Review: Misadventures of a Virgin (Misadventures #1) by Meredith Wild


A Smexy Hot Mess of a Story!

Misadventures of a Virgin is #01 in the Misadventures Series by Meredith Wild.

This series is written by many different authors.

Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino narrates.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

This is a DMC Series: (Different Main Couple/Character Series). They are ALL standalones, so you can read these in any order.

Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins

Content Advisory:
High Heat! There is lots of sex, with some light bondage and spanking.

More information can be found on the official Misadventures Website.


This is very Steamy! A childhood crush becomes an adult second chance love story.

 

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June Bell had a moment with her long time crush in high school. She had planned to lose her V-card to him, but an interruption left her waiting and wanting. Her crush left without a goodbye for college and she has been in a holding pattern ever since. She claims its because she has been busy helping her father run the family business, but we all know she is in denial. When she finds out her crush is back from college and looking to deal with his own family’s legacy, she makes a b-line to confront him. June arrives just in time for a Darcy like scene at the lake. Yum! She gets roped into a bargain for the land her dad has been wanting for years. A hidden picture she finds while packing stirs the pot of lies she didn’t even knew existed. The story’s roller coaster picks up speed from there and it gets so much yummier!

Kase McCasker has been drawn to the girl next door since grade school. It was a bit of a love, hate relationship given that their parents were rivals. His world blew up before he could claim her, and he escaped to college to forget. Now 4 years later and home, he finds out that June is still in the same ‘condition’ he left her in. He concocts a plan to save his home with the added benefit of claiming whats his. Kase has secrets that will put his new found joy to the test with an outcome I wasn’t quite expecting.

The family issues is what makes this whole story a hot mess. A little bit of honesty on everyone’s part could of prevented a lot of strife, but then hind sight is 20/20. I can’t say much more without spoiling it for you, but just know its way crazier then whatever you are currently thinking. The smexy times were HOT, and there were some laughs and some surprises. Really can’t beat that in a romance tale. You can probably find this through your local library but if not, it’s worth the credit.

 

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Meredith Wild produced an ending I didn’t see coming. Bravo! I really do love this ‘series’ of standalones. I know she doesn’t write them all but she is responsible for them making it to the market. 👍

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Jennifer Mack delivers great male and female character voices. It’s not quite fair to compare her to the male narrator of this story since they rotate chapters. A true duet would of been better, because both performers were excellent.

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First time listening to Brian Pallino. Hopefully its not my last, because damn he sounds sexy!

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.

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Review: A Question Of Boundaries by Sandy Bruney


Very Creative Alternative Timeline Historical Romance!

A Question Of Boundaries is #01 in the A Question of… Trilogy Series by Sandy Bruney.

This series is listed by Sandy Bruney on Audible but other sites have it listed under Sandra Bruney.

Ashley Holt narrates.

HFN with a continuing storyline.

This is a SMC Series: (Same Main Couple/Character Series) A trilogy to be exact. The first one can be listened to as a standalone, but if you intend to continue the series I would recommend reading these in order.

Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins

Content Advisory:
This is very PG with no sex.

At the time of this posting, this Audiobook is currently available as part of the Audible Romance Package.

And the E-Book is currently FREE with the Kindle Unlimited..

This is a Historical Romance with an Alternative Timeline. There are Steampunk elements as well as Paranormal. It’s definitely not like anything I’ve listened to before, in the best way.

 

Caroline ❤ Nathan

 

Caroline Featherstone is the heroine of this trilogy, and she is a stubborn little thing for sure. Although its an alternative world, its still not far from the history we know. Women are still without many of the rights we have today, but she is determined to be more than she is allowed to be. This leads her into to many shady situations, especially when jumping blindly in trying to find her dad. Her brilliant yet ignorant father, has gone missing and there are those that are not above kidnapping her to get to him. Lucky for her, there are those that would protect her with their lives. These friends have many special skills that give them an advantage above mere mortals. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises, but just know that this is a paranormal and that wolf on the cover is not a pet!

Nathan Llewellen is our hero and he is more than meets the eye! He is a widower and a politician. Nate is heading the party to drop the border restrictions. He knows that if Caroline’s father truly did invent a way of communicating without wires, that it would upset the Status Quo of the last 80yrs. This should be a good thing, but there are those that greatly profit off the way things are now, that would kill to stay on top. There are paranormal secrets in Nathan’s closet, as well as those of his acquaintances.
Pay attention to the clues!

This title was published in late 2014, but is actually quite relevant to current political times. If you don’t follow politics, that’s OK too. This was a great ride, with lots of surprises! I was so much into the story that I missed one of the clues that should of been obvious to me. I still got it before it was revealed to me, but way after the point where I should of picked up on it. 😀 This is great for those that like paranormal romances, steampunk, historical romances, or clean romances. I personally like a little smutt in my reads/listens, but I still enjoyed this tale.

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Sandy/Sandra Bruney has created some great characters. The world building is very inventive. This is my first by her and I hope to listen to the rest of the series.

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This was not my first or last listen by Ashley Holt. Her character voices are great even though at times it can get a bit muddy when the dialog goes on for length and numerous peeps are talking. Overall you don’t notice much though because you will be too rapped up in the story.

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.

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Audiobookworm Blog Tour: Clutch



Clutch

Author: Lisa Becker

Narrator: Suzanne Barbetta

Length: 8 hours 11 minutes

Publisher: Lisa Willet Becker

Released: May 30, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

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Lisa Becker is a romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money – on books and margaritas. In addition to Clutch: a novel, she is the author of the Click trilogy, a contemporary romance series about online dating and Links, a standalone, second chance romance readers call light, fun, sexy and smart. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her at www.lisawbecker.com.

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Suzanne Barbetta became a voracious reader when she realized the magic of books allowed her to become anyone, anywhere, and in any world. A storyteller and performer since age 5, she later apprenticed at 2 regional theaters and earned her Actor’s Equity card. She’s also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Audio Publishers Association and the League of Professional Theatre Women. Audiobooks are a way to satisfy her pathological addiction to reading. Now based in NYC, she is also the voice of the Fierce, Funny, Fab Fangirls of the series Geek Actually for Serial Box Publishing.

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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 Lisa Becker. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Custom Q&A with Author Lisa Becker by Audiobook Romance on July 2nd

 

  • Where did the inspiration for Clutch come from? Secret bag obsession come to life or personal philosophy?
    • When I was writing the Click trilogy, (Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click, and Right Click), I was obsessed with NCIS re-runs and would have the show on in the background as I wrote. There was an episode where a character refers to a man as a “handbag husband,” or something useless you carry on your arm. I started thinking about that, and the idea for Clutch grew from there. I believe that everyone deserves a happily ever after and would like to think there’s a “clutch,” or someone worth holding onto, out there for everyone.
  • Some of the dating scenarios seem very specific. Were
    any of the potential beaus or their dates based on real life experience?

    • The dating scenarios in Clutch are pure fiction – a product of my overactive imagination, but I’m flattered you think they are realistic enough to be drawn from real life experiences. But my first novel, Click, is loosely based on my real-life dating experiences, as well as stories friends have shared with me. In some cases, things are written as they actually occurred. Other scenarios are exaggerated for entertainment value or comedic affect. And some scenarios are completely fictionalized, though I really did go out on a date with someone I met online who started every story (no joke!) with “My buddies and I were out drinking last night.”
  • What is your favorite or go to bag you can’t live without?
    • I have a black, Michael Kors hobo-style bag that is like an extension of my body. It houses all my essentials. Where I go, the bag goes.
  • Have you found the perfect clutch (partner) in real life?
    • I do! 18 years ago, I met my clutch on an dating website, when online dating was in its infancy. We celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary this summer and have two beautiful girls. My grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” So, if it happened for me, there’s hope for anyone!
  • What are your feelings on the man bag? We have our own little micro storage where they are left to only pockets. Gender inequality, or only fair since men’s clothing is designed with pocket storage in mind?
    • Yes! A controversy for the ages. If my husband had a man bag, I fear he would leave home without me, as he wouldn’t need me to hold his keys, wallet, breath mints and other assorted sundries. LOL!
  • Finally, how do you weigh in on the debate heard round the world. Can one have too many bags?
    • Never!

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Review: Clutch by Lisa Becker


Adulting Is Not Easy To Do!

Clutch is a standalone, by Lisa Becker.

Suzanne Barbetta narrates.

