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  • Fumbled Hearts

  • A Tender Hearts Novel Series
  • By: Meagan Brandy
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

After months of refusing, I finally agreed to make the move to Alrick Falls. My family thought it was best - that a new scene would be good for me - and I was sick of having the same conversation. So here I am, and the plan is simple. Smile through each day and avoid her at all costs. It's perfect. Until the cocky quarterback comes into play. The last thing I want is his crooked grin and dark brown eyes focused on me. Yet here he is, constantly in my space, pushing me, daring me to care. Telling me what I think and feel, as if he knows. He doesn't know anything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Raw, sweet, sexy, and real!

  • By Readers Together on 19-08-18

Raw, sweet, sexy, and real!

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

I just got done with this book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It's hard to believe this is Meagan Brandy's first book - watch for this name, she's going to take the book world by storm - having just read her third book and been blown away, I know this to be true. She makes her characters work hard for their HEA. Which, personally, I love. I'm a big fan of NA romances and this can be added to the list of must reads. It's raw, it's sweet, it's sexy, it's real, and it's emotional. A wonderful mix that will keep you turning the page.

I didn't really like Kalani to begin with, but, as the book progressed and you could see and feel her change and open up, and feel, I changed my mind. I think it's easy to forget how young these characters really are, and what she was dealing with, well, it makes sense that she was so closed off. I ended up rooting and cheering for her. Even crying for her. The development of her character throughout the book was astounding. The side characters are something special - I want each of them to have a book, well, maybe not Liv. She can burn. Jarrod? Hmm, maybe the right woman could redeem him...no? But, my boy, Parker has a book next and I already have it queued up. You may notice that I've failed to mention Nate so far, you know what they say, save the best till last, and this boy...man, he is the best. I just loved him so much. He's your typical playboy, but he's also not. I adored him. I wanted to slap him upside the head a couple of times, but overall, I just loved him. He was sweet and he not only understood Kalani, but in essence, he saved her. And it was beautiful.

Make sure you have a fan ready for the sexy times, because, hot doesn't even begin to describe those scenes. My Kindle might have scorch marks, I have to check. If it doesn't, it's a miracle. Who knew teenagers could be so sexy? The best part though? That they fit perfectly with the story and the characters, you believed it. It was very real.

I enjoyed CJ Bloom's performance, I think she nailed Kalani. You could feel the uncertainty of the character shine through in the performance. And I thought she performed the growth of the character really well. It was a joy to listen to. This was my first time listening to Alexander Cendese and I have to be honest, I wasn't a fan of his female voice...at all. I found myself wondering if I should switch to the book and read the parts he was narrating, but, I actually liked his voice for Nate and thought he did a great job of showing the different emotions the character was experiencing. I think had this been a duet, or even an MM book his voice would have been suited fine, but, I just couldn't get along with the female voice - it just doesn't suit his range. The production was fine with no issues of note.

  • Defenseless

  • Somerton Security, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Dyer
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When ex-marine Georgia Bennett left the military for high-end private security, it was supposed to soften her snarky attitude. Instead, her short fuse just earned her a punishment of an assignment: protect smart-ass tech genius and Department of Defense contractor Parker Livingston. It should have been easy - only no one warned Georgia that Parker was one seriously drop-dead-gorgeous geek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books of 2017!

  • By Readers Together on 12-06-18

One of the best books of 2017!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I’m told this is Elizabeth Dyer’s debut book and I’m in awe, she has earned herself a fan in me. Defenseless totally blew me away. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. It is a combination of everything I love in one tidy little package. It has action, it has romance, it has suspense and it has twists you won’t see coming. I loved it so much that I’ve just ordered the paperback, and preordered Relentless, the next book in the series. It’s one of my favourite books of 2017, it is definitely rounding the year out with a bang! I loved the writing, Elizabeth has a way with words that grabs the reader’s attention and keeps it. She includes enough detail to paint a picture in the reader’s mind but leaves enough to allow them to use their imagination too. I was on the edge of my seat more than once. I was hooked from the first chapter until the last. I spent a full day immersed in this story because I just couldn’t put it down. I really like the cover, it’s eye catching and intriguing, the only thing that would make it better would be the inclusion of the narrator’s name on the audio edition.

