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  • Hellion's Law: A Bad Boy Romance

  • Hellion Club Series, Book 5
  • By: Aiden Bates
  • Narrated by: Daniel James Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Noah - I came to the Hellion Club to solve a murder, not to become some banker’s boy toy. All my life, my omega status has been a pain my ass. Shaping what other people assume about me. Determining who I date, or who’ll date me. My own biology trying to tell me to slow down and have babies. Well screw that. Only I get to decide how I live my life, and I decided a long time ago I was going to be the best damn detective this city had ever seen. And yet here I am anyway, pregnant in the middle of a murder investigation. The highest profile investigation of my career. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a mixed bag, but enjoyable

  • By Dee Slate on 01-22-19

A bit of a mixed bag, but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Full disclosure - I have not read/listened to any of the of the preceding books in the series, so any confusion with this story is on me. The story can be experienced as a standalone, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew more about the club and the drama that occurred before (incidents referred to several times).
I enjoyed Noah and Sebastian's relationship - definitely not typical, at least not on Noah's side. I enjoyed the mystery as well.

Daniel James Lewis was good as the narrator. His performance was more of the 'telling a story' vs. acting it out, which was enjoyable it's own way. I enjoyed listening and would listen to more by the author and narrator.
I received a review copy; the opinions expressed are my own without expectations.

  • The Boyfriend Recipe

  • By: Alex Miska, V. Soffer
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

DAVID - I watched in horror as my sister shattered yet another poor guy’s heart… only this time, I can’t get sweet, sexy, straight Hunter out of my head. My daily latte runs to Moore Delicious, the bakery where he works, aren’t helping. And now I’m in a bind: my favorite cousin insists that I attend her wedding. With a date. So she whips up a half-baked scheme that will piss off the family that disowned me and secure an ally by my side: ask my sister’s ex to pretend to be my boyfriend. The question is, will Hunter agree to play along? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By hussfan on 01-20-19

A fun addition to the Moore universe!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

The story is a standalone, but takes place within the Moore universe (book 1). It's not necessary to have read/listened to A Chance for Moore (but the series is such a good one, I would recommend it for additional enjoyment).
Hunter and David's initial meeting does not go well - Hunter thinks that his girlfriend is cheating on him (again) with David. When he realises that David is her brother, the damage has been done.
Fast forward a month or so, David reaches out to Hunter to ask him to be his fake BF for a family wedding. They are both attracted to each other, but the usual 'misunderstandings' ensue. Luckily, and with he interventions from friends and family, both men get their HEA.
As usual, Nick J. Russo does a wonderful job with the characters. He makes them seem so real, I almost forget that they are only characters in a fictional story. I was a little worried about his voicing Julian (for the few times he appears), but I needn't have worried- he was great as Julian :)

I was gifted a copy, however the review and opinions are my own with no expectations.

  • Building a Family: An Mpreg Romance

  • Frat Boys Baby, Book 2
  • By: Aiden Bates, Austin Bates
  • Narrated by: Danny Céspedes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Alpha Teddy Connelly is a brilliant architect with the social skills of a brick. If he wants to catch the eye of the hot omega landscaper he can’t get out of his head, he’s gonna have to figure out how to say “hello”. Carlos Ramirez is less than a year from getting his engineering degree and getting out of his gang-infested neighborhood. Despite a terrible first impression, Carlos can’t get this gorgeous alpha architect out of his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and Fun MPREG Romance!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-18

Atypical alpha/omega story; good narration

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Story: Talk about role reversal :) Teddy is a mild-mannered, somewhat socially awkward alpha while Carlos is a tough omega. The first time they meet, Carlos saves Teddy from being mugged - Carlos is not impressed. But there is a spark and they get together. There is a bit of a jump in the timeline, because the next thing you know, they are a couple. Despite that, It's a nice story, overall.
Narration: Danny Cespedes is a new to me narrator and he does a good job with the characters. His character portrayals were distinct, while the MCs emotions, accents and character nuances were well acted. I would listen to him narrate other books.
I was gifted a copy, however the review and opinions are my own with no expectations.

  • The Gentleman and the Lamplighter: A Short Story

  • By: Summer Devon
  • Narrated by: Mark James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he's ever loved - until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything.... Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the gentleman he's admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love - if they can overcome social taboos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartwarming

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-21-19

Lovely story with good narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I Really enjoyed this short story. It's set in a time where it is not easy for 2 men to be together, but somehow you know that Giles and John will be ok in their future.
Mark James does an excellent job of bringing the story to life. His narration is solid and I had no trouble distinguishing between the characters. This is definitely a great way to experience the story.

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  • Infamous

  • By: Jenny Holiday
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend - and also isn’t a girl - he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved. After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic friends to lovers romance

  • By Alisa on 04-29-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I loved everything about the story and the narration.
The evolution of friendship and its progression to love, between Jesse and Hunter was a beautiful thing to listen to. Also, the angsty parts are so well done that that there is little time to be sad.
Michael Fell does a wonderful job with the pacing and inflections of the MCs and the secondary characters.
Highly recommend!

