Tease: August Hot Picks

Summer romances with doctors, builders, pilots, and a spy

We’re hooked on heroes: more summer romances with doctors, builders, pilots, and a spy.

Everywhere and Every Where

EVERYWHERE AND EVERY WAY: The Billionaire Builders, Book 1
by Jennifer Probst, read by Madeline Maby, Sebastian York
Simon & Schuster Audio

A construction project brings Caleb and Morgan together.


More Hunky Hero Listening Picks:

DIRTY: Dive Bar, Book 1
by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt
Lydia’s wedding day with Mr. Perfect goes south, so she takes a chance on a different kind of guy.

FLASH OF FIRE: Firehawks, Book 7
by M.L. Buchman, read by Carrington MacDuffie
Sparks fly between wildfire pilot Robin and her copilot, Mickey.

TROUBLEMAKER
by Linda Howard, read by Tanya Eby
Police chief Bo and her genius dog Tricks reluctantly shelter a government agent recovering from a gunshot wound.

WHAT WE FIND: Sullivan’s Crossing, Book 1 
by Robyn Carr, read by Therese Plummer
After a work crisis, neurosurgeon Maggie retreats to her family’s Colorado general store to lick her wounds.

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: Heroes

These audiobook heroes will melt your heart and make you laugh!

Heroes. There’s a reason many contemporary romance covers feature the male protagonist. Perhaps you picture a hero like Rhett Butler from GONE WITH THE WIND, with his swagger, his air of invincibility, and his overpowering machismo. Or maybe your idea of a hero is John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler from the movie Say Anything. His focused courtship culminates in intimate knowledge of his girlfriend’s insecurities and needs.

Whether you’re drawn to strong alpha males or sensitive types, the hero is often the hook of the romance.

Romance in audiobook form gives listeners a sensory experience that makes the hero vividly real. Hearing the timbre of his voice, the rough humor in his quips, the intensity of his emotions is living the romance beyond the impact of words on a page. Casting choices, too, play an enormous role in our hero worship. Selecting a male narrator for a romance—as in ALL CHAINED UP and THE BEAST—can be a response to a robust cast of male characters or indicate that the hero’s perspective will receive greater emphasis.

 

All Chained Up

ALL CHAINED UP: Devil’s Rock, Book 1
by Sophie Jordan | Read by Christian Fox
Harper Audio/Blackstone Audio

The Beast

THE BEAST: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 14
by J.R. Ward, read by Jim Frangione
Penguin Audio/Books on Tape

With female narrators—BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON, FLAWLESS, ONE NIGHT CHARMER, and THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION—listeners are sometimes seeing the hero from the heroine’s point of view, allowing them greater perspective on his character. In either case, what separates good narrators from great ones is the ability to realistically voice characters of the opposite gender.

Because of Miss Bridgerton

BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON
by Julia Quinn, read by Rosalyn Landor
Harper Audio/Blackstone Audio

Flawless

FLAWLESS
by Heather Graham, read by Saskia Maarleveld
Brilliance Audio

ONE NIGHT CHARMER

ONE NIGHT CHARMER
by Maisey Yates, read by Lillian Thayer
Harlequin Audio/Blackstone Audio

THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION

THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION: Sinful Suitors, Book 2
by Sabrina Jeffries, read by Beverley A. Crick
Tantor Media

Check out this month’s audiobook heroes—they’ll melt your heart and make you laugh.

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: Red Hot and Contemporary

New romance audiobooks to listen to and love

Searching for BeautifulOver the past year, every publisher, editor, and author I’ve spoken with has told me that contemporary romance is red hot! Romance genres tend to rise and fall in cycles of popularity, and right now contemporaries are all the rage. If this month’s selections are any indication, I can confirm that the rumors are true. The abundance and quality of contemporary romance audiobooks mean listeners may wish there were more hours in the day. I know I do.

What makes this batch of contemporaries appealing is the combinations of flawed characters who experience the transformational power of love, so aptly revealed by their narrators. It’s hard to empathize with a bride who jumps out a window to desert her groom, but Madeleine Maby pulls it off in SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL. Therese Plummer dares listeners to go out on a limb for love in A NEW HOPE with her vulnerable, intense narration. In an iced-tea drawl, Chelsea Hatfield convinces listeners that love means forgiveness and hard work in A TASTE OF SUGAR.

Hot Point

HOT POINT’s odd couple may worry that they don’t deserve their perfect match, but narrator Carrington MacDuffie extracts the real emotion that lies beneath the small talk. And narrators Saskia Maarleveld and Brian Hutchison play with that fine line between fooling around and crazy-in-love in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S ROMP.

As philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” In these titles, the audiobook experience amplifies that truth and conveys it powerfully to listeners.

Find more great audiobook romances to love here!

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Welcome to Tease!

AudioFile’s insights into the world of romance audiobooks

Tease BlogAudioFile’s new “Tease” is all about audiobook romance. Each post will share reviews of romance audiobooks—along with a list of additional recommendations. As a librarian, an audiophile, and a firm believer in HEA—romance lingo for “happily ever after”—I’ll recommend a wide variety of romances.  I ♥ hearing from romance listeners. Email me at caitlinreads@gmail. com.

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!