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Malinda

I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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  • Archangel's Consort: Guild Hunter, Book #3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (634)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil. A vampire has attacked a girls' school---the assault one of sheer, vicious madness---and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood.

    Selin says: "Ended way too soon"
    "Another great one.."
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    I love this series and this is another great book from the series. Loved the story line and the relationship between Elena and Raphael. Can't wait for more of their story!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Desires After Dusk: Immortals After Dark, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (842)

    RITA Award-winning author Kresley Cole continues her bestselling Immortals After Dark series with this electrifying tale of a ruthless demon mercenary and the lovely young halfling who enchants him. A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist.... Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

    Kimberly says: "Tied for Fave of Series: Audiobook Does JUSTICE!"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Holly and Cadeon and enjoyed seeing them get together. I will admit that from seeing Cadeon in past books I wasn't sure how I'd like him as a hero but her turned out to be a hero I really liked in the end.

    Holly is a really smart woman but is more comfortable with numbers than people. She has OCD and takes multiple medications to regulate her "issues" and has been taking them since she was a kid. Holly was adopted but felt no lack of love from her adoptive parents. They've since died and now Holly is mostly alone except her boyfriend who she works with but their relationship is rather on the platonic side and doesn't involve any deep feelings.

    Cadeon is a demon and the second son in line for the throne of his demon clan's realm. Cadeon's brother is supposed to be King of the realm but a bad sorcerer took over the throne (around 900 years ago) and he's almost impossible to kill. Cadeon made a bad decision at the time and it was partially what enabled the sorcerer take over. Although it doesn't sound to me like it was all Cadeon's fault, he still feels a lot of guilt (helped along by the opinion of others) and because of this he's sworn to do anything needed to get his brother's throne back.

    Cadeon's brother contacts him, telling him they have a chance to get a sword that will kill the sorcerer that took over their realm's throne. They have to get a woman who is "the vessel"...aka she's destined to be the mother of a child destined to be born either the ultimate good or evil (depending on who the father is). A "vessel" is only found every 500 years (right before a big mystical time called the assention that comes every 500 years) and so people on both the good and bad side are trying to find her in order to get a baby on her for their side (good or evil). The problem ends up being that the woman that's the vessel believes she's human and knows nothing of her Valkyrie heritage. Another issue is that Holly (the woman that is the vessel) is also Cadeon's fated mate. Cadeon has known she's his for about a year but he believes she's human and it's forbidden to be with humans. Cadeon has watched out for Holly though and happens to see some demons grab her just about the time his brother calls to tell him about this woman called the vessel that they need. Cadeon soon figures out that Holly is the vessel and also part Valkyrie. Her Valkyrie half gets stimulated by the demon attack and Cadeon rescues her from further problems. Cadeon realizes that Holly is his and he can have her now but he's also been told under no uncertain terms that Holly is their only hope of getting the throne back and Cadeon has no choice other than to turn her in for the sword. Cadeon isn't happy about this at all but he hides his feelings and tells some tall tales in order to get Holly to go with him willingly. Holly isn't too happy about being a Valkyrie and is especially unhappy about being the vessel. She doesn't trust Cadeon but goes along with him because she thinks he's helping her because he's been hired to keep her safe.

    There's an attraction between Holly and Cadeon but Cadeon can't really let on that he has deeper feelings for Holly so he lets her think he's just a player that's flirting with her because he flirts with everyone. He knows he can't claim Holly but Cadeon does want to get as much time and experiences with Holly that he can even though he knows it'll just make things more difficult on him later. There are some issues that block their progress, first of which is Cadeon's brother being captured. This leaves Cadeon responsible for everything and it means Cadeon himself will have to be the one to take Holly to exchange her for the sword. Cadeon and Holly have to travel long distances and their trip have some adventures as well as taking weeks worth of travel. During this time, Holly learns about her new state of being (although she wants to go back to being human) and she also realizes just how many of her "issues" growing up that she was put on pills to help were actually just caused by her heritage. Cadeon tries seducing Holly and doesn't have much luck at first. The attraction is there but Holly has a deep distrust of Cadeon for some reason (I'm not sure if I ever really understood her initial resistance to Cadeon). With some time he's able to attract her physically and eventually he shows he can be sweet and Holly realizes that maybe Cadeon is a decent guy (demon) after all. Things start going pretty well between Cadeon and Holly but then of course this prompts Cadeon to realize there's no way her can sell his woman out. Cadeon does try to find other options but things don't go well and Cadeon ends up having to make a play that caused Holly to think something that wasn't true. There is some major drama and Cadeon has a tough time trying to get things back on track between him and Holly. Thankfully, everything gets worked out and Holly and Cadeon are able to get their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Cadeon and Holly (they made a good couple). The story wasn't perfect but I liked it and it was interesting from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to more from this series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)

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  • Dark Needs at Night's Edge: Immortals After Dark, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (917)

    Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers - until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.

    Leesa says: "Mmm Sexy Vampires"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5 - 4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Conrad and Naomi and thought their story was a good addition to the series.

    Naomi used to be a ballet dancer in the 1920s. Naomi did very well as a dancer and even bought and restored a beautiful old estate in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Naomi was killed by an obsessive suitor that wouldn't accept her breaking up with him. Naomi didn't want to die and ended up finding herself stuck as a ghost at her estate for the last 80+ years.

    Conrad is the brother of the Wroth Vampires (see books The Warlord Wants Forever & No Rest for the Wicked). He was forcibly changed in to a vampire (to save his life) by a well meaning brother and Conrad didn't take it well. Conrad had been a member of a society that hunted Vampires (unknown to his family) and so when he was forcibly changed in to a Vampire, Conrad became something he hated and it made him hate his brothers. Conrad became a forsaken (a vampire that kills to drink blood) and is slowly going mad from the memories of people he's killed that he's plagued with.

    The story starts out with the 3 Wroth brothers having captured Conrad and bring him to an estate they bought to store him at while they try to save him and hopefully cure him of his blood lust. This doesn't go easily as Conrad is out of it and only wants to kill his brothers. Naomi is at the estate and has been stuck there a very long time with little to nothing going on so she's bored....I mean REALLY BORED! When the Wroth brothers show up, Naomi is happy because it means that she wont be bored for a while. Unfortunately, Conrad causes some destruction in the house that upsets Naomi and Naomi wonders if she should really be happy that the vampire brothers will be staying there. She is halted in her plans to get the vampires out when Naomi starts suspecting that Conrad can see her. He seems really nuts though so she's unsure if he did see her or not but she figures it's worth further investigation. Unfortunately for Naomi, Conrad thinks she must be another of his hallucinations and so he tries to ignore her presence. Soon however, Naomi starts to suspect that Conrad can really see her and Conrad starts to realize that Naomi isn't a hallucination.

    Conrad's brothers try to help Conrad regain his mind and are surprised at his quick recovery to lucidity. Once his mind becomes clearer, Conrad starts to realize that it seems to be due to Naomi's presence and he starts to suspect that she's something special to him. He wonders if she's supposed to be his Bride but since she's a ghost it's hard to say since she has no physical body to blood him with. In addition to Conrad's insanity issues, he has an issue with others being out to kill him, especially a dream demon that has placed a curse on him and is seeking to kill him. Conrad and Naomi spend time together as he regains his mind but things don't go perfectly and Conrad does overreact to some things which causes a rift between Naomi and Conrad. They manage to get past that but when Naomi brings about changes that cause their relationship and future to change, it propels the couple in to an unsure situation. There's much drama and some very bad times before the end but once everything is settled, Conrad and Naomi end with a well deserved HEA.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Conrad and Naomi and liked them as a couple. My main complaint is that I thought the story started out a bit slow. However, once I got past the first part, the plot picked up and had some interesting and unexpected twists as the story progressed. Regardless of it's slow start, it's a good story that I'd recommend. :)

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  • Sweet Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren - one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

    Yvette says: "I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! IT'S JUST WOW!"
    "Love this story! <3 Tate and Laurie :)"
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    5+ stars

    This book was awesome. It's a very long story and it built up as it went and by the end of the book I just loved Tate and Laurie so much I didn't want it to end! Laurie is a great leading lady and Tate is so great he just made my list for my "book boyfriends". This couple is just awesome and while they had some rough times at first they are perfect for each other.

    Lauren (aka Laurie aka Petal) was searching for something when she came to Carnal. She wasn't looking for something special though. She'd just split with her now ex-husband (who had been cheating on her with her best friend for the last 5 years...) and that had convinced her that there is no special out there. When she reaches Carnal though she feels at home there and just wants a nice life even if it's nothing special. She's had some rough times but isn't broken. She still has some spunk (which grows as she finds herself more) and is a genuinely nice person (the type of person I'd love to know in RL).

    She meets Tate right after she gets a job at the local bar. He doesn't make a good impression because he shoots his mouth off and insults her (not to her face but within hearing) which puts him on her shit list so things don't go smoothly for these 2 at first.

    Tate tends to say things he doesn't mean when he's pissed and the first time he sees Lauren he just happens to be pissed. Bad timing and bad luck. Tate realizes she heard his unkind words and is sorry about it but he has a hard time getting her to look past his actions. Of course the fact that he just tells her to "shake off" her feelings about what he said doesn't help.

    Tate and Laurie have trouble from the beginning...not just from Tate's comments but also from his demeanor. Laurie really doesn't know how to handle him most of the time (in the beginning) and Tate tends to assume that she knows what he's talking about which causes further issues. When the book's description talks about her moving on it's not because she didn't want Tate...it's because she didn't understand biker/Tate speak. So he leaves to hunt a bounty and doesn't tell her he's going or that he'll be gone for a while. Before he leaves her place (and leaves for the hunt) he said he had to focus she didn't know that meant he wouldn't be calling her. Also, Tate said "when I get back you're on the back of my bike" which apparently means "your now my girlfriend" but since Laurie doesn't speak biker and doesn't hear from him for a month she thinks he dumped her all because of mis-communication and starts to date someone else *sigh*

    When Tate gets back from his hunt he's kinda pissed when he finds out Laurie hasn't been sitting at home waiting for him. Fortunately he does manage to get back in her good graces pretty quickly (events conspire to help him with this) and then we really get to see them grow in their relationship.

    One of the things I just loved about this story was that it showed the slow building of their relationship. In some ways the development of their relationship moved fast some might think they moved in together way too soon but the way it happened made sencebut yet it didn't feel that way and it wasn't "insta-love" like you see in many stories. I enjoyed seeing them battle things out and grow in their relationship and Kristen did a great job with writing that. There were a few times when I thought Laurie was willing to back out too easily (mostly when she got scared and needed space) but Tate wouldn't let her go. That's one of the other things I loved about this story, once Tate was in to Laurie, he didn't let things stand in his way when it came to getting her...not even Laurie's own fears. Tate is rough but yet at the same time he's super awesomely sweet (although it doesn't show much at first). He can be a dick and totally admits it but he also has the capacity for such caring that I just kept wishing he was a real man (and I had him for myself).

    During the story there is some action to go with the romance. Tate is a bounty hunter and it seems that there's a serial killer in the area that has to be found and causes danger and drama for the people in the story. It's a good part of the story line but not one that takes over the book...the focus is still mainly on the relationship between Laurie and Tate and once his son comes to live with them her building a relationship with Tate and his son and also her growing as a part of the town and the friendships she builds. And showing how she found something special when she wasn't even looking.

    This book was awesome. It's the second book I've read by Kristen and I loved the 1st book as well so I will definitely be reading more of her books. This story is wonderful and I'm sure I'll be rereading it numerous times in the future. I would highly recommend this story. 2 thumbs way up!! :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
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    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo”.

    Kristina K. Rogan says: "Love Molly but not this story"
    "Pretty good paranormal romance :D"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Nina and Deacon and their story was fun and enjoyable to read.

    Nina is a nice lady that loves plants and works in landscaping. She used to work for a man, Rick, who is a slimy jerk. He took advantage of her skills and lied to her instead of giving her what he originally promised her (more money, part of the business, etc…). Nina quit working for Rick and decided to open her own business but she hasn't had an easy time of it. The main issue being that Rick has been doing all he can to ruin Nina, including sabotaging her jobs and stealing her identity to ruin her finances.

    Deacon is a good guy that worked hard and made it big. He started out in a family with a reputation to live up to but no money and had issues growing up because of this. Deacon’s geeky side helped out in college when he started writing code and ended up inventing ID (the book version of Facebook). Deacon made tons of money with his invention and is now trying to fix up his family’s historical home but hasn't had much luck keeping workers on the job.

    Deacon’s historical home, The Whitney Estate, is on an island and far away from civilization. Deacon is determined to renovate it but hasn't had much luck because the workers keep leaving. Deacon hired more people and in an effort to keep the workers, he’s made it a requirement that they live on the island until the job is done. Nina has been hired as the landscaper for the house renovation and is travels to the island on a boat with 2 others, Cindy and Jake. As they arrive at the island, Nina sees a shadowy figure on the roof of the estate but she convinces herself that it must be her imagination. Nina and Deacon meet again and there’s an attraction but they work together and nothing comes of it at first. They all start the renovations and attempt to work together but things aren't made easy by the fact that Jake and Cindy have an instant hate relationship (which there is a reason for). They muddle along and get do manage to get work done but there are some distractions, a big one being Deacon’s (slightly wacky) cousin, Dottie, coming for a visit because she wants to write a book on the family legends. Deacon and Jake (who’s a childhood friend) aren't thrilled about Dottie's visit but let her stay as she tends to be fun to be around even if she tends to wreak havoc as well. Soon there are more indications of hauntings and it’s more than just Nina seeing things. Unfortunately, it’s not something most people want to admit (afraid they’ll be seen as crazy) and they all hide their encounters until they can’t be ignored any more.

    Dottie is very interested in the hauntings and tries to get everyone to believe in the ghosts and such but the others aren't as excited and try to ignore things. It soon seems like Deacon and Nina are the focus of some shared visions during their sleep. The others experience some visions and experiences as well and eventually they all admit to each other what’s been going on and discuss the different things that have been going on. There are other issues as well, like Nina’s ex-boss performing sabotage on her landscaping work and an interior designer that is trying to make a move on Deacon (which thankfully he has no interest in). They manage work past these issues and Deacon and Nina both realize that they like each other enough to explore their possible relationship. Deacon decides he wants to see how things go with Nina off the island and Deacon, Nina and the others all go to a charity function with him. This just proves to him that Nina is the woman that he wants. Unfortunately, the haunting events continue and even seem to even be increasing in frequency (and danger) and the restless spirits seem to get even more riled as things between Deacon and Nina become more serious. Deacon has tried to ignore the seriousness of the haunting but finally has to admit to the haunting being an issue when it brings danger to Nina. There’s some drama and issues as the haunting spikes and things come to a head. Thankfully, Deacon and Nina are able to come through it and end the book starting their HEA together.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Deacon and Nina (and the other characters as well). Their story was interesting with a good amount of suspense and some fun moments that we come to expect from Harper’s books. The story was engaging and kept me interested until the end. I’d recommend this book. :D

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • When Day Breaks: A KGI Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't.... Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

    MM says: "MAYA...YOU GOT A LITTLE LAZY ON THIS ONE"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I already liked Swanny from previous books and was hoping that he's find someone that would love him past his scars. Eden ended up being a great match for Swanny as she has a big heart and doesn't care about his scars.

    Eden is a model and considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. She lost her mom years ago but is close to her dad and 2 brothers. Regardless of her job as a model, Eden is very down to earth and a nice woman. She's milking her career while she can, knowing that models have a short shelf life and she needs to work while she's in demand.

    Swanny used to be a soldier but lost a lot when he was taken as a PoW with Nathan Kelley. They escaped together and returned to the states (in book #4 Whispers in the Dark) but Swanny was left badly scared. Swanny ended up joining the KGI team and has been relatively happy. His main problem is that he believes his scars make him unworthy of a good woman and Swanny doesn't think he can find someone that would be willing to look past his scars.

    Eden is on a modelling job and is just leaving when there are shots and her bodyguards protect her and get her to safety. She doesn't know what's going on but thinks it's just a random shooting that couldn't possibly be aimed at her. What she doesn't know is that her Dad pissed off some people years ago. They caused her mother's death and now her Dad has received threats against her (just before the shooting). Eden's Dad quickly gets KGI on the job (one of Eden's brothers served with Swanny and Nathan and called them in ASAP) and everyone flies out to where Eden is. Eden is kept in the dark about the exact nature of the threat against her because her Dad is footing the bill and he insisted she shouldn't know. Swanny isn't happy about this but goes along with it. From the first time Swanny and Eden are in a room together, it's obvious that there's a mutual attraction. Eden hasn't felt this kind of attraction to any other man and doesn't care about Swanny's scars so she's very interested in pursuing something with Swanny. Swanny thinks Eden is beautiful and nice but can't seriously think she's want to be with someone like him. He has some image issues due to his scars but I also think it's a bit because of what he went through during his time as a PoW. As KGI starts providing Eden with security on her next modelling job (taking place in Paris), Eden starts trying to get to know Swanny more as soon as the plane leaves the ground. Swanny is cautious and doesn't think she's serious. Eden tries to show him she likes him but isn't sure how to handle his rebuffs. Fortunately, he soon realizes (with a little help from a friend) that she's only going to be open to him for so long and if he continues to rebuff her, she'll give up and he's an idiot to lose his chance. Although he's still unsure of her motives, Swanny decides to take the chance.

    Things between Eden and Swanny move rather quickly as there's a very strong attraction between them. Swanny is torn between worrying about getting his heart broken and worrying about being too distracted by Eden and not doing his job well enough which could put her in danger. Eden is pretty good about doing what she's asked to and not fighting them on the security precautions and things stay surprisingly calm for a while. This gives the love at first sight between Eden and Swanny to mature between them and solidify so that they both find they'd like more in the future. But they're both a little bad about talking of their feelings and don't get things out in the open as they should (at least not right away). They are rather busy though because while there's no more attacks on Eden, there is plenty to do with her modeling and the full schedule that goes with it. Swanny and Eden try to take as much time together as they can and things continue to deepen between them. Eventually, the bad guy does strike again in a big way and Eden eventually finds out the truth of who's after her. We also find out that Hancock (from previous books) is very close to Eden and her family and Hancock's interference causes some issues which ends up putting Eden in danger. There's much drama and some worrying before things get worked out. Thankfully, everyone comes out alright and Swanny and Eden start their HEA together.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Swanny and was so happy he found a woman to appreciate him. Eden is a good woman and I liked how she was with Swanny and the fact that she never let him believe he wasn't good enough for her. My only real complaint is that there was a point that I felt the action plot didn't get enough attention. It wasn't too bad though and the end certainly had an action packed conclusion. This was a good addition to the series. I'd recommend it. :D

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Close to You: A Laurel Heights Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kate Perry
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    When Treat Byrnes walks into her bookstore cafe, Eve Alexander wants to eat him up. Bad boy isn't her usual flavor, but for the sexy contractor, she's willing to take a walk on the wild side. Treat meets Eve on a reconnaissance mission for his mother, who owns a neighboring teashop, but he keeps going back to Eve for her sweet smile and sassy shoes. He has a history of falling for the damsels-in-distress, but Eve doesn't need rescuing. Not even when her cafe is sabotaged.

    BluBumblB says: "Sweet Romance"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked both Treat and Eve and their story was enjoyable.

