Audition
Blood and sweat. Bethany Lewis danced her way out of poverty. She's a world class athlete... with a debt to pay.Joshua North always gets what he wants. And the mercenary wants Bethany in his bed. He wants her beautiful little body bent to his will.She doesn't surrender to his kiss.He doesn't back down from a challenge.It's going to be a sensual fight... to the death.AUDITION is the enthralling spin off from the bestselling North Security series by Skye Warren, though it can be read separately.

Audition Details

TitleAudition
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 9th, 2019
PublisherBook Beautiful LLC
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Dark

Audition Review

  • TheSassyNerdBlog
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even know how to put into words just how much I loved this book. I have been a massive Skye Warren fan for some time now, and with each book she writes, the more I fall in love with her. She has the ability to grab your attention from the moment you open the book and have your jaw hitting the floor over and over and she did just that with Audition. This book can be read as a standalone with no worries at all, but in my opinion, I think it's best if you read the North Security series. You I don't even know how to put into words just how much I loved this book. I have been a massive Skye Warren fan for some time now, and with each book she writes, the more I fall in love with her. She has the ability to grab your attention from the moment you open the book and have your jaw hitting the floor over and over and she did just that with Audition. This book can be read as a standalone with no worries at all, but in my opinion, I think it's best if you read the North Security series. You will get a better understanding of who the characters are and what As I said, I am a massive Skye fan, so I knew going into this, it would be amazing. However, I didn't expect it to consume me beyond belief. I was obsessed, fixated on these characters since they were introduced into the last series Skye wrote so when I got my hands on this bad boy, I devoured each and every word. These two were hot and cold in Samantha's story, push and pull thing going on, so automatically I thought that's what the book would be like... Well, Jesus, I was wrong. Firstly, these two have history, a whole lot of it, and it spans out over five years. There are lies and secrets that they've kept hiding so well, from everyone... Then you add on their pasts. Full of pain and tragedy and that pain and tragedy is so similar to each other, it's heartbreaking and beautiful in one... In North Security series I didn't would work, let alone did I think they had some kind of part but there is something that pulls them together, something that the connection between them only strengthens over time and the chemistry was off the charts. It was such an enticing read, and as always Ms. Warren's words were flawless and flowed with ease and I found myself completely captivated by this story and these characters. I couldn't put it down and I didn't. 5 Stars!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Josh and Bethany's story is full of grief and regret, hope and hopelessness, as well as love. It encompasses all the emotions and feelings, which is the creative craft of Skye Warren's books.Josh, as well his brothers, had a terrible upbringing filled with abuse and torment. They all escaped and became men who have large walls around them, refusing to let anyone in.Bethany has her own demons and abuse issues from her past but expresses herself in her dance.They are drawn and pulled together over Josh and Bethany's story is full of grief and regret, hope and hopelessness, as well as love. It encompasses all the emotions and feelings, which is the creative craft of Skye Warren's books.Josh, as well his brothers, had a terrible upbringing filled with abuse and torment. They all escaped and became men who have large walls around them, refusing to let anyone in.Bethany has her own demons and abuse issues from her past but expresses herself in her dance.They are drawn and pulled together over the span of 5 years, both trying to deny the attraction.This story had me laughing, crying, and feeling the thoughts of these characters.I highly recommended this book and series, it is phenomenal!
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  • United Indie Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Sultry and sexy!I love this book! There is just enough steamy scenes and mystery of who is the stalker. I did not guess who it was,Bethany and Josh have wanted each other for years. They are each fighting against horror from their childhood. Bethany hides in her dance while Josh stays aloof and protecting.I like how the story goes back and forth in time. It is well explained in the chapter headings. It also helps that the point of view goes between Josh and Bethany.I love Mamere. She doesn't Sultry and sexy!I love this book! There is just enough steamy scenes and mystery of who is the stalker. I did not guess who it was,Bethany and Josh have wanted each other for years. They are each fighting against horror from their childhood. Bethany hides in her dance while Josh stays aloof and protecting.I like how the story goes back and forth in time. It is well explained in the chapter headings. It also helps that the point of view goes between Josh and Bethany.I love Mamere. She doesn't have a big part, but she is in the background giving stability. Her tarot cards and séances give the ambiance of New Orleans.I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did.REVIEW BY LAURA
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  • Carrie Youngcourt
    January 1, 1970
    I cant express.how much I loved this book! I wish I could give it 10 stars! I love the North boys, so brody and hot and sexy as f***k! They feel unworthy of love because of there upbringing but little did they know all they needed was a strong woman who could see past thier demons! That being said we've gotten Liam and now Josh's book, here's hoping we get a book for Elijah! I'd love to learn about Noah's past too! Way to go Skye! We first learned of Josh and Bethany in Liam and Samantha's book. I cant express.how much I loved this book! I wish I could give it 10 stars! I love the North boys, so brody and hot and sexy as f***k! They feel unworthy of love because of there upbringing but little did they know all they needed was a strong woman who could see past thier demons! That being said we've gotten Liam and now Josh's book, here's hoping we get a book for Elijah! I'd love to learn about Noah's past too! Way to go Skye! We first learned of Josh and Bethany in Liam and Samantha's book. Josh and his brothers had a horrible childhood and it affected how they viewed themselves. They felt like they weren't capable of feeling anything. Then Josh meet Bethany and he tried to forget her once his job of protecting Samantha was over and he thought he could pine for her and never have to see her again. That was until he saw her name on the list.Bethany fell in love with Josh when she was 16 and even though he broke her heart there was a part of her that still loved him. When Josh came storming back into Bethany's life she refused to accept that he was the one that was going to protect her from her stalker. Bethany and Josh have so much history and a love hate relationship. Can Josh protect Bethany and deny his feelings for her and can Bethany? Find out in this dark twisted book!
