Audiobooks to listen to: Loverboy

Hello and welcome!

I just finished an ARC of this audiobook I was lucky to get from one of my fave authors, Sarina Bowen, and I had to tell you about it even thought the release date is December 1, 2020. I was part of the cover reveal too, if you missed that, you can find it here.

CREDITS: Photo by Wander Aguiar, Design by Hang Le

Secrets, desires, and exquisite pie. It’s all in a day’s work at The Company.

Growing up, I was the rough guy from the wrong neighborhood who couldn’t catch a break. Posy was the pampered girl I tried to impress. But I managed to steal only a single kiss before I had to skip town.

Now I’m back, and the tables are turned. Posy runs a struggling pie shop. I’m the VP of a secretive billion-dollar security company.

Not that I can tell her.

There’s a murderer on the loose in New York, and he seems to spend a lot of time at Posy’s shop. I can’t let on that I’m here to bring him down before he can harm a hair on her pretty head.

Going undercover as Posy’s new barista wasn’t my idea. I don’t even drink coffee. But now I have to call her “boss,” and do everything the curvy perfectionist asks of me. I’d forgotten how much we infuriate each other, and that she somehow fills me with both irritation and desire in the same breath.There’s nobody more skilled at stealth ops than me. I can bring this killer down. Right after I take a cold shower. And just as soon as I figure out how to make a skinny peppermint latte with milk poured in the shape of a kitten…

Audiobook narrated by Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin, with special appearance from Emma Wilder.

Check out the audio excerpt on YouTube

Gunner goes under cover… as a barista. He’s had easier days! 🙂 Joe Arden’s voices are sublime ❤

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Here is another audio teaser, with Vanessa Edwin‘s voice… Kisses on a street corner?

… and another one where Posy wakes up. And she’s not in her own bed…

Preorder links are here.

Author Bio

Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller’s list thirteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents.

To keep in touch with Ms. Bowen and check out all her yummy books, check out the links to social media.

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My review – 5 stars

I loved all of Ms. Bowen’s books I listened to so far, and ‘Loverboy’ is no exception.

A great mix of sweet love story, second chance angst, suspense, some comic relief and of course HEA ending. Posy’s inner voice cracked me up and was well voiced. Loved Gunnar’s protective alpha, charming flirt and sweet gooey heart. Great secondary characters, Duffy was one of them, funny and sweet, smart ass young man. Scout piqued my interest too. I hope they get their story too.

Loved loved the voices giving life to the characters in this great story. Joe Arden is on my ‘eargasm’ voices list, same with Emma Wilder. Vanessa Edwin is a new voice to me and will have to add her to my ‘to listen more from’ list. Checked her backlist, I added quite a few onto my TBL wish list already.

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Audiobooks to listen to: KEEPING 6

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You might remember the post with my review for Keeping 6 by one of my fave authors Freya Barker when it released in ebook back in 2018.

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Well… I just finished the audio version and DAYUM … narrated by Muffy Newtown and Christian Fox, two of my fave voices, it was so much better than the voices I imagined when reading it.

Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever.

The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt-and-pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Damian Gomez is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare.

Her wild hair, boho style, and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise.

But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

Read an excerpt on the website.

BUY LINKS: Amazon US • Amazon CA • Amazon UK • Amazon AU

and now on Audible too.

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My reviews:

ebook – 5 stars

When I first saw the cover I was intrigued. The title had me thinking. After reading the book, I am impressed by the author’s ability of inviting me in this new world and making it so easy to stay for a while. The story is a balanced mix of suspense and romance, fast paced all the way thru. Damian’s family is hilarious, enjoyed seeing their close-knit relationship. Loved the fact that Kerry and Damian are mature characters that I can relate to, their relationship is fast developing but feels real. The other thing I liked is that I didn’t have a clue who the main bad guy was until almost the end, so had me turning the pages to find clues. It ends with a HFN which is satisfying. Looking forward to more in the future books in the series.

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audiobook 5 stars

Listening to the amazing voices of Ms. Newton and Mr. Fox was so much better than the voices I imagined when I read it years ago. Great choices. Ms. Barker! I really enjoyed their performance, Ms. Newton’s versatile voice, she does emotions and male voices with perfection; the sexy voice of Mr. Fox is oh so yummy and he gave all characters really great voices, male and female.

