Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sustained by Emma Chase (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Sebastian York
Legal Breifs #2

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   This book was recommended to me and I am glad I picked it up. Jake likes to think he is such a badass…. I mean, he is… except when it comes to Chelsea and her bunch of rascals. With them, he just seems to melt into a big softie. He was always there for them when needed. The kids trusted and cared for him and he made sure they felt safe and happy. Which I loved. The way Jake handles the situations he found himself in were often laugh out loud funny. Although I haven’t read the first book in this series.. I may just go back and take a listen now!

Sebastian York did a fantastic job reading this book. I will be adding him to my list of favourite Narrators!

The Blurb:

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book was great! I laughed out loud often (the secondary characters just cracked me up!) Finn and Pru were wonderful toghether. I could feel attraction right from the beginning. Their banter was fun and flirty. I loved how care-free Pru was and how it brought out Finn’s smiles.  

This book has the feel of Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series and I truly cannot wait for the next book! Actually, I have already preordered them!!

Here's the blurb:

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .

Monday, August 15, 2016

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells
The Ravenels #2

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I Loved Rhys Winterborne. He was a great leading man. Strong and gruff yet caring and sweet all at the same time. There was quite a few sigh-worthy statements from his lips. I enjoyed watching Helen come out of her shell. She was a kindhearted person with just enough grit to make Rhys smile and try just a bit harder for her. I could feel their chemistry and loved listening to them interact.  I thought this book was a lot better than the first and would recommend it.

The narrator Mary Jane Wells did a wonderful job.  I loved her voice for Rhys and I felt the emotion she put into her reading.

Here's the blurb:

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Series: The Ravenels #1
♥ ♥ ♥  I had high hopes for this book… because .. well.... it's Lisa Kleypas! Sadly, I found Kathleen hard to like. She seemed spiteful and rather bitchy to me. I am all for sticking to the rules of proprietary but when she did it, it just grated on my nerves.. and I am not sure why.

Devon was demanding and possessive (again normally things I don't mind) but I really couldn't feel the chemistry between these two. Kinda felt like she truly disliked him one minute then did an about face for no apparent reason.

The plot was good though, I enjoyed the storyline and I really enjoyed the secondary characters. West was funny and the slight romance blossoming between Helen and Rhys Winterbourne was one of the main reasons I kept reading.

The narrator was clear and easy to listen too. I am looking forward to the next book in the series: Marrying Winterbourne.

The Blurb:

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Series: Bridgerton #9 / Rokesby #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book was exactly what I thought it would be! Funny, charming, passionate, sweet and an all round fantastic read! I loved Billie and George together, their snippy bickering becoming playful once they start to really notice the other person. They have wonderful chemistry that you can feel building, and once they get together.. look out!

When I realized this book takes place before all the other Bridgerton books, it added a nice little surprise of learning how the mallet if death got its name! Or at least I like to think it was how (I haven't read the other Bridgerton stories in a while so perhaps the next generation called it that for a different reason instead of the name being handed down so-to-speak.) Regardless, it's fun to read about the generation that came before the Bridgertons that I love.

The secondary characters were great! I hope all the Rokesby boys get their own story. As always with Julia Quinn, I look forward to her next release!

The Blurb:

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should...
Or not.
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying, and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor...
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Playing for Love at Deep Haven (After We Break) by Katy Regnery (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Megan Solesski

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Katy Regnery really knows how to write emotion into her story. This book feels enough like real life to give you that powerful connection - with the knowledge that there's going to be a happy ever after, because let's face it, at some points you gotta wonder if it's gonna be there.  This is a second chance book. Not one of my favoured plot lines but it was still done well.

I love how Zach just eventually laid it all out there for her, kept telling her and pretty much just hoped to hell she felt the same. I understand why Violet was hesitant to put her feelings out there again… but at one point she had basically told him how she felt (without those using those 3 little words) and then she continued to treat the situation like she hadn't. Which sorta confused me… enough that I had to go back in the book and listen to what had actually been said… to see if I had imagined it. I hadn't.  
Aside from that though, this story was well written and enjoyable.  The Narrator Megan Solesski, did a good job. Her voice was a bit clipped at times but she was clear and easy to understand. She conveyed the emotions in the book decently, I thought.  I would listen to her again.

The first book I read by this author (Never Let You Go) was SO good, that in my eyes I feel she will have a hard time topping it. This book is my third of hers, and while it did not top my favourite one, I have not yet been disappointed! I will keep moving through Regnery’s backlist!  

The Blurb:

She was the girl. The only girl. The only girl I ever wanted. The only girl I ever loved. The only girl I could ever love. And I killed it. I destroyed it. I threw her love away. For nine years, I've kept the memory of her locked in the deepest corner of my heart... all the while hating myself for what I did to her. To us. 

Now, without warning, she's walked back into my life. I'm covered in tats. She's covered in Polo. I write heavy metal songs. She writes chick-lit. My eyes are angry. Her eyes are sad. I still long for her with every fiber of my being. But I have no idea if she feels the same. I guess it's time to find out. 

Monday, August 01, 2016

The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Alison Larkin

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This book was alright. After reading a bunch of reviews saying it was great and having really enjoyed past books by this author, I must admit I had some higher expectations.  The plot was good, I really enjoyed Lady Beatrice - she gave me some chuckles - but I didn't feel the sparks between Abby and Max. I found more time was spent on the four girls and their backstories, than on the two leads romance together.  I will probably check out the next book in the series one day but not right now.

The Narrator Alison Larkin did a good job, she had a decent range of voices. I would listen to her again.

The Blurb:

Anne Gracie is “always terrific,”* and now the award-winning author delivers a brand-new series about four young women on the verge of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and transforms each of them into a glowing bride…
Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and—with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation—the four young ladies become her “nieces,” neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!

It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household…

A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves...