Thursday, 22 February 2018

Audio. The most eligible highlander in Scotland - Michele Sinclair

Conan McTiernay will leave the joys of wedlock to his happily married brothers. He's too busy mapping out Scotland to protect her borders from English invasion . . . until he's dispatched to escort a cloistered Highland lass safely back to his family's castle. A FOREVER LOVE Mhairi Mayboill has embarked on her journey facing an impossible choice: Marry or take the vows of a nun. But she cherishes her freedom too much to be tied to any man. Yet this arrogant Highlander with his spirited ways and piercing eyes awakens more than desire. For two people who want nothing of love but have everything in common, emotions soon forge an unforeseen bond. But happiness is never simple for a McTiernay, and more surprises lie ahead . . . 

Audio CD, 11 h 23 min
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 30th 2018)
The McTiernays #7
Historical romance
For review

My thoughts:
Oh these two sure were alike, they were so right for each other, but they would sure butt heads before that.

Conan will never marry. He is honest (brutally) and people may respect him, but he is not liked. Poor Conan, but I understood since yes he speaks his mind, he is smart and other people can just go to England for all that he care.

Mhairi is smart, but she does differ from Conan. She is sweet, friendly and makes everyone at ease.

Their first meeting made me laugh. She thought he was just another buffoon, he thought she was a nun.

The way to love is long, months! People try to match make. They fall into a friendship, they fall out of if it. They are just too similar and they can sure hold a grudge. Oh they were bloody perfect for each other. It was so amusing seeing them fall in love and people trying to meddle

THe ending had a brutal epilogue. I get that they want to build for the next couple, but this was the worlds biggest cliffie and for a romance I was not amused. I listened with my mouth hanging open. OMG, I must know what happen, my heart is in my throat.

Narrator Anne Flosnik
I liked her and I listened easily to her different voices, male and female. Her Gaelic was slow, which I get, duh. 
I liked it.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Audio: The Dead House - Dawn Kurtagich

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace...
...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.
The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known. 

Audiobook 11 h
Published September 15th 2015 by Little, Brown Young Readers
Horror YA

My thoughts:
Ohhhh this was creepy! If it had been in print I am sure I would not have found it so, but in audio it actually made me scared and not many manage that (I can only think of 1). The audio (which I sometimes listened to while baby S was still asleep, bad idea, I was all omg what if something is in this dark room!) Right the audio was great and spooky.

Even now I do not know what happened. Carly was crazy, sorry! She had whatever now it was called, she is Carly during the day, and Kaitlyn at night. But she has always been like that. Though Doctor Lansing thinks she created Kaitlyn to deal with the aftermath of her parents death.

Kaitlyn hears voices and does now sleep. Kaitlyn is the one whose diary we read. We never get the days or Carly.

The book is told in diary form, police reports and doctor-patient tapes, and it does work really well in audio. Throw in some spooky music that had me wondering first wtf I was hearing. I thought I was loosing it like her.

But there is something sinister going on also. Dark powers at play. But then again who knows. Kaitlyn IS hearing a dark voice in her head after all. She SHOULD be at the mental hospital. She should accept help. But then her disorder makes her not trust anyone.

And darker it got. And the Dead House *shivers*. Ugh, that was creepy.

I could never imagine how it would feel to have a split personality like this. Poor girl.

Gotta give it a 4 for its creepiness (I have become nicer with my reviews, dang, now that means everything up to now is all wrong. There should be more 4s spread around. Oh well.)

Def listen to it and feel the creepiness.

Charlotte Parry (Narrator), Christian Coulson (Narrator)
I really liked Charlotte. She did great with the voices and making Carly and Kaitlyn different. And showing the madness like she did.

CHristian did police reports and news clippings. Very good

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

TMST: Reading time

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

 February 20th: How do you find time to read?

It used to be, anywhere and everywhere, and anytime. Now, ha! At first when Baby S was little it was when she slept on me. I read a lot back then. Then she started to say no to those 6 hours feedings/naps.

That is when I started to read less and listen more. At one time I was on a 4 walk sched, that turned into a 3 walk sched, that now is a 2 walk schedule and I usually send SO on that last one. But anyway that is when I listen! I talk a 1 hour walk with her and listen. I also listen to 1.8 speed since omg, slow, can NOT do slow. Which means I get almost 2 hours like that ;)

Then there are mornings when I wake and do not want to disturb her and I just listen to a book for 2 hours. Or like when I had trouble falling asleep if she woke me in the night. Audio!

Reading I get when she is sleeping outside.

So that is when I find time to read :)

 This is where I get my audio time (well not today cos I was taking pics and SO was with me)

 The two that cut down on my reading time

Monday, 19 February 2018

Audio: Runaway Groom - Lauren Layne

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings. 

Audio CD, 7 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 30th 2018)
I Do, I Don't #2
Contemporary romance
For review

My thoughts:
Just like book 1 things are not what they seem. Sure, Gage left women at the altar, but there are reason. And those things he wanted at the end, awww, my heart broke.

Gage lost a bet and is now the star of Jilted. He is also a famous movie star. A LOT of women want to be on Jilted for a chance to marry him. And sure, I liked how he did not just leave (cos he sure did not like the idea of this show), he did not want to be that guy who always leaves.

Ellie is so not like the other contestants, and is doing this for the free PR for her company. She is honest, does not give a fig, and is just so normal you know.

He finds her refreshing.
She likes him when she sees the real him.
But this is a reality show! Who wants that! Not her.

I mouthed OMG as I listened and walk and put on my silly grin. SO many times. I  should find a new way to rate audiobooks, because I find myself more and more wanting to rate them differently. The narration was so splendid, and as always, I just know I enjoyed this so much more than I would have reading it.

Totally cute, Totally fun. A joy listening to. You know it's good when there is 1 h left and I just haaaave to finish it.

Amy Melissa Bentley and Rudy Sandas
Alternatating POVS.
I found myself thinking in her voice. LOL. She got me.
I also like his voice a lot, he was Gage.


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