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  • Tallow Jones: Wizard Detective An Urban Fantasy Detective Novel

  • Wizard of Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Trevor H. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

When Detective Douglas Jones' son goes missing under strange circumstances, everyone assumes he ran away. The first break in the case comes when a long-lost relative shows up with a new name and a strange tattoo on the palm of his left hand. His name is Tallow Jones. He is a private detective... and a wizard. A wizard is needed too, because in Atlanta, strange abductions are just the tip of the iceberg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it so f- darn much!

  • By Daniel Abrams on 02-01-18

Wizard Detective!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Just when you think the world is normal and everything is fine, you find out (the hard way) there are other worlds out there and human trafficking is happening between them. There’s something funky happening with a certain travel agency in Atlanta and Atlanta’s finest are keeping an eye on them… but so is Asher Jones… who is making more headway than Atlanta PD. When Asher goes missing, things go awry and it’s Uncle Tallow to the rescue. Problem? No one has ever heard of Uncle Tallow! Ashers’s sister, Agatha, is skeptical at best, but if Uncle Tallow can help find Asher, then let’s do it!

There are incredible twists and turns and extremely interesting developments. There laugh out loud moments and moments where I was eagerly anticipating what would happen next. The humor and sarcasm were fantastic. Andrew Tell was a fantastic narrator. The personality given to Agatha was perfect. She was a no-nonsense 8-year-old, and I loved it. It was a nice start to the series. I look forward to book 2!

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  • Hekate's Chalice

  • Adept Solutions, Book 1
  • By: Teagan Kearney
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Lagelee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

JB runs a private detective agency, but if business doesn’t pick up soon, he’ll have to close the doors for good. When someone steals Hekate’s chalice, JB and his maverick team jump at the chance to track down the supernatural object. They’re resourceful and determined, but can they outsmart wizards, witches, and daemons before the client’s deadline expires?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story

  • By Lint on 07-02-18

The Chalice

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

It wasn't a bad story and it flowed well. I found some of the characters frustrating at times. The narration was... interesting. Some of the voices sounded a little too similar to other characters for me... and at times, a little robotic. Overall, a nice story.

  • A Touch of Fate: Fated for Curves - Book One (Magic, New Mexico 16)

  • By: Aidy Award
  • Narrated by: Gwen Cross
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Kady Ayininkizi, your anything but average curvy geek girl, has isolated herself in her brand-new tiny house in the mountains because she’s tired of being bullied by the alphaholes of the world. The spaceship that crashes in her backyard brings the first alien she’s ever encountered - make that the sexiest alien ever. When he insists she help him get to some weird place called Magic, New Mexico, she is determined to outwit the men in black in spite of the growing attraction that she knows will never come to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this!

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 11-14-18

A Great Start to the Series!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

A Touch of Fate had me laughing out loud one moment, and balling my eyes out the next. Kady was just trying to get her truck to start when all of a sudden an alien spaceship crashes into her property. Who knew that alien spaceship carried her fated mate?! Who knew she was even a witch?! She didn’t! When the Men In Black come sniffing around, will she protect the alien, Black? Or will she turn him into the government? Are they even the truly government? When things take a turn for the worst, can Kady save them both?

The story and the narration were absolute perfection. Each character was unique and distinct. Gwen Cross was brilliant. Her southern accent was on point. The personality she attached to each character left me wanting to know what happens next to each character. This was brilliantly done and I loved the excerpt of Book 2 at the end left me wanting to get my hands on the next installment!

  • The Azure Kingdom

  • The Iridescent Realm, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Dare
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Alison Wescot inherited the antique store the day her mother died. It was nothing she wanted, but she couldn't part with it. The antiques inside were all she had left of her mother. She thought she knew every piece in the store, until one day she discovered a box with a key inside, along with a letter from her mother. A key to a door she never knew existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Fantasy

  • By James on 11-14-17

I Wish This Was a Real Place

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Imagine, if you will, for one second you had a dream and it was so vivid, it scared you. In this dream, you saw a man. You can’t talk to him or touch him, but you feel an immediate connection to him and him to you. Imagine, this is a recurring dream you have nightly. That is Alison Wescot’s reality. Every night Alison falls asleep dreaming of this handsome young man, not knowing he does the same. One day at work she discovers a note from her mother in an antique dresser. It tells of adventure and a family Alison never knew she had, however, what the letter didn’t tell her was the man she dreamed of; not only was he the son of her father’s enemy, he dreamed of her too! Accompanying the letter is a key and it holds all the answers! Alison has a choice to make: Stay in Colorado and continue leading a life she’s not excited about or find her sense of adventure as her mother did and use the key. How is this even a choice?!

