A closet readers take on: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Erotica, YA Fiction & Audiobooks

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Series:  Caught Up in Love, Book 1
Author:  Lauren Blakely
Narrator:  Emily Durante
Release Date:  3-31-15
Price:  $14.97
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Length:  5 hrs and 3 mins 
Format:  Audible Audio Edition
Purchase at Audible 

My Ratings

Plot:  4.5/5
Setting:  4/5
Writing:  4.5/5
Originality of Plot:  4/5
Characters Development:  4.5/5
Heat Level: 4/5

Ending:  5/5
Cover Art:  3.5/5
Narration:  5/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  44/50 =  88%



Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend, Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night, but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear. No hanky-panky permitted. Kat can handle that because she's totally over him . . . right? Except, he still makes her laugh, and he remembers all the things she likes. Not to mention that he's even more handsome now than he was then. Then there's the spark between them—the simply undeniable chemistry and the tender ways he shows he still cares for her. Can they resist each other the second time around or will first love trump all? 


Sometimes good can come from the broken heart of a first love.  Kat Harper's first love, Bryan, actually inspired her jewelry line called, My Favorite Mistakes.  This love for the fashion and jewelry business led her to a college mentoring course.  Each student is paired with an alumni business mentor in their field.  Unfortunately, Kat is paired up with her ex-Bryan who runs a men's cuff link company.  Of course he's just as hot and charming as he used to be, and he still seems to have a thing for her.  Her prof has a very strict no romance policy in his courses.  So how is Kat to going to survive the semester?  And you know Bryan isn't going to go easy on her.      

I really enjoyed Kat's story.  She is smart, caring, and sweet.  I enjoyed getting to know her as an adult, and also as a teen via flashbacks.  I love that she took something that hurt her so much, and turned it into something positive.  Her ultimate goal was to make enough money to help her parents failing business, and that really touched me.  She was also willing to try to put the love of her life on hold, to make her dreams come true. I adminred that she wasn't willing to take no for an answer, and in the end she got everything she needed.

I pretty much fell in love with Bryan the moment he first stepped into the book.  He was young and immature when he first met Kat.  And like most guys his age, he messed up his first love.  Fast-forward to the present, here we have a intelligent, witty, and sexy business men.  He does and says all the right things.  He's just so charming, you can't help but fall for him.  I mean the guy still remembers her coffee order.  Also, he's smart and didn't push Kat into a relationship she clearly wasn't ready for yet.     

I really enjoyed Emily Durante's narration of CAUGHT UP IN US!  Her light, sweet tone lent well to this story, especially when it came to voicing Kat.  Her character voices were distinct, and she did an amazing job voicing both the male and female parts.  Emily brought real emotions to this audiobook, from it's heart wrenching lows to it's light-hearted humor.  She really brought this story to life for me!

CAUGHT UP IN US is a sweet and sexy story about second chances.  Though this book had plenty of heat, I really enjoyed how the author made us wait for the really thing.  It made this book stand out so much more in a sea of instant gratification romance books.  I had a lot of fun getting "caught up" in this in this audiobook!  I really couldn't put it down, and finished the audiobook in two days.  I was happy to see that it's only the first in the Caught Up in Love series, so I can run right out and order the next audiobook in this series.

***Audiobook was provided by the author in trade for a fair review*** 


Sunday, January 3, 2016



Series:   Half-Moon Hollow, Book 4
Author:   Molly Harper
Narrator:  Amanda Ronconi
Release Date:  10-27-15
Price:  $17.46
Publisher:  Audible Studios
Length:  9 hrs  33 min

 My Ratings

Plot:  5/5
Setting:  4.5/5
Writing:  4.5/5
Originality of Plot:  5/5
Characters Development:  4.5/5
Ending:  5/5

Cover Art:  4.5/5
Narration:  5/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  43/45 =  95%



In the next book in Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Libby (a widow turned vampire) struggles with her transition and finds out it sucks to be the only vampire member of the PTA.....

Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn't the best idea she'd ever had, but she was desperate - she wasn't about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws. 

On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son's invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law's attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade - a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night - and the return of her sire, who hasn't stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her. 
With the help of her new vampire circle, Libby negotiates this unfamiliar quagmire of legal troubles, parental duties, relationships, and, as always in Harper's distinct, comedic novels, "characters you can't help but fall in love with" (RT Book Reviews). 


All Libby Stratton wanted to do was see her son grow up.  After being diagnosed with late-stage cancer, she decided to take a non-traditional, slightly frightening, path to do so.  She places an ad on Craigslist looking for a vampire to turn her, which is completely against council law.  She didn't exactly think this one all the way through.  Now she has to deal with explaining to her son why mommy can't go out in the sun, a PTA that wishes she didn't exists, in-laws that are fighting her for custody, and to top it off a stalker that seems to want her even more un-dead then she already is.

I truly enjoyed Libby & Wade.  Libby was intelligent, witty, and extremely resourceful!  I loved the lengths she was willing to go to, so her could be happy.  And then there is Wade.  He's the tattooed, gruff, biker with a heart gold.  He's a single parent just like Libby.  He's also willing to do whatever it takes to do what's right for his son.  These two make such a great couple.  She's soft, where he is hard.  They both need that one person to show them what true love is supposed to be like.  I found myself cheering for them from the moment they bumped into each other.

One of my favorite parts of this series is it crazy cast of characters.  I love getting to see more of Jane, her supernatural friends, and most of all Dick Cheney! Reading this series is like coming home, and seeing your old friends. I like how these characters float around the background of the story, while letting the primary take center stage. And what small town wouldn't be complete without catty, gossipy, ex-cheerleader PTO moms.    

Amanda Ronconi and Molly Harper are a magical pairing that you don't find often in the audiobook world.  Their work complements each other extremely well.  Amanda has a light hearted, humorous nature about her voice, which lends well to the story.  She can also take on the deeper emotional parts of the story as well.  The narrator adds an extra layer of emotion to the story.  She also has created such distinct voices for each of the Half-Moon Hallow characters.  She does a fantastic job with the males voices as well.  Her pacing and dictation are exquisite!  And no one makes me smile and laugh out loud, like this narrator.  Amanda Ronconi is Half Moon Hallow to me.

I enjoyed getting another chance to wonder around Half-Moon Hallow.  I have totally fallen love with this town and it's fantastical characters.  The combination of Molly Harper's humorous writing style, and Amanda Ronconi's spot on narration make this audiobook a real treat for the listeners.  I love that this book has a sense of humor, while still having it's strong emotional parts.  I can't wait to see more of Libby and Wade in future Half-Moon Hallow books.