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oh my freaking word!!!

Lord of Ravens (Inheritance Book 3) - Amelia Faulkner
I'm not gonna write a blurby bit, just gonna jump straight in with this one!
 
You really REALLY should read Jack of Thorns, book one and Knight of Flames before this one. You WILL need it. I wrote in my review for book two, Knight of Flames that Quentin had much to tell about his upbringing. I quote from that review "I think Quentin has buried it deep, and it will take some time for Faulkner to dig it out of him. When we finally get it all, its gonna be bad, I know it is. Real bad. We have little hints, reactions, comments, here that make you think. But I'm not thinking too hard to put it together, not yet, because I have a feel I'm gonna be so terribly wrong." And by Goddess, it is bad. I strongly suggest you brace yourself for Chapter Thirteen. I'm not going to go into detail, save this. I am certain, absolutely dead CERTAIN that there is more to come, and it will be worse, far worse.
 
In other news! Quentin and Laurence's relationship continues to grow, in all ways, physically especially. I am thoroughly enjoying watching Quentin come out of himself with Laurence. For all of Quentin's properness, he has a dirty heart!
 
I must mention AGAIN the profound differences between Quen and Laurence, and how beautifully they are portrayed here. Faulkner tells their story in THEIR words, so the differences are marked; in words, thoughts and actions. And I do so love it!!
 
Quentin's father turns up, briefly, to try to get Quentin to return to England, and he sends something to hurry him along, causing problems for the children.
 
Herne plays a greater part here too, in teaching Laurence about his gifts. And that deal Laurence made with Morgan, that three parter?? It's gonna come back to bite him on the ass, I know it is!
 
There is, again, an epilogue that leave you with questions, questions, questions. But not from Freddy this time. Someone else. Someone who, ordinarily, I wouldn't mind hearing from, but after Chapter Thirteen?? I don't wanna, no ma'am, I really don't!
 
When you stay up til 2am in the morning just to finish a book, and you have to be at work at 8am, it can only get...
 
5 stars.
 
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creeping up to 4.5 stars

Quarry (The Vampire Guard Book 2) - Elizabeth Noble

Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. 

Lucas, Declan, Blair and Forge find themselves chasing a thief who is using technology they haven't seen before. It's not long before they realise that they have met before, ALL of them, and they might not be where they are now if they hadn't. But the vampire needs to be stopped, at all costs.

I enjoyed this one much more than Code Name Jack Rabbit, and for one reason only: we get back story here. We get how Lucas ran over Simon and met Forge. We get how Declan met Forge. We get how Blair came in contact with them all. And I LOVED that!! I was missing that in Jack Rabbit, I really was.

This book is also much more active. There is more action, more fighting, more running around chasing the bad guy. More of the Vampire Guard are here too. Two more teams, of four people in each but I can't remember all their names! I'd love to get more about them, though. I'm left wanting to know more about those pairings and how they came about. 

I loved the way the vampire thief's history was so closely intertwined with our four's, and really, had it not been for said vampire, they really might never have met. 

It is, again, clean. But I really am not complaining. These guys are very private about that and I love them for it. What I did love though, was Forge and Blair getting married. Loved being part of that. 

Can't quite stretch to 5 stars, but we have crept up from the 4 for Jack Rabbit to...
 
4.5 stars

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great little short, excellent dual narration

Bitten - Nicole Garcia, Kai Kennicott, Wen  Ross I was gifted my audio copy of this book. Caressa leads the last known Coven of vampires. She leads her 5 sisters in keeping themselves hidden, and alive. She has no time for a mate. That is until Noah walked into her club and Caressa is bitten by the love bug. This review is for the audio version of this book, and I usually write about the book first and the narration after. But I'm flipping it here. Narration first! Kai Kennacott and Wen Ross dual narrate. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the narration here. Kennacott is the main voice, since the book is written entirely from Caressa's point of view but Ross does all the male voices. I love how these two work together, how their narration is joined seamlessly. Since it is only Caressa who has a say, we get all of her emotion, and inner turmoil, when she decides what she needs to do about Noah, and the Hunters and her sisters. Ross puts as much as he can, of Noah, through his voice, but since we don't hear from him directly, it only comes across as so much. The story is short, only 70 odd pages, 2 hours and 13 minutes, not very long, but just enough to give you an insight into Garcia's world of vampires. Had I only READ this book, I might not have enjoyed it as much as I did, since I don't much care for books written in the first person, single point of view. BUT I much prefer to LISTEN to books that way. 4 stars for the book 5 stars for the narration 4.5 overall **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Booklikes, Audible.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com**

not as good as book one.

