I'm Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished (Heartstrikers, #3) by Rachel Aaron

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished: Heartstrikers, Book 3 - Audible Studios, Vikas Adam, Rachel Aaron

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I was very excited to get my hands on the third installment of the Heartstriker series by Rachel Aaron. I stumbled upon this series last year and it has been a favorite of mine since listening to book one, Nice Dragons Finish Last. This is a story about a fairly young dragon, about twenty years old, who is a bit of an outcast from dragonkind because he is too nice. Dragons are pretty ambitious creatures who think mostly for themselves. He is part of the largest clan in the world, lead by his mother, Bethesda Heartstriker, who some call the “broodmare” because of the number of hatchlings she has. She names each group of offspring by starting all their names the same, starting with the first group of A’s, then B’s, then C’s and so forth. They also judge each member not only by the letter, but where they are within that letter, who hatches first or last, etc. Julius, isn’t only the most regroup of J’s, he was also the last one to hatch, so that makes him the youngest.


In the first book, Julius hooks up with a human mage named Marci. They’ve become really close friends and have been together since they met. She has a spirit named Ghost, that takes the form of a cat. Ghost has been building in power and becoming a larger force. Marci is getting more powerful and knowledgeable too. There’s also been an extremely slow build towards what might become a relationship between the two of them.


This story picks up where One Good Dragon Deserves Another, ends. Julius is trying to set up his council. Two of his older brothers are trying to come up with votes. There is also some who don’t want to see the council even form. Because of the formation of this council, this story is taking place in Heartstriker Mountain in Arizona. Bethesda has called all of her children home for this vote, so we start to meet a lot more of the Heartstrikers. The big thing here is we meet the F’s. The F’s are all sealed, which means they can’t turn into their dragons. They are also forced to stay at the mountain and work for Bethesda. No one really seems understand why Bethesda decided to make the F’s do this.


While Julius is dealing with council business, Marci goes into the town to meet up with her mage idol that works for the UN, Sir Myron Rolands. Along with him there, is an augmented human warrior woman who has a raven who is a spirit. General Emily Jackson is head of the UN’s Magical Disaster Response Force. They take Marci back to Detroit, where magic is more plentiful, to feel Ghost her spirit. They are wanting Marci to help with humans as they learn more and more about magic. They also believe Marci to be the first Merlin since magic came back to Earth.


We have a ton of new characters that we meet, like David, one of the Heartstriker D’s and a senator. Not only do we have Bob, Julius’s oldest brother and seer of the Heartstriker clan in this story, but there are many of the characters I’ve come to love, Amelia, Chelsie (we learn a ton of about Chelsie), Justin, Ian and even some of the dragons from the Daughters of the Three Sisters clan. Algonquin, the extremely powerful lady of the lakes in Detroit, makes an appearance too.


There is so much that happens in this book. Murder plots, kidnapping, more secrets than you can count. We learn a lot about Chelsie, the prologue is even about her when she was much younger. We learn more about magic and what is going on, though there is still a lot missing here. We learn more about Algonquin. There are several questions that are answered, but I think more questions are brought up before the end of the story. This story has quite the cliffhanger ending, but with some hints thrown in for good measure. The last hour of the book had me glued to my earbuds. I wish I was like Bob and could see what is going to happen in the future.


If you haven’t tried the Heartstriker series, I highly recommend it. Each book is better than the last. As with most Urban Fantasy stories, I highly recommend you start with book one and work your way chronologically through the series. Each story builds on the previous book. If you’re at all interested in audiobooks, I can’t recommend the audio enough. Vikas Adam really nails it.



Vikas Adam has continued to amaze me with his narration of this series. There are a ton of characters with many different personalities and he nails them all. He does an amazing job with the flamboyant Amelia, the voice of Bob, who’s crazy with all of his prophecies in his head, David the politician, Bethesda and her tyranny, Cheslie, Justin, Julius and Marci are all great. Add in the spirit Ghost, not to mention Algonquin and I can’t ask for anything better. He does a great job with both the men and the women voices. He really brings out the tones needed for each scene. If you haven’t tried him yet, I highly recommend him.


Audiobook Review: Wild Embrace (A Psy-Changeling Anthology) by Nalini Singh

Wild Embrace: A Psy-Changeling Anthology - Tantor Audio, Nalini Singh, Angela Dawe

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


While I’m not a huge fan of anthologies, I love when when an author does one entirely for a single series, as Singh has done here with Psy-Changeling series. I love that peak into the lives of lesser known (or not known at all) or the look into a deeper look into the lives we already know. We get a little of both in this book.


Echo’s of Silence
Stefan Berg & Tazia Nerif
This is the story of a Psy and a human who spend most of their time on Alaris the deep sea station, which has been mentioned in several books. Stefan is also a TK Psy who’s been mentioned in several stories, but I’m pretty sure, he hasn’t had any pagetime himself. This story takes place before the fall of Silence, so it is very irregular for Stefan to not be completely silent, but he has a bit of PTSD which prevents him from shutting down his feelings. He is quite fascinated with Tazia, the human engineer, who is on the Alaris with him. When they both go topside for the mandatory break from the deep sea, he takes her with him to help with the clean up from a massive earthquake. This is a pretty romantic story, especially for early Psy who could be “rehabilitated” for not following silence.


Dorian (many different glimpses in his life)
Dorian had a tough childhood. He was a leopard who was born latent, he wasn’t able to shift. I really liked seeing back to Dorian as a child. I also loved to see how his family and alpha gave him so much love and hope to make him the man he becomes in the stories where we met him. How he was taught that he could be a valuable member of the pack, even if he did have this disability of not shifting. We see him as a boy, a teenager, and as adult when his mate finally helps him to shift. It was a very fun story.


Partners in Persuasion
Felix Grady & Dezi
This is a fun story about a submissive male from Snow Dancer wolf pack and a dominate female in the Dark River leopard pack. Felix was a model and then became a horticulturist. He’s also a very submissive wolf. He’s tried dating a dominate before and it didn’t end well. He is very hesitant to try it again. Dezi is a soldier working her way up in the pack. She has really liked Felix, but didn’t really know about how to approach him. She is very concerned about dominating him and that isn’t what she wants in a relationship. It is a great story. Although, I don’t think we’ve ever met either of these characters before, we do see some favorites.


