Count the Shells by Charlie Cochrane Guest Post and Giveaway!

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OS: Welcome to Charlie Cochrane, who is here today to talk about their new book Count The Shells!

CC:

How some old timbers inspired a story…

Not half an hour’s drive from where I live is a wonderful building called Chesapeake Mill. It no longer uses its waterwheel to generate power for grinding corn or the like – it’s full of antiques and collectables, and a smashing café – but, for me, the most impressive part is the construction. Those of you from across the Atlantic will possibly be thinking, “Chesapeake isn’t an English name. What’s going on?” Some good old-fashioned English re-use is going on, that’s what.

Two hundred odd years ago, when Britain and America were at each other’s throats, His Majesty’s ship Shannon captured the frigate Chesapeake as she left Boston, after which the captured ship served in the British fleet. After being broken up, her timbers were used to construct the mill at Wickham, hence the name. I’ve seen some doubts expressed regarding this story, but if it’s an urban myth, it goes back a long way and someone deep in the depths of history had gone to a lot of trouble to demonstrate authenticity.

It was these little details which blew me away when first I visited the place. You can see a whole wealth of marks on the timbers – evidence of nails and bolts, slots cut where other timbers fitted in, including the masts, even carpenters’ markings to show how the pieces were to fit together. How cool would it be, I thought, to have those beams around you and feel that connection to the past? What would it be like to have them in your house?

At this point there was a distinct “boing” in my brain as a plot bunny arrived. Those historic beams in a house could provide a really interesting way of allowing two protagonists to get together, one pursuing research about the ship the timbers came from, the other being the house owner and reluctantly agreeing. Maybe I could work in something about the original shipwreck. Maybe I could play around with some elements of opposites finding themselves attracted to each other. Maybe…

Maybe I just had to knuckle down and write the story, so I did. It was the first of my Porthkennack stories, Broke Deep, but the sense of the past deeply influencing events in the present carried on into the construction of my second Porthkennack novel, Count the Shells. Another building – Broch, the Carter-Clemence family home – sits at the heart of this tale, affecting generation after generation as they visit there and interact with the family members.

About Count the Shells

 

Michael Gray returned from World War One injured, but at least he returned. Others were not so fortunate, including his first and greatest love, Thomas Carter-Clemence, with whom Michael had parted bitterly before the conflict began.

 

Broch, the Carter-Clemence home in Porthkennack, was an integral part of pre-war holidays for the Grays, the two families drawn together in the wake of their sons’ friendship. Returning to the once-beloved Cornish coast for a break with his sister and her family, Michael has to find the courage to face old memories . . . and dare new relationships.

 

When Thomas’s brother Harry makes an unexpected appearance, Michael is surprised to find himself deeply attracted to Harry for his own sake. But as their relationship heats up, it unearths startling revelations and bitter truths. Michael must decide whether Harry is the answer to his prayers or the last straw to break an old soldier’s back.

 

Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/count-the-shells

 

About Porthkennack

 

Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur’s Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

 

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.

 

Check out Porthkennack! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/universe/porthkennack

 

About Charlie Cochrane

 

As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes, with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes, MLR and Cheyenne.

 

Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series of Edwardian romantic mysteries was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet for readers/writers of GLBT fiction. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.

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To celebrate the release of Count the Shells, one lucky winner will receive a goodie bag from Charlie Cochrane, including postcards (new and vintage), a recipe book, bookmark, pencils, a fridge magnet and various other doodahs! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 21, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

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Spooky! Spirit by John Inman

Dreamspinner Presents

https://smile.amazon.com/Spirit-John-Inman-ebook/dp/B00J29BP5E/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Blurb

Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.

Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.

But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.

I’m sorry. Say what?

Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.

Review

 I really enjoyed this book ☺ Jason has to look after his nephew, Timmy, while his sister goes on holidays with her boyfriend. There is little affection between the siblings, even less with the BF, but Jason adores his nephew and is looking forward to spending time with him. As Jason is babysitting his ‘smarter-than-him’ nephew, mysterious things start to happen in the house. Then, to make things even more interesting, Timmy’s uncle Sam comes to visit. Once Sam arrives, the ghostly manifestations become more frequent and more defined. The 3 of them end up having to handle a haunting, solving a mystery and fielding calls from an irate sister/mum. All of which made for an entertaining story.

The mix of spooky, humour, mystery and romance was very well done. Once you get the backstory of Jason and his sister, the ghost becomes fairly obvious, but the mystery behind how the ghost came to be left me pleasantly surprised. The ghostly actions were interesting, (I especially loved when he used Bugs Bunny to communicate to Jason). And the attraction and relationship between Jason and Sam developed fairly quickly (not a criticism), blending well into the story.
Overall, this is a fun, chilling story that I would read again.

