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Malinda

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

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  • Archangel's Storm: Guild Hunter, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (466)

    With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha's consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late. Earning Neha's trust comes at a price - Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

    Oli says: "Great!"
    "Sweet and powerful. I liked this one a lot!"
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    Initially, I was a bit disappointed that this book wasn't based on Raphael and Elena but as I started listening I soon lost my disappointment. The book includes touches on the stories of the other 2 couples from the series, Raphael & Elena and Dimitri & Honor, so we can see how things are going for them. The main storyline is about Jason and the Princess Mahiya. I thought the story was good and the romance grew in a way that was believable for the characters involved. The ending was sweet and even brought out a few tears (happy ones). I'd definitely recommend this book but if you haven't listened the previous Guild Hunter books in the series you should probably listen to them first. :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire's Consort

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Caridad Piñeiro
    • Narrated By Natasha Singh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Vampire Adrian offered Eliza a choice: die of a fatal illness, or become his consort and attend to his every need. Eliza chose life, but she did not expect to fall in love - and lust - with him….Nothing compares to the erotic excitement of watching Adrian pleasure one of his many willing companions, but she’s tired of waiting for Adrian to see her as more than his consort. She thinks she’s ready to move on with her human lover, John - until Adrian surprises all three of them with a sensual encounter that changes everything….

    CAROLYN says: "2 HRS FOR $2 - SHOULD SAY IT ALL !!"
    "Good short paranormal romance"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked the characters and the story was well done for as short as it was.

    This story is about Adrian and Eliza. Adrian is a vampire. He was in Ireland when he met Eliza, who was dying of an illness. Adrian can't stand the thought of her dying and offers to make her his "consort" (a servant that lives without aging and takes care of the vampire's home and such). It's not considered advisable to have a relationship with your consort and although Adrian has gained feelings for Eliza over the last 200 years she's served him, he's never told her. Eliza has fallen deeply for Adrian as well but it hurts very much to have to watch him bring home other women to feed on and have sex with. She tries to have a normal relationship with a human named John but breaks it off soon in to the story because it wasn't fair to John that she was with him but loved Adrian. Eliza finds herself at an impasse because she can't stand to stay with Adrian any longer but it saddens her. He birthday is coming up and she figures it's a good time to ask Adrian to release her from being his consort. Adrian thinks that she's upset because of the breakup with John and does something stupid trying to make her happy. I had a real WTF!!! moment during the story but fortunately things worked out well in the end for Adrian and Eliza (partially because of John) and the story ends nicely with a HEA for Adrian and Eliza. Overall, I enjoyed this story (outside of the WTF moment). :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (316)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Luv2Read says: "Romance novel disguised as a thriller"
    "Pretty good start to the series :D"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked the characters and how things turned out although some of the story was more sad than I'd have preferred. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I'll probably read more of her work in the future.

    Kelly is a pediatrician and a nice woman. She was married at one point but it didn't work out and she's now divorced. Kelly is the daughter of a man that gave her little love and she's always wanted a way to connect to him. It doesn't help things that her father is dying and her time is running out. She has a practice in Boston but spends most of her time in her hometown (around an hour away from Boston) to take care of her father as he's dying.

    Tom is a Navy SEAL and a good guy. He grew up a bit of a troublemaker but straightened out and became a responsible man once he joined the Navy. He hasn't had much in the way of relationships in the past. He ends up home on leave due to an injury and only intends to stay for a few days but circumstances cause him to change his plans.

    There's actually 3 romances told about in this book. The main one is between Tom and Kelly. They both grew up together and were strongly attracted to each other. There was some kissing when she was 16 but Tom knew she was too young and left to join the Navy. Unfortunately he left abruptly and without telling Kelly why or anything else so when he left he also broke her heart. They both still have a thing for each other but with the years of separation and the way things were left between them when they were younger, neither has hopes of actually having something real between them.

    Another romance is a past love-triangle between Joe (Tom's uncle), Charles (Kelly's dad) and a French woman named Cybele. The love triangle took place in the middle of WW2. Joe was in love with Cybele (a member of the resistance) but she didn't love him. Cybele fell in love with Charles and Charles returned the feelings but he was married (to a woman he didn't really love) and didn't want to cheat on his wife. The story slowly unfolds throughout the book and it's interesting and sheds light on both Joe and Charles but for me it seemed to add sadness to the story because no one came out of the love-triangle with a happy ending.

