LISTENER

MaryD

  • 173
  • reviews
  • 52
  • helpful votes
  • 448
  • ratings

Second book, Second chance romance

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

Reviewed: 12-07-20

This is the second book in the series and I think it can be read alone. My word what a mess Dane is. I felt for Chis, he didn’t know where he was with Dane who kept pushing him away only to regret his decision. Chris’s little brother, Channing, getting into trouble was a good way to get them talking again. I do love a happy ending. I am looking forward to the next book so much I might have to read it first!
Whilst I enjoyed Conner Brown’s narration I did have trouble at times distinguishing between Conner and Dane.

Good steady first book in the series

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

Reviewed: 29-06-20

There are a lot of firsts for me here, my first book by Ali Lyda and the first time I’ve listened to Jack J Maguire’s narration. I can confidently say it will not be the last. I am eyeing up book 2. This is completely a stand alone story of a lot of miscommunication, misunderstanding and past hurt muddy up a potentially wonderful romance between Javi and Gordo. So much happens for them in this story that they grow and learn to love and cherish each other.
Jack J Maguire gave Javi a lovely raspy voice which suited his character and his portrayal of the stutter was spot on. I was happy with the way this book was narrated. There is good characterisation and each character is distinct. Good job.

Go Team A.L.P.H.A

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

Reviewed: 23-06-20

The second bundle of A.L.P.H.A oops is just as good as the first one.
Stolen starts from the end of Hacked, book 4, but from Cain’s point of view (at least for the torcher part) I loved the romance of it with Ezra needing to convince Cain he can trust them all. With the added bonus of Brothers reuniting.
Hidden is where Jonas finds his mate. I love that his mate works for ‘the man’ a hackers nightmare to be mated to law enforcement. Wonderful twist for the story.
Decked was the sweetest of them all for me, Christmas romance with two new characters and the children growing up (although I can’t keep track of them!) and the introduction of Alphabits. I think I love this story the most with Papa P and Ray’s story as well.
The epilogues are wonderfully funny. I finished the books laughing.
Colin Darcy’s narration is excellent, he has great characterisation throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed his narration and the A.L.P.H.A stories.

A.L.P.H.A. bonus

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

Reviewed: 19-06-20

What a treat to get the first four stories Grabbed, Taken, Stuck, Hacked, together with new epilogues. I love these characters. Susi Hawke and Christa Crown certainly know how to give their characters a lot of character if you know what I mean. I liked that there is a story thread running through these books about an organised attack on shifters. These stories are such fun.
In Grabbed, Noah finds his fated mate a seemingly pretentious Omega. Poor Noah makes one mistake after another but always comes through for Preston.
Taken is where Levi finds his mate. The story tackles human (or I should say Shifter) trafficking very sensitively.
I found Stuck quite amusing and sweet. Poor Boomer facing the twins ire over his mating with their little brother. Not to mention Boomer’s family. Great fun.
In Hacked the mysterious character called Pax gets the focus. The relationship between Pax and Zeke is great. Zeke has certainly met his match in his mate.
The narrator changed from book 2, Taken, onwards and it did take a little time getting used to the new voice but when I did I enjoyed them immensely

Enjoyable Regency Romp

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

Reviewed: 10-06-20

I am not usually drawn to historical books but this one caught my eye and I am so pleased it did. The story is an irreverent take on the views of Male sexuality in the Regency period. I listened with a smile on my face at Benjamin’s nativity as he tried in vain to cure himself. In this attempt we are treated to delicious liaison scenes that KA Merikan writes so well.
I was not totally convinced about the narration at the start but James Reily’s style grew on me. Making it overall a very enjoyable listen.

A fantastic modern fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 14-05-20

What a great retelling of beauty and the beast. It has all the wonderful elements of a fairy tale, love triumphs over adversity. I cheered Joshua and Darius on. Booing at the horrible villain of the story, Darius' father Victor. Don’t get me wrong this is not a pantomime retelling but a brilliantly crafted story that pulled on my heart at times and had me shouting support for Joshua and Darius. Helen certainly drove up the anticipation as I desperately wanted Victor to get what he deserved.
I have not heard Kieron Flitton narration before and I thought he did a marvellous job. The characters were clearly defined and he enhanced emotional pull of the story.

Perfect love story

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

Reviewed: 21-04-20

Such a wonderfully satisfying story and the narration was spot on. I am definitely going to be listening to this book again and looking out for Tor Thom’s narration.

Great story

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

Reviewed: 31-03-20

I can take or leave Shifter stories and this is a good one. I loved the slow burn and that it wasn’t an obvious soul mate, insta love story. Both Johnnie and Hugh had to work out what their relationship was before they truly connected and what they meant to each other.
As always Greg Tremblay’s narration was perfect. He plays each character so well that they have a vitality which makes it very enjoyable to listen to.

Intriguing cosy mystery

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

Reviewed: 27-03-20

This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by the author. I love hearing how the author envisioned the characters, from their accents to their mannerisms, it gave another dimension to the story. Such a lovely cosy mystery I wondered how it was going to turn out with Jonathan’s laid back approach. Wonderful characters that have a very real to life feel about them. I’ll definitely be looking out for more in the series coming to audiobook.

1 person found this helpful

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 27-03-20

Well I didn’t see that coming, what a perfect ending. I absolutely love Davey and this story fits him perfectly. Davey needed to develop his list to grow into a Daddy. Best friends to lovers is so satisfying. Davey and Sammy fit so well together. Diva Daddy and his princess, so absolutely perfect.
As always Michael Dean brings all the characters to life and this little family is no exception.