Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Audiobook Blog Tour: Drumline by Stacy Kestwick...Review & Giveaway!

Have a great audiobook to tell you about today!
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Author: Stacy Kestwick
Narrators: Stephen Dexter, Tracy Marks
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes
Publisher: Stacy Kestwick2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: Dec. 4, 2017

Synopsis: Traditions are important. Especially in the South. College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows. Some things just don’t change. Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullshit attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line. It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it. She expects there to be tension. Even friction. But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

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USA Today bestseller Stacy Kestwick is a Southern girl who firmly believes mornings should be outlawed. Her perfect day would include puppies, carbohydrates, and lounging on a hammock with a good book. No adulting, cleaning, or bacon allowed.

Tracy Marks has been acting onstage and onscreen since she was 12, and has been narrating audiobooks for 4 years. She lives in Chicago with her boyfriend and adorable dog, and considers herself very lucky to have an excuse to stay indoors in her toasty little booth during the cold winter months. Bringing heart, heat, vulnerability, and humor to her work, she has a passion for bringing love stories to life.

Stephen Dexter always wanted to be an audiobook narrator. As someone who never liked the whole "reading silently" thing, and has had a lifelong penchant for performing and flair for the dramatic, it was inevitable that he would be doing this for a living. With dozens of titles to his credit, a majority of them steamy romance novels, he has had the pleasure of voicing characters from the Great Plains of Texas, the bayous of Louisiana, the streets of South Boston, the dungeons of a vampire's castle, the deserts of Mars, and everything in between. It has been an honor to bring such amazing stories by Penny Reid (Marriage Of Inconvenience), Krista & Becca Ritchie (Hothouse Flower), Lex Martin (Shameless), Mia Sheridan (Kyland), and so many more incredibly talented authors, to life. Be sure to check him out on social media, Audible.com, ACX.com, and at www.stephendexter.com. SAG-AFTRA/AEA. Happy listening!
Title: Drumline
Author: Stacy Kestwick
Format: Audiobook 
Narrators: Stephen Dexter, Tracy Marks
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes
Source: Blog Tour

Confession...I was a little nervous about listening to a romance audiobook. I mean, I love the genre and have read many, many romances of all types, but I had never listened to an audiobook one before and was a little worried it’d be weird or uncomfortable. But I was curious to try and Drumline sounded like an awesome story, so why not?  And why it might have been a little out of my “audiobook comfort zone,” I was definitely not disappointed in either the story or the two narrators who brought it to life...in fact, I may have just added a new favorite to my list.

Drumline is a fun New Adult romance set at southern University where traditions are everything, but one feisty, strong young lady is determined to buck tradition and be the first female on an all-male snare line...and she’s willing to do anything to make it. Reese Holland knew it wouldn’t be easy to make her way into what had always been an “all-boys club,” but she’s determined and faces everything from sexism, hazing, rumors, and more. Despite this she remains determined. 

Meanwhile, captain Laird Bronson is dealing with some stress of his own when Reese captures the attention. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but determined to make it on her own and not have people think she only made the line because of a relationship with the captain, Reese is resistant. But sparks fly every time these two get together and I loved their interactions and listening as their relationship developed despite the obstacles they faced. 

And while part of my love for these characters and their story came from the author who created them, a lot of my enjoyment came from the narrators who brought them to life, Stephen Dexter and Tracy Marks.  The story alternates between the viewpoints of both Laird and Reese with each sharing their own thoughts and opinions.  Stephen Dexter did a wonderful job of bringing Laird to life with his southern twang and changing his tone depending on the situation...it was a perfect choice. And I loved Tracy Marks reading Reese...she managed to convey her sass and toughness without making her too hard.  Both did a fantastic job and made the story something I wouldn’t mind listening to or even buying a print copy of and reading again!  

I’ll definitely be on the lookout not only for books written by Stacy Kestwick, but audiobooks read by Stephen Dexter or Tracy Marks.

*I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stacy Kestwick. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.*

Drumline Giveaway: $25 Amazon Gift Card

Friday, February 2, 2018

Blog Tour: Falling Kingdoms!

I am excited to be a part of the Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour!  Prior to this tour, I had never read this series, but I ran to the library to check out the books I didn’t have and binge read them over two days. And y’all I have added this series to my list of favorites,
Today I am thrilled to tell you about Book 5: Crystal Storm!
An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he's no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption. LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise. JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey. AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she'll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge. And what kind of darkness will descend--and who will be safe--after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?

Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series and the Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, the Books of Spirits and Thieves. Under another pen name, she's an award winning author of more than two dozen novels. Morgan lives in Southern Ontario, where she's currently hard at work on the next Falling Kingdoms book.

Title: Crystal Storm
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

This series continues to amaze me and just when I think it can’t get any better, it does!

Crystal Storm continues the saga of the land of Mytica with characters both old and new. After reading the previous book in the series, Frozen Tides, I couldn’t wait to see what Morgan Rhodes had in store for us and I was definitely not disappointed.

I’m going to try my best to review this book without spoiling anything...which is very difficult because SO much happens (plus if you haven’t read the previous books, the blurb could even be considered a spoiler). In Crystal Storm, the battle for control continues with several groups eager to take (or retake) the throne. We learn quite a bit about the motivations that drive certain characters and we get to see other characters in new ways. We also get to meet a few new characters that are definitely a surprise.

I would definitely recommend you read the previous books in the series prior to picking up this one. You could read them at your leisure or do as I did and binge read them. I became lost in this fictional world and so enthralled by its characters that I couldn’t wait to see what would happen.

And Morgan Rhodes is definitely isn’t afraid to play with your emotions. No character is safe so prepare yourself. But I think that is what makes this series and book so enjoyable, you never know what to expect. It draws you in and you become invested in the lives of these characters and their story, but you know anything can happen at any time. It reminds me a bit of one of my favorite series where there is also a battle for the throne, Game of Thrones.

Crystal Storm was a fantastic addition to an amazing series and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Look for the next book in the series, Immortal Reign out February 6, 2018!