It Takes Two to Tumble

The more he thought, the clearer it was that he didn’t want a life that didn’t include soft kisses and steady hands, whispered praise and shared touches.

Cat Sebastian
It Takes Two to Tumble

Format:
Audiobook. Also available as ebook.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Some of Ben Sedgwick’s favorite things:

  • Helping his poor parishioners
  • Baby animals
  • Shamelessly flirting with the handsome Captain Phillip Dacre

After an unconventional upbringing, Ben is perfectly content with the quiet, predictable life of a country vicar, free of strife or turmoil. When he’s asked to look after an absent naval captain’s three wild children, he reluctantly agrees, but instantly falls for the hellions. And when their stern but gloriously handsome father arrives, Ben is tempted in ways that make him doubt everything.

Some of Phillip Dacre’s favorite things:

  • His ship
  • People doing precisely as they’re told
  • Touching the irresistible vicar at every opportunity

Phillip can’t wait to leave England’s shores and be back on his ship, away from the grief that haunts him. But his children have driven off a succession of governesses and tutors and he must set things right. The unexpected presence of the cheerful, adorable vicar sets his world on its head and now he can’t seem to live without Ben’s winning smiles or devastating kisses.

In the midst of runaway children, a plot to blackmail Ben’s family, and torturous nights of pleasure, Ben and Phillip must decide if a safe life is worth losing the one thing that makes them come alive.  

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I absolutely adored this audiobook. I admit that it has a lot of my favorite tropes – age gap, grumpy/sunshine, and a variation of nanny. Cat Sebastian’s writing and Joel Leslie’s terrific narration made this one I’ll be happy to listen to over and over again.

I loved Phillip’s growth as a man and a father. I particularly appreciated Sebastian’s approach to writing about children, their inclusion in the story, and respect for them as vibrant individuals worthy of respect. Ben was also a fantastic character and witnessing his heartache at disappointing those he loved because he needed to honor himself was simultaneously sad and beautiful. The relationship between the two men was somewhat of a slow burn but in the best of ways. There were also a lot of laughs which made this a delight to listen to.

I’m looking forward to Heartly’s story in A Gentleman Never Keeps Score.

Narration:
Joel Leslie’s narration was amazing. His accents were perfect. Delivery, timing, and emotions were impeccable. This is the sort of narration that can be held as a standard to which all narrators should aspire.

About the author:
Cat Sebastian writes historical romance about LGBTQ+ people. She lives in a swampy part of the South but also on twitter.

You can connect with Cat Sebastian here:

About the narrator:
Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth.  A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds.  His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike. 

You can connect with Joel Leslie here:

My Favorite Quotes

The more he thought, the clearer it was that he didn’t want a life that didn’t include soft kisses and steady hands, whispered praise and shared touches. – It Takes Two to Tumble by @CatSWrites #audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro @librofm #SeducingTheSedgwicks #HistoricalRomance #Regency #AgeGap

He was a damned good sailor, and he knew it, but he was useless on land. – It Takes Two to Tumble by @CatSWrites #audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro @librofm #SeducingTheSedgwicks #HistoricalRomance #Regency #AgeGap

He was waiting, he realized, for this to feel wrong, for it to feel shameful or traitorous, but it only felt good, and safe, and honest. – It Takes Two to Tumble by @CatSWrites #audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro @librofm #SeducingTheSedgwicks #HistoricalRomance #Regency #AgeGap

Turn My World Around

Something inside her warmed and shifted, and this unexpected thing between them slid right on past a simple flirtation and into something more.

Kait Nolan
Turn My World Around

Format:
Audiobook. Also available as ebook
The Wishful series has been bundled into economical box sets (ebook & audio) and this book is included in Volume 2.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Struggling single mom Corinne Dawson doesn’t have time for fun. She’s too busy making a new life for her son and trying to avoid being dragged down by the ghost of who she used to be. But when an accident knocks her boss out of a local “Dancing With The Stars” style fund-raiser, she finds herself face-to-face with the worst mistake from her past.

One slow step forward

Attorney Tucker McGee has always seen past the prickly exterior of this former mean girl. He knows there’s more to the story than simple spite. When they get partnered for Dancing With Wishful, he finally gets the chance to act on the spark he’s felt since she moved home. But getting past her regrets just might be the biggest challenge he’s ever faced.

Two quicksteps back

As the competition heats up, so do the feelings between them. Will Tucker be able to convince Corinne that she’s more than the sum of her mistakes? Or will she be forced to leave town to find a new beginning without him?

