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  • Wake Up Married Serial, Episodes 1-3

  • By: Leta Blake, Alice Griffiths
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out - unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing story

  • By ELSA on 05-29-19

I've been wanting to read this one...

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

Reviewed: 06-09-19

...and happily I finally got the opportunity to check out the first 3 Will & Patrick stories on audio.

I have to admit I was expecting something that had more of a comedic bent to it...please don't misunderstand me, there are some humorous moments to be enjoyed in these stories, but there's also some serious stuff going down as well.

This one presents a bit of a challenge for me when it comes to how to do my review so I'm going to start with things that are common to all 3 stories in this collection so let's start with the narrator...John Solo.

This is by no means my first John Solo audio book. Nope, this is somewhere around #10 for this narrator and I and while I enjoyed the narration there was as always for me one little niggle...children's voices...I know, I know I sound like a stuck record but it is what it is and while there wasn't a lot there were children's voices involved and sorry to say...the kids voices just weren't working for me which is why at the end of it it's only 4 stars for the narration...sorry, but it is what it is and as for the adult voices I think Will and Patrick's voices were two of Mr. Solo's better characterizations.

Now as for the story let's talk about Will's ex...Ryan. Ok, I can't lie I'm not going to talk about Ryan...I'm going to rant!!! Seriously RANT!!! Because for the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone much less everyone one except Patrick thought Ryan was the second coming of you know who!!! The guy was such a freakin' useless PoS!!! I couldn't stand him and the fact that Will's mother and his Uncle both thought he was just so perfect and amazing made me want to wretch and then smack them both upside the head. If my son brought someone like him home to meet me I would flip my sh*t!!! Ok, so in case you missed it I disliked Ryan with a passion! #teamPatrickonthisone!

Next let's talk about Patrick. I liked him yes at times he was a bit to abrupt and seemed to be missing some of his basic good social skills filters...still, I'm rather someone who speaks their mind honestly than someone...like...well, someone like Ryan.

Last but not least a little bit about Will...overall I liked Will. He was sweet and trying so hard to do what was right for everyone except maybe himself. When it' came to Will's family the only thing I can say is..."I'm sorry....like seriously sorry!"

Will & Patrick Wake Up Married...is the first story in this series and honestly the title says it all. I know they say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas....well, that's only if you didn't marry what happened in Vegas, which is what happened to Will and Patrick. When Will falls off the wagon resulting in a night of drunken debauchery the two men wake up to find that somewhere in their escapades they got married and as is often the case it's going to take more than a few minutes to undo what it took mere minutes to do.

This one got 3 stars from me because the premise intrigued me and there were definitely parts of it that I liked but at the same time things occasionally started to feel a little more convoluted than I would have liked...things like the issue between Patrick and his employer (now former employer) but still there were some good moments...like pretty much any conversation that Will and Patrick had. These two had a true love/hate relationship going on the only thing in question was whether they loved to hate each other or hated to love each other but I'm guessing that at this stage of the game even they didn't know.

Will & Patrick Meet the Family...or at least we meet Will's family. Which apparently includes his ex, Ryan? Why I ask you why would anyone include their kid's ex in family gatherings? I'm sorry I don't care how much I may like my kid's ex...my kid is my kid and his ex is just that his ex. There is no freaking way that I would ever include them...unless of course I was so oblivious to things that I couldn't see that my kids ex had a toxic personality and I somehow thought they were good for my kid...yeah, Imma' gonna' get me some of those drugs...no thanks. So in spite of the presence of Will's less than stellar ex. I actually enjoyed this episode more than the first one and for me it comes in somewhere between 3.5 - 4 stars but definitely things are heading in the right direction when it comes to holding my interest.

and the last episode in this audio book is...
Will & Patrick Do the Holidays...so I'm a bit of a Christmas fiend and this one just did it for me. It's the holidays and we all know holidays + family = stress, anxiety, drama, angst and all things that make for insanity and needless to say in this department Will's family is no different than the next persons and...before I forget there's more Ryan. But it seems that maybe cracks are starting to show in Ryan's public facade and the court of public opinion is starting to reconsider his 'golden boy' status one can only hope but even more importantly it looks like Will and Patrick are beginning to realize that while their marriage may have resulted from a moment of #badlifechoices there may be more to it than either man is willing to admit or to let go of just yet...so I'm giving this one '4 sign me up for more Will & Patrick stars' because these two are definitely taking the long and winding road to happily ever after and they've got me wanting to take the trip with them.

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  • Axel's Pup

  • By: Kim Dare
  • Narrated by: Chris Clog
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

As the landlord of The Dragon's Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all. He's a respected and experienced dom. Nothing shocks him anymore, and nobody catches him off guard. When Bayden rides up to The Dragon's Lair on a bike worth more than most men earn in a year, and immediately demonstrates that he has far more attitude than sense, it's easy for Axel to write him off as a silly little rich boy who's about to get himself killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare 5 star review

  • By ScrappyMom on 04-20-17

4.5 shining dragon stars for an old favorite...

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

4.5 dragon stars for the audio rounded down to 4 because Audible needs 1./2 stars and this one really was just that little bit better on audio but not quite a 5 star listen.

Chris Clog was the narrator this time around and he did an awesome job with all of the voices but especially Axel and Bayden. This one was definitely worth revising and revisiting it on audio definitely added that little bit extra to the story for me.

It's been a really long time since I read first read Axel's Pup and thanks to Audible's Romance Package I decided it was time to review Axel and Bayden on audio and I still love this book and have my fingers crossed that there's a book 2 coming...sooner rather than later but honestly I'll take it when I can get it. This one was definitely worth revisiting whether it's on e-book or audio this story had me from start to finish. Definitely recommended.

  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Belen on 08-06-18

I don't read westerns, but I do read Eli Easton!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Not only is Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride an historical novel, it's a western...probably one of my least favorite eras when it comes to books I read, but it's Eli Easton and I have to admit that was a big, big part of the draw for me.

I also have to admit I tried reading the book and for me it was a bit of a struggle...this is totally a me thing. I was actually intrigued by the blurb on this one and I think that at another time it might have gone better but when the opportunity came up to listen to the audio book I was curious enough about the story to want to give the audio a sincere try so I decided to put on my big girl pants and get 'er done! and as you can tell by the fact that I'm doing a review...things went much better.

Briefly Robby Robertson is an aspiring actor and things are going great until Robby witnesses a murder late one evening as he's leaving the theater putting him on the wrong side of Bowery Boys and making him a wanted man and not in a good way. So Robby does what any sensible young man would do...he runs!!! The only real question is has he run straight from the frying pan and into the fire.

I actually ended up thoroughly enjoying this story. It had drama, humor, action, more than one plot twist and I quickly realized that things quite often weren't what they seemed with much of what was happening in this story which I have to admit kept things intriguing.

As always Eli Easton has given us a cast of interesting and diversified characters to follow in this story. I really liked Robby, he was smart, considerate, kind and outspoken but yet he remained respectful of those who were helping him...unknowingly but still helping him all the same and I think at the end of it all Robby really did make the lives of those he met along the way a little bit better for having known him.

Then there was Trace and for as awesome as he was Robby was someone that he needed in his life to make him see that not only could he be more than he was but that he both wanted and needed to be more.

While reading this story seemed to be beyond my abilities and this is so much a me thing. Just to try and explain when I was younger and I loved to read, westerns just weren't my thing but if you ask me how may movies and shows I watched that were westerns...well, let me tell you, we're going to be here a really, really long time because even just listing television shows the list will be considerable...one of my absolute favorite shows was 'The Virginian' and there was also 'Gunsmoke', 'The High Chaparral', 'Bonanza', 'Dr. Quinn', 'Little House on the Priarie', 'Wagon Train', 'F Troop', 'Danial Boone', 'The Big Valley' and on and on that's right I watched them all and honestly I'm not even going to start on the movies...but as for my reading list I can safely say it really doesn't include any westerns. So I think I'm safe to say that for me it's more about the format than the genre and while I love a good western movie or even a television show for whatever reason books just don't work for me and this one right here it proof positive of that. I actually took a break from reading the book mostly because I just couldn't get into it. It's not that it's badly written or uninteresting because truthfully it's neither of those things and the fact that I was able to enjoy the audio book as much as I did I think speaks to that issue.

So it turns out that when it comes to the e-book I sincerely believe this is a 100% me issue because I honestly enjoyed the hell outta' this one. It was funny, action filled, dramatic, had wonderful characters and the story was definitely unique and interesting...I'm just not a read them person when it comes to westerns and I have to wonder if I'd just listened to the audio book and not tried reading this one if my rating wouldn't have been even higher...I'm guessing it very probably would have.

My recommendation is definitely give this one a try especially if you're an Eli Easton fan. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book and I had the opportunity to check out a new to me narrator in the person of Matthew Shaw. I really enjoyed the voices that I got to hear for the different characters and look forward to checking out some of the other audio books narrated by Mr. Shaw...or at least the non-horror ones...I really and truly do not do horror stories but I am looking forward to enjoying this narrators interpretations of some of Eli Easton's other books...such as the 'Howl at the Moon' series.

Ironically I'm pretty sure that 'Robby Riverton' is one audio book that I'll be enjoying again in the future...so while Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride and I may have gotten off to a rough start I'm glad that I stuck with it to the end.

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An audio book of 'Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Practice Makes Perfect

  • Housemates, Book 3
  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea - until the lines blur. Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he's determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he's starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action. Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He's young, free, and single, and isn't looking to change that anytime soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light hearted and romantic

  • By Waleska Floyd on 02-04-19

I really loved this one...

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Practice Makes Perfect to be better than the print version?

I'm not sure if I'd say better but for me it was probably more enjoyable. The narrator just did a fabulous job with the accents and I love an English and/or Scottish accent and in this story I got both.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor it was cute and engaging and the things that happened were things that I could easily imagine happening in real life.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several but the one that comes to mind was when a parcel from Amazon was delivered to Ewan by mistake and he opened it and then had to give it to Dev when he realized the mistake. Their conversation was priceless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm not sure there was any one particular moment. Practice Makes Perfect was one of those books that engaged and enchanted me from the word go. I loved the characters and the flow of the story was excellent.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet, engaging feel good romance that's guaranteed to leave you smiling and wanting more.A copy of this audiobook was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.