    The third romance is between Mal (Tom's niece) and a guy named David. David is actually kind of a geek. He draws graphic novels and is really talented. He approaches Mal to model for him for his graphic novel. She doesn't believe him at first but ends up agreeing. They don't hit it off immediately but as she spends time with David, Mal realizes he's really a great guy. They spend more time together and fall for each other...it's rather sweet and I liked the addition to the story.

    The story begins with Tom coming home for medical leave. He got a head injury that has him dizzy and having some issues. His uncle Joe (who he stays with when he's home) is the grounds keeper for Charles and lives on the property so Tom finds out pretty quickly about Charles' health issues and Kelly being home to take care of him. The attraction between them is still strong but Tom has no plans for anything serious because he's only in town temporarily and doesn't do the "love thing". Kelly is still gone on Tom but quickly realizes if she lets her feelings free when he obviously isn't interested in something serious she could get hurt again. She locks away her feelings and decides to pursue a strictly sexual relationship with Tom. Tom realizes his attraction to Kelly is still strong and he wants her but doesn't think she'd be interested. Tom decides to stick around town because Joe might need him with his best friend of 60+ years dying. Soon he finds another reason to stick around because he sees a terrorist that should be dead in a local hardware store. Due to a WW2 ceremony happening in a couple weeks there's reason to believe there's a target but when he tries to tell his superiors about the threat they think he's just lost it due to his head injury and end up hindering him more than helping him.

    Tom isn't sure if his seeing the terrorist is delusions or not but he's unwilling to just stand by and let it happen if it's actually real. He calls in some of his friends from the Navy and also gets offers of help from Joe and Charles (and eventually Kelly). They start trying to find the terrorist and figure out what's going to happen. in the mean time, Tom and Kelly finally end up in bed and things get hot and heavy between them. Tom realizes that he has feelings for Kelly but doesn't tell her as much so when she makes mention of their relationship being sexual he freaks. Instead of telling her that he has feelings and wants to try for something more substantial, Tom acts like a jerk and makes Kelly pay for his hurt even if she doesn't understand why. There's a back and forth between them that lasts through most of the book. They can't stand to stay away from each other so they keep ending up back in bed together but they can't seem to work the feelings aspect out. Eventually Kelly has to be the strong one and with some good advice from her father (who finally gives her some love and actually talks to her) she gathers her courage and tells Tom (in front of his whole team at that) that she doesn't just want sex from him and that she loves him. I was happy with the way things turned out relationship wise but it was rather frustrating along the way. In the end, Tom and his team (which by this time also included Mal and David) are able to stop the terrorist plot and save the town (and prove that Tom wasn't nuts). The ending is a bit sad but overall was really good with Kelly and Tom planning how they're going to arrange things so they can stay together for their HEA.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked the all the characters but to be honest, Tom disappointed me a bit. To me, it seemed like he acted a bit like a spoiled little boy not getting his way when he got pissy with Kelly about the type of relationship she thought they had. It wasn't too bad but I thought he could have been more mature about things. I liked the way things ended for Charles in the story, it was a fitting end. Overall it was a pretty good story. I may try more in the series later. I'd recommend this book. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Improper Relations

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliana Ross
    • Narrated By Victoria McGloven
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (182)

    When Hannah's caught watching her late husband's cousin debauch the maid in the library, she's mortified - but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she's used to being ignored. The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she's witnessed, but there's something about Leo that draws her to him.

    bluebelle says: "Definately erotica"
    "Pretty good start to the series :D"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. Hannah was a really good heroine and I liked Leo as well but wished we could have seen some of his PoV at times. This is the first book by this author that I've read but I liked it and am willing to try more of her work in the future.

    Hannah is a widow and poor so she had to become a companion to her aunt (by marriage) who is titled and very full of herself. Hannah didn't love her husband but tried to be a good wife to him. When he died and left Hannah without means to take care of herself, she was revealed not have to go to the work houses but has little happiness, living a rather dreary life. She never expects a chance encounter to change her whole life.

