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Knot The Manny

Howling Hills Heat, Book 3
Narrated by: Randi Johnson
Series: Howling Hills, Book 3
Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Summary

Thorne isn't ready to fall in love. His wife has been gone for only two years; he's still a grieving widower. Most days, he's not sure if he'll ever be ready to open his heart again. A simple, quiet existence with his beloved son, Mason, will have to be enough for him - and when it's not, he's got his friends in the Howling Hills pack to take up the slack.

Omega Logan is trying hard just to stay afloat. Not only has he just been made redundant at his job, his beloved Nan is quickly slipping away into the hereafter. When she passes, he will lose not only the last of his family but also the roof over his head. He's running out of options...until fate steps in, taking the form of a child's lost stuffed elephant.

Returning the stuffed animal to his owner gives Logan a sense of purpose - and a job. Thorne needs a manny to care for Mason during the day. Logan needs an income. That Thorne is the hottest alpha Logan has ever met doesn't even matter, because Thorne is obviously straight...isn't he?

When Logan's heat hits unexpectedly, the tentative feelings between the two men burst into something deeper - something richer. Fate has given Thorne a second chance at love and family...but with his heart on the line, will Thorne choose the specter of his past? Or a brighter, happier future?

Knot the Manny is a wolf shifter mpreg romance audio book with a guaranteed happily ever after. It is the third audio book in the Howling Hills Heat series, where finding your fated mate isn't just a dream - it's destiny.

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Really good

This was a really great read and the narrator has such an enthusiastic voice that he really brings it to life. Loved it and can’t wait to listen to others

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Thorn saves Logan

Thorn is a widow. Logan comes in as the manny to take care of Mason. His boss is straight but they click. I really loved the elephant save and the cute way the narrator portrays the kids. The romance is also cute. Adorable actually.

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Really sweet

I really enjoyed this story. I love shifter m/m, but must admit I'm not usually one for mpreg as often I find omegas are far too baby obsessed for my liking. This book doesn't overdo that angle however. This is a really sweet story, with some mild angst and a really lovely meetcute of our two MC's over a stuffed toy elephant.
This book introduced me to both the author and the narrator. Randi Johnson's narration was lovely - a hot, growly alpha, and a sweet, shy(ish) omega. I could easily hear the differences between supporting characters as well, which is really important to me.
I think this could have been a slightly longer story - improved by the drawing out of the pregnancy angst, to make the listener feel a bit more heartache before the resolution and HEA. Other than that, this was fab. I'd listen again.

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All thanks to a little blue elephant

Second chance Love story. Thorne lost his mate, they had a young son Mason, on a chance encounter he meets Omega Logan who is in need of a job and a home, and finds so much more.
Randi Johnson did an absolutely amazing job narrating this story.

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predictable

A predictable bit comfortable story line, with an easy to listen to narrator, good for driving.

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Fabulous

This was a great book, I loved the smooth tones of the narrator who brought the book to life

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a good easy listen

I was gifted the audio file of this book.

This is book three in the Howling Hills series. I have not read or listened to the others, but I would like to, if only to get a better sense of this author, and the way he tells his tales.

Thorne is grieving still, after two years. His wife passed away giving birth to their son, Mason. He’s not looking for anything with anyone, but he needs someone to look after Mason while he works. Losing the blue stuffed elephant bought Logan into Thorne’s world. Logan needs a place to live, and a job. That Logan is an omega and Thorne an Alpha shouldn’t make much difference, should it? When Logan’s heat hits at the most inopportune time, all bets are off, and Thorne starts to question a great deal.

On the whole, I did enjoy this little tale of the manny falling in love with not only his charge, but also said charge’s daddy. It’s one of those books that slaps itself firmly and squarely on the “hang over” shelf. Both from a book induced one, and an alcohol induced one!

Logan falls fast and hard for Thorne, but Thorne takes a far longer and windy path to admit his feelings. He is riddled with guilt over his wife, and what he is beginning to feel for Logan, a MAN. It takes a two year child to make Thorne see he may have lost Logan, before he was ever his.

It’s not overly explicit, but then again, it doesn’t need to be. It’s only short and you can only cram so much in 150 pages, 4 hours 30 minutes, but what is here is right and proper for THIS book. There is no violence.

What I LIKED, very much, about this book, was while these guys are shifters, wolves to be exact, there is very little emphasis on that fact. Thorne refers to his wolf from time to time, and his pack, and he shifts all of 2 times in the book. I liked that the wolf parts of Thorne and Logan took a back seat to the emotions of Thorne and Logan. Really, really liked that!

Randi Johnson narrates.

This is the first of his work I have listened to. I did enjoy it, for the most part, like the book, there were just one or two little niggles, for me.

Ordinarily I will choose a male narrator because they have a deeper reading voice. I have a hearing loss that is specific to higher pitch speech tones, as women’s voices tend to be. This is a personal choice and I am in no way dissing the wonderful female narrators!

But Johnson’s ‘reading’ voice is quite high and it took some time for me to get used to it to properly enjoy his narration. It does mean, though, that NEXT time, I won’t have such a hard time getting used to his voice, cos I already have done.

Also, while Thorne and Logan’s voices are very different, the others who are given a voice tended to be very similar and I struggled to keep up in multi person conversations.

Still, not a bad job, just not a brilliant one. I have a couple of other of Johnson’s work to listen to after my current listen, so I haven’t written him off just yet.