    Eve used to work in marketing for her father but managed to leave that behind to start up her dream coffee/book shop. She has a welcoming place, greets her customers with a smile and bakes wonderful pastries for her customers but she's struggling a bit with making ends meet until the shop starts making a profit. When Eve finds out about an chef (who Eve loves) with a new cookbook coming out that's looking for the right place for a launch party, Eve's convinced that if she can get the launch party to take place at her shop, it'll take her in to solvency.

    Treat owns his own construction company and is a good guy. His father died 8 years ago and his mother (Margaret) owns a tea shop locally but Treat worries about her as she hasn't been the same since his dad died. When Treat is at his mother's shop, Margaret asks him to spy on the coffee house across the way as she's worried she's losing customers to the shop. Treat tries to refuse but gets pushed in to it.

    Treat goes to the coffee shop and finds that he likes Eve very much. They flirt a bit and Treat tries the coffee and a pastries, even taking a pastries back to his mother afterwards. He is resolute in his refusal not to do any more spying for his mother, telling Margaret that the place is completely different and not a direct competitor of her tea shop (which doesn't just do tea but does proper tea services like you'd see in England and her shop doesn't even open until noon). Regardless of Treat's reassurances, Margaret isn't going to be dissuaded in her belief that Eve's shop will put her out of business. Margaret is also worried about some other money issues due to a downturn in the economy and since she lost her husband she feels her shop is the only thing she has (other than Treat). To be honest, it seemed a bit weird to me that it took Margaret until 8 years after her husband's death to realize her life is nothing but a shop she admits to herself that she really doesn't like and not much else. But maybe it took a while to build up? Anyways...Treat didn't plan to return to Eve's shop but finds that he really wants to see her again (not to mention he loved her coffee and pastries). Treat has a tenancy to be attracted to women that need saving but Treat realize very quickly that Eve is a strong and independent woman that doesn't need him to get by. That doesn't mean that Treat doesn't still want to help her when things get rough. Eve really likes Treat and finds herself looking for him to come in to the shop. She hasn't taken time for romance recently but suddenly Eve's hoping to change that with Treat.

    After a few visits in to the shop, Treat asks Eve out and their date goes great. It soon becomes apparent that they're good with each other. The only issue becomes the problems that Eve is having with Margaret, the horrible owner of the tea shop across the street. Eve has had issues with Margaret competing with Eve for the launch party and having fliers for her shop handed out to Eve's customers as they enter and leave her store in order to make trouble for her. Eve has further issues with a rash of bad (and false) Yelp reviews and a false tip to the health department, both of which she can't prove but she thinks are Margaret's fault. Eve doesn't realize that Treat is Margaret's son and shares her issues with him. He's surprised by his mother's actions but realizes that she hasn't been acting like herself recently and has an unhealthy fixation with Eve's shop. Treat tries talking to his mother but she quickly starts avoiding her calls as her actions get worse. Treat is worries about not telling Eve about the fact that Margaret is his mother and intends to tell her but thing keep getting in the way. There's some additional issue caused by Margaret and when everything explodes there's some major drama unloaded. Margaret comes to her senses and realizes that she's hurting people and sets out to fix things. Treat and Eve have some issues to work out but they manage to get past the mis-understandings and come together for their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Eve and Treat a lot and liked their story. Margaret was a real witch (with a B) when she kind of lost her mind for a bit but seemed a decent sort once she got past her brief bout of insanity. Overall the story was good and the only annoying characters was the bad guy (or woman in this case). I'll probably read more of this series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :)

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  • Better When He's Bad: Welcome to the Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Mia Barron, Leland King
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Meet Shane Baxter. Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn't just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he was the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn't care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there's a new player in the game, and she's much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

    karen says: "How BAD could u be with BAX - my number is 10+"
    "Very good start to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Dovie and Bax and I liked their story. I got sucked in from the beginning and it had me listening (I did the audiobook) without stop until the end (except to sleep). This is the first book I've read by this author and based on this I'm planning to try more of her work.

    Dovie grew up with a mother that was addicted to drugs and was more worried about her next fix than about Dovie. Her dad was a rich man that paid her mother to get rid of her and didn't care past that. Dovie ended up in the Foster care system but is taken out of it at the age of 16 by her half-brother, Race. He gave her a good home, got her in to a better school and turned Dovie's life around. Dovie is a sweet young woman and tries to help those around her. She works as a waitress but also part time at a halfway home for teen girls while she goes to school to become a social worker.

    Bax grew up with a drunk for a mother and a father that wasn't around. His older brother escaped their life early, leaving Bax responsible for getting him and his mom through. He was young and had no skills but found he had a knack for stealing almost anything. Bax stole a lot and even ended up stealing cars for a big bad guy called Novak. Problem is that something went wrong on a job that he and his best friend, Race, we doing and Bax got caught and sent to prison for 5 years. Once Bax gets out all he wants is to know the truth and payback for his time in prison.

