Currently Playing for the Gals, 17th November 2017

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TGIF! And time to have a look at what the Gals have been listening to this week. We look forward chatting about what we’re listening to, sharing exciting new discoveries or bemoaning the not-so exciting ones. Whatever the case, it’s great to be able to squee or rant to people who understand why we’re so passionate about audiobooks; and we count you among their number, so please do drop by and let us know what you’ve loved or loathed lately.

BJ

The Identicals by Erin Hilderbrand

Narrated by Erin Bennett

 

Caz

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

Narrated by Kate Reading

 

Kaetrin

Tycoon by Katy Evans

Narrated by Elizabeth Louise & Sebastian York

 

Melinda

Hopeful by Louise Bay

Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

 

Shannon

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Narrated by Johanna Parker

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

Complicated by Kristen Ashley

Complicated by Kristen AshleyNarrated by Lance Greenfield & Erin Mallon

Complicated was, if you’ll pardon the pun, a bit novel in that it was released on audio first, back in May. The print/digital book releases in November this year (I’ll be buying it because of course). I had hesitated to listen because I’d had a previous poor experience with an Erin Mallon’s narration. But I’ve listened to two of her narrations recently and it seems the poor experience was the exception rather than the rule, so I’m glad to have listened to this one.

Complicated is also a little unusual for a Kristen Ashley book in that it is substantially told from the hero’s POV. Lance Greenfield narrates the parts from the perspective of the Sheriff Read the rest of this entry »

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

Trophy Wife by Alessandra TorreNarrated by Will M. Watt and Aria Collins

I have been a fan of Alessandra Torre’s edgy, dark and twisted romances for some time now, though I hadn’t had a chance to try her earliest works yet. So when I saw that her debut series, The Dumont Diaries, which had originally been released in 5 serial novellas, was being expanded and repackaged into a stand-alone book that would also be available in audio format, I knew I had to listen to it.

I must admit that while the story definitely held my attention, and contained its fair share of twists and turns, it wasn’t as dark or as edgy and twisted as what I had originally expected Read the rest of this entry »

Cold Evidence by Rachel Grant

Cold Evidence by Rachel GrantNarrated by Nicol Zanzarella

Cold Evidence is number six in Rachel Grant’s seven-book (so far) Evidence series of romantic suspense novels. I’ve yet to read or listen to every instalment, but those I’ve got to so far have proved to be immensely enjoyable, complex and action-packed stories featuring hot-as-hell heroes and feisty (in a good way) heroines who don’t take any crap. The romances are nicely steamy and well integrated into the main storylines, and for me, the balance between romance and suspense is just about perfect. Cold Evidence does feature some recurring characters but like all the books in the series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone Read the rest of this entry »

Our November 2017 Picks

I suspect it’s fair to say that those of us who enjoy historical romance audiobooks have been eagerly awaiting the release of a new title from the fabulous author/narrator team of Loretta Chase and Kate Reading.  And now it’s November and here it is!  Some of the gals are really excited about A Duke in Shining Armor (I’ve read it and it’s fabulous!) and it’s no surprise that it tops our list of monthly picks.  In addition, we’ve got romantic suspense, romantic comedy, contemporaries and historical fiction on our list of the audiobooks we’re most looking forward to listening to in November, chosen in our usual way – because we like the author, the narrator, the synopsis… or just because of a hunch.  Whatever our methods, we hope you’ll find something here to whet your appetite when you’re looking for something new to fire up your listening device of choice.


A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta ChaseA Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

Narrated by Kate Reading

When the talented historical romance duo of Loretta Chase and Kate Reading collaborate, I’m always ready to listen. – BJ

I read an advance copy of the book and loved it, so I can’t wait to experience it again in audio. Kate Reading is the perfect narrator for Loretta Chase’s particular brand of dry wit and deadpan humour, and this is sure to be a fabulous listen. – Caz

There aren’t enough words to express my excitement for this latest offering from author Loretta Chase and narrator Kate Reading. I’m counting down the days until A Duke In Shining Armor is released. – Shannon

Someone to Wed by Mary BaloghSomeone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

I’ve been looking forward to this instalment in the Wescott series; Alexander, the reluctant earl of Riverdale receives a most unexpected proposal of marriage. I love a good marriage of convenience story, and with Rosalyn Landor at the helm, this is sure to be an excellent listen. – Caz

Someone to Wed is Alexander’s story, and I’m so excited for it. Ms. Balogh writes the best marriage of convenience stories, and I’m sure she’ll have crafted a fantastic HEA for Alexander. Plus, the incomparable Rosalyn Landor is back to narrate this third installment in the Westcott series. Things don’t get much better than this. – Shannon

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly HarperSweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Narrated by Amanda Ronconi

I’ve found myself enjoying humorous romances more and more of late, and one of the best known authors in this sub-genre begins a new series, Southern Eclectic, this month. Amanda Ronconi is particularly experienced with delivering Ms. Harper’s brand of humor, so I’m adding this title to my November TBL! – BJ

One of those perfect author/narrator pairings. No vampires in this one but there is a mortuary involved and I expect good things. – Kaetrin

