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  • The Ruthless Gentleman

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

As a chief stewardess on luxury superyachts, I massage egos, pamper the spoiled, and cater to the most outlandish desires of the rich and famous. I've never had a guest want something I can't give them. Until British businessman Hayden Wolf comes aboard - all sexy swagger and mysterious requests. But guests are strictly off limits and I've never broken a rule. Not even bent one. My family are depending on me and I can't lose my job. Only problem is Hayden Wolf is looking at me like I just changed his life. And he's touching me like he's about to change mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant 💕💕💕

  • By Barbra Lazzarini on 17-05-2018

A BLUSHING AUDIO REVIEW

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

MY THOUGHTS ON THE STORY:
I loved the idea of the story and enjoyed the read however I wanted more hot and heavy built up angst, more of the “forbidden” to affair. After the initial hook up there was very little after that, that connected the two characters gravitating from lust to love. This would have made for some hot and naughty sex scenes about the yacht. Had it played out. (late night time skinny dipping, I’m sure you can use your imagination here, blush, blush) That lure of danger of being caught wasn’t dominant enough to be too convincing for me.

I felt Avery was too easily forgiving considering the length of time it took Hayden to come and apologise not to mention he had to get solid evidence first that she was telling the truth before he came to reclaim her.

The HEA was sweet and more realistic then the usual love declaration followed by a bang of wedding and babies. I didn’t love it or hate it so I will mark a 3 Stars because the potential is there it just didn’t divulge deep and emotional enough for me.

MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
HERO RATING: 3
HEROINE RATING: 3
BLUSH RATING: 3
ROMANCE RATING: 3
PLOT RATING: 3
OVERALL: 3 Blushing Stars

THE NARRATION:
Shane is brilliant narrator for Hayden’s characters due to his natural British accent but my God was he terrible narrating the female monologue. It was actually cringe worthy to be honest.

Erin was a perfect fit for Avery’s characters, she really draws you in with her emotional impressions and is easy to listen to, she has an ok male portrayal but her British male narration was humorous and not at all appealing.

This would have suited a dual narrative where each narrator speaks only their monologue.

DO I RECCOMEND THIS BOOK?
This is more of an individual choice, if you’re after an emotional, deep and meaningful romance with a defined message than no.

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  • Mister Tonight

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life. I was that girl. You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her 30th with her two best friends - the ones who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate. By reckless, I meant the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A BLUSHING AUDIO

  • By Kay's Blushing Book Reviews on 20-07-2018

A BLUSHING AUDIO

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

This is a relatively short audio compared to what I have been listening to lately but the story was well paced and flowed smoothly.

Sebastian and Andi make a great narrative team and really enhances the listening experience with their professional pairing. They both matched their characters well and portrayed their fitting personalities well.

NARRATORS MATCHED TO CHARACTERS: 5/5
AUDIO RATING:5/5
MY THOUGHTS:
I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. I have to say this was my least favourite as Sara and Peter spent so much time apart and there was a lot of fill in fluff leading up to their reunion.

Peter is bold and unafraid in expressing his intentions towards Sara. He almost comes across caveman like and it’s is unbelievably sexy. Don’t we all want a Peter? A man who will do anything and stop at nothing to have you, a man that fiercely loves you and worship you. The only price of course is your freedom and the fact he is an assassin.

The Dominance and dangerous elements to Peter are amplified in the audio version of this book, hearing his Russian accent makes him one hell of a sexy killer.

Sara’s character again frustrated me in this book, she seems more concerned with what people think than how she truly feels. There is a lot of character growth and development for Sara in this instalment as she worked through her guilt over being in love with her captor.

The ending totally took me by surprise, I am dying to get my hands on Destiny Forever Book#4 in the series.

“You need me to make it hurt sometimes, to take control and force you. To take away the other choices, so you can embrace the one you really want.”

MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
HERO RATING:5
HEROINE RATING:4
BLUSH RATING: 4
ROMANCE RATING:3
PLOT RATING: 5
OVERALL: 4 Blushing Stars

  • Destiny Mine

  • By: Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Fate made us enemies. I made us lovers. In a different world, we were meant for each other. This is not that world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A BLUSHING AUDIO REVIEW

  • By Kay's Blushing Book Reviews on 20-07-2018

A BLUSHING AUDIO REVIEW

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

Together Sebastian and Tracy’s narration is once again excellent. They are both so perfectly matched to their characters and really bring the story to life with their portrayal of them.

I highly recommend listening to the audio version of Destiny Mine.

MY THOUGHTS:
I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. I have to say this was my least favourite as Sara and Peter spent so much time apart and there was a lot of fill in fluff leading up to their reunion.

Peter is bold and unafraid in expressing his intentions towards Sara. He almost comes across caveman like and it’s is unbelievably sexy. Don’t we all want a Peter? A man who will do anything and stop at nothing to have you, a man that fiercely loves you and worship you. The only price of course is your freedom and the fact he is an assassin.

The Dominance and dangerous elements to Peter are amplified in the audio version of this book, hearing his Russian accent makes him one hell of a sexy killer.

Sara’s character again frustrated me in this book, she seems more concerned with what people think than how she truly feels. There is a lot of character growth and development for Sara in this instalment as she worked through her guilt over being in love with her captor.

The ending totally took me by surprise, I am dying to get my hands on Destiny Forever Book#4 in the series.

“You need me to make it hurt sometimes, to take control and force you. To take away the other choices, so you can embrace the one you really want.”

MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
HERO RATING:5
HEROINE RATING:4
BLUSH RATING: 4
ROMANCE RATING:3
PLOT RATING: 5
OVERALL: 4 Blushing Stars

  • Love Machine

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Sweet, nerdy, lovable Keaton. She's my best friend and has been for years. Sure she likes numbers and math, and thinks doing other people's taxes is fun. And I like...none of that stuff. She reads novels I'll never understand, and yet we just click. There's no one I'd rather share breakfast burritos with or binge watch hours of Netflix with. She's my person. And so when she takes off her glasses and asks me to help her improve her skills in the bedroom, I barely have to think about it. Of course I'll help her. There's no one better for the job. But what happens when she's ready to take her new-found confidence and move on?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Cas on 25-07-2018

A BLUSHING AUDIO REVIEW

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

"Love is friendship, but it is friendship with fire in its belly."
I listened to this in audio because I know the narrators Sebastian and Andy give their stories another dimension. They both matched their characters well and gave a flawless performance as always.
Kendall Ryan has had some major hot covers lately and this one is no exception. It’s seriously drool worthy.

Love Machine has been another sweet, fun and sexy friends to lover’s story by Kendall. I am a little over the Friends to Lovers theme though at the moment it seems to be the current trend and nearly every second book I read has a similar storyline.

In saying that though, what makes Kendall’s stories so enticing is that you know they will always be well written, entertaining and not too heavy. They always make for a good pick me up and feel good read. I love the humour she puts into her dialogue and she certainly has a way with words. For example:
"with a heaped dose of Holy Shit" and "Literally any man in this room would be honored to introduce his dick to you, Keaton." Slate

Keaton and Slate have some undeniable hot chemistry, Slate was so perfect!!I loved his character and. Keaton however took some warming up to but in the end, I was satisfied with their cute HEA.
MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
HERO RATING: 5
HERIONE RATING: 3
BLUSH RATING: 3
ROMANCE RATING: 4
PLOT RATING: 3
OVERALL: 4


DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?
Yes, if you’re a regular fan of Kendall Ryan than you will enjoy this story.

  • The Day She Cried

  • A Novel
  • By: K. Webster
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

She was my first love. She was my first hate. The very sun in my world tried to burn me alive with her lies and cruelty. Until I dimmed her light for good.... Or so I thought. Now she’s back. Cracked. Broken. Lost. And for the first time in a long time, I feel free. Free from our past. Free from my present that suffocates me. Free to destroy her future. Her misery is my music. Thrilling. Invigorating. Intoxicating. For so long, all I’ve done is hate her. So why do I love her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is K Websters best work to date!

  • By Kay's Blushing Book Reviews on 19-06-2018

This is K Websters best work to date!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2018

MY THOUGHTS:
This is a hate to love story about accountability, healing and forgiveness. Learning to love again after loss.

This story was unlike anything I have ever read before, original and unbelievably fitting to today’s society issues. We get a front row seat into the tragic and heart-breaking reality of the effects of bullying and suicide.

Growth and development in the characters is intense and confronting, it makes you reflect on how you treat people. This book had a strong impact on me as a reader, showing the ugliness of people’s words and the effect they have on us. It only takes one loose thread to weaken the string making it fragile and easy to break.

The last chapter was difficult to read it literally gave me chills, goose bumps covered my skin and I felt heaviness in my chest for all the lost souls who thought they had no other option but to take their own lives. The words, the descriptions, the emotions, it was all so confronting and yet so powerful that I lost my breath for a moment.

The underlying message is in this story is loud and clear. Make yourself aware that bullying is a real living and breathing dangerous part of our lives, educate yourself to help prevent it, teach your loved ones to use their voice and be true to themselves and not follow in the path of others and most importantly be kind to others.

This is K. Webster’s best work to date and a must read!

MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
HERO RATING: 4
HEROINE RATING:4
BLUSH RATING: 4
ROMANCE RATING:3
PLOT RATING: 5
OVERALL: 5

DO I RECOMMEND
Absolutely, it’s raw, real, emotional and heart breaking but so relevant and in true K Webster style is so well executed I was captivated from the start to the end and touched by her underlying message.

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Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Noah Michael Levine
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins

Erin Mallon’s narration was the perfect match for her character, young, expressive and full of raw emotion. She is brilliant!

Noah didn’t work for me. There was nothing wrong with his narration. it just wasn’t a good fit for me, his voice was to mature sounding for Rome’s young character.

AUDIO RATING: 4/5

  • My Torin

  • By: K. Webster
  • Narrated by: Ryan Gray, Lillian Claire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

I'm a freak, a misfit, an odd end. Abandoned and unloved. But my happiness is so close I can taste it. Until he shows up. Gorgeous, expensive, and all man. Sad brown eyes and a brilliant smile. And he wants me to go with him. His intentions are hidden. His motives are unclear. Yet I leave with him because there's no happiness here. What he promises feels too good to be true.... A castle. A fortune. And horses, too. It's too easy. Nothing in my life has ever been easy. What's the catch? There's always a catch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Blushing Audio Review

  • By Kay's Blushing Book Reviews on 19-06-2018

A Blushing Audio Review

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2018

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My Torin by K. Webster

GENRE: Dark Romance/psychological thriller
NARRATION: Multiple POV Torin, Tyler & Casey.
BOOK DETAILS: Standalone
AUDIO AVAILABLE? Whisper-sync voice ready

THE STORY:
This is a hard one to summarise whilst keeping as spoiler free as possible.
Casey Doe has grown up in and out of different foster homes after being abandoned as a baby by her crack addict mother. she is seventeen and has one more year to endure before she is free from the system.

A brief encounter with a penny one afternoon outside side her therapists building sees her life change direction and she ends up in the hands of Tyler Kline.

Tyler promises to take care of her, keep her fed and warm and offer her everything she could ever dream of but it has a catch, she has to share the home with his younger brother Torin.
Torin is special, misunderstood, different, unaccepted and is completely captivated by Casey. “Casey is a calm to my chaos. A rainbow after my storm.”

This a different kind of love story. It’s heart wrenching, it’s beautiful, it’s flawed and it’s inspiring. This is a book you need to read for your yourself, experience it and feel it to understand it.

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MY THOUGHTS:
I can honestly say I have never read anything like this book before, the psychological aspects behind the story were thoroughly researched and well executed. I really did not know what to expect when I first started reading and there was never a moment throughout the book that I could guess the answers, see the twists coming or prepare myself for what was going to be thrown in next. That is what makes K Webster such a brilliant writer, she draws you in, rips apart your insides and chews on your bones, than piece by piece she rebuilds you, putting you back together anew, afflicted and inspired.

It gives us some insight into the mind of someone with severe autism, showcasing their inner struggles and difficulties. It’s heartbreaking, eye opening and fascinating to read.

“One thing I learned while writing this book is that every single person is unique. No two people are the same. And that is the beauty about people. Different is amazing. Embrace those who aren’t like you, for everyone has something to offer.” K Webster

MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
BLUSH RATING: 4
ROMANCE RATING:3
PLOT RATING: 5
OVERALL: 5

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Narrated by: Ryan Gray, Lillian Claire
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins

Ryan and Lillian were a good matches for their characters, Lillian was able portray Casey’s character perfectly as she evolved from the young naive girl to a defining strong woman.

Ryan Gray was the perfect Torin and Tyler capturing their personality traits and making them definable.Listening to the audio version of this story enhanced the subject matter and breathed life into the characters.


Characters matched to characters: 5/5
AUDIO RATING: 5/5

  • On Dublin Street

  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Paula Costello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street, the hottest new romance bestseller. Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Blushing Audio Review

  • By Kay's Blushing Book Reviews on 19-06-2018

A Blushing Audio Review

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2018

MY THOUGHTS:
It's not an easy romance. However, there’s an emotional connection with the characters you feel almost immediately which is what keeps you intrigued going further into the story.

You cannot help falling in love with Braden, especially if you listen to his accent in the audio version. His witty personality makes for some humorous banter between the pair and acts as a great balance between some of the more serious subject matter.

Joss is a difficult character to connect with as she is so emotionally troubled and detached but given her back story you can certainly empathise with her. She has detached herself from getting too close to people, built walls up to protect herself She learns though that those same walls keep her from having connections, intimacy, hope, joy, and so many other things that make life meaningful.

Braden shows her that she must allow herself to fully feel her pain, open up and talk about it in order to learn how to manage it and begin to heal through it.

“You’re good with the words, I’ll give you that.” Jocelyn
“I’m good with my hands. Will you let me give you that?” Braden

Samantha has a way of capturing a moment, her sex scenes are more emotionally deep then erotic, they are steamy but also suppressed.

I really liked the supporting characters Ellie and Adam, Rhea and would definitely be keen to read more of them. I really enjoyed this book and it’s a first I have read of Samantha Young's. I will definitely be looking into some of her other titles to add to my TBR shelf.

MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
HERO RATING: 5
HEROINE RATING: 4
BLUSH RATING: 3
ROMANCE RATING: 3
PLOT RATING: 4
OVERALL: 4 Blushing Stars

DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?
Yes, who doesn’t love a hot witty Scotsman.
This is a long audio book but very easy to listen to getting caught up in the Scottish accents. Paula did so well transferring from Scottish to American accents and from a male to female voices with ease. She really captured the essence of each character.

This would have been an amazing book for duet narration with a male narrating Braden’s Scottish accent but I still thoroughly enjoyed it regardless.

  • Rebel Heart

  • The Rush Series, Book 2
  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons: Sleep with your boss. Check. Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check. How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer: I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The return of RUSH AND GIA

  • By Laura on 08-08-2018

A Blushing Audio Review

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2018

There was something about this story from the very beginning of Book#1 Rebel Heir that had me absorbed. Be it the interesting and relatable characters or the fact I have not read a plot anything similar before or maybe it’s the combined authors writing styles. I think it is all of the above.

This is a well written, well-paced romance with just the right amount of angst, sexual tension and drama balanced out with likeable and witty M & F main characters. The second novel flowed well from the first and I fell in love with Gia and Rush all over again. They would have to be one of my favourite hero’s & heroines so far this year because their relationship was convincingly pragmatic, they had the humorous and sarcastic back and forth banter that I love encompassing their personalities in a perfect adorable bubble.

Although the conflict at hand was not a light one the authors did well in making it sad without breaking your heart and at the same time adding sweetness without making you want to vomit and roll your eyes.

I loved the ending it was the perfect conclusion to Rush and Gia’s rebel romance story.Sebastian York is a God, well maybe not but he sure sounds like one?! Perfect match for Rush and perfect match for my ears. His deep sexy voice is always a winner for me.

Not too many female narrators can do a great male narration but Maxine is one of them, is scratchy raw and deep enough that you can forget it’s a female’s voice. Her narration of Gia was unequalled. Maxine captures expressions and emotions faultlessly.

I highly recommend this audio version of Rebel Heart.

AUDIO RATING: 5/5

  • Scandalous

  • By: L. J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

They call him The Mute for a reason. Hard, cold, and calculated, he rarely speaks. When he does, it's with disdain. When he does, his words aren't meant for me. When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis. He is 33. I am 18. He's a single dad and my father's business partner. I'm just a kid to him and his enemy's daughter. He's emotionally unavailable. And I am...feeling. Feeling things I shouldn't feel for him. Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn't just on the wall, it's inked on my soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Burning animosity meets Dangerous desires

  • By Kay's Blushing Book Reviews on 04-05-2018

Burning animosity meets Dangerous desires

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2018

This was by far my favourite of the Sinners and Saints Series, so much was going on all the time no fillers or fluff was needed. The burning push and pull of Edie and Trent was so hot and was so well written you could feel their tension in every word. Luna was a little sweetheart and I loved ready the interactions Edie had with her.

Life has not been easy for either one of them despite their wealth, they have built up barriers and guarded themselves and that might be the very thing that brings them together.

The burning animosity, the brewing desires and undeniable chemistry makes for one hot story as Edie and Trent go from enemies to scandalous lovers.

Christian and Savanah’s narration was exceptional. Christian’s ability to change his voice to distinguish characters is brilliant.
Both narrators matched their characters perfectly and made this story come to life.

Highly Reccomended

  • Buttons and Pain

  • By: Penelope Sky
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo, Samantha Cook
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I'm in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn't come for me. He hasn't even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them. Maybe he's forgotten about me. One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there's only one explanation for their presence. Maybe Crow hasn't forgotten me after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael and Samantha are my new favourite duo

  • By Kay's Blushing Book Reviews on 17-04-2018

Michael and Samantha are my new favourite duo

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

Reviewed: 17-04-2018

Would you consider the audio edition of Buttons and Pain to be better than the print version?

I strongly believe a good match between narrator and their character is vital for the listener to engage the story and Penelope Sky hit the nail on the head with her choice of narrators to portray Pearl and Crow.
This story is full of pain, torment, passion, tension and violence and Michael and Samantha did every emotion justice, captivating the listener in a flawless performance.