These characters are so good, I loved Georgia and Parker. I want to know more about the team, and about Isaac, and Ethan. Georgia Bennett is one badass chick. I loved her so much. I wanna be her when I grow up. She’s strong yet has a vulnerability about her that Parker seemed to not only notice but nurture. When she lets her guard down she shows what a resilient person she is. I loved that she could handle herself and was the protector. Parker Livingston is everything. I love him. So much! He’s a geek, but don’t let that fool you, he can take care of business just as much, if not more than his military buddies. He’s smart and charming, funny and strong, his vulnerability (which is different to Georgia’s) is endearing and makes you just want to hug him… among other things. Together they are perfect. Sometimes you read a book and the characters have to work at it, at least in my opinion, but not so with Georgia and Parker, they were made for one another.

The relationship between Parker and Georgia is one that I loved. The banter was fantastic, I’m a big banter fan and they work it so well. It never felt forced or out of place. It fit their personalities well and what was going on around them. The sexy times seemed organic to them and the situations they were faced with, everything felt like it earned its place in the book. The relationship is forged in the heat of the chase, but it’s steadfast. Even when they don’t see eye to eye on a subject, they still always have the other person’s best interests at heart, even if the other person can’t see it. Sure, I may have shouted at Parker a time or two, and I may have wanted to shake Georgia, but rest assured the book has a HEA and leaves you craving more. I can’t wait for more from Somerton Security. I wouldn’t say it ends on a cliff-hanger, just that it gives you a lead into the next book, Georgia and Parker’s story is complete.

Aiden Snow was the perfect choice for this book. Perfection, I tell you. The little nuances and inflections he uses in his voice really make each character stand out. I adored his performance of Parker, it was everything I could have imagined and hoped for when I read the synopsis of the book. Georgia sounded feminine, but it didn’t sound forced, as can sometimes happen. Aiden has the perfect voice for the sexy times, no joke, it’s enough to make a girl swoon… if one is so inclined. The emotion he put into some of the scenes was effective and possibly melted my heart a tad. Aiden is fast becoming one of my go-to narrators. He never fails to deliver a brilliant performance that captivates me and leaves me wanting more. The production was smooth with no issues at all.

  • Three Blind Dates

  • Dating by Numbers Series, Book 1
  • By: Meghan Quinn
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When the publicity team of the new local restaurant Going in Blind begins their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn't have found a better person than Noely Clark. A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, she found it impossible to find the man of her dreams so being set up on three very different, very attractive, and very distinctive blind dates, seemed like a great idea, but who will she choose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a fun book

  • By Readers Together on 10-06-18

Such a fun book

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This review is going to be short and sweet. I’ve really struggled over this review, I know what you’re thinking (maybe) usually if I struggle it’s because I didn’t connect with the book right?Right! Except, that isn’t the case here, I loved this book so much, but, I don’t want to give anything away and spoil it. It’s so hard to do with a book like this. So short and sweet it will have to be.

Noely Clark is looking for love and thanks to a new restaurant… with a twist, Going in Blind allows clients to be matched and go on blind dates, however, when Noely is matched with three potential dates, The Suit, The Rebel, and The Jock, she has a decision to make. Join Noely as she embarks on her search for love. Who is her perfect match, and will it be love at first sight?

Ok, who has been hiding Meghan Quinn from me? Seriously, this isn’t funny anymore. You have to share the love. Three Blind Dates had me laughing out loud, it was such fun, I need to read… or listen to more from Meghan Quinn because this was such a fun experience. I loved the style and flow of the writing, it had me hooked from the first chapter. The storyline was interesting and kept my attention throughout. The twists were great, and I was kept guessing, even when I had the ‘I know who it is’ thoughts but then something would happen, and I’d think ‘but maybe….’ And then I’d go back to my original thought. It was so good. I love having those types of thoughts and reactions to a book. I really loved the cover, it is eye-catching and gives you an idea of the story. I don’t think it could get any better. The cover has been updated since I first wrote this, and I do still like it a lot, even though I’m partial to the original. The audio cover would have been better with the narrator names…but, that’s just me and my want for knowing who is performing at a glance.

