Audiobook Review: Wicked Dance

Author: Olivia Boothe

Narrator: Vanessa Moyen

Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

Series: Chronicles of a Dancing Heart, Book 1

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Released: Apr. 23, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Former dance student Sara Hart had aspired to grace the stage on Broadway, but a reckless decision forced her to renounce that dream. Years later, while struggling with an unsatisfying job and an even more unsatisfying love life, she literally stumbles upon a dangerously sexy stranger who sends her heart – and her body – into hyper-drive. His touch makes her feel alive again and sparks a desire to rebuild her dance career. But Sara is still haunted by the demons of her past. One dark lie could cost her everything.

Real estate mogul Tom Wright caters to the rich and famous. He lives the life of the perfect bachelor, partying hard, and dating the most beautiful women in Manhattan. But he has one golden rule – no commitments. Ever. Then he meets sexy Sara Hart, and something about her makes him want to throw the damn rule book out the window. Every time she’s near, the blood in his veins pulses with a raging fire he can’t contain. But Tom’s shadowed history is resurfacing, unearthing ghosts he’d rather remain buried.

Will this wicked dance be their last?

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An author of deep and sexy contemporary romance, Olivia Boothe enjoys crafting novels about complex characters and compelling storylines. Her romances encompass a blend of heartfelt emotion and steamy passion.

A coffee addict and red wine lover, when she’s not busy conjuring up a new story, Olivia likes to binge read across genres. You’ll typically find her with one book on her e-reader, a second on her phone, and a print book in her oversized handbag. Olivia resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband, their three boys, and a miniature dachshund.

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A California native, Vanessa grew up tapping her toes in the theatre world and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston. She now lives in New York City where she works as an actress and producer for the stage, screen and behind the mic! Aside from audiobooks, her voice can be heard on Nickelodeon, MTV and HGTV.

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Tom and Sarah: two very different people, brought together by the need to love and feel loved again, both surpassing loss and overcoming addictions. This is what Olivia Boothe brings us. This is an emotional story that captured me from the word “Dance” and made me spend all the minutes in this audiobook just focused on their lives .

The story is told mostly from Sarah’s point of view, but from time to time we get to see what Tom is thinking and I believe this makes for a complete picture of their relationship. Also, we see a little of what is like to be a dancer and how important it is to be seen. There is a scene in the book which could have been better developed, involving one of the dancers and the choreographer that is quite shocking. So there are a lot of things to discover between these pages.

I liked the main characters so much and I liked how the author put in words their passion and how she described their emotions. She is full of doubts and he is conflicted. The instant chemistry between them is new for both and both are scared to let go and enjoy. They both have so much healing to do and they both have to understand that the past is always there and will always be a part of their lives. But the future is something to look forward to. And it is still under construction. And they can do it together or apart.

But as much as I liked them, I disliked their friends. Tom’s friend seems only to take advantage of the close relationship he has with him and doesn’t seem to keep his mouth shut when needed. Jess, Sarah’s friend and roommate doesn’t seem to have a life (even if we know she has a boyfriend). I know she is overprotective and cares a lot for Sarah, but still… One moment she encourages her to open her heart and the next is lecturing her on morality and institutes rules for her.

I was also not a big fan of the narration either. Vanessa Moyen did a very good job for the dialogue and the foreign accents but when it came to narrative parts, I did not like her reading that much. While reading Tom’s chapters she did not manage to keep the same acting voice when expressing his thoughts and when he was interacting with other characters. Also, Tom has a funny Batman voice.

All in all, I liked this book quite a lot. I loved that it evolved dancing and that it had great main characters that have had to struggle through some bad times but somehow managed to put themselves together. I would go with 3.5 stars, as I felt some arguments between them were not quite solid and the secondary characters and narration were not to my liking that much. I hope you like it and come back with your own thoughts. Happy reading/listening!

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

 

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Pre-Order Blitz: The Priestesses of Levet

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THE PRIESTESSES OF LEVET
Victoria Lynn Osborne
The Priestesses of Levet
Series: A Jason and Mortyiene Mystery # 3
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Jason and Mortyiene investigate the deaths of several priestesses
A priestess is dead hanging in an iron maiden.
The conclave of priestesses are meeting with new instructions from the goddess Levet.
A new floor is opening and the sealed rooms are scenes of horrific crimes discovered after the room opens. Jason and Mortyiene are called to investigate. Who is killing these women? Why? Does this have anything to do with the ongoing war?
To complicate things further, the sky rangers led by general Valairia, war mistress of the Kylvar are in town to fight a rampaging dragon. There is well known animosity between the clergy and Valairia. These spats erupt into battles as the general assumes privileges not granted to her.
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Her fingers slipped on the blood-soaked key but she drew it out carefully.
Her fingers, now numb from the poison, fumbled and the key slipped from her grasp. Desperately she felt around with her toe, trying to grip the key and bring it back to her lock. She caught the key on her big toe and started to lift it to her hand. The toe and hand met. She clutched at the key, but it slipped through her fingers, falling to the floor again.

