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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. :)

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2006

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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
    (2211)
    Performance
    (1947)
    Story
    (1948)

    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
  • Rule: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (337)

    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

    Jordy says: "An opposites attract love story......"
    "Good start to the series :)"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Shaw and Rule, while being a bit thick headed and a jerk, had his redeeming moments as well. I liked the story overall and I have to be honest, I struggled a bit with the rating and almost went 4 stars but in the end I just couldn't. I may still consider trying the next book in the series down the road.

    Shaw is a nice but rather quiet young woman. She’s a college student in pre-med and is the daughter of rich socialites that have never show her love but expect her to be proper and perfect. At the age of 14, Shaw met up with Remy, Rule’s twin brother. Remy was Shaw’s best friend but everyone always assumed they were involved and would never believe otherwise. Secretly, Shaw always loved Rule and wished he'd see her as something more than his brother’s girl.

    Rule is a tattoo artist and a man-whore. He lives his life however he wants and tends to be a jerk a lot of the time. A couple of years before, Rule called Remy for a ride and while on his way to pick Rule up, Remy crashed his car and died. Rule’s relationship with his family (specifically his mom) has been rough since then because she blames him for his brother’s death and now seems to think he needs to change and become just like his brother.

    Because of the conflicts, Rule tries to avoid his family but Shaw (in an effort to keep the family together) comes to his house every Sunday to drag him to Sunday breakfast at his parent’s house. Unfortunately, Rule (being a man-whore) usually has a woman in his bed from the drunken debauchery of the night before so Shaw usually has to deal with seeing that. The story begins as Shaw has to deal with this and then drags Rule to his parent’s house for breakfast. Things don’t go well as his mom starts hassling him right off about how he looks, the color of his hair, and so on… Rome (Rule’s older brother who’s in the Army) is home on leave and Rule doesn't even get a chance to talk to Rome because of his mom’s issues. Rule walks out before too long and Shaw decides she’s had enough. She’s been part of the family since her and Remy became friends and she was trying to keep the family together but this pushes her too far and she defends Rule to his parents. They stop the Sunday dinners (which just pisses his mom off worse) and Rule and Shaw don’t see each other much after that. Rule does happen to see Shaw at her job though and she works at a sports bar with skimpy uniforms. Seeing Shaw like this suddenly gets hot thoughts of her going through Rule’s brain but he still doesn't let himself go for more.

    When Shaw’s birthday comes, her and her BFF go out and end up in a bar. They’re a bit drunk and Rule finds her there in that state and decides she needs to go home. They get back to his place and Rule isn't planning anything but one thing leads to another and Shaw (in her drunkenness) decides to kiss Rule. This kiss explodes things between them and Rule knows he shouldn't go there with Shaw but he does anyways and it’s great for both of them. Not wanting to suffer Rule kicking her out like all the other women, Shaw escapes the next morning before Rule wakes. Rule isn't sure what to think about Shaw and what happened but he gets told by a couple different people that he should take the chance because you don't get a girl like Shaw every day. Rule considers this and decides to find Shaw, telling her they need to talk. Shaw tries to avoid talking to Rule, thinking it can't be good, so she’s pleasantly surprised when Rule asks to give things between them a real try to see if it could work. Shaw agrees and they begin their relationship exploration. Things don't go smoothly as they're both young and Shaw hasn't has much love in her life and Rule tends to avoid getting too close. They do find happiness together but don't do well at holding it together which leads to much drama, especially at the end. I wasn't too happy with the way things went but thankfully they get past their issues and the story ends with Rule and Shaw starting their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story. I liked Shaw and thought she was a pretty good heroine and didn't act as clueless as you might expect for a NA heroine which I really appreciated. Rule was kind of an idiot but he wasn't a bad guy...he just wasn't very good at recognizing his feelings. Overall I liked the story but could have really done without the drama right at the end as it brought the story down some for me. Still, I'm curious enough that I may try more of the series down the road. :)

    * note - There were 2 narrators, a male for Rule's chapters and a female for Shaw's chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1751)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (916)

    All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep Trudging..."
    "Really good start to the series :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Ashlyn and Maddox and I really liked the story. I will admit that there's a lot of info in the story as it's the beginning of the series so you do have to pay attention or you could miss some pertinent info.