    Leo is the second son of a titled Lord. He got in to some trouble when he was younger and now has been labelled as a lazy, partying second son that does nothing but provide embarrassment to his family. Never mind that he hasn't been that way for years and actually has a brain. His parents have recently decided that it's time for him to get married and "ally" another titled family or at least someone with a big dowry through his marriage. Leo isn't willing to get in to a marriage of convenience but his parents don't really listen to what Leo says.

    The story begins with Hannah in the library mending and Leo and a maid coming in to the library for an afternoon dalliance. Hannah knows she should make a noise so they know she's there and leave but she instead stays quiet and watches. Afterwards she's surprised to find that Leo knew she was there and let her watch. Leo offers to shows her the pleasures of the flesh but Hannah never felt anything but pain with her husband and isn't sure. Leo convinces Hannah to let him show her pleasure. He shows her a bit and then asks to meet again later for more. Hannah knows she shouldn't but is sucked in by the pleasure and the realization of how empty her life is. She agrees and her and Leo enter in to their own dalliance. Things continue for a few months but no mention is made of the future between them and Leo's mother is trying to push him in to a marriage (and Hannah would never be considered a suitable wife). There ends up being some major drama and Hannah & Leo are separated from each other. Hannah is very saddened by this but thinks there's no other way and she's lost Leo for good. Fortunately, Leo ins't about to be separated and takes things in to his own hands, bringing them back together and propelling them in to a sweet HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Hannah and Leo and while their story is not unique in it's plot, it's well written and you get a lot for as short as it is. As I mentioned, I do wish we had gotten some of Leo's PoV...you can see tenderness in some of his actions that gives an idea of where his feelings towards Hannah are but since he doesn't express them (verbally) through most of the story, I wouldn't have minded getting a glimpse in to his head. Regardless of this minor complaint I liked the story and would recommend it for anyone interested in a sweet and sexy historical romance. :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unexpected Gifts: A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elena Aitken
    • Narrated By Jennifer Drake Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When you're looking for a little escape to the rugged mountain landscape that's as beautiful as it is wild, unwind at Castle Mountain Lodge. Christmas represents everything Andi Williams is supposed to have, and doesn't. Running away to a remote mountain lodge in the Canadian Rockies, sounds like the perfect way to escape, until a mix-up finds her sharing a villa with sexy, rough around the edges, Colin Hartford. Colin's determination to enjoy the holiday he's missed for the last five years, sweeps Andi into a season of joy that she's not sure she's ready for.

    Malinda says: "Pretty good non-sexual Christmas romance :D"
    "Pretty good non-sexual Christmas romance :D"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked both Colin and Andi and enjoyed their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and I may try more of her work in the future. Be warned though....there is NO SEX in this story. It's a nice Christmas romance but don't expect much steam.

    Andi is an event coordinator. She isn't feeling the Christmas spirit because earlier in the year she lost a baby and her boyfriend left her when she needed him most. Now with the holidays and the families all having special times Andi isn't feeling very cheery. She decides to get away to a mountain resort to avoid all the Christmas stuff at home.

    Colin has been living in the tropics doing security systems for years. He had a fiancee that cheated on him and ended up pregnant with another man's baby and now he doesn't get involved in relationships. He hasn't been back to Canada for years and decided that this year he wanted snow and a "real Christmas" so his assistant booked him at a mountain lodge that's known for it's Christmas activities.

    Andi and Colin meet at check-in. There's a mix-up in reservations and Andi doesn't have a room after all. Colin recognizes Andi during all of this and it ends up that Blaine (Andi's ex) had introduced them about a year before. Colin finds out Andi is no longer with Blaine and is there alone without a place to stay. There's a blizzard outside and Colin's villa has 3 bedrooms so he offers Andi a place to stay. Andi isn't sure if it's a good idea but Colin seemed alright when she met him before and it was take his offer or sleep on a couch in the lobby so she agrees. Colin and Blaine weren't very close and don't have a good relationship so Colin doesn't know what happened between Blaine and Andi but he quickly realizes that he doesn't care just as long as it's over because he really likes Andi. He also realizes her problem with the Christmas season and decides to make it his task to get her to have fun over the holidays. They go ice skating and have some other activities and things go well between them. Regardless of the fact that Colin doesn't do relationships and Andi doesn't do anything but relationships, both of them can't help but to want to explore the possibilities between them. Things are going well and Andi and Colin are helping to throw a holiday ball at the Lodge when things go to crap in the form of Blaine showing up and being a complete jerk and showing just why Andi shouldn't be with him. This causes some issues in the growing relationship between Colin and Andi but fortunately Andi tells Blaine off and he leaves (I just wish she'd have told Blaine off earlier). Andi and Colin end the story in what would probably be a HFN. They admit to falling for each other (yes, it's an insta-love thing) and decide to be together but since it ends immediately after that I'm not sure if it's established enough to be considered a HEA so I'm going with HFN.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Andi and Colin and liked their story. My only complaint was that when Blaine showed up Andi should have told him off right away and not given him the opportunity to stick around and cause more problems. Overall though it was pretty good and a nice use of a few hours. I'd recommend this for people in the mood for a Christmas romance with no sex in it. :D

