Audiobook Review: Bite Me

Author: Louise Cypress

Narrators: Reba Buhr, Alexander Cendese

Length: 8 hours 2 minutes

Series: The Puritan Coven Series, Book 1

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Release date: Jan. 10, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Young Adult

A nerdy high school senior transforms into a vampire vixen who’s unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her.

Morgan Taylor-Jackson can’t wait for high school to end. In six months she leaves for UCLA and says goodbye to La Jolla, California, and her parents’ messy divorce. But when Morgan is bitten by a four-year-old boy, she becomes infected with a mysterious condition. Fever, insomnia, and a new bustline are only the beginning; Morgan morphs from nerd to bombshell.

As far as Van Xander is concerned, all vampires are evil, even the ones who reject human sacrifice and call themselves Puritans. When Helsing Incorporated sends Van to La Jolla to investigate the local coven, Morgan is his prime target. Pretending to be interested in her, Van asks Morgan out and puts her through a series of tests to determine her killer nature.

Morgan is thrilled to be dating a hot guy like Van and falls for him hard. As Van strings Morgan along, he grows increasingly guilty. Morgan is kind, compassionate, and a gooey romantic. Just as Van’s mind begins to change, evil forces threaten everything. When prom night arrives, there are only two ways out of the ballroom: death or immortality.

Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire or a mermaid, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. She can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise is from San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.

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Reba Buhr grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Los Angeles, working in theater, film, and television. She has degrees from Occidental College in theater and classical voice. Reba began recording audiobooks in 2012 and has turned her love for performance into a passion for narrating characters that jump off the page. Reba is an accomplished voice actor and has lent her voice to many commercials, video games, and animated projects, including Popples and Knights of Sidonia for Netflix, Toonami’s Hunter x Hunter, and Zagtoon’s Zak Storm.

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Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor/narrator whose credits include roles on and Off-Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

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Another refreshing story! I loved this first book so much I cannot wait to read the next ones in the series. This is something you would not expect. There are twists I did not see coming and there are so many things left to uncover. Suffice to say, I read it in one sitting, as I could not put it down, at all!

Morgan faces all the changes in her body on her own. She deals with her sickness all by herself, being oblivious to the virus spreading inside her body. Her life gets turned around once she gets bitten by a 4 year old.  The bite brings changes to her body that are quite obvious for her classmates, still she believes this is all because of her new diet.

Van gets close to her to asses her level of transformation. He has no intention of becoming attached. He knows all vampires are evil and need to be destroyed. However, life has other plans. He meets a family of puritans – vampires who do not feed on human blood and maybe, just maybe his opinion would change by the end of the book.

What I mostly liked about the book is that the plot is not 100% absorbed by the romance. Each character has a path to follow. We have a mix of teenage drama (guys asking girls to prom, looking for the perfect dress) with vampire related issues. This is what keeps this story so entertaining.

There is one thing that made me disappointed. One of them is how a family of puritans was not able to immediately detect that a human has been bitten under their nose.

The narration was almost perfect! I loved the voice acting. It was amazing and entertaining. Alexander Cendese’s parts felt a little shouted somehow. His voice acting was great, but when interpreting Van, he sounded like a news anchor almost. I did not dislike his part, not at all. It just felt off in the beginning, until I got used to it. Reba Buhr – impeccable!

All in all, I cannot wait to see what will happen next!  I love a vampire story, spiked with a touch of romance.  Let’s see what the series has to offer in the next books J Happy reading! (4 stars for now)

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Louise Cypress. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

 

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Book Review: Kiss from a Rose

