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  • Restoring Passion

  • DIY, Book 3
  • By: Sandra Kyle
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Happily ever after seemed a guarantee for Vanessa and Daniel. Then, the photos dropped into Vanessa’s lap, sent from an unwelcomed part of her past. Everything changed in an instant. With their world turned upside down and their lives subject to investigation, how will they restore the passion that brought them together? Listen to find out more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vanessa and Daniel's story continues...

  • By A D. on 02-04-19

Vanessa and Daniel's story continues...

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

First off, it is best to listen to the first two audiobooks in the series before listening to this. There are events and characters that are best understood within the context of the whole series.

That said, Vanessa and Daniel seem to have achieved the perfect life together. Just when happily ever after seems inevitable, Vanessa receives compromising photographs of Daniel from her stalkerish ex-fiance and everything changes. Vanessa cannot get over the implications of the photographs and Daniel is determined to get to the bottom of the situation. Meanwhile Brian is found dead and it looks like either Vanessa or Daniel might somehow be involved.

Between Daniel's TV show and Brian's murder, Daniel's attempts to fix his relationship with Vanessa is fraught with challenges. Of course nothing is quite what it seems and Daniel and Vanessa have to rekindle their faith and trust in each other to solve the mystery.

This audiobook is emotional and exciting. Sandra Kyle has somehow managed to take a contemporary romance to the next level by including fairly usual and common themes in unusual ways. I have thoroughly enjoyed the series and sincerely hope that Vanessa and Daniel get their HEA. I think they deserve it!

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

  • Planet Talzor Needs Brides

  • Shalhinari Space Chronicles
  • By: Eva Gordon
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Walker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

 Mitzi leads a quiet life as a professional matchmaker. Her cozy life is turned upside down when she is chosen as the matchmaker for an alien species searching for wives. Naturally, she refuses. Unfortunately, she’s having a hard time saying no to the dashingly handsome but domineering alien warrior. Although, he makes her heart flutter, it’s a good thing he’s not her type.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intergalactic romance for the matchmaker!

  • By A D. on 02-04-19

Intergalactic romance for the matchmaker!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

An alien captain is looking for spiritually sound matches for his crew and has followed the reputation of one matchmaker to Earth to request her assistance. Mitzi is nothing if not determined to find the ideal mates for her clients. But what happens when the matchmaker find her match? Nothing quite like two people who are intended for each other but insist on resisting the connection. Aside from their own resistance, there are other challenges along the way. Love is never quite as easy as one would wish!

This has all the hallmark characteristics of Eva Gordon's stories: alpha men; strong and quirky female protagonists; a flavour of Jewish culture; a few bad guys; lots of action; interesting secondary characters; and the potential for more stories in the same world. In fact, I really hope this book is the start of a new series. There is a lot of potential for romantic mayhem in this fictional universe.

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

  • Noah

  • Brothers in Blue Series, Book 3
  • By: Simone Carter
  • Narrated by: Lissa Blackwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Jenna Harris is a wedding planner who doesn’t believe in fairytales...at least not for her. When police officer Noah Baker comes on the scene, she begins to wonder if she’s been mistaken. But there's no time for romance, even if she wanted it. Jenna took custody of her half-brother, Lucas, after the death of her father and stepmother. Now she’s busy launching her business and raising him at the same time. But something's going on with Lucas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet with a surprisingly amount of action

  • By A D. on 19-03-19

Short, sweet with a surprisingly amount of action

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

First of all, this is the third book in the series and I recommend reading or listening to the other books in order before hearing this audiobook. The series is about three brothers (who are all cops) finding and fighting for their women. Without a bit of context, mostly because both characters appear in previous books, Noah and Jenna's budding chemistry comes out of the blue and feels a little farfetched.

That said, for such a short audiobook it has a little of everything: vulnerable characters with interesting backstories; romance; action; and sex. Noah and Jenna's relationship even goes through the expected struggle before they finally achieve their HEA. This book is light and easy to listen to, though I think I enjoyed it more because I had heard the other books first.

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

  • Valley Storm

  • A Friends to Lovers Second Chance Romance - The Langthornes of Napa Valley, Book 3
  • By: Tessa Bowen
  • Narrated by: Logan McAllister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

An unrequited love rekindled. Luke Langthorne and Amanda Samulesen have loved each other since they were children. Luke, ever noble and true, is confident they will be together when the time is right. Before claiming his woman, he must make his mark as a man in his own right and sets off into the world to do so. The impetuous and emotional Mandy panics. She fears Luke will never come back for her and enters into an abusive marriage, shattering their dream of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fitting End to a Sexy Series.

