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Kindling Micky

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  • Come as You Are

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

I couldn't have scripted a more perfect night. For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I'm not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine - multimillionaire. But who's counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I've ever met. And that's why I'm eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge...bank account. Everything's coming up aces. Until the next day, when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash - a lot complicated.)

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • light and entertaining

  • By Kindling Micky on 24-04-18

light and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18



3.5 stars

This was an entertaining listen from Lauren Blakely as always but this one didn’t completely thrill me. It took me a while to get into Flynn and Sabrina’s story after their initial exciting meeting. However, the last couple of hours were really good. I found this to be less humourous than some of Blakely’s books and I’m okay with a more sincere approach sometimes. Even though this wasn’t rom-com territory, the dialogue was generally good.

I am a little fatigued with same duo narrating and I must say I appreciated Lauren Blakely switching things up for her last few books. In this story, for the first time there was a dabble in duet narration which I really appreciated BUT it wasn’t consistent. Sometimes it was normal dialogue with a single voice doing both characters and then occasionally we got the duet approach. I don’t understand why it was a mixed approach because when it was ‘on’, it was superb.

I know I can rely on these books for a light-hearted read with steam and that’s what I got.

A voluntarily listened to a review copy of this audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Similar to Fifty Shades without the tense plot

  • By G. Pickavance on 09-02-18

Audio heaven in Paris

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

4.5 stars

This audio thrilled me from the first whisper of the narrators, to the end of the epilogue. I am going to have to start with the narration because I am simply bursting with praise for it. Having Richard Armitage narrate was a coup, he acted Griffin so perfectly with banter and emotions. The chemistry he brought to the character was just superb. It so happens that Grace Grant is my favourite female narrator so this coupling was perfection to me. Absolute 5 stars for narration and how this dual POV worked together.

WANDERLUST is a great story, less romantic comedy than some of Lauren Blakely’s other audios and that made it all the more special in my eyes, because it felt different. Joy is a fragrance chemist new to Paris and a translator, Griffin is hired to do just that, translate. They meet serendipitously before becoming colleagues and their chemistry goes bang. The story is totally engaging with depth of direction and character. The gradual move friendship and beyond was believable with nothing instantaneous about it.

This is easily my favourite Lauren Blakely book and audio. This is the kind of audio I will re-listen to and with this kind of narration I would encourage picking up the audiobook as first choice in terms of format. I recommend this to each and every one of my romance loving book friends.

I voluntarily listened to an early copy of this audiobook.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

  • Steadfast

  • The True North Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there is no way he can ever right that wrong. He would forever steer clear of Colebury, Vermont, if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can't find a job just anywhere. >Sophie Haines is stunned by his reappearance. After a three-year absence, the man who killed her brother and broke her heart is suddenly everywhere she turns. It's hard not to stare at how much he has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Farming never felt so appealing

  • By Kindling Micky on 30-01-18

Farming never felt so appealing

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18


A subtle second chance connection between sportsman turned farmer Griffin and Audrey was a satisfying listen. These two had chemistry but a relationship that took the slow build. I liked the farm setting, the family context and the connection.

Narration was good, dual POV.

  • Most Likely to Score

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

As the team’s publicist, I need a football player to be the face of our charity calendar, and Jones Beckett needs a savvy PR woman to manage his new sponsorship deal. A simple give and take, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem following my iron-clad rule - don’t date a player. And never ever fall for one. No matter how charming, big-hearted, and devilishly clever the man is. But you know what they say about best laid plans.... Once I start spending my off-season days and nights with Jones, I’m following a brand new playbook.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Such a sweet story with low angst

  • By Kindling Micky on 30-01-18

Such a sweet story with low angst

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18


3.5-4 stars

This was a solid, fun listen with a slow-ish burn between the couple, a real cute couple. MOST LIKELY TO SCORE was a sports-focused romance with a lead NFL player, Jones and the team’s long time PR agent, Jillian. Neither of them had anything to prove in their jobs but Jones had everything to prove to Jillian.

This was an engaging story from a familiar trope that still kept its individuality. I enjoyed the build between these two and I enjoyed seeing Jillian who was familiar from previous stories. The angst was low, with more character focus, which was good.

The narration was good with strong familiar narrators, a little niggle being that I would really like some new narrators for this author, especially a fresh female voice. That said, I couldn’t be more excited by the voices coming on Lauren Blakely’s next release.

I voluntarily listened to an early copy of this audiobook.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbreak My Heart

  • By: Nicole Jacquelyn
  • Narrated by: Alastair Haynesbridge
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The newest novel from indie author Nicole Jacquelyn!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, angsty and addictive

  • By Kindling Micky on 02-01-18

Intense, angsty and addictive

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

his was some addictive story writing. I was immediately drawn into this cluster....of a mess. A man, his wife, an accident, her family, her best friend. Boy, so much and I loved the back, forth, up, down and more than anything, I loved to hate the jerk named Shane.

