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Million Dollar Marriage audiobook cover art

Fun premise, good characters, especially Luke

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

I really liked this book but i have to be honest, I was worried at first because I didn't like Penelope aka "Nell" aka "Penny" at the beginning. She was a bit whiny and a little too snobby. It was fantastic, though, how the author made her grow throughout the book. Luke was pretty awesome from the beginning. Even then, he was protective of Nell and looking out for her and his character made me continue the book even when i was a bit annoyed with Nell in the beginning. Overall, the premise was interesting (reality television where the contestants have to get married and then compete in a race) and we got to revisit the characters from the first book, which was great (you don't have to read that one to understand what happens here but it was so great, you should!). I also listened to the audio for a bit and the narrators were great. I've listened to Jacob Morgan before and he was excellent as expected- good pacing, great ability to play multiple characters. This is my first book with Meg Sylvan and she was also great, playing the different characters well. I thought they did a good job revealing the emotion of the characters.

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Fun quick romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-19

Maggie is (a bit irrationally) angry at Gabe for having a successful hotel next to her parents’ failing hotel. Gabe wants to expand his hotel's business but he has to overcome a bad reputation that he fostered during his baseball playing days. So, Gabe suggests a fake marriage that will 1) give him a better reputation and 2) will allow him to pay her the money she needs to help her parents. At first, I found their insta-lust to insta-love a bit unrealistic given how angry Maggie is and how much she acted out. But Gabe is pretty fun and he breaks through her anger and soon, the romance becomes cute and amusing. This was an easy read and the narrator Meghan Kelly was good- she played both roles really well and she differentiated between the male and female characters in a way that was clear and well done. This was a fun quick romance.

I received this book from #AudioBookObsessionReviewer.

Call Her Mine audiobook cover art

Beautiful and emotional, great narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-19

Oh, I should have know this was going to be an emotional story because this book follows the Sugar Lake books. During the first half of the book, it was wonderful to see Ben and Aurelia come together and those times with baby Bea made me laugh and miss those times with my little babies. The last quarter of the book was so emotional, especially as a parent. This book made me smile, laugh and cry and it was a beautiful book that really highlights love of many types- the romantic love, the love between siblings and the love of parents and child. Such a perfect start to a new series. I loved it and look forward to the next book in this series.

I listened mostly to the audiobook and Isabelle Ruther was great. While it would have been wonderful to have both a male and female narrator, she played the roles perfectly and was able to actually do a really good male voice. I really enjoyed listening to her tell the story.

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Muse audiobook cover art

Sweet insta-love romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-19

This was a sweet story. Becca is a writer going home who is having extensive writer's block. While at the airport, her laptop goes missing. She's in a panic when she meets Noah, an actor who is not happy where he is (he's a well known superhero actor). They both have issues with their lot in life and with that in common, they develop a relationship. Over a couple of days stuck in the airport, they keep each other company, learn more about each other and therefore, learn more about themselves. It's a generally happy, easy to listen to story. I thought that both Lauren and Stephen did a great job playing the characters as well as during conversations, playing multiple parts. It was an easy listen and i enjoyed all parts of this book.

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Good book

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-19

I recently found this author and I really like her way of writing- usually she has really adorable characters who are a bit quirky. In this case, the quirkiness may be a bit too much. This book follows Olivia and John. John is Olivia's brother's best friend and they all grew up together but these two had a contentious relationship. I wasn't a huge fan of Olivia because I thought she was a little mean to John when they were younger and I'm not sure she got better. There were many areas where there was a good amount of humor but John was a little awkward too, so these two personalities together made it so that there were moments where I wasn't a fan of their interaction. Overall, I enjoyed the book though- there were many more smiles than (slight) frowns. And of course, there is an HEA :o)

The narration is good. Mackenzie Cartwright is great, good pacing and good overall command of voices and emotions. Benjamin Walker had a really stilted way of speaking but I think it is intentional given John's personality but it was a bit too much for the whole book.

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One of my favorites audiobooks

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-19

This is definitely one of my favorite audiobooks. There's so much good about this audiobook. Not only are Jason Clarke and Andi Arndt amazing narrators (excellent pacing, great voices, perfect representation of characters and in fact, both of them narrate in some of the chapters, which i love because it really feels like a movie), but they SING. And they are really good singers. So, excellent narration plus music. (By the way, Shane East and Amanda Ronconi are great too- Shane's accent is beautiful and i'm looking forward to the next book to listen to him narrate.

The story is adorable. It's a story about second chances. Sloane and Malone met 7 years ago. Malone, a veterinarian, just started a relationship with Sloane when he found out that she is the daughter to his practice's lead partner. So, he has to actually break off the relationship. Fast forward to the present and they are now in constant contact because Sloane is in animal rescue and she is using their practice. Can they overcome the obstacles to reestablish their relationship?

First off, these two characters love animals and they are caring, fun and cute together. This is a low angst, happy rom-com that just makes me smile. I loved every minute. Great supporting cast and a good set up to the next book, Instant Gratification.

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Sexy Motherpucker audiobook cover art

Sweet romance with a bit of hockey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-19

We first met Brendan and Laura in the prior book (this is the 2nd in a series) but you don't need to have read the prior book to understand what is happening here. Brendan and Laura have a history but some miscommunications and misperceptions have kept them apart. This story is about them finding out more about themselves and each other so that they can overcome those issues to get to their HEA. Brendan is a sweetheart who feels and loves so deeply so I really loved him. Laura is the same- she obviously loves hard as we saw in the prior story with her sister and her best friend Justin but we definitely see now with Brendan and his daughter. Having two such admirable and sweet characters really made the book but this also had some real LOL parts.

The narrators, Summer and Tyler were great. Did multiple voices well, fun to listen to and overall, great pacing made this an enjoyable AE listen. Too bad the other ones in the series aren't in AE- I had a lot of fun with these last two books!!

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Fun friends to lovers hockey themed romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-19

This is a really cute friends to lovers romance. Justin is a star hockey player and Libby is his best friend's sister. But they also are great friends and she therefore feels comfortable asking him for help in becoming less awkward with the opposite sex in hopes that she can start a relationship with her crush from school. Can he do it and can they maintain their friendship (it's an HEA so you know the answer to that. ha)

But what was great about the book is that the characters were really fun. Justin's past was mentioned a few times, setting him up to be a playboy but his dealings with Libby were pretty sweet, which is probably attributable to their strong friendship. Libby was also a genuinely nice person (she's a teacher) who is a bit naive and innocent but in such a way it wasn't eye-rolling. So a great cast really helped and that includes the supporting cast (sister Laura's HEA is addressed in the next book in the series). I listened to this book via Escape and I enjoyed both the narrators- they both had great pacing, good infusion of emotion and good voices that generally felt consistent with the characters. (even when they were playing characters of the opposite sex). So I enjoyed the narration as well.

Boss Girl: Minnesota Ice, Book 2 audiobook cover art

Redemption of a character and a sweet romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-19

I have to admit that when I saw that this book followed Jocelyn, I really didn't think that she could be redeemed. But you know what, Lily Kate did the impossible. I really liked Jocelyn in this book. But mostly, I LOVED Boxer. The way he is with his daughter, Charlie, is perfect and heartwarming, something that made me smile completely. It reminds me of my husband with our children and it makes me so happy to read about these interactions. So I hoped that the author could make Jocelyn worthy of him and she did an admirable job. Their interactions were fun and sweet, including with Charlie. This book was low angst and I loved how the characters dealt with the "angsty" scenario, which I feel like other authors would have blown out to put an obstacle to their HEA. It was a great story.

Mostly, I listened to the audiobook and I thought both did a great job playing multiple characters. Great modulation of tone, great intonation. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and recommend it.

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Fun book, great characters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-19

This was my first book from Lily Kate and I really liked it. There are so many funny parts and what an adorable premise. (I want a smiley pizza). Both Ryan and Andi are great characters- they start as friends (although with a healthy dose of attraction) and as their friendship builds, so does love. Both are aiming for chances in their career but they realize that they need to prioritize love. But can they and still get everything they want? It's a great book that isn't too angsty. I have to say, I've looked at the next book in the series and I'm hoping that Lily Kate has the ability to make a miracle happen with that couple :o) (but i'll definitely be reading it!)

I listened to the audiobook for the majority of this book. The narrators, Kasha and Iggy are pretty good. They were good with the voices, pacing was good and the narration was enjoyable.