Flirtation of Fate
Kenji & Garnet
Kenji and Garnet are both wolves. They’ve dated in the past, but had a fairly bad breakup. They now each run remote dens for Snow Dancer. When Kenji visits Garnet’s den for a meeting, there is a murder of one of their own. Kenji must work not only with his ex, Garnet, but also with her current lover Rev. They are all able to put aside their past (and current) romances to work together to try to solve the murder. During that time, Kenji and Garnet are drawn to each other (don’t worry, no cheating). The only downside here is the trope of “I’m going to leave you for your own good”, which is not something that I’m a huge fan of. Well, truthfully, I’m not a big fan of second chance loves, but there are a few I enjoy, and this is one of them.


These are four really fun stories. This is a must read/listen for any Psy-Changeling fan. Each story is different, but all exciting in their own way. I loved meeting new characters and spending time with ones I know. If you’ve not read this series, I don’t recommend this as your introduction. I also don’t think you need to be fully caught up in the series to read this one. I think if you’ve read Dorian’s story, Hostage to Pleasure, you would be good to read this one.



I love Angela Dawe’s narration of this series. I’m always willing to turn down an book in order to listen to her narrate this series. I think she does such a great job with the shifters and the Psy. You can really feel the warmth of the changelings and the coldness of the Psy who are still in Silence. I like her male and female voices. There are so many voices in this series, as you can imagine with a PNR series that has 13 full-length novels in it, plus novellas of even more characters. She does a great job with the different variations. If you haven’t tried her narrations, I highly recommend them.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Insidious - Audible Studios, Aleatha Romig, Savannah Richards

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve had this book on audio for a while and just never put it high up on my priority list (no idea why and is something that I regret now). After listening to the Into the Light, the first book by Aleatha Roming’s The Light series, I decided I had to move this book up to the top of my TBR priority. I’m really glad that I finally got my but into gear and listened to this book. This is the only stand alone story by this author at this time. So it was great to jump in and have a fully complete story in one book.


Let me start by saying that this is a very dark erotic thriller. It is not a book that everyone will enjoy. There are things in this book that will have you cringing. Things that in real life would make you very sick and angry. This story is a work of fiction and nowhere is this written like this is something that should be allowed to happen without consequences in the real world. There are a lot of bad people in this story. Actually, there are very good people in this story. But the characters are excellent and the story amazing. I was on the edge of my seat needing to know what happens next throughout the story.


The story goes back in forth in time when Victoria Conway is eighteen and present day, ten years later. I really liked seeing how “Tori” was different as a full adult versus her as an eighteen year old trying to figure out the situation she was put into by her parents. Her stepfather has a huge gambling problem. He ran up some very large debts. Mr. Stewart Harrington offered to take care of those debts if only the eldest daughter would marry him. She is offered two contracts, both with a non-disclosure statement. She could walk away and let her father figure out his own debts and get $50,000 or she could agree to marry him, take care of her father’s debts and use Mr. Harrington’s wealth anyway she wished. Thing is, she didn’t realize exactly what she was signing up for.


I can’t really go into much more than that without giving away spoilers. There are tons of spoilery things in this book. Everything you think you know, only to find out that you were completely wrong. This story is told from Tori’s POV, so we only know what she knows. There are even things that she knows that we don’t find out too quickly.


This is a story of a girl who thought she was getting a fairytale, even if she arrived to it in an unconventional way. But the thing is, fairy tales weren’t always so friendly. Before Disney got their hands on them, fairy tales were much darker in the original format by the Grimm Brothers. This story isn’t for the faint of heart. Ms. Roming held no punches with this story. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up this audio. I loved every minute of it.

“That was years ago. I’ve learned my lessons well and played my role. No longer willing to be a victim, today I’m insidious.”


This is my first audio with Savannah Richards as the narrator. I will have to say. I’m very happy with her narration. I thought she did a great job. There are a lot of men in this story, more men than women, and she handles them like a pro. I think she does a wonderful job with the differences in Tori at 18 versus Tori at 28.


Audiobook Review: White Tiger (Shifters Unbound #8) by Jennifer Ashley

White Tiger: Shifters Unbound, Book 8 - Tantor Audio,  Jennifer Ashley, Cris Dukehart

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve spent the last year getting caught up on this series. Up until now, I’ve been listening to the books just for fun (requested my library to get the entire series on audio and they did it for me. YAY!) and haven’t been reviewing them. I’ve really been enjoying them. When I got caught up on all the audios that had been released, I jumped on the chance to review this one.


If you’re not familiar with this series. This is the eighth book, but there are several novellas that are also available on audio and a lot of fun. You can just do the full length books without having read the novellas, but I recommend them because they are just as much fun. In this series, there are shifters who are “out”, so humans know they exist. They are easy to pick out from humans because shifters are required to wear magical collars designed by the fae. The collars are supposed to protect humans from the violent side of shifters. Shifters are also treated like second class citizens. They are forced to live in “Shifter Towns” that house just shifters. They aren’t allowed to own businesses, have smart phones, or even cable. However, shifters have figured out how to get around all of these issues. They have more money than the humans know. There is a lot that they’ve kept from humans.


In this story, we have Kendrick, he’s a very rare white tiger. He is rare in many ways. One, he doesn’t wear a collar. He and several other shifters who followed him, hid from the humans and have been hiding out for 20 years since humans learned about shifters. He has become their de facto alpha. This is also very rare because he is also a Guardian, which are generally never alphas. Guardians are kinda outside the hierarchy in that they are special. They carry a special fae sword that they use when a shifter dies to send their souls off to the Summerlands (shifter afterworld). If he didn’t have enough on his plate, he has three cubs to take care of. He has his own two young white tiger cubs, Brett and Zane. He lost his mate bringing the twins into the world. He’s also adopted an older wolf cub, Robbie, who lost both of his parents.


