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SIMARA

I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Member Since 2011

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  • Shameless

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tori Carrington
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    One-night-only anonymous sex with a stranger? Seems too wanton even for Nina Leonard. Until it's insinuated that the mystery man might be one of her business partners - two guys she adores who also happen to be complete hotties.

    SIMARA says: "Definitely shameless..."
    "Definitely shameless..."
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    Story
    What would have made Shameless better?

    A story well developed... This was just a trashy story that felt more like an adult magazine story...


    What was most disappointing about Tori Carrington’s story?

    This was just trashy sex that the author tried to convert into a romance novel but it did not work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. Which was just ok. The three friends reunited... And no threesome was involved.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shameless?

    The scene where the female protagonist had sex with the other friend and was caught by the one that loved her.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on sale and it was not even worth the 2.77 I paid for it. The only reason I listened to it completely is that the narrator was very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • His Bonnie Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By MacNab Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    Storm Eldon was first caught up in the war between England and Scotland as a young girl, when she and her family were held hostage by their sworn enemies, the MacLagans. Years later, Storm finds herself trapped in the clutches of her Scottish adversaries once again. Now she must fight to preserve her loyalties, guard her virtue, and resist the charms of Tavis MacLagan, her handsome Highland captor.

    Jordy says: "Great romance, wonderful imagery, excellent plot!"
    "Skip this one..."
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    I finished this book because the narrator is very good. The story is lacking in so many ways. First, for me No means no. So our hero did not take that No kindly from the heroine and basically told her not to resist because it was gonna happen anyway. That for me is rape. I don't even understand how the heroine fell in love with the hero. He always treated her like a hostage and property. And him eyeing her when she was 10 years old? Nah.. After all that the hero put our Storm through there was not enough groveling to justify her forgiveness. So, with so many historical romance books out there I'd say skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gamble

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (612)

    Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

    Erin says: "Great Story with Excellent Narration"
    "Worth the gamble..."
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    Performance
    Story

    I usually go for books that are about 10 hours long. So I considered whether it would be a good idea to try a 25, yes 25 hour long book by an author I've never read before. It was a gamble, a gamble I won. I LOVED this story. Even though the story is long many twists and unexpected turns made you want more. The love story between Nina and Max is very well developed, emotional and passionate. On top of that the ending is so amazing I felt like giving the author a standing ovation. Beautiful story and so worth a credit.

    Narration: the narrator adds to the story. Her British accent is very good and she does excellent distinct male voices. I'd listen to more books narrated by Emma Taylor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Passion Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    Forced to flee Napoleon’s rampaging army on the continent, orphaned Alana Farmer and her eccentric guardian make a new home for themselves in London. There, Alana enjoys every privilege a daughter of the nobility could hope for, plus an education fit for a queen. Now, on the eve of her debut into London Society, she learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Persuaded by her guardian to return to their homeland to quell a bloody revolt, Alana finds herself in an isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval!

    Rosita says: "Excellent!!"
    "A fairytale for adults..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story had all the elements of a fairytale: a princess, a plot to kill her, a knight that comes to her rescue and a Happily Ever After. Add lots of sexual innuendo and passionate lovemaking and you have a fairytale for adults. It was a really good book full of romance and adventure.
    The narration was excellent as all works by Rosalyn Landor are. This is definitely worth a credit if you enjoy historical romances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (485)

    Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.

    Amazon Customer says: "Addictive"
    "Another winner by LK and RL"
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    Performance
    Story

    Lisa Kleypas is one of the best historical romance authors. A well written book with lots of intrigue and a well developed hate to love relationship. Most of the book I was wondering how it would end and I appreciated that it was actually not predictable at all. Add to that, the BEST historical romance narrator I've ever listened to Mrs. Rosalyn Landor, and you have hours of entertainment. Totally worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cecilia Grant
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.

    Benoibe says: "Excellent Debut Novel. Perfect Narration."
    "Boring and dreadfully long..."
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    Story

    I seem to be a minority here but I didn't like this book. The author wrote scene after scene of the most boring and bland sex scenes ever. Literally this couple spent a month trying to get pregnant and basically 28 of those days our heroine was looking at the ceiling and the hero gave her "his seed" in about thirty seconds. Those thirty seconds were followed by deep conversations about cows and country living...

    The narration was very good and it's the only reason why I actually finished the book. The last hour or so of the story was very sweet and I liked the ending but I wish I could get those 12 hours of my life back...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mate Set: Mating Heat, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By G. C. VonCloudts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (419)

    It's werewolf mating season. All the males are in heat and the driving, sexual lust of their beasts is almost uncontrollable. Mika is human, in an alley, surrounded by four horny werewolves. She knows she's in deep shit. A tall, handsome werewolf rescues her then demands payment. Hot, sweaty, intimate payment. Grady is a half breed whose human mother abandoned him to his werewolf father, so he knows human women just aren't safe to fall in love with. The wolf within him wants Mika as his mate, but Grady will not give in. Never. Ever.

    Jordy says: "This is a EROTIC PARANORMAL ROMANCE ! "
    "Amazing narration and ok erotic romance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well it seems that my very favorite narrator is now using the pseudonym GC VanCloudts. I believe her original name is Therese Plummer and she can narrate a newspaper and make it sound like the most fascinating thing you've heard. Yes, she's that good.

    The story was just ok for me. It was very hot and heavy but I felt like the story was mostly about sex. The paranormal world wasn't developed and I kept wondering what our main couple had in common besides strong libidos. That said the story did spark my curiosity and I will be listening to other books in this series as long as they are narrated by this same amazing narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Scotland with Love: Kilts and Quilts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patience Griffin
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Caitriona Macleod gave up her career as an investigative reporter for the role of perfect wife. But after her husband is found dead in his mistress's bed, a devastated Cait leaves Chicago for the birthplace she hasn't seen since she was a child. She's hoping to heal and reconnect with her gran. The last thing she expects to find in Gandiegow is the Sexiest Man Alive. Graham Buchanan is a movie star with many secrets. A Gandiegow native, he frequently hides out in his hometown between films.

    SIMARA says: "Can't get enough of sexy Scottish men..."
    "Can't get enough of sexy Scottish men..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got this book thinking it was a Highlander story but it is set in modern day Scotland. The things I learned by listening to this book are:
    - Scottish men were amazing hundreds of years ago... and they still are!
    - I absolutely love the Scottish accent
    - Great narration makes the time go by quicker.
    Yes I recommend this book! It's not only set in Scotland with that amazing accent and great narration but our hero is also a movie star... I'm in love!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (67)

    When they first met Lord Jeremy William Radcliffe, Charlie and her twin sister, Elizabeth, were escaping from their uncle - taking turns acting the young gentleman to avoid detection. But Charlie couldn't help falling head over heels-and out of a window - for the handsome lord. Of course, that was only the beginning; Lord Radcliffe insisted on showing "him" and her lovely sister to London. But how could he do that? With every touch, Radcliffe seemed unknowingly to incite indecent desires in Charlie, and his fraternal intent was certain to land her in a fine mess.

    SIMARA says: "Very entertaining..."
    "Very entertaining..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was one of those audiobooks that I couldn't stop listening to. I found it very entertaining and there were some plot twists that I wasn't expecting. It was actually funny how Jeremy was questioning his sexuality because he was attracted to Charlie and the things that happened because of that. There was a good build up to the romance and although there was only one love scene I did feel the romantic connection between Jeremy and Charlie. This is a fun story that I recommend. The narrator also did a fine job with the accents and adding intensity to the story as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (512)

    In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

    Jone says: "Strong characters, clever dialogue"
    "Great story, so-so narration"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This story has the qualities I like on a romance story: a sweet romance with hot scenes, a well developed, believable story with mystery and excitement. Unfortunately the narrator is so-so at best. She makes great voices for the females but doesn't even try to simulate male voices. All males sounded the same as females which is distracting and weird. Anyway the story is still so good that I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Obsession: The Complete Collection: Mine for Tonight, Mine for Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. S. Scott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (484)

    Down-on-her-luck nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely, and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems? Or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

    Leigh says: "Read it before."
    "A Fifty Shades remake"
    Overall
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    If Harlequin commissioned a Fifty Shades of Grey remake this would be it. I saw many similarities in the storyline. I didn't mind that and enjoyed the story. I do have an issue with this being a "collection" of stories. The term collection seems to be more of a marketing tool because it's just one standard book. It has many hot love scenes and the romance is believable. You also get an introduction to Sam and Maddie's story which is a bonus and makes you want to listen to the next book. The narrator does a pretty good job as well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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