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Jason is a young wizard sent to the Library there he learns he is the new investigator assigned to investigate crimes in the library and important crimes in the surrounding lands. Unfortunately he is given the darkly beautiful Mortyiene as a partner and the cat Edwardynah. He must not only solve crimes but keep Mortyiene in line and deal with his severe cat allergies.

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Victoria Lynn Osborne

Victoria has been involved in writing since she was a child. She has her Bachelors in Creative Writing and is getting her Masters. She lives in southern Oregon catering to the whims of her muse which takes the form of a fuzzy black and white cat.

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Book Review: A Fine Line

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A FINE LINE
Sue Horsford
A Fine Line
Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
Publisher: Totally Bound
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
No one would understand that my submission empowered me, that I felt stronger kneeling at Gabriel’s feet than I ever had standing at Paul’s side.
Faye Austin seems to have it all–a fulfilling career, a successful husband, a beautiful home. But appearances can be deceptive and sometimes Faye can’t help thinking she’s living the wrong life. A lifetime of being compared to her beautiful younger sister, Ginny, has left her feeling second best, and a chance discovery while looking at her husband’s laptop has led her to realize that her marriage is not all it seems.
Then she meets the handsome Gabriel Scott, a man who likes to play sexual games of power and control, and suddenly everything makes sense. Gabriel’s natural dominance is so compelling that Faye feels her own submissiveness awakening in response, a reaction that both horrifies and excites her. She works with victims of domestic abuse and is adamant that no man will ever tell her what to do. But there’s something about Gabriel that draws her in and gives her a glimpse of who she really wants to be.
Can Gabriel give her what she needs? Or will Ginny get there first?

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Sue Horsford

I am a qualified hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner living in the North of England with my husband and soul mate. Over the years I must have started and abandoned over fifty novels before I decided to try my hand at writing erotica. Finally I had a finished novel and a new hobby all in one. I never realized writing could be so much fun!
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“A Fine Line” has something that has captured my attention from the blurb: seeing a woman that works with victims of domestic abuse enter a sub-dom relationship. Understanding all these aspects from her eyes is very refreshing and brings an interesting angle to the story.

Faye has had the illusion of a perfect life, with perfect job and perfect marriage, even if she may not have the best relationship with her sister. When secrets about her and Faye’s husband come to life, she realizes thing are not at all what they seam and that something is lacking. Meeting Gabriel has given her the chance to find this missing feeling: the feeling of safety. With all his… out of the ordinary methods, he gives her courage and makes her trust him with her all. And in my opinion, that’s the most important and interesting fact when it comes to our new couple.

Gabriel’s attempt at a married woman does not make him the most serious guy, but it does portray him as an opportunist. He sees a chance at a frail woman and he takes it. However, his intention is to bring out the shine in her, build back her confidence and show her how special and beautiful she really is.

The reason for my decreasing one star is because I would have wanted a resolution between Faye and her husband earlier in the book. While I understand that the idea is to rebuild her personality, I felt like this side was not solved in proper time. The ending brings a good solution to the problems and I am quite ok with how things turned out.

All in all, I liked it a lot and I liked the perspective of the book. The author did a wonderful job with our main characters and with illustrating Faye’s struggles and as well show the intensity of her relationship with Gabriel. 4 out of 5 stars and my congratulations 🙂

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Audiobook Review: Gull Harbor

Author: Kathryn Knight

Narrator: Kristin James

Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Released: Feb 14, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance

When Claire Linden’s job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day.

Max never intended to break Claire’s heart – a cruel ultimatum forced him to disappear from her life. While he’s shocked to find her in Gull Harbor, he isn’t surprised by the bitter resentment she feels for him…or the fiery attraction that remains between them.

Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she’s facing a danger beyond the paranormal. When Claire risks everything to help a desperate spirit, Max must race to save her – before another tragedy tears them apart forever.

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Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and RomCon Reader-Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.

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Kristin “KJ” James was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area. Acting has always been a passion of hers. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, KJ pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, and she now records and produces audiobooks on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC. Her ultimate dream is to work in video games and animation, so hopefully in the not-too-distant future you’ll hear her in an RPG or cartoon. When she’s not in her booth, you can find her crocheting, playing video games, or running agility with her dog, Phoenix.

