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Audio Review: The Director’s Cut by Steve Higgs

The Director’s Cut

Steve Higgs

A Patricia Fisher Mystery, Book 3

Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published August 16th 2019

She’s over fifty, overweight, and in way over her head!

It’s well known that working in movies can be cutthroat, but no one expected that to be taken literally.

It’s party time on board the Aurelia! On the LA to Hawaii leg, a Hollywood film crew are shooting scenes for a new action movie and Barbie has been given a bit-part role. It’s all great fun and Patricia isn’t surprised when her cute, blonde friend attracts the attention of the handsome A-lister male lead.

But when he is found murdered in the upper deck pool and the killer leaves a message saying Barbie is next, it falls to Patricia to work out who the killer is.

With her trusted butler, Jermaine, good friend, Barbie, and lame-duck Shane Sussmann, an odd-looking film extra she befriended, Patricia will have plenty of help as she unravels the truth. The prime suspect has an ironclad alibi though and there is definitely something going on with the film’s beautiful female lead.

Will there be more bodies? Will the new deputy captain be of assistance this time? Will Jermaine be able to serve tea at four o’clock?

It’s going to take more than luck to solve this one. Can she survive The Director’s Cut?

 

4 Stars

 

A cutthroat, conniving, hiding in the shadows kind of mystery filled with humor and entertainment.

 

Director’s Cut is the third installment of the Patricia Fisher mysteries. On this leg, from Los Angeles to Hawaii, a film crew hops on board bringing excitement and murder. Patty along with her faithful butler, Jermaine and her best friend on the ship Barbie, get caught up in a hot mess of Hollywood proportions.

 

Patty is such a wonderful character. Starting life over on an around the world cruise is definitely the way to do it. Patty is observant, resourceful and willing to bend the rules just a little bit.  I love how she has befriended her Butler, Jermaine and allows him to dote on her even though she doesn’t feel she deserves it and Barbie. Her exercise obsessed friend, who lends a hand in many of the humorous parts of this novel.  The characters are as lively as they are lovely.  There’s lots of personality flowing right alongside the mystery of The Director’s Cut.

 

Director’s Cut is a fast paced, ever twisting plot, fun cozy read. The turns will keep readers guessing themselves throughout the entire read. Patty is smart and lively even if she jumps the gun from time to time.  She may not be a professional when it comes to solving crime, however she does quite a good job at figuring it out. From the interaction to the characters down to the who done it, The Director’s Cut Will keep you fully entertained.  I had the pleasure of enjoying the Director’s Cut as an audiobook. Narrator Katherine Anderson is amazing. She brings Patty to life with flair and charisma. Ms. Anderson’s performance earned an extra star on my review of this title.

Audio Review: Jack and Coke by Lani Lynn Vale

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Jack and Coke

Lani Lynn Vale

Uncertain Saints MC Series, Book 2

Narrators: Mason Llyod and Kendall Taylor

Audio CD
Published October 11th 2016 by Tantor Audio

 

Lies

Mig’s wife is a bitch.

How else do you describe a woman that lies, cheats and steals to get what she wants?

That’s exactly what happens when she traps him into a marriage he wants nothing to do with, saddling him with a kid that he knows doesn’t deserve to be in a world like his.

He’s doing a pretty bang-up job at ignoring everything but his responsibilities as a DEA officer and a member of The Uncertain Saints MC.

Then his neighbor knocks on his door, and everything he thought he knew is blown out the window.

Deceit

Annie teaches Mig that not every woman is out to get him.

Her love for Mig stretches past what’s appropriate for two friends, and Annie soon straddles that invisible boundary between appropriate and inappropriate.

Annie’s not a cheater, though.

When she tries to say goodbye, Mig won’t let her leave, and soon the tiny town of Uncertain blows up with the news of Annie and Mig’s innocent friendship.

Betrayal

Matters of the heart are foreign to Mig, and it takes Annie being gutted for him to see the wrong he’s done.

He waits too long, though, and Annie’s heart is broken.

She wants it all, or she wants nothing. She can’t take anymore half-hearted attempts at being just friends.

The heart wants what it wants, and it doesn’t take long for Mig to realize that.

