Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for June 1st!

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Boone by Nick Sullivan

Boone by Nick Sullivan
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
The Deep #0.5
Wild Yonder Press

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A vacation in Aruba. It started well… it ended badly.

It’s a long way from the hills of East Tennessee to the arid islands of the Dutch Caribbean.

From the author of the best-selling Deep Series, Boone is a brand-new prequel that follows Boone Fischer in his early years. His passions, his challenges, and the fascinating people he meets along the way… all are parts of the journey that will shape the man he will become, and lead him to the life of a divemaster in Curaçao and Bonaire.

A coming of age story filled with romance and adventure, Boone brings the listener right up to the events preceding Book One in The Deep Series, Deep Shadow.


June Bug by Jess Lourey

June Bug by Jess Lourey
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya
Murder by Month Mystery #2
Brilliance Audio

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A summertime treasure hunt in rural Minnesota leads to murder in this delightful gem of a rom-com mystery by Edgar Award-nominated author Jess Lourey.

Summer in Battle Lake kicks off with fireworks and festivities, but it’s a local treasure hunt that’s amping up the tourist trade. It certainly piques the interest of part-time reporter Mira James—both as fodder for a column and because she could use the five grand in prize money.

The treasure? A faux diamond hidden at the bottom of Whiskey Lake. When Mira takes a deep dive in search of it, rather than finding the planted jewel, she uncovers a legendary puzzle reaching back nearly seventy years. But fishing for answers puts her face-to-face with a suspicious new arrival: a creeper from her past up to his old menacing ways.

When murder turns a hot June night into a scorcher, Mira realizes there are more mysteries hidden in this town than fake gems, and to solve them, she has to stay alive.

Revised edition: This edition of June Bug includes editorial revisions.


The Ride of Her Life by Jennifer Dugan

The Ride of Her Life by Jennifer Dugan
Narrated by Lindsey Dorcus
HarperAudio

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From the author of Love at First Set, a new irresistible enemies-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine queer romcom for fans of Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, about a wedding-obsessed city girl who inherits a horse farm from her estranged late aunt, and clashes with the cocky, unfairly hot farrier who thinks she’s going to run the barn into the ground.

Molly McDaniel’s life is falling apart. Between her day job as a barista, her night job at a call center, and her crushing student loans, she’s barely getting by. And that dream she has of starting a wedding event planning business? The dream that led to all those student loan in the first place? She can feel it slipping farther and farther out of reach every day. So the absolute last thing she needs is to discover she’s inherited a run-down, struggling horse barn out of the blue, courtesy of her estranged late aunt.

Molly is so ill-equipped to run the barn, it’s laughable. She certainly doesn’t have the money, time or knowledge needed to save it, no matter how much faith everyone who loved her aunt has that she will. But the more Molly gets involved, the more she starts to wonder: maybe the barn is a blessing in disguise. If she can sell the land, the profits could be the small-business seed money miracle she’s been waiting for. So what if she’s starting to love everyone in the mismatched family she’s found here?

Well, everyone except Shani, the resident farrier and family friend who took care of Molly’s aunt in her last days. Judgmental, grouchy Shani, who refuses to give up on the barn; who walks around like she so much better than Molly; who’s actually really good with the horses…and kind of thoughtful. And obnoxiously hot. And unfailingly loyal.

And suddenly, Shani has become an entirely different kind of problem, one Molly can’t possibly solve, not without risking her whole future, no matter how much her heart wishes she could.


When You Smile by Melissa Brayden

When You Smile by Melissa Brayden
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Have you ever had a crush on your babysitter? Taryn Ross sure did. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte was sophisticated, thoughtful, gorgeous, and fun. Taryn counted the minutes until they’d hang out. But Charlotte and her family moved away. Now a transfer student at Hillspoint University, Taryn is ready to officially come out when she runs into a familiar face at a party. Charlie, now a grad student, insists on walking a drunk Taryn home. To the detriment of Taryn’s heart (and libido), Charlie has only grown kinder (and hotter) with time.

Charlie Adler has a five-year plan: finish her MFA without any hiccups, survive a difficult breakup with her ex, and become an acclaimed fiction writer. Easy, right? That is until Taryn shows up at Hillspoint and shakes up her world like a snow globe. This Taryn is different: soulful, brooding, and all grown up. Charlie’s never been attracted to a woman before, and isn’t dating your one-time charge against the rules? If only their toe-curling, mind-dulling, body-aching chemistry would calm the hell down.


I Do by Cheyenne Blue

I Do by Cheyenne Blue
Narrated by Cat Gould
Tantor Audio

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A fabulous twin-swap lesbian romance where the toaster oven could double as a wedding gift.

Accountant Allie Lane would do anything for her injured twin sister, including pretend to be her to save Sophie’s fledgling event-planning business. All Allie has to do is fake being a lesbian for a few weeks and coordinate a rural gay wedding festival. Simple. Except she’s nothing like her outgoing sister and, last Allie checked, she was straight.

Tarryn Harris cannot stand weddings. Now her small Australian town of Quandong is being overrun by matrimonial madness for its first gay wedding festival. The other hitch is she’s been roped into being the assistant to the cute lesbian event planner. Frankly, she’d rather be left alone with her alpacas and metal art.

The finale of the festival is a fake wedding. Surely no one will vote for a wedding hater and an undercover straight woman to play the fake couple? Right?

Contains mature themes.


In Too Deep by Rachael Sommers

In Too Deep by Rachael Sommers
Narrated by Fiona Valen
Tantor Audio

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This lesbian summer holiday romance comes with tangy cocktails, arched eyebrows, and a sweet side of mystery.

Lucy Holloway is dying for an escape. The high-flying lawyer’s life has just spectacularly imploded so it’s time to hit the reset button and soak up some sun, sea, and relaxation at a swanky hotel across the Atlantic.

Laid-back physical therapy student Elena Garcia is home for the holidays. Picking up a few shifts as a lifeguard at Sol Plaza, the hotel her father manages, sounds like fun. Speaking of fun . . . there’s also that sweet summer flirtation she’s having with a smoking hot American lawyer. But when their sizzling romance slides into real emotions, everything gets complicated.

Also complicated? Wild accusations against Elena’s father about how Sol Plaza’s being run. Teaming up with Lucy, Elena’s determined to clear his name.

But will working together bring the two even closer? Where do flings end and feelings begin, anyway?

Contains mature themes.


Night Shift by Annie Crown

Night Shift by Annie Crown
Narrated by Victoria Connolly
Tantor Audio

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*A TikTok Sensation!*

A sweet encounter between a bookworm and a basketball player turns steamy in the stacks after hours….

Kendall Holiday spends her Fridays exactly where she wants to be: ensconced in a romance novel in an empty college library working the graveyard shift. The quiet of the library is dependable and gives Kendall an excellent excuse for skipping out on the loud, raucous start to the weekend. Lost in the pages of her favorite love stories, Kendall blocks out the world-until Vincent Knight, the school’s star basketball player, turns up.

Handsome, tall, and extremely popular, Vincent’s a standout on the court, but he’s out of his depth in the stacks: he’s got an urgent assignment due and doesn’t have a clue where to start. When his meet-cute with Kendall turns into a steamy make-out session, neither are quite prepared for what comes next.

Opposites might attract in romance novels…but it takes a lot more truth than tropes to make it work in real life.


High Wire by Kam Majd

High Wire by Kam Majd
Narrated by Joanna Teljeur
Kate Gallagher #1
Quill Publishing

Captain Kate Gallagher has a plane to land and a daughter to get home to. But first, she’s got to contend with a confrontational co-pilot, blizzard conditions, and something far more treacherous-a plane contaminated with a lethal computer virus. When the controls refuse to respond to her commands, she has two choices: Turn the plane around or trust her instinct.

One day later, the world’s press is picking through the mangled remains of Flight 394 and crying pilot error. To clear her name, Kate must endure humiliation and blame, and the risk to herself and her family, until she comes face to face with the madman who created the virus. There, she uncovers a shocking conspiracy that has already zeroed in on a new target: another plane, another deadly disaster.

