The Soldier by Grace Burrowes

the soldierNarrated by James Langton

The Soldier is the second book in Grace Burrowes’ eight-book series about the sons and daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Windham and, as with the first book (The Heir), it features a number of recurring characters and family members. That said, the story works well as a standalone; anyone starting with the series here shouldn’t have any particular problems working out the various friendships and familial relationships.

Devlin St. Just is the Duke of Windham’s eldest son, Read the rest of this entry »

Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann

Into the StormNarrated by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank

Lovers of romantic suspense titles are surely familiar with Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. With over 16 titles, not counting novellas, this is one of the longest running SEAL & private, elite security experts romantic suspense series around. However, I had not yet had a chance to experience the magic of this series, so when I saw the Blackstone Audio released a new version of this audio in May 2016, I jumped at the chance to review it.

For those of you who are wondering if Into the Storm can be read as a standalone, the answer is yes. Read the rest of this entry »

Our August 2016 Picks

Some months, there are releases we’re ALL excited about, and others, our choices reflect the diversity of the tastes of our reviewers – and that’s certainly the case with our look at the recent and upcoming releases for August.  Some of these are already available, some are coming later in the month, but in each case we’ve based our choices on our opinions of authors, narrators… and sometimes just gut instinct.   What August releases have you enjoyed so far, or are you looking forward to listening to?  Stop by and tell us in the comments.

 

The HighlanderThe Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Derek Perkins

I have been enjoying this series after I was drawn to it by the first book (The Highwayman) winning an Audie earlier this year.  With the same author narrator duo back for book 3, I definitely have The Highlander on my to-listen queue for August. – BJ

The first book in this series (The Highwayman) very deservedly won the Audie Award for the Best Romance this year.  Strong storytelling and excellent narration have characterised the previous books, and I’m sure those will continue to be in evidence in The Highlander. – Caz

 

stingSting by Sandra Brown

Narrated by Stephen Lang

I always look forward to Sandra Brown’s yearly romantic suspense title.  In August, Ms. Brown releases Sting and with the return of narrator Stephen Lang (who did a good job of narrating last year’s release), Sting is definitely a title I want to experience in audio. – BJ

 

 

riskRisk by Dannika Dark

Narrated by Nicole Poole

A new book set in Dannika Dark’s mageri universe with narration by the fabulous Nicole Poole! This excites me on all kinds of levels. I’m counting the days until its release. – Shannon

 

 

ultimate courageUltimate Courage by Piper J. Drake

Narrated by Daniel Thomas May and Kristin Kalbli

I love a good rescue story and this one could be catnip. Plus, dogs. – Kaetrin

 

 

 


It Ends with Us
it ends with us
by Colleen Hoover

Narrated by Olivia Song

I can’t wait to listen to It Ends with Us!  Colleen Hoover always writes magical romances of deeply complex characters. Each one is unique and engrossing, making her one of my auto-buy authors. Additionally, AudioGals recently gave Olivia Song a B+ for a recent narration, so I’m ready to dig-in to the audio version of this title.  – BJ

 

blood of the earthBlood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Narrated by Khristine Hvam

Faith Hunter has been on my radar for some time now, but I must admit to being a bit intimidated by the length of her Jane Yellowrock series. With Blood of the Earth, the first book in a brand-new series set in the same world as the Yellowrock books, Ms. Hunter is giving listeners a chance to start fresh, as it were. The synopsis is intriguing, and I’ve enjoyed Khristine Hvam’s narrations in the past, so I’m hoping for good things. – Shannon

 

my fair princessMy Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

Narrated by Beverley A. Crick

I’ll admit that the books I’ve read by this author haven’t wowed me, but I enjoy listening to Beverley A. Crick and the premise of this one – which has a touch of the My Fair Lady about it – sounds like it might be fun. – Caz

 

 

the protectorThe Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Narrator TBA

When I mentioned I love a good rescue story I wasn’t kidding. Wounded hero bodyguard, misunderstood heiress? Sign me up. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

easy kissesEasy Kisses by Kristen Proby

Narrated by Sebastian York and Rachel Fulginiti

Both of these narrators have impressed me in the past – that’s enough to have me keen to listen to this one. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

hitchedHitched by Kendall Ryan

Narrated by Ava Erickson and Teddy Hamilton

I reckon the modern day marriage of convenience trope is the “fake relationship” and I love a good marriage of convenience. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

the hating gameThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Narrated by Katie Shorr

One of my fellow reviewers at AAR positively raved about this RomCom between two co-workers and their antagonistic games of one-upmanship.  I am not familiar with this narrator, but fingers crossed she can do the story justice. – Caz

 

 

exiledExiled by Jasinda Wilder

Narrated by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne

I can’t wait to find out what will happen next to the mysterious Madame X. This edgy romance series isn’t for the faint of heart, but I adore it. Both Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne are extremely skilled narrators, so this ought to be a stellar listening experience all round. – Shannon

 

 

Those are our choices for the audiobooks we think are going to enjoy in August.  How about you?  What are you most looking forward to or have you enjoyed this month so far?

 

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Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

forevermoreNarrated by Moira Quirk

Forevermore is the seventh and final book in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series of paranormal historical romances, and provides an exciting and fitting end to what has been one of my favourite series in both print and audio over the past few years. Even though most of the books can – just about – work as standalones, there are many plot threads and characters that are common across all the stories, and this is especially true of Forevermore; so anyone coming to it without any experience or knowledge of the other titles in the series is going to be at a disadvantage. Read the rest of this entry »

Rock: A Rock Star Romantic Suspense by J.A. Huss

RockNarrated by Sebastian York

Rock is the star nickname for Rowan Kyle AKA RK Saber, a 23-year-old rock star who seems to have disappeared from the public eye. At 18, RK left his home town of Grand Lake, Colorado, after a tragic prom-night car accident that killed his girlfriend, Melissa Vetti. His journey led him to LA, where he formed the band Son of a Jack, which rose to stardom with 5 band members. And now, another tragic car accident has destroyed the band, leaving only Rock and one other member, who is in a coma.

This is more than romantic suspense – it’s part psychological thriller, Read the rest of this entry »

Narrator Sebastian York, Anyone?

Sebastian York has become the voice of New Adult romance as well as standard contemporary romance and romantic suspense – almost his entire catalog at Audible is romance! If you haven’t listened to him yet, see some of our recommendations:

  • Rock: A Rock Star Romantic Suspense by J.A. Huss

    August 15, 2016

    Narration: A
    Story: A
    Reviewer: Melinda
    Publisher: Podium Publishing

    Narrated by Sebastian York Rock is the star nickname for Rowan Kyle AKA RK Saber, a 23-year-old rock star who seems to have disappeared from the public eye. At 18, RK left his home town of Grand Lake, Colorado, after a tragic prom-night car accident that killed his girlfriend, Melissa Vetti. His journey led him to ...

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  • The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely

    August 8, 2016

    Narration: A
    Story: B-
    Reviewer: Melinda
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio
    the sapphire affair

    Narrated by Sebastian York I have come to expect Lauren Blakely’s work to be of the sub-genre of contemporary romance that is male-centric, told in first person from the hero’s point of view, which is usually arrogant and self-confident and a little surprised that a mere woman can end up making him fall so hard. Big ...

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  • Nights With Him by Lauren Blakely

    June 7, 2016

    Narration: B
    Story: B+
    Reviewer: Kaetrin
    Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
    Nights with him

    Narrated by Sebastian York I’ve enjoyed some Lauren Blakely books recently so I was happy to get the chance to listen to Nights With Him. Jack Sullivan is the CEO of Joy Delivered, a sex toy manufacturer. He runs the business with his sister, Casey, who is a marketing genius. A year before the book begins, Jack’s ...

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  • Mister O by Lauren Blakely

    May 30, 2016

    Narration: A+
    Story: B+
    Reviewer: Melinda
    Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
    Mister O

    Narrated by Sebastian York The reviews for Mister O referenced the funny romance and oh, yeah, the sexy romance too, so I thought it might be right up my alley – it was! The title character is a cartoon turned TV show written by Nick Hammer, about a man whose superpower is giving pleasure to women. ...

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  • Conviction by Corinne Michaels 

    May 11, 2016

    Narration: Andi Ardnt B-/ Sebastian York B-
    Story: B+
    Reviewer: BJ
    Publisher: Corinne Michaels
    Conviction

    Narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York NOTE: Book 1 must be read before Conviction. The review below contains spoilers for Book 1. If you have not yet listened to Conviction, please see the AudioGals review. The second part to the Consolation Duet proves to bring new impossible choices to its characters providing plenty more angst and ...

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  • Consolation by Corinne Michaels 

    March 22, 2016

    Narration: Andi Arndt B+/ Sebastian York B+
    Story: B+
    Reviewer: BJ
    Publisher: Corinne Michaels
    Consolation

    Narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York Imagine being within a few weeks of delivering your first child, and being told that your husband, a former Navy SEAL, who had recently left the military to take on a “safer” security civilian job, was just killed on a mission. Things were never supposed to happen this way, ...

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  • Nuts by Alice Clayton

    November 9, 2015

    Narration: B+
    Story: B+
    Reviewer: Melinda
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    nuts

    Narrated by Shayna Thibodeaux, with Sebastian York in epilogue Having loved the first in Clayton’s Cocktail series, Wallbanger, I was pretty excited to see she has a new series, Hudson Valley, starting with Nuts. Hollywood chef Roxie Callahan finds herself motoring across the country to her hometown in upstate New York following an unfortunate whipping cream ...

