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  • The Billionaire's Cure

  • Clean Billionaire Romance Series, Book 1
  • By: Penelope Spark
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Chad LaChance is a hypersuccessful businessman with no time for love. His work ethic has made him rich, but it's also made him ill. He has to make some changes or he won't be around long enough to enjoy all his money. His mentor sends him to a "resort" in the woods of Maine, where he is supposed to rest and heal, and it's there he meets his health coach. Heidi Leeman loves her life. She loves her job, her home, and her coworkers. She has no idea there's room in her life for more until she meets the billionaire. But even then, what could a rich man like that want with a hippie like her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By PATRICIA on 12-03-18

Light Romantic Comedy

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Okay, I admit. I thought this was going to be a contemporary romance, but was pleasantly surprised to find it a romantic comedy. This is the first book by Penelope Spark for me. If I ever want a light romance, I'll definitely grab another by her. The storyline was straight forward. The comedic scenes were hilarious and I enjoyed the inner thought dialogue of the main characters. I like Ms. Spark's writing.

I thought the author could have taken longer developing and completing the Gloria storyline. I had questions remaining about Gloria that I felt could have been answered in the story. This would have been satisfying for the reader/listener. The main cast Chad, Heidi, Bob, Gloria was fairly well developed. I would have liked to have learned more about how Chad was before he entered the retreat center and how it changed his outlook and who he was after. Not just the one business decision he made at the end.

I am always pleased when I see Meghan Kelly attached to an audiobook narration. I enjoy her storytelling. Her voices are spot on and I thoroughly enjoy her performances. This audiobook production was no exception. She is clear and has great male voices (IMHO). This is the first time I have heard her in a romantic comedy and I loved it! I would gladly listen to another audiobook by Ms. Kelly

I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the author. I have voluntarily written this review based on my listening experience. Thank you.


Content Warning: NONE (just as the title states, this is clean, no sex, language or violence to worry about)

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  • The Billionaire's Secret

  • The Billionaire Club, Book 1
  • By: Johanna Evelyn
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Paige has secrets she hides and a past she’d give anything to forget. Broken and wounded after the devastating loss of her parents, she’s tried to navigate her way alone. Earning a lucrative contract in the modeling industry, she puts her past behind her. Until everything comes crashing down. Now she lives a quiet life out of the spotlight. When her best friend Hazel pulls her back, she tries to fight the attraction she feels for Gabe, a charming bachelor who wants more than friendship. Gabe has been relegated to the friend zone when he so clearly wants more. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clean Contemporary Romance

  • By Tiasdolls on 11-29-18

Clean Contemporary Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This is the first title I have had the opportunity to read by Ms. Evelyn. I actually didn't know much about the title, other than it was a contemporary romance and was considered 'clean' (no sex, violence or language). I really really appreciated this, so I gave it a whirl.

The story was good. A little mystery, a little suspense and romance. I won't go into details, because I don't want to spoil anything. I only gave 4 stars for the story. There were several situations in the story when I was taken out of the story (hit with a blast of cold air). Paige would go from high anxiety emotions to laughing/flirting within a few sentences (in the same scene). This happened a few times. It just felt like the author didn't want to spend the time developing these scenes. Why not give me the extra hour and a half to make these scenes really work?

I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Gabe and Paige grow. I like how the author developed their romance. The mystery thread in this story also felt a little rushed. I wanted more backstory information to be shared throughout the book instead of it all coming out nice and neat at the very end. Again, it felt rushed. I would read another book by Ms. Evelyn. This story was a light read and I expect the others are probably similarly formatted. I like how the words flow from this author, but I just felt she could have given me more. I hope she'll shoot for an 8 hour book in the future.

I loved the way Nancy Peterson performed this story. She completely captured Paige's insecurities and vulnerabilities. Her male voices were wonderful. Gabe is sexy! I could totally picture him in my mind. There were 3 main male characters and I always knew who was in the scene. There were 3 main female characters with a couple more that popped in, but again, I always knew who was in a scene and who was speaking. This is not the first audiobook I have had the pleasure of listening to by Ms. Peterson. She is one of my favorite female audiobook performers.

I received a free copy of this audiobook by the narrator. This review is voluntarily provided.

CONTENT WARNING: none (no sex, violence or explicit language)

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  • Solomon Key

  • A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures, Volume 10)
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The legacy of a kidnapped African warrior turned pirate sets Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a collision course with a deadly organization that will stop at nothing to claim the greatest treasure in history. But more than riches are at stake. Enemies old and new and even old friends stand in Maddock's way in a struggle to control the mysterious power unlocked by the Solomon Key.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By cosmitron on 10-13-18

Non-stop Action and Humorous

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

his is the second Dan Maddock adventure I've had the pleasure of listening to. I will gladly grab another. The back and forth banter between Maddock and Bones is hilarious. The fast-paced action and various storylines keeps the reader wanting more and see the story to the very end. I really enjoy Mr. Wood's style and his characters. He is funny. He finds humor in all sorts of situations and knows how to entertain while weaving a great story.

