Review: Playing the Rookie (Men of Spring Baseball Novella) by Rachelle Ayala

My ReviewsSomebody is wearing their horny pants!

Playing the Rookie is a Novella in the Men of Spring Baseball Series by Rachelle Ayala.

There are currently 4 parts in this series with 2 being available in audio.
The rest are due soon!

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

HEA with no cliffhangers!

Book notes for Playing the Rookie states that this Novella can be read at anytime along with the Men of Spring Series 1-3.
I personally would suggest reading it first. ♥

Length: 2 hrs and 32 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.

Ebook currently free with Kindle Unlimited

♥ Story ♥

This Novella is short but oh so sassy good. If you are starting with this title, then you get some early introductions to the sights and sounds that makes up the “world” that is this series. You will also get to meet and greet a few characters that you will see again.

Jessica ❤ Jay

Jessica Song is interning for spring training, and spends way to much time talking to her lady bits. Jay Pak Ahn is a sponsored rookie pitcher from Korea trying to make a good showing that will hopefully lead to a long term spot on an American team.

Both of them are horny and tired of waiting for a relationship to get some. They are both gun shy on the relationship front because of their exes and decide to help each other out so they can indulge in the carnal. There is just this one big problem, neither are truly casual sex kinda people so they can’t help but get feelings involved in the equation.

I feel bad for Jessica that her default thoughts on any expressions of emotion by Jay is automatically one of regret. Once she finally confesses her back story, you can see where that stems from, but she does take it to the extreme. Usually those thoughts come with the goodbyes or lack of contact after the deed, not the moment after climax.

There are some twists and turns that will come as a surprise. This does not play out in a predictable fashion. It does have some throat punch worthy moments, so be prepared to run the gambit of emotions even for a short listen.

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♥ Author ♥

Rachelle Ayala delivers another scrumptious morsel of a story! Looking forward to listening to more.

Rachelle has 21 Audio Titles

♥ Narrator(s)♥

This whole series is voiced by one of the best duos out there!

Tor Thom & Charley Ongel give great performances. They make it very easy for a person to lose themselves in the story! They even have a duo link in the Audible system.

Tor has 19 Audio Titles

Charley has 28 Audio Titles

Playing the Rookie

Men of Spring Baseball Series

Written by Rachelle Ayala

Read by Tor Thom & Charley Ongel

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited
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 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 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.”

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.”

♥ 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.

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♥ 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: The Beer’s Folded and the Laundry’s Cold By Paige Kellerman

My ReviewsA Comedy Any Mother Would Find Humor In!

The Beer’s Folded and the Laundry’s Cold is a comedy by Paige Kellerman.

Read by Rebecca Hansen

Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins

♥ Story ♥

If you are a housewife or a mother or wife, you will find laughs listening to this. There are definitely several scenarios I have found myself suck in as a mother and wife. I feel this whole title could of used some more structure as the writing jumps around a lot without any warning and it becomes confusing at times. About the time you figure that out, it jumps to somewhere else in time. This is more a rant than a story, but for those of us who have lived even a smidge of this, it can be somewhat cathartic!

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♥ Author ♥

This is my 1st read/listen by Paige Kellerman. This is her only audio title. She writes good realistic comedy that is relatable.
Paige only has this 01 title listed on Audible.

♥ Narrator(s) ♥

This is my 1st listen by Rebecca Hansen and she did a decent job. She spent too much time at one level of voice that is became distracting a times.
Rebecca has 13 titles listed on Audible.

The Beer’s Folded and the Laundry’s Cold
Mostly True Adventures in Housewifery

Written by Paige Kellerman

Read by Rebecca Hansen

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, 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.

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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