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Cute but too short

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-20

I thought this book was cute. The idea was adorable actually, with the various adorable animals. But because it is a short novella, it is missing the details that would have made it even better. Like character and relationship development. Honestly, that left me a bit unsatisfied. But still, it was a fun little listen.

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

Another great book from the Team Greywolf Series!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-20

First of all, this book is standalone however, personally, I like knowing the backstories of the various team members who make appear in the books.

That said, this book has it all. There is action, sex, romance, suspense and more. Team Greywolf is a team of werewolves and a few humans that straddles the lycan and human societies in a CIA like capacity. Lycan social norms and rules are strict and hierarchical. The alpha wolves seem ridiculously arrogant and the rest kowtow to them. Luckily Team Greywolf is a little bit softer because the various male teammates each mate with women who challenge and balance them. Oh! And bring them down a few notches too! Prince Steele and Gaby are no exception. Gaby is a gutsy human wolf-charmer whose kind is deemed the enemy of the werewolves. Prince Steele, as a royal, is not permitted to mate humans. Nor does he want to. So how does he accept his human mate and marry her? Simple. Amnesia. The two escape captivity and search for Steele's true identity only to discover that they were never meant to be.

Eva Gordon's books create incredible, complex worlds with incredible, complex characters. I am so grateful that this is a series of books, because I like reading about this world. I love how the alpha werewolves are intrinsically arrogant then Eva gives them a dose of reality. They may not lose their arrogance entirely but around their mates they become overprotective puppies. I am already looking forward to the next book!

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

Sweet and Romantic!

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

Reviewed: 20-05-20

Really, there is nothing unique about the formula that forms the backbone of this story. Twins separated at birth, bump into each other and choose to exchange places. Ava Smith is to be a governess and Lady Emily Fairfax is the daughter of an aristocrat and due to marry a Duke. All that is set in the romance of the Regency period when society is at the start of reforms in child labour and so forth.

What sets this story apart is the sweetness of the story. There is so much love in the Fairfax household. A love that Ava had been craving all her life. Ava has the benefit of an unusual education that allows her to fit into her to role, for the most part, and life experience helps her fill in the rest. As for the marriage to the Duke, Ava's only job is to break the engagement that Emily does not want. Only, the Duke and Ava connect and she must reject him, on principle, as he does not know who she really is. What a muddle!

The characters are perfectly flawed. The Duke has PTSD from his time in the war and Ava struggles with her identity. Despite all the challenges, their love had so much potential as they have the capacity to heal each other's pain.

I enjoyed this audiobook for what it was, a sweet, Regency romance. The Duchess and Duke DeFoix are able to seamlessly narrate the book together. They make a good team and perfect fit for this genre.

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

Oh! These Bergen Brothers!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-20

First off, this is the last book in the series. It is stand alone but best appreciated after listening to both the previous books, in order.

That said..... *sigh* these Bergen brothers! The characters are really special and the series has been building up to this book, despite the fact that each book focuses on a different brother and his destined love. 10 plus years ago the brothers lost their parents in a dreadful accident and simultaneously lost their way. Each book is about family and building strong meaningful, albeit sexy, relationships. But this book is perhaps the most sensitive of the three because it focuses on the youngest and most sensitive Bergen, Camden. After his parents died he moved away and cut ties with his brothers and grandparents. This is the story of his homecoming and his acceptance of self.

Cadence is a friend of the Bergen family, a primary school teacher and a single parent. With no time to date, she develops a friendship with an anonymous person online, Mountain Mac. A person cheekily referred to as her Man Find, assuming that Mountain Mac is a man.

Well, it turns out that he is a man and is coming for her, in hope that she is all the wonderful that she seems to be. Inspired by a photograph of her daisy decorated bike, Camden, aka Mountain Mac, dedicated the summer in his hometown to finding her. It shouldn't have been so easy but somehow Camden bulldozed his way into her house. Only Cadence's life is more complex than expected. He cannot just tell her who he really is but that does not stop him from enjoying his summer with her.

There is so much love and family in this book. Yes this book is a billionaire romance but the billionaire status, while useful to the story, is not central to it. The story is so sweet and yet sexy that I have no doubt I will be listening to this audiobook, in fact the whole series, again.

Monica King has a lovely voice for narration. She does justice to the different nuances of the various characters, whether it is Camden's grandmother's subtle hint of Brooklyn or Abbie's sweet voice or Brody's childish antics or Camden's gentle, soulful tones. Loved it!

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

Hot hot hot!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-20

My goodness! The Roman empire was brutal! But the backdrop is perfect for the characters. Ulric is a lycan gladiator who, perhaps due to the constant struggle for survival, is a shade more wolf than human. Meanwhile, Cassia is human and a wolf maiden, a destined mate for an alpha wolf. Both are slaves and not meant to meet yet destined for each other.

Destiny can dictate what it likes, but making it happen is far more complex. Ulric is an alpha in the role of an omega and at the beck and call of his corrupt lycan master and mate. Cassia is a slave and apprentice to a gay physician. She must keep her identity as a wolf maiden and a Jewess a secret. As a wolf maiden, she is part of a secret society humans cannot know about. As a Jewess she is considered an enemy of the empire. To make matters more complex she has the ability to heal lycans with her touch which can endanger her freedom. But love is love and wolves mate for life, so the destined mates must find a way.

