Time to Laugh: Overtime Audiobook (ficlet) by Avon Gale narrated by Scott Smith

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31218096-overtime?from_search=true

Blurb

This short story (approximately 4000 words) takes place after the events of Power Play and before Empty Net. It features Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie Isaac Drake — as well as a few other familiar faces — and is available as a bonus for Avon’s newsletter subscribers.

 

 

 

 

 

Review

I can’t do a month about laughing and NOT include Avon Gale.  She cracks me up!  This is a little ficlet she has available for free on her blog – including the audio!

I don’t love Scott Smith but he has become the voices for the characters in this series to me and so by extension I now love him.

This is an adorable look at Misha and Max and the goalie before he meets Saint.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Red Dirt Heart 4 by NR Walker Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Red-Dirt-Heart-4-Audiobook/B07B5G5PRT?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=QM848VD7ZYBJ22S9Y83C&

Blurb

Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why.

Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie.

Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn, and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.

Loving him was easy. Living with him, teaching him how to love in return and, more importantly, how to love himself, was not.

But Travis knew all along it’d be worth it. He knew the man with the red dirt heart was destined to be his. Just like he knew the red dirt that surrounded him was where he was supposed to be.

In the final installment of the Red Dirt Series, we see Charlie through Travis’ eyes. We see how much he’s grown and how much he loves. We go back to Texas with them, and we see Charlie get everything he truly thought he never deserved.

Red Dirt Heart 4 is Travis’ story.

And this is the story of not just one red dirt heart, but two.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously:  http://kimichanexperience.com/red-dirt-heart-4-nr-walker/)

OMG! If you are following this series this entire book is just one big glorious epilogue to make your heart sing!

Told from Travis’ point of view, we see how our neurotic friend Charlie looks through the eyes of the man who loves him dearly. Charlie has come so very far… he is finally accepting the engagement… he dances in public with Travis… he will do the quiet PDA… he loves his extended family unconditionally and wants to spread that love to other kids (in the neighborhood and throughout)… he finally admits he is worthy of the love he receives and is willing to bank on it.

I won’t tell you the epilogue of this epilogue book but it’s so worth the wait!

This is an amazing end to an amazing series and I just loved it to pieces – 6 of 5 stars.

 

Audio

Joel is just magnificent. He moved me more than once from tears to laughter and back again.  He was such a fantastic choice for narrator and I’m so glad these two amazing artists (Joel and NR have joined forces.)  Perfection!

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Audiobook: Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2) by Amy Lane Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/red-fish-dead-fish-by-amy-lane-8738-b

Blurb

They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.

Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.

Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.

Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.

Review
(Book Reviewed here Previously)

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about!

This is the story I was missing when I read book one, Fish Out of Water. The characters were there and the action was there, but I was really missing the feels and the romance.

Amy gives us these things here. We finally get to really plumb the depths of Jackson and Ellery’s feelings for one another and get some of the ooey gooey romance that I crave so much!

There is certainly still a lot of mystery and action going on, and I was so pleased by the romantic elements, too!

If you’ve read book one you’ll want to read this – even if book one wasn’t your favorite – I think this does a lot to make book one come together.

Highly recommended! (Not as a standalone!)

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Woot!  So Greg Tremblay is AWESOME and in addition to doing all the awesome he did for book 1, we get the bonus chapters Amy published in her blog and performed those too!  While he won’t replace Nick for me as far as Ace and Sonny – I did appreciate his version 😉

This was wonderful and definitely the best way to experience this story! (The ficlets are maybe the best part…;)

 

6 of 5 stars
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Audiobook: Tried and True (THIRDS Book 10) By Charlie Cochet

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/tried-true-by-charlie-cochet-9070-b

Blurb

When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….

With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.

Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water….

Review
(Book reviewed here previously by Beth)

Charlie Cochet has ended her series on a huge rush! Nonstop action up to the end! The book starts 3 weeks before the wedding and it’s seems that every time Dex and Sloane turn around they are in a life and death situation. If not them, then it’s someone close to them.

We are taken on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the story, with your heart in your throat action scenes. The chemistry between Dex and Sloane is explosive both in and out of the bedroom. Everything is tied up nicely, with the shocking surprise on who is the head bad guy. We even see a brief scene, where Dex is caught purring. The story concludes with the wedding that is well done and tasteful and leaves the reader with tears in their eyes.

I have to say that Charlie Cochet could not have done a better job of telling the ending of this series. Yet left it open enough that if she wanted to continue it she could.

Review by Morgan

I have to agree with Beth. This is a great ending to an amazing series. I’ll admit to both being really sad the ride is over and grateful at the same time, because I just can’t watch our boys go through any more trauma!

This is a fans’ book and only to be read as part of the series, but fans will HAVE to read it.

Audio

Thankfully Mark Westfield has been able to narrate the entire series as much like Daniel Radcliffe became the face of Harry Potter, so does he become the voice of Dex and Sloane.

He adds so much to the experience with sound effects and accents and overall it’s just an amazing trip!

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Release Day Review: Going Off Grid by SJD Peterson

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/going-off-grid-by-sjd-peterson-9469-b

Blurb

Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.
Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?
What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?

Review

I really liked the concept for this book. It’s not often that you get a peak into the life of an established couple without it being part of a series. Because Clay and Elliott are working so hard they bring in enough money for a life but they don’t have time to enjoy it. They are money rich but time poor and when the drilling company folds it reverses for them, time rich but money poor. The first section of the book focuses on both of them still working long hours. Feeling like they are drifting further apart. When the company folds a long held dream of going off Grid and living in a cabin in the woods becomes a scary possibility. They go from hardly any time together to 24/7. Can their relationship survive that. I like the way the transition was handled. There’s a lot of work to be done on the cabin before winter which keeps both of them extremely busy. However, they are now working side by side which makes all the difference. The ups and downs of an established relationship and the turmoil of dramatic change gave this love story enough to keep me reading.

I got a good snapshot of North Dakota’s weather and a little idea of the untamed wilderness in this state.

This is a lovely positive short read full of hope for the future.

3 of stars out of 5

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Audiobook: Life is Awesome: Mnevermind Book 3 by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Jordan Castillo Price Presents
http://jcpbooks.com/ebook/life.html

Blurb

Daniel Schroeder wants nothing more than to repair his father’s broken memories, but it’s been a long time since he’s thought of himself as a memorysmith. Even though convincing Big Dan of their current reality is the most painful task Daniel faces every morning, somehow life manages to prevent him from finding a cure. He needs to keep their family business running. And he needs to moonlight at a competitor’s shop to keep all his employees paid. Or maybe he’s just trying to keep himself from exacerbating the situation.
A year ago, Daniel would have presumed he was clever enough to memorysmith his way out of their predicament, but nowadays he’s not so cavalier. Playing with people’s memories shouldn’t be taken lightly, and things can always get worse. Even with the help of some of the best minds in the business, Daniel still isn’t sure how to navigate his way out of the persistent false memory that’s crippled his life. Is new programming the answer? Better gear? More money? Or is time the only thing that can heal Big Dan’s memories…if they can even be fixed at all.
What Daniel needs most is some breathing room, and Elijah Crowe is eager to provide it. Since he’s smitten with Daniel, Elijah is determined to prove himself—and he’s more than qualified to clear Daniel’s schedule by taking over some duties at Adventuretech. With the support of his new boyfriend, possibilities begin to open up for Daniel, hints of things he hasn’t even realized he’d stopped hoping for: the contentment of a harmonious family, the fulfillment of his creative expression, and a chance for a relationship with a man he loves.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

It’s hard to write a review for this because it was so complex. On the one hand, we do see a sort-of HEA for both Daniel, Big Dan and Elijah – but – ironically – it’s not AWESOME – but it is very, very happy – and that’s just the point of it all.

Just as the previous two installments, neither the situation with Big Dan, nor the relationship with Elijah are “fixed” in some perfect way. Things are still achingly “real” and our very imperfect characters find a very imperfect solution? – if you can call it that – to their issues. Or maybe – I should say – a work in progress.

That’s one of the really beautiful things about this book and this series – Jordan Castillo Price isn’t afraid to let things be imperfect. Messy. Awkward. Less than shiny. While Daniel and Elijah do seem to have made good strides towards figuring out the physical side of their relationship – it’s not the fairy tale solution you might expect – and that’s so awesome! – that it’s allowed to be what it is – because that’s life – and it’s still a beautiful thing.

Dan and Big Dan will still have their struggles – but the “twist” that gets thrown in – or should I say wrench?- does manage to highlight one of my beliefs about life in general. That is the fact that sometimes things which – on the surface – look to be all bad – can really end up being the best thing in the world. And this wrench does force them all to re-evaluate their priorities and I think they all ended up in a much better place. Happy!

So – I’m sad to see the series end, but am excited to re-visit it as the audiobooks continue to come out – and happy to have read it.

Highly Recommended! 4.5 of 5 stars

 

Audio

As always, Seth Clayton is absolutely spot on with his portrayal of Dan, BD, Elijah and – my new fav – Larry and Grace! He is so engaging and easy to listen to, and clearly has a great understanding for the material. He deserves an award for having to say ver·i·si·mil·i·tude so many times!

Highly, highly recommended!

 

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Valentine Review: Together Tied (Marshals #3.5) by Mary Calmes

GoodReads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38560762-together-tied?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, you’re all invited to spend some time with my marshals. I put a short novella on Instafreebie of Miro and Ian having dinner with their boss Sam Kage and his husband, Jory Harcourt. What could possibly go wrong?

I hope you all enjoy it and I hope you all have a wonderful, shmoopy, candy and flower filled day.

 

 

 

Review

This is a super fun, super sweet, GIANT TEASER of a story that makes you CRAVE the next installment of the Marshalls series.

We get to see some really familiar faces and our guy Miro sees Sam in a new light.  If you’re not following All the stories – The Marshalls – Acrobat – A matter of time – this won’t make sense as a lot of people show up in this short story.

You MUST read this before book 4 so… 

I wish this had been a little bit more about Ian and Miro being in love and less about moving the plot forward for book 4 but it was still adorable and free on InstaFreebie!

3.75 of 5 stars

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Valentine’s Read: Don’t I Know You: An Arrangement Short Story (Soulmates #3) by Felice Stevens

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38215100-don-t-i-know-you?from_search=true

Blurb

It’s been a year full of love and learning for Carter and Reed. But marriage and caring for Jacks means less time for the two of them to be together. With Carter away on a business trip during Valentine’s Day, Reed returns to help out at the bar where he and Carter first met, so he wouldn’t be alone. Unbeknownst to Reed, Carter has a surprise planned for the two of them. One that will let his husband know exactly how much he is loved.
This is a 6,700 word short story in the Soulmates series about finding the one person who completes you and never letting them forget how much they are loved. It has not been published previously.

 

Review

 

I really enjoyed The Arrangement which was the book where these characters meet.  This  is them over Valentine’s.  They’ve been married a year or so but they are still dealing with a lot of issues: anxiety, work, and being a first-time parent. Though it is cliche-  it is super cute what happens and how Carter decides to surprise Reed on Valentine’s Day!  So very sexy! Highly recommended to fans of book one – ( it would not make any sense if you have not read that).

4.5 of 5 stars

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Valentine’s Review: The Moore the Merrier Audiobook by Alex Miska, V. Soffer narrated by Sean Lehart, Jill Smith

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Moore-the-Merrier-Audiobook/B078P4W6G6

Blurb: “Our family will always have room for a few more Moores.”
The Moore family is growing exponentially this year! All three brothers are enjoying their happily ever afters. Julian and Xander only have four weeks to plan their dream wedding and are waiting impatiently to welcome two homeless teens into their family. Amidst all the merriment, Chance discovers that he has siblings, and they need his help. He’s forced to confront his past, but he won’t have to face it alone.

Review

 I loved this continuation of the Julian and Xander’s story. The best part was seeing the proceedings from the furbabies POV. They were hysterical.
The collaboration between Sean Lenhart and Jill Smith was really good, but I have to say that Sean was excellent with both the narrative and non-narrative bits.
This story is best experienced as an audiobook – the animals are hysterical – especially the cats and their territorial ways (the Xmas tree scene is a scream) and Luna. Ms. Smith portrays her brilliantly.
I highly recommend this audiobook, it’s so funny 🙂

4.5 stars out of 5

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Recent Release: Agent Bayne (PsyCop #9) by Jordan Castillo Price

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37802034-agent-bayne?from_search=true

Blurb

Victor Bayne is through with the Chicago PD. Can he handle the FPMP?
After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgeling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks?
Jacob has already established his territory in the Program—he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him.
When fellow agents start turning up dead, Vic is expected to do more than just lay their ghosts to rest. But what if his psychic talent isn’t quite enough? As the death toll rises, he and Jacob scramble to determine who’s in danger, and who’s a killer.
Using all the resources at their disposal, they close in on their suspect. But as they do, their past comes back to haunt them…and even Jacob worries they’ve tampered with forces they should have left alone. Are their combined talents enough to protect them from enemies both living and dead?

Review

This book made me ridiculously happy!

First, it gives us more Jacob and Vic and even some Crash! We get to solve another mystery and just when we think we know all there is to know about Vic’s talent… there’s more to know!

Aaaand – it seems like there could be many of these with Vic as FPMP. I wouldn’t be sad if these went on for – I don’t know – EVER!

Aaaand – I love his new phone! So funny and realistic!

Aaaand- Jacob and Vic are still rock solid. They are such a great couple and I love watching their relationship evolve over time.

If you’re a fan, you’ve already read this and if you haven’t started this series – go do it!

 

I cannot wait for the audio!

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

 

 

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