Review of:  Smoldering Flame by Andrew Grey (audiobook)

TITLE: Smoldering Flame (audiobook)
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Rekindled Flame, book 3
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Aug 28 2018

BLURB:

Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Sometimes the strongest flames take the longest to ignite.
Firefighter Dean’s life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Caring for Sammy and working to make ends meet leave Dean time for little else, and romance isn’t something he can even consider—no matter how much he longs for someone special to join their family. Because money is tight, Dean couldn’t be more grateful to the photographer who does Sammy’s session free of charge.
After growing up in the foster care system, Marco knows how to rely on himself, and his hard work is about to pay off—he’s poised on the cusp of fame and success he could only have imagined as a lonely child. When Dean brings Sammy into Marco’s studio, Marco can see they’re struggling, and both the boy and his father stir Marco’s heart. The slow burn between the two men isn’t something either expected, but neither wants to lose the possibility of a loving future. With Dean’s dangerous and possibly life-threatening career and Marco’s demanding one, can romance and forever find a place to fit?


Narration: Michael Pauley has an amazing voice. I can tell the difference in Michaels’ reading from the first two books. He’s really starting to come into his narrating skills. I still think he has a very sexy voice and brings the story to life. His cadence has improved so much over the year between the books in this series…and looking up his other narrations, there are plenty more to listen to by him! YES!

Story: When I read the blurb, I was curious to see how Grey was going to have Dean become a dad without a spouse. Dean trying to be straight to make everyone happy was a good way to do that. In this love story, we have a firefighter dealing with a sick child, Sammy. He doesn’t meet his love interest at a fire like in the other two books. Instead, he brings his son in to meet the huge stuffed dalmatian that Marco uses as a photo prop. Marco offers a free photoshoot that melted my heart! The love parts were a little faster in this one, but it wasn’t insta-love. The title was perfect.

Marco was a foster kid, turned photographer that’s about to hit it big. He’s worked hard for everything he has. Marco not only lost his mother at a young age to cancer, but he also fought it himself, which helps with his interactions with Sammy. Both characters are deep and realized so the story moves at a good pace.

Some side stories are going on in this book that are worth a mention because they could have changed the direction of the story. Marco’s foster parents play a significant role when they explain some truths to him. They change his point of view on things in a good way.

Dean’s mother is wonderful and helps put his father in his place. But before that happens, he tries to cause issues for the couple.

This is another must-read series by Andrew Grey!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Cleansing Flame by Andrew Grey (audiobook)

TITLE: Cleansing Flame (audiobook)
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Rekindled Flame, book 2
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 12 2018

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Sequel to Rekindled Flame
Rekindled Flame: Book Two
Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it’s the last straw. He can’t take any more, and if it wasn’t for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It’s best to just keep his mind on his research.
It’s that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through.
Listening Time: 6 hrs, 11 mins


Narration: Michael Pauley has an amazing voice. I can tell the difference in Michaels’ reading from the first two books. He’s really starting to come into his narrating skills. I still think he has a very sexy voice and brings the story to life. His cadence has improved so much over the year between the books in this series…and looking up his other narrations, there are plenty more to listen to by him! YES!

Story: When I read the blurb, I was curious to see how Grey was going to have Dean become a dad without a spouse. Dean trying to be straight to make everyone happy was a good way to do that. In this love story, we have a firefighter dealing with a sick child, Sammy. He doesn’t meet his love interest at a fire like in the other two books. Instead, he brings his son in to meet the huge stuffed dalmatian that Marco uses as a photo prop. Marco offers a free photoshoot that melted my heart! The love parts were a little faster in this one, but it wasn’t insta-love. The title was perfect.

Marco was a foster kid, turned photographer that’s about to hit it big. He’s worked hard for everything he has. Marco not only lost his mother at a young age to cancer, but he also fought it himself, which helps with his interactions with Sammy. Both characters are deep and realized so the story moves at a good pace.

Some side stories are going on in this book that are worth a mention because they could have changed the direction of the story. Marco’s foster parents play a significant role when they explain some truths to him. They change his point of view on things in a good way.

Dean’s mother is wonderful and helps put his father in his place. But before that happens, he tries to cause issues for the couple.

This is another must-read series by Andrew Grey!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Snow Kisses for My Omega by C.W. Gray (audiobook)

TITLE: Snow Kisses for My Omega (audiobook)
AUTHOR: C.W. Gray
SERIES: Hobson Hills Omegas book 2
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Mpreg
RELEASE DATE: Aug 05 2019

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Story takes place in the Omegaverse. Hobson Hills Omegas: Book Two.
Greyson Bishop is a hot mess. He’s pregnant, and his alpha dumped him. His boss is stealing his work and claiming it as his own. His roommate is abusive, and his landlord just gave him a week to move out. Most importantly, he’s in love with a man that’s way out of his league. He needs to get his shit together so he can be a good father and maybe, just maybe, catch the alpha of his dreams.
Harper Wilson has his shit together but desperately wants the omega he’s fallen in love with. Grey knows Harper is a demisexual and accepts him, lock, stock, and barrel. All he needs to do is figure out how to get his omega out of Florida and into Harper’s home in Maine.
The two men are meant for each other, but vile exes and lying bosses do their best to ruin the happily ever after Grey and Harper deserve.
Author’s note: 30,000+ words. This is a m/m, non-shifter, mpreg love story with no angst and no cheating, just a HEA. There are a few potty mouths, so beware. 18+ listeners only, please. It is the second book in the series but can be listened to as a stand-alone.
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins.


Narration: This was a Curtis Lee narration. And because I’m new to audio, he’s a new one for me. I liked his voice. The audio was clean and easy to listen to. His cadence was good, and his emphasis was spot-on. Because I’m a huge C.W. fan, I jumped on this audiobook and wasn’t disappointed.

Story: C.W. is a guilty pleasure for me. (The POVs aren’t marked, and a bit of head-hopping, but I just love the stories).

Snow Kisses for My Omega is book 2 in the series, and can be listened to as a stand-alone, but its much better in order, even at this point in the series. The series follows the men of the Wilson family in Hobson Hills, Maine. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone, and it revolves around everything the Wilsons run in and around town. But don’t get the wrong idea, these are great people who will support anyone from the town who needs it!

This book focuses on Harper Wilson and Greyson Bishop. It’s marked as no angst, but there is a little bit, but it’s needed in the story, so lol it was okay. I’ve not read too many demisexual romance books (this is my second – also from CW), but I think CW brings that to light here. I had to ask my teenage daughter about it, but I think it affects a lot more people than others think.

Harper is a sweet alpha who needs a little more to feel sexually attracted to anyone. Because of that, he has trouble with relationships until he meets Greyson over the internet.

With Greyson so far away, Harper gets to know him over the time he needs and falls in love with him. But Greyson has a HUGE secret and a jerk for a roommate. It doesn’t take long for Harper to figure things out where the book starts, and he rescues Greyson. But in true Wilson fashion, he brings Greyson’s Abuela along with them!

This is a sweet mpreg series that I’ve found myself addicted to not only the Kindle version but now the audio as well.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Lover by T.M. Smith (audiobook)

TITLE: Lover (audiobook)
AUTHOR: T.M. Smith
SERIES: Survivor Series
PUBLISHER: TTC Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: Aug 31 2018

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Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside he’s carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past he’s evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just fifteen, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil.
Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn’t turn out as planned. On the plus side, he meets free-spirited college senior Shannon Dupree.
Rand Davis finds himself fortysomething and single when his partner of more than a decade is unfaithful. Taking over the Cold Case Squad frees up some of his time, and Rand welcomes newfound friendships within the Langford-Moore family circle. He thinks relationships are not in the cards for him until he meets an agent with an attitude and a vivacious blond that make him want so much more.
Past, present, pain, and suffering collide, ushering in the possibility of a life and love worth fighting for. Although their personalities couldn’t be more different, their three hearts beat the same. Shannon, Rory, and Rand learn the definition of love, commitment, and strength and if they allow themselves, the trio will find all that and more—in each other.


Narration: Another spot-on narration by Nick J. Russo. He’s wonderful to listen to, and he makes the rhythm of the book come alive. The quality is perfect, and I think he’s one of my new favorites!
Story: This is a series, and you need to read book one first!

I had to listen to book two after hearing book one. I normally stick to audiobooks at work so I don’t go through them too fast, but I had to listen to this over the weekend at home as I unpacked…I just couldn’t wait!

We meet all three characters in book one—Shannon, Rory, and Rand. I wasn’t so sure about Rory in book one. He broke FBI rules he shouldn’t have and hurt Frank’s feelings. But I think he redeemed himself here. Again, T.M. wrote the story following a long time-period showing the love building over time. I’m a big fan!
Here we have a new bad guy, but we know Shannon is running from the start. The underlying story tore at my feelings, pulling me back and forth. At one point, I was even wondering if Shannon was his real name!

Shannon seems like a lively kind of guy on the outside, but on the inside, he’s a hurt guy who just wants a normal life that has someone love him without hurting him. The story starts with him leaving the abuse that caught him at 15, three years before. Then we skip some time and Shannon goes off the rails a little, having fun and enjoying men for a bit. We learn that he’s gotten serious about life and focuses on his future with the support of his best friend Taylor (MC from Survivor 1). And that’s when he meets Rory, and finally Rand.

Rory is an FBI that we met in Survivor 1. He’s working a missing person’s case that turns out to be a lot more sinister. He met Shannon through Taylor and Frank and starts a relationship with him. There’s a slow burn from the two figuring things out. Shannon is still love-shy, and Rory is getting over his feelings for Frank. But it’s a sweet romance with a twist because they both meet Rand and start having feelings for him as well.

Rand is a local cop that was a part of the case in book one and he’s brought onto the task force for the backstory in book two with Rory. The travel and close quarters brought Rand and Rory closer to start, but Shannon is never far from both of their thoughts.

There is no real cheating in this…the thruple evolves over time and in an organic way that’s sweet and believable. The case is intriguing and keeps the reader interested in that part as well as the romance parts.

I have two weeks until my audible credit renews…yeah, book three will be what I use that for!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Survivor by T.M. Smith (audiobook)

TITLE: Survivor (audiobook)
AUTHOR: T.M. Smith
SERIES: Survivor Series
PUBLISHER: TTC Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Jan 30 2019

BLURB:

Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only 13 years old – his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.
Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.
A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started 10 years earlier.


Narration: Another spot-on narration by Nick J. Russo. He’s wonderful to listen to and he makes rhythm of the book come alive. The quality is always spot on as well. I was able to get right into the story, even at work.

Story: This is the first book in the series by T.M. Smith and my first from them. I really liked the flow of the story. It was a slow burn, but it started so innocent with one character as a child and moves through the years. The world building was very detailed.

Taylor pulls at your heartstrings right from the start. But T.M. writes the age progression perfectly from 13 to 23. Taylor’s support system was written wonderfully and it’s a family I bet many kids wished they had growing up.

Frank is there through the years, but as Taylor’s feelings change so do Frank’s. Reading the blurb, I was worried there would be that creepy factor, but thought I love May/December stories, so I gave it a shot.

Sex scenes are hot and not too long. The secondary story of the crime that runs through the 10-year period is written very well. I had no idea!

I’ll be reviewing the next in the series as well and looking forward to listening!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis