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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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text 2017-09-26 17:00
Reading progress update: I've listened 234 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

"Hulu Plus: Good for criminals."

 

Night Vale's community radio has excellent targeted advertising. This commercial is aimed directly at Diane, who is currently hiding in her boss's office after snooping around in her computer.

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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 2017-09-26 04:33
Sometimes we just can't like everyone...
All In (Dreamspun Desires Book 38) - Ava Drake

'All In' is the third book in Ava Drake's 'Wild Card's' series and the 38th book in Dreamspinner's 'Dreamspun Desires' and I have to admit I wasn't exactly 'all in' on this one.

 

I liked the story line well enough. Zane Stryker is a fashion model who's career is on the downslide now that he's fast approaching 30 and with his return to New York he's hoping to score some runway jobs that will fund his retirement. What he's not hoping for is what happens and that's getting detained at customs with a suitcase devoid of his clothes and containing contraband of unknown origins and  a handsome but strange man demanding that he trust him if Zane wants to get out of the mess he's suddenly found himself in.

 

Sebastian Gigoni is retired British Special Forces and when he's asked to retrieve Zane and the contraband suitcase from the airport what he doesn't count on is the complications that are involved...things like trying to figure out where Zane's loyalties lie and what to do with the attraction that seems to be developing between the two men. 

 

At just over 6 hours of listening time this story moved right along and as I said I liked the story. I actually really liked Sebastian too. He was a bit of a mystery man and much to Zane's disappointment not the gullible fool that Zane needed him to be and for some reason that I couldn't fathom he seemed to be attracted to Zane and there you have it...the fly in my ointment...Zane. 

 

In a nutshell I did not like Zane. I found him to be shallow, self absorbed and just generally full of himself. I honestly had no clue what Sebastian saw in him and try as I might I never really felt the connection between these two men. So while the story worked for me and I enjoyed  it the relationship between these two pretty much tanked.

 

While 'All In' was my first book by this author when it comes to the narrator this is not our first dance at the rodeo...John Solo was the narrator for this one and from the audio side of things it was solid. I liked his voices for the characters, they were solid and I got the clarity and emotional expression that I enjoy in an audio book. But still even this just did not help me to like Zane. 

 

I admit it maybe I was just being a cranky pants when I listened to this one and another time I might like Zane, but in all honestly I doubt it. Zane's just not my cuppa' and I don't honestly see that changing any time soon.

 

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An audio book of 'All In' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-26 00:33
Even with romance thrown in, fishing just doesn't do it for me...
Breaking the Ice (States of Love) - Tali Spencer
Tag Team Review with Sara!

3.5 HEARTS
--Ice Fishing.



I knew of it, but this book is definitely an ode to the sport.

Let me tell you something. I'm the least sports appreciating person you might meet. And sadly, I'm surrounded by the sports people. My BFF is a fisherwoman. Like she takes joy in sitting around with live bait and catching fish any free time she can. Do I join her? Fuck no! I tune out the moment she mentions bait. So I took my fishing non-love to this book, it seems.

This book is a lot about the appreciation and dedication of the sport in a icy tundra of a Wisconsin town. That's the major selling point of this book.

Matt Wasko is small, college educated, out and proud, grandson of a revered family in his small town and works an office job in a factory. His co-workers and Matt bowl together and against each other on two teams. And other the other team is Matt's love interest, John Lutz. Lutz's team has a bunch of homophobic jerks and Lutz does nothing to shut those guys up. He joins in the lame jokes or laughs.

Matt can't stand them especially that good looking Lutz. Thankfully, he had a two week vacation away from the job and with his beloved frozen lake Winnebago. When Lutz shows up to his icy piece of heaven, it seems like Matt can't catch a break.

At the core of things, Matt is a good guy. And he can't be an asshole to anyone... even his nemesis. The thing is John isn't a bad guy, he makes poor choices and follows the crowd, so no one knows how deep he's in the closet.

The two make nice on the ice and discover shared geeky interests. But they also are attracted to each other. The romance part was cute. I thought the epilogue was a bit soon just because we don't get to spend as much time with the couple as we did with Matt. There is some hotness dropped in there. *coughs*intercrural *coughs*rimming *coughs*

The guys were cute. Lutz pulls his head out of his ass. Wasko was adorably snarky. I liked them (okay, I liked Wasko a little more) But the klutzy wooing was cute. Thank goodness, we get dual POV.

Overall, the love story is the love of Wisconsin. Never been to the state, but it read authentic.

And who doesn't love unicorn name dropping?



Recommended to readers who enjoy the ice fishing sport (or want to learn as this is chock full of info).



A copy provided for an honest review.
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