My Top 5 Favorite Male & Female Romance Audiobook Narrators (and My Favorite Books they Read)

As you may or may not know, I’m an obsessive reader of audiobooks. A decent percentage of the books I read are on audio, and a lot of times, even if I read a physical or eBook and enjoy it, I’ll likely purchase it on audio as well.

I’ve always loved having people read to me, but I totally get that it isn’t for everyone.

I’m a really good multitasker, so listening to audiobooks actually makes me more productive and as long as I’m not reading, writing, or talking while listening to an audiobook, I get sh*t done a lot faster when I’m listening to a book.

If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t have read as many books as I have (200 last year! 150 the year before!). I don’t have a lot of down time to sit and read a book without feeling guilty, but with audio, I can still get what I need to get done while also getting some reading done.

In my many years of listening to audiobooks, I’ve come to love certain narrators and even will purchase audiobooks based on the narrator first, then the author/synopsis second.

I’ve become a huge fangirl of these narrators.

Of course, all of these narrators are popular in the romance genre because, obviously, that’s my main love.

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Re-Read Review: Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Shifters Series
Author: Rachel Vincent
Format: Hard copies purchased from Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
There are only eight breeding female werecats left…

And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back… for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them…

GOODREADS

Review

During a semi-recent book slump that flung me into a massive re-read sesh, I decided it was about that time in my life to re-read the entire Shifters series… and I was given life once again.

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25 Favorite Books I Read in 2018

You guys… I tried making this post 18 Favorite Books I Read in 2018, but GODDAMNIT I READ 160 BOOKS THIS YEAR AND HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO NARROW THAT LIST DOWN TO JUST 18 FAVORITES?!

It wasn’t worth being cute. Anytime I thought about cutting a book from this list, I felt a deep sense of betrayal and I was pretty sure the Book Gods would smite me.

Also… I 100% cheated and put books in a series together if I loved them all, so… whatever. THIS IS MY BLOG I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!

#dramaqueen

Anyway, Happy New Years Eve! I’ve been loving reading your End of the Year Wrap-ups. I hope you enjoy this one:

 

Here are my favorite books that I read in 2018:

In no particular order.

Madly, Darkly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

This extremely dark romance is the first of its kind that I read and absolutely adored. These were the first books by Trisha Wolfe that I read, and I was hooked. Her way with words are basically magic.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This was a recent read for me, and it was 100% worth the hype. I’ve been so into contemporary lately, it definitely took a book like this to pull me back into the fantasy worlds I love.

Until it Fades by KA Tucker

I was so surprised by this novel because it is a trope that I’m not a big fan of and usually avoid (single mother trope), however, it is also a sports romance (which is one of my favorites), so when my sister recommended it to me and told me the premise (a girl rescues a man who happens to be a famous athlete), I decided to read it despite my hesitations, and I’m so glad I did!

Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I was absolutely swept away by Caraval and fell even harder in love with this world and its characters in Legendary. In fact, Legendary’s MC, Tella, is one of my all-time favorite MCs.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

I mean… this is a love-to-hate, ice skating sports romance, what more can I ask for? Also, Mariana Zapata’s hilarious name-calling and put-downs in this were so epic.

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Favorite Reads from October 2018

Here are my favorites from the past month.

Favorite Reads from October

Images link to Goodreads

Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone
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I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.

You guys… this book was everything I hoped it would be after reading Priest. Sierra Simone has done it again.

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Favorite Reads from September 2018

As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for the 10K that I’m doing with my Dad tomorrow. By the time it’s posted, I’ll *hopefully* have completed it the day before! Fingers crossed!

Anyway, enough with that boring stuff… onto the books!

To be fair, this month was an EPIC month for re-reads, so I didn’t read many new-to-me books at all and I don’t include them on my Favorite Reads posts because obviously the re-reads are favorites if I’m reading them more than once!

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Favorite Bookish Blog Posts From September 2018

There are so many amazing book bloggers around the web which means that there are so many great bookish blog posts each month. I wish I could say that I actively read every blog post of every blog I follow, however, I don’t. But when I do, I always make sure the take note of my favorite posts so that I can share them with you.

I highly recommend you follow all these blogs! I love these amazing peeps!

Here are my favorite posts from September

 

*And my fav of the month:For the Love of Books made me love her even more after she shared her story about having Cerebal Palsy and how books brought her happiness.*

 

What were some of your favorite reads this month?

 

 

 

Favorite Bookish Blog Posts From August

I feel like I’ve been saying this every month lately, but I’ve been the worst blogger friend lately! I’ve been neglecting comments and I didn’t read many blog posts this month.

Fingers crossed that things get less crazy around here and I’m able to spend more time in the evenings seeing what you guys are up to/what you’re reading! … I say that as if I’m super busy in the evenings, but honestly, I’ve been going to sleep at old lady hours every night because I’ve been so exhausted.

Anyway, I did manage to read a few posts this month!

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Favorite Reads from August 2018

Hello my friends! It’s been a welcome, albeit crazy, long weekend! My husband had a bunch of friends over for his birthday on Saturday, then Sunday my family came over for a BBQ.

Today is all about recovering and prepping for the week.

…And popping in really quick to tell you about my favorite reads this month!

 

Here are my favorites from the past month.

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Favorite Author Spotlight: Trisha Wolfe

Favorite Author Spotlight is a new series on my blog in which I highlight my current favorite authors and their books.

Today’s spotlight is focused on Trisha Wolfe.

Trisha Wolfe
“From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.”

I may as well call this blog The Trisha Wolfe blog considering how many times I’ve mentioned her and her books, so I figured, who better to kick off this series with than Trisha?

I’ve mentioned the story of how I discovered Trisha in my review for Born, Darkly (which was, of course, the first book I’ve ever read by her.)

