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  • Let Me Love You

  • By: Jessica Jayne
  • Narrated by: Samantha Cook, Joe Arden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Twenty-three-year-old Ren Haynes returns home after graduating college with two goals - start his engineering career and claim the heart of his parents' 31-year-old divorced neighbor, Stacey Williams. Stacey is nursing her broken heart and shattered ego. Not only did her ex-husband have an affair, he got the woman pregnant. Picking up the pieces of her life isn't easy, so when Ren taps into her need to feel desired again, she finds herself in a position she never imagined. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Light and Sexy Listen

  • By bookbruin on 07-16-18

Nice One!!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

It had been a while since I last listened to an audiobook. I already planned on starting listening to them again with my maternity leave coming up. And I was thinking it would be perfect to listen to more audiobooks when our baby girl is born. So when I saw a sign up to become a part of the Caffeinated PR Audiobook service it felt like destiny. Soon after signing up the sign up for ‘Let Me Love You’ came along and I was super excited when I received the email which allowed me to start listening right away.

In ‘Let Me Love You’ we meet Stacy Williams, a recently divorced thirty one year old. Stacy’s divorce has done a number on her. Her husband had an affair with a younger woman and has gotten her pregnant. Stacy wanted to start a family for years but her husband always said it wasn’t the right time. Now heartbroken she is slowly getting back on her feet. When her neighbors handsome twenty three year old son Ren Haynes moves back after finishing college she is surprised to find he is interested in more than just friendship with her. Ren has been in love with Stacy for years, and now she is divorced he is determined to make her see he is the one for her.

After I started ‘Let Me Love You’ I had my reservations about this story. I don’t really like stories that got a lot of sex in it right from the beginning. I don’t mind sex in a book at all, but there has to be romance for me to enjoy reading or listening to it. And in the beginning of this book I missed the romance. Sure I got that Ren was in love with Stacy. But Stacy’s attraction to Ren kind of felt like coming out of the blue. I also thought the whole age difference of eight years was not so much, but maybe that’s just me. Thankfully I kept going and started enjoying this book more and more. The connection between Stacy and Ren started to develop and I enjoyed listening to Ren’s pursued of Stacy. It was especially fun to read how Ren was determined to show Stacy how serious he was about them. And the way he faced his aggravating mother was pretty good.

This audiobook isn’t very long, which is a shame because I loved the two narrators Joe Arden and Samantha Cook. They definitely did a great job in narrating this book. I enjoyed listening to Samantha’s voice, but above all I loved listening to Joe Arden. His voice is just so nice to listen too and it made me want to keep on listening till the very end.

Overall this was a nice audiobook and the perfect one to get me back in the audiobook scene. It wasn’t perfect, but definitely made for a fun listen.

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  • Dark Retreat: EMP Lodge Series, Volume 1

  • By: Grace Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost. When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin down, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge. The last thing she wants is help from her fellow survivors when so many in her life have let her down - but soon she'll find herself with no other option.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-06-17

Nice Story

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

When I first saw the sign-up of the ‘Dark Retreat’ Audiobook Blog Tour I found myself fascinated by this amazing cover. It’s the first thing that grabbed my attention and after I read the book description I immediately signed up for this tour.

In ‘Dark Retreat’ we meet Megan Wolford and her daughter Caitlin. When Caitlin suddenly becomes very ill, Megan is determined to find her daughter some help. But this isn’t easy in the world she lives in. After traveling for days Megan is exhausted, but refuses to give up. And thankfully soon Megan finds a little cabin in the woods filled with people who are willing to help her out. There Megan meets Wyatt, an ex-navy seal who only wants to care for his family.

I really enjoyed ‘Dark Retreat’ from the moment I started listening to it. It was an easy to follow story, and sometimes things seem to go a little too easy, but it was good and kept me hooked. I loved getting to know the different characters. Megan was just such an amazing and strong mom. I loved her. The romance between her and Wyatt was nice too. A little to predictable to my taste, but it was good.

To be honest, I was kind of surprised when I found out the narrator was a man. Especially when this story seemed to be mostly told from Megan’s point of view. But I soon loved listening to Andrew’s voice so much that I totally forget about my first worries. Andrew really has a talent. His voice kept me hooked and I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks by him.

Overall ‘Dark Retreat’ is a nice and good to follow story. I definitely love a dystopian story once in a while. And although this one held some problems for me, I mostly just really enjoyed it.