But just when Mig finally has it all in the palm of his hand, his life is ripped to shreds by a new player in the game, and it takes all of Annie’s love and devotion, as well as help from the men of The Uncertain Saint’s MC, to put Mig back together again.

 

 

 

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4.5 Stars

 

Mig lives by a code of honor that has most people wondering what is wrong with him. A total alpha man that is caught up in a bad situation. I loved and felt for Mig. His heart is like no other.  His past has him sticking to a code of ethics that are not only honorable but crazy in the same. His heart is longing for another while a new life is what keeps him walking in circles of misery.

 

Anne recently divorced a guy who turn into total scum while they were married. She’s a spunky and bold woman. She says what she means and what’s on her mind. Anne’s an independent woman, owning her own business and is building a new life after her years with a no good man.  This woman has a heart of gold, the patience of a saint and the will to take on the world.

 

Lani Lynn Vale gets me hooked every time. Mig and Anne have a roller coaster ride of a story. That’s putting it kind of light. Their chemistry is something beyond what either one of them has felt before. Circumstances do not allow them to act upon the feelings, readers feel the pain right along with Mig and Anne. Cheating is a no go for me, while this story may go to shades of gray at times it NEVER crosses the line. An honorable and admirable man suffers tremendously, while a good woman stands beside him while the one who should, wouldn’t.  Mig is a total alpha with code of morals that makes him damn near saintly. Anne is strength and patience. Two amazingly strong people have a raw and bumpy road filled with deep emotion, humor, a few crazy people and passion that is worthy of a book!

 

Lani Lynn Vale captures steamy passion, raw emotion and intense personality that has readers feasting on her words. Jack and Coke is a fine example of Ms. Vale’s unique writing style that captures a reader instantly and has them hanging on every word. I can’t get enough of LLV!

 

 

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Audio Review: Her Warriors Three Wishes by Carrie Ann Ryan

wishesHer Warriors Three Wishes

Carrie Ann Ryan

Dante Circle Series, Book 2

Narrator: Gregory Salinas

 

 

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Ambrose Griffin is older than most, if not all, civilizations. As each year passes, he submerses himself into his training, only relaxing around his protégée and friend, Shade. After losing his wife and children in the last Angelic Wars, he guards his heart and has no desire to share it with another.

Bookkeeper and romance novel enthusiast, Jamie Bennett dreams of being swept off her feet by a white knight. However, her life is no romance book. Since meeting Ambrose—a sexy, delicious angel—she’s been twisted inside out and doesn’t know why. Things are happening that she can’t control and now her life is in danger.

Balin Drake is stuck in hell, literally. His life of refusing to take souls, even though it’s part of his demon nature, has caught up with him. He’s dying and now must search for his true half, but even a mating may not save him. When he meets the two people who could fill that part, he’ll need to fight for something he hasn’t felt in over a century—hope.

Warning: Contains a rigid angel who needs a certain sexy woman to help him unwind, a book keeper who finds herself the creamy center of the best cookie ever, and a demon who has a certain taste for pressing them both against walls.

 

 

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4.5 Stars

 

Carrie Ann Ryan entices, temps and makes the reader melt with the amount of heart and heat in Her Warriors Three Wishes.

 

Her Warriors’ Three Wishes is my favorite Dante’s Circle series book.  I am also a sucker for a good ménage.  I love Balin. He’s a rebel among his kind. He also had this innocent nature with his naughty ways.  I found him unique.  Ambrose had it all and it was taken away. Making him reserved and even coming off as a bit of an ass. Jamie puts herself out there and doesn’t give up. Even when her true nature is revealed she keeps her head high.

 

Carrie Ann Ryan puts the reader in the middle with an angel on the left, a demon on the right and they’re both talking dirty in your ears.  Holy hotness. Gregory Salinas sultry narration takes readers on this sexy and suspenseful, fast paced story that will have your ears turning red. I love the combination of all the different paranormal elements. The characters are fun, feisty, and well developed.  Her Warriors Three Wishes is a wickedly naughty listen.

 

A complementary copy of this audio title was provided for an honest review.

 

 

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Audio Review: Rush by Beth Yarnall

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Beth Yarnall

Pleasure At Home series, Book 1

Narrator: Steven Barnett

Audiobook
Published (first published August 13th 2012)
Someone is stalking Miyuki Price-Jones.
As the host of a very successful home shopping TV show that sells adult toys, Mi has become the object of an ex-con’s obsession, requiring the services of ex-Navy SEAL turned bodyguard, Lucas Vega. As the attraction between Lucas and Mi grows, Lucas has a difficult time keeping his feelings for Mi separate from his mission to keep her safe. A mission that is more challenging than anyone could have predicted.
Damaged by their pasts, Lucas and Mi find more in common then they could have imagined and secrets they thought would tear them apart could be the ties that bind them together forever. But with the stalker growing bolder, Lucas and Mi must learn to trust each other or risk losing more than their hearts.
One of them could lose their life.
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4.5 Stars

Beth Yarnall surprised me in many good ways with Rush!
Mi is an amazing character.   Confident, yet insecure in many ways for both. The plates she joggles, that most people don’t know about, would have most people pulling their hair out. However this woman goes on TV and with pride and confidence sells adult toys.  Giving her a swoon of fans and creepers. The strength she must possess in so many aspects of her life, leaves this strong woman a bit naïve at times. Mi finds a way to continue on, even when life would be broken from most.  Strong doesn’t begin to describe her.
Ex-Navy and Bodyguard Lucas got more than he bargained for when paying back a favor. The man is as hard as the come. Yes, in every way!  He’s strong, takes no crap and can intimidate just about anyone. He also has a kind, loyal and caring heart that makes saying know to him quite a hard thing to do. Lucas will sweep you off your feet, swoop in, pick you up, and leave good chills going up and down your spine.

High five to Beth Yarnall!  A superb mix of suspense and romance. With unexpected drama that is just as intense as the passion. Plot twist that drop jaws and engaged the reader fully. Mi and Lucas turn this story into intricate adventure while getting to see the craziness to the happily ever after.
Steven Barnett flawless deliverers the emotions, passion, fear, desperation and pleasure that Ms. Yarnall gives readers in Rush.

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Audio Review: Carnal Risk

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Kym Grosso
 
Club Altura Series, Book 1
 
Narrator: Ryan West
 
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
 
Published June 2nd 2015 by MT Carvin Publishing

 

Powerful CEO, Garrett Emerson’s, life and corporation are built on a foundation of risk taking and top secret priorities. He works hard, but plays even harder. When tragedy strikes, the charismatic and sexy billionaire takes the gamble of his life by bringing a beautiful consultant into his inner sanctum, exposing her to his exclusive society of extreme athletes who are adventurous both in business and pleasure. Inexplicably drawn to the intriguing woman, Garrett teaches her to face her fears, bringing them both to new levels of ecstasy.

Selby Reynolds, a high profile technology specialist, reluctantly accepts an engagement at Emerson Industries. Discovering secrets and uncovering clues to a murder, she’s swept into Garrett’s dangerous but seductive life of luxury. Captivated by the world renowned capitalist and adventurer, she’s convinced he could crush her heart. As he pushes her sexual limits and their erotic play intensifies, Selby finds it impossible to resist the one man who turns her darkest fantasies into a reality.

When Selby’s life is threatened by a killer, carnal lessons of trust are put to the test, forcing them to choose who is friend and who is foe. Can Selby give her heart to a man who revels in the excitement of flirting with death? Will they prevail against an enemy who threatens to tear apart Garrett’s world, including the fragile connection with the woman he seeks to claim as his own?

Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes and is intended for adult readers only.
*This is a full length contemporary erotic romance novel.*

 

 

 

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5 Stars

Whether it’s paranormal or contemporary, Kim Grasso gives her readers a sexy read that leaves you panting.

 

CEO Garrett Emerson likes to live life on the edge. Whether it be the board room, bedroom or having fun he pushes every movement in his right to the edge. He’s powerful and rich, yet charming and charismatic. Garrett is a man who will get exactly what he wants. The harder it is to get,  more tempting it is. For as powerful as he is, there’s something very good about him even if he can be an arrogant jerk at times.

 

Selby is as smart as she is beautiful.  A geek girl by day and a sensual woman by night. A childhood accident plagues the talented woman with issue of anxiety. She pushes herself out of her own comfort zone. Making her not only likable, but amazing strong as well as brave.

 

Club Alutra is not for the faint of heart.  Living on the edge in every possible way. Strong personalities, adrenaline junkies, crazy money, intense desires and scandal keep the blood flowing and the pages turn in the first book of the Club Altura Series, CARNAL RISK.

 

Kym Grosso’s amazing story telling along with Ryan West’s sensual voice talent get the read pumped up and riding the edge.  Carnal Risk is an extremely erotic, suspense filled novel. Friendship is tested, betrayal is around the corner and greed is a top player. Power, lust and adrenaline fill the air as an intriguing plot unfolds around the exclusive Club Altura.  Well developed characters push their limits while leaving readers hanging on, breathless and more than tempted.

 

 

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Audio Review: Harder Than Words by Carrie Ann Ryan

wordsHarder Than Words

Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink Series, Book

Audiobook

Narrator: Gregory  Salinas

 

Meghan Montgomery-Warren thought she knew what love was when she’d married young and had two children. After years of being emotionally beaten down, her husband has finally left her and now she’s forced to find her way once again. Somehow she needs to find the person she used to be and figure that the strength she’d thought she’d lost was always there.

Luc Dodd left Denver and his best friend Meghan when he was forced to watch her walk down the aisle with another man. He might have only been her best friend, but he held his true emotions close to the vest. Now he’s back in town and in Meghan’s life. Only he needs to decide if that’s enough for him…and her.

Their journey from friends to lovers is a slow burn of seduction and pain. When Meghan’s past comes back to haunt them both, the two of them will have to stand closer together or be torn apart by their own misgivings forever.

 
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4 Stars

Friends make the best lovers.

 

Meghan and Luc shared a friendship that had the potential for so much more. Only Luc didn’t let on to his feeling and Meghan got swept off her feet my another man.

 

Ten Years later, Meghan is trying to keep life going for herself and her kids. Spending the last decade living under the thumb of a husband that didn’t live up to the words that bound the two in marriage. Meghan is a brave woman dealing with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Independent and strong, Meghan deals with a new set of insecurities as she heals from a botched marriage and finds a love in a place she never saw coming. Allowing her to be the woman she never knew was finding inside.

 

Luc has spent the last ten years traveling the world, finally returning home.  A loyal and dedicated friend, wonderful son and brother, with a huge heart that still aches for the girl that got away.  The amount of patience, the willingness to help and an unwavering devotion makes Luc a one of a kind man. He never wavered from showing the woman who holds his heart what love really is.

 

Meghan and Luc’s story is one of patience, longing, and intense passion. Friends to lovers is one of my favorites. Once friends rediscover their friendship, while learning to act upon the feelings of new and old.  Carrie Ann Ryan once again makes your pulse race while hitting your heart hard. Gregory Salinas pulls the reader deep into the emotions and passion with his sinfully delicious voice. Allowing the reader to lose themselves in Harder Than Words.

 

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Audio Review: Tempting Boundaries by Carrie Ann Ryan 

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Carrie Ann Ryan 

Montgomery Ink Series, Book 3

Narrator:Gregory Salinas 

Audiobook Published: June 2015

 

Decker Kendrick knows it’s wrong to have feelings for his best friend’s little sister, but that doesn’t stop his thoughts from going down that path. No matter how hard he’s tried to stay away from Miranda, once she gets her sights on him, there’s no backing down.

Miranda Montgomery might be the youngest of the Montgomery clan, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants. Namely—Decker. She’s loved him for as long as she can remember and won’t walk away until she gives it her all.

But once they give in, not all is at it seems. Decker’s father’s out of jail and someone from Miranda’s past isn’t happy with the new relationship. Even as they start to move on and overcome their pain, they’ll find that their inner obstacles are the ones they’ll have to face first.

 

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4.5 Stars

Fun, feisty and explosive.
Gregory Salinas turns up the heat on my favorite and most erotic book of the Montgomery Ink Series, Tempting Boundaries. Reading this book was hot. Listening to the narration is a raging fire. Miranda and Decker are explosive. They have secretly watched, longed and lusted after each other long then both are willing to admit. Building something before even touching each other. Gregory once again add another level of passion, lust and emotion to Carrie Ann Ryan’s words that dig into your heart deep. Gregory Salinas smooth voice is perfect for Decker’s dirty talking ways. Hot, hot, hot!

 

 

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Audio Review: Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink Series, Book 1

Narrator: Gregory Salinas

Audiobook
Published October 14th 2014

 

On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.

Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.

Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.

 

 

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4 Stars

Carrie Ann Ryan’s Delicate Ink is an emotional and sexy journey of finding love when life throws you almost more than you can handle.

 

Austin and Sierra’s story is fun, overwhelming, passionate and heartbreaking. Carrie Ann Ryan never fails to make her reader feel. Strong, hard and real emotions. Delicate Ink is more than Austin and Sierra’s story. It’s learning to love and family is more than blood. The Montgomery’s have big hearts and open arms. Even in a time a family crisis, then are more than willing to step up or take more into their hold. I truly love this series.
Gregory Salinas guides the reader through attraction, passion, emotions and life’s surprises that encompass Austin and Sierra’s story like  you’re standing right next to them. Gregory’s voice puts a spark to the words filled with emotion bringing it to life in a whole new way. Within minutes the reader feels like they have become part of the Montgomery family.

 

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Audio Review: Dust Of My Wings by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Dust of My Wings

Carrie Ann Ryan

Dante’s Circle series, Book 1

Narrator: Gregory Salinas

Audio Publish Date: July 24th 2012

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.

Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.

Warning: Contains a sexy angel with a choice to make and a green-eyed lab tech who dreams of a dark-winged stranger. Oh yeah, and a shocking spark that’s sure to leave them begging for more.

 

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4 Stars

 

A sweet, fun and sexy paranormal romance.

 

Shade and Lily come from two very different worlds, yet their chemistry is off the charts. She’s an OCD lab tech with a very normal life. He’s a warrior angel on a mission to keep the paranormal races under wraps. Add in a mysterious blue dust, instant attraction, insane chemistry, a secret or two and a few paranormal creatures, you get a hot, entertaining read and a great beginning to the Dante’s Circle Series.

 

I really enjoyed Lily and Shade’s story.  Passionate, sexy with a touch of sweetness and a little humor. Carrie Ann Ryan has given her readers a wonderful paranormal world for her readers to get lost in. And set the playing field for more to come.

 

Gregory Salinas voice creates a moving picture for Dust Of My Wings. Delivering the feelings, emotions, passion and drama of this story flawlessly. Mr. Salinas is quickly moving his way up on my list of favorite narrators.

 

An audio copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

 

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Audio Review: Finally Found You by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Gregory Salinas (narrator)

Tempting Signs: Cancer

 

Audio Release: 08-10-15

 

The moment Presley Mackenzie walks into her kitchen only to find her boyfriend in a sweaty encounter with another woman on her kitchen counter, she vows to give up men forever. Between her testosterone-heavy day job in the gaming world, her broken heart, and her need to grow into her own shoes, dating just isn’t important.

Mason Sutton not only just got dumped by the woman he thought he’d spend the rest of his life with, but now he finds himself healing beside the woman his brother cheated on. He’s spent his entire life living in his brother’s shadow only to find himself wanting the one woman he can’t have.

As Presley and Mason soothe each other’s hurts, they find themselves falling for each other even as they fight it. But as they learn to forgive and fall in love, their pasts come back to haunt them and the future they thought they could have starts to crumble before it can take hold.

 

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4.5 Stars

 

Mason and Presley are two of a kind! They are perfect for each other. Complementing each other so well. They enjoy the same things, know how to have fun with each other and most importantly they could laugh. It did not surprise me once the hormones started flaring, Presley and Mason taking their friendship to the friends with benefits level. And the thing about them, adding in the sex did nothing wrong for them. Truly enchanting a Beautiful relationship, to a level that was truly amazing. Not to mention both have got some dirty talking mouth on them. Woot! Again remember they are not dating! Ha! When life events shift, we truly see how they are not dating.
Add in life throwing a wrench into everything that’s comfortable in their world. See how the people who don’t want to feel love truly do. A sweet love story with a naughty twist. Carrie Ann Ryan turns geeky escapades into steamy passion.
Gregory Salinas narration of Finally Found You turns this hot story into a scorcher. He brings a depth to Manson and Presley, that you don’t get reading from the pages alone. Not to mention Gregory’s voice is very nice on the ears. Having read Finally Found You then listening to the audio version after, this is one of those book that the audio truly makes a good book better.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.

 

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