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Winter Sisters
by Robin Oliveira
Series: Mary Sutter #2
Genres: Historical, Mystery
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From the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter comes a rich and compelling historical novel about the disappearance of two young girls after a cataclysmic blizzard, and what happens when their fate is discovered

New York, 1879: After an epic snow storm ravages the city of Albany, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, begins a search for two little girls, the daughters of close friends killed by the storm who have vanished without a trace.

Mary's mother and niece Elizabeth, who has been studying violin in Paris, return to Albany upon learning of the girls' disappearance--but Elizabeth has another reason for wanting to come home, one she is not willing to reveal. Despite resistance from the community, who believe the girls to be dead, the family persists in their efforts to find the two sisters. When what happened to them is revealed, the uproar that ensues tears apart families, reputations, and even the social fabric of the city, exposing dark secrets about some of the most powerful of its citizens, and putting fragile loves and lives at great risk.

Please welcome Sophia Rose to Caffeinated as she takes us to Albany, New York in 1879 for a historical fiction wrapped in mystery. Come check out Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira.

Sophia Rose’s Review

Albany, New York of 1879, an apocryphal unexpected blizzard, missing sisters, and an unspeakable act is set in motion.

Winter Sisters is the follow-up tale to My Name Is Mary Sutter. The events take place fourteen years after the end of the previous book. I had not read book one but did just fine starting with Winter Sisters. That said, this one would no doubt be spoiler-ish for My Name Is Mary Sutter as it recaps some of the past to set up for the events of Winter Sisters. I still plan to go back to Mary Sutter’s earlier story because I want to know and feel that one after this one.

So, Winter Sisters!

Wooboy, this was something. It is historical fiction and it is a mystery. It paints a vivid picture of the times and the people of Albany, New York. The author’s love for her hometown and her research shine through in this one. She brought this place to life, warts and all.

The story has an ominous tone as it slowly sets up for what is to come (be patient at the beginning). As a reader, my interest was given a gentle tug at first that grew and grew until I was gripped tight in this story. I don’t think I even breathed a few times near the end as I waited to see the culmination of all that had come before. It’s not heart-pounding danger and action, though there are moments of that, but just the build of a plot to its climax point that was deftly achieved.

The main plot centers around the disappearance of two young girls during a blizzard and then eventually what happened to them later during the spring thaw of the river and the subsequent flood. There are other plots circling around the central mystery. Mary’s ongoing fight for women’s health issues, Elizabeth’s private crisis over her musical talent, the Van Der Veer’s home situation, and more. They weave together quite well and the transitions were gentle between so I was not taken out of the story.

The mystery doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I loved how the historical setting and societal norms play a strong role. The author shows how things were thought about and handled back then from Mary’s reception by a misogynist police captain to the reaction of the city’s privileged, to the light shone on the lowly world of the prostitutes, to a woman’s lot in general from privileged wealth, and to children in that day. The real eyeopener for me was the take on medicine, mental health, and criminal law regarding the elements around the mystery. Let’s just say we have come far since then. Though, I know there are parallels of needed reform still in modern times. I’m deliberately being cagey about the plot because there are some real shockers and I don’t want to ruin it for potential readers.

The characters are vivid and colorful but are drawn with humanity in its strengths, weaknesses, good and terrible evil. The narrative shifts about from an unknown omniscient narrator to specific characters thoughts.

Mary is a central figure though she shares the limelight with others. I can’t address how far she has come since the earlier part of her story in book one, but I imagine existing fans will be delighted to encounter a middle-aged Mary and how she has stayed true to herself. She is a female doctor with high intelligence, drive, and unapologetic. She earns respect, but also fear wherever she goes. People, like the police chief, the head surgeon at the city hospital, and Gerrit Van der Veer bristle and try to dominate her when she inadvertently holds up a mirror where they see their weakness and inferiority in the face of her spirit, heroism, and drive. Mary is a voice for those who have no voice. She was an amazing character as were those who were close to her for loving her and wanting her just the way she was.