  • Heart of Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 1

  • By: Dakota Willink
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that - at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities that she could never before have imagined....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked from the very start!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 05-12-18

Nice story but not really for me

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

After not having listened to audiobooks for probably months, I was really looking for a new audiobook I could listen to while driving to and from work. I figured that all those traffic jams would be a little less terrible while listening to a nice audiobook. And when I saw ‘Heart of Stone’ I thought it would have to be a sign.

In ‘Heart of Stone’ we meet Krystina Cole. Krystina recently finished college, and is busy looking for the perfect job. As focused as she is on her job hunt, she definitely isn’t looking for a man. But when she meets rich bachelor Alexander Stone she soon finds out she isn’t in control of her own will anymore. Alexander is handsome, and wants Krystina. And although they seem to be very different, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.

‘Heart of Stone’ was honestly not what I expected. Somehow I expected a romantic read about two characters who really shouldn’t be together. I expected a cliché story really. And I didn’t really feel the romance in this story. I enjoyed some moments between Krystina and Alexander. Especially when they met, and the moment they started to have sleepovers etc.

This book is in reviews compared a lot with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Well, I don’t agree. Yes, there is SM in this book just like in Fifty Shades.. but I missed the romance which made reading about SM tolerable for me. So without the romance feelings, I just didn’t really like this book. And I did feel the romance in Fifty Shades, I believed there love. In this book the SM bothered me, the characters weren’t really two people I liked and I just couldn’t connect with them as much as I hoped.

As with every audiobook I always need to get ‘used’ to the narrators. And Lacy Lauren and Jeffrey Kafer where to narrators I had not listened to before. Especially Lacy Lauren took me a very long time to get used to. Her voice was just different and I didn’t always thought the way she spoke fitted the story. She put the emphasis on a word differently than I would expect. But in the end I didn’t notice this as much anymore and I started to enjoy listening to her voice.
Jeffery Kafer didn’t have as much ‘speaking time’ as Lacy but it was definitely fun to listen to his voice. I could easily picture a strong character while I listened to his voice.

This book gets a three star rating for me. It was fun, but not really for me. And I do wonder if I would have liked this story more if I read it myself instead of listening to the audiobook?

  • Paper Love

  • A Chicago Christmas, Book 2
  • By: Aubrey Wynne
  • Narrated by: Sara K. Sheckells
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Growing up in a Papua New Guinea mission, Joss Palmateer is a gentle soul with a unique view of life. Still adjusting to a new home in the US and the sudden loss of her mother, love is the last thing on her mind. Sexy physical therapist Ben Montgomery meets his sister's friend and the sparks fly. He takes it as a challenge when she ignores his advances, but it's her extraordinary inner beauty that captures his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot wonderful humor and characters I LOVED

  • By Cyn on 11-25-17

Fun and Charming

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I don’t know about you, but when the year is nearing it’s end, the temperatures drop and it’s time for your Christmas decorations to come out, I always feel like reading and listening to Romantic stories even more than normally. So when I saw the sign-up for the Audiobook Review Tour of ‘Paper Love’ I didn’t hesitate a moment and signed up. I couldn’t wait to start listening to this book.

In ‘Paper Love’ we meet Joss Palmateer. Joss lived for a long time with her family in Papua New Guinea. Now her mother is passed away and she is living with her father and sister in the US. And this takes some getting used too. With everything going on in her life, the last thing Joss needs, is falling love. But when she meets her friends Brother Ben Montgomery, Joss just can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them for long.

‘Paper Love’ is a nice and sweet story. It’s not very long, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I definitely wouldn’t have minded to have more time with these characters. I especially loved Ben’s character. He was just so charming and fun. And I really loved the way he tried so hard in winning Joss’s heart.

Joss was kind of serious, and didn’t want to give in to Ben as easily. Which I understood completely. And it was really fun to read how they slowly got together more. ‘Paper Love’ was really a perfect read for this time of year.

Since I listened to this book as an audiobook I was glad to find out I enjoyed listening to Sara Sheckells. Her voice was nice and warm and it fitted this story perfectly. I usually need time to get used to narrators voices but with this one it just felt natural. Also the male voice Sara did was great. I hate it when narrators seem to try so hard to make their voice sound male. With Sara it just fitted.

Overall, ‘Paper Love’ was a really fun and charming book. And with a great narrator as Sara, this book made for a great audiobook I’d definitely recommend.

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  • Silent Waters

  • By: Brittainy C. Cherry
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

I've had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones - the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones - all included him. I was 10 years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I COULD NOT FINISH BUT ITS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 12-22-16

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

I came across the audiobook of ‘The Silent Waters’ when I was browsing through audible.com. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the beautiful looking cover. It immediately made me think of ‘The Notebook’, and when I read the book description I decided this would be my perfect next audiobook.
‘The Silent Waters’ is the third book in the Elements series, but is a complete standalone.

