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One in the Hand by Tom Abrahams

One in the Hand by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Self Published

Read my review of One in the Hand here

Check out my reviews of the first two books in The Crusader series.
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John Beck is a man possessed. But can he right the wrongs without succumbing to his own demons?

After barely surviving his wounds, the legendary John Beck is at the mercy of others. Will he listen to their counsel, or will he defy their wishes and again set out on a fool’s errand? It’s a mission that could just as easily undo the good he’s done as it might redeem him once and for all in an unforgiving world where the real power lies with those who take it from those not strong enough to hold on.

One in the Hand is book three in the Crusader EMP Post-Apocalyptic series and is perfect for fans of Kyla Stone, Franklin Horton, AR Shaw, Ryan Schow, and Jack Hunt.

Deep Dive by Ron Walters

Deep Dive by Ron Walters
Narrated by Stefan Menaul
Angry Robot

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When your reality shatters, what will you do to put it back together again?

Still reeling from the failure of his last project, video game developer Peter Banuk is working hard to ensure his next game doesn’t meet the same fate. He desperately needs a win, not only to save his struggling company, but to justify the time he’s spent away from his wife and daughters.

So when Peter’s tech-genius partner offers him the chance to beta-test a new state-of-the-art virtual reality headset, he jumps at it. But something goes wrong during the trial, and Peter wakes to find himself trapped in an eerily familiar world where his children no longer exist.

As the lines between the real and virtual worlds begin to blur, Peter is forced to reckon with what truly matters to him. But can he escape his virtual prison before he loses his family forever?

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Penguin Audio

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A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this electrifying romance from the author of The Ex Talk.

Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.

In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.

Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?

Meet Me in Madrid by Verity Lowell

Meet Me in Madrid by Verity Lowell
Narrated by Bianca Drew
Tantor Audio

Read my review of Meet Me In Madrid here

Charlotte Hilaire has a love-hate relationship with her work as a museum courier. On the one hand, it takes her around the world. On the other, her plan to become a professor is veering dangerously off track.

Yet once in a while, maybe every third trip or so, the job goes delightfully sideways….

When a blizzard strands Charlotte in Spain for a few extra days and she’s left with glorious free time on her hands, the only question is: Dare she invite her grad school crush for an after-dinner drink on a snowy night?

Accomplished, take-no-prisoners art historian Adrianna Coates has built an enviable career since Charlotte saw her last. She’s brilliant. Sophisticated. Impressive as hell and strikingly beautiful.

Hospitable, too, as she absolutely insists Charlotte spend the night on her pullout sofa as the storm rages on.

One night becomes three and three nights become a hot and adventurous long-distance relationship when Charlotte returns to the States. But when Adrianna plots her next career move just as Charlotte finally opens a door in academia, distance may not be the only thing that keeps them apart.

Contains mature themes.

Sprinkled in the Stars by Violet Morley

Sprinkled in the Stars by Violet Morley
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

Read my review of Sprinkled in the Stars here

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AJ Beckett is just trying to get Parker, her seven-year-old autistic daughter, through life in one piece. As a paramedic, AJ puts others’ needs above her own; in her personal life, she keeps everyone an arm’s length away. That distance disappears when a chance run-in with actor Melanie Cooper leaves her sticky, angry, and fed up.

Melanie Cooper has just signed her last movie. The media keeps portraying her as cold and hard to work with, and Mel has absolutely nothing more to give. As she begins to imagine a new life, a challenging part of her past comes back on the scene, determined to cause problems for Mel.

After a series of coincidental meetings, AJ battles her desire for control while Mel struggles with trust. Despite the challenges and complications, Mel finds herself drawn to the Beckett ladies, and AJ can’t deny their connection, either.

Falling in love has never been so sweet.

Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler

Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler
Narrated by Ann Shanks Etter
Self Published

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Hal Orion is an accomplished chef and food truck owner. She loves her life, her longtime sous chef and best friend, and the food she shares with the residents of her beloved city of Buffalo. Her life is exactly how she wants it: no strings, no commitments, and no roots – just great grilled cheese and a whole lot of freedom on the side.

Quinn Banning is an investment banker, and the dividend she seeks is a resurgence of the once-great city of Buffalo. Putting together her next business venture, she recognizes Hal’s talent and charm as necessary assets for success – her good looks don’t hurt, either. But Hal’s transient ways are in direct opposition to the stability Quinn craves. Relying on their shared love of Buffalo, Quinn makes Hal an offer she can’t refuse – a restaurant under her own name, complete creative control, and secure financial backing. It’s every chef’s dream. But Hal utters the one word Quinn can’t stand to hear: no.

Will their physical attraction grow cold as they argue over their ideals, or will they find that the most distinctive ingredients often make for the perfect pairing? Rachel Spangler is the author of nine lesbian romance novels and novellas, and the winner of two Golden Crown Literary Awards. She pens the popular blog Wonder Boi Writes, and lives with her wife and son in Western New York.

Forbidden Zone by Tao Wong

Forbidden Zone by Tao Wong
Narrated by Nick Podehl
Starlit Publishing

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They can run, but hiding isn’t in their forte.

After revealing the deception spread by the Galactic Council and the hidden aspects of the System, John Lee and his friends flee the council building on Irvina.

Just escaping the capital planet will tax them to their utmost. Evading the full force of the Galactic Council and their minions might be more than they can handle. While old allies deal with the new truths, friends fracture under the increasing pressure, and all the while, the System Quest hangs over John’s head, unfinished.

Their only hope – their only clue – lies in the Forbidden Zone.

The Forbidden Zone is book 11 of the System Apocalypse universe and the penultimate book of the series. The System Apocalypse is a best-selling LitRPG series mixing post-apocalyptic fiction with alien invasions, military science fiction, and fantasy elements with game-like statuses and levels.

Love Somebody by Rachel Roasek

Love Somebody by Rachel Roasek
Narrated by Alex Boyles, Natalie Naudus, Emily Lawrence
Blackstone Publishing

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A modern YA rom-com about a popular high-school girl, her ex-boyfriend-turned-best-friend, and the girl they both fall for.

Sam is a charismatic actress with big plans for her future. Rosalyn Shew is the smartest girl in school – but she’s a loner and likes it that way. Then there’s Christian Powell, the darling of the soccer team. He’s not the best at communication, which is why he and Sam broke up after dating for six months, but he makes up for it by being genuine and kind, which is why they’re still best friends.

When Christian falls for Ros on sight, their first interaction is a disaster, so he enlists Sam’s help to get through to her. Sam, with motives of her own, agrees to coach Christian on how to soften Ros’ notorious walls. But as Ros starts to suspect Christian is acting differently, and Sam starts to realize the complexity of her own feelings, their fragile relationships threaten to fall apart.

This fresh romantic comedy from debut author Rachel Roasek is a heartfelt story about falling in love – with a partner, with your friends, or just with yourself – and about how, maybe, the bravest thing to do in the face of change is just love somebody.

Without Disruption by Carrie French

Without Disruption by Carrie French
Narrated by Carrie French
Self Published

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In pursuit of a different life, Harrison leaves everything behind – his family, his community, and even his own name. He can never go back.

Global society is united with a simple guarantee: Everyone can achieve stable, lasting happiness for 100 years in a curated lifestyle that brings them joy. Well…not unlimited joy, just mild contentment. No more, no less.

Every element of life is controlled by Vie – an AI system that is worshipped as divine. She guides members into “harmony” with in-ear alerts, retina screens, and vast, immersive simulations.

Harrison is ambitious and impulsive with a curious habit of recalling hazy memories that never happened. The course of his life is punctuated with hasty decisions, emotional compromises, and genuine attempts to play by the rules.

He’s not only running out of options; he’s running out of time. Is Harrison’s will strong enough to break Vie’s authoritarian hold? Or will he finally learn to settle for mediocrity, just like everyone else?

The threat of “eviction” is looming, and Harrison’s death day might come sooner than he thinks.

For fans of Alduous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, Lois Lowry, and Ira Levin, this thought-provoking dystopian novel sparks questions about the diversity of joy and the resilient fight for independence.

Moths by Jane Hennigan

Moths by Jane Hennigan
Narrated by Juanita McMahon
W. F. Howes Ltd

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A divergent future with a thought-provoking feminist slant, Moths is perfect for those who loved The Power, The Handmaid’s Tale and Vox.

Out they came, away from natural predators, nesting in damp corners and in the tops of trees, crossbreeding with common cousins and laying thousands upon thousands of eggs.

‘Then…the eggs hatched and an army of hungry caterpillars spread their tiny toxic threads on every breath of wind.’ The threads spell doom for humanity – half of it, at least. All around the world, men are dying in their sleep or turning into rage-fuelled killers. The world, as we know it, ends. However, humanity adapts and society moves on.

Many years later, very few even remember what life was like before the change. Mary does, though, and when an opportunity presents itself, she is faced with soul-searching decisions to make. Will she cling to the only strand of the past she has left, or will she risk it all in the name of equality?

The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev

The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev
Narrated by Soneela Nankani
Brilliance Audio

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From USA Today bestselling author Sonali Dev comes a heartfelt short story about one woman’s journey of self-discovery and what it means to be happy.

