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  • Watchful Wisteria

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Rhys Quarry wasn't much of a father to Zara. He swears everything's different now, but some people never change. Soon he's teaching his con man ways to his granddaughter. If only he could teach her something useful. When a member of the magical community goes missing, Zara joins the search. When she and Zinnia find a trio of ghosts, the search becomes a murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner!

  • By neraks on 02-18-19

Even more adventures for Zara in Book 4...........

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Watchful Wisteria is the fourth book in this series, and, although the author does a great job of making this book stand on its own, I highly recommend the first three books in the series to get the full flavor of the small town of Wisteria. In book four, Zara Riddle is challenged with solving another murder, aided in her attempts by the ghost of the deceased, with some interference from the sheriff of Wisteria as well as members of the paranormal policing agency. While investigating, Zara receives an unwanted house guest in the form of her long absent father, Rhys. In addition to being a fox shifter, Rhys is a smooth talking shyster who quickly tries to ingratiate himself with Zara through her daughter Zoey, leading to much tension in the Riddle household. While the mystery and paranormal world building are every bit as intriguing as the first three books in the series, Watchful Wisteria shows a more solemn and adult version of Zara than her usual upbeat, quirky self. She struggles with the aftereffects of being betrayed by two people she considered friends, her unresolved abandonment issues from her childhood, and suddenly becoming a powerful witch after 32 years without magic in her life. Don't get me wrong, this book is as entertaining as all of Angela Pepper's stories. It just brought out another aspect of Zara's character that made me love and respect her even more. Although the story is entirely resolved by the end, Pepper drops a major bomb in the final paragraph that has me counting the days until book five is released.

Tiffany Wiliams does a fabulous job with her narration. She narrates the first three books in the series, and she is truly the voice of Zara, in my opinion. Her delivery is flawless, and she adds the right nuance and emotion level for every scene in the book. I sincerely hope that she narrates the future books in this series because this team of Pepper and Williams is a winning combination.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • Sins of the Sons: A Gripping Hard-Boiled Mystery

  • PI Jack Marconi, Book 7
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Can you ever really bury the past? On a cold November evening back in 1982, real estate lawyer, Marty Finnegan, and socialite, Tracy Reynolds, were seen fighting outside the dining room of the Wolforts Roost Country Club. Unbeknownst to them, three drunken teenage boys who attend the same prep school were witnessing their bitter exchange under the cover of darkness. When the boys decide to head out on a joyride that includes holding up Finnegan at gunpoint, their lives take a turn for the worse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 03-22-19

Gritty noir detective fiction at its best.........

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

If you enjoy Vincent Zandri's gritty, almost pulp fiction writing style, Sins of the Sons is an excellent choice. This is the seventh book in this series featuring Keeper Marconi, a former NY state prison guard and current private detective. Although I had previously read only the first book in the series, I had no difficulty following the characters and plot of this story. Vandri opens the book with a scene from 35 years in the past, and his skillful use of foreshadowing hints at evil that is to come in the future. The story picks up in the current day when a wealthy attorney hires Keeper Marconi to essentially intimidate a man whose recent conversion to Christianity has him threatening to confess to a crime that his friends and he committed 35 years ago. Of course, Keeper cannot just play the enforcer without cause, so he reopens the investigation into the crime. This sets off a chain of events that will lead to much action and mayhem for all parties. Joining Keeper in his pursuit of the truth is his best friend Blood, a man he befriended while acting as his prison guard. Blood is quite the character and definitely steals the show in my opinion. Combine the terrific comradery between Keeper, Blood and their police detective friend Mitchell, an intriguing mystery that kept me guessing until the end, and much nail-biting suspense, and you have a perfect snapshot of Sins of the Sons.

I have listened to many audiobooks narrated by Andrew B Wehrlen, and his performance in this story lives up to his usual high performance standards. His voice is deep and rich and the perfect choice for Keeper's tough guy persona. His delivery is flawless, and he handles male and female characters with equal ease. I highly recommend any book narrated by Wehrlen and this book in particular.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • Relatively Normal

  • By: Whitney Dineen
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Catriona Masterton's fiancé, Ethan, is normal. In other words, he's the exact opposite of the Masterton clan. What on earth will Catriona's normal fiancé think when he comes home with her to meet her parents? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat's ex to join them for a holiday dinner? Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Romantic Comedy!

  • By Adriana B on 03-17-19

This book has all the feels...........

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Relatively Normal is a book that inspires all kinds of feelings in the listener. At certain times, I was laughing so hard my face hurt. At other moments in the story, I felt so sad for the main character, Catriona. In addition to all the emotions, this book straddles several genres: from second chance romance to family drama to classic comedy. It might sound ambitious for one book to do so much, but the author nails every emotion and nuance beautifully. With Cat, the author has created a character with whom all of us can relate. How many of us don't struggle with some of the cringe-worthy moments of time spent with family as well as loving our families fiercely and protecting them against ridicule (from everybody but us!)? I must admit that Catriona's family would win any contest of oddball, quirky families, and, yet, it is this oddness that leads to unconditional love between all of them. Throw in a fairly low angst romantic triangle - with the perfect outcome, in my opinion - and you have the makings of a truly unique and delightful story.

I am a huge fan of Madeline Mrozek from previous audiobooks, and she does not disappoint with Relatively Normal. This book is narrated from Cat's point of view, and Mrozek's delivery of her independent, strong, and slightly sarcastic personality is perfect. I highly recommend the combined talents of Mrozek and Dineen in this entertaining audiobook production.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries: Box Set, Books 1-3

  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A small town with big secrets. A neighbor who bites. A librarian who can shoot blue lightning from her hands. Plus a house with a mind of its own. Welcome to Wisteria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gilmore Girls Meets the Dresden Files

  • By James Marsh on 03-07-19

A fun and fast-paced paranormal mystery series....

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Wisteria Witches is a three book set, and it couldn't be a better choice for spending a credit. This series has it all, a fast-paced, adventurous story line, some truly zany characters, several clever mysteries and plenty of good old fashioned fun. This series takes place in the small town of Wisteria to which Zara, a single mother and librarian, has recently moved. Unbeknownst to her, she has moved to a place of magic and magical creatures that just happens to be the hometown of her estranged aunt. Zara quickly discovers that she is a witch and thus begins her many adventures in learning to successfully (and NOT so successfully!) use her powers, including telekinesis and temporarily hosting ghosts. Each book has a separate mystery that proves difficult for Zara and her compatriots to solve, but there is also an underlying sense of foreboding that runs through all three books and isn't resolved until the final pages of book three.

The author does an amazing job of not only intricate and fascinating world building, she has created in Wisteria a place that anybody would love to visit for the pleasure of Zara and her friends' company. Zara is an amazing character: strong and independent while still being lighthearted, kind and caring. She is faced with many challenging situations in this series, and yet, she never takes herself or her situation too seriously. Between her unique yet loving relationship with her teenage daughter, her fast friendship with her co-worker Frank, her mostly contentious dealings with her aunt, and her interactions with magical, paranormal characters of all kinds, Zara's new life in Wisteria provides plenty entertainment for any reader to enjoy. Overall, I can't adequately express how much I enjoyed this series and how much I am looking forward to reading more about Zara's adventures.

Tiffany Williams does a stellar job with the narration. I can't think of a better choice to portray Zara's upbeat, quirky personality. Williams differentiates well between characters, and her tone is perfect for every mood in the story, from comedic to sad to scary and back. The narration talent of Williams and the writing talent of Pepper make for a highly recommendable audiobook selection.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • Unscripted Hearts

  • By: Peter Styles
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

I never imagined I'd get this kind of news. Suddenly, I have a nephew that is an orphan. I can't understand what happened and I still half-expect my sister to walk through the door at any moment. He's never leaving my arms again. Yet here comes Mr. Big Shot, ready to steal the last bit of my sister that I have away from me. I'll do anything to keep him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By G C on 03-13-19

Deeper than I expected..........

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Unscripted Hearts is on the surface a basic love story. However, this book deals with so many deeper issues than I was expecting. The story features Micah, an actor struggling to make it big in Hollywood, and Benjamin, the owner of a construction company in a small town. Micah and Benjamin grew up together, and Micah is Benjamin's twin sister's best friend and the biological father of her three year-old son, Ross. The unexpected death of Ben's sister and her wife set the stage for Ben and Micah to reunite as they try to navigate the rough waters of co-parenting Ross while living in separate cities and living completely disparate lives. At first, I though Micah was a narcissistic, immature playboy, and that both Ross and Ben deserved so much better than him. However, as the story progressed, I realized that Micah had hidden depths, and he actually became exactly what Ben and Ross needed most. While Ben is struggling with accepting his homosexuality, not drowning his problems in alcohol, and learning to accept help when needed, Micah is the stable presence that helps Ben with all of these challenges. The story has plenty of steam between the two, but it is really more about two young adult parents learning to cope with the realities of life and make it a good one for themselves and their son.

Randi Johnson does an excellent job with his narration. Although this book is told from the dual point of view, Johnson did not need to differentiate overly between characters for me to be able to easily follow the story. His voice is deep and sonorous, and his delivery is flawless. I will definitely be looking for more of his audiobook productions in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries: Books 1-4

  • By: C. A. Newsome
  • Narrated by: Jane Boyer
  • Length: 34 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Murder. Romance. Dog slobber. Join starving artist Lia Anderson and her friends at Cincinnati’s Mount Airy Dog Park as they unravel mysteries. This bundle contains the first four Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, authored by C. A. Newsome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Dog Park Mysteries!

  • By Stephanie A. Wood on 03-19-19

Perfect narration makes a great series even better

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Lia Anderson Dog Park Murders is a four book set featuring a struggling but talent artist, Lia Anderson, and her adventures with her two dogs and her friends at the local dog walking park. A fantastic bargain at one credit for 34 hours of listening, I would be willing to pay all four credits for this great series. Book one introduces Lia and her eclectic group of friends, all of whom chat daily while allowing their dogs to roam the local dog park. These friends are not only an integral part of Lia's life, they are also the driving force behind all the murders that must be solved in this series. The police detective investigating the first murder not only adopts the victim's dog and becomes a part of the dog park group, Lia and he begin a romantic relationship. All four books contain the perfect mix of police procedural, action, and drama among the characters. Not only were the mysteries challenging, the romantic push and pull between Lia and Peter kept me glued to my iPod. Lia is such a strong woman, always fighting to stay independent and self-sufficient while opening herself up to the possibility of love and commitment. Watching Peter, who only wanted to be Lia's everything, try to maneuver through the mine-field that was Lia held my attention every bit as much as the intriguing mystery in each book. Overall, this is a fantastic series, and I hope to continue with the next books in the series soon.

Jane Boyer's narration is superb. She has a smooth, even delivery, her performance is flawless, and she differentiates well between male and female characters. Her light southern drawl for Peter and her slightly heavier southern twang for Peter's detective partner are delightful. Boyer's narration makes this wonderful series even better as an audiobook production.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • Not for Me

  • The Windy City Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kat de Falla
  • Narrated by: Sullie Mason
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Manda Wolfgram is a struggling literary agent who is looking for the perfect manuscript to land in her lap and the perfect man to land in her bed. When the sixth-floor hottie finally asks her out, she gets more than for which she bargained. How can a girl wrap her brain around a Shakespearean actor who writes erotica? Harry Sackes leads a double life: making a career as an author by day and dipping into the dark underworld of criminals at night. The moment he sees Manda in his twin brother's arms, his whole life becomes his personal Shakespearean trag-comedy of mistaken identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manda is the best!

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-31-19

A quirky romantic comedy with some hidden depth...

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Not for Me is a difficult book to classify. On the surface, it seems like the traditional chic-lit, rom-com, but there are hidden depths to this book. The story is told in alternating points of view for each chapter, the first featuring Manda, a book editor, and Harry, an author of erotica. Funnily enough, although the are both in the publishing industry, they actually meet because they live in the same building. Manda is continually stumped by Harry's behavior because he purposely disguises the fact that he has an identical twin brother, Dane. While Harry is considerate, insightful and intelligent, Dane, an actor by trade, is narcissistic and a bit of a horn dog. The fact that Manda can never figure out which Harry is going to be present leads to some pretty funny situations. Throughout the interactions between Manda and Harry and Harry and Dane, the author keeps alluding to some horrible incident in the twin's past for which Harry feels responsible. This adds a more serious as well as intriguing tone to this otherwise lighthearted romance.

I wasn't certain about the narrator when I first started listening. Mason's delivery was a little too emotional, almost over the top dramatic for the first chapter or two. However, she quickly settled into a more natural cadence, and I actually ended up really enjoying her performance. She has a bit of a raspy voice, so she handled the male and female dual narration very smoothly. I would definitely be interested in another book by de Falla and/or performance by Mason in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Abuse

  • Abuse, Book 1
  • By: Nikki Sex
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Bonjour, my name is André Chevalier. It has been my joy and my great honor to help those who have lost their way. Not long after I began my journey, I met two such wounded souls. Renata Koreman, my little mouse. She came to me as a child - shy, mute, injured...broken. It took oh-so many years to start to bring her back to herself! Yet, I could not fully heal her. Years later, Grant Wilkinson, he too fell into my hands. The ex-Army Ranger was badly disfigured and saw himself as a monster. Isolated by secrets, solitary and self-contained.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Enough inner monologue already!

  • By Kd on 12-27-17

Heart-wrenching yet strangely uplifting romance...

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Abuse is the first book in another trilogy featuring Andre Chevalier, a favorite character for all Nikki Sex fans. The first third of the book focuses on Andre as he helps a troubled and scarred military veteran (Grant) recover from the lasting effects of his abusive childhood. The second third focuses on Andre assisting a teenage orphan (Renata) recover from the damaged caused by her time in foster homes and living on the streets. The final third of the book focuses on Andre introducing these two damaged souls to each other and letting his usual magic play out. I have always loved Andre Chevalier for his generosity, empathy, kindness and lack of judgement, but he far surpasses even his high standards in Abuse. He handles the healing of Grant and Renata individually with such insight and love, and he makes them both feel valued and normal for the first time in each of their lives. With it's portrayal of dark elements such as sexual abuse, family dysfunction and the destructive power of shame, this book is not for those seeking a light romance. However, as dark as this novel gets, the author inserts wisdom from Andre at the exact right times to keep the story from getting too heavy or depressing. Interspersed throughout the book, the author keeps describing the actions of some criminal, and I kept wondering what he had to do with anything. Well, you find out at the very end of the book, and this secret is a whopper. After dropping some major plot twists, the author closes the book on a cliffhanger, so I will be starting book two as soon as possible.

Roberto Scarlato's narration is amazing. He has a smooth, almost hypnotic voice, and he enables the listener to get lost in the story. Although his voice is very masculine, he handles the female characters equally as well as the men. He is the perfect choice to keep this occasionally heavy book from becoming too dark, and his French accent when speaking for Andre is swoon-worthy.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • Death of a Double Dipper

  • Stormy Day Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Cheryl May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A visit to an open house brings small-town detective Stormy Day into the center of a troubling murder. The local police aren’t lacking for suspects. The victim, realtor Michael Sweet, was a bully who made countless enemies over his years in Misty Falls. The problem for Stormy is that the most likely suspects are friends of hers. A couple of them couldn’t look more guilty if they tried. Helping the police to crack this case may break Stormy’s heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen

  • By April H. on 03-21-19

So great to be back with Stormy and her gang......

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

Death of a Double Dipper is the fifth book in the Stormy Day Mystery series, but the book could be enjoyed as a standalone. I listened to the first four books in the series over two years ago, but I had no difficulty diving right into another one of Stormy's investigations. In this book, against her instincts, Stormy becomes embroiled in another murder investigation, one in which all of the suspects are good friends. The victim is one of Stormy's former classmates, and his bullying ways and general nastiness make for a wealth of viable suspects that Stormy must eliminate. Not only did Pepper completely surprise me when she revealed the identity of the murderer and the reason for the victim's death, I think she pretty much surprised Stormy with the outcome as well. I could feel Stormy's internal struggle as she questioned whether one of her longtime friends could be a murderer, and the inevitable fallout from investigating her friends inspired great empathy in me for her. If you love a good whodunit mystery, a feisty and determined female sleuth, and the setting of a charming small town, the entire Stormy Day Mystery series is the perfect choice, and each book just keeps getting better.

Cheryl May's narration is fantastic. The first four books featured another narrator, so I wasn't sure if I would like the transition to a new voice. However, I think that I enjoyed May's narration of Stormy even more. She has a slightly raspy voice that is the ideal match to Stormy's tough yet caring personality. May's delivery is smooth, and her tone and emphasis are perfect for the cozy nature of the story.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • The Villain Duology

  • A Dark Regency Romance Duet
  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The dark, erotic duet by Victoria Vale, now in one audiobook bundle! "Dark, gothic, and sizzling hot, The Villain is Jane Eyre meets Fifty Shades" (NYT best-selling author Anna Zaires) Book One: The Villain - Lady Daphne Fairchild braves the journey from London to the wilds of Scotland alone with one purpose in mind: confront the man who purposely and methodically set out to ruin the men of her family. But what he demands in exchange for answers will thrust Daphne into a world of mystery, hatred, and lust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book brings all the emotions...........

  • By Katie on 03-12-19

This book brings all the emotions...........

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

The Villain Duology is a two book set featuring the seduction of Lord Adam by Lady Daphne. That is correct: although Adam sets out to defile and corrupt Daphne, I believe that with her internal and external beauty, Daphne is the ultimate winner in their game of seduction. Daphne is an exceptional character, full of strength and determination but also a deep well of compassion and love. She would be an amazing woman in any era, but she is especially impressive given the Victorian setting of the novels. Throughout both books, Adam continues his attempts to ruin Daphne, but she always triumphs as she opens more and more of Adam to her undeclared love. These books are dark and passionate with beautifully written scenes of sexual and emotional dominance, and, even with the frequency of explicit sex scenes, I felt each of those scenes were necessary and moved the plot towards it's climactic conclusion. The author skillfully reveals brief snippets of the underlying reasons for Adam's attempts at Daphne's ruination, but only just enough to keep the listener glued to the story. If you enjoy a story that draws every possible emotion - from anger to joy to fury to peace - The Villain Duology is the perfect choice. I hope to see many more books by Victoria Vale available on audio soon.

Darcy Stark's narration is phenomenal. Not only does he have a deep and sexy voice, his delivery is flawless and his tone perfect for every mood of the story. He portrays Adam's supercilious attitude with Daphne to perfection. So many times while listening, I wanted to reach through my iPod and smack him when he called Daphne his Little Dove in that VOICE. I love an audiobook that alternatively stirs my ire and makes me smile, and Stark's performance helped make that a reality for me with The Villain Duology.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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