In ‘The Silent Waters’ we meet young Maggie. Maggie is ten years old when something terrible happens to her. This event led to her losing her voice and changing her life, and that of her family forever.
Brooks Griffin has been Maggie’s friend forever. He stayed with her through everything and he promised her forever. But life has something instore for all of us, and soon Brooks is the one who needs saving.

When I started ‘The Silent Waters’ the two narrators took some getting used too. I never listened to a book with two different narrators before, and their different voices took me a little while to get used to. Especially since this book starts when the two main characters are just kids, and in the end they are grownups. Their voices changed too, and I definitely needed to get used to it. But in the end I think both narrators did a great job. Their voices fitted the characters perfectly, and I enjoyed listening to them.

The story itself also took some getting used to. I didn’t really get where this story was going, but after a little while this story became better and better. And I loved listening to the story of Maggie and her Brooks. It was a beautiful story unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved how different and original this book was.

‘The world keeps spinning because your heartbeat exists.’

The two main characters where really nice to read about. Maggie has been through something terrible, and because of that she lost her voice and isn’t able to leave her house. But even though she has no voice of her own, she has her own opinions and thoughts. And I loved listening to her. I didn’t get the whole no talking bit, but I loved her character. She reads a lot and really experiences books the way I wished I could experience every book. Like she really was a part of it.. I loved her.

Brooks was this amazing boy and grew into an even better guy. I loved listening to his side of the story. And I really enjoyed listening to how much he cared for Maggie. He was really the only one who seemed to get her, and I just loved him. Especially his grownup self. He was really swoon worthy.

The only down part of this book was that I didn’t really get Maggie’s not being able to talk bit. What she went through was terrible, but I have never heard about someone losing their ability to talk. But the amazing characters and the chemistry they really made up for that part. And let’s not even start with the beautiful writing.. Wow.. I loved the writing.

  • Silver Thaw

  • By: Catherine Anderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Turnbull
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

After years of living in fear of her husband, Amanda Banning has left him and moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, for a fresh start. But she's having a tough time providing for herself and her six-year-old daughter. Writing her secret yearnings on slips of paper and sending them into the wind helps her cling to the hope that things will get better - and that she can find happiness again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am HOOKED~ woman in hiding~ 5 STARS~

  • By Molly on 04-07-16

Nice story, but not for me!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

I’ve read several reviews over the Mystic Creek series, and I mostly read only very positive things about it. And since I love books about small towns, and life there, ‘Silver Thaw’ sounded like a book for me. When I saw ‘Silver Thaw’ on Audible, I decided listening this book on Audio would be perfect.

In ‘Silver Thaw’ we meet Amanda Banning and her young daughter Chloe. Amanda is trying to get by every single day. She has almost no money, only an old, cold and small home and she is on the run from her horrible husband. Amanda knows if her husband ever finds her, she and her daughter are in great danger.
Jeb Sterling has been living in Mystic Creek all his life. He has his own house, has livestock and money isn’t a problem. For weeks Jeb is finding little written notes by a woman in danger and he is more than intrigued by them. When a cold front hits Mystic Creek Jeb and other town members visit all houses to look if everybody is save. Soon Jeb finds Amanda and Chloe and they are definitely in need of help. And before Jeb’s knows it he finds himself being hooked by both woman and he desperate to help them. But Amanda doesn’t know if she can ever trust another man again.

From the very beginning I enjoyed listening to ‘Silver Thaw’. The narrator Kate Turnbull has a nice voice to listen to and Mystic Creek sounds like a perfect small town. Especially in the beginning I found Kate’s voice for the little girl Chloe very annoying, but I do find most young girls voices annoying so it seemed to fit. And half way through the book I didn’t notice as much anymore.

‘Silver Thaw’ was definitely a fun audiobook to listen too. But I did have a view problems with this book. For one it’s a very predictable story, which isn’t such a problem since most romance stories can be a little predictable. But some more unpredictability would have been nice.

The other thing that bothered me was Jep. His character was just a little unbelievable if you ask me. For example how did he get so rich? From the very first moment Jep pays a lot of money for Amanda and Chloe. And I do get that he wanted to take care of them, but he didn’t even know them for more than a day and he was giving out hundreds of dollars. I didn’t believe it!

