Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Shooting ScarsNarrated by Veronica Den and Peter Coleman

Shooting Scars, the second book in the Artists Trilogy, continues Ellie Watt’s dramatic story and her internal struggle between love and revenge. Before you dive into this one though, I highly recommend that you read or listen to both the novella prequel, On Every Street, and Book 1, Sins and Needles, as each contains essential background material to a full understanding of this character driven, action-filled, suspense romance.

With its intricate plot structure and good versus evil symbolism, Karina Halle continues to surprise and fully hook her audience with her completely unpredictable roller coaster of a ride to self-discovery. Further Read the rest of this entry »

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Night Broken lgNarrated by Lorelei King

Patricia Briggs is an automatic buy for me, and a go-to read or audio experience when I want an absorbing story. I am a long-time fan of the Mercy Thompson series, with its contemporary setting, kick-ass fantasy characters, and mystery plotline. As I have said before, Briggs has created a central character (a female auto mechanic) who is simultaneously strong, independent, and empathetically feminine. As a coyote shifter who isn’t fond of restrictive rules, Mercy Thompson has her own strong moral code, and her ethics in any situation make an interesting component to her thought process. One of the many things I love about Patricia Briggs’ storytelling is her ability to Read the rest of this entry »

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas

tempting the brideNarrated by Jenny Sterlin

The third novel in Ms ThomasFitzhugh Trilogy, Tempting the Bride is the story of Helena Fitzhugh (twin sister of Fitz from Ravishing the Heiress) and David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings. The pair has appeared in secondary roles in the previous books and has the sort of antagonistic relationship which is most definitely NOT one of those “we-bicker-but-only-because-we’re-trying-to-hide-our-mutual-attraction” associations so beloved of romantic novels. No, Helena detests the ground Hastings walks on, and it seems he returns the favour.

In reality, however, Hastings has been desperately in Read the rest of this entry »

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders

The Unwanted WifeNarrated by Justine Eyre

If you are looking for something different and enjoy emotionally charged listens, then I highly recommend The Unwanted Wife. I will warn you though, this is not your typical light, fluffy romance. No, the road to love here is a tough one, fraught with overcoming betrayal, alleged adultery, jealousy, verbal abuse, and revenge. If you are up for the challenge though, I predict a special listen that will leave you truly believing and appreciating the love story in the end.

In the business world of the rich and famous, deals can be brokered for just about anything, even marriage. Such is the contract that brings Cape Town, Read the rest of this entry »

Alone by Kendra Elliot

AloneNarrated by Tanya Eby

I have a love/hate relationship with romantic suspense. I want to love it more than I do of late. It’s difficult to get the balance right between relationship and suspense plot and, if the characters make stupid decisions in furtherance of the plot (or have sex while being shot at for example), then I get grumpy. When I saw the blurb for Alone I was hopeful – I’m always on the lookout for good romantic suspense – and that the narrator was Tanya Eby was another plus. She is one of my favourite narrators but I’d have to say this isn’t her best performance. It wasn’t bad, exactly, but I noticed some errors and the similarities in the male character voices were more obvious than usual. Read the rest of this entry »

See You at RWA!

RWAI’ll be at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference in San Antonia, Texas next week presenting a workshop together with authors Laura Kinsale and Susanne Saville, narrator Karen White, and Audible’s Jason Ojalvo titled Hearing Voices: Why Audiobooks Are Suddenly Chic.

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, July 24th from 9:45 – 11:45. We’ll give an overview of the audiobook market, the creation process, and how authors can participate in this fast-growing publishing rights opportunity. You’ll find the workshop in the Career Track.

We’d love to meet you – come by and introduce yourself at the workshop. Or, you can use our AudioGals contact form to make contact with me while at RWA.

Hope to see you at RWA!

Lea Hensley

Knave’s Wager by Loretta Chase

knaves wagerNarrated by Stevie Zimmerman

Knaves’ Wager is one of Loretta Chase’s earlier titles, having originally been published in 1990. The author’s trademark wit and humour are much in evidence, the principal and secondary characters are strongly drawn, and the story features a sweet secondary romance as well as the very well-developed central one. The book also boasts one of her wittiest, sexiest heroes and lots of wonderful, battle-of-the-sexes banter.

Julian Wyndhurst, Marquess of Brandon has recently returned to London from the war-torn continent, having been summoned home to deal with a family emergency – which it turns out is his cousin Robert’s Read the rest of this entry »

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