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review 2017-10-20 02:24
When in doubt blame it on the cookies...
A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood,R. Scott Smith

 

I've been wanting to read or listen on audio as was the case here to something by this author for quite a while now. So when I saw 'A Forced Silence' on audio and Scott R. Smith was the narrator. I was intrigued a new to me author and a new to narrator. This was going to be an adventure and I was looking forward to it.

 

Unfortunately my adventure turned out to be not so epic. 'A Forced Silence' had so much potential for me...enemies to lovers, coming out and second chances I was ready. Adam Carson and Sam McKenna went to school together. Adam tormented Sam and made his school years miserable. But that was years ago and both men have changed. Sam's out and Adam's firmly ensconced in the closet, but somehow these two men find themselves drawn to each other and a relationship begins.

 

While the story itself appealed to me it was Adam and Sam and the overall dynamics of the relationship that just didn't work for me. I really didn't feel the connection between them and their banter not only didn't work for me, but at times I was actually a bit put off by their interactions. Overall as a couple these two guys just didn't work for me.

 

Add in the fact that while for the most part the narration was ok, there were times that it lacked the consistency that I really appreciate in an audio book. At times I just couldn't hear enough distinction between some of the voices and it left my brain scrambling to catch up and figure out who was speaking which tended to yank me out of the story. 

 

I'm not sure if it was the just the story that wasn't working for me or the narrator or a combination of both...so, while I'll definitely give try something else by this author and the narrator as well...just maybe, not at the same time.

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review 2017-10-19 23:39
Trevan & Landry on audio...I'ma happy, happy girl...
Mine - Mary Calmes

It's literally been years since I read this story and by years I mean 2012 when it was first released. I devoured this one. Absolutely loved every word of it. It's without a doubt my favorite standalone story by Mary Calmes. I can't even really point to any specific reason why I enjoyed it as much as I did but I did and that's all that matters to me. 

 

Having said all that I have to admit I was a little nervous about listening to the audio...I mean what if I didn't like it as much as I remembered? What if I didn't like the narrator? It's not Tristan James or Greg Tremblay and for this author these are first choices for narrator or Sean Crisden he usually does a fairly good job when it comes to Mary Calmes audiobooks...seriously I've had this one on my audio wishlist for quite some time now but I finally decided that I was going to bite the bullet and get this one. I'm a grown-up, if it doesn't work I can handle a little disappointment...I wouldn't cry...to much...honest. 

 

So I did it, I bought the audio...cue the sound...and breath a sigh of relief because it was ok. I still absolutely love this story, it's a favorite and while the narrator was a new to me narrator. I was not disappointed. Caleb Dickinson did justice to this near and dear to my heart story and it was definitely a listening experience that I look forward to revisiting.

 

My other motive for revisiting this story is this is the first story in which we meet 'Conrad Harris' guardian angle and friend to Trevan and then we meet him again in 'A Day Makes' but at the end of October with the release of 'Late In the Day' we are given his story or at least a whole lot more of it, so I wanted to refresh my memory and what better way to do that than to revisit the early days and now that I've revisited 'A Day Makes' and 'Mine' on audio...I am so ready for more Conrad Harris.

 

Mary Calmes never fails to delight me with her stories and I am so looking forward to more Conrad Harris and if he made a visit to check up on Trevan and Landry along the way that would make for a nice slice of reading happiness for me, so I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope but either way I have little doubt that I'm going to enjoy this one as much as I have previous stories.

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review 2017-09-26 17:07
Well I didn't see that coming...
A Reason To Believe - Diana Copland,Jack LeFleur

So yesterday I decided I wanted to listen to an audio book just for me and not for any other reason than I wanted to listen to it and this was what I picked and really all I can say is..."Damn, sometimes I make the best choices."