And my last problem with this book was the whole ‘God’ bit. I’m not religious at all but I don’t mind reading a book about people who do. So I didn’t mind reading about the praying for dinner, and the god’s plan bit. But the whole part in the end of the story just made me angry. I can’t really explain it because I would spoil the story, but I got very frustrated about it. Without spoiling anything.. Having an abusive husband is bad enough, but suddenly wishing him the best is just wrong in my eyes. (And you really have to read this book to get what I’m saying!)

For the most part this was a nice book, but not really for me.

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  • The Billionaire Bachelor

  • By: Jessica Lemmon
  • Narrated by: Sasha Dunbrooke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Manwhore. That's what the board of directors - and the tabloids - think of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing - and no one - will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hello unconventional love story!!!

  • By caitlin on 07-26-16

Really enjoyed this book!!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

In ‘The Billionaire Bachelor’ we meet Merina Van Heusen. Merina is a hardworking single woman who would do anything for her parents hotel The Van Heusen. It’s been Merina’s dream for years to inherit the hotel one day. A lot of Merina’s childhood memories are about times she spend in the hotel. So when her parents tell her they sold the hotel to billionaire and man-whore Reese Crane, she is furious. But there is a way Reese Crane will give the hotel back to Merina. All she has to do is marry him for six months, and the hotel will be all hers. Desperate, and broke Merina decides this is the only way to get her families property back, but when she’s married to Reese she finds out there is so much more to the sexy billionaire.

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story is understandably very predictable, but I never got bored or didn’t enjoy myself. The two main characters Merina and Reese are really fun to get to know. From the fighting in the beginning to the romance and many hot scenes. I loved getting to know them and I felt myself wanting to keep on listening when it was time to stop.

The best thing about these two main characters was definitely how passionate they both were about their work, and how much chemistry they had. I love people who just really want to do the best they can, and Merina and Reese definitely wanted to make the best out of their hotels. It was fun to hear how they both achieved that goal. And the chemistry between them was just amazing. You could almost hear it sizzling through the words.

The narrator Sasha Dunbrooke did an amazing job. She had a different voice for every character, and I would recognize the different characters by them easily. Very impressive. Marina and Reese really sounded like two different characters. And best of all you could really hear the emotions the characters felt by listening to the narrator.
There were a view moments that I found myself losing interest a little when there was yet another sex scene, I mean to much is too much. But Sasha Dunbrooke and the romance the author created between Merina and Reese kept me hooked until the end.

‘The Billionaire Bachelor’ was definitely an audiobook I enjoyed. And I would love to listen to the next book in this series, about Reese’s brother Tag. I definitely love to know more about all Crane brothers.

  • Rescuing Rayne

  • Delta Force Heroes, Book 1
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

As a flight attendant, Rayne Jackson is used to cancellations, but she never dreamed her latest would lead to a whirlwind tour of London with a handsome stranger...or a life-altering night in his bed. One evening is all the enigmatic man can give her, and Rayne greedily takes it, despite suspecting it will never be enough.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much suspense and romance!

  • By Gourdbeader1 on 03-20-16

Great start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Ever since I read a review of ‘Rescuing Rayne’ several months ago, I knew I wanted to read this book. It sounded like a good romance story and I especially loved that Big Ben on the front of the cover (I have a thing for London :D). So when I was looking for a new audiobook and saw ‘Rescuing Rayne’ I knew it had to be fate. As soon as I could I started listening.

In ‘Rescuing Rayne’ we meet flight attendant Rayne Jackson. When Rayne is on the airport waiting for the flight to London to arrive her eyes immediately fall on a handsome stranger waiting on the same flight. When Rayne sits next to him, she soon find out the strangers name is Ghost and he is extremely sexy and fun.
Ghost works as a Delta soldier, a super-secret military unit. Ghost isn’t allowed to talk about his job to anyone other than his teammates. So when beautiful Rayne sits next to him at the airport he isn’t telling her anything about himself, but he is having more fun in his conversation with her than he had in a long time with any other woman. When their flight gets canceled, they decide to spend one day together in London. One day only. But both didn’t expect that night to mean so much.

‘Rescuing Rayne’ was from the moment I started listening very interesting. I loved the two main character Rayne and Ghost. And the moments they had together were fun, sweet, romantic and very sexy and I enjoyed listening to their story. This story wasn’t only sexy and romantic though, there were definitely a view thrilling moments that kept me hooked till I really had to stop listening to get out of the car and get to work. I guess you could say this story was little predictable at times, but there were plenty of surprising moments that made up for that.

The narrator Stella Bloom did a great job. She really made these characters come to life for me and it was so fun to listen to her different voices for the characters. Especially those accents. I loved the Texas accents, and they fitted the story perfectly. I especially loved how Stella made Rayne and Ghost sound. You could definitely hear the emotions in her voice. She’s definitely one of the best narrators I’ve heard.

There were a view moments that I found Ghost acting to much like an alpha male. But I guess it did fit his military super soldier character. I also didn’t really get his actions at times.
But this book was definitely a great one and I’m looking forward to reading or listening to more books in this series.

  • Beyond

  • Beyond Series, Book 1
  • By: Maureen A. Miller
  • Narrated by: Emma Lysy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

It is the day after Aimee Patterson's high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Young Adult Science Fiction

  • By Dawn H on 01-22-17

Enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

In ‘Beyond’ we meet Aimee. One day Aimee finds herself being kidnapped. She wakes up weeks later finding herself on a spaceship. The ship is in hands of people who have been forced to leave their planet after an epidemic, and now they are looking for an antidote. Soon Aimee finds out she has been kidnapped accidentally, but they can only return her 5 years from now.

To be completely honest it took me a little while to really get into this book. Somehow I just couldn’t really get into this book as easily as I usual do. After I listened for the second time to the beginning I finally felt like I got it and I began to enjoy the read more.

I really liked Aimee. I loved that she was intelligent and had this kind of ‘nerdy’ feeling about herself. She definitely was a character I could connect with. It did find it a little weird how ‘easily’ she seemed to accept her situation. She wanted to get back home at the beginning, but she definitely sounded a little to accepting if you ask me.
Zak was definitely nice to read about, but I just didn’t really ‘love’ him. He just seemed so.. normal. And in the end I still felt like I didn’t really knew him. The romance between Aimee and Zak was really something I did enjoy. Aimee and Zak feel attracted to each other almost right from the beginning and it was fun to read about those two.

The timeline was a little strange. One moment Aimee was waking up, and the next she had been on the ship for months. But it didn’t bother me too much.

The Narrator Emma Lysy did a good job if you ask me. I enjoyed listening to her voice and getting to know the characters through her. After I got used to her voice, I really was able to tell the characters a part due to her different ‘voices’.

Overall I did enjoy this book. I’m beginning to think Sci- Fi isn’t really my thing anymore though. Not because of this book but just in general. I don’t seem to like it as much as I used too. But ‘Beyond’ really is a fun audiobook to listen to.

  • Merry Christmas, Baby

  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it's Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister for the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora's mind. But she broke her rules for the town's golden boy - former SEAL Jackson O'Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he's willing to go for the woman who's stolen his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Christmas read!

  • By MaureenB on 12-19-16

Fun Christmas read!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

I’ve heard many great things about Katie Reus and her books. But I never read any of her books before. So when I was looking for a nice Christmas themed audiobook to listen to during the HoHoHo Read-A-Thon, and I saw ‘ Merry Christmas Baby’ I decided this was the perfect opportunity to start listening to my first Katie Reus book.

In ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ we meet Nora. Nora is the owner of a small book/coffee shop and she lived with her younger sister in a small town called Holly. In Holly it’s Christmas all year-round. And ever since Nora got custody of her younger sister, this is the only town she felt like staying. Especially since she met sexy and sweet Jackson O’Connor. Jackson is everything Nora wants in a guy. But after what she taught was a great first date, Jackson ignored her for weeks. Now Jackson is determined to make things up to Nora. But Nora isn’t falling for his tricks again.

‘Merry Christmas Baby’ is a short, romantic and sexy Christmas story that pulled me in from the very first start. This was definitely a perfect Christmas read that had all the feels. A nice small town, a nice book/coffee shop, nice characters and a sweet and sexy romance. I really loved listening to this book.

The romance between Nora and Jackson was definitely very predictable but I still loved every minute of this story. I loved how sweet Jackson was and how much he wanted to fight for Nora. I enjoyed their interactions and I was totally rooting for them.
I also loved the little town of Holly. A town where it is Christmas every day? It sounds very sweet to me. And learning all those Christmas themed shop names.. LOL!! Hilarious.

The narrator Sophie Eastlake had a very nice voice to listen to. I liked the way she made Nora and Jackson come to life. Her voice fitted both the characters perfectly and above all she made it sound natural. I hate it when a narrator makes the romance sound unnatural and it makes you kind of uncomfortable to listen to it. Sophie Eastlake definitely didn’t do that.. I loved listening to this book.

I loved listening to ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ while driving to work. It was a fun and great way to pass the time and it really made me look forward to Christmas time. If you’re looking for a short, fun, sexy and Christmas themed audiobook.. ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ is for you.

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