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  • The Doctor Wears a Stetson: Diamondback Ranch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Marie Novark
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    Jessie Kincaid was fifteen and innocent when Cameron asked her to the prom. She lost her heart that night, but his plans didn't change. He left their small town to pursue his dreams. Seventeen years later, a trip home leads Cameron McCade back to Salt Fork, Texas and the newly widowed Jessie Divine. Since his return, the fire between them burns as hot as ever. Can they take up where they left off? Can Jessie risk her heart again?

    Wanda says: "Loving this book"
    "Good start to the series :)"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Cameron and Jesse and overall I liked their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this I'd be willing to try more of her work in the future.

    Jessie is a good woman that tends to think of others before herself. Unfortunately this means that she tends to make herself miserable about things that aren't her fault. She lost her mother before she was old enough to remember her and her dad got cancer her senior year of high school and eventually died. Jesse had planned to leave town to go to college and become a journalist but ended up staying and taking care of her dad and running their family garage instead.

    Cameron is a good guy. He grew up on a ranch with his family but knew that what he really wanted was to be a doctor. He made plans for his future, planning to go to college to become a doctor and then live in the city. Cameron was determined to follow his plans and he did but although he loves being a doctor, the rest of his life isn't all he thought it would be and a visit to his home town ends up showing him what he's missing.

    In High School, Cameron asked Jessie to his senior prom (she was just a freshman). Jessie had always had a crush on Cameron so she agreed. Cameron told Jessie about his plans to leave town and become a doctor but that didn't keep her from losing her heart to him that night and when Cameron left for college Jessie was heartbroken. Cameron went on to become a doctor in Houston and Jessie stayed in town and ran her family garage. Jessie eventually married a man named Tiar (not sure of the spelling as I listened to the audiobook) but he died in an accident and she's spent the last couple years alone (and stewing in guilt because she didn't think she was a good enough wife to him). Jessie has been having some money issues which makes things difficult as she owns mineral rights for a portion of Cameron's family's land. She doesn't want to lease those rights but if she doesn't she might lose her garage. When Cameron shows up in town it's for his mother's 60th birthday party. He's just been offered a big promotion at work which will put him where he always wanted to be (career wise). But lately he's found he doesn't like the politics and such at work although he still loves being a doctor. He's using his time away to decide if he should take the promotion or not. When he gets in to town his car overheats and he pulls in to Jessie's garage and they meet again after 17 years.

    When they went to prom together there was a definite attraction and it's still obviously present after all these years. Cameron is all for pursuing it but Jessie isn't willing to sleep with someone that's just leaving town in a few days anyways. The visit shows just how good they could be together and has Jessie wishing Cameron would move back and Cameron wondering if he could be happy in his home town after all. The visit shows them both just how right they could be together but Jessie refuses anything physical. Jessie is very active in the community and is opening the first local clinic (saving people from driving 80 miles 1 way to a doctor). She shows the clinic to Cameron and he can almost see himself there but isn't willing to seriously think about moving back. Cameron does leave to go back to Houston but he can't forget Jessie and visits again a few weeks later. With the second visit Jessie gives in to his advances and they start a relationship even though Jessie isn't sure where it could go. Cameron ends up deciding to take the job in the clinic and move back but that doesn't give him the HEA that he hopes for and this is because of Jessie. Lets just say that Jessie's guilt complexes makes her believe that she's responsible for everyone else's happiness and she makes excuses not to give herself happiness for stupid and untrue reasons. Fortunately for her (and us as the readers), Cameron isn't willing to let her ruin their lives and does what he has to to convince her they're supposed to be together and her reason to the contrary are just crap. With some effort and some really sweet gestures, Cameron does manage to convince Jessie and they get their HEA.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked Jessie overall but I did get very frustrated with her over her inability to allow herself happiness or even to see the true that was staring her in the face. Cameron was great, nuff said. The story was pretty good and to be honest I probably would have given it a solid 4 stars if not for my annoyance with Jessie letting guilt rule her life. I still debated whether to give 3 or 4 but finally settled on 3 but it's close to 4. I may try more of the books in the series in the future. I liked Cameron's sister and am curious about her story. :)

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  • Venice Vampyr: Venice Vampyr, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Venice, early 1800's. Isabella Tenderini, a wealthy merchant's widow rescues a stranger from drowning in one of Venice's canals. And how does the man repay her selfless act? By kissing her - her, a respectable woman. Not only is Raphael di Santori grateful for his life being saved, he would also like to thank his rescuer very intimately - more intimately than decorum allows. But then, Raphael has never been one to play by the rules - as a vampire he doesn't have to.

    Melanie says: "Short but Steamy"
    "Short but enjoyable :)"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Isabella and Raphael and their story was short but enjoyable.

    Isabella is a merchant's widow. She's wealthy because her husband left her his business and money. His cousin ins't happy about that fact and makes her life hell trying to find some way to disgrace her and take her holdings. Her husband died a year before due to drowning and she hasn't found anyone to gain her interest since then.

    Raphael is a vampire that lives in Venice. He has a brother and friends in the city (all also vampires) but usually exists on the fringes of society so he's less likely to be noticed. He and his fellow vamps have had issues with a secret society trying to kill the local vampires. Raphael runs in to trouble when someone pushes him in the canal and he starts to sink.

    In this story, Vampires are extremely dense and weight more than normal humans so they drown very easily as they can't swim strongly enough to keep themselves from sinking. Raphael feels someone push him in to the water and he has nothing to grab on to so he's drowning and sure he's as good as dead. Isabella is riding in her gondola when her and her "driver" see a man drowning. Her servant is too weak a swimmer to save him so Isabella jumps in to save the man. She takes him back to her place but realizes her impropriety of having him in her chambers quickly and sends him on his way. Raphael wakes up thinking he's died and Isabella is an angel but soon realizes he's survived. He is attracted to Isabella and is sure she's attracted to him too so he's very confused when she sends him home. He comes back later though and in the night, in her bedchamber, Isabella succumbs to his seduction. Unfortunately, her late-husband's cousin isn't willing to let things lie and makes trouble for them. There's also some difficulties as Isabella realizes that Raphael might not be who she thought he was and worries about what to do. If I go too deep I'll give everything away but lets just say that Raphael and Isabella have some tough issues to resolve between them. The attraction is strong and they can't stay away from each other but trust and love is slower in coming. There's drama they have to deal with but things work out and the story ends with a nice HEA.

    This was a good story. It's short and not very deep but it's a nice way to spend a couple hours. I liked both the main characters and was happy to see them get their HEA. I may try the next book in the series in the future.

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  • Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Dr. Joyce Yards has never met anyone as sexy or as irresistible as 466. He refuses to discuss anything except getting her naked beneath him. Their therapy sessions are growing hotter, his raw hunger for her is becoming aggressive, and she is falling for him. Joy knows the dire consequences if she gives in to desire. It will break her heart but she must walk away.

    BluBumblB says: "Love this series....except for this one"
    "Really good addition to the series. :D"
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    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good addition to the series. I loved Joy and Moon and liked their story a lot.

    Joy is a psychologists that is single and has friends and family that she loves. Joy was hired to work with the New Species right after they were freed. She counselled the newly released NS people, trying to help them deal with what happened to them and what they went through. One of her patients is a NS male known as 466 who wants her and has made it known. Joy wants him as well but knows that they can't be together as things stand because the people in charge would never allow it. She left her job to avoid issues but missed him afterwards and wondered if he missed her in return.

    Moon is a NS male (formerly known as 466) that lives at the NS complex known as Homeland. He wanted Joy when she was his doctor and when she left he was depressed. He got past it and started living his life but never forgot her. He became a guard at Homeland but had an incident where he was shot with a dart containing an unknown drug by some enemies of the NS people. The drug cause him to go feral and no one could reach him.

    Joy was called by the NS organization asking for help with Moon. She was told he was in trouble and she rushed to Homeland immediately to help him. When she found out about his feral state due to the drugs Joy was more than willing to do whatever is needed to get him sane again. It soon becomes apparent that the only interest that Moon has is Joy's breasts and other female attributes. Joy isn't above using those to tempt Moon in to responding to her but when a friend of Moon's sees them he takes things the wrong way and tried to get Joy thrown out of Homeland. Joy has to do some fast talking to convince them that she cares for Moon, that her methods will work and that she needs time with Moon to get him talking and functional. She manages to convince the other NS and is allowed to continue. Moon is mostly feral from the drugs but calms with Joy nearby and eventually he get some clear points where the drugs seem to wear off. During these moments his memories aren't always intact but he is lucid and isn't feral.

    Once Moon starts getting moments of lucidity, he's unwilling to be restrained and locked up. The other NS aren't sure if Joy would be safe with him if he's freed (but still kept isolated from others until he's completely fine) and she has a lot of convincing to do to make them realize she's willing to do anything for Moon, even risk her own life. Joy spends more time with Moon and once his restraints are off he's all over her. The time is emotionally mixed for Joy as he wants her but his varied level of memory (depending on the drug affects) means he doesn't always know who she is, even though he knows he has an over riding desire and need for her. Joy knows that the need for her might not last and that he might change his mind later but she cares enough for him that she's willing to risk her heart at well as her physical well being. When he finally comes to a full lucidity there's also some anger that she has to combat over her leaving him previously because Moon doesn't realize just how restricted things were and that they wont have been allowed to be together then. Joy manages to convince him that she cares enough about him that he doesn't have her escorted off NS property but they still have some work to do before things are settled. There are some added difficulties before the end that are caused by mis-understandings and a jerk that purposefully didn't relay a message in order to cause trouble. Fortunately things work out for Moon and Joy and they end up together and happily starting their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked both Joy and Moon and really liked their story. There wasn't a lot of action in the story but I liked the way the story went and was engaged enough that I didn't want to stop until the end. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

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  • Innocence Defied: New York Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lainey Reese
    • Narrated By Christian Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
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    When business brings him to New York City indefinitely, Gage Hollister is sure that somewhere in this massive city, there must be a woman whose need to be dominated matches his thirst to dominate. But as his search through the local BDSM clubs drags on, he begins to doubt whether such a woman exists. When he's asked to chaperone his best friend's younger sister, who's on her first solo trip as an adult, he welcomes the distraction. Zoe Marshall has been in love with Gage forever, and has saved herself for him alone.

    beth says: "Love Laniey Reese"
    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
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    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked both Zoe and Gage and enjoyed their story. This was a good addition to the series.

    Zoe is a 20 year old college student that is also the little sister of Brice (the hero from book #2 of the series Damaged Goods). She’s been in love with Brice’s best friend, Gage, since she was a kid. Unfortunately Gage has never shown any interest in her other than as a little sister. This was understandable since she was too young for Gage until recently and they haven’t seen each other in 3 years. Now however, Zoe has managed to set up a New York visit where she’ll be staying in Gage’s guest room and she’s determined to get Gage to notice her as a woman.

    Gage is a Dom that’s in New York for a while on family business. He’s satisfied with his life but he’s looking for someone special, a sub that will be his full time slave that he can do whatever he likes with. He’s spent time in a local club but none of the subs he’s had up to now have fit what he wants. When he goes to the airport to pick up his best friend’s little sister (a girl he’s always seen as a sister type) Gage is in for a shock when instead of the girl he knew he instead finds a beautiful woman that turns him on greatly.

    When Gage picks up Zoe he has a hard time keeping his hands off of her. Zoe doesn't make it easy for her as she goes all out to show him just how adult she is now. The first few days Zoe takes things slowly, tempting Gage but not pushing things or being obvious. Soon however, things escalate and she makes a move that makes her intent obvious. She admits he long time love for him and how she’s saved herself for him and no one else. Her 21st birthday is in a week and she admits that she wants him to take her virginity on her birthday. Gage is freaked out and refuses which propels them in to a major argument. During this argument Gage tells Zoe that he’s not "vanilla" and he won’t treat her like the other women he’s been with. She doesn't understand at first but once she realizes his desires she has to do some reevaluating but soon realizes that the BDSM that Gage is in to actually fits in with her desires and fantasies. Zoe has to use to scheming to get Gage to break his commitment not to touch her and she manages to tempt Gage in to it while making him realize that she’s interested and turned on by the thought of exploring BDSM with him.

    They start a relationship and there’s physical involved but it’s not only physical. Gage fights his need for Zoe but he realizes that they work together and he wants her a lot. They spend the week before her birthday with Gage and Zoe starting to explore BDSM. Gage does some exploration with Zoe, showing her the BDSM lifestyle and seeing what she’s comfortable with and what she’s not. They also explore a relationship and the feelings between them grow stronger the longer they’re together. Eventually Gage accepts his feelings for her and that they’re meant to be together. She has a wonderful birthday which goes great between them. Afterward things continue to progress between them but there’s a dark cloud that falls over them when Brice finds out. Brice over reacts big time and causes drama, causing both Zoe and Gage some major stress. Things are difficult for a while but Gage and Zoe aren't willing to be separated and eventually things get worked out. Gage and Zoe hold out for what they want and they get a nice HEA.

    This was a pretty good story. Overall the relationship between Zoe and Gage was very good. Brice’s major over reaction was the main drama and I felt it was a bit over the top. I mean I know Zoe’s his little sister but it still seems a bit much. Still it gave some drama to keep the emotions high and kept things interesting. I’d recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)

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  • Wolf with Benefits: Pride Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelly Laurenston
    • Narrated By Charlotte Kane
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    There's nothing like a good-ol'-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects, and seduces with all the right moves.... Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she's cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun - and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he's starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction....

    Amazon Customer says: "Love this series"
    "Very good addition to the series :D"
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    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I really liked Toni and Ricky Lee. Their story was fun and interesting and it was a fitting addition to the series.

    Toni is a Jackal shifter and 1 of 11 siblings. Her parents are Jackie and Paul (secondary characters from the book When He Was Bad) and Jackie is a violin prodigy. Toni's 10 brothers and sisters all took after their mother and are prodigies in their own area (from arts to science) but Toni is the only non-prodigy among them. She's the oldest and her siblings are a handful so Toni became their handler/nanny and hasn't been able to get out from under that responsibility to be able to have a life of her own.

    Ricky Lee is a wolf shifter and member of the Smith pack. He works for a shifter security company and in his off time he seems to do whatever will be the most fun for him. He's not looking for a serious relationship and isn't prepared for the interest he feels when he meets Toni.

    Toni and her family usually live on the west coast but for certain reasons (some conniving by her mother to get a new student) they're all spending the summer in New York. Taking care of her siblings is a full time job for Toni but she had wanted to get a job outside of the home that would give her a chance to do something other than baby sit her siblings. Her "aunt" Irene (the heroine from When He Was Bad) wants to help her out and sets her up with an interview with Rick (the hero from Big Bad Beast) and when she shows what she can do, Toni ends up with a much more serious job than intended and the sudden change in her life freaks her out big time. Ricky Lee and Toni meet a couple times in the beginning of the story in unexpected and unplanned meetings. There isn't really an instant attraction that's obvious but Ricky Lee decides he likes Toni from the beginning. He finds that Toni tends to have interesting things happen around her that's very entertaining to Ricky Lee so it makes being around her fun. Because of his liking her company, Ricky Lee ends up nearby when Toni goes in to freak out mode after her first day at her new job. He manages to help her settle down and tries to convince her that she can do the job and not to quit immediately. Toni isn't convinced but ends up getting drawn in to things that needs doing in the job and decides to stick with it for a while.

