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  • Jingle Bell Harbor

  • A Bell Harbor Novella
  • By: Tracy Brogan
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

As assistant buyer for the world's second-largest Christmas store, Kelsey Parker feels like a holiday harlot. She's contractually obligated to promote the yuletide season. All. Year. Long. And it's taking a toll on her spirit. But when her clueless, self-absorbed boyfriend goes on their long-anticipated romantic vacation - without her! - Kelsey is beyond disappointed to find herself tromping through the Bell Harbor snow instead of lounging on a tropical beach.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • poorly written. read even worse

  • By Julie Vonturcke on 07-10-17

Cute holiday story about woman realizing her own worth and finding love

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

In this Christmas novella, Kelsey Parker suddenly realizes what a jerk her boyfriend and boss is when he goes on their vacation--alone--after she is forced to cancel due to a family emergency. Making matters worse, he then has the gall to ask her to work on a huge project while he and the rest of his family are away! When an old friend re-enters her life and shows her how a woman should be loved, sparks fly. In this sweet and uplifting novella, Kelsey is inspired by her new love and the magic of Christmas to turn her life around. The story is pretty sappy and predictable, and Blake is so clueless he becomes unbelievable. For some reason, however, I did keep listening, so the story and the narrator were able to keep my attention. I have not read any other books in the Bell Harbor series and had no trouble following the plot, however, it is possible I would have enjoyed the novella more if I had read the previous books.

  • Desert Blood

  • The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch, Book 2
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Heather Luth knows nothing about the paranormal world until one awful night changes everything. Now she's on the run - straight into the arms of forbidden love. On the surface, Cody Hawthorne is warm, witty, and fun, but beneath his carefree facade, Heather sees a real man struggling to break free. Day by day, Heather and Cody grow closer and closer, unable to resist their simmering passion - while a serial murderer closes in on his prey. There's more than meets the eye on Twin Moon Ranch, home to a pack of shapeshifting wolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd son tries to emerge from brother's shadow

  • By Sam on 12-17-16

2nd son tries to emerge from brother's shadow

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of the audiobook generously provided by the author.

In this enchanting sequel to Desert Moon, we return to Twin Moon Ranch as Cody comes into his own. Most of his life, considered a playboy and jokster, Cody has lived in the shadow of his brother, Alpha wolf shifter Ty. But Cody now feels ready to step up and claim a more important role in the pack and find a mate of his own. Investigating a series of murders a little too close to the Ranch is the chance he needs to prove his worth. And when Heather Luth arrives and accepts a temporary teaching job, Cody knows almost right away that she is his mate. The only problem--she's human, and she clearly is hiding secrets of her own--secrets that keep her from trusting men. As this enchanting novel unfolds and Ty and Heather rediscover themselves and each other, the author's descriptions bring the desert alive. This book is by turns uplifting and inspiring as we see Ty and Heather become the people they are meant to be, then heartbreaking and maddening when we see outside forces conspire against them. The story and well-drawn characters draw you in and you just can't help but cheer them on! I think my experience of this novel was enhanced by having previously read Desert Moon, I think you could probably still like this book just as much as a standalone novel. I listened to the audiobook version of Desert Blood, and I highly recommend experiencing the book this way. The narrator's sense of timing and pace is spot on--especially during the steamy scenes which she somehow makes even hotter! Her smooth, lyrical voice, combined with Anna Lowe's descriptive prose truly makes the desert come to life if you close your eyes while listening to certain passages of the book. This is a great series that fans of shifter fiction are sure to enjoy!

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  • Jessup's Door

  • A Time Travel Story
  • By: Michael Bunker
  • Narrated by: Alex Silver
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Stacked in the back of Dora's Explorables Antique Shop is an old wooden door with a secret. What would you do if you could go back in time? Would you try to fix the past? Or grab yourself a new future? Jessup's Door is a 12,000-word short story about time and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time travel with a great twist

  • By Noeleen Liapis on 12-10-16

Would you change your life if you could?

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC copy of the audiobook generously provided by the author.

In this short story, just when a young widower seems to be considering moving on with a new romantic interest, he acquires a magical door that allows them to time travel into the past. At first, stunned by the mere thought of time travel, the couple are fascinated simply by observing life in the past. But then our hero realizes that he now holds the power to manipulate time in such a way as to speak with his wife once again, and to potentially warn her of the cancer that ultimately takes her young life. But even though he can change the course of his life, should he? In this thought-provoking, insightful and inspiring work, Bunker challenges both his hero and the reader to examine life and the nature of regret, loss, guilt, acceptance and ultimately, moving on. The audiobook narration of this short tale is well-done, with the narrator's drawl adding local flavor to the story (the door is a portal to Jessup, TX). I listened to this story in one sitting, and it stimulated my thinking for the rest of the day.

