Friday, December 09, 2016

Kissing My Killer by Helena Newbury (Audio Edition)

Narrated by:
Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers

♥ ♥ So I picked up this book because I REALLY enjoyed the last book I read by this author (Punching and Kissing) and this one had gotten even better reviews!  Apparently I do not like what everyone else likes. I am not into this much sex in a book. If they weren’t actually doing it, they were thinking it, or planning it or even sometimes it felt like setting up scenes in the book to have the scenario of sex be the only option…  Don’t get me wrong.. Sex in books is good but I didn’t feel the chemistry between Gabriella and Alexi which made their interactions less passionate and more just... sex. Also Gabriella seemed to not know herself and she was aroused by things she didn’t seem to want or like… but then did them anyway.. why? I asked myself.. To please Alexi? Or is she actually wanting to try this stuff..but she’s just hesitant?  That part bothered me. I admit I started skipping through the last few sex scenes.

The plot of the story was decent and I think maybe had I not felt weighed down by all the sex I would have enjoyed the story more. I really dislike giving negative reviews, but I will be a bit more selective when reading the next Newbury.. Cause like I said.. Her other book was really great! This is part of the “Kissing series” but they do not seemed to be linked, at least not to the one I read.

The narrators both did a wonderful job. Probably the only reason I finished the book as quick as I did.

The Blurb:

I know I should be afraid of him. He's huge. Powerful. Cold as ice. But the way he gazes at me makes me weak.... Now we're on the run together. They say he's a monster, but I've glimpsed the person inside. The man sent to kill me is the only one who can save me, and I might be the only one who can save him.

Contains mature themes.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Punching and Kissing by Helena Newbury (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½   I listened to this book all in one go! I saw it advertised on Facebook in one of those suggested posts and thought it sounded interesting. I hadn't heard of this author before but, wow, am I glad I picked it up!!!  Aedan is such a nice guy and I instantly loved him. I Loved how he wanted to do sweet things for Sylvie. How he just fell harder and harder for her and ok yeah.. the narrator's Irish accent helped too!  Sylvie was a good match for Aedan. I liked how she tried to make him smile. She was caring and I truly felt her struggle with having to hurt another person. The only part that was a negative for me (if you can even call it that) was that the final scene before the epilogue, seemed to end a bit too abruptly. I would have liked it to read more about it, and as I don't want to give away any spoilers, I will just leave it at that.

Both Narrators did a wonderful job! As I said, Christian Fox’s voice hooked me in with the short audible sample I listened to, and Lucy Rivers did an equally good job. I would listen to both these narrators again!  I am now off to check out the other books by this author!

The Blurb:

When an illegal underground fight leaves my brother in the hospital, I make a desperate deal to save his life: I volunteer to fight in his place. In thirty days, I've got to walk into the ring, a woman in a man's world-and I've never even thrown a punch. I have one chance to survive. I need a badass who can teach me to be as tough as him. I need Aedan O'Harra, the blue-eyed, Irish beast of a man who everyone fears. But training together means getting close. Every touch of his hands makes it harder to control my feelings. I begin to see the man inside him, the one no one else can. Can I help him break free of the dark secrets that haunt him and can we save each other, or will we both be defeated?Contains mature themes.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely (Audio Edition)

Narrated by:
Andi Arndt and Sebastian York

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This was a quick sweet story. I quite enjoyed both characters, and their love for Simon’s daughter Hayden. There were a few nice chuckles, one huge gasping moment and a conclusion that left me feeling happy.  This was just what I was looking for! This book is definitely a standalone but technically comes after Mister O, which was a story I loved. So it was nice to see those character's peek in a few times.

The narration was wonderful, I mean, with two fantastic narrators, how could it not be!

The Blurb:

From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance…

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She's the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits…But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.


The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can't risk my job for a chance at something more…can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…

Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Mia Barron, Leland King
Welcome to the Point #1

♥ ♥ ♥ This story was a first for me in a couple ways. It was the first time I had read this author, and the first time reading this type of hero. While I thought the writing was very well done, I came to the conclusion I like my "bad boys" a little more on the good side, than being bad to the point of criminal.

Bax was an interesting character, though at times I couldn't understand why he would make certain choices, he did keep true to his character. Dovie seemed a bit too young for me. If she had been older, perhaps I could have accepted this story a bit easier. Their interactions together were good and I liked how Bax fell for her. The secondary characters were engaging and I can see how people would be drawn into this world.

In the end, this book, with the whole criminal as the lead role, just wasn't my thing. I couldn't fathom why the characters did what they did at points and at others I just shook my head because I didn't see this story ending well… but I know it's a story so I will just let that go! The plot was decent and the story moved at a good pace.

The narration was pretty good, I think Leland King played the role of Bax really well. Mia Barron’s voice for Dovie took some getting used to for me. In the end I had no problems with her. Both narrators were clear spoken.

This book was highly recommended to me and the writing is good. So, if you like your boys badder than bad… then I bet you would enjoy this book!

The Blurb:

Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay #2.5

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  I have loved Rory's character since I met her, and I was super stoked to see that this was her story! Rory and Max have great chemistry together and I loved they both just finally jumped in with full honesty and trust. Their banter was witty, Carl the dog was goofy and this book left me wishing it was longer! Can’t wait to read the next book… though sadly I have to, as it’s not out till January!!! At least I will get to start the new year with a great read!

The Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay #2

 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ So happy to be back with this crew of friends! They are all awesome together. Willa is such a caring woman that had a wonderful way with animals. I loved her sassy wit and how she kept Keane on his toes. 

Keane was a strong lead and a great pairing for Willa. I really liked that he seemed to realize what he wanted before Willa did and how he was still pursuing, yet waiting for her at the same time. 

I got lots of laughs out of this book, the secondary characters always win me over and I really can't wait to read the upcoming books in this series!!! 

The Blurb:

If she has her way ...

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ...

Monday, November 21, 2016

False Start by Barbara Valentin (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
Assignment: Romance #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I quite enjoyed this story, and it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I listened to it pretty much all in one go, with exceptions for a few short pauses here and there. I felt the chemistry between Nick and Mattie right away which was great and I enjoyed watching Mattie change her outlook on life and herself for the better. The story was well written, the romance was sweet, there were some amusing bits and the characters felt true and honest. I had the thought after reading it that this could have easily been a true story.  I have not read this author before, but I will check out her back list.

Wendy Rich Stetson delivered her narration well. She had a few different character voices, which made it enjoyable and easy to listen to.

* I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

The Blurb:

Mattie Ross is probably the last person who should be doling out good counsel to anyone on anything. Still smarting after being left at the altar two years earlier, she is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work and despite her well-proportioned figure, remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie." But to her publisher at the Chicago Gazette, and readers, she is their latest advice columnist, The Plate Spinner, a self-assured working parent to adorable fake children and multi-tasking savant. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiancĂ© who is trying to get back on his feet after his brother steals his identity and implicates him in an illegal investment scheme. But thanks to Nick's legendary running career, the publisher of the Chicago Gazette proposes a wager: If Nick can train an out-of-shape working parent in time to compete in the Chicago Marathon, he will contribute enough to help Nick launch his own non-profit running club for kids. Suddenly "Fatty" Mattie and Nick are thrust together as the most unlikely of pairs and under a deadline to put their trust issues aside and avoid another false start in their lives. 

"Be prepared to fall in love! I was cheering for Mattie every step of the way...and swooning over Nick!" ~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author 

Assignment: Romance novels: 
False Start 
Help Wanted 
The Plate Spinner Chronicles (non-fiction article collection)