    Ricky Lee and Toni end up spending more time together when she gets sent to Russia to negotiate with Bear shifters about the terms of a hockey game and the travel arrangements. Toni needs security since she's going in to dangerous territory and Ricky Lee works for a security company so he gets hired to help. They make the trip but here's difficulties with the Bears and it takes Toni some effort to get things worked out. Toni manages to get a good deal and when she get home she finds that her boss is happy with her and she's unlikely to get fired any time soon. While over in Russia, Toni and Ricky Lee do break the ice between them and find that they fit together quite well, both physically and otherwise. They start becoming more involved but Toni is freaked at the idea of anything serious so Ricky Lee has to tread carefully (but not let go). There's an issue that arise when they get back having to do with her family and external dangers coming from non-shifters. Toni and Ricky Lee have their hands full when danger strikes and there's some unfortunate drama as the missing is found and the culprits are taken care of. There's also some sadness as a traitor is found and has to be dealt with but overall things go as smoothly as can be expected. Ricky Lee is there for Toni throughout and in the end she's able to get past her fears so they can start their HEA together.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Toni but I have to say that I felt sorry for her part of the time because of what her family put her through. Her family is horrible in the beginning with their selfishness. Fortunately this doesn't last and we get to see better behavior later. Ricky Lee is great and I liked his contribution to the story. The relationship between Ricky Lee and Toni wasn't overly emotional or angst ridden, it was more light and friendly and eased in to serious without too much drama which I liked. Overall this was a fun and interesting story that was never boring. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

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  • Against the Wall: Maverick Montana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rebecca Zanetti
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
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    Surveying the site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky landscape architect Sophie Smith. But when this city girl is swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin'-hot wrangler really is. Cowboy and tribal lawyer Jake Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball-and being every inch the shark lawyer - so be it. Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. Exquisite temptation.

    Malinda says: "Good start to the series :)"
    "Good start to the series :)"
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    3-3.5 stars

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked Sophie and Jake and the secondary characters are pretty interesting as well. This is the first book I've read by this author but based on this I'm planning to read more of her work.

    Sophie is a artist that works as a landscape designer that specializes in golf courses. She grew up poor and when her mom married a rich man, Sophie was shunted off to boarding school and grew up feeling unloved. Sophie has great artistic skill but does landscaping design because her mother convinced her she wasn't good enough to make a living off of her art. She now works for her Uncle whom she loves a lot. She's determined to do what she can to sell her latest golf course design because without it her Uncle's business may be in financial trouble.

    Jake is a rancher and lawyer. He grew up in Montana and has no intentions of leaving. He was married years before and his wife died in an accident and left him with a daughter he adores. Jake is part of the local Indian tribe and works for the Tribal council. He and the tribe are opposed to the new golf course being brought in to the area due to concerns for the affects on the local environment.

    Jake and Sophie meet for the first time when he and his brothers almost run her over with their horses but Jake has good reflexes and ends up saving her instead. Sophie isn't to thrilled with Jake's method of introduction but there is an attraction between them from the start. When Sophie finds out who Jake is and that he's going to be a big part of the opposition she's facing, Sophie realizes it's probably best to stay away from Jake as much as possible. Her task isn't made easy though because Jake's very interested in her and although he doesn't intend to fall for a city girl, he does want her and intends to tempt her in to a fling while she's in town. Sophie keeps getting pushed at Jake by most of the meddlesome townfolk, ending up alone with him multiple times for one reason or the other having to do with the golf course project. While they're alone Jake takes every advantage and tries to get Sophie to give in to the attraction.

    Although Sophie is a relatively smart woman, she does end up ruled by her lust for Jake and they end up sleeping together. In the mean time, Sophie has been trying to gather as much support for the golf course as she can. She doesn't have a lot of success in that but the locals start liking her and she starts making friends and feeling at home. She even gets drawn in to a local project, designing a local park as a memorial for a beloved town member that died. There is some bad as some of the people that are opposing the development threaten Sophie, first with notes and then later with more dangerous means. Sophie and Jake have their fling but things become more serious between them both and the issues around the golf course and them being on opposing sides doesn't help things at all. The golf course issue gets resolved but there's still difficulties between Jake and Sophie as she's not convinced that he loves her and a plot device I don't particularly care for was used (view spoiler) which makes it even harder for Sophie to figure out if he loves her or just wants her to stick around for other reasons (view spoiler). There's some drama as they try to work things out and Sophie has to figure out what she really wants and what Jake really feels. They do get things worked out to a happy conclusion though and have a nice HEA.

    This was a good story. I liked both Sophie and Jake and liked their story. I probably would have rated it higher if it weren't for the plot device I didn't like being used. Overall I liked the story though and the characters were interesting enough that I plan to read the next book in the series. I can't wait until Dawn (Jake's little sister) has her book with Hawk. It looks like an interesting story to be sure. :D

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