HEA, NO Cliffhangers!

Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins

Content Warning:
There is sex and some cussing, but this is more an exploration in being an adult than anything else.

Those that are overly sensitive to the “cheating” factor may not approve. To be clear, there is NO cheating, but it does take Caroline a long time to figure out what she wants which includes dalliances with many men.

 

This is an exploration of what it is to follow your dreams while also trying to find your heart’s desire for the “One”. It ain’t easy folks, and this story pulls no punches for the all too real awkward moments in life. Bonus though, you get to explore it through the wonderful realm of handbags!

 

“Find something you love and hold onto it.” — Aunt Mimi

 

Clutch is mostly about Caroline Johnson however, as much as she hangs out with Mike, he might as well be her sidekick. We get to follow along as she launches her business and in her attempts to find the “Perfect Clutch” of a man. The dates are very life like and I’m sure you will find at least one that you can relate to on one side of the coin or the other. For instance, I can relate to the single father, and how hard it is to date as a single parent. Telling a guy I have kids was an easy way to get rid of an unwanted suitor, seriously. Telling someone you want to stick around was a different story. I was fearful as hell to tell my now current husband when we were first dating. I could feel the guy’s pain for sure!

Michael “Mike” Frederick Barnsworth’s old money roots are far different than Caroline’s small town upbringing, but that never seemed to matter to him. Their first meeting is in grad school at Harvard, and by the time they leave they are BFFs. Mike wanted to ditch his family’s expectations and open his own bar like Tom Cruise in Cocktail. I love his idea of “research” while earning their MBAs, but I do have to disappoint him on the food side of things. I can honestly say that I have lived in L.A. and have NEVER had a Pink’s dog! I’m not standing in line for over an hour to get a hot-dog, sorry!

I was expecting there to be an explanation for each bag like in the blurb, but there wasn’t. Clutch is close to real life, as in, there are often no clear winners or losers. I felt a bit wrung out by the end. For those that like that kind of thing, you will love this story. One of my guilty pleasures is Bachelor in Paradise, and this story really reminds me of Wells, who is actually the bartender for the show now. If you don’t know who or what I’m talking about, I apologize, but to say anything more would be a spoiler.

 

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This is my first listen by Lisa Becker. The humor she infuses into her stories makes the awkwardness of life more bearable.

 
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This is my first listen by Suzanne Barbetta. She did great with all genders and ages. They really came through to my ears and my throat. I needed a cough drop after hearing her rendition of chain smoking Aunt Mimi!

 
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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.

 

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Review: Blueprint for a Kiss (Take a Chance #03) by Nancy Warren

A Home For Holly!

Blueprint for a Kiss is #03 in the Take A Chance Series by Nancy Warren.

Teri Schnaubelt narrates the series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members on the Chase family. I suggest reading them in order to get the best expirence.

Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins

Content Advisory:
There is mild sexplay.

♥ Story ♥

This is about the middle child, Prescott. He is an Architectural Genius! He specializes in green building and is in high demand world wide. Despite the lack of epilogue in #02, the previous couples are present and wedding planning, so lots of updates to be had.

Prescott ❤ Holly

Holly Legere is not long out of school and drowning in student loans. Despite having a MBA, she finds it hard to land a job. This scenario is all too true in real life as well!. Holly had to take a position as an assistant to the Rupert’s, who are rich and notoriously difficult. The pay sucks and the hours are worse! The promotion she will receive if she can stick it out will make it all worth it, …hopefully, …maybe.

Prescott Chance doesn’t change his mind, ever. He likes order and routine. When he is presented with a challenge by Holly, he can’t help but to bend. The more time he spends with her, the further he falls. He doesn’t want a mate, but then he is telling her to stay.

Blueprint for a Kiss is delightful! These two really complement each other. Prescott helps Holly slow down and simply enjoy and she helps him step outside his ordered life. There is no epilogue again, but im sure we will get more in the next title. This is a great edition to the Take A Chance Series, and looking forward to more!

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Nancy Warren’s writting just keeps getting better. It’s exciting to know there still a good hanful of Chance siblings to go!.

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♥ Narrator ♥

Teri Schnaubelt is improving right along with the author. It makes for great audiobooks!

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Blueprint for a Kiss

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Written by Nancy Warren

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