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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

More Than Your Average Paranormal Romance!

More Than Your Average Paranormal Romance!

This is a standalone, by Kathryn Knight.

HEA, NO cliffhangers!

Content Warning:
Sex, yes, but they get interrupted more than they get busy.
Mild violence and cursing.

This is more of a mystery than a romance. If you like ghost hunting shows, you are going to love this. It's labeled as a standalone, but I wouldn't mind hearing a story for Dan!

Claire Linden is a medium for hire. She talks to dead people, for reals! She was hired by the elderly Llewellyns to deal with an unpleasant presence in their home. I give Claire credit for putting up with the ghost's down right mean deeds. And that was before she found out its age. Through a weird twist of fate she ends up in the same town of her MIA ex. I quite understand her moments of doubt.

Max Baron was the first person Claire helped. Well, it was his dad, technically. Max has never forgot about nor gotten over the love he had for Claire. He can't believe she is back in his life and is determined to keep her safe if nothing else. The events of 5 years ago has left scars on both their hearts.

A lot of the story revolves around the the mystery of the haunting. I would of preferred more love story, but thats just me. The story was a page turner for sure, but all aspects were a bit too drawn out. On the love front of things, they obviously both never got over the other. Their mutual friend Dan picked up on it right away. (I hope that guy gets a story!) Fingers are pointed, but when it comes down to it, they both could of tried harder. The best stuff I can't talk about without spoiling something, but I will say it's worth the listen.

This is my first listen by Kathryn Knight and I hope it won't be my last. She writes great memorable characters that have you wanting more.

Kristin James did an excellent job at all the characters. I was completely wrapped up in the story from start to finish.

Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.

Ebook obtained through the library (Overdrive).
Audiobook obtained at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Lovely Non-traditional Addition!

Lovely Non-traditional Addition!

This is #04 in the The Sinclair's Series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories, so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing. 👍

Now that the siblings have all found their other halves, its time to move on to the cousins. Their family dynamics were much happier and loving growing up, with no alcoholics. Micah is first and he met our heroine Tessa back in book 3, and hasn't been able to get her out of his mind since. Being home with family has had a lasting impression on his soul. He wants to take a page from Jared's book and build places for his family out on the peninsula.

Tessa Sullivan lost her hearing due to a viral infection 6 years ago, and with it her fiance and career as an ice skater. She actually met Xander Sinclair first, when he saved her from walking into a busy street. Present day she lives in Amesport and runs Sullivan’s Steak and Seafood with her brother Liam. That is the place where everyone gets the lobster rolls from, in case you were wondering where you heard that name before.

Micah Sinclair is back in town on doctor's orders, and can't stop meeting Tessa in the shower! He purposely brushed up on his American Sign Language, ASL for short, so he would be able to communicate with the woman that stirs him. He makes many touching gestures to make Tessa feel abled, even when she scares the crap out of him with triple-axles.

I find it refreshing when the main characters are not your stereotypical hero or heroine. Micah isn't 'overcoming' Tessa's issues, he simply accepts them and strives to make her life better. He shows her that she doesn't have to be limited, and that is lovely to see in a romance. Julian continues to pop up to add to his story, which is next. We learn more about Xander's situation, and I so hurt for him. There is also lots of updates and cameos from the rest of the Sullivan clan. It's a great addition to the series, and so worth a listen.

J.S. Scott continues to entertain. I am happy about this non-traditional addition! 😊

Elizabeth Powers continues to narrate and I am coming to rely on her voice for all of these characters.

Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.
The whispers and thoughts are getting better.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Who is Fooling Who is the Question!

Who is Fooling Who is the Question!
This is #04 in the Misadventures Series by Shayla Black.
HEA with No cliffhangers!
This is a Multi Author series, written as a standalone. You do not need to read them in order.