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I was a little worried that because I’ve been looking forward to Tucker & Corrine’s story for so long that Kait Nolan might not have been able to live up to my expectations. I should know better!

I loved this story. Former mean girl Corrine catches the attention of town sweetheart Tucker. We learn that Tucker has actually had his eye on this single mom for quite some time. Norah has more ideas and this time Wishful has a dance contest. More townsfolk scheme landing Tucker & Corrine as partners. Toss in Corinne’s adorable son and I was totally hooked.

While absolutely a sexy romance, this is also a lovely story of repentance and redemption. There’s a fabulous HEA, for Corinne as an individual and for her relationship with Tucker.

Narration:
Amy McFadden rocks this again. The emotions were strong with this one and well done. I continue to be thrilled with this writer/narrator team.

About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.

You can connect with Kait Nolan here:

About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.

I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.

I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.

I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.

I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.

You can connect with Amy McFadden here:

My Favorite Quotes

Something inside her warmed and shifted, and this unexpected thing between them slid right on past a simple flirtation and into something more. – Turn My World Around by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #SingleMom

He took the time to build her up instead of tearing her down. Had she ever truly had someone like that in her life? – Turn My World Around by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #SingleMom

Baby Makes Three

Format:
Audiobook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Billionaire. Playboy. Her brother’s best friend. And her baby’s daddy?  

The last time I saw Joanna, she was just a kid, following me around like a puppy dog. But now that she’s all grown up, those curves make me want to get behind her. Make her moan my name.  

Her overprotective brother would never let it happen. But I like a challenge. It can be our little secret.  

Until her abusive ex-boyfriend shows up in town and ruins everything. If he even tries to lay a finger on her…he’ll regret it. 

I’ll do anything to protect my new family. No matter what.  

Point of view:
Third person.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
DNF at 60%. This is my first book by Nicole Elliot.

Joanna was beaten by her boyfriend and shows up to her new job at brother’s office covered in bruises, yet has sex with Anderson the same day.

Supposedly, despite being together for years – her ex knows nothing about her brother, where she grew up, etc. Joanna also claims that she left him with no clues about her whereabouts or current contact info. Yet, he manages to find her office number. THEN, she just keeps repeating over and over that he can’t have any clue where she’s at and that she’s not really in any danger. He found her office number & says he’s coming after her.

I’ve met teenagers with more maturity and self-awareness than Anderson’s internal dialogue.

Narration:
Even solid narration by Jeremy York & Kendall Taylor couldn’t save the writing and TSTL female lead.

Wish I Might

The writer at work was an intense creature. Dangerous when provoked.

Kait Nolan
Wish I Might

Format:
Audiobook. Also available as ebook
The Wishful series has been bundled into economical box sets (ebook & audio) and this book is included in Volume 2.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
An heiress in hiding…
For graphic designer Cecily Dixon, building a successful life on her own terms, independent of her family’s name and wealth, has been an all-important goal. That’s why she followed her boss to tiny Wishful, Mississippi. While she’s fallen in love with the town and the work being done to bring it back to life, her internship is over and it’s time to take the next power-house step in her career…somewhere else.

A bookstore in trouble…
Reed Campbell is Wishful born and bred. He loves his small town life, and it suits him just fine. When he needs help breathing life into his struggling bookstore, the brilliant and sexy Cecily is the last person he expects to volunteer. Since one chemistry-fueled summer weekend, she’s been giving him the cold shoulder, and he can’t figure out how he blew it.

A romance with an expiration date…
Working together will start the thaw, but they both know the clock is ticking and Cecily will be moving on. Or will she? Wishful is just the right size for Reed, but can he convince Cecily that his small town can support her big dreams?

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Wish I Might is book 5 in the Wishful series. While I feel like it could stand on its own – the main & some secondary characters are introduced in book 1, To Get Me To You. Some of the events are also concurrent to parts of book 2, Be Careful, It’s My Heart. It would probably be best enjoyed after listening to those.

This was another enjoyable addition to the series and a cute second-chance romance. I liked book-store-owner Reed matched with heiress-in-hiding Cicely. While this did hold some similarities to book 1, the unique character backgrounds gave this story a distinct feel. The comic book references and Cicely’s aunt were fun additions.

I admit I’m super excited for Tucker & Corinne’s story in Turn My World around.

Narration:
Amy McFadden continues to give all the Wishful residents consistent yet unique voices. It’s been a treat to binge this series with her at the helm.

About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.

You can connect with Kait Nolan here:

About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.

