Audiobook Review: A Witch’s Journey

Author: Tena Stetler

Narrators: Kate Tyler

Series: Lobster Cove, Book 1

Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Released: Oct. 19, 2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?

 

Best-selling author, Tena Stetler, has an over-active imagination and writes award-winning paranormal romance novels. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle.

Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Well, okay there are a few companion animals to round out the tales. Travel and adventure flourish in her novels. Any summer evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a glass of raspberry iced tea and a bowl of popcorn.

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Kate Tyler is an audiobook narrator and producer with several published audiobooks available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. A background in drama and a successful career in voiceover, Kate lives with her family in San Diego and enjoys swimming, running, cycling and stand up paddleboard.

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Give me a story about witches, put some love inside and top it all with a dose of mystery and I am hooked. That’s a success recipe for me (I can think of a few other “ingredients” but don’t apply for this story at the moment).

“Lobster Cove” series starts pretty good. We have a witch trying to settle into her new home, plan for future and fall in love. But who would have thought that she and her new partner would both harbor secrets. The relationship between Pepper and Lathen is intense and their connection is very well captured. The hero in him starts acting once Pepper’s legacy is in danger. Let’s see if they manage to combine their abilities and solve the conflict J

Normally, I would be more than happy to brag about the magic and all that. However, I feel that in case of “A Witch’s Journey” the accent was more on the romance than on the actual magic. Yes, the plot is around that, but I would have wanted more action and more danger. There are many elements thrown in there, but not linked well enough and angles that could have been better explored.

The narration was excellent. Kate Tyler’s talent at disguising her voice and put feelings in all the lines made me enjoy the book even more. I liked her voice and, most importantly, I liked the fact that I could know, from the tone of her voice, who was talking. He is a great narrator indeed!

All in all, I’m giving the story 3.5 stars, rounded to 4, for a great narration. The book is great for fans of love and witches, but from action point of view, there is a potential that is yet to be explored. Looking forward for the next books. Enjoy J

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

 

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Book Review: Crossing in Time

Author: D.L. Orton

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Press⎮2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Series: Between Two Evils, Books 1

Release date: Oct. 7, 2015

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present – and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives 20 years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured 19-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that’s a heart breaker, save the world or not.

This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it’s the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn’t have the proper footwear. It’s a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.

 

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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Here are so many exceptional thing s about this story that it’s hard to capture all of them in a short review. So I’m going to lay down just some of the aspects that I believe are interesting and that can capture your attention.

“Crossing in Time” is a combination of many elements. We have love that can withstand time and while that, the world is collapsing. Yup, collapsing. Too many things happen in the same time – bombs, invasions, Ebola and with all these, two people find a way to love each other over and over again. In the beginning I was not very convinced about their relationship, since Isabel and Diego did not have the best start ever as a couple. Over time, they become close again even if the world has other plans.

Do you thing the combination between love, time travel and world destruction is too much? Well, it can be, sometimes. I felt a little overwhelmed of the many things happening and at some point it was hard to consider it as one story.  I was experiencing two different things. On one hand, we have the specialist analyzing facts and trying to understand what’s happening, and on the other hand we have a couple who’s just trying to enjoy their life together.

Since I had the privilege to enjoy the book in audio format, the narration was fabulous. Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard bring characters to life. They share the joy and the pain in such a vivid way. They are perfect when narrating books together. I’ve heard them before and now I was even more impressed since one character has a Spanish accent and there is another one which sounds British. They are so, so incredible!

All in all, this is a great book, with perfect narrators and it is a story for everyone. It has mystery, romance, conspiracy and twists. 4 stars from my end! Happy Reading!

 

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Audiobook Review: Muriel Avenue Sluts

Author: Maggie Hasbrouck

Narrator: Julia Farmer

Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

Publisher: No Bones Studio

Released: Mar. 16, 2018

Genre: Suspense

Smart, surprising, and laced with a distinctly dark edge, Muriel Avenue Sluts is a provocative and ambitious story of suspense, revenge, love, and family ties – all in the most unexpected of places.

Seventeen-year-old Julia Turnbow’s mother gets paid to have sex; that’s just how it is. When Jules turns 18, she plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and join the exclusive world of Philadelphia’s infamous Muriel Avenue Sluts. But before all that happens, she has just one wish – to fall in love.

Just when things seem to be going her way, Jules’ world is knocked off its bearings. Her best friend, Anna, reveals that she’s being abused by one of Muriel Avenue’s gentleman clients. After a routine haircut and shave, Anna’s abuser falls to his death from a second-story balcony – and Jules is just one of two people who knows exactly what happened.

To complicate matters, Jules dives head first into a friendship with the daughter of the dead man. Greta’s a train wreck: She’s charming, unpredictable, and has one too many questions about Muriel Avenue. Then, Jules puts all of Muriel Avenue at risk with an ill-timed slip of the tongue, and she finds herself wanted by the FBI. Running from everything she’s ever cared about, all Jules wants is to get back to the people she loves.

