Audiobook Tour: Wired

Author: Leslie North

Narrators: Rebecca Roberts

Length: 3h 36m

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Genre: Romance

Series: The Solomon Brothers, Book 1

Released: April 19, 2017

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Star quarterback Marcus Kingston lives and breathes football. He’s trusted his abilities and instincts to get him this far, but an injury last season nearly ended his career. When his coaches want him to wear biofeedback technology to analyze his game, Marcus thinks the idea is ridiculous. Plus, the mousy scientist behind the project knows nothing about sports, and she quickly gets under his skin. But with another QB waiting on the sidelines, Marcus can either agree to participate, or be benched—permanently.

Scientist Clare Wynifred values intellect above most things. With her brain constantly working, she has little interest in her appearance and zero interest in sports. She never imagined her wearable tech being used to improve someone’s game, but its success with the team could get her a military contract. Clare may be too late to save her brother, but her technology could save the lives of countless soldiers. She just has to make it work with the stubborn quarterback, and she’ll be one step closer to her goal.

Marcus and Clare butt heads at first, but their mutual attraction quickly grows. And yet, with everything to lose, it’s easy to ignore that together they might be able to go the distance.

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Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

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After a career in finance, Rebecca Roberts became inspired to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. Her ingenuity and ardent desire brought her to voice-acting which has rapidly grown into her thriving audiobook narration and production company, Atlantis Audio Productions. She has narrated and produced over seventy audiobooks for indie authors and major publishing houses. Rebecca delivers her stories with a mature and intelligent style characterized by a believable tone, and versatility in creating memorable and individual characters with her various accents and vocal qualities. In short, she narrates with her whole heart. Rebecca is a native Floridian, proud mother to three sparkling children, and wife to the man of her dreams.

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I start by saying that I love Leslie North’s books. I love the romance she builds and the characters she creates in her stories. I was first introduced to her books by the author herself and I was very lucky to have received some other copies of her work to review. That being said, let’s dive into my review.

In “Wired”, we meet two characters which apparently are very different. A tech girl meets a football player. A smart young woman trying to achieve her dream of using her statistics and programs as military equipment meets a sports guy whose career is close to an end because of an injury, but who also tries to inspire others, to keep doing what he has been dreaming to do. Both put passion in their work, but one cannot understand the other’s expectations.

Marcus and Claire will have to learn to accept each other and to work together, so that both their wishes can me somehow fulfilled. The beauty of this story, in my opinion at least, is how they came to communicate so well, how the chemistry between them turned into much more than physical attraction. Even if this was a short length story, it was created in such a way that the action does not feel rushed at all and the reader can easily experiment what each character is feeling.

The narration was great as well. Rebecca Roberts did her job really well when it came to voice acting and every world was spoken clearly. I like listening to the audiobooks at the normal speed, so I can say the story was told with patience and involvement.

All in all, a total of 4 stars to yet another great book by Leslie North! I am happy I was able to participate in this blog tour, so a big Thank You to Audiobook Promotions for the opportunity!

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: His Accidental Heir

Can she resist his brand of trouble in paradise?
HIS ACCIDENTAL HEIR
Billionaires and Babies 
Joanne Rock
Releasing June 6, 2017
Harlequin Desire

The Boss’s Baby Bargain

 
When resort
developer Cameron McNeill goes undercover to root out problems at his prized
island property, his first discovery is the irresistible concierge, Maresa
Delphine. Her business smarts are vital to his mission. But the struggling
single mom could help with his personal mission, too: fulfilling the marriage
terms of his grandfather’s will.
Maresa is
overwhelmed caring for her infant niece and tending to the demands of the
resort’s sexy mystery guest. When he reveals himself as the owner, she’s thrown
for a loop. But when he proposes…can she resist his brand of trouble in
paradise?

 
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My Review:

This book approaches a large variety of themes, but only scratches the surface. It is a 3.5 read for me, but I definitely enjoyed my time reading it. Both characters are strong and both know exactly what they want and what they expect from their partner. I would have wanted a more developed story, as the plot has a lot of potential.

Maresa and Cameron lead totally different lives. While she has to sustain her sick mother and brother not only financially, but morally as well, Cameron has had a life with all he could have wanted, except an absentee father. But he does have brothers he can count on, a grandfather who has become his role model and a fortune envied by many. They meet under false pretenses, but as soon as the veil comes off, they start a different kind of relationship.

What I mostly liked about the story was the numerous themes it approaches. But this was also the thing that made me not like it a little bit, because all these themes are so well mixed and it could have become so much more. We have two different kinds of families: Maresa’s, that above all other issues, has to accept a baby, and Cameron’s, that has to accept the family they never knew about. Also, we have a character that has a brain problem, so we have an acceptance issue. We have child abandonment and some other smaller ones. The way all this blends into the romance building between our protagonists is absolutely divine.

This was an easy and quick read. I had my moments of laughter and also moments of confusion, together with the characters. The writing did catch my attention and I was quickly captured by each page.

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Four-time
RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t
like. The author of over seventy books enjoys writing a wide range of stories,
most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An
optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance
fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker
at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the
writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters
degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction
writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine
Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her
favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three
athletic-minded sons.
 

 

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Audiobook Review: Understanding the Stars

Author: X. Culletto

Narrator: Lori Prince

Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

Publisher: Xela Culletto⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

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Alexandra Blackwood is minding her own troubled life when she unknowingly gets caught up in an extraterrestrial conflict. Ronan, a human with his own alien-entangled past, has been keeping an eye on her and sets out to help her escape looming abduction, and maybe win her heart.

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Xela is a working mother of three, living in the Utah. She teaches secondary English and after talking to students for years about following their dreams and doing whatever it takes to achieve them, she decided to take her own advice and complete her lifelong goal of writing a novel. The idea of life on other planets has always fascinated her, and she wondered what they would think of humanity, which is what spawned the idea for the plot of “Understanding the Stars”. When she’s not playing with her kids, or sorting through the endless laundry, you’ll find her watching The Walking Dead, horseback riding, or working on her next book.

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There is soooo much blue on his cover! Don’t get me wrong, I love blue. It’s my favorite color, but this being a book about different aliens; it makes me wonder if they are blue or green like in cartoons… Ok, back to reviewing!

This was an amazing audiobook! The narrator did a terrific job with voice acting and expressing feelings. Her alien acting was so great! The small pause between the introductions at the beginning of each chapter combined with the emotions that were so well broadcasted made me love this book and for some moments I even forgot the small things I was not quite ok with.

The writing was nice, the author tried (successfully) to create a story with a little bit of everything: romance, action, aliens, CIA, family drama. So I can say it satisfies a wide variety of tastes. Add to that a dose of humor, and there you have it: a nice book to pass some time.

We have two alien races, one trying to study humans and human life, the other trying to steal the technology used for this purpose. Ronan is a human born in space and raised by the good aliens, who has helped them keep an eye on Alexandra, one of the humans being watched. Once he finds out her life may be in danger, he decides to save her, abandoning his life with the ETs. Alex has her own issues at home, with her father suffering from cancer, all the while trying to keep normal appearances. So when she finds out aliens are out to get her and that someone has been watching her all her life, she has a rather “cool” reaction. She is more bothered of the fact that Ronan knows her more intimately than because of the whole extraterrestrial situation. I didn’t like her that much. She was reckless and naïve even if towards the end gets some courage.

Alex’s mother had few things to object when it came to her daughter’s decisions. She gave her too much liberty and her actions are not so much in the parental area. The cancer struggle was a theme well analyzed in the book. We get to see how it affects the person with this affliction and as well the impact on the others.

I still have a lot to say about the book, but I’m trying to keep a normal length here. I think it’s a great story, I would have liked a bit more info on the extraterrestrial beings, I would have liked a more mature Alex and maybe an ending not so rushed, regardless, this makes a great audiobook with an excellent narrator! Congratulations to Xela Culletto and Lori Prince for a great collaboration! And thanks again to Audiobookworm for such a great audiobook!

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Heartborn

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Julia Whelan

Length: 6h 20m

Publisher: Terry Maggert

Genre: Fantasy

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Her guardian angel was pushed.
Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.
Until Keiron arrives.
In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.
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Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

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I was quite confused about this story and I must admit I even lost track of the action several times. The audiobook was a welcome, as the narrator did a wonderful job of voice acting.

If I were to summarize the plot, it all starts with Keiron’s decision to save Livvy’s life. Being a Wind angel, with the purest heart, his destiny is to sacrifice himself for the well being of others. He will come to Earth from his home in the sky so he can meet his fate. Livvy was born with half of her heart and has endured several treatments and hoped for a suitable donor all her life. But it seems to be more to the story than that.

The writing was great, even if sometimes I felt it went too deep in details regarding some of the characters’ past. We find out a lot about the difficulties Livvy has had because of her condition. This makes the reader feel sympathy towards her, even if she has never looked for pity from anyone. The instant attraction between her and Keiron can be understood to a point. He did come for her specifically and she could feel his pull. But at some point, it all moved too fast.

While on Earth Keiron had his own path to follow un in the Sky his family has to fight the council  to defend one of Keiron’s brothers – the one who clipped his wings and pushed him down to Earth. I didn’t understand the need for this action, as I did not understand why didn’t they just explain the situation. And the accused son is nowhere to be found since the beginning of the book.

The ending lost me a little, as we find out what exactly was the relationship between Livvy and the other world, I didn’t get that either. I am seriously thinking of listening to the audiobook again to see what I’m missing.

The narrator was amazing! The voice acting was in perfect accordance with each character’s personality. She was a definite plus and for this reason I gave this book 4 star.

Well, let me just say that I do plan on listening to it again. This is a series that I intend to follow, as it has great potential. This is not my first book by Terry Maggert, but is definitely the best I’ve listened to. He is indeed a great writer and this series is more complex. Oh, and I hope the next book will also be narrated by Julia Whelan

 

 

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Book Review: Forbidden Promises

Celebrate the Release of FORBIDDEN PROMISES!

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O’Malleys family series, hailed as “The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet.” FORBIDDEN PROMISES features Sloan O’Malley and her mysterious new next-door neighbor, Jude MacNamara.

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 Title: Forbidden Promises

Author: Katee Robert

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Grand Central/Forever

Series: The O’Malleys

Page Count: 336 pages

Synopsis: 

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O’Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she’s free. She can live the “normal” life she’s always wanted. A life without fear. But there’s nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he’s never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it’s way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.

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My Review:

I love a little romance mixed with danger. This book is your classic version of bad guy meets good girl, bad guy grows a conscience. But the action and the ties between different families, the complications, made me spend an entire day finishing it. I must mention this is the 4th book in the series and the 1st I read. It can be treated as a standalone, but I would recommend you read the previous ones as well. It will give you a better understanding of the relationships formed and the ties between the families.

Sloan has been aware of the crime in and around her family, but she has managed to maintain a distance, trying not to let drugs or killings affect her. With the help of one of her brothers, she escapes to an isolated town on the beach, to avoid a future any of the daughters of the O’Malley family feared: being married to other lords of the crime scene, so that the family could gain more power. She never expected to fall in love, especially with Jude McNamara, a guy with a hunger for revenge more powerful than anything. He, on the other hand, only wants some fun and information.

This book is action-packed from start to end, with some twists and a good dose of sexual activities. Told on the third person, we get to experience both our main characters. The author also gave us the opportunity to explore the story from all angles. We even get to see some glimpses from some other characters, and that stimulates our chase for the other books in the series.

Sloan maintains her opinions throughout the book. She keeps her distance from the war between crime lords, even trying not to get between her brothers. She loves her family, but understands she’s different than all of them. If one of her sisters is married (happily) to one of the leaders of the crime life, trying to set him on the right path, the other sister is leading a life that drugs and alcohol dictate. Sloan just wants tranquility and she’s willing to fight for it. For a girl used to have it all, or better not used to do anything, she is brave enough to get a job and live on her own. She has seen and heard enough not to let herself collapse in tears. I loved her personality a lot! She’s one character that does not change at all, mainly because she has reached a point of maturity, where she will explore only her sexuality.

Jude only wants revenge on the Sheridans for killing his family. He has waited all his life for the perfect opportunity. However, he has not taken into account this innocent girl that makes him crazy with desire. He will unleash passion inside Sloan, while she will give him hope. But it all seems impossible to achieve.

I enjoyed every chapter and I cannot wait to get into Dimitri’s story. This is what I mostly loved about this book: it makes me read the next character’s life. However, I did not enjoy the full on sex talk. It did not sit well with how pure Sloan is. Other than that, no other complaints. I will add this series on my list and Kate Roberts is definitely an author worth following. Enjoy!

