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Don’t read on the train

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-2021

Quite a tear-jerker of a story. I liked the characters, although the plot was rather bland. Narration is smooth professional, however I had a very difficult time trying to work out which character was speaking during conversations, as the voices don’t differ enough in tone or speaking style. I’ve heard better from this narrator, so was disappointed.

Another winner

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-2021

This second book of the series is another winner. Max Walker has written main characters with heart, who find love while investigating a murder while managing grief, alcohol addiction, and mental illness. Alex and Griffin are multi-dimensional people who have serious issues, both historical and present, that they have to deal with but don’t let get in the way of their romance. While this is in the category of romantic suspense, there isn’t a lot of detective/procedural detail, the main focus is on the relationship that develops between the characters who are brought together by a murder. I’m off to buy the next in series!

Another winner

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

Reviewed: 28-01-2021

Keep the tissue box handy for this one! The main characters have a lot of pain to deal with and the rather long lead-up to their HEA is sooo worth it.

Another winner

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-2021

Wonderfully complex characters, lots of love delivered with a big side of snark. On to the next in series!

Boring, DNF

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-2021

I usually like this author, but I only listened to a bit over an hour of this book before giving up. After realising it has been sitting in my Unfinished library for 6 months, I’m returning it.

Great story, terrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-2021

I came to this series after listening to the Curl Up & Dye series. I like these more intense and crime-solving story lines with the romance, but I really dislike the narration and won’t be listening to more of this narrator, although I’ll probably read the 3rd just to finish out Locke and Key’s story. This narrator is very wooden and his terrible John Wayne impersonation for Locke is as annoying as raking nails down a chalkboard. It helped to speed up the audio to 1.1x but it was still painful to hear.

Woo, a new series

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2020

For fans of the Phoenix and Mercury pack series, this is a bit more of a psychological thriller than most. It also expands on the true mate vs imprinted mate and free choice themes that were explored between Riley & Tao and Dominic & Mila. Overall a very good story.
However, this series is under a different publisher and thus introduces a new narrator. For longterm fans of the Phoenix and Mercury Pack audiobooks, this is disappointing. The consistency and individuality of continuing characters’ voices that Jill Redmond provided are completely gone. Samantha Cook narrates at a good pace and her Russian accents aren’t bad, but she is not as accomplished at giving unique voices to the different characters and the male voices are often flat and emotionless from her attempt to deepen the tone.
Will I follow the Olympus Pride series? Yes, definitely. However I may just read the books and not bother buying the audio versions.

I liked books 1-5, but this one = meh

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-2020

I very much like this author, and have read and/or listened to books 1-5 in this series. This book just fell flat though, as I couldn’t find any appeal in the characters. Liam Kingsley’s characters are usually so likeable but Decker’s so egotistical to hide his insecurities and Tripp is just an ars#hole. I kept going, hoping that the explanations of their pasts and their growing relationship would redeem the characters, but no. The narrator over-emoted so much that he made cheesy caricatures of the two MCs, although slowing the audio speed to 0.9x helped make his frenetic, breathless speech patterns more tolerable. I’m happy to see different narrators for the rest of the series, so hopefully the next book in series will be better.

Nicely done!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-2020

I’ve read several books by this author but this book is the only one I’ve listened to. Taylor Ryan’s characters are complex and multidimensional, the overall story arc through the series develops at a good pace. Kenneth Obi does an excellent job of giving different voices to all of the characters - all have unique accents and tones that fit their personalities, which makes this a listening pleasure.

Another heart-warmer

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2020

I loved the first two books of this series, but this one took some effort to get into and I considered not finishing it even though Milo is a sweetheart (typical labradoodle). Jason is just too much of an arsehole, particularly in the first few chapters. His redeeming qualities came through towards the end of the book, so i'm glad I stuck with it.