Friday, July 30, 2021

YOU SPIN ME (BOSTON CLASSICS #3)

 


YOU SPIN ME

a nostalgic romantic comedy

BOSTON CLASSICS #3

Narrated by Vanessa Edwin and Eric Michael Summerer

 

Some scars go further than skin deep…

 

1988 doesn’t end well for Jessica Abraham. In just one week she turns thirty, loses her day job, and loses the role of Ophelia to a younger actress. Rallying, she goes after a part at a theater outside of the city, but the director’s plan to hide her beauty behind hair, makeup and wardrobe from Cosmo’s “Don't” column shakes her confidence to the core.

 

For the first time in her acting career, she won’t be able to rely on her carefully managed physical charms. Only her craft will count.

 

On a snowy night early in January 1989, a woman calls into DJ Callihan Alonso’s alt-rock radio show at the end of her commute. He asks her to call back the next night, and the next, just so he'll know she’s home safe. There's something about her voice that has him wanting more, but the longer they talk, the closer she gets. Compromising each and every wall he's built around his heart.

 

If two lonely people fall in love over late-night phone calls, will meeting face-to-face make them, or break them?

 

In this heart-rending but happy-ending retro romcom, it may be the end of a decade, but it’s the beginning of a love story.

 

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Author: Karen Grey
Narrators:
 Vanessa Edwin & Eric Michael Summerer
Series:
 Boston Classics #3
Genre: Nostalgic Romance
Audiobook Release Date: July 30, 2021
Publisher: Home Cooked Books
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Source: Author
Audio Speed: 1.3x

 

Liza's Review:

You Spin Me is my favorite to date in the Boston Classics series by Karen Grey. The emotional roller coaster of a story gave me all the feels from the very first chapter. The path Jessica and Cal take to happily ever after is full of bumps along the way, but such a beautiful and satisfying romance.

You Spin Me was pretty emotional for me as Cal's scars came from injuries he sustained in a house fire. I had a house fire when I was 12 years old, so any story involving one will always hit me pretty hard emotionally. Jessica carries scars that are not visible to the outside world, but are just as emotionally traumatic as those Cal carries physically. 

I loved Cal and Jessica developed a friendship while talking on the phone each night long before they ever met. I really felt like they had most of the getting to know you part of dating out of the way through so many phone conversations. Not that it made the road less bumpy once they finally met in person. Both Jessica and Cal had to deal with their demons from their pasts, and finding the peace each needed to make a relationship work just about broke my heart. Ms. Grey gives her readers an amazing heartwarming story that will stay with them long after they finish reading or listening to this story.

Narration:

I found both Vanessa Edwin and Eric Michael Summerer to be wonderful in the alternating POVs. Each one brought the characters to life in a way that kept me totally engaged with not only the main characters, but the supporting cast of characters as well. The transition between narrators was flawless done. I also really loved the retro radio ads at the beginning of each chapter. 

Rating: 4 Stars (B+)

 


Narrators:

Vanessa Edwin is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award and SOVAS Award winning audiobook narrator. She is also a classically trained actress and world traveler. There’s nothing she loves more than long rainy days which are optimal for nurturing her love of reading, drinking hot cups of tea, and dreaming of her next getaway.

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 Twitter @VanessaEVoice

Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer who has narrated numerous audiobooks as well as countless instructional recordings and video games. He earned an Audie Award nomination for Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke and won AudioFile Earphones Awards for Burning Chrome by William Gibson and Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick. Eric also co-hosts the popular board-game podcast The Dice Tower.

 

Friday, July 23, 2021

A THIN DISGUISE (RICHTER SERIES #2)

 


A THIN DISGUISE

Richter Series, Book 2

July 06, 2021


BLURB

A former gun for hire and a federal agent find themselves on the right side of love but the wrong end of a bullet in this Richter installment from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.


On a fateful night in Las Vegas, FBI agent Leo Grant is working on a critical detail in a high-profile child prostitution trial when a beautiful woman jumps into the path of a bullet meant for him. Little does Leo know that the woman is Olivia, an ex-assassin who is seeking redemption one good deed at a time.


One minute, Olivia is lunging in front of Leo on the Vegas Strip. The next, she’s waking up in the hospital in a haze of pain with no memory of her past, her enemies, or even her own name.


With Olivia suffering from memory loss and completely unaware of the danger she is in, it’s up to Leo and Neil MacBain’s team of operatives to keep her safe. With Olivia and Leo both unaware of her past crimes, the two have little reason to avoid their growing attraction. Slowly her past seeps in through the cracks as she struggles to find the answers of who she is. When the veil is lifted and her dark past is staring her down, Olivia must turn her back on Leo and the love she can never allow herself to have, and race to find her would-be killer.


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Excerpt 


Inside the eye of a scope, there is a spot where two lines come together. If that scope is mounted on top of a high-powered rifle and is in the hands of someone who understands the mathematical calculation of how much the projectile will descend before it reaches its target, that spot becomes deadly.


Olivia noted three snipers positioned south, east, and west of the entrance to the courthouse. SWAT…all of them. While she had no doubt they’d do their job well if put to the task, the fact that none of them had noticed her pissed her off.


She positioned a camera behind her sope and snapped photos of the uniformed men.


Once she was satisfied with what she had, she wrapped up her location and moved to the next. It took ten minutes to change her appearance, and ten more to get in position.


The familiar thump of her heart pounded blood up to her brain. The first time she’d ever squeezed the trigger, she’d pictured a video of red blood cells pushing through veins. With each beat, her blood pushed forward and stopped as valves closed off behind them only to be pushed forward again with another beat of her heart.


After pulling the trigger…the imaginary blood in her mind manifested into real puddles on the pavement.


The images he’d put in her head were nothing next to the real thing.


Nothing had prepared her for what followed.


Not one of the classes she’d been forced to take at Richter equipped her for what she needed to survive.


And yet here she was.


Heart still beating.


Soul still bleeding.


AUTHOR BIO


Catherine is a #1 Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and Indie Reader bestselling author. In addition, her books have also graced The New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. In total, she has written thirty-six beloved books that have collectively sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into more than twenty languages.Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full time and has penned The Not Quite series, The Weekday Brides series, The Most Likely To series, and The First Wives series.


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

THE ROOKIE RELEASE BLITZ

 


Title: The Rookie

Series: Looking to Score

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: July 20, 2021

 

 

About the Book

 

He has everything a man could want. A lucrative hockey contract. Adoring fans. A family who loves him.

 

But he’s about to throw it all away. Logan Tate’s name is dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Instead of goals and assists, the talented young defenseman has been racking up fights and suspensions.

 

I work with athletes who are struggling, but Logan’s different. He’s not just going to blow his season, but his entire career. And now he can’t return to the ice until he deals with his issues, but the stubborn man won’t let anyone get close enough to help.

 

Which is why I packed up and followed him to his family’s property in the remote mountains of Colorado. He can’t avoid me here.

 

The only problem?

I can’t avoid him either. He’s chopping wood and building fires, rescuing my car from snowy ditches, and inviting me to Sunday dinners with his loud extended family. He’s a whole lot of man, but beneath all those hard edges is an unexpected tenderness.

 

Tempted or not, I have to stay out of his bed and get him back to the ice . . . no matter how difficult that might be. 


 

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About Kendall Ryan

 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

 

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Thursday, July 08, 2021

JUST ONE SCANDAL (KINGSTON FAMILY #1)


A jilted bride. Her brother’s ex-buddy. An affair would be crazy…right?


Chloe Kingston’s life is exactly how she needs it: safe and stable. Right up until her reliable, low-risk fiancĂ© jilts her on their fairy-tale wedding day. As she works her way through the reception champagne—and wonders where she’s going to live—she stumbles into her brother Linc’s ex-best friend.


If only Beckett Daniels were hideous. But he’s not. He’s everything her erstwhile groom was not. Hot. Sexy. Dangerous. And she’s just buzzed enough to want all that Greek-god gorgeousness to show her the kind of fun she’s been missing.


Beck thrives on calculated risks, but taking advantage of Linc’s little sister isn’t one of them. What he can do is haul her tipsy, tulle-clad, tempting little butt to the bridal suite to sleep it off. Then move her into his spare room—which has the satisfying side effect of driving her brother crazy.


They can’t remain platonic roommates for long. Not when the sexual attraction sizzles out of control. But when tragedy threatens Beck, pain from his past reminds them both that life doesn’t come without risks…and this time, they're gambling with their hearts.


Release Date: July 6, 2021

CP Publishing

Kingston Family #2

Contemporary Romance

Review copy provided by publisher


Liza’s Review:


Just One Scandal is my favorite book ever from Carly Phillips! Chloe’s and Beck’s story was absolutely everything I look for in a romance!


Chloe Kingston has been left at the alter buy her wuss of an ex-fiancĂ©. Rather than let her family surround her she asks them for space to go out and party with her friends at her now non-wedding reception. After a few too many drinks Chloe and her friends run into Beckett Daniels and his brothers and Beck immediately feels a protective instinct towards Chloe. Beck and Chloe’s brother used to be best friends, and I loved Beck wanted to make sure no one took advantage of her.


Chloe has a strength about her from the beginning that I feel like no one in her family has very really seen. Partially because she has taken the path of least resistance and played it safe her entire life. After meeting and befriending Beck, Chloe absolutely blossomed into a confident woman finally ready to go after what she wants out of life.


Beck may take all the risks with his business, but he hasn’t let anyone in since his sister died. He was so afraid of losing someone he loved again, that he only ever had superficial relationships with women…until he meets Chloe. They were so freaking good together and each really saw the other person so well. They had the hottest chemistry from the moment they met, and it only got hotter the more time they were together.


While Just One Scandal was Chloe’s story from page one, I feel like it was equally Beck’s story. I think Beck had to have the super dark moment to get his head on straight. Chloe had her moments for sure and I totally felt it was her story. I just felt Beck helped her figure out what she wanted by giving her the time and space to go after her dreams with her career and eventually real love and a relationship with him.


Just One Scandal was an amazing story from start to finish. I’ve fallen in love with the Kingston family, and am chomping at the bit for the next story in this series.



Rating: 5 Stars (A+)

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

PENTHOUSE PRINCE (NEW YORK ROMANCE #2)


My billionaire boss is keeping a secret. Me.
 



Tristan James Xavier Bettencourt IV.

The prodigal son of a banking dynasty.

And my new boss.


With his silver tongue and dirty mouth,

he’s everything I’ve ever wanted. 


And the one man I’ll never have.

Some rules are as old as time. 

Girls like me don’t ride off into the sunset with men like him. 


Reina St James has a body made for sin,

and a face that could tempt the devil himself. 


As the heir to a financial empire, 

a scandal is the only thing I can’t afford.

But all work and no play

make this billionaire a very bad boy.


Reina is the one woman I can’t have.

And a temptation I can’t resist.



(This book is a completely revised and expanded version of Penthouse Player, which is no longer available for sale.)


Penthouse Prince 

A New York City Romance series Book #2

Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 10, 2021

Review Copy Provided by the Publisher


Nikki's Review:


Let me start by saying...I love me some Tara Leigh! This book was a welcomed escape from the stay at home orders here in Toronto, which officially ended yesterday! After almost 2 months. This book was perfect for forgetting about the crap that is the world right now. 


Tristan. Gah! He is so amaze balls! Smart, sexy, and a whole lotta alpha. He definitely needed an equally smart, and all kinds of feisty, heroine like Reina. The flirty and witty banter between these two was highly entertaining and kept me grinning. 


I liked that Reina wasn’t willing to let anything get in the way of her dreams, even though Tristan tripped her up a few times. I mean, I probably would forget my own name if he shot me a lopsided grin from across the room. Although Reina is focused on her career you could really feel her vulnerability. She seems like she’s got it all figured out, but she’s kinda lost. She has baggage. But all that stuff just makes her more determined to come out on top of her career...and Tristan. 


Speaking of being on top...the sexy times were delicious! Tara Leigh always delivers in that department. Woohoo!


There’s definite conflict, and a lot of back and forth in this book. I imagine that a lot of women struggle with trying to balance a relationship and a career, and I’m sure many readers could relate to that. 


This book is wonderfully solid in the plot and writing. I felt the characters turmoil like it was my own, and the emotional pull was like a weight on my chest. Tara Leigh has hit it out of the park with this one! 


Review: 5 Stars (A+)