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  • A Stone in the Sea by AL Jackson

    August 25, 2015

    Narration: B
    Story: C
    Reviewer: Kaetrin
    Publisher: AL Jackson Books
    a stone in the sea

    Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt I requested A Stone in the Sea for review after hearing how much Lea loved it. I saw on Goodreads that Lea had given it 5 stars for narration and 5 stars for content. The audiobook didn’t work as well for me as it did for Lea but I ...

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  • Confess by Colleen Hoover 

    June 2, 2015

    Narration: Elizabeth Louise - A- and Sebastian York - B+
    Story: A+
    Reviewer: BJ
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    confess

    Narrated by Elizabeth Louise and Sebastian York What an emotional journey! I started and ended Confess in tears. Without a doubt, this is one of the most creative, thought provoking, romantic listens I have had the good fortune of listening to in a long time. If you are a Colleen Hoover fan, then you are already familiar with ...

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  • In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

    April 17, 2015

    Narration: A
    Story: B+
    Reviewer: Shannon
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    In Her Wake

    Narrated by Sebastian York In Ten Tiny Breaths, we know him as Trent Emerson. What listeners might not realize is that he used to be Cole Reynolds. In Her Wake is the story of what happened to make him change his very identity. Cole has it all. A successful football player, he’s about to enter his senior ...

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  • Lead Me Not by A. Meredith Walters

    April 1, 2015

    Narration: Shayna Thibodeaux: C- Sebastian York: B+
    Story: C+
    Reviewer: BJ
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Lead Me Not

    Narrated by Shayna Thibodeaux & Sebastian York Lead Me Not left me at kind of a loss of words. I went in expecting one thing, and I came away with a totally different experience, and not necessarily one that I would have signed up for had I known in advance. Specifically, I came away with a feeling ...

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  • Ripped by Katy Evans

    March 24, 2015

    Narration: Elizabeth Louise: A- Sebastian York: B
    Story: B
    Reviewer: BJ
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    ripped

    Narrated by Elizabeth Louise & Sebastian York Ripped is a New Adult, second chance romance. Sporting a great performance by two of my favorite New Adult narrators, this is a great title to enjoy in audiobook format. One note of caution though – if you choose to undertake this journey, please be prepared for an angst-filled, anger-masked kind of ...

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  • Tied by Emma Chase 

    December 10, 2014

    Narration: A-
    Story: A-
    Reviewer: BJ
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    tied

    Narrated by Sebastian York Emma Chase does it yet again! Tied is a hilarious, sexy, witty, suspenseful, and romantic listen. I fell in love with Drew Evans in Tangled, so I just knew I couldn’t miss another opportunity to hear the world from his always-interesting point of view. Tied has a slightly different feel than Tangled, primarily due to ...

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  • Hold on Tight by Abbi Glines

    September 29, 2014

    Narration: Shayna Thibodeaux – B Sebastian York – B+
    Story: A+
    Reviewer: BJ
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Hold on Tight

    Narrated by Sebastian York and Shayna Thibodeaux I absolutely loved this audiobook! It was so captivating that I listened to it in just two sittings over less than twelve hours! As a mother, this story of a single teenage mom and the lengths that she went to protect her baby, even in the face of unbelievable ...

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  • Twisted by Emma Chase

    May 15, 2014

    Narration: B
    Story: C+
    Reviewer: Megan
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    twisted

    Narrated by Charlotte Penfield, with epilogue read by Sebastian York Twisted by Emma Chase follows Drew and Kate two years after Tangled, which won Ms. Chase Best Debut Goodreads Author in 2013. Sebastian York’s narration of Tangled was a pure fun winner. You know that adage about expectations? I suppose if I hadn’t set my expectations a certain ...

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  • Tangled by Emma Chase

    January 30, 2014

    Narration: B+
    Story: B+
    Reviewer: Megan
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Tangled

    Narrated by Sebastian York Tangled won Emma Chase Best Debut Goodreads Author in 2013. Indeed, her voice – channeled via hero Drew Evans’ POV – is refreshing, snarky, a pure fun winner. Devilishly handsome Drew Evans is himself a winner. A multimillionaire workaholic shark who loves the game, he’s become the star investment banker in his father’s ...

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As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber

as death draws nearNarrated by Heather Wilds

This fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Darby is another well-constructed tale – one in which Keira and her new husband, inquiry agent Sebastian Gage, are asked to investigate the murder of an Irish nun.

The newly-weds are on their honeymoon when an urgent letter from Sebastian’s father, Lord Gage, reaches them, informing them that a young woman –a relative of the Duke of Wellington – has been found dead on the grounds of Loretto Abbey near Rathfarnham where she was a postulant. Read the rest of this entry »

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