With only seconds to save the 262 passengers on board, Kate Gallagher will fight her way back into the pilot’s seat and up into the air, in a life-and-death race against time, and a computer virus that is wired, running, and ready to kill again. And the price for saving all those lives may be only one…hers.


The Carborundum Conundrum by Robin C.M. Duncan

The Carborundum Conundrum by Robin C.M. Duncan
Narrated by Adi Cabral
Quirk & Moth #2
Tantor Audio

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You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family . . .

Quirk and Moth have avoided killing each other long enough to solve another case. They decide on a local job next, and take up the search for a missing scientist. How could Quirk know this new mystery put them on a headlong collision course with his troubled past, a plethora of personal issues, and a hoard of genetic hybrid creatures with an appetite for anything that moves?

When their client dies in mysterious circumstances, law enforcement pursues the dysfunctional duo all the way to a research lab in frozen Yellowknife. Can Quirk and Moth find the scientist before they are banged up for murder, or has she already been eaten? Is it coincidence Quirk’s father-in-law bought the company? Can they expose the shadow from Quirk’s past and clear their names?

Quirk and Moth need time, but it’s fast running out, and the bodies are piling up. Find out what happens in The Carborundum Conundrum!


Daughter of the Storm by Alden Globe

Daughter of the Storm by Alden Globe
Narrated by Elizabeth Schmidt
Maps Private Value Thrillers #2
A.Globe MediaGroup

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A smart, fast-paced climate action thriller with three strong women working to save humanity from itself. When the chips are down, time has run out, and all options are exhausted, world leaders have one ace left to play.

Rave Maps, the world’s greatest value engineer, has never seen anything like this. She assembles her team to convince the public of imminent catastrophe while stumbling upon a powerful corporate nemesis siphoning life-saving information and resources.

A trio of deadly women — Rave Maps, Mait Orleans, and Kate Tong — race from Palma to Los Angeles, Koror, Belize City, Boulder, Steamboat Springs, London, Barcelona, Brisbane, and Lady Elliot Island seeking a way to heighten awareness of the crisis on the world stage. Rave must address this threat while assessing one more; might a deadly virus reduce carbon emissions? What if it eliminates two billion people in the process? Does she try to save the planet… or the people? By the time Rave finds the solution will anyone be left to pick up the pieces?


Mount Ragnarok by Michael Cole

Mount Ragnarok by Michael Cole
Narrated by Matt Godfrey
Tantor Audio

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Natalie Lyster was once an honorable soldier. But when a government conspiracy led to the death of a loved one, she went rogue. After years on the run, she now leads a criminal organization, working for the highest bidder.

That bidder is the corrupt planetary union Czar. The job has taken Lyster and her crew to the planet Salacia. Their goal: excavate the zorbernite mineral from the slopes of the supervolcano Mount Ragnarök and deliver it to the Czar military.

In their digging, they found more than mineral.

Lyster’s ship is intercepted by a strike force led by Commander Tucker Greyson. The pursuit goes haywire, for a swarm of giant alien wasps bring down the spacecrafts.

Forced to travel on foot, Greyson and Lyster quickly learn the wasps are only the beginning of their problems. Man-eating raptors lurk behind every tree, ambushing everyone who gets too close; echoes of heavy footsteps reveal the presence of a larger predator hunting in the region; and heavy seismic activity from the mountainside warn of Mount Ragnarök’s impending fiery wrath. With time running out, the group must reach the main campsite and commandeer a spacecraft, or else perish in the hellish fires of Mount Ragnarök.


Tiger Chair by Max Brooks

Tiger Chair by Max Brooks
Narrated by Greg Chun
Amazon Original Stories

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When China invades America, guerrilla warfare explodes on the streets of Los Angeles in this provocative short story about the future of war from Max Brooks, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of World War Z.

China thought it would be a quick war, an easy war. But now, years later, as the insurgency on the streets of Los Angeles escalates but the propaganda never changes, a Chinese officer can’t keep silent any longer. Torn between loyalty to his country and loyalty to his troops, he writes a brutally honest—and possibly suicidal—letter home to unmask the truth.

Brooks combines his signature meticulous research with unforgettable characters in this landmark work of speculative fiction.

Brian

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