Content Advisory: High heat
There is sex, dirty talk, and dirty thoughts. 👍

I've listened to several titles in this series and they have all been very steamy! The stories are page turners too, which makes them a win, win for me! The consistency as a whole has been great even though this is a multi author series of standalones. Most of the Misadventures can be found in the library as well as various subscription services so they are easy to come by.

Carson Frost is trying to salvage the business left to him by his birth father, but his rash choices are coming back to haunt him. He took a deal with a competitor for the money he needed to keep the business afloat and the shiny coins aren't shiny or even real coins anymore. In an effort to get out of the deal he hires Ella Hope to be the long lost love of his life ... that will get him out of his current engagement ... and then dump him at the altar ... Simple, Right?

Ella Hope is a struggling actress. Her love life, as well as her bank account, have seen better days. She remembers Carson and how she would of been interested if she were not on a date with his friend. The call was welcomed timing. Spending time with the hot guy from the party while padding her bank account sounds like a solid plan. She is a professional ... she can do this ... Simple, Right?


It wasn't Simple! Things heat up fast, and their well laid plans go out the window. As the outside players keep changing the rules, things get crazy. Well, more crazy , because things started there in the first place. Lies become real, while the real becomes lies. Don't believe anyone till its all said and done! A good time will be had, and that is not a lie!


Shayla Black is a go-to for racier reads with awesome characters. 😊 She did not disappoint with this title.


Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers narrate this title with alternating POVs. Both individually did a great job in their pacing and emotion. I do wish it would of been a true Duet though, because they end up, by default, competing with each other for who did the character better. It's really hard to pick a clear winner.


Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.


Ebook obtained through my local library (Overdrive).
Audiobook obtained through Audible Romance Package.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Lovebirds Prove The Power Of True Love!

Lovebirds Prove The Power Of True Love!

This is #01 in the Have A Hart Series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Hart family. The characters are all up in each others lives and stories so I would suggest you read them in order.

Content Advisory:
The author rates the Heat Level of this title as Sweet: Kissing and non-graphic foreplay, but before clothes come off, the door is closed and the scene is cut.

This is very PG, but cute none the less. I really enjoyed the love birds! My personal experience with the little guys was not as pleasant as the ones in the story though. A friend’s family in high school had a pair and they were quite a terror. They would try to attack anyone that came anywhere near their cage. Maybe it was a territorial thing, maybe it was lack of interaction, I don’t know. From afar they were pretty and lovely to listen to, look at, and observe.

This story focuses around the youngest, and most overprotected Hart sibling, Melisa. She has had a crush on her brother’s best friend all her life, but his betrayal 10 years ago ruined it all. She has spent all the time since trying to hate him, but never truly succeeding. She seems determined to believe the worst, making her blind to what should of been obvious. But her brother Connor seems to be determined to prove that it runs in the family.

Rob Reed has been in love with Melisa Hart since the day they brought her home from the hospital. Seriously! He would sit near her bassinet and dutifully pick up her bonnet every time she tossed it over the side. Trying to help and protect his best friend in college cost him everything. It really was a stupid decision, but I’m sure we have all made those when we were young. There were better ways to accomplish the outcome that would not of been so harsh, but that’s why they say that hind sight is 20/20. Kudos to Rob for being a man of honor and never giving up the secret that was not his to tell. I would of caved after the 10yr reunion, if not before, if I had loved someone all my life.

Lets be honest here, Cassie and Casey is the love story that stole the show! They proved that love at first sight is REAL! That neither time nor distance can stop true love. And that deep love encourages one to step outside their old habits to learn new ones together. They were absolutely adorable!

A lot of angst about bird care, particularly about clipping wings. The story doesn’t sugar coat the reality of the disagreements caused by differing opinions. Which is refreshing. Mrs. Ayala has birds of her own, so I wonder how close to home this hits for her. I have a feeling this is an argument she has had more than once in her life. I can feel the passion in the words seeping through the pages.

This family is a bit nerve racking. Bossy, nosy, and always telling the other members how they should live their lives. So basically like real life families. There are several side characters you will see again in their own stories. I hope Ella and Declan get HEAs too. They are not listed as main hero or heroine for any of the future titles so far, but its always a possibility they may be a sub plot as the series continues. Larry and Jenna are up next. Larry came off pushy and rude at first but once his details get filled in, you find yourself rooting for him to get a HEA of his own.


Rachelle Ayala is great at adding heart to any story. 😊 Even ones that lack the naughty bits.

First time listening to Jennifer Groberg, and she did well. Her male and female characters could use some more distinction.

Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.

Audiobook obtained through Audible Romance Package.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Evan has definitely met his match!

Evan has definitely met his match!

This is #03 in the The Sinclair's Series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing. 👍


Evan Sinclair is the last sibling to take a mate. He has always taken care of his younger siblings, or at least tried to. His path has been more difficult than you might think. There is a sad reason why he is so uptight. His father quite literally beat it into him that he was a disabled disappointment. My heart wept for him.


This story is a take on the you've got mail theme and starts back at the beginning. The email correspondence starts during the events of book 0.05 when Randi sends an email to the Sinclair Foundation in case Emily isn't successful in her request for Grady to help save Christmas. Of course Evan is the one to respond to that initial email, and not politely either. Randi's response is priceless and really sets the whole tone. It lets you know that Evan is in for a ride, and that it's going to be good!


Miranda “Randi” Tyler has been with us from the beginning. Best friend to Emily, as well as fast friends to the other females in town. She is a teacher by trade, like her parents, but also tutors children at the community center. Her backstory is just as sad as Evan's. These trust issues make her have some stupid moments, but luckily they don't last long.


Even though the main siblings are taken care of, the series is not over. Up to this point you should be acquainted with the cousins. They have visited and have been talked about. Micah, Julian, and Xander are the next bachelors up for Beatrice to match with their mates. So don't fret yourself friends. There is lots more Sinclair goodness to come!


J.S. Scott has made room in the Sinclair family for more. I am very happy for this addition!


Elizabeth Powers continues to narrate and I think will keep doing so in the future titles. This is a positive thing!


Normal speed is fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.


Ebook obtained through the Kindle Unlimited Program.
Audiobook obtained through the Kindle Unlimited Program.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

What A Ride!

What A Ride!

This is #02 in the Lake Lanier Mysteries Series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

I HIGHLY suggest reading them in order to get the best experience. These are too connected.

Content Advisory:
There is mild sexplay.
This involves the events of 9/11 up close and personal, and may be upsetting to some.


This story picks up right at the ending of the first. I really hope you've read or listened to the first one, because you won't be lost so much as behind. You are thrust into the thick of things really quickly and the ride never stops or pauses. It's great, but more meaningful to those that are up to speed already. And to those that think they know whats going on because of past experience, I say to you, that was only the ground work and you will still have so much to learn.


Nick Cramer and Piper Taylor shared charged moments together on the night of the big storm that was at the center of book one. They have an undeniable chemistry despite their shared opinions on falling in love. They are mystically drawn to one another, even through time.


Nick gets caught up in his past to the point he jeopardizes his future, and everyone else's as well. I really wish I could say more because this is so good, but it would be easy to spoil something. It is an intense roller coaster ride that had my stomach in my throat in anticipation of the outcome. It ended a bit too fast, but the little nugget left in the last few words says there is a method to that madness.


Casi McLean is an author I can count on to take me on a fun but ultimately loving ride! I look forward to next one.


Amy Deuchler was excellent with all character types. Her performance aloud me to get lost in the adventure!.


Normal speed was fine.


Ebook obtained through my local library (Overdrive).
Audiobook obtained at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Broody Jared is SO Much More!

Broody Jared is SO Much More!

This is #02 in the The Sinclair's Series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Content Advisory: There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing.


Up to this point Jared has been Moody and Broody ! I had mixed feelings going into this story. On one hand he has been a d*ck and not yet redeemed himself for a HEA. On the other hand, I want to know what crawled up his bum and died because there has to be a story there. I was sure it was the after effects of his horrid father, but it turns out there is so much more!


Mara Ross is suffering from financial woes! Dolls are in her blood but not exactly profitable these days. The town doll shop has been in the family for generations as well as the apartment above it. Needed repairs have not been made in a long while and when she tries to get the landlord to finally fix it, she is informed that the plans are for destruction rather than updates. She doesn't have any family left to turn to, so she ends up accepting help from an unlikely source.


Jared Sinclair is number four in the Sinclair line. This makes him the the youngest brother, but still older than Hope. His story starts off rather dark, as he apparently has some guilt issues that are being remedied with booze. Now five years later, he finds himself obsessed with the little shop girl in the run-down house. He can't stand to see her hurt and offers to help with the situation. Of course he doesn't mention that HE is the landlord that she is having issue with. He follows her to the farmers market and discovers her other more flavorable talents. He recognizes this to be her ticket out of financial woes and his ticket out of guilt.


There are things that Jared did that I had completely contributed to another sibling. Maybe I heard wrong in the past 3 stories, maybe I didn't. All I know is that those things alone could redeem him, but it doesn't stop there. Deep down he is a family man at heart who truly loves his siblings and would do anything for them. He brings that truth and loyalty to the table which makes him worthy of his HEA.


Lots of side character action to get excited about if you have been reading or listening in order. Dante and Sarah have their wedding which Mara gets to participate in. Future heros and heroines are introduce. Beatrice is up to her match-making ways for she is determined to have the whole Sinclair clan hitched by Christmas. This series just keeps getting better!


J.S. Scott has made a family to fall in love with. I look forward to listening to Evan's story!


Elizabeth Powers narrates this story with great consistency. She does well with all character types.


Normal speed is fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.


Ebook obtained through the Kindle Unlimited Program.
Audiobook obtained through the Kindle Unlimited Program.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This Rose Really Does Have Thorns!

This Rose Really Does Have Thorns!

This is #04 in the Take A Chance Series by Nancy Warren.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Chase family. I suggest reading them in order to get the best experience.

Content Advisory: There is mild sexplay.

This is about Rose who is referenced as being a General Practitioner Doctor but also as birthing hundreds of babies, so it is not quite clear as to what her specialty is. She works at a hospital in Portland, so its not as if she is a small town doc that ends up doing everything. And can I mention crazy for wearing Prada heels to work. Seriously! In reading the blurb, I was a bit disappointed in her attitude for being one of the Chase siblings. After listening to this book, however, it is not quite as it seems.

Dr. Rose Chance is a very busy women, who doesn't have room for love and dating in her life. She also has some chips on her shoulder to overcome. I give her credit for being proactive and productive in her life despite her self-delusions. She is attracted to the hot Greek Surgeon at work, but can't seem to let go of her princess ideals. There are events that will force her to face things in a new light.

Dr. Mattius Vasilopolous also comes from a large close-knit family and is also too busy to even remember what day it is sometimes, or if he ate lunch. Matt and Rose have a lot in common and make for a great couple, and she makes him contemplate love at first site. I feel for the guy because it's going to be an uphill climb to get over her castle walls.

Every Rose turned out better than the blurb lets on, which was great. There is nothing wrong with wishing for a fairy-tale, but one needs to be open to reality. There is a famous quote about life and plans for a reason. Some of the secondary characters are going to show up again if you take the time to read the blurbs of future books. I'm looking forward to them all!


Nancy Warren's creativity continues to amaze. Once again she brings a unique medical situation. It is a bit cringe worthy, the way a man holds his crotch when he sees another get hit in his, but it is definitely one I have never heard of before.

Teri Schnaubelt is still great. I can't help but get lost listening to her tell me this wonderful tale.

Normal speed was fine.

Ebook obtained through my local library (Overdrive).
Audiobook obtained at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I like, I love it, I want some more of it!

HEA with No cliffhangers!

This is the first in the series so could be read on its own, but the characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I HIGHLY suggest reading them in order to get the best experience.

Content Warning: There is sex, dirty talk, and cursing.

♥ Story ♥

Brynn is a food blogger and newly divorced. She is currently unemployed and feeling sorry for herself despite wanting the divorce. The guy really wasn't a great husband and if it were not for her ex's actions later in the story, I would of thought he was just using her as a beard. Her two friends are determined to get her out of her gutter by taking her to a party.

Let me rephrase that.

Her one friend, Sadie, is kind and wants her to get back into the dating game and find love. Her more abrasive friend, Ash, wants her to find Mr. Right Now for a hot and dirty ride. Combine this with Tiki drinks and the need to do something impulsive, and you get the night of her life that sets this whole thing into motion. And don't worry if Ash gets on your nerves for being a big B, cause she is going to get hers in the next book, and its going to be oh so good!

Tom Spanner is a TV personality focusing on home renovations. He does a lot of the work on screen with his Yummy hands and the girls go wild! While his show is on hiatus, his friend talks him into throwing a party at his house were the sexiest woman he has ever seen jumps him and gives him the sexiest experience he has ever had in his life. A pair of chocolate bunny panties is his glass slipper and the hunt is on for his dream woman. Once he finds her, the lines get skewed while he is trying to lay claim to her. It makes for laugh out loud good times!

This has a lot of tongue and cheek humor, mixed with steamy goodness, which lands this book on my Favorites list! The end is not quite a cliffhanger, but its a little bit for me as in that I have to wait till book #02 to hear the deets on the pantry incident. Those two are going to be a panty melting hot mess and it is going to be good! I can't wait!

♥ Author ♥

Tanya Eby and Sarina Bowen make a great writing team. I look forward to listening to more from these two!

♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Luke Daniels and Erin Mallon both narrate this story on an alternating chapter basis. You get two versions of every character when its done this way. They both did a great job and it would be hard to pick a favorite among the two performances. I would of loved to of had this be a true Duet, but that's just me.

♥ Audio Production ♥

Normal speed was fine.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Touching And Enduring Love In A Time Of War!

Touching And Enduring Love In A Time Of War!

HEA, NO cheating, NO cliffhangers!

This is a standalone title. Read at your liesure.

Content Warning: Sex, Oh YES!


♥ Story ♥

This is so much more then the blurb suggests!

I fell in love with Fynn and Anya

This is an alternate present day that is at war. Anya is a survivor that is savaging to get by with a rag tag group in the same boat. They move from place to place in an effort to avoid the troops of the winning side of this war. She comes across Fynn and his general sadly having to execute rebels who are still trying to win a war they have already lost. He spots Anya viewing this and is intrigued. He seeks her out to put a rest to his mind and only falls even more for Anya's courage and kindness. She doesn't know Fynn is the prince and they begin a friendship that only grows. Despite his status, Fynn still needs to find a way to keep Anya safe and so devises the plan for marriage and a baby.


It may seem a bit insta lust/love but its war people! This is about so much more! They do actually get to know each other and find mutual comfort and peace. Its quite touching and this story is now on my favorites list. There is action, love, and hot sex scenes! It's a great listen!


♥ Author ♥

Sky Corgan writes HOT fiction, but this one has become one of my favorites! It's not my first nor will it be my last listen by this author!

♥ Narrator ♥

Kira Omans has a rocky start, but she blooms as the story continues. I see her only getting better and hope to hear other titles voiced by her.

♥ Favorite Quote ♥

“if someone starts to chase you, for the love of God, don't head up the stairs. Haven't you ever seen a horror movie before?”
-- Fynn


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