Addison Price is a human waitress at a diner in a town where Kendrick and his three sons are hiding. They have become regulars, but she knows almost nothing about them. She’s learned the children’s names, but not the very quiet man. They always come and and she serves them pie. Things are tame until one night someone starts to shoot up the diner. Kendrick leaves the kids with her while he goes to deal with the men with guns. Kendrick wants to part ways (to dangerous to have a human on the run with them. He needs to put the safety other, Addison and the kids, before his wants). That is until cops take her in for questioning about shooting at the diner. He comes in as her lawyer and gets her out. She insists on going with him for her own protection and the protection of the boys. She even offers to serve as a nanny for them in exchange.


This is a fun story as we watch these two come together while Kenrick tries to learn how many of his pack has turned traitor. They settle in a old dude ranch, which is no longer really running. It is just the owner, Charlie, who lives there now. He has no problems with Kenrick and the boys being shifters. There are also several people from Kendrick’s pack that we met in Bear Attraction. There are also several characters from the Austin Shifter Town that we’ve seen a lot in this series.


I’ve really enjoyed listening to this series. It has everything that I enjoy in a good paranormal romance. It has romance, suspense and action. In this series especially, it has great cubs in the book. I really liked spending time with Brett, Zane and Robbie. There is another shifter cub that isn’t in this book, but has been prominent in the series, a polar bear cub named Olaf. The kids really help make this series and that is not normal for me. But these shifter cubs are a lot of fun.

“And yet, he knew if Addison didn’t come with him, Kendrick would forever be looking for her-around every corner, waiting to hear her voice, see her face. He’d been forced to sever many ties over the years-this one wasn’t even a knot yet-but he didn’t want to cut it loose.”

“Dad,” Zane asked Kendrick in their motel room well south of the I-10. “Is Addie going to be our new mom?”

“Dad,” Zane said in his small but surprisingly strong voice. “Addie is going to be our new mom, isn’t she?”

Zane started yowling again, and Brett morphed to a human and threw his fists in the air. “Yesss! I told you she was going to be our new mom!”



the first book or some of the later novellas, but does all the others). So, I’ve been listening to her narrate this series for a while. I’ve really enjoyed her narration of this very large cast of characters. I think she does a great job with the many different voices that have spanned across this series. I feel like she does a really good job with the male and female voices. She does an amazing job with the cubs voices (those quotes I listed above were done so well. You could really hear the uncertainty in the Zane in the beginning and the excitement in the last one). I think she’s done a miraculous job bringing this series to life.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. 


Audiobook Review: Unraveled (Elemental Assassin, #15) by Jennifer Estep

Unraveled - Audible Studios, Jennifer Estep, Lauren Fortgang

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


This is the fifteenth book in the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep. You would think that fifteen books in, things would start to get boring. That is not the case here. In this book, Gin and her sister go with their men down to Bullet Pointe to see what Mama Dee left to her boy. So with Gin, Owen, Finn and Bria decided to make a vacation of it (if you’ve been following the series, you know how that worked out last time).


Gin is one of those people you can’t take her anywhere without her getting into trouble. That has not changed here. As they spend their time in Bullet Pointe at the upscale resort and theme park with a Wild West, things start to go on their head. See the original owner of the park, Sweet Sally Sue, left behind some very high value jewels. When Mama Dee buys the park and decides the park isn’t making enough money, she hid the jewels in the park and whoever finds them, gets to keep them. She did this to try to drum up more business. It worked too. However, after Mama Dee died, no one knew were the jewels were.


Mama Dee also brought in new management, Roxy and Brody. They are not a friendly group. Roxy is quite the talented shooter with her revolvers. She isn’t only the manager, but also part of the show with her trick shooting. It is nothing that Gin hasn’t seen before. However, Roxy has a few tricks up her sleeve.


Since this story takes place outside of Ashland, we have a smaller cast that are familiar, but that didn’t make the story any less entertaining. I really enjoyed my time with Gin, Bria, Finn and Owen. Silvio isn’t absent either, though most of his part is on the phone. A few others make the trip to Bullet Pointe before the story is over too. We also learn about a new villain that will probably be around for a bit, The Circle. We learned some here, but I know there is more to know.


We also get some flashbacks from Gin, back when her mom was still alive. Her father is even mentioned (I think this is the first we’ve heard of him). While, I love seeing the past with Gin, it is a little difficult to believe how she conveniently remembers all these pieces of information right when she needs in. (I know, I’m questioning believability about a story of about a girl who can read stones and create ice out of thin air, but there you have it). This isn’t a new theme, Gin has flashback in every book. Like I said, I do love the looks back into the past. The timing is just all too convenient every time.


As per usual, this book is another fun installment in the Elemental Assassins series. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend you give it a shot. Gin is a strong woman who stands on her own. She is even getting better about accepting help from her friends.



If you like audios, then this is a series you should pick up on audio. Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job with this series. She brings in a great Southern accent to these North Carolinians. In this story, we get even more Southern accents from the workers at Bullet Pointe. I loved the addition of Roxy’s voice who sounded a bit like Dolly Parton to me. It worked really well with the Wild West theme of the park. I love her male voices as much as the female voices. She has great pacing in how she reads. I will not read these books if they are available on audio.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles, #1) by Eve Langlais

Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles) - Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Pirate is the first book in a new series by Eve Langlais called Space Gypsy Chronicles. She is an author that I love. I’ve read, and listened to, a ton of her works and I’m still not caught up yet. Langlais is one of my go-to authors if I need a pick-me-up and some humor in my day. I know that Eve will always make me laugh out loud and this book was no exception.


The story starts off with Emma delivering packages to a trailer out in the middle of nowhere. Her and Rafe have a bit of a history as she’s been delivering packages there a lot and for a while. She never knew exactly what she was delivering and where he was keeping it because his trailer just wasn’t that big. Hell, he didn’t even know her name because the tag on her coveralls was Stan. “And she most definitely didn’t look like a Stan.” So he called her “wench”, since he refused to call her “Stan”. Well, after a little bit of banter between the two, bounty hunters attack. Rafe forces her onto his spaceship and whisks her off Earth for her own safety.


