Audio Highlights

It’s highlight time again. I’ve been consuming way more looks lately than I have time to review (I’m sure there are lots of amens regarding that situation) but I’ve listened/read some really awesome books that should still get their time in the sun.

Highlights by Lost in a Book:

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Autoboyography

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Narrator(s): Deacon Lee & Kyle Mason
Review/Thoughts:

Autoboyography is everything I love about YA & Coming of Age romance. The self discovery, teen angst where all of the feels are magnified and I just can’t help being on edge and feeling everything with them. First loves, first heartbreaks, etc., it’s a universal language because no matter how young or old, most of the population has been there at some point. The feels of an LDS character accepting himself for who he is and not the hate his “church” spews added so many gut clenching moments that I wanted to curl up. I’m really thankful for the HEA and wouldn’t complain about having some updates about the MCs.

The audio was great and I really enjoyed the voice used for Tanner . The POV change for Sebastian at the end was a bit off but overall the narration really worked with the story.

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely:

Wanderlust

Rating: 4 Stars (Take this rating with a grain of salt… it should probably be higher but I was suffering from an epic book hangover)

Narrator(s): Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
Review/Thoughts:

I listened to Wanderlust after the Strange the Dreamer series which was probably a mistake. While I really enjoyed this book, I was still hungover from the series I had been engrossed in. Joy and Griffin are very compatible characters (and hot af together). I love that Joy is this smart ass (and super smart) Texan who is independent and makes the most of each moment. Joy and Griffin complement each other and neither person needs the other to *fix* them, just time to find themselves in the loveliness that is Paris. I wanted to roll around in all that is Paris while listening to this book. Between the setting so meticulously detailed and the narration…*day dreams*

The narrators are amazing and I could listen to Richard tell me stories all day every day. That accent…

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Unwrapping Hank

Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton: Review by Lost in a Book

Unwrapping Hank (Unwrapping Hank, #1)

Blurb:

Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.

Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?

When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?

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4.5 Stars

I read a holiday book and LIKED it. No, I REALLY liked it. I don’t usually get along with holiday reads and avoid them like the plague. So thank you Eli for making my grinch heart grow a bit this year (even though this came out yearssss ago).

Oh Sloane. 😍 He’s sweet, sophisticated, well traveled, and practically grew up with a PhD in psychiatry due to his parents both having one and analyzing him on the regular. The best thing is that he isn’t pretentious about his background and he’s also not afraid to be himself and act his age. He’s attending college in Pennsylvania and joins a frat where he meets Micah and his mysterious brother, Hank. Micah loves solving mysteries and Hank, with his standoffish mercurial behavior became number one on his list.

Hank is Micah’s brother and where Micah’s a hipster, Hank is macho, tattooed, and hides his intelligence behind a dude-bro persona. Hank is crotchety where Sloane is easy going. Hank tries to avoid Sloane until he’s stuck with him at his family’s house over Christmas.

The Christmas holiday gives Sloane the perfect opportunity to fully *ahem* unwrap the mystery that is Hank Springfield.

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Hank and Sloane are fabuuuuuulous and highly entertaining together. They have a snarky front that is practically foreplay even if they don’t realize it. The relationship development isn’t rushed and we get to feel all warm and fuzzy at the perfect pace as they find a way to HEA-ville. You know what else? The Christmas element was tastefully done throughout to where I didn’t feel like I was rode hard and hung up wet by Santa, the elves, and reindeers. I wish there were more pages though because I’m greedy. What’s going to happen with Micah? Does he already have a story and I just don’t know about it? I could have read another hundred pages about Sloane and Hank. *dreamy sigh*

This was such a comfort read that I may have to revisit yearly to get my dose of Christmas cheer. It provides the feel of sitting by the fire with hot chocolate, cozy blankets, and hot ass smexy times (though refreshingly, it isn’t a gratuitous sex-fest). Definitely recommended.

P.S. I forgot to mention I listened to the audio. Tristan Wright is the narrator and he did a great job bringing these personalities to life.

September/October M/M Highlights

I’m baccccccckkk!! It was a hell of a few months but we made it and although I didn’t have a ton of reading time, I managed to knock a few back. I’m overwhelmed by the idea of trying to write back log reviews… so I’m not. Here are some of the M/M (I’ll be making another M/F post later) reads I (Lost in a Book) enjoyed during my moving craziness.

Glitterland (Glitterland, #1)

Glitterland by Alexis Hall

4.25 Stars

Format: Audio

Narrator: Nicholas Boulton

Thoughts:

This was a pleasant surprise. I’ve had Glitterland on my TBR for a while but not my “real” TBR. You know… the ever expanding list that I may one day get to. It was my lucky day when I saw this on audio and wasn’t annoyed by the narrator. Actually, Nicholas Boulton kicked ass with the narration and kept me hooked on Ash and Darian’s story. His voice… highly enjoyable.

This is one of those books I wanted to highlight like crazy but couldn’t audio. It says a lot that I went and purchased the Kindle version.

I love that the MCs weren’t magically fixed just because they were together, especially Ash. Their journey has a realistic portrayal that not all days are good days and some days are really bad… but by being together, they can enjoy the good days and not be alone during the bad and worse.

Trigger Warnings: Depression, Bi Polar, Mentions of suicide attempts

Definitely recommended.

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Love Lessons (Love Lessons, #1)

Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan

4 Stars

Format: Audio

Narrator: Iggy Toma

Thoughts:

Sugarrrrrr. I think I got a cavity. Snarky Walter and Disney movie loving Kelly are adorable. The lead up to the first Kiss… so damn good. It’s lead ups like this one that prove the first kiss can be WAY hotter than many sex scenes I’ve read.

There’s not much relational drama once they get past the initial hurtles and the characters have some issues to rally around that keep the plot moving.

The narration by Iggy Toma was enjoyable. His “voice” for Walter fit the snark that was always present.

Recommended.

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The Mating of Michael (Sex in Seattle, #3)

The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton

4 Stars

Format: Audio

Narrator: Michael Stellman

Thoughts:

Wow, I love Easton. The Mating of Michael has a much different feel than all the other books I’ve read from her. James and Michael are insanely sweet together even if James can be super moody. James has serious issues to overcome and although Michael doesn’t fix him, he shows him that there’s more to life than his limitations. He shows him that he matters, he is desirable, and lovable. They have a sweet HEA with some relational angst.

The narrator does a good job of bringing Michael to life. I appreciated his “voice” that gave the feel of sweet, patient, and understanding.

Recommended.

Dear Aaron

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata: Review by Lost in a Book

Synopsis: 

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.

The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.

Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.

What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.

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4 Stars

This may be the looooooooooooooooongest slow burn I’ve ever read. Holy hell! I’m a huge fan of Zapata’s writes and can usually handle her slow burn method… this brought it to a WHOLE new level. The amount of time we had to “burn” just to get an “I like you revelation” tested my sanity.

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That’s actually fitting because it didn’t happen until the mid 80ish%. Still, I’m not mad… just lost a few brain cells from all that burning while I waited for a kiss hug  an “I like you, too.”

I’m not going too far into the plot but Ruby volunteers to be pen pals for an adopt a solider type program and gets paired with Aaron. Aaron is on a long deployment and looks forward to hearing from his pen pals to break up the monotony in the desert. They form a friendship and oh so slowly it becomes more.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s not my favorite book by this author and that’s ok. The slow burn tested my sanity, it was a long read (485pg), and Ruby could be long winded in her thought process at times many times. Still, another enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book about her sister.

I did audio as well as Kindle with this one. Both narrators were a great fit for this book but as I’ve said before, Teddy Hamilton can read the phone book and I’d pay to listen.

Definitely recommended.

