Audiobook Review: Starfish by Lisa Becker

Starfish by Lisa Becker
Series: Standalone
Audiobook Publication Date: December 10th 2019
Length: 8 hours and 33 minutes
Narrated by: Erin Mallon & Sebastian York
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing.

Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.

Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments and Red Vines.

But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?

I adore rock star romances, but it seems like they’re being published few and far between, which means I don’t read them as often as I used to a few years ago. So when I had the chance to listen to Starfish, I was excited. It’s not really about the glam and glory life of rock stars – it’s a more realistic aspect to it, as the heroine is interning at a PR firm with a rock star band as a client. The book was surprisingly down-to-earth for a rock star romance, but I appreciated a different take on this trope.

When Marin Collins goes on tour with rock band Kings Quarters, she expects the rock star life to be all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It’s… not. It’s non-stop, on the road bus touring, lots of jokes and banter between bandmates, and a really sweet guitarist she can’t not fall for. But obviously as the band’s PR company’s new intern, she can’t exactly get involved with a client without losing her internship. So Marin and Brad try the friends route, which leads to a ton of longing, some back and forth between do we or don’t we, and lots of flirting. The romance is fairly low on drama but the audio was still an entertaining listen. It definitely helps that two of my favorite narrators, Erin Mallon and Sebastian York, narrate Marin and Brad!

If you’re looking for something that’s sweet and slow, Starfish is a great romance to try! I’m really glad I got to try this new-to-me author for the first time. I’m not sure if she’ll be writing any books for the other members of Kings Quarters, but I wouldn’t mind if she does!


lacey


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Audiobook Review: Make Me Yours by Tia Louise

Make Me Yours by Tia Louise
Series: Standalone
Audiobook Publication Date: October 23rd 2019
Length: 7 hours and 48 minutes
Narrated by: Lucy Rivers & Teddy Hamilton
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

He’s a billionaire single dad who needs help.
She’s a sassy single gal who needs work.
Live-in nanny? What could go wrong?

Remington Key: I left the Navy, scored a billion in tech, got married, and had a baby. I did everything by the book. Happily ever after, right?

Fast-forward four years, and I’m alone, raising my daughter, caring for my mother-in-law, and trying to keep my stuff together. How did this happen?

I was clearly drunk the night I offered a gorgeous girl in a bar $500 a day to be my live-in nanny. Or maybe it was my dick talking.

So what if I’ve been alone since forever? I’m focused on launching my new business, not bedding the sexy siren who sleeps down the hall.

At least that’s what I keep reminding myself…

Ruby Banks: Remington Key is distant, brooding, and drop-dead sexy. And when he scoops up his adorable four-year-old daughter Lillie and blows raspberries on her tummy while she squeals with delight, I totally swoon.

Bumping into him at our local pub that night slightly drunk and overly frustrated was a total accident. He needed help, and he offered me a ridiculous salary. I couldn’t say no. Right?

Now he’s given me the chance to pay off my debts and take control of my life. I can’t screw up this job. But as bad as I want to be good, I’m not sure I can fake it…

The way he watches me sends heat sizzling through my insides.
Our hands touch, our eyes meet, and I want to do very naughty things with my new boss.

Make Me Yours was such a sweet audiobook! This is actually my first Tia Louise book and now I’m thinking I need to read/listen to her others, especially Make You Mine. Obviously I went into this as a standalone, but it has characters that interconnect with MYM, so I’m sure if you enjoyed that read, you’ll enjoy this one too!

I was so looking forward to listening to this story because 1) it’s a single dad romance 2) it’s a falling-for-the-nanny romance and 3) it has Teddy Hamilton narrating the hero’s POV. These three things made the perfect combination and I just adored listening to Remi and Ruby’s story! We have a widowed hero and single dad who has been celibate since his wife passed, but when he meets the heroine, he feels a connection that he wants to pursue, something I LOVE in my heroes. Of course, it’s a little touchy when they make a deal – Ruby is hired to be Remi’s live-in nanny so she can pay her debts and he can get some space from his overbearing mother-in-law – but it’s clear from the get-go how meant to be they are. The chemistry is on fire and I so enjoyed seeing these two fall for each other!

Also, how can I not enjoy an audiobook that’s narrated by the lovely Teddy Hamilton? I first listened to his narration in Him/Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy and he has never disappointed me since. He did a fantastic job at narrating Remi’s voice. Lucy Rivers was new to me and she did a great job with Ruby’s voice. I would definitely listen to another audiobook of hers.