Ayesha Shetty lost her brother seven years ago, the same time she lost everything else important to her: her dreams, her fierce independence, and the man she loved. Not wanting to see her mother hurt anymore, she put her wild self away and became the dutiful daughter her mother needed and took on her brother’s role in the family business.

Now her best friend’s big, fat Indian wedding is a chance to get away from her endless duties at the restaurant and maybe even have some fun (if she remembers how). But a setup arranged by her mother, with a doctor no less, is the last thing she needs. The fact that he checks all her mother’s boxes just makes everything better…and worse.

Then Emmitt Hughes shows up. Her brother’s best friend. The love she once chose over family duties and her responsibilities. The one she asked to leave, and who did. The one who knows the real Ayesha. Torn between a love from the past that could cost her the only person she has left and her sense of obligation to her mother, will Ayesha find the strength to stop thinking about what everyone else wants and finally put herself first? Or is the old Ayesha truly gone for good?

Silent Fire by Anthony J. Melchiorri

Silent Fire by Anthony J. Melchiorri
Narrated by Peter Berkrot
Podium Audio

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A fisherman in the Philippines discovers a man’s body tangled in his nets. No one can identify the deceased or where he came from. More frightening, no one can figure out why his body shows horrifying evidence of an incurable new disease.

Covert ops group Vector is sent to Southeast Asia to see if there is more to this disease than meets the eye. When operatives Alex Wolfe and Skylar Cruz visit the hospital where the corpse was taken, their investigation is cut short by a devastating terrorist attack. Wolfe is forced to enlist the help of Tracy Nguyen, woman from his past life with the CIA. Nguyen specializes in counterterrorism operations in Southeast Asia. Together, they must track down the extremist group at the center of this evolving conspiracy.

But nothing adds up. The extremists have access to seemingly unlimited resources and genetically engineered organisms that even the most advanced biomedical laboratories in the United States have never seen.

Only after tracking the group across the globe do Wolfe, Cruz, and Nguyen learn that the mysterious corpse is just the beginning. They find themselves quickly mired in a world filled with zealous terrorists, shadowy government actors, and international crime syndicates. At the forefront of all the chaos, the extremists seek to execute a diabolical plan with ambitions far greater than Vector could have possibly imagined.

The fate of modern civilization rests in Vector’s hands.

In Silent Fire, Wolfe and Cruz race to stop a never-before-seen biological weapon in the third action-packed installment to the Vector series.

Wolf Hollow by Victoria Houston

Wolf Hollow by Victoria Houston
Narrated by Whitney Dykhouse
Dreamscape Media, LLC

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It’s mid-May in the tiny northwoods Wisconsin town of Loon Lake, and the fish are biting. But walleye isn’t the only thing on the hook.

There are rumors that a precious vein of nickel and copper is buried on the property of wealthy Grace McDonough, and the drilling is about to begin. But not if environmentalist Pete Ferris can help it. When Grace’s 24-year-old son, Noah, is caught in a sordid sex crime, police chief Lew Ferris makes the arrest. But a day later, Lew is stricken when her brother, Pete, turns up dead, a bloody pry bar found in the woods nearby. Then, Grace’s body is discovered in a car at the bottom of a river — and Noah has vanished.

Lew puts out a statewide APB, but before long, Noah is also found murdered on the McDonough property. It’s beginning to look like mother and son were killed by the same person. And when Lew learns that her brother had planned to file a lawsuit to prevent drilling for the sulfide mine, a key piece of the puzzle suddenly falls into place. Lew is beginning to close in on the truth. But has the killer set his bait again, angling for his biggest catch yet?

Murphy’s Law for Demons by C.J. Pierce
Narrated by Spencer Dillehay
Self Published

A fallen angel and an assassin walk into a bar…

For nearly 70 years, Murphy’s had the worst luck any fallen could ever have. The Collector – a title Murphy never wanted – can’t seem to do his job: Collect a soul. That’s all. One. Soul. And after 70 years, Murphy’s not so sure he wants to go back to the Below.

Joy is a practitioner of one of the world’s oldest professions. No, not prostitution, although she’d gladly use her body as bait for a target. Murderer for hire, assassin, hitwoman – Joy’s your lady if the money’s right. And if it’s someone who really needs killing, she’ll even give you a discount.

Brought together by a job and dropped (sans parachutes) into the political machinations of the Above and Below, Murphy and Joy have to decide where their loyalties lie. Something big is coming for them, and the Collector has a job to finish. Want to make a deal? Don’t make it with Murphy!

Warning: This work is intended for audiences 18 and up. Those sensitive to scenes of excessive violence or implications of sexual assault should not listen to this book.

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