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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Secrets Never Stay Buried

Overall 4 stars
Narration 5 stars
Story 3.5 stars

This story was much more mysterious and emotionally complex than I thought it would be. It's part sports romance, part slow burn, and part mystery. Hannah/Brennley and Rhys are so broken when we first meet them. They share an instant connection, but as the story progresses, we find out just how deep it runs. There was a lot of frustrating back and forth drama with these two that left me with a bit of whiplash. Rhys is the typical manwhore athlete and the whole Riding Rhys hashtag along with the persistent ex-girlfriend added to the angst. Slowly the pieces of the past are revealed in flashbacks and though I had a strong suspicion about what the big reveal would be, I was still moved and heartbroken thanks to the amazing performances by Aaron Shedlock and Andi Arndt. The narration was fantastic and both narrators did a wonderful job creating distinct voices for the different characters. This is my first Stacey Marie Brown book, but I look forward to reading/listening to more.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Sexy Instalove Rockstar Novella

Overall 3.5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 3 stars

This was a sexy instalove rockstar novella. It's a short and fun listen/read featuring Easton, a charming musician with a heart of gold, and Ireland, a sassy and guarded Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Sparks fly immediately after a chance meeting in the hotel bar where Ireland works. These two had sizzling chemistry that was off the charts hot thanks to the amazing duet narration by Zachary Webber and Kylie C. Stewart. Zachary Webber is always amazing, but hearing him narrate in the duet style was freaking delicious! I really wished this was longer since I would have loved to know more about Ireland and Easton's pasts as well as see their relationship develop more. Overall, this was a fun and sexy listen!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Amazing narration, but not duet style

Overall: 3 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 2.5-3 stars

I really wanted to like this one, but unfortunately it was a miss for me. I just never felt fully invested in the characters or story, even though there wasn't anything in particular that I really disliked. I think there were too many subplots and characters for me to keep track of and I felt like the main story line got lost in the shuffle. The writing was good, but the book felt unfocused and unnecessarily long. The most emotional part and only time I felt really captivated by the story occurred in the heartbreaking Prologue.

The narration by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross was fantastic as usual, but this is the first time I have listened to these narrators not perform in the duet style. Other titles I have enjoyed by them usually have Kai Kennicott performing all the female parts and Wen Ross all the male. They still did an amazing job and kept me listening, but this is definitely something to keep in mind if you are looking for a duet narration.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Delicious!

What a delicious audiobook! Shane East and Grace Grant do a fantastic job narrating, but Shane East really shines as our hero, Christian. He really couldn't be more perfect in this fun and sexy marriage of convenience romance! Even if you've read the book, you'll still want to listen to this audio because it adds a whole other layer to the story and is truly a treat for your ears!

Christian and Elise are both driven and independent individuals. They each have some emotional baggage that has left them jaded about love. A chance encounter (or is it fate?) in Denmark throws them into each other's orbits, but a simple mistake keeps them from meeting until a year later in France. Christian and Elise have amazing chemistry from the start and I loved how understanding and supportive they were of each other. One of my favorite scenes was at the soccer field, when Elise came to watch Christian play. The sexual tension and build up was delicious and it intensified even the smallest touches and glances. Yes, their relationship starts out as instalust, but with time, the sexy banter and the push and pull gives way to true connection and emotion. Throw in a marriage of convenience trope to help the family of our hero, and you have a truly entertaining story! Fans of Lauren Blakely will not want to miss this newest standalone romance!

Please Note: The hero and heroine were introduced in the book Wanderlust, but Part-Time Lover can be enjoyed as a standalone.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Deep Cries Out to Deep

I couldn't wait to start this book after finishing My Soul to Keep. I NEEDED to know what became of Rhyson and Kai. Down to My Soul is not a stand alone and should be read after book 1 in the series.

At the end of My Soul to Keep Rhyson had a lot to apologize for. His controlling behavior drove a huge wedge between him and Kai and resulted in their separation. I honestly didn't think he could redeem himself. Boy, was I wrong! This book showed a more open and vulnerable Rhyson (along with his alpha side) and I loved it! He truly showed Kai and everyone else how devoted he was to her and their relationship. At times it was borderline obsession, but was totally in line with his personality and character. Unfortunately, I had the opposite reaction to Kai in this book. I respected and really liked her in My Soul to Keep, but this time she came across as whiny, immature, and selfish. I understand that she was terrified of Rhyson's reaction to the big secret, but knowingly deceiving him (especially after the HELL she put him through after his mistake) really made me lose a lot of respect for her. I still love them as a couple, but Rhyson is definitely my favorite of the pair.

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross were amazing again in this duet narration and both really shined with their emotional performances. They draw the listener in and have wonderful chemistry that worked perfectly for this series. I'll be reading the final book Refrain since there isn't an audiobook available, but I'm glad that this isn't the end of #Kaison.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I Live You!

I have been meaning to start this series since meeting Rhyson and Kai in the Grip series. I wish I hadn't waited so long! It was amazing to finally know their story from the very beginning. The duet narration of Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross worked so well in this emotional slow burn romance. Listeners/readers should note that this is book 1, but all books in the series are currently available.

Kai and Rhyson have an instant connection, but I loved that Kai stayed true to herself and kept Rhyson in the friend zone, despite his clear desire for more. It allowed them to truly get to know the other beyond their physical attraction and connect on a much deeper level. Their relationship grows organically, even though Rhyson is a huge celebrity, and made for some major fireworks once things come to a boil. Yes, there is a lot of push and pull, and there were definitely times when I was frustrated by both of them, but the story flowed well and felt perfect for our characters. It was fun to see Marlon/Grip and Bristol make appearances as well, though I'm glad I met them first, otherwise I may not have been so enthusiastic to read the Grip series! LOL

Though I love both narrators, Kai Kennicott truly gives an incredible performance. She captured all of Kai's pain, fire, strength, anger, and joy so perfectly. I can't wait to start the next book!

Overall 5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 4.5 stars

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Hot for Teacher!

Craft is a sexy and playful enemies to lovers story. It's book 2 in the Gibson Boys series, but can be listened/read as a standalone.

I really enjoyed the sexy banter and innuendo between Lance and Mariah. It made this such a fun listen! Some of the text exchanges had me giggling and laughing out loud, while others had me blushing like crazy. Lance honestly had some of the best come backs and dialogue. Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott narrated it so wonderfully. Wen especially was just the right amount of cocky and vulnerable. Even though I'm not a big fan of the manwhore hero, I loved Lance's amazing chemistry with Mariah and how supportive he was of her throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the build up between these two and the will they/won't they really set the stage for that absolutely scorching scene in the pantry.

Though I loved seeing Lance and Mariah navigate the road between co-workers, friends, and more, I did feel that the overall pacing of the story was a bit slower than the author's previous books. I'm glad there wasn't any true other woman/man drama though and that the push and pull was all internal to Lance and Mariah. The epilogue felt just right for our characters and I'm really excited for Machlan's story next!

*Note: I heard a bit of feedback or echo while listening to this audiobook. It didn't detract from the story or actual narration, but because I'm a big fan of these narrators, I did notice a slight difference from their previous titles.*

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Sexy Instalove Sports Romance

Overall: 3.5 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 3 stars

Something So Perfect is a sexy instalove sports romance. Overall, it's a lighter listen/read, even though the book starts off with a bit of a bombshell. This is book 2 in the Something So series, but it can be read as a standalone.

I had a love/hate relationship with Matthew. He was caring and concerned, but often took things to caveman extremes. The instalove between him and Karrie didn't bother me, but the constant possessive and controlling behavior did. Also troubling was Karrie's reaction to the behavior. She would talk a big game about being independent and in charge of her own life, but then almost always would yield to Matthew's desires and wishes. Yes, it created some very comical situations (ie: the senior chair lift - LOL!), but for the most part, it was just too much. I also felt like the bomb thrown in the prologue could have been addressed more fully. There didn't seem to be a true resolution besides removing it from the hero/heroine's lives. I did think that the epilogue was perfect though and showed a softer side to Matthew and it left me with a smile on my face.

Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel did a great job narrating and I enjoyed both their performances. They were able to be both sexy and hilarious and really brought Matthew and Karrie to life. This is my first Natasha Madison book, but after finishing this one, I'm intrigued enough about Cooper and Parker (Matthew's parents) to want to know how the story began in Something So Right. Overall, this was an enjoyable low angst and steamy sports romance.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Power Braht For The Win!

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 4.5 stars

This is another fun and hilarious book from Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby. This enemies to lovers story features Braht and Ash, who were introduced in the previous book, Man Hands. Though this is book 2 in the Man Hands series, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone.

I absolutely love Erin Mallon and Luke Daniels. Their narration truly makes the story shine. Both are just the right amount of sexy and sweet, but they can also deliver some seriously laugh out loud dialogue. Braht and Ash were such fun and quirky characters. It was Braht though, who really stole the show. He was so adorkable that I couldn't keep the smile from my face. There is a little drama because of both of their pasts, but the majority of the story focuses on the delicious sexual tension between these two. The story overall wasn't as captivating to me as Man Hands was, but it was still an entertaining, lighthearted, and fun listen/read!

I loved checking in with Sadie, Tom, and Brynn, and I was happy to see that the friendships are just as strong in this book as they were before. I'm really looking forward to Sadie's story next and can't wait to listen to it as well!

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review*

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Book Research Never Felt So Good!

This was such a fun romantic comedy narrated superbly by Erin Mallon and Teddy Hamilton. I had watched Amy Daws' adventures unfold on social media and was super curious how this translated to the book. I was not disappointed!

Miles and Kate's story was filled with plenty of laughs, swoons, and sexy times! I'm not really a camping type of gal, but after reading that chapter, I'm ready to head to the great outdoors! ;) The secondary characters in Wait With Me were just as fun too! I loved Kate's friendship with Lynsey and Dean and we would all be so lucky to have people like them in our lives. I really enjoyed the additions to the story of actual events that Amy Daws experienced as well, especially the pizza delivery and fake invoice. Don't even get me started on the cover too! Gah! What a perfect Miles and that smirk captures the playful tone of the story perfectly!

You really couldn't have asked for better narrators for this story. Erin Mallon brought Kate to life - quirks and all. She captured the snark, vulnerability, and humor so well. Add in the amazing Teddy Hamilton and I was in narrator heaven! Both gave wonderful performances and I couldn't help falling in love with Miles and Kate. You definitely don't want to miss this one!

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 4.5 stars

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