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My Top Reads and Audiobooks ~ October – December

This time last year I signed up for the Goodreads Challenge.

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I more than doubled my original goal and read over two hundred ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks in that time.

I’ve read some fabulous stories and discovered several new authors this year.

Here’s my recommendations from the last quarter, as always, in no particular order:

eBooks

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Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean

Falling Down by Eli Easton

Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

With the Band by L.A. Witt

Crying for the Moon by Sarah Madison

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Robyn: Forced to be their Sister by Sadie Sins (taboo)

The Portrait and Black Dog by L.M. Somerton

Home is Where You Are by Alex Jane

Needing a Little Christmas by Silvia Violet

Fair Chance by Josh Lanyon (ARC)

So This is Christmas by Josh Lanyon

Audiobooks

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Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton

The Downs by Kim Fielding

A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes

Stygian by Santino Hassell

Smoke and Mirrors by Charlie Cochet

A Matchless Man by Ariel Tachna

Commitment Ranch by B.A. Tortuga

Professional Distance by Silvia Violet

Stay With Me AND So Into You by S.E. Harmon

Spook Squad AND The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

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 CHECK OUT ALL THE BOOKS I READ HERE

on Goodreads.

Here’s my post for recommended reads from January to March.

Here’s my post for recommended reads from April to June.

Here’s my post for recommended reads from July to September.

HAPPY READING!

AND HERE’S TO

A HAPPY

2017

My Top Reads and Audiobooks ~ April – June

 Back in December I signed up to the Goodreads Challenge.

Not having done this before and not knowing how many books I’d read in a year, I entered a nice round number of one hundred. I intended to include the ebooks I’d read as well as the audiobooks I listened to. I thought an average of two a week would be achievable. To my surprise and delight, I achieved the challenge and I’ve now increased my total to one hundred and fifty books.

In no particular order, here are my recommended books from the last three months

eBooks

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Blood and Milk by N.R. Walker

 Debt by K.C. Wells

Beautiful Thunder by Louise Lyons

Rustic Moment by Nic Starr

Bryan and Jase by A.D. Ellis

Sporting Chance by Alexa Milne

Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts

After the Snap by Peyton Miller

Always Another Side by Annabelle Jacobs

Return to Zero by Isobel Starling

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Audiobooks

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Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell

Shifting Gears by Riley Hart

Frog by Mary Calmes

Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain

The Right Time by Lane Hayes

A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes

The United and the Divided (Tooth and Claw #3) by L.A. Witt

Plus I’ve listened to Josh Lanyon’s outstanding Adrien English series again.

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Check out the books I’ve read so far.

I’d love to hear about some of your favourite stories.

Here’s my post for recommended reads from January to March.

PsyCop Audiobooks by Jordan Castillo Price

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price

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Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.

Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price features frazzled psychic medium Victor Bayne and his smokin’-hot boyfriend, Jacob Marks. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.S. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar.

Now he’s part of an elite PsyCop unit. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. But since no one’s ever given him a lucky break when they were alive, why would they start now ?

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5* for the story and the performance

I hadn’t read any of the PsyCop books before I listened to the series on Audible. I throughly enjoyed each story and Jordan’s distinctive storytelling. I loved the premise of the series and thought the chemistry between Vic and Jacob was sizzling throughout. Gomez Pugh’s performance was fabulous. His narration was spot on for each character. He differentiated each person clearly and made them come alive for me. I pictured everything going on in the scenes and recognized each character when they spoke. Jacob’s voice was husky and so sexy. UNF! The production quality was excellent. I will definitely listen to all five superb stories again.

This is what Jordan said about choosing a narrator for the series: “But then Gomez Pugh sent in an audition and totally nailed it. It’s hard to articulate exactly what the quality of his voice is that captured my imagination… He sounded just about the right age, so you could buy that he was a fortyish cop from Chicago. And—most important—he sounded world-weary and disillusioned, even though I was having him read a romantic scene. That was what really grabbed me.”

“I think people process audio and text differently—I know I do. Some folks say they can’t pay attention to an audiobook. I’m the opposite of that. I will forget where I’m driving when an audiobook is playing in the car, because I get so swept away into the storyverse. When my eyes are tired from a day at the computer, and the last thing they want to do is watch TV or read, I love being able to lie back and lose myself in an audio.

What I notice Gomez brings specifically to PsyCop, though, is an elusive tenderness to Vic when he’s dealing with certain people. I think his rapport with his BFF Lisa is striking. There’s a scene in Body and Soul where he’s talking to a victim’s grandmother, where Vic and the old lady don’t even speak the same language. But the tenderness there was so clear it actually choked me up. The ease Vic feels when he’s talking to Maurice really shines through. And the chemistry with Vic and Jacob, particularly in the love scenes, just floors me. So I think what this talented actor is bringing to the books is delicious nuance that reveals layers of characterization in a way that might not always happen with text.”

Among the Living

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Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.

He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.

Warning: This audiobook contains explicit adult content.

Buy on Audible / iTunes / Amazon

Criss Cross

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Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren’t any more effective than sugar pills.

Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he’s willing to spring for the Starbucks.

Jacob’s ex-boyfriend, Crash, is an empathic healer who might be able to help Victor pull his powers into balance, but he seems more interested in getting into Victor’s pants than in providing any actual assistance.

 Buy on Audible / iTunes / Amazon 

Body & Soul

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Thanksgiving can’t end too soon for Victor Bayne, who’s finding Jacob’s family hard to swallow. Luckily, he’s called back to work to track down a high-profile missing person.

Meanwhile, Jacob tries to find a home they can move into that’s not infested – with either cockroaches or ghosts. As if the house-hunting isn’t stressful enough, Vic’s new partner Bob Zigler doesn’t seem to think he can do anything right. A deceased junkie with a bone to pick leads Vic and Zig on a wild chase that ends in a basement full of horrors.

 Buy on Audible /  iTunes / Amazon

Secrets

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Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.

Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party.

Can’t a guy catch a break?

On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either. Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.

What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?

Buy on Audible UK / Audible.com

Camp Hell

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Victor Bayne honed his dubious psychic skills at one of the first psych training facilities in the country, Heliotrope Station, otherwise known as Camp Hell to the psychics who’ve been guests behind its razorwire fence.

Vic discovered that none of the people he remembers from Camp Hell can be found online, and there’s no mention of Heliotrope Station itself, either. Someone’s gone through a lot of trouble to bury the past. But who?

 Buy on Audible.comAudible UK /  Amazon.com

Thaw (a PsyCop short)

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A FREE taster of Vic and Jake to stream or download HERE

Don’t just take my word for it, check out the PsyCop audiobooks!

Stream a sample from each book at the PsyCop site

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PsyCop site HERE

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