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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
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1899)

    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
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved it as usual :)"
    "Great addition to the series! <3 Kate & Curran! :D"
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    4.5-5 stars

    This was a great addition to the series. I love Kate and Curran and I was really happy to see how things turned out at the end of the story. There is a certain amount of conclusion in some parts of the series storyline but the way it happened opened doors for further Kate and Curran adventures in the future and I can't wait to see what comes next.

    I don't want to get too detailed but you know the first part of the story from the book description, a master of the dead is killed and Kate and the shifters have to find the killer (who was a shifter) before noon the next day or risk war between "the People" and the Pack. There are a few more difficulties tied in to this, one of which is Hugh (Roland's warlord) showing up in Atlanta and is the instigator of Kate's issues. Another difficulties is that Curran is out of town when Hugh shows up and the deadline is given so Kate and her allies have to find the truth (and prepare for a war) on their own. They manage to find the killer but there's still some strategic thinking needed to avert the war. Kate and company mange to pull things out just as Curran and more backup show. Unfortunately, Hugh doesn't like being thwarted and kidnaps Kate (and Ghastech by accident), teleporting her to a magical prison she can't escape and trying to tempt her to his side. Kate wont accept of course and so things get a bit sketchy for a while. Curran and company come to the rescue but they get propelled in to a series of events that ends up bringing Kate to a meeting she's both dreaded and looked forward to most of her life. Kate, Curran and their crew end up going through the wringer but they do come out on the other side. Things are left with Kate and Curran (and their crew) ending the story safe and in a good place. As I noted above, the way the story ended left plenty of places for the series to go and there seem to be some interesting times in store for Kate and Curran.

    I totally enjoyed this story. I guess if I had one complaint it would be that Curran wasn't in it for most of the first half of the story but the story was pretty long so there was still a decent amount of Curran time. The story was fast paced and interesting until the end...I only stopped reading to sleep and even then I dreamed about the story. I'd recommend this story for fans of the series. If you haven't read the series yet, I'd highly recommend it but suggest starting with book #1 Magic Bites. 2 thumbs up. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Race

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dee J. Adams
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she's making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of "accidents."

    Laurie says: "I Couldn't Put It Down"
    "Pretty good start to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. Tracey and Mac are both likable characters but they get along with each other like oil and water, which certainly kept things interesting. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this Ill probably try more of her work in the future.

    Tracey is a professional race car driver. She was raised in foster care and didn't have a good childhood, spending much of her time hanging out at the race track. Fortunately, Tracey got taken under a wing and grew up to be a great driver. Tracey was engaged to Eddie (the son of Ed, the owner of her race team) but he broke up with her after she was in a horrible wreck 4 years ago and came out of it scarred.

    Mac is an ex-race car driver and currently runs a company in England that designs Formula One race cars. Mac loved racing but after a bad crash he didn't trust himself behind the wheel any more so he decided to help his father with the business designing formula one cars. Mac's dad died around a year ago and now he just has his younger brother (who's in his 20s) to look after.

    Tracey is back to racing and has been for a few months. She's getting ready for a race at the same track that she wrecked at 4 years before and things are kind of stressful but alright. Things go downhill when Tracey's head mechanic and the man who was like a father to her dies unexpectedly. Mac (who owes Ed a favor) is brought in to take over as lead mechanic for this race until they can find someone permanent. Tracey and Mac have a definite attraction between them but neither is wanting to go where the attraction is leading them. Mac knows it's not a good idea because she's his driver and he's going back home after the race in a couple weeks. Tracey isn't about to get involved with anyone...ever. When Tracey was in the crash it messed up her leg badly and left her with a horrible scar. Eddie couldn't handle it and broke up with her because of it which devastated Tracey and made her unwilling to trust another man. Things start getting worse when the police inform Tracey (and Mac because he's determined to be there for Tracey when she needs it) that her former lead mechanic was murdered and the poison was actually supposed to be for her. They start suspecting that someone has something against Tracey but they don't know who or why.

    Tracey has a lot on her hands as more things go wrong and she doesn't know who to trust. Since Mac has no way to gain from her problems and wasn't there when they started, Tracey is willing to trust him even when it seems like the issues may be coming from an insider. While all this is going on, Tracey's long lost sister, Chelsey, shows up and in addition to meeting Tracey, Chelsey becomes involved with another mechanic on Tracey's team, Matt. Since Tracey has never had a family she's happy at the thought of having a sister (if the blood tests prove the relationship) but she also can't help but wonder if it's a coincidence that Chelsey showed up just when things are going badly (although it doesn't seem like Chelsey has a motive). Things are a mess as they try to figure things out and during this all, Mac and Tracey do lose their restraint and end up in a physical relationship, trying desperately not to let their feelings get involved even though they are from the start. Tracey isn't willing to trust Mac (thinking he'll run from her like Eddie) but figures she'll take when she can get for now. Mac knows he's supposed to go back home and his and Tracey's lives don't mesh and he also doesn't think he's good enough for her. Obviously, they have a lot to work through and the stalker/killer doesn't make things easy. There's some definite drama and danger to get through but thankfully the bad guy is captured and Tracey and Mac come out with a well deserved HEA.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Mac and Tracey and their story was a good one. It was interesting enough that I was engaged throughout the story. I did suspect who the bad guy was from the start and I ended up being right but there was enough hidden that I wasn't sure and kept wondering if I was right until the reveal. I'm planning to read the next book in the series sometime in the future. I'd recommend this story. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason & Cadence: The Wolf's Mate, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By R.E. Butler
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    For 14 years, alpha wolf Jason has watched his partially marked mate Cadence live her life without him. Circumstances force his hand and he must find a way to get her to uncover her buried memories of their past before someone else steps up to take her from him. For as long as she can remember, hybrid wolf Cadence has loved Jason with every fiber of her being, but he's consistently shoved her away until the love that's there is bound tightly in anger and shame.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Good but an eye roller!"
    "Good start to the series :)"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. Jason and Cadence were engaging characters and their story did keep me interested in finding out what happened next.

    Cadence is a wolf hybrid, something that's never happened before. Her mother was a shifter but her father was human. Her mother died during childbirth and something about that infused Cadence with shifter-like powers even though she was never able to change. Cadence's father wasn't too happy about her wolf side and made Cadence miserable growing up.

    Jason is the Alpha of his pack and owner of the local garage. Jason and Cadence were neighbors growing up and very good friends. Jason knew early that Cadence was his mate and only wanted to be with her. When Jason knew his first shift was coming and he'd have to separate himself from her until he can control his wolf, Jason decided to mark Cadence. Unfortunately in the middle of things, Jason's father sees it and stops Jason from explaining what it meant, instead using his Alpha power to make her think she got the hurts from falling in to a rose bush. Since Cadence was so young (only 10 yrs old), his "suggestion" made her forget the truth.

    Because of Jason's dad's interference, Cadence never found out what really happened. He forbid anyone from talking to Cadence about it which basically screwed Jason over because until Cadence remembers that he marked her and realizes she's mated they can't become full mates. He hasn't been able to move forward with trying to jog her memory because after he pushed her away (rather harshly) when they were kids, Cadence was hurt and felt abandoned and thinking Jason disliked her. After that she took her anger and aggression out on Jason whenever they were near each other. Cadence went away to college and when it was finally time for her to come back home, Jason knows it's time to get her to remember and then win her. He has to do it quickly too because their town has 2 packs. The Alpha of the other pack, Jake, promised to hold his people off Cadence for a month to give Jason a fair shot but after that she's fair game. Unfortunately, Jake isn't a very good Alpha because his son, Chris (who is supposed to be the next Alpha after Jake) decides to make a play for Cadence and makes it practically impossible for Jason to get a chance with Cadence. Jake pretty much seems to look the other way because it's his son that's ignoring his orders so Jason is kind of screwed since he can't just kill Chris (no matter how much he wants to).

