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Audiobook: Ground Zero (Zero Hour #1) by Aimee Nicole Walker narrated by Tristan James

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48217288-ground-zero

Blurb
Ground zero, noun: the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change.

Heat, humidity, and homicide are things veteran detective Sawyer Key expects to encounter on his first day with the Savannah Police Department, but the hostile reception from his new partner catches him by surprise. Sawyer isn’t a stranger to heartache and recognizes that Royce Locke is a wounded man who’s reeling from a devastating loss. Relentless and patient in all things, Sawyer is determined to make the new partnership work.

Savannah, Georgia is known for her quirky people, oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and antebellum architecture. Beneath the Southern charm and hospitality, festering hatred and violence is soaring with the summer temperatures. Locke and Key find themselves at the epicenter when their first case involves the death of a former shock jock who appears to be the victim of vigilante justice.

Opposites in nearly every way, the two detectives set aside their differences to take back their city and restore law and order. From this reluctant truce, an intense attraction grows that will either tighten or shatter their tenuous bond. Falling for his partner spells inevitable disaster, but Sawyer’s always been a sucker for wounded things. Sawyer could be the key to the life Royce has always wanted, if he’s brave enough to trust him. The fuse is lit, the clock is running, and the zero hour is upon them. Tick tock.

Ground Zero is the first book in the Zero Hour series, which follows Locke and Key’s investigations and evolving relationship. Ground Zero has a happy-for-now ending with no cliffhanger. It contains mature language and sexual content intended for adults 18 and older.

Review
What an amazing read!!! I adored everything about this book. It’s a bit more somber than what I’m used to from Aimee’s books, although there are some humorous moments. Both of the main characters are dealing with loss…Sawyer(Key) is dealing with the death of his husband and Locke(Royce) is dealing with the death of his partner. Locke is confusing at times, his past and issues remain a mystery for most of this book, although there is some light shed towards the end. I enjoyed the investigations that went on during the story. I was a little disappointed with the end of the big conflict though. This is a great slow burn story. Highly recommend this one!
5 stars


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Audio

Tristan James is DELIGHTFUL!  He does the accents and the tension and drama to perfection!

 

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

 

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Get Over It (The Gods Made Me Do It Book 1) by Lisa Oliver narrated by John York

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Blurb

The Gods Made Me Do It #1

(Spin off series from the Cloverleah Pack. Can be read as a standalone, but readers of the Cloverleah Pack series will recognize some of the secondary characters).

Madison Worthington has worked hard to get to where he is. Thrown out of his pack at a young age, he finds his home in the San Antonio pack, eventually talking himself into a job as Damien’s PA. He doesn’t get the respect he’d hoped for, but he holds his head high as he works behind the scenes keeping Damien’s club and pack running smoothly. At night he dreams of a mate who will hold him in strong arms and love him just the way he is. Unfortunately, the Fates appear to have other plans.

Sebastian D’Eath, son of Thanatos the Angel of Death, has always known that the Fates would throw a mate in his path. He just didn’t realize he had to dive into flood waters to stop the man from drowning. But no matter how cute his mate might look as a drowned rat, Sebastian has his arguments ready. He doesn’t want a mate; won’t take a mate and no one can make him. However, he soon finds out the Fates have other plans for him, too.

Angry words lead to Madison being captured by a wolf with a sick mind. Salvation comes from an unlikely quarter, but Madison returns to the pack with a change of heart. He has some scores to settle and Sebastian is first in the firing line. Hellhounds, dinners and a red convertible – will Sebastian ever get the man he claimed he didn’t want?

This story is roughly 50,000 words, but the book includes a bonus short story about Thanatos and Cody.

Warning: Contains two sexy men, intimate situations and coarse language. Also watch out for a sexy twink with an attitude that won’t stop, a demigod who seriously needs to grow up and hellhounds that appear without warning.

Review

This is the beginning of a new series, but also part of the Cloverleah pack series. Madison is Damien’s assistant and Sebastian is the best friend of Nereus who just got mated to Raff in On The Brink. In On the Brink, we saw Madison meet Sebastian and we learned that Sebastian had already sworn to never fall in love again since the death of his partner 2000 years ago.

Sebastian, we also learned, is the son of Death, and it was Death who ended up rescuing Madison and convincing him to give Sebastian another chance.

This is the story that continues on from there plus a little more that we didn’t see from Sebastian’s POV.

We also get a little novella about Death and his mate, Cody.

**

Madison is hysterical and watching him put Sebastian through his paces was great! Though the “switch” from “I’ll never mate” to “Okay, I’ll mate” was a bit quick, it also makes sense – given the nature of mates.

I loved seeing Madison’s spunk and watching his powers grow – that was awesome!

Cody was also really sweet and his side story with Thanatos was fun, as well.

This is looking like it’s going to be a great new series – but with all our old friends, too!

4 of 5 stars

 

Audio

John York continues to do a fair job with this and is enjoyable.

4 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: The Enchanter’s Heart (The Ellwood Chronicles #4) by Michele Notaro narrated by Kenneth Obi

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50687982-the-enchanter-s-heart

Blurb
The long-lost magic brings doom…

We’ve been living in the shadow of the enchanter prophecy since my magic was released, and it seems that the darkness is finally closing in. There’s chaos everywhere; Brinnswick has become a war zone. The human and magical communities are doing everything in their power to save us, but it isn’t enough. Our enemies are countless and more powerful than anything we’ve ever seen.

The country has been in turmoil since the berserkers awakened an evil power, and somehow, my magic is connected to it. Ailin doesn’t know yet that the last time this magic was released in our realm, my ancestors sacrificed one of their own in order to keep the evil at bay. I have no doubt that he would burn the world around us in order to save me, but what if my sacrifice could save the world? I don’t want to leave him—he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me—but if my death can guarantee his life, and the lives of our coven, then I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

The Enchanter’s Heart is the fourth and final book in The Ellwood Chronicles and is a continuation of Sebastian and Ailin’s story. It contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 years of age and older.

Review

This was a lovely end to this series and a great lead up to the spin off.

There is a lot of angst and a fair amount of feelz in this and readers of the series won’t be disappointed.

I absolutely loved the magic and the new powers that get explored and I can’t wait to read the spinoff!!!!

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Kenneth Obi continues to do a great job with this series!

Highly recommended!

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Tempting Tate (Copper Creek Shifters #2) by Jacki James narrated by Kenneth Obi

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48134303-tempting-tate

Blurb

Tate: I’ve spent most of my life waiting for my fated mate. The one person in this world made just for me. The one Fate had determined was perfect for me in every way. And now that he’s here, he isn’t anything like I expected.

Hollis: No ties, no clans, no mate; that’s the way I choose to live my life. I don’t want anyone having power over me in any way, and if anyone thinks that just because Tate is my mate, I have no choice but to stay with him, they’re mistaken.

When lynx shifter Hollis Roby is sent to Copper Creek to assist with a murder investigation, the last thing he expects to find is his fated mate; especially since he doesn’t even believe fated mates exist. However, that’s the only explanation for the irresistible pull he feels toward clan Beta Tate Decker.

The deeper they go into the investigation, the more obvious it becomes that there’s more going on in Copper Creek than a simple homicide. Trapped in the middle between a corrupt Council and a human supremacist group, the clan is counting on Hollis and Tate to figure out who’s responsible. Not only for the murders, but for the other odd happenings in the area, as well.

Review

This was really another great addition to this series. I liked how antagonistic these guys were with one another at first but was grateful the “misunderstanding” went away fairly quickly and they became work partners.

The mystery/crime aspect is well done and the ending is satisfyingly happy! Recommended!

4 stars

Audio

Kenneth Obi does a really nice job with this.  I enjoyed his version of Hollis and I thought this was a great way to enjoy this story.

5 of 5 stars

 

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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Were-Geeks Save Wisconsin (Were-Geeks Save the World #1) by Kathy Lyons

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/were-geeks-save-wisconsin-by-kathy-lyons-11626-b

Blurb
Were-Geeks Save the World: Book One

When badass werewolves battling supernatural evil realize they need tech support, they recruit a group of geeks with hilarious—and romantic—results.

Chemist Josh Collier is having a blast at a comic book convention when he gets the shock of his life—he’s a werewolf! WTF? Before he can howl, he’s whisked away to a secret lair by Nero, a hot guy dressed as a Roman centurion. Josh’s former life is over, and his genius is needed at Wulf, Inc.

Nero has no interest in babysitting a trainee were-geek when he’d rather be killing the demon that wiped out his entire pack. While Josh analyzes the monster’s weapon, wild passion ignites between him and Nero.

With destiny and their pack in the balance, can they survive the demon out to destroy Wisconsin?

Review

I found Were-Geeks Save Wisconsin to be a fun, sexy, well written story. This has another spin on the paranormal, which I like. Josh, in my opinion steals the story, while Nero the other main character is a bit lack luster. I didn’t mind that the story ended in a minor cliffhanger since this seems to be the beginning of a series. Overall, I found this to be a satisfying read.

4 stars


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Audiobook:How To Run With Wolves (Howl At The Moon #5) audiobook by Eli Easton, narrated by Matthew Shaw

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Blurb

Zeus loves his job on the new Mad Creek Search & Rescue team, and his inner Saint Bernard is finally being used to his full potential. When he sees a mysterious and wild-looking quickened—a dog shifter—at an earthquake site in Alaska, Zeus is compelled to investigate. Zeus falls hard for the primal beauty of Timo and of Alaska itself. Both call to his deep canine soul. But the Quimmiq pack’s laws are as harsh as the Alaskan winters, and Timo is out of his reach.

Timo’s pack of dog shifters left their Inuit village generations ago and have lived wild ever since. Not trusting the “one-skinned,” and with their numbers dwindling, the Quimmiq are on the verge of extinction. Timo is shocked to discover a whole group of “two-skinned” working as a rescue team, and he is particularly fascinated by Zeus, a gentle giant. He senses what Zeus feels for him… but it’s forbidden.

Can Mad Creek save this lost quickened clan? Perhaps—if they can learn how to run with the wolves.

Review

Narration: Matthew Shaw has narrated many of Easton’s books, and I always admire how into the characters he is, the versatility of his voice and emotion. He just made everything come to life, and he had all the side characters to juggle, the doggy personality to capture AND a forien accent of the Alaska Tribe to figure out. He makes it seem effortless, and brings a richness I enjoyed so much while listening.

Plot:
The world of dog shifters is growing!
I adored how this book expanded on the world Eli created in the past 4 books in the series. She takes great care into making the world believable, and the new tribe in Alaska is just that. While this is fantasy, it is still very real and raw, and makes sense! Shifters are such a chewed out genre that it is very hard to bring something new to it, yet Eli succeeded.
I liked that this story had a sort of slow burn vibe going on, and that the Quimmig tribe’s troubles felt logical and their cultural difference made sense too.
Timo and Zeus make a great couple, and though they struggle to understand each other at first they soon bridge the gap and form an unbreakable bond.

This book series is unique and I cannot wait for more!

Number of stars out of 5

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Recent Release: Protecting Kai (True Mates #3) by J.R. Loveless


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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50278009-protecting-kai

Blurb

Cole, heir to the wolf pack’s Alpha, found his fated mate but lost him soon after. Knowing they are meant to be together, Cole won’t rest until he finds Kai again.

Having finally escaped his uncle’s clutches, Kai ran as fast and far as he could. Escape was supposed to mean freedom, but Kai found danger instead. With nowhere to go, he agrees to stay with Cole—for one month.

Cole knows he’ll have to work hard to earn Kai’s trust, but time is short and being denied the ability to claim his mate is driving him crazy. With the threat of Kai’s uncle, desperate to get him back, looming, Kai stands to lose much more than his freedom. But as he lets his guard down, he risks losing his heart to Cole.

Review

On the one hand I liked this better than Seth’s book, which totally rubbed me the wrong way.

On the other, I am absolutely not in a good place right now for angst.

However, I am trying to distance myself from that aspect and look at it objectively and I think, overall it’s a good shifter story with a lot of angst and some great characters.

Recommended for fans of the author and the series, first, and fans of shifters second.

4 of 5 stars


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Audiobook: Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb
Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.

Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.

Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.

Aubrey never expected to be happy.

Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.

Review
(Book reviewed by Mary)
One of the romantic books I’ve read about two people and how their love heals one another. N.R Walker does it again. Her books contain so much more that I always get swept up in the story. Following the journey to a satisfying end. Seizing an opportunity Ethan grabs a chance to escape his abusive boyfriend. He becomes a new man Aubrey Hobbs. Aubrey remembers the advice from his beloved grandfather and follows the Southern Cross as far as he can. He reaches Kangaroo Island where he meets Patrick. Patrick is still grieving the loss of his partner four years ago. But he is drawn to this lonely enigmatic newcomer. He wants to protect and care for him. For Aubrey Patrick is the first friend he has had in along time and the first person he has been comfortable with. This is a beautiful love story. Two people slo getting to know and trust each other. Letting their guards down and seeing a possible future. One looking to the stars and the other to the Ocean. As it always does the past catches up. How they deal with it shows the strength of their new relationship. A beautiful story. One I’ll absolutely read again and again.

5 of stars out of 5

Audio

Joel Leslie is awesome. That is all. Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Bitter Pill (PsyCop #11) by Jordan Castillo Price narrated by Gomez Pugh

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49321623-bitter-pill

Blurb

There’s a new drug on the streets called Kick. The side effects are so brutal, most folks only try it once…unless they’re psychic. Then they do it until it kills them.

Psychic medium Victor Bayne is well acquainted with pharmaceuticals, from the Auracel that blocks his ghosts to the Seconal that offers him a blissful nights’ sleep. But he’s managed to steer clear of street drugs…so far.

Jacob Marks has a medicine cabinet filled with every over-the-counter remedy known to man, but none of them are doing much for his mood—and his long, fruitless days of combing through records at The Clinic are taking a heavy toll.
But their lackluster investigation does have one silver lining: a front row seat at The Clinic when the first Kick overdose comes in. And as scary as the drug might be, if it truly does augment psychic ability, the appeal is not lost on Vic.

Because the very first hit never killed anyone.

Where did Kick come from? Why is it so addictive? And why is everyone at The Clinic acting so darn shady? That’s what Vic intends to find out. And if he’s lucky, he can also expose a shadowy figure from Camp Hell.

Unfortunately, the demons of his pill addiction might prove just as deadly as his long-buried history. He thought he’d managed to ditch that pernicious habit. But what if it was only lurking in the shadows, waiting for the best time to rear its ugly head?

Review

I was so glad to find out Jordan was continuing the series! First, there is a lot left for Vic to learn about himself and second – there’s a lot of crazy ghosts out there he needs to meet!

But really, I also love that he and Jacob are still learning about one another, too. Their relationship keeps growing and changing and yet still manages to be hot while sweet at the same time.

The mystery and mayhem in this are compelling and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the audio!

Highly recommended!

Audio

Gomez never disappoints. I am soooo glad we get more Vic and Jacob!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Why We Fight By TJ Klune Narrated by Sean Crisden

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Why-We-Fight-Audiobook/1541406575?pf_rd_p=6a5ce8e4-798e-4a64-8bc5-71dcf66d673f&pf_rd_r=CTDFBBHYFYFWE3S28MVZ&ref=a_lib_c4_libItem_1541406575

Blurb
Do you believe in love at first sight?

Corey Ellis sure doesn’t. Oh, everyone around him seems to have found their happy ending, but he’s far too busy to worry about such things. He’ll have plenty of time for romance after he survives his last summer before graduation. So what if he can’t get his former professor, Jeremy Olsen, out of his head? It’s nothing more than hero worship. And that’s the way it should stay.

Except bigender Corey—aka Kori—is interning at Phoenix House for the summer, a LGBTQI youth center. A center that recently hired an interim director until someone can be found to fill the position permanently.

Because life is extraordinarily unfair, the director just so happens to be a certain former professor, now turned current boss.

Desperate to keep things professional as he and Jeremy grow closer, Corey makes a major mistake: he turns to his friends, Paul Auster and Sanford Stewart for help.

But Paul and Sandy have some ideas of their own….

Set in the summer of 2016, Why We Fight is a celebration of queer life and being true to oneself… no matter the cost.

Review by Aerielle

Why We Fight was beyond amazing! This is TJ Klune at his finest. This series has long been a go to reread for me. Like most of his books there are a bunch of little Easter eggs hidden throughout this story. The characters are so outlandish but yet still so real.
At long last we finally get Corey/Kori’s story. We find out more about their past and the difficulties of going through the foster care system. We briefly met Corey/Kori’s love interest Jeremy at the end of Until You. Both are completely oblivious to how the other feels. I really enjoyed getting to see the Tucson crew from Corey/Kori’s perspective. They really do have a unique view on things. I am very sad to see the end of this series but I loved every minute of this book.

6 stars beyond amazing

 

Review by Dee
Review:
This is a fitting end to this fun, touching, hilarious series. It’s about love and the family you make (and keep).
This is Corey/Kori’s story – and it’s perfect. There’s so much I want to say about how much I loved the book – the shenanigans starting off with Corey and Nana at a spa (with Paul’s mum and dad in tow). Then there’s Corey/Kori falling over his feet, (sometimes literally), when talking to Jeremy (his crush); the machinations of Sandy/Helena while trying to ‘help’ Corey/Kori’s love life. The kids at the youth centre were great characters. Let’s not forget Paul and Vince, who are unable to keep their hands off each other … hilarious! Charlie and Robert; so sweet together. Through it all, TJ Klune blends in a thread of hope, family, friendships and the forging of bonds – new and old.
For those who have followed the series from the beginning, you will love this .

5 stars out of 5



Audio

I just love Sean Crisden. He makes me laugh and is such a joy to listen to.

I am absolutely OVER TJ Klune but I adore Sean so I enjoyed this tremendously.

Audio 5 of 5 stars