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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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  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2462)
    Performance
    (2177)
    Story
    (2179)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Good new addition to the series"
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    I've been a Koontz fan for a while and have always liked the Odd Thomas books. I found this one to be just as good and a fine addition to the series. I deffinately enjoyed it and was happy I bought it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bound by Flames: Night Prince, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin...

    Hassan says: "Fantastic!!"
    "Great addition to the series :D"
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    4.5-5 stars

    This was a great story. I'll admit that I had some trouble rating it as I kind of fell right at a 4.5 and wasn't sure which way to go. It was my love of Vlad and Leila that made me decide to go up instead of down on my rating. Vlad is still overbearing but soon realises that danger can come when you think you're safest. Unfortunately, Leila has to deal with some badness at the hands of the enemy (most off page and only a no actual rape) but is saved before things get too bad. She and Vlad continue to have things to deal with as their enemy does stuff to make their lives difficult (or downright dangerous). Vlad and Leila come out of things with their relationship solid and accomplish something they've been working on since book #1. Unfortunately, there is a another enemy to deal with (a silent partner they didn't know of) and he has a dangerous tie to Leila.

    I enjoyed this book so very much. I love Vlad and Leila and while it was tough to read all they had to deal with, it was worth it to see them work through it together (even if Leila had to fight to get the equal footing at times). This story moved the series storyline ahead quite a bit but there's still more to explore and I'm so looking forward to reading book #4! :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cara McKenna
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Erin Coffey has been a nurse for years, but nothing's prepared her for the demands of her new position. Needing to move closer to her dysfunctional family, she takes a dangerous job at Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital, where she quickly learns that she needs protection - and she meets the strong, over-confident coworker who's more than willing to provide it. Kelly Robak is the type of guy that Erin has sworn she'd never get involved with.

    Jordy says: "" We got a little something between us.""
    "Really good contemporary romance :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I liked both Erin and Kelly and their story was well done. It's what you'd expect from the description but it was well written enough that it didn't seem like the same old boring co-workers turned lovers story (even though that's what it was...just not boring).

    Erin is a LPN (licensed practical nurse) who is just starting a new job at a mental institution. She grew up with a mother who didn't do much in the way of taking care of Erin or her sister so Erin pretty much raised her sister. Erin went into nursing to take care of her grandmother who had dementia (who Erin spent 6 years taking care of until her death). Erin took her current position because it was the only nursing job that she could find anywhere hear her sister and nephew and she's determined to take care of them both as much as she can.

    Kelly is an orderly at a mental hospital. He was raised in a home with a drunk stepfather and a mother that never protected him. He had to learn to protect himself early and this ended him up in jobs that took his size, strength and abilities into account. Kelly has had women but he's rather bossy and never found a woman that could deal with him...and it didn't help that none of the women really understood the real him.

    Erin starts her job at the mental ward and is working in a closed ward that's the home of some of the more unstable patients. During her first day, Erin meets Kelly but mistakes him for a patient at first because he's so big and bad looking. Of course it doesn't help that Kelly wears grey (the same color as the patient's uniforms) as a way to make the patients feel more comfortable so her mistake is understandable. She's attracted to Kelly but sees him as the meathead type of man that her mother and now sister always get involved with and ruin their lives with. Erin decides it's best to stay away from Kelly but after a rough first day, Kelly surprises her by offering to buy her a drink and she needs one badly enough that she accepts. They go to a bar and Kelly shows his bossiness and Erin isn't pleased about it. She makes sure to tell Kelly just what she thinks about his bossiness and decides that she needs to stay away from Kelly. That doesn't exactly happen though as Kelly seems very interested in pursuing her even if she's not sure if she wants to be pursued (which is pretty much a constant battle in the back of her mind).

