Audiobook Review: Taken By Love

Author: Melissa Foster

Narrator: B.J. Harrison

Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

Series: The Bradens at Trusty, Book 1

Publisher: Melissa Foster

Released: Dec. 01, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again – but she’s completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her – and the man she’s never forgotten.

Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he’s finally ready to settle down – only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he’s never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke’s past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.

A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy’s life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can’t manage a future until he puts his past to rest.

Taken by Love is part of the Love in Bloom series. While it can be heard as a stand-alone novel, for even more enjoyment, you may want to listen to the entire Love in Bloom series in order. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.

 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

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“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

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Cultivated. Quirky. Captivating. Considerate. Nuanced. 7 years, 700 five-star ratings/reviews. My audiobook podcast, The Classic Tales Podcast, now in its seventh year, has had over 10 million downloads and is still consistently among the top 10 literature podcasts at the iTunes Music Store. My reading of Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart was the #3 bestselling audiobook in 2008 at the iTunes Music Store. Currently, my recording of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection is the top-selling Wodehouse title at Audible. It contains dozens of British accent variations. I’m an American.

“In the world of audiobooks, BJ Harrison is one of the best… if not the best.” Joe Renzetti – Academy-Award-winning Film Composer
“BJ Harrison is a master at his craft, with smooth narration skills that reflect every nuance of emotion and bring stories to life with every breath. He’s professional, efficient, and I highly recommend his services.” New York Times Bestselling author Melissa Foster
Just finished listening to “She”. In a word…. “Stunning”. I am encouraging friends, colleagues, strangers to listen to your readings. Excellent work. Daj Oberg, Classic Tales Listener

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Melissa Foster is an author I have come to love with the few books I’ve read by her. She has a way of writing clean and sweet stories that touch our hearts and that make us loose ourselves into the characters’ lives. So whenever I am in the mood for something innocent and nice, I choose her books!

“Taken by Love” is one of those books. Being in audio format, it definitely enhanced my experience and helped me pay attention to some details I would have otherwise probably missed. Daisy and Luke start something that is from the beginning with an expiration date. Daisy has no intention of staying in Trusty, where people are anything but trustful and where false rumors start from nothing. She just has to choose from several job opportunities in major cities. As a doctor, she has the chance to practice in the big hospitals, not in an emergency only clinic in a small town. But a relationship with her high school crush was never in her plans.

Their relationship is focused more on Daisy, as she is the one who has to decide where to go. But Luke is one character that develops as the story flows. He has his own family issues to solve and is willing to deal with them.   I see him as stronger and with a clearer mind when it comes to dealing with issues, while Daisy takes her time with her trouble. Still, I liked them together, I liked how they support each other and I like Luke’s thinking ahead. Read the book, and you’ll understand what I mean.

The author raises awareness on a couple of important issues like healthcare and abuse and this is something I respect a lot! Both subjects are treated with the attention they deserve, especially in case of the latter.

The narration was great as well. I liked how B.J. Harrison kept the accent, how he changed his voice to differentiate not only between characters, but as well between their personalities.  One scene comes to mind when Luke has a conversation with Daisy’s father and the respect Luke has for the man can be felt through the voice acting.

All in all, I liked the book very much, as any Melissa Foster book. I cannot wait to see what happens to the other bothers and I do hope you give it a try as well. 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 Melissa Foster. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Chance Encounter & Kiss a Girl in the Rain

Author: Nancy Warren

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 24 minutes

Publisher: Ambleside Publishing⎮2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Take A Chance, Book 0.5

Release date: June 18, 2015

Daphne and Jack meet on a Greyhound bus heading north from California. The year is 1976, and Daphne is a pregnant teenager. Jack is a guy in search of a future. For these two lost souls, this is a ride that will change their lives and begin a dynasty.

This is a prequel to the Take a Chance series about the 11 kids Jack and Daphne will collect over the years and the paths each member of this very untraditional family will take as they in turn fall in love.

Author: Nancy Warren

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 5 hours 8 minutes

Publisher: Ambleside Publishing⎮2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Take A Chance, Book 1

Release date: Feb. 25, 2015

In this sexy, humorous contemporary romance, a lost dog brings together a wealthy drifter and a small town doctor and changes all their lives forever.

