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  • The Sartorial Senator

  • A Nick Williams Mystery, Volume 3
  • By: Frank W. Butterfield
  • Narrated by: Brian Rollins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Nick and Carter just want to go home to San Francisco after their adventures in Mexico. But before they can sail into the Golden Gate, Nick receives a subpoena from America's most infamous witch hunter in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, an old schoolmate from Carter's childhood shows up and revives painful memories. Once they get to the nation's capitol, they are plunged into helping yet another flirtatious police detective solve a curious murder that leads to some very dark places. In the end, Nick and Carter set a trap to catch the killer and get much more than they bargained for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition to the series.

  • By choccygrl on 24-01-19

Another great addition to the series.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I really get excited when a new book in this series drops on Audible. It's such fun to see where the guys adventures will take them next, although it's lucky Nick is loaded because they never get paid. The adventures are always a fun ride but it's the information about the times, people and places that really makes these books such a joy to listen to. That and I just love Carter.

  • Vanilla Clouds

  • By: Roe Horvat
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michał enjoys most in life. His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person. A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day - tall, shy, and charming. If Michał can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended sweetness with a pinch of angst

  • By Olivia F on 23-12-18

Adorable

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

This was a lovely story. Sweet and romantic. And while I knew where it was going for the most part I adored the tale told to get there.
Definitely a story to go back to again and again.
And while I'm on that subject, I might just have found a new favourite narrator.

  • 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 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

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?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By tenisha on 07-02-19

Bland romance

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This bland romance has a premise that is too ridiculous. What wedding planner doesn't know the names of the people getting married? So the romance plot was contrived and so was the wedding plot, plus the dialogue was stilted. The characters spent far too much time in their heads, over-thinking everything, and not just once, but over and over on the same subject.
I can't say I liked any of the characters that much. I hated the bride to be (Hunter's sister) and Toby annoyed me no end, he had the most ridiculous expectations of Hunter's behaviour with his sister.
Unfortunately the narrator had some heavy handed dialogue to deal with but it was made even harder to listen to because there was no distinction between the characters, even the female ones and I often lost track of who was speaking. However the narrator was probably the best thing about this book. The reading was clear and concise and the narrator has a nice voice, but it was more of a reading than a performance.

  • 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 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

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
  • fantastic

  • By OCorkyO on 28-02-19

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Oh my, that was even better than reading the book. Or worse, depending on how you look at it. What a sobfest. It was so bloody good.

If Leta Blake tugged on my heartstrings with Xan's story, then the narrator used those strings to rip my heart out and play yoyo with it.

 made no bones in my last review that Xan broke me almost every time he appeared on the page in Slow Heat. Now we catch up with him five years later and committed to an omega. But his ability to break my heart remains. He hates himself and is wilfully self-destructive which is almost painfully to read but once he is happy, he is a joy. I think Xan is probably my favourite character from the series. 

Now I need Ray's story, because the possibility of a bearded bear of an omega turning up in that tale has me salivating. 

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this one too

  • By books and me on 28-12-18

Fun historical mystery

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I picked this up because I really like the narrator. Plus it's a historical mystery and those really are my cup of tea. I enjoyed the mystery, and even though I'd not read/listened to any of the previous stories I didn't have too much problems with picking up the relationship and the history behind it. But it's Joel L Froomkin's narration that really makes this story for me.

  • Mending Fences

  • A Crow Creek Novel
  • By: Nya Rawlyns
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Ben's and Matt's paths cross when they discover Matt's father has gone missing from a cattle drive in the high country of the Absaroka Range. What starts as a simple search and rescue turns into a race against time when rustlers and the forces of nature conspire against them. Both men discover the wilderness will test their mettle and their bravery, but the ultimate proving ground lies in overcoming the challenges to their minds and hearts. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cowboys and damaged heroes

  • By choccygrl on 27-08-18

Cowboys and damaged heroes

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

Audio.
Great narrator.
I got a bit confused with the details of the rustling but the relationship was well written. Matt and Ben fell hard and fast but under the circumstances it fit the story. And I liked both characters.
I've not read any of the previous books, and I have to say Ash didn't exactly endear himself to me. But luckily he wasn't my focus.
If you like cowboys and damaged heroes, then you'll enjoy this.

  • Changing Lines

  • Harrisburg Railers Hockey, Book 1
  • By: RJ Scott, V.L. Locey
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

As the youngest of the three Rowe brothers, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers. Jared Madsen is Tennant’s new coach and the sexiest thing on which he’s ever laid eyes. Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. Nine years his junior and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows his heart could get him into trouble again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By choccygrl on 15-08-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

This is the first book in RJ Scott and VL Locey’s hockey series about a NHL team, the Harrisburg Railers.

Tennant Rowe is the youngest of a trio of hockey playing brothers. He’s starting at a newly formed team, much to his brothers’ disgust. He’s also deep in the closet.

Jared ‘Mads’ Maddison is a friend of Tennant’s older brother. He’s an ex-hockey player and coach at Tennant’s new team. And he’s bi-sexual.

When the two meet the attraction is instantaneous. However the age gap, coach/player relationship, Tennant’s closet, and Mad’s teenage son stop them from acting on their attraction.

Mads is the level head in this relationship, taking things slow and being considerate of Tennant’s situation. Despite being in the closet there isn’t much denial or reluctance about Tennant. Once he realises he’s in it for the long haul, he embraces the relationship and, slowly comes out to various people.

I normally say that I prefer one character to another but in this case I liked both characters equally. They really complemented each other.

The hockey content wasn’t overwhelming (as a non-hockey watcher) and there were some great secondary characters (I adored Stan).

The ending is a solid HFN but it does end at a point just before a situation that could put pressure on a new relationship. I hope we see how the couple cope with the fallout in one of the future books.

The audio is narrated by Sean Crisden. If you follow my reviews you’ll know that I love Sean’s work. I never worry when picking up one of Sean’s audios. And here is no exception. It’s not always easy when you have lots of family in one scene, especially with same sex siblings.

All in all, this is a well written and fun book with an excellent narrator.

  • With a Kick: Collection No. 1

  • By: Clare London
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This collection includes the charming London-based novellas of the With a Kick series - A Twist and Two Balls and Slap and Tickle. Also included are two short stories featuring the characters in these titles.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, funny and fabulous

  • By MaryD on 27-06-18

So much fun. And Ice cream.

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Joel Leslie adds a new layer to a favourite series.

Each character has their own distinct voice and their personalities, as written by Clare London, shines through in the performance.

The writing is excellent and Clare London creates flawed characters that we want to alternately hug and shake, but always want to love.
Eddy, a neurotic z-list actor. Nuri, a steady reliable Turkish taxi driver whose dreams of being more have been sidelined in favour of providing for his family. And their sweet and sexy relationship that has the funniest beginning. and a great family dynamic with Nuri's family.
Then there's Bryan, an accountant who's all about control and order, who gets together with Phiz, who as his name suggests, is flighty, talks without thinking, clumsy, and just a tad kinky. Lucky then that Bryan is repressing a spanking kink of his own.
These stories are set in London, an area that Ms London knows well, and it shows in the multicultural nature of the stories and the descriptions of streets and traffic and the tube. They also have a strong British voice, especially in the humour.

I love them. And I know I'll be revisiting these audiobooks often, especially when I want to put a smile on my face.

  • Slow Heat

  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-30s, he's long since given up hope that he'll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He's fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends. When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can't be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio

  • By Dawn Mayhew on 12-06-18

The whole package was excellent.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I think one of the reasons I can't really connect with MPREG books as a whole is less to do with the male pregnancy thing and more to do with the why. The reader suddenly discovers a man is pregnant and there is no reason behind it, or just a perfunctory mention. Not so with this book. Leta Blake has given us a whole well built backstory on the world and why male pregnancy is necessary (there are literally no female humans, due to THE GREAT DEATH). Making Jason a student was a stroke of genius because it allowed her to have a reason to introduce the world-building information without it appearing as info dumps.

Jason was a sweetheart and Vale too independent (which was good) and full of self loathing (which was understandable). I didn't like Urho (until I did--you'll know when). In fact the whole group, including the cat, were great as an ensemble cast.

When I read the book I cried ugly tears in this one several times. I thought my heart would be ripped out when I read about Xan (Jason's best friend) and the last 20% of the book had me in tears almost constantly. Because I knew what was coming you'd think I've been prepared but I wasn't. I cried again at Xan and at a point near the end of the story (you'll know when it is).

This is my first book with Michael Ferraiuolo as narrator and I wasn't disappointed. He has a soft tone which suited this story perfectly. He also had an excellent range of voices and once assigned to a character they never faltered.

  • Cabin Love

  • By: Hayden Hunt
  • Narrated by: J.J. Jenness
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Well, there it is, another failed relationship. And right before Christmas time, too. After breaking up with my boyfriend, the only thing I want to do is get out of town and have some time to myself. Thankfully, my best friend Jake has a cabin that I can go to for the weekend. Except that Jake forgot that the cabin already has been booked for the weekend. So I'm pretty surprised when I go up there and find Chris relaxing in the cabin. And I drove four hours to get here! Thankfully, Chris is nice enough to let me stay the night so I don't have to drive home in bad weather.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Instalove in the worst way

  • By choccygrl on 04-03-18

Instalove in the worst way

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I had to force myself to finish this because I had agreed to review a copy. Unfortunately this tale failed to grab me. The characters were bland and could easily have been interchangeable, which is not good for a 1st person alternate pov. This lack of distinction wasn't helped by the narrator who didn't even attempt different voices for the two MCs and whose delivery was flat. I have more to say but unfortunately none of it is complimentary so I'll end my review there.