Kiss From a Rose
by Bella Fontaine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Secrets that were meant to be hidden jump out of the closet in this hot,
sexy, enemies to lovers romance. From USA Today Bestselling Author
Khardine Gray writing as Bella Fontaine…
There are two things in this world that I’m certain of:
1.Money doesn’t grow on trees.
2.Caine Donoghue is the devil. He’s the kind of guy who’s sexy, knows it,
and uses his charm to fool you. It doesn’t help that he’s an
Ex-Navy man with all that hard muscle and a body built like a god.
He’s the devil.
It sounds harsh, but it’s true. I should know because I practically
grew up with him. I had to endure many summers of his evil. So
I
should know.
However, the day came when the man decided to go and shock me.
It only took a fifteen-year absence in each other’s lives, but…one
major act of kindness that saved the person I loved most dissolved
the barrier I placed up to keep him out.
I never saw it coming.
Me, trapped in the charm he oozed. Me, trapped in the temptation that
lured me to him just from his sinful sexy smile. Me, getting lost in
a man I thought was my worse nightmare.
Caine Donoghue sucked me into a sizzling hot, whirlwind romance that was so
scorching it would make hell feel like the artic.
He unlocked something inside me.
But…us being together unlocked something else.
We unlocked secrets from the past that should have stayed hidden.
Secrets that tangle the past with the present, and will affect the
future.
Secrets that could destroy us.
It’s only a matter of time.
Then it won’t matter what I think …
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy ex-military
men that will make you melt, you will like this book. Scroll up and
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Bella Fontaine is the multicultural and interracial romance pen name of USA
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The name is to honor the strong, super talented, and courageous women in
her family who inspired her to write and do what she loves most.
As with her other books expect hot, steamy, contemporary romance and
romantic suspense. Expect drool-worthy heroes and sassy heroines.
People falling in love and the wild, sexy fun they have on their journey.
 
My Review

Oh, this is such an intense story! There are many elements to enjoy and enough hot scenes to make you blush. There is also the thriller element that makes it even more interesting.

Anya has always had a secret crush on the boy who made her childhood a nightmare. So when need comes and the said boy, now a full grown man, is her knight in shining armor, things are bound to intensify to maximum levels. Especially if our hero has always fancied her as well. When Anya’s aunt, the woman who raised Caine, falls ill, she is more than willing to care for her and her small business. Cane offers to cover their money issues and also help around, while Halle is in the hospital, recovering. Little did they expect to face loan sharks and schemes to obtain by any means necessary, Halle’s business.

 For me, the story was a bit predictable and it left me with unanswered questions. The reason why Cane was so awful to Anya in their childhood is still beyond me and as well how a mature woman was deceived in such a way by a loan shark is a little too much. I do have some small issues with the writing – some expressions were repetitive and childish for a man in the army, in his early thirties, for example. Also, I am not a big fan of the cover.

But setting this aside, I did enjoy the romance and how both characters were afraid to commit. Their relationship starts with the knowledge that it could end at any moment, but soon both will realize they have difficulties staying away. I loved how Cane took things into his own hands and did everything to protect the two women in his life. He is by far my favorite of the two.

All in all, I did enjoy my time with the story, regardless of my negative comments. I’s a story worth uncovering, with a good thriller element.  3.5 stars. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below J Happy reading!

 

 
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Audiobook Review: Salvage Rat

Author: Larry N. Martin

Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Length: 8 hours 56 minutes

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Sep. 9, 2018

Genre: Military Science Fiction

Star Force pilot and hero Wyatt McCoy left his medals and career behind after the Rim Wars, disillusioned and bitter when he learns the truths behind the conflict. He takes his converted gunship, the Nellie B, and heads to the Near Fringe, salvaging derelict ships and abandoned stations and mining colonies.

Dr. Beth Parker is a space archaeologist, documenting the history of planetary expansion and colonization for Kalok Enterprises and the Interplanetary Mining Guild. A piece of alien technology embeds itself in Beth’s arm, giving her the ability to see the energy impressions of long-ago people and events. When Beth uncovers proof of genocide that could bring down the big mining companies, she’s the target of assassins.

Wyatt makes a split-second decision to intervene, launching them both into a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with some of the most powerful organizations in the system. They can prove Kalok and Interplan killed millions – but can they live long enough to tell their story?

Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack Cauldron/Secret Council series.

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Jeffrey Kafer – Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator. He has narrated over 450 books in almost every genre for such authors Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, Gregg Olsen and many others. He has 2 degrees in cinema and broadcasting and spent the first part of his career as a video game tester for Microsoft before following his true passion of acting. He’s been on stage since he was 13 (his mom still has the bellhop costume she made) and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog.

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An adventure, with secrets at every corner and with a lot of entertainment – this is what this story brings to its readers. I was sold from the moment I laid eyes on the cover. It has the perfect color combination for what we have in the chapters.

So a man and a woman want to bring down a corporation that has been doing too much evil to our society. Our lady character is an awesome scientist, with some awesome technology at her disposal. I liked her abilities so much. She is “enhanced” enough not to put in lesser light her human abilities – intelligence and bravery. On the other hand, the male character used to be a hero. Now he is just a shadow of who he once was. But can Beth bring back Wyatt’s savior qualities? Is the war important enough?

