The Truth About Love (Cynster #12)

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Title: The Truth About Love (Cynster #12)

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Narrator: Matthew Brenher

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 16.5 Hours

My Review:  5.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.

This story is revolves around Gerrard Debbington and Jacqueline Tregonning. Gerrard is commissioned to paint a portrait of Jacqueline. At first Gerrard is hesitant because he only really does landscapes. It’s the rare opportunity to paint the splendor of the Hellebore Hall gardens, Jacqueline’s home, that finally gets Gerrard to do the painting. When Gerrard gets to Hellebore Hall he finds out exactly why Jacqueline’s father commissioned the portrait. People think Jacqueline killed her mother. Gerrard thinks differently.

The Truth About Love is written by Stephanie Laurens. Having never read any of Stephanie Laurens’ books before I was pleasantly surprised. The plot of this book was really well thought out and written. Stephanie Laurens had me wondering who really was at fault the whole time. I can honestly say I was not expecting the people Stephanie Laurens chose. Very nicely done. Blackstone Audio’s production of The Truth About Love was wonderful and picking Matthew Brenher as the narrator was perfect. Matthew Brenher has a great voice for audio-books. He has a way with drawing you into the story and make sure you can tell each character’s conversation apart. A wonderful experience. Now I have a new favorite author and narrator to add to my list. In fact I’m starting to think I might have a new favorite production company also.

Now the big question: Would I recommend this book?? Considering I did give this book a 5 star rating. The answer would have to wholeheartedly be….. YES! It was a wonderful addition to my commute to and from work. And since I can be honest here while I was at work also. It is a little long but considering it was interesting and entertaining well worth the time.

Viper’s Defiant Mate: Sarafin Warriors, Book 2

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Title: Viper’s Defiant Mate: Sarafin Warriors, Book 2

Author:
S.E. Smith

Narrator: David Brenin

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 6.9 Hours

My Review:   4.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.

This book is about Prince Viper of the Sarafin and Tina St. Claire. Viper has been sent to earth by Vox, King of the Sarafin. Viper’s mission is to deliver important documents to the human authorities before kidnapping the sister and grandmother of Vox’s mate, Riley. What Viper isn’t expecting is the trouble that comes with dealing with Riley’s family. Tina, Riley’s sister also turns out to be Viper’s mate. Yet upon first meeting Viper Pearl, Tina & Riley’s grandmother, with the help of Tina shoots and drugs Viper. That’s when the story gets really fun.

S.E. Smith did a great job on this book. It was interesting and fun. IT makes for a great audio book especially with David Brenin as the narrator. David Brenin’s performance is what made this story great for me. Yes I say performance because David Brenin has such a way with reading the story that it makes it easy and fun to listen. This story also made a great book for audio but not one I would chose to listen to while driving. So I was glad I opted to listen while at home relaxing. Now I will admit I did find some places in the book where I felt S.E. Smith could have put better or more information but, all in all a good book. On the production side Blackstone Audio seems to be redeeming theirselves in my eyes. After this production I’m starting to think maybe Blackstone Audio should stick to new fiction and stay away from the classic’s.

So would I recommend this book? Yes for anyone that would like to hear a nice romance. This book is one romance that is nice and quick. Just under 7 hours a nice way to spend a relaxing afternoon/evening.

The Devil’s Evidence (Thomas Fool #2)

 

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Title: The Devil’s Evidence (Thomas Fool #2)

Author: Simon Kurt Unsworth

Narrator: David Rintoul

Publisher: Recorded Books

Genre: Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense Thriller

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 15h 30m / 13 CDs

My Review:  4.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.

This story is about Thomas Fool the Commander of the Information Office of Hell. Horrible fires and murders are happening in Hell which leads to Thomas Fool being ordered to investigate. While in the midst of the investigation in Hell. Thomas Fool is sent to Heaven as part of a political delegation. While in Heaven Thomas’s help is needed to investigate an unexplained mystery that is taking place in Heaven. There is murder in Heaven. As Thomas tries to investigate he is met with opposition and troubles. While in the middle of finding the truth Thomas tries to stop a war between Heaven and Hell from happening.

Simon Kurt Unsworth has a very interesting writing style. Having said that I’ll explain why it took my over a month to listen to this audio book. The first part of this book just seemed to drag for me and then closer to the end it jumped pace. I came into this series blind. In fact I’d never even heard of the author Simon Kurt Unsworth. This was an interesting book and David Rintoul did a great job narrating but on a personal note I think it would have made more sense to me to have read the first book in the series before I listen to this one. I look forward to the next book in the series and have high hopes to not be disappointed.

Would I recommend this book? Yes,Recorded Books did a great job with this production but I would like to say that The Devil’s Evidence is not a good book for a commute. If you’re the one doing the driving. I found it was a book you really had to pay attention to and could be distracting at times.