I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.

I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.

I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.

I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.

You can connect with Amy McFadden here:

My Favorite Quotes

The writer at work was an intense creature. Dangerous when provoked. – Wish I Might by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #SecondChance

A business date is not really a thing. – Wish I Might by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #SecondChance

One Hot Chance

It’s not fair for him to be so cute and so swoon-worthy at the same time.

Anna Durand
One Hot Chance

Format:
Audiobook.

Update August 2020: This is being combined into an audio box set, The Dixon Brothers.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
I am cursed. One Friday night, after a horrible day at work, I decide to cheer myself up with a one-night stand with a hot stranger. The guy who propositions me has a scorching bod and a sexy British accent. Cheered up? Check. Until Monday morning, when I walk into the office, and there he is.

My one-nighter is my boss’s ex-husband. And her newest business partner.

Raisa Volkov is the toughest, most successful divorce attorney in New York and the woman every aspiring female lawyer wants to be. As her paralegal, I do whatever she tells me to do. And guess what? She just ordered me to help her win back her ex. Lucky me.

Trouble is, Chance Dixon doesn’t want his ex-wife. He wants me. My brain warns me to say no, but my body has other, much naughtier ideas.

I’m so getting fired.

Point of view:
1st Person. Alternating perspectives by chapter.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This was a good fit when I was looking for a short (4 hours), sexy listen. Especially since I know how much I like Vanessa Edwin & Shane East.

The office romance between Elena & Chance definitely moves at warp speed. Elena attempts to keep things professional – but that barely lasts a week and then there’s numerous steamy scenes to enjoy. Chance’s ex, who is also Elena’s boss, threatens to ruin their happiness and they resort to sneaking around.

The ending felt a little over-the-top for the length of time Elena & Chance were together, but the epilogue solidified the HEA. It also introduced Chance’s family and set up the foundation for Reese’s book, One Hot Roomie.

Narration:
Vanessa Edwin & Shane East were both terrific here. They both do a good job of keeping voices & accents consistent and I enjoy the way each portrays the character of the opposite sex.

About the author:
Anna Durand is a bestselling, multi-award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her books have earned bestseller status on every major retailer and wonderful reviews from readers around the world. But that’s the boring spiel. Here are some really cool things you want to know about Anna!

Born on Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Anna grew up moving here, there, and everywhere thanks to her dad’s job as an instructor pilot. She’s lived in Texas (twice), Mississippi, California (twice), Michigan (twice), and Alaska—and now Ohio.

As for her writing, Anna has always made up stories in her head, but she didn’t write them down until her teen years. Those first awful books went into the trash can a few years later, though she learned a lot from those stories. Eventually, she would pen her first romance novel, the paranormal romance Willpower, and she’s never looked back since.

You can connect with Anna Durand here:

About the narrators:
Vanessa Edwin is an award winning romance audiobook narrator, who loves nothing more than a good love story. A classically trained actor, she hails from Seattle, where the long rainy days were made for nurturing her love of reading, drinking hot cups of tea, and dreaming of her next getaway. Summers spent on her family’s farm in Texas gave her a taste for Southern charm. She enjoys a long run, red wine, and spending time with her handsome husband.

You can connect with Vanessa Edwin here:

Shane East: You know when they say “he just fell into it by accident”? Well while that’s not entirely true in this case, there is definitely some scope for, shall we say, molding of that phrase? Having acted on stage, in TV & film, and dabbled in voice work since graduating drama school, Shane moved to Los Angeles a whopping ten years ago (how time flies!) and after several years of more work in TV, commercials and independent film he found his love of voice acting – and its love of him – actually made for a pretty dynamite partnership. Now, (this is where the above ‘accident’ phrase comes in) having found success in multiple forms of voice acting, someone said, (we’ll call her ‘Liz’ – PSA: in the following broadcast names have been changed to protect the innocent) “do you fancy doing this book? It’s a bit saucy. Have you done one of those before?” Shane said “actually I haven’t, but bloody hell, I’m game!” And, as the French say, – in that French way of theirs – “VOILA!” and Shane East contemporary romance narrator was born!

You can connect with Shane East here:

My Favorite Quotes

It’s not fair for him to be so cute and so swoon-worthy at the same time. – One Hot Chance by @TheAnnaDurand narrated by @VanessaEVoice & @ShaneEastReads #Romance #DixonBrothers

I show extraordinary willpower by keeping my hands off Elena for a full three hours. – One Hot Chance by @TheAnnaDurand narrated by @VanessaEVoice & @ShaneEastReads #Romance #DixonBrothers

We behave like professionals. It’s bloody awful. – One Hot Chance by @TheAnnaDurand narrated by @VanessaEVoice & @ShaneEastReads #Romance #DixonBrothers

Kneel, Mr. President

Are you telling me it literally took an act of Congress for the two of you to get along?

Lauren Gallagher
Kneel, Mr. President

Format:
Audiobook

Note: At the time of this review (August 2020), the ebook is available for $4.99 or to borrow via Kindle Unlimited and it’s only $2.99 to add the audio.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
An ex-SEAL in a wetsuit, a bisexual President, and a First Lady with a tattoo on her ass…

Secret Service agent Kent Sinclair, head of POTUS security, thought he was prepared for anything. Then, the First Lady—a woman who barely tolerates his presence—approaches him with a request that startles the hell out of him

Carlene Broderick is scared. Her husband James is buckling under the strain of the highest office in the land. With the weight of the country and an impending war on his shoulders, he’s a heart attack waiting to happen. Carlene is out of options, so she resorts to the man whose name James calls out in his sleep—a buddy from his SEAL days. His ex-lover. Kent.

There’s nothing Kent won’t do for his best friend, but he quickly realizes it’s not him that James needs—the Commander in Chief is desperate to give up complete control in the bedroom. And if she’s willing, Kent can teach Carlene to be what her husband needs.

Now James is caught deep in forbidden territory—torn between his beloved wife and the man he’s never stopped loving.

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives of James, Carlene, & Kent.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I loved this audiobook. Lauren Gallagher gave me the MMF book I’ve been dreaming about. Long enough to give each individual their own back story, each pairing their own significant relationship, create a cohesive triad, and still leave room for plenty of steamy sex. There are MF, MM, & MMF scenes.

This is best enjoyed when the exploration of the relationship means as much (if not more) to the listener than the sex or how kinky it can get. I’ll admit that there are parts about the set-up in regards to how the White House or Secret Service operates that seem highly unlikely, but I enjoyed the totality so much that it wouldn’t keep me from listening to it over and over again.

One of the unique aspects of this is that Carlene and Kent don’t actually get along at the beginning and Gallagher spends a lot of time bringing them to a begrudging understanding and then to an affinity of their own. James struggles to balance his own needs with theirs while ultimately understanding and embracing his desire to submit.

Narration:
Aiden Snow is terrific here. He does a great job of differentiating all the voices – especially Kent & James, which is really nice when they each have so much dialogue. Listening to him for 11 hours is no chore at all.

About the author:
From her website: Of course, it would seem a bit silly to have a single site for multiple authors who aren’t collaborating, but therein lies the rub: we’re all the same person.  Yes, yes, it’s true.

But why use multiple names?  Simple: Different names write in different genres.  L.A. Witt writes almost exclusively gay male romance (including everything from contemporary to science fiction), plus some trans*/genderqueer. Lauren Gallagher writes heterosexual, lesbian, and bisexual romances. Lori A. Witt sticks to sci fi/fantasy and mainstream suspense (both of which may contain some LGBT and/or romantic elements, but are predominantly SFF). Ann Gallagher writes sweet romances and young adult, including asexual romances. And finally, Diana Fyre writes horror (coming soon). So the different names just help readers quickly find the stories that interest them without needing to search through genres that don’t. (Rellim’s note: As a rule, I don’t post pseudonyms, but this bio is copied directly from Gallagher’s website.)

You can connect with Lauren Gallagher here:

About the narrator:
You can connect with Aiden Snow here:

My Favorite Quotes

I need my friend and I need my wife. – Kneel, Mr. President by @GallagherWitt narrated by @AidenSnowVoice #Romance #MMF

if she kept that going, she’d probably talk him right into an orgasm without so much as laying a hand on him. – Kneel, Mr. President by @GallagherWitt narrated by @AidenSnowVoice #Romance #MMF

Are you telling me it literally took an act of Congress for the two of you to get along? – Kneel, Mr. President by @GallagherWitt narrated by @AidenSnowVoice #Romance #MMF

Ghost Order

We will drain the sea, to kill the fish.

Jay Tinsiano
Ghost Order

Format:
Audiobook.
Update: Since I received this review copy, the book has been bundled into a box set in ebook & audiobook format.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Frank Bowen attempts to piece together a fractured life at home but finds himself pulled back into the dark state once again.

Only, this time, he’s playing both sides.

Hired by John Rhodes, founding father of the Liberatus movement, his mission is to escort a valuable asset to South America. Then the spectre of Carl Paterson emerges and Frank finds he has to work once again with his old agency, Ghost 13.

Later, in the depths of the Colombian Darien Gap jungle – swarming with narcos, paramilitary groups and bandits – Frank finds death and evil wait around every corner in the most inhospitable place on earth.

Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives, each by chapter.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is the final book in the Frank Bowen Conspiracy Thriller series. While this could technically stand on it’s own, I think it would be better enjoyed after listening to Pandora Red. Some of this review may contain spoilers to that book.

Poor Frank’s personal life is a bit of a mess. After the kidnapping & events in the last book, he’s separated from his wife. While Frank had intended to give up field work to try to repair his marriage – finances drive him to one more case. And it’s a doozy. This was another enjoyable book full of action, suspense, and trying to determine who is good and who is not. Not everyone is allied as they seem and it makes it difficult for Frank to stay alive and complete his mission.

I liked the way Tinsiano wrapped up this series.

Narration:
Chris MacDonnell does a good job with narration again. A variety of voices & accents are well done. I always knew who was talking.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from FreeAudiobookCodes.com and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

About the author:
Jay was born in Ireland but grew up on the flat plains of Lincolnshire before moving to the city of Bristol where he has been based, apart from far-flung nomadic excursions, ever since.

Jay is an avid reader and writer of fiction, specifically thriller, apocalyptic, and speculative and interweaves his experiences into his fiction writing.

You can connect with Jay Tinsiano here:

My Favorite Quotes

We will drain the sea, to kill the fish. – Ghost Order by @jaytinsiano #Audiobook narrated by @ChrisMacDonnell #Thriller #FrankBowen

Wrapped

Sometimes really sweet, hot guys just like weird girls like us. They can’t help it. We’re so cute.

Rebekah Weatherspoon
Wrapped

Format:
ebook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Following a painful divorce, all pastry chef Shae Kenney wants for Christmas is one good date that doesn’t end in disaster. When Aidan Meyer, a smoking hot hunk from her past, matches with her on a dating app, Shae asks Santa for the strength not to screw it up. But when one perfect date with Aidan rolls into a second date, then a third and a fourth, Shae’s fear of heartbreak might just sabotage one of the best gifts she’s ever received—real love.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
While this stands on it’s own, the books are best enjoyed in order starting with Fit. Specifically, Shae is cousin to Keira from Sated.

As book 3.5, Wrapped is a fun bonus addition to the Fit Trilogy. While it doesn’t have the BDSM element of the main books – Shae and Aiden still burn up the sheets. And the couch. And the kitchen. Shae is still nursing emotional wounds from her divorce when she meets up with Aiden via a dating app. Aiden & Shae used to work together and secretly had crushes on each other. Now they just have to get on the same page present day. It was an enjoyable sweet & sexy read.

Hey, are there recipes posted for any of Shae’s bakery goods anywhere?

About the author:
After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. Raised in Southern New Hampshire, Rebekah Weatherspoon now lives in Southern California where she will remain forever because she hates moving.

You can connect with Rebekah Weatherspoon here:

My Favorite Quotes

Thank Santa, Frosty and Rudolph that she was already lying down, because otherwise she would have fainted. – Wrapped by @RdotSpoon #FitTrilogy #Novella #Holiday

Sometimes really sweet, hot guys just like weird girls like us. They can’t help it. We’re so cute. – Wrapped by @RdotSpoon #FitTrilogy #Novella #Holiday

Just for This Moment

“What did I do to deserve you?”

“You made me a blanket fort.”

Kait Nolan
Just for This Moment

Format:
Audiobook. Also available as ebook
The Wishful series has been bundled into economical box sets (ebook & audio) and this book is included in Volume 2.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Maybe there hasn’t been actual blood, other than a few paper cuts, but Myles has put plenty of sweat into his independent, local newspaper, and he’s even willing to admit to a few manly tears. Certainly, the paper has been his mistress since he moved to the small town of Wishful, Mississippi, and he doesn’t feel it’s hyperbolic in the least to say it owns a piece of his soul. He’s building his dream, independent of the life laid out for him by his family, and that means everything. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to ensure its success. 

Piper fell hard for Myles when they co-stared in the production of “White Christmas” that saved Wishful’s historic Madrigal Theater. Not in love, she’s careful to remind herself, but into very serious like, and certainly outrageous, chemistry-fueled attraction. But Piper knows that the bright lights of the stage can wreak havoc with perspective. She’s been burnt by them before, when an on-stage passion fizzled into disappointment and heartache. That’s why she put on the brakes with Myles, and she admits to herself that the fact that he played by her rules and waited only adds to his appeal.  