Well, it is, important and engaging and with many twists. I had so much fun and it was so easy to get lost in this adventure. The author created a world so vivid, I could picture everything in my mind. With a great narration, it was like seeing a movie. Yes, I would have liked a little more voice acting, but it did not spoil y enjoyment at all.

All in all, I loved it very much and I cannot wait to see more from Larry N. Martin. He has a lot to offer and his characters are amazing. I do hope you’ll give it a try J

 

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Audiobook Review: Carbon

Author: AJ Eversley

Narrators: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell

Length: 8 hours 55 minutes

Series: The Watcher Series, Book 2

Publisher: Author AJ Eversley

Released: Dec. 10, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult

Strangers become allies. Lovers become enemies. And a destiny formed before birth unfolds.

Sawyer spent most of her life hunting the very thing she has now become. No longer the Watcher she once was, Sawyer struggles to make sense of her new identity. Though she now has the powers of a Carbon, she is also tied to the control Coleman has over all of his creations.

Desperate for help and answers, Sawyer travels to the United Isles with Max in search of an ally. Not only must she learn to harness her new abilities, she must find a way to mend a broken heart…if her past doesn’t kill her first.

The epic journey continues, and the war for the human race draws ever closer. Join the resistance in the next chapter of the Watcher Series.

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.

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My first priority as a voice-over artist is to convey your thoughts and ideas in an entertaining and insightful manner; not distracting from your message, but enhancing your words. It is my personal goal to help your audience engage with the text in an immersive and memorable way.

As a techie with a passion for performance and a love of the written word, the voice-over industry called to me. I am now fortunate enough to be living my dream of audiobook narration from my home studio, in Calgary, AB, Canada.

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This series gets better and better! It is fantastic from all points of view. We have an interesting plot, really really strong characters that really evolve throughout the story and unexpected turn of events. Add to that a great narration and you have one amazing audiobook.

Sawyer goes though many changes. She hast to deal with being a Carbon and also has to face betrayal from those she loves. Her transformation is inside and out. The author has a beautiful way of showing both aspects of our main character and we get to analyze her inside out.

This second book is full of twists, as I was mentioning, not only when it comes to the battle for survival, but as well when it comes to the relationship between sawyer and Kenzie. I cannot wait to see how this will evolve. I love both of them, but I also want to see what will happen with the new …”addition” J

The narration is great! I have mentioned this in my review for book 1 as well, Chelsea Stephens and  Steve Campbell give so much life to our characters. We can feel Sawyer’s rage and pain and Kenzie’s torment. I loved them so so much!

Now, please excuse me while I go take a breath after such an intense story and I will see you back with my review for the third book. I have no doubt it will be as great as the previous two. Happy reading!

5 stars J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by AJ Eversley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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March Resolutions

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As I was mentioning yesterday, I have decided to challenge myself this month to stick to the plan and because this is evasive and can be interpreted in various ways by my evil side, my good/responsible side decided to put on paper/blog some resolutions:

0. Stick to my original plan of scheduling my reviews!!!
1. Update my A to Z page
2. Check if all reviews for January and February have been posted on GR and Amazon (post them when needed)
3. Write reviews for books read
4. Update my Currently Reading list on GR
5. Catch up on all the books from January and February
6. Finish with the books on my Beta Reading list
7. Start a weekly discussions series
8. Post on Instagram 3 times per week (on both accounts)
9. Finish March without adding books on the backlog list
10. Finish at least 2 crochet projects

For now, it sounds doable. I’ll keep you updated with progress. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Audiobook Review: Werewolf Epidemic

Author: Taylor Haiden

Narrator: Hugh Bradley

Series: The Werewolf M.D. Series, Book 2

Publisher: Brian S. Ference

Released: Jan. 23, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Can their love survive this outbreak?

Nurse Isabella and Doctor Roman are kidnapped by the pack and the mysterious Jean-Luc. What will she do when she learns the depths of how the Alpha’s dark past intertwines with the man she loves?

Brought before the Alpha Council to answer for their crimes, they find the werewolf leadership in turmoil as a virus courses through their ranks. The lines between foes and friends blur as Roman tries to stop the emerging epidemic.