  • Champagne Spiced Omega

  • The Hollydale Omegas, Book 4
  • By: Susi Hawke
  • Narrated by: Drew Bacca
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Ian’s entire adult life has been spent climbing the ladder to partnership at his law firm and squeezing in a little fun with omegas in his spare time. Settling down with one and starting a family is so far from his thoughts, it’s laughable. So why does he find himself sticking around to help an adorably awkward omega as he struggles to keep a tiny human alive? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i love this series

  • By Keith b miller on 01-15-19

Another fun addition to the series!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

The story: Funny with snark, fun pop references and a good story line. Cecil meets Ian at a wedding (Ian's ex, actually). They both are only looking to hook up once, after bonding over the fact that neither of them are ready to settle down just yet. As an omega, Cecil is unique in that he he doesn't have a paternal bone in his body. But that all changes in an instant. Luckily, Ian is there to help him when he becomes the guardian of a newborn. It was hysterical to listen to Cecil learn about parenting - for example, he thought that after a few weeks a baby would start on solids, lol!
There is bit of sadness when the circumstances of how Cecil becomes guardian to the newborn and a loose end from book 3 is cleared up in this book. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

The narration: It was excellent! Drew Bacca channeled all the snark of Cecil and the alphaness of Ian. Everyone had a distinct voice; I had no trouble knowing who was speaking. He definitely does a good job of bring stories to life without being cheesy or overly dramatic. I really enjoy listening to him.
I was gifted a copy of this audiobook, with no expectations of a review. My opinions are my own without bias.

  • An Erie Halloween

  • By: V.L. Locey
  • Narrated by: Ron Welch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Templeton Reed has been hiding his inner polecat since he was a child. Keeping his animal secreted is hard for a shifter, especially when one is living in a secret community of mystical beings. It's the wolf shifters that cause Templeton the most trouble with their darned sensitive noses. Templeton has a run-in with the Lake Erie pack and their alpha, Mikel Lupei, at the Office for Transmogrification Registration (OTTER).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pepe Le Pew Meets the Wolf-man

  • By James on 12-16-16

Enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The story was fun, interesting with a dash of heat. It's a standalone, though it a seems to be a start of a series. I will lookout for the series.
The narration by Ron Welch was overall really good, although there were a few mispronounced words, (not enough to detract significantly). I enjoyed listening 😊

  • Dear to My Hart

  • The Susilauma Wolves, Book 1
  • By: Whit Valentine
  • Narrated by: John York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 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

Living on his family's farm, Susilauma, the youngest of many brothers and sisters, 25-year-old Riley Jacobson has a predictable and comfortable-if slightly chaotic-life. His older sisters tend to mom him almost to death, and he finds his solace in working on cars, not really considering the future beyond the next project. He's happy enough with the status quo, and though a mate would be nice, he's not really looking. Enter a cutie with big brown eyes who keeps popping up wherever Riley goes, and Riley just might be in trouble.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dear to My Hart

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 08-20-18

Really enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

The story kept me engaged all the way. Loved the way the characters were written - very 3D, so much so that I wanted to hurt Quentin's fake family.
John York is relatively new to me (my second narration of his), but I'm fast becoming a fan. Very believable voices for all the characters. Looking forward to listening to the next in the series if narrates 🙂

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  • The Bride's Brother

  • By: J.P. Oliver
  • Narrated by: Randi Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Is it wrong to be attracted to the groom in a wedding? Or, I thought he was the groom! No, this guy is open and single and...into me? Is he into me? He'd be the first for quite some time. I have to admit, seeing all these weddings come and go can be a bit much when you go home all by yourself. But is it ethical to date a client's brother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confused party planner

  • By Lovinghotbooks1 on 01-22-19

Really enjoyed the story and narration

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

The story is well paced, humourous, low angst and sweet. Toby, a wedding planner, mistakes the bride-to-be's brother for the groom. Hunter, (bride's brother) can't understand why Toby finds his flirtation inappropriate. The mistake gets resolved fairly soon, which I liked. Hunter is also somewhat closeted (which I didn't like), but that gets worked out in the end.
Randi Johnson did a really good job with the narration. I felt he *told* the story, adding enough inflection (humour, worry, irritation) to make listening a pleasure. He didn't try to *act* as the characters, instead he performed as the storyteller, which works if the voice and cadence are right (and they were).
I was gifted a copy without any expectations for a review. my opinions are mine and without bias.

  • Be Still My Heart

  • Four Kings Security, Book Two
  • By: Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

When an attempt is made on Laz’s life, Red is determined to keep him safe. Laz may not be a client, and Red is still off duty, but Laz is one of their own, and nothing means more to the Kings than family. While an investigation is underway, Red and Laz are growing closer, but can they find a way to help each other heal and take a chance on love, or will their fears and insecurities cost them more than their future together?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Next card up - Red of Hearts!

  • By Dee Slate on 11-29-18

Next card up - Red of Hearts!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I absolutely loved the narration and story! Red is such a sweetheart, but fierce when he needs to be.
Red and Laz met earlier when Red was part of the security for Colton (Love in Spades), so while this is a standalone, it does refer to book 1 a few times. Honestly, to get the most out of this book I would highly recommend the highly enjoyable book 1, it's really, really good!
Anyway, back to Red and Laz - despite their obvious connection, Laz shies away from Red once he's recovered from his injuries, leaving Red to wonder what happened. They reconnect and Red ends up protecting Laz from attempts on his (Laz's) life. Both men have issues that they're dealing with - Red has PTSD and Laz has been abused, but together they deal with their demons. The other characters are fun, especially Ace and they make up the family both men need to help them heal.
As usual, Greg Boudreaux does a wonderful job bring each character feel like someone you want to meet and hang with. He injects his performances with so much warmth, pain, happiness, heat or any expressed emotion that I sometimes forget that I'm listening to fiction :)
Loved listening to Greg and I really enjoyed the story. Definitely recommend.

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