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Action packed suspense!

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Reviewed: 23-04-2019

WOW! 5 Hot stars for Cold & Deadly and first of Toni's new Cold Justice: Crossfire series. This story has all the elements you come to expect from Toni, it's a suspense/thriller, action packed and has tonnes of hot testosterone loaded FBI agents in it LOL and one in particular, Supervisory Special Agent, Dominic Sheridan, a 35 year old Crisis Negotiator. This guy seriously packs some heat and I'm not just talking about his weaponry! He's cool, calm and collected in every situation, he knows what he's doing, until he comes across a rookie FBI Agent, Ava Kanas, head strong, loner, just learning the ropes and not playing the FBI team game, which only gets her into more trouble than she is looking for. This story line is so engaging, I did not want to put it down. These two agents are brought together because of a tragic end to a mutual colleague and friend, from there, the plot thickens and does not slow down until after the nail biting climax. One other enormous attraction about this story is that there is heavy involvement from two other favourite characters from the Cold Justice series and you get a first hand update on their life together, it is awesome!! Can't gloat enough about this one, an excellent read and the audio narration, as always is fantastic! I cannot wait for the next book!!

More Green Creek magic!

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Reviewed: 24-02-2019

OMG, 5 glorious stars for Ravensong, can’t say enough about this great story. TJ has done it again, I thought Wolfsong was such a special book, but Ravensong has those same special qualities. The world that TJ has built and the endearing characters are just magical and even though this story is serious and about survival or death against enemies, I think I was smiling and chuckling on every second page, the humour and wit coming from the pack’s mouths will put a big grin on your face. If you haven’t heard of TJ Klune before, you are in for a treat! If Wolves & witches intrigue you, packs, brotherhood & MM stories? Do yourself a favour and read the Green Creek series, this is the second book, it’s about two of the older male characters, they’re around 40ish and it’s about second chances, forgiveness and over coming deep paralysing fear brought on by a series of tragic events that stops one of the leads, Gordo from living, he’s so closed off to possibilities that return and are in front of him. This is a slow burn story, but the ride is so engaging & witty & the writing so captivating that it’s a pleasure just to go along with that slow burn journey of the two main characters. The books should be read in order, it would take a while to work out all the characters and how they fit together if you didn’t and there is a continuing story to follow. The narrator, Kurt Graves gives a truly commendable performance, cannot wait for the next book!

Small Town Vermont & the smell of pastries - Yum!

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Reviewed: 11-11-2018

I was sucked into this True North series as soon as I read book 1, Bittersweet. Bountiful has found itself on my favourites list too. I love everything about small town Vermont, apple & pear orchards, micro breweries & home made sweetness. This story is about a hockey player, Dave & prickly bar tender come coffee shop owner, Zara, who is also one of Griff’s past hook ups. There are surprises in store for both leads and one gorgeous little toddler that weaves her way under Dave’s skin and makes him believe he can have it all. If you want a hot, sweet, country life read, have a go at this one. The audio narration is awesome too!

Vermont apple orchards and cider

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Reviewed: 11-11-2018

This story is another favourite of the series for me, the setting is Griffin Shipley's farm, so you get all those wonderful characters, grandpa, cousins & Jude. The two young leads both have a lot to deal with. Lark, May's best friend has been through a really traumatic experience while working in Columbia, she escapes her parents overbearing coddling and goes to help out on the Shipley farm. Zachariah has been working for Griffin for a couple of years, he has had a really tough and unusual up bringing, being part of a polygamist cult, who eventually tossed him out and left him to fend for himself. I adored Zach in the previous books and knew his story would be awesome. It was really wonderful getting inside his head to see his opinions and thoughts. This was just a great story between two young adults being the balm each other needed, finding a real connection and a way through trauma to the other side. Love the True North series! And the audio's are excellent!

Beautiful second chance story

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Reviewed: 07-11-2018

Listened to the audio that's just come out for this book, I enjoy the narrators so much. What a great second chance story between Pashov and Stacy, one of the many couples on Ruby's ice planet. You might think the variables of retelling a story of how couples get together on an ice planet where there are no cities or towns, or anything other than a bunch of humans and aliens, would get old or are limited, but Ruby manages to weave a new, wonderful story line into each of the couples getting together. Every story is so different, Ruby has tackled a range of mental health issues, trauma, sexual abuse and physical disabilities into her stories and this one is just as compelling. Pashov and Stacy are already mated and have a son, they have been together right from the start, when Stacy was awakened from the pod on the space ship, they resonated very quickly, so it is really devastating when an earthquake hits the cave and causes a major upheaval. Pashov is hurt badly by falling rocks and is in a coma for days, when he wakes, he has no memory of his mate or his child and so begins a beautiful story of a resonated couple finding each other again. I really loved this story. And, if you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say "resonated", you will have to go and start book 1 of the series and find out :)

Cedar Tree Intrigue

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Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Loved this audio! I really liked the narrators, well done. I adore the whole series.
This book is about a couple 46 yr olds who have both had some hard knocks in life and who are both trying to shield their hearts from more hurt. Beth is crusty & grumpy at times & quick to fly off the handle so their relationship develops with some sparks & bumps along the way, but I really liked her ornery butt LOL. She has raised a son and is now a grandmother.

Clint had a failed marriage in the worst possible way. He moved his business to Cedar Tree about a year prior and seems to put his foot in his mouth when speaking to women.

Most of the time I like to get away from reality when I read a book and with the drama & suspense that takes place after Beth's son goes missing, it certainly is a step outside and full of suspenseful moments. Gus' investigative are right on it, so we see all the other characters from the series.
But Beth & Clints' actual relationship sits hard and fast in reality & I found it refreshing to read about butt dimples & t*tts losing their fight with gravity and with all that, Freya creates a beautiful, believable man who appreciates the woman foremost & therefore whatever body shape she brings with her is beautiful, because it's his Beth.
Clint is the ultimate alpha-male and he walks atop a fine line that teeters into male chauvinist at times. But with the dual POV, you see into his heart and his struggle to verbalise what he feels, so I let him off with the "little woman" comments because you learn just how fiercely protective he is. I think I'm rambling LOL The short message to this story is that I really liked it, even more so after the second time around.

Ella spins her magic!

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Reviewed: 30-12-2017

I've done a re-read/listen of this book because the sixth and final book of the series has just come out. All six books are about Logan and Tate and their journey to a HEA. Tate starts out as a straight, about to be, divorcee. Bi Logan walks into the bar where Tate works, hones in on Tate and makes it his mission to "own him". So from that premise, we go on an emotional, drama filled, only slightly angsty, beautiful journey to get an ending Tate had no idea was even a possibility and for Logan, it was never on his horizon. An excellent series and great audio by Shannon Gunn too.

Great author, awesome series!!

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Reviewed: 21-12-2017

This is the 3rd book in the Cedar Tree series, I've just listened to the audio, which I thought was great, the narrators did an excellent job. I adored Caleb's character, he is a beautiful, spiritual soul who started out contracting for Gus' investigative team, in the prologue we see that he worked with Katie on some jobs, which was a real challenge because he normally worked alone. Katie also contracted to Gus' team, she can certainly look after herself and Caleb just wants to keep her safe, so they are at loggerheads to begin with. Caleb also has to endure seeing Katie and Gus interact together and soon works out there may be some history between them. Then we jump to Chapter 1.
Whilst on a job, looking after Emma, Katie goes through a life changing event and its from this we see a remarkable change in Katie and Caleb is there with her all the way.
At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to warm to Katie, I had my hackles up from book 1. (Yes, you need to read it!) But in the end, Caleb and Katie are my two down right favs out of this Cedar Tree group of friends. Throw in suspense, a brother and a pet and you get down right gooey! Loved it. Definitely worth a listen!

Small Community, great friends & suspense!

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Reviewed: 21-12-2017

So glad the audio for Hundred to One has come out, I had to listen, I love audio books! I think this is one of my favourite stories out of the series. Arlene is such a strong character, all brash and bite, she had such a rough ride throughout her life, but underneath she really is a beautiful soul and once she lets Seb in, they are a glorious couple. Her friendship with Emma is tight and a cackle a moment, when those two get together, the one liners are free flowing.
This book has such a great feel about it, small town, tight friends who would do anything for you, and the friends make lots of appearances in this book. Once again, we have an older couple with real life issues and health troubles, don't get me wrong, this read is still a great escape, even though there are some heavy issues addressed in this book. I adore the whole series. I thought the narration was great, I like both Tanya and Noel's take on the characters, I think Tanya's narration style actually improved for this book and was better than in the first book of the series. Definitely worth a listen.

Terrific story, real people!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-12-2017

I first read this book back in April 2016. I was really excited to learn it and the whole series was coming out on audio! I love audio books . I love that the stories are about older characters, real people with real issues. There is suspense, funny, sweet, sexy moments and great secondary characters that get their own story in the following books. All together, they create a richness & depth of story & a great small town feel. The audio book was great, I felt that sometimes the female narrator's dialogue did not flow as well as the male's. But I did overlook it and it was not enough to detract from the story. The whole series is on my "favourite" shelf. Worth a read or a listen.