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review 2020-02-07 14:36
wonderful new series!
Heart Bandit (Gargoyle Night Guardians #1) - Rosalie Redd
*purchased copy Jan 2020* I have a *thing* for the more obscure paranormal creatures, and gargoyles are at the top of that list, since so few are written. Add in an author who is a firm favourite, and really, you can't go wrong! And I LOVED this gargoyle book! It has twists and turns, new additions to the folklore of gargoyles. It has a feisty young lady, with an old head on her shoulders. It has an old solider, with a hardened heart. It has a scorned witch, and some bad as sin fae folk who want nothing more than to destroy all the gargoyles! Beaumont (not ever shortened to Beau, so many Brownie points!) is old, and actually has had enough. Faced with his little pickpocket stealing his most precious stone, he knows that he will die if he doesn't get it back. But since meeting the feisty little thief, his attitude is changing, and maybe, just maybe, he can find it, and be happy with Sadie. I loved that Beaumont only calls Sadie her given name but once in the whole book. She's his little thief, his pickpocket, all those sorts of names. Why? He doesn't like that Sadie contains the word SAD! I was like, "oh thats so sweet!" I liked that Sadie's sister will play a huge part in another gargoyle's life, in book 2. And I wonder if the scorned witch will be making another appearence in a later book to redeem herself. Ms Redd has started a new series with a bang, and I hope to get to read them all! 5 full and shiny stars! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2020-01-20 15:28
thoroughly enjoyable listen
The Quarterback - Mackenzie Blair
Verified purchase July 2018 Usually I don't go for college aged characters, but Matt and Trevor both have old heads on their young shoulders, for very different reasons. Yes Matt comes from money, but there are strings attached. Yes Trevor has suffered after being rejected by his family, but he is pulling himself upwards now. I loved how things develop between these two! Not just how they initally get together, but how things move along between them, physically as well as emotionally. This is the first of Blair's work I've listened to, indeed, read so I would like to read or listen to more now! Greg Boudreaux narrates and the man is a MASTER at his craft! His voices for everyone are easily indentifiable when listening to multi person conversations. The reading voice Boudreaux uses is deep and even and there were no dips or bits I missed when Matt or Trevor got emotional or were thinking (a common theme, trust me!) 4 stars for the book 5 for the narration (cos, you know, Greg!) **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2020-01-07 21:30
bloody loved this audio book!
The Alpha King - Victoria Sue
Luca survived his poisoning only because a child distracted his tormentors. When Kit turns up at the choosing ceremony as a slave, Luca sees red and kills the current Alpha who was pretending to be The Alpha King. The Alpha King is a tite long since abused, but can only be held by an Alpha who has a Pure Omega as a mate. That his mate is a human MALE makes no odds to Luca, but he needs to look after the pack, ALL the packs, and having Kit as his mate will be one more difficulty he needs to overcome. I LOVED this! Luca knows he will be Alpha of a pack one day, he just has to bide his time. He never expected that Alpha title to come with a King on the end. Kit called him that, all those years ago, but he never thought anything by it. Now that Kit is in his arms, and Luca has inherited the title properly, he also comes into his powers. He didn't know about those. Kit's presence in his life, in his bed has opened a whole can of worms but Luca knows he can shut it. Kit is an unlicensed human, used to life treating him in the worst way. He knew, he always KNEW that Luca was his mate, that Luca would be the salvation for all humans and the way they were treated, he just didn't expect to actually FEEL for Luca, to fall in love with him. Both Luca and Kit have a says, in the third person. I wasn't sure Kit would for a time, since it is a way into the book before he gets his voice, so I was mighty pleased about that. It's deeply emotional in places, when Kit tells of his childhood (such as it was) and Luca talks about the future. It's violent in others when Kit is kidnapped and Luca does what he has to do to save Kit, and the consequences of that action. It is a wonderfully told story! This world is (currently) a bad place for humans, since the wolves overthrew the humans and enslaved them centuries ago. Once, the humans were the dominant species and much of their history is now lost to the winds of time, but Luca has a very industrious friend who digs up all kinds of long lost information, for both the humans AND for Luca and about the title of Alpha King and the Pure Omega who mates him. Things that are all kinds of spoilers and I'm not saying. But I also have a feeling that much more will be discovered in time that will turn a lot of things on their heads. There are a couple of characters who I would like to have either heard from here, or would like if they could have their own stories, but I'm not sure that would work, in the grand scheme of things. Sam and Asher especially, but another couple too. Joel Leslie narrates. I love Mr Leslie's work, I really do. I could listen to the man read the phone book! I cannot fault the narration! Everyone's voice fits their descriptions, each voice is clear and easily definable when in multi person conversations. Leslie's reading voice is deep and even, and I had no problem with keeping up when Leslie gets over the emotions these guys were feeling. Sometimes, I lose that, when a narrator dips their voice when the characters are emotional, but not so Leslie! I have books 2 and 3 to listen to, just as soon as I find some time. I can't wait! 5 stars for the book 5 stars for the narration too **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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