Our October 2017 Picks

It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the back end of the year, but here we are, wondering where the last month or three went, and how soon it will be before we can go on holiday again! (Or maybe that’s just me…) Whatever your thoughts about Autumn, here at AudioGals, we’re looking forward to some great listens in October, which brings us a bumper crop of great historicals from a number of favourite authors and narrators that look set to be guaranteed winners. Throw in some contemporaries, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and mysteries, and we’ve got another eclectic mix of choices, looking at author, narrator or just going by plain old gut instinct as usual.

Don’t forget to drop by to tell us what YOU’RE looking forward to listening to in October. With so many new audiobooks being published each month (and often without any warning they’re coming out!) it’s quite possible we’ve missed something good – so please let us know if you think we’re missing out!

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Derek Perkins

I have thoroughly enjoyed both the writing and the narration of the previouis Victorian Rebels series books, so I’m really looking forward to this latest release. – BJ

This fifth book in the author’s Victorian Rebels series tells the story of Gavin St. James, half-brother of The Highlander and his gun-totin’, breeches-wearing (and, apparently, foul-mouthed!) American wife. I wasn’t wild about the last instalment in the series (The Duke) so I’m hoping for a return to form from Ms. Byrne, and with Derek Perkins narrating, it’s sure to be a good listen. – Caz

Cold Evidence/Poison Evidence by Rachel Grant

Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella

I was really pleased to see books six and seven of Ms. Grant’s excellent Evidence series have finally made it into audio. I’m a big fan of this author’s tightly-written, fast-paced and sexy romantic suspense titles, and really enjoyed Ms. Zanzaralla’s performances in the books I’ve listened to already. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into these two new ones. – Caz

I have been planning on trying this series for a while now and I plan to take the plunge with Poison Evidence. Both the author and narrator are highly rated by my fellow AudioGals reviewers. – Kaetrin

Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Narrated by Ashford MacNab

What a month for historical romance audiobook releases!  Duke of Desire, the twelfth and final full length book in the Maiden Lane Series, is out this month, and with Ashford McNab narrating, it’s sure to be a solid pick for an audiobook as well! – BJ

I’ve enjoyed all of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane books, whether in print or audio, and am sad to be saying goodbye to a series that has been so consistently entertaining over the course of twelve full-length novels and a handful of novellas. Ashford MacNab is at the helm once again, and fans are sure to enjoy this final collaboration. – Caz

The Wicked Cousin by Stella RileyThe Wicked Cousin by Stella Riley

Narrated by Alex Wyndham

Stella Riley and Alex Wyndham are another example of a winning combination of historical romance writing and narration! This month they release the fourth book in the Rockcliffe series and I for one will be looking forward to listening to it! – BJ

It will come as no surprise to anyone that The Wicked Cousin is at the top of my list of picks this month. I’ve been a fan of the authors for … ahem… more years than I care to remember and Alex Wyndham is a truly outstanding narrator, so I’m really excited about this story of a man who wants to shed an unwanted and rather colourful reputation and the young woman who captures his heart.  – Caz

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna ShupeA Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

Narrated by Roxy Isles

Set in New York’s Gilded Age, this fake-betrothal story of an English heiress and an American scoundrel sounds fabulous. I’m not familiar with the narrator and can find only two titles to her name at Audible… but the sample of another book I’ve listened to bodes well. – Caz

I haven’t listened to all of Joanna Shupe’s current works, but they’re on my list of things to devour in the not-too-distant future. The synopsis of A Daring Arrangement, her latest novel and first in a new series, looks fabulous. The narrator is someone I’ve not heard of before now, but I’m hoping she does a good job here. – Shannon

Hard WoodHard Wood by Lauren Blakely

Narrated by Sebastian York

Lauren Blakely books are always reliably entertaining and so are Sebastian York’s narrations. As a hero-centric listener, I do enjoy a male POV romance. – Kaetrin

I love that York is featured on the cover for publicity – he’s a terrific reason to buy an audiobook, and paired with Lauren Blakely, I’m expecting greatness! – Melinda


The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

Narrated by Susan Bennett

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of The Stolen Marriage in print, and it’s utterly fabulous. I’m eager for Ms. Chamberlain’s fans to immerse themselves in this rich, multi-faceted novel set against the backdrop of the Second World War. I’ve listened to Susan Bennett in the past, and I’m certain she’ll do the story justice. – Shannon


The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

Narrated by Laurence Bouvard and Helen Keeley

The Silent Fountain is a dual timeline novel set in Italy, and I can’t wait for it to come out. It looks utterly engrossing.  I’m unfamiliar with both narrators, but I’m crossing my fingers for good things. – Shannon




Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Narrated by Alex Wyndham, Billie Fulford-Brown, Morag Sims, Gary Furlong, Greg Wagland, Antony Ferguson, Derek Perkins, Mary Jane Wells

All I know about this is that it’s an epistolary novel  – and I LOVE epistolary novels – but even if I didn’t, with Alex Wyndham, Mary Jane Wells, Derek Perkins and Gary Furlong listed among the narrators, there’s no way I’m not going to be listening to this! – Caz


Without Merit: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

Narrated by Candace Thaxton

When Colleen Hoover releases a new book, it automatically makes my list.  She is one of a handful of authors who I can always count on for an emotional and yet powerful and believable romance that always hits the right spot.  – BJ



The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

Narrated by Heather Wilds

This is the long-awaited second instalment in Ms. Wilson’s Weathermages of Mystral series. I can hardly wait! – Kaetrin

I loved The Winter King, book one in Ms. Wilson’s Weathermages of Mystral series, and was over the moon when I learned the sequel was coming out this month. It promises to be full of romance, great worldbuilding, and a healthy dose of magic, making it a book I absolutely must listen to this autumn. Heather Wilds is a skilled narrator, and I was pleased to see her listed here. – Shannon

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So drop by and tell us – what are YOU looking forward to listening to this October?

Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes

Too Scot to Handle by Grace BurrowesNarrated by James Langton

Grace Burrowes has returned to her popular Windham family for her latest series, the Windham Brides, which follows the romantic fortunes of four sisters, the nieces of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland. The ladies are in London for the Season and are residing with their uncle and aunt while their parents – the duke’s brother and sister-in-law – have taken an extended holiday-cum-second honeymoon in Wales. As is the case with all Ms. Burrowes’ books, regular readers and listeners will welcome cameo appearances from other characters from both this series and some of her other books, but newcomers need not be too worried, Read the rest of this entry »

Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Kings Rising by C.S. PacatNarrated by Stephen Bel Davies

Please note this is the third installment of a story that must be read in sequential order. If you have not yet started the Captive Prince series, please see the AudioGals review for book 1, Captive Prince, as the below review contains spoilers for the prior books. Additionally, for the general background of this fantasy, medieval like story, please also see the review for the first book.

Kings Rising is a fantastic conclusion to a memorable and unique M/M, fantasy-based trilogy. Even during a difficult time, evacuating from Hurricane Irma, when most other books couldn’t hold my attention, Kings Rising was one of the few books Read the rest of this entry »

The Wicked Cousin by Stella Riley

The Wicked Cousin by Stella RileyNarrated by Alex Wyndham

Those two names up there in the review header should be enough to tell you why you need to go and buy this audiobook at once. The combination of Ms. Riley’s wonderfully intelligent writing and Mr. Wyndham’s extraordinary skills as a narrator is always a delight to experience, and in The Wicked Cousin, book four in the author’s Rockliffe series of Georgian-set romances, both author and narrator are at the top of their game.

Following the death of his twin brother, Theo, at the age of eight, young Sebastian Audley, now the only son and heir of Viscount Wingham, spends the best part of the next thirteen years chafing Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals, 6th October 2017

Woman listening

We look forward to our chats about what we’re listening to each week – we squee over the good and sigh over the not-so-good, tap each other up for ideas for future listens and generally gossip about what’s making our ears happy. Here’s what we’re listening to this week.


Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Narrated by Susan Denaver



Nightfall by Anne Stuart

Narrated by Evan Harris



The Time in Between by Kristen Ashley

Narrated by Erin Mallon



Best Man for Hire by Tawna Fenske

Narrated by Carly Robins



The Visitors by Catherine Burns

Narrated by Kate Reading

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

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Best Man for Hire by Tawna Fenske

Best Man for Hire by Tawna FenskeNarrated by Carly Robins

Best Man for Hire is book three in Tawna Fenske’s Front and Center series which follows the journeys of the four Patton siblings to their respective HEAs. They can be read out of order as they stand alone well.

One thing I noticed about the series when I checked my Goodreads account is that the ones I listened to (now, two) have a full star/grade higher than the one I read. I expect that’s down to the narration and Ms. Robins’s comedic timing which works so well with this author’s humour.

Marine counter-intelligence specialist Grant Patton (all of the Pattons are named after famous US generals) Read the rest of this entry »

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna BourneNarrated by Kirsten Potter

In Beauty Like the Night, the sixth entry in Joanna Bourne’s acclaimed Spymasters series, the author turns her focus to Séverine de Cabrillac, sister of Justine (heroine of The Black Hawk) whom we first met when she was a very young child being taken away from revolutionary Paris by the man she now calls ‘Papa’, William Doyle, Viscount Markham.

Sévie grew up in England alongside Doyle and Maggie’s (The Forbidden Rose) children and among various agents of the British Service. Aged seventeen and fed up with being treated like a child, she ran off to join Military Intelligence – the Service’s less efficient cousin Read the rest of this entry »

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