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Rattlesnake Audiobook by Kim Fielding Narrated by KC Kelly

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A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night, he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.
On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.
Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane – a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present – deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.


Jimmy is drifiting through life until the day he sees a man on the side of the road in need of a ride. He gives Jimmy a letter that ends up changing Jimmy’s life forever.

Shane is a small town guy with a head injury that forces him to keep life simple. When he meets Jimmy his protective urges kick in and he wants to do what he can to help and keep Jimmy around.

Though the plot is simple – two guys learning about each other and learning to love one another in the end – the emotions involved are deep, rich and complex. They both harbor self image issues and a history that makes their futures less than concrete. Their journey toward each other ends up healing them both.


I’m a huge Kim Fielding fan. She has a gift with characters and specifically for multi-faceted characters who don’t always do what you expect. I like that her “heroes” are unconventional to say the least.

In this novel she uses Jimmy’s “stories” as a wonderful vehicle for showing us the true nature of Jimmy’s heart. It’s creative, insightful and a delight to read. With Shane we get (on the surface) a more straight-forward story, but just when you expect things to be one way – blam! – there’s a bit more to him than meets the eye.

The gentleness of this story moves these guys forward in a way that is illuminating but not necessarily shocking. Day by day they grow closer until their future seems inevitable.

If I have any small complaints it would be these: First, I thought that the story lagged in the middle with a few too many of Jimmy’s stories (though themselves interesting – I’m not sure they moved the romance forward enough to justify their inclusion in such detail) and second, that the subtlety of the romance was almost too subtle. Though we absolutely get a very solid and forever HEA, my preference would have been for a bit more at the reunion scene to cement in the major shift that had occurred. It’s tough though – I suppose being true to the characters might dictate toward the subtle – but the romantic in me wanted a bit more, regardless.

In any case, this is a truly remarkable story with a lovely thread that starts with a dead man…


KC Kelly is the BEST choice for this narration. The “old west” flavor of the story is well suited by his drawl and his sense of timing is perfection! I think listening to this story (which is chock full of so many stories told by Jimmy) is a MUST. It absolutely adds to the overall enjoyment of the book and truly brings it to life!

6 of 5 stars

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So Into You (PI Guys Book 2) by SE Harmon

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Screenwriter Noah Ashley has a few four-letter words for his agent when she suggests he improve his script by shadowing a PI. Still, because he’s an artist dedicated to his craft and she knows where the bodies are buried, he agrees. Then he spends a little time with the gorgeous PI, and suddenly it seems like a really good plan. The PI doesn’t seem to entirely love the idea, but Noah has never been afraid to go after what he wants.

PI Drew Rodriguez is used to people depending on him. He’s the classic rock for his family. Responsible. Dependable. The classic rock would never succumb to the borderline sleazy temptation of friends with benefits, no matter how sexy that temptation is. Drew is looking for something enduring.

Despite Drew’s misgivings, it’s not long before they’ve got all the requisites for friends with benefits going. Friendly, good conversation? Check. Fun times in and out of bed? Check. Hot, electrolyte-sapping sex? Double check. Falling in love? Yeah. About that….


The blurb tells you that this is gonna be an “enemies to lovers” sort of book between the know it all detective and the smarmy Hollywood guy. What it doesn’t tell you is that they are chock full of snark and sass and lots of barbs.]

When they get over themselves and begin having smexy times – then it’s also full of hot smexy times!


My feelings on this are pretty much my same as book one. I think the writing itself is good – no grammatical errors, etc. I liked the characters and their humor very much. I love the HEA and catching up with previous MCs. I think the setting is fun and the smexy times were really hot.

What makes this a 3.5 book for me is the fact that it’s really long and doesn’t need to be. I think that a stiff editing would take this from a “good book” to a “great book”. The first 3 chapters could have been shrunk to one maybe even a half a chapter. And this happens a lot.

Part of what makes an excellent book (IMHO) is making every word counts. A reader should have to read each word and be excited to do so. There is a lot of “side information” and time when our MCs aren’t together in this book. In order for that to “work” in a romance the reader needs to be on the edge of her seat and “hooked”. I was skimming through this trying to find the part when our MCs got back together. And it’s a lot of pages. I know that there are a TON of people who really liked Stay With Me and that may simply be a matter of taste.

If you loved Stay With Me, you’ll love this as well. It can be read as a standalone but is better in order.

For me this was 3.5 of 5 stars.


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A Serious Thing (Will and Patrick 1.5) by Annabelle Jacobs

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Patrick has a plan, and he’ll go to great lengths to see it through.

After three weeks apart due to work and school commitments, he and Will are finally getting to spend some time together. Patrick is staying with Will over the Christmas holidays, and he intends to tell him how he feels on Christmas Day. It’s going to be perfect.

But of course, Patrick’s plans don’t always go smoothly….



I liked book one but felt a little cheated that it ended where it did. (Review here: This absolutely redeems it for me!

Will and Patrick have been dating for months now and it’s time to move their relationship forward.

Will wants to tell Patrick he loves him and vice versa but they want to do it at the best possible moment.

What results is a very sweet and sexy Christmas confession!

Loved this!

5 of 5 stars


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Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water: Book 2) Audiobook by SE Jakes Narrated by Adam North

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Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone – until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away. Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt.
But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head – and heart – too. Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.


This is book 2 – we left Tommy and Prophet with Tommy choosing another partner in order to keep Prophet safe. Proph goes off the grid doing odd jobs for a number of months until he gets some emails from Tommy about a hurricane coming to his aunt’s house.

Proph goes to New Orleans to help Tommy’s aunt survive the storm only to find Tommy has come there too. They fall back into their relationship hotter than ever and make up.

While there Tommy gets arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and it’s up to Prophet to get him out of jail.

Meanwhile things are still going on in the John/Sadiq front and that mystery moves forward. But now Tommy knows more about Prophet’s past and his eye problems.

They agree to be a team, even though both are worried about the other’s safety.


The sex in this is OFF THE CHARTS – I agree with a reviewer who notes that some of what these guys do may not be physically possible – but it sure as hell is hot!

I am really enjoying this as an audiobook – the narrator totally works for me – and I highly recommend the series and the audiobook. (I also LOVE these covers – so sexy!)

5 of 5 stars


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Haven’s Creed by Parker Williams


An act of violence destroys his family and ends the life he knows. To escape his haunted past, he joins the military, where, as a sniper, he is trained to kill with precision and detachment. When a covert organization offers him a new purpose, he becomes Haven, an operative devoted to protecting the innocent when he can and avenging them when he cannot.

After ten years of battling the evil in the world, the life no longer holds the attraction or meaning it once had, and he’s ready to walk away. Then he meets Samuel, a young man forced from the age of twelve to work as a sex slave. If ever a man had a need for Haven, it is this one.

Yet nothing about this growing relationship is one-sided. Sammy gives Haven a stability he’s never known, and Haven becomes the rock upon which Sammy knows he can depend.

When Sammy reveals something about the enemy Haven has been hunting for months, Sammy fears it will destroy what they’ve built and he’ll lose his home in Haven’s heart.


Haven is a sniper. His past has led him to a place where he coldly eliminates humans who somehow rise above the legal system but who deserve justice. At this point he doesn’t know if he even has a soul left to save.

Samuel is a young man who for the last decade has been forced to act as a sex slave for a depraved woman’s plans. Somehow, though, he hasn’t lost his will or his strength.

When Haven rescues Sammy the two fall instantly for the other. Though it takes time for them to act on these feelings, the chemistry is there at the start. Haven doesn’t want to “abuse” his trust with Sammy but Sammy has no compunction about that at all.

Haven also worries that Sammy will be put off by the jobs Haven must finish and those in his future. What he doesn’t know is that Sammy supports these jobs 110%.


This is a fascinating book in that Haven is – almost – unrepentantly a “bad guy” in that he murders people in cold blood. They deserve it, no question, but the ethics of his vigilante acts are questionable. Haven himself questions his own code of ethics.

Sammy never questions Haven’s ethics and in fact helps Haven to come to grips with it better than anyone ever could.

There’s no question that Sammy and Haven are great together and surprisingly it’s Sammy who is the dominant force in the relationship. Providing that anchor Haven needs.

I loved the willingness to go to the dark and unexpected in this book – it does not play out at all like you’d expect and that is very refreshing. However, when some of these lines get crossed and boundaries pushed, I’m not sure there’s support enough for some of the character’s actions.

I didn’t have trouble with Sammy being toppy and dominant – in fact I loved it – but I did wonder at his capacity to ignore 10 years of degradation and humiliation and his apparent “healing” that occurred in such a small time frame.

Haven’s self doubt and apparent 180 degree turn didn’t bother me, but his team’s willingness to listen to Sammy did bother me. These guys are supposed to be cold-blooded professionals and it seemed like listening to Sammy wouldn’t be something they’d do.

So – all in all I loved the play on the dark side we get with these characters and the ability to let go of all preconceived notions and just look at things through some very “dirty” lenses. Though I didn’t always agree with some plot/character points it was still an amazingly entertaining and interesting book that I highly recommend.

4 of 5 stars


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Heart (Spotless book 4) by Bailey Bradford


Rolly has waited ten years to claim his mate. Now the wait is over, and he’s coming home.

Rolly has waited patiently for his mate. When he first met Erdwin, the boy was still a child. Rolly felt nothing but compassion for him back then, but Erdwin came of age five years ago, and Rolly’s stayed out of his life in order to give Erdwin time to experience life.

Erdwin never fit right in his skin. He didn’t like what he saw in the mirror. It didn’t match how he felt inside. As a shifter, he was stuck with the body he had. Surgery wasn’t an option for him. But Erdwin found a way to accept himself—by embracing the part of herself that felt like her true nature. She struggled with it, but with her family’s support, she became Edie, the young lady she was meant to be. She stopped worrying about her parts, and concentrated on her heart.

When Rolly, a powerful shaman, moves back home to the pack, Edie is transfixed. He makes her nervous—and arouses her. But what would a man like him think of a woman liker her?

Edie’s about to find out, and she will have to be stronger than ever to help fight off a threat to her pack, to her mate, and to her family.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM and fisting.


Erdwin is a shifter who longs to be a transgendered woman but since the shifter genetics preclude that type of surgery, he’s forced to be a transvestite instead. He makes the best with what he can and is slowly coming into his own.

Rolly knew early on that Erdwin – now Edie – is his mate, but he was too young then so he left his pack – where he was the shaman in training – to wait for Erdwin to grow up. Now he’s back and he’s got a lot of surprises in store for him.


This was a fascinating book! Edie is a wonderful woman with a penis! She dresses and acts as a woman but is actually quite toppy and in control in the bedroom. Rolly, meanwhile is quite content to let her rule the roost even though he’s much older and larger than her.

There is another mystery to solve around a shifter Rolly has taken in to help heal with his fathers and that takes up some space in the story.

I really enjoyed this and thought it was very brave and unique.

(I haven’t read the other books in the series but I’m going to – I think it’d help keep all the characters organized. The BDSM is very light in this.)

4.5 of 5 stars


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The Only Easy Day (Sanctuary Book 2) Audiobook by RJ Scott Narrated by Sean Crisden

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One dead girl, one scared witness, and two men trained as Navy SEALs. Whether searching for justice or revenge, the final showdown between them is the same – explosive!
Dale MacIntyre, former Navy SEAL, works for Sanctuary. He’s the acting handler for a member of the Bullen family’s inner circle. He is close to obtaining the evidence he needs to prove Elisabeth Costains death was ordered by them – until someone gets in his way.
Joseph Kinnon, active Navy SEAL, is back on US soil for the first time in months, and he is told the tragic news that his stepsister is dead, gunned down in an alley by an unknown assailant. He is determined to find out who murdered her – until someone gets in his way. They both want the same thing but have different methods of accomplishing their goals.
They both want the Bullen family brought to account, but one wants justice and the other wants revenge. What happens between them, however, has nothing to do with either.


In book one Morgan saw a woman killed, Joseph is her brother. He wants to find out why she was killed. Dale is the man from Sanctuary working on the case and he doesn’t want any interference.

The two fight for control but succumb to their mutual desire. In the end two heads are better than one at finding the truth.


This was a good Sanctuary book, not as good as book one IMHO, mostly because there was a lot of crime/mystery elements and not as much relationship building.

The smexy times are good when they do happen and the characters themselves are a lot of fun.

4 of 5 stars


Sean Crisden does another wonderful job with this narration. He excels at grumpy alpha voices and I loved it!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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The Millionaire Upstairs by MJ O’Shea

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He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.


Sasha works for a fashion designing team run by brother and sister Joanne and Harrison Kingsley. Luckily, he works mostly for Joanne as Harrison has always treated him like an ass.

When Jo gets pregnant, Sasha is forced to work with Harrison and it’s a nightmare. Until… Harrison takes a turn and takes Sasha to Italy. Suddenly he’s as sweet as pie and the two find themselves involved in a relationship.

But when Joanne’s scheming puts Harrison at a disadvantage he takes out his emotions on Sasha in a cruel way.

Faced with Sasha’s willingness to quit the company rather than work for the brother and sister any longer the siblings put their heads together to come up with a way to save Harrison’s relationship and their employee.


So… this is MEANT to be like the old fashioned Harlequin romances where the hero and heroine are from widely different economic classes and they travel to Europe and the smexy times are not the focus of the book… so that all happens here.

Harrison is a grade a jerk for most of the book. Sasha is wonderful. The couple aren’t a couple til nearly 70 % in to the book. They have sex one time on page and the rest is suggested. In the end Harrison has a grand groveling scene and all is forgiven.

It fits the Harlequin model to a T!

If that is something you remember fondly you will love this book (and probably the series). If this annoyed you like it did me… you’ll remember why you quit reading those books eventually.

I thought it was a fun way to spend a couple hours but it certainly isn’t my favorite.

3.5 of 5 stars


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Prickly Business Audiobook by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade Narrated by Iggy Toma

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Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.

No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.

Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.

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Avery is a hedgehog shifter who left his home territory of Louisiana and move to Oregon. Shifter law dictates that he must join the local wolf pack since Portland falls in that jurisdiction. Though his family has always looked down upon wolf shifters, Avery doesn’t care a bit, and happily joins the pack.

Avery finds his mate, a wolf, and in a drunken mistake, throws him over for not being “good enough”. Dylan is of course hurt, and somewhat glad, because he doesn’t ever want a mate anyway.

Two years go by, and the mates avoid each other at all costs. It isn’t until Avery ends up in trouble because of some gambling debts that they spend any significant time together.

Finally, the two realize how wrong they’ve been about the other and they begin a relationship. In the meantime, Avery gets involved in a missing person’s project that might just end up costing him his life!


This a little different than the average “shifter” romance. For one, though the instant attraction is there, it isn’t acted upon until much later in the story. In addition, the side stories – Avery’s gambling problems first and later a missing female wolf shifter – take up a lot of the book.

The world building is excellent and the character development is also well done. I enjoyed the romance between Dylan and Avery but I was disappointed by how little time they spent together. (This is remedied in book two – so consider this a slow burn for the series.)

When they do get together the smexy times are HOT and the feels are wonderful.

The writing was really good and I am definitely interested in seeing more from this series.

4 of 5 stars


Iggy Toma does a fantastic job with this! He gives Avery a delightful Southern drawl and helps us to differentiate all the other voices as well. I love his reading voice and found this really enjoyable as an audiobook. Definitely the best way to enjoy this story!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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