#Audio #BlogTour: Fighting For Faith by @AuthorAriaCole & Mila Crawford ~ 3.5 stars

Authors: Aria Cole and Mila Crawford

Narrators: Rachel Woods and Luke Parker

Length: 1 hours and 58 minutes

Series: Worth the Fight, Book 3

Released: Apr. 21, 2020

Publisher: Aria Cole

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Now a Top 100 Best Seller on Amazon!

Being infatuated with my childhood best friend was a beautiful curse. 

Our lives were an uphill struggle against every odd, but as long as we had each other…we had everything. Then it was all gone. 

Now I’ve built my life to perfection yet still yearning for that boy I used to know. Then one night, through a chance encounter, I see him. 

Riot James. 

He’s an MMA fighter with a beastly body, roped and corded with muscle and gleaming with sweat. His nose, reminiscent of a Roman gladiator, was bent a little like it’s been broken. A few times. 

It rattles me the way his intensely dark gaze lingers with mine. 

He’s familiar, determined, damaged, and there’s no escaping him. 

But with Riot, nothing is what it seems, and in the span of a single heartbeat, my perfect life is turned inside out. 

Again.

Review

A quick, steamy listen, Fighting For Faith reunites childhood best friends Jamie & Laura.

When they meet after so many years, it as if they never were separated. Now going by the names Riot & Faith in an attempt to lay their pasts to rest, the couple sets about relearning each other against the backdrop of the biggest fight of Riot’s pre-UFC career. Riot’s trainer, who also turns out to be Faith’s Uncle Lewis is the couple’s biggest obstacle.

It was endearing the way that Faith & Riot had both thought that they were each other’s ‘The One’ from adolescence, and decided to keep searching for each other until they were back together again. I enjoyed the epilogues, which gave us a glimpse into their lives up to a couple decades later.

I must say that the narration was done well. I liked the intonations and the way narrators seemed to immerse themselves in the plot.

This is a fun listen that I recommend.

I reviewed a complimentary copy of this audiobook.

About the Author: Aria Cole

Aria Cole is the pen name of an Amazon Top 20 and USA Today bestselling author who published her first book in 2012 and began writing contemporary romance long before that. Her books always feature possessive alpha men and the sassy, curvy, nerdy heroines who love them, along with a healthy dose of irresistible insta-love and happily-ever-afters sweet enough to make your teeth ache.

Follow Aria on Amazon for new release updates, or stalk her on social to see which daring book boyfriend she’s writing next!

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About the Author: Mila Crawford

Mila Crawford loves romance, especially dirty short stories that are safe and have a happy ending. So she decided to start writing her own.

What can you expect from her books? No cheating, no OW/OM drama, always celibate or virgin characters, and of course a HEA … An all around SAFE book!

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AudioTour & Giveaway: Captivated by Bethany-Kris ~ 5 stars

CAPTIVATED

by Bethany-Kris
Narrator: Daniel James Lewis
Audio Publication Date: October 2018
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

A shadow meets the light …

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.

This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.

It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.

It takes one look …
One dance …
One word …
One smile to captivate a man.

And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.

Not all monsters hide in the shadows.
How are you supposed to see them coming?

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Review

I loved this book! I loved the introverted hit-man with a conscience & the graceful ballerina that had been through so much but still was determined to enjoy life – even as a principessa.

As a hit-man that is exceptionally good at his craft, Joe Rossi prefers to keep to himself & the shadows: get the job done, then get out before anyone ever realises he was even there. When he receives a mysterious summons from the New York outfit, he meets a woman, who, at a first glance, changes his life forever. He doesn’t do distractions, but this beautiful, tiny dancer may be just what his heart needs.

After finding passion in ballet late in life for a dancer, Lilliana Marcello is surprised to find herself curious after sharing a glance with a man who undoubtedly is a part of her father’s world. Wild horses can’t pull them apart but when her past revisits, and she finds out how entrenched in “the life” Joe is, she realises that passion could be found in places and people you never expected.