4 stars out of 5

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Safe and Sound by Caitlin Ricci

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/safe-and-sound-by-caitlin-ricci-8948-b

Blurb
Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.

Review

This is the first book I’ve read by Caitlin Ricci, and I found it nicely paced and thoughtful when dealing with the sensitive issues in the story. Mason comes across as being younger than stated in the story, but his issues are very real.

Oliver is well put together, knows what he has wanted up until this point in his life. Sex has always been a casual thing, whether it’s with his boyfriend, or some of his photography models. He seems just as surprised as Mason when they realize the attraction between them could develop into something more.

This is a slow paced story, yet there isn’t a lot of angst. It also ends in a HFN, not a HEA. The author has developed the characters enough that you want to see an epilogue of a year or 2 down the line to see how it all works out. Since this book is part of a series I would guess we will see more of Mason and Oliver in future books.

3.5 of 5 stars
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Audiobook: The Palisade – A Lavender Shores by Rosalind Abel Narrated by Kirt Graves

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Palisade-Audiobook/B075JQYBZS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1507835110&sr=1-1

Blurb

 Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business transaction and a final stepping-stone to the position he’s been working towards his entire life. It was supposed to be nothing more than one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.
Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so, that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure gets extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t be a big deal. You can’t fall in love in such a short time, that isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, destiny may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.

Review:
The book has been previously reviewed on this site.

This is a very sweet romance with a dash of angst.

Andrew and Joel are instantly attracted to each other when they meet at a restaurant (Andrew is with his family, Joel is at the bar). They hook up for one night, after which they go their separate ways – or so Andrew thinks – (Joel plans to try and track Andrew down before he leaves Lavender Shores).

They unexpectedly meet again the following day due to business and they find themselves falling for each other. However, when the true nature of why Joel is in Lavender Shores he breaks Andrew’s heart. After some soul-searching, Joel realises that Andrew means more than a business deal and goes after him. I was glad to see that Andrew didn’t just wait for Joel or take him back that easily.

There are lots of funny moments in the book, especially with the interesting cast of other characters – Andrew’s parents and their married friends, Lamont (Andrew’s bother) and Gilbert (the best friend). The last 2 may have their stories told if this becomes a series. And there are lots of intimate moments that show how hot both Andrew and Joel are together.

Though I’m not a fan of insta-love, it was well done (not too unrealistic). I really liked the book.

Audio

Kirt Graves is fairly new to me as a narrator, but I will keep an ear out for more of his work. The narration was enjoyable. There was not a lot of distinction between the characters, but this did not detract from the audio experience for me. I really liked the pacing and Mr. Graves voice. I am looking forward to listening to more from him.

Overall Impression 3.75 round to 4 stars 

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Spooky! Once you go Demon by Sean Michael

Amazon Link
https://www.amazon.com/Once-You-Demon-Sean-Michael-ebook/dp/B01N25U8HJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1507326777&sr=1-1&keywords=sean+michael+once+you+go+Demo

Blurb
There’s a shift of power happening in Hell, and nothing will ever be the same.

Kerr has been with High Demon Horatio’s household since his age of majority. A natural submissive pleasure demon, for the last seven years he has been untouched by his master Horatio and his job has morphed into a more managerial role. Still, it’s a shock when goons from Master Belial’s house arrive at his doorstep to inform him he’s been sold and his new master expects him to come immediately.

Lost by Horatio in a card game, Kerr finds himself in the Belial household, where Ceris, Master of the Harem, takes Kerr under his wing. Kerr is not only honored and used as he was made to be, but he is given a newly acquired demon, Harmony, as his own to train. The three pleasure demons have a rocky start, but they have all the time in Hell to figure out how to work together, and it isn’t long before they begin to care for one another.

Meanwhile, Belial has waited for thousands of years for Horatio to admit he’s actually a submissive. When it appears that’s never going to happen, Belial arranges for his best friend to lose a card game in which he’s offered himself as the prize. Horatio can’t believe Belial would do this for him, but the council puts their seal of approval on the bet, and he has no choice but to offer himself to Belial, who immediately gets to work convincing Horatio that he’ll be so much happier as Belial’s sub.

Will Kerr and Horatio find joy in their places in the Belial household? Only time will tell

Review
Phew, they certainly need a demonic libido to keep up with each other! Kerr is a submissive pleasure demon but when he is moved to his new master’s house he is a bit out of practice. Well of course there is only one thing to do about that and it is Ceris’s pleasure to do so. The fun starts from page four and doesn’t stop.
There are two stories running along side each other in this book. There is Belial’s sneaky pursuit of his friend Horatio. Both of them are High Master Demons but Belial is convinced Horatio is really a bottom. Horatio has been denying his nature all his life and now he’s in the position he has always dreamed of but his pride will not let him accept it. The other story is in the Belial’s harem with Ceris, Kerr and Harmony. Poor Harmony brought low by defaulting on a loan now finds himself a pleasure slave, a very reluctant and virginal one. Kerr has to train Harmony in his new position in the household. And both have to pleasure Ceris. What I like about Sean Michael is that there is always love in the relationship. The submissive is always cared for. I must admit I was a bit surprised by the epilogue.
If you are into BDSM with a lot of hot action and a touch of plot this could be just for you.

4 of stars out of 5

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Equipoise Audiobook by Kim Fielding Guest Post and Giveaway!

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OS: Welcome to Kim Fielding, here today to talk about her newest Audiobook release and the final installment of the series, Equipoise – narrated by the amazing Joel Leslie!

KF:

Maybe it’s no surprise to learn that characters feel very real to the authors who write them. For many of us, the people we create become so three-dimensional that they hijack plots, make us angry, or bring us to tears.

When I begin a book, I know only a little about the characters, much as if we’d just met. Sure, I might have a pretty good idea of their back story, but I don’t yet have a good handle on who they are as people. That understanding comes slowly, as I write. Eventually, they become my good friends. My family, even. I know what makes them tick. This makes the writing flow more smoothly, because I know exactly how my guys will think and act under particular circumstances, and although my original plots sometimes get rearranged, what remains is true to the characters.

That’s all wonderful from a craft point of view. Falling in love with characters makes for better books. But there’s a downside: eventually the book is over. I have to leave my beloved creations. This can be surprisingly difficult, emotionally. Although I’m usually happy to have finished a project, I’m sad to be leaving my friends. And the parting is even harder when I’ve known them for a long time—when I’m wrapping up a series.

I’ve been speaking in generalities, but now I’ll get specific. Perhaps the toughest time I’ve had with ending a series came when I wrote the last word of Equipoise, the final book in the Ennek trilogy. That’s because these were my first three novels. Ennek and Miner were my first literary offspring, and as I learned this Fall when my oldest daughter went off to college, letting the first ones go is heart-wrenching.

But here’s the good news. Now that a several years have passed since I finished the series, my guys are back in my life. That’s because the fabulously talented Joel Leslie has narrated the second and third books in the series! (The first book is also available as an audiobook, but with a different narrator. It’s a long story.) Joel has brought Ennek and Miner and the rest of the cast to life. It’s like that scene in The Wizard of Oz when everything’s suddenly gone technicolor.

I can’t tell you how much I love listening to Joel read these books! Well, yes I can tell you because I’m doing it right now. His accents and his emotional nuances are spot-on, and he has captured the essence of even minor characters. I’ve been reunited with my old loves and discovered they’re better than ever.

If this doesn’t quite entice you to make Ennek and Miner’s acquaintance, I’ll also point out that all my royalties go to Doctors Without Borders. So when you buy the audiobooks, you’re also supporting an excellent cause.

Keep reading—there’s a giveaway below!

 

 

Blurb:

Ennek, the son of the Chief, and Miner, a former slave, have escaped the totalitarian city-state of Praesidium and remain fugitives. Having defeated two mighty wizards, they begin to realize complete freedom can be as dangerous as absolute power. Now Ennek and Miner must face battles, corruption, and further journeys through lands both new and familiar.

As they grow more secure in their relationship, they learn the greatest challenges sometimes come from very close to the heart and everything of value has a price. With the help of a few allies, they seek equipoise – a balance for themselves and for their world.

Buy links:

Stasis: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Stasis-Audiobook/B00FDVN2P6/

Flux: https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Flux-Audiobook/B072NS4V2P/

Equipoise: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Equipoise-Audiobook/B075Z5F1NX/

 

What character(s) did you miss the most after finishing a book? Comment here to answer. In one week, I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win the audiobook of Flux plus the ebook of my short novella, Corruption.

 

 

 

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Spooky! Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5) Audiobook by Jordan L Hawk Narrated by Julian G Simmons

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Bloodline-Audiobook/B00R1ON8TI/ref=a_search_c4_1_12_srTtl?qid=1507835358&sr=1-12

Blurb
Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.

