Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of February 3rd.

Every week I find and post the audiobooks that catch my eye across multiple genres. Take a look and maybe you’ll find your next book!

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Prepper #3 by Tom Abrahams

Prepper #3 by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Piton Press LLC

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PREPARATION IS JUST THE BEGINNING…

In the days after a catastrophic power failure, a new threat emerges. A storm looms on the horizon, worsening an already devolving civilization. Jack Warrant is resolved to protect his home at all costs but ten days into a new reality, he and his family must face the harsh truth of their tenuous situation. Should they stay or should they go?

At the same time, the coming storm challenges those in power and those seeking it. Who will rise and who will fall?

PREPPER is the newest apocalyptic adventure series from Tom Abrahams, author of The Traveler series. It’s perfect for fans of Franklin Horton, Kyla Stone, and Ryan Schow.


The Fifth Kind: Arrival by James D. Prescott

The Fifth Kind: Arrival by James D. Prescott
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
Dark Nova Series #1
Self Published

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A secret too terrible to keep. And too dangerous to reveal.

In the depths of an ancient Egyptian tomb, archaeologists make a baffling discovery: the mummified body of a man clad in a space suit.

Halfway around the globe, exobiologist Dr. Katherine Shepard and intelligence officer Colonel Devon Peters are summoned to the site of a downed UFO. To their amazement, they find one of the occupants alive. Even more shocking, he appears to be human.

As Shepard and Peters delve deeper into the enigma, they expose a chilling truth: aliens have inhabited Earth far longer than anyone could have imagined, and they are not alone. An ancient, hidden war is being waged, with humanity’s survival hanging in the balance.

Thrust into a perilous world of shifting allegiances and veiled motives, Shepard and Peters must race against time to decipher the aliens’ true intentions and shield humanity from a revelation too shocking to comprehend.

The Fifth Kind is a gripping, high-octane hard science-fiction thriller that will leave you listening late into the night.


You Had Me at Merlot by Melissa Brayden

You Had Me at Merlot by Melissa Brayden
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Bordeauxnuts is New York City magic, and it all belongs to Jamie Tolliver. A charming coffee and doughnut spot by day, Bordeauxnuts transforms with a sprinkle of powdered sugar into a cozy sophisticated wine bar each evening. Jamie’s enjoying a blueberry latte with her quirky band of regulars when a stunning and enigmatic stranger saunters in, flips her laptop open, and Jamie’s world upside down.

Each time Jamie speaks to Leighton Morrow, her crush multiplies. She’s drawn to Leighton’s captivating presence, her kindness, and the faint lip print she leaves on her cup that winds a tingle up Jamie’s spine.

But sexy spine tingles can be deceiving.

Leighton Morrow didn’t set out to ruin anyone’s life, but she has a job to do. As a development coordinator for Carrington’s Department Store, Leighton’s part of the team that plans to take over the city block for the new location, including demolishing her new favorite café, Bordeauxnuts. A shame, but that’s life. She’ll miss the apple fritters and the cute owner. But work is a No Feelings Zone and she definitely cannot give in to the ones she has percolating for Jamie. Leighton and Jamie have all the ingredients to turn their attraction into love, but it’s a recipe for disaster.


Love Me at My Worst by Adrian J. Smith

Love Me at My Worst by Adrian J. Smith
Narrated by Lori Prince, Quinn Riley
Podium Audio

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Three… Two… One… BOO!

Isla Walsh is a prankster, and her favorite person to pull one over on has to be her principal, Andry Murphey. But Isla isn’t all fun and games, and her sixth-grade students will attest to that. Behind every prank Isla plays hides a secret she hasn’t shared since she moved to Cheyenne. She’s not the happy person she seems to be. In fact, she’s pretty certain everyone will leave her.

Andry Murphey moved to Cheyenne because of a woman, and two years after her marriage ended, she hasn’t found who she is other than a principal. For two years, all she could handle was the basics of life, until her favorite teacher ups the ante on the pranks. In each trick, she finds joy again, and Andry wonders what it would be like if she could fall in love again.

Follow two broken hearts in this sensual age-gap romance as Isla and Andry rediscover themselves and what it means to love others through their worst.

Let the prank wars commence!


Not in the Plan by Dana Hawkins

Not in the Plan by Dana Hawkins
Narrated by Elise Roth
Storm Publishing

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Free-spirited coffee shop owner meets uptight coffee addict. Is an opposites-attract match brewing… or burning?

Crushed under the weight of writer’s block and a looming deadline, Mack escapes from New York to Seattle. She meets Charlie, a beautiful, generous, nearly bankrupt coffee shop owner recovering from heartbreak. For the first time, Mack has a muse. And then Mack starts using Charlie’s private stories in her novel…

When a storm traps Mack and Charlie in the coffee shop, they share a mind-bending, knee-shaking kiss. But Charlie is an eternal optimist who sleeps with fairy-lights on, while Mack is an ironing-at-5am worrier who sleeps with… everyone. They could never turn this chemistry into something real, right?

And if Charlie finds out what Mack has been doing, turning Charlie’s most intimate secrets into a juicy page-turner, will they even have a chance to try?

A swoony, steamy queer romcom perfect for fans of Ashley Herring Blake, Casey McQuiston, and Alexis Hall.


Keep This Off the Record by Arden Joy

Keep This Off the Record by Arden Joy
Narrated by Mara Wilson, Gail Shalan
Dreamscape Media

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Abigail Meyer and Freya Jonsson can’t stand one another. But could their severe hatred be masking something else entirely?

From the moment they locked eyes in high school, Abby and Freya have been at each other’s throats. Ten years later, when Abby and Freya cross paths again, their old rivalry doesn’t take more than a few minutes to begin anew. And now Naomi, Abby’s best friend, is falling for Freya’s producer and close pal, Will.

Both women are thrilled to see their friends in a happy relationship—except they are now only a few degrees of separation from the person they claim to despise…and they can’t seem to avoid seeing one another.

Keep This Off the Record is a fun and fresh LGBTQIA+ story about the freedom to be who you are, even if that means falling for the person you hate.


The Takeover by Cara Tanamachi

The Takeover by Cara Tanamachi
Narrated by Donald Chang, Chieko Hidaka
Recorded Books

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On Nami’s thirtieth birthday, she’s reminded at every turn that her life isn’t what she’d planned. She’s always excelled at everything—until now. Her fiancé blew up their engagement. Her pride and joy, the tech company she helped to found, is about to lose funding. And her sister, Sora, is getting married to the man of her dreams, Jack—and instead of being happy for her, as Nami knows she ought to be, she’s fighting off jealousy.

Frustrated with her life, she makes a wish on a birthday candle to find her soulmate. Instead the universe delivers her hate mate, Nami’s old nemesis, Jae Lee, the most popular kid from her high school, who also narrowly beat her out for valedictorian. More than a decade later, Jae is still as effortlessly cool, charming, and stylish as ever, and, to make matters worse, he’s planning a hostile takeover of her start-up. Cue sharp elbows and even sharper banter as the two go head-to-head to see who’ll win this time. But when their rivalry ignites a different kind of passion, Nami starts to realize it’s not just her company that’s in danger of being taken over, but her heart as well.


Not Bad for a Girl by Anastasia Ryan

Not Bad for a Girl by Anastasia Ryan
Narrated by Jesse Vilinsky
Dreamscape Media

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It’s a man’s world, and Indiana Ana Aaron, a talented coder and IT specialist, doesn’t fit in. She says what she thinks, which frequently gets her in trouble and most recently has resulted in her transfer to a remote work team. She sees working from home as a chance at redemption (by keeping her head down and her camera off). But, almost immediately, her new boss makes a huge mistake in a report, and Ana feels compelled to point it out.

She expects extreme repercussions, like before, but instead, the boss praises Mr. Aaron for his assertiveness and gives the team the afternoon off, to the delight of her fellow “bros.” It’s a simple error. Indiana is one of those names. But would it have gone that way if he had known what she looked like? She’s considering how to set everyone straight without making things worse when her work besties complicate things further. In a misguided attempt to “help” during a reference check, the legend of “Indiana” begins to take on a life of its own.

Ana is suddenly in over her head. She doesn’t know how to compete with her alter-ego “Indiana,” who is a former Navy SEAL, an emergency back-up goalie for the Colorado Avalanche, and an abstract artist. Fortunately, Ana is picking up more allies, including Shane, a handsome tech guy on her team who’s smart enough to put the puzzle together. But how can she be true to herself and follow her heart in the midst of this tangle?


Canadian Boyfriend by Jenny Holiday

Canadian Boyfriend by Jenny Holiday
Narrated by Joshua Jackson, Emily Ellet
Forever

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Fate brings together a ballet teacher and a hockey player in this big-hearted novel about second chances and taking risks by the bestselling author Entertainment Weekly calls the “master of witty banter.”

Once upon a time teenage Aurora Evans met a hockey player at the Mall of America. He was from Canada. And soon, he was the perfect fake boyfriend, a get-out-of-jail-free card for all kinds of sticky situations. I can’t go to prom. I’m going to be visiting my boyfriend in Canada. He was just what she needed to cover her social awkwardness. He never had to know. It wasn’t like she was ever going to see him again…

Years later, Aurora is teaching kids’ dance classes and battling panic and eating disorders—souvenirs from her failed ballet career—when pro hockey player Mike Martin walks in with his daughter. Mike’s honesty about his struggles with widowhood helps Aurora confront some of her own demons, and the two forge an unlikely friendship. There’s just one problem: Mike is the boy she spent years pretending was her “Canadian boyfriend.”

The longer she keeps her secret, the more she knows it will shatter the trust between them. But to have the life she wants, she needs to tackle the most important thing of all—believing in herself.

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The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz

The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz
Narrated by Ray Chase
Brilliance Audio

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Benny is so nice they feel compelled to destroy him, but he has a friend who should scare the hell out of them in this breathtaking new kind of thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz.

Benny Catspaw’s perpetually sunny disposition is tested when he loses his job, his reputation, his fiancée, and his favorite chair. He’s not paranoid. Someone is out to get him. He just doesn’t know who or why. Then Benny receives an inheritance from an uncle he’s never heard of: a giant crate and a video message. All will be well in time.

How strange—though it’s a blessing, his uncle promises. Stranger yet is what’s inside the crate. He’s a seven-foot-tall self-described “bad weather friend” named Spike whose mission is to help people who are just too good for this world. Spike will take care of it. He’ll find Benny’s enemies. He’ll deal with them. This might be satisfying if Spike wasn’t such a menacing presence with terrifying techniques of intimidation.

In the company of Spike and a fascinated young waitress-cum-PI-in-training named Harper, Benny plunges into a perilous high-speed adventure, the likes of which never would have crossed the mind of a decent guy like him.


Wizard's Tower, Books 1-3 by Gregory Allanther

Wizard’s Tower, Books 1-3 by Gregory Allanther
Narrated by Jeff Hays, Justin Thomas James, Andrea Parsneau
Wizard’s Tower #1-3
Aethon Audio, Soundbooth Theater

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Don’t miss the Wizard’s Tower Books 1-3 Box Set, a LitRPG adventure about a cranky wizard who seeks solitude in orer to uncover all of the mysteries of magic.

The humans call me Nemon Fargus. They call me wizard, and [Elementalist] and [Enchanter]. They call me teacher. They call me adventurer.

But I don’t care. Not anymore.

For more than 150 years I’ve served the Kingdom of Sena. Through four Kings and a Queen. Two wars and a rebellion. I’ve founded and taught at a magic school. I’ve fought against beast waves and dungeon breaks.

But now? Now, the one close friend I had left has passed. So, I’m done with their politics and their economics. The short and busy lives of humans are more burden than benefit on the weary soul of this half-elf.

Now, I’m looking for a refuge, a place that can well and truly be my own. Away from the growing cities and the bustling markets, away from the pointless wars, away from the eager students and the arrogant adventurers.

I’m seeking the peaceful life of a wizard in his tower, studying magic to advance my spellcraft…We’ll see if that happens.

Experience this LitRPG Series Bundle from Gregory Allanther, the bestselling author of An Old Man’s Journey.


Brian

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