    Ashlyn is a woman with a special power. She only has to stand in a place and she can hear all the conversations that ever took place in that location. This was horrible for her as a child and her parents couldn't handle her and turned Ashlyn over to an institute. She was experimented on for years until they realized they could use her gift and then Ashlyn was given a life and ended up working for the group instead. Ashlyn started using her gift to gather information for the group, having been told that the information was used to study and protect.

    Maddox and the other Lords of the Underworld are immortal warriors that let their jealousy push them into very bad actions that ended up freeing the demons from Pandora's box. Because the demons had to be contained, the gods decided to imprison the demons in Maddox and his friends as a punishment and to keep the demons captive. Maddox has an additional curse that causes him to have to be killed at midnight every night and burn in hell until morning.

    Ashlyn is in Budapest for her job. The institute sent her there to see what she can "hear" and pass on the info to her boss. Ashlyn hears about a group of men that live near but the citizens of the city seem to think of them more as angels instead of demons. She also hears rumors that sometimes these men have helped people and have special powers. Ashlyn wants to go see them and see if they can help her get rid of her curse so she doesn't have to live with the conversations that drive her crazy all the time. Ashlyn goes to the fortress against her bosses wishes, hoping to see the men and hopefully get help. Maddox goes out to confront Ashlyn (and 4 men who are following her). When he comes near, Ashlyn is scared of him but quickly realizes that when he's near the voices stop and she's not submerged by the past conversations like she normally is. Maddox wants to know who she is and isn't very nice to Ashlyn but she just wants to stay with him and figure out how he stopped the voices. Maddox finds himself unable to hurt Ashlyn or leave her behind so he takes her to the fortress. The other LoTU are unthrilled with him bringing her to their place and think she's just bait (a female used by paranormal hunters that try to kill the LoTU). Maddox's curse kicks in and prevents him from taking care of her and the other LoTU don't treat her very nicely but thankfully they don't kill her.

    Maddox is pissed off when he finds how Ashlyn was treated while he was in hell but he also doesn't know why he's so pissed because he knows he shouldn't trust Ashlyn. He thinks she's the enemy and knows he should be planning to kill her but for some reason he only wants to keep her with him and safe (and explore physical relations between them of course...). Ashlyn doesn't know why Maddox is so untrusting but doesn't tell him about her "gift" at first because everyone always seemed to react badly when they find out about what she can do. Their relationship starts out as lust at first sight but there's a strong attraction that goes deeper than just the physical and the relationship between them escalates quickly. Maddox soon learns enough about Ashlyn to trust her but the other LoTU don't trust her and worry about Maddox's inability to be "reasonable" about Ashlyn. Ashlyn questions her attraction to Maddox and how, even though he obviously has his faults she can't seem to stop wanting him. She starts to see parts of him that makes her fall for Maddox even more the longer she spends with him and soon, Ashlyn doesn't want to leave and wants to stay with Maddox. Unfortunately, while they're working their issues out, there are also some other problems that need to be dealt with as well (some of which are things being set up for future books). Maddox and Ashlyn go through some tense situations but come through alright. Of course just when I thought things were good there is a particularly dramatic part at the end that I'd suggest you have some tissues on hand for. Thankfully, the drama is handled and Maddox and Ashlyn end the story starting their HEA together.

    I really enjoyed this story. Ashlyn and Maddox were both characters that I really liked and I was totally rooting for them to get together. This story was interesting...The action plot was pretty good and the romance part was touching (especially at the end). With all the world building there was a lot to take in but overall I think the story was well written and was a great start to the series. I'm planning to read more of the series soon. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up! :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rogue by Any Other Name

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (308)

    A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance - including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury. A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.