Wheels Up by Annabeth AlbertWheels Up by Annabeth Albert

Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

I’ve been meaning to read or listen to the Out of Uniform series for a while and the synopsis – this is the story of a bi-sexual officer in the Navy SEALs who falls for a man who ends up under his command – for this one appealed to me. Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux is a fabulous narrator, so I’m happy to listen to him any chance I get! – Caz

 

Stud Finder by Lauren BlakelyStud Finder by Lauren Blakely

Narrated by Jesse Metcalfe & Grace Grant

This is a novella in the 1001 Dark Nights series (the books aren’t at all connected) and looks like it will be a perfect palate cleanser. I’m expecting a fun, sexy and fast listen. – Kaetrin

 

 

A Winter Love Song by Rita BradshawA Winter Love Song by Rita Bradshaw

Narrated by Julia Barrie

A Winter Love Song looks like just the kind of historical novel I love. It’s set in the early part of the twentieth century and features a heroine who is willing to risk everything to achieve happiness. I’m not familiar with either the author or the narrator, but I’m willing to take a chance. – Shannon

 

 

Beguiled by Joanna ChambersBeguiled by Joanna Chambers

Narrated by Hamish McKinlay

I loved this series in print, and loved the audio of Provoked just as much. Hamish McKinlay is the perfect narrator for this series of extremely well-conceived, Edinburgh-set historical romances, and I’m eager to listen to the next chapter of David and Murdo’s story. – Caz

 

 

An Unsuitable Heir by K.J. CharlesAn Unsuitable Heir by K.J Charles (This came out in October after we’d published our Monthly Picks)

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

The eagerly awaited finale to this fabulous Victorian era trilogy which has seen our heroes on the trail of the missing heir to an earldom and facing mayhem and danger is sure not to disappoint. K.J. Charles is a must-read author, and Matthew Lloyd Davies is sure to deliver another excellent performance. – Caz

 

Think of England by K.J CharlesThink of England by K.J. Charles

Narrated by Tom Carter

This fabulous story of a straightforward former soldier whose search for truth and justice leads him to clash with his complete opposite – an effete, foreign poet – amid the hot-house atmosphere of an English country house party comes to audio at last. I’m not familiar with the narrator but K.J. Charles’ name on anything is guaranteed to make me take a second look. – Caz

 

Catalyst by Rachel GrantCatalyst by Rachel Grant

Narrated by Greg Tremblay

OMGSquee!  Another new release from a favourite author AND a favourite (and awesome!) narrator. The second book in Rachel Grant’s Flashpoint series, Catalyst promises to be another fantastic blend of high-stakes thriller and romance, and with Greg Tremblay narrating, it’s sure to be a winner in audio. – Caz

 

 

Illegal Contact by Santino HassellIllegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Narrated by Eric London  and Alexander Cendese

I’ve heard such great things about this book. I even own it in print but I haven’t carved out the time to read it yet. So audio it is – my TBL is shorter and I’m keen to listen to more m/m romance. – Kaetrin

 

 

How to Marry a Marquis by Julia QuinnHow to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

After the audio disaster that was Julia Quinn’s Blydon trilogy, I heaved a huge sigh of relief when I saw that someone had had the good sense to get the incomparable Rosalyn Landor to narrate this, another of the author’s earlier books. I have no idea what the story is about – the fact that it has Quinn and Landor on the cover is good enough for me! – Caz

 

Undercover Attraction by Katee RobertUndercover Attraction by Katee Robert

Narrated by Charlotte North

Undercover Attraction is book five in Katee Robert’s O’Malley series, and listeners will finally get Aiden’s story. It promises to be as scandalous and delicious as the previous installments in the series, with a little bit of an extra twist. Aiden’s potential love interest is a former cop in search of some personal justice. Charlotte North returns to narrate this latest novel, and I couldn’t be happier. – Shannon

 

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna ShupeA Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe (Note: this was originally listed with an October release date and featured in last month’s picks.  It’s now coming out in November).

Narrated by Roxy Isles

Recently I’ve become a fan of historical novels set in the US in the Gilded Age, and the blurb for A Daring Arrangement caught my eye. Though I’m not familiar with this author or narrator, I’m adding this one to my new authors/narrators to explore TBL list. – BJ


So that’s what we’re looking forward to listening to over the next few weeks.  What about you?  Are you keen to listen to any of these, or do you think we’ve missed something good?  Drop by and let us know in the comments.

Caz

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Currently Playing for the Gals, 10th November 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.

BJ The Time in Between by Kristen Ashley

Narrated by Erin Mallon

 

Caz

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Derek Perkins

 

Kaetrin

The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Narrated by Greyson Ash and Douglas Berger

 

Melinda

Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes

Narrated by James Langton

 

Shannon

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

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

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna ShupeNarrated by Roxy Isles

I enjoyed reading Joanna Shupe’s recent Knickerbocker Club series, named for the group of wealthy, powerful men determined to make their mark on late nineteenth century New York. The author did a terrific job in those books with her descriptions of the city’s Gilded Age – which hasn’t been used very often as a setting for historical romance – so I was pleased to discover that her new series – The Four Hundred – is set in the same place and time period. A Daring Arrangement, the first book, sees the daughter of an English earl, who has been sent to America in disgrace, entering into a false betrothal with a self-made New York businessman whose name is a byword for scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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