Have a listen to an audio excerpt

There is an awesome Rafflecopter giveaway too, check it out!

I hope you will give the series a try, if you have not already and check all Ms. Barker’s books. Follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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Muffy Newton – FBTwitterAudible

Christian Fox – Audible

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Audiobooks to listen to: Cold Justice series

Hello and welcome!

I would love to tell you about a series that I just finished today.

Cold Justice series by Toni Anderson

If you like the contemporary suspense romance genre, you have to read or better yet, listen to the books in this awesome series, narrated by one of my eargasm voices, Eric G. Dove.

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Fast-paced Romantic Suspense with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Each book is a standalone with a different hero and heroine. Characters crossover so readers might get the best experience by starting at the beginning!

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Book 1: A Cold Dark Place

Justice isn’t always black or white. Sometimes it’s cold and dark.

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too–until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?

When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both – especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.

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Book 2: Cold Pursuit

Single mom Vivi Vincent is thrust into her worst nightmare when she’s trapped inside a mall during a terror attack along with her eight-year-old son. With the help of Jed Brennan, an FBI special agent on enforced leave, Vivi and her son survive the assault. But the danger is far from over.

Vivi’s son may have witnessed critical details of the terrorists’ future plans and is targeted for death, but he’s mute, and he’s traumatized. Still someone launches a strike against the FBI’s safe house, and Jed fears the bad guys have an inside man. No longer knowing who to trust, he hides mother and son in a log cabin deep in the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods. There Jed and Vivi try to figure out how to unlock the information inside her son’s head. What they don’t bargain for is the red-hot attraction that flares between them, or the extent of the sinister plot that threatens to rip apart not only any chance of happiness they might have together, but also the very fabric of American society.

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Book 3: Cold Light Of Day

Physicist Scarlett Stone is the daughter of the man considered to be the most notorious Russian agent in FBI history. With her father dying in prison she’s determined to prove he’s innocent, but time is running out. Using a false identity, she gains access to the Russian ambassador’s Christmas party, searching for evidence of a set-up.

Former Navy SEAL, now FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is instantly attracted to Scarlett but life is too complicated to pursue a politician’s daughter. When he discovers she lied to him about her identity, he hunts her down with the ruthless efficiency he usually reserves for serial killers.

Not only does Scarlett’s scheme fail, it puts her in the sights of powerful people who reward unwanted curiosity with brutality. The FBI – and Matt – aren’t thrilled with her, either. But as agents involved in her father’s investigation start dying, and the attempts to stop Scarlett intensify, Matt and his colleagues begin to wonder. Could they have a traitor in their midst? As Scarlett and Matt dig for the truth they begin to fall passionately for one another. But the real spy isn’t about to let anyone uncover their secrets, and resolves to remain firmly in the shadows – and for that to happen, Matt and Scarlett have to die.

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Book 4: Cold Fear

A relentless FBI profiler hunts a vicious killer.

When old evidence turns up on a fresh corpse, ASAC Lincoln Frazer is determined it won’t delay the execution of a convicted serial killer. But when more young women are brutally slain, it becomes clear – this new killer is intimately familiar with the old murders.

A dedicated emergency physician hides a dark secret.

Former Army Captain Dr. Isadora Campbell helped her mother conceal a terrible crime. After her mother’s death, Izzy resigned her commission and returned to the Outer Banks to raise her rebellious teenage sister. But it doesn’t take long for Izzy to suspect that someone knows exactly what she did, all those years ago.

If they work together, maybe no one else will die.

With pressure mounting to reopen the old case, Frazer will use any means possible to catch the killer. Thrust together during the investigation, he and Izzy find themselves reluctantly attracted to one another, and begin an affair. Meanwhile, the killer is much closer than they think. Izzy’s confession of her secret drives Frazer away as he struggles with her deception. By the time he realizes he’s fallen in love with the stubborn woman, the killer has her. Now the race is on to save Izzy and any chance of a future they might have together.

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Book 5: Cold In The Shadows

CIA Agent Patrick Killion is on a secret mission to hunt down the ruthless female assassin hired to kill the vice president of the United States. The trail leads him to the Colombian rainforest, and an earnest biologist, Audrey Lockhart, whose work on poison dart frogs gives her access to one of the deadliest substances on Earth – the same substance used to murder the VP.

