Currently Playing for the Gals, 21st April 2017

Woman listening

It’s that time when the Gals get together to natter about what we’re listening to, what’s working, what isn’t; what we might want to listen to next, and what we might want not to touch with the proverbial ten-foot-pole! What’s making your ears happy this week?

BJ

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

Narrated by Chris Brinkley and Cielo Camargo

 

Caz

The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke

Narrated by Marian Hussey

 

Kaetrin

Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

Narrated by Abby Craden and Sebastian York

 

Melinda

The Thing About Love by Julie James

Narrated by Karen White

 

Shannon

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Narrated by Erin Moon

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

Preppy, Part One, by TM Frazier

Preppy by T.M. FrazierNarrated by Lance Greenfield and Kirsten Leigh

The full title is Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King 5).

Having thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 parts of the King series (though I must admit that I never quite made it to Part 4, the second part of Bear’s and Thea’s story), my curiosity had definitely been piqued about Preppy’s story, King’s sidekick from the earlier books. Because of this interconnected background, however, I suggest that you at least read or listen to the first two books in this series (if not all four) to get a good sense of the setting of this story before starting Preppy. Read the rest of this entry »

Brighter than the Sun by Maya Banks

Brighter Than the Sun by Maya BanksNarrated by Tad Branson

This eleventh book in Maya Banks’ KGI series of romantic suspense novels, Brighter than the Sun, would have been more appropriately titled Duller than the Dishwater. Honestly, I’m really glad I managed to listen to most of it while I was on the move, either around the house or in the car, otherwise I’d be suffering from the concussion incurred as a result of the number of times I’d’ve banged my head on the desk to keep myself awake.

I can’t believe this is supposed to be a romantic suspense novel. It’s a total misnomer, because it doesn’t possess much of either; Read the rest of this entry »

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly BowenNarrated by Ashford MacNab

I’m always looking for fresh voices in historical romance, so was thrilled to discover the work of author Kelly Bowen in early 2016. Her heroines aren’t your typical society misses, and her heroes are dark, brooding, and sinfully handsome, just the way I like them. I sped through Duke of My Heart and A Duke to Remember, but had to wait several months for Between the Devil and the Duke to become available. I was literally counting down the days. Then, I got my hands on a review copy, and, while I enjoyed the story immensely, I am sorry to say that, in this listener’s opinion, this is the weakest story in the series. Read the rest of this entry »

Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

Someone to Hold by Mary BaloghNarrated by Rosalyn Landor

Someone to Hold, the second book in Ms. Balogh’s Westcott series, tells the story of Miss – formerly Lady – Camille Westcott, the eldest daughter of the late Earl of Riverdale, who discovered after his death that she, along with her brother and sister, was illegitimate because their parents’ marriage was bigamous.

In the previous book, Someone to Love, which announced this discovery, Camille was cold, hard, disdainful and full of hatred for the newly discovered half-sister whom she regarded as the cause of her own loss of rank and position. Read the rest of this entry »

Our April 2017 Picks

As well as the famous showers, April promises some good listening – as the Gals have discovered in choosing which audiobooks we’re most looking forward to listening to in the near future. Some of these titles are already available, some are coming out later in the month, but in each case, our choices are based on a variety of factors; author, narrator, story… or just gut instinct. Are any of these on your wish list? Have you listened to any of them and if so, what did you think? Have we missed out anything you’re looking forward to? Join in the discussion in the comments.

Snared by Jennifer Estep

Narrated by Lauren Fortgang

Though I’m not quite caught up with the Elemental Assassins series, I was thrilled to see that the latest installment (book 15!) in this series, Snared, releases this month. Sporting a great storyline and narration, I look forward to continuing my journey through this PNR series soon. – BJ

The Elemental Assassin is one of my very favorite urban fantasy series. The central relationship is great. The world-building is amazing. The plot hasn’t gotten old, even though this is the sixteenth entry in the series. Lauren Fortgang masterfully brings the characters to life. Can you tell I’m excited about this one? – Shannon

 

Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

And here we are – Wulf’s book at last.  He’s been a strong background presence throughout the other books in the series; the patriarchal, authoritarian brother who is always proper and terrifies anyone who dares stand up to him by the mere movement of his quizzing glass.  Rosalyn Landor’s work throughout this series has been amazing, and I’m sure this instalment will not disappoint. – Caz

 

The Hangman by Mary BurtonThe Hangman by Mary Burton

Narrated by Christina Traister

I admit, I’ve chosen this solely because I so enjoyed listening to the previous title in the Forgotten Files series, The Dollmakerand I’m hoping for more of the same; a well-constructed, complex plot, engaging characters and excellent narration. – Caz

 

 

Alexa & Eliza by Melissa de la CruzAlex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa De La Cruz

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Fans of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton won’t want to miss this historical romance that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Skyler. Cassandra Campbell’s narration is sure to add an extra layer of enjoyment, making this an audiobook I can’t wait to listen to. – Shannon

 

 

Miss You by Kate EberlenMiss You by Kate Eberlen

Narrated by Anna Acton and Finlay Robertson

I’m not familiar with the author or either of the narrators, but the synopsis of Miss You caught my attention. I love stories like this, where the role fate plays in romantic love is examined.  I’m hoping for good things. – Shannon

 

 

Sin With Me by J.T. GeissingerSin with Me by J. T. Geissinger

Narrated by Sebastian York and Teri Clark Linden

I’ve heard great things about Sin with Me. It sounds fun and sexy with perhaps a dash of suspense thrown in. To sweeten the deal, Sebastian York is one of the narrators, so I’m pretty sure this will be an enjoyable listen. – Shannon

 

 

Risk No Secrets by Cindy GerardRisk No Secrets by Cindy Gerard

Narrated by Holden Still.

I’m still laughing at the narrator’s name but he sounded alright on the sample. This is a Gerard I haven’t read before. I’m excited! – Kaetrin

 

 

 

Ride Rough by Laura KayeRide Rough by Laura Kaye

Narrated by Abby Craden.

It’s a second chance at love story with a rescue plot too – sounds like catnip to me. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope WardMister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt

I’ve enjoyed prior romances by the writing duo of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward and the narrator duo of Sebastian York and Andi Arndt is always one of my contemporary romance favorites, so I’m looking forward to their latest release due out in April, Mister Moneybags. – BJ

 

 

Hard Hearted Highlander by Julia LondonHard Hearted Highlander by Julia London

Narrated by Derek Perkins

In spite of my general aversion to books with “highland” in the title, I’ve enjoyed this series by Julia London in large part due to the splendid performances by Derek Perkins, and am looking forward to this final instalment. – Caz

 

 

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia QuinnRomancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

I’ve been looking forward to this book, about Colin, the jaunty, devil-may-care Bridgerton brother who is known for not taking anything too seriously – and his long-term friend, Penelope Featherington.  Childhood friends, friends-to-lovers, Julia Quinn and Rosalyn Landor.  What more could any historical romance fan want? – Caz

 

Twist by Kylie ScottTwist by Kylie Scott

Narrated by Andi Arndt
I had the pleasure of reading this one early. With Andi Arndt narrating, there’s no doubt this will be a hit on audio too. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

Preston's Honor by Mia SheridanPreston’s Honor by Mia Sheridan

Narrated by J.F. Harding and Mercedes Moreno

Mia Sheridan (of Archer’s Voice fame) is a pro at angst-filled, new adult romances. This April we will be treated to her latest, Preston’s Honor. Although I’m not familiar with the narrators, I plan to give it a listen. – BJ

 

 

Tell us what you’re looking forward to listening to in April in the comments!

Currently Playing for the Gals, 14th April 2017

Woman listening
It’s that time when the Gals get together to natter about what we’re listening to, what’s working, what isn’t; what we might want to listen to next, and what we might want not to touch with the proverbial ten-foot-pole! What’s making your ears happy this week?

BJ

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Shannon McManus

 

Caz

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

 

Kaetrin

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

Narrated by Callie Dalton

 

Melinda

The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

Narrated by Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber

 

Shannon

The Chosen by J.R. Ward

Narrated by Jim Frangione

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