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  • Desert Moon

  • Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch, Book 1
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Ann Marshall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Lana Dixon knows well enough to steer clear of alpha males, but Ty Hawthorne is as impossible to avoid as the sizzling Arizona sun. Her inner wolf just won't give up on the alpha who's tall, dark, and more than a little dangerous. One midnight romp under the full moon is enough for Lana to know she'll risk her life for him - but what about her pride? There's more than meets the eye on Twin Moon Ranch, home to a pack of shapeshifting wolves willing to battle for life and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shifter Passion

  • By ShanCol19 on 01-04-17

Is the sexy new she-wolf the Alpha's mate?

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I am voluntarily providing my honest review after receiving an ARC copy of the audiobook generously provided by the author.

This shifter romance has it all--romance, drama, pack politics, rivalry, and lots of action. Among the author's many talents is her gift for the development of human, flawed, but likable characters you can't help but love. In this series kick off, we meet Ty and Lana, the Alpha of Twin Moon Ranch and the she-wolf he knows must be his mate. But despite his position at the top, Ty still questions himself at every turn, not wanting to repeat his father's mistakes, particularly his father's faithlessness with women. Lana, a bold, brave warrior at heart, is Ty's match in every way--she challenges him, loves him, and mesmerizes him, but she too carries the scars from her past, making her that much more relatable to the reader. Together, Ty and Lana light up the sheets in a magical desert setting that Lowe's lyrical descriptions elevate to another character in its own right. Desert Moon engages all your senses and doesn't let go. For fans of shifter romance, this book is one that shouldn't be missed!

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  • Temptation: Reckless Desires

  • Blue Moon Saloon, Book 2
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

She-wolf Janna Macks knows trouble when she sees it, especially when it comes in the form of an irresistibly broody cowboy like Cole Harper. Her fledgling pack is already in the cross hairs of a ruthless group of rogues, and falling head over heels in lust with a human will only endanger her loved ones more. The problem is, her wolf knows her destined mate when she sees him - and Cole is it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 01-19-17

Can a sexy she-wolf be his salvation?

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

I am voluntarily providing my honest review after receiving an ARC copy of the audiobook release generously provided by the author.

This novel is a perfect mix of sweet and hot romance. After meeting these characters in previous Blue Moon Saloon installments, I couldn't help but cheer for Janna to find love and contentment. (But while having read the previous stories enhanced my experience of this novel, I think it could still be enjoyed as a stand-alone book.) Without giving away any spoilers, rest assured that outside forces conspire once again to provide tension and action for the plot. This novel also features a sense of the forbidden that adds a delicious sexual energy to the main characters' romance. As always with Anna Lowe's books, plan to set aside some time, because once you get going, you'll get hooked and you won't want to stop! Listening to this book on audiobook format evoked a whole different experience of this novel for me. The slow pacing and sultry timbre of the narrator's voice makes the steamy scenes burn even brighter, and her varied inflections perfectly evoke different auras for the different types of shifters in the novel (bears v. wolves). While I highly recommend the audiobook performance of the novel, fans of shifter romance will enjoy Temptation.

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  • Must Love Chainmail

  • Must Love Series, Book 2
  • By: Angela Quarles
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Trapped in the wrong time, she needs a knight in shining armor, but this damsel in distress might be the real savior. With a day planner attached to her hip, the last thing Katy Tolson wants is a romance that threatens her well-ordered life. She's set to marry the safe - but bland - guy, but something's not quite...right. A careless wish thrusts her through time into medieval Wales and into the arms of a knight in somewhat shining armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Same premise as Outlander, shorter, less complex

  • By Love2Dive on 02-07-17

Stunning Welsh time travel romance!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC copy of the audiobook generously provided by the author.

This novel vividly captures how truly dangerous it would be for a woman to time travel to medieval times while retaining all of the romance and passion expected from the genre. Many times, time travel books neglect to reflect on the reality of how brutally women were treated at the hands of "honorable" men, or how wide the language gulf would be between modern and medieval peoples, so Must Love Chainmail is refreshing in that both realities are tackled head-on in an insightful manner. The plot moves along at a fast clip, and despite their communication difficulties, Katy and Robert's spirited dialogue is by turns hilarious then endearing. Their chemistry is undeniable and their passion leaps off the page. This book is a must-read for fans of time travel romance.

