Reviewing the Unreviewed [4]

Posted February 29, 2020 by Kim in 4 Stars, 5 Stars, Reviewing the Unreviewed / 1 Comment

It’s the last day of February and I’m trying to *finally* finish posting reviews for books NOT read during the month. That means it’s time for one last Reviewing the Unreviewed. This one is all about the audiobooks.

Some of these reviews will be really short. Like, shorter than the book’s blurb short. It might look a little weird, but I want to keep my review archive with Ultimate Book Blogger going, so bear with me. 

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Reviewing the Unreviewed [4]Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 8 hours and 29 minutes
Narrator: Erin Mallon
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, 2019 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:

As an adventurous send-off to her childhood, eighteen-year-old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother from their small town in Northern California to London. But the vacation of a lifetime is wonderfully derailed by the appearance of two charming Vermont farmers: grandfather Luther and his handsome grandson Sam.

Sam and Tate fall hard and fast. For two glorious weeks, the couple share their hopes, dreams, and secrets. Sam admits he suspects his grandfather is dying and that this could be the last trip they take together, and Tate reveals that she is the hidden daughter of one of the biggest film stars in the world—a secret she’s never told anyone before.

But when Tate is exposed by a crush of cameras and reporters, she knows she's been betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust. She is forced to decide whether she will return to her quiet life or embrace being in the public eye. So when Sam reappears in her world more than a decade later, can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad? And does she even want to?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Christina Lauren is one of my favorite author duos and I love second chance romance, so I was super excited about this book. I also fell totally in love with the cover, so that made me even more excited. I’m especially fond of second chance romances where the reader gets to see exactly the couple went through the first time. Since Twice in a Blue Moon is told from Tate’s POV in both past and present tense, I got both. Which more or less gave me a chance to fall for Sam and Tate twice. It’s just that one ended a little better than the first, which to be honest, about broke my heart. Sam and Tate tugged on my heartstrings in both past and present.

I loved the start of the story, with Sam and Tate as young adults in London. It was sweet and charming in the way first love often is. Unfortunately, it took one hell of a turn with Sam’s betrayal and everyone’s confusion about WHY he did what he did. My heart broke for Tate. Fast forward a whole bunch of years and the two find themselves face-to-face again under very interesting circumstances I will not ruin for you. What ensues isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. I loved how things came together for them. It was a great read/listen with Erin Mallon narrating. I always enjoy her performances and I thought she did a great job bringing Tate, especially, to life.

Favorite Quotes:

I think the fact that I never got to fall out of love with him—that I just had to keep moving forward, stumbling into something new and totally different—means that my brain and heart don’t know the protocol here.

For the first time in my life I get it: home isn’t always a space it can be a person.

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About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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Reviewing the Unreviewed [4]Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: HarperAudio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 10 hours and 17 minutes
Narrator: Adjoa Andoh
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, 2019 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And... do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Talia Hibbert is one of those authors who I’ve wanted to read for ages, but just never got around to doing so. As soon as I saw the absolutely charming cover for Get a Life, Chloe Brown and read the blurb, I knew this would be the first of her books I read. I hoped I would love the inside as much as that cover (and not just because of the cat!) and I’m thrilled to say I did. Every little thing about this book struck my fancy. And my feels. Oh, my feels. Chloe and Red obliterated them in the best way possible.

I’m accustomed to grumpy heroes in books, but it’s not often I find a grumpy heroine. I think that’s part of the reason why I loved Chloe as much as I did. I mean, she had so many wonderful qualities, but the fact she wasn’t all sunshine and roses every day made her that much real to me. And Red? *sigh* Swoons for days. He had such a good heart, was so very thoughtful and understanding, and was also super sexy. (And had a delightfully filthy mouth.) I loved these two together so, so much. They had wickedly hot chemistry but also balanced each other.  Perhaps most of all, I loved how this book approached important, but tough, topics like chronic illness and abuse. Oh, and there’s also an absolutely adorable cat. Bonus points!

This audiobook made me grin like a fool and also tear up more than once. The narrator was new-to-me and she was fantastic. Get a Life, Chloe Brown was a delight all the way around. I can’t wait to read more of Talia’s books soon, most likely starting with the next book in this series, Take a Hint, Dani Brown.

Favorite Quotes:

Being rescued from trees was all well and good, but she didn’t need a rescue from herself.

“You’re so fucking…” So fucking unexpected. Like maybe she wasn’t the vicious snob he’d once assumed. Like maybe she was just an awkward, sarcastic grump, and he should stop losing his temper around her.

“I’m doing it for you because that’s how people should behave; they should fill in each other’s gaps.”

“Red, you don’t always have to be okay.”
“I know. But I am okay, with you.”

“You always say such lovely things to me, Red. Do you say them to yourself?

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About Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. She also rambles intermittently about the romance genre online.

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Reviewing the Unreviewed [4]The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: August 13, 2019
Publisher: HarperAudio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 7 hours and 8 minutes
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, 2019 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

In Review: My Thoughts

Can anyone tell me why on earth I waited so long to read The Wallflower Wager? Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors. I really should know to drop everything and binge immediately when I get one of her books. One of these days I’ll learn. (Probably not, but it’s fun to dream.)

I’m not kidding when I say I loved absolutely everything about this book. The charming characters. The animals. EVERYTHING. I didn’t want to stop listening once I started. I mean, who wishes for their commute to have delays just so they can read more? This lady. I do. Or, at least I did while I was listening to this audiobook. I spent a fair amount of my commutes giggling like a fool over Penny, Gabriel, and the pets. Especially Delilah. That bird was everything. Ah, I start grinning just thinking about this book!

The Wallflower Wager was a delightful read and a wonderful listen. Penny and Gabriel gave me a whole slew of feels. Mary Jane Wells was a new-to-me narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

Favorite Quotes:

“Every creature has a soft underbelly. I’m going to find yours.”
“Search me if you like, Your Ladyship. I warn you, it’s not softness you’ll find.”

“Every man has his weakness.”
“I know they do. I’m still looking for yours.”

“Wounded male pride has caused the world more destruction than the Black Death and the Great Flood put together.”

“If men are bent on destroying the world, we women must be the ones holding it together.”

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About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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