These characters are fantastic. I love them all. Meghan asks readers to pick a team before they start reading, it was tough, but I chose #TeamSuit, because, you know, suits are kinda my kryptonite. Although both the Jock and the Rebel captured my attention, I must say that the Suit held my heart from the beginning. I did swoon over all three of them. I may have suggested she keep them all… what? Nothing wrong with a little sharing of the love. Noely was just awesome, I adore her. She’s funny and a little crazy but in a good way. I wanted her to find her perfect match and get her happily ever after. I so wanna go hang out with her and Dylan, they were a hoot.

If you’ve read anything about the book you’ll know it was inspired by the movie You’ve Got Mail. I hadn’t seen the movie in years but after finishing this book I made my husband trek through the wilderness to retrieve a copy… ok, so that might be a slight exaggeration, he did have to face the junk room to grab my copy though, and I curled up and watched it. Honestly, I forgot how good the movie was and while watching I couldn’t help but think about Three Blind Dates. And, when I finished the audio – guess what I watched?

The majority of this book is from Noely’s point of view, so Ava Erickson is the main narrator and performs the book flawlessly. It was such a joy to listen to it. She really breathed life into each of these characters and gave them each a unique flair that not only made them easily identifiable but also endearing. I love how she conveyed the different feelings the characters were experiencing, especially Noely. Ava is fast becoming one of my top female performers.

Aiden Snow narrates a couple of chapters towards the end, don’t worry I didn’t throw anything this time, I’d already read the book, I was prepared haha. He narrates them so well that it’s enjoyable and totally worth spending a credit on. The characters are fun and that came across in his performance, as well as the uncertainty that the character felt. The production was great with no issues that I noted.

  • Suddenly Forbidden

  • By: Ella Fields
  • Narrated by: Amelie Griffin, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

I thought he'd always be mine, even when I was forced to say goodbye. We were never meant to let go, but it happened anyway. Two years later, we were exactly where we'd always planned to be. I'd kept my promise. He'd forgotten all about his. Not only had he moved on, but the person he'd moved on with was my best friend, leaving me to begin college with a broken heart. I guess this is the part where I'm supposed to tell you some other guy stepped in and repaired my shattered pieces. This isn't that kind of story. My heart might have been broken, but it refused to fall out of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the Feels!

  • By Readers Together on 10-06-18

All the Feels!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I’m not one of those people that believes a trigger warning should be issued if a book contains cheating, but I also don’t seek those types of books out either. I went into this book with my eyes wide open, I knew it contained cheating before I started but, I was intrigued by the synopsis enough that I wanted to give it a try. Plus, one of my trusted book people has been shouting about it, so I knew she wouldn’t steer me wrong. And, sheesh. All. The. Feels. Ella Fields, yet another author that has been hidden from me. What the heck, guys? Why? I’m totally blown away by what I’ve just read. I do not remember the last book that had me this invested in the characters and what would happen next. I swore…. a lot. I wanted to throw my kindle on several occasions, I chuckled, and I shed a few tears. Ella is a queen! Her writing just draws you in and keeps hold of you. Making you feel things you don’t want to, making you think things you never thought you would, and making you question everything you thought you believed. I’m still in awe and I can’t stop thinking about this book, I can’t move on to anything else. Ella has broken me. In the best way possible. I know I’ll be spending time with these characters again.

These characters, Gah! I had so many different emotions throughout this book when it came to the characters. I adored Daisy and Pippa. At times I wanted to smack Quinn in the face BUT, he did win me over in the end. I was unsure about Callum, but it didn’t take long before he found a place in my heart. I want more Callum! Alexis? I don’t remember the last time I disliked a character as much as I disliked her, in fact, I might even go as far as to say I hated her. I’m pretty sure I was supposed to feel sorry for her, but I just couldn’t. The things she did, the way she acted. No! I really hope there are plans for books for Callum and Pippa, they both need to have their stories told.

The connection between Daisy and Quinn was beautiful and you could feel it, it jumps out from the pages and hits you. The chapters that showed how they were when they were younger really added to this story, it gave them depth and allowed us as readers to connect to them individually and see their growth as people. Seeing them through the years and their connection, it really makes what happens gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. I felt everything. I’m still feeling everything. These are not perfect characters, they make mistakes, but they own them. They’re not intentionally malicious, they’re young and finding their way. The epilogue, man, it is just perfect, everything you could hope and wish for as you read this story. This is a second chance romance that will have you reading well into the night and reminding you why you love to read, especially the romance genre.

This cover has my heart. It is so freaking beautiful. I want to give it all the stars. And I absolutely love that the audio cover includes the narrators.

I loved this story so much when I read it, as you can probably tell from the above. Well, when I found out it was being produced on audio I was giddy with excitement, especially that one of my go-to voices was narrating. Aiden Snow could read me a boring textbook and I’d be hooked, he just has one of those enticing voices.

Once I started listening I realised two things, 1. I was even more in love with this book, the emotion the narrators perform with during this production is stellar and captures the listener's hearts and minds and immerses them in the story. I thought Amelie was great, her female voices and accents were spot on, I struggled a little with her male voices, I’m sure it’s just personal taste, they just didn’t sound as male as I would have liked, and that is something I need to fully enjoy a performance. However, she was perfection as Daisy, the angst and the emotion shone through. Aiden, oh man, can I just post all the heart eyes I can here? I’ve always enjoyed his performances, but Quinn, man, he nailed Quinn, the angst and conflict the character experienced really stood out, I found myself swooning and then catching myself and saying ‘wait a minute, we hate Quinn!’ (Mr. TakeCare). Both Amelie and Aiden take Ella’s words and bring them to life, it’s such a beautiful thing to experience- hearing a story that breaks your heart and pieces it back together again. The audio is a dual narration and I'd say it's probably a 60/40 split to Amelie; much of the first half of the book is from Daisy's PoV. The production was wonderful with no issues that I noted.

I really hope that Bittersweet Always is produced on audio, although, I’m going to need supplies to help me cope. That’s even more gut-wrenching than SF.

  • The Ruthless Gentleman

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

As a chief stewardess on luxury superyachts, I massage egos, pamper the spoiled, and cater to the most outlandish desires of the rich and famous. I've never had a guest want something I can't give them. Until British businessman Hayden Wolf comes aboard - all sexy swagger and mysterious requests. But guests are strictly off limits and I've never broken a rule. Not even bent one. My family are depending on me and I can't lose my job. Only problem is Hayden Wolf is looking at me like I just changed his life. And he's touching me like he's about to change mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet & Sexy

  • By Readers Together on 08-05-18

Sweet & Sexy

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This was such a great book. A contemporary romance at its best. I loved spending time yachting with these characters, they’re so likeable. Louise Bay’s writing is always so fun and engaging. I love spending time in her world. This world is no different. I especially loved the background themes with this book - the guilt Avery carried over Michael and his health concerns. Then the thread of suspense with the kind of ‘whodunnit?’ Running throughout the story really gave this book that little something extra.

Louise Bay writes some wonderful book boyfriends and Hayden Wolf can be added to the list, sure I had my doubts at times, in fact, he drove me half insane, but, he redeemed himself. It did take me a while to warm up to him, I thought he was a bit of a jerk to be honest, but, once he got over that little bump he really was the sweetest thing. Avery was such an awesome character, I loved her, she was feisty and independent. The way she cared for and was loyal to her beliefs and her family - it made her so likeable. She’s someone you can imagine being friends with, you know, the friend you need to protect so that others don’t take advantage of her kindness. She was just the sweetest. I loved Landon and I vote for his story next. Closely followed by Michael, Skylar, and August. Ooooh, maybe that’s just two book plans right there?!?!?!

I loved the progression of their relationship. It started out as an attraction and quickly grew into something more. The build-up really made this story special, experiencing the chemistry between these characters and them slowly coming to grips with how they felt and the result of acting on them. It was just perfect. Louise Bay is the queen of sexy times, she writes it so well and it always fits with the story and never feels rushed.

Shane East and Erin Mallon were brilliant. I just love the emotion they convey and the tone and inflections they use to differentiate characters and emotions. Shane was the perfect choice for Hayden Wolf - and not just between of the British accent, although I’m sure it helped, he has the perfect tone for the character, you believed that he was a multi-millionaire on a yacht. The American accents came across well too. Erin, well, it’s no secret I love Erin’s voice, especially that male voice...swoon, she was wonderful as Avery and her accent for Hayden was fantastic. I didn’t notice any production issues.

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  • Delivered Through the Storm

  • By: Nicole Garcia
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Madison Moore is a single mother of two young boys. She's not interested in dating or partaking in meaningless sex. Her only goal in life is to be a good mother and make life as normal as possible for her oldest son who is diagnosed with a learning disability. When Ryder Storm literally comes crashing into her home and turns her life upside down, she finds herself falling hard. Madison's denial about her feelings and dismissal of his advancements only fuels Ryder's determination to make her his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • <3 this story!

  • By Doris Marshall on 15-09-18

Sweet, Charming and Emotional

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Nicole Garcia has done it again. I love her words, the way she blends serious subjects with humour and light-heartedness really works well. I couldn’t help but love it. Her writing always captures my attention and my heart. This book was sweet and charming, and emotional. But it was also hilarious. And steamy, oh yes, the steam was there, not that I ever doubted it. This is the perfect single mother story, I haven’t read many, all the single parent stories I seem to come across are single fathers, so this was a nice change. It doesn’t sugar coat Madison’s situation, she’s a struggling single working mum and that shows throughout the story, which only made it more real.
The cover? Holy hotness. I love this cover so much. Especially the gift tag with the narrators' names on the audio edition, that was such a cute touch.

So many wonderful characters in this book. I loved them all… except for Mitch, he’s not nice at all, I hated him.
Ryder is all the things. I want to know why my delivery guy is nothing like him. He’s funny, charming, sexy and caring. The way he is with Mads children is just *swoon* He’s the type of guy every single mother hopes they will meet.
Madison is such a sweet woman, she’s got so much going on, it’s a wonder she’s even functioning. But she is, and she’s caring for her boys and doing all she can, it’s beautiful. I was so happy to see her open herself up to some happiness with Ryder.
The children are the cutest things, especially Aiden, he plays such a pivotal role in their story and I loved how that was conveyed. Oh, oh, and Tyler, he needs a HEA too, he is the sweetest and funniest person ever. I think we all need a Tyler in our lives.

I loved how their relationship built and progressed. It was beautiful. Ryder at first was just into the pretty woman he’d met, nothing wrong with that, but once he spent a little time with Madison it was obvious he was falling for her and her kids. Madison tried to fight it but thankfully Ryder was persistent, and he worked his way into her heart. The children played such a huge part of their relationship and the way that was handled was perfection, the worries Madison had made perfect sense. It didn’t stop me from cursing her though. The little angst was suited to the story and thankfully didn’t last too long.

I do love a duet narration and Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross always deliver. Always! Their voices blend so well together, I was definitely looking forward to hearing how they were going to perform these characters and they were perfect as Madison and Ryder. Wen also did a brilliant job voicing seven-year-old Aiden and I must say, it was those scenes, between Ryder and Aiden that I had the most reactions too. It was just beautiful. Emotional, but beautiful. Kai, I adored how she chose to voice Madison, it was a little deeper than I’m used to hearing from her and it worked really well for the character and showed another side to her talent. As for the steamy moments, sheesh, can these two perform a sex scene with conviction. I listened to this audio in a day, I just couldn't put it down. The production was fine with no issues.

  • Dirty Little Promise

  • Forbidden Desires, Book 2
  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Megan Tusing
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he's all wrong for her - yet the heart wants what it wants. But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires, will she lose herself completely? Passion, drama, and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell's love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-08-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Kendall Ryan is quickly becoming a one-click author for me. Her books are sexy and have a fun and intriguing storyline. Her writing is very quick and smart, grabbing the reader’s attention and hauling them into the story. The characters are smart and sexy, and funny. This book will have you swooning, and laughing, and maybe getting a little frustrated and sad. And then you’ll swoon again and get hot under the collar. I listened to this book in one sitting, I just didn’t want to put it down.

