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Totally loved it

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

Reviewed: 26-02-20

Though this is a separate series to the authors Look After You, some of the characters cross over so I decided I wanted to read them in order!

In this story, the main character Jo (sister-in-law of Ashton from LAY series) is starting afresh with her son in Austin, Texas, a few years after losing the love of her life, Christopher, in Afghanistan. Coming to blows with her new neighbour Drew over his loud music, sets off sparks in both of them (and the reader - this one anyway!) and it's a journey and a half to see how their relationship progresses.

This book gave me ALL THE FEELS in so many ways. I felt happiness, sadness, hot under the collar-ness, and there was a good ounce of humour in there too.

I really loved Jo - she was so down to earth, but she had battle scars and though she was afraid to move on, she wasn't afraid to show them. Drew, now what can I say about Drew. Insert sweaty/drool/on fire emoji and that should suffice. The sexual tension between them was palpable from the off.

Of course with any Matthews book, there is a spanner thrown into the works and you're sat thinking WHAT. THE. F. Or sat screaming (quietly) Noooooooooooo.

But I just really loved all of the relationships, with the secondary characters too, and how the story progressed. On to the next one now!

AUDIO
This is the first time I've listened to a book with this narrator and she really brought the character of Jo to life. The emotions in her voice and the ability to distinguish characters from each other just took this story to another level. Totally loved her accent too!

Struggled with the narrator

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

Reviewed: 25-01-20

The first in the Harper Falls series, the story of Rose O'Brian - multi Grammy winning songwriter, and Jack Winston - former bodyguard and current multi millionaire computer whizz. Both looking for different things. Rose wants one night - Jack wants more; but due to a drunken bet he has to wait anyway...

In this instance I seemed to connect more with the male mc than the female mc. I couldn't warm to Rose, she just seemed a bit...naive on the whole. Jack on the other hand was a true gentleman throughout and I'd have liked a bit more from his POV.

Some of the scenes in the story felt like filler and I don't think added much to it. I really liked the scene setting though, Williams did a great job of putting a picture in my head and helping me imagine Harper Falls as a place I'd love to visit!

This was my first book by Mary J Williams but I would still like to read the rest of the books in this series.

AUDIO
I have to say I struggled quite a bit because it didn't seem like it was edited enough (can you do that with audiobooks?). At points the narrator was repeating herself, sort of like she realised her expression wasn't right so decided to say the sentence again. And there didn't seem to be much pausing between characters/chapters which confused me.

Mesmerising male narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

This was my first read by A E Murphy so I wasn't sure what to expect.

I found it easy to get into, being introduced immediately to two of the main characters, Tempest (Pest) and Maddox (Mads). They're just back from doing aid work overseas and staying with Mads father, Sargeant - a bit of a woman hater it seemed and I did wonder why! But it came to light further into the story.

I have to admit, I didn't like Sargeant to begin with - I thought he was a bit of a tosser! Pest and Maddox's relationship was a little confusing - although friends, they seemed more like lovers. To other characters in the book too. But the sexual tension between Pest and Sargeant was seeping from the pages too...

It was a bit of a rollercoaster - the tension finally exploded, then everything was going great, then something dramatic happened (which seemed a bit out of place), then everyone didn't like each other again, and then they did.

The writing was effective and quite deep at points - and the banter between characters had a few laughs out of me. The sex scenes were especially hot! Murphy managed to make me come around to liking Sergeant in the end, and most of the characters were likeable too. Overall, an enjoyable read.

AUDIO

The narrators really made the story come to life, and I was mesmerized by Sergeant's "voice". I'm not sure if the female narrator is American or British, but if the former then her British accent was quite good. They both managed to make the opposite sex characters analogue distinguishable too, and used lots of emotion in narration.

Slow burn for me

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

This was my first read by this author so I went in with open expectations. I love a good thriller so I was looking forward to this, though it's not so much of a thriller...

I found it really hard to get into, it was a bit of a slow burn for me. The number of characters introduced so quickly, skipping from one to the other, was really confusing and I struggled to see why they were all needed. It took a while to see how & why they all tied together.

The secret. I felt it was revealed way too soon for the length of the story, although I had it figured out way before then to be honest. It left me wondering what more is there to tell in the story. I feel like a lot of it was filler - like I don't get what the repetitive mention of the Berlin wall added to the story.

Most of the characters I also struggled to like, though some I found myself warming to the further I got, and the ones I liked initially, going the other way.

Some of the dialogue between some of the female characters was humorous and I have to admit I did have a few chuckles. The kind of things I can actually imagine coming out in real life.

Overall, it's not a story I'll rave about and I'll probably forget about it soon, but it does certainly make you think about how much you think you know about family and relationships, and deepest hidden secrets.

I will probably still read more from Moriarty though.

AUDIO

I listened to the audio for this, and although I found the narrator irritating at first she read it well. She had mannerisms and tones pinned down, and was just right for the book.

A-MA-ZING

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

I have a confession to make. This is my first read by CoHo. BUUUUUT I know this isn't like her usual books - however this had been recommended as a top read of the year and it sounded like my kinda thing, so there we are.

