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Definitely audiobook of the month July 2020

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

Reviewed: 2020-07-03

5 Blue Roses

3 Blue Flames

Narrator Nick J. Russo gave a heavenly performance of the blissful tale about two angels sent to earth to save a child. Stop… no, it’s not what you think. Whatever you think, it is not that. This was such a beautiful surprise, something of beauty. Nick poured himself into this performance. I baptize this the best audiobook narrated by Nick J Russo and written by NR Walker.

Nick’s ability to change his voice for the different characters and infusing that said characters with emotional temper tantrums, humorous remarks, and heartfelt celestial blaming made it an unforgettable performance.

Nathaniel and Chasan are two sides of the same coin. Soulmates, but Nathaniel has been overseer of the hell department, so long, he has no clue what’s happening on earth. This contributed to some very funny moments of realization. The two end up being teachers at a primary school.
The plot was well laid out and it has a story behind a story and another one behind that story, a classical angel story! I LOVED it! It is something of beauty. The best of it all was the discovery of the joys of a human body. OMG, Nathaniel can not swear, but when the two got going, his creative cries had me rolling on the floor laughing.

I cried as well. Sobbing, and bawling my eyes out. I absolutely recommend this audiobook, the story came full circle with an unbelievable boost of hope. I’m putting this audiobook forward as my favorite of the month. This means the boys will have their review as well.

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Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 2020-07-01

Audiobook Review by Mel
2 Blue Roses

Dual Narrators Matt Cowlrick and Erin DeWard gave a surprisingly good performance. I loved Matt’s voice and an Australian accent. The cadence of his voice is alluring and I would be able to listen to him for hours. His sexy voice was part of the audio sample, causing me to WTF a few times when we switched to a female voice. Probably my own stupidity, not my brightest moment, how was I to know Erin is a female? But, I like to try new authors and narrators in my quest to find the hidden gems.

This audiobook was labeled LGBT. When I finally recovered after the realization I’m listening to a female succubus shaving her legs, I listened with half an ear. I decided to fold the weeks washing and keep my hands busy, so I don’t start throwing shit around and have the cops come take me away. At about 40% I decided it’s time to skip to the hetero sex and jumped to the end, hoping to hear some decent fucking, but it’s way easier to just hit-up Porn hub, than trying to find the needle in the haystack called Josiah and Daniel.

I was told to be nice, so this is me being nice: “this is not my cup of tea”.

My decision for the DNF is not based on the M/F sex, but rather on the predictable plot and the irritating female succubus. The little thing is so needy and ridiculously pathetic, she is trying too hard to be good. The characters were just not likable and I was not in the mood to listen to their shit, drama, and confusing existence. They say you are what you read, so I had to chuck this away to the DNF pile in case I become as fucked up as they are.

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Gotta Love those tentacles

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

Reviewed: 2020-06-17

5 Blue Roses
4 Blue Flames

Narrator John Solo gave a stunning fun performance of this way-out sci-fi MM romance. His delivery measured up to the ridiculousness, but a still beautiful tale about how opposites attract. I never thought I’d love tentacles so much. And the babies, man,,, they were cute. The voices John gave the characters highlighted their personalities which increased the enjoyment and attraction to the characters even more.

This audiobook has to be exceptional, for me to give 5 Blue Roses. The human meets alien story has been told many different ways but I have yet to hear an audiobook like this before. The plot is about an air force pilot, Max who ends up on an alien ship working as a nanny for an alien named Rick, who has more eyes and tentacles Max can even count. Max finds himself with a job he wasn’t expecting, due to translation problems.

The author uniquely told the story about what it is to be human and the beauty thereof. It was a happy, sad, and hilarious tale about universal goodness and the importance of correct communication, otherwise, the results may be ending with hilarious consequences resulting in strange sexual gratifications and budding relationships.

I absolutely recommend this audiobook, it’s lighthearted fun to cheer up your day.

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Keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 2020-06-08


4 Blue Roses
3.5 Blue Flames

Narrator Darcy Stark delivered a chilling dark urban fantasy filled with dread anxiety and anguish. His superb reading and voice manipulation guaranteed a memorable experience. The cadence of his voice and his calm demeanor makes it very easy for listeners to get lost in the fantasy.

I found the plot intriguing and different than the usual. The personalities of the characters were intrinsically woven into the storyline revealing the symbiotic possession by a non-corporeal being. After roaming the earth for thousands of years, they finally figured out how to communicate with their hosts. This is where I got somewhat confused and fucking irritated. They roamed the earth to seek vengeance for those who died innocently, to feed the symbiont, only to find out it was never vengeance they were seeking. It’s too fucking complicated for me to describe, but that’s what makes this such an amazing audiobook. It will leave you questioning and debating with yourself long afterward. This shit is book club material.

The plot itself is about romance and two men who are probably soulmates. It does have a few tear-jerker moments towards the end. It does deeper explorations of the human psyche making this a story with depth and insight. It does not truly have a HEA, but it does leave you satisfied with the ending. Like I said it keeps you contemplating shit long afterward.