Undressed At Sea - Jayden Hunter
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
This is book two in the Drew Stirling series. It isn't really necessary to have read book one, Undressed to The Nines, but it might help to get what happened to Drew in that book, as its not all laid out for you here. I have read it, but don't think its an absolute necessity.
 
I did enjoy book one, but this one? not so much. Not really sure why, either.
 
Drew has tried to put her past behind her, going back to school on the other side of the country is a good way to do that. Ben helps her relocate in San Diego. But there is a killer on the loose, and Drew once again finds herself caught up in all manner of horrid things.
 
We do, again, get to hear from everyone, and it takes time for killer to be made obvious, but I picked up a little bit, not all, granted, but some before that point. I liked how it took time for everyone to get with the programme, to get their lines converged so the full picture became clear.
 
Its messy, again, but being kidnapped and drugged would never be clean and tidy, now would it?
 
It does has something that made me throw the kindle at the wall, and it wasn't the ending. "She drug herself out of bed" that's the line that caused my poor kindle to be thrown across the room. She did NOT drug herself, she DRAGGED!!! This is a major bugbare of mine, and I'm sorry if you disagree with me, but I hate the use of the word drug, when it should be dragged!
 
Since I did finish it, and we do get inside all the creepy-ass minds....
 
3 stars
 
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LOVED THIS BOOK!

Painted On My Heart - Kindle Alexander, Reese Dante, Jae Ashley
ependent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Kellus closed himself off from the world, a year ago. Dealing with his break up from John, and John's continuing harassment has taken its toll on Kellus' work. But landing the contract to display art in the new headquarters of Layne Construction goes a long to to getting him back on track. Arik Layne, head of said construction company, fell in love with Kellus' work way before he even knew his name. Finding the artist in his building sets Arik on a path he never saw coming, one he thought he might not ever tread.
 
I am, yet again, blown away by the latest book by Kindle Alexander. I say this almost every time, I know I do, but I really REALLY loved this one!
 
I loved Arik. His sleeping his way through, with the BT's. Loved his total and utter turnaround, almost immediately on meeting Kellus. Loved that instalove (even though I don't usually and it is pretty much instant for Arik!) Love that he was able to give Kellus an option for almost everything. even if Kellus didn't get much choice!
 
Loved Kellus and his guarded heart. His fighting Arik every step of the way. His misplaced guilt for John. What he continues to do for John. His determination to keep Arik safe. To keep his heart closed and away from Arik and his utter failure in that task.
 
Both men have their say, so we get each man's powerful reaction to the other. Both man's attempt to fight the powerful connection they have. Both man's internal wrangling with their reaction to John and what he does.
 
But what absolutely made this book for me, made it shine, was the appearance, indeed, MAJOR part that characters from previously unrelated books, play in this story. Gage and Trent, from The Current Between Us (which was my very first Kindle Alexander book! Which was also where Arik and Kellus first made an appearance, but it was a long time ago that I read it so I don't remember!) and Tristan and Dylan, from Secret, have been seamlessly interwoven into Kellus and Arik's story! Gage is Arik's cousin. Loved their interaction, their banter. Hilarious at points. I loved that Trent made Arik see just what he could not before.
 
I can gush and gush and gush all day but gushing doesn't make for a very coherent review, so I'm gonna stop now, save this:
 
This is a beautiful love story (nutty ex aside) a story of over coming, of forgiving, a story of just giving in to who you really want. And I LOVED it!
 
So, another....
 
5 star read!
 
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really good 4 star read

Scapulimancist (Seven Forbidden Arts Book 7) - Charmaine Pauls
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
This is book 7 in the Seven Forbidden Arts series. This is also the most loosely connected to the other books, and I *think* that's what lets it down, just a tad. You don't HAVE to have read the other books, but they are all 4.5/5 star reads, so listen to me when I say, you SHOULD read them.
 