When Audrey is attacked by the local drug cartel, Killion steps in and hustles her out of harm’s way, determined to find out what she knows. His interrogation skills falter somewhere between saving her life and nursing her back to health as he realizes she’s innocent, and he ends up falling for her. Audrey has a hard time overlooking the fact that Killion kidnapped her, but if she wants to get her life back and track down the bad guys, she has to trust him. Then someone changes the rules of their cat and mouse game, and now they’re the ones being hunted – by a cold-blooded killer who is much closer than they think.

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Book 6: Cold Hearted

Hunting for a killer who doesn’t play by the rules.

Detective Erin Donovan expects life to quiet down after the arrest and conviction of a serial rapist who terrified her university town last summer. Then two young women are brutally slain and the murders bear all the hallmarks of the campus rapist. Did Erin arrest an innocent man? Now her job is at stake and tensions are high and just when it looks like things can’t get worse, her department gets the help it needs to solve the double homicide – in the form of a man Erin has never been able to forget.

FBI Agent Darsh Singh has no interest in reliving the past. Three years ago, his feelings for Erin Donovan had him breaking all his rules about getting involved. Now his only interest in the former NYPD detective is figuring out if she screwed up a rape investigation and helped send an innocent man to prison. But being forced to work together rekindles their old attraction, and as Darsh and Erin fall for each other, the campus predator fixates on Erin. The race is on to identify the ruthless killer before he makes Erin his final victim.

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Book 7: Cold Secrets

When an international ring of sex traffickers kidnaps an eight-year-old girl in Boston, FBI Agent Lucas Randall heads undercover. But his rescue operation goes disastrously wrong and Lucas barely escapes with his life. Now the ruthless traffickers are hunting him down, along with everyone else who threatens their operation.

Computer expert Ashley Chen joined the FBI to fight against evil in the world – evil she experienced firsthand. She has mad skills, and deadly secrets, and once she starts working with Lucas, she also has big trouble, because after years of pushing people away, she’s falling for the guy. The feeling is more than mutual, but as Ashley intensifies her online pursuit of the trafficking ring, her traumatic past collides with her present and suddenly Lucas can’t tell which side she’s on. And as the case escalates into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, it turns out Ashley isn’t the only one with something to hide.

If neither can trust the other with their secrets, how can they trust each other with their hearts?

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Book 8: Cold Malice

ASAC Steve “Mac” McKenzie is out to prove himself by leading a task force investigating a series of murders in the heart of Washington, DC. His undercover work in an anti-government compound twenty years earlier is related – as is the sweet, innocent girl he befriended back then. Now that girl is a beautiful woman, and she has something to hide.

Tess Fallon spent a lifetime trying to outrun her family’s brand of bigotry, but someone is threatening her anonymity by using the anniversary of her father’s death to carry out evil crimes, and she’s terrified her younger brother is involved. She sets out to find the truth and comes face-to-face with a man she once idolized, a man she thought long dead. As the crimes escalate, it becomes obvious the killer has an agenda, and Tess and Mac are running out of time to stop him.

Will the perpetrator use a decades-old dream of revolution to attack the federal government? And will the fact that Tess and Mac have fallen hard for each other give a cold-hearted killer the power to destroy them both?

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Book 9: A Cold Dark Promise (Wedding Novella)

A Cold Dark Promise takes place during the week leading up to the wedding of former assassin Alex Parker to FBI Agent Mallory Rooney, who meet and fall in love in the novel, A Cold Dark Place. In the midst of wedding preparations, a shadowy figure from Alex Parker’s past reappears and threatens the joy he’s found with Mallory Rooney.

Four years ago, Jane Sanders’ rich and powerful ex-husband kidnapped their young daughter, and Jane hasn’t seen her since. Now, she finally has a lead on her location, and she knows just the man to help her get her daughter back. Trouble is, he’s an assassin. And he terrifies her.

Despite his upcoming nuptials, Alex agrees to help, but it doesn’t take long for the routine operation to turn complicated and deadly. Can the former CIA operative make it home in time to marry the woman he loves, or will his dark past destroy all hope for their future?

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Book 10: Cold Blooded

Searching for the truth just turned deadly.