In some books, multiple narrators can feel dizzying and confusing, but for Winter Sisters, it really was a good choice. Getting the different points of view and how they saw the events didn’t diminish or distract but added so many layers. I think it made the story more visceral so I felt the punch of it, but it also gave me a break at times from the harsher and darker element. Elizabeth and Jakob’s courtship was sweet and I loved seeing Mary and William partnering in a more mature relationship.

All in all, I thought Winter Sisters was a fabulous and lush example of historical fiction and mystery blended well. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy strong female leads and American history of the late nineteenth century.

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira transports readers to 1879 Albany, New York and delivers a fictional historical mystery with strong female leads and rich look at the period.
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About Robin Oliveira

Robin Oliveira grew up just outside Albany, New York in Loudonville. She holds a B.A. in Russian, and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow, Russia. She is also a Registered Nurse, specializing in Critical Care and Bone Marrow Transplant. She received an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the fiction editor for the literary magazine upstreet and a former assistant editor at Narrative Magazine. She was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship in 2007 for her then novel-in-progress, THE LAST BEAUTIFUL DAY, an excerpt of which appeared in the 2008 issue of Provincetown Arts. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her family.”

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About Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate. Associate Reviewer for Delighted Reader blog.

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Hunted
by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, #6
Published by: Random House
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration Rating: 5
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For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok - AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living - and still have a world to live in.

Don’t miss Kevin Hearne’s novella "Two Ravens and One Crow" at the end of the audiobook.

Hunted by Kevin Hearne the sixth novel in the urban fantasy series the Iron Druid Chronicles is aptly named as Atticus, Garnuaile, and Oberon flee across Europe. The gods, Artemis and Diana are pursuing them and oh boy are they angry. Holy addictive listens this had me on the edge of my seat the entire ride!

Our story picks up right where Trapped left off and listening to the narration of Luke Daniels provided an addictive tale that had me biting my nails, shedding a tear and wondering how Atticus would get them out of this mess. Aside from the hunt, Atticus has to worry about the Norse god Loki who seeks Atticus’s death to unleash the end times known as Ragnarok. Prevented from accessing Tuatha Dé Danann our trio will have to outrun and outwit them all.

We got to enjoy more time with Oberon and much to my delight there were plenty of scenes written from Granuaile’s POV, a trend I hope continues. Hearne slew my heart wide-open as we lose someone dear to us. To make matters worse twists and turns left me reeling. We learn about the Forest of Hearne, which had me pausing to learn more about the folklore behind it.

Action packed with loads of secondary characters, elementals and curious creatures I delighted in listening to Luke Daniels create voices for not only the gods, but others. Brilliantly done, I could see these characters spring to life and proving once again that Hearne and Daniels are beautifully matched. I loved the author’s portrayal of Artemis and Diana from the modern nods to their attire and the gods’ stories.

Atticus continues to amaze me and even when he would like to sit down and weep, he manages to prove what a badass Druid he is. Hunted provided a mix of emotions, darkness, and light. I loved Atticus’ snark, quips, and ability to find humor in the most dangerous of situations. He really is a smartass. He along with Oberon and Garnuaile amuse me with their movie quotes and nods to all things geeky that I adore.

Hearne’s humor combined with his easy flowing storytelling and unique take on lore, gods, and supernatural creatures allowed me to become completely caught up in the hunt and I devoured this audio in a single day.

I loved the ending in which Atticus fulfills an overdue promise to Oberon. It was hilarious and touching. I am excited to learn more.

As an added bonus, the audiobook contains the novella, Two Ravens, and One Crow. Events take place six years into Garnuaile’s training and between the novels, Tricked and Trapped but also help to tie up some loose ends from Hammered. As a fan of the Morrigan and baseball, I loved this tale. Filled with laughter, angry gods, and a naked Morriga. I loved spending additional time in this world.

Atticus, Garnuaile, and Oberon flee across Europe as the angry gods, Artemis and Diana, pursuing them in Hunted by Kevin Hearne #loveaudiobooks
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About Kevin Hearne

Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as two forthcoming series: The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and Tales of Pell, a fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson.

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Trapped
by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, #5
Published by: Random House
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 9 hours and 2 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists

Trapped by Kevin Hearne is the fifth novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Once again I chose to listen to the brilliant narrations provided by Luke Daniels. Dark Elves, angry gods, and vampires all want our beloved Druid dead. Action-packed and filled with humor, friendship, and trouble at every turn,  I quickly became caught up in their adventures.

I  was excited to see Atticus was ready to bind  Granuaile with Gaia making her the first new Druid in over 2,000 years. Unlike, Atticus who carries an ancient sword, Granuaile has a tricked out staff thanks to some crafty Fey. We see significant growth in this feisty, fearless young woman who smells like strawberry lip gloss. It was exciting to see what animals forms she would receive and watching her experience each for the first time was both humorous and amazing.

Of course, Hearne brought danger to Trapped in the form of dark elves, angry gods, and pesky vampires. One of my favorite things about the Iron Druid Chronicles is the extensive world-building using lore, myths, and gods. Hearne shares the history of the dark elves, something I was truly looking forward to. We learn more about Roman Gods, Norse Gods, Celtic Gods and even Hell. The author skillfully provided imagery that brought the stories Atticus shares to life all while our Druids and Oberon attempt to avoid death.

Thing heat up a little in Trapped and I loved these moments. Atticus has a thing for Granuaile, but as her teacher, he never acted. The binding scenes made me laugh and I loved how things evolved.

Never have I wanted an Irish Wolfhound as much as Oberon makes me want one. Getting his POV is an absolute treat and added humor during the darker moments. And we see plenty of dark times with action scene after action scene. Granuaile was a total badass, and the scene with the killer clowns was epic!

If you haven’t begun the series, I recommend listening. Never tried an audio? This is the perfect series to test the waters. Hearne’s story comes to live with the voices Luke Daniels creates. He has fast become one of my favorite narrators. His voice for Oberon is perfection.

It's time for Granuaile to be bound to Gaia and the action is non-stop in Trapped by Kevin Hearne #loveaudiobooks #LukeDaniels
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Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as two forthcoming series: The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and Tales of Pell, a fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

This week was busy, busy, busy! I had a couple of huge projects for clients and the Royals were here Friday and Saturday. I may have gone back full swing too soon, as a follow-up visit with the Doctor for my husband and I resulted in another round of antibiotics and a scolding. Our pneumonia has not cleared up. I knew by Thursday night I had pushed too much but we had committed to watching the Royals over a month ago, so it couldn’t be helped. But we are resting today. Movies and naps are on the agenda. We really need to kick this. Last week I noticed many folks linked up without a mention of the Sunday Post anywhere on their post. Please mention and provide the link so others can join us.  Is it Spring yet? Stay Caffeinated.

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  • Trapped By Kevin Hearne (audio review)
  • Hunted By Kevin Hearne (audio review)
  • Winter Sisters By Robin Oliveira (guest review)
  • Discount Armageddon By Seanan McGuire (audio review)
  • The Grimoire Of The Lamb By Kevin Hearne(audio review)
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The Red
by Tiffany Reisz
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart
Length: 7 hours and 13 minutes
Genres: Erotic Fiction, Fantasy
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Narration Rating: 4
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Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother's art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it's in the red.

Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting...but surely her mother didn't mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red...

The Red is a standalone novel of erotic fantasy from Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief and the Original Sinners series.

I loved Tiffany Reisz’s Bourbon Theif, The Night Mark, and The Lucky Ones but despite owning the first two Original Sinners novels, I had not yet delved into her erotic fiction, so when the opportunity to review The Red on audio presented itself, I decided to explore her sensual worlds.  The story that unfolded was pure, dark erotic fantasy and offered a rather interesting twist.

The story begins as Mona Lisa St. James starts to accept the reality that she will be unable to keep her grandmother’s deathbed wish of keeping her art gallery, The Red open. A mysterious man appears in the gallery and offers her a chance to save the gallery. The terms are simple. All she has to do is agree to submit entirely to this man over the course of one year. In return, he will save her gallery. The tale that unfolds in this standalone novel shares those erotic encounters before ending in a surprising twist.

Dark, sensual and filled with erotic scenes, The Red burned my ears as I listened. You’ll want headphones when listening to this sizzling hot tale. Narrated by Elizabeth Hart, Reisz introduces us to scene after scene of sexual fantasy from pure BDSM to some rather bizarre and taboo fantasies with the mysterious Malcolm. All of the scenes take place in the back of the Red Gallary on a brass bed which belonged to Mona’s grandmother. The room is transformed, and Reisz vividly brings to life the scenes she creates.

I was intrigued by the mysterious man but about halfway through, I felt the stories got a little weird and didn’t think this was much more than hot erotic fiction. However, the ending surprised me as Reisz tied the bed, Mona, and the past together for an exciting twist.

Elizabeth Hart really brought the story to life making both Malcolm and Mona feel genuine. Her tone and pacing lent to the story giving a smooth flow that pulled you into the story.

While I enjoyed the overall storyline, this isn’t quite my cup of coffee and think I will stick to Reiz’s other storylines. For fans of erotic fiction, Reisz weaves a tale that will both shock and delight.

The Red by Tiffany Reisz wasn't my cuppa but for fans of erotic fiction, Reisz weaves a tale that will both shock and delight.
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About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz lives on Mt. Hood in Oregon in her secret volcanic lair with her husband (author Andrew Shaffer) and two cats (one good, one evil).  she is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.  If she couldn’t write, she would die. Probably in a volcano eruption.

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Murder's a Witch
by Danielle Garrett
Series: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #1
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Holly Boldt has a secret.

Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.

When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she’s forced to abandon her new-found home and live life as a witch on the run. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she can barely think in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer?

Holly has to make it work, or risk losing everything … again.

Murder’s a Witch is a cozy witch mystery with a spunky twist. Come see what’s brewing in Beechwood Harbor in this first installment of The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series.

Murder’s a Witch by Danielle Garrett is the first book in the cozy paranormal mystery series Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries. I was in the mood for something witchy, and this looked fun. Narrated by Amanda Ronconi, Garrett delivered an entertaining murder-mystery featuring a halfway house for displaced paranormals.

Holly Bolt, a potions witch is given one last chance for a fresh start and is residing in a halfway house, run by a ghost for paranormals. She lives with a shifter wolf, vampire and a strange man on the third floor who keeps odd hours. The manor is situated in the quiet town of Beechwood Harbor where Holly works fulltime as a barista.

The story that unfolds was an interesting one and begins with a man sneaking around their house. She confronts him, and he claims to be interested in hosting haunted tours in her home. Holly begins to worry its something more. Before she even has time to contemplate what he is up to, she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigating, and her fellow employee is the prime suspect. She vows to clear her friend’s name but must tread carefully, or she’ll soon find herself in trouble with the paranormal community. To complicate matters the ghostly owner of their home is depressed, and the wolf and vampire are fighting.

Garrett did a fantastic job of introducing us to our heroine and key secondary characters while delighting us with a murder-mystery. Twists, suspects and paranormal complications kept me engaged. The town has all the charm one would expect in a small-town and the downside too, like nosey neighbors and town gossips. The murder is the talk of the town.

I love the premise of the halfway house, and we learn a little about the hierarchy in the paranormal world and the agency that monitors these displaced paranormals. I like that the supernatural world lives side-by-side in secret with humans.

This series has five published books out, and all have four plus stars on Goodreads. I am delighted to see them beginning to publish in audio format. Amanda Ronconi was the perfect choice to narrate. She captures Holly, the humor and the suspense of the story.

Murder’s a Witch was a delightful start to the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries, and I look forward to my next adventure with Holly Bolt.

Tantor Audio brings the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries to life with the voice of Amanda Ronconi, Murder's A Witch by Danielle Garrett delivered a murder-mystery featuring a halfway house for displaced paranormals. #iloveaudiobooks
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From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well. Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

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Stud Finder
by Lauren Blakely
Published by: Audible
Narrator: Jesse Metcalfe, Grace Grant
Length: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Narration Rating: 4.5
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Man seeking woman: Hot, rich, smart, witty, self-made multimillionaire Internet genius seeks classy, intelligent, sexy, fun-loving woman who’s interested in settling down and sharing all the good things.

There. Best. Ad. Ever.

I will absolutely find the woman of my dreams, someone who’ll love me for me. Even if my sister thinks I need help dating, I’m confident I can pull this off, courtesy of the great worldwide web.
Let me just hit the upload button right now...
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No. Just no. As a woman and a professional matchmaker, I can’t let Dylan Parker run this ad. He’s the catch of all catches. That’s why his sister has asked me to help her ridiculously good-looking, insanely rich, but socially clueless brother find a woman. As a broker of happily ever afters, I’m known as the Stud Finder since I make a great living pairing wildly successful women with men who won’t fleece them but will adore them. After all, what woman in her right mind wouldn’t fall in love with Dylan?

I mean, besides me. It totally won’t be me.

Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely, a 1001 Dark Nights novella was the perfect RomCom listen. Narrated by Jesse Metcalfe and Grace Grant I laughed at this quirky, sexy and thoroughly entertaining listen.

So Evie is a professional matchmaker, and her best friend’s brother becomes her client after his debacle attempting to use a fashionable and trendy online service. Dylan Parker is a sexy tech geek who prefers conducting everything online unless its visiting local taco dives.

This was such a fun story that begins with Evie interviewing him several times, some of which include homework, as she prepares his profile to find his match. I loved the subtle chemistry at the beginning that slowly built as the two chatted and moved on to spicy and heated. If you are looking for a totally feel-good contemporary romance with moments of humor, delightful banter and a little snark you’ll love Stud Finder.

Jesse Metcalfe was a new to me narrator and one I enjoyed. Grace Grant is established and always enjoyable. Together they made Dylan and Evie come to life and worked perfectly in this dual POV story.

3 Reasons to Listen to Stud Finder: 

  • Adorkable (yeah its a word, a combo of adorable and deliciously dorky)
  • Feel Good Romance that will leave you grinning
  • Excellent narrator combo brought characters to life and enhanced the tale.

At just under 3 hours, Stud Finder, is the perfect listen for a late night treat. Just add wine and a few truffles. You’ll be smiling the whole time.

At just under 3 hours, Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely, is the perfect listen for a late night treat. Just add wine and a few truffles. You'll be smiling the whole time. #iloveaudiobooks
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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With nine New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller List more than three dozen times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire. She recently released BIG ROCK, a sexy standalone romantic comedy that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. In the late spring, she’ll release MISTER O, another standalone romantic comedy.

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The Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite series. On March 6, book five Burn Bright releases. I have to tell you, I was privileged enough to receive an advanced copy and it earned five cups of coffee here at Caffeinated. You’ll want to devour this on release day! Grab a cup, learn about Burn Bright and enter to win Cry Wolf, the first book in the Alpha & Omega series.

Burn Bright
by Patricia Briggs
Alpha & Omega #5
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In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs “spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well” (USATODAY.com). Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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The Lucky Ones
by Tiffany Reisz
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Suspense
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They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

A vivid and suspenseful tale of family, grief, love—and the dark secrets that bind everything together—Tiffany Reisz’s latest is enthralling to the final page.

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz delivered a gothic suspense with a touch of romance and a creeptastic setting along the Oregon coast. Reisz is a masterful storyteller and quickly pulled me into this unsettling tale. Suspense, mystery, lies, secrets and more await you in this addictive tale.

In a nutshell, the Lucky Ones, shares the story of seven children who lived in the Dragon House, a beautiful home on the coastal shore of Oregon with their foster parent, Dr. Capello. Some of the children were adopted, and Allison expected to be one of them until she was whisked away under mysterious circumstances. Now twenty-five and at a crossroads, Allison receives a message from Roland, one of the boys Dr. Capello adopted. It seems the Doctor is dying and the note asks her to come.

