Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for June 29th!

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Aeon Burn by Matthew Mather

Aeon Burn by Matthew Mather
Narrated by Ray Porter
Aeon #2
Recorded Books

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A week ago, the supernova Aeon detonated in the skies over Antarctica. Mass migrations of humanity and animal life began northward. Secondary bursts of ionizing radiation knocked out worldwide power grids. Global temperatures spiked. Oceans rose as seawater expanded and glaciers melted. Massive storms and acid rain scour the planet.

The southern continent is literally melting under the feet of Dr. Xin Rhou as she is trapped at the South Pole, and she is perhaps the only person in the world with a full accounting of the data recorded when Aeon exploded.

Thousands of miles away in the Amazon, Max Carver struggles to stay alive while attempting to stop his old friend and brother Ben Belloc escaping from the Colony. But the only thing Max really wants is to get north of the equator and find his pregnant wife Talisha as she is about to give birth.

Talisha, meanwhile, has joined millions of Aeon refugees on the roads of America. Most cars have been rendered inoperable by the supernova burst, and all communications and power grids are down. But for Tal, on the verge of giving birth in a suddenly very unforgiving world, all of this is even less important than the revelation she has just learned….


Half Moon Bay by Nicholas Harvey

Half Moon Bay by Nicholas Harvey
Narrated by Kim Bretton
AJ Bailey Adventure #11
Harvey Books, LLC

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A fearsome legend. A long silenced ghost. A modern greed.

When her co-worker and friend, Thomas, suggests they search for the long-lost jewels from an old island legend, dive boat operator, AJ Bailey, is up for the challenge. But their innocent hunt leads them to the run-down shack behind the myth, stirring up far more than timeworn dust.

The struggle over a precious piece of land begins, rekindling a tragic story of young love in the shadow of World War II and the mysteries left unanswered.

Book 11 in this best-selling series set in the beautiful Cayman Islands takes AJ on a wild chase above and below the water.

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Houseswap 101 by Jaime Clevenger

Houseswap 101 by Jaime Clevenger
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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Working remote on a houseboat in Seattle sounds amazing-until it rains for four months straight. Now Robbie Price would love any excuse to get on dry land. When a co-worker who’s going through a divorce suggests a house swap, Robbie can’t pass up the chance to spend four weeks in a beach cottage in San Diego. All she needs to do is avoid her co-worker’s ex-wife and finish a few home improvement projects.

Devyn Lancaster never expected to get divorced, but she isn’t exactly unhappy about how things have turned out. She has more time to focus on being a doctor in a busy hospital and can let go of trying to be a better wife. Still, there are some things at home she’d like someone to take care of. Like basically everything she has no time to do.

Robbie Price is the last person Devyn expects to want to keep around-especially after Robbie accidentally weed whacks her pollinator garden. But Robbie makes a mean lasagna and in one weekend completes half the items on her to-do list.

Soon Devyn has to admit she likes having a temporary housebutch. And Robbie can’t deny the house swap turned out to be a perfect change. Saying goodbye at the end of the month might be harder than either realize.


The Roadtrip Agreement by Tiana Warner

The Roadtrip Agreement by Tiana Warner
Narrated by Anastasia Watley
Tantor Audio

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A camper van, a camera, and the open road are all laid-back Carol Lavoie wants in life—and she’s using her career as a social media video creator to fund her adventures. The problem is, if she can’t work out how to get more followers soon, she’ll have to give it all away.

Minimalist vlogger Ruby Hayashi has over a million followers who watch her meticulously edited takes on cooking, van living, and her cute rescue dog. She exists in a world of perfection that is getting boring and badly needs an injection of fresh energy.

When Coral and Ruby team up for a road trip to boost their audiences, it’s a clash of opposites in what could be the change they both need. As they hit the Oregon coast, what they don’t count on is how their enthralled followers start rooting for their favorite lesbians to get together.

Could faking a relationship for the cameras be the key to going viral and boosting their careers? But even if they make peace with lying to their fans, for how long will their hearts be able to tell the difference between fake flirtation and real love?

Contains mature themes.


This Above All by Nicole Pyland

This Above All by Nicole Pyland
Narrated by Melissa Moran
San Francisco Series #3
Pyland Publishing LLC

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This is book # 3 in the San Francisco Series.

Hillary Robins had watched all of her friends couple off. Everyone in her group had their person now, while she’d turned into something like the eighth wheel. After Caroline had broken her heart, Hillary had always known that she’d be the last of her friends to find someone. Caroline had done a number on her. And, in many ways, she was still recovering.

Amara Simmons both loved and hated being a preacher’s daughter. She loved her father dearly. He was all she had left after her mother’s tragic death. But what her father and his protégé, Mark, taught in church was in direct opposition to what she felt about herself. She’d never had the courage to admit it out loud. She even dated Mark because it was what was right for her father and for their shared faith. Unfortunately for Amara, her secret–along with some family secrets–collide when she finally decides to come out of her shell.

Hillary had been staring at a beautiful, auburn-haired woman every week in her local café for over a year before circumstances finally give her the courage to take a chance and strike up a conversation. Amara had always thought Hillary was beautiful. She’d always wanted to talk to her, but she couldn’t. If she did, that would mean that thing she’d been hiding about herself might reveal itself. If it did, it would change everything.


Not Just Gal Pals by Elizabeth Luly

Not Just Gal Pals by Elizabeth Luly
Narrated by Abby Craden
Sapphire Springs #1
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Jenny Lynton never planned to be an influencer. It just sort of . . . happened. When an unfortunate post results in Jenny being “almost canceled,” she extends her stay in her hometown, Sapphire Springs, New York, to wait out the storm. Jenny’s agent suggests a fling with a flannel-wearing lumberjack might be just the thing to distract her. But after a string of disastrous dates, Jenny has sworn off flings. And lumberjacks are in short supply in Sapphire Springs. Lumberjanes, on the other hand . . .

Blake Mitchell is Sapphire Spring’s only doctor. She’s also had a crush on Jenny since high school. A crush that makes her a socially awkward mess whenever she’s around Jenny. Blake moved back home to avoid being hurt by another relationship—there’s not exactly a lot of dating options for lesbians in Sapphire Springs—but Blake can’t stop thinking about Jenny now she’s back in town.

When Jenny and Blake are forced to work together to save a friend’s bachelorette party, sparks fly. But with Jenny’s return to LA a ticking time-bomb, is it wise for them to explore their feelings for each other, or do they risk being hurt yet again?

Contains mature themes.


The Bullys Dare by Adora Crooks

The Bully’s Dare by Adora Crooks
Narrated by Chris Chambers, Penelope Ann Rose
The Truth or Dare Series #1
Tantor Audio

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“Go on a date with me or I’ll beat up your best friend.” A line that shouldn’t have worked, but did. When your BFF is in peril, what’s a girl to do?

Jason King is used to getting what he wants. And he wants me. No clue why. I’m a geeky introvert. I must have that just-turned-eighteen, new-girl-on-the-block smell.

Jason is popular. Cocky. His dad is richer than God. He has his crew dedicate their summer to tormenting my best friend, Donovan.

Donovan fights back with quick tongue and a sense of humor as dark as his clothes. But he’s tasted enough of Jason’s knuckle-sandwiches to last a lifetime. Which is where I step in. One date with Jason and the bullying stops. It’s a no-brainer.

So I let Jason take me out for ice cream. What’s the worst that can happen. Right?

Except Jason’s piercing blue eyes send a delicious shiver through me that has nothing to do with my mint chocolate-chip. Donovan is going to hate me for this.

Contains mature themes.


Five Dates Between Friends by Erin Thomson

Five Dates Between Friends by Erin Thomson
Narrated by Grace Grant, Soren Gray
Love In Brooklyn #2
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What’s the big deal about a few dates between friends?

Here’s the thing—Mack has been Chase’s best friend for half her life, and they’ve always been platonic with a capital P. He’s also her business partner, and without question the best person she’s ever met. And Chase? She’s a self confessed disaster; she works too much, considers curly fries a food group, and might have an unhealthy dependency on iced coffee and whiskey. Then there’s her relationship history, which leans more towards tragic backstory than happily ever after.

An unexpected kiss turns their friendship—and Chase’s world—on its head. She’s pretty sure crossing that particular line was a mistake, but saying no to Mack has never been easy. So when he asks for one date, to show her what they could be, Chase agrees. She tells herself, and him, that it will only be one. One date and they go back to friends and pretend the whole unfortunate incident never happened. She won’t be agreeing to a second, or a third, and definitely not five.

Because five dates with your best friend can only be a bad idea . . . right?


Nobody Like Us by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

Nobody Like Us by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Narrated by Lessa Lamb, Alan Carlson
Like Us #13
Audible Studios

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Sci-fi writer, heiress, weirdo, and oldest daughter of the beloved and infamous Hale family, 21-year-old Luna Hale has been known by many names. But the title she’s coveted these days has been elusive…until now.

She can see it. It’s in reach. She’s more than ready to be his girlfriend.

Luna wants to go on an exploration of Paul Donnelly. Top to bottom. Inside out. To discover all there is to know about her human hero. But he’s afraid some skeletons are better left in the darkness.

As a death in the family unsteadies multiple futures, Luna and Donnelly see turbulence ahead, but they’re determined to steer their ship through the rubble and finally make a landing. This time, together.

Luna and Donnelly’s out-of-this-world, cosmic love returns in this romantic, heart-pounding, and epic conclusion to the Like Us series.


Playing the Field by Ivy Bailey

Playing the Field by Ivy Bailey
Narrated by Jacqueline Li, Samara MacLaren
Simon & Schuster Audio UK

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A football inspired YA rom-com, perfect for fans of Ted Lasso and Icebreaker

Durham University have the best women’s football team in the League and their star striker Sadie McGrath hopes that winning this year might lead her to being picked up by one of the National Teams. The male team is much less impressive – they’ve never won the league and are facing relegation unless they can improve by the end of the season.

But now the unthinkable has been asked of Sadie; to train the cocky, new male striker who has just moved over from the US. Arlo Hudson is a know-it-all who refuses to follow direction, and argues with her every lesson. Sadie can’t stand him, even if all the other girls do think he’s dreamy.

What will happen when the two spend so much time together alone… Will it improve their technique? Or will Sadie be out of his league?


Finding Mr. Write by Kelley Armstrong

Finding Mr. Write by Kelley Armstrong
Narrated by Natalie Naudus, Will Peters, Patricia Santomasso, Sean Patrick Hopkins
Forever

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers a fun romantic comedy about a woman writing under a male pseudonym and the man she hires to play the role in public.

Daphne McFadden already knows that as a female author, the cards are stacked against her. Now she knows just how much. Because her sudden whim to pose as an “outdoorsy hunk of masculinity” male author for her new book just resulted in the unthinkable: a bidding war, a huge book deal, and the kind of fame every author dreams of. Now she’s in big trouble. Because she needs to convince the world that Zane Remington actually exists…but how?

By hiring an actor, of course.

Only Chris Stanton is not an actor—not officially. He’s used to balancing the books, not pretending he wrote one. Still, he’s mostly certain he can pose as some overly macho bro-author. But when the media descend on Daphne’s gorgeous remote home in the Yukon, it’s not enough for Chris to just be the face of Zane Remington—he’ll have to become him. All while hilariously balancing the terrifying dangers of the wilderness, a massive femme fandom, and a serious crush on Daphne. But as the hype circus gets more out of control, it’s just a matter of time before someone discovers their little write lie….

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