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  • The Varlet and the Voyeur

  • Rugby, Volume 4
  • By: Penny Reid, L.H. Cosway
  • Narrated by: Paul Corning, Jennifer O'Brien
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he's now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn't the clean-cut, all-American good guy everyone imagines him to be. He's got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever. Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she's finally getting her shi...uh, act together. She's set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there's one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not as good as other books by the authors

  • By Book addict on 17-08-18

Ok but not as good as other books by the authors

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

The narrator, Jennifer O’Brien, really ruined this book for me. Her sentences ran together, and one moment she’d be narrating one scene, then it continued like it was the same sentence and it was a new scene. Her timing within dialogue was all off too which meant you couldn’t get absorbed in the story. She just rambled on as if she was in a hurry rather than acting the story. They should have used one of the female narrators Penny Reid uses for quirky characters instead. Paul Corning was a decent narrator so I balanced the performance rating at 3 stars because I didn’t want to bring his overall rating down.

The story was a bit frustrating because all the conflict was down to a lack of communication and it got a bit tiresome. I didn’t mind the male lead’s issues, but the female lead just seemed unnecessarily cruel at times (I know it came from insecurity, but still). I wish the book drama came from a different source. It’s not up to the same standard as other L.H. Cosway books, and definitely not as good as other Penny Reid books (which are brilliant).

I’ll still buy all the books by these authors ..this just happened to be a disappointing one.

  • It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 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

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at 18 hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was. Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation - confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it

  • By Book addict on 17-08-18

Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

Enjoyed listening to this. Probably not one that will stick with me in my memory, but worth a credit.

  • The Hardest Fall

  • By: Ella Maise
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Lidia Dornet
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you're anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I'm very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I'm attracted to. At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I'd never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent college romance

  • By Book addict on 15-08-18

Decent college romance

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

3.5 stars. As far as a college romance goes, this is a good one. It was a little slow getting to the relationship stage, but I don’t mind a build up to a relationship as it makes it feel more real by the end. The story picked up pace by the end and I got more interested in the story. It had the typical lack of communication drama which gets a bit annoying in romance stories. I had just listened to ‘To hate Adam Connor’ by the same author, which was great, but this book didn’t live up to that unfortunately. I’ll definitely listen to more by this author though.

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  • To Hate Adam Connor

  • By: Ella Maise
  • Narrated by: Lidia Dornet, Sebastian York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

So you may ask, who is Adam Connor? He is the recently divorced, Academy Award-winning actor who just moved in next door with his kid. He also happens to be an exquisite male specimen and the most infuriating sly bastard I've ever come across. While I was being thoughtful by not breaking and entering, and was actually considering going over to offer him a shoulder to cry on (you know, because of his divorce), instead he had me thrown in jail after a small incident. Jail, people!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book within this genre

  • By Book addict on 14-08-18

Great book within this genre

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

There’s a lot of bad books out there within the romance genre, but I’m glad to say this is a good one. Slightly cheesy ending, but in a mushy happy way - so I’ll forgive that. Good build up of their relationship and I felt invested in the characters by the end.

  • Cornucopia

  • Half-Breed, Book 3
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Amber has made a deal with the devil. To protect her incubus boyfriend, Irix, from the angels, Amber has agreed to journey to Hel and assist the humans there with their failing agricultural program. It's a project the botany major and half elf/half succubus would normally love, but the elves are sticklers for genetic purity and consider her an abomination.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Book addict on 13-08-18

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This story is very much a filler to set the scene and characters up for the next book. It was ok, but it was almost like it was the edited out stuff from a main book in the series that was removed because it had too much impact on the flow and pace, all packaged together. Definitely worth a listen to know the story set up, but resent spending a credit on it because it’s so short.

  • The Simple Wild

  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at 26, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow build but got me hooked

  • By Book addict on 13-08-18

Slow build but got me hooked

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This book seemed a bit slow and full of details at the start, but as the book went on I realised it just meant that I had really got to know the characters and was completely invested in the story. Not my favourite narrator, but I barely noticed that by the end. Great story!