When Myles tells her that a major investor is pulling out of the paper, leaving him with a huge loan to repay or lose his control over what he’s built, Piper is devastated for him. But when he jokingly admits that the best option he’s come up with is to marry a showgirl to gain access to a trust fund, well, that just sounds like a plan to Piper. After all, why not take this great guy on marriage test drive? He’s worth having just for this moment, however long it lasts. But as their fake marriage turns alarmingly real, they’ll have to decide if they’re in it for the moment or forever.  

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This. THIS BOOK! This is hands-down my favorite Wishful so far. Perhaps even my favorite Kait Nolan. I admit that I’m somewhat leery of fake relationship/marriage tropes – because sometimes by the end I still don’t understand how the forced pair are together.

The great thing about Just for This Moment is that Myles & Piper were already halfway there. The tension comes from trying to keep secrets from family and friends and wondering whether they ruined their chances with the ruse. Planning a wedding last minute brings its own hilarious, aggravating, and romantic scenes.

Another one of my favorite things about Nolan’s writing is that while she often includes “the big misunderstanding” – she doesn’t painfully (for the reader) drag it out. I cried right along with Piper but was quickly comforted when Myles worked to set things right. There’s another big surprise, but I won’t ruin it – or it wouldn’t be a surprise.

The epilogue was precious and so relatable. I’m ready for Reed & Cicely’s book, Wish I Might.

Narration:
Amy McFadden continues giving an expanding townsfolk their own unique voices, while keeping old favorites consistent from previous books.

About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.

You can connect with Kait Nolan here:

About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.

I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.

I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.

I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.

I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.

You can connect with Amy McFadden here:

My Favorite Quotes

“What did I do to deserve you?” “You made me a blanket fort.” – Just for This Moment by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #FakeRelationship

He knew the heat that lingered just below the surface, just waiting to hit flashpoint. – Just for This Moment by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #FakeRelationship

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one on this crazy train. – Just for This Moment by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #FakeRelationship

The Poison Within

I enjoyed dressing him almost as much as I loved peeling the clothes off him.

Kasia Bacon
The Poison Within

Format:
Audiobook. ebook also available
The audio & ebook also include A Late Bite to Eat (Inspector Skaer, #1.5)

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Black clouds of xenophobia gather over Radvadur, the western province of the Empire. The political climate is strained and fragile. A surge of Nymph refugees has stirred widespread hostility towards non-humans. When the investigation of a gruesome triple murder linked to the refugee camp ensues, it takes Inspector Käyru Skaer and his lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, along an unusual path, at the end of which a precious gift awaits.

Käyru and Elly are worlds apart in social standing, but they have found common ground in the bedroom—up against the wall and the stable doors, too. The arrangement between them ought to have been temporary and of no consequence. As their circumstances change, will they find the courage to risk their hearts?

Point of view:
The Poison Within: First person. All from Kayru’s POV.
A Late Bite to Eat: First person. All from Eryssa’s POV.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
While set in the Order Universe, this stands on it’s own, could be read/listened to in any order from the other books/audio, and doesn’t include or reference any characters from the earlier books.

The Poison Within:This was little bit darker in tone than the other Order books however, that didn’t affect my enjoyment at all. Investigating murderers, a sexual assault victim, and a fatal illness all weigh on Kayru.

A Late Bite to Eat:
This is a super short story. While technically it includes an F/F relationship – there’s no sexual content. It’s just a quick story following closely after the events of The Poison Within including a short feeding excursion for the vampire Eryssa. It’s an enjoyable bonus to the book.

Bacon again brings an engaging story, compelling characters, and a double HEA in a mere 90 minute audio. Brava!

Narration:
Michael Fox continues to give all the characters unique voices and did a great job with the various emotions. He’s definitely on my “must listen” for narrators.

Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
Contains mentions of off page sexual assault.

About the author:
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.

You can connect with Kasia Bacon here:

My Favorite Quotes

I enjoyed dressing him almost as much as I loved peeling the clothes off him. – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaer

I wouldn’t say that her gaze made me shit myself exactly, but with three massacred bodies fresh in my memory, I drew damn near that territory. – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaer

“It’s not altogether legal, strictly speaking, my lord.” His eyebrows rose. “Oh? How fun. Now I insist on going.” – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaer

I loved the fact that he trusted me. I loved his spirited disposition. I loved him. – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaer