Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of December 16th.
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Good Intentions by James P. Sumner
Narrated by Gary Bennett
No choice. No way out.
Believed to be dead, Adrian Hell now fights for a new cause, knowing he can never go back to his old life.
But death might have been the better option.
As the world recovers from the shocking events in A Necessary Kill, Adrian is living a new life, killing without prejudice to repay the debt he owes the people who saved him.
But he can’t change who he is. When he begins to question the motives of his saviors, he puts himself in a dangerous situation that could cost him everything.
An intensely gripping thriller that fans of John Milton and Jason Bourne will love.
Hard Exit by J. B. Turner
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
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From bestseller J. B. Turner comes a pulse-pounding thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.
When a Swiss intelligence agent goes missing—taking with him thousands of classified documents that have the potential to expose covert agents and information around the world—he also threatens to expose the one secret that will change Jon Reznick’s life forever.
Hans Muller has found someone on Swiss CCTV footage—someone who is supposed to be dead, someone from long ago in Reznick’s past. If her true identity is as Muller suspects, and if he divulges her secret, it could be dangerous for her and her loved ones, not to mention disastrous for national security.
In a shocking twist of fate, the mysterious woman looks exactly like Jon Reznick’s late wife, who was thought to have died in the 9/11 attacks. Reznick has to know: Is this just a case of mistaken identity, or has Elisabeth been alive all this time?
Reznick jumps into an international fray with Swiss Intelligence agents and the CIA to find the missing classified documents and his own answers. Anyone who knows Jon Reznick knows he won’t rest until he finds the truth…even if it upends his life as he knows it.
When the Past Finds You by Adrian J. Smith
Narrated by Lori Prince, Quinn Riley
A company buy-out. An arch nemesis returns. A crush that never went away.
Wil thought she had the world ahead of her—eight years of experience in her job, her temper under control and working for her, and a manager who understood her. All Wil’s fears tumble out when her best friend’s stepmom becomes her new manager. No longer able to hide who she is, Wil fights to control her temper and crush on the one person she’s never been able to hold back on.
Lynda has worked hard to get where she is, but when she takes over a new financial company, she knows she has to lay low and rebuild her reputation. When the opportunity arises to work with her estranged stepdaughter’s best friend, she leaps at the chance to reconnect. She never thought the past would haunt her and the memories of her husband’s death would resurface.
They never wanted to see each other again. Will they be able to overcome their mutual past and find love in the person they least expect? What will happen when fire meets ice?
When the Past Finds You is an ice queen age gap lesbian romance with bisexual and demisexual representation. It’s a story of grief, loss, and how three people grieve differently from the same tragic death.
Like They Do in the Movies by Nan Campbell
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Book Inc
The Dream: rich and famous screenwriter of hilarious sapphic rom coms.
The Reality: pushing out trashy celebrity gossip for cash.
The Grand Plan: advance career by engineering a celebrity takedown.
Fran Underhill’s adoration for the entertainment industry is in flames, transformed into a loathing of celebrity culture and all those who benefit from it. When a personal assistant gig for one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses falls into her lap, Fran is determined to use the experience to her advantage with a series of tell-all articles. Just enough clickbait to get her next screenplay sold. Now if only she can ignore that ferocious and inconvenient attraction to her new employer.
Chelsea Cartwright—actress, mother, and ex-wife to Hollywood royalty—is struggling. A competent new assistant will do much to ease her burdens, but who could predict the intense and long-buried feelings Fran would awaken? And what will the fallout be when she finds out Fran is a member of the gossip media—with Chelsea’s public destruction in her sights.
Good Looking by Lucy May Lennox
Narrated by Dallin Bradford
Nick: College is supposed to be when you figure out who you are, but it’s not easy when your roommate is your identical twin brother. Nick shares everything with his brother Nate, including a genetic condition that causes visual impairment. Nick feels like Nate is better at everything, including being blind. But when Nick falls for nerdy theater major Abby, he finally starts to strike out on his own.
Abby: That guy in Abby’s lit class is just her type, not only because he’s sweet and gorgeous, but because he’s blind. Abby is a devotee—she’s attracted to people with disabilities. But after her ex rejected her when she came out to him, she’s scared to reveal the truth of her attraction. How can she tell Nick he’s not her first blind boyfriend?
At a big Midwestern state university in the 1990s, Nick and Abby stumble towards adulthood, through awkward parties, regrettable flirtations, frantic cramming, and poorly planned road trips. It’s college life in all its exciting, raunchy, disgusting, hilarious glory, set to a 90s alt-rock soundtrack.
Game On by Seressia Glass
Narrated by Keylor Leigh
When an unexpected Player Two enters her life, a gamer must decide if their relationship is worth leveling up in this new romance from the author of The Love Con.
Samara Reynolds has built a large following as a gamer under an anonymous screen name, and uses her skills as a DEIA consultant to advocate for equal representation in video games. When she posted a video critiquing the popular game Legendsfall, she knew she’d get a reaction from her fans, but the video leads to hundreds of female gamers critiquing the game and its company, Artemis Games. The only thing more unexpected than starting an online movement is getting a job offer from the handsome CEO of Artemis.
Aron Galanis has been on a mission to get his company certified to create gaming content for people with disabilities. When he sees Artemis trending online for all the wrong reasons, he’s determined to right his wrongs and offers the originator a mea culpa, as well as a job offer to overhaul the character options in Legendsfall.
Working together turns Aron and Samara from adversaries into allies, allies into friends, and after that—something more. But once their relationship goes public, will Aron and Samara be able to weather the storm and fight for their happy ending, or is it game over?
Going Dark by Melissa de la Cruz
Narrated by Karla Serrato, Will Damron, Emily Woo Zeller
Amelia Ashley shares everything with her followers—her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, her best fashion tips, and her European trip of a lifetime with her hot boyfriend.
Josh has no choice but to return home without Amelia after she abandons him in Rome. He has no clue where she went or how her blood got in his suitcase. Why won’t anyone believe him?
To Harper Delgado, Amelia Ashley is just another missing white girl whipping up a media frenzy. But with each digital knot she untangles about the influencer, Harper wonders: who is Amelia Ashley?
The Other Girl
Two years ago, another girl went missing, one who never made headlines or had a trending hashtag.
Amelia’s disappearance has captured the world’s attention. What comes next? Watch this space…
Told through a mixture of social media posts, diary entries, and firsthand accounts, Going Dark is a gripping, suspenseful thriller about all the missing girls who fall off the radar, perfect for true crime fans and fans of One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.
Our Cursed Love by Julie Abe
Narrated by Arina Ii, Kevin Shen
Julie Abe’s OUR CURSED LOVE is a magical 50 FIRST DATES meets LOVE AND GELATO set in Tokyo, Japan—about destiny, the impact of the choices we make, and the magic of true love.
Six days to remember.
Love or lose him forever.
Remy Kobata has always wished she was destined to be with her best friend, Cam Yasuda. All the way from being neighbors from birth to mixing up magical prank potions together to their “just friends” homecoming date during their senior year in high school, nothing’s a secret between Remy and Cam—except for how much she is in love with him.
Remy is trying to work up the courage to confess her feelings during their winter break trip to Japan, when she gets selected for a mystical tea leaves reading and it reveals that they’re not meant to be together. After they stumble upon a secret magical apothecary in the back alleys of Tokyo, Remy and Cam are offered an ancient soulmate elixir, created before all love potions were banned by the magical government. They each have their reasons for wanting to take it, but what could go wrong with finding your soulmate a little earlier?
Except, after they drink up, their senior year trip flips into the worst vacation ever: Cam has forgotten who Remy is. If she can’t help Cam remember her by midnight New Year’s Eve, they’ll both be cursed to forget each other. To unravel their past and rewrite the future, Remy and Cam must travel through Tokyo to rediscover Cam’s memories and make new ones—and maybe even fall in love all over again.
A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books.
Get a Room by Casey Dembowski
Narrated by Edward Black, Alexa Elmy
Brian Hawkins has had the worst year. He watched his girlfriend marry another man, lost his job and his apartment, and after a summer under his parents’ roof, has taken refuge with his younger sister. A quiet few months in Philadelphia are just what he needs to clear his head. But he’s barely unpacked before the bane of his existence, his sister’s best friend, shows up. There’s only one extra bed, and there’s no way he’s sharing it with her.
Sarah Webb didn’t think anything could be worse than a marriage-proposal-gone-wrong walk of shame to her best friend’s apartment. But she was wrong. Because she’s also sharing space with Jess’s older brother. Brian is grumpy and stubborn and totally hot. He’s also off limits, which is why she should let him have the bedroom, stop staring at his abs, and keep her distance. But playing nice isn’t in her nature.
As Sarah and Brian pull pranks and place wagers over who can lay claim to the bed, things between them start to shift. Sarah can admit that Brian has his moments, and Brian sees a side of Sarah she usually keeps hidden. When she needs a last-minute date for a gala where her ex is going to be in attendance, Brian seems like the perfect fake date. But as they spin around the dance floor, their fledgling friendship turns to something unexpected—and more than just the bed is up for grabs.
One Small Secret by Esther Hatch
Narrated by Noah Wall
Ruben Palmer is on every woman’s Christmas wish list. Except mine.
I grew up with him and bested him in practically everything we did together–debate, grades, mini-golf, you name it. So I’ve built an immunity to his boy-next-door charm. Sure, sometimes I might accidentally type his name into my search engine, but his dimples, hotel empire and thirst-trap photos don’t tempt me. I’ve got my sights set on earning my way to the top of the Palmer Hotel empire, and nothing is going to get in my way.
Until my step-sister leaves her secret toddler with me before skipping town for three months. Now suddenly everyone thinks he’s mine, and instead of powering my way to the top, I’m struggling to not get fired. And instead of Ruben staying on the executive floor where he belongs, he’s invading my apartment, breaking dates with starlets, and looking disappointed that I decided to settle down with anyone except him.
But I know Ruben, and Ruben doesn’t settle down. So there’s no way I’m giving him my heart. Not even for Christmas.
**One Small Secret is inspired by the classic films Bachelor Mother and Bundle of Joy, and is part of the Gift-Wrapped Romance series. All five cozy Christmas novels can be listened to in any order.
Just Don’t Fall by Emma St. Clair
Narrated by Emily Ellet, Jay Myers
Before Logan Barnes was hockey’s hottest bad boy, he was my brother’s best friend … and my first crush. Oh, yeah—and the guy who ghosted me and broke my teenage heart.
Now Logan is back in Harvest Hollow, but not willingly. Recovering from an injury (and some bad press), he’s stuck playing for our minor league team.
Which means I’ll be working with him almost daily.
As the hockey team’s social media manager, it’s my job to wrangle all the guys into filming TikTok trending videos. But Logan doesn’t want to be wrangled.
Turns out … neither does my heart.
Because my old crush never died.
And when Logan becomes my accidental fake boyfriend, those old feelings flare hot enough to melt the ice.
But this is all totally one-sided. Totally fake. Isn’t it?
No matter what signals he seems to be giving me or how real things start to feel, I know Logan’s not home for good.
I survived Logan leaving me once. But this time, I’m not so sure my heart will recover …
Just Don’t Fall is a small town, closed door hockey romcom with all the fake dating, brother’s best friend vibes. You’ll get smoking chemistry and characters to root for but NO spice. (Yes, you read that right—a low spice hockey romance.) Perfect for fans of sports romance who want a less heat.
Brother’s best friend
Never been kissed FMC
Closed door/kissing only
Aftermath by Craig Alanson
Narrated by R.C. Bray
What happens in the wake of Failure Mode?
The Aftermath of a stunning victory—especially an unexpected, complete, and final victory—should be high-fives all around, listening to politicians give boring congratulatory speeches, and a well-deserved rest for the Merry Band of Pirates. Yes, the galaxy is still a freakin’ mess, but that is nothing new, and for a change, that can be someone else’s problem.
Until, you know, something really bad happens, and only the Pirates can deal with the problem… Or not.
Finn Rhodes Forever by Stephanie Archer
Narrated by Aaron Shedlock, Stella Hunter
The guy who broke my heart is now an arrogant, too-hot firefighter… who’s hell-bent on getting me back.
This summer, I have one goal: field work. I need it to finish my PhD. I never expected Finn Rhodes to offer help. He broke my heart twelve years ago, and now that he’s back in town, I want nothing to do with him.
Finn wants one thing—me.
We were inseparable as kids until everything changed. Now, he’s all grown up—tattooed, muscled, and unfairly hot… and insists we’re meant to be together. I know he’ll grow bored of me and this small town like before, but he’ll never give up unless it’s his idea.
I’ll pretend to date him, but actually? I’m trying to get him to dump me.
Between hiking the back country and cringe-worthy dates designed to turn him off, I begin to remember why we were best friends. Despite how hard I try, Finn isn’t interested in dumping me… and now I’m not sure I want him to.
Finn’s always been trouble, but now he’s a different kind entirely. The kind that might break my heart. Again.
Finn Rhodes Forever is a spicy, second chance, reverse grumpy sunshine rom-com. This is book four in the Queen’s Cove series but can be listened to as a standalone.
Breakout by Aven Ellis
Narrated by Andrea Emmes
Eyes the color of the Mediterranean Sea. Sexy stubble shading his jawline. Niko’s dating status? Available. The problem? He might be Lexi’s new coworker . . .
One flying puck.
That’s all it took to change Lexi Stewart’s life. When an errant puck heads towards Lexi, she collides with Niko Xenakis, the new Dallas Demons TV producer. He’s sexy as hell and with a quick mind—and Lexi is more than smitten with the newest hire of the local sports network.
That collision leads to an opportunity Lexi has always dreamed of—a chance to work at Total Access Total Sports—but also makes Niko her out-of-bounds coworker.
Or is he?
With sparks too strong to ignore, Lexi and Niko follow their hearts—in pursuing careers in sports television—and each other.
But the road to love is never easy, complicated by the fact that they both carry emotional baggage. Can these two break out of the past to find love in the present?
Jaguar Prophecies by Jeff Wheeler
Narrated by Kate Rudd
The fate of the world is in the hands of two men. One is prophesized to end it. The other must save it in an apocalyptic thriller by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler.
If the end-of-the-world prophecy is true, a vengeful descendant will reign with blood and fury. The planets are already aligning.
For Jonathon Roth and his family, a vacation in Cozumel became a nightmare. Pawns in a deadly ritual, Roth and his children barely escaped with their lives, and with the secrets of mastermind Jacob Calakmul. Calakmul’s endgame: to fulfill the Jaguar Prophecies—the foretelling of an inevitable Armageddon, one that will destroy entire nations. The key to stopping it is to retrieve an ancient codex—if Roth can decipher it.
From a museum in Dresden where the mysterious codex is on display to the Roths’ Montana home in the dead of winter, no place is safe from Calakmul’s reach. Obsessed with the legends of the magic of the Maya, Roth knows Calakmul’s powers are real. Roth’s own daughter possesses them too. As Calakmul and his henchmen close in, Roth and his children are running for their lives.
In a prepper’s lair in the Montana mountains, Roth must piece together a terrifying puzzle to stop an apocalyptic vision from coming true. If it’s not already too late. Because the countdown to the end-time has already begun.
The Rules of Love Collection by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Teddy Hamilton, Erin Mallon, Jason Clarke, Ava Erickson, Vanessa Edwin, Rose Dioro
A spicy, swoony collection of stand-alone sports romances performed by some of your favorite narrators and available in a bundle for the first time! The Rules of Love includes your favorite tropes from brother’s best friend to coach’s daughter to teammate’s sister stand-alones, with second-chance romance and only one bed in the room!
The Virgin Rule Book
Let me make a few things clear. I didn’t go to the wedding intending to dance with my brother’s best friend, to dare him to show me a very sexy pic on his phone, or to accidentally kiss him in the hotel elevator after the reception ended.
But you know how it goes. Things just happen at weddings….
The Virgin Game Plan
I had an excuse two years ago when I met the sexy but innocent reporter on campus. She interviewed me for a story on Major League Baseball’s rising stars, and we shared a hot, passionate night that ended far too soon. Now I know the woman I can’t stop thinking about is the coach’s daughter….
The Virgin Replay
Following rules shot me to the top of my game as an all-star baseball player, and the golden rule is this—don’t hook up with your teammate’s sister.
But ask her to be your fake date when you desperately need one for a family wedding in Hawaii? Then, the hotel books us into the same suite.
The Virgin Scorecard
I’m done hunting for Mr. Right. I’m ready for Mr. Right Now.
When I go out with my friends for a night on the town, I bump into the perfect candidate—the one who got away.
Mister Right Now is a novella in a collection of novellas and short stories.
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