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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Fast-paced and entertaining romantic suspense!

Chip and Riley's story is a lot of fun to listen to. Maybe "fun" isn't the right word because this story features teenage girls being taken advantage of, drugs, kidnappings and extortion. Aside from that the story is full of chemistry that appears to be a slow simmering seduction.

The two main characters meet when both are in disguise trying to close down an operation that takes advantage of runaway girls. They meet again quite some time later as themselves when they are thrown into a partnership to retrieve the kidnapped wife of a senator. The time inbetween left them curiously wondering about each other. And thus the foreplay begins. Of course it isn't all about sexual tension. The two repeatedly find themselves in dodgy situations as they attempt to retrieve the kidnapped woman and save the day.

As for the narrative performance, I think Charles Henderson Norman does a stellar job for the men in the story. He has a wonderful deep voice that is quite appropriate for the Alpha men in this book. He just doesn't quite work for the women though.

Overall I enjoyed the fast paced nature of this book. It was easy to listen to and quite entertaining.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Great start to a paranormal romance series!

This book meets all your expectations for a paranormal romance. It is entertaining, intense, quite fast paced and easy to listen to. It has mating bonds, violence, strong characters, alphas and enforcers, packs and so on. But there are also softer elements to balance the story, including family, babies, and romance. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Vanessa, though not referred to as an alpha female, is a fighter and unafraid of defending herself and family when required. Despite Travis being an alpha of his pack, he supports her right to fight for herself.

The author introduces us to lots of interesting support characters. As this is a series, I am hopeful we may encounter some of them again, especially if they get their own stories. I am certainly looking forward to the rest of the series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Loved It!

The fourth book in Rachelle Ayala's Hart Family series is full of surprises. In true Rachelle style, the story touches on some difficult topics including sexual predators targeting underage individuals, aspergers syndrome and teenage pregnancies. But also in true Rachelle style, there is a wonderful HEA that focuses on family and love.

Being the fourth book, the listener has visited with the Hart family before. Previous to this story you get the sense that Cait is tolerated more than appreciated by her large family. And Brian is distant. Their marriage is most definitely on the rocks.

This book is about facing the past, tearing down walls and reconnecting. To do that, Cait and Brian face some real challenges, including a major accident, two lost dogs, a runaway boy, a myriad of secrets from the past, death and loss, and a kidnapping. But there is nothing quite like the Hart Family to stick together when times get tough.

I was a little nervous about whether I would enjoy this book because the two main characters didn't seem very likeable in previous books. But I am happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed their story and romance.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Regency modern romance - funny, smelly and

A little fairy godmother magic, a little time travel, a little romance, a little humour... that is the general essence of this book.

Catherine is a 40 year old woman and mother of two teenagers. She has recently suffered two life-altering changes to her life, the loss of her mother and being divorced from her cheating husband. Circumstances find her going to Bath alone for the 2 week Christmas market where she meets Chris. They share a lot of interests but most importantly both have been selected to travel through time to Regency Bath.

I really enjoyed how Audrey Harrison is unapologetically realistic in her depiction of Regency England. Most Regency romances paint a rosy picture. Audrey is all about the muck filled roads, metal patten shoes to traverse the muck, body odour under layers of clothing, extremely heavy sauces to mask food that was off, wood and bristle tooth brushes, and so on. Despite the reality of the situation, there is plenty of romance and even a little bit of Regency style kidnapping and intrigue involved.

And what do you get when you toss a modern woman into historical England? Well, she isn't a wilting flower and certainly stands up for herself and her friends. Personally I like strong, yet vulnerable, female characters.

Audrey Harrison delivers the promised HEA with plenty of fun and entertainment on the journey there.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

The plot thickens....

This series is quite interesting. There is a tribe of half breed dragons who has been rejected by the pure breed dragons. Until they find their mate, these half breeds are weak and ill. This is the fifth book in the series, and it is time for Blane to find his mate.

As you can imagine, a paranormal story this short has a pretty standard structure. The couple meet, there is an issue with them coming together that they must resolve, one or both are saved from certain death and then they become an official mated pair. Rather than messing with a working structure, the author, Sarah J. Stone, puts a lot of effort into the details that make each story unique. Firstly the books really function on two levels, the micro-level focusing on the couple and the macro-level focusing on the tribe. The human mate always has some pretty insurmountable personal issues to deal with. In this case it is an aggressive form of cancer. Simultaneously the tribe has to continue to live amicably within Stratham while facing their enemies, led by the dragon council. These are macro-issues that essentially tie the whole series together.