This book was strong on time passing and slow growth of situations. It was also the best when it came to children and family importance. I loved the angst and whilst I’m not sure Shane was worthy in the end, it was a great listen.

The narration, dual POV was strong throughout.

  • The V Card

  • By: Lauren Blakely, Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When you think about how easy it is to lose keys, phones, sunglasses and your dignity on social media, you might figure it'd be a cinch for me to ditch my V Card. You'd be wrong. At 25, I run a successful business, live in a fantastic apartment, and have fabulous friends to go out with any night of the week. And yet I'm still a card-carrying member of a club I don't want to belong to anymore. Good thing I know just the man for the deflowering job - my brother’s business partner and best friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot hot hot

  • By Heavenly Good Books on 12-01-18

Graham on a cracker

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17


I really liked the premise for THE V CARD, with a friends to lovers context. CJ asks her brother’s best friend, Graham for help with her lack of bedroom experience. Not a new trope but I liked how this was initially set up. The audio started incredibly well with the friendship between CJ and Graham shining strongly. Their shared business brought another interesting aspect.

How these two navigated their arrangement was good listening and didn’t rush ahead, however it lost a bit of shine as it moved into the latter part of the audio. The tempo felt more static and the culmination a bit lacking for my taste.

The narrators are good, there’s no denying that but I have to say I’m ready for Lauren Blakely to diversify more with her narrators because it gives a sense of sameness to the books which I think does her an injustice. I’d like to see her try some brand new voices that lead her characters into a place of freshness.

It was impossible to see the seams between Blakely and Valente’s writing, I presume they wrote oppositive POVs but they fit together so well, it couldn’t be detected.

A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in return for a honest review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Man

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favourite KA book

  • By Lauryn on 23-12-17

Fun addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

An addictive read. Tess is in love with a biker. They've taken it slow over months and she finally allows him into her bed only to have him rush off straight after. Tess's house is immediate raided by the police and she can only imagine it has something to do with her ex -husband. Very quickly everything unravels, she finds out she's been played and her wild man wasn't hers after all.

There are lies and deceit but always an explanation. Alpha dialogue is the name of this game but in this case it worked for me. Such a good read from start to finish.

  • Own the Wind

  • A Chaos Novel
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos - the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship.... Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to listen to the whole thing but..

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 12-01-18

A re-listen favourite

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

I re-read Motorcycle Man before starting this book, but it isn't necessary, the chaos series stands alone. However, the understanding of wider family connections from reading motorcycle man is useful and I think potentially brings further enjoyment of the characters.

This KA book felt a little different in that it had an emotional start that lasted into the first 25% of the book. The emotions were intense and I truly felt the tragedy. I really enjoyed the passing of time in this book, it allowed Tabby time to grow from a petulant, rebellious 16 year old to a young woman messing up her life to further maturity. I found Shy to be a great hero, I felt magnetised to his persona! I loved that Shy, without coercion, instinctively decided he wanted a more even partnership with Tabby than was traditional between Chaos men and their women. There is a utterly engaging story threaded throughout this book and it is definitely one of my favourite KA reads.

  • Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys, and a pain in the butt, depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn't one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band's merch girl, she isn't exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy. But with no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents' house in Dallas, it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing for Zapata

  • By Kindling Micky on 27-11-17

Disappointing for Zapata

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

This was an okay read but it takes a lot for me to like a rocker/musician book. I didn't connect with Sasha in particular, Gabby was okay. The writing seemed a bit overly descriptive even though I'm a fan of MZ. I enjoyed it most from 60%. Good, solid narration.

  • All the Lies We Tell

  • Quarry Road, Book 1
  • By: Megan Hart
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Everyone knew Alicia Harrison's marriage to Ilya Stern wouldn't last. They'd grown up on a remote stretch of Quarry Street, where there were two houses, two sets of siblings, and eventually, a tangled mess of betrayal, longing, and loss. Tragedy catapulted Allie and Ilya together, but divorce - even as neighbors - has been relatively uncomplicated. Then Ilya's brother, Nikolai, comes home for their grandmother's last days. He's the guy who teased and fought with Allie, infuriated her, then fled town without a good-bye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5- 4 stars

  • By Kindling Micky on 27-11-17

3.5- 4 stars

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

I've heard a lot about Megan Hart, but never read her books and I believe this is a departure from her normal style. I would class this as a family saga/women's fiction with a medium pace. The story rotates around Alicia from late adolescence to present day in her 30s and her relationship with two brothers. I wouldn't technically say this is love triangle territory but there is an element of forbidden love.

Whilst this isn't first and foremost a romance novel, that theme remains strong alongside a backdrop of intrigue, family feuds and love, death and complex connections. I found myself invested and mostly captured by the story and one of it's strongest points was that there was little ability to predict events. I'm definitely looking forward to catching the next instalment of these characters in book two.

The narration was great and I knew it would be because I've listened to Kate Rudd before. She excels at small nuances between character voices and she is able to convey male dialogue well.