8 Free Romance Audiobooks You Have to Listen to!

8 Free Must-Read Romance Audiobooks

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Lingus: Thoughts about Porn?!

Lingus by Mariana Zapata

Review: Lingus

by Mariana Zapata
narrated by Callie Dalton

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[This review contains a mild spoiler (predictable revelation). Proceed at your own risk!]

Jealousy is a common (dare I say popular?) topic in romance novels. So, what happens when a boy and a girl fall in love and the boy then goes to have sex with other women? For money? In front of cameras?

In “Lingus” porn meets romance.

And in this listener’s opinion, it works.

We start out at a porn convention with Kat and her friend, both porn fans. Kat and her circle of friends are mostly likable characters, even though the way they joke with one another is rather crass. Things happen and Kat makes a new friend, Tristan, “adult movie actor”.  Now, where could we possibly go from here?

Well, I can tell you, we neither go straight for Erotica, nor do we dive deeply into comedy. It is actually a slow burning friends-to-lovers kind of story. The audiobook is a solid 10:49h long. That’s a lot of time for story development. Due to the colorful characters it never felt slow or boring though. And while this is a light read/listen it is also entertaining and rather heart-warming. Callie Dalton’s narration really gave the characters life. Her voices, in particular her Tristan voice, were great and her intonations worked well in keeping that balance between funny, heart-warming and sexy.

I would say this is more on the funny/hilarious side compared to The Wall of Winnipeg and Me.

However, this book is only for you if you don’t mind pornography and if you don’t mind taking a look at porn actors as actual people.

 

Publisher’s summary

Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn’t know. “My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn.”

When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she’s both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

 

Oooh-Factor:

4 out of 5 stars
Only the jokes are crass 😀

 

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook > Book
I think some things would bother me more in the printed version (the name-calling “among friends”, the nasty comments about porn actresses that aren’t in the circle of friends…). In the audiobook it’s easier to get past that because of the enjoyable narration.

 

Pick it up here:

Audible audiobook “Lingus”

It is part of the Audible Romance package.

 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

by Mariana Zapata

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Slow Burn. I believe this book is the very definition of it. Sixteen sweet full hours of Vanessa Mazur and the Wall of Winnipeg finding their way towards each other.

Now, for a while there in the beginning, I wasn’t sure whether this love story would work for me. The Wall of Winnipeg – Aiden – is not a likeable man. At all. For a very long time there is really nothing redeeming about him. I have had my share of dealings with uncommunicative men who are brusk and don’t seem to care for anyone around them and it’s not something I find particularly appealing. Of course, there’s the inner huntress who says “Come oooon, you can change him!” but how realistic is that really? And how do you know whether it is worth it? I was wondering about all these things while listening to Aiden being a dick by actually saying dick-ish things or by not saying anything at all when it would have been a good time for a “Good Morning!” or “Thank you!”.

But again, this is 16 hours of audiobook. That’s a whole lot of time for Aiden to come around. BUT…. just when you think “now it’s happening, IT’S HAPPENING” *excited emoji face* , he’s a dick again *sad emoji face*. There are more and more situations though when Aiden, in his very dick-ish way, is actually accidentally kind of okay… or maybe even awesome. And he grew on me more and more. Vanessa’s feelings for him became more and more understandable, and I started to root for them.

Vanessa, so wonderfully portrayed by Callie Dalton who also narrated Lingus, is a thoroughly awesome heroine. She has goals, she has feelings, she is relatable. She is my new book-girlfriend! And while I might not have been a fan of Aiden at the beginning, I was instantly a fan of hers. Mariana Zapata has chosen the perfect narrator for her heroines with Callie Dalton. She’s a bit sassy, a bit funny and a whole lot likeable. It’s easy to listen to her for hours on end because of her fantastic, captivating intonation and voices.

I will definitely listen to more audiobooks of this narrator and author pair and I wholeheartedly recommend them to you, too. Mariana Zapata doesn’t go for stereotypes. Aiden, who is an alpha through and through, is not at all a man-whore (and while I’m not judging anyone for their sexual choices, the stereotypical alpha who slept his way all over town just gets kind of boring). She also includes a fair share of diversity in her stories which is something I feel strongly about.

So, bottom line: start listening!

 

Publisher’s Summary

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans, and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked. For two years the man known as the Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

Oooh-Factor:

3 out of 5 heart-wrenching stars
It’s a slow burn and you’ll have to wait for a looooong time, but… there sure will be some action between the sheets!

 

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook > Book
Because Callie Dalton!

 

Pick it up here:

Audible audiobook “The Wall of Winnipeg and Me”

If you own the e-book or borrow it through your Kindle Unlimited subscription you can pick up the audiobook for a reduced price.