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  • Bountiful

  • The True North Series, Book 4
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules. Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara's bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling - a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. Two years later, she's made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found - until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small Town Vermont & the smell of pastries - Yum!

  • By Sue on 11-11-2018

Small Town Vermont & the smell of pastries - Yum!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Keepsake

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Lark Wainright, 23, has nightmares. She used to be fearless. But while overseas for her nonprofit employer, she was kidnapped and held at gunpoint in a dusty shack. Everyone has an opinion about what might have happened to her there, but she's not saying much. She's too consumed by guilt to talk about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vermont apple orchards and cider

  • By Sue on 11-11-2018

Vermont apple orchards and cider

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Barbarian’s Heart

  • Ice Planet Barbarians Series, Book 9
  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson, Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

I've never spent a day without my mate since arriving on the ice planet. I'm happy and in love, and we have a beautiful child together. All that changed when the world shook. My mate nearly died. He wakes up from his coma...and he can't remember me. Or our son. Every memory of the past two years is gone. And that changes everything between us. How can I love someone that doesn't remember me? How can I not, when I know he's still my mate underneath it all?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***Barbarian's Heart***

  • By IMEE B on 12-11-2018

Beautiful second chance story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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 :)

  • Upper Hand

  • Cedar Tree Series
  • By: Freya Barker
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Noel Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

More often than not, Clint Mason has his foot firmly wedged in his mouth, which tends to get him in plenty of hot water with the ladies. Although his laid back good ole' Southern charm does not fly far with the female population of Cedar Tree, the big burly contractor hides his dark side well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cedar Tree Intrigue

  • By Sue on 17-01-2018

Cedar Tree Intrigue

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Try

  • Temptation Series, Book 1
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try? And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didnt want to love it.... but I did!

  • By Kindle Customer on 16-01-2019

Ella spins her magic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Against Me

  • Cedar Tree Series
  • By: Freya Barker
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Noel Harrison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Patience has always been Caleb Whitetail's strength. Quiet and unassuming is what you see with the GFI investigator, but the blood boils hot right under the surface. He kept his distance for years only to see the woman who has held his attention almost lose her life not just once, but twice. He is done standing in the shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great author, awesome series!!

  • By Sue on 21-12-2017

Great author, awesome series!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Hundred to One

  • Cedar Tree Series
  • By: Freya Barker
  • Narrated by: Noel Harrison, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Seb Griffin showed up in Cedar Tree eight months ago and was hired on at Arlene's Diner as a cook. An ex-con with secrets of his own, Seb walks a fine line. Since he began working at the diner, he's developed feelings for his fierce, stubborn boss, and the need to keep his distance from her, to protect her, is a daily struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small Community, great friends & suspense!

  • By Sue on 21-12-2017

Small Community, great friends & suspense!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Slim to None

  • Cedar Tree Series
  • By: Freya Barker
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Noel Harrison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Investigator Gus Flemming is hot on the trail of a bail skip with organized crime connections that bring him to Cedar Tree. Once there, the focus of his investigation lands squarely on the gently rounded shoulders of a vivacious red haired Emma, whose physical limitations have done nothing to dampen her zest for life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story, real people!

  • By Sue on 15-12-2017

Terrific story, real people!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Ice Planet Barbarians

  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson, Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

You'd think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you'd be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they've left their cargo of human women - including me - on an ice planet. And the only native inhabitant I've met? He's big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A excellent narration/sci fi romance story line .<br />

  • By Michelle on 05-09-2018

Blue ice on the rocks...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-2017

I was really hoping the audio would come for this book and others in the series, and here it is! The narrators have done an excellent job. Listening has reminded me what a totally awesome, funny escape this book is into a fantasy world overrun with males and not too many females. Blue giants with horns, tails and other interesting attributes, who, when they &quot;resonate&quot; with their life mate, are the most dedicated, loving, passionate beings. It had me giggling like a teenager, so if you are looking for an escape, this will become addictive and there are plenty more in the series, which I hope will also become available on audio. Definitely worth a credit or whispersync if you have the book.

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of old school Kristen Ashley will rejoice

  • By Em Jay Reads on 27-07-2017

Quintessential Ashley

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-2017

What did you like most about Complicated?

The depth of story, the feeling of warmth, love, family and friends, no body does it better than Kristen Ashley.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have a few favorites! Greta for her strength, tenacity and inner beauty. Hix for his alpha badass sexyness. Shaw for the wonderful way he was like his Dad, the way be protected and looked after his sisters & Greta. And last, but not least, Andy, infact we almost stole the story line. What an absolutely beautiful character.

What does Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrators bring an extra element of emotion to the story line. It's one thing to read a book, but add a great narrator reading with emotion just brings an increditble richness to an already wonderful story. Bravo to both of them.

Any additional comments?

The is classis Kristen Ashley right here, think Colorado Mountain series and The Burg, Complicated totally had the same feel. I wanted to immerse myself in their town and love and fight right along with them. I adore Kristen Ashley's books and this one will be an amazing addion to her bookshelf. It's got all the drama you need, small town, murder, an ex wife you just want to slap, a repulsive Mother, an ex husband you want to shout at then hold tight and say I'll take you back. I will have a major hangover after finishing this book, I need more of it, unfortunately I think it's a standalone, but I need another 10 years in a second book. I'm positive Andy can find a loving relationship. I want to see Shaw find his woman! Do yourself a favour, this is a wonderfully rewarding story.