Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Duchess of Love (A Prequel) by Sally MacKenzie (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Abby Craden
Series: Duchess of Love book 0.5

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This was a super short, sweet story. Venus and Drew had a wonderfully fun “meet-cute”, along with great chemistry. The writing was easy and humourous, which makes me hope the rest of the series will be equally as good.  The summary for this story did a good job in drawing me in.

The narrator did a fine job. Had a variety of voices for characters. I would listen to her again.

The Blurb:

A Duke In Disguise. . .

The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It's not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe's lands. And Venus Collingswood didn't want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister's betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice. . .

Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he's his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he's discovered swimming in his pond--if he can manage to get a word in edgewise. . .

Thursday, February 15, 2018

xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan (Audiobook)

Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt

3 Stars - This book was pretty good. I liked the premise, however from the summary I was hoping for more letters/poems than there was.  Zach and Poppy had good banter between each other and the story moved along nicely.

Both narrators did a wonderful job as usual.

The Blurb:

The first time we met was at a party. 

Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date. 

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days. 

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact. 

I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it. 

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

xo, Zach

Monday, February 12, 2018

Irreplaceable by Angela Graham (Audiobook)

Narrated by Xe Sands

Series: Harmony book 2

2 Stars - I was disappointed in this book. I truly enjoyed the first, and I think the author had good intentions to try and draw it out in 3 books.. (yes this book also has cliffhanger of sorts) but for me it fell flat and I lost interest.

Cassandra’s lack of confidence that Logan could love her even though he works hard to show her how he feels, frustrated me.  I missed the fun flirtiness of the first book. This seemed to be more of Logan sort grovelling or trying extra hard to be there to gain back her trust.- Cassandra should either trust him or not.

I am not going to read the third book. Personally, I think all of this could have been accomplished in one book, and it would have been a great book! That said, I do see many great reviews for this story, (for all 3 books actually) so perhaps I am just someone who isn't into one couple's story that span more than one book. I like a book to have a beginning middle and a firm ending. If you like those drawn out romances, I bet you would enjoy this one.

Xe Sands did a wonderful job narrating.

The Blurb:
It wasn't his fault she lay broken and battered. He wasn't responsible for the injuries covering her bruised body. Her heart, however, told a different story. She endured the pain of its jagged edges as it shattered against her chest, ripping through the hope she once held. Her spirit was broken, and only one man was to blame for that. Cassandra Clarke had known better than to trust her all to a man like Logan West. She'd thought he was different-a better man than he'd portrayed to others. A man worth risking it all for. But she was wrong and would never make that mistake again. Faced with Logan's persistence, Cassandra must find the strength to keep her guard up or risk falling again for the one man her body feels is . . . irreplaceable.Contains mature themes.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Inevitable by Angela Graham (Audiobook)

Narrated by Xe Sands
Series: Harmony book 1

4.5 Stars - I picked up this book solely because of 2 things.. it was a romance and it was narrated by Xe Sands.  I haven't heard about this author before and I was quite enjoying it until boom!  CLIFFHANGER!!! What?!?!? Ugh...  I hate cliffhangers. Now thankfully this book was written in 2013.. so I currently have the next audiobook downloading as I type this. But wow, seriously did not see that coming - this is where an actual paperback type book sorta warns you… you know, with the lack of pages left… lol

Anyway, back to my review. This book has lots of flirty moments, it's a slow burn kinda book, lots of wishing and wanting and almosts.. which have built the tension nicely. I like both Logan and Cassandra and they are fun together. Oliver is a nice addition and offers a little more to each character in how they interact with him.  There are some intense moments, some sweet, some not so much. I have paused in what I was doing more than once to just listen, as I watch the scene unfold in my mind.  

So Yes, Still enjoying it.. and now as the download is complete.. I am off to listen to book 2! As always Xe Sands does a great job. She is one of my favourites!!

The Blurb:

After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon.

When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.