Sara is in the South African forests to see just how many elephants are left, and to tell Wayne he has to leave his land. But Wayne is having none of it, and plans to fight Sara. But someone wants Sara gone before she does her job, and Wayne finds himself all protective of Sara, in a way he never felt before. Will he keep her safe, or keep his long held land?
 
I love this series, you know I do, and Pauls is an amazing story teller, but it was just a matter of time before one slipped off that 5 star read peg, and this one happens to be it.
 
And for the life of me, I cannot pinpoint why, other than the fact that its only for a chapter or two the others appear. Godfrey flits in, and out. That man has more lives than a blooming cat! Everyone appears to help Wayne find Sara, and for Wayne to get some answers to the questions that have plagued him all these years. But that's all. And I can't decide if I'm pleased they only flit in and out, or not.
 
Sara and Wayne are perfect for each other, even if Wayne can't see it in the beginning. Sara's gift is not used as in depth as the others, she can control the animals in a short radius, and she only uses it for her own safety, often with comical if painful effects.
 
Don't you just hate not being able to word what you want to say, other than I'm sorry I didn't love it, like the rest??
 
4 stars
 
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freaking awesome book!

Block and Strike - Kelly Jensen
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Finding Max on his doorstep was not what Jake needed. But after he realises Max is not drunk, but injured, Jake comes over all mother hen and his protective instincts go into overdrive. But Jake might be the cause of Max' injuries, and he doesn't know how to tell Max why. When something happens to Max that pushes their relationship to the very limit, Jake and Max have to dig deep.
 
*this is one of those times I wish I'd written the review right after finishing the book!*
 
I started to write this review, at work. I got sidetracked. All that is on the page is 5 stars. Which is a good good thing, because now, after reading 4 books since this one, I've gotta dig deep to find what I really enjoyed about it!!
 
Ok, Its told from both men's point of view, check.
In the third person, check.
It has lots of angst, check.
It has lots of love, check.
It has an amazing family for Jake, check.
A not so nice one for Max, check.
It has Jake falling apart, check.
It has Max pulling himself back together, check.
 
Oh, you know what?? It has a little bit of every emotion known to man, and then some. Its painful in places, its joyous in others. Dark in places, yet delightful in other. It has Jake seeking redemption, but not giving it those he wronged. Its brilliant!!
 
Now I'm actually typing the review up, I know why I wrote those 5 stars at the top of the page, and I just wanna gush. And gushing does not a decent review make.
 
I seriously really enjoyed this book. I've not read anything by Jensen before, she is now firmly sat on my ever-growing wish list!!!
 
so, as I said... 5 stars
 
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finally i get what was missing!

Vespar (Order of the Black Knights Book 3) - Thianna Durston Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. I can't write a blurby bit, because I'm so so very pleased with this book!! We get a little into how the series came about, by way of a small bit at the front of this book. BUT more importantly...... We finally get more about WHY the Black Knights came about, and HOW Vespar, at least, came to be joined to them. We get that little bit of information at the beginning of this book that gives me what I was missing from books one, Gideon and book two, Matthias and it certainly made THIS book a far better read, for me anyway! It does carry the same, meet, love, kill, rinse and repeat theme from the other two books BUT it came across in a far better way, and I didn't notice the similarities in the story lines to books one and two, as much as I did between the other two books, if that makes sense? Yes, Vespar had met Marc many times in his previous lives, but their connection doesn't seem as solid, it wasn't given that "I've met him before" thing that was in the other books. I loved, LOVED that it was way past half way before they gave into their feelings for each other. LOVED being made to wait for the main event. Loved that it wasn't clear which way it would end, right til the end, loved that. Love being kept on my toes! Told from both men's point of view, in the third person is the best way for me to read a book. And I loved this book! Read in one single sitting. But I wonder, who is next?? Whoever it is, and whoever writes it, I want to read it. Now I have that bit more information, I need more! Greedy, I know, but there you go, that's me! So, I can't, in all honest, give it anything other than... 5 full stars **same worded review will appear on Goodreads/Booklikes, DSP Publications, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble**

a part works!!!

Eternal Desires Of A Succubus: Created In The Shadows Of Heaven - Lucy Lyons
I was gifted my copy of this book from the publisher, and I thank them for that.
 
Isabel knows she is no stunner, and is only going out to get laid. Waking up the next morning, she has only a vague recollection that she did get laid, but she can't remember anything else. Then she notices her body changing, the reactions of the men around her changing, and she starts to remember. Oz, an angel, and Gavin, a vampire, changed Isobel into a succubus. Now she has to deal with the fact that she must have sex, and a lot of it, to survive, but also, that some vampires want to control her for their own greed.
 
I did not know this was a part of a story going in, and I would have said no, had I known. It makes me so cross to only get half the information, half a story, when I'm expecting a full one.
 
It is, part told story aside, a little jumpy. I didn't much care for Isobel, at all. And only she has a say. Gavin and Oz needed a say, to make this a much better half story.
 
I still don't have the full picture, as to WHY Oz and Gavin choose Isobel, and I can't see where the story is going, other than that there will be A LOT of sex involved.
 
Now, I do like my books explicit, I'm quite happy to read porn, I make no apologies for what I like to read. BUT there has to be a good story line behind it. I'm not finding that here.
 
Will I continue on with the series?? probably not while its still being written. When its finished, and is available as a single completed story, then maybe, maybe I will read it then.
 
3 stars.
 
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cute 4 star read

Holiday House Swap - Sarah Madison
Noah leaves his isolated cabin, and swaps a house for the Christmas period, in an effort to jump start his writer's block and give him the necessary push to decide what to do about using his friend as the face of his pen name. A mix up means the house is not empty, and Connor is home for good after facing an agonizing choice: retire on full pension, or face a court marshall, for an unauthorised mission to rescue a team member. Can Noah and Connor get on enough to share the massive house??
 
I'm not usually one for Christmas stories. When this was sent to me to ask did I want to read it, it came without a title, so I had no idea it would be a Christmas story but this one is just based around that time; there isn't much emphasis on the Christmas bit and I rather enjoyed it!
 
Noah has a sharp tongue and a witty mind, that sometimes moves at rocket speed and I struggled to keep up. Not a bad thing, though. Just meant I had to slow down me skim reading! I loved how his mind worked, not just for himself, but for Connor too, and how Noah pulled everyone from around Connor together, to make Connor see just what he really needed to do to keep the house and the horses.
 
I loved how Noah was fully aware of his friend, Julie and her predicament, being the name and face of Noah's series. Knowing he needs to release Julie is part of his reason for leaving the cabin in the first place.
 
BUT!!
 
I can't say what I thought of Connor, because its all Noah. Yes I KNOW I say it often enough to annoy even myself but I really did need Connor to have a say. I needed to know what was going through his mind when he mounted that rescue mission. When he came face to face with the rescuee (is that a word??) When he decided to make some sort of go of it with Noah.
 
Had we had Connor too, I have no doubt that this would have been a five star read. But we didn't, so...
 
4 stars
 
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not one for me.

Window Dressing - Lucy Felthouse

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

 

I can't word the official blurb any better (thats not to say I think my blurbs ARE better, I just can't word it any differently!) than the official one, so not doing one here.

 

SHORT!!! Too short to be a book, I'm afraid, more an extended chapter or two.

 

Only Jessie has her say, and I didn't much like Jessie. I understand Edith, somewhat, even though she didn't have her say, but I didn't like her much either. They do seem to suit each other though.

 

I WOULD like to read a longer more in depth book by this author. Just to see what she does with more pages.

 

So, I'm sorry, but a short review for a short book. 47 pages. Previously published in an anthology. And this is becoming a trend I don't much care for. Publish a perfectly good short story in the anthology, and then, again, on its own. In the anthology, I probably would have loved it. But here?? It was kinda meh. BUT I did finish it so....

 

3 stars

 

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cute holiday read.

Holiday House Swap - Sarah Madison
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Noah leaves his isolated cabin, and swaps a house for the Christmas period, in an effort to jump start his writer's block and give him the necessary push to decide what to do about using his friend as the face of his pen name. A mix up means the house is not empty, and Connor is home for good after facing an agonizing choice: retire on full pension, or face a court marshall, for an unauthorised mission to rescue a team member. Can Noah and Connor get on enough to share the massive house??
 
