Audiobook: Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune, narrated by Michael Lesley

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Blurb:
Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future. A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

Review:
Book previously reviewed
https://openskyebookreviews.com/consumption-of-magic-by-tj-klune/

I cannot imagine this series without Michael Lesley. Period.
And just when I wondered how he could top his performance of The Lightning-Struck Heart and Destiny of Dragons, he blows me away with Consumption of Magic! There are a handful of narrators that produce stellar performances all the time, Mr. Lesley is one of them. Most of the time I forgot I was listening to one person! He transitions from one character to the other so seamlessly, it’s hard to remember that Sam, Gary, Justin, Tiggy and Knight Delicious Face (Ryan) are being voiced by one person and not by an ensemble cast of narrators.
TJ Klune has written a fantastic tale, but Michael Lesley, much like Dr. Frankenstein, has brought this body (of work) to life.
Listening to Mr. Lesley perform is the absolute best way to experience this book and the entire Tales of Verania saga.

PS: It was a real treat to hear one of my favourite lines:
“How much will we get for Sam’s dowry?” Kevin asked Gary. “I’ve never had to sell off one of my children before.” “I don’t know,” Gary said through his tears. “He’s a little defective, so we should probably be up-front that all sales are final.”

6 out of 5– Out of this world!


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Time to Go Dark: Circle by Garrett Leigh

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35894093-circle

Blurb
I love him…but he’s forgotten why.

A lot can happen in six years, and Ash and Pete have seen their world flipped upside down more times than most. Being parents to Pete’s young nephew wasn’t in their plan, but life happens to them and they roll with the punches. Or at least they did, until new heartache rocks their hard-won happily-ever-after.

Ash loves Pete as much as ever—more, in fact—but Pete battles alone with a burden that weighs heavily on his heart. Ash is no stranger to dark clouds, but the secret Pete keeps from him is a storm that could break them.

Despite the fierce love that once buoyed them, they’re both drowning until a new friend throws them a lifeline. His wisdom offers insight—for better or worse, real love is rarely a smooth journey. For Ash and Pete to come full circle once more, they’ll have to hit the road and chase it

Review
This story brings a conclusion for Ash and Pete. It’s six years on from the end of Rare and it doesn’t look like life has settled very much for them. For as much has changed since the ending of Rare essentially they are still the same with Pete working a lot. I loved that Jed and Max from Only Love appear in this story. Jed provides a stabling influence on both Ash and Pete at time they need help. Pete has lost his way and Ash doesn’t know how to help him. For all his success with his art Ash is still insecure and doubts himself without Pete. Pete is pulling away from him and he doesn’t know how to help. Their lives are more busy and full of family now. But the hard won level of trust and communication is suffering. A brilliant emotional roller coaster of a story. This is a terrific conclusion to the series. They get their happy ever after, perfect.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Time to go Dark: Ash by Jack L. Pyke

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38719560-ash?from_search=true

Blurb

 

“You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?”

Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest cruelties are about to catch the eye of the Wraith, someone who’s been brought up to play professionally in the shadows. For Ash, beauty and rage aren’t the kind of sins to win him any favours anymore. Life and lessons of the heart never did come easy, especially when they’re about to walk in off the darkened streets, bringing bloodied footprints in their wake.

Review
Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t series is a wonderfully dark psychological series. All the characters have so many facets, complex lives. I would say that to enjoy the series it’s best to start at the beginning. This book, Ash, brings in new players. Ash comes across as cruel and thoughtless. Only after his own enjoyment as does his mate Chase. As the story progresses we learn another side to Ash which explains his behaviour. I’m still not sure if I like him though. Raif is where the story starts to link into the series. He is a MI5 operative (as is Grey one of the central characters to the Series). He decides to teach Ash a lesson but gets drawn to him as well. At the same time he is made aware of some gruesome murders and is on surveillance for another case. BDSM is an important aspect to all the characters, so if that’s not your cup of tea steer clear.
This book does give you a taste of the nature of the series and Jack L. Pyke’s style. And on the face of it you don’t need to know the details of the previous stories to enjoy this one. However, it is a prequel to book 5 where all the previous characters have a part and I anticipate it would be difficult to follow if you haven’t. Also nothing is resolved in this story, it is just setting the scenes. Book 5 continue from the end of this one.
To be honest if this is your kind of book you probably already know about this series, if it’s got you intrigued don’t wait bring the series to the top of your tbr list.

4 of stars out of 5

 

 

 

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Time to go Dark: Corin’s Chance (Avanti Chronicles Book 1) By Hannah Walker

Blurb

Posted to some stars awful cruiser, Dr. Corin Talovich hoped to serve his time quietly and get on with his life, but fate stepped in and decided otherwise. 
Crashing into an unknown planet was the last thing Corin expected. With only his friend, Lieutenant Commander Tate Riven, by his side, they face the unexplored world and new enemies bravely, leading them to the Derin Clan, where they’re welcomed by the leader’s son.
Kel isn’t sure about the strange men, but he isn’t about to send them away, especially when the bond between Corin and himself is something he can’t ignore. 
When another clan wages an attack, Kel is forced to make some hard choices which nearly costs him everything he holds dear. Together, with their allies, Corin and Kel fight, focusing on the future they desire, knowing failure not only dooms their love, but also those around them. Side by side, they work to destroy the evil threatening to keep them apart and becoming the family both men desire.

 

Review

When I first read this book, I had no idea that the author had a whole series planned out for this storyline. But after rereading it I saw how well she created the world her story is set in. Descriptions are detailed without being boring and all lead into the story one way or another.

To start with we are introduced to all 6 of the Avanti Team each a different form of humanoid, and each with a different defensive trait. This group was trained to be warriors. Corin is on the same spaceship and has fallen in with the group. When the ship comes under attach the only escape pods available are 2 man pods so Corin as a fully trained surgeon is paired with Tate, the injured man of the group. They land on a planet that is ruled by clans with a central King.

There are subplots and intrigue, Love and lust, humor and war, and a type of fated mates. And while the story ends in a HEA, it is a part of an ongoing series that should be read in order.

Hannah Walker has created a wonderful world that will have you entertained, laughing heartily, holding your breath, all while rooting for the good guys and a HEA!

5 of 5 stars!

 

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Time to Go Dark: Snow Falling by Davidson King

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36515977-snow-falling?from_search=true

Blurb

After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.

Tell nobody your name.
Tell nobody your secrets.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules of the streets.
His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
Secrets can get you killed.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules he lives by.
When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own. A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow’s life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher’s best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?

Review

I loved this book! I was very surprised to find that it’s the authors 1st novel. It was so well done. The characters were well developed, and I even found myself rooting for Chris, a crime boss who doesn’t hide what he is. I loved Snow, he is strong, despite all that he’s gone through. I worried a bit that the story would be dark and depressing, especially with a crime boss that does not change … much. But my fears were groundless – while there is some crime, (hello crime boss!), it was in keeping with the story. Christopher does have a heart as evidenced by his love for Simon (his nephew) and Snow.
It’s a fun, well crafted book – highly recommend ☺

5 stars out of 5

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Audiobook: Daddy Needs a Date by Sean Michael narrated by Steve Balderson

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Blurb:
With four girls, single dad Ryan Withers has his hands too full to look for romance. He’s not complaining—he loves his daughter and the three nieces he adopted when their parents died, and he would do anything for them. He’s caught off guard when his mother and daughter decide to play matchmaker.

Alex Bernot works in disaster relief, his job taking him all over the world, helping others, for extended periods of time. He’s staying with his aunt while he’s home, and she sets him up on a blind date. Finding a special someone isn’t really on his mind, but he goes to make his aunt happy.
Ryan and Alex enjoy each other’s company more than either of them expected, and they soon make a second date. Their lives are complicated, though, in very different ways, and soon family needs and their jobs conspire to pull them apart. They’ll need to figure out how to work through the things keeping them apart, but first they’ll have to decide if they even want to….

Review: The book has been reviewed previously
https://openskyebookreviews.com/daddy-needs-a-date-by-sean-michael/

This is one of the rare times (for me) that the book compelled me to stick with the narration.
The narrator (Steve Balderson – new to me) wasn’t bad, but there were times when he just sounded flat or emotionless, even during the sex scenes. After a while I got used to his speech pattern, (so it wasn’t a total fail), but the story really deserved a bit more animation for the MCs. Surprisingly, he did a great job with the kids, especially Rosie. He captured her so well, especially when she got upset with Alex leaving. She was adorable.
I really liked the story, and while the narration didn’t add much, it is still a nice way to enjoy the story.

4 stars out of 5 for the story
3.5 stars out of 5 for the narration

Reviewer Name: Dee


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Recent Release: Seducing His Brother’s Receptionist By Charlie Richards

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http://www.extasybooks.com/charlie-richards/978-1-4874-1954-7-seducing-his-brothers-receptionist/

Blurb

Out of the Cage: When a weekend fling gets a man into hot water, he discovers a knight in shining armor in the most unlikely of places.
Wendell Burgeon just wanted a hot night in town. Instead, he picks up a stalker…a dangerous one. When his make-up doesn’t hide the bruising, a friend at the office jumps to conclusions and tries to cheer him up. Cecil Rochette convinces his brother Teague to give Wendell a ride in his classic car…the one Wendell has been drooling over for years. To Wendell’s shock, Teague’s behavior belies his brawny jock image. He’s kind and sweet and seems interested in him, asking Wendell on a date when the car ride is over. He even comes to his rescue when his stalker shows up. Can Wendell’s knight in shining armor truly be as wonderful as he seems? When Wendell discovers that Teague has secrets of his own, he must make a decision. Who’s the more dangerous…his stalker or his knight?

Review

I thought this was sweet. I loved the GFY aspect and the really sweet MC – Wendell. Like all of Charlie’s books, the shifting was fun and I LOVED seeing Jared again!

Very enjoyable. Best as part of the series but fine on it’s own.

4 of 5 stars

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Time to Laugh: The One that Got Away by Rhianne Aile and Madeline Urban

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Blurb: When David Carmichael suffers a migraine and then a broken shoulder, Trace Jackson, his best friend, simply moves in to take care of him. Their easy camaraderie continues with no problems until David discovers an undercurrent of heat and tension flowing between them. Despite knowing his best friend is straight, David is slowly falling in love. What he doesn’t know is that Trace is struggling with a similar discovery.
Trace has never desired another man before. He’s a ladies’ man with quite the reputation, considered a top prize around town. But his close, treasured friendship with David makes the emotion and arousal growing between them irresistible. Soothing David’s doubts, Trace makes it clear that he wants to know if they can make it work. Because Trace is sure he wouldn’t love another man — that’s not the issue. He just loves David.

Review: This is one of my favourite re-reads- there is no angst, no misunderstandings, just a humourous, sweet romance.
Trace and David have been friends for a while. David injures himself (during a migraine episode) and Trace stays to look after him. David is gay and during his recuperation time, he is slowly falling for his straight friend. Trace, for his part, is beginning to see David in another (more sexually attractive) light. The men slowly realise that they could be more than friends and go for it. There are some funny scenes, especially with Mabel, Trace’s cat and the poker game ☺
This is not a deep book, just entertaining, so just enjoy it for the feel good read it is.

3.75 stars out of 5

 

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Recent Release: A Human, a Merman, and the Unexpected by Charlie Richards

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http://www.extasybooks.com/charlie-richards/978-1-4874-1928-8-a-human-a-merman-and-the-unexpected/

Blurb

Beneath the Deep: After succumbing to a merman’s charms, a human must learn how to deal with the unexpected consequences.
Tran Poleman has been fighting his attraction to the merman Garan Vermidian for many months. He’s watched his best friends, Wayne and Easton, succumb to the mating pull and bond with mermen. They seem happy, and while Tran wants a little of that for himself, he doesn’t trust this bond the mermen call Adelfi Psychi—soul mates. He’d thought he’d found a guy that could make him happy once before. It had ended with Tran in the hospital, fearing for his life. How could he put his life, his heart, in the hands of another? Still, Garan is kind and charming and persistent. Tran’s resolve weakens, and when the merman offers to do what few men have ever done—to bottom for him—Tran gives in. After waking in the man’s arms, Tran runs. Wayne and Easton eventually track him down…and he learns his dalliance had unexpected consequences. Garan is pregnant. Can Tran put his past behind him? Or will he miss his chance to embrace a future full of love?

Review

This is a fun series by a very prolific paranormal writer! I admire the world building and the happy ending. There’s not a heck of a lot of story here – our guy suspects he’s meant to be bonded to a merman but he’s worried about what that would mean so he avoids it. We miss out on all the excitement and fun of finding out about mermen and the paranormal ☹ We do get to see our guy in the water and that’s always fun.

This wasn’t my favorite in the series but always enjoyable.

3 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Mason and the Dog Wrangler by CL Etta

Publisher Pride Publishing
https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/mason-and-the-dog-wrangle

Blurb
Sorrow’s grip is relentless until a rambunctious ball of fur and a handsome dog wrangler break its hold.

Four years after his partner died, leaving him to raise their daughter alone, Mason Ford still grieves his loss. Resigned to devoting his life to their little Nik, Mason goes through his days exhausted by the nightmares that keep him from sleeping. When he and Nik meet Jeremy Coulter, dog wrangler extraordinaire, their cozy world is upended. Mason’s attraction to the exuberant man with the teasing smile is unfamiliar and frightening, while Nik’s easy camaraderie with Jeremy is instantaneous.

When Jeremy saves Nik’s life, Mason wonders if he has fallen for the much younger man or are his feelings nothing more than obligation? Is it possible that love at first sight is real

Review
I’m not really sure how I feel about this story. It all seemed so convenient. There is only 39 pages for the author to convey the depth of Mason’s grief and how meeting Jeremy impacts on his and his daughter’s life. It’s been four years since his partner’s death but it reads as though Mason has depression rather than grief. Jeremy is quite a character. He seems to be able to relate well with children and animals, especially dogs. He is immediately attracted to Mason and pursues him. Everything from this point moves at quite a pace and I think the story would have benefited from being a little longer. I’m not convinced by how quick the relationship between them develops and changes. Nice short story though.

3 of stars out of 5


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