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  • Skye Warren
    January 1, 1970
    AUDITION is out now! Mercenary Joshua North always gets what he wants. And he wants the beautiful little dancer bent to his will. Amazon: https://amzn.to/33mriFH Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/34gqtiF Apple Books: https://apple.co/2setaTX Kobo: https://bit.ly/37Dytwy Google: http://bit.ly/2PsnTQrThis book is a STANDALONE.Fair warning though: the hero is a serious asshole.And I have an excerpt for you...“No, I won’t help you.” The laugh that tears from my throat is the cruelest sound I’ve AUDITION is out now! 🔥🔥🔥 Mercenary Joshua North always gets what he wants. And he wants the beautiful little dancer bent to his will.❧ Amazon: https://amzn.to/33mriFH❧ Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/34gqtiF❧ Apple Books: https://apple.co/2setaTX❧ Kobo: https://bit.ly/37Dytwy❧ Google: http://bit.ly/2PsnTQrThis book is a STANDALONE.Fair warning though: the hero is a serious asshole.And I have an excerpt for you...“No, I won’t help you.” The laugh that tears from my throat is the cruelest sound I’ve ever heard, and I spent years living with my father. I’m dying. If I can stay upright, it’ll be a fucking miracle. “Is there any way I can help him? Un-fucking-believable. I always knew Caleb was a goddamn fool. I thought you were smarter than that.”Bethany takes a half step back, eyes flying around the yard like she’s searching for a hidden camera. “But you—you took me out. You came to see me—why did you do that?” Her voice is high and thin, like she can’t get a full breath. Neither can I.“You have a killer body, sweetheart. I wanted to fuck you. That’s it.”And I’ll be damned, damned for all eternity, because fresh hope lights her eyes. She steps back into the ring. “If you do, then maybe—”“Fuck, Bethany.” I grab for her, hooking one hand around the back of her neck and yanking her in close. This is my one concession. I’m going to take this one thing like the selfish fucking bastard that I am. I can feel her hope and hesitation through the palm of my hand. I’m cutting her as deep as I know how, and she’s still holding out hope. Lowering my mouth to her ear, I take one last breath of her. “Do you honestly think your pussy is worth that much?”Bethany’s shoulders sag, a half-sob escaping her, and she pulls herself back. Her hands go to her stomach, and she presses in on some invisible stab wound. “Stop.” There’s almost no voice behind the word, only breath. “Don’t say that.”“But it’s true.” I taunt her even though the words scorch my throat. “Little Bethany Lewis thinks her precious pussy is worth committing treason for.”READ AUDITION TODAY:www.skyewarren.com/books/audition
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  • Beyond The Covers Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The stories just keep getting better with the latest in the North Security series. Audition by Skye Warren is another riveting tale of strong muscled bound men with a sense of right and wrong that love to protect the women in their lives. I can only pray that Warren will continue this amazing series with another book about the third North brother. This book has it all, action, sex and ballet. Did I mention the sexy as sin men? Warren is able to capture the feel of New Orleans and the The stories just keep getting better with the latest in the North Security series.  Audition by Skye Warren is another riveting tale of strong muscled bound men with a sense of right and wrong that love to protect the women in their lives.  I can only pray that Warren will continue this amazing series with another book about the third North brother.  This book has it all, action, sex and ballet. Did I mention the sexy as sin men? Warren is able to capture the feel of New Orleans and the exhilaration of dancing within the pages of the story.  5 stars for Audition by Skye Warren.Joshua North hasn’t been able to forget the beautiful young dancer that he met five years ago.  Bethany Lewis was only sixteen when Josh was sent to observe and report back on Bethany’s brother who was a traitor to his country.  Josh knew he had to walk away from her in the past, but fate has put Bethany in his path once again and this time Josh feels his control slipping.   New dangers and old enemies are stalking the woman that Joshua had to leave behind but could never forget.  Now if only she would let him do his job and keep her safe, they both may come out of the ordeal with their lives and their hearts.
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  • Courtenay Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    As most other readers would, I have many favourite authors, for many different reasons. Some authors excel at world-building, some at angst. Some are great with comedic timing, and some just write great banter. The reason Skye will always sit in my favourites list is because of her lyrical prose, and spellbinding storytelling. I always have this feeling of less is more when I read her books. She has this truly amazing gift of using just the right amount of words for any given situation so that As most other readers would, I have many favourite authors, for many different reasons. Some authors excel at world-building, some at angst. Some are great with comedic timing, and some just write great banter. The reason Skye will always sit in my favourites list is because of her lyrical prose, and spellbinding storytelling. I always have this feeling of less is more when I read her books. She has this truly amazing gift of using just the right amount of words for any given situation so that it doesn’t ever feel stuffy, drawn out, or too short and unbelievable. If you’ve read Samantha’s books, you’ve no doubt been intrigued by Bethany and Josh’s push-pull. So you go into their story imagining a classic enemies-to-lovers plot, but what you get is so much more than that. There’s five years worth of history, kept secret from everyone, including the audience. There are pasts littered with tragedy, destruction, and hopelessness. And there’s a common magical, unobtainable thread connecting the past to the present: unfulfilled desire.Bethany is a wonderfully complex character, fighting what she believes is right with her inability to change her situation. Josh is the complete a**hole he proclaims to be, protecting the fragile remnants of his heart by throwing barbs to push everybody away. I love a good series of books, but there was something so beautiful about getting to read these two in one single book. And what an incredible book it was.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI love the North brothers! Three hard, brutal men forged out of a traumatic childhood. Liam’s story was taboo and gripping, and through his romance with Samantha we saw the friction between his brother Josh and ballet dancer Bethany. We knew there was something there, but it wasn’t until this story that we really found out the extent of their relationship.I was really looking forward to Josh and Bethany’s story, but I couldn’t help but feel that something was amiss in the retelling. 3.5 starsI love the North brothers! Three hard, brutal men forged out of a traumatic childhood. Liam’s story was taboo and gripping, and through his romance with Samantha we saw the friction between his brother Josh and ballet dancer Bethany. We knew there was something there, but it wasn’t until this story that we really found out the extent of their relationship.I was really looking forward to Josh and Bethany’s story, but I couldn’t help but feel that something was amiss in the retelling.Audition takes us back and forth between the past and present, weaving the history between these two while Josh worked for Bethany’s brother and fell for a beautiful ethereal princess, with the present as Josh worked to keep an even more appealing Bethany safe from her stalker.As much as I wanted to love this story, there was something missing for me. As in every story, there was the buildup, and the resolution. But here, it felt as if these were two different parts of the book. The buildup set the stage, but much of it seemed not relevant and not fully fleshed out. And it just took so long to get to the tipping point! It was like pushing a boulder uphill and then there was finally momentum for the story to run on its own. But for me, the uphill journey took until about 65% of the story.I will say that I did love the portrayal of the city of New Orleans as essentially its own character. The setting was as much a part of the story as Bethany and Josh were, and it created a murky, slightly sordid feeling which enhanced the darkness of the story.The chemistry between these two people was undeniable, but I wasn’t sure where the love came from. I wanted a happy every after that I typically see in Skye Warren’s books…something darker than roses and butterflies, but a romance just the same. Here, it didn’t feel as Josh and Bethany truly knew one another, just desired and craved the other. There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s just that in these stories, I’m used to clearly seeing both. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to read Audition as Joshua North has stayed with me since the North Securities books. He intrigued me and I was curious to see how this North brother would fall for the woman that brought him to his knees. I enjoyed his connection with Bethany but felt like there was something missing in this story. As a result, this was somewhat of a mixed bag for me.Audition tells the story of Joshua North and Bethany Lewis and their tumultuous connection with one another. Their story was very I was excited to read Audition as Joshua North has stayed with me since the North Securities books. He intrigued me and I was curious to see how this North brother would fall for the woman that brought him to his knees. I enjoyed his connection with Bethany but felt like there was something missing in this story. As a result, this was somewhat of a mixed bag for me.Audition tells the story of Joshua North and Bethany Lewis and their tumultuous connection with one another. Their story was very flashback driven (five years earlier) which was great but I felt like something was missing in the present progression of their romance. For almost 60% of the story it was more a detailed recap of their backstory vs. any real time story and romance development. I would have loved to see more emotion and heat between them, namely something to make me believe that they both held a torch for one another. I also felt like there were some issues that were also left open ended between them, including the relationship with her brother, which was a tad confusing. Overall, however, I enjoyed the ballet aspect of the book very much and seeing Bethany grow as a person. 3.5 stars! ~Ratula 
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  • Kim BookJunkie
    January 1, 1970
    ”It’s not the violence that scares him. It never has been. It’s the certainty that he’ll lose me, that he’ll lose everyone. He’d rather walk away before it happens. He’s the bravest man I know, but in this, in love, he’s still a goddamn coward.” When I was introduced to Joshua North in the NORTH SECURITY trilogy, I liked him right away. The sparks between him and Bethany were palpable. In AUDITION, we finally get to focus solely on these two, and as expected,sparks fly!!!!!In the NORTH SECURITY ”It’s not the violence that scares him. It never has been. It’s the certainty that he’ll lose me, that he’ll lose everyone. He’d rather walk away before it happens. He’s the bravest man I know, but in this, in love, he’s still a goddamn coward.” When I was introduced to Joshua North in the NORTH SECURITY trilogy, I liked him right away. The sparks between him and Bethany were palpable. In AUDITION, we finally get to focus solely on these two, and as expected,sparks fly!!!!!In the NORTH SECURITY trilogy we learned a little bit about Josh through his brother, Liam. We knew Josh hasn’t had an easy upbringing, but I was fascinated to discover what he’d actually gone through. Josh is an intriguing, sexy, cocky character with tons of baggage. Bethany, too, has had quite an interesting past. Strong-willed, feisty, with a tarot-card reading grandmother and the constant desire to dance, Bethany is a beautiful character. So beautiful that someone has threatened her life, which is where Josh comes in... ”This woman will never stop fighting. It’s the truly twisted part of me that finds her a turn-on. I don’t want her surrender.” I loved watching their snarky bickering turn into a sexy romance!!! This book is a perfect example of how extremely eloquent Skye Warren is. I repeatedly found myself in awe of how thoroughly she describes each character, setting and scene. Her writing takes you to where the characters are to the point that you cannot only see what they say but feel what they feel and smell what they smell. AUDITION is a visceral experience! Usually Warren’s books are flawlessly edited and proofread, but I read an ARC, which I hope/presume has not yet been proofread. Unlike what I typically find when reading a book by Mrs. Warren, my ARC contained lots of typos, primarily consisting of missing words (for example, ”Part of me know should placate him.” I also noticed inconsistencies in the storyline, most of them minor (things like saying thatBethany is wearing a green colored leotard at one point in a scene yet it being described as ivory later). These imperfections (which will hopefully be fixed before this book is released) did not detract from how much I enjoyed this book! Whether you enjoyed the NORTH SECURITY trilogy or not, I highly recommend AUDITION. PS: you do not need to read the aforementioned trilogy to enjoy this book!!!!
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  • Nadine Bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for Audition to release for a while now, the release date has been pushed a few times but you know what....it was worth the wait! This was another great read by author Skye Warren and this time she has a co-writer Amelia Wilde helping her and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference if they just brainstormed together or if they actually sat down and went back and forth while writing it because it was done with a nice flow.Joshua North intrigued me when I met him in the I have been waiting for Audition to release for a while now, the release date has been pushed a few times but you know what....it was worth the wait! This was another great read by author Skye Warren and this time she has a co-writer Amelia Wilde helping her and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference if they just brainstormed together or if they actually sat down and went back and forth while writing it because it was done with a nice flow.Joshua North intrigued me when I met him in the North Security Trilogy which was his older brother Liam's books, he was a cocky yet broody if that makes sense and you could tell there was something between him and Bethany which had me wanting to find out more about them. Well let me tell you, there was much more to them then we knew! They had a past!!!!!!!!This story went back and forth over a five year span, I found myself tripping up a couple of times because of this but it did not take away from the story at all which I loved. I really enjoyed the way Bethany didn't take crap from Josh, there was a push and pull between the two of them even at the beginning when Bethany looked at him with stars in her eyes. This is a spin-off but can be read independently. I would suggest reading Overture, Concerto, and Sonata because they were great reads and you will see for yourself what I meant about Josh and Bethany in the previous books...but again you don't need to. Happy Reading!!! **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**  You can see this and other Reviews I have written along with various cover reveals, excerpts, and giveaways here Nadine's Obsessed with Books
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    I had been anxiously awaiting Audition since I finished the North Security Series. Audition can be read as a standalone. However, I feel that readers will feel a bigger impact if they read the North Security series, which is where we first meet Josh and Bethany.Josh and Bethany's story is told in from both their POV's in past and present times. The revisits to the past truly help give readers an understanding of why Bethany was off-limits to Josh and why he is such a dick. However, I truly wish I had been anxiously awaiting Audition since I finished the North Security Series. Audition can be read as a standalone. However, I feel that readers will feel a bigger impact if they read the North Security series, which is where we first meet Josh and Bethany.Josh and Bethany's story is told in from both their POV's in past and present times. The revisits to the past truly help give readers an understanding of why Bethany was off-limits to Josh and why he is such a dick. However, I truly wish we had more of the now in this book because I feel any readers that did not read the North Security series will miss that connection. But also, I just felt the book was more about the past than the present too.Skye always delivers a very compelling story with great characters. Again, I feel that readers who did not read the series, will miss a few things to truly connect with the characters. However, you truly see Bethany grow in this one and the ballet portions of this book were amazing.Overall, for anyone who has read the North Security series will love this book. For those who are reading this with no background on the characters, they will still enjoy it but may not feel all the emotions everyone else does. Hopefully it will make them want to go back and read the North Security series (It is really good!).
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Social Butterfly for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.Audition By: Skye Warren, Amelia Wilde *REVIEW* I usually like Skye Warren's work, but Audition was not my favorite. The story has good moments, and I liked Bethany and Josh okay. My main problem was the past and present narrative. I would much rather read about the present with little snippets of background information. This story felt too divided between this and that with too Thank you Social Butterfly for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.Audition By: Skye Warren, Amelia Wilde *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟I usually like Skye Warren's work, but Audition was not my favorite. The story has good moments, and I liked Bethany and Josh okay. My main problem was the past and present narrative. I would much rather read about the present with little snippets of background information. This story felt too divided between this and that with too much jumping back and forth. It was confusing, and I didn't connect with these characters nearly enough to enjoy the story with a any interest in their outcomes. Unfortunately, Audition fell flat.
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  • lazybookconqueror
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars.Bethany Lewis is a beautiful and extremely determined ballerina. But when she starts receiving treats at the dance company she realizes that her past is catching up with her. Enter Joshua North, owner of North security. For Josh, Bethany's case is personal, very personal, and he will bully his way into her life to make her safe.We go back and forth with both main characters as we see them five years in the past and now in their current situation. I really like the ballet plot 3.5 Stars.Bethany Lewis is a beautiful and extremely determined ballerina. But when she starts receiving treats at the dance company she realizes that her past is catching up with her. Enter Joshua North, owner of North security. For Josh, Bethany's case is personal, very personal, and he will bully his way into her life to make her safe.We go back and forth with both main characters as we see them five years in the past and now in their current situation. I really like the ballet plot intertwined with the drama of Caleb, Bethany's brother. However, every time the book went down a particularly interesting path the resolution was too quick to feel meaningful. In the past, we see a huge rift between Bethany and Josh, but there's no real explanation of what happened to them in the years apart. The gun smuggling plot is confusing and it feels like we don't get to see everything happening in the background. When Bethany was kidnapped the resolution came around four pages later. And even the declarations of love and hate felt rushed.Overall, I think the plot and characters had a lot of potential. I did enjoy their chemistry. I just wish the book could have committed more to its storylines.Thank you Skye Warren and Social Butterfly PR for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Audition by Skye Warren & Amelia Wilde is the story of Josh and Bethany. This book is a spin off of the series North Security. So if you have read the previous books then you will have met Josh and Bethany. But if you haven't you this can easily be a standalone book. Bethany was young when she meets Josh who was protecting someone who was in danger. Of course her heart was broken but Bethany knows of hurt/pain which has added to her dancing. Josh due to his past has set his heart to stone Audition by Skye Warren & Amelia Wilde is the story of Josh and Bethany. This book is a spin off of the series North Security. So if you have read the previous books then you will have met Josh and Bethany. But if you haven't you this can easily be a standalone book. Bethany was young when she meets Josh who was protecting someone who was in danger. Of course her heart was broken but Bethany knows of hurt/pain which has added to her dancing. Josh due to his past has set his heart to stone but he can never get Bethany out of his head. Then Bethany falls into danger and he wants to be there to protect her but can't seem to keep his heart safe. I loved this book.
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  • Jessica Alcazar
    January 1, 1970
    If you don’t think to yourself... what the fuck am I reading right now?! OR What the ever loving %$#$# is happening right now?!?!? at least once maybe twice, while you read a book written by Skye Warren, you might not be doing it right. Stay tuned. I have more to say but I just now finished and my brain hurts....
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  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it.*drops mic*
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. So I have finally read my very first Skye Warren novel. Unfortunately, I thought it was just okay. I wasn't drawn into the story, and even though I enjoyed the ballet and relationship between Josh and Bethany aspects, I found the rest just didn't keep my attention. All the things that should of been interesting and easy to focus on, such as issues with her brother I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. So I have finally read my very first Skye Warren novel. Unfortunately, I thought it was just okay. I wasn't drawn into the story, and even though I enjoyed the ballet and relationship between Josh and Bethany aspects, I found the rest just didn't keep my attention. All the things that should of been interesting and easy to focus on, such as issues with her brother and the kidnapping just came across as filler for me. The writing itself was good, it was the underlying story that lost it for me.In my opinion, the best part of this book is the relationship between Josh and Bethany. The chemistry and heat between the two was intense and delicious. I couldn't get enough of these two. Josh wants Bethany and she wants him too, but she is forbidden. The story is told in two time periods, so when we're in the present and their relationship starts to progress it's just great. So the romance has me in a flip-flop of love and hate feelings. I love that Josh was written to never touch Bethany while she was only 16 years old and he was in his twenties. It made the romance between them acceptable and easy to enjoy when it did happen, and they were both legal age. I hated that I knew what Josh's thoughts were when he was looking at 16 year old Bethany. I found it made me a bit uncomfortable, especially with the graphic language used.This is the first Skye Warren novel I've ever read. I'm wondering if I would have enjoyed this more had I of read Overture before this one.Overall, this was just an okay read for me. The good balances out the bad but it doesn't exceed it in my opinion. This book might be better enjoyed by the readers who enjoy the 'girls saves boy from himself' troupe.You can find this and all my other reviews at https://fourmoonreviews.blogspot.com/...