Evan Chance is a man out to complete the bucket list he made as a kid, starting with ride a motorcycle across America. Caitlyn Sorenson is the sexy country doctor standing in his way. Or is she the dream he’s been searching for?

Evan’s Amazing Life List:

1. Ride a motorcycle across America

2. Kiss a girl in the rain

3. Swim in every ocean.

When Evan Chance gives up a successful corporate law career to tackle the bucket list he wrote when he was 12, he has no idea where the road will lead him.

Caitlyn Sorenson is a happily-settled small town doctor. When a sexy drifter rolls into town after a motorcycle accident leaves him stranded in Miller’s Pond for a few days, with the homeliest dog ever, she can smell trouble even as she’s drawn to a man who is only passing through town.

But some scorching hot nights and a blooming tenderness mean two people will have to face up to the challenges of love.

From USA Today best-selling Author Nancy Warren comes the first in an exciting new series of sexy, humorous romances about a family named Chance. New York Times best-selling author Lori Foster calls Nancy’s writing “sexy and wonderfully witty.”

 

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Teri Schnaubelt is an award-winning audiobook narrator and actor who has voiced nearly 200 audiobooks as well as many commercials and corporate videos. She mainly works from her home studio in the north Chicago suburbs and keeps in touch with the rest of the world via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Lately, I’ve been reading a few books that left me in a bad mood, not because I did not like them, but because of how sad they were, or how heavy themed. So I am happy to “clean myself” of these feelings with this sweet series. Today I am reviewing the prequel (book 0.5) and the first one. I’ll post my reviews for the next ones in the following days as well.  My thanks to Jess for putting together this blog tour and to the author for providing the copies of her books.

So the prequel is heartwarming. Since it’s not even an hour long, I can tell you only so much without spoiling its content. We get to see how our future main characters’ parents meet and how they formed a beautiful bond and the future numerous family. Jack and Daphne have had their own share of misfortune and disappointments in life, but they feel a beautiful connection and they have until the end of a buss drive to figure out if it’s worth it or not.

I think this is not a “must read” before getting into the other books, but it will give you a better understanding of the family history and the reason for their upbringing. I loved it without a doubt, as well as the narration!

“Kiss a Girl in the Rain” is such a sweet love story about a lawyer, a doctor and an ugly dog. Yup, an ugly, fluffy stray dog. Though the dog may not seem important, I think it added the fun to the story. But it’s not the only thing that impressed me.

Evan has had the most unconventional upbringing and has  managed to become, at a very young age, one of the most successful lawyers at his firm. His birthday and a tragic event put him face to face with his childhood dreams and decides to start fulfilling them. When faith sends him to nowhere, in the most boring town he could end up – Miller’s Pond – Evan meets the town doctor Caitlyn Sorenson (plus his new best friend aka The Dog J ). They both know they have limited time together and decide to make the most of it. What’s even more important, they both have their own plans for the future. And seem unwilling to change them.

I liked Evan’s choice of returning to his wish list. Even if, at one point, even Caitlyn admits it’s childish for a 35 year old guy who’s become a millionaire and could live anywhere and have any type of life he’d want, for him it was important to connect with his past, with the innocent life he once led.

The narration was great as well. Teri Schnaubelt clearly identified between characters and did a good job portraying their emotions. I liked her male voices but most of all I liked how she interpreted all the scenes where Evan talked to the dog. They were beautiful. I know, I’m talking too much about that dog!

Ok, I won’t annoy you more. This was a great read, with the right amount of fun and love. I would have wanted a more spectacular plot, I mean I would have wanted a different kind of decision, not necessarily between following a list of wishes and staying with the girl he loves. But I did appreciate how the author put things in perspective throughout Caitlyn’s sage words. 4 stars and can’t wait to read about the next characters!

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

 

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Audiobook Review: A Witch’s Concern

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narratora: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 4

Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

Michelle has been figuring out what her life is like now that the demon has been killed, and Sylvia and Varro are dead. Even the clans of witches trying to attract her to their way of life have backed off and given her a chance to grieve. Her relationship with Elron is stronger than ever, but there are things left unsaid.

On the way to her parents’ wedding, the delicate calm she’d been living in is broken. Witches are out for her blood, her family is caught in the crossfire, and friendships are threatened. Work doesn’t let up either, and she partners up with Elron to deal with magic gone wild. Michelle finds that her problems are larger than one clan of witches, and is forced to choose between the people she holds dear and the way of life she loves.

