Thursday, February 25

Audiobook Review: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter

                                                    

                                                    Author: Kristen Painter
Narrator: Hollis McCarthy
Title: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case
(Jayne Frost #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Cozy Mystery, Fantasy, UF
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 324 
Published:  March 4th 2016
Where I got It: Audible 


Summary: 
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now...private investigator. Sort of. Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at the Santa's Workshop toy store are going missing. Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that's strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger. Will her magic save her? Or will she come up cold?


Review:
I've been curious about this one. It always pops up as a book I might like sooooooooo I decided to finally give in and see if Audible was right. 

We follow Jayne Frost who is the daughter of Jack Frost, Santa's niece, and she is the heir to the Winter Throne. NOW she is a private investigator....sort of. Needing someone he can trust, Jack Frost sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why so many employees at the Santa's Workshop are going missing. Doing that requires her to disguise herself with magic and get to know the town and the people. She will come across an old flame, a sexy vamp, and a weird elevator that her boss says is strictly off-limits. The more she finds, the more questions that pop up. 

This was a ton of fun! I loved Jayne and this world. Sighs. I am suckered in now. Crap! haha. I already downloaded book 2. I will try and save it since I have other pressing audios, but I am tempted to just start it now ;) 

Jayne being magically undercover was genius. I loved that she got a chance to be herself and find true friendship. Being a princess and one of the elite can have its disadvantages. 

Lovveeddd that sexy vamp. I am totally rooting for him to steal Jayne's heart!

I loved her friends. They were fun. 

That cat is adorable! Funky name, but it works. 

The mystery was good. I had zero idea who, why, where. I applaud the author for stumping me until the very end. 

The narrator was fantastic. Her Irish, vamp voice was amazing. Perfect! 

Overall, I am suckered in now. This was really good. I was hooked from page one and I cannot wait to get to book 2. Highly recommend it. Fun story and fun characters. 5 stars from me! 





Challenge(s):
- #12 for Audiobook challenge



Wednesday, February 24

Audiobook Review: Lucky by Lilly Atlas



Author: 
Lilly Atlas
Narrator: Noah Michael Levine & Erin DeWard
Title: Lucky
(No Prisoners MC #4)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 257 
Published:  July 31st 2017
Where I got It: Audible 


Summary: 
After spending six months caring for her terminally ill mother, Kori is shocked when she learns the true identity of her father. Armed with the name of a man she’s never met, Kori sets off across the country to meet the person responsible for half of her DNA. There’s only one problem: he’s the President of the No Prisoners Las Vegas chapter.

Raised as the step-daughter of an MC member, Kori has one rule when it comes to dating: no bikers. Following that rule becomes a challenge, however, when she meets Lucky, a member of her father’s club.

Lucky has his own perspective on the dating world: don’t do it. He’s a tried and true bachelor with a revolving door to his bedroom and no interest in a relationship. But what starts as some harmless flirting quickly escalates until he can’t get Kori out of his mind.

For a time, the relationship seems perfect, but Lucky is struggling with a secret. He discovered that the president and VP are breaking club bylaws in a way that might undermine the entire chapter. He was preparing to take action when Kori arrived in town. Now he has to make a decision: will he move against the club leadership knowing that Kori will be caught in the crossfire? And what will happen if he holds onto the secret for too long?


Review:
Been excited about this one. I liked Lucky from the previous ones and I wanted to see what was up with him. You could tell there was something wrong in the last book so I was anxious to see what happened and to finally see him fall in loveeee.

We follow Kori and Lucky. Kori has been taking care of her dying mother for months and after she passes, she finds out who her father is. Armed with the knowledge of who her father is, she travels across the country to find him and meet him. Turns out he is the president of the No Prisoners Las Vegas chapter. Lucky is part of that club, but he learned a dark secret that the president and the VP are selling drugs which is a huge NO-NO for the club but what is he to do? Loyalty means everything. When Kori comes into the picture it is lust and maybe love at first sight, it makes it harder for him to decide what to do about this betrayal. 

Awww I adore Lucky. Poor thing had a rough upbringing and then what happened to his little sister while he was away in the military. Poor thing!!! Sobbssss!!

And poor Kori! It's not easy watching someone you love fall be so sick and pass away. Soobbbsss!!! So sad! Dang that "father" of hers. >_> I'm glad she at least found Lucky.

I did find that their lust and acting upon that lust was QUICK! Maybe a little too quick. Sure, Kori is still mourning the loss of her mom, but I feel like she caved too quickly especially given her rule of NOT dating or doing bikers. He was a gentleman for like 2 secs and she tossed her rule out the window and jumped into bed with him. Smh. Too quick. 

Oooooo that twist of drama was good. Totes didn't see that coming. It really added a good twist to the story. It was seeming a little...boring and typical, but that twist added some serious drama. Yayy. But dang Lucky...don't be so daft and dumb. Men. LOL

The narrators were amazing again. I love the duo for these! 