If you’re looking for a sweet audiobook that’s low on drama, Make Me Yours is the perfect choice. I already can’t wait to get to Make You Mine and I hope this isn’t the last time we see all of these characters.


lacey


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Audiobook Review: Irresistible in Love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully

Irresistible in Love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully
Series: The Maverick Billionaires #4 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: April 25th 2017
Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Evan Collins is the man with the Midas touch. Having left his hard childhood behind him, the financial genius vowed to one day have everything. But when he discovers that his marriage is built on lies, the only people he can trust now are the Mavericks—and the woman who has always been there for him: Paige, the sister of his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Paige Ryan has always loved Evan Collins, a secret she’s hugged close to her heart for nine long years. But when her sister’s devastating betrayal is revealed, Paige can’t keep her feelings hidden any longer.

Paige is a beacon of light for Evan. Despite believing he needs to keep the walls around his heart stronger than ever, he’s irresistibly drawn to her sweet, pure heart—and the undeniable sparks flaring between them. She’s the only one he trusts to help him face the darkness of his past head-on before it destroys him. But will their forbidden romance end up destroying them both?

I’m a big-time fan of Bella Andre’s and her audiobooks, so when Irresistible in Love finally came out in audio, I couldn’t wait to listen to it! Especially since it seemed a little more angsty than her other books – the hero gets a divorce and falls in love with his soon-to-be ex-sister-in-law. A total mess, right? I was excited to see how Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully would manage to play this out. And while it wasn’t quite what I expected, it was still a worthwhile listen. Fans of the previous Maverick Billionaires audiobooks will definitely want to give Irresistible in Love a listen!

Paige Ryan has loved Evan Collins since she met him almost ten years ago. But Evan loved her sister back then, so she sat on the sidelines and watched them get married and have the life she wished she could have had. But when Evan’s marriage comes crumbling down, Paige puts aside her feelings for Evan and is there for him as one of his closest friends.

When the truth about what his wife did comes to light, Evan has no clue how he could’ve been blindsided by Whitney’s lies over the years. He realizes he made a mistake in trusting Whitney… and marrying the wrong sister. Because all he can think about now is Paige and how she has always been there for him when he needed her most. Can Evan prove to Paige that she’s the woman who was always meant for him?

I had a great time listening to Irresistible in Love – I always do with an audiobook narrated by Eva Kaminsky! Paige and Evan’s story was a little frustrating, a touch sweet, and very heartwarming. It wasn’t hard for me to believe in Evan’s love for Paige, but I didn’t like that he never saw her that way in the nine years they’ve known each other. Paige seemed too picture perfect in my eyes – she really had no flaws except for loving a man who was married to her sister. But aside from all the dramatics, this was still an enjoyable listen. Not too angsty, not too dramatic, but just a sweet romance that you can expect from Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully.

IRRESISTIBLE IN LOVE is now available on Audible: http://amzn.to/2q3hekr


lacey


Reading Order: The Maverick Billionaires series

Breathless in Love by Bella Andre 
  

#1 ~ Breathless in Love: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Reckless in Love: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Fearless in Love: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Irresistible in Love: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Wild in Love: Goodreads (March 7, 2018)

Here’s an audio excerpt from Reckless in Love, also narrated by Eva Kaminsky!


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Audiobook Review: Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder

Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder
Series: Badd Brothers #1 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Length: 8 hours and 7 minutes
Narrated by: Summer Roberts & Tyler Dunn
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, right? That’s what they say, at least. I went into that day hoping I’d get the happiest day of my life. What I got? The worst. I mean, you really can’t get any worse of a day without someone actually dying. So…I may have gotten just a little drunk, and maybe just a tad impetuous…and landed myself in a dive bar somewhere in Alaska, alone, still in my wedding dress, half wasted and heartbroken.

Eight brothers, one bar. Sounds like the beginning to a bad joke, yeah? I kinda think so. Wanna hear another joke? A girl walks into a bar, soaking wet and wearing a wedding dress. I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. She was hammered, for one thing, and heartbroken for another. I’ve chased enough tail to know better. That kinda thing only leads to clinginess, and a clingy female is the last thing on this earth I need. I got a bar needs running and only me to run it – at least until my seven wayward brothers decide to show their asses up…. Then this chick walks in, fine as hell, wearing a soaked wedding dress that leaves little enough to the imagination – and I’ve got a hell of an imagination. I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. Not so much as a finger, not even innocently. But I did.

This was such a fun listen! It was hot, humorous, entertaining, a little heart-wrenching, and overall a breeze to listen to. I really enjoyed Summer Roberts and Tyler Dunn’s narrations – if they’re the narrators for the rest of the series, I definitely wouldn’t mind! They did a fantastic job at voicing Dru and Sebastian. If you’re looking for a fun and hot romance to listen to, look no further than Badd Motherf*cker!

On the day of her wedding, Dru catches her groom with one of her bridesmaids. Angry and heartbroken, Dru takes the first plane out she can find – which turns out to be going to Alaska, of all places. Then, stuck in Alaska, she comes across a bar and its owner Sebastian Badd, the oldest of eight(!) brothers. He’s crazy sexy and the chemistry between them is intense, but is Dru ready to throw caution to the wind and go all in with him so soon after her disastrous almost-wedding?

Sebastian has been taking care of his brothers for years, and after the death of their father, he’s now also trying to take care of the family bar and struggling to keep it afloat. Dru enters his life at the best and worst time, but he recognizes that she’s a once-in-a-lifetime girl and goes after her. It’s a bit of a rocky start, but once Sebastian is determined to win Dru over, there’s nothing that can stop him.

It was so entertaining listening to Dru and Sebastian’s chemistry-filled banter. They’re both so tough and strong, but only with each other do they allow themselves to be vulnerable. Their romance is fast and hot, but not without its complications in the form of a broken wedding. The story also sets up the next Badd Brothers book, who will be about Zane. I’m hoping it will be out in audio soon because Badd Motherf*cker was a blast to listen to!

Badd Motherf*cker is now available on Audible: http://amzn.to/2mOVkhf

4 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Ghosts and Reincarnation series

   

#1 ~ Badd Motherf*cker: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Badd Ass: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Badd to the Bone: Goodreads (May 9, 2017)
#4 ~ Good Girl Gone Badd: Goodreads (Aug. 4, 2017)


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Audiobook Review: Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley

Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #3 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: January 24th 2017
Length: 16 hours and 52 minutes
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Links: Audible • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

In 1522, the very night they were wed, Royce Morgan and his new bride, Beatrice Godwin, were murdered on their way home to Lacybourne Manor. After the cruel deed was done, a local witch came across their bodies, witnessing firsthand the tragedy of star-crossed lovers. Vowing that Royce and Beatrice would someday uncross those stars, using magic mixed with murder as well as true love, she linked their spirits together with hers (because someone had to protect them) forever…or until their reincarnated souls find happily ever after.

Now arrogant, forbidding Colin Morgan lives at Lacybourne, knowing, from lore (as well as the portraits of Royce and Beatrice that hang in Lacybourne’s hall and the small fact that he looks exactly like Royce Morgan), that he is the reincarnated soul of his ancestor. One stormy night, flighty, free-spirited, scarily kind-hearted Sibyl Godwin comes to Lacybourne and it doesn’t escape Colin’s notice that Sibyl is the spitting image of Beatrice. However murder, magic, a warrior’s heart beating in a modern man’s chest, a woman bent on doing good deeds even if they get her into loads of trouble, a good witch whose family has vowed throughout the centuries to protect true love, distrust, and revenge make a volatile cocktail.

This means the path to happily ever after is paved with tranquilizer darts, pensioners on a rampage, Sibyl’s bad morning moods, heartbreaking misunderstandings, and all kinds of magic, good and bad.

Lacybourne Manor just might be my favorite Ghosts and Reincarnation audiobook I’ve listened to so far! It was the kind of story that I was waiting to get from KA that I didn’t from the last two books. They were good, but definitely didn’t feel up to KA par, but Lacybourne Manor wowed me in the best way possible! I adored listening to Colin and Sibyl’s story – it’s a true reincarnation romance, so if you’re interested in that sort of thing, I highly recommend giving this a listen!!

Hundreds of years ago, newlyweds Royce and Beatrice were murdered on their wedding night due to a spell that was meant to keep the lovers apart. When a witch came across their bodies, she cast a spell and set in motion the reincarnation of the two star-crossed lovers. In present day, Royce and Beatrice are now Colin and Sibyl. Colin has always been told stories of him being fated to find and love the reincarnated Beatrice, but by the time she arrives to Lacybourne Manor in the form of Sibyl, Colin has been too jaded and broken to believe in fate or love. He treats Sibyl poorly, not believing that they’re meant to be together.

Sibyl has also had dreams of finding her one true love, the man of her dreams, and has long since given up finding him… until she meets Colin. But the cold, callous jerk surely can’t be her fated soulmate, right? Colin and Sibyl have a rocky start, but after getting to know Colin deeper, she finds that he’s not as terrible as she first thought. Slowly they warm up to each other – but is their newfound love enough to break a centuries-long curse that threatens to tear them apart?

I loved listening to Lacybourne Manor. In the previous books in the series, I had a hard time paying attention to the narration for some reason, but it wasn’t the case with this audiobook, because I was HOOKED onto the story. Sibyl and Colin’s star-crossed romance was a heartfelt, emotional listen, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Abby Craden’s narration has definitely grown on me too. I really hope the rest of the Ghosts and Reincarnation series will come out in audio soon!

Lacybourne Manor is now available on Audible: http://amzn.to/2lv26qF

4.5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Ghosts and Reincarnation series

 
  

#1 ~ Penmort Castle: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Sommersgate House: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Lacybourne Manor: Ebook • PaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Fairytale Come Alive: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#5 ~ Lucky Stars: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads


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