  • Unholy Pleasures

  • Half-breed Series, Book 4
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Amber's summer internship is dying on the vine. Dozens of different diseases and pests have suddenly infected the California winery's grapes in a biblical-scale blight. The warmonger she thought was a one-night stand has shown up uninvited with an indecent proposal. And now she finds she'll be working side by side with an elf - a horticultural "expert" brought in to heal the plague-ridden vines, who would just as soon kill her as pass her the pruning shears. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book

  • By Book addict on 13-08-18

Another good book

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

Always enjoy Debra Dunbar books and this one was enjoyable once again. Considering it involves sex demons be aware the story involves very liberal sexual situations, but still plenty of plot too.

  • Dangerous Secrets

  • Callaghan Brothers Series, Book 1
  • By: Abbie Zanders
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Taryn Malone is stranded, broke, and desperate for help. But even if the sexy bartender she's been eyeing offers her a job for the evening...even if he seduces her with his impossibly intense blue eyes...even if every fiber of her heart tells her to stay with him, she can't. Because Taryn Malone doesn't exist. Jake Callaghan has been running the family's Irish pub for years now. When he sees Taryn standing out alone in the rain, he does what he's been trained to do as a SEAL - he rescues her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and couldn’t finish it

  • By Book addict on 13-08-18

Disappointing and couldn’t finish it

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

WTF? Instantly decided to be devoted to woman at first glance, incestuous threesomes considered, sex pest brother trying to peek at a naked vulnerable woman whilst she sleeps and this is apparently ok, and unimaginative dialogue, characters and relationships that left me bored. This is just not my bag, and I’m only at chapter 9 of 29. Looking at Goodreads reviews it seems like even more aspects of the book will annoy me before the end so I might quit whilst I’m ahead..

  • Real Deal

  • Single Dads Club, Book 1
  • By: Piper Rayne
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Red flags.... Too loud. Too clingy. Too much make-up. I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dads Club would say I'm obsessed with finding them. But none of their kids' mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit. Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags.... She's too young. She's my client's daughter. She's my five-year-old's camp counselor. The fact that she doesn't remember me from six years before grates on me until I don't have it in me to leave her alone any longer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring story and characters

  • By Book addict on 13-08-18

Boring story and characters

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

I was so bored throughout this book! Nearly stopped so many times. The hero is an arrogant moody a-hole - not sexy sultry and mysterious, just straight up moody. He doesn’t have any traits that are sexy or attractive. The heroine is just a bit dull too. There’s not really any plot either which doesn’t help, and it has a very anticlimactic and lacklustre ending.

I’ve heard about this duel narration thing where the male voice narrates the hero’s internal thoughts and what the male characters say, and a female narrator pipes in with any female voices, then opposite on the heroine point of view chapters. Other people seem to like this method of narration but it sounds terrible! Maybe it’s because the narrators aren’t good enough and the characters are rubbish. It sounds so forced with fake laughs.

  • Drunk on You

  • Hope Town, Book 4
  • By: Harper Sloan
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Shirl Rae
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

One drunken night turned a joke into a life-changing moment. He warned me not to fall for him, and I should've listened. He intoxicated me. He made me crave him. He ruined me. In the end, I'll never be the same.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggle to finish

  • By Book addict on 31-07-18

Struggle to finish

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

I nearly stopped listening to this so many times. It was awful! The characters aren’t that likeable. The story was a carbon copy of every stereotypical light BDSM storyline and character out there, but with none of the spark or build up that makes those stories work.

Did no one else find the female lead to be a bit of a b***h? Starting things with other women to stake her territory when she claims to be ok with the hero’s job. I don’t know what’s going on with all the positive reviews out there.

Shirl Rae has got to be one of the most annoying narrators with her false laughs; and made the female lead sound like even more of a b***hy mean girl strutting around.

I found myself wondering if Joe Arden ever groans and shakes his head at the rubbish he has to narrate to get paid. He’s pretty good in most stories but he had a bad story and weak characters in this case.

I’m sure I enjoyed the Corps Security series, but since I’ve struggled with all of the Hope Town series I wonder if my standards were lower back then because I’d only just started listening to audiobooks, or this series is just much worse.