    Chris basically poaches Jason's territory by taking every single moment he can of Cadence's time and getting the females of his pack to be nice and friendly to her to try to draw her to their pack and away from Jason. Chris starts being pretty underhanded in his attempts to keep Jason and Cadence apart. When Jason manages to get Cadence to take a job at the garage managing the office, Christ tries to hire her away saying she's too good for that place. The whole thing with Chris was kind of messed up, especially since Cadence knows that she could never be with Chris because she loved Jason. If that's the case, why the heck did she keep going out with the slime bucket and letting his kiss her goodnight!?!?! Jason is forced to see them dating and doesn't take things well. On top of this, everyone looks to Cadence to fix this all and make the right choice but because of the "Alpha's edict" making sure no one let on to her what was going on, she didn't even know what she should be doing to make things right. To be honest I thought they really kind of jerked her around in that way, both her and Jason. Chris ends up proving just what a slime he is and things get tough but everyone comes through alright. Jason and Cadence get together but they have to spend some time working through their lingering relationship difficulties but before too long Jason and Cadence are starting their HEA.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked Cadence and Jason overall but I had my frustrations with them both at times. The story was good but there were a few points I didn't consider believable or realistic given the circumstances which is why it didn't get 4 stars. I'll probably read the next book in the series sometime in the future. :D

    On the narration: Overall, the narrator was good but I would have liked the narration better if it didn't see hurried sometimes. It wasn't constant but at times the narration seemed a little too fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharing Hailey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Samantha Ann King
    • Narrated By Alexandra R. Josephs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    Hailey Anderson's deep, dark secret? She's been madly in lust with her overprotective brother's two best friends for years. Gorgeous woodworking artist Mark Allen and sexy doctor Tony Adamo have no idea they star in her fantasies every night. Headed for a two-week Hawaiian vacation with her brother and his hot friends, Hailey can't wait to feast her eyes on Mark's and Tony's rock-hard, ocean-slick bodies. Even if she can't touch. But instead of treating her like their little sister, Mark and Tony have a surprising proposition....

    CAROLYN says: "A beautiful haunting love triangle but......"
    "Very good start to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Hailey, Mark and Tony and their story was interesting and had some unexpected elements in it. This is the first book I've read by this author and based on this I'd be willing to try more of her work in the future.

    Hailey is a grant writer in Albuquerque. Her parent where killed years ago and her and her brother, Jake, are very close because of that loss. Hailey has been in love with Jake's best friends, Mark & Tony, for years but could never choose between them so she's never made an approach at either. Hailey has tried to date other men but with crappy luck. Her most recent boyfriend, Daniel, ended up abusive so she broke things off with him before going on her annual vacation with Jake, his wife, his wife's brother and sister, Mark, Tony & Hailey.

    Mark is an artist and Tony is a pediatric surgeon. They've both loved Hailey for years and they had an agreement not to approach Hailey and see if she would pick one of them. When her most recent boyfriend ended up being a jerk that treated her badly, Mark and Tony decide they're through waiting. They decide not to fight over her but to win her in to a menage relationship. And hope they can keep Jake from killing them for doing that with his baby sister...

    Hailey broke up with Daniel right before leaving for her vacation to Hawaii. Daniel was livid about her going but it's a regular family vacation and Hailey wasn't going to miss it. Daniel going overboard about the vacation is what made Hailey realize she needed to break up with him. His ugly and violent reaction to her breaking up with him has Hailey kind of freaked and hoping he doesn't follow her to Hawaii to cause trouble. She tries to convince herself that he wouldn't though, since she could never seem to make him happy why should he really care? Hailey, Mark and Tony all live in Albuquerque so they travel to Hawaii together. The trio has been close since they were very young (around 25 years) and spend a lot of time together. They've always been close but when Hailey gets the indication that Mark is wanting something more, something sexual, she's unsure what to think. When she finds out it's both Mark and Tony wanting more with her, she's even more confused and the guys have to explain to her that they've been wanting her for a long time and now they want to share her. Hailey doesn't take too long to mull things over before she knows she wants to try this relationship. She does worry that if it doesn't work out it could ruin a lot of friendships.

    One friendship to worry about is Hailey's brother, Jake. They decide to try to keep him in the dark about their fledgling relationship to give themselves time to settle in to things before facing Jake's wrath. As their vacation starts it soon becomes apparent that everyone is aware of the new relationship except for Jake. Hailey, Tony and Mark sneak what time they can together but eventually things explode when Jake realizes what's going on between the trio. There's major drama there but when Daniel shows up on the island looking for Hailey and not being too nice about it, Jake's concerns are the least of their worries. They manage to finish their vacation (at least most of it) without further troubles from Daniel but when they get home things aren't good. Daniel is incensed that Hailey wont take him back and starts causing issues and threatening danger. Tony and Mark try to protect Hailey because the law doesn't do much to protect women against an obsessed stalker but they can only do so much and can't be with her all of the time. Things looks bad for a while and get worse before things end but thankfully Hailey, Mark and Tony are able to get past the danger and issues and come out heading in to their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I like menage stories and this one was typical in some ways but with some unexpected elements. Hailey, Mark and Tony were all good characters and I was happy to see them get their HEA at the end. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taking Shots: Assassins Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Toni Aleo
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she's good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL's Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what's happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world. A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he's living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli.

