Audiobook Review: Catch Me If You Can

Author: Miss Mae

Narrators: Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Toni Attell, Robin Riker

Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Publisher: Miss Mae

Released: Nov. 11, 2016

Genre: Suspense

On an island bordering the coast of South Carolina, a convention is planned for “Catch Me” game enthusiasts. The game, designed by Stuart Harrington, wealthy businessman, is the genius behind the hottest game craze. But only ten guests are able to arrive before Brian, a category four hurricane, makes landfall. Lois Steinberg washes ashore on the beach. Amongst strangers, she has no idea who to trust and when Paul, the cook, is found murdered, events happen too eerily reminiscent of any “Catch Me” game that Stuart Harrington could ever conceive.

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Miss Mae is all about romantic mysteries. With her writing style compared to the likes of Agatha Christie, her books “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning best sellers. The novellas “Miss Penelope’s Letters”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” have received top rated five-star reviews. Her latest murder mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”, in audio format, has won the platinum award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition. Tantalizing trailers, and more information, is readily available at her website.

She’s also penned three tales in the ‘Ahoy, Mischaps!’ children’s/humor series. Book #1 is “Ahoy, Gum Drop!” followed by Book #2 “Ahoy, Out There!” with Book #3, “Ahoy, Mummy Mia!” In these slightly cracked stories, readers are introduced to a cast of intriguing, extraordinary and downright bizarre characters, accompanied by the one and only I.B. Nosey, the ‘official unofficial’ reporter. To learn more about the ‘Mischaps’ and cyberspace’s only Pukelitzer Award winning interviewer, visit ‘Feeling Nosey?’

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This is one special audiobook! The story is amazing and entertaining and the narration is spectacular in all senses of the word!

Mystery and thriller combine with little romance here and there. The plot is very well built and the characters are so unpredictable and extraordinary. Nobody is what they say there are. And that is the great part. The twists and turns kept me focused till the end.  Our main character ends up on an island by means of a hurricane. Little did she expect to be right in the middle of a murder mystery. What was supposed to be a game organized by the wealthy Stuart Harrington, becomes a crime solving quest. When bodies start to appear, everyone becomes a suspect.

All characters are unique, with a great personality. The author has created the perfect atmosphere for a thriller and has added the perfect instruments to keep the reader’s attention. I would have enjoyed the book in the written format (and keep in mind I am not such a big fan of thrillers) just as much. But the audio is not something any fan should miss.

Special effects, sounds, a lot of voices! An amazing voice acting crew gives life to Lois, Stuart, Bob, Andy and all the other participants to the action. It’s an amazing experience and it all seemed so real. I have no complains at all. This is one of the masterpieces of audios.

Without further commenting, I truly appreciated Miss Mae’s “Catch Me If You Can”. Again, this story is one that can be easily enjoyed in the written format, but the audio should not be passed at all. It’s an amazing experience and it heightens the reader’s attention to the action. Loved it and I cannot wait to read more books by Miss Mae (and listen to audiobook! ) Enjoy!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Miss Mae. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Miss Mae

  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at all. At the time I wrote “Catch Me If You Can”, I wasn’t aware that an audio could even be done. So, the book was meant for ebook and print.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • When searching for narrators/producers, I saw his profile (Roger Rittner, though he’s not a narrator. He’s the producer/director.) I clicked on his displayed sample and wow! I was floored by what I heard. Music, sound effects, women voices to “play” the female characters, male for the men. I contacted him immediately and asked if he would care to read my book. (He’s incredibly busy with producing audios -which aren’t complete in a matter of weeks. My book took two years, but the time and effort that went into it was completely worth the wait.) Anyway, I wasn’t real sure he’d want to, or have time. But he agreed, and then I held my breath in anxious expectation during the weeks while I awaited his answer.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • Extremely. Roger is very patient, and his work top-notch. After he takes on your project, it becomes his project. He selects the actors who he knows will grasp your characters personalities and will bring them to life. He answers emails in a timely manner and keeps you in the loop step-by-step.
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Yes. Like the age of the characters, things like that. But Roger himself is so naturally attuned, it’s amazing how he grasps the scenes and of how the dialogue should flow. (emotions, bitter laughs, harsh chuckles, etc.)
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Oh boy, indeed! After the US has now experienced hurricanes Harvey and Irma, my book seems even more relevant. My family went through Hugo (though we evacuated). Some folks may not remember that one, but it was also a category 5. We’d just moved to Savannah three months earlier and then along comes Hugo in September, aiming its eye dead center on us.Well, it turned at the last minute and made landfall in Charleston, SC. Yet my memories of that ordeal is reflected in this audio book, though I embellish it with a fictional plot, of course.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Good grief, yes! Every. Single. Bit. I kid you not. What Roger does by adding the sound effects completely and totally immerses you in the story that reading simply can’t do. I mean, with Roger’s expertise, you live this book. From the opening scene to the last sentence of the last chapter, you are there – hearing, seeing, speaking. It’s uncanny how he transports you to Wycliff House Resort on Hanibel Island. Goosebumps erupt on your flesh as you hear the roar of hurricane force wind, or the blood-chilling pierce of a woman’s terrified scream, -and then, for extra atmosphere- he adds eerie music. Maybe some people aren’t used to this kind of enhanced audiobook, but I wouldn’t have “Catch Me If You Can” any other way.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • They should reconsider. I especially advise they check out all productions created by Roger Rittner. While some may consider audiobooks as “ordinary” or as simply “being read aloud” by one narrator, Roger’s is neither. His work is award winning because he does more than bring a listener/reader an “ordinary narrator reading aloud” a plot. No. His books are true creations of audible art, audio experiences if you will. Imagine yourself sitting on a comfy, padded chair in a darkened room, with surround-sound speakers, volume up. Close your eyes, and turn on one of Roger’s books. Immediately, the music starts, swelling around you, drawing you in. Introductory credits are spoken, and then – sound effects so vivid, so real that you are lost -not in a virtual reality, but in an audio reality.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I release a deep, happy sigh! And then I immediately muse: “Well. What next can I come up with?”
  • What’s next for you?
    • Right now, I’m writing a series, completely different from “Catch Me If You Can” or my other romantic mysteries. The series is “Ahoy, Mischaps!”. It’s a fun, silly, adventurous journey for a group of fun, silly, adventurers with such names as Sir. O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh, The Narrator, Heathcliff the private detective possum, Dr. Ag O. Nee the Mad Scientist Extraordinare, and other such “mischaps.” I’ll give you one guess as to who was generous enough to agree to put this into audio. *wink*

  1. Lois Steinberg – washes ashore the beach of Hanibel Island during a category four hurricane. Who is she? What’s her history? Glimpses are given during flashbacks at various scenes. She finds herself attracted to the man who rescued her, Victor Helm.
  2. Victor Helm – Handsome, flirty, with his own secrets. He suspects there’s more to Lois’s story than what she reveals, and he intends to discover whatever it is.
  3. Jenna Milford – owner of the historic resort where Lois washes ashore. She’d scheduled a ‘Catch Me’ game convention, but Hurricane Brian decided otherwise.
  4. B. J. – guest at the convention, loving grandmother, arrived from Jacksonville just in time before Brian struck.
  5. Tia – another guest. Lovely Asian woman. Maybe has her eye on Victor?
  6. Jared Steele – all brawn, and smug conceit. Just the kind of guy who enjoys taunting Victor.
  7. Pete – another ‘Catch Me’ enthusiast. Or not.
  8. Paul – the cook. Murdered by someone using a southern iron skillet as the choice of weapon. Maybe they didn’t like him using lard in his recipes.
  9. Bob – loud mouthed, intolerable jerk. He didn’t come to make any friends.
  10. Rajah – definitely not one of Bob’s friends.
  11. Cookie – blond, curvy, moral character questionable but tough as nails. Maybe.
  12. Stuart Harrington – New York millionaire, creator of the ‘Catch me’ game series. His purpose at the convention was to award his newest game, “Catch Me If You Can” to one lucky winner.
  13. Mite – Victor’s golden retriever. The game wouldn’t be complete without him.

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Audiobook Review: Someone to Love

Author: Patrice Wilton

Narrator: Rita Page

Series: A Heavenly Christmas, Book 2

Length: 6 hours 41 minutes

Publisher: Patricia Wilton

Released: Oct. 26, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

First came A Heavenly Christmas and now we have the riveting sequel, Someone to Love. This book is light on suspense and heavy on romance, and a perfect listen any time of the year!

