5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, M.J. O'Shea, Narration Rating, Narration Rating - 3.5 Stars, Piper Vaughn, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea – Narrated by Finn Sterling

Title: One Small Thing (One Thing: Book One)

Author: Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea

Narrator:: Finn Sterling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 56 Minutes

At a Glance: My only complaint about One Small Thing would be the voice Sterling chose to use for Rue.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: “Daddy” is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he’d have sex with a woman either. Now he’s the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn’t have time for babies, but he can’t give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he’s running out of options. He’s on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn’t like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of many – and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father.

Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he’s forced to choose: the future he’s always wanted, or the family he thought he never did.

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Review: What makes this story, One Small Thing, so special that I couldn’t wait for it to come out on audio? Rue and Erik! I couldn’t wait to hear their voices, and relive the birth of Alice, and listen to the oh-so-funny scene with Rue looking for daycare. Rue describes one daycare, Wee Care, as a “stinky, sticky, vomity smelling miniature version of Lord of the Flies.” I could just picture Rue standing there taking it all in, and then screaming and making a run for the front door. What a sight that would have been to see.

In a perfect life we aren’t faced with decisions like those Rue faced—finding someone to watch his daughter but not really knowing a lot about them. But, it’s not a perfect world out there, and we just have to do our best with what we’re given. Rue is a fighter; throughout the story he fights for his daughter, his friends, and for building a future for them all. Fighting for your family, and sometimes taking a leap of faith, sums up this story for me.

Erik Van Nuys: I have a lot of respect for his character. When thrown a curve—having to move out of a house into an apartment, his agent not calling—Erik makes changes. He struggles through the changes, but in the end, he does it. I was always cheering for him. I am so glad the writers let me, as the reader, be a part of the Erik’s struggles. It really gave his character more depth .

The secondary characters of Alice, Rue’s baby, and Dusty, Rue’s best friend, added some spice and intrigue to the story; Alice and her gentle ways, unless she was hungry or tired, and Dusty’s poor choice of boyfriends. Dusty was a little too whiny for my taste, and though whiny to me is like nails on a chalk board, Finn Sterling gets him just right.

My only complaint about One Small Thing would be the voice Sterling chose to use for Rue. Rue is a character who likes his tight clothes, makeup, and not being one of the mundane people. Sterling’s voice, on the other hand, is deep, slow in the pacing, and shows very little emotion, not at all the way I’d envisioned Rue. Towards the end, however, he does lighten up a bit and adds more emotion to his voice.

I would recommend One Small Thing, both the book and the audio. The book was a great read, and the audio just gives you an excuse to revisit the lives of Rue, Erik, Alice, and Dusty. I really hope the second book, One True Thing will be released on audio. I liked the characters and look forward to hearing about Dusty, and maybe, finally, he will find that special someone he can love and be loved by.

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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, P.D. Singer, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: Snow on the Mountain by P.D. Singer – Narrated by Finn Sterling

Title: Snow on the Mountain (The Mountains: Book Two)

Author: P.D. Singer

Narrator:: Finn Sterling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 43 Minutes

At a Glance: The relationship between Jake and Kurt was very believable; they just seem like good guys trying to find their way.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Champagne powder snow, gorgeously groomed slopes, and elegant hotels draw the expert and the wealthy to the exclusive Wapiti Creek Ski Resort, but for Jake Landon and Kurt Carlson, the lure is work. A novice skier, Jake’s been assigned to run the bunny lift, but Kurt’s afraid he’ll be stuck shoveling snow all winter. Instructing at a private ski school should be his dream job, but it brings giggles and sideways glances among their new friends.

All summer, Jake and Kurt were alone in the wilderness. If Jake wanted to stay in the closet, it didn’t matter. Now they have to navigate a relationship in public, where the five-year-old twins who’ve adopted Jake as their ski buddy are as big a nuisance as the ski patroller who has a crush on him. Would-be friends, vicious coworkers, and the perils of the mountain could mean the end for Kurt and Jake, but their biggest danger comes from each other.

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Review: When I listen to an audiobook, I’m usually driving or housecleaning, mostly driving, and I like a narrative that keeps me interested. The narrator needs to give each character a distinct voices so I can tell the characters apart, and the author should have detail about the setting, characters, and supporting characters—the perfect formula for a great audio, I feel.

The reason I bring this up is I felt Snow on the Mountain had a bit too much detail about the mountain and the skiing. I would like to say by the end of the audio I remembered some of the names and terms, but no such luck. I am hoping the book gives you a map with all the ski runs labeled on it, as I think it would have been easier to follow the story. The lingo about skiing went right over my head, having never skied myself, but I was sure impressed by how many times they went up and down the mountain in a single day. That takes a lot of stamina—impressive!

The relationship between Jake and Kurt was very believable; they just seem like good guys trying to find their way. The only part that seemed off to me was when Kurt was getting shot at and Jake was getting threatened; they seemed to take it in stride. If that would have been anyone I know, they would have gone screaming down the mountain, telling anyone who would listen, and the cops would be there .

Because I’d get sidetracked by the names of the ski runs and ski equipment and skiing techniques, I focused on paying more attention to the characters and the sex. And that was good… Really good. P.D. Singer sure knows how to write great scenes.

I like to learn something from each book I read, but I felt this was just too much detail for an audiobook. I bet it was really good in book form, though, because you’d be able to go back and re-read what you didn’t understand. And as a non-skier, I would have been re-reading a lot.






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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Mary Calmes, Reviewed by Traci

Traci Recommends Mary Calmes’s “But For You” – Narrated by Finn Sterling


“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity.” ― John Green


Title: But For You (A Matter of Time: Book Six)

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:: Finn Sterling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 18 Minutes

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Blurb: Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him-it’s settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory’s days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.
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