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Apr
26

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Softhearted by Kim Law

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Softhearted by Kim Law Welcome to our feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Softhearted Author: Kim Law Narrator:  Natalie Ross Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Deep in the Heart #2 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Brilliance Audio Heather has a history of falling hard for the wrong man, so she’s been warned to stay clear of the new ranch manager, Waylon, who is “just her type,” a sexy ginger with a shady past. Yet, Heather can’t steer clear and soon the two engage in a flirtatious friendship. Waylon has no interest in correcting the town’s opinions of him being a player who gets around and gambles his earnings away. Keeping his life private, he’s...
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Apr
25

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Twice the Witch by Danielle Garrett

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Twice the Witch by Danielle Garrett Welcome to our feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Twice the Witch Author: Danielle Garrett Narrator: Amanda Ronconi Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries #2 Genre: Paranormal Mystery Source: Tantor Audio Picking up about a month after the conclusion of the first book, Twice the Witch finds our heroine Holly settled into her life in Beechwood Harbor. She spends most of her time working at the local coffee shop, Siren’s Song, having to cut short time spent with new boyfriend, housemate and werewolf, Adam. Holly contemplates her current situation, knowing she doesn’t want to spend her life working at the coffee shop, hoping to grow her mostly...
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Apr
23

Review: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

Review: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey Hot Response Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Working as an EMT in Boston keeps Cait busy. Couple that with the time spent taking care of her grieving mom and teenage half-brother, she has no time for a social life. And while she is attracted to Gavin Boudreau, he’s always gotten under her skin, especially after he referred to her as “ma’am”. But when she implies he doesn’t take his job seriously, Cait recognizes the need to make amends, offering him an olive branch in the form of breakfast. Gavin isn’t sure what he did to tick off Cait, but he’ll gladly accept a...
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Apr
20

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Man Card by Tanya Eby + Sarina Bowen

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Man Card by Tanya Eby + Sarina Bowen Welcome to our feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Review: Man Card Authors:  Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby Narrators:  Luke Daniels and Erin Mallon Audio Listening Speed: 1.25x and 1.5x Series: Man Hands #2 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Blunder Woman Productions Ash and Braht, frenemy coworkers competing for sales, have been partnered to sell their friend, Tom’s huge home. This sets off a series of pranks and sabotages to give one the upper hand over the other. Yet what it really does is put the pair in a position to spend more time together, something Braht wants and Ash avoids. Man Card is the delightfully entertaining follow...
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Apr
18

Review: Running the Risk by Lea Griffith

Review: Running the Risk by Lea Griffith Running the Risk Author: Lea Griffith Reviewer: Jen Rating: B What I’m Talking About: After watching the love of his life die a year ago, Jude continues his work with Endgame Ops, although there is a huge whole in his heart. That is until he sees Ella alive and working with their enemy. Since then, a mix of dark emotions war within Jude, causing him to track Ella down and eventually confront her.  Ella hates deceiving her Endgame teammates, but she firmly believes in the mission-within-a-mission that their leader, the Piper, set in motion. However, the deeper Ella dives, the more convoluted the mission and motives appear. Yet, she...
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Apr
13

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Scourged by Kevin Hearne

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Scourged by Kevin Hearne Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Scourged Author: Kevin Hearne Narrator: Luke Daniels Audio Speed: 1.25x Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #9 (Final book in series) Source: Penguin Random House Audio I have so many feelings. I’s overwhelming. Saying goodbye to a favorite series is like saying goodbye to a beloved friend when they move across the globe; you hope you’ll see them again, but you are pretty certain you won’t – and if you do, it won’t be the same. Yes, Hearne is writing more Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries (THANK GOD!!), but those are standalone, amazingly entertaining stories, and not the Iron Druid Chronicles.  Scourged is the story...
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Apr
11

Review: Peachy Flippin’ Keen by Molly Harper

Review: Peachy Flippin’ Keen by Molly Harper Peachy Flippin’ Keen Author: Molly Harper Reviewer: Jen Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: I’m going to put this out there right up front… I am giving this book a C+, even though I really liked the main charters, and I found the story engrossing and dialogue sharp. But here is why it’s not getting an A or B… Peachy Flippin’ Keen starts the story of Frankie McCready and Eric Linden, but comes no where close to finishing it. Peachy Flippin’ Keen is a fantastic beginning, but without the closure of the primary plot nor an HEA/HFN.  Told exclusively from Frankie’s POV, we learn about newcomer Sheriff Linden, who...
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Apr
9

Review: Blood Veil by Megan Erickson

Review: Blood Veil by Megan Erickson Blood Veil Author: Megan Erickson Reviewer: Jen Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Celia Valerie is the half-human, half-vampire, daughter of the Valarian king, enemy of the Gregorie Clan. But she has no clue who she is or where she came from. Raised in the human world, abandoned by her parents, she made her way through the system and works as a nurse at Mission Hospital. Idris, the once future king of the Gregorie Clan, feels more comfortable in his roll as military leader now that the truth of his father’s betrayals is out. He wants revenge on the Valarian king, the vampire who turned his own father, the...
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Apr
5

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Review: Hot and Badgered Author: Shelly Laurenston Narrator: Traci Odom Audio Speed: 1.25x + 1.5x Series: Honey Badgers Chronicles #1 Source: Tantor Audio Hot and Badgered, the first book in Ms. Laurenston’s new Honey Badgers Chronicles is a crazy ride full of over-the-top shifters with a thirst for blood… and honey. While it is a new series, I learned from others after I started listening, that it is set in the same world as and features characters from her Pride series. Perhaps I would have enjoyed Hot and Badgered more had I read the earlier series, because one of my issues was the...
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Apr
2

Review: Licks by Kelly Siskind

Review: Licks by Kelly Siskind Licks Author: Kelly Siskind Reviewer: Jen Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Growing up as neighbors, Gwen never told her best friend August that she was in love with him. And instead, stopped talking to him in high school when he started dating someone else. After a year and a half of the silent treatment, Gwen drunk texts August on her birthday, which leads to a mistake that ends their friendship for good. Fast forward nine years later. August is a full-time musician touring in Europe, and he never got over his feelings for Gwen. He returns home to see Gwen because he has an important message for her...
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