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Book Review: Unchained Melody

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Title: Unchained Melody

Author: Cynthia Roberts

Published: January 28th 2016 by Create Space (first published January 2016)

Source: e-copy received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.

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My Review:

[I have received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review this has in no way out of my opinion]

A quick an easy read, this book will keep you going till the very end, with a plot that gradually increases and characters that are easy to like.

In an attempt to have some days away from work, Pamela meets Gavin and if the instant attraction wasn’t enough, Gavin has a car accident and she is the one saving his life. Here starts a rollercoaster of emotions and life altering events that will put their feelings to test.

From writing perspective, we have only Pamela’s views and we see their turmoil more from her side. We are not offered any more of Gavin’s opinions more than he is comfortable sharing. The plot evolves gradually to a major event that will change their lives. There are some scenes that were not at all believable though, especially one particular sex episode, but other than that all looks just fine.

Now, regarding the characters, I have several complaints but as well several appreciations. On one hand, I like that both characters have the same good financial position – she is a very well-known lawyer with a nice income, he’s co-owner of several businesses. Even if the attraction is obvious, they start to bond when Pamela saves Gavin’s life. Both represent some form of a new beginning. Pamela wishes for a family; Gavin wants to share his heart with someone. The internal battle that Pamela has to face at some point is very well presented. Her will and determination are as well inspiring.

On the other hand, each character has a moment of immaturity. They have several arguments, mainly due to silly misunderstandings. I believe these reactions were exaggerated and did not sit well with their personalities.

I’m struggling a little with the rating. My score would be 3.5 stars, but if I have to around it, I will offer 4 stars, but I hope the other books in the series have more attention to details and to the characters’ personalities. The writing was great; the way the plot evolved was great, but it definitely could have been better. Looking forward for the other books as well!

Let me know your opinion below or if you have read this book or any other book by Cynthia Roberts.

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I have been writing since a Crayola was placed in my hand. My love of rcythiaeading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family.

“I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later but, life simply got in the way far too many times. I know because of those detours I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and draw upon those moments in my past many times.

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Book Tour: The Bad Boy’s Girl

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by Blair Holden
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: February 21st 2017

Summary:

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.

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 This book deals with a lot of issues, starting with insecurities and ending with family drama. I do believe is quite complex and talks about most issues that teenagers face these days. Though in the end the action dragged too much, it is a book to my liking.

So Tessa has always been bullied by her all time crush’s brother, but when her best friend starts to treat her the same, she loses her confidence and retreats from social life. Her weight does not help much either.  Years later, she finds herself with fewer kilos, face to face with her all time torturer: Cole Stone.  She now has to face not only the relationship between Jay and Nicole (crush and ex-bestie), but also Cole, who says he’s changed. Add to that some family drama.

I liked how the story started, with some memorable funny lines (which I will soon include in my Goodreads page), even some teenage wisdom.  It is narrated from Tessa’s perspective, though in the end we get to experience some of Cole’s feelings as well. The author does a great job in creating different personalities (Tessa, her friends, her brother), which all have their own story and issues.

Tessa has always been in love with Jay, always held him high. She has tried to maintain the friendship door open, behind his girlfriend’s back. When Cole returns, he has to earn her trust and her appreciation. All the while, they both have family issues of their own. While Tessa has to endure her parents’ constant arguing and her brother’s self-destruction, Cole has to suffer a jealous step brother and hold to a secret not few know.

70% of the book was amazing, but after that, I felt the action was dragged a little. I believe the book should have ended somewhere around 75%.  It looked like a completely different attitude; I could not recognize the characters and even the writing.

All in all, I am going with a 4 star rating on this one, hoping that you like it as well. Let me know your opinion in the comments bellow.

 

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BLAIR HOLDEN (@jessgirl93 on Wattpad) is a twenty-three-year-old college student by day and Wattpad author by night. Her hobbies include and are limited to obsessively scouring Goodreads and reading romance novels, with a preference for all things new adult. Her own work usually contains lots of romance, humor, angst, and brooding bad-boy heroes. Caffeine and late-night Gilmore Girls marathons help her find a balance between completing her degree and writing. She writes for herself and also to make readers swoon, laugh, and occasionally cry. Her book, THE BAD BOY’S GIRL, has amassed over 170 million reads, which absolutely baffles her. Her dream is to see her readers holding a published copy of her books and remembering how far they’ve come together!

 

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