  • By A D. on 13-03-19

A Fitting End to a Sexy Series.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

The Langthornes are an interesting family. They are land barons in the Napa Valley, harvesting the best grapes for making wine. They work hard, they play hard and they love hard. While this is the third book in the series, each book is stand-alone. However there is a definite benefit to reading the books together and in order. The patriarch of the family, Tobias Langthorne's brash personality definitely defines his children's personalities and choices. Each book focuses on the main protagonists but features the rest of the Langthorne family as well.

Mandy is Lola's best friend and side kick, Luke's companion, and almost an adopted Langthorne. In fact, she and Luke grew up playing princess and knight together though somewhere along the way their friendship developed into something more. Only Luke was unwilling to so anything about it until the right time. But the right time does not come. Lola married Alex, Luke went off to travel the world and Mandy married a narcissistic abuser. Five years later Mandy escaped her husband and returns to the Langthorne. The return of the battered and bruised Mandy acted as a catalyst for events that were a long time coming. Luke returns and they finally have an opportunity to accept, address and explore their feelings for each other.

I thoroughly enjoyed this funny and sweet modern romance. I only wish that there were another Langthorne sibling to justify another book in the series!

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

  • Espresso

  • A Zion Sawyer Cozy Mystery, Book 3
  • By: M. L. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Tate left the LAPD after his partner Jason died. He didn’t want to discuss the traumatic experience with anyone, but when a former brother in blue arrives in Sequoia, Tate is forced to confront his demons or start running again. Zion has made a home in Sequoia, but her conflict between her past with David and her future with Tate must be reconciled.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Loved It!

  • By A D. on 05-03-19

Simply Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Sequoia, for a place that is supposed to be in rural California, certainly has its share of quirky characters, quirkier shops and murders. It also seems to be the place where die-hard city slickers go to redefine themselves. This certainly is true for cafe owner Zion Sawyer, Tate Mercer, Jaguar and Zion's best friend Rebecca Miles. This book is filled with the usual mayhem associated with Zion Sawyer Cozy Mysteries. Zion's best friend has come to stay indefinitely, Zion's mothers is painting nudes, Zion's relationship with Tate seemed to start before her relationship with David ended only to stall, and so on. In the midst of this, Tate's high school employee, Logan, loses his mother and Tate becomes an foster father. And then Tate's life in LA finds him and things aren't looking good as the death toll rises. Tate and Zion have to knock heads together again to unravel the mystery and protect the people they love.

ML Hamilton writes fabulous, quirky, humorous books and Kelley Hazen's voice pours life into the story. I loved this book and I cannot wait for whatever comes next in the series. It is bound to be just as fabulous!!

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

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  • Sharpe Shooter: Skeleton in the Closet

  • Cozy Suburbs Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Deena Sharpe knows nothing about investigating a cold-blooded murder, but when her sweet aunt asks her to find out who killed her son, that’s exactly what Deena agrees to do. Only hitch, he died 50 years earlier, although his body was just discovered in a sheriff’s forgotten evidence closet. To make matters worse, a big-city conspiracy nut is determined to cash in on her family’s misfortune and implicate Deena’s dead cousin in the crime of the century. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous start to a fantastic series

  • By A D. on 05-03-19

Humorous start to a fantastic series

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Just as life gets a little dull for newly retired Deena Sharpe, an over 50 year old case is reopened when a skeleton is found in the evidence closet at the police station. Turns out the skeleton is Deena's Uncle and her Grandmother wants Deena to investigate. A famous conspiracy author is on the case too, though he has his own ideas on what might have happened. With the help of her family, old students, a few treasures in an old chest and other bits and pieces, Deena may have found her calling!

I really enjoyed how this book was written and narrated. It is funny and interesting and even before the audience realises it, the mystery has been solved and the audiobook is done. Luckily there are plenty more opportunities to visit Maycroft and to solve mysteries with Deena Sharpe.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jaguar

  • By: M.L. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

For Jaguar, the lure of the lights and the crowds has filled his years since leaving Sequoia, but even the brightest lights fade. When his mother falls ill, he puts his career on hold to help her, but coming home after so much time away has its own pitfalls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful...

  • By A D. on 25-02-19

Absolutely wonderful...

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

If I could give this book 6 stars for performance and story, I would give it 10 stars each. I loved it though I usually love ML Hamilton's books narrated by Kelley Hazen. I will admit to initially being sceptical about this book because I cannot say I was impressed with Jaguar in ML Hamilton's Cafe au Lait. He was arrogant and obnoxious. Certainly not book boyfriend material.

Then this book happened. Jaguar turned out to be an incredibly sensitive, thoughtful, kind son, father and friend. His journey is heart-warming and I don't want to spoil it by writing any more in this review. I will say that reading/listening to Cafe au Lait before you experience this book is worth it but not necessary. My only disappointment was that the story ended. I just hope we get to "visit" with Jaguar and his family in the Zion Sawyer series.

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

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  • Cafe au Lait

  • A Zion Sawyer Cozy Mystery, Book 2
  • By: M.L. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Zion has settled into her new routine in Sequoia. She runs her coffee shop, spends her evenings on dinner dates with her lawyer boyfriend, and enjoys the calm, quiet of her little cottage. However, summer tourist season begins, and the Sequoia Chamber of Commerce decides to hold Redwood Stock. When a young woman drops dead after the concert, once again, Zion teams up with ex-cop Tate Mercer to find the murderer before anyone else is killed.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zion Sawyer's adventures continue...

  • By A D. on 25-02-19

Zion Sawyer's adventures continue...

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

There are certain combinations you can count on. Like sausages and mash; hot chocolate and marshmallows; and curry and rice. Books written by ML Hamilton and narrated by Kelley Hazen are just such a stellar combination. This is the second book from the Zion Sawyer series and it certainly met and exceeded my expectations.

For a city-turned-small-town woman who is a coffee shop owner, Zion has a surprisingly exciting life. Her peace-loving barista is a suspect in a murder and Zion finds herself helping with the investigation. Meanwhile she is dating the perfect man for her city-self which would be great if she was still her city-self. So she finds herself dating one man while thinking of another. To top it off, while her barista is taking a break while the murder is being solved, an arrogant celebrity rockstar is filling in for him. Life certainly isn't boring in Sequoia.

This book is fast-paced, interesting and surprising. Things never are quite as they seem in Sequoia.

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

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  • What the Dog Ate

  • By: Jackie Bouchard
  • Narrated by: Aisling Gray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, discovers that her husband of 17 years is cheating on her. All her meticulous life plans are crushed. When he leaves her for the other woman, Maggie and her the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate lab, Kona, are left to put their lives back together. As Maggie begins to develop a Plan B for her life, she decides to be more like Kona. No, she's not going to sniff crotches and eat everything that isn't nailed down; rather she'll try to approach life with more ball-chasing abandon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Loved It!

  • By A D. on 19-02-19

Absolutely Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

This is one of those delightfully relatable, remarkably funny, slightly vulnerable stories that keeps the listener hooked from start to finish. From the moment that accountant Maggie Baxter is handed the lavender panties by her veterinarian (the lavender panties that aren't hers) to the last page, the story is filled with interesting characters and rollercoaster adventures. It is a humourous exploration of a woman rediscovering and redefining herself after a divorce. She decides to model her approach to life on her dog (the lavender panties eating dog) which results in some interesting, if not slightly cringeworthy, moments. But it is all good as Maggie coasts through to her well deserved HEA.

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

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  • Going Toe to Mistletoe

  • My Country Heart Series, Book 2
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Dumped, broke, and jobless, Candi Myers visits her sister in Sapphire Falls to help with her upcoming Christmas wedding. It’s love at first sight for Troy Caine when he spots Candi nabbing mistletoe her first night in town. Catching her should be a slam-dunk for the hometown hero who gives advice to the lovelorn. Unfortunately, Candi is not looking to be burned again. Will a town filled with mistletoe, busybody matchmakers, and festive Christmas fun bring Candi and Troy’s lonely hearts together?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sapphire Falls win!

  • By A D. on 08-02-19

Another Sapphire Falls win!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Sapphire Falls is a funny town with a penchant for celebrating the various holidays in traditional and exciting ways while remaining committed to the romantic endeavours of the citizen. As far as the series goes, this is the second book and it is fairly stand-alone though the first book definitely leads to the second. It is almost Christmas. Honey and Max from book one are preparing for their second wedding, an event that brings Honey's broken hearted sister, Candy, to Sapphire Falls and straight into the sites of Troy Cane. Of course this isn't the first time Candy and Troy have encountered each other. Unbeknownst to them, Troy is Dr. T, an online agony aunt and Candy has been writing to him for advice. Talk about a tangled plot!

This story is slightly messy in a delicious way. It is always fun when the reader/audience has a clearer picture of what is happening while the characters muddle around in the dark. Rachelle Ayala always creates characters who are quirky, vulnerable, interesting and easy to relate to. I likes Candy and Troy and look forward to finding out what happens next for them if Rachelle Ayala provides the readers/listeners with glimpses into their lives in future books.

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

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