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November 30, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 10 Comments

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Builders, Vine Star, Comedian, Writers | Audiobook ReviewsEverywhere and Every Way
by Jennifer Probst
Series: Billionaire Builders #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 31st 2016 by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Madeleine Maby, Sebastian York
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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4 Stars
Source: Audiobook Received for Review

Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.

Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.

But there’s more to icy Morgan than meets the eye. And Caleb’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks quite enticing in a hard hat. As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business and pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First time reading a book by Jennifer Probst and where the hell have I been all my life?! I regret not reading anything by this author sooner. Now I want all of her books!

Caleb has helped run Pierce Brothers company for a while with his father, but his father’s will comes with a surprise that Caleb never saw coming: he has to run the company alongside his brothers and make a profit in over a year. The thing is the Pierce brothers had a huge falling out and they haven’t talked. Now forced to work together, a few revelations will come to light.

Besides this book being a romance novel, I love the way Probst gave so much focus to Caleb and his brothers Tristan and Dalton. Their relationship started off so rocky in the story, but they slowly come together and learn to work together. Dalton has to be my favorite brother since he’s so funny! I was laughing so much because of him.

The romance is hot and sexy. Both characters are driven, independent, and sometimes stubborn. I loved how tough Morgan was and how in stride she took to working at the construction site, earning the respect of the workers. She was very professional, despite having an attraction to Caleb, who really wanted her. He showed her just how good they could be as a couple and Morgan’s restraint soon vanished.

This was a rather slow contemporary romance but the pace was perfect for this type of story. The build up was satisfying! I can’t wait to read the other books in this series.

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Builders, Vine Star, Comedian, Writers | Audiobook ReviewsSurviving High School
by Lele Pons, Melissa de la Cruz
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 5th 2016 by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Ashley Clements
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
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3.5 Stars
Source: Audiobook Received for Review

Vine superstar Lele Pons—“one of the coolest girls on the web” (Teen Vogue)—teams up with #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost) in this lovable debut novel about the wilds and wonders of high school that’s as laugh-out-loud addictive as Lele’s popular videos.

Ten million followers and I still sit alone at lunch. Lele is a bulls-eye target at her new school in Miami until, overnight, her digital fame catapults the girl with cheerleader looks, a seriously silly personality, and a self-deprecating funny bone into the popular crowd. Now she’s facing a whole new set of challenges—the relentless drama, the ruthless cliques, the unexpected internet celebrity—all while trying to keep her grades up and make her parents proud.

Filled with the zany enthusiasm that has made Lele into Vine’s most viewed star, this charming novel is proof that high school is a trip. From crushing your crushes (what’s up with that hot transfer student Alexei??) to throwing Insta-fake parties with your BFFs and moaning over homework (GAH) with your frenemies, high school is a rollercoaster of exhilarating highs and totally embarrassing lows. Leave it to Lele to reassure us that falling flat on your face is definitely not the end of the world. Fans of Mean Girls will love this fun and heartwarming fish-out-of-water story.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I hadn’t heard of Lele before, but her book caught my attention. This is one of the books where if I had read the book, I probably would have put it down immediately. Lele (in the story) seemed like a very shallow person who thought she was better than everyone—it was quite annoying.

The narrator was the one that stopped me from DNF’ing the book. She was so lively and energetic! I felt like she was telling me about her life over a cup of coffee. She made it feel very engaging and as if we had been friends forever. I would totally listen to more audios with this narrator because she totally made this book very enjoyable.

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Builders, Vine Star, Comedian, Writers | Audiobook ReviewsThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer
Genres: Humor, Memoir & Autobiography
Publication Date: August 16th 2016 by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Amy Schumer
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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4 Stars
Source: Audiobook Received for Review

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends - an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she's experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor's secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably - but only because it's over.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is my first time listening to a memoir/autobiography and it certainly won’t be my last! From now on, I’ll only go the audio route for these genres. Having the author narrate their own story is brilliant as such is the case with Amy Schumer. I had only heard of Amy when I saw the trailer for Trainwreck. I had no idea she was a comedian until I listened to her book. I could totally see why she was a comedian. She had me laughing at anything she was saying.

Her story brought me to tears. Amy has gone through so much in her life! My heart broke for her on numerous occasions and I wish I knew her so I could hug her. That’s not even counting a few other hard times she went through that she only mentioned in passing. Hearing Amy narrate her story felt as if we were having a slumber party, just the two of us, while she told me what she had gone through in her life. The way she was narrating gave a sense of calm even while talking about her unpleasant times.

Amy is very relatable and I loved that about her. She has sections in her books where it’s a list of various things, like things she likes, things she doesn’t like, etc. A lot of the things she named were things I found I liked or disliked. A few I hadn’t even considered, others had me laughing out loud, and others had me nodding my head eagerly. One of them that had me laughing was from the chapter Things That Make Me Insanely Furious: “People who say ‘I eat to live. I don’t live to eat.’ I wish all ten plagues upon your house.”

I honestly hope she writes more so I can get the audio and listen to her again.

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Builders, Vine Star, Comedian, Writers | Audiobook ReviewsSmut
by Karina Halle
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016 by Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lidia Dornet, Shaun Grindell
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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3 Stars
Source: Audiobook Received for Review

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad's ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don't want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that's exactly what they both get when they're forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that's neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it's not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there's make-up sex now.

But even as they fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

NOTE ABOUT THE BOOK: Smut has coarse language and many explicit scenes of a sexual nature (sensitive readers be advised). However, the title of Smut is tongue-in-cheek, and this book should not be considered erotica.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I love enemies-to-lovers romance stories! I love the angst that surrounds this sub-genre so I was very excited for Smut. The angst is all there and the tension is insane and hot! There’s a library scene that had me widening my eyes and blushing. It was a scene I won’t ever forget! Other than that, there wasn’t anything memorable about this book. I couldn’t really believe the romance this couple had. While they interacted a lot while writing their novels and going out, all of it felt very superficial and not enough depth. Ultimately, it was a fun read, but my expectations weren’t fully met.

As for the audio, it took me a few chapters to get used to the male narrator since he has an accent. My one complaint about the audio is that I thought Blake had a deeper voice whereas the narrator didn’t have a deep voice. It took me another long while to get used to this fact. I just couldn’t picture Blake having this voice so it threw me off completely. I loved the female’s narration. I thought she did a great job in embracing Amanda’s character.

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  • Yes you have to listen to celebrity memoirs – it is the only way!!! SO glad you enjoyed Amy Schumers book.I have Smut to read but maybe will lower expectations. Great reviews!!

  • Oh boy, you’ve been on a good streak, Gen! Good for you. 🙂 I definitely need Amy Schumer in my life.

  • I need to check out that Amy Schumer 🙂

  • I don’t know why but Amy Schumer gets on my nerves…
    I have loved other Jennifer Probst books, I need to read or listen to this series!
    I used to like the Karina Halle horror books she had but not her NA books…

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

    • I had never even heard of her before Trainwreck so I can’t say she annoys me lol
      You do need this Probst series! I just got the second book.
      This was my first book by Karina Halle so I’ll have to read her horror books. I think I have one or two in my kindle

  • I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Probst but this one sounds good. The cover doesn’t seem to match the synopsis, though. Maybe it’s just me. 🙂
    I’m with Nereyda – Amy Schumer totally gets on my nerves.
    I’m a little on the fence with Smut. Doesn’t sound like one I’ll rush to read.