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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! ;)

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  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5038)
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    (4563)
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    (4579)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "This book was beyond amazing for me!"
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    I listened to the Fifty Shades trilogy twice back to back. And I loved every second of it. Then I went into an emotional detox and started listening to paranormal romances for a few weeks. Just when I was starting to miss fifty a little, Bared to you came out promising to be a substitute for FSoG. It was not... But I must clarify that I really liked both books. Enough about fifty.

    Bared to You is the story of Eva and Gideon, two very beautiful, filthy rich people that fall madly in love. The thing is they are kind of crazy, and not the fun kinda crazy, but the you'll-Need-therapy-the-rest-of-your-life kind of crazy. They have both been victims of sexual abuse when kids and they don't really know how to have a normal happy healthy relationship. The interesting thing is that their sexual abuse made them a little cookoo but did not affect their libido of sexual performance. At. All. Hot chemistry!

    Bring in secondary stories about the bi-sexual, also insane but ridiculously gorgeous roommate that Eva has (Cary). Eva's controlling mother and Gideon's very misterious family and you have a story that is very interesting, unpredictable and did I mention HOT!
    If you loved fifty and are looking for another version of the story, please note that this is different, more psychological and intense. No BDSM at all.

    Now to the merits as an audiobook: this is fifty shades better. Jill Redfield did an amazing job with all the voices. The emotions she brought to the narration were just flawless. Distinct voices for each characters and exellent tones for the love scenes. I was very surprised to see that this is the only audiobook available that she has narrated. I definitely look forward to more books narrated by her.

    Can't wait for the next book: Reflected in You...

    74 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • It Must Be Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Tripp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Undercover cop Joe Shanahan's bad luck hit bottom the morning he stared up into the face of sexy suspect Gabrielle Breedlove. She'd blown his cover - brought him down with a can of hairspray - and now his new assignment was to pose as her boyfriend. But spending as much time as possible with the utterly irresistible new-age beauty caused unexpected complications. To make matters worse, his matchmaking sisters are picking out china patterns. Joe's brooding good looks and T-shirt-straining muscles might be easy on the eyes, but how could Gabrielle be attracted to a straight-laced detective who's determined to find evidence to arrest her?

    Elizabeth says: "You Will Love This Book!"
    "I was expecting more..."
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    Rachel Gibson is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are funny and usually full of an intense romance. This one did not live up to what I expect from her stories. Yes it was funny but the chemistry between the Joe and Gabrielle was not all that. It didn't help that the narrator didn't really add emotion or made the story come alive like others can. It's a fun cute story but not heart melting like her hockey series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tempt Me at Twilight: Hathaways, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (418)

    Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal - only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.

    Katheryne says: "The Hathaways crack me up!"
    "Fun, sexy, romantic..."
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    This was another winning combination of superb writing by Lisa Kleypass and amazing narration by Rosalyn Landor. The Hathaways are a fun and eccentric bunch. I'Ve enjoyed this series very much. These books should be read in order but it is not vital.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seduce Me at Sunrise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (517)

    Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins - and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation...and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

    Queen Squared says: "OMG! This series is amazing!"
    "Excellent story and excellent narration"
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    I loved this story. I didn't read the first one and Indidnt feel lost so that's a good thing. Even though this is a series each book can be stand alone because the story is complete. I loved Kev. He was passionate, intense, loyal and his character went through so many changes and emotions to become the man he was intended to be. I also liked Winn and how she fought to heal and to live life to the fullest. There were several unexpected twists and turns in this story that made it even more interesting and the romance was AMAZING!!! Great chemistry and tension. This was an excellent story and I enjoyed learning a little about the Romani culture.

    Narration: Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator for historical romances. She nailed the accents and made each character distinct. She also added the emotion and intensity that the story needed. I highly recommend this book!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Elle Newland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    While Kyla is grateful for the Scottish laird who saved her from marrying a loathsome man, she is just as furious that Galen has claimed her for his bride. But when they share an unforgettable night of passion, will it lead to a marriage of the heart, or will an enemy tear them apart?

    SIMARA says: "Good story, EXCELLENT narration"
    "Good story, EXCELLENT narration"
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    I really like this narrator. Her Scottish accent is perfect (I'm pretty sure she must be from Scotland). She does very distinct voices for all the characters and enhances the story with emotion and intensity.

    The story is good. There is a bit more violence that I would like but the romance is hot... And sweet and it has a few twists and turns I wasn't expecting. The ending was very nice too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rancher Takes a Bride: The Burnett Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sylvia McDaniel
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Rose Severin, speaks to the dead or at least she pretends to until she can earn enough money to make her way to New York and become a famous actress like her mother. Travis Burnett is resolved to rid the frontier town of imposters like Rose. But Eugenia thinks the fiery Rose is just the woman for her obstinate son. She schemes to keep Rose at the family ranch where Travis soon realizes that the supposed spiritualist is more than just a pretty swindler.

    SIMARA says: "Excellent Western Romance!"
    "Excellent Western Romance!"
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    I LOVED this story! The romance is very well developed and the sexual tension was hot! The story and the narration were both passionate, intense and very interesting. I can't believe that the rest of the series is not available. Please add more books by this author!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Married a Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Melanie Marchande
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Maddy Wainright has given up on marriage - and men. After dating way too many losers who aren't capable of appreciating her for who she is, she's about ready to resign herself to a life of spinsterhood. Until her insanely rich boss Daniel Thorne comes along with an offer she simply can't refuse. He proposes a marriage of convenience - one that would allow Maddy to live in the lap of luxury for a year and Mr. Thorne to stay in the country that has become his home. At the end of their arrangement, Maddy will walk away with a cool two million dollars.

