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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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  • Rush: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1007)

    When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires. Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s 14 years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

    SIMARA says: "Degrading, dirty story with terrible narration..."
    "Degrading, dirty story with terrible narration..."
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    As soon as I finished this book I had an overwhelming feeling of anger and disappointment. I felt like I was forced to witness something I didn't want to imagine. So much comparison with the FSoG trilogy and it's nothing like it!!! What was erotic and sexy in FSoG was made dirty and degrading on this story. And I just don't get it because Maya Banks is an amazing writer!!

    Very unlikeable characters. Gabe was a selfish jerk. A supreme A-hole and I did not believe his "change" at the very end of the story. Mia is supposed to be an experienced college graduate, a 24 year old rich New Yorker so it's just impossible to believe that she is a spineless girl willing to be used as a cheap sex object. This book felt like cheap smut written for men. It's all about the man's pleasure. And taking his pleasure by humiliating a woman. He would scream and curse at Mia and then use her for his pleasure because he could not "control" himself. And then comes Paris. It actually made me nervous and I had to pause the story and say please let this not be what I think it's going to happen. And then I press play and it was just as bad as I thought. Just disgusting! And to be so easily resolved??

    I think that what pissed me off so much was that I was expecting something remotely similar to FSoG. I loved the trilogy and have listened to it several times. I also loved Bared to You and Reflected in you so I enjoy a story with lots of kinky "lovery". But in those stories the men, although damaged, adored their women and it was all about their pleasure and never in a gazillion years would sharing their partner would occur to them. Eww!!!

    And after enduring this too crude story the end was beautiful but it didn't explain what would happen with them in terms of the degrading crap Gabe puts Mia through... I'm just mad! If you like sexy stories backed by romance and love you will most definitely NOT like this. Rush is more geared towards men and women looking for audio porn.

    Narration: this terrible story is narrated by a terrible narrator. Adam Paul was very monotone, many times read too fast and you get the added bonus of hearing the pages turn. The cheap "love scenes" we're read like an instruction manual. An all around bad experience :(

    50 of 56 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
    (326)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    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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    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...

    0 of 0 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
    (405)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (382)

    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"
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    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
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    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..."
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    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
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (65)

    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..."
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    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (553)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (496)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horsing around in Historical Romance"
    "Great story, so-so narration"
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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.

    0 of 0 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
    (466)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (435)

    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?

    SIMARA says: "A Fifty Shades remake"
    "A Fifty Shades remake"
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Bride: McTiernay Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michele Sinclair
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Stubborn Highlander!"
    "The narrator ruins the story"
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    I struggled so much to finish this book because of the narrator. So many things were wrong with Ms. Flosnick. She sounds too old to bring life to our young heroine. It was also impossible to distinguish all other characters. All men sounded the same and the midwife sounded like a man. The story is good but the narrator makes this a painfully boring experience.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Angel: The O'Byrne Brides Series - Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Miriam Minger
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Ronan was a legend among men...and the last thing he needed was a troublesome woman. Yet this fierce Irish warrior took a deathbed oath to protect a chieftain's rebellious daughter. Triona was a hellion of a woman...who would let no man rule her. Raised in the ways of a warrior, she defied Ronan's every command. So he planned to marry her off, to be rid of the wild lass forever. But in the heat of battle - enflamed by her passionate spirit - Ronan decided he wanted this beautiful, impossible woman for himself!

    Susynne says: "spiteful bitch?????"
    "Very good Irish historical romance"
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    I really liked this book! Yes our heroine Triona was immature at times but still this story has the three elements I need to have on historical romances in order to like them: interesting adventure, hot romance and great narration. This book had all three so I do recommend it if you like Irish/highlander historical romances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess Conspiracy: The Brothers Sinister, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised - and he laughs through it all. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

    SIMARA says: "Historical fiction with very little romance..."
    "Historical fiction with very little romance..."
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    This has been the only Courtney Milan book I haven't enjoyed. This isn't really a romance story, it's more historical fiction. It's the story of Violet and how she went through a journey of self acceptance, she fought for women's rights and equality and found love on the way. The romance is very mild and I got bored hearing about the inheritance of traits in plants. Not even the amazing narration saved this story for me. I do not recommend it. All the other books in The Brother Sinister series are excellent thought.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Mine: Not Quite, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    Her life is missing the love… When Katelyn “Katie” Morrison attends her brother’s wedding, the glamorous hotel heiress wonders if she’ll ever find “the one”... especially when she sees her sexy-as-sin ex, Dean Prescott. While attending his best friend’s wedding, Dean can’t stop staring at Katie’s sinful curves. He swore he’d never repeat the mistake of falling for her. Learning that Katie has a newborn, Dean knows there’s more going on than Katie admits.

    Elizabeth says: "Delightful"
    "Not quite as good as the first one..."
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    This is a fluffy easy listen. It's ok but not a book I would listen to again. The first one was much better. I guess my issue is that the storyline is too fantastic. Katie is a Paris Hilton type character. She's a spoiled rich party girl who happens to get a baby in her doorstep (yeah right). The baby came with adoption papers and everything! The story of who the parents are, how the baby ended up with Katie and how she wants to quit party and socializing just to take care of the baby is unrealistic. The romance also didn't quite do it for me. This book is good if you get it on a good sale and want an easy listen while on vacation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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