A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson and Matthew Lloyd Davies (Narrator)


Rating: 4 stars out of 5

betrothed-a-faery-tale audiobookFaery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different—except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

This is a delightfully sweet and fun faery tale romance between two royal faeries: one full-blooded, one half-human.  Prince Chrysanths is half-human because, in her youth, his mom escaped the kingdom in a fit of temper and crossed through to the human world where she met a handsome stranger one day.  The result was the prince, or Puck, as he likes to be called. His parents never married because his grandparents forbade it, but Puck has been allowed to go visit his dad occasionally and has a nice relationship with him. 

When Puck finds out Prince Sky Song of the Clouds is on his way to marry him to fulfill a commitment to unite the sky kingdom with Puck’s earth kingdom, he shows his inherited temper by fleeing to his father’s home in the human world.  Bound and determined to go through with the wedding, Sky asks Puck’s BFF to show him the way, and he arrives on Puck’s doorstep to Puck’s great surprise.

With Puck’s father’s support, the two hang out together and become friends. Though Puck continues to see a girl he once slept with, it’s more as a friend—at least from his perspective. But Sky doesn’t know that, and jealousy rears its ugly head. Then when Sky becomes ill, and Puck is mired in his own mess, things go from bad to worse. The good news is that this is indeed a faery tale, and our princes eventually make their way to a happy ending.

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davis, this audiobook version feels very genuine and flows smoothly in his beautiful UK accent. 

The cover by Anna Sikorska is a striking depiction of Sky, complete with faery wings and the sky-blue tattoos on his arms.

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Audiobook Details:

Audible Audio, 7 pages, 6 hrs 25 mins
Published June 30th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published September 23rd 2015)
Edition Language English

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote ~ Audiobook narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davis


Rating: 5 stars out of 5

The Law of Attraction audioWhen a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

This audiobook was outstanding. Jay Northcote created wonderfully endearing characters. Both men were sweet, and each had his issues. Ed was a new temp with the law firm, so he couldn’t afford to jeopardize his position when he realized the great one-night stand he had over the weekend is his new boss. And Alec, not knowing why he can’t seem to forget the beautiful young man he took home over the weekend, is shocked when he’s confronted with that man early Monday morning.

Alec’s family was stuffy and formal, and he desperately feared coming out to them. Caught with a young man when he was a teen, his father had beat him so badly he still has scars on his back, so it’s unlikely he’ll ever broach the subject again. On the flipside of that, Ed loves his family and is loved and supported in return. Later in the book when readers get to meet them, it feels like coming home to a place where people surround us in love.

I also enjoyed the slowly developing relationship between Alec and Ed, and the revelations Alec experiences as he’s finally enjoying his time with a man and starting to think of a future with him. I was happy to see that, when faced with the decision, Ed took the stance of staying out and proud even though it was difficult knowing he was turning from Alec. And finally, when he was ready, readers can experience and enjoy Alec coming out to his family.

The only things I would change, or at least would wish for, are to have witnessed the conversation at his law firm with his boss, and to have overheard his conversation with his “girlfriend” Belinda when he revealed what had happened and why.

The sex between the two men was hot but not overdone, i.e., there was not too much, but just like for Goldilocks, it was just right.

And last, but definitely not least, the narration was superb—from the pace of the story and narrative segments to the voices given to each character. It was a highly enjoyable experience to listen to a talented British voice actor as opposed to a narrator with a pseudo-Brit accent. Kudos to Matthew Lloyd Davis for a 5 star narration.

The cover art by Garrett Leigh features a black-and-white photo close-up of Alec in a suit. Very handsome and attractive!

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Audiobook Details:

Published July 11th 2016 by Jaybird Press (first published February 5th 2016)
Original TitleThe Law of Attraction
Edition LanguageEnglish