    Things with Erin and Kelly are unsettled through most of the story, first because of the pursuit that Erin's not sure if she wants or not and then because she's not sure what they would be once Kelly catches her and what she wants to be to him. Yes, they do indulge in a sexual relationship and then aren't sure about how the other person feels and some assumptions have them both not communicating about their interest in more. The things is, this story did it in a way that I didn't feel annoyed at the drama/angst of the situation...I was wondering what would happen next but the story didn't keep me hanging on for long periods and it didn't make me want to pull my hair out at the stupidity of the MCs. It took some time but as Erin gets to know Kelly more, she realized that he's not one of the jerks like her mother and sister always date and that Kelly is actually a good guy, even if sometimes annoyingly bossy. And TBH, most of Kelly's bossiness seems to taper off as they spend more time together so it becomes kind of a moot point and Erin is tough enough that she doesn't wilt under his attitude anyways. It takes some time, but Kelly and Erin do realize they're good for each other and after they have the feelings talk and all that, they come together to start their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Erina and Kelly and had no complaints about either of them. I really liked how they were together once they stopped fighting their attraction. Overall, the story was very good and kept me engaged. I'd recommend this story. :D

    * note - The narrator did a very good job but I will say that the playback seemed a little slow to me so I listened to the book at a 1.25% playback speed and it still sounded very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaleidoscope

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (203)

    Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello". His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her?

    Deborah says: "Great From Start to Finish!"
    "Very good addition to the series :)"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I really liked both Emme and Deck and got in to their story. There wasn't a major action plot but it was still engaging and a very enjoyable read.

    Emme is a sweet but damaged woman. She has known fear and loss and it affected her greatly. She's made a life for herself but holds herself back and has few friends. Recently she's made more of an effort to come out of her isolation and has changed some things about herself. She even started dating a man named Dane for the last few months but she's not sure about him and is considering breaking it off.

    Deck is a P.I. (for lack of a better definition...he doesn't always do things by the book) and the best friend of Chase (the hero from Breathe) and has shown up in a few previous books. He's a good guy, VERY smart and is a loyal friend. He is someone you do not want to get on the bad side of. Deck is also a bit of a ladies man and doesn't usually do serious relationships. Deck's been feeling like something is missing lately and thinks he needs to find the right girl.

    Deck is in Gnaw Bone to talk to the police about a possible job when he and Emme first run in to each other. She's changed a lot in the 9 years since he last saw her and he barely recognizes her but is way happy when he realizes who she is. Deck and Emme used to be very tight for years. Deck was going out with Emme's best friend and the 3 of them hung out all the time. Deck and Emme had a special friendship that his girlfriend was jealous of but there was never a hint of something more at that time because Deck was majorly hung up on his girlfriend. When she dumps Deck for a man with more money, Emme tried to bring him some happiness, giving him a beautiful kaleidoscope and an offer for friendship. Deck kept the kaleidoscope but was too torn up to keep the friendship going and it was 9 years before they saw each other again. When Deck sees Emme again and gets to talk to her, he realizes just how much he missed their friendship and their connection. They make plans to do dinner that evening (which Dane is there to see and not to pleased about) and when they do Deck starts realizing just how stupid he was to have lost Emme from his life.

    Deck's job actually has some ties to Emme's boyfriend so there's a little bit of a conflict of interest that makes things interesting but that part get done relatively quickly. Emme was already planning to break up with Dane so when things go down she's not unhappy about Dane being out of her life. She does feel a bit unsettled though because Deck makes it quite clear that as soon as Dane is out he's in and proceeds to make it that way. I liked the way Deck treated Emme, he was bossy but could be reasoned with and wasn't an alpha-hole. He decided that he wanted Emme and wasn't going to balk on that and he made a concerted effort to take care of her in important ways. Emme cares deeply for Deck and has since they first met but because of some of her past issues, Emme has trouble with letting people close and the growing seriousness of their relationship throws her into retreat. This happens on multiple occasions but fortunately, Deck is very smart and figures out that there are deeper issues. There's some drama as those issues are discovered and worked through and I liked how things worked out. There was a bit more on the action plot before the end but nothing too serious. The ending/epilogue was really good and had some touching moments (keep a tissue handy) and I enjoyed seeing Deck and Emme getting their well deserved HEA.

