Audiobook Review: Menace: J.M. Darhower


Narrated by Kasha Kensington & Iggy Toma

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.

Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So f–king bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.

Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him – a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a scarlet letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something…or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure. You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Morgan Myer’s life has been a living nightmare since she was a child and as an adult life hasn’t gotten much better. When she crosses the path of Lorenzo Gambini she mistakes him for an easy mark and ends up getting in deeper trouble than anything she could have imagined. Morgan may have found herself with a man more ruthless than her tyrant father.

“I’ll get you even if it kills me. I’m like a honey bee.” – Lorenzo Gambini. That one line sums up everything that I love about this book. The inner musings of Lorenzo crack me up. He has such a bent antenna and I loved his character in all his psychopathic glory. Lorenzo is truly frightening, he has absolutely no moral compass, but that’s okay because Morgan’s compass is hay wired as well. I always felt Morgan was on the cusp of meeting an untimely end dealt by Lorenzo. That’s just how dysfunctional their relationship is. The more Lorenzo digs into Morgan’s past, though, the more intrigued he becomes with her.

I like the way JM Darhower weaves a story, it’s always entertaining. This nearly 12-hour audiobook is a dual narration by Kasha Kensington and Iggy Toma. Iggy, where have you been all my audiobook life? I absolutely loved his reading of Lorenzo. It’sa strange mixture of ruthlessness and humor that he pulls off to perfection! Kasha Kensington is no wallflower either. I was thoroughly impressed with the way she voiced Morgan as a child. Voicing a child without it sounding unnatural or annoying is a skill few narrators have and Kasha nailed it!

I cannot wait for the next audiobook in the series, this story is just getting started and I’ll be there every step of the way!

This audiobook was received in exchange for an unbiased review!

JM Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of romance novels of all flavors (erotic, suspense, contemporary, paranormal) and is represented by Brower Literary & Management. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing (or catching Pokemon) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a social media addiction. You can find her there.


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