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  • Northern Pines Den Alphas Books 1-3

  • Northern Pines Den Bundle, Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

This three audiobook bundle contains the first three books in the best-selling Northern Pines Den series and is guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels. When the wolf pack and the bear den initiate an exchange program to help shifters find their fated mates, adventurous omega Taylor is the first to volunteer, drawing the attention of the den’s lonely alpha, Mikael. Mikael knows the tiny, colorful omega will either breathe new life into their stilted bear community or cause an outrage. Either way, it won't be boring to have him around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it all!

  • By Mari Cardenas on 04-09-19

Loved it all!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Overall: 4.75 Stars!

Alpha's Heart

4.5 Stars

This series is a spin-off from the Northern Lodge series, and while it probably would make it easier to understand some of the events described in the first few chapters, it can be read (or listened to) as a standalone series.

While I will admit I wasn't too sure about Taylor at first, he grew on me and I ended up loving him, he truly was the perfect mate for strong alpha Mikhail, who was amazing and very supportive of his unique mate. They were not only hot together, but they seemed so well suited for one another. I'm looking forward to seeing (or listening) more about them and little Alec in the next installments of the series.

I absolutely adored Steffan and I was very glad to find out his book is the third one in this series and included in this bundle! And while Peter and Walter were a bit of an acquired taste after how they both treated Taylor, I was glad to see them being nicer to him later on.

There's an ongoing arc with Mikhail's sister and I can't wait to see how it will unfold. While I haven't met her yet, she appears to be quite unhinged and it shall make for an interesting turn.

John Solo's narration was outstanding! He gave all the characters a unique voice and gave the story that extra-something that made it even better.

I adored this first book. I actually found myself laughing out loud or crying in certain scenes and I'm looking forward to learning more about this world where bear and wolf shifters live in relative harmony.

Alpha's Mates

4 Stars

The second book in the series features Jules, a jaguar shifter, Sean, a wolf shifter and Taylor's older brother, and Colin, a bear shifter.

While I enjoyed it, I found one of the sex scenes a bit jarring, I guess I could say it was BDSM lite, but I wasn't expecting it and quite frankly, I like to be prepared or in the mood when reading those kinds of scenes. Other than that, I found this triad to be very balanced and the three of them had great chemistry. I didn't feel like any of them felt dispensable, which is always good in this kind of books.

The ongoing plotline with Mikhail's sister is very interesting and I can't wait to see more of Tommy in subsequent books. While he's a mercenary, and not very clean at that, he seemed to be a good man and could be a great asset for the den.

John Solo is outdoing himself with these series, his voice is very enjoyable and damn, if his accent for Jules didn't make the room's temp go up a notch or two! ;)

Alpha's Strength
5 Stars!

This third installment was the book I was looking forward to the most. I adored Steffan on the first two books and seeing him with Diego was just icing on the cake. They were just so well-suited for one another. Diego was a totally kickass omega and well, Steffan was his own lovable, fun self, I just adore that he's so real. Diego and Steffan had chemistry in spades and their lovemaking was hot, hot, HOT!

I'm enjoying the ongoing storyline with Mikhail's sister. Even if I haven't met her yet, she's wrecked a lot of havoc already. Hope she gets her comeuppance soon.

And this was another fantastic narration by John Solo! If you have the chance to pick this bundle in audiobook, I can assure you won't be disappointed, it's definitely one of my favorites of his.

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  • How Not to Sin

  • Lovestrong, Book 3
  • By: Susan Hawke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

One regular guy who happens to be a preacher. Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson doesn’t think he’s better than any of the people in his church, so please don’t put him on a pedestal. While he’s never hidden the fact that he identifies as bisexual, he’s never acted on it either. Gabe isn’t happy to learn that the sole reason he was hired to pastor the LGBT-friendly church was that the ruling elders wanted a safe poster child for inclusivity - in other words, they wanted the rainbow flag without letting it fly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Gabe and Seth!

  • By Bookobessed on 04-06-19

Great addition to the series!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

How Not to Sin is book 3 in the Lovestrong series and while it can be read as a standalone, the characters from the previous two books have cameos in this one and I think the experience will be even better if you have an idea of what happened before.

Gabe and Seth were amazing together, even if Seth wasn't really into organized religion and Gabe was a Presbyterian priest, they appeared to bring the best in each other. Never mind that the chemistry between them was out of this world and their banter was light and fun.

I loved that any angst that Seth and Gabe experienced came from outside sources and the way they dealt with it all, just proved that while their relationship moved along very fast, they were made for each other.

The secondary plotline with the odious Mr. Danvers was interesting and had a very satisfying ending, sort of tying up some loose endings from the first installment in the series. I also loved catching up with Andy, Corbin and Gray.

The narration was very solid and while I had a bit of an issue with Seth and Gabe sounding so alike and making some parts a bit confusing while I determined who was speaking sometimes, it was still pretty good. Michael Pauley has a lovely voice and manages to imprint the necessary emotion to the scenes to make them even better.

All in all, a great addition to the series! Very enjoyable!

  • Hacked

  • Team A.L.P.H.A., Book 4
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Pax is the mysterious, faceless hacker the team turns to when their usual sources fail - and he likes to keep it that way. But when one of their information requests ends up with his bunker being raided by the cartel, they’re the only ones to whom he can turn. Zeke Dempsey is raw, rough, and utterly unprepared for the lipstick-clad spitfire who suddenly bursts into his life, claiming both his heart and his dull knife. He always thought finding your true mate made the whole falling in love thing easy - he couldn’t have been more wrong.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hot hot

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-08-19

Good addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

So, after reading book 3 in the series and being annoyed with Zeke and Ezra I had thought I wasn't going to pick up their books, but I'm a fickle creature and ultimately decided to listen to this one and I'm glad I did.

I was gladly surprised by how much more I liked Zeke here. He was definitely my favorite of the two. I loved seeing how his little Omega had him all twisted around his little finger. Now, Pax, the Omega, was another matter altogether. I was so frustrated by him because he was such an annoying little twatwaffle and I wanted to shake some sense into him. I totally got and respected that he had a hard life until the moment he came across Team A.L.P.H.A. and he was used to being on his own and depending on himself only, but he was such a prickly little thing, even when Zeke proved himself over and over and over again.

Unfortunately, we didn't see that much of the case they were working on, so there wasn't all that much closure in that respect. I hope it will be continued/finished on book 5.

The narration wasn't as good as with the previous book, but it was still enjoyable and entertaining. I loved Colin Darcy's rendition of Zeke's voice, but the rest of the characters' voices felt a bit stilted.

  • Dead Ringer

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 6
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

Cold case detective and newlywed, Ronan O’Mara, is sitting on top of the world. When he returns to work after his honeymoon, he finds more waiting for him than a stack of dusty cold-case files. Hidden in the mail on Ronan’s desk is a letter from Tank Hutchins, aka The Riverside Ripper. Convicted of murdering a woman three years ago, Tank claims he is innocent and asks Ronan and Tennyson for their help in proving who really committed the crime: his twin brother, Tim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage, murder, and Thanksgiving

  • By HockeyfanT on 03-27-19

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

So, confession time. I haven't read or listened to any of the previous books in the Cold Case Psychic series, but I have read (and loved) the Haunted Souls series, which is a spin-off from this one. Frankly, I think I was more confused when I started Ghost of Himself than when I was reading Dead Ringer. Pandora Pine does a great job of giving enough background information about the characters she introduces without making it seem superfluous or too much. And to be perfectly honest, one of the reasons I picked up this book was because it's where Ms. Pine introduces Jude Byrne and the other reason was the case, with me having twin daughters, I find the subject fascinating (just don't tell them that, LOL).

I had met Ronan and Tennyson as secondary characters in HS and I really liked them, and maybe because of that, it was easy to connect with them here as well. Their chemistry and the love they share are palpable and they're really hot together. I loved that they were both flawed and that even if they're thoroughly invested in their marriage, that doesn't mean that they won't fight or get angry when the other one does something not too bright.

I think the secondary characters, including the awesome Bertha, play a big part in how good the books are. The sense of family and friendship, of them all rallying together to help each other, are a huge bonus in reading these books.

The case was really interesting. Twins and the fact that even when they're identical can be so diametrically different from each other is intriguing for me.

The story was well thought out and entertaining and I'll definitely go back (and forward) at some point to learn more about Ronan and Tennyson and their friends.

The narration was really good. There were a few places in which Michael Pauley seemed to pick up steam and go really fast and almost run out of breath as he spoke, but for the most part, the narration was quite solid and enjoyable and I have no trouble recommending this audiobook, especially if you're a fan of the series already.

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  • Rescued

  • Alphabits, Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Lost. Stolen. Forgotten...until the Alphabits step in. Sam Remington, former leader of Team Beta, has a new dream: to lead a team whose sole purpose is to protect those most vulnerable - shifter pups.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great spin off

  • By Aerielle on 03-12-19

Fantastic start to the series!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Rescued is book 1 in the Alphabits series by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown and it was fast-paced, sweet, emotional and action-packed.

Sam and Dean were a fantastic couple, I loved seeing their relationship blossom and grow stronger as time passed and how they accepted little John into their family. John was so adorbs and his story just broke my heart, I was so happy that he found both Sam and Dean and their team to be his new family.

I loved the guys on the team, especially Cyrus, LOL, he was just amazing! Seeing him so take charge when Dean went into labor and how sweet he was with John, just made me love him even more. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them learning to work together as a team and I'm looking forward to learning more about all of them in the next installments.

The narration was pretty good. John Solo has a great range of voices, which came in handy with so many characters as this book has.

This was a great start to the series and I'm already eager for more! Super recommendable!

  • Love Me Whole

  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

Twenty-eight-year-old Oryn Patterson isn't like other people. Being an extremely shy social introvert is only part of the problem. Oryn has dissociative identity disorder. He may look like a normal man on the outside, but spend five minutes with him, and his daily struggles begin to show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pieces of a whole

  • By Erryn Barratt on 02-26-19

All the Stars for Oryn and Vaughn!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

5+ Stars!

I've had this book on my kindle for a long time, but I knew it would be a difficult read. Nicky James is the queen of angst so I had a feeling she would wreck me with this book. However, when I had the chance to listen to the audiobook I just couldn't pass on it.

Love Me Whole is not an easy read. It's long and there's a lot happening, what with Oryn and his 5 alters and Vaughn needing to work through it all. However, while it's an emotional rollercoaster, Nicky James didn't overdo it and even if she hinted at what type of abuse Oryn had gone through as a child, she mostly dealt with the aftermath, for which I was very thankful and was one of the reasons I was wary about reading the book.

I'm not sure I can pick a favorite among Oryn and his alters, they each provided something vital to their circle. Still, Cohen was all kinds of sweet and flirty and Rain was so adorbs. It was lovely seeing Vaughn forge a special kind of bond with each and every one of them and help Oryn overcome his reservations regarding Kove. The relationship between Oryn and Vaughn was great. It was a slow burn, and Vaughn was patient and supporting and loving. He really was perfect for them all.

This audiobook was one of the best I've listened to, Adam Gold has a great voice and did all these cool sound effects for calls and thoughts, different than others I've heard before. Plus, he had very distinctive voices for everyone, which was commendable. The story was already emotional and heartfelt, but I truly believe he somehow made it even better.

Definitely a must read/listen, one you won't regret picking up!

  • Teacher Wanted

  • Rent-a-Dom, Book 3
  • By: Susi Hawke, Piper Scott
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

After Dakota's failed attempt to get his too-vanilla boyfriend to be more dominant and creative in the bedroom blows up in their faces, Asher suggests they contact Rent-a-Dom for an alpha who can teach him the skills he needs to fulfill Dakota's fantasies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and Sweet

  • By Georgiana on 03-16-19

Good narration!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Teacher Wanted is book 3 in the Rent-a-Dom series and while Mr. Russo did a great job with the narration and bringing Asher, Guy and Dakota to life, unfortunately, the story, the triad and Dakota didn't work for me.

