Audiobook Review: Shameless by Lex Martin

Title: Shameless
Author: Lex Martin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication date: April 26, 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Brady…

 

What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 

 

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

 

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things. 

 

Katherine…

 

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. 

 

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

 

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

 

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So freaking good! This was my first book by this author (in anticipation for the ARC I received of Reckless), and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I listened to the audiobook, and really liked the narrators overall. Especially the female narrator’s interpretation of Brady’s voice. That Boston accent she did for him was wicked awesome! I absolutely adored both Katherine and Brady, along with a lot of the other minor characters. And Izzy was super cute!

 

So this book is kind of emotionally heavy, which you can probably tell from the summary. I didn’t cry while reading, but my heart kind of broke at spots. Brady and his family, and even Katherine, are going through a tough time after losing loved ones, along with some other setbacks life throws their way. And if anyone’s life is completely turned upside down, it’s Brady. I feel bad for the poor guy, and everything that’s dumped on his plate. But everything works out in the end; I’m so glad he gets a happy ending!

 

I loved how the connection between these two characters unfolded, how Brady was with his niece, and the raw emotions we got a glimpse of here and there. And the epilogue was so good. I can’t wait to see a little more from these characters in Reckless…which I need to devour ASAP! I highly recommend checking out this book if you’re a romance lover. I can’t wait to go back and read the other books this author has written when I have a little free time.

 

Audiobook Review: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox

Title: This is Reckless
Author: Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate Duet #3
Publisher: Audible Audio
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads):  Introducing book 1 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of bestselling authors! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?

 

Drew Fisher is the type of guy every girl wants.
Noble police officer by day, charming prince by night.
He has no idea the effect he has on women, especially me–his little sister’s best friend.
I’m the blonde Southern belle who lives up to the cliché, except I have my own quirks. I’m smart as a whip, can change my own oil, and recite The Pledge of Allegiance backward, but he doesn’t see that girl.

 

It’d be easier to forget him if he wasn’t my roommate and if the first thing I saw in the morning wasn’t his shirtless body covered in tattoos. I’ve crushed on him since the day we met, but he’s made it perfectly clear where we stand. Just friends.

 

I know I need to move on and accept that his feelings will never be mutual, but every day he smiles at me, I’m left dreaming of what if.
He has girl issues, and I’ve got a crush I can’t deny.
We’re friends, but I want more.

 

One drunken hookup leaves us with much more than a platonic friendship. Pretending it never happened proves to be more difficult than anticipated.

 

A crazy ex-girlfriend, a dangerous war of stolen glances, and passionate kisses leads to the most reckless battle yet. I won’t be a pawn in his game, but I’ll play by his rules if it will show him I’m the one worth breaking them for.

 

Checkmate, Prince Charming. 

 

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 1 of 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**

 

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I really enjoyed this one. Drew and Courtney are adorable! I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I read the first Checkmate Duet series last year, and I couldn’t wait to listen to this one. I think Drewtney might be more of a favorite than Traviola, but I still have one more book to read before making a final decision.

 

The friends to lovers trope is something I don’t read that often, but as you can tell from my rating, I enjoy it. I liked being able to see Courtney’s brothers especially since they have their own series coming this year. I also liked that we got to see where characters in the previous duet are at now.

 

Drew is kind of clueless for many years, so that is a slight blemish on his mostly perfect specimen. I don’t think I could date a cop, but that occupation is okay for a book boyfriend haha. I totally called that ending though. Gah. I need to listen to the second book in this duet ASAP!

 

Audiobook Review: A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

Title: A Place in the Sun
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Publication date: October 24, 2016
Pages: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): A full-length standalone romantic comedy from USA Today best-selling author R.S. Grey.

 

When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.

 

Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away…that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

 

Gianluca. After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.

 

But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart – she’s merely intrigued.

 

After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous – tall and tan from days spent in the sun – his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.

 

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I enjoyed this one a lot. The narrators took a little getting used to, but I’d recommend the audiobook. I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

I liked Georgie’s character a lot. I felt like we could have maybe been friends if she was real. And Gianluca was a hunk, and seemed like an amazing guy. He’s going on my book boyfriend list.

 

This book didn’t surprise me much, especially something that I think was supposed to be a plot twist. Never the less, I enjoyed it a ton. The mental picture the author painted of Italy was breathtaking. I’m jealous because I want to travel so bad!