This is the fourth book in a series, following A Witch’s Trial. It is a standalone novel, however, your experience will be greatly enhanced if you’ve heard the previous books.

 

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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Laurie got into voiceover by studying with the legendary dialect expert Paul Meier and hosting the teen program for a nonprofit for the blind, Kansas Audio Reader. She speaks French fluently and, before diving into audiobooks, lived and performed for some time in France. She’s racking up some bizarre credits, playing a range of characters onscreen from Disney princesses to horror scream queens, and proving her audio versatility by narrating everything from cowboy romances to action-packed GameLit fantasy trolls. You can also catch her in a few VR video games. Her favorite is playing confident, power-hungry, whip-smart anti-heroines.

Like Jeff Hays, she hails from the Kansas City area but currently lives in Atlanta.

 

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Why do all the good books have to end??? Every time I finish a book in this series I am a little sad! I loved every book I’ve listened to until now and I will love the next ones as well! After 4 books, I am still not tired of the characters and the problems they face.

In “A Witch’s Concern”, Michelle has to face the issue of her not pertaining to any clan. As we know from the previous books, her grandmother has taken an interest in her, as in she needs an heir for the leadership of her clan. And who better than her powerful niece? Now, Michelle definitely doesn’t have time for that! Between her parents’ long overdue wedding and ridding the world of demons, she really has no time for more family drama. Yet, trouble has a way of appearing when you least need it.

My initial thought when starting the audiobook was in regards to the narration. Hearing a different voice on Michelle’s part was something that I had to adjust with. And since we speak about the narration, Laurie Catherine Winkel is a beautiful addition to the story, even if I was used to hearing Jeff Hays more. I also noticed a slight lack in coordination when saying some of the names (they pronounce the differently), but that’s me being mean and prickly.  I loved them both and they did a wonderful job!

Back to the story now. We see a Michelle more confident and even ready to rely on her family and friends for more moral support. She is overwhelmed and all the fights she has had to take catch up with her. But she stands tall and has faith in her powers. She knows she can find a way out in every situation. And her bond with Elron grows tighter; they take timid steps toward something more. We see the medallions they’ve received at the end of book 4 work their magic as well.

Witchcraft and demons are at work in this beautiful continuation of “Witch for Hire”. I loved every minute I spent with the story and I will never get tired of it. N. E Conneely is amazing at building stories that one will never get tired of!

Feel free to explore the other blogs participating in this tour to check out their thoughts 🙂

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

 

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Audiobook Review: Stray

Author: Natasha Stories

Narrators: Sierra Kline and Jeffrey Kafer

Length: 7 hours 32 minutes

Publisher: Ashton Publishing Group

Released: Feb. 15, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

From best-selling author Natasha Stories.

Erin Timms took a new job as a veterinarian in Sunshine, Colorado, for two important reasons: to get away from her ex, and to give herself a chance at a new life. But when devastating news of her ex follows her there, she begins to think she has made a terrible mistake.

Tall, stunning-looking Jon Miles had only one goal: to save the mountain canyon where Sunshine is located from businessmen who want to exploit it. But how can he do that when he is already an outcast?

There was nothing to suggest they’d ever meet, much less strike a spark of red-hot romance. Except that Erin can never turn away a stray….

 

 

I’m Natasha, and I write romance and erotic romance stories. I love reading too, and some of my favourite novels are books like Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, the Fade series by Kate Dawes, as well as the Crossfire series.

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Sierra Kline – Programmer by day, narrator by night, Sierra Kline has more than 300 titles available on Audible. True to her Midwestern roots, Sierra got her degree in theatre from Michigan State University which she has been fortunate to put to heavy use both on the stage and in the booth. When she’s not recording in her home studio, she prefers the great outdoors and loves running, traveling, and backpacking.

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Jeffrey Kafer – Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator. He has narrated over 450 books in almost every genre for such authors Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, Gregg Olsen and many others. He has 2 degrees in cinema and broadcasting and spent the first part of his career as a video game tester for Microsoft before following his true passion of acting. He’s been on stage since he was 13 (his mom still has the bellhop costume she made) and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog.