We then go on to learn much more about this vast world that Langlais has created, complete with other worlds and an array of different types of aliens. It takes a while for Emma to come to terms with, not only aliens and the that people live on other worlds, but also in how to interact with these aliens. Needless to say, these aliens might be better at technology, but they are really behind when it comes to feminism. Women are not equal and many are slaves.


This wouldn’t be an Eve Langlais book without her trademark humor. She brought that out in a unique way in this story. Rafe’s spaceship is called Annabelle. Annabelle has come complete with artificial intelligence that helps him run the entire ship without any other crew. However, Annabelle has a bit of a defect, she talks back and that shouldn’t be happening.

“Annabelle is the artificial intelligence running my computer who thinks she’s a smartass.”
The melodic female voice held not a hint of humor as it replied, “I don’t know what you are speaking of, Captain. While I am programmed for intelligence, I have no physical form, either in the buttock version or of the Earth donkey variety.”
“You’re doing this on purpose to vex me, Annabelle.”
“I am incapable of such an act, Captain.”

“You’re a pig.”
“No, wench, I am a randy pirate. You must be referring to the Piorcuma species. They are true swine.”
“I really think you should talk to your doctor about prescribing new meds. I don’t think the ones you’re taking are strong enough.”


Once again Chandra Skyye did a good job with the narration of this book. She has been narrating quite a few books for Eve Langlais and she has really grown on me as a narrator. I really enjoyed her portrayal of this story. She does a good job with male and female voices. She also does a good job with the snark that comes in an Eve Langlais book.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Into the Light (The Light, #1) by Aleatha Romig

Into the Light - Erin deWard, Audible Studios, Aleatha Romig, Noah Michael Levine, Kevin T. Collins

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve been wanting to read Aleatha Romig for a while. Ever since I listened to her on a panel at RT15. I knew she wrote some Dark Romance type stories. When I read the review for her newest book, Into the Light, on Caffeinated Book Reviewer, I knew I had to start with this book. This was so, not what I was expecting. Not only did meet my expectations, it exceeded them. This book is a suspense book with some romance elements to it.


So this story is told mostly from three POVs. We have Stella Montgomery, who is an investigative journalist in Detroit. Her main case right now is looking for her best friend who is missing. We have Sara Adams, who wakes up in a hospital room of a cult from an apparent truck wreck, but she doesn’t remember anything from before the wreck. Lastly, our last main POV is Jacob Adams, Sara’s husband, he is a member of the cult and very high up in the hierarchy. The cult is located in rural Alaska.


I’m going to start by talking about Sara. She feels something is off about the situation that she is in. As she goes through retraining to relearn all the rules and teachings of Father Gabriel, the leader of The Light, she just feels like it isn’t right. Her husband and her friends in the cult continue to tell her that this is the life that she’s been living. They have her eyes bandaged from the wreck and her leg is in a cast, so she is very dependent on others. Slowly the remove the full leg cast for a walking cast and then eventually remove the bandages on her eyes. She’s frustrated because she can’t even remember what color her hair is, much less who she is. Her husband teaches her that her actions and words have consequences. It is his responsibility to guide her and correct her when needed. She should not question his wisdom or any men for that matter.


We learn a lot more about the cult and how things are run there from Jacob’s POV. He is fairly high up in the leadership and part of the Assembly, which affords him a lot more respect and responsibility. As a pilot for the cult, he is also privy to things others don’t know. He is charged with picking up supplies for the remove Alaska group. He also has to take Father Gabriel to the other locations, another remote one in the west of the lower 48 (I can’t remember the exact location) and one in Detroit (where they get most of their recruits).


Lastly, there is Stella. She is the best investigative journalist for her boss’s station. However, she has been really sidetracked by the loss of her best friend. Her boss has given her a lot of freedom to research the loss, but he also needs his best journalist back. While going to view a dead body at the morgue, someone who was potentially her friend, Molly, she learns that several women are turning up dead. The problem is trying to tie all the deaths together. Nothing about the dead girls are similar. Different ages, races, socially, where they fall on societal ladder, they are all completely different. The cause of deaths are all different too. Some appear to be accidents and some not as much. It is really dumbfounding. Her detective boyfriend is trying to keep her out of some of the dangerous parts of town, but she is determined to learn more about these deaths and see if there is a link to Molly.


There is so much that happens in this story, but I don’t want to go into any more detail so as not to give away any spoilers. I really loved how this story is told so we have more information than any one of the characters. Even having all of this information, we are still in the dark about many things.


There are a ton of twists and turns in this story. I was glued to my earbuds. I didn’t want to stop listening. When the POV changed between Sara/Jacob in Alaska and Stella in Detroit, was disappointed in that I wanted to continue to know what was going to happen. Then less than a minute later, I was just as intrigued by the other person’s POV. Both the story that was going on in Detroit and the story that was going on in Alaska were phenomenal. I didn’t want to leave either, even to go back to the other story that I loved also. I did love how the story was told. I don’t want to make it sound like I was any way disappointed in how the story was told, I’m just trying to get out there how much I was into each part of the story. They were both exceptional.


I will say that this story ends with a whopper of a cliffhanger. Luckily, the next book, Away from the Dark, comes out in October, so I don’t have to wait too long. This series is a duet, so the next book will conclude the series. I’m really excited to see what happens to Sara, Jacob, Stella and everyone in The Light.


So this book has three narrators, Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, and Noah Michael Levine. Kevin T. Collins narrates the parts that are told in Jacob’s POV. Erin deWard narrates the parts that are told from Sara and Stella’s POV. Noah Michael Levine has a very small part in this book and does the POV of the boss. I’m assuming that he will have more POV time in the next book and they wanted the narrators to stay the same (book two isn’t up for preorder yet on audio, so I’m just assuming and hoping). I really enjoyed the narration of all three narrators. Collins did a great job with both the male and female voices. I thought he really brought out Jacob’s assertiveness and personality. deWard did a great job with both Stella and Sara. You could really tell the differences between the two women from her narration. Stella being more assertive, while Sara was very submissive, but yet not really wanting to be. She also did a great job with showing Sara’s unease at filling this role in The Light that she wasn’t quite sure how to play. Levine’s part was very small, so it was hard to get a good read on him. The little bit we got was good though. I look forward to getting into the next book. I’m hoping that they stick with the same group.

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Audiobook Review: The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland #2) by Kristen Ashley

The Golden Dynasty - Audible Studios, Kristen Ashley, Tillie Hooper

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


This book is a revisit for me. I read it few years ago from the recommendation of Jessica at Rabid Reads. I really enjoyed it (read it without having read book one first). I always meant to go back and finish the series, but I never got around to it. Now that they are coming out on audio, I thought it was a perfect time to revisit. I started with the first books Wildest Dreams and now I’m finally getting to revisit the book that made me want to finish the entire series.


This is a series where you have a heroine who is from the world as we know it and changes places with an identical twin from a parallel universe. In the first book, the girl from our world knew she was making the move, but that is not the case in this book. Circe Quinn goes to sleep in her bed and wakes up in a corral of other women, most of which don’t speak her language. She doesn’t know what is going on. She eventually learns that she is to be part of the “Wife Hunt” that happens with the warriors of The Korwahk Horde. Many of the Korwahk volunteer to be part of the Wife Hunt, it is a great way to find a noble warrior husband, versus just finding a husband who doesn’t have that kind of rank. There are also women who are captured and forced into the wife hunt.


Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk. He has never participated in the wife hunts. That is until he sees Circe. She is completely different from the other women from his land. The Korwahk people are described as dark skinned and dark hair. Circe is pale with blonde hair, so she stood out amongst the other women.

Once the wife hunt starts, is it pretty traumatic for Circe. She is chased by several men and men are literally fighting to the death in front of her, just for the right to have her as their bride. The king, also known as the Dax, finally wins his bride and consummates the marriage (though the ceremony is later and nothing like what we think of as a wedding). He takes her back to their camp.


While Lahn speaks several languages, English isn’t one of them. So there is a large communication gap between them in the beginning. They do find another woman who does speak both languages and she acts as a translator (can you imagine how uncomfortable that could be at times). They both work to learn each other’s languages, not to mention cultures and personally. It is not an easy road, especially if she is to be queen.


This is a great story. I loved it just as much the second time around as I did the first. I will give you one word of caution about it. The wife hunt, it is what it is. That the culture of these people. It starts Lahn and Circe’s relationship off to bad. It isn’t pretty. I will say that it doesn’t stay that way for long. I would compare Korwahks to the Dothraki in Game of Thrones. It isn’t a lot different with how Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen come together. That wasn’t a pretty beginning either, but it ends up as a wonderful relationship.


This is a really fun story. I loved watching how Crice learns this new culture. I love how she sees things that need to be changed and works to make things better. How she went from a small business office manager to queen of a group of fierce warriors. Now, she doesn’t have dragons like Daenerys, but she does have a really cool white tiger. She makes some pretty good friends along the way. If you think you can get through the beginning of the book and the wife hunt, then I highly recommend this book to you. I am aware that some of what goes on during the wife hunt is harsh. I know that not everyone will want to read it. I completely understand that. For me, this was a great romance. I really liked the characters. I liked watching Circe improve the lives of these women.

I was in love. Perhaps not with the man of my dreams, but with a man that was more man than any I’d ever encountered.

Then I whispered, “I love you, my Lahn,” and heard the swift hiss of his intake of breath.
Then he buried his face in my neck and whispered back, “Loot kay hansahnalay na, my Circe.” And I love you, my Circe.


Tillie Hooper continued to do an amazing job with this book. I just love her narration. I loved how she could put the embarrassment into the voices of some of the characters when the story called for it. There is a scene where a warrior is trying to be better to his wife and he’s trying to ask Circe about it. The man sounded so embarrassed to be asking these questions to a woman, his queen no less. I loved how she was able to make him sound so much like that. She also nailed the language of the Korwahk people, which is used a lot in this book. If you haven’t tried Tillie Hooper, I highly recommend her.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10) by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth Grave: A Novel - Darynda Jones, -Macmillan Audio-, Lorelei King

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


After we spent all of The Dirt on the Ninth Grave in Sleepy Hollow, in The Curse of the Tenth Grave, we are back in Albuquerque. Charley has her memory back and has learned a lot of new things that she didn’t know before she got amnesia. Some of these things weigh heavily on her shoulders, but as per usual Charley, she doesn’t let them get her down.


The case in this book is brought to Charley by a prosecutor who knows someone who is arrested for murder. The case against him is solid as solid could be. However, he didn’t do it. Oh, and there is no body, just a car with lots and lots of the victims blood. Charley has been brought in because she is the only one who can solve this case. It takes her a while, but she does figure it out as always and it was a surprise to find out what happened.


Also, there is a young girl who hangs out not far from the restaurant and Charley’s office. She is a homeless runaway and Charley sees that she is taking food from a guy down the street, who isn’t known for being a nice guy. When Charley starts to talk to her, she learns that the girl ran away from a foster house where many kids have died over the years. She is convinced that the house is cursed and that she is next. Charley decides she needs to take up this case as well.


On top of all of that, Reyes has pulled away from Charley and they are having some communication issues. Charley even moves in with Cookie and UB for a little bit. Add in the loss of Beep and this makes things a little stressful for our grim reaper. Oh, should I mention that we learn a lot more about Rocket and his names?


I don’t want to say anymore. There are several things that could be spoilers to some people. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I continue to love the humor in this series. I love watching the cases that Charley and Cookie work on and see them solve in amazing ways. I love that Cookie does some amazing investigative work, even though she has no super power. I am a little frustrated that Charley and Reyes continue to have these communication issues. They spelled out a lot of their secrets in this story. I hope they don’t start to build up again.


If you’re looking for a fun paranormal series with a TON of humor, some great sleuthing, a super hot hero and a heroine that doesn’t always need a hero to come to her rescue, but is great at getting herself into trouble, Charley Davidson is a great series for you. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.

“Let me get this straight. You have no intention of telling me what’s wrong. You don’t want to talk about whatever is wrong. And you’re going to let me continue to believe I’ve done something horrible before you’ll open up. Even if, say, I restrain you? Force it out of you?”
“The only thing you are going to force out of me under the confinement of restraints is an orgasm.”
Finally! “So, you’d be open to my restraining you for my own sexual pleasure?”
“Wide open.”
“And, it would be something you’d enjoy?”
“Who wouldn’t?”


This is a series that I started out on audio. I knew that I liked Lorelei King from listening to the Mercy Thompson series. So when I saw that my library had First Grave on the Right, I gave it a try several years ago. I’m so glad that I did. I’ve only ever listened to this series and I will continue to do so as long as Lorelei King continues to narrate it. She does an amazing job of bringing out the humor of the series. I love her voices for all the different characters, both men and women. She is able to make me laugh and cry with the characters. If you’ve never given Ms. King a try, I can’t recommend her narration enough.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Undeath and Taxes (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #2) by Drew Hayes

Undeath and Taxes: Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series #2 - Tantor Audio, Drew Hayes, Kirby Heyborne

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I was excited to be back in the world of Frederick Frankfurt Fletcher, the Vampire Accountant. In this story (or collection of short stories), we actually see him more as the accountant. He is also becoming more of an action hero (even if it is still a different kind than we are used to seeing). He is less of the shy guy we saw in the first book.


An Accountant in the Warehouse
Fred has gotten certified as a “Certified Public Parahuman Accountant”. He is now your official guy to find you all of those paranormal tax deductions. His first client with his new credentials is king of the therians (were-creatures) in the area. We met Richard and his daughter Sally in the first book. There is also Gideon, who is a very old, very powerful dragon who likes to disguise as a playmate for Sally. When someone tries to kidnap Sally, and Fred since he was there, things go awry.


An Agent at the Convention
In this story, Krystal, Fred and Bubba go to setup at the convention, which is the paranormal’s version of ComicCon. In this story, we meet Krystal’s ex-fiance’s sister is already setting up the booth. We learn more about mages, witches, therians and other creatures. When someone steals some of the weapons of destiny, the gang needs to hunt them down before the Con officially starts.


What I loved most in this story, was how they kept normal humans from finding out about this Con. Parahumans tried to keep the “veil of disbelief” about themselves.

“Red tape usually,” Krystal said. “Lost applications, extra fees piled on top of extra fees, constantly changing dates, and overall horrendous customer service. We make the experience so terrible, no one wants to come. Let alone, try again the next year.”
“I think my cable company has been stealing plays from your book,” Bubba remarked as he set a fourth box on the pile.
“Other way around. Every couple of years, we have someone set up a Castcom account, just to see if they’ve come up with any new tactics. They never fail to disappoint.” Krystal replied.

A Sword in the Catacombs
I can’t say a huge about this story as it could spoil the previous story. I’ll just say that someone finds out that they are to become the new wielder of the Blade of the Unlikely Champion. The Agency has Krystal bring the gang in so that this new wielder could be tested and likely recruited to the Agency.


A Lawyer in the Manor
When Fred is asked to come to a meeting at the Charlotte Manor, which is now a bed and breakfast, to basically interview for the job of accountant for investment firm. When the person from the investment firm starts talking about buying this B&B, the “employees” decide this is not want they want and take matters into their own hands. Fred solves this problem in a way that truly suits Fred.


A Dragon in the Office
When Fred goes to “gala” at Richard’s home, Fred notices that Gideon is not what it seems. Fred goes on the hunt to try to figure out what is going on.

Once again, I really enjoyed this story. It is a light-hearted read with plenty of laugh out loud moments. If you’re looking for a paranormal read that is funny with some action and less romance, this is the story for you. The story format of several small stories that build on each other is different, but I find it works really well with this series.



Now when I listened to the first book, I mentioned that Kirby Heyborne didn’t do a very good job with female characters. I’m not 100% sure what changed, but I found that his narration with female voices didn’t bother me as much in this story. I think he is a great voice for Fred. He sounds exactly what I think Fred would sound like. He does a really good job of the big trucker and werebeast, Bubba.


Audiobook Review: Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow, #5) by Molly Harper

Where the Wild Things Bite - Audible Studios, Molly Harper, Amanda Ronconi

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I always love when I get a new installment from Molly Harper. She is a favorite author of mine. Tie her with Amanda Ronconi as the narrator and I’m in heaven. They are a perfect pair to make me laugh.


This story is a bit different from previous books in the Half Moon Hollow series. While this is not the first time we’ve had characters who are not part of Jane Jamison’s gang, this is the first time we’ve had them outside of Half Moon Hollow. Jane and the gang do have appearances in this story, but not as much as what we normally see. That doesn’t make the story any less fun.


Anna Winthrop has a very rare and priceless book that she need to return to Jane. She had it to authenticate it was the real deal. Anna, who is a bit of an introvert and germaphobe, decides that this package is too important to just ship it back, so she is going to deliver it in person. She goes from using antibacterial wipes to clean the area around her on the plane, to trudging through the backwoods of Kentucky after her crazy pilot crashes the plane.


Finn Palmeroy is not a new character in the Half Moon Hollow series. He isn’t very well liked though. He is a bit of a conman. He was a conman in life and that didn’t change after he was turned into a vampire. It just gave him a new group of people to con. He is also not much of a woodsman. He is out to help Anna Winthrop through the backwoods of Kentucky and is going to help her deliver her package back to Jane. I’m not a big fan of the “men who change because of a woman” trope. I just don’t believe that it is a real thing for the most part, but then this is a book about vampires, so I can’t gripe too much about realism. I do think he cares about her, so maybe he will try to be a better person so as not to disappoint her. Who knows.


This book was fully of the sarcasm and shenanigans that I expect with any Molly Harper story. This series is one that never ceases to put me in a good mood. It is a little bit of action, some romance and full of chuckle worthy humor. I always love my time with the gang from Half Moon Hollow.

I was trapped in the bluegrass version of Deliverance. With a vampire.
Worst. Case. Scenario.


This is one of my favorite audiobook teams. I don’t read any of Molly Harper’s books, I must listen because Amanda Ronconi does such an amazing job with the narration. She really brings out the snark in Molly Harper’s stories. If you haven’t tried Molly Harper’s stories on audio, I can’t recommend it enough. Amanda Ronconi is perfect for this series.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Torment - Gena Showalter, Recorded Books LLC, Max Bellmore

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Lords of the Underworld is a series that I’ve a bit of a love/hate relationship with. Okay, hate is a strong word. I won’t say that I have ever hated one of the books, but I’m very up and down with them. I feel like I never know if I’m going to like the book before diving into it. Most of the time, I really like the female and really dislike the males. That is pretty much the case here.