The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery. But worst of all are the secrets held within the family itself, one of which will destroy everything Whyborne believed to be true, not only about his family, but about himself

Review
I think this one is my absolute favourite of the series! It’s just so intense! We had had a lot of hint’s about what was coming, but it’s still breath stopping nail bitingly intense to get through this story! I need to throw every star there is after this book!
It’s just sooo good! And Whyborne and Griffin are just heart wrenchingly wonderful together.

He met my gaze, and I read there all the love he had for me. “But you are magic.”
If you haven’t read this series yet… why not?

Number of stars 6 out of 5

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Spooky! The Supers (The Supers #1) by Sean Michael

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-supers-by-sean-michael-8860-b

Blurb

Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.

Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.

Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building, an abandoned hospital, together. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.

Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.

Review

This was way more spooky than I anticipated!

I was thinking this was going to be more funny than anything and –honestly – by the name I thought if some sort of Super Hero theme was going to play out – but there are no Super Heroes. It’s very spooky at times, and the ending HEA is even more sweet than I’d have thought by the half-way point!

I was very pleasantly surprised by this and thought it was a well crafted suspense story combined with a sweet and lovely supernatural story of love beyond time.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Shipwreck by Rosalind Abel

 
Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Shipwreck-Lavender-Shores-Book-ebook/dp/B0762V1J2P/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1507219831&sr=1-1&keywords=shipwreck+rosalind

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Blurb

Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name….

Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.

Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…

Review

Another well-written book in the Lavender Shores series. This is a standalone, but it helps to have read the others in the series, if only to keep track of the other couples, family members.
Lamont is a writer who longs to write under his own name, Tyler is a romance book cover model and a professional photographer. He also moonlights in adult entertainment – (Lamont doesn’t know this – yet). Lamont needs a boyfriend for a family gathering so Tyler offers his services, (as a fake BF for hire). Both men are already attracted to each other, but both have their reasons for not trying to act on the mutual attraction – Lamont is insecure about himself, age (older) and Tyler has to prove to Lamont that his attraction is not fake.
The romance develops smoothly, that is until Lamont finds out what else Tyler does for a living – it’s not the photography 😉
What I really liked about the story is that the MC’s are flawed like most real people. They need to work on themselves before they can be whole for anyone else. There is no magic fix – Lamont gets professional help for his insecurities, Tyler goes back to his other vocation (but with changes) and he takes a chance to make his dreams of being a photographer come true.
There is one little surprise – Lamont had a bit of a kink in him! But you have to read the book to see what it is ☺
I really liked this book.
4 out of 5 stars

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Spooky Review: Darkest Hour Before The Dawn (THIRDS Book 9) Audiobook By Charlie Cochet Narrated by Mark Westfield

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/darkest-hour-before-dawn-by-charlie-cochet-8963-b

Blurb

Sequel to Thick & Thin
THIRDS: Book Nine

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.
As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.

Review
(Book review by Beth here: http://openskyebookreviews.com/darkest-hour-before-dawn-thirds-9-by-charlie-cochet/)

Beth really loved this and I can see why. Charlie is a great writer and – as always – really has a way with combining action, romance and humor.

I’m not a big fan of “reunion” romances – I like that initial spark too much – but I did love that after all this time our guys finally get their chance to be together.

Of course, there is other drama going on – and more danger – as well as some more Dex/Sloane interactions – and a furthering of the overall mystery/arc.

For fans of the series, this is a must, and while I bet you could read this as a standalone, I think you’d miss a lot.

I’m glad the series is wrapping up, however, because we are starting to ease into the land of soap opera (i.e. people coming back from the “dead) and I think we’ve just about done all there needs to be done with this.

Audio

Mark Westfield is the voice for this series, so I can’t really add much to this review that hasn’t already been said.

I thought his English accent was fine and I enjoy his little “extras” that he throws in to keep the narration fresh and engaging.

I still sometimes struggle to appreciate his intonation, as he does seem to end each sentence in the same way, regardless of the emotion being portrayed – but after awhile I don’t notice it.

Overall, I’d give this 4 of 5 stars.

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Posted in 4 star, Action/Adventure, adult - 18+, Angst Level, Audiobook, Book, Contemporary, Cop/Crime, DA, Dreamspinner, Enemies to Lovers, Established Couple/Sequel, Fated Mates, Gay, Heat Index, High but not hopeless, Hurt/Abuse, m/m, Mid-grade, Military, Monthly Theme, Morgan, Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words), Paranormal, Part of a Series, Shifter, Spooky!, Unrequited Love | 2 Comments