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Gwendolyn

Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (281)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "Wasn't sure......and then I was"
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    I read A LOT of reviews before deciding to "read" this book and it's follow up Seduced in the Dark. The idea of reading about sexual slavery was a little off-putting but the reviews were so convincing I had to find out for myself. This book was very thought provoking and sometimes it just made me mad! That being said I very early on identified and fell in love with the characters. Livy the suspected submissive turns out to be something else all together, although her survival instinct is strong. Caleb her kidnapper, in this book just shows us small portions of his true personality and we glimpse the man behind the beast. It kind of felt like a modern day beauty and the beast story but with a very dark point of view. As all good books do, this one made me laugh, cry and get extremely frustrated with the characters. There is some bondage and demeaning situations towards women and there is just enough of a back story to make you understand what makes Caleb the way he is. This story is not for the weak at heart and is the first of two books. My only complaint is the narrators male voice. It was just odd but not enough to stop me listening. Kudos to C.J. Roberts for tactfully addressing and telling a good story centered around very hard subject matter.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (544)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "Rock Chick is Rockin'!"
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    What a fun book! First let me say the narrator TOTALLY makes this listen worthwhile and I would have bought it for that alone. Second, it's a fun story with colorful characters, lots of action, drama, romance and adventure. Indy Savage is a "rock chick" who runs a local used book store (inherited) and coffee shop (added) but has a knack for getting herself into trouble. Raised by a cop father and best friends with Ali who has two bad boy brothers, there is opportunity for all kinds of shenanigans. After Indy's barista gets himself mixed up with the wrong crowd, Ali's security specialist brother Lee comes a calling and makes a deal with Indy to "protect her". Indy's been in love with Lee since she was five - enough said. The hilarity that ensues will keep you on the edge of your seat as you meet a crazy cat sitting Vietnam vet, Indy's adorable drag queen neighbors, lots of hot special agents and cops along with the mafia, and a few entertaining bad guys. There will be breaking and entering, stun gunning, gun shooting, murdering, high speed chasing, bar fighting, love making, pot smoking, rule breaking and all kinds of laughing out loud. Enjoy this lighthearted hilarious cast of character but at the time of writing this review, book two was not out. You will want to move onto the next part of the story so check before you buy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty from Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Georgia Cates
    • Narrated By Bunny Warren, Robert Black
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (232)
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    (232)

    Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia's most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth makes him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that's why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they're always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

    Lia says: "OMG! Loved this book....."
    "I didn't want to stop the pain!!!"
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    First let me just say, don't start if you have to stop. I simply couldn't stop listening. This was a fun well written story from both POV's. Jack McLacklan is a wealthy Australian playboy who doesn't do long term relationships. Matter of fact, he doesn't even do real names. Laurelyn is a beautifully broken young American musician who travels with her best friend to Australia to take a break from her life. When Jack promises her the best three months of her life with no strings attached, she agrees. They are drawn to each other from the beginning and their story unfolds with humor and great sex. Lots of funny things happen along the way to keep the story interesting and fun. Of course as predicted, they both fall in love but are to stubborn to tell. Laurelyn ends up going home without Jack even knowing her name. AHHH, but don't be to disappointed you'll have many more hours of listening with the second book in the series. Don't start one without plans for the other, you'll like it just that much. There are several reviewers irritated with the Australian accent in the book but I didn't have much trouble with it once I was used to it. Just take the story for all it's worth and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grabbed by Vicious

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lolita Lopez
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    Hallie has never run so fast in her life. One of the frightening sky warriors from the warship Valiant is hot on her heels and intent on capturing her as his bride. He takes her down, places his collar around her neck. With one word, he claims her. Mine. Born and bred for the military, Vicious has spent years rising through the ranks. Hallie is his reward, the beautiful sprite ensnaring him with a glance. Despite her fear of Vicious, Hallie surrenders under his skillful hands and mouth.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Nice! Great alien story"
    "Vicious is Delicious!"
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    Forced to participate in "The Grab" to save her sister, Hallie is taken by a top ranking officer from the Valiant war ship. He collars her and claims her by simply saying "mine". Assuming the horror stories are true and the women taken by these warriors are made sex slaves and severely abused, Hallie fears the worst at the hands of her sky warrior. She wakes up chained to a bondage table but soon realizes the women taken are a great honor for these men and a prize hard won. Under the hands of her new Master, Hallie blossoms in her new life. Vicious is the perfect mate and sexual partner, always concerned for his wife's satisfaction and safety. This is actually a very sweet story full of humor, action and lots and lots and lots of steamy sex. It takes a little bit different point of view on bondage and sex games that I found thought provoking. I might caution a reader that the first portion of the book is just one sex scene after another. It does take a while for the actual story to develop but once it does it is pretty good. This book is followed by two more with basically the same story with different couples and I enjoyed all three. It was nice to get out and read something different. Thanks Lolita for including all the previous characters in the other stories as the series develops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (711)

    Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

    Katheryne says: "Wash. Rinse. Repeat."
    "I wish for This Man!"
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    W.O.W. This is the fist book of three telling the story of This Man - Jesse Ward. His lady - Ava is a young interior design professional who comes to Jesse's business for some work. What she finds is a gorgeous, intimidating, tormented, overbearing, control freak who sets his sites on making Ava his. He maneuvers himself into her life by purchasing her latest project and their instant insatiable attraction is quite steamy. The story has the perfect balance of shock, awwww and what the? It's a fun loving and super sexy ride as the complicated character of Jesse unfolds before the innocent Ava. I truly enjoyed all three of these books and what makes them extra special is the narrator - Edita Brychta is FABULOUS! Hold on to your nickers, this one has some good twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (501)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Silently Deceptive!"
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    I love a book that catches me by surprise and this one definitely did! I'll not spoil it for anyone but I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the twist in this story. The story is written from both his and her perspectives and I like knowing what all the characters are thinking. Its physiologically challenging and makes you really think about life after a 20 year relationship. The leading man, Todd, is a complete jerk but I think is written much more like a real man than most women want. The reader gets a good perspective on how some men truly think through his character. I wanted to scream at Jodi on several occasions to stop being such a push over but she really come through for me in the end. The story overall is about the digression of a relationship, an affair with a younger woman and the eventual marital separation (with a twist!). If you're looking for something to break the monotony of your usual pace, I recommend this read. I hope you too will be surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
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    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

    Jordy says: "An opposites attract love story......"
    "Sweet and Sexy....."
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    Sometimes in life you wake up and your best friend suddenly looks different, more attractive and life changes.....Rule and Shaw have never had that moment. They have loved each other from the beginning and tragedy almost tears them apart but they are able to rebuild from a single thread. This is your typical good girl, bad boy scenario and is a satisfying, sweet and sexy story. Lighthearted and full of good dialogue, I enjoyed this book immensely. You will meet a fun cast of characters, you will watch caterpillars turn into butterflies and I hope you enjoy the ride. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of Jay's marked men and the women who love them!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1544)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "No Brains needed, but fun to be had!!"
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    White Trash Zombie is a fun story about Angel a strung out junkie who is turned into a Zombie but doesn't know by whom. Although her reaction to being turned is less than believable, the story is fun with a good cast of characters. There is a mystery to be solved, a life to be lived (undead of course) and lots of silliness to be had. You will get to watch Angel grow up a little bit and make some hard decisions about life. There's no romance but there are plenty of relationship issues addressed in this story. The end is a fun twist you won't see coming and the author does a good job of keeping the reader guessing about who exactly turned Angel. This is a good start to this new series and the book stands alone well without some crazy cliffhanger at the end. I give Rowland kudos for thinking up something a little different! I'm looking forward to finding out what comes next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (2343)
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    (2352)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "HONEST, HEARTWRENCHING AND RAW....."
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    THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU CRY! But not in a bad way. The story of Lou and Will is one of SELF; self discovery, self destruction, selfishness and selflessness. Lou and Will are two people who could not need each others strengths more. She is consistently put down by her family and lives in the shadow of her younger sister. He is a man who lived life large and now is confined to a wheelchair and requires constant care. She is the woman who sees Will as a man while he sees her as a woman who needs only to be confidence. Together they go on a journey of self discovery through their working relationship that is honest, raw, sweet and sometimes frustrating. The dialogue is funny and touching written with real honesty. Moyes handles the paraplegic topic with care and consideration, doing a wonderful job of helping the reader understand. The narration is wonderful. The book will consistently surprise you with what happens next. I suspect this book is bound to be a classic and reminds me a little of Jodi Picoult's writing. In all honesty, the ending did tear me up a bit but I promise this will not be a story easily forgotten. Thank you Jojo Moyes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tragic: Rook and Ronin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J. A. Huss
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh, Anna Gibson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (22)

    Rook Walsh is tragic. Because life so far - just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…. Rook got a second chance. And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone - you grab it with both hands and run. Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she's got "The Look." The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive Tragic Media contract. Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he's everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn't.

    Jordy says: "A mix of romance & erotic art= intriguing story!"
    "This story is definitely NOT Tragic...."
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    This was a light read that I enjoyed very much. The story was quite creative and finally someone came up with a unique life situation. Rook is herself quite a Tragic story. Girl on the streets in desperate need of a break that comes in the form of an erotic photo agency. Ronin becomes her partner, protector and helps Rook build herself back up after being beaten down by life. I found the story erotic but not nasty, sweet with a bit of grit. The secondary characters are interesting and well developed and hopefully we'll get to know them better in the next book It's not super long so I was able to listen in one day while I cleaned house. Looking for a New Adult Romance? Try peeking into Rook and Ronin's life, I think you'll find it quite interesting....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5576)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2235)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Kept waiting for something to happen......"
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    First, I bought this book because it was the daily deal. Second, I'm glad I didn't waste a credit on it. The road is set in post apocalyptic times. The reader is never told exactly what happened to create the situation, nor are they told exactly were the characters are. It's essentially a book set in nowhere, some time in the future with very little back story. That being said, the writing is vivid and beautiful but with essentially no story. We follow a man and his child trying to get to the coast hoping that something will be there. They run into a few other characters on the road, none of which are well developed and they have very little interaction with them. The author gives small glimpses into occurrences prior to the trip, but leaves the reader with more questions than answers. I kept waiting for something to happen, for the plot to thicken, for the zombies to come out....ANYTHING would have been better than the nothing this story left me with. The writing talent of this author is undeniable when it comes to painting a picture. I could often see myself standing beside the characters due to the vivid descriptions. If beautiful words and descriptions are all you need, by all means give this book a try. If a well developed story line is important, I'd skip it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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