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  • Something's Brewing at Joe's

  • By: SJD Peterson
  • Narrated by: Chase Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before, when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Rachael on 12-07-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17


I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. (Audiobook Version)

I love pretty much anything S.J.D. Peterson writes and this was no exception. I love that her characters don't always make the right choices and they don't always do things perfectly. They are human and make mistakes and it makes the story so captivating.

I listened to the audiobook version of this and the loss of the star comes from that more so than the actual story. At the beginning of the book, I really just had a hard time with the narrator and distinguishing between the main characters. There was also background noise that was quite distracting at times.

Other than that, I love that we got a sweet romance even if it was a bit fast paced for me. It kind of seemed like the relationship went from just two men sleeping together because they can't keep their hands to themselves to someone issuing the L word and I didn't feel like their relationship had really gotten to that point since it seemed like more than 90% of their time together was between the sheets and we didn't see much evolving in the relationship they had.

The plotline was definitely interesting and not expected from how the story started.

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  • You Never Know

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He's going to live in his hometown, be everybody's friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He's well on his way - until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it's no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer's two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he's never gotten out of his head.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Vazzy on 11-19-17

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Normally I LOVE Mary Calmes stories... Especially when they are read by Greg Tremblay. However, I have to say the beginning of this story was very hard for me to follow. The whole bouncing back in time then forward again... I got sort of lost in what was happening then and what was happening now (especially when it came to Ash - although I did figure it out as the story commenced).

I do love a good second chance story and how these two came together. The fact that the past pain wasn't quickly pushed aside was nice. Too often you see characters saying something was just soul crushing, but they quickly get over it... not in this story. I really appreciated it.

I do wish he'd have called Ash out a bit more at the end too. It felt like a big moment, but just sort of swept under the rug.

All in all another good story with a great narration coupled with it.

  • Tramps and Thieves

  • Murder and Mayhem, Book 2
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that's not how life - his life - is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold's blood but also being accused of Harold's murder...and sleeping with Harold's wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mmm Mmm Good

  • By Belen on 11-12-17

Round 2

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads (Audiobook Review).

Oh man. I did not expect where this story went. I absolutely fell in love with Rook's crabby grandfather. The way both men were willing to make sacrifices for each other made me swoon. Two very strong men with very stubborn spirits found their perfect matches and it's so much fun to follow along.

Learning more about Rook's life was interesting (and quite sad at times). I love that he didn't let his grandfather's attitude push him away because they were quite similar as we learn the more we got to see them interact.

Dante was his own kind of awesome in this story. He gets the proof he's been wanting for so long only for it to not really matter. The way he handles Rook's past is admirable considering what it had put both of them through.

Another home run by Greg Tremblay but that's exactly what I've come to expect from the books he narrates.

  • Murder and Mayhem

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter's Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Greg Tremblay is awesome again!!

  • By Belen on 09-08-15

Mystery and Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads (Audiobook Review).

I absolutely loved the chemistry between Rook and Dante. Their back and forth with the love/hate thing they have going on was just great. I couldn't put the story down (or stop listening as is the case with an audiobook).

I loved that while we watched their relationship evolve, we also had this really interesting plot going on that sort of pushed the romance to the backseat at times, but that was okay because I wanted to know what was going to happen next and WHY it was all happening.

A perfect combination of mystery, romance and heat.

As usual Greg Tremblay knocked it out of the park. I loved the accent he put on Dante's parts. Just perfect. Greg always does a fantastic job and he didn't disappoint!

  • Dissident

  • The Bellator Saga, Book 1
  • By: Cecilia London
  • Narrated by: Chloe Cole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Rising democratic star Caroline Gerard hasn't had an easy year. After losing her husband, she is raising two small children alone while trying to navigate the tricky and sometimes shallow halls on Capitol Hill. A string of nasty speeches has her scrambling to apologize to any number of candidates, including newly elected republican Jack McIntyre. Falling in love again is the last thing on her mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing events

  • By happyjo on 11-01-17

Interesting book

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

I have to say that I didn't particularly care for the heavy politics in this book, however, I did enjoy the story especially with the situation the US is dealing with right now so it was sort of relevant.

I really enjoyed the storyline as well as the narrator. Will definitely be looking for more from both of them.

  • Stygian

  • By: Santino Hassell
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Alan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but, lost in their own problems, they're far from the family he sought.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • DNF - Terrible Narration

  • By Ben on 11-24-16

Awesome Story with an okay narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I have to say that this book really was hard for me to get into at first. There were so many people and so much that was going on that it really did take me a bit to get into it. However, it was still good enough that even though I was confused with all the characters and the setting, I didn't want to put it down. The further into the story that I got, the more I didn't want to put it down.

