Banded Together by K.C. Burn ~ Audio Review

K.C. Burn - Banded Together Audio Cover 715ufwTitle: Banded Together

Author: K.C. Burn

Narrator: Darcy Stark

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs, 30 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (24th April 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life.

Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin dis-tances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In a search for a second career, he finds himself at uni-versity with a bunch of kids young enough to be… his kids. His sexy archeology professor, however, makes Devlin think about life beyond his grief….

Dr. Jack Johnson does not appreciate Devlin’s lack of respect, his inability to be serious, or his chronic lateness. Worse, he hates that he’s attracted to a student. When he realizes Devlin is the rock star he crushed on in his youth, he drops his guard—against his better judgment.

Before they can move forward together, Jack must admit to Devlin that he’s not only an admir-er, but he also sings in a cover band. How will Devlin react to his ultimate fanboy when his own music has died?

Purchase Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: Banded Together, by KC Burn is a pretty complex story that, when it comes down to it, is something awesome. I really don’t have any need to dance around the point. I like the author well enough and find it very easy to connect with Burn’s writing, although I don’t include Burn on my automatic read list (yet?).

This is a story of loss, moving on and finding a different and completely fulfilling type of love. With the mental anguish and grief which is front and centre in this story, I really loved how Stark captured these feelings. This is a great example of how an excellent narrator can keep the person in the world of the story and feel that direct connection with the main characters. Darcy Stark is a new narrator to me, I’ve not listened to the other audio I have with his narration, but that is another KC Burn book that I am looking forward to. In terms of this book, the narration was totally on point.

Devlin Walters and Dr Jack Johnson appear to be polar-opposites on the surface. Devlin is a 41-year-old ex-punk star, popular all over the world, who has turned to completing his archaeology degree after life changing events. Dr Jack Johnson is 35 and a lecturer/academic in archaeology at the university Devlin attends. He’s a little surly when it comes to students who he feels do not take their studies seriously. But on the inside Devlin is broken man, and Jack isn’t so much a prim-proper academic.

Devlin and his best friend from the age of three formed a band, they added a couple more bandmates and became world famous. However, his world shattered when his best friend died some months ago. He’s pushed everyone away, even his mother who he is now living with. Devlin is struggling with life after such a massive loss and no longer feels the music inside. When he decides to go back and finish the studies he started his first positive emotion in months is his fascination with his very hot professor.

Jack isn’t just a quiet professor with a brilliant brain, he also happens to be the singer in a cover band that performs Devlin’s songs. In fact, Jack had a major crush on Devlin when he was a teenager and Devlin was a worldwide star. However, since he has changed his appearance and out of his performing person, Jack doesn’t realise who Devlin is.

This is a slow burn romance. The men both approach a relationship with trepidation, but it is Jack who is helping piece back Devlin’s heart together. Devlin needs to learn not to shut out those that love him and come to terms with the fact that he might not want to be in the limelight again. By the end I was very satisfied and had shed more than a few tears.

Jack is a character that I relate to, at least professionally. A lot of stuff he says in terms of students is something that I’ve felt and discussed with other academics when I taught at a university. With that foot in the door, Jack was so easy to understand and get. Even though I’m a scientist, I’m interested in archaeology and my sister is a historian/archaeologist, so those profession specific thoughts is something else I found easy to relate to.

I recommend this book to those that love a slow burn romance with a touch of angst, also people that like when two men find out that they have a lot more in common than they first thought.

Tea and Consequences by K.C. Burn ~ Audio Review

K.C. Burn - Tea or Consequences Audio Cover 37U3JE4Title: Tea or Consequences

Author: K.C. Burn

Narrator: Darcy Stark

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Length: 7 hrs, 24 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (19th December 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth?

Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of 30. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.

It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.

Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which.

Purchase Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: Tea or Consequences is a mystery/suspense/romance by KC Burn. Burn is not a new author to me and although no on my list of automatic reads, I nonetheless am usually excited to give a new book by the author once I decide that I like the look of the blurb. I think it’s Burn’s way of writing feels so accessible to the read and flows easily, add on top of that generally relatable characters I’ve read in Burn’s books so far, it usually a pretty pleasing experience.

Darcy Stark is a relatively new narrator for me, the only other book I’ve heard him narrate is another KC Burn gem. I found his narration quite enjoyable. He makes the romance both cute and hot, but also has a great voice lending to the mystery and suspense aspect of the story. I especially loved the voice that he gave Riley.

In the book, Riley works as a temp PA for company executives, he enjoys the changes in work place as he takes on the job from PA’s that go on maternity leave, annual leave, etc. He knows that this isn’t the life for everyone, and he also knows that he is capable of doing a lot more, but for now he is happy in his current career choice and has worked hard to develop a reputation that many professionals would envy. Everything changes when he finds the boss of Gautier Cosmetics, his current assignment, dead in her office on the night of one of the most important party’s of the year. Think of The Devil Wear Prada but with a touch of a tea totalling, French Lady.

With the police and investigators investigating the suspicious death comes Tadeo Martin. He’s the homicide detective in charge the investigation and also the man that Riley had crushed over in high school. Back then it was the usual case of nerd crushing on jock and the jock not seeing the guy. And although Riley recognises the detective, he says nothing. Instead he is more than happy to jump on the band wagon and do a bit of poking around himself for Tadeo. The romance is sweet and happens quite naturally, however, the major part of this story is instead the investigation. I really liked how Burn seamlessly intertwined the romance into the ongoing mystery, without sacrificing the feel of danger as the guys close in on the murder.

This is good for someone who loves a murder mystery, it has an opulent setting and two ordinary guys caught in the middle. Awesome book in all and the narration just enhanced my enjoyment of the text.

Jack's Sweet by Bellann Summer

51T-iZqFs9L._AA300_Title: Jack’s Sweet
Series: Rescue for Hire, #2
Author: Bellann Summer
Narrator: Darcy Stark
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 2 hours and 27 minutes
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing (January 20, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Welcome to the world of Rescue for Hire. Meet the team members who make up a company that forms a family of heroes.

Jack Woods is a paramedic on the team, a caregiver by nature, but in his off time he turns into a wild, hard partier. After watching his best friend and boss fall in love, he decides he wants that. Putting his partying ways behind him turns out to be harder than he thought when an ex won’t stay an ex.

Brian Hayward is tiny, delicate, and fragile. He has never felt like an accepted part of anything. Meeting Jack and being brought into the family of the rescue team is a dream come true. Then a horrible tragedy strikes, causing Jack to use his every medical skill to keep life going.

Can Brian and Jack’s relationship survive the consequences of the past? When the whole team moves in, can the couple survive the chaos?

Product Link: http://amzn.to/1QRNBId

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in Rescue for Hire collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading or in this case listening the series in sequential order.

Darcy is a new narrator for me, not hearing the voice until I listened to book one. Now I must admit that there is something missing but it is still an enjoyable story. I do love how the characters are brought to life and that each voice is distinctive that you can tell them all apart. I do look forward to hearing Darcy tell the story.

Although I could have done without the female in the story. She was a bitch and a complete lush to me. I didn’t much care for her at all, and when she spoke it felt like nails on a chalk board. I tried to skip over her when I listened.

Jack is a paramedic on his team and loves to care for others. However when it is his time off he loves to party and sex is part of it. However it is about to bite him in the ass. When he rescues a sexy little teacher and several students from a crazed gun-toting kid.

However his ex-girlfriend just doesn’t want to stay gone, so it causes a bit of struggle trying to convince Brian that he wants him for life.
Brian is a sexy little guy who is not only tiny, but comes off a bit fragile. Although he is strong enough to hold his own. His family is one of the sports families and he doesn’t really fit in. Now he has a sexy man looking at him but he is still a bit leery of him.

However he is not going to let it stand in his way to be with Jack. Then something happens and it is going to take all of Rescue for Hire to get through. It looks like their days are going to get a bit more exciting.

I loved the whole story well except for the female. She just needed to be out of the story completely, she got on my nerves. I loved how Jack showed Brian that he was the important one in the relationship and not the stupid female. Although they both hit my favorite marks all the way around. I have to say that it is not my top favorite audible, but it comes in pretty close.

I would definitely recommend this audio book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Damian's Treble by Bellann Summer ~ Audiobook

61hR+S71GxL._AA300_Title: Damian’s Treble
Series: Rescue for Hire, #3
Author: Bellann Summer
Narrator: Darcy Stark
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 2 hours and 13 minutes
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing (January 20, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Welcome to the world of Rescue for Hire. Meet the team members who make up a company that forms a family of heroes.

Damian White has been observing Treble Walker for months, trying to find a way to catch the dangerous, lethal little man, but Damian wants a forever. Somehow he has to get around Treb’s motto–“Keep it short and simple. I don’t do messy, whiney, emotional stuff.”

Treble Walker is a corner observer who sees everything. He knows the new pilot has been watching him, but when he asks him if he wants to hook up, he gets turned down. Why does that intrigue him? Damian does catch his Treble, but after multiple people go after Treb for revenge, Damian has to keep not only Treble alive but also the hospital staff.

There is nothing more dangerous than Treble with a head injury.

Product Link: http://amzn.to/1nH8bBK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in Rescue for Hire collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading or in this case listening the series in sequential order.

Treble is the one to watch out for. He is as mean as a snake and knows how to kill a man without making any marks. He is as deadly as can be, which is cute since he is also the shortest on the team. He was at one time a mercenary and knew how to kill. He also can sit back and just watch those around him. He seems to notice everything and everybody that is around him. Including the sexy pilot.

Damian has watched Treble watching him. He wants Treb but knows he has to go about it differently. He has to engage him and keep his attention, make him come to him for more. Damian catches his man, but realizes that there are a lot of people who want Treb to pay for who knows what.

I think out of all the guys and their partners at Rescue for Hire, Treb is my favorite one. He is a sweet man but very lethal. He is also straight and to the point type of guy. He is quirky as all get out also. When he is injured all it takes to keep him calm is to see Damian in front of him.

This story was well executed and gave me the perfect twists to make it even more enjoyable. I enjoyed the way the narrator made it flow off the pages and make it real for me. I truly enjoyed listening to this story. Of course I listened to it more than a dozen times and will continue to listen to it.

I would definitely recommend this audio book. Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, and loving.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *