Audiobook Review: Witch You Well by Colleen Cross

Witch You Well by Colleen Cross

Author: Colleen Cross
Narrator: Petrea Burchard
Series: Westwick Witches #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Self published
Length: 5 hours and 48 minutes
Release Date: August 21, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 Cups
Source: Audiobooks Unleashed
Blurb (from Goodreads):

A Westwick Witches Cozy Mystery Novel Cendrine “Cen” West has an intriguing secret. . .
Cen is a journalist descended from a long line of powerful witches who have inhabited the small town of Westwick Corners for generations. Except, Cen is a witch who craves an ordinary life, and as the family black sheep, she doesn’t even want to dabble in the craft. . . much to her troublemaking Aunt Pearl’s dismay.

Then days before Cen’s wedding to a “normal” guy, a visiting billionaire is murdered at her family’s cozy inn–and now all evidence points to her eccentric Aunt Pearl. If Cen hopes to prove her aunt’s innocence, she will have to embrace her own magic and do a little sleuthing. Yet her investigation only uncovers more questions than answers after she discovers a supernatural connection to the murder, a strange vortex beneath the town, and a disturbing secret about her gorgeous fiancée.

For help she turns to the town’s sexy new sheriff, Tyler Gates. But working with him only adds more complications to her already harried life once Cen starts feeling an overwhelming attraction to the no-nonsense man.

But are her feelings for Tyler real, or just the result of pre-wedding jitters? Cen will have to find out! And will the two of them be able to get past their personal baggage to solve the case in time to save her aunt?

*Disclaimer: I received a review copy from Audiobooks Unleashed in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review

Cozy mystery with witches? Yes, please and thank you. My love of cozy mysteries is growing with every book I read, and I am always looking to read more and more books in this genre. Witch You Well is actually a reread for me, and I may have enjoyed it more on the second read, not only because I knew what was happening, but also because I could focus on other aspects of the story, and boy oh boy there’s a lot going on in this book.

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Audiobook Review: Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Audiobook Review: Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Neon Gods by Kate RobertAuthor: Katee Robert
Narrator: Zara Hampton-Brown, Alex Moorcock
Series: Dark Olympus #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Length: 10 hours
Release Date: June 03, 2021
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Spotify
Blurb (from Goodreads):

He was supposed to be a myth.
But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…
…he was, quite simply, mine.

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth…a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.

If there’s one author I trust to write a good Hades and Persephone retelling, that is Katee Robert. I first heard of this project around winter 2020 and I’ve been excited for it ever since. Then surprise surprise, but the book was put up by Sourcebooks Casablanca on Spotify. So you know… summer made! I also have to say that I read this book during what I like to call my Katee Robert month, because it was mostly made up of reads from her backlist. Anyway.  I am very happy to say that Neon Gods lived up to my expectations.

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Audiobook Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Audiobook Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Bride Test by Helen HoangAuthor: Helen Hoang
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Audience: +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley, LLC Dreamscape Media
Length: 10 hours
Release Date: May 07, 2019
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Spotify, Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

The Bride Test was my first buddy read of 2021, with Clo @ Cuppa Clo. I’m very happy she got me to buddy read with her, since I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, but I was also just a bit scared of picking it up. I also saw that the author had put it up on Spotify, so I took advantage of that and played it while I was working. I’m happy I got to buddy read this book with Clo, because it allowed me to screech to someone about my feelings and put them in order before writing my review. Which I’m going to do now, so let’s get started!

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Book Review: Buried Lies by Kaylea Cross

Audiobook Review: Buried Lies by Kaylea Cross

Buried Lies by Kaylea CrossAuthor: Kaylea Cross
Series: Crimson Point #2
Narrator:  Jeffrey Kafer
Audience: +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Length: 7 hours
Release Date: June 10, 2019 (first published November 27th 2018)
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Spotify, Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

She left her painful past behind.

Poppy Larsen is finally free. She moved to Crimson Point to make a new life for herself, full of bright possibilities. A whole new world awaits her, if she can find the courage to trust again—even her gorgeous neighbor, the town sheriff. But darkness lurks in the picturesque Oregon Coast town, concealing a deadly threat that’s closer than she ever imagined.

Now a killer is watching her from the shadows.

Sheriff Noah Buchanan can’t help but be intrigued by his new neighbor. She’s hard working, sexy as hell, and unlike most of the women in town, she hasn’t thrown herself at him. After it becomes clear that she plans to put down roots here, he finds himself falling more and more for Poppy and her big heart. When someone from her past tries to hurt her, it triggers all his protective instincts. But the real danger is hiding in plain sight. When the unthinkable happens, Noah is thrust into a race against time to save her before it’s too late.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

When I requested this book I didn’t know what to expect. I’ll be honest, I saw what appeared to be a military guy on the cover, saw that the book was shelved by many on Goodreads as suspense and military romance, and didn’t even bother reading the blurb. And I’m happy I didn’t read the blurb, because I went into reading this book with no expectations, no clue what was going to happen, and I think it was the best thing ever. Let me tell you about it!