Peter Darling

Peter Darling by Austin Chant: Review by Lost in a Book

Synopsis:

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

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5 Stars

I’m not going to write a full review for this because I want to gush and *squee* which would probably lead to spoilers. This isn’t a book you want spoilers for. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the Peter Pan stories of our youth and IMO that’s the perfect amount of background knowledge to fully appreciate what takes place in this book. It truly amazes me when an author can create a completely unique world from a well know and loved story. AND… have it TOTALLY work. I adored Peter Darling. Peter is no longer a little boy and has come back all blood thirsty. I liked it. A. lot. The twists and turns the author, Austin Chant dreamed up were epic. Packed into the cheekiness and thrill of adventure was gut wrenching sadness. I felt for Peter, Hook, and Ernest. My heart broke for Peter and I just wanted to put him in my pocket and keep him safe forever and ever. I’m in awe of any imagination that can come up with this type of storytelling. I’ll definitely be thinking about this book for a good long while. Excellent and definitely recommended.

Also, I downloaded the audio half way through and it was a job well done by the narrator, Mark B. Knight.

Audio Release by Lauren Blakely

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ABOUT WANDERLUST:

They say Paris is always a good idea…

You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can’t even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let’s not even mention how I’ll ever make it through a day at my new office.

Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he’s charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can order a croque monsieur hold the ham, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. I can also tell the sexy Brit by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there’s a catch – Paris might be all we have.

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One more assignment before I can take off on my big adventure…

And it’s a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, but Paris has a way of making lovers out of friends, and soon we’re spending our nights together too – très risqué. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and soon I’ll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing…unless one of you is leaving.

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and in March she’ll release WANDERLUST, a breathtaking new romance that will sweep you away. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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The Martian

 

4.5 Stars

I don’t think my brain capacity and IQ are at the proper levels to review this book and do it justice. I’m a NASA nerd. I’ve been a NASA nerd for many years and missed my calling to become an astronaut. *sigh* This was entertaining, captivating, filled with ingenuity, and so well researched that I loved every minute. I’m just gonna assume that everything was accurate because the amount of detail that went into every aspect of Mars survival made my head spin. If it isn’t real? Whatever, I’m still drinking the Kool-aid.

My ONLY disappointment was the closure. Not enough information was provided once he made it to that point. I need more. I want more. Even if it’s just an Earth epilogue. A CAPCOM printout detailing mission success/failure. ANYTHING.

I still loved it and definitely recommend.

I listed to the audio of this and R.C. Bray was the narrator. He did a fantastic job and I was entertained and/or on the edge of my seat throughout.

Wolfsong

5 Stars

Joe. Ox. The Bennetts. Pack.

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I LOVE this book to pieces. I could read it over and over and probably never get bored. Alright, maybe that’s a bit cheesy but my love knows no bounds. I’ve been meaning to do a reread and decided to do an audio “read” instead. This is a super heavy read mixed with much joy, hope, and humor. Joe and Ox just make me happy whether it’s candy canes, and epic, and awesome or walking into walls when Ox’s attractions become fully realized. I love the pure love they have for each other that started in its simplest form and grew into something impossibly beautiful.

I’m not sure why I didn’t write a full review for this when I initially read it but I’ll skip out on that now since there have been some amazing reviews already written.

This was narrated by Kirt Graves. When I listened to the sample, I was hesitant. Sometimes you dig a voice, sometimes you don’t and I didn’t when I heard the sample. I was worried because this is an 18+ hour book and that’s practically marriage proposal level commitment and I almost became a runaway bride. But, I decided to give it a shot because I needed more Joe and Ox in my life and I’m really glad I did. The voice grew on me pretty quickly. The voice of Joe as a young boy is exactly how I imagined it when he first ran into Ox. The sweetness, wonder, and awe of Joe’s feels for Ox came through in this narration. The 18+ hours flew by, I’m practically married to Kirk Graves at this point, and I got to spend time with Joe and Ox. *wink*

In lieu of wedding gifts, the bride and groom(I’ll speak for him) recommend that you listen to the audio. (Yep, can’t hide my crazy)

Obviously recommended.