    This was a very good story. I really liked Emme & Deck and how they interacted and worked through things. I loved the kaleidoscope as part of the story and the meanings/emotions behind it. I particularly loved the part it played in the epilogue. As always, the secondary characters are great and I loved seeing some of my faves from previous books. I did notice a few editing errors but not too many. This was a very good addition to the series and I'm looking forward to the next book. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alexandra Ivy
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned... At six-foot-three and 250 pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again...

    Malinda says: "Really good addition to the series :)"
    "Really good addition to the series :)"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I really liked Serra and thought she did really well as a heroine. I really didn't get Fane's reasoning on certain things but I still liked him overall. The story was a good mix of action and romance and I never felt like the story got boring, I stayed engaged the whole way through.

    Serra is a "high born" (a human with special powers) that is a very strong psychic. She was born to human parents but was lucky that they loved her regardless of her powers and spent a lot of time with Serra even after she went to live at Valhalla. Serra has loved Fane for 15 years but although he seems to be attracted to her, he wont allow them to be close at all. Serra has tried to move on with other men but has no success in finding a man that's anywhere near as attractive to Serra as Fane is.

    Fane is a guardian sentinel, which is a high born that's been trained in everything needed to guard another high born that cant' protect themselves. Fane had been the guardian of Callie (from book #1, Born in Blood) but once she fell in love (and her new man became her new guardian) Fane wasn't needed as her guardian any more. Now he finds himself adrift and not sure what to do. Fane has loved Serra for as long as she's loved him but has convoluted and ultimately very stupid reasons for holding back for 15 years.

    When the story begins, it's around 3 months after book #1 ends. The bond between Fane and Callie has just been broken and he's decided that he's going to move to Tibet to become a trainer for new sentinels. Up to this point, Fane has used his guardian job for Callie to push Serra away...saying he's too busy with his responsibilities to have a relationship. Because of this, Serra is pissed as hell to find out that Fane has decided to move away without even telling her he was going. She confronts him but he just pushes her away again, pushing Serra in to promising herself (not for the first time) that she'll find someone new who will love her instead of hurt her. She goes back to her apartment and finds a gift that ends up being spelled and traps Serra into a situation and she's forced to leave Valhalla (without telling anyone). Callie (who is a foster sister to Serra and very close) realizes she's missing first and goes to Fane for help. Fane checks things out and realizes there is a problem and goes after her, determined to help Serra.

    Serra finds herself in St. Louis and the captive of a criminal high born named Bass that's living unknown to Valhalla and selling his powers to humans. He's a ruthless man and he's made enemies...one of which decided to kidnap his daughter. Bass may be a bad guy but he loves his daughter fiercely, however; what the kidnapper wants in exchange is really bad so Bass is reluctant to carry through. He finds a way to force Serra to help him and this threat is bad enough (and viable enough) that when Fane finds them, he can't just take Serra and go. Fane decides to stay to help and protect Serra. Once he sees Serra in lethal danger, Fane decides that he doesn't want to stay away from Serra after all, that he was being stupid to push her away for all these years and now he just wants to be with her. Unfortunately, Serra as had enough pity and rejection and isn't willing to trust Fane when he tries to show her his new intentions. She has trouble holding back from him (especially once he starts kissing her) but she does try to hold back her heart because she really doesn't feel she can trust that Fane's change of heart is true. Fane is patient while trying to convince her his feelings are true, realizing that he brought her distrust on himself and he'll have to work to get her trust back. And although Serra was wary of Fane's change of heart, she wasn't annoying at all about it. I thought she had the right amount of distrust/willingness. Fane is very protective but he and Serra still do pretty well at working together. The kidnapping plot is rather complex and difficult to figure out and it certainly kept things interesting while Fane and Serra figured out their relationship. Things get wrapped up pretty well in the end (with only Bass being an outlying loose end) and Fane and Serra get their HEA together.

    I enjoyed this story very much. I really liked both Serra and Fane. I really didn't understand Fane's real reasons for pushing Serra away for so long but I kind of got the feeling that maybe he didn't either. I found that a bit frustrating but since he got past it pretty quickly in the story, it didn't really cause enough annoyance/confusion to bring down the story for me. Overall, this was a very good story with a good combo of romance and action, it was engaging and I had no major complaints. I'm looking forward to more from this series. I'd recommend this book. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Years: Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (430)

    It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier.

