First In Series
New Dragon Series!
Great characters and world building. For a first in series book, the balance of new info to story was excellent. There is a lot of action, a little steam, a few laughs, and even a tear or two. The main characters get a HEA/HFN ending as this has an over arcing theme that will carry through for the next two books. This is a trilogy, but I could see room to add more stories after this set is complete. 🤞
This is a shifter story so there is insta-love and mate claiming, but it all just works. There is some violence and memories of violence, as that is part of the heroine’s main gift.
This is my first time with author Linzi Baxter. She has put her own spin on this new shifter series and her characters will pull you in from the start. I’m excited to listen to more. Hopefully the rest of this series will make it to audio soon!
This story is performed in dual POV of the two main characters Talia and Kirin. Heather Costa is new to me but I feel she did a good job, especially being paired with veteran, Jeffrey Kafer. If you listen to a lot of Sci-Fi & Fantasy like I do, Jeffrey should not be be a new narrator to you. As always, he is excellent.
I find that by adjusting the playback speed greatly improves the production. Heather played best at 0.95x and Jeffrey at 0.90x speeds. I ultimately settled for 0.90x as constant adjustments proves taxing.
The Dragon’s Psychic
(Immortal Dragon, Book 1)
By: Linzi Baxter
Performed by: Heather Costa, Jeffrey Kafer
Audiobook obtained at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.
Great Box Set, Hope There Is More!
This is a complete set of stories for the first paranormal series by Elle Thorne. There are many more spin-offs in the same world, but it all started with this one. It is also the first to be in audio. It’s a great value for your credits.
The world building is vivid and believable. The mythology is important as it sets up a little of everything that is and will come to be in the future titles.
There are a few times I wish I could of had just one more chapter or an epilogue with details of something mentioned in the last chapter, but I believe that is by design. It may not be the current series, but it will eventually come full circle.
This was my first experience with this author, but I definitely want more. I have already purchased the next box set.
Meghan Kelly’s performance was solid as always. Book #6 had more males in a conversation than I think she has voices for, but it wasn’t too distracting. Normally her male to female ratio of voices is spot on.
I didn’t notice any issues with the audio production. I listened at 1.00x speed.
Shifters Forever: Boxed Set
By: Elle Thorne
Performed by: Audrey Lusk
Action And Steam, With A Whole New Series.
The action was good and the story was steamy. It was a great start to a new Science Fiction Romance series. It’s not listed as an erotic series, but might as well be, given what the stories are mostly about at their core. Each book focuses on one of the crew taking a mate. And they all give a “Contains mature themes” warning.
Cathian’s needs are a bit intense and as he is the only one of his species on board the ship, it makes for a rather unique situation. He is the captain of an ambassador ship that affords him certain privileges, however he runs it with ❤, for his crew is the family he has chosen rather than of blood. There is a lot of smexy times to be had, but it is surrounded by lots of action, witty banter, and cleverness.
So excited to get to listen to Laurann Dohner’s work.
Narration was great. Callie did well with both genders and the various species of aliens.
Overall I am very excited for this new series and can’t wait to binge the rest of it!
I listened through Audible Escape.
(Vorge Crew, Book 1)
By: Laurann Dohner
Performed by: Callie Dalton
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(The Company, #1)
By: Sarina Bowen
** Release date: Oct 22, 2019 **
** There is not currently an audiobook for this title, but I really hope one comes because this sounds like a really good story! 🤞 **
Sexy and Interesting!
Great new concept.
I like the secondary couple more than the main one though.
Mischka doth protest too much!
The killer of the story was super creepy.
I will be listening to the next in the series to see what happens next.
Bond with Me
(The Fallen, Book 1)
By: Anne Marsh
Performed by: Kellie Kamryn
Ends Aug 12, 2019
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Playing for Keeps
(Hot Jocks, #1)
By: Kendall Ryan
** Release date: Aug 13, 2019 **
** There is an audiobook version of this title that can be found through Audible Escape **
5 Googley Eyed Frogs out of 5!
The Troublemaker Next Door is #01 in the McCauley Brothers Series by Marie Harte.
Anne Gray narrates.
HEA with a continuing storyline.
I recommend reading these in order, because if you listen to one out of order, you will want to go back and start from the beginning anyway. There are 4 brothers, 3 neighbors, and a bonus heroine with tattoos. They are all so intertwined that its practically impossible to separate them.
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Steam factor on this one is , including lots of dirty talk and sexting! And despite efforts to not curse in front of the kid, there is still lots of cursing.
At the time of this posting, this Audiobook is currently available as part of the Audible Romance Package.
This is the first in the series, but with the exception of a mystery heroine, all players are introduced in this book. The 3 heroines are renting a house from the 4 hero’s parents, which also happens to be next door neighbors to Mike (Hero #4) and his son. 😉
We start with Flynn“
not Rider“ McCauley and Maddie Gardner.
Seriously, I can’t help but see this when I hear his character:
Flynn and his brothers own/run a remodeling/refurbishing business, ⁉, from what I can tell. I’m still not quite clear what the company is, but it didn’t distract from the story. They all have their own area of interests which is the most important thing here. Flynn is the Plumber, which is how he first meets the neighbors. He gets to see Maddie’s fiery temper in all its glory, and he is entranced.
Maddie Gardner is a slightly delusional, determined dreamer. Watching her mother struggle as a young single parent has really done a number to her mind. Now the constant wining to “take no charity“ made me want to slap her, shake her, or angrily hug her. I can understand some of her proclivities, but others are just down right stupid. Accepting discounts or referrals is not charity, it’s helping hands.
The epilogue is mostly a set-up for book #2, Brody and Abby. Some may not like that, but it was ok to me since this series is a continuing story line and each leads right into the next.
Overall this hits all the marks. Hot sex, ✔check, naughty dirty talk, ✔check, clever banter, ✔check, witty humor, ✔check. Plus the secondary characters were fantastic. Mike’s son Colin truly steals the show.
There are many outlets where you can find this title at so you will have a lot of options.
Marie Harte has created some great characters. The world building is informative without being overwhelming. This is my first by her and I hope to listen to the rest of the series.
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This was also my first listen by Anne Gray. She had a pleasant voice that flowed well. Characters were easier to tell apart when the group was all same gender, but I struggled to do so when in mixed company. Helps to have the ebook if you are struggling with the larger scenes. You can find it through your local library for free.
The recording was exactly as it should be. Pacing/timing was accurate. No background noises. Sound levels were correct with no need for constant volume changes.
Ebook obtained through my local library (Overdrive).
Audiobook obtained through Audible’s Romance Package.