Allison Cornwall was forced to leave her hometown in Connecticut and live life on the run from an ex-boyfriend turned stalker. She changed her name and hunkered down in Heaven, PA.

The small, idyllic town was a safe haven where no one could find her. And yet, after a year and a half of peace, he did. Police Chief Ian Brown is determined to keep crime out of Heaven. When Ally fears for her life, he’s there to protect. Recently divorced, he’s not looking for love, but this innocent young woman touches his heart. Can they put their pasts behind them and open themselves to the miracle of Christmas, learning once again to trust and to love?

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.

 

Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.

 

She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.

 

She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.

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Rita Page was always the first to volunteer to read aloud, whether it was Bible verses during family devotions or stories to her classmates in elementary school. Now as a freelance videographer and voice talent, Rita is passionate about using her God-given talents and tools to produce stories that reach the heart.

 

She also loves horses, beach volleyball and creating healthy, colorful and tasty meals with whole fruits and veggies.

 

Here we are with “A Heavenly Christmas”, book 2. In “Someone to Love”, our main characters are lonely souls, in need of affection, if I may say so. Their story gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside and that’s why I gave it 4 stars (rounded from 3.5)

Allison Cornwall asks Chief of Police Ian Brown for protection, when she finds a dead animal on her doorstep. Afraid her stocker ex-boyfriend has found her, she decides not to run from her problem and deal with him once and for all. Good for her that she has help this time. Ian, a responsible officer of the law, takes his job to the next level and acts like a bodyguard for young Allison and after spending a night in her home, they form a nice friendship, but also the attraction becomes obvious. What starts as a fling, may become something else.

The characters are well developed and the romance is presented well. The only remark I have is that I would have preferred more information regarding their history. Probably because on the length of the story, I didn’t get the feel of their past, I didn’t feel Allie’s fear for her ex or Ian’s disappointment after the divorce. Through the end, the action felt a little dragged, but it was helpful to understand how she adjusted to life post-hiding. Read the book to find out more J Nothing much to complain in regards to the narration either, though the voice acting was a little confusing at times.

All in all, with all things considered, this book made me feel good. It made me think of the people I love and how important it is to be surrounded by love. So it has completed its purpose. I liked it, hope you liked it too. Enjoy J

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

 

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Tome Topple Readathon TBR

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Yey! It’s my first time participating in the Tome Topple Readathon and I am very very excited, especially because I’ve pushed back these books especially for this event.

For those of you who are not familiar with tome Topple, this readathon is at round 5 already and will start on November 17 at midnight in your time zone and will end on November 30. The idea is to read books that are over 500 pages that may seem scary because of their long length. It’s a good feeling knowing that somewhere in the world someone is going through (enduring) a big read.  Let’s meet the hosts:

Sam – http://youtube.com/user/thoughtsontomes

Catriona – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOhq5F-joK8qQPekd-jU1g

Adriana – http://youtube.com/user/perpetualpages

Sarah-Jane – http://youtube.com/thebooklife

Sian – https://www.youtube.com/user/readersr…

Ish- http://youtube.com/ReadingRealm

Caz – http://youtube.com/user/littlebookowl

Joce – http://youtube.com/c/jocesquibblesreads

 

As most readathons, there are several challenges that make things interesting:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

I hope to complete challenges 1, 3 and 5. But let’s  check out my list of books and see if I have a chance:

Stronger Within (The Silver Lake Series Book 1) by Coral McCallumstronger within

I have received the entire series from the author two months ago or even more. So I’m using the excuse that I was saving it for the Readathon.

Goodreads blurb:

Stronger Within is Book One of the Silver Lake series.

Lori – in recovery following a serious accident, our fragile heroine is at a crossroads in her life and has sought sanctuary at the beach.

Jake – hard working and with a heart of gold, a struggling musician who is chasing his dreams as front man of local rock band, Silver Lake.

Vulnerability meets rock in this tale of two creative souls following their own paths in life. When their paths collide neither of their lives will ever be the same again.

Stronger Within, set in the small town of Rehoboth, Delaware, is a contemporary love story telling a fast paced tale of rock music, convalescence and unexpected love. It’s a tale of friendship, family and following your heart.

Page count : 626 (as per Goodreads)

Impossible DepthsImpossible Depths by Coral McCallum

This is the second book in the Silver Lake Series. Since I’m reading book 1, I might as well go ahead with book 2.

Goodreads blurb:

After a successful tour, Jake, Lori and the rest of Silver Lake are busy making plans for the future – new arrivals, new business ventures, new music and a new tour. An unexpected turn of events throws these plans into turmoil. Life for Silver Lake will never be the same again.

Can Jake and Lori maintain their relationship, gruelling schedules and overcome tragic losses? Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to find how strong you truly are.

Friendship, love, family and music dominate this contemporary romance as the Silver Lake family rise from seemingly Impossible Depths.

Page count : 423 (as per Goodreads) – don’t judge me yet! I know, over 500. But wait a sec!

Bonded Souls by Coral McCallumBonded Souls

Book 3 in the series and that’s the last of them. So even if Book 2 doesn’t have the necessary amount of pages, I want to finish the series, since two of the books have over 500 pages. And it compensates. And any book over 400 pages is scary for me, ok? I’m a cry baby!

Goodreads blurb:

With their wedding vows still ringing in their ears, the new Mr & Mrs Power start a new year with new projects, new tours and a new arrival on their minds.  However, a chance meeting for Jake with, not one but, two of his musical idols ensures life will never be the same again. A dark twist of fate forces Jake to confront the demons of his past and takes the Silver Lake family on an emotional and intense journey.

As rock ‘n’ roll, love and family intertwine to perfection, will Silver Lake emerge unscathed? Will the bonds of friendship hold true? Will Jake and Lori remain Bonded Souls?

Page count : 508 (as per Goodreads)

IndiscretionIndiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1) by Hannah Fielding

I have received this book in paperback format form the author. I am so excited to read it! I love my Kindle app, but I’m a sucker for paperbacks and hardbacks! Hannah was kind enough to send me a copy and it’s only fair I put it for my Tome Topple TBR.

Goodreads blurb:

A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

“Indiscretion” is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

Page count : 464 (as per Goodreads) – no!!! The book I have has 497 pages + 8 pages of prologue = 505 pages – over 500, nailed it baby!

 

I will probably start with the last book, as I have only the first one in the series, then move on to the first three. Whish me luck, because I still have to go through my normal TBR books for November.

If you want to follow the event, look it up on Twitter @tome_topple. Let me know if you are planning to participate and which books are on your list. I’ll do my best to check in and give my progress from time to time. I may be more active on social media though probably (hopefully). Have fun and read more J

Book Review: The Heart of the Alchemist

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About the book:

 

Title: The Heart of the Alchemistheart of the alchemist

Author: Penny Wells

Published: August 13th 2017 by Blushing Books Publications

Source: received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

When the love of her life dumps her, Katie spends three years living with a broken heart.

Seeing him with his new fiancée prompts her to make some changes, but before she can, Katie is torn abruptly from twenty-first century Chicago.

Landing in Elizabethan England, she finds herself in a room with a handsome alchemist named

Robert. Unable to send her home, Lord Robert assumes the role of her guardian and helps her learn how to live in 1566 London. Robert’s father, the spymaster to Queen Elizabeth, sees the value in Katie’s knowledge from the future and allows her to come to court. Plunged into a world of scandals and secrets she doesn’t understand, Katie risks her life to earn Lord Robert’s trust.

As a man with questionable intent begins to pursue her, stirring Robert to jealousy, Katie discovers she may feel more for Robert than she thought. Being a woman in the sixteenth century where she may be disciplined, married off, or locked away is fraught with perils. But has Katie found love despite these dangers?

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My Review:

I think this is my first time travel romance, which is strange. How come I’ve never come across one? Ok, never mind. For one first time travel romance books I’ve ever read, this was not that bad, though I would have expected more.

The blurb describes well enough the plot but let me give you a bit more. Katie ends up in Lord Robert’s alchemy lab after his failed experiment to obtain gold. She finds herself in Elizabethan England, with no internet or phone (or denim), captive in a strange man’s house. But as scared as she may be of the entire situation, Robert has at least the same amount of worry. Step by step, they will earn each other’s trust and Katie will be thrown into a world of secrets and spies.

