives, and Rod has been secretly in love with Travis for most of that time. The men fight fires together during fire season; then Travis works his family's farm, and Rod drives a school bus the rest of the year. They bicker and snark at each other, but neither takes it personally. These are all very good things.
I liked Rod and Travis, though the early part of the book made Travis come off as completely clueless, when he was supposed to be very intelligent. Thank goodness for his sensible sister! And the way Travis's mother was handled in the end made me really angry. I can't say more than that without giving away spoilers, and I won't do that. Overall, I did like this story, and the storyline with Jasper actually made me cry. This just didn't turn out to be one of my favorite books from this author.
The narrator was clear and concise, but his performance seemed lackluster. I didn't feel that the different characters' voices were easy to recognize, and the reading was monotone. I thought he did a better job when someone was expressing surprise, since his voice did change for that.
I have read other stories from this author, and I will read and listen to more of her work in the future. (I hope The NorthStar becomes an audiobook!) I see that the narrator has worked on many audiobooks, and I might listen to him again to find out if I enjoy him more performing another story. This one just didn't work for me as much as I was hoping it would.

  • With the Jarl's Blessing: A Yuletide Tale

  • By: Ki Brightly
  • Narrated by: Clive Johnson
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Odin, the jarl’s son, wants to be with Loki and has for as long as he can remember. Odin intends to use the magic of Yuletide - the time between the old year and the new one - to win over Loki. Loki doesn’t need much convincing to see how wonderful Odin is, but he can’t see a future for himself with the son of a jarl. How would it be possible? With the jarl’s blessing, Odin hopes to prove, once and for all time, he’s the man for Loki.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet heat

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 01-11-19

Great quickie!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Listening to this story was a great way to spend an hour in traffic. I really liked Odin and Loki, and I loved seeing their long-time friendship turn suddenly into a sexy and devoted relationship. I felt like I knew both men well, considering the length of the story, and that says great things about the author. The narrator offered a wonderful performance, which combined with the strong writing, left me with a smile. I really enjoyed this!