Audiobook Review: “Best New Artist ” by BA Tortuga

TITLE: Best New Artist
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
NARRATOR: Brian Hutchison
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 6:03
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2017
PRICE: $19.95 -audio-book



Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large.

Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out.

Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.

I was excited to dive into this book because…well, hot country music stars.
I was held captive by the end of the first chapter, and I must admit I loved every minute of Kasey Tuffman’s very public, very epic meltdown. Kasey makes his way back home not only to heal but to pick up and rebuild starting with Red Dirt Music and coming full circle to Jonah Littlejohn.
Kasey and Jonah have each faced their own share of trauma and tragedy, and in a lot of ways, are not sure if they can be anything more to each other again, or if the past should remain where it is. Can they find a way to a new normal, can they forge a new future?

This book was light, easy to listen to with just enough angst to keep you listening for what happens next. It’s a story of rekindling a romance that by all means should not have survived.

The narration for this book was well done. Brian Hutchinson’s voice is well suited for this title. Although the narrator didn’t give substantially different voices to each character, I still had no trouble following the storyline. His inflections and country twang were just enough to keep me listening without being overbearing. I was fully engaged, smiling constantly, and completely satisfied.

I’d recommend this book for anyone who loves a good story with excellent narration, for any lover of stories centered around Texas and great music or really for anyone who loves that sweet happily ever after.

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


Audiobook Review: “Rekindled Flame ” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Rekindled Flame
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Rekindled Flame
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
NARRATOR: Michael Pauley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 6:02
RELEASE DATE: July 03, 2017
PRICE: $19.95 -audiobook


Firefighter Morgan has worked hard to build a home for himself after a nomadic childhood. When Morgan is called to a fire, he finds the family out front, but their tenant still inside. He rescues Richard Smalley, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in years and the one person he regretted leaving behind.

Richard has had a hard life. He served in the military, where he lost the use of his legs, and has been struggling to make his way since coming home. Now that he no longer has a place to live, Morgan takes him in, but when someone attempts to set fire to Morgan’s house, they both become suspicious and wonder what’s going on.

Years ago Morgan was gutted when he moved away, leaving Richard behind, so he’s happy to pick things up where they left off. But now that Richard seems to be the target of an arsonist, he may not be the safest person to be around.

Full disclosure, I’m not a big Andrew Grey fan, but I decided to give this book a try because I absolutely love the narrator Michael Pauley.

The story centers around firefighter Morgan and his childhood friend and former marine Richard separated at age thirteen who are then reunited through tragedy. Richard, who is now wheelchair bound, is trapped in a house fire and is rescued by Morgan. Recognizing who they are to each other, the pair then begins the process of forging a future together with Morgan being the more determined of the two to rekindle what they had lost through years of separation.

I found this book to be quite enjoyable, emotional and very sweet. Morgan found a way to constantly lend strength and comfort to Richard who is in a dark place throughout the book. This was indeed emotionally draining, and it isn’t until the very end, where he finds his own strength in fighting off an aggressor that I gave his character any credence.
One of the things I really liked about the book is the author’s willingness to place a disabled character front and center as we are so often bombarded with characters who are nothing short of perfection.

The story bordered on predictable and was slow at times, even the danger that the main character faced didn’t quite have me on the edge of my seat, however the narration was exceptional. His pace followed the story beautifully. The voices were distinct and easy to recognize, surprising the listener even with a quite believable Scottish brogue.

If you’re looking for a slow paced, emotional read with a sprinkle of mystery and a happily ever after romance, then I would highly recommend this book.

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