new audiobooks

A Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after. Our family feud is the stuff of legends.

Ten years ago, Whitney Gable caught me off guard with her long legs and grab-you-by-the-balls blue eyes. I didn’t know or care what her name was. Like any Riscoff worth the family name, I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man. She hates me, and she should. I objected on her wedding day.

Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger. They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after…but I’m not done with Whitney Gable.

I’ll never be done with her.

I waited for all three books to be released before I started to listen to them because I know many of Meghan March”s books have a cliffhanger and I hate to wait too long for the next release. I know many people have a problem with cliffhangers and feel that the author should release as one book, but I just accepted it as…if you love March’s books….It is what it is. Fortunately, she got each sequel out fairly quick.

With that being said, I have to admit that I love dark romances, so I was really excited about Lachlan Mount’s story, especially since I completely devoured March’s Beneath and Dirty Series. It was those books that got me addicted to listening to audiobooks because of the fabulous narrators and brilliant dialog that Meghan March uses in those books. Yet, I found that these three books did not reach that 5-star level that her other books did. ( I believe I gave 5 stars for all of the books in The Beneath and Dirty Series). Don’t get me wrong, this was still a great story, but fell a bit short for me. I think this sometimes happens when someone falls in loves with an author’s earlier works and compares them against those books. It does mean this is not a great story. It’s just not my personal favorite.

Ruthless King started out strong and I was gripped by Mount’s desire to control Keira and get her under his control. Mount is a true alpha who is hot and mysterious. Generally, a win-win for me. The sex scenes are off the charts sexy and definitely go beyond simple vanilla sex. Since this is a darker romance, there is not much true emotion for Mount or Keira at this point of the story. March eludes in her storytelling that Mount might have a bit of a BDSM preference. Yet, I would not even consider this a BDSM type of book. It’s not that dark. In this book, March does an excellent job creating an interesting hero (if you can call him that) heroine and secondary characters. There are some mysterious twists and turns with some of the secondary characters which will ultimately affect the direction of the next two books. This book is definitely slanted more towards Mount’s POV and Joe Arden is a perfect Mount (he is one of my favorite narrators). Yet, even though I read from other reviewers that Lachlan Mount is their dream book boyfriend, I personally think he is not for everyone. Even though I thought he was a sexy and deeply interesting, he would not be my favorite book boyfriend as compared to some of March’s other books.

Defiant Queen was the real start of Mount and Keira’s love story. This book was obviously more in Keira’s POV and I do feel it was the sweetest part of the three book. Yet, it was my least favorite out of the three. Mount’s decision to take Keira on her dream trip is a game changer because both Keira and Mount can let down their walls and start to really fall in love. Their get-away trip really changes the direction of the story because Mount and Keira start to remove their tough exteriors and they let some emotion into their twisted world. Unfortunately, for as much as I love gushy love stories, this audiobook was a bit slow for me. There was a lot of great sex scenes, but since I struggled with Grace Grant as a narrator, I wanted the story to move on since she was the prime narrator. Even though Grant does a good job as being the voice of a businesswoman extraordinaire, her voice as Mount and her “sexy voice” was somewhat of a turn-off for me. She comes across as whiny rather than sexy. I wish Joe Arden would have narrated more in this book.I believe if I would have read this book, rather than listened to the audio, I would have absolutely loved book 2 because I enjoy stories that have a dangerous alpha-like type hero who become sweet and tender to the woman he is falling in love with.

Sinful Empire was actually my favorite because March created all kinds of action, mystery, and drama. Plus, there are some hot sex scenes which have a deeper emotional element to them than books 1 and 2. March pulls everything together in this book to give you some great action, suspense and a Happily Ever Ending.This book was worth the wait because there are so many secrets that are revealed that make this book so much fun. Even though there was a great HEA, I did wonder how Keira was going to be a respected business owner when her husband (sorry spoiler) is basically the Mafia King of the New Orleans. Don’t expect Mount to truly convert to being NOLA’s citizen of the year. He is what he is.

If you are a fan of Meghan March, these books are a must-read. If you are new to Meghan March, I would recommend starting with the Beneath Series in order to fully appreciate Lachlan Mount’s story since he is briefly in the Beneath Series. Overall: 4 to 4 1/2 stars and worth the purchase. Joe Arden: 5 stars Grace Grant: 3 1/2 stars.

Not only is this entire series excellently performed but it is full to the brim of everything that makes a book great. Intriguing plot lines that not only twist the story into an insanely well crafted book, but characters you love and some you love to hate, the perfect amount of angst and suspense, and a solid stream of fact delivery in the perfect timing. This is one of the most enjoyable and well delivered series I have ever read or listened to and I really want more. The Royals are the perfect characters, beautifully flawed and lovable each individually and as a family. This series is worthy of your time and money, but be warned after you read them know that “the Royals will ruin you” isn’t just a clever line in the blurb.

He’s a mystery. An enigma.

His very identity is a secret buried beneath layers of deception.

He’s also an addiction I can’t shake. An attraction I can’t fight.

And then I found out exactly who he is – a man more dangerous than the devil himself.

Now I need him in order to save everything that matters to me.

I have to pull back. Protect myself from the danger that haunts his every step.

Which would be easy…if I could stop myself from falling in love with him.

I can not say enough about my love of this trilogy! Rogue Royalty is the conclusion to the Savage Trilogy. Meghan keeps getting better and better with every book. When you think you get her she takes you for a spin and you come out thinking holy hell I did NOT SEE THAT COMING! For the love all all holy books make sure you read Savage Prince and Iron Princess BEFORE reading Rogue Royalty! Yes both of those have cliffys BUT do not fret because you now have the final book with all the HEA epicness that is March Magic. Temperance and “Savage” are so hot together you will not be disappointed! I mean Mount WHO?! sorry jk jk I FLOVE Mount seriously BUT for reals people Savage is SAVAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and please Please PLEASEEEEE get the audio! Meghan always gets the perfect narrators for her books! Grace Grant and Joe Arden KILL IT!

I am a HUGE Meghan March fan. I devour everything she writes and she is at the top of my fav author list. That being said, I found this book lacking in the sex department – unusual for a MM book. The writing was still excellent and the chemistry was on point several times. The ending nicely wrapped up the story in a beautify HEA bow. But the hot sex scenes were largely missing (with the exception of one). I loved the tie in with past characters-which I’ve loved throughout this series and hope she continues into the future.

I have wanted to read this story for a long time, but waited to take it in on Audiobook!
I knew going in that this was part of a series, and was probably one
I’d want to listen to when the other book/books were released. I’m glad I did!

The beginning had a strong start. The narration was good, although I did feel the voice definitely seemed older than a 17 year old girl. I could easily follow along with the story,
and characters. Angela Goethals did a great job distinguishing the different voices,
male and female. I will be on the lookout for other stories read by her!

The middle of the book dragged a little for me with drama, but was pretty engaging throughout. Y/A isn’t normally my go to genre, so I expected more drama than normal.
By the time I got to the end, I had made up my mind to continue with book #2 Broken Prince. I’m anxious to see what happens! That ending was…WOW!

Don’t want to go into the plot further and give away spoilers, but…
I will say, personally, I think this story is more of an N/A book perhaps?
It contains many sex scenes, most of which rival some of the Erotic books I read!
I’m not complaining about the sex scenes, they were written well!
Just think it’s a little above being a book categorized as Young Adult reading.

Erin Watt is a combination of two different authors,
they did a good job blending their words, and emotions throughout!
I am looking forward to book two, and finding out what happens next!

Young Adult with New Adult Themes. Does Not Stand Alone.
The Royals Series by Erin Watt seemed to be on so many favorite lists for 2016 that I picked up the first, Paper Princess when it went on sale to see what all the fuss is about. I actually read a few pages over someone’s shoulder on a plane this fall and it caught my eye. I should preface this review by saying I bought this solely from popularity. I didn’t read the blurb or reviews first. I saw Royals and Princess, and after reading and enjoying two other ‘Royal’ type books this fall, I figured I’d really like Paper Princess.

To be honest, it read like a YA stepbrother book. While I enjoyed it, I found nothing unique about it, and Royal was a last name. It wasn’t about Royalty at all. It seemed to be a mashup of every New Adult book out there

Ella’s mother died. She had been sick for a long time and Ella took care of her, helping to pay the bills by stripping at 15. When her mom died, Ella was almost 18, so she didn’t let anyone know because she had no living relatives and didn’t want to get put into the foster system. Until one day she gets called to the Principal’s office where her new guardian was waiting. Turns out, her father, who she never knew about, was a billionaire who had just found out about her before he died in a tragic plane crash. His best friend and business partner, Callum Royal, stepped in to be her guardian.

She was ripped from everything she knew to move and live with this new family she never heard of. And they were going through their own problems. Callum had 5 very large, intimidating sons who seemed to hate her on sight. They recently lost their mother and didn’t need more change in their lives. The 5 handsome boys went to a private school that they totally ruled, and couldn’t have this low-class stripper smearing their name.

“The Royal boys are not what I expected. They don’t look like rich pr**ks in preppy clothes. They look like terrifying thugs who can snap me like a twig.”

At first they were so mean, even thinking she might be sleeping with Callum for money.

“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us.If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be
crawling away.”

Maybe I’m just getting too old, but all the mean, rich, slutty girls trying to mess with Ella just seemed very cliché to me. But the mean kids and her “brothers” being mean was a lot for her to handle, plus she went from scraping pennies to make ends meet to living like a princess.

“I don’t belong in splendor; I belong in squalor. That’s what I know. It’s what I’m comfortable with, because squalor doesn’t lie to you. It’s not wrapped in a pretty package. It is what it is.”

But she worked her way in, and one son especially, Reed, took a big interest in her. Since she was being raised as part of their family, her sleeping with her “brother” was totally taboo. But the chemistry between them, no matter how much they resisted, was undeniable.

“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.”

The thing is, The Royals are more messed up than you can know at first. But Ella has an awesome backbone. She is tough and spunky and can fight for herself.

Even though he’s a jerk, Ella can’t resist Reed. (Insta-lust/teenage hormones played a big part). Reed was the meanest one to her, yet she can’t help but want him, even though every other girl has had him.

“These Royals will ruin you.”
“Maybe I want to be ruined.”

There was so much teenage angst and drama! And these kids were like no high schoolers I’ve ever seen. We live in a wealthy area and I have subbed at the private prep school around here. It just isn’t this bad, the kids are still kids. It was a lot of drama for drama’s sake.

As I said earlier, it seemed like every YA/NA trope there is mashed together. Damaged boy who lost his parent, damaged girl who lost hers, new school with mean kids, rags to riches, stepbrother, hate to love, drugs, date rape, cage fighting, gambling, virgin with manwhore, insta-lust and so much more. And then it was a cliffy! Sorry, but although I found it strangely addictive, I will not be reading more.

“Reed Royal has broken me. I’ve fallen from the sky and I’m not sure I can get up. Not this time.”

Likes:

•Ella was strong and had a backbone for most of the book.
•It was completely addictive.
•Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.
•Perfect narrator

Dislikes:

•Used every single YA/NA trope there is!
•It doesn’t stand alone.
•So much draaaaaaama and angst!

The Down & Dirty:

If you like YA/NA books (they are in high school, but there is sex and New Adult themes) filled with tons of angst and drama, you will probably love The Paper Princess. Everyone was just too sad, broken, mean and dramatic for me. I felt like it took every New Adult theme and added them together for one big story. The story was a touch addictive, but I found myself rolling my eyes a bit too. Perhaps late forties isn’t the demographic for this, but there are plenty of other books with characters this age that I absolutely love.

I should tell you, most of my fellow bloggers LOVED Paper Princess, so I am definitely in the minority here. If it stood alone, I would rate it higher probably, but I am sure not willing to invest in 2 more audiobooks to complete a series that I wasn’t in love with from the start.

Rating: 3 stars, 4 Heat, Narration 4.5

 

I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.

I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?

They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.

But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.

I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.

I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.

But he has other plans….

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