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  • Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Beth has always loved Joshua North even though he broke her young heart into a million pieces back in the day. Now it appears he's back. To protect her. For more? To break her heart again? Wow, the angst is high in this romantic suspense tale. I loved it, though. Beth is strong and loving through it all, through all the obstacles, through Josh's unbelievable assholeish-ness and that was my favorite part of Audition. I really wasn't fond of Josh, even as I felt for him, but I loved Beth and I Beth has always loved Joshua North even though he broke her young heart into a million pieces back in the day. Now it appears he's back. To protect her. For more? To break her heart again? Wow, the angst is high in this romantic suspense tale. I loved it, though. Beth is strong and loving through it all, through all the obstacles, through Josh's unbelievable assholeish-ness and that was my favorite part of Audition. I really wasn't fond of Josh, even as I felt for him, but I loved Beth and I loved this suspenseful, passionate story. ARC via Give Me Books Promotions for an honest review.Review/Release Blitz: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Jenny B
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a little bit to get into this read but holy cow once I was caught I couldn't let go. I adored Bethany's character and her strength and determination and persistence and her feelings. Josh is a great alpha who definitely has his issues that helped make him who he was and on the same note are holding him back. This read was definitely packed with the angst and throw in some suspense creates for an incredible read.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and release blitz can be found on *Milky Way of Books*The anticipating spin-off series to the North Security series is here! I knew that Josh and Bethany would get their own story and I'm glad they did! I didn't know that they shared a common past and that this past would haunt them both. The story moved steadily through past and present and the chemistry between them was amazing!
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    What draws me as always to Skye Warren’s books is the lyrical writing, so I know that ‘Audition’ will be a well-spun tale, at least when it comes to style. I’d been awaiting for this one with a little bit of trepidation, not because I generally liked Warren’s North Security series (I did) but because I hadn’t quite a good enough impression of Liam’s equally cynical younger brother to think he needed his own HEA. Like the previous books in the establishing series, ‘Audition’ stayed on the edge of What draws me as always to Skye Warren’s books is the lyrical writing, so I know that ‘Audition’ will be a well-spun tale, at least when it comes to style. I’d been awaiting for this one with a little bit of trepidation, not because I generally liked Warren’s North Security series (I did) but because I hadn’t quite a good enough impression of Liam’s equally cynical younger brother to think he needed his own HEA. Like the previous books in the establishing series, ‘Audition’ stayed on the edge of the morally questionable and never quite bloomed to become a fully fledged love story that I’d hoped would be grander and more convincing. But what I found difficult wasn’t the forbidden tinge itself, but rather, the plot that always seemed shrouded in an attractive veil of mystery that I can’t seem to pierce—there was a back story that unfolded in bits and pieces—but put together so loosely spanning past and present that it felt like a fragmented shard of a complete narrative that I couldn’t seem to get. And that was Bethany’s and Joshua North’s relationship in a nutshell: a little danger, shady company, a mutual obsession since they met five years ago under equally shady circumstances, a repeating litany of doubting themselves and each other and Joshua’s personal self-recrimination of wanting Bethany while feeling filthy about it. We’ve been given the bare bones and the points of conflict that surrounded them, but I couldn’t get past that their connection was road-blocked past dark desire. Joshua’s weirdly unhinged (and somewhat stalkerish) behaviour around Bethany while the thoughts he had about her stayed just that: lengthy inner monologues that didn’t change anything as he stayed an arse for most of it, mired too deep in his own inability and unwillingness to be invulnerable up until the end. Ironically, the most Joshua continued the repetitive notes of there being nothing good in him, the more and more I started to agree…because there weren’t any signs despite the struggles he had, that this was going to shift. ‘Audition’ had in essence, a (deliberate?) disjointedness storytelling here that threw me off, as much as I enjoyed the atmosphere, metaphor-laden writing. Still, I struggled to see past this nebulous relationship between Joshua/Bethany and it was this very lack of clarity that eventually hindered my whole enjoyment of this.