    Jordy says: "sweet hockey romance"
    "Good start to the series"
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    3 stars

    This was a good story. Elli and Shea were good characters and their story was interesting enough that I kept reading until the end.

    Elli is a photographer and has her own successful photography business. She has a great dad but her mother and her sister are both horrible (and should be shot to put them out of our misery). She used to be a very talented stage singer but lost her career when thyroid issues caused her to gain lots of weight without control. Medications have helped regulate her weight issues but she’ll never be back to her old skinny size. Elli used to be engaged but the guy was a real jerk that made her feel like crap until she broke up with him 6 years ago. Since then she hasn't been involved with any men at all, mostly due to an absolutely horrible self-image.

    Shea is a hockey player and a good guy. He and his twin (Grace) moved to Tennessee when he got a professional hockey contract there and he’s been living there since. His sister got married and has kids (who Shea loves) and Shea has been looking to settle down but hasn't found the right woman.

    Elli is the photographer for the Assassins hockey team and during a photo shoot she meets Shea. She’s attracted to Shea but thinks he’s way out of her league. Shea thinks that Elli is beautiful from the beginning and decides to see her again. His sister, Grace, is a party planner and is setting up a party for Shea to host for the whole team so Shea gets Grace to get Elli to be his photographer. Elli accepts the job and they meet at the party. Shea tries to flirt with her but she’s rather obtuse about his attempts at flirting. He manages to get her to agree to meet with him the next day to show him how to work his digital camera. They meet the next day and have a great time together, getting along naturally and easily. Shea sees this as a good sign and decides to ask her out again. Elli is surprised when Shea calls her and doesn't expect him to ask her out. She accepts but is leery about his intentions and being sure that he’ll probably break her heart, Elli decides to try to protect her heart.

    Shea and Elli start to date and Shea is great and very understanding. Shea pretty much falls for Elli right off and decides to do whatever it takes to get her trust. They’re both busy with work and such but they manage to fit time in to see each other. With each time they see each other; things just get deeper between them. Elli's self-image issues cause her to try to push him away but Shea doesn't let her push him away. They have some good times and Elli starts trusting in Shea more as they see each other. There are some hard times, one of these is when they go to dinner with her family (her mother is horrible and doesn't get any better with exposure). Shea soon realizes where some of her self-image issues come from once he meets her mother and sister. There is general day to day stress and such and Shea and Elli's relationship moves forward but because Elli is still rather fearful of things she tends to take longer on some points than Shea, like on the love thing. Shea is patient and knows with time she’ll fall for him in return. His patience pays off as they do get to a point where Elli believes in and is looking towards a future with Shea. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong due to a conniving witch and Elli and Shea have some majorly bad times when it looks like all is lost. Things do get worked out though and Shea and Elli end the story together and starting their HEA.

    Overall this was an enjoyable story. Shea was a great hero and to be honest, I can’t think of any complaints for him. I liked Elli at first and could deal with her self-image issues at first. However, after these issues kept coming up they began to get a little wearing. I felt the way she reacted at the end was stupid and even worse that it took her so long to figure it out. By the end, I wasn't sure if I felt she really deserved Shea but the ending was nice and I was glad Shea ended up happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 3: The Game Maker Series

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (265)

    Mafia enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan's loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Katheryne says: "Get the complete book, skip the serial format"
    "Really good conclusion to the trilogy :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good conclusion to this trilogy. Sevastyan and Natalie are in hiding until the danger against her can be settled. Sevastyan spends much time in meetings for this all but doesn't tell Natalie anything about what's going on. This has her going stir crazy as she's stuck in a strange house with not much to do. Sevastyan is with her at night but things aren't great between them in areas other than Sevastyan spending all his time on stuff he wont tell Natalie about. They're having personal problems in a couple of areas. One of these issues is solved when Natalie pushes things enough that Sevastyan realizes he's being stupid and they work past those issues. Other issues are much deeper, having to do with Natalie not being able to take Sevastyan keeping her at arms distance emotionally. Sevastyan is actually doing this out of a concern that Natalie would leave him if he shared all she wants to know but Natalie is more concerned with the distance and wants the sharing, more than willing to accept Sevastyan's past if he'll just open up to her. Things come to a head and drama ensues when Natalie decides she's had enough. Sevastyan has to do some serious rethinking of his methods and finally takes the steps needed to fix things between them. The story ends with Sevastyan and Natalie settling in to a very nice HEA.

    This was a good trilogy and I liked how things ended. I'll admit I was expecting more action but overall there was enough going on to keep me engaged and going until the end. I'd recommend this trilogy. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 2: The Game Maker

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (307)

    Mafia enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’ long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Katheryne says: "Middle Book Syndrome?"
    "Very good part 2 of 3 :)"
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    4 stars

    In part #2 of 3, Natalie and Sevastyan start in to a relationship but things are kind of rocky. Around this time, the enemy puts huge prices on Natalia and her father’s lives which brings them major danger. Sevastyan and Natalia have to go on the run to keep her safe until the danger has passed and during this time their relationship definitely escilates. Unfortunately, Sevastyan tends to hold back from Natalia in a few different ways and it causes a distance between them and problems in their burgeoning relationship. Natalia struggles to fix the relationship issues between her and Sevastyan while they're stuck waiting things out on the danger front. As this part concludes, Sevastyan and Natalia are in the process of “working things out” but they still have work to do on their relationship. The danger is still present but the precise status is unsure.

    This was a very good addition to the trilogy. I’m liking both Sevastyan and Natalia and their deepening relationship. I’m looking forward to seeing how things turn out for them. I’ll be reading part #3 right away. I’d recommend this if you've read part #1. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 1: The Game Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Marian says: "Serial series = more expensive audiobook"
    "Really good part 1 of 3 :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good start to the trilogy. I liked Natalie and thought she was a pretty good heroine. Sevastyan is a bit of a mystery but seems like a promising hero. Sevastyan is a bit dominant and so far there's been some light BDSM type sexual activity (some spanking and such).

    Natalie is a college student with 3 jobs. She has friends but keeps too busy for a man. Natalie is adopted and after her adoptive father died 6 years ago, Natalie has felt the need to find her birth family. She knows she's Russian and has learned the language and a lot about the country, now she just has to find her family. She hired a man to track down her family by DNA and thought he was on to something until suddenly she couldn't get in contact with the guy any more.

    Sevastyan is an enforcer in the Russian mob. Natalie's father took him in when he was only 13 and living on the streets. Sevastyan has great respect and love for her father and went to America to find Natalie, ascertain if she's actually who they think she is and make sure she's safe. Unfortunately for Sevastyan, he's felt an attraction and pull to Natalie from the beginning and the closer her gets the stronger the pull is.

    Natalie sees Sevastyan in a bar and tries to approach him but he seems uninterested after some mixed signals that confused Natalie. She goes home and can't help thinking about him which leads her to doing naughty things to herself. Unfortunately she's startled out of them just before she reaches climax because Sevastyan is watching her after somehow breaking in to her apartment. This leads to him explaining that she's the daughter of a rich man in Russia and some of his enemies are out to hurt her so he has to take her to Russia for her safety. She isn't too thrilled about this so Sevastyan kidnaps her, giving her no choice about the matter. There's a definite attraction between Sevastyan and Natalie but Sevastyan seems to go hot and cold which confuses the hell our of Natalie but she wants to try to find a way to get the hot because she immensely enjoyed a "hot" session they have on the plane while flying over to Russia. Once they get to Russia however, Sevastyan mostly runs cold and stays away from Natalie most of the time. Natalie does meet her father though and starts to get to know and like him. Although his Russian mobbness rather freaked her out at first, once she started to realize how things work in Russia, things started being a little bit easier to accept and her father became easier to like. Natalie is also introduced to a distant cousin, Philippe, who is handsome and flirty but Natalie doesn't feel any attraction for him. Natalie is settled in and trying to figure out her new life (and wondering when the danger will pass) when the story ends.

    Since this is part 1 of 3, obviously this ends in a cliffhanger. I really liked part one and am firmly entrenched in the story so I'll be starting part 2 immediately. I'd recommend this story.

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  • True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (264)
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    Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears, and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life - freeing others like him. True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman - the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim, too.

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    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Jeanie and True and their story had some unexpected twists that made things interesting and kept me engaged until the end.

    Jeanie is a medical tech that got a job with the wrong company. This was after the New Species are out and everyone knows about them and she finds the lab she works in has NS as captives. Jeanie is a good woman and tries to help the NS people in the lab and also tries to get them freedom. While working on this, Jeanie meets True (who was 710 at the time) and fell for him, enduring some pain and torture herself in order to keep him alive.

    When he was in the lab, True knew Jeanie as a tech but one that was kind and helped him and his people. True and his people didn't experience things like kindness so he grew to care for Jeanie. Unfortunately, the leader of the facility, while trying to gain True's agreement to something, made True believe that Jeanie worked with him and was just being kind to him in order to gain his trust for nefarious reasons. True shouldn't have believed him but since he's known humans to do just about anything to manipulate the NS, he can believe it. Soon after this the lab is raided and True and the other NS at the facility are rescued and freed.

    When the story begins, Jeanie is at another lab with NS and is preparing for a raid that's coming to free the NS. She knows of a backup kill system to get rid of the NS in the lab in case of discovery and she's not willing to let all the NS get gassed. She ends up going further than she planned to save the NS captives and is shot by some of the guards of the lab. When the NSO team comes in they don't handle her carefully and considering she's bleeding out it's not a good thing. She thinks they should know she's the informant and get her help but they treat her like the enemy. It's only the well-times interference by a NS female that gets Jeanie the help that saves her life. True is now working with the NSO team that rescues NS they find captive and he recognizes Jeanie. The problem is although he has remaining softness towards her, he also believes her to be a liar. Once her wounds are tended to and she's recovered enough, Jeanie is interrogated. The main problem here is that the team doesn't believe her when she says she was the informant and certain facts don't match up. Jeanie is freaked, thinking that the agent she worked with will be able to explain everything but no one seems to know the agent she describes. Things are looking very bad for Jeanie and a panic attack leads to a sedative that turns her loopy and talkative. She spills some info and facts that convinces True that she is actually telling the truth about her being part of freeing the NS through some agent and that she saved his life (when he was still captive) at no little cost to herself. True decides he wont let her be sent to Fuller, the NS prison when all the bad guys that imprisoned or did other bad things to the NS people are kept.

    True stirs some issues with deciding to keep Jeanie but Justice and the rest decide to allow it for the time being while more information is gathered. There is a bit of trouble as True takes Jeanie to his quarters as another NS male she helped in their facility also wants Jeanie. They have a bit of a dispute about it but when put to the choice, Jeanie chooses True. Jeanie fell for True when he was captive and now that he's out she's willing to take whatever she can get with him so their physical relationship explodes pretty quickly. While they are starting to explore things together, they also work with some of the other NS that love Jeanie for the caring she showed them while in the first facility. They start trying to figure out who the mysterious agent is that she was working with and trying to track him down. They have mixed luck and things aren't easy as humans manage to make an attempt on stealing Jeanie away from True right off Homeland property (the NS compound that's very secure). True is determined to keep Jeanie safe and get her to be his mate...the problem becomes that he's not real good at expressing his feelings and makes his case on why he should be her mate using the wrong encouragements. Jeanie loves True but isn't sure enough of his feelings to mate him, thinking he's only wanting to protect her out of duty. They get past this but there are worse things they have to worry about as they get closer to tracking down the bad guy. The ending has some drama and danger and a bit of "woman's gunna woop some serious butt" (which I loved!). And of course, it all culminates in to a very good HEA for Jeanie and True.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Jeanie as a heroine and True was a good hero. They both were good about keeping an open mind and changing their actions when logic dictates instead of holding on to stupid stuff which I found to be a nice change from a lot of books I read now days. This was a really good addition to the series and I can't wait to see what comes next. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :D

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  • Dark Desires After Dusk: Immortals After Dark, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
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    RITA Award-winning author Kresley Cole continues her bestselling Immortals After Dark series with this electrifying tale of a ruthless demon mercenary and the lovely young halfling who enchants him. A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist.... Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

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    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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