I'm not usually one for Christmas stories. When this was sent to me to ask did I want to read it, it came without a title, so I had no idea it would be a Christmas story but this one is just based around that time; there isn't much emphasis on the Christmas bit and I rather enjoyed it!
 
Noah has a sharp tongue and a witty mind, that sometimes moves at rocket speed and I struggled to keep up. Not a bad thing, though. Just meant I had to slow down me skim reading! I loved how his mind worked, not just for himself, but for Connor too, and how Noah pulled everyone from around Connor together, to make Connor see just what he really needed to do to keep the house and the horses.
 
I loved how Noah was fully aware of his friend, Julie and her predicament, being the name and face of Noah's series. Knowing he needs to release Julie is part of his reason for leaving the cabin in the first place.
 
BUT!!
 
I can't say what I thought of Connor, because its all Noah. Yes I KNOW I say it often enough to annoy even myself but I really did need Connor to have a say. I needed to know what was going through his mind when he mounted that rescue mission. When he came face to face with the rescuee (is that a word??) When he decided to make some sort of go of it with Noah.
 
Had we had Connor too, I have no doubt that this would have been a five star read. But we didn't, so...
 
4 stars
 
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I need more of these people!!

In the Flesh - HK Carlton
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Kate, and her AFT (but not sure what that means!) partner, Mike, are tasked with infiltrating the local crime gang after two other agents disappeared. Kate has to call on her skills as a dancer. Meeting the lady who looks after all the dancers at the club, In The Flesh, Carly, has Kate in a tailspin. Is Carly part of the crime gang they are trying to bring down??
 
So bloody short!!!
 
Oh, I wanted so much more because I really REALLY enjoyed this one!!
 
I did not see that coming, no, ma'am, I did not. And I LOVE it when I get surprised like that!
 
Only two things let it down. 1. we ONLY get Kate. yes, yes yeah, I know, I really do know, but I would have loved to have heard from Carly, i really would. and 2. too stinking short!!
 
Cos when you love a book, you always need more. I would love to read more of this author, I can't see that I've read anything else, but a longer more in depth piece. I would also like to know, will there be more of Kate and Carly??? Please??
 
4 stars
 
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i finished it. which is good.

Whispers of Old Winds (2016 edition) - George Seaton
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Sam and Michael live happily in the Colorado mountains. Sam is Sheriff and Michael has his store. When the body of a skinwalker is discovered in a massive snow drift, Sam discovers Michael's gifts are far more than he first imagined.
 
Struggling to word this review, because I'm not really sure how I felt about it. The story itself had promise, and I looked forward to reading it, but for me, it fell kinda flat. The skinwalkers appeared, and then were gone. There was some magic and withcraft talked about, visited with, and then said goodbye to. Michael and his gifts? I never got the full picture about those, and I had to concentrate, so I didn't miss it!
 
The book flips from what Sam is going through now, to chapters about when they first met, when they moved to the mountains and things that happened along the way. I didn't quite get the point of those, they didn't make much sense to the current time line, not to me, anyway.
 
And, its first person, present tense, single pint of view. To be honest, I didn't notice the present tense bit so much at the beginning, but towards the end, when I was struggling to finish it, I noticed it more.
 
There is, listed on Goodreads, a much shorter version of this story, only 38 pages, which was published in November 2015 as part of the Dreamspinner Pres Advent Calendar for that year. Maybe, I'd have liked that version much more than this 315 page version.
 
But because I DID finish it, and ONLY because I did...
 
3 stars
 
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really enjoyed this!

What's in a Name? - Pat Henshaw
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO file of this book.
 
Jimmy decides its a bloody good idea to get dead drunk on his birthday after his boyfriend dumps. The bar tender picks him up and takes him home, just to make sure Jimmy is safe. But Jimmy doesn't know his name, he wears a different badge every day. When it becomes clear that Jimmy and the Guy have a huge connection, Guy gives Jimmy 7 guesses to get his name. Can't be that hard, can it??
 
Oh, I loved this!! Its so bloody cute!
 