    Raye says: "Weston Pack!!!!! Excellent !!!!"
    "Decent start to the series :)"
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    3 stars

    This was a good story. TBH, the story was pretty good and Austin was a pretty good hero but the main detraction of this story is the heroine, Lexi. She is TSTL and stretched the bounds of my ability to deal with annoyance she caused. This is the first story I've read by this author...I'm unlikely to try more of her work unless I can make sure (from reviews or whatever) that the heroine isn't anywhere near Lexi's annoyance level.

    Lexi works in a candy store and is 27 years old. She does her best to help look after her mom and little sister after her dad took off on them 4 years ago. Her big brother and BFF died 7 years before and Lexi still misses him greatly. She also misses his BFF, Austin, who disappeared right after her brother died and never came back.

    Austin is a shape shifter and the alpha of a pack. He grew up in the area but left 7 years before and just came back recently. He's starting a pack and so far his only members are his brothers. He sees Lexi on the 7 year anniversary of her brother's death but for his own reasons he doesn't get close immediately. He does watch out for her though.

    Lexi is a trouble magnet. She has an ex that cheated on her and now he keeps coming around trying to push her in to forgiving him so they "can get on with their life" no matter how many times she tells him they're over. She also seems to attract other creepazoinds that seem to have no problem with pushing the boundaries of the law around her...like a guy that she knew in high school and hasn't seen in years that suddenly sees her and thinks it's ok to try to rape her in the parking lot of her store. And she doesn't yell or anything... Thankfully, Austin is there to save her numerous times but the amount of trouble she runs in to within the first 10-15% or the story really seemed to stretch my ability to believe the plot and Lexi being TSTL on a regular basis really pushed my annoyance level.

    Lexi demands an explanation of why Austin left and then stayed away for 7 years. Austin tells her and also about him being a shifter. She doesn't believe him though and seems to think he's gone nuts but doesn't fear him and continues to hang out with him. It doesn't take too long before she's got proof though and it soon becomes apparent that some trouble related to her brother's death and her missing father has shown up on her door step. Austin is determined to protect Lexi and help her with her issues but she doesn't make things easy on him as she was headstrong and constantly was getting herself in trouble and not acting smartly when she does. The relationship between Austin and Lexi doesn't develop until far in to the story and i was rather confused about why. I understood that Lexi wanted Austin but didn't think he saw her as more than a little sister but I had some confusion as to why Austin held back for so long. Probably the best part of the story was the end...from around 75% Lexi wasn't as bad and the story improved. I actually really liked the ending and the start to Lexi and Austin's HEA.

    Overall, I can't say I enjoyed the whole story. Parts were very good but Lexi was annoying enough that I had trouble continuing the story at times. Austin was a good hero but not as take charge as was probably needed considering Lexi's strong tendency to draw an unnatural amount of trouble and be TSTL in the way she deals with this trouble. The plot itself wasn't perfect but I think I would have liked it if not for Lexi's annoyance factor.

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  • Smiley

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    Vanni is furious when her fiancé tricks her into attending a conference where his father's church is protesting the New Species Organization. She hates everything those vile bigots stand for. Vanni goes to the bar to cool off and ends up seated next to a handsome New Species. Things heat up fast when they are both drugged.

    A-OBS says: "Perfect"
    "Really good addition to the series :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I liked both Smiley and Vanni both separately and together. Their story was very good and kept me engaged until the end.

    Vanni is a nice lady that got sucked into a mess. She lives with her BFF, Beth and has a job she likes. Vanni starts the story engaged to a lawyer named Karl. Her last boyfriend had cheated on her so she thought that Karl was a safe bet to settle down with. She doesn't like Karl's father (who's a preacher that's a hate monger against the New Species Org) and Karl told her he wasn't close to his father. Unfortunately, she soon finds out that Karl's been lying to her.

    Smiley is a NS male that's a primate. The NS come in 3 varieties, feline, canine or primate. The primates tend to be less animalistic and more emotional than the other NS. Smiley took his name because he's a friendly guy who is almost always smiling and in a good mood.

    Vanni was supposed to be going out of town with Karl for a weekend getaway but when they get to their destination, she finds that they're actually at a conference to support Karl's father. Karl insists that they have to be there because they need more money for their wedding and his father is willing to give them the money to be there. Unfortunately, Vanni is expected to act and talk like the members of the church and she's not ok with that. Karl sends her off to her room (since she's not toeing the line) but Vanni isn't interested in being locked away in her room. She goes to the bar and gets an ice tea and is surprised to find that she's sitting next to a New Species. Although Karl's father is hates the NS, Vanni supports them and is disgusted by the people that treat the NS badly. She starts talking to Smiley but is embarrassed to tell her who she's at the conference with. Soon however, Vanni is feeling drunk and that makes no sense considering she didn't drink any alcohol. Smiley realizes that they've both been drugged with the mating drugs that were developed in the labs for the NS while they were in captivity. It causes horrible pain to the recipients unless they can get sexual gratification.

    Once they figure out that Smiley and Vanni have been drugged, the NS try to get them back to Homeland to get medical help. They don't get very far before the drugs start affecting them strongly and in order to save Vanni pain, Smiley offers to help her (sexually). At first she's horrified (because although she's already having thoughts to break up with Karl she hasn't yet so she's still officially engaged) but soon the pain is too much to bear and she takes Smiley up on his offer. They make a connection while they're together but things go wrong and Vanni doesn't get to Homeland and her and Smiley get separated. They both miss each other and want to see each other again but Vanni's also worried because the NS may believe she had a part in the drugging so she doesn't try to make contact with Smiley. Unfortunately, the bad guys behind the drugging aren't done and decide that they're going to cause more trouble which puts Vanni in much danger. Vanni manages to escape the bad guys and ends up reunited with Smiley in Homeland. Once they're reunited, things go pretty quickly between Vanni and Smiley. Smiley knows he wants Vanni for his mate and sets out to convince her of that ASAP. Vanni is a little freaked because she's kind of shy and hasn't had much sexual experience and Smiley's tendency to talk so openly about feelings and things of a sexual nature is something she has to get used to. Smiley is patient with her but isn't afraid to push her a bit so she can open up to him. They get to know each other while the NS works on getting the bad guys taken care of and by the end of the story, Smiley and Vanni are starting their HEA together.

    I really enjoyed this story. Smiley and Vanni are such a sweet couple. I lived that when things seemed to indicate that Vanni may have been behind drugging Smiley, Smiley believed her protestations of innocence and tried to convince others that she wasn't responsible. He was just so sweet and protective from the start and I was so happy to see him find happiness with Vanni. This was a really good story and addition to the series. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up! :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Kat’s boss wants dirt on the NSO. She is sent to Homeland undercover, but everything goes wrong as soon as she enters the front gates. She is arrested by a big, powerful, sexy New Species but she is not frightened. He turns her on and things heat up fast between them. Now, she just hopes he doesn’t break her heart.

    tonya says: "She is stepping up her game"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    ***Warning of slight spoiler info as I plan to tell who Kat works for and her mission at Homeland***

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Kat and thought she was a pretty good herine. I liked Darkness as well but he was so determined to keep his heart closed that I wanted to hit him upside the head numerous times.

    Kat is a FBI agent who's married to her job. She loves her work but recently she got a new boss and he's a real jerk. Kat lives in a house with her BFF and doesn't have much of a life outside of her friend and her work.

    Darkness is a NS male that had a very horrible life until the NS were freed. All the NS were treated badly but Darkness experienced some extra bad stuff that made him unwilling to engage in any close personal relationships (not friends or lovers).

    Kat is sent to Homeland by her boss to find a someone. He wants her to find this guy and try to help him escape Homeland if she finds him. Kat thinks her boss is slime and fully intends to file a complaint about him because (1) she shouldn't be getting sent in to Homeland undercover and (2) she thinks that the mission is actually personally motivated and not a real mission. Kat is told to go for 2 weeks undercover as a forensic lab tech that's at Homeland to teach them forensic crime techniques. Kat decides she'll treat the trip like a vacation, go to Homeland and teach the class and not do any of the extra work that her boss wanted her to achieve. Her plans get a little messed up because as she's waiting to enter Homeland, some protesters that mean harm to the NSO decide to attack the gates in an armored van. Kat ends up saving the day but her actions make her identity as a forensic scientist rather unlikely.

    Darkness is at the gates when the attack happens and he immediately arrests Kat, deciding that she might be in cahoots with the bad guys and even is she isn't, it seems unlikely that she is who she says she is. He tries to interrogate her but he's strongly attracted to her and she ends up kind of convincing him to use seduction to get answers out of her rather than other (more angry) methods. While this is going on, the NSO finds out FBI sent Kat in for an unknown reason and decide to see what she's up to so they act like they've bought her story and let her teach. Darkness decides to keep an eye on her and soon they're having issues fighting their attraction. They decide to have a secret sex-only relationship and Kat starts out thinking she's ok with that but soon she starts having deeper feelings for Darkness. Darkness keeps her at arms length even though he's growing more protective and possessive of her daily. Unfortunately, because of his past, Darkness pushed Kat away a lot and ends up putting her through a lot of drama and some danger as well. Thankfully, Kat's a good heroine with a level head on her shoulders and when things go wrong she's able to do what needs to be done. Darkness and Kat work things out and finish the story starting a HEA together.

    Overall, this was an enjoyable story. I liked Kat and Darkness separately and liked them better together. I did get a bit annoyed with Darkness's issues and the pain they caused Kat but was happy he was able to get past them. This was a good addition to the series and I'd recommend this story. :D

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  • Sinners at the Altar: Sinners on Tour, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (198)

    When Sinners tie the knot, things don't always go as planned. Lead guitarist Brian Sinclair may have finally won Professor Myrna Evans heart and her consent to wed, but being part of a high-maintenance band might just ruin his long-anticipated wedding day and steamy wedding night. Will the couple ever find a moment's peace or are some things more important than a night of uninhibited love-making?

    karen says: "Brought me back to the Addictive Sinners world :)"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    Appetite for Seduction - Epilogue to Backstage Pass
    Time: 0-3:07

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good epilogue. It covers from when Brian and Myrna wake up the morning of their wedding through them going to sleep that evening. There's some sweet and a lot of sex and also some issues having to do with Trey.

    Sweet Love of Mine - Epilogue to Wicked Beat
    Time:3:07-6:46

    4-4.5 stars

    This epilogue for Eric and Rebekah was really good. Once Rebekah gets her clear screening, they run off to get married ASAP. Along the way, Eric realizes that maybe Rebekah deserves more than a courthouse wedding and sets up a surprise wedding and a sweet kick off to their HEA.

    Patience - Epilogue to Rock Hard
    Time:6:46-10:31

    4 stars

    This was a very good epilogue. It covers Jessica and Sed's wedding day from morning to the end. The wedding day is kind of a mess (many things go wrong and Jessica's horrible mother just makes things worse) but Jessica and Sed are able to make the day work for them and end the night in a special way.

    November Rain - Epilogue to Hot Ticket
    Time: 10:31-15:22

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good epilogue. Jace and Aggies' story was interesting and a bit longer than the others. The end up finding the perfect place for their wedding but there's a small matter of a venue that's being haunted by the ghosts of lovers separated by death. TBH, The ghost part didn't really help the story along...it was more of a distraction from the romance part of the story. Still, overall it was a nice addition and I liked seeing Aggie and Jace get their HEA.

    Overall, this was a pretty good anthology or epilogues and it was kind of nice to see but they didn't really add much to the story of the couples. So reading this isn't really needed to finish the stories but it's a nice addition if you want to spend the money.