It’s through Oliver, Logan’s four-year-old son, who keeps popping up in her childhood tree house, that she slowly begins to catch glimpses of the compassionate and wounded man Logan has hidden beneath his strong exterior.

Cassandra knows it's wrong and that she's heading for another heartbreak. 
Logan will never be able to give her what she wants…love.

Well Hung by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook)

Narrated by Sebastian York
Series: Big Rock book 3

4.5 Stars - I found this book quite enjoyable. Typical Lauren Blakely, good wit, sweet sentiment, and fantastic chemistry. Just what I was looking for!

As always Sebastian York was a wonderful narrator.

The Blurb:

From the NYT bestselling author of Mister O, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone.
Here's what you need to know about me - I'm well-off, well-hung, and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh - and I don't mean at the size of his you-know-what. No, they want their funny with a side of huge, not to mention loyal. I've got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools.
Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits...Hey, I'm a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work. Until one night in Vegas...Yeah, you've heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I'm banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don't ask). And before I can make her say "Oh God, right there, YES!" one more time, we're both saying yes - the big yes - at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit.
But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. And now my dick doesn't stay in my pants when she's around. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too. The question is...do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?

Monday, February 05, 2018

Theory of Second Best by J. Bengtsson (Audiobook)

Narrated by Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt
Series: Cake book 2

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This book was one of those books that has really good parts and just ok parts. I felt that there was a bit too much time spent on what happened to Jake in book one, than was needed in this book. I understand that it is now showing us how Kyle dealt with this tragedy, but coming straight from reading the first book it was a bit slow for me.

Kyle, while I find he has a bit of a sarcastic wit, he also comes across with a little less confidence in himself than I like in a leading man. Again this fits in with the story and his position as brother to a rock star, but I would have liked to see him surprise me.  I did however really enjoy the parts where Kyle and Kenzie were on the page together. They had great chemistry and the story was very enjoyable.  The group of people they meet on the island made for interesting situations and a few good laughs.

I am looking forward to reading the third book, however I may take a break before doing so, as I see in some other reviews that Emma’s story also follows along with how she has dealt with Jake’s tragedy.  

Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt did a wonderful job narrating this story! It was a pleasure to listen to them.

The Blurb:

Twenty-two-year-old Kyle McKallister has lived his life in the shadows. Younger brother to one of the world’s most elusive and embattled celebrities, Kyle has carved out a comfortable existence touring with his famous brother and living in the lap of luxury with no commitments or plans of his own, only a deep, haunting loyalty to his brother. But his life is about to be shaken up when the opportunity comes to compete on a popular reality show. 

Small town girl Kenzie Williams has come on the show for one thing only: to win. But when a disastrous start forces her to rely on an eclectic band of misfits, she finds herself immediately smitten with a handsome and mysterious cast mate. 

But life on the island is just a game. Can Kyle and Kenzie’s fragile spark survive the pressures of the real world? 

Friday, February 02, 2018

Cake by J. Bengtsson (Audiobook)

Narrated by Andi Ardnt, Joe Arden
Series: Cake book 1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet, laugh out loud funny at parts and I just didn't want to put it down. The character's banter was fantastic. It felt true and real. Even though this is a "wounded hero" type story, Jake didn't dwell on his issues too much and the story left me with all good feelings.

The alternating narrative was great. Both narrators did a great job. First time I have read this author and I am soo looking forward to the next book!

The Blurb:

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn’t been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not. 

When outspoken, vivacious college student Casey Caldwell was paired with the famously reserved rockstar for a friend’s wedding, she was prepared for the worst. What could they possibly have in common? She was a bubbly talker; he was a reclusive loner. His life was filled with music; she couldn’t carry a tune. She’d enjoyed a happy childhood; his was a well-publicized nightmare. 

Yet despite their obvious differences, Jake and Casey found each other, and her light balanced out his darkness. Would their love be strong enough to survive the weight of his tragic past? 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a *full-length* standalone romance. Cake is a love story at heart but does deal with a sensitive topic and may not be for all. 
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of eighteen.