Gavin Kingsley, swoon! If you liked Gavin in book 1, you’re going to fall head over heels for him in this book. Not only does he start opening up, but he does some of the sweetest things ever. His love for Emma is obvious and he’s prepared to do what it takes to keep her safe. Emma Bell is one of my favourite female characters that I’ve read this year. She’s smart and sexy, and sassy. She doesn’t take any crap, even though she’s been through a bunch of it, she’s still not prepared to lay down and take it. I love that about her.
I felt so bad for Cooper, but it had to happen, it is Emma and Gavin’s story after all. I’m looking forward to reading about Cooper’s exploits in Torrid Little Affair. It was nice to see more of Quinn and I felt we got a better feel for him and how he just wants to keep his family together.


I like how this story has progressed from book 1. Gavin’s secret is finally out, and this book starts with them dealing with that and I liked that Emma didn’t just take it. She’s was her sassy self and couldn’t just fall back into a routine with Gavin, she needed time to adjust and although he struggled with it, he also gave it to her. I really think Gavin’s character progressed the most throughout this story when I think back to book 1 and the way he was and then the end of this book, wow, he really did develop as a person and that was wonderful to see. Watching someone that was broken get their HEA. The sex scenes are off the scale hot, I’m talking melt your earphones type temps. They were placed well within the story and made sense to it. I liked the intrigue with this book, although I had guessed early on who was responsible for all the horrible things happening, it didn’t take away from the story and it was fun watching the characters figure it out.

Megan Tusing and Zachary Webber were fantastic. I loved their dual narration of this book. Their voices complement each other really well. Each character they both performed was distinct and the inflections and tones they used to convey the emotions the characters were going through was spot on, and gave depth to the character and performance. Megan and Zachary were the perfect choice for Emma and Gavin; Megan has the best voice to convey the sweet and sassiness of Emma. And Zachary performs the commanding but vulnerable aspect of Gavin brilliantly. The production was done well with no issues.

  • Keeper

  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

They were best friends until they became roommates. Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own. As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention. Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University. Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker's youth.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you’ve got to trust the back of the net 🥅

  • By Amo on 06-09-18

One of my favourite books of 2017

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Oh, My God!!!! Why has it taken me so long to dive into this series? And why has nobody been hitting me over the head demanding I read or listen to it? My god, people! I am in love with this book. The humour, the setting, and the trope. It was all perfect. One of my favourite books of 2017! I’ll admit I was a little worried; an American setting her books in England, pfft, I’ve experienced that before and regretted it but what Amy Daws does is amazing, she’s done her homework! At no point did I sit there and think 'clearly this has been written by an American.' I now need to dive into the other books. I need the twins’ stories, and Violet’s. And what about Gareth? I want them all.

Amy’s writing is so engaging. She creates characters that you want to spend time with. I zoomed through this book because I just couldn’t bring myself to hit pause. I finished it at 6.30am, I literally spent the night with these characters because I couldn’t pull myself away. That to me is the mark of an excellent book. This story was so incredibly entertaining. I laughed, I cried, and yes, I swooned too. It’s been a couple of days, and I am still thinking about it and talking about it. I’m sure my book buddies are fed up of me!

This book is filled with characters that you’ll love, as mentioned above, I need to go back and listen to the other books because I need more time and more info about the Harris family.
Booker is a complete sweetheart, who at times, I wanted to punch in the balls, just because, he was so frustrating. We knew how he felt but he just needed a little push. He had great banter with his brothers, but you also felt sorry for him, being younger he never really stood his ground, until he did, and I have to say I was cheering him on!
I adored Poppy, she was crazy – in a good way, so funny. I loved her little eccentric ways, the singing the end of sentences was cute and fit her so well. I usually don’t enjoy female characters as much as the male ones, but Poppy was so awesome, I loved her just as much as Booker. She dealt with a number of different issues in the book and I thought she handled them gracefully. (For example, she didn’t punch Booker in the balls!). Poppy for the win!

I loved the friends to lovers theme of this book. The banter between Booker and Poppy was a highlight for me. A true friendship. I really enjoyed listening to their story unfold and how their friendship turned into something more. How they tried to fight it, well, Booker, at least. Thankfully he was able to get with the programme and make us all happy. It was sweet and sexy. The sexy times were very well written and played a pivotal role in the story. Although it’s a sports romance there isn’t a lot of sport in it, so if that has you on the fence, jump on over, it’ll be worth it, I promise.

This duet narration was fantastic. You really felt a part of the story, like you were truly experiencing it. It’s the first time I’ve heard anything by either narrator and they blew me away. The inflections and accents used to differentiate between the characters were outstanding, and the way both of them performed the emotional moments were wonderful and may have caused a few tears. The sexy times were performed brilliantly, and well, sexily. Charlotte Cole was fabulous as Poppy, she really encompassed this character, and I especially loved the inclusion of the singing. Will M Watt was so charming as Booker (I may have swooned) and really hit the emotional moments so perfectly. He also did a fabulous Scottish accent that I think will have the American listenership swooning all over the place. The production was smooth with no issues.

  • Their Virgin Nanny

  • By: SC Daiko
  • Narrated by: Hugo Wylde
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Working as a nanny in an exclusive London borough for two bi-sexual alphas is my dream job. Except Gabe and Luke are so freaking hot, they're making me think dirty thoughts. I can't have them though...it would be totally outta line. And they couldn't possibly be interested in a 22-year old virgin like me. I'll have to find someone else to punch my V card, right? Yeah, right....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgin Nanny

  • By Fanni Ann on 15-12-17

A sweet, sexy story

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

S.C. Daiko has written a very sexy story about a polyamorous relationship and handles it brilliantly, showcasing how beautiful a relationship can be, and the subject of love is love regardless of who is doing the loving. I very much loved that about this book. Eleri is sweet and innocent, Luke and Gabe are not innocent, but they are sweet. I loved their relationship with each other. The story was heart-warming and attention-grabbing. It had me swooning in parts, laughing out loud and sighing. My only thing about the story that I sort of struggled with was towards the end when something happens involving the children and I didn’t feel like Gabe and Luke’s reactions were strong enough. I guess I wanted anger and emotion or something and it just lacked it for me. Of course, as always, that’s just personal taste.

This book is full of characters that you’ll just fall in love with. They’re each so different but so charming. The way Gabe and Luke know each other so well and their opposite attracts appeal is very endearing.
Luke is a sweetheart, to everyone. You know from the get-go that he’s interested in Eleri but he controls himself, the love he has for Gabe just shines through. He is a light-hearted guy that likes to enjoy himself. Even his job is fun. He dominant but not as much as Gabe. He had me chuckling more than once in this book.
I loved Gabe so much. He’s the upper-class British gent that is pretty stern, he works for a law firm and he has his ways and likes it, he’s not looking for a change and is the more dominant of the two men. But seeing the change in him is wonderful to experience as he becomes accustomed to letting a woman into his life and heart.
Eleri is such a sweet girl, so innocent. Her attraction to Gabe and Luke is instant but she tries to hide it and not let it affect her job. I think she was also a very brave woman and we don’t see that nearly enough. She goes through quite the transition in this book and it is lovely to watch that change from sweet girl to sexual woman.
The children are so freaking adorable, I just loved them. As a former nanny, this story called to me…no, before you ask nothing like this ever happened to me, sheesh, get your mind out of the gutter! The kids really added another layer to this story, a sweet layer that I think worked really well.

So, this book contains a lot of sex, and I do mean a lot. I’m talking MM, MMF, and MFM. If that isn’t your thing, you probably won’t like this book and would be better off passing it by. The scenes are written incredibly well and will definitely make you hot under the collar, especially with Hugo in your ears. I spent a fair about of this book blushing, I kid you not. However, it felt very organic to the characters and the story.

