Review: The Billionaire’s Touch (The Sinclairs #3) By J.S. Scott


Evan has definitely met his match!

The Billionaire’s Touch is #03 in the The Sinclair’s Series by J.S. Scott.

Elizabeth Powers narrates.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing. 👍

At the time of this posting, this title is currently available to Read and Listen for Free as part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.

Evan Sinclair is the last sibling to take a mate. He has always taken care of his younger siblings, or at least tried to. His path has been more difficult than you might think. There is a sad reason why he is so uptight. His father quite literally beat it into him that he was a disabled disappointment. My heart wept for him.

This story is a take on the you’ve got mail theme and starts back at the beginning. The email correspondence starts during the events of book 0.05 when Randi sends an email to the Sinclair Foundation in case Emily isn’t successful in her request for Grady to help save Christmas. Of course Evan is the one to respond to that initial email, and not politely either. Randi’s response is priceless and really sets the whole tone. It lets you know that Evan is in for a ride, and that it’s going to be good!

 

Evan ❤ Randi

 

Miranda “Randi” Tyler has been with us from the beginning. Best friend to Emily, as well as fast friends to the other females in town. She is a teacher by trade, like her parents, but also tutors children at the community center. Her backstory is just as sad as Evan’s. These trust issues make her have some stupid moments, but luckily they don’t last long.

Even though the main siblings are taken care of, the series is not over. Up to this point you should be acquainted with the cousins. They have visited and have been talked about. Micah, Julian, and Xander are the next bachelors up for Beatrice to match with their mates. So don’t fret yourself friends. There is lots more Sinclair goodness to come!

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J.S. Scott has made room in the Sinclair family for more. I am very happy for this addition!

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Elizabeth Powers continues to narrate and I think will keep doing so in the future titles. This is a positive thing!

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.

 

 

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Review: The Forbidden Billionaire (The Sinclairs, #2) By J.S. Scott


Broody Jared is SO Much More!

The Forbidden Billionaire is #02 in the The Sinclair’s Series by J.S. Scott.

Elizabeth Powers narrates.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing.

At the time of this posting, this title is currently available to Read and Listen for Free as part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.

Up to this point Jared has been Moody and Broody! I had mixed feelings going into this story. On one hand he has been a d*ck and not yet redeemed himself for a HEA. On the other hand, I want to know what crawled up his bum and died because there has to be a story there. I was sure it was the after effects of his horrid father, but it turns out there is so much more!

Jared ❤ Mara

Mara Ross is suffering from financial woes! Dolls are in her blood but not exactly profitable these days. The town doll shop has been in the family for generations as well as the apartment above it. Needed repairs have not been made in a long while and when she tries to get the landlord to finally fix it, she is informed that the plans are for destruction rather than updates. She doesn’t have any family left to turn to, so she ends up accepting help from an unlikely source.

Jared Sinclair is number four in the Sinclair line. This makes him the the youngest brother, but still older than Hope. His story starts off rather dark, as he apparently has some guilt issues that are being remedied with booze. Now five years later, he finds himself obsessed with the little shop girl in the run-down house. He can’t stand to see her hurt and offers to help with the situation. Of course he doesn’t mention that HE is the landlord that she is having issue with. He follows her to the farmers market and discovers her other more flavorable talents. He recognizes this to be her ticket out of financial woes and his ticket out of guilt.

There are things that Jared did that I had completely contributed to another sibling. Maybe I heard wrong in the past 3 stories, maybe I didn’t. All I know is that those things alone could redeem him, but it doesn’t stop there. Deep down he is a family man at heart who truly loves his siblings and would do anything for them. He brings that truth and loyalty to the table which makes him worthy of his HEA.

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Lots of side character action to get excited about if you have been reading or listening in order. Dante and Sarah have their wedding which Mara gets to participate in. Future heros and heroines are introduce. Beatrice is up to her match-making ways for she is determined to have the whole Sinclair clan hitched by Christmas. This series just keeps getting better!

 

 

J.S. Scott has made a family to fall in love with. I look foward to listening to Evan’s story!

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Elizabeth Powers narrates this story with great consitancy. She does well with all character types.

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.

 

 

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Review: The RED Wolf (Werewolves On HEAT #02) by Ellie Valentina

My ReviewsHeat, Heart, And Secrets!

The RED Wolf is #02 of 03 in Werewolves On Heat Series by Ellie Valentina.

Meghan Kelly narrates the series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are all in the same world, however I have yet to find any other connections. As of now, reading them as standalones should be OK.

Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, so if that bothers you then you should avoid.

Ebook currently free with Kindle Unlimited

♥ Story ♥

I was not able to find any direct character, location, or group connections between books one and two. If anyone has other info on that, please let me know. Both have werewolves as well as the heroine having majorly F*d up family situations. Josephine’s family life is not as heart breaking as Ava’s, but just as suspenseful.

Josephine ❤ Edward

Josephine Lancaster had a one night stand at her BFF’s wedding that left behind a gift of its own. Before she could process that fact, her father let drop his plans to be marry her to his much older business partner for better financial gain. Horrified, Josie ran and ended up getting a job with the last person she could of imagined, the father of her baby. Despite her bravery in avoiding a sham of a marriage, she turns into a big chicken when it comes to telling her baby-daddy the truth.

Edward Jake Hunter has secrets and trust issues of his own. After being used and manipulated for his gifts in the past, he is suspicious of most. Jake owns a construction business and is in desperate need of a new assistant, and is shocked to find the beautiful wedding fling as a potential hire. He wants her as much as before, but has reservations. Being the most qualified, he has no choice but to hire her. He knows she is hiding something, but is hoping its not as sinister as past experiences.

One might think they know how this is going to play out, but you would be wrong. The RED Wolf is so much more. There are several twist you won’t see coming. The secrets flow out at the speed of molasses, which can be a bit frustrating. It pays off if you can hold on and you will be left on the edge of your seat in the interim. There is heat and heart, and you won’t be disappointed. I was hoping for a side character to be the focus of the third book, but sadly, I don’t think that is the case. Maybe one will show up in a future book or spin-off series. Fingers crossed! 🤞

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♥ Author ♥

Ellie Valentina writes some hot shifter stories. Hoping for more from this world. Lots of secondary characters to explore!

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♥ Narrator ♥

Meghan Kelly brings the drama and the love with her performance. She will also be narrating the next one too.

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Normal speed was fine, but I found slightly slower sounded best. I listened at 0.95 speed. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

The RED Wolf

Werewolves On Heat Series

Written by Ellie Valentina

Read by Meghan Kelly

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited.

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

Audiobookworm Blog Tour: A Witch’s Path, Book 4

A Witch’s Concern

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrators: 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

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

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 Catherine Winkel

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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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.

 

Q&A with Laurie Catherine Winkel

 

  1. How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    1. Well, I was encouraged to do so by my professor, Paul Meier, who I had no idea was a big name in the audiobook world for his dialect coaching and founding the IDEA archives. I kind of stumbled into it later when I was asked to audition for a program called Kansas Audio Reader in college, which was a specialized radio broadcast for the blind. For three years I ran a program reading YA books for blind teens. I had no idea it was going to be so relevant to my life.
  2. Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    1. Because I had unknowingly gained all that experience in nonprofit, and training in my acting work, I found the performance pretty accessible. What was throw-your-headphones-at-the-wall infuriating was all the tech! I am not a tech-savvy person, and learning even the basic specs of audio recording was a huge struggle. When troubleshooting one of my first home-recorded books, I spent so much time on internet forums that my eyes dried out and I got a twitch. But there’s a lot of help available on the internet if you ask the right questions.
  3. A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    1. I think a theatre background is an excellent addition to any performance-based career. You simply won’t get the same depth from acting into a vacuum all the time. Speaking into a microphone feels like that to me — we are our own directors, coaches, and engineers.
  4. What type of training have you undergone?
    1. I studied with Paul Meier, one of the top dialect coaches in the world. I have a BA in theatre from the University of Kansas. And I’m always taking acting classes. Any serious actor should never stop learning and coaching.
  5. How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    1. Honestly, I get burned out vocally before mentally. I have to take breaks and rotate with other projects.
  6. Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    1. Absolutely. I have to drive a lot, so I cycle between about a dozen audiobooks and podcasts at any given time.

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Review: A Witch’s Concern (Witch for Hire #4) by N.E. Conneely

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Absolute Power Might Not Corrupt Absolutely, But It Is Addictive!

A Witch’s Concern is #4 in the Witch for Hire Series by N.E. Conneely.

Jeff Hays and Laurie Catherine Winkel narrates.

This has multiple POVs, but it is a continuing story arc revolving around One Main Character! HFN endings with no BIG cliffhangers, but there ARE open issues.
I would advise to read these in order to get the most out of the experience.

Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins

Content Warning: Still PG in terms of steam.

 

 

♥ Story ♥

 

A lot of things were tied up in the Witch’s Path Box Set, but now the big picture issues are manifesting. Michelle and Elron can at least lean on each other for their PTSD issues. Plus, there is a wedding, eventually! The ebook counterpart is available through the Kindle Unlimited program.

 

“It’s a pleasure to have you here to witness the union between Nancy Gretchen Oaks, outcast, and Greg Patrick Nelson of the Docga. As the lot of you have had twenty years to protest this union, any complaints you have now should be kept to yourselves.”
— Nana

 

It is eluded that there may of been a small breather, but this starts out crazy and doesn’t let up. Sylvia’s warning of more demons to come was a serious one, but no one truly knows when or where. Varro’s knowledge and the Tree’s gift are not things to be ignored, but Michelle’s stubborn butt is determined to do so. I yelled at her so much during this book because she should know better by now! Seriously!

A lot of characters are total Twat Bags, but they made the loyal ones shine even more. Amber, Nana, and Elron are the best and need an award, or a cake!

 

Gretchen, This Throat Punch is for you!

 

Its all self fulfilling prophecies. They all bring it onto themselves, and most get their due. The ending opens up a whole new can of hot mess and that is not even including the impending Demon problem. I am sure there is more crazy to come in the future! My fingers crossed for a Michelle and Elron wedding, but I’m not holding my breathe.

 

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♥ Author ♥

 

N.E. Conneely Continues to fill in blanks, as she draws new ones.

 

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♥ Narrator(s) ♥

 

Jeff Hays and Laurie Catherine Winkel narrate. This is a true Duet so all the characters are the same voice all the time no matter who’s POV the chapter is focused on. It’s the BEST way!

 

Jeff Hays continues to voice all the guys, Yay! He is still amazeballs, but he is getting a partner in crime this time around, and it is only getting better!

 

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Laurie Catherine Winkel does all the girls and perfectly complements Jeff. They make an awesome duet team!

 

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A Witch’s Concern

Witch for Hire Series

Written by N.E. Conneely

Read by Jeff Hays

And Laurie Catherine Winkel

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

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

Review: Stray by Natasha Stories

My Reviews2 Souls & A Dog, Seeking Love & Redemption!

Stray is a standalone, by Natasha Stories.

Jeffrey Kafer & Sierra Kline narrates.

HEA, no cliffhangers!

This is a standalone title. Read at your liesure..

Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins

Content Warning
SEX?: Yes Both in thoughts and actions, so if you do not like sex, then you should avoid.

 

 

♥ Story ♥

I think just about every character in this story is a Stray in one way or another. The story takes place in Sunshine, Colorado which has a small town/touristy vibe. There is deep history that is at the root of things. A lot of closet to shake out skeletons.

Jon ❤ Erin

Jon Miles’ father is the one who betrayed the the town of Sunshine, but Jon is the one paying the price. He has inherited his father’s shares of the company and wants to undo the wrongs to prevent more damage to the local area. He knows it’s not going to be easy, but things get tricky as the secrets start to spill out.

Erin Timms is trying to make her dreams come true, despite her current and past set backs. She is trying to save up to buy the Vet clinic she works for, but the boss’s daughter is trying her patience and making her question her decisions. Jon brings an injured stray to Erin at the clinic and all of their lives are forever changed, including the dog.

 

The large number of subplots are a doubled edged sword to me. They are set up, explained, then solved, nothing is left “unanswered”. I just need more! Just a little bit, to make it feel complete. Its not a biggie kind of issue, just keeps it from being a five stars listen for me. I’m going to forever wonder about Minerva’s health and if Mrs. P. ever found Maharajah?! Not to mention the question poised at the end as to how? Can’t really say more but when you get to the Epilogue, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Doesn’t change the outcome of anything, it just perplexes the mind!

 

 

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♥ Author ♥

This was my first listen/read by Natasha Stories, and won’t be my last. Great characters. Max totally stole the show!

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♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Stray has Two(2) Narrators:
Jeffrey Kafer & Sierra Kline.

Jeffrey Kafer was great. Both with voices as well as the general story narration. He did drop the ball a couple of times with Mrs. P. if she was sharing the scene with Jon. Jeffrey is an excellent performer with a long list of titles. This is not my first, nor my last. Several of his titles are on my wish-list.

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This was my first listen by Sierra Kline. She was great at evoking the emotions. I would listen to more titles performed by her.

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♥ Audio Production ♥

The original speed was not consistant. Some chapters seemed slow with others being a bit too fast. I ended up settling on @ 1.05 speed. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

 

Stray

Written by Natasha Stories

Read by Jeffrey Kafer

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Sierra Kline

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

Review: The Sheikh’s Secret Son (Sharjah Sheikhs #3) by Leslie North

My ReviewsHidden Agendas & Babies!

The Sheikh’s Secret Son is #3 of the Sharjah Sheikhs Series
by Leslie North.

Nicholas Thurkettle narrates.

HEA, NO cheating, no cliffhangers!

Even though these are listed as being able to be read as standalones, they are connected by characters. I always advise to read in order to get the most out of the experience.

Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins

Content Warning
SEX?: OH YEAH! Both in thoughts and actions, so if you do not like sex, then you should avoid.


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♥ Story ♥

This is the last book in the Sharjah Sheikhs Series. Last but not least to the table is middle brother Zaid. Lucky for him, the precedent for choosing your own bride has already been set! The Sheikh’s Secret Son ebook is part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

 

Zaid ❤ Rebecca

 

Sheikh Zaid Al-Qasimi has a secret past that has secrets of its own! He never forgot his affair with the beautiful American five years ago, however time and circumstance made it practically impossible for them to have more. He is surprised but happy to see her in the palace with the diplomatic tour. Zaid’s attempts to pick-up where they left off falls flat, and it doesn’t take too long for him to find out why.

 

Rebecca Reid had a wondrously short affair with a sexy Sheikh, 5 years ago! She finds him hard to forget, especially when she sees his eyes every night when she reads them a bedtime story. She has a political agenda of her own, but it doesn’t include letting Zaid know of his son! Pretty F*d up considering how much of a brat she is to him when she first gets there. You know what they say about assuming?! Donkey City!

 

 

Despite the rough start to their reunion, they eventually work it out, that they are on the same team. They have to rally if they want to save Zaid’s people and economy as well their son. Lots of good plot twists to close out the series! The last few paragraphs of the story are the BEST! Even though I wanted to slap Rebecca in the back of the head a couple of times for being so rude, this is still my ♥ Favorite ♥ of the three! Lots of heart!

 

“It doesn’t have to stop ever,” …
… “I have you now, and I will always have you.”
— Zaid


♥ Author ♥

Leslie North loves her Sheikhs, and I am perfectly good with that! This was a very satisfying set of brothers. Sharjah Sheikhs: The Complete Series was released in March, so makes it a Definite buy/credit choice!

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♥ Narrator ♥

The only bad thing I can say about Nicholas Thurkettle’s performance is that its over. Luckily he also narrates the Adjalane Sheikhs Series! Nicholas does sexy Sheikhs oh so good!

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♥ Audio Production ♥

I forgot to change my speed back to 1 after my last audiobook, (so wished it reset automatically if you are starting at page one). I ended up listening @ 0.95 speed, which sounded fine. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

 


The Sheikh’s Secret Son

Sharjah Sheikhs Series

Written by Leslie North

Read by Nicholas Thurkettle

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited.

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