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I liked it. And I liked it enough to give it a decent rating. To be honest, what set me back were the secondary characters, not the main ones.  Let me explain a little.

Erin and Jon meet on one bad evening for both of them. She is a vet who has to do almost all the work around the practice, as her tech is not of much help (her father being the owner and all that). So when Jon comes in on a late evening, long after closing time, carrying a stray dog in his arms, she pushes aside her tired muscles and treats the poor soul. But we learn that Jon’s evening has not been that good either. At least he has some real “action” when he gets home, while our doctor is left dreaming. They meet and he has a tough time convincing her he is for real. How can he? When everybody knows he has a girlfriend.

Jon’s attraction is quite visible and his intentions go beyond a one night stand. However, his current “attachment” needs to go first. He has an agenda. He wants control of his current business and he needs to win over the people of Sunshine. Erin is looking for a fresh start, after a relationship that left her disappointed. More so, when she’ll understand the reason behind her breakup.  She is cautions around men right now.  I liked how he wanted to be the best version of himself for her, I understood her frustration over the whole situation he has. The author has analyzed their feelings from different angles and I think she built a nice couple here.

Regarding the secondary characters, I did not like them at all. They were annoying and confusing at times. Especially Erin’s assistant, who was hysterical one moment, but in some other scenes she had her back… I didn’t get that. And there are others as well, of whom I will not speak because of spoilers.

The narration was nice, I was happy to recognize the narrators from some other books I’ve listened to and that was great. My complain is that her masculine voice did not match his tone. I mean, when listening to Sierra performing Jon, she made him more sensitive, kinder. But Jeffrey’s voice is rough from time to time and serious. It would have been better for me if each would have read the lines corresponding to their characters.

All in all, I liked this audiobook and I will try more books by Natasha Stories. Her way of building the couple really touched me and I would love to find out more in her other books. I hope you will ejoy it at least as much as I did. Happy reading / listening 🙂

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Audiobook Review: Acceptable Risk

Author: Candace Blevins

Narrator: Noah Michael Levine

Length: 2 hours 57 minutes

Publisher: Candace Blevins

Released: Feb. 21, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Bethany has joked for years that if she ever settles down, it’ll be with a harem of men, only it isn’t a joke anymore.

Mac is a new werewolf, and still must be watched at every moment to be sure he stays in control. His kink has always been ménage, so when he overhears the beautiful redhead at the bar wanting to take on not only him, but also the werewolf and wereleopard chaperoning his night out… he has to convince them to let him take her home. He might not be trustworthy with a human woman alone, yet, but with two powerful shapeshifters in bed with them, what could go wrong?

Previously published in the Every Which Way Anthology.

 

 

Candace Blevins has published more than thirty books. She lives with her husband of twenty years and their two daughters. When not working or driving young teens all over the place, she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming. The family’s beloved, goofy, retired racing greyhound is usually at her side as she writes, quietly keeping her company.

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Her contemporary Safeword series gives us characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work. Each couple in the Safeword series gives the reader a different take on the lifestyle.

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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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This book was a bit of a revelation for me. I am not a fan of this kind of relationship, where more than 2 people are involved. I cannot wield my mind to understand it and probably that’s why. It’s a “me” thing, nothing related to the book. So I will try to set aside my personal preferences (since I have chosen to read and review this book, more like listen and review).

Bethany has her own fantasies when it comes to a relationship. She has a more than uncommon preference. She wants to be shared. She wants more than one guy to be there for her. So when 2 werewolves and a werepanther are ready to offer her what she desires, she starts to wonder if it’s maybe too much too soon. But it’s 3 against one and boys have a tendency to win girls over.

The book centers around her getting accustomed to this new thing she has with the 3 men and around Mac, who still has trouble controlling her wolf. I liked how the author created different personalities, guys that want and like different things in the intimate moments. Bethany is determined to push herself, to break those limits to be the woman they need. But her struggle to understand what all this means is what really made me like this book. The author did a great job with that.

The beginning was not to my liking as it gave me the impression that things move too fast. She quickly got the guys, she quickly found out what they really are and they were all in for a relationship – one that she was not ready for. So here I think it all went too quick for my end.

