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

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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.

Review: Dirty Prince By Sky Corgan

My Reviews


Touching And Enduring Love In A Time Of War!

Dirty Prince is a standalone, by Sky Corgan.

Kira Omans narrates.

HEA, NO cheating, NO cliffhangers!

Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins

Content Warning: Sex, Oh YES!

♥ Story ♥

This is so much more then the blurb suggests!
I fell in love with Fynn and Anya!

This is an alternate present day that is at war. Anya is a survivor that is savaging to get by with a raf tag group in the same boat. They move from place to place in an effort to avoid the troops of the winning side of this war. She comes across Fynn and his general sadly having to execute rebels who are still trying to win a war they have already lost. He spots Anya viewing this and is intrigued. He seeks her out to put a rest to his mind and only falls even more for Anya’s courage and kindness. She doesn’t know Fynn is the prince and they begin a friendship that only grows. Despite his status, Fynn still needs to find a way to keep Anya safe and so devises the plan for marriage and a baby.

“if someone starts to chase you, for the love of God, don’t head up the stairs. Haven’t you ever seen a horror movie before?”
— Fynn

It may seem a bit insta lust/love but its war people! This is about so much more! They do actually get to know each other and find mutual comfort and peace. Its quite touching and this story is now on my favorites list. There is action, love, and hot sex scenes! It’s a great listen, and if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can get the ebook version free.

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♥ Author ♥

Sky Corgan writes HOT fiction, but this one has become one of my favorites! It’s not my first nor will it be my last listen by this author!

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♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Kira Omans has a rocky start, but she blooms as the story continues. I see her only getting better and hope to hear other titles voiced by her.

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Dirty Prince

Written by Sky Corgan

Read by Kira Omans


Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

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


Review: Intercepted by Love: Part 1 by Rachelle Ayala


My Reviews


First Steps in a New Romance!

Intercepted by Love: Part 1 is quite literally that, the first title in the Quarterback’s Heart Series out of 6, by Rachelle Ayala.

Chris Abell narrates.

Cliffhanger!
Cade and Andie’s story continues in Part 2.

Being the first, it could be read as a standalone, but I always advise to read in order to get the most out of the experience.

Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins

Content Warning: The author lists this series as (Steamy)

♥ Story ♥

This title is currently available as part of the Audible Romance Package. The ebook counterpart is available through the Kindle Unlimited program.

Cade Prescott is a professional quarterback hiding out after a Super Bowl loss, as well as other bad press. He meets Andie Wales in the library while she is doing research on bad boys of old. They may not have a love connection at first, but their dogs have no issue taking things to the next level. While dealing with the health and welfare of their future litter, things shift for these canine owners.

Cade’s past can’t be avoided, and there are others in town that also want to make a name for themselves. Particularly a co-worker that will inspire you to want to commit fictional violence. You can read my rant in my First Impressions post for more details.

This story ends in a cliffhanger, so you may want to go ahead and get the whole series now so you can easily go on to part 2! All parts are on the Audible’s Romance Package. I am going to have to do this myself, because I am impatient and I gotta find out how it all ends!

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♥ Author ♥

Rachelle Ayala writes just as good dirty as she does clean! Her heros and heroines inspire just as much love as her villians inspire fictional murder!

Rachelle has 22 Audible Titles.

♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Chris Abell did well with all the characters he voiced, especially the villians. Falling in love can be easy, but invoking hate from the pit of your gut takes talent!

Chris has 63 Audible Titles

Intercepted by Love: Part 1

Quarterback’s Heart Series

Written by Rachelle Ayala

Read by Chris Abell


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

Audiobookworm Blog Tour: A Witch’s Path Box Set, Book #3

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 3

Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Sep. 10, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

When Michelle pulls an old book out of a fire, she finds answers and heartbreak. The book confirms that a demon walks the land, though according to legend they were all dead. Now, she needs to rediscover the secrets to killing demons before her loved ones fall victim.

Elron’s budding relationship with Michelle suffers a blow when his mate returns. While he struggles with love and guilt, it becomes clear that not everyone gets their happily-ever-after.

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

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

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

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Review: A Witch’s Trial (Witch for Hire #3) by N. E. Conneely


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Answers and Conclusions, Mostly!

A Witch’s Trial is the third title in the Witch for Hire Series by N.E. Conneely and the conclusion for the box set.

Jeff Hays narrates.

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

Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins

Content Warning: Still PG in terms of steam.

♥ Story ♥

I listened to this as part of A Witch’s Path Box Set. It is also available as a single title as well. Both ebook counterparts are available through the Kindle Unlimited program.

This picks up with the last few paragraphs of the end of book #2 and the action is fairly non stop from then on out. We get answers but also more questions to carry forward into more books. The overall demon arc is addressed but the Witch Clans are still an open issue. I think the author originally intended this to be a trilogy, and I’m glad that proved to be a false idea!

“Those hags weren’t going away without a fight, though calling them hags might be a disservice to hags in general. Hags have better manners.”
— Michelle

We get to see a lot of characters in action and to let out their battle cry. Abilities and powers are revealed. The Gargoyles get to show off why they were created, and its pretty Awesome! The world building and mythology only gets better. I can see where the author as well as fans of the series would be reluctant to simply finish here. Glad to see it expand with new stories to come.

The emotions are high in this one! There were a few times I couldn’t even comment in my Read Along. If you are tender like me, there will be tears, but its bitter sweet tears. It is a satisfactory end to this box set, and I am definitely looking forward to more. Hopefully the next books in the series will make it to audio soon!

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♥ Author ♥

N.E. Conneely got me straight in the heart! This world is one I want more of! Spin-offs with some of the secondary characters would be lovely!

N.E. Conneely has 05 Audible Titles.

♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Jeff Hays continues to amazes me. I get completely lost in the story he is so good!

Jeff has 100 Audible Titles

A Witch’s Trial

Witch for Hire Series

Written by N.E. Conneely

Read by Jeff Hays

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

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

Read Along With Me: Vacation Bride Part 04


Read A Long With Me

@ Chapter 18


  • That’s all the poor boy had to put on, because like the chicks in romances, he ran off without thinking!
  • And to prove my point, she does it too!
  • Finally! Sexy times!
  • Only PG! Oh well, at least there are finally Sexy times!

@ Chapter 19


  • About Time! Seriously Dude!
  • WOW! Bobbie has been upgraded to PSYCHO!
  • She is going on the list for Double Throat Punches!

@ Chapter 20


  • Yay Lani! She rocks!
  • Um, that doesn’t seem like true Chris behavior?
  • Chris has to be up to something!
  • Ha! Ha! That was AWESOME!

@ Epilogue


  • 1 year later, wonder where Book #2 happens?
  • Awe, that was super sweet gift her dad gave Diane!
  • Wonder if Diane will get a book? She is pretty funny!
  • I think there is some setup for Book #2, but not for sure.
  • If their parents got together, its not mentioned. Maybe in future stories, lol.

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Join Vicky’s Readers Group and get a FREE copy of One to Keep, a Brides of Paradise short story.

  • It’s about Chris’s cousin Silvanus Cooper-Andersen.
  • Very short and clean.
  • Makes mention of Chris and his wife, so it would be after Vacation Bride.

Vacation Bride

Brides of Paradise Series

Written by Vicky Loebel

Read by Emily Beresford


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

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