I really enjoyed the way the author yanks the reader's emotions around and gets us so involved in the story. I really hope we get more stories like this from Santino Hassell. I enjoyed his Five Boroughs series, I liked this one just as much if not more.

I did get the opportunity to review the audiobook version of this book as well and I sadly have to say that I really didn't feel like the narrator did a great job. While he didn't do terrible, I really felt like he read entirely too fast and that may have contributed some of my confusion in the beginning.

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  • Drowning to Breathe

  • Bleeding Stars Series #2
  • By: A . L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about 10 miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he'd caused, not find more of it. The moment he met Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweetness and innocence something that went deeper. Darker. Their relationship was built on secrets, their love built on lies. Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-14-18

Great sequel!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

I HAD to pick this book up after the ending on book one.. RIGHT AWAY.. That ending.. wicked and heart breaking.

The first story was great, but this one.. this one by far passed it! I didn't think it would, but the more the story unfolded, the more I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

There is love and sex, which was the sweet part of the story... and then there is the rest.. There is time when my stomach twisted because of the horrible things that we were finding out and the things that were happening! This poor couple and the sweet little girl that gets caught in the middle....

I will say that the words being repeated THREE times ALL the time got to be a bit much, but I will COMPLETELY applaud the narrators for making it as bearable as possible, but it was distracting and annoying at times through both books. However, the other aspects of the book were so great I can't mark down on the rating because of it.

Again Andi Arndt and Sebastian York did a FANTASTIC job with this story and I really have gotten to the point where I will pick up almost any book they do together because they add so much to the story!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sempre

  • Forever Series, Book 1
  • By: J. M. Darhower
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco grew up under vastly different circumstances. Haven, a second-generation slave, was isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege and excess. Now a twist of fate has caused their worlds to collide. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best narrations of a book

  • By Ezinwanyi on 01-08-14

Mafia and Slave Love... better than you think!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

Uh.... yeah.. I was left just breathless and stunned by this book. I simply had to step back and take a minute before I could write this review.

There is so much pain and suffering and hard life that Haven has to deal with, but Carmine's life is so different and he doesn't treat her the way everyone else in her life has.

Normally I don't particularly care for NA titles as, sadly, I'm well out of that age range myself. However, this story was just so great it really didn't matter. I wanted to slap Carmine on the back of the head for his impulsiveness, but he was so sweet it was hard to hold a grudge.

The way this story twists together to come back around and reveal secrets you didn't even realize were coming was great.

I have to note that the narrator was FANTASTIC, she really really really added to this story and brought an element of intrigue to the story so much so that I don't think reading it would've been nearly as good as listening to her reading it to me!

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  • A Stone in the Sea

  • Bleeding Stars, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138

He wanted nothing at all...until he found she had everything to give.... Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything - fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a 9.5 hour-380 page CLIFFHANGER!

  • By Tracy T on 05-12-15

Wonderful Story about Two Opposites Attracting!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

I'll admit I picked this book up because of WHO the NARRATORS were over who the author was. I absolutely adore Andi Arndt and Sebastian York! They make a wonderful pair to listen to so I really had no idea what I was getting into when it came to the actual story, but I am SO glad I picked it!

Sebastian and Shea are so different. They lead completely different lives but there is just something that draws them to each other even when they don't want it to. They both have secrets and struggles to deal with in their lives that make them being together difficult, but as the story progresses we find there are somethings that actually link them in the strangest of ways.

The plot and characters of this story were just fantastic. I loved every second of it! My heart was completely broken at the end of the story and I just HAD to have the second book.. right away, which I was thankful it was available so I could jump right in!

Oh and I have to add that there were some super hot scenes in the story that simply added to the excellence!

  • Ruthless People

  • By: J. J. McAvoy
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

To the outside world, they look like American royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, and rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two bosses, cultures, and hearts. Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan - rivals by blood and leaders through fear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mafia Bonnie and Clyde to die for.

  • By CharlesRandr24 on 11-02-15

Wonderful Story with a Dark Twist!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

I absolutely LOVED this book. It is dark, it is twisted and it is absolutely AWESOME... This is a book that PERFECTLY fits into Dark Erotica without there really being any abuse or torture to go with it.... although there is other dark events that occur, it's not a slave relationship that is usually what comes with dark erotica so this was a really refreshing story.

This book kept me guessing at what was going to happen while silently cheering on both Melody and Liam in all their twistedness and sexiness. I could not get enough when it came to these two.

The narrator did a fantastic job as did the author. It was a great paring that I can't wait to get the rest of the story from!

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