Baden, the original keeper of Distrust, is a character that we don’t know a lot of about. He “died” before the first book. He lost his demon and lived in Purgatory for a very long time. He is now working for Hades, along with Pandora. He has also working on building back his relationship with the other lords.


Hades sends Baden off to collect a golden coin from a human. He stumbles into a wedding. He takes the bride as a hostage. At first, he treats Katarina Joelle pretty crappy. He is sure that she was marrying this horrible human for his money. LIttle does he realize, she was marrying because of blackmail. She was trying to protect her poor, adopted pit bulls. They’ve known nothing but pain and misery before she got them. She wanted prevent them ever knowing that kind of misery ever again, even if she had to be misery to protect them.


Rina is a famous dog trainer. She takes in dogs that appear to be “broken” and turns them into great security dogs. Her dogs are her life. When this guy comes to her about buying some of her dogs, she can tell right off the bat that he is not a nice guy and won’t treat her dogs the way they should be treated so, she refuses to sell to him. That is when he starts his plan to take over her life. Which ends in the wedding that I mentioned and Rina is kidnapped by Baden.


Baden and Rina don’t start off well. He is very alpha male. She doesn’t want to take crap from him. She even starts to use her dog training techniques on him.

Surviving a feral, rule one: Never show fear. Basically, fake it till you make it.
Two: Use a soft but assertive tone. Anything else could rouse hostility.
Three: Remember you get what you reinforce, not necessarily what you expect.
In this case, she ignored rule number four: Place the dog’s needs first. And skipped to number five: Find out what will work best with each individual dog.

She also ends up with some new dogs that some of the other women of the series brought to her. She names them Biscuit and Gravy. This annoyed me. Who names dogs that? I’m sure some found it cute, but I didn’t. I just found it absurd. It annoyed me every time their name came up.


While I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this book, we do continue to learn more about universe and the characters involved. I know that many were very upset at the hero choice for this book. I know that many wanted to see William or Cameo or even Lazarus. I did think it was interesting to learn more about Baden.


Here is the real issue for me, i think. When a character “dies”, I expect them to stay dead. I’m not a fan of how we spent the first several books thinking he was dead and now he is not. I know he didn’t come back in this book, but in a previous one, but it still annoys me.



Max Belmore does a great job with the narration of this series. I’ve listened to most of the books in this series. I think he does a great job with that extremely alpha male that exists in the Lords of the Underworld. I don’t think he does a bad job at female voices. He isn’t one of my favorites at females, but I think he does a decent job of it. I do have to listen to him on an increased speed, but that is pretty normal for me.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Rise (Newsflesh Shorts) by Mira Grant

Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection: Library Edition (Newsflesh Trilogy) - Nicholas Guy Smith, John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin, Mira Grant

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


This is a collection of stories that are set in the world of the Newsflesh series. Many of these stories have been previously released in some form, but Countdown is the only one that I was familiar with prior to starting this anthology. I really believe that this collection is a must read/listen to fans of the Newsflesh series. If you haven’t started the Newsflesh trilogy, there are some stories here that will have spoilers for the series. I would recommend reading/listening to the first three books before tackling this one. If you haven’t started this series, it is a really fun zombie series, with a mix of horror, suspense, humor and even some romance. For me, it was the mix of horror and humor that made this series so much fun, not to mention the wonderful characters.


This story is about how The Rising comes about. Amanda Amberlee is cured of leukemia with the Amberlee Virus. Then there is Dr. Kellis, who is working on the cure for the common cold. However, it is still in the testing stage until some morons decide to release it upon the world so that everyone is cured, not just the people with money. When the two viruses come together, they create the Kellis Amberlee Virus, which causes the zombies.


This story was very short and follows a girl named Debbie who was on a college campus during The Rising. She uses some survivalist knowledge she got from her grandfather to stay safe during the initial outbreak.


San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
This story is one of my favorites in this anthology. It is about The Rising starting at ComicCon in San Diego. Can you imagine that? Trying to deal with a brand new outbreak of zombies, which you didn’t know were real, at ComicCon. There were some really great characters. The story is told from Mahir who is interviewing a survivor. The story breaks from the main storytelling to have Mahir and Lorelei Tuttle have discussions about the story she is telling Mahir, even though is told from several POVs.


How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea
This is another favorite. It takes place after the third book in the series. Mahir travels to Australia to see how things are done there. They have much more lax security there. He ponders that it is because the Australians have been dealing nature trying to kill them for years. Were zombies that much different?

There was one thing that no one considered, however: Australia was populated by Australians. When the rest of us were trying to adapt to a world that suddenly seemed bent on eradicating the human race, the Australians had been dealing with a hostile environment for centuries. They looked upon our zombie apocalypse, and they were not impressed.


The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
This story is about a kindergarten teacher and her class as she tries to save them when there is an outbreak at her school. Now, this doesn’t take place during The Rising. I can’t remember how long after, but there was security in place to help prevent outbreaks. Kids were strapped to their desks and there was blood tests throughout the school. Also, the teachers wore protective gear when they went out for recess and even carried guns.


Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus
This was a great story about Dr. Shannon Abbey. We meet her in the second book. She is quite a lot of fun. She is a bit of a mad scientist. She runs an underground virology lab and does tests that the CDC can’t because of many bureaucratic reasons. I love Shannon Abbey. She is the right mix of crazy and smarts.


All The Pretty Little Horses (Brand New Story)
This is the story of how Shaun and Georgia’s parents become the legendary bloggers that they become just a few years after The Rising. It has been three years since Stacy and Michael Mason lost their son, Phillip, to The Rising. Specifically, a beloved neighbor’s dog turned (yes, all mammals over a certain weight of about 40 pounds, if I remember correctly, can be turned) and let’s just say Phillip was too young to turn. Stacy puts Phillip out of his misery and the courts rule that it wasn’t murder, but Stacy doesn’t see it that way. Michael starts to look for anything to get her out of bed and acting like a living human being again. They go to clear out areas that are deemed unsuitable and look for survivors in infested areas. They become the journalist of this new world.


