Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for March 31st!

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On the Same Page by Haley Cass

On the Same Page by Haley Cass
Narrated by Lori Prince
Tantor Audio

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Riley Beckett met Gianna Mäkinen-drop-dead gorgeous influencer, trilingual, daughter of world-famous models, yes, that Gianna Mäkinen-their first year at Boston University, and it changed everything for the both of them. After all, when you find the person who just gets you, nothing feels quite “the same” right?

And in the ten years since, Riley has come to depend on Gianna more than anyone else in her life. She knows Gianna just as well as she knows herself-maybe better, some days. She knows Gianna is incredibly sex-positive, she knows Gianna doesn’t do romance or relationships, and she knows nothing could ever come between them.

This is what makes sense to her, all of this is status-quo. But when a holiday party mix-up sets in motion a domino effect of changes to these previously inalienable truths, Riley has to question everything she thought she knew about their relationship. What, exactly, does Gianna mean to her after all?


Cover Story by Rachel Lacey

Cover Story by Rachel Lacey
Narrated by Quinn Riley
Brilliance Audio

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Rachel Lacey, author of Stars Collide, serves up a steamy tale of Hollywood fame and subterfuge about a glamorous actress and the sexy bodyguard posing as her girlfriend.

Natalie Keane is one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies, but she’s paid a steep price for her fame. After she was stalked eight years ago, the ensuing media frenzy almost broke her. So when a new threat arises, Natalie agrees to extra security, but she wants to keep it under wraps. The last thing she needs is another tabloid spectacle, especially during awards season.

Taylor Vaughn has made a career as a bodyguard to the stars, but an injury has kept her sidelined for the past three months, jeopardizing her future in the job she loves. When an opportunity arises to work for Natalie Keane, Taylor jumps at the chance—even before knowing the details of the assignment.

From the moment they meet, Natalie knows this could work: Taylor, the bodyguard, masquerading as her girlfriend. The perfect cover story. But as circumstances push the two women closer, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur.


In Walked Trouble by Dana Hawkins

In Walked Trouble by Dana Hawkins
Narrated by Elise Roth
Single in Seattle #2
Storm Publishing

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Today is the day. After checking her salty attitude and grinding for years, bartender Remi James is getting the promotion she deserves. Finally, finally, she’ll be approved for a home loan—her only dream since her unstable upbringing. Remi is floating on air.

Until she walks into work to discover that the promotion has become a one-time cash bonus, and she’s got competition. Willowy, blonde, ridiculously gorgeous competition…

Maya Marek is supposed to be in Minnesota completing her Nursing Masters. Not back in Seattle, living with her family and getting a job at a local bar. But tuition costs money that Maya doesn’t have. Yet. So, if Remi thinks heated glares will intimidate Maya into giving up, she’s dead wrong. The money is Maya’s, and no amount of snarky comments, pouty lips, and to-die-for curves will get in her way.

Remi and Maya are rivals. That’s why they’re so aware of each other in the tight space behind the bar, and in the walk-in refrigerator… right? But, somewhere between fighting over recipe developments and sharing embarrassing karaoke songs, something shifts. Can Remi and Maya dare to sacrifice their dreams to reach for something new?

A spicy, queer, enemies-to-lovers romance. Fans of Ashley Herring Blake, Casey McQuiston, and Alexis Hall will fall hard for this feel-good romance!


My Book Boyfriend by Kathy Strobos

My Book Boyfriend by Kathy Strobos
Narrated by Stacy Gonzalez, Eric Altheide
New York Spark #1
Strawbundle Publishing

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A feel-good, enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy.

Tall, dark, and handsome. That’s what I think the first time I see Rupert Evans in the library.

But then I find out he is the developer who just sent my community garden a cease-and-desist letter because he plans to raze the garden and construct some towering monstrosity there.

The only one who is going to cease and desist is him. That community garden is my found family.

But then he asks me out at book club night.

Suspicious, right?

I’m attractive, but I’m not the type hot bachelors are lining up around the block to ask out. Let’s be real. I’m still in the brunch date spot with my next-door neighbor after a year of my pursuing him.

Rupert is trying to butter me up and lead me down the garden path so I’ll concede. Never.

He has no idea what we’re planning to do to stop him. Our little community group may look like a bunch of frail roses, but we’ve got thorns. As long as I weed out these pesky feelings for him, I know we can win. But will I lose my heart?

*The romcom books in this series are interconnected closed door romantic comedy standalones set in the same world in New York City. Each can be listened to as a pure standalone with a guaranteed happily ever after.


The Perfect Guy Doesn't Exist by Sophie Gonzales

The Perfect Guy Doesn’t Exist by Sophie Gonzales
Narrated by Jeremy Carlisle Parker
Macmillan Audio

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In this enemies-to-lovers romcom for fans of Ashley Poston and Rainbow Rowell, a fangirl brings her fictional heartthrob to life and finds that the real world might just be better than fiction…

Ivy Winslow has the house to herself for a week and her only plans are to binge-watch her favorite fantasy TV show, H-MAD, hang out with her best friend, Henry, and avoid her former best friend-turned enemy (and neighbor), Mack. But things go awry when Ivy wakes up one morning to find Weston, the gorgeous and very fictional main character of H-MAD, in her bedroom, claiming to be her soul mate.

Ivy’s fanfic writing has somehow brought Weston as she’s imagined him to life, but living out her fanfiction dreams isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her not-so-fictional crush is causing some major real-world problems and Ivy is desperate for help. To figure out why Weston is suddenly three-dimensional, she ropes Henry and a reluctant Mack into the chaos. As they spend more time together, Ivy and Mack are forced to deal with the fallout of their broken friendship and might just realize that they both want something more…

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books.


Without Sanction by Don Bentley

Without Sanction by Don Bentley
Narrated by Scott Brick
A Matt Drake Novel #1
Penguin Audio

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After surviving a clandestine operation that went tragically wrong, Matt Drake escaped Syria with his life, but little else. Now, to save the life of another, he must return to Syria and confront his biggest failure in a stunning thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and Hostile Intent.

Defense Intelligence Agency operative Matt Drake broke a promise. A promise that cost three people their lives and crippled his best friend. Three months later, he’s paralyzed by survivor’s guilt and haunted by the memories of the fallen. Matt may have left Syria, but Syria hasn’t left him.

In the midst of his self-imposed exile, Matt is dragged back into the world of espionage and assets that he tried to forget. A Pakistani scientist working for an ISIS splinter cell has created a terrifying weapon of mass destruction. The scientist offers to defect with the weapon, but he trusts just one man to bring him out of Syria alive—Matt Drake.

It’s a suicide mission—one man against an army of terrorists. Still, with stakes this high, Matt has no choice but to try. He’s going in on high alert, but he’s blind to his greatest vulnerability. His most dangerous enemy is closer to home—not on the battlefield, but in the Oval Office.


Space Holes by B. R. Louis

Space Holes by B. R. Louis
Narrated by Scott Brick
CamCat Books

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Saving an alien planet is nothing compared to meeting your sales quota.

Marcus Aimond, untrained tag-along aboard humanity’s first intergalactic exploratory commerce vessel, has a singular mission: sell off-brand misprinted merchandise.

When the rookie and his crew encounter the Nerelkor, a frog-like civilization, he is thrust head-first into an alien civil war. The opposing factions, Rejault and Dinasc, are stuck in an ill-fated feud driven by deep-rooted ineptitude. To avoid the planet’s total annihilation and establish a local sales office, Aimond and the crew must survive arena combat, reshape the very structure of the planet, establish world peace, and stay alive—for the sake of positive branding, of course.


La Playa de los Muertos by Douglas Pratt

La Playa de los Muertos by Douglas Pratt
Narrated by Ray Montecalvo
The Corsair Novels #1
Manta Press

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Caleb Saunders was a killer—codenamed Corsair—working for a shadowy government office.

Until one day he vanished in the middle of an assignment.

Presumed dead, Caleb Saunders assumed a new role—father.

When a random crime steals that away, Corsair is unmasked.

Now, he’s in hiding again, trying to find a new life.

But his enemies know he’s alive, and they’ll stop at nothing to make sure he dies with all his secrets.


Whistleblower by Jen Lyon

Whistleblower by Jen Lyon
Narrated by Abby Craden
Doss About Publishing

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As Alex’s career continues to flourish as a US soccer star, Catharine struggles to keep her world from falling apart. Dealing with the repercussions of a high-profile divorce, while Carlton’s campaign marches toward the primary election, her only solace remains in her blossoming relationship with Alex.
But as the stakes get higher, and the pressures of publicity increase, it isn’t only their love that is put to the test.

Revenge. Deceit. Betrayal.
Every action has a reaction. And payback is a…

Whistleblower is Book III of The Senator’s Wife Series.


The System Apocalypse Books 1-3 by Tao Wong

The System Apocalypse Books 1-3 by Tao Wong
Narrated by Nick Podehl
System Apocalypse Omnibus #1
Starlit Publishing

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The end of the world with dragons and Levels

The world ends in a slew of blue notification boxes, bringing with it a game-like existence including monsters and Classes. Now, John has to make his way from Kluane National Park in the Yukon to Whitehorse through monster infested forests. But, that’s not enough; because he’ll need to help rebuild civilization itself around the System, aliens and monsters. And, as always, humanity will be its own greatest enemy.

This collection contains the first three books of the highly rated System Apocalypse series (Life in the North, Redeemer of the Dead and the Cost of Survival) and completes the first arc—Whitehorse and the Yukon and the first year of the apocalypse.

The System Apocalypse contains elements of games like level ups, experience, enchanted materials, a sarcastic spirit, mecha, a beguiling dark elf, monsters, minotaurs, a fiery red head and a semi-realistic view on violence and its effects. Does not include harems.

Brian

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