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  • Babel
    January 1, 1970
    The allure of a dark hero is never manifested more artfully than by one of my favourite authors, and this time she has added a partner in crime.As a fan of the North Security trilogy, this spin-off about Bethany and Joshua was a must for me. The threatening atmosphere is counterbalanced by a simmering sensuality, an intimacy of the words that tell a tale of woes and brilliance. This exciting couple has doom stamped all over them. The little ballerina is strong-willed, has a grandma who reads The allure of a dark hero is never manifested more artfully than by one of my favourite authors, and this time she has added a partner in crime.As a fan of the North Security trilogy, this spin-off about Bethany and Joshua was a must for me. The threatening atmosphere is counterbalanced by a simmering sensuality, an intimacy of the words that tell a tale of woes and brilliance. This exciting couple has doom stamped all over them. The little ballerina is strong-willed, has a grandma who reads Tarot, and a penchant for the Big Bad Wolf. The bad boy himself has a long list of sins to atone for, including corrupting this beauty despite his inner turmoil. The sharp balance he keeps between tempting her and denying himself is a delicious torture for everyone! An obscure danger acts as a pillar for the characters to reunite after a tumultuous past that is disclosed in alternating chapters. The main plot, however, is this electrified tension of lust and need and impossible promise between them.I always turn jelly and flustered and completely awed when the characters finally succumb to passion by the words of this author. This is no exception. It's like Josh and Bethany know that fate won't give them a chance, but they auto-destruct in one combustible embrace anyway. The best part is that it happens after a chapter where Josh proves how terrible he is, yet how utterly besotted too. That was a painful moment, truly physical, followed by that intimacy we've been craving which proves to be dangerous and powerfully lurid. The sheer magnitude of their love shows in all its terrifying glory when danger finally leaps onto Bethany. That was fast, furious, and defining. I have to admit Joshua is one stubborn dark hero, edging on hateful. He lashes out until the very last minute, but he's encountered the queen that will tame his wild nature.I loved all the dancing references and performances, the strength Bethany wields against all kinds of fear, and this crooked romance finally ending with a beautiful sense of hope and courage. I wish the plot were more fully developed as it seems shortened and worthy of a longer life, but the words and the feelings they evoke are so precious that I have to give this book my all.Standing ovation.
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  • PP's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Skye Warren and Amelia Wilde has created a dark fairytale between two beautifully broken souls in Audition. Josh and Bethany's tragic, twisted and intense journey will end in a happily ever after so well deserved. But not before the authors take you through hell and heaven.Audition can be read as a standalone but I felt I enjoyed it more because I met these characters in previous North Security series. Bethany is a prolific ballet dancer living a hidden shady life away from the limelight she Skye Warren and Amelia Wilde has created a dark fairytale between two beautifully broken souls in Audition. Josh and Bethany's tragic, twisted and intense journey will end in a happily ever after so well deserved. But not before the authors take you through hell and heaven.Audition can be read as a standalone but I felt I enjoyed it more because I met these characters in previous North Security series. Bethany is a prolific ballet dancer living a hidden shady life away from the limelight she deserves. Because she is running from the dangerous past. But it catches up with her nevertheless. And another person from past, Joshua North comes back to protect her. They have a long bittersweet history where Josh left her heartbroken and utterly destroyed. Can she take the risk with a man who is emotionally unavailable and unable to face his vulnerability? What about the demons lurking in shadows?This whole story is well orchestrated art performance. Bethany's dance is not only the backdrop. The music and movements flow like emotions between two hearts. Josh is almost dead inside. He is numb, broken and definitely not a good man. But this gorgeous devil has a magnetic attraction to Bethany's angelic heart. He has been hardened and scarred by bone chilling violence and destruction. And he is a complete jerk to Bethany a lot of times because he is scared of feeling love and then being left alone. And Bethany left whole her life searching for a safe place and someone who will love and cherish her unconditionally. Both are amazing characters. Their chemistry is mesmerizing and intoxicating. They have this raw, brutal, unbelievably intense and soul deep chemistry. The story will make you scream in frustration and impatience as twists and turns will keep on intercepting their Happily Ever After. And that's make this an unforgettable love story!The writing of Skye Warren and Amelia Wilde will capture your heart from the very first page. The passion in Audition is sensual and scintillating. The emotions are running soul deep through the pages. An epic and out of this world and magnificent love story!Received ARC for Honest review
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  • Weronika - Little Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Skye Warren has an extraordinary talent for describing characters in her stories. She’s so thorough that no matter what the character does, I can fully imagine it. Where the previous trilogy focused on music and I could almost hear the sounds coming from the violin, in Audition dance leads the way. And believe me, Skye describes each movement so perfectly that during reading I felt like a part of the audience that admires Bethany in her element. And the beauty of Mrs. Warren's words combined Skye Warren has an extraordinary talent for describing characters in her stories. She’s so thorough that no matter what the character does, I can fully imagine it. Where the previous trilogy focused on music and I could almost hear the sounds coming from the violin, in Audition dance leads the way. And believe me, Skye describes each movement so perfectly that during reading I felt like a part of the audience that admires Bethany in her element. And the beauty of Mrs. Warren's words combined with spectacular ballet is an absolute delight.However, Audition is not just about the dance. There’s suspense, thrill and danger. It's also about reconciling with the past and allowing yourself to feel. The volatile relationship between Josh and Bethany alternately breaks the heart and gives hope. Warren masterfully plays with her readers’ emotions by manipulating their feelings and taking them by surprise. The constant push and pull kept me at the edge of the seat and the slow buildup only heightened the anticipation. As for the characters, Bethany has my admiration. I love strong heroine, who will do anything to reach her goals. She's a fighter but she also has innocence and the need to be loved and cared for. Josh, in turn, is one of the heroes whom I love to hate and hate to love. He can be a total asshole, mean and cruel, but in the end I still like him. That's how broken guys affect me, I want to flood them with love and find their happily ever after.Audition is a great story. Hearbreakingly beautiful and thrilling. Another North brother stole my heart and I don’t want it back.