3.5 stars for the story
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Rounding up to 4 stars overall

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"AMAZING "

Just finished this book and getting to love Randi,he captured the characters to perfection, their emotions and the way he narrated the story was wow 😀😀💖.

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good book

Knot the Manny is a wolf shifter mpreg romance audio book
good book well written and a good narrater

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Little blue elephant

The author has a wonderfully written story. Very sweet romance with a second chance at love and family. The story story will have you wanting to know what will happen next.
The narrator does a good job with the characters and voices of each character. I recommend this book because it’s a very sweet story.

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  • Katharoo
  • 07-02-20

Thorne & Logan

I enjoy Randi’s narration and accepted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I love books where men find love with each other but I’m not one to seek out MPreg books because I have a hard time wrapping my head around them. But I’m a believer in love and this story where Thorne needs a Manny for his son Mason and finds him through a stuffed elephant toy finder is heart warming. Logan is a compassionate caregiver for Mason and has been dealt situations that left him seeking a job and a place to stay at the same time as Thorne needs a caregiver for his son. There is a lot of emotional issues in this book and the author does an awesome job of expressing them with these characters and it is a great book.

Randi does an excellent job of reflecting the emotions that all of the characters have and helps one keep involved in the story.

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  • MichaelTN
  • 14-12-19

A lost stuffed toy can lead to happiness

First I'll have to admit to speeding up the audio in order to tolerate the narrator. Guess "tolerate" is too strong a word but doing so made the audio book more enjoyable. Now back to the book itself. The story line was not up to what I would expect from Liam Kingsley but I did enjoy it. There could have been more sex scenes with emphasis on intimacy although this is Thorn's first experience with another man so there is some leeway on that. Overall, I did like the book and would recommend it if you are reading or listening to the series.

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  • redbearny
  • 12-11-19

Another great book in this series!

Please see my reviews for book's/audibles for volume's 1 & 2. This is a really good series and the narration's have added so much more to the over all enjoyment to each of these three books! You will not be disappointed. An avid reader in Rock Tavern, NY.

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  • Kd
  • 03-11-19

Saccharin sweet

This story was so sweet it became boring. The toddler, Mason, helped me to bear it. The first sex scene was about 2hrs into the story, and the last one occurred about 30 min before the end. The scenes were relatively brief and weren't explicit. A body part was referred to as "down there" to limit explicitness.

The narrator was okay, but there wasn't enough voice difference between the M & M leads, Thorn and Logan. That was a constant problem. And Logan's "voice" was often over-exaggerated and sounded like a higher octave voice often used to talk to kids.

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  • grammatoni
  • 28-10-19

Knot the Manny

Thorne is leaving the hospital with his two year old son when his son did his cherished teddy bear. He doesn't realize it till they get home and Mason and for his bear. Meanwhile Logan, who was at the hospital to take the his Gran's Dr finds it. He takes a pic and puts it in the wolf shifter site. The next day thanks to a friend in his pack, Thorne see the pic and makes arrangements to go with Mason to get the teddy. From this meeting, Logan gets a job as a nanny and Thorne comes face to face with fate!
Randi Johnson has a lovely voice that brings life to the characters and draws thou into the story!
Fantastic audio and read.

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  • Jennie
  • 30-09-19

Enjoyable listen

I really enjoyed this story right from the start.
I thought the narration was great and the voices used were well done.
A sweet adorable if somewhat predictable mpreg story.

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  • Loyia T. Lopez
  • 16-09-19

Enjoyable Story With Displeasing Narration.😔

I'm a huge fan of Liam Kingsley, and have listened to many of his books which I have throughly enjoyed. This one as well. T & L's story was sweet even though I would have handled some situations differently, it was still a gratifying story. What wasn't gratifying was the narration of Randi Johnson. It was very difficult trying to decipher the 2 main characters voices. He didn't change them. At one point I had almost listened to the whole chapter until I realized it was the other character speaking instead of the one I thought.😣No disrespect to Randi Johnson, but, he needs to work on his characters voices. That being said, I still recommend this book.

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  • Lily Bear
  • 14-09-19

3.5 Stars

I was kindly given a code for the audiobook in exchange of review.
This story was very, very sweet. Like a vat of syrup just rolled over me kind of sweet. We have single dad Thorne struggling to raise his absolutely, adorable son Mason. And devoted omega Logan looking for a job in childcare. Their paths meet and we are met with sweet family moments and bonding. As cutesy as I think everything is I really don't think it was romantic. Thorne and Logan don't have a lot of one on one time and when they do its hardly swoon worthy. Perhaps I would think different if Thorne had made a big romantic gesture rather than just saying sorry.
Regardless, the cute factor remains. If you're super into single parents finding love and blended families then this is the book for you. The wolf-shifter angle was very low played so if that's not your thing then no worries here.
I thought the narrator did an excellent job, especially with the childish voice of Mason.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-09-19

So Hot

I really enjoyed listening to this story. it is well written and narrated. i highly recommend it.

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  • A. Tate
  • 22-08-19

Love Knot

Remember those love knot brackets you made when you were kids at camp, well this is not that kind. <winks> this is a very hot M/M Paranormal combined with a backstory which is real one many couples face, that of the loss of a spouse and the remaining spouse’s struggle to move forward.
Add in the fact that this handsome widower has an adorable son and is need of a caregiver to manage his young one while he works.
Oh, did I mention he’s a shifter? Yes mix all that in and stir well and you have a paranormal delight.
As for audio...Randi Johnson is like hot fudge on ice cream <smooth>.
All and all I’d file this under sweet and hot love