Overall, I enjoyed this. Loved Lucky and Kori. They were cute. I do think they jumped into lust and then love a hair quick for my liking especially with Kori's lifelong rule. The narrators are fantastic as per normal. Out of five stars, I'll give this 4 stars. 







Challenge(s):
- #12 for Audiobook challenge
- #8 for Romance Bingo - Mode of transportation on cover

 


Tuesday, February 23

Audiobook Review: Highland Protector by Catherine Bybee


Author: Catherine Bybee
Narrator: David Monteath
Title: Highland Protector
(MacCoinnich Time Travels #5)
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, SCI FI
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 300 
Published:  November 7th 2013
Where I got It: Audible 


Summary: 
No ordinary hero can save Amber from death... it will take a Highland Protector

Amber MacCoinnich survival depends on her traveling to the twenty first century, or so her mother’s premonition told her. Death taunts Amber and offers peace in her endless pain. Without the mysterious savior her mother spoke of, Amber prepares for death only to wake with a handsome, dark stranger in her bed.

Gavin Kincaid spends his life shifting time in order to preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family and their line even though he’s never met one living MacCoinnich. A haunting portrait of a beautiful woman captures his attention and he embarks on a quest to put a name to the picture. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Kincaid to the twenty first century where he finds his mystifying woman close to death. His Druid gift can save her, but at what price? And when they both find themselves emotionally linked, the truth behind Kincaid’s heritage just might kill them both.


Review:
The final book in the series. I am so sad!!

We continue the story with Amber who's survival depends on her traveling to the 21st century according to her mother's premonition. Death hangs over Amber and would be the only way to offer peace and end her pain. Amber is preparing for her death only to wake up with a handsome stranger in her bed. Gavin has spent his life shifting time to help preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family line. During one of his missions, a portrait of a beautiful woman catches his attention and he feels like she needs his help. He embarks on a mission to find out who she is. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Gavin to go to the 21st century where he finds the mystery woman close to death. His Druid gift seems to be the only thing that can save her. 

This is really bittersweet. I hate saying goodbye to this world and the MacCoinnich clan. There are so many stories left to tell! Especially with that ending! SUCH A CLIFF HANGER! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! HOW CAN YOU LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!?????? SOBS!!!!! GAHHH I NEED TO SEE CIAN BE HAPPY! I heard a rumor...that the series might get a follow-up someday...so I am hopeful....but it has been years since this one came back. 

I loved watching Amber and Gavin fall in love. Their love story is not a-typical. The lust is of course there right away, but they are forced to bond and get "married" in order to save Amber. The love comes last but I loved watching them learn to trust each other and finally succumb to their love. 

Awwwww I also adored watching Selma and Jake finally get together! In some ways I loved their love story a touch more especially when we get to meet Jake's kiddos. Too cute!

I really must applaud the author! She has people from three entirely different centuries co-existing! Different speech patterns and behaviors. It flowed perfectly together. 

Which - I must applaud the narrator as well. He was able to really distinguish all the different characters from different centuries and countries. His American girl accent has really improved from book 1. 

All-in-all, I am sad to say goodbye to this world and our characters. I hope the rumors are right that we will get another book, but it's been years since this came out. I enjoyed this overall, but the ending left me sad because there is so much more and it was for sure a cliff-hanger. Sighs. I'll give this 3 stars. 








Challenge(s):
- #11 for Audiobook challenge



Monday, February 22

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: Lady Darcy's Bluestocking Club by Rose Fairbanks

 

Kindle Edition, 330 pages

Published December 29th 2020

Series: Pride and Prejudice and Bluestockings #2

Pride and Prejudice Variation

Own






My reading lately have been slow, so I started with a PP novella, and now I read a PP book. I truly needed something that I can finish fast and enjoy.

Yes I admit, this was book 2, and yes I could read it without knowing, but I am so curious about events! Like how Lizzy and Darcy fell inlove here. Why Darcy does not speak to Bingley or Fitzwilliam anymore?! How Jane ended up marrying a Duke! How Kitty married Wickham, and Lydia is preggo by him, damn, scandal!

Though it was not as sweet as some. The Ton is right bastards towards Lizzy. Calling her a harlot, not just cutting her, but saying mean things, men and women whispering. Because they all think she seduced Darcy so he would marry her. She has a hard time. He has a hard time. But they do have each other.

And then at the end something happens, not to them, but something, and oh, now I want book 3 (which is not out), but I am so curious! I want to write spoilers but can not *sobs*

PP books always makes me happy



The newlyweds, Lord and Lady Darcy, struggle to take their proper place in London Society amidst rumours surrounding their rushed wedding. The present gossip is nothing compared to what would follow should anyone discover their secret. Their dreams of reforming the Bluestocking Club would shatter.

Insult after insult leaves the new bride terrified that she cannot fill her predecessor's shoes and that she will lose Darcy's love if she cannot charm London.

Easing the path of acceptance for Elizabeth proves arduous for Darcy after the betrayal of his two closest friends and past demons come back to haunt him.

Beset on every side, scandal breaks out, challenging everything they have come to hold dear.