    Bax has just gotten out of prison and is leaving the house of a woman he's visited to release the pressures from 5 years without any. He's confronted by some associates of Novak, who wants to see Bax. Bax doesn't want to see Novak and tells the guys as much. He soon finds out that Race is missing and Novak is hot to find him. Bax believes that Race might have had something to do with their last job (which went down under very suspicious circumstances) going bad and Bax getting caught by the cops. Bax and Race have been best friends for years though and so Bax wants to talk to Race face to face to find out what happened. When Bax finds that Race is missing and no one can find him, Bax starts searching his old contacts looking to find Race. Bax finds out that Race was living with a woman and when he hunts her down to get any info he can. This leads to an encounter between Bax and Dovie whic doesn't go very well. Dovie wears baggy clothing to hide her form and not draw much attention in the bad part of town she's currently living in so Bax doesn't think too much of her right off. He finds out what info he can from her and then heads off to find Race without her, much to Dovie's annoyance and dismay. Dovie really loves her brother and knows he's in trouble so she wants to help. Since Bax doesn't let her some with him, She finds out one of his leads and tries to go on the search herself. This doesn't work out too well and Bax finds her before she gets very far.

    Bax soon realizes that Dovie isn't going to be left behind easily. That doesn't mean he wouldn't still do it...at least until they find evidence that Novak and his goons are looking for Dovie as well, wanting to use her as leverage to draw Race out of hiding. Bax decides he needs to keep Dovie safe while looking for Race. Along the way, Bax realizes that Dovie is actually really pretty and has a much better body than expected under the cloths. At first he's crude to try to run her off but Dovie isn't fazed by it and soon Bax is starting to feel things for this woman he's never felt before. They both feel the attraction but know it's a bad idea so they split for a bit with Dovie staying at a friend's place. That doesn't last long though and Dovie soon is back in Bax's life and showing Bax just what he's been missing. Bax knows that Dovie is too good for him and he'll never be able to keep her but eventually gives in to his attraction to Dovie, taking what he can get while he can get it. Dovie sees the bad in Bax but also sees some good behind his eyes and feels safe when she's with him. She's sure he'll break her heart but she doesn't fight the attraction very hard, savoring the time she has with him. While Dovie and Bax do the relationship dance, the action plot of the story plays out as they search for Race and slowly uncover what happened 5 years ago and what's going on in the current time. Dovie and Bax have a lot to deal with before the end but things do work out in a rather unexpected way. There's a little more drama on the relationship side before things get settled but I quite liked the ending and seeing Dovie and Bax get their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Dovie and Bax and their story was interesting, engaging with some sweet mixed in as well. Bax is a bad boy but he certainly has a soft spot for his woman and I liked that he was pretty straight forward with Dovie and didn't hide his feelings from her. I'm planning to read the next book in the series when it's released. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

    * note - There were 2 narrators, one male and one female. Each chapter switch between Dovie and Bax's PoV and the narrators switched depending on who's PoV it was. Both narrators did a good job but I think I liked the male narrator better then the female one.

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  • No One to Trust: Red Stone Security Series

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Computer security specialist Elizabeth Martinez has never been able to turn her back on her brother Benny. When his risky lifestyle finally lands him in harm's way, Elizabeth finds herself dragged into the dangerous underworld with him and into the cross hairs of one of Miami's death-dealing drug lords. Only after her ex-boyfriend saves her does she realize she might have no choice but to depend on the one man she has tried so desperately to forget.

    Kelly says: "Learn to Trust"
    "Good start to the series :)"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Elizabeth and Porter but Elizabeth did have some frustrating qualities at times. I actually read book #2 in the series first and I liked it enough that it prompted me to give this book a try.

    Elizabeth (Lizzy) is a computer specialist at Red Stone Security. Lizzy has rather famous doctors as parents and her family has money and a good reputation. Her bother Benny is the black sheep of the family though due to some bad things happen to him as a kid which has made him a rather unstable adult. Lizzy's parents have written Benny off but Lizzy loves him and never will.

    Porter works for Red Stone Security with part of his family (his father owns the company). Porter spent years in the military and is very skilled at what he does. Porter and Lizzy dated for about a month and Porter really liked her. Unfortunately he let his annoyance show at her dogged insistence to backing up Benny when his problems are getting worse and put her in danger. Lizzy broke up with him and Porter's been trying to move on with little luck.

    Lizzy gets called by Benny to pick her up and ends up in the home of a very bad man. He tells her that Benny owes him 100k. She has 1 week to come up with it or she can work it off in his bed for 6 months (Ick!). Just when the bad guy is about to push things, Porter comes charging in and saves Lizzy and Benny and takes them to safety. The bad guy apparently has aims to get Lizzy for more than just 6 months and intends to use Benny to get to her because everyone knows Lizzy has no sense when it come to Benny and she'd do anything to save him. Lizzy isn't thrilled to be stuck with Porter helping her and tries to get him to go after the initial save but Porter isn't going anywhere and quickly makes things clear. Benny disappears and Lizzy and Porter are left trying to scramble to stay out of the grasp of a very determined bad guy. While they're trying to stay alive, the attraction between Porter and Lizzy is growing stronger and they have some back and forth moments as they keep coming together but then keep trying to tell themselves it's a bad idea. After a decent amount of drama and action, things do work out with a rather surprising ending and Lizzy and Porter get their HEA together.

    This was a good story. Porter was a very good hero. A little bossy but not an alpha-hole and I liked him. Lizzy was alright but she did have an enabling blind spot about her brother that got annoying at times, especially when she used it as an excuse to push away others because they couldn't understand it. Fortunately, Lizzy didn't make any TSTL moves and that helped a lot. Overall I liked this story. It wasn't great and if I hadn't read book #2 in the series already I might not have tried more of the series. But since I have read book #2 and liked it better it's likely I'll try more in the series and see if I like them better as well. :D

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  • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid: MacGregor Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Grace Burrowes
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes. But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.

    Malinda says: "Pretty good start to the series :)"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Augusta and Ian and their story was enjoyable and although I guessed the ultimate outcomes of the story, there were some unexpected twist along the way that kept things interesting. This is the first book I've read by this author and based on this I would be willing to try more of her work in the future.

    Augusta is a spinster and very poor. She lives in the country with an ailing aunt with very little to get by on. She was very well off while growing up but when her parents died she somehow ended up penniless. She was to be engaged to a man but when her dowry was gone he suddenly was gone too. Augusta has been invited to Scotland with her family to act as a chaperon for her cousins and she agreed because she needs her Uncle's support to live.

    Ian is the second son of the family and wasn't raised to the the Earl, nor does he want the title. Unfortunately, Ian's older brother, Asher, disappeared in to the wilds of Canada and hasn't been heard from in almost 7 years. The legal proceedings have been started to have his brother declared dead and Ian is forced to take the title. His clan is poor and they're getting by but barely. The only way Ian can figure get the money to secure his clan's future is to marry a woman with a big dowry that wants his title.

    When the story begins, Augusta is arriving with her family at Ian's estate. It happens to be "next door" to the Queen's property and Ian and his family rent out rooms to English visitors that want the chance to be near and possibly glimpse the Queen. Augusta's family is paying for their visit but also using it as an opportunity to attempt to get an engagement for their daughter, Genie, to Ian as they have money and want a title in the family. Ian and Augusta don't have an instant attraction and at first he sees her as a possible ally in his attempts to get Genie to like him and agree to the engagement. Genie has no interest in Ian. Genie wants to marry for love not for a title and (because of her father's cruelty) fears the intended marriage with Ian because she's convinced he won’t be a kind husband so she avoids him as much as possible. As Ian attempts to find a way to talk to her, he talks to Augusta to try to get some insight. Augusta talks to Ian and realizes he's a good man and that Genie could do much worse. Augusta wants to help Ian but Genie is hard to persuade against her ideas. Things get complicated for both Augusta and Ian as they spend more time together and start to feel an attraction for each other. Ian knows he has to marry money and Augusta has none. Augusta understands Ian’s reasons and doesn't fault him, knowing he has to marry Genie and there’s no way they could end up together.

    Baron Altsax, Genie’s father, is in a hurry to get the marriage pushed through and it makes Ian suspicious, especially when he finds out some weird information about Augusta’s inheritances and thinks that maybe Altsax's finances aren't on the up and up. He starts investigating and in the mean time there are a number of things going on to keep everyone busy. The other chaperon is Aunt Julia who is a widow and she and Ian’s brother, Con, have something going on. Also it appears there are feelings between Genie and Ian’s other younger brother, Gil. And Genie’s brother, Matthew, seems to be in to something with Ian’s sister (a widow), Mary Frances. Ian tries to deal with the Baron’s machinations and everything else that’s going on, meanwhile he’s wanting Augusta but can’t get anywhere with Genie who he’s supposed to be wooing. Ian and Augusta do end up alone a few times and they keep respectable distances for a while but eventually (after a rock slide almost kills them) they give in to their attraction. They both feel badly about their slip but since Ian has gotten no closer to getting Genie to talk to him, Augusta figures they can grasp a little happiness until the engagement gets set in motion and then she’ll at least have some happiness to remember. Ian see so much in Augusta and thinks she’d make him the perfect wife but he feels too much responsibility to his clan to marry for love rather than money. There are many ups and downs and some lethal threats that almost bring an end to Augusta. Fortunately, with some effort and some creative thinking things get worked out in the end and Ian and Augusta get their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Ian and Augusta very much. I also liked the secondary characters (excluding the Baron of course) and was happy with how things turned out for the various couples. The story was pretty good and had some unexpected twists that I liked even though the ultimate ending wasn't hard to figure out. I will admit that some of the descriptions in the conclusion got a little flowery (cheesy?) in its language but that was just at the very end and the rest of the story was actually pretty good at not going overboard with that type of writing. The next book in the series looks interesting and I’ll plan to read it when I get time. I’d recommend this story. :D

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  • Knock Out: Worth the Fight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michele Mannon
    • Narrated By Rachel Fulginiti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Logan Rettino never imagined she'd fall so far. Dropped by her ex on national TV, she's gone from prima ballerina to ring card girl, reduced to revving up the crowds before MMA bouts. However distasteful she finds her new job, it pays well…and she needs the money if she's ever going to rebuild her life. Promised a huge bonus if she can convince a brooding, gifted welterweight to keep fighting, she'll do whatever it takes to earn his trust. Keane O'Shea is unbeatable in the octagon. A former marine, he fights with a ruthlessness no gym jockey can match.

    Boredom says: "I loved this book"
    "Very good start to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Logan and Keane and was rooting for them from the beginning. This is the first story I've read by this author and based on this I’ll probably try more of her work in the future.

    Logan used to be a very talented ballerina that performed all over the world including for royalty but a bad fall took any chance of her continuing to dance professionally away from her. The dancer that dropped Logan was her fiancee who she broke up with after she found him cheating on her. Not only did he ruin her career and cheat with her understudy, he screwed her over financially as well. Now that her career is gone and she has no money (because her Ex took most of it), Logan has been forced to work as an Octagon girl, trying to save up enough money for her new dream, to open a dance school so she can teach little girls ballet.

    Keane is an ex-marine and an MMA fighter. He has some issues with PTSD that causes him to have nightmares and a problem sleeping which basically makes him behave like a jerk most of the time. As I read the story, I couldn't help but think of Keane as a bear with a thorn embedded deep in his paw. The Keane bear is is hurting from the thorn and whenever someone gets too close he lashes out to keep them away rather than risk them aggravating the thorn and causing him more pain. Unfortunately he doesn't get professional help for it and instead self-medicates with booze, women and working out to try to dull the pain enough to get by.

    When the story begins, Logan is doing her job, strutting around the octagon with her card and when done she ends up in an encounter with Keane. This doesn't last long but part of it involves Logan’s boss getting pissed off and firing her when he was really mad at Keane because Keane had just decided not to fight any more. Logan is desperate to keep her job and makes a deal with her boss that she keeps her job if she can get Keane to come back and fight in the qualifying rounds for an upcoming MMA tournament. Logan gets some help from one of Keane's trainers to find him and goes to try to talk to him. She meets with a lot of resistance as Keane isn't very talkative or helpful and pretty much just acts like a grump and wants to be left alone. He does have his sweet side though. When a woman he knows steals Logan’s coat, cell and wallet, Keane goes out of his way to get them back for her (if grumpily). Keane doesn't agree to fight though and Logan is feeling pretty down. It doesn't help matters for Logan that her Ex has been lambasting her in the news, trying to say that the reason he dropped her was her fault because her C-cup breasts were too big and overbalanced him (or some such crap like that…he’s just a publicity whore that uses any reason he can to get on TV). Since her Ex is using her to make himself look good and making her life worse with the negative publicity Logan’s desperate to find something to help the situation and even tries finding a different fighter that she could bring her boss in Keane’s place but has no luck. Thankfully, Keane eventually agrees to go back and fight for Logan but since the paparazzi are circling due to her Ex’s lies, Keane brings her to his place to stay with him. Logan is supposed to help him with training and herbal remedies for his pain and other problems but having her there is a sweet torture for Keane.

    Logan and Keane are definitely attracted to each other and even shared a trip to third base but once she moves in to help with training, Logan decides they shouldn't have sex. Keane isn't quite as sure about this but goes along with it for now. Logan sticks to her rule but still wants Keane and has a hard time keeping her hands off. While they train together, Logan starts to get some insight in to Keane and realizes he has some deep seeded hurts that are still causing him issues. Logan wants desperately to help Keane, especially as she realizes that she’s falling for him. Keane tries not to let Logan get to him but even while he tries to be grumpy towards her and push her away, he still has very protective feelings for her (as well as very sexual feelings). The feelings and attraction build up between Logan and Keane and it’s a back and forth at first because there are a few times they almost go there but don’t. The last few times because Keane stops things, knowing that if they sleep together, Logan will get hurt because he’s too messed up to do a relationship. Regardless of the yo-yoing, things eventually break between them and they end up in bed together and it’s great on both sides. However, it complicates things and Logan tries to put on the brakes but it doesn't really have much success. They have a tumultuous and intense beginning but the fighting and Keane's issues with PTSD cause roadblocks…especially since Keane would rather try to ignore the issues rather than fix it. Things do get dramatic at the end and a bit sad but thankfully Keane gets his act together and he fixes things with Logan so they get a sweet start to their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story very much. I liked both MCs very much. Logan was likable as a heroine and I was relieved to find a heroine that didn't annoy the hell out of me (I've run in to way too many like that recently). Keane...well like I said, he’s a grumpy wounded bear but deep down he’s a teddy bear and I liked him even though he was a bit of a butt head (considering his PTSD it’s understandable). While I thought the start of the story was a bit shaky, overall the story was very good and once I got in to it I was engaged until the end. I’ll probably read more of the series in the future. I’d recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D

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