We do only get Jimmy, and ya'll know how I feel about READING single person books. However, I've come to the conclusion I love LISTENING to single person point of view, especially if they are first person. Why its different, I've no idea, but there you go, just needed to say it.
 
I like Henshaw's writing, the way their mind works. I liked that I didn't get who was doing the damage to the coffee shop, that was a great misdirection!
 
It's mostly clean, but not a bad thing, not here. I LOVED that it was that way here.
 
Its not very long, hence the hang over tag, just under 3 hours, 80 odd pages but I don't think it needed any more.
 
And I DID get Guy's name before Jimmy did, honestly, I did!
 
David Ross narrates.
 
This is the first of his work, and indeed Henshaw's, that I've listened to. I hope it won't be the last. I enjoyed his voices for Jimmy and Guy, and everyone else too. They all came across clear and I had no trouble getting what I needed to know, from Jimmy, via Ross.
 
Ross' reading voice is clear and even, and very easy on the ears. I'd love to be able to continue with this series in audio, but this is the only one out yet. I'll wait though. I've found starting a series in audio, then switching to reading has a.....negative....impact on my enjoyment.
 
So, for a short book, it gets a surprising...
 
5 stars
5 star narration
5 overall.
 
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awesome catch up with these boys

Absinthe of Malice - Rhys Ford
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Damien decides to take Crossroads Gin on tour. Miki, Forest and Rafe all have their own demons to chase, as does Damien but he hopes this tour will bring them closer to each other, to get back what they had with Sinners Gin. The further along the tour they go, the more those demons push and torment. Will it bring them closer, or push them further apart?
 
Oh I LOVED catching up with these boys! And I do mean everyone. We get some of each couple, Miki and Kane; Damien and Sionn; Forest and Connor; Rafe and Quinn and even Ma and Da pop up along the way.
 
Each member of the band struggles in their own way being separated from the other halves of their souls. Miki really goes through the wringer here and Rafe is pushed to his very limits. Its full of soul searching, deep and painful, spaced with a reunion of each pair at various points. ( I found it to be not as explicit as some of the other books, but thats not a bad thing, not at all!) It has each band member's feeling about being on tour and on stage. It has each band member's reaction to everything that happens.
 
It also has a CORKER of a cliff hanger! I mean a freaking corker that was like SAY WHAT NOW?!?!?!?!?
 
I need to listen to this too. I could hear Tristan James in my head while reading but I'll say the same as I did in my read review for Sloe Ride. I'm not hearing the VOICES correctly, and it was doing my head in. So much so, I went back and listened to some of Sloe Ride, just to get everyone right. Still need to listen to it though!
 
I'll not say anymore, because I don't wanna give spoilers. BUT! If you are a follower of the Sinners Gin series, you'll need to know this: One more time. Just one more time we'll get to catch up with these guys. Just the one. And I'm sad about that but equally, I know the series end is gonna be awesome!
 
5 stars
 
I was also given the opportunity to LISTEN to this book, via Divine Magazine. I was gifted the audio file.
 
Tristan James narrates, as he does the whole series. And I cannot, absolutely CANNOT fault his work. The man is a genius at the voices of everyone. I have some hearing issues which means I struggle with speech tones, especially when there are multiple people talking. I have NO issues with James' voices. I can define each and every one, clearly, with no bother at all, even when they all wanna take part in the conversation! He portrays all their emotions, their feelings, their fears about this tour, in such a way, that you wanna hug each and every one of the boys in the band, and their mates just like Ma would do.
 
His reading voice is clear and deep and even and lulls you, you know? You sort of get pulled in a false sense of security, because while you are lulling along, listening to an excellent book with excellent narration, Ford will then spit at you, throw something at you that makes you gasp out loud, shout WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT and make you (or it did me, even though I had READ this previously so kinda knew what to expect!) rewind, and listen to the bit again, because you might have misheard James. But no, you didn't.
 
I knew when I was reading this book, I wasn't hearing the voices right. I KNEW I had to listen to this book, even though I have read it already, but I'm finding I like doing that. Reading it, then listening at a later date. Not some much to listen first THEN read though. Sorry, going off topic. I KNEW i had to listen to this book. James does not disappoint, no ma'am, not at all.
 
so,
 
5 stars for the book
5 stars for the narration
5 stars overall
 
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