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Audiobook Review: The Duke And I by Julia Quinn

Audiobook Review: The Duke And I by Julia Quinn

The Duke And I by Julia Quinn Audiobook ReviewAuthor: Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #1
Narrator:  Rosalyn Landor
Audience: +18
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Recorded Books
Length: 12 hours and 9 minutes
Release Date: September 13, 2016 (first published January 5th 2000)
My Rating: 4 Cups
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?

—Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her… but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke… for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…

After many, many years of having this book on my TBR, I finally did the thing! It was mostly thanks to Lubnaa‘s Instagram stories that I finally decided to take advantage of the free trial for and I don’t know why I waited this long, but I’m very glad I finally read this book. A huge shoutout to Lubnaa and Ryanne for listening to me ramble while listening to these books. I know I flooded your DMs with my reactions, but I just had to get out all my feelings.

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Audiobook Review: In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon

Author: Joy Avon
Series: A Tea and Read Mystery #3
Narrator:  Laurel Lefkow
Audience: +18
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes
Release Date: February 11th 2020
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Spotify, Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Just in time for the holidays, In Cold Chamomile is sure to be a cupid’s arrow aimed straight for your bookshelf.
Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid’s arrows can be deadly when a Valentine’s Day soiree ends in murder.

Callie Aspen can’t think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine’s Day than her adopted hometown of Heart’s Harbor, Maine. When she’s not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Callie’s adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine’s event, where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heartwarming music, and delightful books. But tension is brewing: The librarian argues with the expert who is on hand to appraise precious volumes. And Iphy is shocked to recognize the baritone who’s slated to sing at the event as an old acquaintance–one she’d hoped she’d never meet again. And then, when a dead body is discovered, the stirring spoon of suspicion points at the many people who had reasons to want the victim dead.

When Iphy’s old acquaintance draws the attention of Deputy Ace Falk, Callie finds herself in a spot. Ace, as usual, doesn’t want Callie involved, but how can she ignore Iphy’s anguish over the fate of a man she cares for more than she will admit? Bringing the killer to justice may endanger Callie’s budding relationship with Ace–and, quite possibly, her own life.

Callie and the Book Tea crew may think they have this case in the bag, but un-kettling truths are yet to be decanted.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review

One of the genres I’ve always meant to delve more into has been cozy mystery. I’ve read a few over the years, but this is the first time when I’ve read more than one in a month, and I’m very happy that I started delving deeper into the genre. The first one I read this month has been In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon. It’s also my first book by this author and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Let me tell you all about it.

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Audiobook Review: The Kissing Contract by Amy Andrews

Author: Amy Andrews
Series: N/A
Narrator: Shirl Rae
Audience: +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Length: 9 hours and 25 minutes
Release Date: December 10th 2019 (first published April 8th 2019)
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Spotify, Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Marshall Dyson wants one thing and one thing only: to raze his grandfather’s island to the ground. Everything is ready to go––except for the freakin’ bunnies! Hundreds of the furry critters hopping about and multiplying before his eyes. And then there’s the American Bunny League, along with one distractingly beautiful veterinarian, taking him to court to save them…

Dr. Augusta “Gus” North can’t believe the grumpy–and annoyingly hot–builder she’s facing in court cares more about demo-ing some cabin than the lives of 200 bunnies. But when the judge orders Marshall to stay on the island and help her rehome the rabbits – the entire month – she knows they’re going to need to lay some ground rules.

Like, for example, absolutely no kissing. Might as well go ahead and get that in writing. Sure it’s on a napkin, but that still counts.

How hard could it be to keep their hands off each other amidst all the fighting? Surprisingly, harder than wrangling 200 bunnies…

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As such my review may reference content intended for an adult audience

In my quest to read as many ARCs as possible during this year’s edition of ARC August I decided to check and see if I could find any of them as audiobooks, because why not multitask while working? Thankfully one such book was The Kissing Contract. I knew I was going to enjoy it, because it’s an Amy Andrews book, but I didn’t quite expect the story to be this cute. I remember when I saw it on NetGalley and I knew I wanted to read it, because it was Amy Andrews, and even then I did not look at the blurb. Unfortunately, I’m a mood reader, so sometimes that means I don’t read certain stories right away. Thankfully I was in the mood to read it now, and guys, I am very happy I did. Let me tell you all about it!

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