    Elaine says: "My first by this author"
    "Very good start to the series :)"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Penelope very much and Bourne wasn't too bad either. I thought they made a good couple and I couldn't help rooting for them to get together. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I may try more of her work in the future.

    Penelope is the oldest daughter of 5 and becoming a spinster at the ripe old age of 28. She had been engaged to a Duke but he loved someone else and their engagement was broken in a scandal that caused Penelope to have trouble finding another suitable husband. She has had a few other offers but has been wanting more than the normal arranged marriage. Unfortunately she hasn't found more and now finds herself with none.

    Bourne is a Marquess who lost his parents at a young age. His guardian then convinced Bourne (as soon as he came of age and inherited everything) to wager everything he could that wasn't tied to his title on a game of cards...the winner of course was the guardian and Bourne was left with next to nothing. Bourne swore revenge and to get back everything that was stolen from him. Bourne has remade all the money many times over through his partnership in a gaming hell but he still looks for any way to get the rest back.

    Part of what Bourne lost was a large amount of land that's adjacent to his titled lands. These are worth a lot of money but Bourne's ex-guardian wont sell them. Eventually, Bourne finds out that the lands were lost in a card game to Penelope's father who attached them to her dowry. Bourne and Penelope used to be neighbors and very close friends as children. When Bourne lost his parents, he and Penelope were separated and then after he lost everything Penelope didn't hear from him again. Penelope isn't thrilled to find that her father is pushing her to marry and that he's attached Bourne's old property to her dowry. She doesn't want to have a stale, boring marriage but instead wants adventure and possibly love. Penelope's father doesn't care, he just insists that she get married to help her 2 unmarried sisters find husbands and not be affected by her old scandal and possible spinsterhood. Penelope isn't happy about this and escapes out of the house in the middle of the night for air and to think. She happens upon Bourne and he makes it quite clear that he's going to compromise her in order to make sure there's no choice but for them to get married immediately.

    Penelope isn't thrilled with the new, hard man that Bourne has become. She's also pissed that he wants to push her in to marriage because he wants the land and not her (but does have to concede that all her suitors come for her dowry and not her). Penelope and Bourne come to an agreement so she'll cooperate and are quickly married. Part of their deal is to make their marriage look real so there wont be any scandal and her sisters will be able to find good husbands so Bourne and Penelope do spend some time together pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. Things between them are rough at first and this isn't helped by the fact that Bourne has a lead on a method of revenge but it would take someone else down as well. Bourne is willing to use it but Penelope finds out and makes her displeasure with this known. This presents an problem because as Bourne and Penelope become closer they're held apart by his need for revenge. Things don't go easy for the pair but I liked the way things turned out and Bourne and Penelope do end the story starting their well deserved HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Bourne and Penelope very much. Bourne was a bit of a jerk at first but it was understandable for a man that's been consumed by revenge for almost a decade. The story was engaging and I couldn't help rooting for Penelope and Bourne to work things out between them. I'll probably read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting for Flight: Fighting, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By JB Salsbury
    • Narrated By Ryan West, Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    What happens when in order to win, you're forced to lose? The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti, grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she's content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects. Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade.

    Yvette says: "WOW! THIS AUDIOBOOK WAS A PERFECT KNOCKOUT!"
    "Very good start to the series :)"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Raven and Jonah and their story was one I enjoyed. This is the first story I've read by this author and based on this I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.

    Raven rather sweet woman that works as a car mechanic that does great work in restoring classic cars. She's a few weeks away from turning 21 years old. She had a prostitute of a mother who never showed her any caring or touched her if she could help it. Raven's father wasn't around and is a big crime boss that everyone in Vegas fears.

    Jonah is an undefeated UFL fighter that's getting ready to fight the championship fight. He's a good guy but is a man-whore who never sleeps with the same woman twice (it's a rule). He loves fast cars and gets in to restoring cars in his spare time. It's this hobby that introduces him to Raven.

    Jonah has an old (non-running) Impala that he wants to get running and restored. He goes to Guy's garage and Guy just happens to be Raven's boss. He assigns her to work with Jonah at his place restoring the Impala and there's an attraction right off the bat. After a few sessions of working on the car at Jonah's place, he's decided he likes Raven and wants to see more of her. This is something big for him because he's never dated anyone, he just sleeps with them and never sees them again. Jonah invites Raven to a BBQ at his place (along with a bunch of his friends) and she's unsure about his intentions. Everyone else does pretty good at figuring out that Jonah's attention has been well a truly caught though and an jealous wannabee tries to cause some trouble for Raven. Thankfully, Jonah stops this before it goes too far and makes it very clear to Raven that he's in to her. She is in to him as well and so when he invites her to stay she does.

    Raven hasn't really dated much and is...well, lets just say she's very innocent when it comes to guys. The first night they spend together is no sex but Jonah still pretty much moves her in with him right off the bat. Raven is actually ready for more quickly but Jonah ends up holding back, worried that once they have sex he'll lose interest like with all the other women. Before too long Jonah realizes he's being an idiot and things escalate between them, solidifying them as a serious couple pretty quickly (within about a week). Around this time is when her father, who hasn't been in her life at all, suddenly drops the bomb that since he made Raven, he owns her and is now going to claim her to live out her life as a high class hooker for him. He basically threatens everyone she cares about and since he owns the local cops she doesn't have many options. Jonah is faced with some hard choices and he's willing to do anything needed to save the woman he loves. They go through some tough times and don't get through unscathed but they come out alive and together and end the story starting their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story very much. Jonah was really good hero, pretty much everything a alpha male should be...protective and tough yet totally gone on his woman. Raven was a pretty good heroine but she had her moments. There were times I'm almost term as TSTL but yet at times she came through brilliantly (usually at the last moment) so overall I found I liked her. This was a really good story and I'm planning to read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)

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  • The Darkest Fire: Lords of the Underworld Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (522)

    He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a dangerous horde of demon lords - and discover a passion unlike any other....

    Claudia says: "Informative"
    "Very good prequel to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good prequel to the LoTU series. It was an interesting take on how the Demon Lords escaped hell and why (and how) Pandora's box was created. The romance between Geryon & Kadence was intriguing. I kind of wished there was a little more time to explore it more but I will say that although the ending was a bit on the bitter-sweet side, they did end with what I'd term as a HEA. Now I'm really looking forward to reading the LoTU series. I'd recommend this story. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Hard: Sinners on Tour, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (700)

    The second book in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart, who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Trapped on a summer tour together for two entire months - but stubbornly desperate to stay apart - they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin' feeling in the first place.

    CAROLYN says: "Sex drugs & rock n roll but oh soooo much more"
    "Really good addition to the series. :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I liked both Jessica and Sed and rooted for them to get back together from the moment they broke up. This was a very good addition to the series and gives more attention to the other characters and showing the band dynamic.

    Jessica is a law student and currently works as an exotic dancer for extra cash to cover what the financial aid and scholarships don't cover. She is beautiful and men are always fawning over her but she has no interest in them and just wished they'd leave her alone. The only man she wants is Sed. They were engaged 2 years before but when she got in to law school he demanded that she give up her dream of being a lawyer and just be there for him and whatever he wants. Jessica was heartbroken by Sed's lack of caring about what she wanted and decided to leave, hoping until the end that Sed would stop her but he didn't.

    Sed is the lead singer of Sinners, a very popular rock band. He lives the rock lifestyle and basically sleeps with tons of girls…usually more than one at a time. This seems to be mostly because he can’t rouse enough interest in messing with most girls unless he makes things interesting with multiples. The one girl he's never had that issue with (and who he still loves) is Jessica but they broke up 2 years before. Sed didn't believe Jessica when she threatened to leave him...too caught up in his own overblown sense of worth to even think it was possible she could leave him. Sed couldn't accept that he was responsible for Jessica leaving but he never got over her and still misses her.

    Brian and Myrna (from book #1, Backstage Pass) are getting married and the story begins just as Sed and the band are getting ready to head out for Brian’s bachelor party. Brian’s actually not too hot on being there but the guys are determined to have a last night of fun with Brian before he’s married. They find a table but things quickly go to hell when Sed recognizes the dancer as Jessica. Sed freaks, throwing his coat over her and trying to pull her off the stage and away from the other men’s gazes. He demands to know why she’s working there and isn't happy when she tells him she works there for money for school. For some reason Sed gets pissed at Jessica for not coming to him for money for school but I don’t see why she’d ever go to him for money since he demanded that she give up law school for him. In his anger, Sed goes a little overboard and pisses Jessica off and she stalks off. Because of the ruckus at the strip club, Jessica gets fired and also gets kicked out of her apartment because she didn't have any money to pay rent. Jessica goes to yell at Sed for ruining her life again but runs in to Myrna and they talk. Myrna talks to Jessica and when she finds out that Jessica is homeless and out of work, she offers Jessica a job as her assistant for her research project. Jessica isn't thrilled about having to deal with Sed but agrees because she’s desperate. Sed is shocked to find her there and also not thrilled about her being on the tour.

    Despite their mutual enmity, it doesn't take long before their attraction (and jealousy) spikes, driving them in to each other’s arms. The sex is great but Jessica is still hurt and angry about the past and doesn't think Sed respects or cares about her. She tries to hate him but I think what she hated more was that she still wanted him and couldn't hate him. Sed realizes just how much he’s missed Jessica and he doesn't care if she hates him, he wants her back in his life anyways and he’ll work on improving her feelings towards him. They agree to a purely sexual relationship for the 2 months that Jessica is supposed to be working for Myrna (although Sed does plan to convince Jessica to like him and want to be with him again). The problem is that the rest of the band pretty much hates Jessica because of how hurt Sed was after they split and she doesn't understand why she’s so hated. It seems like they blame her for Sed acting like a jerk after they split up but this wasn't fair because Sed's actions should be on him and not her. It also doesn't seem like everyone knows the reason why Jessica left Sed (him wanting her to give up on law school and not caring about her wants and dreams) so it's not always easy for Jessica. She tried to keep Sed at a distance but as she spends more time with him and sees him dealing with his band mates and the issues that confront them, she starts to realize maybe he's not such a bad guy after all. It takes some time for them to work past their problems and there are outside issues that need to be taken care of as well, keeping Sed and Jessica quite busy and mired in some sticky drama. As things improve between them, Jessica starts being more supportive of Sed and they become a pretty good team which helps them deal with the issues confronting them. Their path to happiness isn't smooth but they do get their well deserved HEA in the end.

    I really enjoyed this story. Jessica was a pretty good heroine and she wasn't perfect but I had no real complaints about her and liked her. Sed could be a bit of a jerk at times (esp about their earlier breakup) but he has a sweet heart and while tough on people, usually has their best interest in mind. They made a great couple once they got together and I loved how the story ended (so sweet!). I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up! :D

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  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (987)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Lia says: "Steamy Sex - Sweet Romance"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. Brian and Myrna were both good characters that I wanted to see get together. This story has mild BDSM elements (mostly bondage, toy use and a bit of spanking/paddling). Also, there is one m/f/m menage scene. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm already planning to read more of the series.

    Myrna is a psychologist that specializes in human sexuality. She teaches as a professor at a University in the Kansas City area and likes her job. Myrna used to be married but he was an abusive jerk that left Myrna scarred both physically and emotionally. She divorced him and when he wouldn't leave her alone he ended up in jail (after almost killing her). Myrna moved to a new town, changing her name and making sure to leave no leads that could be used to find her again.

    Brian is the lead guitarist for the popular rock band, Sinners. He and his friend, Trey (the rhythm guitarist for the band), started the band when they were kids and struggled for years until they got their first record deal and then more until they actually made it big. Now things are going great for them but Brian is a bit of a romantic and tends to fall in love easily and gets his heart broken quickly. When the story begins, Brian is drunk from drowning his sorrows over another girl screwing him over (by sleeping with the lead singer, Sed).

    Myrna has just given a lecture at a conference about her teaching methods for her human sexuality class and just wants to go to her room and to bed when she spies some men in the lounge that aren't like the normal attendees of the conference. The men look like rockers and considering that men like that turn Myrna on she takes a closer look and realizes it's none other than her favorite band, Sinners. She loves the whole band but Brian is her favorite as she loves his playing. The band is bored and so they're happy to have Myrna sit with them and she has to fend off a couple of advances (from band members other than Brian) but has fun sitting and talking with the band. When she decides to retreat to her room, Myrna makes an offer to Brian that he misunderstands (which is kind of funny) but it gets them spending more time together. They end up spending the next day together and Brian is happily surprised that when they're having sex, he starts to compose music in his head. Considering that Brian has had writing block for months and hasn't been able to write any new songs he's thrilled and so is the band. Brian gets Myrna to stay with him through the weekend but eventually they have to split up so Myrna can go back to work and Brian can continue on tour. They're apart for about a month when Brian decides he can't take not seeing her and he calls Myrna, asking her to come see him. Myrna has missed Brian too so she happily agrees.

    While on the way to visit Brian, Myrna gets the news that a grant proposal she put in for (about the sexual behaviors of groupies) had been accepted. She'll need to find a band to travel with for 3 months to do the field research and she's hoping that maybe Brian and the band with be ok with her coming along with them. Considering her ability to act as Brian's muse, the band is all for her coming with them and Brian is thrilled to have the time with her. The main issue becomes Myrna inability to accept love or be constrained by a relationship. Her Ex used "love" as a weapon, trying to control her and get extra chances he didn't deserve by using the word love. Also, he tried to keep her from divorcing him so she felt tied to him in a bad way so now she freaks at the idea of marriage to another. Brian falls quickly for Myrna and is convinced it's true because he couldn't get over Myrna quickly like most of the girls in the past. Brian wants to win Myrna and get her love in return but he quickly realizes there will be problems there. Brian can't use the L-word with Myrna and she refuses to see their relationship as anything long-term, even when she eventually allows him to call her his girlfriend. Myrna has feelings for Brian in return but she's too scared of repeating her past so she has issues even admitting the feeling to herself, let alone anyone else. Brian tries to be patient and does pretty well for the most part. Myrna and Brian have to work past her issues as well as a few other problems that arise but they get through things alright and end the story starting their HEA.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Myrna and Brian and rooted for them to get together. I got a little frustrated with Myrna's issues, they were understable to a point but sometimes I felt she hid behind them a bit much so I was very glad she got her head on straight. Overall, I liked the story and was happy that Brian and Myrna found their way to each other in the end. I'm planning to read the next book in the series ASAP. I'd recommend this book. :)

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  • Against the Ropes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Castille
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more . . . Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club's owner, she's the one feeling breathless. The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault.

    Jordy says: "I’m a sucker for strong Alpha males!"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Makayla and Max and their story was good overall.This book had light BDSM in it, mostly just bondage and a bit of spanking. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I may try more of her work in the future.

    Makayla works in admissions in a hospital but has an EMT certification and graduated pre-med at the top of her class. She grew up with an abusive father and when he was gone, her and her mother and sister had a rough life until her mother met her stepfather who was a kind man. Makayla is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life as she likes helping people but isn't sure if med school is how she wants to go.

    Max (aka Torment) is a MMA underground fighter. He has his own fight club but likes the underground circuit and hasn't made an effort to go legit. His day job is running a large company though and he's very successful. Max keeps most people at a distance and shares very little of himself but things change when he meets Makayla.

    Makayla agrees to help her BFF, Amanda, sell tickets for an underground MMA fight. She sees someone that she thinks snuck in without paying for a ticket and goes in chase. Soon she finds out that the man is Torment, a fighter and also the owner of the club. Torment seems interested in her but Makayla doesn't think that he's actually attracted to her. While there, Torment finds out that Makayla is a certified EMT and asks her to work in the club. Due to her background with an abusive father, Makayla has big problems witnessing violence and tends to puke when she sees violence so she refuses. Makayla was already pretty broke but when a debt collector starts harassing her over student loans that should still be on deferment (and apparently went off deferment years earlier than it should have without her being notified) her situation got much worse. With the threat of having her paychecks seized and her parent's home foreclosed on, Makayla is desperate to make some extra cash. When Torment shows up at her work and takes her out for lunch, trying to get her to work as a medic for the fights Makayla isn't sure if it's a good idea (especially with her aversion to violence) but agrees figuring she can not watch the fight and stay in the first aid room unless needed.

    While convincing Makayla to work for him, Torment also starts coming on to Makayla but since he's also trying to get her to be his medic, Makayla convinces herself he doesn't want her that way. They spend some times together but Torment doesn't share much of himself, concentrating mostly on finding out about Makayla. Because of this, when something happens that causes Makayla to be confronted with Torment's real name and the fact that he's rich and a successful businessman, Makayla is freaked about this thinking she doesn't really know Torment/Max. They do manage to get past this but there are a number of issues that they have to work through. To be honest, I liked Makayla but in a way she was TSTL in some of her actions and in general doesn't seem to do very well in the decision making area. I felt bad for Max at times because she was rather wishy washy. Max was a lot to handle so I could understand some behavior like this but eventually enough is enough. I was happy that she pulled herself together in the end. There are some major difficulties between Makayla and Max and things don't go smoothly for them. Thankfully they do manage to make it through their problems and Makayla and Max end the story starting their HEA.

    Overall this was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Makayla and Max. Neither of them were perfect but I was happy with how things came together for them in them end. I'm curious enough about Amanda and Jake that I'll probably read book #2 in the future. I'd recommend this book. :)

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  • One More Day: The Alexanders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By M. Malone
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Ridley Wells has no idea what to do with her life now that she's graduated from college. But when a friend is murdered and her apartment is trashed, she runs to the only person she trusts, her twin sister. No one will think to look for her in the rinky-dink Virginia town of New Haven. Of course, her luck lands her passed out in the grass in front of resident badboy and music producer Jackson Alexander.

    Malinda says: "Very good start to the series :D"
    "Very good start to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Ridley and Jackson and their story was an enjoyable romance with a bit of action. This is the first book I've read by this author and based on this I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.

    Ridley is in to plants and landscaping and has dreams of starting her own landscaping company. Ridley and her twin, Raine, grew up with a single mother that wasn't around a lot so they mothered each other and have always been there for each other. Ridley hired a man named David to find her father but then David died and weird things started happening. When someone broke in to her apartment she left town to stay with her sister for a while.

    Jackson is a widower with 2 young sons that he loves dearly. He's also a music producer and tried dating after his wife died 3 years ago but had very bad luck. Jackson has decided he'll never look for permanent again and just dates with no strings attached.

    Ridley gets to her sister's home in Virginia. She hadn't been there before but Raine sent her the alarm code info and where the spare key is. Unfortunately for Ridley, Raine's head of security had convinced her to change the code since then so when Ridley arrived she can't get in. She was very tired and hadn't eaten decent since she left for her sister's place a couple of days before and ends up passing out just as Jackson's 2 sons show up in her yard. Jackson's sons get him and Jackson, his brothers and some friends that were over visiting come to help as well. Ridley wakes up to a bunch of strangers but Jackson seems nice and thinks she's Raine, asking her why she's back early from her 2 week trip. Ridley wants to hide and Raine had changed her last name when she started modeling so there wasn't a lot to connect them so she lets Jackson and his friends think she's Raine. She accepts the offer of a place to stay the night since she's locked out. They try calling a locksmith but it's a holiday weekend and so they get no help there. Ridley tried calling Raine but can't get a hold of her so she decides to stay the night and then go to Raine's house as soon as she can.