    SIMARA says: "Can I get the 5 hours of my life back?"
    "Can I get the 5 hours of my life back?"
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    Serves me right for buying a book with the word billionaire in the title. Bad writing and bad narration made this a totally painful experience. I feel like I wasted time and money on pure crap.
    Writing:
    It felt like three different people wrote this story and didn't really ask the other to keep up with the storyline. The first third of this story is this billionaire Canadian who is basically an illegal alien and needs to get a wife for Inmigration purpose. So far so good and it was like any other Harlequin type novel.
    Then the second third he starts taking his new fake wife to a restaurant that they used to go when he was a child (wait, wasn't he from Canada?)
    The last third is when the book gets REAL ridiculous. It felt like the author just finished reading Fifty Shades Freed and decided to incorporate Christian Grey's BDSM play into the story. There were very similar parts integrated. Even when the previous submissive came back into the picture. But in this story it didn't make sense and felt very disconnected.
    This story is all over the place and there is no real conflict because they never break up or have a huge fight or anything. The love connection wasn't there either. All in all one of the worst audible titles I've ever bought.

    Narration:
    Holy breathy narration! What's up with that. Breath! There was too much whispering and breathy narration to make this book enjoyable. I know the storyline was pathetic but the narration did not make it better at all. Skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire Wins the Game: Billionaire Bachelors, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Lilly Swan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    Joseph Anderson has decided it's time for his three successful sons to find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his mansion, and he wants them immediately. His eldest son, Lucas, is successful in all areas of his life, except love, and Joseph begins matchmaking. He finds Amy Harper and deems her the perfect daughter-in-law. He just needs to get her and Lucas to both realize they're made for each other. Anderson is wealthy, sexy, and stubborn. He has no desire to have any woman enter his life, causing chaos, or using his family's name.

    JEM0371 says: "Enjoyable Characters! Great Read!"
    "Completely predictable..."
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    Think about every cliche you've ever read about in romance novels and this one has it. It's so predictable and boring that I can't believe I manage to finish it. Young woman who's a virgin comes to work for handsome billionaire. They fall in lust at first sight. They have sex once without protection and obviously she gets pregnant. Add a medling billionaire father in law that has made his life's mission to make his sons marry and give him grand babies and you have a predictable fluff... With a happily ever after. An average unremarkable narration does not really redeem this story. Skip this one...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hero's Homecoming

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rebecca Crowley
    • Narrated By Teresa Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Six months ago, being snowed in at Christmas with the amazing woman he met on R & R at Fort Riley would have been a dream come true, yet now, as a blizzard swirls outside Beth Tate's house, Captain Chris Walker knows he shouldn't be there. Blinded in combat and emotionally scarred, he never wanted Beth to know the man he's become - but stranded by the storm, he had no one else to call.

    SIMARA says: "Who can resist a true hero..."
    "Who can resist a true hero..."
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    What a pleasant surprise! This book had no reviews but I found the blurb to be interesting so I gave it try. Well it far exceeded my expectations. Even though the story is only three and a half hours long it feels complete. It's a very emotional journey. Chris was hurt in combat and left blind. When he was hurt he broke up with Beth over a two sentence email because he didn't want to let her know about his injuries and have him be a burden to her. But a blizzard forces Chris to ask Beth for help when he is stranded at the airport.
    Listening to the story brought tears to my eyes several times. It was very emotional to see how hurt and betrayed Beth was and how difficult it was for her to trust in Chris again. On the other hand Chris was also battling PTSD and his own strong feelings towards Beth. It was such a beautiful story. I was so rooting for them and for a satisfying Happily ever After and the story did not disappoint. The narrator also did an excellent job portraying the emotions of the characters and added extra intensity to the story.
    I highly recommend this little gem!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape: Survivor's Club, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws - until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

    Kimberly says: "A lovely escape"
    "Hidden surprise"
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    I liked this story a lot. The characters felt very real and their struggles were belieable. Our heroine lost her husband after a very long illness. Our hero was hurt in war and was left disabled. Their journey to starting over their lives made them fall in love with each other. The excellent narration of Rosalyn Landor adds extra emotion to the story.
    As an added bonus after the main story ends you get a free novella called The Suitor. It's only an hour and a half long so it's very brief but it was good as well and felt pretty complete.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This Wicked Gift: A Carhart Series Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Lavinia Spencer is too poor to be anything but practical. But when her younger brother lands himself in trouble, she has no choice but to do the unthinkable. She accepts the help of the dishonorable man that she's always wanted, even knowing that it might mean her ruination.

    SIMARA says: "Sometimes you're in the mood for a quickie listen"
    "Sometimes you're in the mood for a quickie listen"
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    I really enjoy historical romances and I was looking for a short story (novella). This was exactly was I was looking for, a short and sizzling hot story that mostly centers in the romance of our hero and heroine. It's fast paced due to how short it is but it's intense and complete. I also liked the fact that these were normal people. No dukes, count, king, nothing.., Just two people falling in love and struggling with poverty, temptation and the different life struggles. It also has a mild Christmas theme that I enjoyed.

    A good story can only get even better with good narration. Rosalyn Landor is my favorite historical romance narrator and she did an excellent job with this story as always. Her male voices and accents are impeccable. She adds so much emotion to her characters that you can really live the story. Highly recommended for historical romance fans who are in the mood for a quickie... Listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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