AudioBook Chat: Ghost by A. Zavarelli

30795672Narrated by: Tracy Marks
Listening Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes

AMAZON | AUDIBLE

Talia.
I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away.
Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged.
Nothing scares me anymore.
Until him.
He makes the numbness go away.
He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers.
A gilded prison.
A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to.
He thinks he’s caged me, but soon…
I’m going to fly.

Alexei.
I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
Expectations.
She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything.
She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes.
What she can’t know is that I see her better than most.
She wants to fly.
But I’m going to clip her wings.
And make her my wife.


Teresa:

This is the third book in the Boston Underworld series and it’s just as amazing as the previous books.  We were introduced to Alexei in the other two books and I was definitely curious about him.

Both Talia and Alexei are quite damaged having endured horrors, first at the hands of their mothers and then later, in Talia’s case, at the hands of men that saw her as nothing but property.  Despite their different lives, at the end of the day, they are both looking for love and acceptance.  Their journey was not an easy one but it made for a great read.

Once again Tracy Marks did an outstanding job narrating.  She’s amazing with the male voice and with the accents (both the Irish and the Russian).  I had already read the book but it was a pleasure listening to it.

Without any hesitation, I gave Ghost five stars.

Carrie:

I was definitely curious about Alexei since he was introduced in the first book. He just stays in his house. After reading book 2, I thought Talia was kind of rude but this one really lets us know what she went through and how she became who she is now. Or at least why she felt she needed to act a certain way.

I have listened to all three book on audio and I have loved them all. As  you said, T, Tracy Marks is wonderful with the accents. I think I would recommend these as audiobooks before reading the actual book.

I love this series and gave this book five stars.

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

AudioBook Chat: Baby I’m In by Ciana Stone

Baby I'm InNarrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Listening Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins

AMAZON | AUDIBLE

Love was the last thing on Kyle Stader’s mind. He’d found and lost that once and he wasn’t about to ever let himself feel that kind of hurt again. So, when Liz Redgate shows up in Cotton Creek, he might find himself interested, but it darn sure isn’t going to go anywhere except maybe the bedroom.

Liz is an enigma. A woman who can handle a thoroughbred race horse better than half a dozen experienced jockeys, and one who is keeping secrets. Like why that thoroughbred horse won’t run for anyone but her. Those secrets may make her more appealing but also make her dangerous.

Unfortunately, Kyle’s no novice to danger, and is a sucker for a mystery. Things are about to get interesting again in Cotton Creek.


Carrie

This is book 3 of a series called Honky Tonk Angels. I didn’t know the name of the series (or maybe I just forgot) but I think that is an important thing to know when going into this book. I suspected all kinds of things as I was listening but I was always wrong.

The narrator did a wonderful job but honestly that wasn’t the voice I would have used in my head had I been reading the book.

I gave this one 4 stars.

What did you think, T?

Teresa

As Carrie mentioned above, this is the third book in a series and I will admit that it went totally against my OCD to read it out of sequence.  The good news is that I survived this and that I enjoyed the book.

I enjoyed the intrigue in this story.  It kept me guessing and like Carrie, I kept guessing wrong.  There was definitely an event in the story that I did not see coming.

Unlike Carrie, I enjoyed the narrator a lot.  I thought his voice was perfect for a southern guy who owns a ranch.  I’ve never actually met a cowboy but in my head, that’s what a cowboy sounds like.

I also gave this 4 stars.

 Carrie

The narrator had a real cowboy accent and everything. (Not that I know any cowboys….) I just imagine all my fictional men with deep voices.

Teresa

Also, I forgot to mention that I loved the horses.  I’m a sucker for animals.  I especially like the scene where she’s dancing with the horse *sigh*.

AudioBook Chat: Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann

undeniably20you20-20ebookNarrated by: Tracy Marks
Listening Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins

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One crazy dog—one awkward vet—one naked pool guy—and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate.

Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who.

When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.”

Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not—the pool guy.

Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word.

The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough.

A standalone Contemporary Romance novel!


Teresa:

I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. I loved the story.  I loved the narrator.  I loved the characters. I loved the dog. I loved everything about it. It was a total roller coaster ride for me.  I laughed and I cried. There were plenty of funny moments, sexy moments and angsty moments.