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  • Double Time: Sinners on Tour, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (578)

    After falling head over heels in love with Reagan Elliot, the perfect woman for him, Sinners' rhythm guitarist, Trey Mills, vows to give up his bisexual ways forever. When an obsessed fan threatens Reagan, she hires her friend, Ethan, to protect her while on tour. Falling for his girlfriend's bodyguard, a guy, was never on Trey's agenda. Will he have to choose between them, or can he have the best of both worlds?

    DK says: "Naughty, Naughty, Hot, Hot-Proceed With Caution!!!"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Trey and Reagan very much. Ethan worked for the story but his actions had me not liking him as well as the other 2. The story itself was a very good one.

    Reagan is a guitarist. She learned to play guitar only 3 years before but is already a great player. She was raised by her father, who's into music and had her involved with music from a young age but she played the Cello and always played classical music. He father doesn't approve of her interest in rock music. An Ex band member convinced her to enter a contest to become the rhythm guitar player for the famous rock band, Exodus End, but she never thought she had a chance. She's really surprised that she gets in to audition in the finals for the contest.

    Trey is the rhythm guitarist for the rock band, Sinners. He's been in love with his BFF, the other guitarist in the band, Brian (the hero from book #1, Backstage Pass) for almost 20 years. Brian didn't return his feelings and Trey has submerged himself in easy sex (with members of both sexes) and has never been interested in a relationship with anyone else. Since Brian got married, Trey knows he has no chance and is trying to get over his feelings for Brian.

    Ethan is an ex cop who is now a bodyguard. He loved being a cop but was let go due to his tendency to get overly physical with the bad guys...especially ones that victimize defenseless people. Ethan is bisexual and used to date Reagan. Unfortunately, He couldn't control his impulses and ended up bringing another guy back to their apartment where Reagan caught him cheating on her and broke up with him. They're still roommates and BFFs though and Ethan uses that position to chase off other men because he still wants Reagan (and he's a selfish jerk).

    Trey is the younger brother of the lead guitarist, Dare, of the band, Exodus End. Trey and Brian are back in LA (from their tour) for just a day due to Brian and Mira's baby being born. After the delivery, Trey goes over to Dare's house because Exodus End is listening to the possibilities for the rythym guitar spot. They're doing this blind, not having seen the guitarists that were auditioning and just going off their music. Once the in-person auditions start (which are still being done blind with the person auditioning in different room from the band), Trey is surprised to hear a guitarist that sounds just like Brian. He thinks that Dare is messing with him and goes into the audition room expecting to see Brian and instead finds himself confronted with a beautiful woman, Reagan. Since Brian is considered one of the best guitarists out there and Reagan sounds enough like him for Trey to mistake her playing for Brian's, obviously Exodus End decides that Reagan is the best option for their open spot. Reagan is thrilled and tries not to be all fangirl about her big chance (and her new band). Trey is very attracted to Reagan and feels an instant connection with her that he hasn't felt since he met Brian almost 20 years before. Trey decides to pursue Reagan and when she doesn't instantly fall into bed with him he's alright with that. A joke about them being boyfriend and girlfriend turns more serious and after they spend the day together they decide there's something between them and decide to give a relationship between them a chance.

    Because of her being a woman on the tour, the band wants Reagan to have her own body guard. She offers Ethan the job and he accepts but isn't too thrilled when Reagan brings Trey home with her. One reason is because he still wants Reagan for himself and secondly because as soon as he meets Trey, Ethan wants him and is sure that Trey must be bi as well. Reagan tells Trey about what split up her and Ethan so it makes him nervous about telling her that he's bi (even though he's sworn off men) so he holds off on that. Reagan ends up going on tour with Sinners while Exodus End is on break in order to get used to the touring lifestyle. Things go pretty well between Reagan and Trey but he does have some difficulty in denying his other sexual needs, especially when Ethan decides he's going to push things. This part made me so proud of Trey that I could have kissed him!!! Ethan proved his selfishness and inability to think of others while Trey showed that he has honor and obviously cares very much for Reagan. Obviously, Trey's preferences come out and Reagan is open to what Trey needs which eventually brings things to the point where Ethan is included, becoming a threesome. Things aren't completely smooth between the trio but once they agree to come together they do pretty well at working things out. There are some other issues that have to be dealt with in the story, a stalker making threats against Reagan and her dealing with the new job and the pressures having to do with that. Things work out though and Trey, Reagan and Ethan end the story starting their HEA as a threesome.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked the relationship between Reagan and Trey, they worked well together. Ethan worked as part of the threesome but because of his selfish actions I had a hard time liking him on his own. Overall, it was a very good story and I was happy to see the last of the Sinners band members get his happy ending. I'd recommend this story. :)

