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  • Honey Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 2
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Ann Hackstetter first met Jackson Martinez while vacationing at Lazy M Dude Ranch with her husband and teenage son. Part of the "dude" package was a night of fun at Boot Bustin' Barn. At the time, Ann suspected that Sage Tanner, owner of Lazy M, bribed Jackson to ask her to dance as a way of making her inattentive husband jealous. On a whim, she danced with him. Little did she realize he would awaken emotions long suppressed. Of course, she ignored those emotions. Now, five years later, she's a widow--a destitute widow. Over the years, her son's friendship with Sage's daughter, Julie, has blossomed, and now they're getting married. Wedding responsibilities have temporarily taken Ann's mind off her desperate situation. At the reception, Jackson asks her to dance again--reawakening those emotions. He makes her feel twenty-one, instead of forty-one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Western romance with an unusual twist!

  • By A D. on 13-08-18

Western romance with an unusual twist!

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This audiobook is quite entertaining. I love that several relationships between older women and younger men are featured amongst the supporting characters as well as Jackson and Annie. I enjoyed the surprise twists in the plot. I like how complex Annie and Jackson's are. Both are damaged by unfortunate pasts but willing to make a go at a different future. I especially enjoyed the way the book seemed to meander when appropriate and gain momentum at just the right times.

Overall a fun, action filled (though not packed), sweet romance that rates quite high on the feel-good factor.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Nick

  • Brothers in Blue Series, Book 1
  • By: Simone Carter
  • Narrated by: Lissa Blackwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Darcy Campbell was a laid-off Chicago music teacher who took a job playing at a piano bar out of desperation. A bad day turned disastrous when she was the only witness to a mass murder. She watched in horror as her boss, his son, and other employees were gunned down. The police promised to protect her identity if she testified against the monsters who had committed the massacre. But her name was discovered, and threats immediately fired in her direction. Detective Nick Baker promised to protect her, and when things got hot, he hid her away in his cabin in the backwoods of Wisconsin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet and action-packed!

  • By A D. on 08-08-18

Short, sweet and action-packed!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Simone Carter is quite adept at writing sexy, action-packed, romantic stories that cut out the superfluous details that can weigh a plot down. Nick and Darcy's story literally starts with heated eye contact and speeds up from there. Their connection literally parallels the level of danger that surrounds them.

Of course, boy meets girl, girl is in danger, boy saves girl is too unsophisticated for this story. There is an element of that basic plot structure but also so much more, including bacon grease, a skillet, sneaky friends and a seemingly insurmountable personal history.

This audiobook is easy to listen to and entertaining from start to finish. Lissa Blackwell has a pleasant narrative voice as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Marquess of Temptation

  • Reluctant Regency Brides Series, Book 3
  • By: Claudia Stone
  • Narrated by: Duchess DeFoix, Duke DeFoix
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Since her father’s death, Miss Hestia B. Stockbow has been living a lie. Working as a companion, under an assumed name, all she wants to do is keep her head down and forget about the scandalous tragedy that haunts her past. There’s only one problem… After two delicious, stolen kisses, the usually aloof Alexander Delaney, Marquess of Falconbridge, finds himself entranced by Belinda Bowstock, a lowly paid companion. When he discovers that she is, in fact, his missing ward, Alex realizes there's only one thing he can do: Marry the chit and help her solve the mystery of her father's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It is a Regency romance all the way!

  • By A D. on 06-08-18

It is a Regency romance all the way!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

What does one usually expect from a Regency romance? Perhaps a physically and mentally strong peer of the realm? An unusual damsel often in impoverished circumstances? Balls? Grand dresses? A little mystery? A little danger? A little talk of Napoleon? This book has all the above.

To be fair, there is nothing unusual about the story but it is a satisfying Regency listen. I liked the characters, even the supporting characters and I enjoyed the bit of mystery that didn't quite turn out the way expected.

Overall enjoyable and very easy to listen to!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • A Christmas Eve in Captain's Point

  • Captain's Point Stories, Book 61
  • By: Charlotte Kent, Annie Acorn
  • Narrated by: Lisa Leslie
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Becca Tate and Jeff Stuart have lived in Captain's Point all their lives. She's an aspiring historian, destined to teach at a major university. He's a journalism student who is tied by circumstances to his father's landscaping firm. Will the magic of Christmas be enough to hold their budding relationship together, as their lives intertwine with Bill Adams and his wife, Millie, along with star-crossed lovers Big Dan O'Malley and Dora Jean McCarthy? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Snapshots of a special Christmas Eve

  • By A D. on 04-08-18

Snapshots of a special Christmas Eve

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

It is a little weird listening to a Christmas romance during the summer months but this story was filled with all the wonders of Christmas that I couldn't help being delightfully filled with Christmas spirit!

The story takes place on Christmas Eve when almost everyone is looking forward to the special evening service at church. It looks like it may be a white Christmas which can be wonderful yet hazardous for travellers. The plot structure consists of snapshots of the mundane and not so mundane moments with loved ones as they spend time together. But best of all, the characters lives touch each others, some strangers and others friends, in the spirit of Christmas giving and gratitude.

This book is delightful. It is short but brimming with the feel-good factor. It is probably a wonderful book for the busy Christmas season but it is equally wonderful otherwise as well!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Finish Line

  • By: Leslie Scott
  • Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Another night at the races is more than burnt rubber with a hit of nitrous. For one young woman, it's navigating trauma, love, and loss in the stifling Texas heat under the watchful gaze of her brother’s best friend and reigning King of the Streets, Jordan Slater. Home in Arkadia again, Raelynn Casey starts to heal from a terrible incident at college. She finds love in Jordan, a member of her brother’s circle of racing buddies. When another in the racing circle, the guy who took her to her high school prom, exposes his feelings for Raelynn, tragedy erupts like a tank of race fuel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emotionally rich street racing romance!

  • By A D. on 02-08-18

Emotionally rich street racing romance!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Jordan and Raelynn's story is rich with detail, street racing, street justice, history, trauma, family and love. Raelynn returns home to the illegal street racing community she has always been a part of, the man she has always loved ( but who rejected her), and to her family. Unfortunately she returns as a changed woman. She has emotional baggage and a visceral reaction to intimacy.

Turns out relationships between various characters aren't quite what they seen, including Raelynn and Jordan. As the air between them clears and lines are drawn, Raelynn and Jordan may have a chance to get together. Of course their union doesn't come without incident.

I didn't know much about the street racing culture and found this part of the story very interesting. Leslie Scott has also included a lot of emotional detail in the plot. Despite the incidents in this story taking place over only a few months, it is heavily influenced by the characters' shared pasts and has ramifications into their futures.

Overall the story was rich with detail and wonderfully romantic. It is really quite enjoyable.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Elina

  • Blaze of Glory Companion Books, Book 1
  • By: M. Garzon
  • Narrated by: Heather S. Auden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A decade ago, Elina's life was derailed by a smooth-talking charmer. Since then, she's toiled endlessly to create a better life for her children, putting thoughts of romantic love aside. But when handsome, intimidating Declan wins her over with his timely help and old-fashioned notions of love, Elina has a decision to make. How can Elina find happiness when her heart is pulling her one way and her children's futures are pulling in another?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!!

  • By A D. on 21-07-18

Thoroughly enjoyable!!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

First of all, Declan is my new book boyfriend. He really has swoon-worthy characteristics. He is firm but fair with kids. He is willing to go the extra mile for Elina. He prioritizes family first and respects Elina's need to put her kids first. In fact, Elina is a single mother and Declan couldn't be more supportive.

That said, M Garzon has really captured the reality of being a single parent. She hasn't softened the edges because parenting is demanding, messy and exhausting. Despite all that it is also fulfilling and incredible.

That said, Elina and her two children really deserve a wonderful man like Declan. After all, who doesn't love a man who works with his hands?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Breaking the Honor Code

  • Northstar Security Series, Book 4
  • By: Stanalei Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Reformed playboy Sloan Cartland doesn’t work that hard to live down his reputation, especially when it gives him an advantage as Northstar’s profiler. But when the company’s network is hacked, he puts on his game face and joins forces with the firm’s cyber queen Allison Richards to track down the cyberterrorist. Sparks fly between the total opposites as Sloan moves past Allison’s geeky persona. The passion is unexpected but pleasurable, until Sloan receives evidence that implicates Allison as the hacker, compelling him to question her loyalty and his feelings. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another suspense-filled romance from Northstar

  • By A D. on 20-07-18

Another suspense-filled romance from Northstar

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

The Northstar Security Series is fairly typical for this genre. It has all its boxes ticked. Alpha Male? check. Strong female protagonist? check. Sexual tension and chemistry? check. A suspenseful plot? check. It is worth noting, however, that this book, despite all the sexual tension, is surprisingly clean. It doesn't mean the book isn't action packed. In fact it moves at a steady pace, when required, and increase in velocity when appropriate too.

