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  • Love Happens Anyway

  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke. Luke is 20,000 dollars short for the renovations on Halligans, his family’s bar in New York’s Financial District. A favor for a buddy has him agreeing to play the part of boyfriend to a guy with more money than sense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Christmas story

  • By Annika on 11-28-18

Cute Story

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Overall::: 4 out of 5 stars
Story::: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Narrator::: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

I enjoy these quick stories with unexpected feelings...and make it a holiday story and it's even harder to beat!!! Derek and Luke were destined to fall in love, but they both denied it - almost to the point of too much denial! I was happy with this story and the way it was told.

The narrator did a fair job of distinguishing between characters, but what he did so well was putting the emotions and feelings into the story! I could feel the emotions so clearly as I listened to him tell the story. There isn’t much better in an audio book!

The story was quick, but cute. I think it would have been a little better with a little more of Luke’s story thrown in. I know we met both families, but I just wanted a little more of his background.

  • Alpha Heat

  • Heat of Love, Book 2
  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Urho Chase is a middle-aged alpha with a heartbreaking past. Careful, controlled, and steadfast, his friends dub him old-fashioned and staid. When Urho discovers a dangerous side to Xan’s life that he never imagined, his world is rocked, and he’s consumed by desire. The carefully sewn seams that held him together after the loss of his omega and son come apart - and so does he. But to love each other and make a life together, Xan and Urho risk utter ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful omegaverse romance! Great narrator!!

  • By Karen on 10-31-18

Narrator is top notch. Story is enjoyable as well.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Overall: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Performance: 5 out of 5 stars
Story: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the narrator’s ability to distinguish his voice among all the male roles in the story. I didn’t have to think much about which POV we were listening to or who was speaking because he was able to distinguish his voice for all of them. The narrator did a great job with emotions that were so easy to feel as I listened. He was outstanding!

The story itself was good as well. I think Xan stole a little piece of my heart and luckily Urho was right there with him...and Caleb was just a great character. So full of life and just the right partner for Xan. I also enjoyed seeing more of Jason & Vale.



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  • God-Shaped Hole

  • A Novel
  • By: Tiffanie DeBartolo
  • Narrated by: Rachael Warren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

When Beatrice Trixie Jordan replies to a personal ad, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming, effervescent 30-something free-spirit writer passionately seeking life. He possesses his own turns of phrase and ways of thinking and feeling that dissonantly harmonize with Trixie's off-center vision. As they rollercoaster through the joys and furies of their wrenching romance, they try to come to terms with the hurt brought about by both of their distant fathers who, in different ways, forsook them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To see a fortune teller or not to see one...

  • By Renee on 08-08-18

Can't Get Over It

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

H O L Y W O W!!!!!!!!
This book was amazing. This author really got me - from the very beginning and the acknowledgements....I just really enjoyed this story. I laughed. I cried. I am still crying a week later at all that this couple went through. I think the ending was what I expected though didn't want...and I loved it! Jacob really stole my heart and left me with a God Shaped hole, too.

  • You Never Know

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

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

Enjoyed the story

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I enjoyed this story though the narrator didn't quite have enough difference in his voice for all the characters. I think the story was written well and the 2nd chance trope was executed with style.

  • Full Tilt

  • Full Tilt Duet Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Scott
  • Narrated by: Nelson Hobbs, Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge - impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician and the demons that lure her down the glittering but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL BEYOND WORDS!!! NEEDS 100 STARS!!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 04-14-17

The Best Kind of Heartbreak

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book literally shook my soul. I fell hard for Kacey & Jonah quickly and was so wrapped up in their stories it was hard to get out of the car even when I got home from work - or any other number of random car trips just so I could get a few more minutes of listening in!!! I am so very thankful for the chance to read this book - even if it broke a little piece of me, it was absolutely worth it!!! <3

  • All In

  • Full Tilt Duet, Book 2
  • By: Emma Scott
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly, Jeremy York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Reeling from her loss, Kacey Dawson is grieving and heartbroken, her addictive demons hauling her back into the alcohol-soaked abyss she worked so hard to crawl out of. Kacey teeters on the edge of oblivion, and must fight her way through the pain, to build a new life for herself with her music, and somehow fulfill the promise she made to Jonah...one she feels is impossible to keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEAUTIFUL! HEARTWARMING! FOLLOW UP TO BOOK ONE!!!

  • By Cheri on 04-23-17

LOVE isn't a strong enough word!!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This story was perfection. I loved Kacey &Theo in the first book and was hopeful for their future, but Ms. Scott REALLY DELIVERED in this one!!! Don't get me wrong, there were totally moments I wanted to strangle someone - like Theo's mom at one point - but I really, really enjoyed this story and am so very happy I took the time to listen to it!!