Disgraced investigative journalist Pip West is devastated when she discovers her best friend’s body facedown in a tranquil lake. When cops and federal agents determine her friend overdosed and then drowned, Pip knows they’re mistaken and intends to prove it.

Special Agent Hunt Kincaid doesn’t trust journalists and has no patience for Pip’s delusions, especially since her meddling could reveal why the FBI is interested in her friend’s last days. The dead scientist worked at the cutting edge of vaccine research and might have a connection to a new, weaponized, vaccine-resistant anthrax strain that just hit the black market.

Pip is thrown off her game by grief and her unexpected attraction to the handsome federal agent. Hunt battles the same unwelcome pull, determined to resist the heat that threatens to consume them both. But the more Pip digs, the closer she gets to both the sexy FBI agent and to a bioweapons terrorist who’s more than capable of cold-bloodedly sacrificing anyone who gets in his way.

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My Review
Overall – 5 stars
Performance – 5 stars
Story – 5 stars

Cold Justice Series Box Set, Volume I: Books 1-3
AUDIOBOOK edition

Love Ms. Anderson style, her books are thrilling, big on suspense, hard to guess who did the crime and it is always a surprise. Adding the romance and a few hot scenes makes it appealing to the romantic in me. I recommend the series with 5 stars.

The voice of Mr. Dove was a great choice for this series, he makes the stories believable and enjoyable, the characters come to life. – 5 stars

Cold Justice Series Box Set: Volume 2: Books 4-6
AUDIOBOOK edition

Ms. Anderson sure knows how to keep the blood pressure high. The suspense building in her stories, mixed in with a few hot scenes, are sure to keep your heart going fast. It is almost impossible to guess who the bad guys are in her stories, and when it is revealed, you will be surprised. – 5 stars

Mr. Dove is giving the characters and stories life with masterful manipulation of his voice. Very enjoyable experience. Looking forward to more. – 5 stars

Book 7
AUDIOBOOK edition

I loved being back in Ms. Anderson’s Cold Justice world. Suspense, fast paced action, mystery and the twists makes this a story that will make it impossible to stop listening to. There are also a few heart breaking moments when finding out how the young girls were abused, it makes you think how some people are so rotten to the core. Definitely not for the faint of heart. The chemistry is off the charts between the H and h, results in a few hawt scenes. Ashley and Lucas get their HEA, so it ends well… not so much for the bad guys though, they get what is coming to them. – 5 stars

Mr. Dove is masterful with the manipulation of his voice, giving each character its own. Always a delight to listen. – 5 stars

Book 8

AUDIOBOOK edition

WOW I think this one was the most realistic and suspenseful of the series. I could not stop listening and it is well past my bedtime… what work? LOL Chilling premise, to think some people are so callous and heartless even to their own family, never mind strangers who happen to be different. Right up to the end I could not figure out who the evil mastermind was, so many twists and quite a few surprising revelations. Well done! Glad it ended well but there were quite a few close call for both the H and h. – 5 stars

Again, Mr. Dove made it an amazing experience to listen, giving each character its own life. I felt like I was there with them in the story. – 5 stars

Book 9

AUDIOBOOK edition

WOW talk about a close call. Alex sure fought to be in time for his own wedding and his love waiting for him at the altar. Love their close bond and their faith in each other and I am glad it all worked out. My heart is till pounding after listening what Alex and his team went thru to save a little girl and the world. It was also great to see the other players we met in the previous books. A great addition to the series, Ms. Anderson. – 5 stars

As usual, Mr. Dove did an excellent performance telling the story, love listening to his voice. – 5 stars

Book 10

AUDIOBOOK edition

I think this is my fave story from the series. Suspense kept my heart beating a mile a minute, the believable plot kept me listening on. Loved the relationship between Hunt and Pip. She has near misses with death so many times wonder she is still sane, but Hunt is there to save her every time. I liked her spunky attitude, that she never gave up on her friend and fought to find out what happened. Their chemistry is hot and I am glad they got their HEA, despite the many obstacles. Toni Anderson is one of my faves in the contemporary suspense romance genre. – 5 stars

Mr. Dove is one of my fave voices and can’t imagine anybody else performing the series. He is masterfully giving each character life. He is on my ‘eargasm’ list. – 5 stars

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I am looking forward to the series from the author, the Cold Justice – Crossfire Series!

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