This is not the first audiobook I have enjoyed from Mr. Kafer and it will not be the last. His voice-style is perfect for this genre. He never misses a beat with the humorous back and forth banter amongst the main cast of characters. The listeners always know if a male is speaking from a female. Kafer doesn't waste time giving every character his/her own distinct voice he allows the storytelling to carry it you through and it works. Kafer handles various accents keeping the listener in the story. I'm not a critic of accents, I just want to enjoy the story and Kafer never disappoints.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. This did not influence my review.

CONTENT: while there is no S, L, V (the humor might be considered crude by some)

  • Running from Scissors

  • Running Store Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: T.C. Wescott
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Lacy Purdy loves her new town, her new job, and her old cat, Meatball. And she loves to run. This summer, she'll be running for her life. A phantom lurks in the shadows of Run For It, the local running store, terrorizing an unpopular run group leader with an arsenal of sharp, shiny scissors. Lacy can't stand mean-girl Marlene and everybody knows it, so when she mysteriously disappears in the middle of a run, Lacy suspects foul play. Everyone else suspects Lacy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery and characters

  • By equip14 on 11-03-18

Great Cozy

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Lacy, Ruby and Stax are hot on the trail of a killer and discover some interesting town gossip along the way.

This is my first book by Wescott and it will not be my last. I enjoyed her characters and learning about the little town of busy-bodies. This is also my first time listening to Ms. Naudus. I love the the various ways she plays off the 3 main women from one another. Lacy - independent, but can't help but be a people-pleaser; Ruby - charming, strong and knows how to play off her little-old-lady card when she needs to; Stax - Forward, Loud, and life's too short to care what others think.

I feel like if I were walking around the town in which this story takes place, I'd immediately recognize this trio. I didn't ever warm up to the detective, but it truly was not an issue since the main characters and focus of this story were on Lacy, Ruby and Stax, all female.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. This did not influence my review.

Content: none

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  • Watcher

  • The Watcher Series, Book 1
  • By: AJ Eversley
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one. Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved...and who can’t.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-19-18

iRobot meets the Insurgient

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This was such a fun listening experience. My first book by Ms. Eversley and definitely NOT my last. Wow. Her storytelling is vivid and rich in characters and world building. I immediately felt transported. I was also very thankful for the sneak peek of book 2.

This is also the first time I've heard either Chelsea Stephens or Steve Campbell. The Dual Narration worked and really added to the overall flow. Ms. Stephens completely captured the snarky, bad-ass attitude of the MC Sawyer. Perfect casting here. I only gave her 4.5 stars because there were periods when the storytelling became a little robotic and I felt pulled out of the story, but they were few and far between. Ms. Stephens handled the cast of characters (all male except for the MC) very well. (That's why my rating was rounded up instead of rounded down) I would listen to this again. I will definitely pick up book 2 in audio.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator. This did not influence my review.

Content: Very mild language (great YA and older)

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  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a horror story by American author Washington Irving. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was first published in 1820. It is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman believed to be a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannonball in battle. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite classic 🎃

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-16-18

A Classic Brought to Life

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

It didn't take me long to realize I had never read this story in its entirety. I am embarrassed to admit that my previous knowledge was limited to Disney. Oh, but there is so much more. This classic is rich in wording and description. I felt transported to this time period and fully entertained by what I saw in my minds eye.

Mr. Scarlato has wonderful chops as this classic tale flows off his tongue. His storytelling is strong and keeps the listener engaged. Bravo!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. My review is voluntary.

  • Dangerous Illusions

  • Code of Honor, Book 1
  • By: Irene Hannon
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death - and puts Trish under police scrutiny - her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous Illusions

  • By Susan Fryman on 10-21-17

Keeps the Listener...listening

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I am a fan of Ms. Hannon. I love romantic suspense/mystery and Ms. Hannon never disappoints. Looking back, I can't believe this was a 10 hour story. It flew by! Ms. Hannon's characters and storylines are full, vivid and exciting. Hannon weaves a solid tale and keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. It is solid entertainment. I can't say more than the offered book synopsis in fear of spoilers. Trust me. It's good!

Ms. Plummer's performance is spot on. I enjoy her male voices. She smoothly transfers from leading lady (Trish) to the leading man (Connor). Ms. Plummer has a nice range. The listener may not be able to tell Mac apart from Matt (poor name choice on the author's part for listeners), but they weren't in many scenes together. This never took away from the story. Ms. Plummer was able to relate Trish's trusting nature and 'brokeness'. I will definitely listen to more productions by this narrator. Excellent!

Content warning: NONE (I listened in the car, in the kitchen, in the living room, no problems with content)

  • Baby Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 3
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Tooty Townsend bore a child at the age of 16. Now, four years later, she has her hands full raising Harris and trying to make a living. Reclusive author Maxwell Henry, aka Miles Brightman, is looking to hire a personal assistant while in Colorado finishing up his latest suspense thriller. Sarah Tanner, stepmother to Tooty's best friend, Julie, recommended her to the author. Unfortunately, Harris climbed onto the guy's lap at Julie and Jacob's wedding reception and asked him to take him for a ride in his wheelchair. Then he asked him to marry his mommy and become his daddy! 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute kids...

  • By Claire on 11-11-18

Pretty Good, but No Spark

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I thought the story was cute. But, the relationship between Miles and Tooty fell flat. She seemed way too young and the chemistry between them never felt more than a friend or brother. Honestly, I enjoyed the sub-story of the journal and the mystery surrounding it.

This is the first story I have read by Ms. Clay. I'm not in a hurry to pick up another. I did visit the author's website and see the series builds from book to book. Perhaps the author really depends on the reader starting from book 1. Even knowing this, the characters of Tooty and Miles are still very 1 dimensional. There wasn't a lot for the reader to bite into to really get to know either character. Why was Miles in his wheelchair? I know it was a car accident but no details. What in the world did Tooty see in her one-night stand? I think it would have been worth it for the author to take more time in telling us the full story of these characters.

I have not heard other narrations by Ms. Araya. She did a nice job. She has a nice range. I would like to hear her perform a YA title. Her voice was perfect for Tooty. (and the children)

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator. This review was voluntarily left by me.

CONTENT: S,L (sex, language) not suitable for listening in the car with younger ears tuned in

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  • Teach Me to Love

  • Brothers of Belle Fourche, Book 1
  • By: Kari Trumbo
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

When her husband dies, she has a choice to make: Go home, and face the family who made her stay with the beast, or head to Belle Fourche to the only friend she has left. Conrad Oleson can't read, and it's shamed him for longer than he can remember. When another teacher shows up on his front step, he's sure his brother is meddling, again. But when Izzy reveals her painful past, he can't stay away. And if learning to read brings him closer to her, he'll do about anything for her including teaching her how to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Dawn Heading on 10-30-18

Sweet Western Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This is my first book I've had read to me by Ms Trumbo. Her storytelling is sweet. I am a fan of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. Ms. Trumbo's writing is perfect when I need a Dr. Quinn fix.

In this story, Issy (Isabelle) is just starting to heal from a distructive marriage when she comes to stay with her dear friend Lula and Lula's in-laws. At the O ranch she meets Conrad, the eldest brother of Lula's husband Barton. This is a delightful story of how two people can build each other up by encouragement and love. And of course the author threw in some suspense to keep the storytelling moving at a wonderful pace.

Storyteller J Scott Bennett is perfect for these Western Romances. I have enjoyed several audiobooks narrated by him. His voice is true, trusted, and tender just like what is called for with wholesome, clean western romances.

I received this audiobook from the author. My review is voluntarily provided. Thank you for the excellent listening experience.

Parental Warning: there are NONE

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  • Three More Wishes Series

  • By: Elise Sax
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The Three More Wishes series includes three hot and hilarious novellas, Blown Away, Inn & Out, and Quick Bang.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Humor and Narration

  • By Romance junkie on 11-13-18

Hilarious Happy Endings...just as promised

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is my first time reading anything by Elise Sax. Her website promises hilarious happy endings and boy does she deliver! This audiobook is a bundle of 3 separate romance stories about residents of Summer Island. Each story is stand alone, but may contain some references about previous characters.

In each of the books we become entangled in the mind of the main female character. The witty one-liners going through each of these women's heads will keep the listener chuckling. It is fun to discover the multitude of precarious situations in which our lovebirds-to-be find themselves.

Narrator Angie Hickman hits all the punchlines. Her voice is perfect for the innocent, doe-eyed Nora or insecure, bad-ass wanna-be Beryl or even Elise, a journalist with a nose for a good scoop. Ms. Hickman allowed me to escape for a few hours each day. I truly enjoyed the ride. As long as the listener is okay with language and sex, this is a fun listening experience.

WARNING: contains L, S (language, sex).

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator. My review is voluntarily written and shared.