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  • Sofia Lazaridou
    January 1, 1970
    Audition is a stand-alone novel in the True North series (?) by Skye Warren and Amelia Wilde. It's a spin-off from the North Security series and some readers, like me, are already familiar with the main characters. We got an idea of what was going on in the lives of our characters before the events of the story began.While I read the book in one sitting and I finished it easily, I got annoyed with the flashbacks. I didn't feel like they added much to the story and I thought that the events of Audition is a stand-alone novel in the True North series (?) by Skye Warren and Amelia Wilde. It's a spin-off from the North Security series and some readers, like me, are already familiar with the main characters. We got an idea of what was going on in the lives of our characters before the events of the story began.While I read the book in one sitting and I finished it easily, I got annoyed with the flashbacks. I didn't feel like they added much to the story and I thought that the events of the past could have been summed up in a chapter or two. I would have liked to have more focus on the present and maybe what the characters did during their time apart. Bethany's handsy director was a part of the story that I wanted to see more of and particularly how he was going to get crushed. Despite that, I enjoyed the novel. I would have loved an extended epilogue with our characters and maybe an appearance of Samantha and Liam. Both are mentioned but we don't see them. If the True North is actually a series, I want to see more of the North brothers and their other halves.
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  • A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The push and pull, rejection and emotions between the main characters in this book made me want to wring their necks. I found this story quite gloomy and thick with the humid atmosphere depicted in the pages; the sultry air of New Orleans was written very eloquently. I could feel the damp air and desperate feelings.Josh is a hard character to love. The way he holds Bethany at bay and pushes her away had me wanting to strangle him! So frustrating; he clearly has deep feelings for her. Bethany is The push and pull, rejection and emotions between the main characters in this book made me want to wring their necks. I found this story quite gloomy and thick with the humid atmosphere depicted in the pages; the sultry air of New Orleans was written very eloquently. I could feel the damp air and desperate feelings.Josh is a hard character to love. The way he holds Bethany at bay and pushes her away had me wanting to strangle him! So frustrating; he clearly has deep feelings for her. Bethany is a little firecracker. She gets her feelings trampled on so many times that my heart breaks for her. Then she dusts herself off and gets on with life. She deserves the best in life.I did feel that I should have read the previous book in this series before I read Audition and the back and forth between present time and five years ago was a bit confusing but the end of the story was a good result.
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  • V💜Greedy~Thirst~For~Forbidden🖤
    January 1, 1970
    Passionate, dark, gritty and unapologetically wicked.Josh will soul punch you and leave you begging for more. Stubborn and alpha in the most infuriating way... he needs a Queen to be put back together Bethany is a queen who won’t bend and is majestic in conquering her reluctant faithful knight.
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  • Lina's Reviews ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥ღೋBook Blogღೋ ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I've read a Skye Warren book but omg! Do I love her writing?? YES, I DO. Do you fancy moody heroes? Do you love lovable heroines that dance the balllet? Then this is your book.Great pacing, witty dialogue and spicy scenes that will have you craving more! Josh and Bethany are my new favorite couple from this author! The book is so easily read and I finished it quickly. Absolutely loved it.I recommend it!!! It's been a while since I've read a Skye Warren book but omg! Do I love her writing?? YES, I DO. Do you fancy moody heroes? Do you love lovable heroines that dance the balllet? Then this is your book.Great pacing, witty dialogue and spicy scenes that will have you craving more! Josh and Bethany are my new favorite couple from this author! The book is so easily read and I finished it quickly. Absolutely loved it.I recommend it!!!⭐⭐⭐⭐
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  • Michelle Claypot_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Josh and Bethany’s story. I have had a soft spot for Josh since the North Security books and he didn’t disappoint. Plenty of chemistry, dual POV and flashbacks made for a fast paced read that had me flipping the pages. Definitely recommend. I received an arc of this book.
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