I was hooked from the off - just the way it began had me immediately wanting more and I didn't want to stop reading. As I listened to the audiobook I would find myself driving slower, and going on longer walks, just to get more!

I really had a feel for all of the characters - the development of these was great and my questions about them weren't left unanswered. I didn't know whether I wanted to love or hate Verity; I thought there was something fishy about Jeremy, because he just seemed too nice; and I was on the fence about Lowen.

Every time I thought I had the story figured out, Hoover just chucked another twist in, and boom, a lot of "Noooo waaaay" was being said. I definitely didn't foresee the ending.

There were some scenes that could be quite harrowing for some, but apart from a few "woah's" they didn't bother me being in the book, as they were pretty much integral to the overall story and Hoover wrote them so well.

The composition of the story - a book within a book, of sorts - was something I've never read before but I loved the idea.

This is one of those books I wish I could read for the first time all over again.

AUDIO

Both narrators were amazing - Lowen's narration was so animated and Verity's was mesmerising. They were both perfect for each character and really brought the story to life.

Enjoyable F/F dragon story

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

This was a book of firsts for me; my very first dragon PNR, my very first F/F, and my first read from Arizona Tape (I've previously read a novella from Greenwood).

It was a very down to earth, straight to the point book. We get the information we need to know, but never having read about dragons before, I'd have liked a bit more on the world, how they live alongside humans, the different types of dragons mentioned etc.

Saying that, it was really well written and the writing is seamless for a duo. There was a good mix of emotion and humour from the characters, and the development was good.

It's not a sexy book - I don't know why I automatically assumed it was! - but I really enjoyed reading about the developing romantic relationship between the two females.

I'll definitely consider reading more from this series.

Emotional insightful story

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

This isn't a book I would normally look at or read but I went in on the glowing recommendation of a friend.

It felt like it was written from the heart, and I did wonder if the author had been through it. Reading the authors note at the end, she had in fact been an aid worker and met hundreds of refugees with their own stories which she gathered into this book.

The story of Nuri and his wife Afra, told from his perspective. Their journey of devastation, heartbreak, smuggling, and PTSD. Pretty much, the life of a refugee from a broken country - in this case Syria. The bees were significant to the story too, and not just something that was slotted in here and there.

The journey was recounted in the present day, intertwined with flashbacks. It was heart wrenching to read at some points, and it really made me think about the situation that refugees flee from when they have no other choice. It was certainly a poignant story and one I would recommend.

AUDIO
This was narrated by Art Malik so a familiar voice to me. He portrayed all the characters and the voices really well, and held my attention throught the story.

Good story, not keen on narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

I was looking forward to reading this cheeky little novella - reverse harem and food - yeah, sweet!

Right from the off it had me salivating with the mc Saffron's descriptions of her wonderful baked goods in her little cafe.

The banter between her and her friends was amusing, and then when the two hot brothers show things get steamy...

The story moved a little fast with not a lot of in between stuff - mostly just skipping from one thing to another - but it's a sweet hot read for if you want something quick. It wasn't overloaded with sex either which I expected it to be, so that was nice.

AUDIO

I listened to the audio of this and I think that may have affected my review a little as I just couldn't engage with the narrator - she sounded robotic and I had to make myself push through the book as otherwise was a good story.

Full of teenage angst

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

Though I've read this author previously - the Chastity Falls series and a standalone - this was my first read in a while by Cotton.

TTWY is definitely full of angst, caused mainly by Hailee and Cameron and the tension between them - romantic and sexual - emanating from the pages.

It's a bit of a slow burn romance because Cameron is the best friend of Jason, Hailee's step brother (who hate each other) and has been a cause of strife in her life for years thanks to their pranks they've pulled on her.

There was a couple of other storylines interwoven within the main one, and they were done with ease. We come to learn of other characters including Hailee's best friend Flick, and Jason's teammates (that I can't wait to read more from!).

Like Cotton's other college sports romances, the writing is seamless, full of emotion and pulls you in from the very beginning.

There was one particular incident that made me feel a bit uncomfortable as nothing seemed to come of it and it was like it was just swept under the carpet, otherwise it would have had 5 stars. I'll definitely be reading the next in the series though!

Ok listen

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

This was my first read (or should I say listen!) by Ali Dean, and as a usual liker of NA sports romance, I was hoping to like it.

I have to say, it wasn't the greatest sports romance I've ever read. I couldn't connect with any of the main characters really. Shay Spark and her twin Kick (I connected more with her though this story was about Shay), star swimmers; Julian Reid, Shay's on/off booty call; and Jett Decker, Olympic track star.

It was going sort of okay until chapter 3 when Shay and Jett just immediately started dry humping on the dance floor without even speaking, and Kick almost had an orgasm over watching it... It went right down to a 3* for me at that point.

There was just way too much drama that didn't really have any "oomph" about it, a love triangle with no spark (excuse the pun), and the instalove without introductions... It all just seemed quite naive for me.

That said, I do have Kick's story on audio and have started listening already. It also hasn't put me off reading any of the authors other series.

(AUDIO)
The narrator didn't really have me gripped, and the characters could have been easily confused if you weren't paying attention.