I appreciate how Eva Gordon does her research so that her stories are fiction steeped in folklore with a heavy emphasis on fact. It makes her stories more fascinating and a little gory. There is history, adventure, suspense and a whole lot of romance all rolled into one! I enjoyed the story very much. Despite assuming there would be a HEA, I was on edge waiting for the next complication to crop up, all the while hoping Cassia and Ulric would find their way to each other!

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

Another fabulous Linear Tactical book!

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

Reviewed: 16-04-20

Readers of the Linear Tactical series are familiar with Jordon Reiss, a character who has appeared in most of the previous book in a peripheral capacity. She is a woman who has suffered tremendously in her short life and totally deserves to find her Angel. Luckily Gabriel, though he starts off as being undeserving, grows into the role with exacting precision and flair, as only an ex-Navy Seal can.

Like the other books in this series, there is plenty of romance and action in this story. And like the other books, it is hard to press pause when listening to this book. You have been warned!

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

Fiercely romantic.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-20

Dorian and Grace were both part of a deeply covert group that, unbeknownst to them, was not sanctioned by the government. This organisation manipulated the minds of their operatives making their sleeper agents. Dorian, with his severe PTSD, is part of the Linear Tactical team. And Grace died in Kabul when Dorian was on a mission there. Only she didn't die. 6 years later and she is back watching Dorian from a distance.

Gosh! This book is loaded with angst. There is the relationship between these two damaged souls but there is also a lot going on with the covert group that should be defunct. Only someone appears to be killing off everyone associated with the group. It is a race to find out what is going on and who the assassin is.

Janie Crouch definitely takes her audience on a literary roller coaster with this book. The story literally grabs the listener and refuses to let the person go until the very last moment. Fantastic!

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

Sweet, sexy and action-packed!

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

Reviewed: 16-04-20

Another fabulous book from the Linear Tactical series. Readers would be familiar with Peyton and her daughter. This is their story. Cade Connor is a silent partner in Linear Tactical though he has not spent much time in his hometown in about 5 years. He and Peyton have history, an attraction that neither acted upon until they found themselves presented with an unusual situation. One night before they pursue their professional dreams. One night that changes everything for Peyton though Cade remained entirely oblivious.

5 years on, Peyton is a single mother to a spectacular girl and doing what she has to to ensure her daughter has everything her brilliant young mind needs. Cade returns home with a stalker (not unusual for famous singers) and a desire to reconnect with her. They are older but life hasn't necessarily taken them where it should have. There are wrongs to right and enemies to fight . Luckily the Linear Tactical team take care of their own.

I enjoyed this story. It teetered between sweet, sensitive romance and fast-paced action, almost from the beginning to the very end. Another audiobook by Janie Crouch that I had trouble pausing!

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

Hooked from the start!!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

Intense. Intense. Intense. These audiobooks had me hooked from start to finish, I loved these stories. They feature the same group from the Linear Tactical company with the added element of a deeply covert group with shady dealings. Even though the books are standalone, I think this series is best enjoyed in order because there are small references to characters, situations and events that link the stories (but not in a way that dilutes their stand-alone-ness).

Ghost had not been a part of this deeply covert group for many years. He left after several weeks of being held captive and tortured. He has scars, both physically and mentally, and PTSD. He also literally gets shot by an arrow from his past.
Grace comes back from the dead and into his life with two things. First is information that the covert group they were a part of was not government sanctioned (unbeknownst to them). And second is that all the people associated with the group are being killed. As for their personal history and relationship, there is a lot to figure out but they are definitely stronger together.

Shadow is another operative from the same covert group. Some of the issues were addressed Ghost's story but Shadow has a lot of gibberish tumbling around.in his brain and, as such, has his own issues. He is in pursuit of the only known person from the group who could have answers for him but he reaches a dead end. He opts to pick up his life and becomes involved in a project involving the FBI and the biochem department of a local college. Undercover at th university, he encounters beautiful, shy, PhD in linguistics student Lynn Norris. Shadow needs to figure out how to manage a budding attraction with his undercover work, all while keeping Lynn safe. Only Lynn isn't quite who she seems to be!

Loved it all! The characters, the nail-biting suspense and the happily-ever-afters!

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

Intense military romance!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

I loved these audiobooks. They are standalone but I think I enjoyed them more because they flow from one book to the next and feature the Linear Tactical community. These two books particularly work well together because there are siblings involved.

Aiden and Violet's story picks up where the previous story ends. Violet was kidnapped by human traffickers and Aiden, working under cover, finds her. It is a race to extract her from the situation and then protect her while taking their relationship from victim and rescuer to lovers and more. There is a sweetness to this story which seeps into Gabriel and Jordon's story as well.

Jordon is a character that readers have been encountering from the first book in the series. She so deserves her Angel and happily ever after but her road is rocky and filled with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

I love how Janie Crouch balances highly alpha men with extremely intelligent women. There is definitely an element of the strong males coming to the rescue but the women are no wimps!

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