The tale that unfolds shared a taboo romance and a suspenseful, gothic mystery that held me spellbound. When Allison was thirteen a fall down the stairs left her in the hospital with a memory gap. Was she pushed and who made the frantic call to her aging Aunt that caused Allison to be ripped from the home and people she loved? While saying her goodbyes and reconnecting with her siblings Allison begins questioning events around her mysterious fall. Lies, omissions and startling discoveries will make her question everything.

Reisz shares a chilling tale while exploring the human mind and the minds of sociopaths. She dabbles in scientific questions and theories while enlightening the reader on studies and experiments in the field. I have a macabre fascination with serial killers and sociopaths and found this exploration interesting. It also gave the story a bit of chilling realism.

I found myself connecting with the characters particularly the siblings. Secondary characters like Allison’s Ex added interest and humor while aiding her in her investigations. Reisz did an excellent job of introducing the siblings, casting doubt and evoking emotional feels from the reader.

The ending delivers answers and our main character makes decisions that will have the reader asking themselves what they would have done. The ending left me pondering the story for days after I closed the book.

The Lucky Ones is perfect for fans of twisty, suspenseful tales with complex characters. The pacing and romance allowed for a quick, engaging thriller.

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is perfect for fans of twisty, suspenseful tales with complex characters. The pacing and romance allowed for a quick, engaging thriller. #NewRelease #mustread #thriller
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About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz lives on Mt. Hood in Oregon in her secret volcanic lair with her husband (author Andrew Shaffer) and two cats (one good, one evil).  she is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.  If she couldn’t write, she would die. Probably in a volcano eruption.

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To Sir Phillip, With Love
by Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #5
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Genres: Historical Romance
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Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except...she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her... and more. Did he think she was mad?

Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking...and wondering...and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except...he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled...and when he kissed her...the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder...could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

I am continuing my journey with the Bridgertons on audio, To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn is the fifth novel in the Bridgertons series and shares Eloise’s story. Ah, Eloise, somehow I knew her romance wouldn’t be conventional, and Quinn didn’t disappoint.

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor, Quinn annoyed and delighted me as she shared Eloise Bridgerton’s romance.  Eloise sent Sir Phillip Crane a note of sympathy when his wife, Marina, died fifteen months or so ago and the letter sparked a correspondence between the two.

Quinn shares the death of Sir Phillip’s wife which leaves him a widower and single parent to eight-year-old twins. He and Eloise strike up a friendship, and he proposes a meeting to discuss a possible marriage. Eloise, being, well, Eloise decides to leave home in the middle of the night and arrive unannounced at Sir Philip’s country estate.

The tale that unfolded was filled with the humor one comes to expect when you think of Quinn and the lively, if not unruly Bridgertons. I will be the first to admit I didn’t much care for Sir Philip. I felt sorry for him, yes, but the man was an arse that was until, well, he wasn’t. You’ll have to discover that for yourself.

A mischief set of eight-year twins added fun to the mix as Eloise tried to figure out Sir Philip and decide whether to marry him. Of course, she didn’t think anything through, and I am quite sure her brothers have different ideas.

I enjoyed the tale that unfolded from the pranks to the impossible Sir Philip. Eloise is a headstrong heroine who made me laugh, and Quinn did a lovely job of bringing me around when it came to Philip. The man has not had an easy time of it, and words certainly aren’t his strong suit.

The story was low on drama, thanks to the twins, the Bridgerton brothers and an unexpected situation. Quinn did this couple justice, and I enjoyed the complications brought on by Eloise’s rash decisions and the twins.

Rosalyn Landor continues to grow on me as a narrator and has become the voice of the Bridgertons. Her portrayal of Eloise was spot on, and I think she got Sir Philip right. If you haven’t started this series or want to jump in, the audiobooks are delightful and include the Epilogues which are delightful.

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn narrated by Rosalyn Landor offered humor, an annoying yet charming hero and Eloise Bridgerton who was delightful. #iloveaudiobooks #audio
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. In 2010, Ms Quinn won her third RITA Award in four years and was the thirteenth author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages, and she has been profiled in USA Today and TIME Magazine. Her twenty-third novel, The Sum of All Kisses, was released in late 2013.

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