The narration was not bad at all. This is not my first book narrated by Noah Michael Levine and his voice is smooth and somehow good for some scenes. I had some issues sometimes to differentiate between the male characters, but other than this, no complaints.

All in all, it was a good and quick read. I would recommend it if you are into this kind of relationship. Note that the level of sexual details is pretty high so be prepared! Enjoy J

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

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Rain of Ash

Author: Gwen Mitchell

Narrator: Daniela Acitelli

Length: 11 hours 52 minutes

Series: Skydancer, Book 1

Publisher: T. M. Miller

Released: Feb. 14, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Briana turned her back on her magical heritage to chase her dream career, but now a spell cast with her grandmother’s dying breath has unleashed her dormant Oracle powers, drawing her into a world of dangerous power and cryptic prophecy.

Thanks to her family’s tragic history, Bri is a pariah in her hometown, and the only other witches she can turn to are her childhood best friend, Astrid, and Kean–her first love. They are convinced it’s destiny that has reunited them and determined to help break the curse on Bri’s bloodline.

But the longer she stays, the more people die.

Tortured by chaotic visions of fire and blood, Bri must harness her magic and navigate the dangerous waters of her past–and past life–to unmask the evil hunting in her shadow before it kills the only loved ones she has left.

Because she has a secret of her own. One she already died to protect. And as memories of her ancient rival become clear, so does her grim future…unless she can change it.

 

 

Gwen is living her happily ever after in Seattle. She’s a nature lover, science geek, and spiritual explorer, with a nose for well-aged tequila and a pin-up fashion obsession. When not chasing butterflies to hidden waterfalls or cavorting through the Emerald City, she can be found in a cozy chair reading, or brewing up tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

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Narrator Bio

Daniela Acitelli is a professional Audiobook Narrator / Voice Over Artist with a Theatre, Film, Cabaret and Circus background. You can find her on Audible, Itunes and Amazon. She also narrates for the RNIB, SpokenRealms, Deyan and Whitehouse publishing.

Daniela is an actress with a stage background trained in the Meisner technique and Lee Strasberg’s “Method” acting. She has a background in and a great love of Cabaret and Vaudeville including the old time concert saloon, minstrelsy, circus acts, dime museums, and literary American burlesque shows.

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Ok, everybody thinks this book is great. Well, everybody is right! This is one crazy story of witches and daemons and spells and all that witchy jazz, topped with a beautiful narration. So what’s not to like?

The book begins with Briana trying to fight off her calling and with her struggle to maintain the normal life she has built. She feels the pull towards something different, outside the mundane, but she refuses to get into that. When her family is killed in an accident, she cannot deny it any longer. Unfortunate events bring her together with her first love and her best friend, trying to figure out who’s invoking a curse on her family.

The author did such a great job not only with the world building, but as well the characters and the way the story is structured. Starting with the last argument, we have present and past lives weaved between the chapters. And that only makes the story interesting, as we see how Briana has had to fight in all her past existence as well. We have two worlds, the present times and the past. Both exceptionally built, hide a secret that really blew my mind.

As for the characters, at one point I was thinking “why is she so scared? Come on, you’re a witch, do what you do. Cast a spell or something!!”. But she develops as the story progresses and becomes more powerful and confident in her skills, not without help. Kean (first love and dedicated protector) is strong and determined to keep her safe and not losing her. The romance between them does not occupy the center of the plot but is there. And when it comes to light, it is heartwarming. It is that kind of romance that leaves you breathless after 5 lines. The other characters were impressive as well, but I feel that at some point, the action is focused on Briana and how she becomes mature enough to “handle” her enemies.

The narration was fabulous to say the least. Daniela Acitelli’s main attribute is being able to capture emotions in the words she speaks. I could feel the desperation, the torment, the pain and love and determination. I could understand the emotions so well and that only helped in enhancing my experience with this book.

Without further prolonging, I cannot but give 5 out of 5 stars to Skydancer Book 1 and hope to read more of these characters soon! Enjoy J

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

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Audiobook Review: Three Lessons in Seduction

Author: Sofie Darling

Narrator: Mary Sarah

Length: 9 hours

Publisher: Sofie Darling

Released: Dec. 13, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance

Paris, September 1824

Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago.

Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.

Even if the thought makes his blood boil.

Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slipping.

Can she trust the spy who broke her heart?

Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband.

It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart.