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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Too many plotlines none of which felt developed

What aspect of Joe DiNozzi’s performance would you have changed?

There were some really strange places where his voice was multiplied trying to make him sound like more people speaking at once, that really threw me out of the mood.
All in all the performance was okay, but not a favorite - but then I don’t really think he had the best material to work with.

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I found this as part of my romance package, so I was expecting romance, which might have affected my experience adding to my disappointment. I was expecting the main character to enter a relationship but that never really happened.
This story turned out to be more of a starting college stream of consciousness thing, but even as such I was not really impressed. There were far too many themes for such a short story, I never really managed to get invested in any of the storylines. I have a feeling this is not the first story in this series, and perhaps it would help if I already knew this world and the characters, but as is it was a strangely uninteresting experience.
I am also baffled by the choice to have so many characters share names, that seems very odd and helped confuse me a few times.
All in all I didn’t really care about any of the characters and listening to this left me feeling distinctly meh.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Nice little collection

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I listened to this because I really liked the Men Under the Mistletoe collection. I would recommend this one too, but I prefered the stories of that other collection.
I don’t think I have a particular favorite this time around, all 4 stories were decent.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Okay but not very fleshed out

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A nice little story, but for some reason it left me feeling like there was a lot left out that I would have liked to learned.
Sometimes a little snapshot of a story works well, but this time it did kind of leave me a little disappointed.
I liked the characters and would have loved to get to know them better.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Great collection, especially loved Winter Knights

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I’m surprised how much I liked these 4 stories. Since the description was rather thin I went into this just figuring I’d give it a go hoping 1 or 2 of the stories would be okay, but I really liked them all.
The weakest for me personally was most definitely the first one. I found it hard to get into the story and to be honest I did skip like half an hour or so. But then it picked up and was okay, though still my least favorite.
To me the most intriguing story was Winter Knights by Harper Fox. It had a lovely mix of very real and somewhat magical. This story on it’s own might well have gotten 5 stars from me. I’m definitely going to check out a few other Harper Fox stories after listening to this one.
Lone Star and The Christmas Proposition where both lovely kind of low key stories. I like these kind of stories everything does not have to be pumped up to the max all the time. Both had strengths and weaknesses, but I will definitely be looking at more stories by these authors too.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

A bit of a mess

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Given the description I was kind of just expecting some smut, sadly it was wrapped in a thin and to me completely unbelievable love story spiced up with some completely unbelievable cop investigation thrown in. This short story seemed to want to be about 5 different things at once, and as a result delivered on nothing.
The conflicts seemed forced and unbelievable, I never really understood the reactions from any of the characters.
I feel there could have been an interesting story if the whole cop plot was let go. Focusing on a man discovering new sides of himself under the attention of the owner of a club might have had some potential.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Cute and funny

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This series just gets better with each book. These characters were my favorite by far. I felt this book had a lovely warm and funny feel that I greatly enjoyed.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Nice road trip story

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I was very pleased with the second installment in the focus series. This time I was much more connected with the main characters.
It was interesting how this road trip kind of organically developed rather than being planned.
And I’m not sure if the narrator improved or if I just got used to his style, either way I was pretty satisfied with the narration this time around.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

okay but I was not too keen on the mc

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I sort of enjoyed this, but was also annoyed by a few things. Since it’s in the romance package I’m going to give the series another chance, but I would probably not if I was to pay a credit for the next book.
The mc annoyed me somewhat. I didn’t really get his over the top explosions. I know there were some explanations, but perhaps he is just too different from me, I just did not get him at all.
I’m sorry to say that the narrations grated my nerves a bit too. It felt like the words were drawn out and pronounced too carefully. Not sure I’m making sense.
But in conclusion there were good parts and annoying parts.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

short cute little angsty story

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A bit short for my liking, but otherwise a cute little story mostly focused on sex and insecurities about growing older.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Cute funny and full of life

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I feel this is a very promising start to a series. It definitely made me want to read the following books.
It was a lovely and light hearted story with a lot of interesting characters.

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