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  • Locke Brothers Series (Books 1-3)

  • By: Victoria Ashley, Jenika Snow
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Whispers of the Locke Brothers fill the town, facts and reality twisted to fit what these motherf--kers believe they know about us.That we’re sadistic bastards, incapable of any real emotions or fear. Maybe they’re not wrong about that…Aston Locke - Damaged, Sterling Locke - Savage, and Ace Locke - Twisted.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and lots of eye roll moments

  • By Book addict on 16-04-19

Boring and lots of eye roll moments

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

I struggled to finish even one of these stories, let alone all three. If you were comparing it to a porn fantasy scenario story then it’s much more advanced, full and detailed than that. However, if you’re actually comparing it to a book then it’s really lacking in loads of areas - sincerity, build up in relationship, believability, chemistry, badassery (that a word?); I can go on. Each of the brothers is basically the same cardboard cutout character, and even the females are all basically the same too. Don’t think it helps that it’s the same narrators each time because it all rolls into one repetitive story. The brothers’ macho bad boy aggressive attitude was more eye-roll-worthy than sexy badass. I presume the novella short length made it tricky to do much with the story. I’d read a few reviews complaining about the use of the F word and I thought maybe they were oversensitive. But seriously, this was a prime example of what my parents used to say where swear words should saved for emphasis; and using them in every sentence is a sign that you’ve got nothing better to say. Using the F word isn’t enough to make these men badasses. It just seems like the author’s simple underdeveloped fantasy.

If you actually want a story with a bad boy sexy love story, you’d be better off listening to books by T.M. Frazier (King series), Debra Anastasia (Mercy is the first book in the series, but I liked the second one Havoc even more), Tillie Cole (Hades Hangmen - warning dark back story), Mia Sheridan (Seek), Jay Crownover (Welcome to the Point series), JB Salsbury (Fighting series) or Katy Evans (Real series).

  • Court of Darkness

  • A Demons of Fire and Night Novel (Institute of the Shadow Fae, Book 2)
  • By: C.N. Crawford
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 

I would not say things are going well, exactly. I live in a burnt-out car under a bridge, surrounded by rubbish. When Ruadan shows up to bring me back to the Institute, I leap at the chance. That is, until he throws me into the dungeons. I’m on the naughty list, and the mentor who once trained me is cold as ice. Now, I must pass every single trial or the Institute’s executioners will rip me to pieces. Good thing I can handle it. I was the queen of the gladiator ring, and I do not go down easily. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars enjoyable listen

  • By Book addict on 15-04-19

4.5 stars enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 15-04-19

I enjoyed listening to this, more than the first book in the series, and look forward to the next book. I like the main characters, there’s a good balance of plot, action and chemistry between the two main characters. Parts of the series story were revealed which has hooked me in and I want to know more. There were some niggles, like monologuing villains, but not enough for me to take a star off. If you like this, try the Dark Fae FBI series by the same author (but I’m not a big fan of the author’s other series).

The narrator was a bit distracting because she said some things in such a strange way - I’m guessing British isn’t her natural accent. I’m British myself so it’s probably far more obvious to me. Most of her accent was spot on though.

  • The Risk

  • By: Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right - I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team. And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel - I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really didn’t do it for me

  • By Book addict on 14-04-19

Really didn’t do it for me

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

This was really missing something. Didn’t really feel the relationship and the whole book seemed a bit emotionally immature. Jake’s ego and selfishness were just really annoying. There’s something quite boring about two good looking universally adored people getting together. And I know it’s college life but the whole book was just obsessed with getting laid which was dull too. Perhaps I’ve just matured past these books? I used to love Elle Kennedy. Still love Sarina Bowen books though so maybe it’s just this particular series that’s a dud for me.

  • Red Angel

  • Bo Blackman Series, Book 4
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

With the dust still settling from the brutal attack on the Agathos court and Rogue's school, Bo Blackman is forced to live with her new-found status as a celebrity. She's still determined, however, to track down those responsible - and to solve the mystery of Tobias Renfrew, the daemon billionaire who disappeared over fifty years ago. Her investigations will lead her to places as far removed as a military base and the sinister Black Market. One thing is for sure - once Bo's done, nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a jumbled, ill thought out mess

  • By Book addict on 11-04-19

This book is a jumbled, ill thought out mess

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

I’ve had this book in my library for a while but not got around to listening to it. I remember thinking the initial books in the series were decent enough, but this was dreadful.
- Heroine is unlikeable, she acts like a 15 year old girl with a superiority complex and very little actual skill.
- The plot is all over the place and not planned out at all. It just rambles along and the journey from start to end is lost.
- The romantic storyline, which isn’t much of a focus, is the most flat empty relationship in the world.
- I found myself frowning, scowling, eye rolling or yawning throughout the book.
I wish I could return it but I bought it too long ago!

  • Mad Lizard Mambo

  • The Kai Gracen Series, Book 2
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals, and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn't expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, and Kai's not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Book addict on 09-04-19

Great book

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

I loved this again, as with the first book in the series. I’m a fan of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series, and Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series as well as her other urban fantasy series. This book had a similar feel. The story is more about what escapades Kai is getting up to, but there’s a nice thread of romance with Ryder too (definitely not the focus of the book though). Thoroughly enjoyed the book and wish there were more of the series on Audible. It’s very much written to build the overall story and Kai’s character more with each book in the series, but there’s plenty of plot as a stand-alone too.

It’s set in a world where bisexuality and polyamory is accepted, and the person is more important than what labels and categories are put upon them. This isn’t a big deal in the book, just the way it is. Kai is attracted to men and women, but he doesn’t have any other relationships in this book. The romance is more chemistry and a suggestion of possibilities with Ryder (a man), rather than them starting a relationship, and there’s no sex. Not in a PG rated aimed at teenagers way, just that they’re too busy having an epic adventure for that to happen.

  • Black Dog Blues

  • The Kai Gracen Series, Book 1
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone's rescue when something shadowy appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rhys Ford does it again.....

  • By BevS on 24-07-16

Unexpected delight

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Didn’t expect much going in, but thought I’d give this book a whirl. I loved it! I’m a fan of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series, and Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series as well as her other urban fantasy series. This book had a similar feel. The story is more about what escapades Kai is getting up to, but there’s a nice thread of romance with Ryder too (definitely not the focus of the book though). Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will definitely get the next one in the series.

It’s set in a world where bisexuality and polyamory is accepted, and the person is more important than what labels and categories are put upon them. This isn’t a big deal in the book, just the way it is. Kai is attracted to men and women, but he doesn’t have any other relationships in this book. The romance is more chemistry and a suggestion of possibilities with Ryder (a man), rather than them starting a relationship, and there’s no sex. Not in a PG rated aimed at teenagers way, just that they’re too busy having an epic adventure for that to happen.

  • Overnight Sensation

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Savannah Peachwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don't do girlfriends, and I certainly can't get involved with the league commissioner's daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo. Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen

  • By Book addict on 05-04-19

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

This was a good listen. Missing the spark of something unique I needed to push it up to 5 stars, but still definitely worth a credit.

  • Brooklynaire

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Virginia Rose, Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong. For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read - very professionally done

  • By ORed on 11-04-19

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Fantastic narration, and good story. Enjoyed listening to this and the narrators are truly are superb. It was missing the little spark of something unique that I wanted to push it up to 5 stars. Solidly good story though.

  • In a Badger Way

  • The Honey Badgers Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women in whom bodyguard Shen Li is interested. The youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters loves pandas. Shen is a giant panda shifter, which means that Stevie won't stop cuddling him. But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn't want to know, but they'd better find out. And fast. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meandering mess

  • By Book addict on 05-04-19

Meandering mess

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I remember liking the first book in this series, though I mentioned in my review of that book (when I read it recently to remind myself) that it got a bit lost at times. This book was way worse in that respect. I can’t even count how many points of view there were. It read like an extended epilogue catching up with random characters from a tonne of other series the author has written, but at the cost of the actual plot of this book. I didn’t feel the connection between the couple either. The first book was hilarious but I didn’t feel that so much this time either. So much potential with this author, but I think they need to work with a good editor to direct their obvious talent and humour in the right direction to make a book stand alone in its own right. Other reviewers seem to love this book, but they also mention that they loved catching up with other characters, but Audible doesn’t have these series so I’m missing out on that experience. I’m left feeling like it was a missed opportunity.

  • Imperfect Match

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

There’s a reason why Lee Kennedy is still in college - and it has nothing to do with his academic performance. He’s switched his major repeatedly and stalled on his Master’s thesis, but there’s only so much longer he can hold out. And once he graduates, it’s time to trigger the Algorithm. Everyone in Lee’s family has allowed the Algorithm to match them with a spouse. As has everyone on his block. His neighborhood. In fact, everyone he’s ever known. Pairing with his own Algorithm match seems inevitable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but could have been even more

  • By Book addict on 05-04-19

Enjoyable but could have been even more

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

If this book was a bit longer and the author developed the couple’s initial scenes together to show more of an initial emotional connection between them, I think it could have easily been a 5 star review. I thought what was included in the book was great, and I loved that it was about the main character developing as an individual and I wouldn’t change that. However, it the scenes where the couple met and what happened after seemed so rushed that I didn’t get invested in them. I wanted a bit more insight into their personalities and for them to get to know each other a bit, so maybe a scene is needed where they have more of a conversation. Still good though and worth a listen. I’ve listened to a few of this author’s books and they’re all a bit short and lacking character development of anyone who isn’t the main character. I hope they develop as a writer over time as they have a great talent.