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No really a romance, not really a dystopian either

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

Reviewed: 30-03-20

JCP isn't for me. I admit I love her writing, her world building and the pacing her books have, but in the end, it's always something missing.

The Starving Years, I would considere this more of a gay fiction or thriller than a romance like it's advertised. I don't mind my romance not been the center of the story, but the story at least need to be amazing.

Although the story is ok, it's just this, ok. I didn't like the open ending, so many question and the bittersweet taste and rush of events. This book looks like a beginning of a series and not a standalone. Also, the begining is really confusing, it took me up to 30% to fully understand what was happening.

The narration is really good, the narrator can distinguish all the character voices and express emotions really well. Also his pacing is phenomenal, I'll listen to him again.

Amazing narration, good story

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

Reviewed: 29-03-20

Although the story is not that original, I found it refreshing. It's a slow burn with friends-to-lovers, with the right amount of drama and it the beginning of the relationship was beautifully done. I didn't gave more stars because the story itself was a little bit boring, nothing really exciting happened so it dampened my enjoying. It was a good listen.

Kale Williams is one of my favorites narrators, top 3 for sure. His pacing is spot one, the does all the right pauses. It didn't few like he was rushing the reading or taking long pauses between speeches, it's just perfect. He also creates different voices for each characters.

Not really a daddy kink

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

Reviewed: 19-03-20

Not my favorite, but not bad either. I knew this would be short, but it was too fast for my liking. It had so much potential, I love a good forced proximity, but I didn't think it was well done here. Also, I couldn't like Hayden, I think that was the biggest problem. Not really daddy kink, but it was steamy. Mr. Ferraiuolo is amazing as always <3

Perfect until 70%

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

Reviewed: 09-03-20

3.5 stars

I like this well enough. I was glued to the story until about 70%, then it got a little weird. This is insta-love, but it isn't. This is slow-burn, but it isn't. I don't know exactly how to explain, but it doesn't feel like insta-love, or insta-lust. They are not drawn to each other from the first moment they see each other, and they kinda dislike each other for while.

BUT. But Tank forgave Raina pretty quickly and her sins are not minor. She did unspeakable things and got away with everything without a scratch. That rub me the wrong way. And the last chapters were from a couple I didn't know since I didn't read the other books, so I didn't care for them and just skimmed a few chapters.

The narration was pretty solid, I like the narrator a lot. His voice is gruff and deep, his pacing and pauses is spot on. He didn't do a great job of differentiating the voices though, my only complaint.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

The mystery was solved in the first 4 chapters

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

Reviewed: 09-03-20

I have a had time finishing this book. Although I like it, I have some issues with the way the mystery was presented to us. There is a lot of POVs in this story, from the bad guys, the journalist, the detective, the victim and some others.

The first 4 chapters show us the victim, the killer, the journalist and some witnesses. In these 4 chapters, you know who is dead, how he was killed, who killed and half the motive. In the fifth chapter, you get to know the detective Kendall.

You see, the reader knows basically the whole mystery in the first few chapters. So the rest of the book we get to follow Kendall and his partner trying to solve the case. I'm conflicted about this plot device. Although I think it was clever, 'cause this way we could focus on the police procedures and see their struggle trying to find the killer. In the other hand, we know the mystery and we're just waiting for the detectives catch up to us, so it got a little boring at times.

I know the narrator by his other pen name, the one he uses for romances, so I was familiar with his voice. He did an awesome job, I love his voice and his accent. But what I most like about him is his way of show the emotions and create different voices for different characters. His pace is a little on the slow side, but I always speed up and it's perfect. He does the pauses in the right places and doesn't rush the narration, which I appreciate.

This audiobook was given to me and no review was expected of me.

Best MF shifter story ever!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-20

This was a nice surprise, I remember picking it up to listen without reading the blurb and the name didn't click, so I didn't know it was a shifter book Lol If I knew, I probably wouldn't listen at the time.

I can't say this is super unique, but it wasn't a cookie cutter either. I like the way the relantionship progress, it was hate-love WITHOUT insta-love even though they were fated to one another (they didn't know this until about the very end). It was so funny see those two bickering with each other, driving each other crazy. But deep down, they were beginning to like each other. Also, there is no pack or clan, Garrison is a lone shifter bear, grumpy as h*ll with a traumatic past event.

The narration was amazing. I really love Wen Ross voice and narration, pairing him with Kai Kennicott is always a great ideia, they compliment each other :)

- There is a HEA;
- There is NO cheating;
- Medium to Slow-burn;
- NO insta-love;
- Low angst;
- NO miscommunication;
- NO cliffhanger;

I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review.

