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Enjoyable enemies to lover story

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

Reviewed: 21-02-20

First, I like the cover- I think it's a beautiful cover that does a good job representing what the story is about and has a sweetness that I enjoy.

Now, to the story, this is a small town romance, an enemies to lovers book. Kate and Caleb are work neighbors and Caleb is new to the town. They have a contentious relationship most especially because Caleb starts off as a irritable mean person. He has a past that explains why he is how he is but while I like enemies to lovers stories, I thought that he took his anger out on Kate a little too much. With time, though, he became better and I liked their relationship. Their HEA was welcome and i liked their banter as they started to get into their groove. As always, the small town effect was wonderful with many fun, sweet characters supporting the main couple.

While I thought that Krista Nicely did a pretty good job narrating the story, I didn't think she differentiated between the male and female characters or even other characters very well. I think having two narrators, one male and one female would have been better. However, she did a good job with pacing and emotions so overall, I felt like the narration was enjoyable.

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Cute holiday short story

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

Reviewed: 19-02-20

This is a cute holiday story. In fact, I giggled at the first line and throughout so if you're looking for a holiday story with really funny and sweet characters, this is a good book for you. I also love the hate-to-love Christmas type of stories. Dex is way too sweet- he agrees to continue to pretend to be still with his ex because it's so close to Christmas and she asked him to help her deal with her family. Abby hates Christmas and from their meeting, their playful banter shined. It is a short story and I thought that the end prior to the HEA was a little unrealistic but still, it was adorable and fun.

I listened to the audiobook. The narrator, Jillian Yetter, is new to me but she was good. I liked her vocal modulation which is perfect for a playful fun book like this. However, as this is a dual POV, it would be best to also have a male narrator; her male voice was a little off but I liked that she tried.

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Sweet with good characters

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

Reviewed: 18-02-20

This was a sweet book. I may have liked it even more if I was a strong Ed Sheeran fan but still, I enjoyed the book and found it very well done. What a novel idea to base the book on a series of songs from one artist.

Mia meets Derek and both have their personal pains. Mia is holding on to a lot of guilt while Derek is trying to move on from his family’s past. Derek, a rock star, is sweet, attentive and authentic. Mia felt a little young to be, a bit immature, but still a character that I really liked, if a bit difficult to identify with. The story had some amazing parts but also some parts that felt slow.

I borrowed the book from KU but also received the audiobook. The narrator, Sarah Puckett, was great as usual. She has a perfect voice for Mia and does a nice job with pacing and overall, infusing emotion into the story.

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Angsty but good, flashbacks a bit jarring

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

Reviewed: 10-02-20

I primarly listened to the audiobook, which was done in a duet style. Have Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott ever narrated poorly? They have beautifully smooth voices and excellent timing, pacing and emotion so they elevate every story they read. However, in this case, because this is such an emotional story, it’s even more evident how good they are.

I borrowed this book from KU and went back and forth between the book and the audiobook, which I received upon request. I think that the ebook was good in providing more clarity in terms of timeline because the book jumped from past to present over the course of the book so if you miss the notation about whether this was past or present, it gets confusing. I have to admit, I tend to not like too many flashbacks but that's a personal preference.

However, the author has a very distinctive style of writing, with emphasis on certain words. The audiobook excelled at emphasizing those words with emotion, which I think was the main reason I feel like the audiobook is the best way to go through this book.

Delilah and Trent were in a relationship when Delilah left him. 2 years later, they meet again and their relationship resumes but Trent has to convince her to be with him again. I really don’t get why he was willing to forgive and forget so quickly- yes they loved each other but she supposedly destroyed him. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Delilah’s. This story tackles some difficult topics surrounding mental health. It was well done- angsty and emotional but compelling. Definitely worth a listen.

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 08-02-20

As someone who had to navigate the dating scene in NYC, this book was reminiscent of some of the funny, if slightly awful dates I've had in the past. It was awesome. I really enjoyed it and laughed out loud, while commiserating with Everly. I read/listened to this back to back with her next book Faking Ms Right and both bring out laughs as well as so much excitement for this new series with three fantastically amusing women who are smart, loyal and true to each other and themselves. i look forward to more of these books!

Emma Wilder is perfect for Everly. Great pacing, comedic timing. I enjoyed the audiobook very much!

Heartbreaking past, second chance romance

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

Reviewed: 04-02-20

This is an angsty second chance romance. I loved how Belle/Isabelle and Roman were when they were young. The author made them real- I loved that even though Roman was rich, he had issues that made him transcend the "silver spoon" image.And Belle, her history was just so heartbreaking. Together, they healed each other with young but true love. But the world interfered and they broke apart.

Fast forward years later and they meet again, this time with Belle as a lounge singer and bartender and Roman as a rockstar about the blast into stardom. Now they need to see if their young love can reignite even with the challenges of fame bring more obstacles to their world. Other characters also bring additional angst (I hate Roman's father) and really, it just was a bit too much heartbreak for me. But that's a personal preference. Additionally, I hate that they both became really promiscuous and though both were holding on to the memory of their love, it just dilutes the love in my mind. I know, again, this is my personal preference and i even acknowledge that it's more realistic written this way since they were separated for years. But regardless, after they were together, even with the angst, it was fulfilling to see them get their HEA, one they sorely deserved.

The narrators were good. Sarah Puckett has such a beautifully smooth voice and is perfect for this angsty story. Michael Johnson was new to me but he did a good job. There were also songs in the audiobook which was really cool. The only thing is that the songs sounded really far away- not as clear as the narrators, which was a little jarring.

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Ok MC story, ok narration

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

Reviewed: 04-02-20

This was an MC book but started with the relationship between Cade and Emma. When they were young, they were best friends even though there was a significant age difference between them. Family issues tore them apart and they didn't see each other again until years later when Emma needed Cade's help. Cade was now president of an MC and of course, wanted to help her. There were a few twists that were interesting and the underlying story was well done and kept my attention.

There were a couple of things that detracted from the story. First, the dialogue seemed a bit childish, especially for people in their 30s. Emma especially seems so juvenile. Ice isn’t very nice and honestly, for someone who expected Emma to wait for him, to eventually be his and then for him to expect her to be ok when he was being intimately serviced by someone else in front of her accidentally is just unbelievable. Their relationship gets better but first impressions left a really sour impression.

I bought the ebook but was given the opportunity to listen to the audiobook. I've never listened to Mark and Maya Bravo narrate before. The narration was ok- both tried to differentiate their voices for the male and female voices but they were a little jarring and not realistic.
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Cute slow burn romance

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

Reviewed: 03-02-20

I love books where the hero and heroine are nerds/geeks and this book was no different (I too have an abnormal obsession with superheroes. haha). Anyway, this was cute read. Haley and Ted both had really funny internal musings which made me giggle. I loved Tank, Haley's dog. And overall, the author did a great job making the characters likable and didn't draw out their miscommunications too long, although it did take the majority of the book before they realized they were wrong with each other. Still, a good slow burn book.

I borrowed the book from KU and requested and received the audiobook.
This book has both a female and male narrator and both were good. Amanda Stribling is perfect- bright and cheeky with pacing that is perfect for this type of romantic comedy. David Black was good as well. It’s the first time I’ve listened to his narration and he did such a good job playing the slightly nerdy character.

great short stories

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

Reviewed: 31-01-20

I listened to each book separately and enjoyed all the books. They are short but steamy and lots of fun. And Randi Johnson is a great narrator- good voices, pacing and is just a fun narrator to listen to.

A steamy second-chance romance

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

Reviewed: 29-01-20

This is supposed to be an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and I suppose I can see it. Jasmine is forced to tolerate Shepard because she needs the money to care for her sick father. However, really, Shephard and Jasmine were high school sweethearts so there's a past there. Jasmine broke up with Shepard was an alcoholic. He's not now and he's rich and successful but he has a secret. The secret is not revealed for the majority of the book but I thought it was easy to guess. It made Shepard definitely much more sympathetic to the readers and I was looking forward to them getting their HEA. Note, this is super steamy with sub/dom themes (fanning myself) and it was overall, an enjoyable, fun book. I give it 4.5 stars.

i borrowed the ebook from KU and requested and received the audiobook for review. I really liked Lance and Grace overall. I thought that their voices for the other characters, especially those who were female/male, respectively, were a little unnatural (but still, that has to be the most difficult part of the job) and sometimes I had difficulty determining who was speaking but in general, they did a good job with telling the story.