Coming to You Live (Brand New Story)
This story takes place at the end of the series. It features all the characters we’ve come to love throughout the series. I’m not going to mention names for people who haven’t read the series yet. I don’t want you to know who lives and who dies, because there are a lot of deaths of beloved characters in this series. While I really enjoyed seeing all my favorite characters from this series, I don’t know that I really liked the story itself. I think it was better with how the series ended than what happened in this story. I guess it was great for the characters to all come together again, but for me personally, I would’ve prefered things left the way they were. So not horrible, but my least favorite story in this collection.



These were all new-to-me narrators. I have no idea why they haven’t picked narrators for this series and stuck with them. I think there has been at least one narrator change for each book, which is frustrating as a listener. That being said, I thought all three of these narrators did a great job. All the narrators in this series, in all the books, have done an amazing job. I would just like to see consistency across the series. If given the choice, I would still go back and listen to these books over reading them. One, because I prefer to listen. Two, I think each of the different narrators have done a great job.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Wildest Dreams - Audible Studios, Kristen Ashley, Tillie Hooper

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I read the second book in this series, The Golden Dynasty, a few years ago based on the recommendation by Jessica Haluska from Rabid Reads. I loved the book, but never got a round to picking up any of the others, even though I wanted to. I was really excited to see that Audible was releasing these books on audio, because I can get to a lot more books on audio than I can to sit down and read them, so I quickly grabbed this one up to try it.


Since I had read book two, I had a little bit of an idea of how this story might go, but this one is a bit different. Basically the jist of it is, Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde who lives in the world we all know. She lost her parents when she was a teenager. They were adventurers and instilled that love of adventure in their daughter. When Finnie hears about the chance to travel to a parallel universe, she is more than willing to drop the million dollars to do this and trade places with her twin from this other place for a year.


Once Finnie gets to this new world she finds out that the other Seoafin wasn’t as truthful as to her reasoning for wanting to switch worlds. Within minutes of arriving, Finnie is whisked away by her mother to be wed to The Drakkar as part of an arranged marriage. Frey Drakkar knows the original Seoafin of this world and he is not a fan. He treats Finnie as if she is this other woman (who I might add is also known for not liking men and having a knack for taking care of herself). He drops Finnie off at his lodge and leaves her there. When he comes back, he does start to notice the differences between the two females and the elves confirm it. That is when his attitude towards her changes, though he does not mention to her that he knows her secret.


While The Drakkar does start off as rather a jerk and continues to make mistakes along the way, overall, I think he does mean well. He lives in a world that is much different than the world we live in. Like many fantasy novels, this is world is much more like olden times where there is no technology, more horses, men make the decisions and there is magic. Add to the fact that Frey is a very important person in that he has the loyalty of both the elves and the dragons, he is used to getting thing his way.


That being said, Finnie isn’t blameless in this story. She gets really upset at Frey about something that happens before she even knew him. Plus, she isn’t taken into account that the culture in this world is different than what she is used to. I thought she was a little hard on him at times, too.


While the romance is a large part of this story, the world that Kristen Ashley has built here is pretty amazing. I really loved it. There is also some action as there is a plot to kill Seoafin. We also get to see how Finnie steps up to being a princess and a ruler.


I really loved being back in this world. I’m even more excited to pick back up the second book of the series, which I loved when I read it and I know I’m going to enjoy listening. If you enjoy fantasy romance, this is a fun series that I highly recommend you try.



Tillie Hooper is the alter-ego of a narrator that I’ve listened to before. I don’t know how common it is that they are both the same person. As I expected, she did an amazing job on the narration of this series. She has a great pace (though I do listen at 1.25x, but that is standard for me). I thought her male and female voices were great. All the different characters had their own unique voices. If you haven’t tried anything by Tillie Hooper I highly recommend her.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Gator's Challenge (Bitten Point, #4) by Eve Langlais

Gator's Challenge: Bitten Point, Book 4 - Tantor Audio, Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Gator’s Challenge is the fourth and what appears to be the final book in the Bitten Point series. At minimum, it wraps up the series arc up until this point. So far, we know there is something going on a Bittech and there are weird creatures running a muck in Bitten Point. The issue is that we don’t know who all is involved and exactly what these weird “dinosaur” like creatures. There are also people who keep turning up missing.


Melanie is our heroine in this story. She is a panther and has two children (twin boys). She is married to Andrew, works at Bittech. He has never been much of a husband. Oh, he plays one fairly well when out in public, but behind closed doors, he doesn’t do anything you would call “husbandly”. Melanie settled for Andrew after Wes left her. Wes and Melanie were high school sweethearts, but Wes, being a Mercer, didn’t want to bring Melanie down with his name. Mercer’s are not well liked in Bitten Point.


Wes is the head of security at Bittech. He’s also who the book is titled after, since he is the gator of the book. Wes thought he was doing Melanie a favor by keeping her away from him and his family. He thought she deserved better than him. So instead, she basically became a trophy wife to Andrew, which wasn’t a step up in my opinion. Wes does do some things he isn’t proud of throughout the course of this series, but let’s just say he has reasons. He hasn’t gone down the path of most of the Mercer family. We do also get to meet other people in the Mercer family and I say, judging by Uncle Parker, I don’t really like the Mercer family either.


This was a great wrap up to this series. I loved finally seeing the mystery of Bitten Point come to a nice close, though Eve Langlais left a door open to either continue the series or possibly create another spinoff (like she did with this one from Kodiak Point). This book had a nice romance with high school sweethearts who get a second chance at love, but boy they have to work for it. It also has some action in it. Lastly, you can’t have an Eve Langlais book without humor. That is her trademark. There is plenty of humor in this book, though I think this one is the lightest of the series.

Something dropped from above the door onto the nurse, something lunged at her from the floor, and amidst the screaming—lots of it comparing the twins to satanic imps escaped from hell—Melanie laughed.
“There’s my good boys. Come see Mama.”


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


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