What an interesting story! I was hooked from the first page. It was engaging and I was fully invested in what happened to each character. Sarah Puckett was brilliant at bringing each character to life! I look forward to what happens next!

  • Clutch

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Becker
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, Sassy, Fun!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 09-12-18

Worth a Shot!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Clutch is a light, fun read that will have you laughing out loud sometimes and frustrated at other times. Join Caroline in the world of dating as she tries to find her “Happily Ever After,” her Clutch.

Early on, you know how this is going to end. I didn’t mind that, but I was interested to see how we would get there. Caroline went on a series of dates over time, and each guy represented a purse of some sort. In a weird kind of way, some of the guys I found a little endearing, while I found others tried my nerves a bit. Reading about Caroline’s dating escapades did give some exaggerated misadventures, but over glasses of wine, it was fun to hear her tell her best friend and bar owner, Mike, about them.

One of my issues with this was there really wasn’t any character building. At times it felt as though you knew more about Caroline’s dates than Caroline… or Mike for that matter. As someone who hasn’t been to California (yet), it would have been nice to have some sort of details about Caroline’s surroundings.

Becker’s writing is fun and easy, making this an interesting read. She accurately describes everyone’s fear of growing old alone. The narration by Suzanne Barbetta was spot on with each character creation. Each character was distinct and brought to life. While predictable, it was still worth the read.

  • Royal Love

  • Last Royals, Book 1
  • By: Cristiane Serruya
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, Logan McAllister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Angus Augustus Braxton-Lenox is the king of a small European kingdom. He lives a charmed life as a royal, but it’s devoid of love and romance. While his mother is obsessed with finding him another wife to continue the regal bloodline, Angus would be content with mere happiness. Siobhan Falkner was abandoned by her mother and grew up as an orphan. Forbidden lust blossoms between Angus and Siobhan. The stunning woman soon finds herself pregnant and in a pivotal role for the future of the kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern day Cinderella Story

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 11-14-18

Royal Love is EVERYTHING

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I was completely enthralled with this story and was so happy to find out it’s a series. Siobhan and Angus were both so amazing together. They were witty and steamy.

Angus meets Siobhan at a party where she’s working. They are both seriously attracted to each, but Siobhan only knows he’s rich. Once they have their night together, this story goes full throttle!

What brought this story together was the narration. This is the first story I’ve listened to with Lacy Laurel and Logan MacAllister. I thought they were perfect, with great writing to go with it. It was fun and steamy. I couldn’t get enough! Bring on book 2!

  • Constant Craving

  • By: Tamara Lush
  • Narrated by: Nicole Blessing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

I'm shocked when Rafael Menendez de Aviles - my first love, my one downfall - appears at my business, offering to save it from bankruptcy. I'm even more stunned when Rafael, looking hotter than ever, makes a proposition: spend the next month together, allowing him to do anything he desires with me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing read!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 10-05-18

Whew! More Please!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I'm not even sure where to start with this! Two college sweethearts who think they know how their lives will turn out... for multiple reasons, their lives don't turn out quite as they thought it would, but Justine's failing newspaper brings them back together. Rafael is the only one willing to take a chance on Justine. There's a catch... and Lord what a catch. Give him one month and Justine's company will have whatever they need to stay afloat. (MY GOD!) The dilemma of wanting to save your company, but knowing the pain both of you experienced... is it worth it?

This was great! I loved both characters and the narration was... SPOTLESS! The changing of characters at the drop of a dime was amazing. This was my introduction to Tamara Lush and Nicole Blessing and it was great! I can't wait to hear more from them!

  • Losing a Piece of Me

  • By: K.B. Andrews
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

I have a secret. A secret that chased me away from my home, my family, away from the only man I've ever loved. I took that secret and pushed it down inside of me.So far down, that it never had a chance of coming out. That dirty little secret was like a seed. A seed that took root and grew to become a piece of me. But what happens when that secret has finally outgrown me? When its vines climb over every wall I have in place? When it finally overfills that little spot inside of me that it's been buried in for so long now? All secrets come out eventually. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW WOW WOW!

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 09-22-18

A Secret that could tear a town apart

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Sometimes a secret can change everything… and I do mean everything. It was a secret so big, Lex was forced to leave everything behind… Striker included. Forced to return for her sister’s wedding, Lex comes face to face with Striker and is looking for answers. He’s waited 6 years for this moment. Will Striker be able to handle what he hears, or will he turn Lex away forever?

Oh. My. Word! This tore me apart. The strength Lex exhibits was astounding. There was more to this secret and Lex than what meets the eye. Striker is a character that is easy to fall in love with. He gives you just enough “bad boy” vibes, but also has a heart of gold. This story was told from dual POV and it was lovely. Sarah Puckett’s narration was spot on with giving each character their own personality. The one complaint I have is it was difficult to tell when the characters were having a memory. This happened quite a bit, but I didn’t realize it was a memory until Lex or Striker were almost done reliving the memory. It probably reads better in print. I will say it didn’t stop me from enjoying the story.

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  • Borrowed Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Witch's Bite Series, Volume 1
  • By: Stephanie Foxe
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Most witches have a coven. Not me. For me, the protection a coven offers does not outweigh the risk of being discovered. I've worked odd jobs here and there peddling (mostly) legal potions I brew when I can. But when an opportunity to work for the vampires fell in my lap, I took it. I heal the people they feed on and don't ask too many questions. After less than six months working this gig, a girl turns up dead, drained of blood. Of course, I am the first person the police pay a visit to.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This one is unfortunately not for me.

  • By Momo on 09-10-18

Quite Enjoyable and Quick

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This story was entertaining and kept me wanting more. I was dumbfounded when it ended! I needed to know what happened next! Olivia had moments if being annoying, but given all the situations she found herself in... her reactions weren't too terrible. Laurel Schroeder was fantastic worth her narration. Each character was distinct with their own personality. I have to know what happens next!

  • Barreled Over

  • Trinity Distillery #1
  • By: Jenna Sutton
  • Narrated by: Ava Lucas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Ava Grace Landy's music career is humming along, until a shakeup at her label jeopardizes her recording contract and curses her with the world's worst boss. Determined to satisfy him, she partners with Trinity Distillery to access a larger male audience. To her surprise, she's the one who's satisfied - by none other than Jonah Beck, the gorgeous yet gruff man behind the bourbon. No doubt about it, bourbon runs in Beck's blood. But it's audacious Ava Grace who makes it run hot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Romance

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 10-02-18

Who Doesn't Love a Little Bourbon with Their Roman

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Every now and again, you read a book that frustrates you… but you love it! That is this book for me!! “Barreled Over” is about Ava Grace, one of country music’s biggest stars, and Jonah Beck (known to friends and family as Beck), son of the family that is synonymous with bourbon. While Ava Grace is battling her record company who wants her top broaden her fan base of just women, with wacky ideas of how to do that, Beck is trying to make a name for himself. Together, they can help each other, and find love at the same time!

Everything about this story is adorable and funny, with great characters. While the two main characters have some not-so-great things in their in past and I understand why they are the way they are, I found myself almost liking the secondary characters more than the main characters. As this is my first book by this author, it felt as though I should already know some of the characters. It didn’t detract from the story, but it did make me wonder if I was missing out.

The chemistry between Ava Grace and Beck is wonderful. They have great banter and the chemistry is instant. What I loved about this book is the bourbon lessons you get! I know it’s not the point of this book, nor is it meant to be the focus, but I thought it was fascinating and a nice addition to the story. With Ava Lucas's narration bringing this story to life, you couldn't go wrong. I am intrigued to see where this series will go, as I enjoyed getting to know Ava Grace and Beck.