When an ancient enemy returns to take vengeance, the world is turned upside down and Roman and Isabella are separated. Does she have the medical knowledge and skill needed to keep Patient Zero alive on her own? While on the edge of finding a cure, the medical board revokes Dr. Roman’s medical license, leaving him no choice but to break into a CDC maximum security lab. Can he solve the biggest challenge of his career and survive long enough to save everyone he loves from a terrible death?

Filled with steamy scenes and and action-based violence, this gripping novel does not contain any cheating and has a happily ever after. Scroll up and one-click to buy this thrilling paranormal romance today.

TAYLOR HAIDEN has three beautiful children and an amazingly supportive spouse and lives with them in Arizona. Tylor’s days are spent enjoying the breathtaking blue skies and pink sunsets while writing a variety of genres. When not writing, Taylor enjoys traveling to new places, tasting new and exciting foods, binging on Netflix, and experiencing everything that life has to offer from barbecues to scuba diving. Taylor is author of the Werewolf M.D. series with more in the works.

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Audiobook narrator Hugh Bradley brings his distinctive voice to titles ranging from romance to history.
Hugh brings characters to life with a distinct voice, with a deep understanding of the character and their motivation. Mr. Bradley doesn’t just tell us the story, he brings us with him on the journey.

From Hugh: “I’m a classically trained actor, and have been on Broadway and toured all over the world in everything from musicals to Shakespearean productions. I still perform on stage from time to time, but most of the time these days I stick to recording, and producing and directing for the stage.”

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The second book in The Werewolf M.D. Series is a great surprise. I did like the first one, but “Werewolf Epidemic” is much more engaging and full of action. It kept me at the edge of my seat and I savored every word in each chapter.

This time, Isabella and Roman have to face stronger enemies – seen or unseen. The events challenge not only the supernatural abilities, but as well their knowledge as doctors. They fight against a virus and against others trying to hurt werewolves. Their love can withstand it all however. I loved their devotion in book 1 and I love it even more here.

As in case of the first book, I must mention that I do not like the cover – it doesn’t feel werewolf-y enough – and I have my small issues with the narration. Maybe it’s me not rezoning with the narrator’s voice. However, it was an intense experience and I must admit Hugh Bradley did a great job of transmitting the tension in every moment. I would have wanted a bit more voice acting, that’s all – changing the voice and all that.

All in all, I liked the series quite a lot and I did enjoy my time with the characters. There are fresh elements when it comes to werewolves, we have intense action and a lot of twists. I do recommend it – it’s short and very entertaining. 5 stars for the book, 3.5 for the narration = 4.25 stars = 4 stars. Happy reading!

 

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February Wrap Up – Lot and Little

February wrap up

…Because “I’ve done a lot and so little at the same time” seems to be too long of a title.

Hello my lovely booklovers and visitors! I am back with updates on the many things I started doing in January and ended up not finishing in February and a potential challenge for myself for the month of March!

If you follow me on Twitter or Goodreads, you might have seen my note on Beta Reading. I have started doing this earlier in January and I was very very lucky to have met amazing authors that had the patience to deal with my hectic schedule and my beginner ways. I have done beta reading for 4 books already and I have other three in progress – late in case of some. This process is very time consuming for me, but so rewarding in the end. I love overanalyzing the story, the characters and just how everything fits together. But most of all, I love knowing that my comments are helping our lovely authors.

While I have spent most of my time doing that, I have managed to read quite a lot, I have 19 reviews posted for January and 9 for February and 4 other books read and not reviewed, just because I could not find the time to sit and write – will get to that in the following paragraphs. I am back scheduling my articles and all is ok. My daily job is under control, aka “I am now used to the pressure, no biggy”.

At the end of January, I started crocheting again. I didn’t even realize how much I missed it. So I have reminded myself all the plans from last year. I took one more step in the right direction and  started an Instagram account where I am documenting my progress (feel free to follow me @hookedonthread – for mycrochet experience and of course @lillysbookstagram – for my bookish photos). Let’s see what will come out of it later on 🙂

On the bad side of things, I skipped a lot of readathons becasue I didn’t manage to prepare my TBRs on time and also I did have a though time at work. My reading habbits have been so off the charts and I also didn’t manage to stick to my posting schedule, but I intend to remedy that. I have decided to challenge myself this month to stick to the plan. I am currently working on my March List of Resolutions and I will share that one with you in tomorrow’s post.

But enough about me, tell me about you! How have January and February been for you guys? Any good books? Any bookboxes you have descovered? Let me know in the comments below and until next time, Happy Rreading!