 

I've had this one on my radar for ages and I have to admit I've put it off for a while now mostly because the murder victim in this one is a young child and I admit it, not a fan. I have child of my own and yes, he's now an adult in his 30s but he was young once. Just like the child in this story so mostly my heartstrings weren't up to being tugged on that hard but for whatever reason I decided I was going to bite the bullet on this one and I was honestly surprised with how much I liked this.

 

I think a big reason that this worked for me and didn't bother me the way I had thought it would was because the actual murder didn't occur on page and we are only fed details in small amounts throughout the book and none of it ever felt excessively graphic...truthfully the part that was the biggest sucker punch for me was the name of the child's mother...you see her name was Karen...yeah, that one made me gasp a little but the woman had to have a name right?

 

I've always been a fan of msytery/thriller stories and this one was awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed it but add in a solid romance and I was in story heaven. I really enjoyed the balance between mystery and romance in this story and loved how well it all worked.

 

Matthew Bennett is a detective and he doesn't believe in ghost until the spirit of the murdered little girl he's sent to investigate shows him where to find her body...well, needless to say Matt's not so sure that ghost don't exist and when is best friend drags him to meet renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick, Matt's world is about to get turned inside out as the two men begin to discover their mutual attraction all while working together to find out who killed the child who's ghost is haunting their every step and why? 

 

While Diana Copland isn't a new to me author and I've enjoyed her other books that I've read this one really tops the list for me and once again I got to enjoy a new audio book narrator whose name is Jack LeFleur. I was more than a little impressed with this narrator. I loved his voices they were distinct, emotionally expressive and I cannot tell a lie I loved Kiernan's voice it was perfect with just enough accent to make me think Irish but not leaving me wondering what he saying...yep, Kiernan's voice totally worked for me and overall I was definitely impressed with this narrator and will be keeping an eye out for more audiobooks with his name attached.

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review 2017-09-26 05:18
Well that was fun!
Just Like Cats and Dogs - B.A. Tortuga,Joe Formichella

I've read more than a book or two by B.A. Tortuga but 'Just Like Cats and Dogs' is my first shifter book by this author and 'damn, what was I thinking?' I loved this book. It was fun and entertaining and there was a story here...a serious kept me interested story.

 

Sam's a feline shifter who grew up in a family of wolves...I know that right there tells you this is not your usual shifter story, right? If you're thinking poor Sam never stood a chance at fitting in you've pretty well nailed it, but in spite of that Sam's got family. His momma loves him, his brother Grey (who happens to be a wolf shifter and by the way Grey's blind) loves him, his sister Helena (and I apologize if I got this name wrong, I suck with names) anyways, Helena's got the heart and spirit of a wolf...she just can't shift and then there's Gus...Gus who is Sam's best friend's brother and the bane of Sam's existence or at least he was when they were younger  but things have changed. Sam's all grown up and somehow Gus just can't stop noticing.

 

I just loved, loved, loved these two their snark and banter was simply adorable and at times hilariously funny...

"Hey Puss."

"Yeah Pup." 

That's right this is how these two talked to each other...only better...way better!

 

I was totally taken with these two from the word go. I loved how Gus wanted to take care of Sam, once he accepted that Sam was his mate he was willing to do whatever it took to get his mate back and then to make a life where Sam could belong...where Sam was truly part of the pack. Didn't matter what you could shift into or who you were if you weren't willing to run with Sam you could move on and you truly have to read the story to understand just how important this is and why. 

 

One of my other favorite things about this story was the fact that whether they were in their animal or human form these shifters retained a lot of their characteristics. Sam likes tuna it doesn't matter whether he's a human or a cat...he likes his tuna. Gus likes his steak and he's got a sweet tooth, but not Sam. Sam doesn't do sweet can't really taste it but give him salty and he's all in. Sam likes to groom his mate...he's a cat right and we all know how fastidious cats are when it comes to grooming. There are all these little quirky things that are a part of their character and I just loved that they were a part of the person no matter what their form was. It worked and at times just added to the humor of the story. 

 

Every now and then more than anything else I enjoy a story that makes me laugh and I mean that in a good way. This one made me laugh in that 'oh my god this is so precious, I can't believe it' way and not in the 'why the hell am I reading this book?' way. I think of all the shifter books I've read this one is definitely one of my favorites and seriously what could be more fun than a litter of pups...I know a litter of pups with a cute kitten thrown in?  

 

Joe Formichella was the narrator for this story and while B.A. Tortuga isn't a new to me author this is a new to me narrator and for this story overall I really liked the narrator's voice. He used this laid back easy drawl that overall just really worked and while there were a few instances when I felt the narration getting a bit stilted, luckily it never lasted long enough to really distract me from the story and that slow easy drawl of his just really seemed suited to the characters in this book. For me it just worked really, really well and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Sam and Gus and can't wait to see what's in store for this series...and yeah, I freely admit I'm probably going to hold out for the audio it was just a whole load of fun having this story read to me...what can I say we all need to indulge our inner child from time to time. 

 

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An audio book of  'Just Like Cats and Dogs' was graciously provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-01 03:51
This one's definitely a little bit on me...
Wanted, A Gentleman - K.J. Charles

I was really looking forward to this one. I've heard some really good things about KJ Charles and I've only had the chance to read a couple of short stories by this author but I admit I really liked them. My only reservation here was that the stories a historical and that's not always a winning genre for me but when I like it I usually really, really love it...Joanna Chambers' 'Enlightenment' series...love it! J.L. Hawk's Griffin and Whyborne series...again love it! And that's about it for me and historical books in the M/M genre so...I'm a pretty tough sell in this area.

 

Even though I didn't feel totally wowed with this one. I found a lot of stuff in this one. I like the pacing of the story. Both Martin and Theodore were both likable and interesting characters. The story was definitely interesting and while it wasn't what I would call riveting, it definitely held my attention.  

 

'Wanted a Gentleman' takes place during the early 1800's in England. Theodore runs a local paper called the Matrimonial Advertiser and needless to say the name of his paper pretty much says it all. It's the 1800's version of 'OkCupid' or 'Match.com' open a profile or in this case place an add and see what happens. It's also the perfect way for lovers to pass messages back and forth as Theo finds out when a rather irate Martin appears in his offices one day demanding information about a certain add. Martin St. Vincent is a freeman and a respected merchant who is in search of a young lady at the request of her parents. He's determined to find the girl and return her home before anything untoward should happen to her and if this means conscripting a less than willing Theo to aide him...so be it.

 

While Theo at times appears to be a less than willing participant in this grand chase, his reasons are not readily apparent and as their journey progresses Theo's reluctance seems to fade at time but it's the reasons for his reluctance that may end things between these two men before they truly get a chance to begin. 

 

For me this was  one of those times when I just didn't fully connect the story and really haven't been able to fully define why. But I did find that there were two things about this audio book that definitely contributed to holding my attention and making me want to hear the entire story. 

 

The first was the authors writing style. I liked it and found that I'm definitely open to the idea of reading more of their books...of which I thankfully have several.  One of the things that will put me off of an historical novel really quickly is when the author's writing doesn't feel like it fits the period that they're writing about and for me that was not a problem with this story as it was the authors writing style that drew me in allowed me to envision the setting and time frame effortlessly.

 

The other thing that worked incredibly well for me was the the narration of Greg Patmore. I felt that he did a wonderful job of capturing both the voices of the characters and the time in which they lived as much as the authors writing style Mr. Patmore's delivery of this story was a big plus in getting and holding my interest. 

 

'Wanted a Gentleman' may have only been a 3 star audio book for me but as well as entertaining me for nearly 5 hrs, it was also a pleasant reminder that I have yet another talented author whose books need more of my attention and it introduced me to a new narrator that definitely bares further investigation...so all in all it's a 3 star book that did it's job well.

 

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An audio book of 'Wanted, A Gentleman' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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