Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RED NIGHT by R.K. Close

Series:  Vampire Files Trilogy, #1
Author:  R.K. Close
Narrator:  Natalie Naudus
Length:  7 hrs and 47 mins, unabridged
Audible Release Date:   01.25.2018
Publisher:  R.K. Close
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Listenability:  OK  or  NSFW
Received from:  R.K. Close (as an Audible gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Red Night
Date completed: 02.12.2018

Description from the publisher:
Samantha, a feisty private investigator, knows how to handle herself around cheaters, liars, and thieves, but vampires? That's another story.

During a routine investigation, Samantha's seemingly ordinary life is turned upside down when she crosses paths with a mysterious vampire. Adam's as terrifying as he is alluring.

His attention towards Samantha inadvertently draws the eye of a notoriously dangerous creature of the night. She doesn't trust Adam, but he may be her only hope of staying alive. Or is he?

Sam's shy but attractive neighbor is hiding dark secrets of his own. Gabriel knows more about vampires than a mild-mannered professor should, but who is Gabriel Devereux, really?

The clock is running out for Sam to save herself and those closest to her, but can she survive a game played by beautiful monsters, without becoming one?


RED NIGHT is the first book in the Vampire Files Trilogy.  They do need to be read in the order of release.

I have to separate the story from the narrator… that took me some thinking time.

The narration was good.  First I’ll tell you all of the bad:   I have the feeling Ms. Naudus shared the same cute lisp as Cindy Brady had when she was a child; there is a remnant remaining.  She’s also a “g-dropper” – goin’, doin’, catchin’, etc.  I have at times said I would read a grocery list if written by my favorite author.  This narration was like listening to that grocery list and each sentence was an item to be purchased – separate and flat.  (I would recommend a coach, such as YourVoiceProfessor).   Still, I say it was a good narration, because I could understand every word that was said, even if cut off, and I didn’t lose track of the storyline.

The story, on the other hand, I loved. 

Let’s start with the two vampires:  Adam and Zachariah.  As far apart in personalities as A is from Z.  Never forget that they are vampires, but Zachariah is also a sociopath!  Samantha, aka “Sam” is equal parts silly and serious, which I can totally relate to as a constant state of being. Rounding out the team is Gabriel – another sexy man intent on claiming Sam’s heart. 

I got the definite feeling that there was a parallel to Buffy – with Gabe as Miles, Adam as Angel, and Zachariah as all of the bad guys rolled into one sexy package.  Her BFF, Dayna, will have to take on the role of the Scoobies.

It’s hard to believe this is a first release for this author.  I thought the story was very well organized, presented, and written.  There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing and occupied, especially since I’m an audiobook reader just trying to keep the miles going.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

#TeamAdam ... though I'm admittedly usually #teamVampire for any triangle hehehe.

The Vampire Files Trilogy:
  1. Red Night
  2. Red Moon


Saturday, February 10, 2018

#STARSTRUCK by Sariah Wilson

Series:  #LOVESTRUCK #1
Author:  Sariah Wilson
Publish Date:   01.16.2018
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Montlake Romance (via NetGalley)
Goodreads link: #Starstruck
Date completed: 01.24.2018

Description from the publisher:
“You’ve done better.”

With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultra-hot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.

Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her

When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?


#STARSTRUCK is the first in the #Lovestruck series.  I’m going to guess that they will each stand on their own.  Time will tell.

What a cute and unique story!!  I wish I could figure out a way to capture some of the tweets that were shown in the book.  The humor was amazing. 

Zoe is an internet Cinderella and I was rooting for her the whole way to the end. 

Chase has every reason to be cautious, but he’s taking a chance.  Chase is a sweetheart all the way through from beginning to end.  Yes, he makes mistakes.  Everyone does, but I was also rooting for him, too. 

That’s when you know the couple belongs together – when you’re rooting for both of them to find their HEA and you know they’ll get there together.

This is the first book I have read from this author.  Something I haven’t done in a while and I do love finding new (or new to me) authors!  I loved this story and I hope I am able to get to read more from this talented writer.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

#Lovestruck series:
1.      #Starstruck
Also from Sariah Wilson:
·         Once Upon a Time Travel
·         The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back
Royals of Monterra Series:
1.      Royal Date
2.      Royal Chase
3.      Royal Games
4.      Royal Design

Friday, February 9, 2018

FINDING MR. HAPPILY EVER AFTER: CHASE by Melissa Storm & Melissa McClone

Series:  Finding Mr. Happily Ever After #2
Author:  Melissa Storm & Melissa McClone
Publish Date:   02.07.2018
Publisher:  Partridge & Pear Press
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Received from:  Melissa Storm (as an ARC gifted copy)
Date completed: 02.03.2018

Description from the publisher:
Love is overrated.

Jazz Michaels learned that the hard way. She isn’t about to get burned by another guy who claims to love her. Attending one of the top MBA programs in the country, she is doing what she wants to do. But when a handsome athlete kisses her at a party, she wants more…even if she’s not looking for romance.

Chase Killion is set on playing professional baseball. With the talent and drive to achieve his goals, he’s on the fast track to stardom at the college level. The last thing Jazz wants is to stand in his way. Chase may call her his good-luck charm, but that can’t possibly last. As Chase’s dreams draw closer, will Jazz be able to fit into his future?

One bride, four possible grooms, unlimited potential for disaster to strike. Is the man waiting at the end of the aisle the one that’s meant to be Jazz’s forever love? Find out in this addictive series of one woman’s journey to her happily ever after. Download your copy, and start your book binge today!

The second in the Finding Mr. Happily Ever After series.  This is a continuing story and will need to be read in the order of release.

First there was Nathan – the childhood best friend who asked her to marry him when he was eight, but became a commitment phobic young adult. 

Now there is Chase.  He’s a couple of years younger than her, but does that really matter at their age?  No, not really.   They’re chasing their dreams at the beginning of their careers.  It is a time of learning to give and to expect to your other half to also give.  Can an athlete on the rise be the one?

Between the two of them, I’d choose Nathan.  We’ll have to wait and see who else there is to choose from and who will be waiting at the altar.

I really didn’t think I would ever get sucked into one of these, but I am pleasantly, happily loving it.  I’m truly enjoying this serialized story. 

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Finding Mr. Happily Ever After Serial:
1.      Nathan
2.      Chase
3.      Part Three – coming soon!

Also from Melissa Storm:
·         A Colorful Life
·         A Cowboy Kind of Love
·         A Texas Kind of Love
·         A Wedding Miracle
Church Dogs of Charleston:
1.      Little Loves
2.      Mini Miracles
3.      Tiny Treasures
Cupid’s Bow, 1st Generation:
1.      When I Fall in Love
2.      My Heart Belongs Only to You
3.      I’ll Never Stop Loving You
4.      You Make Me Feel So Young
Cupid’s Bow, 2nd Generation:
1.      Total Eclipse of the Heart
2.      Tainted Love
3.      I Want to Dance with Somebody
4.      Take My Breath Away
5.      Eternal Flame
Cupid’s Bow, 3rd Generation:
1.      Somebody Like You
2.      You Belong with Me
3.      She Will Be Loved
4.      What Makes You Beautiful
5.      I’ll Be Home for Christmas
First Street Church Romances:
1.      Love’s Prayer
2.      Love’s Promise
3.      Love’s Prophet
4.      Love’s Vow
5.      Love’s Trial
6.      Love’s Treasure
7.      Love’s Testament
8.      Love’s Gift
The Pearl Makers Series:
      Angels in Our Lives
            Diving for Pearls, (10 parts)
Sled Dog Series:
1.      Let There Be Love
2.      Let There Be Light
3.      Let There Be Life

Also from Melissa McClone:
·         FiancĂ© for the Night
Bar V5 Ranch Series:
1.      Home for Christmas
2.      Mistletoe Magic
3.      Kiss Me, Cowboy
4.      Mistletoe Wedding
5.      A Christmas Homecoming
Ever After Series:
1.      The Honeymoon Prize
2.      The Cinderella Princess
3.      Christmas in the Castle
Love at the Chocolate Shop Series:
1.      A Thankful Heart
2.      The Valentine Quest
3.      The Chocolate Touch