An Ali Audiobook Review: Healing Hunter’s Heart (A Little Bite of Love #2) by Charlie Cochet, Narrator Nick J. Russo

Rating: 3.5  out of 5 stars
HealingHuntersHeartAUDSMMonths after being forced to leave his lover and mate Ari Jannsen behind, Hunter Devin settles into his role as Enforcer for the newly formed Deagan Clan under the rule of his new Alpha and best friend Tristan “Trip” Hagan. Along with Hunter’s brother Boone, their nephews, sister, and mother, Hunter finally has the family he’s always wanted, but without his little rebel Ari, his heart is incomplete.

The Hagan Clan is unable to accept the Deagan Clan’s betrayal for walking away and taking the clan’s pups with them. War looms. As both clans plan their attack, a greater enemy plots against them. But Hunter is determined to get his Ari back. Bonds are put to the test and unexpected alliances are made as Hunter and his clan set out to protect their own and end the spreading heartache.
This was an enjoyable story about two shifters who are separated after a bunch of them branch off to a new clan.  Ari and Hunter have had a secret relationship for years and an act of violence ends up keeping them apart against their wills.  The book starts 5 years previously and gives you the foundation for their relationship.  It then brings us to the current time and we proceed with the current story.  The transition between the two times was smooth and worked well as a storytelling style.  I liked the two main characters as a couple and they had some really sweet moments together.  I thought they were a good match and I liked them together a lot.  The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is the overall story wasn’t my thing.  This is totally a case of “It’s me not the book.”  I found the story to be quite sweet and quite fluffy and while there isn’t nothing wrong with either of those, they’re not  my thing.  I prefer gritty, angsty books.  There are a lot of similarities to the author’s Thirds series and I think if you’re a fan of that series you should definitely check out this one.  I think you’ll like it a lot.  This book is the second in this series but can be read as a standalone.  The author covers the back story well.  The first story in this though is a novella and it is free so I recommend you that you read it first.  
I listened to this on audio and have mixed feelings.  I thought narrator Nick J. Russo did an excellent job on the two main characters, Hunter and Ari.  The first part of the book that was almost all them I enjoyed a lot.  Towards the end though when there were multiple characters I found it lacking.  I did not care for a lot of the side character voices.  It’s one of those things that is hard to explain.  I don’t have concrete complaints.  I just didn’t like many of the voices.
Cover by L. C. Chase. I like the cover.  I think it is average.  It’s not bad but it also does not stand out.  
Audiobook Details:
Narrator Nick J. Russo
Length 6 hours and 0 minutes
Categories:Audiobooks, M/M Audiobooks

In Our Author Spotlight: Ava Hayden and her latest story ‘Table for One’ (guest blog)



Table for One by Ava Hayden
Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist Anna Sikorska

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have  Ava Hayden here today to talk about her latest story, Table for One, and share with our readers a bit of the background into the plot and storyline.  Welcome, Ava!


In “Table for One” I wanted to throw a big plot complication at Nick. Oilton, Alberta is a made-up place, but there’s one thing you can count on anywhere in Alberta in winter—snow.

Not that we can’t handle it—snow falling at a reasonable pace, that is, with plenty of time for plowing. When it arrives all at once—life gets complicated. I’d been living in Alberta three months when the worst snowstorm in 113 years hit on St. Patrick’s Day. I was at the airport, ready to fly to Vancouver for business. When the airlines cancelled a few flights and marked some delayed, it didn’t seem unusual—not at first. Traveling in snow is a fact of life here. Plenty of passengers assumed these were temporary annoyances—a little runway plowing, some de-icing, and no worries. The airline’s staff was playing coy.

The problem with having to make decisions in a hundred-year snowstorm is you don’t know it’s a hundred-year snowstorm until it’s over and the CBC is broadcasting videos and statistics. When my flight was cancelled, my gut told me not to join the line of people at the gate hoping to go standby on the next flight. Instead, I made a quick call to my Vancouver customer and headed for the cabstand as fast as I could.

Road conditions were already horrible. The trip took five times longer than usual. The worst moment occurred when the taxi was fighting for traction to climb a hill. A pickup hauling a refrigerator ahead of us began sliding backwards, and for a few seconds, the taxi driver and I both had no doubt that we were about to be squashed under a Kenmore. (We weren’t. Barely.)

Take one blizzard, add an eight-months-missing-in-action-without-a-word-of-explanation ex-lover seated at a table for two in Nick’s section, and it’s a Valentine’s Day he’ll never forget.

About Table for One

Nick DiGiaccomo waits tables at Fortissimo, an exclusive restaurant in Oilton, Alberta. He loathes drama, particularly the kind that makes its appearance on Valentine’s Day.

This Valentine’s Day is especially bitter. Eight months ago Nick’s heart was broken when his lover walked away without a word over a misunderstanding. Too proud to call, Nick’s heard nothing from him since. But on this, the most romantic day of the year, he keeps his feelings well-hidden and his professional smile firmly in place.

That is, until he sees his ex-lover, Mark Mishimoto, at a table for two in his section—and his Valentine’s Day goes from bad to downright horrible.

To make matters worse, a winter storm descends, hours earlier than forecast. When the restaurant closes, Nick finds himself stuck downtown in the middle of a blizzard with no way to get home and nowhere to go. Mark lives conveniently close by, and he’s offering up his couch. Nick could use a place to lay his head—but is it worth risking his heart?

Categories : Daydreams, Contemporary, Holiday. Gay Fiction

About the Author

Ava Hayden lives and writes in western Canada but grew up in the southern United States. She comes from a family of storytellers and began creating her own at an early age. She’s still telling stories, but now she writes them down.