Blane's story is sweet. The alpha female of the tribe is in labour at the hospital when Blane scents his very ill mate. They need to face each other and help each other grow stronger in their bond. Meanwhile, the assassins sent by the council in a precious book continue to target the tribe. At the same time more supernatural creatures are congregating in Stratham, attracted by the tribe's power. Clearly the larger war between good and evil is brewing under the surface.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Murder, Mayhem, Technology, Suspense and Romance

There is a lot going on in this book. Clearly the author, Rachelle Ayala, doesnt believe in slowly building the plot. The story accelerates almost from the beginning, though the first chapter does feel a little confusing. As the various pieces slot into place, the numerous story threads weave into a complex tapestry that included murder, mayhem, technology, family drama, romance and heaps of suspense.

Rachelle Ayala's characters are never one dimensional. She gives each a back story as well as real issues and challenges that make them stronger yet more vulnerable and easier to relate to. It is easy to tell that she does considerable research to put together a piece of romantic fiction steeped in supportive facts, whether it is information about fostering, technical jargon or the type of cuisine the characters are eating.

I enjoyed the fast, complex nature of this story and look forward to more books in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The Much Anticipated 4th Instalment to the Series!

First of all, this is the fourth book in the series and is best enjoyed with prior knowledge of the plot. If you haven't read or heard the previous books in order, please experience them first. I promise it will be worth it!!

The Darkest of Dreams literally picks up where the previous book ends. Finn is dead by Talvi's hand and Talvi is in prison. Annika is at the centre of this complex twist in the plot and the Marinossian family and friends are shattered at the loss of the two men. For her protection, a broken-hearted Annika is sent home to the US with two Palladin guards. And now my typing fingers are tied because I do not want to give anything away!

Needless to say, readers and listeners can count on Emigh Cannaday to write a thoroughly enjoyable, complex, dark, sexy and well thought story. This book does not disappoint! What it does is leave the audience gasping for more!

As for Nick Cracknell's performance, it is in a league of its own. He literally puts the audience in the scene as though the listener is witness to the events. Each character, regardless of how seemingly insignificant, is brought to life with exquisite dedication.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Setting the stage for a dark paranormal saga

This is a long, detailed, dark, dramatic introduction to what feels like an paranormal saga. The main characters, Tierney and Max, are 20 something year olds who are coming into their dragons. As children they escaped a lethal attack on their village, in a different realm, that wiped out their people except for a few. On Earth they are highly trained PIs, hiding and searching for their enemies. They may think they are safe but things are about to spiral out of control.

There is a lot going on in this book. There are shifters and weres, dragons and druids, magic and fated mates but also abuse, torture and violence. While most of the story is dedicated to familiarizing the reader/listener to the complexities of this fictional world, there is a lot of potential carefully created for the next book. Darkness is brewing and the battle between good and evil feels like it is on the verge of happening.

Mostly I did enjoy this book. I did find it a little confusing as the various plot lines twisted and warped. I think the series plot has a lot of potential and I look forward to the next book in the series

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Feel-good, laugh-out-loud contemporary romances!

This series is delightful. The stories are short, quirky, quick-paced and heavy on the feel-good factor. I particularly like how many of the characters have back stories and each book is almost like a snapshot of the poignant moments when their relationship took on a romantic flavour.

Elise Sax and Angie Hickman make a good pair. Elise creates funny characters and puts them in funny, and sometimes awkward, situations. Angie breathes life into the characters, giving their thoughts and words voice.

I have really enjoyed all five of the books. My only complaint is that I wish they were longer. Each story is so funny and I could happily enjoy more humourous moments!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Dark, dramatic tussle between good and evil!

This audiobook is the first three books in the Circle of Blood series. While these books fall in the paranormal romance genre, that category does not do it justice. The stories are action packed, dramatic and dark with a bit of suspense and magic thrown in for good measure.

Through the centuries 6 vampires have been created by the demon, Bael. These 6 vampires are his greatest failures and the start of his end. There is prophecy that a council of 13 will put an end to Bael's darkness and destruction. As the time approaches for Bael's end, the world goes into chaos and from this chaos emerge the mates of these 6 vampires. Each book focuses on 1 specific vampire finding and claiming his or her mate. In the meantime the growing coven of vampires must battle their enemy.

The overall theme of the series is the age-old tussle between good and evil, dark and light, so on. However not all darkness is evil and vampires, while creatures of the night, are not evil, bloody sucking, night walkers. Well, they are actually bloody-sucking night walkers and they were created by evil. But what they really represent is what happens to evil when it is intercepted by love and recreated into something new.

I like that the books are all connected. While the romance in each story is complete, the larger theme is given equal emphasise and transcends the limits of a single book. There is always a suggestion of what might happen next and I am certainly looking forward to reading or listening to how the plot continues. So far the series has taken us from New Orleans to Damascus and then to Haiti. Where will the characters go next? And assuming that the original 6 members plus their 6 mates are part of the Council of 13, where will the 13th member come from? All questions I am eagerly awaiting the answers for!

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