  • The Best Laid Plans

  • By: Lauren Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo, Lia Langola
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn't far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple is just one strike too many for the powers that be. When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first but gradually warm to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surprise!

  • By karina Larson on 06-29-18

Enjoyable, unique story told from 3 Points of View

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

OVERALL: 4 out of 5 stars
STORY: 4 out of 5 stars
PERFORMANCE: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Gabe and Shahid have been together for years, but continue to hit roadblocks trying to adopt a baby. Since Gabe is bi-sexual they decide to try the old fashion way with their friend Kendra...we all know this is destined for trouble!

I enjoyed this story because I could feel the emotions right along with the three main characters. It was great that it was told in all three points of view and I could really get in their heads. The male narrator did not use enough distinction at times for me to know which guy’s POV we were supposed to be listening to sometimes.

This is the first book by me from this author, but I wouldn’t put reading another out of the question. She really pulled me into this story and I’m so glad I listened to it. These characters definitely faced some challenges, but I loved how they worked through all of it.


*** I voluntarily listened to a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

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  • #The Best Ever

  • 1Night Stand Series, Book 183
  • By: Deanna Wadsworth
  • Narrated by: Terrence Leonardo
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Jason Lewis is a self-proclaimed nerdy guy. Bullied most of his life, at 22 social situations still make him awkward. On a trip to the World Video Game Expo in Las Vegas, Jason decides to enlist the help of Madame Eve. While at the con, he runs into sexy, professional baseball pitcher Blake Huntington, the guy he tutored in high school. Blake invites him to a party and after hanging out with his high school crush, Jason begins to regret booking his "encounter" later that night. But Madame Eve may have planned the best night ever. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great second chance story.

  • By ButtonsMom2003 on 07-19-18

Cute Story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Narrator: 3 out of 5 stars
Story: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Jason and Blake knew each other years ago when Jason tutored Blake so he could pass his high school math class. They haven’t seen or spoken to each other in years, but when they are randomly hooked up again, it’s like no time has passed - for Blake at least.

I enjoyed this story though it was hard to distinguish the point of view and who was “talking” without more voice difference from the narrator and context clues from the author. I might have had an easier time if I had read it rather than listened, but I still enjoyed the book.

It was a quick rekindling and the awkwardness of the situations were cute. Blake was sweet and obviously had feelings for Jason. I loved the moment when Jason walked into the hotel room to discover all of the crazy food and wonder who in the world he was meeting….and the realization of who it was.


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  • Changing Plans

  • By: L.A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

After being stood up at the altar, compulsive over-planner Elliott Chandler decides to turn his honeymoon on Oahu into a vacation for one. Fate puts a hitch in his plans, however, when the airport is snowed in and his flight is delayed. In the terminal, the jilted groom catches the eye of another stranded traveler: the laid back and very sexy Derek Windsor. Derek breaks the ice and strikes up a conversation, and as the temperature drops outside, the heat between them rises.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oldie but goodie

  • By L. Antoine on 03-24-17

3 1/2 Out of 5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Total: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Performance: 3 out of 5 stars
Story: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the story a great deal. Derek and Elliott connected immediately in the airport and watching them drift through the beginnings of their relationship was fun and entertaining. Elliott and Derek were almost complete opposites in personality - Elliott was a planner with lists and goals. Derek was a by the seat of his pants kind of guy enjoying life to the fullest. Putting them together seemed natural.

The story flowed well and I really enjoyed getting Derek’s point of view in the last novel, BUT it was hard to distinguish who was talking/thinking without more difference in voice/inflection from the narrator. Had I been reading, I think it would have been more clear who was talking, but sometimes I found myself wondering who was saying what.


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  • Creed

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285

Way too young, 11-year-old Tucker Creed and his six-year-old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he's going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does, and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages. They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down, and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story. :)

  • By Malinda on 07-09-15

Tucker Creed made my heart smile!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that will make you fall in love every chapter while keeping the action going as well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Creed?

The first scene that took place in Creed's new hometown (I don't want to give up any of the story) was one of my favs for sure.

What does Mackenzie Cartwright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like how she was able to distinguish between Sylie's voice and Creed's while delivering the story with a great deal of emotion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I definitely laughed more than once. though I never cried, I was teary eyed a few times with some of the scenes reflecting on their pasts.

Any additional comments?

This story was a great first read/listen from an author that I have heard about non-stop for some time now. I wish there was more Creed because he really stole a piece of my heart in this one! <3