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Ford’s Fate by Michelle Dare Book Review

Ford struggles to get over Sienna after she writes and tells him that they will never be. She lost her mate and she feels her world shattered. She feels that letting herself love Ford would be a betrayal to Eli.

This is book two in Paranormals of Avynwood. I read and loved the first book, Wake’s Claim. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next with these sassy and snarky paranormals. I am so attached!

It was nice to see more of Ford. I remember him well from the first book. It was also nice to see Solomon too. I’d of liked to see more of Wake and Paige, but I know it wasn’t their story. I don’t really remember Sienna from the first book. I’m not sure if it’s because she wasn’t fully in it or I overlooked her.

The narrators were fantastic. I love Sarah L. Colton. I’ve listened to a few audiobooks with her before. She has a very sassy voice that a girl could grow very accustomed to. She’s become one of my favorites. I’m sure that I’ve listened to work by Troy Duran as well. Even if I didn’t, he’s very talented and I enjoyed his voice very much.

While I can’t say I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, I really loved this book. There are things I would have wanted to have been drawn out a bit more. They were a bit rushed, but not really. It’s hard to explain. I’m excited to continue reading this series.

Wake’s Claim

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Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown Book Review

Loosely based on a true story. Mary’s world is turned upside down when her village is attacked and she and her children are taken hostage. She loses many loved ones during the attack. As she’s held captive, she slowly realizes that things she believed to be true don’t seem to be as they appeared. She begins to question her own beliefs and ways of life.

I really enjoyed this story. I adore history so reading things historical is a joy to me. Especially if it’s based on a true event even just a little. I feel it encourages me to want to read and research about the event. Sadly, I seem to never be able to find the time. Maybe I’ll make a list and slowly chip away at all the research I want to do. This was very well written. It does have a bit of a slow start, but I believe that was done on purpose.

Giving my opinions on characters in a book that’s based on true stories and people seems weird to me. Especially if I do not know much about the people that the story is based on. So, I will stick my opinions to the characters in the story itself and leave it at that to the best of my ability. I really adored Mary. I feel like I would have been Mary in those days. I wish I had seen more of her children in the book. There were people that I just couldn’t stand at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I can’t lie, I didn’t think I would like the book at first. I was getting very annoyed with the characters and I was getting annoyed with the story itself. I do have to say that there are a few parts that get a bit too graphic and aren’t for the faint-hearted. There were parts that made me cringe and I read pretty heavy and graphic stuff sometimes. It was still a wonderful and thought-provoking novel that I enjoyed very much.

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Taming My Whiskey by Melissa Foster Book Review

Stone is attempting to find the perfect woman to be the face of his company. He doesn’t want just any model. He wants an authentic biker chick. He has a specific woman in mind but doesn’t think she’ll take on the project. When the one who does accept, breaks her leg, he discovers that his original lady has done a similar job in the past. He decides to try to talk her into it.

I really enjoyed this story. Had I known that it was a book 6, I’d of tracked down and bought the first 5 before listening to it. I was already too deep into the book before I discovered it, though. It’s probably for the best. My book allowance is nonexistent these days. Considering how this story played out, it seems like the series is a stand-alone series that can be read out of order. It’s just that I’m the type that reads series in order regardless of if they are stand-alone or not.

The characters were pretty amazing. It focuses the attention on Stone and Whiskey. For obvious reasons as they are the main part and point of the story. I just kind of wish that some of the background characters had a bit more of a highlighting role in the story. Sometimes I got a little confused with who was who and where they belonged. Not too often though. Thank goodness.

I really enjoyed the narrators. I am not sure if I’ve ever listened to anything from Devra Woodward before. I am willing to listen to other audiobooks by her though. I have listened to Aiden Snow before. He’s a very delightful listen. I plan to listen to more of his in the future. He’s got this really soothing voice.

I really enjoyed this story despite not being able to read the first 5 books that were before it. It was hilarious and glorious. I wound up giving it a 4 out of 5-star rating. I’d of given it full 5 stars, but I felt like some of the major points of the story were overlooked and rushed over. It didn’t ruin the story, but it did leave some questions unanswered.

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Kado: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho by E. Russell Braziel Book Review

Tom Murrell finds himself in the middle of an Indian war when he stops and protects Indians from a brutal attack. One of the Indians passes his gift to Tom and makes him promise to deliver a message to his tribe. While delivering the message, Tom finds himself heading for a great adventure.

