The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer BennettNarration by Lance Greenfield

What a unique book. Think of The Hard Truth About Sunshine as the “Breakfast Club” (as in the 1980s teenage movie hit) but instead of a bunch of high school students from different social circles being the members, we have four characters, two female and two male, that are in group therapy together. Each of the four main characters in this book is part of a therapy group that meets with a counselor to try and work out the different reasons for needing the therapy. One woman (Jillian) is losing her eyesight due to a rare condition (and also has heart problems). One young man (Connor) is terminally ill and has only about six months to live. Read the rest of this entry »

Risk No Secrets by Cindy Gerard

Risk No Secrets by Cindy GerardNarrated by Holden Still

I admit I paused for a few seconds when I thought about requesting Risk No Secrets for review. I mean, the narrator’s name is Holden Still. Really. But I’m glad I did because while his name is pun-tastic, Mr. Still is a great narrator (even if the name still makes me snicker).

I read the first couple of Black Ops Inc books when they were initially released in print but then was distracted and didn’t go back to the series. Now I have the audios to listen to so I can catch up. I’m glad I had already read the first couple though because there is a secondary romance in Risk No Secrets Read the rest of this entry »

Matthew by Grace Burrowes

Matthew by Grace BurrowesNarrated by James Langton

I am a fan of Grace Burrowes’ historical romances and always enjoy a visit to “Burrowesworld” the corner of the South of England that she has peopled with her various, numerous and inter-related characters and series. I admit though, that she’s published so many books now, that I sometimes have to stop and take stock of which book and which series I’m listening to or reading and work out where it falls in the canon, as publication order is not always the same as chronological… so for instance in Matthew, one of her more recent publications, and the second book in her Jaded Gentlemen series, we meet Nicholas and Beckman Haddonfield before Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals, 21st July 2017

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We look forward to our email chats each week about what we are – and have been – listening to and enjoying (or not, as the case may be). I think it’s safe to say we’ve all found new authors and narrators to try as a result of these exchanges – and it’s possible we might just occasionally (*cough*) have warned each other away from some, but mostly we’re interested in the good stuff and like to tell each other about our latest finds. If you’ve listened to something really good (or really bad) lately, do let us know in the comments.


Start Up by Doree Shafrir

Narrated by Eliana Marianes



You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne

Narrated by Carolyn Morris



Ride Rough by Laura Kaye

Narrated by Abby Craden



The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

Narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York



The Final Girls by Riley Sager

Narrated by Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber

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Tell us in the comments what’s in YOUR ears this week!

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. FlynnNarrated by Saskia Maarleveld

When I read The Jane Austen Project a few months back, I admit that I approached it with some trepidation. Two people travelling back in time to meet Jane Austen and retrieve a previously unpublished manuscript sounded – on the one hand – like a great premise, and on the other like a potential disaster. The author would have to be very careful with tone and characterisation to make it work – and I’m pleased to say that she strikes the right notes in both cases, displaying a thorough attention to period detail and portraying Jane Austen herself as the sort of witty, intelligent and insightful woman we imagine her to have been. Read the rest of this entry »

This Time Around by Tawna Fenske

This Time Around by Tawna FenskeNarrated by Carly Robins

Tawna Fenske writes quirky contemporary romance. Humour that it can be particular; what I find funny won’t necessarily be shared by everyone else. But the humour in This Time Around was right up my alley. I spent a reasonable amount of the listen either snort-laughing or with a big smile on my face. And it definitely did not suck that Carly Robins was doing the narration.

Ally Ross is a 36-year-old single woman whose attorney parents are each in prison for fraud related to a Ponzi scheme. Ally’s grandmother has just died, leaving her the Rosewood Bed and Breakfast Read the rest of this entry »

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat SebastianNarrated by Gary Furlong

Cat Sebastian’s début historical romance, The Soldier’s Scoundrel, was one of my favourite books of 2016 in both print and audio, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of her second, The Lawrence Browne Affair in audiobook format. Like its predecessor, this book is very well-written, sharply observed, strongly characterised, and contains a beautifully developed and sensual romance between two people who, at first, would seem to have little – or nothing – in common.

We met Georgie Turner – swindler, thief and con-artist extraordinaire – in the first book, and at the beginning of this one, he’s in big trouble with the local crimelord. Read the rest of this entry »

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