Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friends without Benefits by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by Devra Woodward

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The longing and tension between Nico and Elizabeth.. so good. The narrator took a bit for me to get used to as she has a very lazy raspy voice for Nico, but it works and I ended up quite enjoying it.

LOVED when Nico speaks Italian to her. Also, as I am one of those people who loves when bits of other languages are used in the books, but also immediately have to go look up the translation...I loved the fact that I had bought the kindle version along with the audible version because Ms.Reid included the translations of what he said in the written form.  - Perfection!

Also she had an “open door version and a closed door version of the same scene” which allowed the reader to choose which version they wanted to read. I listened to both cause it was great each time!

Wonder if Dan the security guard - gets a story. I really liked him. He didn't have a huge part.. but he stuck with me.

The Blurb:

Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book#2 in the Knitting in the City Series. 

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Andi Arndt and Joe Arden

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  I enjoyed this quite romance. It was witty and charming. The leads had good chemistry and the story line flowed well. I laughed out loud a few times and smiled often. Everything I look for in a book. This is the second book I have read by Vi Keeland and I think she is going to be an author I search out.

The Blurb:

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.  He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.   
Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.   
Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand. 
The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do. 
The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook)

Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  Sweet  funny and brings all the good feelings. Love the guy that doesn't see love coming!  The narrators were great, and still on my favourites list!

The Blurb:
There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.

There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. Besides, I've got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

Note: Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, naughty jokes and a hot, swoonworthy hero you will fall madly in love with.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Zachary Webber

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I was in need of a quick, light and fun romance. Really wanted a best friend's sister kinda story. This book hit all the marks. Very glad I picked it up.  The narration was done well though a time or two he sounded a bit bored with the reading.. but perhaps that was just his take on the character. I have listened to him before and I would listen to him again.

The Blurb:

Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.
Don't let the fact that I'm the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I'm only a player on the field. I've kept my pants zipped all season long—and it has been long—because nothing's more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner's recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who's dead set on winning more than a date with me.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She's my best friend's sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don't even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she's my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we've got to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract. 
Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is—I've been riding the bench for years. 

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Jim Frangione and Amanda Leigh
Series: Fever 9

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I am finding these last 4 books of the fever series less on the romance and more on the magic and fae details. In the first 5 books, it was action and lots of these details.. but you had the underlying tension between Barrons and Mac. That tension is missing from these books.

I am going to try not to give spoilers.. But if some spill out I am sorry. So much time spent on how Mac is going to overpower the book. Its almost exhausting. Even though, I like how the author dealt with Dani, and her innocence. I am somewhat disappointed in these 4 books. Perhaps I had super high expectations.  I see there is another book about Dani coming out. I will read it because I like Dani and thankfully she became more of herself by the end of the last book. I did find that while there wasn't a cliffhanger on book 9, I still have questions. Probably because there were so many details thrown at me during the story that I missed some of the vital answers.

The Blurb:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Luke Daniels and Jill Redfield

Series: Fever 8

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4 Stars There was more Barrons and Mac… while I was wishing for Dani..  I thought these were going to be the “Dani O’Malley series”.  Without giving anything away, I felt the story progressed well. Some action, but still a lot of unanswered questions and of course a cliffhanger.

It's hard to switch narrators in the middle of the series. The voices were already so set in my head. Luke Daniels was ok.. His voice sounds older, not virile like Barrons, Ryodan, Lore and the highlanders should be. Phil Gigante did such a better job I think. His deep clear voice suited “The Nine” and the highlanders. However that’s not to say Daniels didn't do a good job, he had emotions and a range of voices. I would listen to him on another story for sure. Jill Redfield did a good job of Mac. She didn't portray Mac as flighty as she has been read in the past and I loved her Irish lilt.

The Blurb:

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Burned by Karen Marie Moning (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross
Series: Fever book 7

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ - I wish there was more about Dani, I really miss her character. At chapter 6, it's all Mac and Barrons. Lots of description about Barrons’ bookstore and going over what happened to her in the previous books, which as I just reread them seems a bit much. That said, I am sure if you haven’t done a reread prior to these books, then this may be a needed refresher.

They have introduced Jada and I don’t like her much. She lacks the emotion and fiestyness that Dani had. I hope the author brings Dani back to be a main character in the story. I find it lacking without her. Other than that though the plot is getting interesting and some funky things are happening, I am looking forward to seeing what the next book brings.

The narrators did a wonderful job as usual!

The Blurb:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. 

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Iced by Karen Marie Moning (Audiobook)

Narrators: Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ After reading the first five books in the fever series the first time, I was really looking forward to Iced, as I loved Dani. However, when I realized she was still only 14 years old in the book, I didn't know what to think… cause well... this is an adult romance book. I also waited till all the books were out, as I hate waiting for the next in a series with cliffhangers. So the pressure was on!
   I think Dani was written well, no totally creepy parts (some maybe could think so.. but nothing was taken too far, in my opinion.) I loved the pace, lots of action, and a bit of a mystery to solve…. sorta.    There was a wee bit of a cliffhanger, and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I think the two narrators did a wonderful job. I quite enjoy Ryodan and I love Christian. Hoping I see more of them. 

The Blurb:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be. 

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux. 

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.