Mammoth is the sweetest alpha-male!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-20

This was a nice book and I loved Mammoth <3

What worked:
- The book is beautifully well written;
- The plot is thick, I didn't get boring one bit. Even though the focus of the story wasn't always the main couple, I like it well enough and I did enjoyed;
- Mammoth is a great character. He is an MC with a moral compass, which I love! He is sweet, sexy, funny, protector, not at all an alpha-hole.
- I liked that the author throw a little b*tt play in it. The majority of novels I read seems so prude! But not here, there is dirty talk and both MCs are comfortable with their bodies and sexuality.

What didn't work:
- Insta-everything. Although the relationship itself take a little longer to develop, the insta-lust were so strong that sometimes seems very close to insta-love. Mammoth got one look at Tamara and wants to protect her and forgets she is almost everything he doesn't like in a women: he said he doesn't like feisty/mouthy women who throws themselves at him. Well, she is feisty, mouthy and throw herself on him. I'm not keen of these plot device, I think the MCs end up doing things they normally wouldn't do because of it.
- Tamara. I did not like her at all. She is childish and a bit stupid. If a guy is being a jerk to her and he says she has a nice ass or great boobs, she forget all about being mad at him and just beam. She have little sense of self-preservation, she teases and disobey Mammoth to the point I was getting annoyed for him.
- The epilogue. It wasn't bad by any means, but I would have liked to be about Tamara and Mammoth.
- No condoms used/ not safe.

Narration
Jacob Morgan is fantastic as always, I have no complaints. His voice is deep, sexy and growly. His pacing is spot on and he can differentiate the voices beautifully. Callie Dalton is not my favorite. Granted, I'm not keen of female narrators since the female lead sometimes end up b*tchy and whiny, and that's exactly what happened. Her narration was very good, pacing, different voices, etc. But I didn't like her voice, as I said, I though it was whiny at times. And with a FMC as Tamara, who is whiny by nature, it was almost unbearable. But this is very personal, listen to her and decide for yourself. :)

I was given this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Beautiful and Unique

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

Reviewed: 28-02-20

Heart-warming with medium angst story that I enjoyed so much. The odd couple, not just because of their disability, win my heart. The premise is really interesting, on MC is mute and the other is deaf, both came from very different worlds. There is drama and a lot of relationship issues to be dealt with, and they didn't resolve pretty easy, actually there was some heartbreaking decision making. No insta-love, thank you very much. But it wasn't slow burn either, more like medium burn.

I liked the narrator, but I couldn't distinguish who said what because he didn't change much, so it was confusing at times. Besides that, I pretty much enjoyed.

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 28-02-20

Short and super listen. I'm really in love with Ryan Ringbloom stories, they are so real and close to home, yet so many hilarious and funny moments. I love the characters, even if it's a rom-com, there is depth and the situations are believable and, well, ordinary. But never boring. Also, I love a beta-male with a heart of gold!

Tor Thom has a really deep and growly voice, just the way I like it. His narration help bring up the humor of the story, the pacing was nice and the sentences pronounced very well. Charley Ongel is not my favorite. Her narration wasn't bad per se, just not my taste, a little too theatrical and too sometimes it was supposed to be a funny moment, and she was serious, other times when the moment was serious, she was being funny. I don't know, not my favorite, but not bad either.

Real comedy folks, I laugh so hard

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

Reviewed: 28-02-20

This is the first time I've read this author and OMG she became one of my favorites! I don't usually read Rom-Coms because I don't find them funny, I have almost zero sense of humor for literature. But the author knows how to handle her humor so well that was laughing so hard sometimes, my belly hurt.

You need to know this isn't an OTT kinda book, with dramatic plots, twists and - sometimes - unbelievable characters. This story is really down on earth with real situations. Situations you might get yourself into pretty easily. Our characters are flawed and human and do some pretty embarrassing sh*t Lol I ache for Jaxson and his "problem", I would die from embarrassing if it was me dealing with him and would act just like Paisley Lol

This was the first time I heard the narrators. Tor Thom has a really deep and growly voice, just the way I like it. His narration help bring up the humor of the story, the pacing was nice and the sentences pronounced very well. Charley Ongel is not my favorite. Her narration wasn't bad per se, just not my taste, a little too theatrical and too sometimes it was supposed to be a funny moment, and she was serious, other times when the moment was serious, she was being funny. I don't know, not my favorite, but not bad either.