 

 

Transplanted southerner Maggie Hasbrouck is an artist, an author, and a lover of Ferris wheels. She believes that much of our lives are spent trying to figure out the impossible riddles of love and sex. What better place to bring those issues to the surface than a brothel? Her novel, Muriel Avenue Sluts, is an edgy, coming-of-age story about a seventeen-year-old girl whose mother is a prostitute.

Hasbrouck’s large-scale paintings are represented in over 200 public and private collections throughout the world, including those of Sir Elton John, Dennis Quaid, Faith Hill, Courtney Cox, and Jon Bon Jovi.

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Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

 Clients include Kmart, Jack’s Pizza, Miller Lite, Eone Time, IRI, NOVA Southeastern University, and Jerdon.

 Provided the voice of Sarita in The Walking Dead: Season 2 video game by Telltale Games.

 Audiobook narrator with over twenty titles available via Audible.

 Voice over training at Act One Studios and Acting Studio Chicago.

 Improv and acting training at The Second City and iO, Chicago.

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This book has a very important significance. It not only raises awareness on child molestation but as well on upbringing, with accent on the environment. The author has done a great job showing the good parts and the terrible ones, mixing them in a delicate way and putting together this great book.

The blurb explains quite a lot of the action so I’m not going to do that again for you guys. I will just mention that, while the plot is very intense and things really get complicated, character development, character reactions in different moments is what I liked the most. Everything felt so natural. Jules has been raised in an environment with several moral question marks. We all know places like Muriel Avenue exist around us, we may judge those places, we may not. However, life exists inside those walls and, as we all do in our jobs, those women try to excel at theirs.

Child abuse is a theme that is developed throughout the story. It has different impact on the ones involved but we see how it affect everybody. We have “stand by”-ers and we have people that decide to act, as well as the consequences on these people. On a psychological level, this is great! And it’s shocking! There are elements that may shock you, for example: Jules knows in a few months she will sell her body for money. For that to happen, she needs to be though. She needs to attend seduction classes.

But she also wants something nice and pure of her own. Here comes Charlie, the boy she likes. Their relationship stands under “the slut” umbrella. He knows where she lives, he may not touch the subject deeply at first but I saw them as the symbol of “clean”. I was very curious to see how they evolve as a couple and how all these elements will affect their relationship (if they manage to have one by the end).

The narration is very beautiful. It has captured emotions like pain, hate, repulsion, gentleness and love. The narrator has differentiated well between characters and I really applaud her work with this audiobook.

All in all, this was a great experience and a very interesting story. I do recommend it with all my heart and I hope you all try it. The interesting concepts, the awareness, the family issues that are combined here are very well presented. It really is a book that will keep you until the very last page/minute! Enjoy J

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

 

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Audiobook Review: Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City

Author: Christine Evelyn Volker

Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir

Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

Publisher: Christine Evelyn Volker

Released: Mar. 27, 2018

Genre: Mystery

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, 40-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend – but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears?

A captivating tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth – before it’s too late.

“A riveting whodunit that makes full use of its dramatic setting.” (Kirkus Reviews)

 

Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German, and Italian. After securing a BA in Spanish and an MLS at University at Albany – SUNY, followed by an MBA at UC Berkeley, she was drawn to international banking and became a senior vice president at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy, where she immersed herself in the language and made frequent visits to Venice. Venetian Blood marks a return to her roots in the humanities, and just won the Sarton Women’s Book Award for contemporary fiction.

She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.

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Gabrielle has narrated over 400 hundred titles specializing in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. Her “velvet touch” as an actors’ director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost choice for best-selling authors and celebrities. Short list of those directed: Anne Hathaway, Emilio Estevez, Wil Wheaton, Dr. Daniel G. Amen, Elijah Wood, Deepak Chopra, Eric Idle, Nancy Cartwright, Michael York, Ed Herrmann, and Joe Mantegna. She is the writer and director of the Award winning short film THE DELIVERY, which deals with an Alice-in-Wonderland version of audio books. She spent her childhood in Rome growing up with her wildly artistic and cinematic father, John de Cuir, four-time Academy Award winning Production Designer, an upbringing that her to be fluent in Romance languages and to have an unusual appetite for visual delights.)

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Ok, let me jump right into my thoughts about this story. First and most important thing to mention is that the writing was fantastic, as well as the narration. No, the narration was more than I could have ever expected for a book with this plot.

Let’s detail a little on some aspects. As the blurb says, the action happens in Venice, a crowded city, full of mysteries and tragedies, as well as art and history. The descriptions are very vivid and the amount of historical info we are shared during the pages is interesting to know. Characters are very particular. They have different personalities and it’s visible the amount of detail the author has put in depicting their traits.

Anna’s efforts to clear her name put her in contact with these different people, form different social categories. In the same time, she is facing her past, she is facing a broken marriage and an uncertain future. The plot is well built and it took me quite a while to identify who did it (actually, it was a wild guess…) and that kept me so focused and curious to see what’s next.

The narration was absolutely perfect! The narrator not only changed her voice to differentiate between the characters, but her accents, the variety of those accents is incredible. She is fantastic and I can only be so happy to have discovered her work with this book.

All in all, I loved the story, the writing and the narration. However, I find myself decreasing one star as it was difficult for me to focus on the events with the many descriptions and changes in accents. This is not a reflection on the quality of the book (I fully believe it deserves more than 5 stars!!!), but just a reflection of my experience while listening to it. So 4 stars and my appreciation to all the work that was put into “Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City”

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

 

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Audiobook Review: Deep Shadow

Author: Nick Sullivan

Narrator: Nick Sullivan

Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

Publisher: Wild Yonder Press

Released: May 1, 2018

Genre: Action-Adventure

In the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, something lethal is on the move.

Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Diver’s Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.

From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, Deep Shadow takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.

“The age-old adage of ‘write what you know’ becomes very important when you write about a technical subject like scuba diving. When you get all the details right, and throw in just the right amounts of action, humor, romance, and suspense, you have a novel like this.” – Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of “Fallen Out”.

 

Born in East Tennessee, NICK SULLIVAN has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. Nick has been an avid scuba diver for many years and his travels to numerous Caribbean islands have inspired this series. His first novel, “Zombie Bigfoot”, hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.

NICK SULLIVAN has been narrating audiobooks for over twenty years, recording over four hundred titles and receiving numerous AudioFile Earphones and Audie nominations and awards. He has worked extensively on Broadway and at many U.S. theaters. His TV credits include The Good Wife, The Affair, Divorce, Younger, Bull, Madam Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, and all three Law and Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother and Private Life. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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What a journey!!! I was so captivated by … everything in this story. I liked the characters, the scenes, the knowledge, the action, the suspense. I liked quite a lot about it. So how could I not give my 5 stars to a book that has kept me reading and reading (well, actually “listening and listening” – it’s getting confusing at one point).

As the blurb says, the action starts when divemaster Boone Fischer finds out that under the waters of this beautiful island of Bonaire, really ugly things happen. Crime lords, drugs and a lot of twists start. He has his partner Emily and together will try and uncover the sea’s mysteries.

I was a fan of the action. The characters are well developed and Boone and Emily form a bond throughout the book, but the plot is absolutely fantastic with a lot of shifts and things you have no way of expecting. The writing is beautiful as well, the descriptions are vivid and the amount of research the author has put into his book is easy to observe.

Since the author is the narrator as well, we have first-hand experience of what he imagined his characters sound like. I like it when authors decide to tell their own book and I feel the experience is more complete in this way. But Nick Sullivan does it very well. He deals well with the accents and differentiating between characters.

Now, without taking too much of your time, please give “Deep Shadow” a try, as it will take you to a journey through the underwater life and it will give you the adventure of a lifetime! I’d like to think that even in our daily lives, we have no way of knowing what exactly in under a serene façade. So this book gives you quite an idea. Enjoy!

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

 

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Audiobook Review: Every Rose

Author: Nancy Warren

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 4 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: Ambleside Publishing⎮2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Take A Chance, Book 4

Release date: Jun. 18, 2015

Every Rose has its thorns….

Rose Chance is a dedicated Portland physician who loves shoes, clothes, and the finer things in life. Her colleagues call her Dr. Vogue, and she won’t even look at a man unless he’s rich. And preferably titled.

Her colleague, Matt Vasilopolous, is a Greek immigrant made good. He dresses like a schlep, always needs a shave, and doesn’t seem to own a comb.

Rose can’t stand a man who looks like a tramp. Matt loathes a woman who looks down at him. But when they’re thrown together to save a life one day, and find themselves in the same wedding party the next, Rose and Matt can no longer deny the attraction between them.

With an English baronet and his stately home in the offing, though, will Rose choose the man she’s dreamed of her whole life or the one her heart craves?

This is the fourth novel in the Take a Chance series of romantic comedies. All the books can be heard independently, but are also connected.

 

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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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I had so much fun listening to this audiobook. I loved it just as much as the other ones from the “Take a Chance” series, just that in case of “Every Rose” I had quite some fun. There were some pretty good lines there that put big smiles on my lips and I found myself enjoying it more than the others, even if I have some small comments in regards to the characters.

This forth book brings us the story of Rose Chance (the doctor) and Matt Vasilopolous (the surgeon). None of them want to become involved with a fellow colleague, but one of them is willing to try. Both are different, but one of them is willing to overlook the differences and adjust to the other’s “complains”. Their relationship is beautiful and starts… out of the blue I might say.

 Rose has always wanted more than what she had growing up. She wants fancy clothes, fine food and beautiful restaurants. Matt has grown up knowing what it is to struggle for money and he is not ashamed to admit it. That’s why Rose seems too arrogant to him. Once they start knowing more about each other, Matt is completely taken by the flawless doctor. Still, is she willing to overlook his profession and his imperfect looks? That’s something for you to find out.

As opposed to the other books in the series, Rose is a bit too focused on the material aspect of life and I did not like that very much. Also, things happen to sudden, especially in the end. Also, the reaction Rose has once finding out who her real parents are is treated with less importance than I would have expected.

I cannot complain at all about the narration, it was very much to my liking, the same as in the other books. The narrator managed to change her voice very well, considering the diversity of the characters that could be together in one scene.

To close up, even if there were some items that did not stand well with me, I think the writing and the amount of fun I had listening to “Every Rose” are far more important. So 4.5 stars for the fourth book in the “Take a Chance” series. Enjoy!

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Audiobook Review: Man’s Ruin

Author: Nicola R. White

Narrator: Carol Ayon

Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Series: Original Sin, Book 1

Publisher: Strange Roads Press

Released: Oct. 31, 2017

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Magdalene is a mob-connected madam. Tommy Flynn is the hitman who loves her. And when they’re framed for the murder of a rival crime boss’s favorite son, Magdalene fears the sins of her past have come back to haunt her.

After spending half a lifetime in a seamy underworld where love is for sale and men worship at the altar of sex and greed, claiming sanctuary in a cathedral is the last thing she wants to do – and the only chance she has to find out who set her up. With all clues pointing to Magdalene’s ex-lover, a working girl called Lola, the legendary madam is reluctant to trust Tommy, a smooth-talking hired gun, and risk being burned again.

But as time grows short and secrets are revealed, Magdalene will have to look into the dark places inside herself if she is to catch a killer and survive with body and soul intact. In the corrupt city of Crawley, Massachusetts, passion, crime, and religion collide in this steamy, neo-noir romantic thriller.

 

Nicola R. White comes from a small city on the east coast of Canada where ghost stories and superstitions abound. Although she is a lawyer by profession, her passion is reading and writing fiction. In 2016, Nicola’s debut novel, Fury’s Kiss, won the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Romance. She is currently producing her first graphic novel.

Nicola is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. She is a frequent guest and speaker at literary events such as Word on the Street and Hal-Con, the largest sci fi/fantasy convention east of Montreal.

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I may not be your typical audiobook narrator, but then again maybe I am. I have a passion for acting and received my undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts. I went on to pursue a graduate degree in Elementary Education and found that my favorite part of the day was during Read Aloud time. It was during that time that I could bring stories to life for my students and help them get caught up in a story. I loved to hear them say, “Keep going!” when it was time to stop. I continue to act in local stage productions but hope to begin a long career in audio book narration.

Every time I read a dark romance book (or listen to, in this case) I am remembered how different this is to the other Romance subgenres. This is not a book for everyone. Well, actually this is not a genre for everyone. I have some difficulties with it, but I liked the story in “Man’s Ruin”. There were some issues I was not convinced by, but it kept my interest and it made me feel part of that environment.

On one side, we have Magdalene, forced to sell her body in order to survive life on the streets. Soon she becomes in charge of a brothel and a trusted member of a criminal organization. On the other we have Tommy Flynn, who’s had to work as a hitman for the same organization. Both know what life in the underworld is like and probably the thing that gives them some form of hope is the love they have for one another. Once they are framed for murder, things get complicated. And believe me, in this book, the complications, the web of corruption, of murder and betrayal are so far beyond what you would have imagined. Both characters have a complicated past that will come back for them.

The relationship between Magdalene and Tommy is based on trust from the first moment they act on the attraction. They know very well what the other does, they tell each other things (we will soon find out that Tommy is the only one who knows her real name) and they don’t expect love in their ugly environment. While Tommy is more firm in his decisions, Magdalene (being a woman…) is not that trustful and has her doubts, which in some scenes I could not understand. That makes them human and flawed. And I liked it.

The narration was not to my liking that much. While Carol Ayon played with the accents in case of our main characters, I had difficulties distinguishing between the other characters. Also, the intonation didn’t make me confortable enough, especially in the scenes that were supposed to inspire fear of a more powerful feeling. However, I do appreciate the effort she put in Tommy and Magdalene.

All in all, I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the complexity of it all. The author spent a lot of time developing the characters, but the plot is very well built as well. I wish some of the parts would have been more explored, even if this would have made a bigger book.  But 3.5 stars go to “Man’s Ruin” and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well J

 

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

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