I have no complains when it comes to the writing, my main issues are related to how the story was built. For me, it was not very believable how easily Katie has forgotten about her family. I had the feeling her worry was mostly for the material things she would miss, not necessarily her loved ones.

As a trigger warning, there is a scene of violence towards her that was too much for me. I have not experienced such acts, but I would expect any woman to fight a little, not accept it and that’s it.

Lord Robert was living too much in his father’s shadows. He gave me the impression of being afraid of him, like he was cruel, old man. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad book, it has things that I enjoyed. As I was mentioning, the writing is not bad at all. For example, Lord Robert’s panic when he sees this strange woman, dressed in weird clothes, in his lab and the way he tries to deal with the situation are really some great scenes. The author has done a great research on the customs from that era, so the documentations is visible. The romance is built quite well also.

So yes, I am going with a 2.5 stars (round up 3 stars) for this one. I liked it, just that it could have been better. Let me know your thoughts below. Enjoy!

 

About the Author

Penny Wells has been writing stories since she knew what a story was. She loves reading penny wellsand especially enjoys a lush fantasy novel or an engaging historical drama. Wells lives in the United States with her husband, who is an avid reader of nonfiction. When she isn’t wrapped up in the consumption or crafting of words, she can often be found curled up with a warm drink and cozy craft.

Book Review: The Watcher of the Night Sky

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About the book:

Title: The Watcher of the Night Sky (The Aronia Series Book 1)watcher of the night sky

Author: Rachel Pudsey

Published: June 11th 2016 by Pronoun (first published December 28th 2014)

Source: received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Crumble was never much for talking about love and marriage and other such nonsense – no matter how often her boy obsessed best friend pestered her to do so. Or so she so adamantly proclaimed.

Yet on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail makes the biggest, most contradictory mistake of her life. She wishes on the stars for love, or even the smallest amount of attention, without knowing the full impact of such a feat.

Abigail soon finds her simple life in chaos as princes, men and mysterious creatures come to her door, each adamantly in love with her and refusing to leave her side.

Mixing fantasy and romance, The Watcher of the Night Sky begins the tale of one girl’s quest to rid herself of a curse that was definitely far more than she wished for.

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My Review:

There is a say: “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it”. This is the perfect line that would go with this book. At her fifteen years, Abigail wishes she could be in the center of attention, like her beautiful best friend. She has been the source of many mockery and only in her better days she was treated with indifference. So why is she to blame for wishing some of that attention?

Things get out of control when a bunch of guys show up on her doorstep, asking for her hand in marriage. Now she must figure out under what kind of spell they are, if she has casted it and how. A lot of questions to be answered in just the right number of pages.

When it comes to our main character, the author has done a great job depicting her innocence. Her lack of knowledge when it comes to boys, love and marriage is almost tangible. She has no clue how to handle the hoard of men wanting her. But she is in for a major reveal soon enough.

The other characters are from very diverse worlds and they are unique in their behavior as well. At times, I got lost in all their banter and “fights” to win Abigail’s heart. It got so noisy and at some point, I wanted to get in there and yell: “QUIET!!!”, so that she can get some time out and figure things out. Sometimes, men can be frustratingly annoying!

The writing was not bad. It was simple and overly descriptive, but it served a purpose and went much in line with our characters and story. The beginning was quite slow and there are some scenes in which Abigail moved around town with all these strange men following her. This was kind of weird. But once the reader gets past that, all is for the better.

So this was a good start for a series. First book leaves you with a major cliffhanger, so be ready for Book No. 2. And take a moment to admire the cover! I love the moon, the dress, the dark colors… Yes!

 

About the Authorrachel pudsey

Rachel has been writing stories since as long as she can remember. An obsession with Point Horror books led to her first novel being written at the age of ten. Truth be told, it wasn’t very good.

The following years were spent writing, dreaming, reading thrillers, romantic comedies, fantasies, occasionally playing guitar, and dabbling in song writing.

Rachel was born and raised in Scotland. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.