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  • Wicked Beat: The Sinners on Tour Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (501)

    From the moment he lays eyes on the Sinners' new soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she's too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible - exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her.

    BluBumbleB says: "One of the sweetest sinners!"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Eric and Rebekah and their story was very enjoyable. I’m not much on love triangles but fortunately Rebekah’s interest in seducing Trey doesn't last for too long.

    Rebekah is a sound board operator and the little sister of Dave, the sound board operator that was working for the rock band Sinners. Dave was injured badly in a wreck of the tour bus so arrangements are made for Rebekah to fill in for her big brother until he’s back on his feet. Rebekah had 1 serious relationship with a guy named Isaac. He helped her through a bout of cancer so Rebekah will always be grateful to him but he also made her feel like less of a woman since her recovery which caused their split. Rebekah has always had the hots for Trey (a guitarist in Sinners) so when she gets the chance to work for the band she’s determined to seduce Trey.

    Eric is the drummer for the rock band Sinners. He was born to a drug addict that abandoned him up at 4 years old and he ended up in the foster system. Eric’s life wasn't great but he found a love of music to give him something to hold on to. Eric has a big heart and tends to try to hold on to those he cares about, even when doing so isn't always the best thing for him.

    Eric and the band go to see Dave in the hospital to talk about the sound board operator job. When they arrive, Eric is flummoxed by the appearance of an angel...well at least Dave’s sister. Eric pretty much falls for Rebekah right off the bat, noting that they both had the same shade of blue died in their hair so it must be fated. Unfortunately, Rebekah’s infatuation with Trey becomes apparent very quickly. Because of his past, Eric has never felt very lovable and he’s very sad that Rebekah is so interested in Trey. As soon as Rebekah joins them on tour, it’s clear just how much Eric and her have in common (starting with a love of classic cars). Eric is also thrilled with the fact that Rebekah doesn't seem to have a problem with his tendency to always tell the truth and say everything that comes in to his head. Rebekah finds that she likes Eric but has been so stuck on Trey that she has a hard time shifting gears at first. To be honest, I was a bit annoyed with Trey because he knew that Eric wanted Rebekah and I couldn't tell if he was trying to help or hinder Eric’s progress with Rebekah (and if he was helping I wasn't too hot on him methods). Thankfully, it doesn't take too long before Rebekah shifts her interest completely over to Eric.

    Eric is thrilled once he has Rebekah’s attention but there are still some issues for both of them. Eric tends to like to watch sexual acts instead of participating because…well let’s just say that he has a hair trigger. Rebekah is freaked about the possibility of letting a man have sex with her because of some body issues her Ex left her with. This is where I really liked Eric’s complete honesty because it helped their situation very much. Rebekah decided that she liked his honesty and tried to be very honest with him in return. Because of this, they were able to talk things out between them and were able to come together in a free and honest exploration of their wants and desires. It also helped because Rebekah was feeling really unsexy after her Ex and Eric’s uncensored comments about how hot she was and how much he wanted her really helped her and made her feel special and wanted. The relationship between them isn't perfect but they do really well together, especially when others aren't causing problems for them. Obviously, there are some outside forces that try to cause issues for them but they do get past these obstructions and end the story starting their well-deserved HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Rebekah and Eric. They're both such fun and enjoyable characters that I really liked seeing them together and the interactions between them. I think my only real complaint is that I didn't like the whole Trey/Rebekah/Eric love triangle situation in the beginning and I was glad when it was resolved. Overall, it was a very good story and I'm looking forward to more of the series. I’d recommend this book. :D

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