A few times in this book I was kind of mad at Sydney.  Ok. I was very mad at Sydney. But, I still loved her, even through my anger.  As for Lautner, damn!  He is one of my favourite book boyfriends.  He is attractive, smart and the sweetest man EVER!!!

At first I was a little annoyed when Sydney kept referring to Lautner’s blue eyes as “blue irises”.  But as I kept listening I found myself getting a kick out of it.  Picture this if you can,  me driving in my car listening to this audiobook and every time she said “blue irises” I repeated it out loud.  By the end of the book I think I was yelling it out.  I’m sure other drivers thought I might’ve lost my mind. LOL

I easily gave Undeniably You five very shiny stars.

Carrie:

I also give this book 5 stars. The whole story really had me feeling the feels. The narrator did very well and I plan to see what other books she has done.

Lautner is such a good guy and Sydney gets to travel everywhere being a house sitter. How awesome does that sound? I am kind of jealous to be honest.

The first time they meet is very memorable for me. Like Teresa, I got annoyed with Sydney at times. I wanted to just yell at her. Maybe shake her a bit. Maybe cop of feel of Lautner.

Lautner’s eyes are blue. He has blue eyes. His eyes are a very vibrant blue. We get it already! lol I know what the author was going for. Sydney was mesmerized by his eyes but I wonder if she got paid for saying ‘blue’ or ‘eyes’ or ‘irises’ as many times as possible.

Another plus is this book is a standalone. How often does this happen in romance nowadays? Even books that start out as standalone get so much love they end up a series.

I do reccomend reading/listening to this book!

Teresa:

How can I forget to mention the cover?!  Can I just sit and stare at it for a while?  That man has the sexiest back.  Just sayin’.

Carrie:

Right?! Some of the other editions have a chick on the front instead of this man with the sexy back.

Note:  A copy of the audiobook was provided by the narrator through Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest opinion.

Audioboook Chat: Let It Be Me by Barbara Speak

Let It Be Me

Narrated by:  Lauren Sweet
Listening Length:  10 hrs and  50 mins

AMAZON  | AUDIBLE

Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.

Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he’s forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.

The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.


Carrie:

I gave this audiobook 4 stars. I really liked Arianna and Canyon. They both had a past to deal with that was affecting how they lived in the present. I also think Lauren Sweet did a good job reading the book. However… the tone of voice that she used for the other women as well as Arianna’s little sister was devastating to my ears. As I went through the book I eventually acclimated but at first I had to sometimes just take a break from listening.

Teresa:

Like Carrie, I gave this audiobook 4 stars.  I can’t imagine anyone not liking Arianna and Canyon.  ESPECIALLY Canyon!  The story grabbed me right from the beginning with a good amount of suspense.  It was obvious that both the main characters had suffered through some major stuff that lead them both to where they were meant to be.

I also liked the narrator, Lauren Sweet.  That said, I agree with Carrie, the voice that she used for Arianna’s little sister Shelby was a bit grating at first but eventually I was ok with it, probably because I liked the character.

I am now looking forward to listening to the follow up book Let It Be Us to find out where Arianna and Canyon go next.

Carrie:

Shelby was a super sweet and very smart girl. I want to comment on something that happened in the book that was completely unbelievable but I can’t give any spoilers. Luckily I have the sense to know this is a romance book so anything goes!

Also I do like to stare at this cover… I may have stared at it a couple times just while I was typing this. *eyebrow waggle*

Teresa:

Ah yes!  How can I not mention the cover?  Two words:  YES, PLEASE!

 

 

Note:  A copy of the audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.

AudioBook Chat: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

24903031Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Listening Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins

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Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.


Carrie:

My very first audio book was Covet by J.R. Ward and I did not enjoy it. (That is my fault. I had borrowed it from the library via Overdrive and I didn’t realize my phone had put all the parts on shuffle and I was so confused as I listened.)

Anyway, since then I have listened to many audio books and I really enjoy them. I was still a bit scared to start this once since I love the BDB and didn’t want to have that diminished in any way.

Guess what? I LOVED IT!

At first I was like, “Why is a fella narrating this?” but T informed me that he narrated all the BDB books. Then I really got into it. The story was wonderful and I loved hearing Butch’s accent.

The way the narrator said some lines just really made me laugh. (in parts I was supposed to laugh but him saying it made it even better I thought). I laughed quite a bit at this book and I cannot WAIT for the next book in the series.

Teresa:

You’ve all heard the saying “so many books, so little time”.  This is something I often lament.  Because of this, I’ve started listening to audio books that I haven’t read yet so that I can attempt to get through some of the books on my TBR,  as opposed to just listening as a way to “reread” old favourites.

I was dying to read Blood Kiss and finally just decided to get the audio book to put me out of my misery.  I am so glad I did.  I absolutely loved this book.  I love the narrator, Jim Frangione.  I’ve listened to him read another BDB book and love his voice.

The story was new and different. A new generation for us to enjoy. It was great to meet new characters to the BDB Universe as well as visit with old friends.  My only complaint:  no Wrath. 😦  (In case you didn’t know, I am most definitely a Wrath girl.)

Blood Kiss gets 5 stars from me.  I look forward to more in this spin off series.

Carrie:

I definitely give this one 5 stars. I wanted to read this when it was first released but things (books!) kept getting in the way.

It can be difficult listening to a book I haven’t already read. I have to pay way more attention to what is happening. That being said, I want to go back and listen to all the BDB books on audio.

As with the story, so many changes have happened and I like that. It would be boring if everything stayed the same in every book.

Since this is the first in the spin-off series, we didn’t have many POV switches because we don’t have so many people we are trying to keep up with.

Teresa:

I agree C! There has to be progress.  Everything cannot stay the same in every book.  As for listening to all the BDB, that’s going to be costly. LOL

Oh! Did I mention how hot Craeg is?!

Carrie:

Time consuming, yes! But worth it. I super like the narrator.

Indeed he is. It is worth mentioning as often as you’d like. We do love these fighters!

Mouthwatering Cover Monday

We have all heard the saying Don’t judge a book by its cover. It is a good saying and a good rule to live by.

However…!

These ten sports covers definitely have our mouths watering (in no particular order).

Between the two of us, we have read all of them.

Check them out on Goodreads:

Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Bennett
Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen
Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting
Taking Shots (Assassins #1) by Toni Aleo
The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland
The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
The Friend Zone (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan
The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1) by Jaci Burton
The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy
Under the Spotlight (In the Zone #4) by Kate Willoughby

AudioBook Chat: Easy Love by Kristen Proby

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Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
Listening Length: 7 hours and 44 minutes

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Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?


 

Teresa:

This is one of those books where I actually hadn’t read it yet. [Note: for those that don’t know, I usually only listen to books that I’ve already read and would like to reread.] This one had been on my to read list for a while but when I saw that SebYo was narrating, I was on that like a pig in…well, you know what I mean. 🙂

I enjoyed the book.  I liked the story and I liked all the characters.  The only thing that left me scratching my head was the female narrator using an accent for the characters (quite well I might add) but SebYo didn’t use an accent at all.  I know SebYo doesn’t have to use an accent because his voice is like BUTTAH, but it was a bit odd.

I gave this book 4 stars.  I enjoyed it and already got the next book in the series set up in my queue.

 

Carrie:

I liked the book overall. I was excited that this book had SebYo as a narrator. T and I often talk about getting audiobooks solely because Sebastian York (lovingly called SebYo by us) is the narrator.

Rachel Fulginiti did amazing with the voices and the accents.

I agree with T wholeheartedly though…SebYo totally dropped the ball on an accent.  I have a husband from Louisiana and it upset me probably more than it should have the way he pronounced certain words.

That being said, SebYo is still my number 1 narrator.

I also gave this audiobook 4 stars.

Book Chat: Some of our favourite books of 2015

In 2015 we continued to be book besties but we added something new.  We decided to set up a book club.  We’d tried this before but it didn’t work because we read at different speeds and different times of the day and night.  We also added others to our “book club”.  Stella, Debbie and even Alyssa (T’s second born).

We decided to make it a bit more structured.  We set a number of chapters to read each day and then discussed them.  Of course, there are times when we NEEDED to add more chapters in a day and we were pretty accommodating to these needs. (Sometimes we read too far because we just couldn’t put the book down and had to admit our weakness to the others in the group.)

Here is a list of some of our favourite books of 2015, in no particular order:

Ugly Love Grey KingInsider Truth or Beard Play It SafeNever Seduce a Scot Tyrant Mugs of LoveBefore We Were Strangers Cocky Bastard DebtThe Air He Breathes Pucked Up Marley
And, last but not least, a YA novel that is a remake of some classic fairytales:
Scarlet

We are looking forward to all the books we’ll be reading in 2016!