Review: Playing Without Rules (Men of Spring Baseball #1) by Rachelle Ayala

My ReviewsThe truth always has a way of finding the light.


Playing Without Rules is Book 1 of 4 in the Men of Spring Baseball Series by Rachelle Ayala.

There are currently only 2 available in audio, but the rest are due soon!

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel narrate the series.
(They are an awesome duo!)

HEA with no cliffhangers!

Being the first in the series, this could be read as a standalone. I personally would suggest starting with the novella.

Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins

Content Advisory:
Author’s Heat rating is Steamy: Sex and lovemaking shown with naughty words for body parts. Love and lust intertwined, but couple is monogamous.




♥ Story ♥

This is a tale of second chances. If you are into those kinds of tales, then you are going to like this. As a mom, I can relate to wanting whats best for your child. I didn’t quite agree with some of Marcia’s actions, but could understand the logic behind her choices.


Marcia ❤ Brock


Marcia

Marcia Powers told a lie four years ago over a miscommunication and has been running from it ever since, despite never leaving her small town. The holes she digs for herself just keep expanding, as all lies do. Bianca is the one that truly suffers in the wake of her mother’s delusions of grandeur.

Brock

Brock Carter did what the love of his life asked of him and left town to pursue his baseball career. He wanted to make himself worthy of her heart. Now he’s back, and determined to claim his dream, but Marcia doesn’t want him to have anything to do with her or her “little sister”. A child that just happens to be close in age to the time frame he left town, but that thought never occurs.

I had more feels for Brock and the other members of Marcia’s family than I did for her. She is a sloppy stack of pancakes on a good day, and she is a bit of a hypocrite. Luckily, the extra personalities balances everything out. There is a sneak peak at the end for Book 02, Playing Catch and it is quite amusing. I can’t wait!


Audio Sample from Audible


♥ Author ♥

Rachelle Ayala really brings the drama with this story! But don’t fret fans, there is hot steamy goodness too.

Rachelle has 21 Audio Titles.


♥ Narrator(s)♥

This whole series is voiced by one of the best duos out there! Tor Thom & Charley Ongel deliver again! Their performances make you love a character as much as you want to smack them for being an idiot.

Tor has 19 Audio Titles

Charley has 28 Audio Titles


Playing Without Rules

Men of Spring Baseball Series

Written by Rachelle Ayala

Read by Tor Thom & Charley Ongel

Ebook obtained through the Kindle Store
Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Review: In Debt to the King (Shifter Fight League #1)

My ReviewsHot tiny taste!


In Debt to the King is #01 of the 05 part Shifter Fight League Series by Mina Carter.

Currently only #01 is in audio

Meghan Kelly narrates the series.

This is a continuing story.

These are connected by characters and story arc. If read as standalones, there would be spoilers for the earlier ones.

Length: 29 mins

Content Advisory:
There is HOT sex and dirty talk, all kinds of “C“, “P“, & “F” words were used. YUM!



♥ Story ♥

This title is super short but it defiantly wets the apatite for more!

Zara Hunter is in a bind. Her father ran off with the money she owes Reese and it’s A LOT. She fears for her and her bother’s life and is prepared to beg if that’s what keeps them both alive. She isn’t prepared for the payment he requests!

Logan Reese controls all the shifter fight clubs in the city and not someone you want to make an enemy of. He is prepared to crack some skulls until he comes face to face with Zara. She makes his Lion purr! Logan doesn’t just want her, he NEEDS her! He makes her an offer she can’t refuse and HOT times ensue! My only complaint is that the rest is not in audio yet.


Audio Sample from Audible


♥ Author ♥

This is my 1st read/listen by Mina Carter, and it was SMEXY! Looking forward to more.

Mina has 04 Audio Titles


♥ Narrator(s)♥

Meghan Kelly did an awesomely HOT job! Very sexy!

Meghan has 148 Audio Titles


In Debt to the King

Shifter Fight League Series

Written by Mina Carter

Read by Meghan Kelly

Ebook obtained through Scribd
Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Review: The HOT Wolf (Werewolves On Heat #1)

My ReviewsHot Werewolf Indeed!


The Hot Wolf is #01 of 03 in Werewolves On Heat Series by Ellie Valentina.

Currently only #01 & #02 are in audio, but there are plans for #3 to follow.

Meghan Kelly narrates the series.

HEA with no cliffhangers!

These are connected by characters and story arc. If read as standalones, there would be spoilers for the earlier ones.

Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins

Content Advisory:
There are some sex references and scenes, but no “C” words were used.

Ebook currently free with Kindle Unlimited



♥ Story ♥

Ava ❤ Chase

The Hot Wolf starts with a bang, quite literally!

The action doesn’t stop there, it carries on throughout the whole story. It all comes around full circle leaving you with a happy tear at the end.


​“I only remember his eyes,” Ava had insisted then. “His eyes were hazel, but the most amazing green and goldish brown mixture I have ever seen.”


Ava

Ava Sparks is an orphan taken in by Drake and Sandra Sparks at age 10, to which she was promptly put into training to be a werewolf assassin. She is on a job at the beginning of the story that doesn’t go as planned. The damage manages to knock some memories loose that she cannot account for. All of these events set her on the path to her future, just not quite the way she had envisioned!


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Chase

Chase Elliot is gorgeous, a billionaire, and a werewolf. He is Ava’s “Hail Mary Pass” of a job to get back into her parents good graces. Once they lock eyes though, all bets are off! Neither one is ready to let go of the other, but secrets can only keep for so long before they have to deal with the reality of the situation.


“From the ashes of hate sprung great love.”
–Elena


All is not as it seems,and the twists are crazy good! The truth can hurt though when you are left with the quilt of your actions. Rufus will make you laugh. The horse falls asleep standing in the street! Seriously! I can’t wait to continue this series.


“Rufus is an excellent mount, and he loves a pretty woman.”
–Chase


♥ Author ♥

This is my 1st read/listen by Ellie Valentina, and if I wasn’t already hooked by the end of the book, she would of clinched it with that last bit about the senator’s son! Looking forward to more.

Ellie has 13 Audio Titles


♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Meghan Kelly gave a solid performance. Her pace was good, keeping up with the energy of the scene.

Meghan has 148 Audio Titles


The HOT Wolf

Werewolves On Heat Series

Written by Ellie Valentina

Read by Meghan Kelly

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited
Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Review: The Innocent Dead (The Maid, Mother, and Crone #1) by Jill Nojack

My ReviewsGhosts, witches, and kittens oh my!


The Innocent Dead is a Cozy Mystery and #1 in The Maid, Mother, and Crone Series by Jill Nojack.

Read by Brian Callanan

HFN Ending

This series is a spin-off of the Bad Tom Series.
You get a temporary ending point, but the overall story arc continues.
My philosophy is ALWAYS to read a series in order! :-).

Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins

Content Advisory:
There are some mild sex references and scenes, but not much and no “C” words were used.



♥ Story ♥

The Innocent Dead hits the ground running, and almost leaves those of us who have not read the previous series behind. It took me a while to aclimate to this title, but once I caught on, I didn’t want to let go!

The series focuses on the triad of Maid, Mother, and Crone. Don’t assume elder witch Natalie is the crone, because she will be more than happy to tell you why you are wrong. The ladies of the story all come with their own strengths and weaknesses, but each one is just as endearing. There is also potential fresh blood being introduced.

This story has a mystery at it’s heart, and it is an adventure to figure out. A murderer from the past is killing again, but the one they are blaming has been missing for several decades. Lucky for them, Natalie sees dead people, quite litereally. But how do you explain that to a skeptic Sherriff? Seriously, they need to get that guy a girlfriend.

It’s entertaining, heartwarming, and all magical. I want to read the Bad Tom series now. Hopefully that will come to audio in the near future. I will definately be listening to the rest of this series.


Audio Sample from Audible


♥ Author ♥

This is my 1st read/listen by Jill Nojack. This is her only audio title, but I hope they bring her other series to audio too! Her characters have such heart, and I want more!
Jill has 1 Audio titles.


♥ Narrator(s) ♥

This is my 1st listen by Brian Callanan and he did an amazing job. He did a full cast of characters, both male and female, and I couldn’t help but get lost.
Brian has 21 Audio titles.



The Innocent Dead

The Maid, Mother, and Crone Series

Written by Jill Nojack

Read by Brian Callanan

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Review: Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington

My ReviewsA good start to a promising series!


Asher Black is #01 of 05 in The Five Syndicates Series
(get it, 5) by Parker S. Huntington. The first 2 are published but only #1 is on Audible. The full series list can be found in the book itself or on the author’s page here.

Lacy Laurel narrates this title.

HEA with no cliffhanger!

This series is connected by characters, the school, and the mob, as far as I can tell. This is the first in the series and only one in audio. My philosophy is ALWAYS to read a series in order! :-).

Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins

Warning: SEX!
Yes, both in thoughts and actions, but very little. If you do not like sex, then you should avoid.

Trigger Warnings
Lucy has unplesant memories of potenial child abuse.



♥ Story ♥

Lucy ❤ Asher

Asher Black is a mafia/new adult romance (my classification, not official). This is the first in The Five Syndicates Series series. 5 are planned.


It’s like a modern day Cinderella story, only I lost a burner phone not a glass slipper .


Lucy

Lucy, almost everything about my name is fake, is a former foster kid that likes to run away from her problems. She is on scholarship at an Ivy league school where she instantly bonds with her roommate Aimee. Lucy is dragged to a hot club which sets into motion life altering events.

Lucy has a lot of baggage and can give you whiplash with her back and foth emotions. Her courage intrigues Asher, and thus goes our adventure.


Audio Sample from Audible


Asher

Asher Black is the true hero in this story, in my opinion! He is known as a mafia fixer, but if you ask him about it, he would say otherwise. Asher is not a man to be crossed, but not everyone is smart enough to listen. He goes out of his way for Lucy and is fairly honest with her, despite her not doing the same. He needs a fake fiance to keep from being voted out of his company. Guess who that is?

I feel like I can’t really comment on too much more without spoiling something, so please see the completed Read Along With Me for this title. Read Along With Me: Asher Black




There is not any info given for the other 4 books in this series except for #2 which has been published. Book #02, Niccolaio Andretti, features the mean girl schoolmate Minka and Niccolaio, who Asher called ‘One of His’. Book #03, Bastiano Romano, is about Asher’s ‘brother’, Bastian. Book #04, Marco Camerino, is possibly about Asher’s friend Mark, but not for sure. Book #05, Rafaello Rossi, is not a name I came across, even in part. I’m hoping for it to be the secret name of Xavier. :-).

This was a good start to a promising series. I look forward to listening to more in the future.

♥♥


I owe a favor to a mobster .
How the Hell did that happen?


♥ Author ♥

This is my 1st read/listen by Parker S. Huntington, and she has me hooked! The world setup is believable and there are definitely some characters I want more of.

Parker has 01 Audible Titles, this was her first!


♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Lacy Laurel gave yet another solid performance. The main characters were spot on!. The characters got a bit muddied when there were several in the same scene, but overall not too noticeable.

Lacy has 61 Audible Titles


Asher Black

The Five Syndicates Series

Written by Parker S. Huntington

Read by Lacy Laurel

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review