I do recommend this audiobook, it is the perfect prescription for when you want to listen to something fresh and different.

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Triggering, quaint story

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

Reviewed: 2020-06-04

4 Blue Roses
4 Blue Flames

Narrator Michael Ferraiuolo gave a charismatic performance of the long-awaited third installment of the Heat of Love series. His appealing voice will entice listeners and lure them into listening to this audiobook in one sitting. His ability to create different voices and carry emotions makes listening a pleasurable experience. The characters are easily differentiable which made the story easy to follow.

The story about Kerry and Janus was a quaint little tale. I must admit I felt a little triggered as Kerry fell pregnant by sick unusual circumstances, he has to visit his rapist alpha in prison, so he can be serviced to produce a child for the stinking rich family. Then when he tried to get rid of the pregnancy, he almost bled himself to death. So, yes this one scraped deep into the emotional department for me. It does have a HEA.

The reason I like this series so much is that the omegaverse is explained and totally believable. They pray to wolf-god, and in book 1 the whole comings and goings of the world is explained.

I recommend for this reason to listen to the series in reading order to make the experience so much more enjoyable.

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Loved the troll!

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

Reviewed: 2020-05-24

4 Blue Roses
3 Blue Flames

Narrator Michael T. Bradley managed to deliver a laugh out loud little MM romance audiobook. This little fucker lifted my somber mood and entertained me thoroughly. Michael’s stunning voice and upbeat demeanor felt like fresh ocean spray on a warm lazy day. His ability to carry humor and different voices fitting the personalities of the characters ensured a very enjoyable experience. I listened at 1.3 speed.

The story of Oscar and Noah is unique. The author writes her stories like something you have never heard before. The protagonist is a very likable anti-hero with a big contrast between Noah, who was a sweet do-gooder and Oscar the grouching, trolling, and lost character who works in at the city sewage system department during the day and at night he trolls the net.

I do recommend this audiobook, it will brighten your day!

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DNF

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

Reviewed: 2020-05-18

I can not give an honest review. I DNF'd at 20%. Just couldn't get into it.

Keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 2020-05-18

3.5 to 4 Blue Roses
3.5 to 4 Blue Flames

Narrator Dan Calley did a decent job carrying the angst and tension with his full breadth of talent. His delivery of this stalker thriller slowly unravels several possibilities, which will hook listeners and leave them guessing from the start to finish. The two different voices he used for Jamie and Ed, was so very distinguishable, I thought there were two different narrators at one stage.

The characters and plotline were difficult to pick up in the beginning, but as we settled down, after the first 1/4, things started to get going. I should have read the bloody publishers summary, it would have made more sense to me, but I usually prefer to listen first and then read the summaries afterward. Yes-Yes, I know, WTF? It’s part of the method to my madness 😌.

In my opinion, both the protagonists are idiots and deserve each other. The way they explained away the obvious signs of creepiness, had me banging my head and throwing away my earphones. God, I’m so sick of dark psychological thrillers. They haunt me long afterward.

Smell something dead and gone; then think “Perilous Hearts“. O’ hello Jamie and Ed those Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling are not there for festive or decorative reasons 🤪😤🤮.

I do recommend this audiobook, and I hope you have as much fun as I did, hearing about decomposing bodies.

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DNF

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

Reviewed: 2020-05-18

OMG, Cornell Collins is narrating this one. My mind keeps going to elves and dragons? Has this happened to anyone else? I have to re-orientate myself: Telling myself it’s not Lysander and Erohan. I can not give an honest review. I DNF'd at 20%. Just couldn't get into it.

Fabulous Vampire Rom-Com🧛🏻‍♂️

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

Reviewed: 2020-05-18

5 Blue Roses
4 Blue Flames

Narrator Michael Ferraiuolo delivered a fun-filled, weirdly dark but hilariously entertaining first installment of the VRC: Vampire Related Crimes series. Strap on your safety belts, wear your neck braces. This one is going to give listeners pinched nerves due to unexpected bursts of ugly laughter. Neck muscles may spasm and pain may become worse when you continue laughing, so whatever you do don’t laugh!

Michael is an extraordinary narrator. His ability to convey various emotions from opposite sides of the humourous scales to sexy luscious bedroom talk, phew, he is surely a king of narration!

The author has the talent to play with words, bringing angst, laughter and mystery to her outrageously funny characters. This is definitely one of those audiobooks you have to hear when feeling hypomanic and need your scrambled moods to be put back in line.

How to Vex a Vampire is an extremely entertaining story. I love the vampires and the twist in the paranormal aspect of it. Marcus is a broody vampire, but he never stood a chance against Finn. I enjoyed the banter between Finn and Marcus but as things got a little more serious and we learn about Finns’ past. The life he had by constantly living in fear and hiding from someone or something is stalking him quickly becomes the focus of the plot. It is gripping and I will happily continue the story onto book two. We do have a HEA, with a mild cliffhanger, but the author does not leave you hanging hopelessly.

I absolutely recommend this audiobook. I am nominating it for a Blue Encore!!

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