This was my first listen from Hugo Wylde and I don’t think it will be my last. The narration was enjoyable. He really brought these characters to life. I liked Luke and Gabe and he performed them wonderfully. Hugo blew me away with his performance of Eleri. The range of voices and accents in this book is handled really well and each character sounded unique, I never struggled to wonder who was being performed. Hugo performed upper-class British, Welsh, Yorkshire and middle-class British with ease. The overall production was well done. One small line repeats once in chapter 18 and the chapter headers for Gabe seemed more drawn out than necessary, especially as it was only in the chapter points and at no other time. The silence between chapters was longer than I’m used to, and I did keep checking at the beginning to see if my app had turned itself off but I did get used to it.

  • Dirty Little Secret

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Megan Tusing
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Gavin Kingsley burst into my life in a sharp and unexpected twist of fate. You know his type - arrogant, dangerously handsome and impossible to ignore. Something dark within him calls to the shadows inside me. I long for the kind of heart-wrenching passion I've only read about, and his tragic past reads like one of my favorite literary classics. Raw. Visceral. Captivating. Together, we're a perfect mess. The deeper I fall into his world, the more I crave him like a drug - he pushes every boundary I have and challenges everything I thought I wanted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start to a New Series

  • By Lo on 15-10-17

A compelling, character driven story

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Kendall Ryan really knows how to get into a reader’s head and heart. And man, can she write a heck of a sex scene. I felt so many different emotions listening to this book. It’s a day later and I’m still thinking about it, what happened, what could happen, how things are going to play out in the next book.

The sweet sexy librarian and the bad boy, you know I was going to love it, and I did. This book grabbed me from the first chapter and never let go. I had to listen to the book in one sitting because I had to know what was happening, who needs food or exercise when you are engrossed in a fantastic story? Not this girl! I did feel some of the details were a little repetitive at times, nothing major and it didn’t really interfere with the story, just personal taste, I guess. I feel like book two is going to break me, in the best possible way. I’m stocking up on Kleenex just in case.

The characters in this story are really quite compelling. I’ve been thinking about this for a day or two now and I loved the interactions and how each character was so unique and not at all what you’d expect. I loved Emma, I thought she was a sweetheart. She’d been through hell but didn’t let that dull her sparkle and her strength shone throughout the book. Yeah, she’s a librarian, but Kendall didn’t make her your typical librarian, which I loved, because what rulebook says they have to be sweet and innocent?
Gavin was such a complex character, he’d obviously experienced a lot of hurt in his life and now guards himself, to his own detriment. I just wanted him to open up to Emma and let her in. I may have shouted at him to tell her everything, that she’d understand. But when do characters ever do what I tell them? I liked the conflict he was going through, you get to experience that with him throughout the book, his head and heart pulling him in different directions.

The relationship between Gavin and Emma gave me whiplash, seriously, I wanted to take that man by the…. ok, I’ll take a breath and calm myself. He drove me a little crazy. He’d be so sweet one moment and the next he’d be a total jerk. I felt so bad for Emma, but at the same time, I was getting frustrated because she kept going back, although, he is kinda irresistible, so it makes sense. The chemistry between Gavin and Emma was undeniable and I think that is why even though Cooper was amazing, I was rooting for Gavin. You can’t fight against that sort of attraction. With that being said I am so excited to get the next book and see where the story leads, I hope that things can be resolved because they are explosive together and I’m a sucker for a happily ever after.

Both narrator voices complemented each other and worked perfectly together for the story. I’ll definitely be seeking out their combo in the future.
This was my first audiobook narrated by Megan Tusing and I really enjoyed her performance, on a couple of occasions it sounded like the characters had a southern drawl, but it was a kind of blink and you miss it sort of moment, enough to warrant a mention but not enough to impact the overall performance or knock it down a star. The switch between male and female voices was smooth and each voice was distinct. Megan was perfect for Emma; a sweet but commanding performance. I am really looking forward to listening to more from Megan.

This was not my first experience with Zachary Webber, that man has skill, I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. He narrates the POV chapters for both Gavin and Cooper. When I first realised that was going to happen I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it; if it’s another person, it needs another voice, right? Nope. Webber is that good that it didn’t require another narrator. Each character is so distinct and he really gives life to each one. His performance of Gavin was my favourite, he has that commanding tone to his voice that suited the character perfectly.