 

Lots of the other characters were great too. This book wasn’t super happy go lucky; some of the characters had gone through/were still going through some hard times. I won’t say more on that, but just be prepared for some feels. I can’t wait to read another one of her books!

 

Audiobook Review: This is Love by Kennedy Fox

Title: This is Love
Author: Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate Duet #2
Publisher: Audible Audio
Publication date: December 12, 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads):  Viola Fisher is the epitome of perfection.
She despises my one-night stands and mocks my less-than-classy habits.
She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true.
And I want her.

 

If she were anyone else, I’d have made my move years ago, but considering she’s my best friend’s little sister, she’s always been off-limits. Not to mention how much she loathes my very existence.

 

Hating me is her religion, but needing her is mine. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make me want her even more, and I’m more determined than ever to change her mind.

 

I’ll prove I’m done playing games.
But until then, we’ll continue to play by her rules.
Viola Fisher may have won the battle, but the war isn’t over yet.

 

Checkmate, princess.

 

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I enjoyed this for the most part. It was dramatic, swoony, funny, etc. I wasn’t shocked by most things that happened, but it was so entertaining! I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Travis was sooooo much better in my opinion in this second book. He wasn’t a dick, so yay haha. I think I liked this story line better because there was more romance. The last one had a big focus on the sexual tension and the characters’ past, and this one focused more on the possibilities for the future.

 

Once again, I liked Viola’s character. And of course Drew and Courtney. Super excited for the next duet focusing on those two. Especially after how this book ended. I was going to take a break from listening to these, but I might have to start the next one in the near future.

 

I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say like the last quarter of the book was super adorable. And I really liked the beginning half a lot too. The middle part was a little boring compared to the rest, but it was still a great listen overall. I enjoyed the narrator’s renditions of the characters, and I’ll have to see what else she narrates.

 

Audiobook Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): Hawthorn wasn’t trying to insert herself into a missing person’s investigation. Or maybe she was. But that’s only because Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don’t happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she’ll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.

 

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance.  A theory way too absurd to take seriously…at first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend. After all, it’s not as if he killed her-or did he?

 

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.

 

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This book was weird, and I did not connect with the main character. The narrator was good, which is probably why I continued to listen. I’m giving this 1 out of 5 stars.

 

So this book was a Big Library Read, which is why I finally listened to the audiobook. I figured if they liked it so much to promote it through that program, and because of the many 4-5 star reviews on Goodreads, I’d enjoy it. Nope, unfortunately not.

 

If I’d tried another format besides the audiobook, this would probably be a DNF book. I just couldn’t connect with Hawthorne. Maybe for a couple pages in the middle, and then the last 1 1/2 chapters, but that doesn’t make a huge fangirl out of a reader. And I didn’t really love any of the other characters either.

 

I can appreciate weirdness and/or differentness, but this book was too far out there for me. And I felt like nothing was really happening for a good deal of the book besides Hawthorne’s theories about Lizzie Lovett. She felt pretty obsessed to me.

 

All I can say is if you want, give this one a try for yourself. I almost always have similar ratings on books we’ve both read with one Goodreads friend, but she gave this 5 stars. Like the publishing world says, it’s subjective.

 

Audiobook Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Title: Lick
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #1
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: July 1, 2013
Length: 8 hours and 32 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

 

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

 

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

 

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I really enjoyed this one a lot! I finished it in two evenings, forgoing movies/TV to listen to this. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

The narrator was great, and this book was such an easy listen. I really liked Evelyn, David, Mal, and Lauren. As for Nate, we didn’t get to know him that well, but I think he’s a pretty decent guy.

 

I’m so glad I was looking for a romance audiobook the other day, and that this one was available through my library’s OverDrive collection. It was just what I needed: a book that I didn’t want to put down. I already have the second audiobook of this series checked out, and reserved the third one.

 

David is fantastic, and he’s definitely going on my book boyfriend list. I adored him for the most part; although there was one section that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Regardless, I can’t recommend this one enough for rock star romance lovers. Although there’s less rock star, and more romance, in this one. I’m so ready for book two!

 

Audiobook Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Hachette Audiobooks
Publication date: December 1, 2009
Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

 

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

 

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

 

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This wasn’t bad, but it felt like it took forever to finish. Which isn’t surprising since the audiobook was over 17 hours. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

 

I watched the movie a few years ago, so I kind of remembered quite a bit of what happened. The book was more in depth, and different, in some aspects, but I think I enjoyed the movie more for this one; it gave me the highlights, but didn’t bog me down like the book.

 

I liked Ethan and Lena’s characters, and even some of the secondary characters, such as Amma and Macon. One thing about the audiobook was that it had sound effects, and the song parts were sung. I get the purpose of them, but I didn’t particularly like it. This might have been a better read via a physical copy, although the narrator was good overall.

 

Nothing really surprised me in the book, but that’s mostly because of the movie. I wonder if I’d gone into this book with no prior knowledge if I might have liked it a little more. The relationship that develops between Ethan and Lena felt natural, so that was a plus. It wasn’t a bad audiobook. I just didn’t love it, or dislike it, as much as some people.

 

Audiobook Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Listening Library
Publication date: November 1, 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

 

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

 

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

 

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I enjoyed the narrators, although it took a little while to get used to them. I liked the story, so giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

So this book is pretty much told over the course of one single day. I don’t want to say it featured insta-love, but given that fact, it kind of does. But honestly, the progression of Natasha and Daniel’s connection felt natural. The universe parts were a little off-putting to listen to, but it was nice seeing background, thoughts, histories, etc. for some secondary characters.

 

The ending was kind of disappointing, but then the epilogue made me happier. It was kind of open ended, but given what had already happened, I’d like to think these two individuals finally got their happy ending after all. I liked the mixed race aspect of it, and the touching upon the subject when they were out in public together.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this one. I’d highly recommend it. I just wished I’d loved it a little more to give it that final .5 stars. I think all the different characters maybe overwhelmed me a little too much while listening, and I wanted more focus on the two teens. I can’t wait for Nicola’s next book! You can check out my review of her debut book here.

 

Audiobook Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: August 1, 2010
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

 

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I’ve heard amazing things about this book, so I gave it a go during #ContemporaryAThon. I’m so glad I did. At the beginning I wasn’t too sure, but I ended up really enjoying this one. I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

The narrators were good, although I didn’t like one as much as the others (Poet). I enjoyed the different POVs on this one, although some of the book was just repeating the same things from the next person’s perspective. Regardless, I still liked it a lot.

 

There’s not a ton of it out in the world, but graffiti artists in books are becoming more common lately. I think this is the third, or fourth, book I’ve read in a few years about them. I definitely can’t wait to try out this author’s other books, especially Words in Deep Blue. I’ve heard amazing things about that book as well!

 

I pretty much liked all the characters who we focused on throughout the book. They all felt real to me…like I could be friends with them. There’s not a ton of romance in this one, but it’s a great read nevertheless. And it’s not long, so you could easily finish it in a day if you wanted to/had the time.

 

Audiobook Review: This is War by Kennedy Fox

Title: This is War
Author: Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate Duet #1
Publisher: Audible Audio
Publication date: October 3, 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Coming from a new duo of bestselling authors, The Checkmate Duet

 

*An enemies to lovers romance*

 

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

 

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

 

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

 

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

 

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

 

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

 

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

 

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

 

Checkmate.

 

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This was pretty good. Travis was kind of a dick for like at least half the book, and made me a little uncomfortable with his words and actions. But nevertheless, I enjoyed the audiobook for the most part, so it’s getting 4 stars. I can’t give it 5, because of the issues with Travis.

 

The narrator was good, and I found myself smiling and laughing quite a bit while listening. Forewarning: this is kind of a scandalous book. And by kind of, I mean it is! It’s definitely for a mature audience. I enjoyed Viola for the most part, and even Travis eventually. My mind was super undecided about him for a while though. But I definitely think it helped that it was dual POV; that way we got to see inside his head, to see what he was thinking/feeling. Otherwise I might have straight up hated him for like 60%+ of the book. Sorry, not sorry.

 

That ending though! I was kind of expecting it, but I was still like what the crap when it happened. Get ready for a cliffhanger, everyone! It definitely made me want to read the second book ASAP. I think I’ll listen to the audiobook again. And to discuss the other characters, I’ll say that I really liked Courtney, and even Drew. They’re secondary characters right now, but I can’t wait to see more from them. Finally, can I just gush about how amazing the cover is? Hello handsome!