Charles Henderson Norman has a wonderfully deep narrating voice. I think he does a fabulous job portraying the male characters. He is able to use the depth of his voice to reflect the importance of the characters to the plot and strength of the characters' personalities. I just don't think his voice works as well for the female characters.

Overall this book is easy to listen to and enjoyable. It has its sweet moments offset by bursts of suspense and action.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Hide My Heart

  • Love and Trouble
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Amber McKay ran away from home to find adventure. She found Hunter instead. Now Amber’s on the run again and this time she isn’t alone. Nate Riley has always had big dreams - leave home, marry, raise a family. Family responsibility stole those dreams. Will fate return them? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Christian Thriller Romance

  • By A D. on 19-07-18

A Christian Thriller Romance

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

If you are a Rachelle Ayala audiobook fan, you will find this audiobook quite different from her usual style. This book is set in a small town in Idaho and reflect that sort of environment. The community seems to be split between two families. One consists more of hellfire and brimstone preachers and the other owns a bar and motel (making them the sinners). Amber is from the first camp and Nate from the latter. They have a secret friendship and share their hidden dreams to get out of town. Except that all changes when Nate looses his brother in an accident and Amber runs away and finds herself in the clutches of a criminal.

One year later Amber has escaped from her abusive boyfriend, has had a baby and comes back to town to visit her dying grandmother. She reconnect with Nate but before they can figure out what to do, the boyfriend makes an appearance.

This book focuses a fair bit on Christianity. It is central to the plot theme which mainly involves forgiveness and love. In fact, not really being a Christian fiction connoisseur, I found it fascinating and unusual how action packed and thriller-ish this Christian romance really is.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Jade

  • Perfect Match Series, Book 4
  • By: Rachelle Ayala, Perfect Match
  • Narrated by: Charley Ongel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

For author Jade Reed, romance is for the books. When her bestie cooks up a scheme for the perfect match on a tropical island, Jade sees an opportunity for a writing experience. Who needs a man? Navy SEAL Aiden Lin needs to unwind. His mom wants a daughter-in-law. She sets him up for a one-week vacation with his perfect match. He doesn’t need a wife yet, but maybe he can have some fun and make his mom happy. Neither is looking for love though they’re in the right place. Is it the right time, wrong time, or enough time? Listen to learn more....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tropical Island Shanigans!

  • By Sophie Koufes on 18-07-18

Not-so-perfect perfect match!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Both romance writer Jade and Navy Seal Aiden end up winning a paradise tropical island romantic retreat by lying in their profile. (To be fair, it was actually Aiden's mother and sister organising his profile.) Jade appears to be a bratty spoilt woman. Meanwhile Aiden seems to be a brash and cocky Navy man.

However, as Aiden and Jade's real personailities come through and as the reader learns more about them, the more it seems like they balance each other well. It is also evident that they probably would never have met without the Perfect Match situation. Before theycan achieve their HEA, there is the proverbial thorn in the story.

This book is exactly what it appears, a low-key, light, humourous, contemporary romance. It is easy to listen to and overall enjoyable.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Played by Love

  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Soccer goalkeeper Jaden Sloup has his eye on Ella Kennedy, a woman who won’t date jocks or frat boys. He dons a pair of nerd glasses and hugs a laptop to convince her he’s a techno geek, and she agrees to go to with him to a cosplay convention in Las Vegas, where his team’s playoff game happens to be. Jaden must juggle sizzling in the sheets with Ella against a soccer match and hanging with his frat-brother teammates. When a bully harasses Ella and challenges Jaden to a fight, he proves even a goalie can score.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Young Adult Romance

  • By A D. on 16-07-18

Young Adult Romance

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

To be honest I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed other audiobooks by Rachelle Ayala. The characters are a bit young and frivolous. They lack a certain level of life experience that makes the story more interesting for me.

That said, Rachelle had still written a story about two people who experience personal growth at the same time as finding love. Jaden and Ella's story involves both of them addressing and changing their preconceived notions before they can accept their feelings.

This audiobook is easy to listen to despite lacking the usual depth expected of Rachelle Ayala's stories. It is short and fast moving, involving plenty of action (sexual and otherwise).

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.