This story was impressive. I really enjoyed reading about it. It made me want to go and surround myself with literature from that time period. This is a fictional account of events that actually took place. I suppose one could complain that the text is written more modern than historical. That doesn’t really bother me. As long as the historical events remain pristine, I’m okay. If one of the settlers had pulled out an iPhone, then I’d have a problem. Just giving an example.

I really adored the characters. Especially Mattie. I feel like Mattie has the personality that I would have in those times. She’s fierce and determined and doesn’t let the fact that she is a woman get in the way of what she wants or her pursuit of learning. I really hope that her character was based on a real person from that time.

The narrator did too amazing of a job. I really felt like I was actually there. There were times he even made words sound like the sound he was going for. There were times where there were sounds of drums. I felt like he was actually depicting drums. His name is Eddie Garvar. I haven’t heard of him until this book but I’ll definitely seek other audiobooks by him because of this one.

This book has impressed me so much. I will probably find a way to get a physical copy of it to read multiple times. It has inspired me to do research on the people the story references. I’m not really shocked to learn that it took the author fourteen years to write this book. He definitely made sure that it was a book worth reading that didn’t disappoint anybody. Is it possible to give a book 50 stars?

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The Plus Ones by Kayley Loring Book Review

Roxy and Keaton wind up kissing at their friends’ wedding. They were both feeling lonely. For some reason, it goes wrong and they wind up having a very strained relationship afterward. Until they are forced to spend an entire week together at a couple’s resort when one of the three couples is forced to back out at the last minute.

I thought this book would be so insanely cringeworthy that it wasn’t even funny. What I didn’t expect is that it was incredibly sassy and hilarious. Both Roxy and Keaton are just so adorable. I’m also very much in love with the cover if I may say so. Both of the cover models are very very attractive!

I think I have made it obvious that I really adore Keaton and Roxy. I can’t say they are the best characters of all time. There were times that both of them grated on my nerves now and then. Especially Roxy. She kind of got a little snobbish sometimes. I do wish that there were more of the secondary characters in the book than there were. A little more interactions with them, if you will.

The narrators were great. I’m not sure if I’ve listened to anything by Mackenzie Cartwright or Teddy Hamilton before. To be fair, I do listen to a lot of audiobooks. I can say that even if I haven’t, I will listen to more audiobooks by them in the future. Cartwright has this very sassy and alluring voice, and I’m pretty sure I have a voice crush on Hamilton. Is that a thing?

I read this book because I was recommended it. I’m glad that I did. It’s not the cheesy love story type thing you think it would be. It’s very witty and hilarious. It’s realistic and down to earth. It also has quite a few nice and steamy parts. I gushed over it. I didn’t realize there were other books set in this world. I’ll be getting my hands on them soon!

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman Book Review

Lyra finds herself meeting a boy who doesn’t have a daemon in another world. It turns out that he is from another world as well. They go to his world to look for somebody who can provide answers for them. Lyra finds herself in a world similar to hers but without daemons. They work together to find answers and look for his father.

I really enjoyed re-reading this book. I know that presumably, it’s a children’s novel. I disagree with this assessment. I don’t think anybody under 14 should read it really. I find that I’m enjoying and understanding the book a lot more now that I”m reading it as an adult rather than a teenager. I also feel like this book was more of a bridge between books one and three than a full part of the story. Well, I partially feel this way.

I don’t think I need to say how much I adore the characters. It’s amazing how important Lyra becomes to everybody. No questions asked. They meet her and spend any length of time with her and they are suddenly willing to give their life for her. I’m not saying this as a complaint. I’m just in awe of it. I feel like I identify with quite a few of the characters in this book.

I’ve read this entire trilogy before as a teenager. I loved it then. It stuck with me. I was so happy that they adapted it to the movie a couple years after I read it. I was disappointed by that, but that’s another story. I’ve wanted to re-read the books after the movie came out, but never got around to it. The show they are putting out on November 4th has been the PERFECT excuse for that re-read!

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Birching His Bride by Golden Angel Book Review

Eleanor has been spoiled and pampered by her mother for years. Her father puts a stop to this by making sure she is properly disciplined so she doesn’t shame the family. He arranges her marriage immediately after her coming out party to somebody he knows will keep her in line as much as he did.

I’m surprised I enjoyed this story. Normally stories like this make me feel very uncomfortable. It’s not that I am against it. It’s just not really my cup of tea. Something told me this would be different. That this author was different. I was completely right. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books.

I didn’t really feel connected with the characters as much as I got connected with the story itself. I cared about them, but I didn’t really feel what they felt. I honestly can’t say I really cared for Eleanor that much either. She was a spoiled little brat who didn’t care about anybody’s feelings but her own. Not that she deserved to be treated like a child, but still.

S. Kitten was a terrific narrator for this story. I’m not sure if she narrates the rest of the series, but I sincerely hope she does. I enjoyed hearing her voice very much. it was very soothing. As weird as that sounds. She got some words mixed up here and there, but it still worked. Her performance was beautiful.

I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book. I’m glad I did. This book was definitely wonderful and sensual. It’s not what I expected at all. Or maybe I should say that it was much more than I expected. Maybe it defeated all expectations and kept going.

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A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles Book Review

Count Alexander Rostov has shamed himself by writing a very controversial poem. As punishment, he is placed on house arrest in a hotel he is living at currently. If he leaves the hotel ever, he will be shot and killed for his actions.

I really enjoyed this book. I have been wanting to read it for a long time. So when it became a book club book, I was very excited. When I first started the book, I wasn’t fully impressed. I found it a bit dry. I read the first three hundred pages before I decided to switch to an audiobook. I was so impressed with the narrator, that I started the book over again to hear it all.

The characters were so amazing. Especially our dear Count Rostov. I had a suspicion about something when the book first started with how he worded things. I was pleased to say I was correct. I was shocked to find I was the only one who picked up on it. I do wish there were some characters that had more of a role in the story, but I adored them all.

Nicholas Guy Smith is a very wonderful narrator. I really adored him. Once I had gotten past the beginning, I did start enjoying the story. It’s a very slow start, but worth it if you keep going. Smith enhances the story even further. He has quite a sophisticated voice about him as well. I would definitely listen to other books he narrates as well.

I really did enjoy this book. I really didn’t like the way it ended. Well, I didn’t hate it either. I just preferred a different way to end it. That comes out bad as well. It’s not that ending was bad. It just left more questions for me than I was comfortable for an ending of a book. This is not a happy go lucky story. It’s not a heavy story either. It definitely warrants attention.

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The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth Book Review

Helen is invited to a wedding in Rome. She will be seeing classmates that she hasn’t seen in 20 years. Including the one that got away. She struggles with old feelings that come back. She also struggles with self-consciousness about herself and her getting older.

I really enjoyed this story. I honestly thought I was going to hate it in the beginning. It had a lot of Burn Book from Mean Girls vibes. Luckily, I gave it a chance and realized that that’s just how they talked. It wasn’t a mean girl thing at all. I’m glad I did. This was an incredible and cheesy story. It was very inspirational and unique.

Obviously I really loved Helen. I feel like I related to her in so many ways. I am a very past sentimental being. Her mom and Lori were pretty amazing too. I wish I’d seen more of Rob and Mark. I also wish I’d seen more of 3PO too.

The narrator for this book was Brenda Scott Wlazlo. She did a pretty amazing job. I am very impressed. I’ll have to look it up, but I’m pretty sure that I haven’t really heard anything else from her before. I could be wrong about that. Either way, I plan to listen to more books by her.

I really did enjoy this story. My first impressions of it were very Mean Girls or cheesy love story. I was wrong. Well, to be fair, it was a cheesy love story, but in a very good way. It was a breath of fresh air. This is one of the best books I’ve read. I think this might be my favorite book of this author.

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The Deadly Floral Affair by K.M. Morgan Book Review

Daisy is beyond happy. It’s her big day. While she’s away on honeymoon, the flower shop owner winds up getting shot. The investigation goes on and many people are interrogated. It’s the talk of the town.

I really adored this book. It was cute and quirky. It was a very nice and easy book to read. The only thing I really couldn’t understand is the disconnect. I felt like there were two different stories going on. I didn’t really figure out why Daisy and her wedding and honeymoon fit into the story until the very end. It was nice to meet her.

I enjoyed reading about the characters. But with the book being so short, I didn’t really feel like I connected with any of them. They all seemed very wonderful and it’s easy to see the small-town vibes in the story. I get the feeling that this book was a part of a series and that I kind of just dove in not knowing anything about the world or the characters.

I really enjoyed the narrator. I don’t think I’ve listened to anything else by Marilyn Rakes before. I am definitely willing to listen to other books narrated by her. She has this very sweet voice that’s calming. I listened to the book with my mom and my boyfriend in the car.

This was a very short and sweet read. All three of us who listened to it enjoyed it very much. I’ll have to look into other books by this author and by this narrator. It was well written and well narrated.