In short, I bought Born, Darkly on a whim after reading a 1-star review of the book. In that (really well written) 1-star review, the snippets of writing that was shared and the premise of the book (a serial killer and a criminal psychologist fall in ‘love’) reeled me in.

And I didn’t stop reeling as I read several more of her books.

I have a HUGE amount of respect for independent authors and I love supporting them. In fact, most of the authors I’m obsessed with are independent.

I also had the chance to chat with Trisha with my book club a few months ago, and she answered my silly questions (such as, “Are you a serial killer, because you’re REALLY good at writing serial killer POVs?”) and her thoughts on writing and her commitment to researching topics was so admirable.

I’m a member of Trisha’s Facebook group, Trisha Wolfe’s Lair, and she’s great about interacting with her fans. I loved fangirling over the audiobooks for With Visions of Red when they came out with her and her other fans.

Most of all? The books of hers that I’ve read are haunting and beautiful and despite being incredibly dark, they are absolute comfort reads that I find myself re-reading over and over again.

Favorite Books by Trisha Wolfe

I can’t just pick one book, I have to go with series. My favorite series by Trisha is a close call between the Darkly, Madly Duet and the With Visions of Red series.

My Previous Blog Posts About Trisha Wolfe

OMG, I’ve mentioned Trisha in so many posts!

Reviews
Born, Darkly
Born, Madly
With Visions of Red Series
With Ties That Bind Series
Coming Soon: Mini Reviews July 2018

Favorites Posts
Favorite Quotes from the Madly, Darkly series: in which I obsessively shared all of my favorite quotes from this epic duet.

Favorite Reads from March 2018: in which two of Trisha’s series made it to my Favorites of March.

3 Quotes, 3 Days: Day 1: in which I share one of my favorite Grayson quotes.

Current Auto-Buy Authors and My Favorite Books They Wrote: in which Trisha easily made this list.

Reading Lists

Reading List: March 2018: in which I was planning to read my very first Trisha Wolfe book! Eek!

April 2018: in which I’d just finished two series by Trisha and wanted to read With Ties that Bind.

Reading List Wrap Up: May 2018: in which I read and loved With Visions of Red.

Reading List Wrap-up July 2018: in which I reread Trisha’s books.

Discussion Posts
Things I Thought I Hated in Romance Novels and The Books That Proved Me Wrong: in which Trisha made me love suspense and mystery despite thinking I didn’t like those things.

Meet My Book Boyfriend: Colton Reed: in which I confess my obsession with Colton from With Visions of Red

Book Hauls

Book Haul: February 2018: in which I bought my first Trisha Wolfe Book!

Book Haul: April 2018: in which I preordered the With Visions of Red audiobook

Book Haul: March 2018: in which I’d immediately bought Born, Darkly after reading the first book

Tags
The Goodreads Tag: in which I list Trisha as a favorite author

I Dare You Book Tag: in which With Visions of Red was my current read.

TeaChats
TeaChat: Misogyny and Book Clubs (Unrelated): in which my “obsessing over” of the month is Trisha.

TeaChat: Playing Hooky: in which I had just started reading With Visions of Red and had no idea how it would rock my freaking world.


Connect with Trisha Wolfe

Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Facebook Group | Website

Favorite Book Blogger Posts from July 2018

Confession: I’ve been THE WORST about reading blogs this month. On the upside, it’s because I’ve been mostly reading books. (I had a record reading month in July with 19 books read!)

But I wasn’t completely lame about it. I still found several amazing blog posts around the book blogger community, and I’m excited to share them with you!

Hopefully, you’ll be entertained and maybe even find some new, amazing, blogs to follow!

 

Favorite Book Blogger Posts from July 2018

 

Whenever anyone asks me for writing advice, my #1 answers is always, “READ!” Orangutan Librarian wrote a fantastic post about why writers should be readers.

 

Cafe Book Bean had a great 2 part series featuring America in literature. Perfect for celebrating the 4th of July!

 

If you love great discussion posts, you want to subscribe to Just Another Book in the Wall. I really enjoyed her post asking whether or not you read reviews for sequels this month.

 

Another great Independence Day post was over at Pages Unbound with a list of books set in every state! Such a cool idea!

 

CelineLingg had an adorable post that any book lover will swoon over, A Date with a Book!

 

Dusk Angel Reads set up this really cool Book Exchange, you can learn more about it over on her post!

 

Books, Vertigo, and Tea had a really great post about rereading books that originally missed the mark. 

 

My TBR grew exponentially thanks to this post by Book Twins Reviews listing their MUST READ Sports Romances.

 

I’ve been LIVING for Chelle’s Book Ramblings’ tropish book recs, and this royalty post was full of great recs.

 

And, of course, my all-time favorite posts this month are completely self-serving because they are reviews for my book, A Soul Full of Stars.

 

I almost died when I saw my book listed among such amazing ones on Whit Reads Lit’s WWW Wednesday post, not to mention the 5-star rating! So much love!

 

And this incredible review by my dear friend Ginny (who I swear won my book giveaway fair and square, despite my biased towards her. :P) Ginny was pretty much the target audience for my novel since she and I have an eerily similar taste in books. I wrote what and how I like to read, so her thoughts on my book meant a lot to me. When I saw her review and heard about how much she enjoyed the book, I felt like I’d accomplished what I set out to do: create fun characters with interesting relationships and a swoony story for readers like me… with some poetry thrown in because, well, I’ll take any excuse to write poetry 🙂

 

And that’s all folks! I’m sure there were so many more fantastic blog posts out there that I missed (I wish I had all the time in the world to read your posts!). Be sure to let me know in the comments your favorite blog posts this month! (Or link to your similar post!)