Audio: Wolf’s Mate by Celia Kyle @celiakyle ‏ @HachetteAudio #JIAM #LOVEAUDIOBOOKS @Audiobook_Comm #Giveaway

Posted June 20, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 8 Comments

Audio: Wolf’s Mate by Celia Kyle @celiakyle ‏ @HachetteAudio #JIAM #LOVEAUDIOBOOKS @Audiobook_Comm #GiveawayWolf's Mate by Celia Kyle
Narrator: Mia Nichols
Series: Shifter Rogues #1
Published by Hachette Audio on March 27, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hours and 32 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Danger shouldn't be this sexy...

Cougar shifter Abby Carter always plays it safe. That's why she's an accountant--no excitement, no danger, and no cocky alpha males. She loves her quiet life, but fate has other plans. When Abby uncovers the shady dealings of an anti-shifter organization, she'll have to trust the too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind werewolf Declan Reed... or end up six feet under.

Declan Reed is starting over. After two years with Shifter Operations Command, it's time to put his past behind him. Now Declan is the only thing standing between the gorgeous Abby and an early grave, and if he's going to have any chance of keeping her alive, he'll have to embrace the darkness he's fought to keep at bay. But first he has to convince Abby that there's no safer place in the world than the arms of a big bad werewolf.

I forget how I stumbled upon Celia Kyle’s Grayslake series, but it is a series I truly loved. So when the opportunity came to review the first book in the Shifter Rogues series on audio, I jumped on it. I’ll be honest, I didn’t read up on this series at all. I saw the author’s name and decide to just give it a go. I was also not familiar with this narrator, but more on her later.

So this series is about a group of guys that work for Shifter Operations Command, Team One. SHOC is a group that are loners and have a tendency to break the law. Most were given the option of join SHOC or go to prison. Basically, use your powers for good protecting shifters or else. Team One was the best of the best at what they did, but they also have the most personality issues.

In this book, we follow Declan, a wolf with a past, like most of SHOC. He’s done some things he’s not proud of. Those things really come back to haunt him in this story.

We also meet Abby. She’s a cougar, who was orphaned at a young and age and raised by a group of seal shifters. Because of her foster family, she is much better at swimming than most of her species. But she also has no love lost from her foster family. Once she was old enough, she went out on her own and been alone ever since.

So, Abby is an accountant. That is until she stumbles on an account that doesn’t look quite right. The only problem is, that this particular account belongs to an anti-shifter group. When she sets off an alert by accessing a particularly sensitive digital file, things blow up all around her.

This story is full of action and humor as Abby and Declan hide from the anti-shifter group while trying to hunt them down. The help of Declan’s team and brother add a lot of humor to the story. I really like Declan’s team. They are a hoot. I’m not a fan of the big boss, a black mamba shifter. I do like his immediate supervisor, a bear shifter.

There are some moments that I really wanted to throttle both Abby and Declan. There is the whole, “I don’t want a mate” thing. There are also some “too stupid to live” moments. But overall, I really enjoyed the story. I can’t wait to get to know this team better. I’m really excited to get to the next book about Cole, a tiger shifter. I really enjoyed him in this book.

Narration:

As I said above, this is my first audiobook with Mia Nichols narrating. I think she did a good job. I liked all of her voices. I think she picked great voices for each character. I think her pace and tone are well done. I have to say that the way she voiced Director Quade, the black mamba mentioned earlier. He gets quite the hiss in his voice when angry.

JIAM Giveaway:

This giveaway is described in detail on theSeries on Saturday post.  Because of shipping, this will be US only.  I have listed the titles which are available for the giveaway. They are all first in the series.  I will start with picking one winner.  For every five new subscribers to the blog, I will pick another winner. Winners will have some input as to which audiobook they prefer. So tell your friends about the giveaway and the blog!   Any I do not give away this month will be given away at a future date.

Blood of the Earth  by Faith Hunter,  narrated by Kristine Hvam  (MP3)

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renee Raudman  (CDs)

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi (CDs)

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neill  (CDs)

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, narrated by Kristine Hvam  (Mp3)

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About Celia Kyle

Author: Celia Kyle

Ex-dance teacher, former accountant and erstwhile collectible doll salesperson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Celia Kyle now writes paranormal romances for readers who:

1) Like super hunky heroes (they generally get furry)

2) Dig beautiful women (who have a few more curves than the average lady)

3) Love laughing in (and out of) bed.

It goes without saying that there’s always a happily-ever-after for her characters, even if there are a few road bumps along the way. Today she lives in central Florida and writes full-time with the support of her loving husband and two finicky cats.

Rating Breakdown
Plot
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Writing
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Characters
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Dialogue
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Narration (Audio)
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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Posted June 20, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 8 Comments


8 responses to “Audio: Wolf’s Mate by Celia Kyle

  1. Sophia Rose

    I have a soft spot for misfit stories. And, the funny part is that I find the director being a snake shifter is what intrigues me most about this. LOL

  2. carolesrandomlife

    I love the variety of shifters that seem to be in this book. This sounds like it would be worth a listen. Glad you enjoyed it overall!

  3. John Smith

    “Comment with your favorite audiobook series and why you like it.” I don’t know too much about audiobook series. I have some P.G. Wodehouse audiobooks that I bought and have yet to listen to, and I know I’d enjoy sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks. I recently enjoyed the audiobook for “My Ex-Life,” which was very witty!

    • Melanie

      I haven’t listened to a lot of sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks. I would highly recommend you check out M.K. Gibson, C.T. Phipps and Drew Hayes. They all have superhero/supervillain type fantasy books. I’ve really enjoyed those on audio.

      Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart