An Ali Audiobook Review: Never Lose Your Flames (New Canadiana #1) by Francis Gideon and Kevin Chandler (Narrator)

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Cop-turned-bounty-hunter Gabe Dominguez is hired to capture firestarter Nat Wyatt. For a dragon-shifter like Gabe, apprehending Nat is easy, but transporting him involves more time, energy, and blood loss than he envisioned. An attack from a band of fairies, an out-of-control forest fire, and a showdown at an auction don’t faze Gabe, but Nat’s innocence might stop him entirely.

Since discovering his abilities, Nat’s lost a best friend, a boyfriend, and trust in his brother. Only his love of concerts and card games get him through life without a home. Rumors of the Judge, a giant dragon who once destroyed half of Canada avenging those he loved, provide Nat with hope of vindication. When Nat discovers his captor is the Judge, he thinks he’s finally caught a break. Through late-night conversations and a shared love of music, Nat tries to convince Gabe he’s not guilty.

Can Gabe continue his cutthroat lifestyle, or will he run away with his dragon hoard like he’s always longed to do? Can Nat escape his legacy, or will his be another spark snuffed out by people who don’t understand? The Oracle, the most powerful wizard in Canada, might be the only one who can provide answers.
 
I thought this was a nice start to a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance series.  I liked the plot and the world that the author created.  It was interestingly done and I found it unique.  I was especially excited to see a dragon shifter.  I would love to see more of those.  There were some really great parts and some really cool characters.  (I especially liked the part with the little elemental children.)  Unfortunately there was too much detail and too many unnecessary scenes.  It felt like the author had a lot of great ideas and tried to put a bit of all of them in this story.  I think this would have been better to be a shorter book and different characters/plotlines to be added in future books of the series.  World building in an urban fantasy story is super complicated in my opinion, and can easily become too confusing to the reader if it’s not done just right.  This was close, but not quite there.
I liked both of the main characters for the most part but Nat was a little too nice in my opinion.  I struggled to understand how he could be so calm and sweet when he’s being taken against his will to some place really bad.  I understood his reasoning I guess but it still didn’t ring super realistic to me.  I had a very difficult time relating to anything he did.  There were some super interesting side characters that I’d like to learn more about in future books.
The romance is a very slow burn but that was a nice change.  I was good with that but these two were an odd mix for me and I didn’t really feel the connection until the very end of the book.
This story is narrated by Kevin Chandler and this was my first time listening to him.  Unfortunately the narration did not work for me at all.  His voice was very nice but it was like he was just reading the story in a monotone voice.  I repeatedly didn’t know who was talking because he did the same voice for everyone.  I could have gotten past that but his the lack of emotions in the character’s voices bothered me.  They both sounded so bored through throughout the story.  I was only able to make it about halfway through on audio.  I was interested in the plot so I ended up switching to the ebook and finished the story that way.
 
I felt this was an unique story that had a lot of potential.  I liked it enough to read the next book in the series and I’m hoping some of my complaints are resolved in that.  I recommend you try a sample of the audio to see if it works for you since it did not for me.
 
The cover is done by AngstyG and I thought it was pretty good.  It had a lot of brown did not stand out or catch my eye because of the monotone colors.  It was an accurate representation of the MC’s though.
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Audiobook Details:
11 hrs 9 mins
Audible Audio, 12 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ASINB06XC4JLF3
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesNew Canadiana #1

A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Rough Edges by Cardeno C. and Kevin Chandler (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.

Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

 

Rough Edges is a terrific contemporary romance and it works especially well in audiobook format.  One of the shorter in time audiobooks, just as the story in shorter in length, the author does a wonderful job of bringing well rounded characters to life on the page and handling those same characters over to Kevin Chandler who’s narrating their story.

The time flew by as I listened to Kyle and Brent navigate Kyle’s desperate situation and Brent’s generosity in helping Kyle with it.  Tricky when Kyle is determined to dislike Brent at all costs.  The enemy to lover trope is done well here, and we watch as gently and believably Brent wins Kyle over, eventually getting to the heart of Kyle’s animosity.

Kevin Chandler switches between voices effortlessly, the story flowing smoothly, making it so easy to listen to.  There’s even a double switch in voices for one character and that was handled just as realistically and straightforward for the person involved, so I believed it completely.  It was a poignant moment in the story made all the more perfect.

When the story closed, I was ready for more, both the author and narrator having pulled me so completely into the lives of Brent and Kyle.

If you love contemporary romance and audiobooks, grab this one up.  If you’re thinking of trying one out,  again grab this one up.  At just under 2 hours, its a perfect way to start.

Cover art is lovely and perfect for this story.

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Audiobook Details:

Listening Length: 1 hour and 52 minutes
Audible Audio
Published March 21st 2017 by The Romance Authors, LLC (first published 2016)
ASIN B06XPTFS26
Edition LanguageEnglish
setting Los Angeles, California (United States)