Asher was a sweetheart and Guy was nice enough, but I found it very difficult to connect with Dakota after how he hurt Asher. I get that he was Aro, but it's not about finding it difficult to understand emotions, it's about him being a brat. So, Asher had to bend himself backwards to please him in bed, yet Dakota couldn't grant him the same courtesy when Asher tried to do a big deal out of their anniversary or to understand him? That didn't sit right with me and frankly, it marred the whole experience for me. I spent the rest of the book just hoping Dakota would disappear somehow and just leave Guy and Asher be happy together, which didn't happen, so yeah, I guess this just wasn't the book for me.

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  • Marshmallow Spiced Omega

  • The Hollydale Omegas, Book 7
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Drew Bacca
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Luke is a YouTuber known for his popular "Omega Manny Diary" videos. After a brief yet secret fling with his boss Ian’s best friend, he finds himself left with an even larger secret: Grazer’s baby. Grazer had a lot of fun with Luke, but he’d been up-front with him from the beginning. He’d always preferred to chase silver foxes - not young, fertile pups.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hawke

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-21-19

Sweet addition to the series!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

4.5 Stars Overall

This was another great installment in The Hollydale Omegas series and honestly, just what I needed after the emotional rollercoaster that was my last read.

Luke and Grazer were great together and had amazing chemistry. I loved how well they settled into their little family, and even if there was some conflict, it was resolved quickly. Plus, it's always great to 'see' the rest of the Hollydale Omegas gang, Tom is so much fun! LOL

Drew Bacca was amazing, as always. I'm very happy that he's been narrating the whole series, because I don't think anyone else would capture the magic that is this world quite like him.

Overall, this was a sweet, fun audiobook that I'm sure I'll listen to again!

  • Hot Under the Collar

  • Love off the Leash
  • By: Summer Devon
  • Narrated by: Chris Meadows
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 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

Attorney Sam Trevisani never thought he’d play the bad guy, but now his job makes him the enemy of every dog owner in town - and whenever he meets his main opponent, Dan Bailey, the vet gives him the evil eye. Tired of playing for the wrong side, Sam has to find a solution. Maybe the tempting Dr. Bailey can help him find a solution for his restless need for change. Or maybe it’s his attraction to the vet that pushes him to pay a late-night visit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • adorable and steamy

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 03-02-19

Sweet and fun frenemies to lovers!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Overall: 4 Stars!

Sam was absolutely adorable! Yes, he might have tried being the cocky, self-assured lawyer at first, but it didn't really work out for him. All the things he was willing to do to get Dan to like him back, just made me want to squish him and while closeted characters generally frustrate me, I just couldn't not love Sam. I really liked Dan, too, although it took me longer to warm up to him. I'm not even sure why. *shrugs* They did have chemistry and were sweet together.

The narration was pretty good. Chris Meadows has an enjoyable voice and brought the story to life for me.

This was such an entertaining audiobook and I had so much fun listening to it. Very recommendable!

  • Struck: An MM Mpreg Romance

  • Team A.L.P.H.A. Series, Book 3
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: Colin Darcy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

David Dempsey, the younger omega brother of Team ALPHA’s crazy twin duo, has gone missing after a camping trip with some human friends. He'd only planned to celebrate his upcoming college graduation - but somehow ended up taken captive by a sketchy group after catching them in a criminal act when he wandered too far away from his group. Simon "Boomer" Chiarelli is a laid-back alpha with a love for things of an incendiary nature - but nothing has ever been as explosive as the connection he feels when he catches the scent of his mate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family

  • By Violet Marshall on 03-09-19

Enjoyable... for the most part

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Overall: 3.5 Stars

Struck is my first book in this series, so I'm a bit late to the party, but the authors give enough information to make it stand alone well enough.

I really liked Boomer and David together. Yes, they were fated mates, but they had amazing chemistry and were fun, sweet and hot together. Boomer didn't try to smother David and David was more than capable of making decisions for himself and standing up to his horrible brothers, who I hated with the fire of a thousand suns for how they treated Boomer and David throughout the book and that are the main reason I didn't rate this book higher.

The rest of the team and Boomer's family and David's parents were lovely, but I could've done without the twins' aggressiveness against Boomer and I'm not sure I'd read a book with any of them as leads, that's how much I didn't like them.

The narration was really good. Colin Darcy has a wide range of voices and gives each of the scenes the right amount of emotion it needs. I would've liked Boomer to sound a bit more Italian, but it was enjoyable enough.