A really huge part of why I liked the book was the way that Lucien allowed his children to LIVE! They made their own choices, and he supported and avenged them when necessary. I also liked the understanding/relationship that developed between him and Joe. He trusted Joe with Lilliana’s safety, but made sure to let him know that he’d have to win her heart all on his own.

Daniel James Lewis does a great job! His accent adds to the allure of the mafia world he described.

Bethany-Kris brings two young adults to life in a way that made me constantly marvel at their maturity. The rich cast of secondary characters as well as the plot made it an intriguing, hard-to-turn-off listen. Most importantly, the book was satisfying, as justice was finally meted out for terrible wrongs committed that had gone unpunished.

I heartily recommend this exciting, steamy, action-filled audio-book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audio-book.

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AUDIO EXCERPT – NARRATOR DANIEL JAMES LEWIS

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Audio Tour & Giveaway: COZEN by Bethany-Kris ~ 4.5 stars

COZEN

by Bethany-Kris
Narrator: Conner Goff
Audio Publication Date: October 2018
Genres: Adult, Audiobook, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

coz-en (kuz-uhn)
verb
1. trick or deceive.
• obtain by deception.

She was named most appropriately.

Cozen Taylor has more than earned her place as one of North America’s most successful thieves. Her name is whispered amongst criminal elite as the go-to thief when someone needs a heist.

She has never failed.

A call from the Miami-based Astor family could change all that with a job that seems almost impossible to complete. The mark should be simple—a stolen family heirloom, the man who has kept it hidden for over twenty years, and six months to return the piece to its rightful owners.

Nothing is ever that easy.

Three-hundred million for a successful heist. No smart thief would turn the offer down. Cozen didn’t expect a complication like him to put a kink in her plans, though. Sargon Makri—tall, dark, gorgeous, and entirely dangerous. For her life, her heart, and for the success of the heist.

The last thing Cozen needs to be thinking about is Sargon, and how she can get him into her bed … especially when he just happens to be her mark’s bodyguard. The thrill of the job has never been more addicting to Cozen, and she will risk everything to make the heist a success.

But at what cost?

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From author Bethany-Kris comes a whole new world. A North American network full of criminals battling to stay on top, and painting the streets red in war as they dabble in the game of betrayal. Malicious, cunning, forbidden, and violent—welcome to The Empires and Badlands.

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AUDIO EXCERPT – NARRATOR CONNOR GOFF

 

 

Review

It was exciting to get a second look at this book. I was a little disappointed that it was just one narrator, but I looked forward to hearing how Connor Goff would perform.

The sensuality is dialed-up in this edition, probably because it was being read aloud. The suspense and action are also heightened as Sargon seemingly becomes hopelessly ensnared in Cozen’s trap.

At the end of the book, the twist still hits as a surprise.

I recommend this audio-book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audio-book.

 

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Audio Tour: Barnes Family Series by Normandie Alleman

THE BALLER’S SECRET BABY, A Sports Romance

by Normandie Alleman
Barnes Family, #1
Publication Date: January 20, 2017
Genres: Audio, Sports, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

He may be a player, but this stud’s not shooting blanks.

Nick

I’m nobody’s baby daddy. I don’t care how many stunning women throw themselves at me, looking to turn one hot night into an 18-year paycheck. I’ve got way too much on the line to throw it away for one night of pleasure.

Ball is life, and basketball is my first priority. I’ve got a championship to win.

But when I see that familiar face shaking her pom-poms on the sidelines, I’m transported back to childhood, back to the days before a fiery plane crash ripped us apart, forcing us to grow up overnight.

Those were the days when Eden Evans stole my heart. This time, I might be ready to give it right back to her.

Eden

I have no interest in a man who comes with groupies. With a rock legend for a father, I’ve seen the toll fame takes on a marriage. The last thing I need is a guy with more Twitter followers than Justin Bieber.

So when Nick Barnes dribbles his way back into my life, my heart and head go into battle. I can’t fight my desire for the sexy baller with his eight-pack abs and panty-dropping charm.

And when that little stick shows an unmistakable plus sign, suddenly everything is on the line.

With a secret baby on the way, will Nick realize that having the home court advantage is what he’s wanted all along?

This is a standalone romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhangers. Light on basketball and heavy on steamy romance, this is the first book featuring members of the Barnes family.

 

Review

Having never read anything by Normandie Alleman, I welcomed the chance to experience both the narrated story and her writing style simultaneously. I enjoyed listening to Aiden Snow & Alicyn Aimes as they read me this steamy second chance romance.

The dry humour & family drama made it a very intriguing and entertaining listen. I was rooting for Nick & Eden from the start, as I loved the way that their childhood friendship, though interrupted, matured into a romantic relationship. I had a bit of an issue liking Eden as the book went on, as I found some of her choices to be very selfish. I knew that her trust issues were a big reason for those choices, so I tried to cut her some slack. From the very beginning, you could tell Nick was a good guy. He was already the man Eden needed; she just needed to trust him.

I really enjoyed the Kardashian family twist that the author put on this series, and already look forward to more of their exploits.

I received a complimentary audible copy of this book.

 

AUDIO EXCERPT – THE BALLER’S SECRET BABY

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MACHINE, A Bad Boy Military Romance

by Normandie Alleman
Barnes Family, #2
Publication Date: May 10, 20178
Genres: Audio, Military, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS:

America’s sweetheart needs to straighten up her halo.

But this solider’s machine just might knock it off completely.

Reality TV star Dynassy Barnes has to get her act together. Fame, fortune, a perfectly heart-shaped ass – along with her million social media followers – aren’t getting the job done. She needs a full demolition of her Online presence – and fast. When she meets the handsome and rugged former Navy Seal Bridger Thompson, Dynassy knows he’s the perfect trophy to flaunt to her friends and family.

Injured in combat, Bridger has had his share of setbacks and letdowns. He can’t quite believe his luck when the sassy and sexy Dynassy wiggles her way into his life. Their chemistry is undeniable. But Bridger has a powerful secret that threatens to ruin everything. Will exposing the truth about his secret life destroy the future they hope to build together?

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BISHOP’S DESIRE

by Normandie Alleman
Barnes Family, #3
Publication Date: May 21, 20178
Genres: Audio, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

While his sins may be his undoing, her love could prove to be the salvation he desperately needs.

The Priest

Bishop Eduardo Soto has devoted his life to the church to pay for mistakes he made long ago. He didn’t expect a second chance in life, but once he meets Chloe, saving her is all he cares about.

The Dancer

Chloe Thomas dreams of leaving the Bourbon Street stage and owning a respectable business. She’ll do anything to make it happen, including agreeing to a marriage of convenience.

But when she’s offered the opportunity of a lifetime, will she leave her new husband behind after all he’s given up for her?

While Bishop’s Desire is part of the Barnes Family Series, it is a stand-alone novel that can be enjoyed without listening to the other audiobooks.

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ABOUT NORMANDIE ALLEMAN

USA Today bestselling author Normandie Alleman is a former psychologist who has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. “I’m interested in the kind of relationships people have in real life. So I write about my characters’ messy, unpredictable, and inexplicable journeys to love.”

Normandie is a shameless basketball mom who lives with a houseful of teenagers, her own personal hero, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull. When she’s not writing or cheering for her favorite team, Normandie can be found listening to an audiobook or a podcast.

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Audiotour: Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. ~ 4.5 stars

Thirty Day Boyfriend

by Whitney G.
Publication Date: November 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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I should’ve never agreed to this arrangement…

Thirty days ago, my boss–Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a “very generous” severance package.

The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I’ve secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute…

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to “show me who the bigger person was” in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.
We still have 29 more days to go…

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Review

This story was very funny and sexy. I liked the way the story was relatively drama-free, focused more on Nicholas & Emily’s relationship. Emily is a strong, sassy heroine that was easy to like. Nicholas wasn’t as alpha-hole- ish as I expected. You could tell he was soft on Emily pretty early on.

I preferred the female’s voice, though, as she seemed to do better voice intonation. Her imitations of the voices of the opposite sex were also better.

All in all, I enjoyed my first Audible experience!

I received an ARC of the audible version of this book.

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About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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