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Ok, have you checked that cover?  It is the best choice for a story involving ghosts! I love it and I loved Gull Harbor. First impression, after the first few chapters: “Yes, I like it.” Next impression, after a bit more of the action: “What just happened??? I must finish this!!!” So I started liking it even better!

“Gull Harbor” is full of action and twists, with great characters that have a good background story. I loved how the author combined an angry spirit with lost love and how the couple’s story mixed with the mystery of the house. Max’s love for Claire never faded. He had to give her up years ago but his heart always remained with her. Now that life brought them together, he is not willing to give her up, even if that means getting mixed up with her spiritual strangeness. As for Claire, her dedication to her job, the desire to bring peace to a very disturbed soul and most importantly her courage, are just some of the things that make her an inspiring character.

Now, in regards to the overall story, Kathryn Knight added the exact amount of mystery, the perfect dose of thrill and emotions. Having the romance side also well created, I can say this is a complete book for me. It has a little of everything I like. To top that, we have a beautiful narration that only accentuates the emotions and increases the suspense of some scenes.

So yes, a great book that has given me good hours of relaxing (though I did have a hard time listening to it at night… I’m silly sometimes, I know!). I loved it and I loved the characters. Seeing Claire in action can even be motivating and seeing Max doing his best to mend their relationship made my heart skip a beat! 5 stars – great!

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

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Audiobook Review: Escapades

Author: Lilly Atlas

Narrator: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Series: Trident Ink, Book One

Length: 5 hours 51 minutes

Publisher: Lilly Atlas Books LLC

Released: Apr. 16, 2018

Genre: Erotic Romance

Alyssa Jackson is one of the lucky ones. She has a thriving business, great friends, devoted husband, adorable daughter, and a scorching hot sex life that would be the envy of any married couple. Then, one tragic loss flips her world upside down. Floundering and unsure of how to cope with their grief, Alyssa and her husband drift apart until they are living as roommates instead of a deeply connected couple. Alyssa will do anything to get the intense passion back into her life and marriage, no matter how far out of the box she has to step.

If there is one thing tattoo shop owner Derek knows, it’s that once he set his sights on his wife, he never wanted another woman. Years together haven’t begun to put a dent in his desire for her. But everything falls apart when the anguish of loss barges into their lives. Adrift in his own suffering, Derek doesn’t realize how damaged his marriage is until his wife forces him to confront their issues. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to get their lives back on track, even if the plan seems outrageous.

 

 

 

Lilly Atlas is the contemporary romance author of the award-nominated No Prisoners MC series. She’s a proud Navy wife, mother of two spunky girls, and one crazy pug. Every time Lilly downloads a new EBook, she expects her Kindle to tell her it’s exhausted and beg for some rest. Thankfully that hasn’t happened yet, so she can often be found absorbed in a good book.

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Noah Michael Levine is an Audie Award-Winning audiobook narrator and producer living in beautiful Nyack, NY. His over 180 titles include almost every genre. While he loves his work completely – and collaborating with all kinds of different authors, he does not love writing about himself in the third person.

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Erin deWard is an Audie Award-Winning narrator with over sixty titles in genres ranging from Spirituality to Young Adult to Adult Contemporary and others. She’s worked on stage, screen, and behind the mic for over thirty years. She is beyond grateful to have come to this place in her life and thanks all of the people and organizations that sped her on her way.

In addition to her love of acting, Erin is passionate about her work as an audio describer, translating visual images in media and performance into aural pictures for people who have low or no vision. She studies and performs Shakespearean text and can most frequently be seen cavorting onstage with The Strange Bedfellows, the adult troupe of the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre of New York.

Erin lives in lovely Nyack on Hudson, New York with her husband, daughter, sometimes her college-aged son, and two ill-behaved but loveable dogs, Annie and Benevolio.

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Let me start by saying that Lilly Atlas is one amazing author and Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard for an amazing pair of narrators. So when combining these three persons it is more than obvious that the result would be at least great!

I went into this book with so many expectations, knowing the author’s talent to create drama and to bring comfort in the end to the characters. All went well, with one small exception, which I will comment later in this review. But first let’s start with the good points.  We have husband and wife trying to find each other after the loss of their only child. Their grief and inability to communicate brought them to the point of not being able to connect again. We later find out that, through the help of a psychologist, they have a series of dates in which they should pretend to be other people, meet and have an evening that should end in … a steamy situation, if you know what I mean!  And so this happens, until one point.

Alyssa and Derek have managed to survive so much in their years as a couple, even PTSD. However, they were not able to stand the passing of their daughter. The author managed to express so well their pain and the process of coming together, it was impossible for me not to shed a tear or two. We have a step-by-step description of the phases they go through and that’s perfect. We have some extremely hot scenes that would increase your heart rate and, as mentioned, two narrators that are simply perfect!

However, I am missing from the story some information regarding the two years they have been apart. For me, not knowing how exactly the distancing happened makes the story a bit incomplete. By the end, I understood that the focus was more on how they come back together, but still, I wanted to see them fighting, or arguing or something like that.

All in all, I cannot but give 3.5 stars to Lilly’s book and I am so waiting forward to read/listen to more of her books. She is an author that manages to touch my heart and her stories contain life lessons for us all. Congratulations to her and the narrators for such a great job!

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

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Dead Time

Author: D.L. Orton

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Length: 10 hours 45 minutes

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Press⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Series: Between Two Evils, Books 3

Release date: Nov. 10, 2017

From the award-winning author D. L. Orton comes book 3 in the Between Two Evils series….

Shannon fights to stay alive inside a rogue biodome and discovers something totally unexpected…Peter.

Lani is forced into the role of the reluctant heroine, but rediscovers her street-kid mojo and sets out to reclaim everything she’s lost.

Diego receives another dirty sock (with a note) from the fireball express: The window between universes is closing. If he has any hope of getting back to Iz, he must get to the mountain and fix the time machine before it’s too late.

What could possibly go wrong?

 

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.

In her spare time, she’s building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

 

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Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard are Audie Award-winning narrators who have recorded over 40 titles together. They are passionate about acting and, in particular, the medium of audiobooks. The two love working together and have a ridiculous amount of fun playing off each other in the recording booth. Erin is deeply involved in the Audio Description community, translating visual images in media into aural pictures for people with low or no vision. She also performs Shakespearean text with The Strange Bedfellow actors troupe. Noah is a recovering 80s rock musician and an ardent home chef. Both Erin and Noah hail from the beautiful Hudson Valley Village of Nyack—and both are proud members of the Stage Actors Guild.

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This third book shows just how broken the world is after the incidents in book 1. We see different groups, trying to make their lives as comfortable as possible, each with their own set of rules, one more brutal than the other. It’s even more complex than the other books (if that were possible), since it follows more perspectives and well, it just gets more complicated.

Diego is torn between disappointing his new girlfriend, trying to get back to his old one (while seeing her in this new universe married to his enemy, who now is actually friendly) and meeting his daughter (who in this universe is not dead). Lani goes out of her comfort zone and we see her as the strong and combatant woman she really is (not only brains). And Shannon? She is such a surprise. I almost forgot about the entire Diego and Isabelle’s story and wanted to know if she manages to get back to her family.

All the characters evolve and show new sides to their personalities. Time gets shorter by the minute and I was wondering if Diego will find his piece eventually. And if he wil, where will that be? Yes, I told you this was difficult!

The narration was as wordeful as always. After so many books narrated by this duo, I know that every audiobook that involves Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard is bound to be a success from this point of view!

All in all, this series had me standing on the edge of my seat! But out of the three books, ”Dead Time” is definitely the best. It has a lot of action, it has good quality suspense and characters that fight – the psychological aspect is so well evidentiated and here is where the strength really is! I loved it so much and I cannot wait to find out what happens next! 5 out of 5 stars!

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by D.L. Orton. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

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Life Updates

Well, things have not gone according to my planning when it comes to my book blogging activity. Unfortunately, I have not managed to keep up with any of my TBRs for the last couple of months. I would like to say I was in a reading slump and blame it all on that. But I had the busiest time. My job kept me away from a lot of the things I liked and I felt so tired and stressed, I was not in the mood for anything.  I didn’t manage to find my balance for a good amount of time.

So I am behind with my reading, with answering e-mails, writing reviews, even sleeping! I missed blog tours and commitments with authors and publishers. The only thing I managed to do was listening to audiobooks. This was easy to do between driving (or flying) from here to there or to move my thoughts from excel files to love stories.

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Now it’s time to get back on track. I’ve opened my e-mail and started typing my replies (mostly my apologies) and make lists of the reviews I must post (even if later – or much later – than agreed).

In short, I am really sorry if I missed a blog tour or if I didn’t manage to review your book in time. I’ll do that as soon as possible. I’ll keep all my engagements and bring myself up to date this month.

Thank you to all that have remained by my side (and blog) through this absence!