 

 

Audiobook Review: Asher Black

Author: Parker S. Huntington

Narrators: Lacy Laurel

Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes

Publisher: PSH Publishing House

Released: Oct. 31, 2017

Genre: Romance

He was supposed to kill me. I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then… we fell in love.

Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. When their fixer comes to kill her, he spares her life in exchange for a favor–be his fake fiance or die.

 

Parker S. Huntington is from Orange County, California, USA. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University. She has two puppies, Bauer and Chloe, and lives with her boyfriend of four years–a real life alpha male, book-boyfriend-worthy hunk of a man. She is currently working on Book 3 of the Five Syndicates Series.

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Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.

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Yup, I like it! Yup, yup, yup! It’s funny, makes you curious about what will happen between the two. I have two reasons for which I decreased a star on my rating, which will be detailed below. Good aspects first: 

I had so much fun reading/listening to this book. There are so many parts that made me laugh out loud. Both main characters are smart and strong, each with his own background. They meet at a club, Lucy looking for a fling, but a misunderstanding has her calling the cops on Asher Black’s business. Because he has no interest in hurting her, they both realize they could help each other. So a lie brings them together, forcing them to accommodate to each other. Seems not to be so difficult, but it should not be anything else. It may become difficult when the attraction between them starts growing.

 This time the bad guy does not lie, the good girl does it. This time the bad guy respects the good girl, takes care of her and does not force himself on her. Since the story is told from Lucy’s perspective, we don’t have much clue about Asher’s feelings, but his actions speak more than words. While she is hiding her past, he is an open book when it comes to their relationship.

 I did not appreciate much the bad talk, which appears from time to time. For me, it was too rough and did not match well with the other part of the story. The narration was not bad, but while Lacy Laurel does a good job with the female voices, Asher’s voice is more like whispered sometimes. The difference between male and female voices is very well defined anyway.

 So a great book that improved my mood a lot! I marathoner the 8 hours like crazy, at normal speed. I liked it and that’s it! Check the tour schedule for more fun facts about “Asher Black” and if you read it (or if you listen to it), come by and let me know what you thought.

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November TBR

November TBR

 

Wooho! Almost 12 days in the month and I’m only now checking my TBR. Out of the following titles, I have started with the first two books, for which I have already posted the reviews. As always, I want to read more than what I have planned, but lately I have not managed to read not even all the books in my TBR. Probably because I’m expecting to read a book a day and that’s not possible! (For me, at least). Without further whining, here is what I plant to read this month:

  1. Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding (Whiskey Witches, Book 1)
  2. Timeless by Michelle Madow (The Transcend Time Saga, Book 2)
  3. Rimrider by L.A. Kelley (Rimrider Adventures, Book 1)
  4. Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding
  5. Angels’ Whispers by J. F. Cain (War Eternal #1)
  6. Chance@Love Trilogy (The Wandering Surfer Romance Bundle) by Luna Mitchell
  7. Bound by Shadows by Reily Garrett (McAllister Justice #2)
  8. Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean (Lake Lanier Mysteries #1)
  9. Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington (The Five Syndicates #1)
  10. The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri
  11. Moonchild by Kate L. Mary (Moonchild, #1)
  12. Enabled by Gustav J Phigeland (Enabled, #1)
  13. The Final Year Project by Mehana Usha Rani
  14. Initiation by Alyssa Tanner
  15. Catch Me If You Can by Miss Mae
  16. Like Broken China by J.D. Thompson
  17. Soul Bound: The Warrior by Jas T. Ward
  18. November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson (Bad Bloods #1)
  19. Space For Breathing: A Rock Star Romance by I.K. Velasco
  20. Life on Top by A. D. Hutchinson
  21. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas (Cloud Bay #3)
  22. The Sweetheart Mystery by Cheryl Ann Smith (Brash & Brazen #4)

Yup, again with the many books! It looks achievable, as some of them are audiobooks and some others are small. My plan is to try to recover some of the books I have long overdue. There are some non-fiction books I must red this month as well. I have not included them here because my unboxing article should come live soon.

Oh, and I plan to join the Tome Topple Readathon! I am working on my TBR for those weeks. So there are some books to be added J

So this is my reading list for this month, let me know what are your plans and talk to you in the comments J