6 of the best Enemies to Lovers Romance Audiobooks to Binge on

Contemporary Romances in Audible Unlimited Romance

“Enemies to lovers” is one of my favorite romance tropes. It gives me all the feels when the protagonists have to work their way out of bad behavior patterns and take a chance on each other, even though they have been burnt. It’s very “true love conquers all”.

And how can you not love the fantasy, that the guy who keeps challenging you is secretly head over heels in love with you? It’s a soothing thought, maybe even empowering. [... read more]

7 of the Most Anticipated Romance Audiobooks of 2019

Lovely Audiobooks' list of 7 of the most anticipated Romance Audiobooks of 2019

New Releases we’re waiting for in 2019

This will be a good year for romance readers! We can look forward to a lot of fantastic new romance audiobooks in 2019.

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Dr. Strange Beard: This is not an escape!

Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers book 5)
written by Penny Reid
narrated by Chloë Miller and Chris Brinkley

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Penny Reid is one of my favourite authors. She was the one who got me hooked on Romance novels.

When I read “Neanderthal seeks Human”** (Knitting in the City book 1) almost 5 years ago I was absolutely amazed by how quirky and relatable her female characters were and how quirky and ridiculously hot her male characters were! So different from all the doom and gloom literature I knew up to then. [... read more]

Elements of Chemistry: The billionaire and the virgin how it should be…

Attraction Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid

Review: Attraction (Elements of Chemistry, Book 1)

by Penny Reid
narrated by Cris Dukeheart

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Jerkface alpha billionaire manwhore meets shy virgin

And yet the trope feels unfair and unfitting.

Kaitlyn is an outspoken feminist chemistry student. She just doesn’t want to talk to most people. Especially not to Martin Sandeke, who she secretly lusts after. When she sees him reduce girl after girl to tears, she decides to keep her distance. It’s just that he won’t quite let her because he wants much more than talk.

Oh, New Adult… what a wonderful genre. When your heroine is only 19 she can still go through fundamental personal development that makes sense and is realistic for an age at which you have to make some of the most influential life decisions. You can’t really do this kind of character development with adult (adult-adult… you know) characters in a believable way. At least not in one book or a short series like “Elements of Chemistry”. Now, it’s not just a wonderful genre, this is a particularly awesome series and a good example of Romance done right. Penny Reid has a fantastically witty sense of humor and I laughed out lout during the dialogue between Martin and Kaitlyn about whether being a possessive caveman is something women really like.

Cris Dukeheart did a great job with her sexy-cute voice (yes, that’s a thing, just listen to it!). She doesn’t have the most manliest man voices I’ve ever heard, but they are very good. The characters are easily distinguishable and I particularly liked her intonations which made the story even more interesting and captivating. Also, she really knows how to moan 😉

Be warned though, this is really one longer story divided into three parts. So book 1 ends on a major cliffhanger. If you want to listen to this, you have to get all three parts otherwise you will be so heartbroken! Come to think of it, I wonder if this series would have gotten more attention in a different format – something other than being a trilogy with each part being fairly short yet originally sold at “full price”. However, now that the entire series is in the Audible Romance package you should go grab it right away and enjoy!

 

Publisher’s summary
One week.
Private beach.
Invisible girl.
Jerk-faced bully.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.

Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family’s billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.

When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?

 

Oooh-Factor:

5 out of 5 hot stars
It’s wonderfully sexy!

 

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook > Book
I had a great time with the book, too. But Cris Dukeheart is so entertaining to listen to!

 

Pick it up here:

Find the audiobook “Attraction (Elements of Chemistry 1)”** on Amazon or go directly to the Audible Romance Package** so you don’t  have to fear the ginormous cliffhanger and can just binge 😉

The Player and The Pixie: She’ll teach him…

The Player and the Pixie

Review: The Player and The Pixie (Rugby 2)

by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway
narrated by KC Sheridan and George Allan

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[This is a spoiler-free review]

I’m a big fan of L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, they were my very first romance writer crushes. Each of them alone or both of them together. This right here is my favorite Rugby book!

Now, the story of this one is quite witty. We have your usual alpha manwhore, BUT…. he’s bad in bed. Really bad. So people-loving lovely Lucy, incidentally the sister of Sean’s arch nemesis Ronan from The Hooker and The Hermit**, takes it upon herself to help poor Sean improve his woman-loving ways. Forbidden love is easily one of my favorite romance tropes. And this one does it all the justice!

Now, let me be honest. I didn’t enjoy The Hooker and The Hermit, the first part in the Rugby series, very much. A very big reason for that was George Allan’s narration. His Irish accent sounded very forced, like he was trying extremely hard the whole time and I found that distracting. Fortunately, in this book, it’s an entirely different thing. Same George Allan, same accent, entirely different outcome! I think it’s due to the arrogant, cocky tone he gives Sean that this narration is extremely enjoyable.

I stopped counting how many times my heart broke for Sean who was so thoroughly misunderstood and simply acted the way everyone expected him to, embracing the reputation as a brutish snob. George Allan is an absolutely fantastic Sean, delivering his chapters in a way that made me easily picture this giant fancy dressed guy who was forced to give up on caring and instead just decided to be amused by everything around him.

KC Sheridan has an absolutely adorable voice and accent and is the perfect Lucy. She makes it easy to empathize with Lucy and her struggles and is such a nice counterpart to George Allan’s Sean. Her intonations and voices are wonderful. And I was very captivated by this audiobook.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book and it works pretty well as a stand-alone too.

On a sidenote, there is what seems to be a technical issue with this audiobook, for some reason chapter 10 repeats parts of chapter 9. That was a bit odd. Just so you know.

 

Publisher’s Summary

How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. Rubbish. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So…what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

The Pixie

Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby. As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

The Player

Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute…or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

The Plan

Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world – and Lucy’s big brother in particular – that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be enjoyed as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series.

©2016 Penny Reid (P)2017 Penny Reid

 

 

Oooh-Factor:

4 out of 5 stars
Very hot!

 

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook > Book
The narrators really add a lot in this one and they are so much fun to listen to!

 

Pick it up here:

Audible audiobook “The Player and the Pixie”**

The e-book is part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription** and you can get the audiobook for a reduced price when downloading the e-book.
It is also included in the Audible Romance package**.