Since I had already read Must Love Chainmail in eBook format, my expectations were high, but I wasn't sure what to expect. I must say, the audiobook enhanced my experience 100%!!! The use of authentic language and its pivotal role in first establishing, then bridging the gulf between the main characters is so critical to the novel that hearing correct pronunciations added an entirely new dimension to my experience of the book. While it is often sufficient to muddle along with difficult Welsh and Middle English place names, for this novel in particular, having a guided experience via audiobook brings the setting to life so much more vividly. In addition, the audiobook performance added a whole lot of heat to the steamy scenes. .The narrator's timbre and pacing were spot on for making an already hot couple burn even hotter! I do not often say this, but for Must Love Chainmail, the audiobook enhanced my experience in every way and I highly recommend experiencing the novel that way, but no matter how you decide to enjoy the novel, fans of time travel romance simply must not miss Must Love Chainmail!

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  • Damnation: Reckless Desires

  • Blue Moon Saloon, Book 1
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Jessica Macks is a she-wolf on the run from a band of murderous rogues. When she finds a job at a shifter bar, it seems like a safe haven from her hunted life on the road. But the minute she walks through the swinging doors of the Blue Moon Saloon and comes face-to-face with the man she once loved, she's tempted to march right back out. No way, no how is she risking her heart to that infuriating alpha bear again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 01-11-17

Wolf shifter and bear shifter on the run find love

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC copy of the audiobook the author graciously sent to me.

After the decimation of her pack by a band of rogues, wolf shifters Jessica Macks and her sister feel blessed to find jobs and a home at the shifter bar, Blue Moon Saloon. Ready to stop running, Jessica is looking forward to a little peace in her life, so when she sees bear shifter Simon Voss, the only man she ever loved, standing behind the bar, her first instinct is to turn around and run. But Jess and her sister have been running for too long.

Simon Voss and his brother returned home to find their entire world lost too the night Jessica's pack was attacked. After hunting down all the rogues involved in the ambush they could find, Simon and his brother were left with nothing but survivors' guilt and the need to start over. When Simon sees Jess walk into the bar, he is thrilled by the knowledge that his one true mate is alive, but devastated by the sinking feeling that she will never forgive him for the months leading up to the attack. Will Simon be able to convince Jess that even though what he did was wrong, he was trying to act in her best interest? Will she ever forgive him and allow him to claim her, or are they destined to forever live and work side-by-side in their current state of heartbreak?

This story has lots of drama, action and romance.The concept of romance between a bear shifter and a wolf shifter is an interesting take on shifter romance with promise for lots of interesting plot complications. The chemistry between Simon and Jessica is hot, hot, hot! Yet the characters are not uni-dimensional--they are sensitive and real, and the depth of pain they carry is palpable. In Simon's case in particular, the amount of misplaced guilt he carries as a result of being away when his pack was attacked is tragic. In addition to Simon and Jessica's romance, Damnation's plot features action that makes the story exciting and allows us to see the main characters' bravery and heroism. The narrator's crisp, feminine voice is particularly well-suited to the passages told from Jessica's point of view, but was adequate for the entire story. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Blue Moon Saloon Series, and while this installment felt like a complete story with a definitive ending, the plot showed promise for interesting future stories featuring some of the other characters. Anyone who enjoys shifter romance with lots of action and strong female leads will enjoy this first book of the Blue Moon Saloon Series.

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  • Undressed by the Earl

  • Secrets in Silk, Book 3
  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

A man shrouded in grief…David Hartford, the Earl of Castledon, is tormented by the death of his wife. Though everyone expects him to remarry and beget an heir, he is a man living in shadows, unwilling to break out of his prison of sorrow. A spirited young woman who embraces life… Impulsive Amelia Andrews befriends Lord Castledon and decides that he would make the perfect match for her prim older sister. Though she tries to bring the pair of them together, Amelia cannot help but see the lonely man behind David’s grim exterior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Married to save her reputation

  • By Sam on 11-07-16

Married to save her reputation

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Young and impulsive, Amelia Andrews falls in love with the wrong man. She realizes her mistake, but unfortunately, the rake sees her rejection as a challenge and kidnaps her, intending to win her over in a grand romantic gesture and marry her in Scotland. Amelia's friend, the solid and staid Earl of Castledon, David Hartford, comes to her rescue. Even though he appears to be a better match for her prim and proper elder sister Margaret, David marries Amelia to save her reputation. David promises to be a good husband, but still grieving the loss of his first wife six years earlier, he swears he will never fall in love again. As Amelia breathes life into his sad estate and befriends his lonely daughter, can she also penetrate David's carefully guarded heart, or is she condemned to a loveless marriage?

I enjoyed this installment of the Secrets in Silk series. In order to fully appreciate the story, I think it is important to listen to the first two books first. There is a history with the sewing business the sisters operate and a legacy of hatred between the Andrews family (and their tenants) and the Earl of Strathland that forms the backdrop for this story. Without an understanding of the events prior to this point in the series, the secondary plot elements in this novel will make little sense. In addition, one of the strengths of Undressed by the Earl is the depth of the characters featured in the book. Having read the first two books in the series only adds color and clarity to the characters and their motivations. David's steady nature and grief are a palpable force, and Amelia's bright nature and optimism are the perfect foil to his stolid character. Unfortunately, the narrator chosen to perform the audiobook version of this story often sounds as if she is speaking with her mouth full, particularly when trying to use a lower timbre for male voices. She speaks with little voice inflection, and the changes she does try to invoke to differentiate between male and female and young and old characters are more distracting than helpful. While I usually enjoy audiobooks, I will likely continue on with the series, but I will probably look for the ebook version of the next book, rather than the audiobook version.

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  • Undone by the Duke

  • Secrets in Silk, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

Reclusive designer Victoria Andrews hasn't gone outside in five years, though she yearns to escape the prison of her house. She designs sensual lingerie for the most exclusive dressmaker in London, although she has never known a man's touch.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • S****L****O****W

  • By Cam on 09-20-13

Regency romance featuring two wounded souls

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

After a traumatic experience, Victoria Andrews retreats to the safety of her home. But her fears turn her sanctuary into a prison when she finds herself unable to take a single step outside in five years. Her only solace is in the design and sewing she does in secret to help her family with their financial problems, but if anyone ever discovered that Victoria is the force behind the scandalous lingerie taking London by storm, she and her sisters would be ruined.
Seeking suitable (and preferably wealthy) husbands, but unable to afford all that goes along with a complete London season, Victoria's mother and sisters go to London to visit the aunt for Christmas to attend her events and meet her candidates. Because of her fear of leaving the house, Victoria is left behind with only a few loyal servants even though the Scottish countryside around her home is in a time of violent unrest due to land clearances. Victoria takes in some wounded in the upheaval, including a stranger with a gunshot wound. By his clothing and mannerisms, she can tell that he is clearly wealthy, but seeking to avoid a scandal involving the violent deaths of his parents and enjoying the attentions of someone interested in his person and not his money or title, the man keeps his identity a secret, revealing only that his first name is Jonathan. As Jonathan heals physically, Victoria begins to heal emotionally. But will the secrets they hide destroy the progress they make, or will it bond them together more strongly?

This novel tackles a few interesting topics, including agoraphobia, sexual liberation, Scottish land clearances, and abusive relationships. Victoria's fears and the scars left on Jonathan's emotional well-being due to witnessing his parents' abusive relationship are a palpable force throughout the book. Without giving away any spoilers, I will only say that while the ending felt conclusive with a HEA for Victoria and Jonathan, there were plenty of unresolved issues that would provide promising plot lines for future books in the series, featuring Victoria's sisters and some of the minor characters. The narrator's voice had little inflection, and the voice used for male characters in particular seemed somewhat garbled, as though talking with a full mouth or through pursed lips. Rather than enhancing the experience, I found the narrator to be a little distracting. However, overall, I enjoyed the book and plan to continue with the next book in the series.

  • Alpha Wolf's Pet, Hidden

  • By: Eva Gordon
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Mia's testimony against Russian mobsters forced her to enter the witness protection program. She is relocated to a quaint cottage in Wolf Woods, near Mt. Rainier, far from everyone and everything she loved and cared for. All is calm, until she meets Dominic, the gorgeous ruggedly handsome owner of the mysterious Wolfe Estate. He is all alpha male, domineering, and controlling. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a sexy control freak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Story!

  • By DiannP on 03-17-17

Not even FBI can hide her from Big Bad Wolf

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

After testifying against the Russian Maffia in retaliation for the murder of her father, Mia is forced into hiding under the witness protection program. Mia leaves her entire life behind and moves to Dallas, but their hitman catches up with her. She is relocated once again to a small mountain town to a cottage right next to the lair of Dominic Wolfe, a billionaire werewolf known as his king's enforcer. Dominic and Mia immediately feel a powerful attractions to one another, but much stands between them. Dominic is determined to learn Mia's true identity without revealing his own, and Mia both fears and desires the dominant-submissive relationship the secretive man seems to seek. Dominic vows to protect Mia no matter what, but he never suspects that it could be his secrets rather than hers that pose the most danger...

This book is fraught with sexual tension--Dominic and Mia set fire to the sheets. The plot is lively and has lots of potential going forward. The structure of Dominic's pack is a unique take on shifters (based on my limited reading within the genre anyway), and his role as enforcer is intriguing. The narrator chosen to perform the audiobook version does a good job of altering voices to differentiate male and female characters, however, the low timbre chosen for male speech seems overly deliberate and somehow forced. Still, fans of alpha male and shifter romances will enjoy the opening of this series.

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