    Jackson has always appreciated Raine's looks but had never been attracted to her as a woman but suddenly he finds himself very interested. Unfortunately for him and Ridley, he makes a couple of jerky comments that put them at odds at first. Jackson does apologize though and he and Ridley get to a happy place where they're comfortable being around each other. They both have an attraction and want more but hold off. Jackson holds off because he usually goes only no-strings attached and he's not prepared to give more. Ridley holds off because she doesn;t like lying to Jackson and doesn't want to sleep with him while he doesn't know who she if. She does tall him part of her story but not everything at first and things do grow between them. Jackson's brother Nicholas makes some problems for Ridley though due to a love/hate thing he has going for Raine. Despite those issues, Ridley and Jackson do come together, at first saying it's just for the night but soon realizing they can't let go and extending it further. Unfortunately there is some drama that causes problems for the couple as well as some danger to Ridley. Thankfully they come through things in one piece and get their HEA in the end.

    I enjoyed this story very much. Ridley was a really good heroine, I liked her very much. Jackson was a good hero but he did drop the ball at a crucial time which caused problems. I would have liked a bit more grovelling from him to get back in Ridley's good graces. Still, it was a very good story and I'm glad I read it. I'll probably read more of the series down the road. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)

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  • Untamed Magick: Pentacles of Magick

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eliza Gayle
    • Narrated By Johanna Fairview
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    His perfect match - or the woman destined to steal his soul? Graelen Scott has lived his entire life under the shadow of a prophecy - a curse that gave him unlimited power guaranteed to seduce him to an early grave. When a Tarot historian shows up with stolen family cards and a theory of balance, all hell breaks loose. But his insatiable lust for the blue-eyed beauty clouds his judgment, making it difficult for him to separate fact from fiction.

    Malinda says: "Alright start to the series but ends in a cliffy"
    "Alright start to the series but ends in a cliffy"
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    2.5-3 stars

    Overall this was an alright story. It's hard to me to review because it was more sex than plot and ended in a cliffhanger. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this I'm unsure if I'll try more of her work in the future. (Thank goodness this was an Amazon freebie)

    Rena is a historian that apparently specializes in symbols especially concerning the tarot cards. She was given an ancient set of tarot to research and she determined they were from Graelen Scott's family. Hoping to discuss with him some of the things she's found in the cards, Rena goes to see him.

    Graelen is a witch, one of 4 brothers (2 sets of twins) that are all witches. They are the focus of an ancient curse that they all fear. Their powers have a dark taint to them and if combined, their powers could cause great damage. Due to their fears over the curse, Graelen and his brothers all live in far apart locations.

    To be honest, there wasn't a lot of details about the curse but these's something in it about women being their downfall so the brothers distrust women. When Rena shows up, Graelen feels that she's the woman that the prophecy told about and he treats her like an enemy from the beginning. The fact that he's attracted to her is just more damning in his eye. Rena has no idea why he would have a problem with her and tries talking to him about things she found in the deck of tarot cards, things that told the story of the family curse. Rena is very attracted to Graelen but tries to focus on her research...at first at least. They're at odds for the first part of the book but that doesn't stop the in bed action that goes on...frequently. While this is going on, Cash (Graelen's twin) shows up and causes more issues just as Graelen is starting to believe that Rena may not be his enemy and may be able to help him. The story ends with Graelen realizing that Rena is supposed to be his and asking her to stay. She agrees but only for now so the story ends with a HFN, pretty much giving us a cliffhanger for both the romance and non-romance plot lines.

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